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November 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

This upcoming month will be a busy one in both City Hall and Scarborough-Agincourt. As we head into the month of November, a variety of community events will be taking place within Agincourt. Please take a minute to read through this e-newsletter for updates and announcements regarding our community.


My office is here to address concerns regarding the community. For web-based constituency services, please visit my website at www.karygiannis.net and complete the Constituency Assistance form.


If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter, please contact my office. For any questions or comments, I can be reached by phone at 416-392-1374 or by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net. My constituency office is located at 3850 Finch Avenue East, Suite G7.


Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt



Pumpkin Parades at Terry Fox Park and Birchcrest Park


Friends and neighbours: it’s the spookiest time of the year again – Halloween! This year, the Friends of Fundy Bay and the Friends of Beverly Glen will be hosting Pumpkin Parades in two of our community Parks. Come out and bring your fa-boo-lously spooky carved pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns to win bragging rights for Scariest Neighbours of All Hallows’ Eve. (Please remember to also bring electric candles to illuminate your pumpkins)!


Birchcrest Park Pumpkin Parade Details:

Date: Friday November 1st, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Birchcrest Park – 89 Beverly Glen Boulevard


Terry Fox Park Pumpkin Parade Details:

Date: Friday November 1st, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Terry Fox Park – 300 Bamburgh Circle


When ghosts team up to frighten people on Halloween, one could say they’re “splitting scares”…! See you at the Parade!



2019 City of Toronto Remembrance Day Services


Each year, the City of Toronto organizes annual Remembrance Day services at seven different locations across the city.


This year, the Remembrance Day Service in Scarborough will be held on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive).


Other official Civic Services will take place on Monday, November 11th, at 10:45 AM at various locations, including the Scarborough Cenotaph at 2190 Kingston Road.


For a full list of City of Toronto Remembrance Day Ceremonies, please click here. You can also find further information about Remembrance and commemorative activities in Toronto by clicking here.



Remembrance Day at Toronto History Museums


The City of Toronto will host Remembrance Day activities and exhibits starting November 1 at several Toronto History Museums, giving residents of all ages an opportunity to learn about local history while honouring Toronto’s fallen soldiers. The public can participate in exhibitions, tours and family activities suitable for younger children, as well as the annual Fort York Remembrance Day ceremony at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery.


Poppy Projects

Visitors can make their own poppy craft or contribute to a community poppy memorial and add the name of a loved one affected by war. Poppy activities are included with admission at these historic sites:

  • Scarborough Museum on November 1, 2, 9 and 10 from noon to 4:00 PM
  • Todmorden Mills on November 8 and 9 from noon to 4:00 PM
  • Montgomery’s Inn on November 9 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Remembrance Display in Scarborough

More than 400 Scarborough men and women served in the First World War. The Scarborough Historical Society and the Scarborough Archives will show artifacts from local soldiers, including a collection of personal and combat items belonging to George Bell, a First World War serviceman. The display at Scarborough Museum will be available daily from noon to 4:00 PM throughout November.


Eaton’s Goes to War Exhibit and Walking Tour

During the First World War, 3,327 Eaton’s employees enlisted to serve. A photo was displayed prominently in the Eaton store each time one of them went overseas. This exhibit, which reveals the lives and sacrifices of some of those who served, takes place at Mackenzie House from November 5 to December 1 during operating hours. The exhibit is included with admission. In addition, guests can join a walking tour on November 10 from 10:00 AM to noon. Tickets for the tour ($10 plus tax) are available by email at mackenziehouse@streamintickets.com and also at the door.


Remembrance Day Tea

Montgomery’s Inn offers a special afternoon tea experience featuring World War One-era music performed by guitarist Roger Zuraw and bagpiper Dougal Bichan from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. on November 10. Tickets ($7 plus tax) are available at the door.


Remembrance Day at Fort York

A procession led by period-uniformed military staff will leave from the west gate of Fort York National Historic Site and make its way to Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery starting at 10:45 AM on November 11. At 11:00 AM (“the 11th hour”), Canadian soldiers of past and recent wars will be honoured. The event will conclude at about 2:00 PM.


For the full program lineup, please click here…



Toronto Police Services Crime Prevention Week Mall Display


As part of Crime Prevention Week this year, the Toronto Police Services’ 42 Division will be hosting a Crime Prevention Week Mall Display. Ward 22 residents are cordially invited to come and learn about protecting yourself and your home from crime.


Event Details

Date: Monday, November 4th, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Bridlewood Mall, Lower Level – 2900 Warden Avenue


For more information, you may contact 42 Division by:

Phone: 416 808 4220 or 410 808 4251

E-mail: gary.gomez@torontopolice.on.ca or allison.burns@torontopolice.on.ca



Ward 22 Public Library Events in November


Ward 22 is home to three well-serviced Toronto Public Library branches. Each month, a variety of events and workshops are held in the three Libraries in our community. If you are interested in participating, please take a look below at the event highlights for the month of November and call the libraries to register.


