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November 29, 2019 – E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

As we head into the holiday season, a variety of events will be taking place within our community. Please take a moment to read through this e-newsletter for updates and announcements regarding our neighbourhood and City.

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.


Happy Holidays!



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt



Car and Bicycle Burglars in Ward 22


My office has been made aware of thieves on bicycles and in motor vehicles who have been stealing valuable possessions from pedestrians. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and hold your items securely when in public. Additionally, avoid walking with your valuables facing roadside if you are walking alongside a road or path with high traffic volume. If the theft took place from a motor vehicle, please try to note the license plate number and the make of the vehicle.


If you have had valuables stolen from you, please do not hesitate to call the police immediately. You can contact the Toronto Police Services 42 Division at 416 828 4200.



Community Meetings – Seniors’ Paid Programs


Many of our senior community members have reached out to me regarding the possibility of Paid Programs in Ward 22’s Community Recreation Centres. To that end, I will be hosting two Community Meetings to address questions that seniors may have regarding Paid Programs.


L’Amoreaux Community Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Time: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre (2000 McNicoll Avenue) – Park View Room


Stephen Leacock Community Meeting

Date: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Time: 1:00PM to 2:30 PM

Location: Stephen Leacock Community Recreation Centre (2500 Birchmount Road) – Main Hall



Celebrate the Holidays at Union Station with free ice skating on Front Street


Torontonians will soon have a new place to spend some time skating over the holidays. Union Holiday-Presented by TD will take place on the Front Street plaza outside Union Station (Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza) from Friday, November 29 to Saturday, January 4.


The skating rink will be open daily (weather permitting), except for Christmas Day (December 25):


Sun–Wed 11:00am–7:00pm

Thu–Sat 11:00am–9:00pm


On Friday, November 29, the skating rink in front of the station will open to visitors, local residents, office workers and families to skate for free on Front Street, with free skate and helmet rentals and free lessons compliments of Union Station and TD.


As part of the experience, visitors will be able to enjoy snacks and beverages from a retail booth, check out the latest holiday gifts in the Best Buy Warming Lounge, and listen to local DJ talent from the TD Music Booth.


More details on the ice rink as well as the full event listings of performances inside Union Station are available at www.torontounion.ca/tdunionholiday.



Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square this Saturday


The annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf will illuminate Nathan Phillips Square beginning Saturday, November 30th with DJ skating parties, live music, the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, fireworks and more.


Event Details

Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West


The City of Toronto is committed to creating an accessible event. Accessible viewing areas and an ASL interpreter will be available onsite for all to enjoy this special evening. The complete event schedule is available at https://www.toronto.ca/cavalcade.



Santa’s Arrival Celebration


Christmas is just around the corner, and Santa Claus is coming to town! Join the community in welcoming Santa at the annual Santa’s Arrival Celebration at Bridlewood Mall, also featuring a fun, magical performance you won’t want to miss.


Event Details:

Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Bridlewood Mall (2900 Warden Avenue) – Upper Level near the Pizza Pizza store



Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this Holiday Season


T’is the season for gift giving, holiday parties and spending time with family and friends. It’s also a time of year when people tend to produce more waste. As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, the City of Toronto is asking residents to be mindful of the waste they generate during the holiday season.


Small changes to daily routines can make a big impact. Apply the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle correctly – and try to incorporate some of the following tips into your holidays. Also check the 2020 waste management calendar, coming soon to your mailbox.



  • Carry a reusable bag when shopping for holiday gifts and say no to excess tissue and packaging.
  • Consider low-waste gifts such as gift cards, tickets to an event, an experiential or service-based gift or give a charitable donation in a loved one’s name.
  • Avoid single-use items such as cutlery, plates and cups when planning holiday parties.



  • Save gift bags, gift wrap, ribbons and bows to reuse year after year.
  • Host a holiday swap with parents to exchange kids’ clothes and toys that are no longer used.
  • Get crafty when wrapping by using items you have around your house such as newspaper, old calendars and cards.