Agincourt Library Highlights 


Managing Your Finances in Retirement

Wednesday November 6, 2019 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Main Program Room)

​It’s important to manage your finances in retirement. Do you understand your spending patterns? Learn the art of budgeting: balancing the budget, sources of retirement income, expenses and stretching your resources. Looks at common financial strategies for the 3 stages of retirement. Presented by CPA Canada.


Register in Person or by calling (416) 396-8951.



Small Business Network: The Sales Sniper Kit

Thursday November 21, 2019 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Main Program Room)

Join Tawny as she explains an amalgamation of best practices that she has discovered in over 10 years in sales. She will help you with: perfecting your pitch, developing a formula for credibility, creating an algorithm for sales and prospecting strategies. She will also give you a cheat sheet for business development procedures.


Register in Person or by calling (416) 396-8951.


Bridlewood Library Highlights


Author Visit: Mireille Messier,

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join author Mireille Messier as she presents her latest picture book Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War​, commemorating Remembrance Day and Canada’s little known part in World War 1.  She will also be sharing interesting facts about goats and leading participants in a simple purple poppy craft to honor Military Service Animals.


Drop-In Program. All Ages Welcome.



Make a Will, Wednesday, 

November 6, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Come and join us to learn how to make a will.  Hear experts in the field talk about elements of a will, what happens if you don’t have one, what are powers of attorney, why they are important and other special considerations to keep in mind when preparing estate and care plans.


Please call 416-396-8960 or visit Bridlewood to register. 


Steeles Library Highlights


Teen Build Your Own Desktop Computer 

Saturday, November 2, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a computer? Ever wanted to take apart one to see? Join Free Geek Toronto for a hands on workshop. Dismantle computers and learn about hardware basics and safety as well as how to deal with e-waste responsibly.


Register now to claim your free spot! Register in branch or email ststaff@tpl.ca or call 416-396-8975. Note: Reserved spots are held up to the start of the program. Unclaimed reservations will be made available to drop-ins and wait-listed guests.



Sophie’s Studio Writing Workshop with Rina Singh,

Saturdays, November 9-30, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

In this workshop, presented by children’s author, Rina Singh, participants will have the opportunity to think creatively, write, edit and present their work. From collaborative exercises to exploring sensory language and metaphors, young writers will discover a new way to express themselves.


Registration is required. Register at the branch or email ststaff@tpl.ca or call 416-396-8975. Note: Reserved spots are held up to the start of the program. Unclaimed reservations will be made available to drop-ins and wait-listed guests.



New GO Train Services on Stouffville GO Line Coming In November


Beginning November 2, Metrolinx is introducing weekend rail service along the Stouffville line between Union Station and Lincolnville GO Stations. There will be hourly service between Union Station and Mount Joy GO Stations every Saturday and Sunday – with some trips extending to serve all stops to and from Lincolnville GO Station.


With new weekend GO Train service for customers travelling to and from Milliken, Agincourt and Kennedy GO Stations, customers will have new quick and easy rapid transit options for zipping in and out of Toronto, or communities further up the line. Not only will this new service result in 64 more weekly train trips for GO customers—it will provide all-day rail service seven days a week between Mount Joy and Union stations.


Please visit www.gotransit.com/ for additional scheduling information.



GO Expansion: Huntingwood Drive Closure between Kittery Boulevard and Belgreen Avenue


As part of the Stouffville Rail Corridor Expansion, Huntingwood Drive, between Kittery Boulevard and Belgreen Avenue, will required to be closed to accommodate expansion of the second rail track.


Huntingwood Drive will be fully closed between Kittery Boulevard and Belgreen Avenue, from 8:00 PM on October 30th, 2019 to 4:00 AM on October 31st, 2019. Eastbound and Westbound vehicular traffic on Huntingwood Drive will be diverted at Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue, respectively.


If you have any inquiries regarding this closure, please contact my office at 416 321 2788.



Toronto Public Health Launches ‘Kids Talk Vaccines’ Campaign to Promote Vaccinations


Toronto Public Health (TPH) today launched a new public education campaign for parents and caregivers promoting vaccinations. TPH is focusing this campaign on children’s perspectives on vaccines, their safety and how getting vaccinated helps to keep them, their friends and families healthy. The Kids Talk Vaccines campaign includes children’s video messages featured on YouTube and other social media platforms, and posters at TTC bus shelters, libraries and community centres.


Immunization has saved more lives than any other health care intervention. Immunization provides a safe form of protection against infections that previously caused significant illness, disease and death. However, cases of vaccine preventable diseases still occur and vaccine hesitancy, the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines, is a growing concern in Canada and worldwide. This campaign is part of a comprehensive strategy to promote vaccinations and respond to vaccine hesitancy in Toronto.


For more information, please click here…

RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards


Does your apartment complex have a problem with broken elevators or doors? Have any pest problems in your building? The City of Toronto is committed towards ensuring that apartment building owners are complying with building standards. If apartment repairs are not being completed within a reasonable time, residents are encouraged to contact their landlord first to make service requests. If the problems still persist, you may contact 311 for the RentSafeTO team.


For more information on RentSafeTO, please click here…