  • Dispose of foil/metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, bubble wrap, bubble envelopes, packing peanuts and fruit crates in the garbage.
  • Recycle paper gift wrap and flattened cardboard, and rinse plastic plates and plastic cups before placing them in the Blue Bin (recycling).
  • Never put recycling in black bags or throw black plastics in the Blue Bin (recycling).
  • Use the Green Bin (organics) for fruit and vegetable scraps, meat including bones, spoiled cakes and cookies, and soiled paper plates and napkins (unless they have absorbed chemicals such as cleaning products).


The City manages approximately 900,000 tonnes of waste each year. This requires money, energy and resources, and garbage takes up valuable landfill space. As part of its Long-Term Waste Management Strategy, the City is encouraging Torontonians to reduce waste throughout the year.


For more tips and ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle right this holiday season, watch for your waste management calendar in the mail in December and visit http://www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse.



Toronto Water Launches No Water Map


Toronto Water is pleased to announce the launch of its No Water Map, a live map that will give customers quick access to emergency and planned water service disruption information including the date, time, location, cause of the water outage and the estimated restoration time.


When customers experience an unexpected water outage, they want to know why they suddenly have no water, how long the repairs will take and when their water will be restored. The No Water Map will provide customers with immediate information on the cause and status of the repair and help to reduce the need for customers to call 311.


Toronto Water currently advises customers of a water outage through a door hanger or a notice delivered to homes, high-rises or businesses. Staff will continue to deliver this form of notification in addition to providing the No Water Map.


The No Water Map is available here, where customers can search by location or address. If you have questions about the No Water Map, or wish to report a water outage that is not captured on the map, please contact 311.



Metrolinx Town Hall


Metrolinx will be bringing their Town Hall Series to Scarborough! Join CEO Phil Verster and the Metrolinx Senior Management Team in-person or online at the Scarborough Civic Centre on December 5th. Metrolinx Town Halls are an opportunity for communities to ask the leadership team about services, transit planning and other issues with respect to transit.


Metrolinx’s last four events focused on the Region of Waterloo, the Region of Durham, the Region of York and the Region of Peel. View the event video and see all questions answered during past events here.


Event Details

Date: Thusrday, December 5th, 2019

Time: 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Location: Scarborough Civic Centre – 150 Borough Drive



Free Haircut Event for Children and Youth


I Barbieri, in collaboration with the Equal Opportunity Initiative, will once again be hosting a Free Community Haircut Event for children and youth in need on Sunday, December 1st from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the I Barbieri barber shop (3524 Bathurst St, North York, ON). Come out and get freshened up before the holiday season begins!



Beware of Scam Calls


It has come to my attention that a number of scam calls have been circulating around the community. Many of these calls are pretending to be Canadian government employees, using a variety of threats to demand payments in Bitcoin or wire transfers. Unfortunately, many ordinary citizens have already been scammed out of large sums of money by such fraudsters.


I would like to advise community members to be highly aware of any calls purportedly coming from the Canadian Government. The Canadian Government does not make telephone calls requesting payments of any kind. Please do not follow instructions from unfamiliar callers demanding payments from you, especially if they ask for unconventional forms of payment such as Bitcoin transfers. The Canadian Government does not accept any payment in the form of Bitcoin. If you believe you have fallen victim to a phone scam, please contact Toronto Police Services immediately.


Please also take a look at this article (click here) for more information on fraudulent calls.



MLSE Foundation 2019/2020 Community Action Grant


MLSE Foundation has launched the 2019/2020 call for Community Action Grant program! The Grant will provide up to $50,000 to Ontario-based organizations using sports and recreation to advance outcomes in physical health, mental health, academic achievements and work readiness to support youth in their communities.


The deadline for organizations to submit an Expression of Interest application is January 17th, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST. For more information on how your organization can apply for this Grant, please click here…