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December 18, 2019 December 2019 E-Newsletter

From my family to yours –

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa,

and,

Happy New Year!  

 

Dear Neighbour:

 

I want to thank those of you who visited my website and took part in the City Budget Increase Survey.

 

Although slightly more people voted for the “Do not increase our taxes” option than the “Raise our taxes” option, I voted in favour of the building levy increase because I have been assured that part of the increase will be used for the extension of the Sheppard Subway.

 

For years, the Sheppard Subway and its extension was not even mentioned at City Hall.  Today, the City of Toronto is a few steps closer to building this Subway.   The City passed a Motion requesting that the Federal and Provincial Governments come to the table and engage with the City in the building of the Sheppard Subway.

 

During the last municipal election, I made a promise to you, the residents of Ward 22 that I would work to extend the Sheppard Subway.  This increase will help make the commitment to extend the Sheppard Subway a reality.

 

 

Sincerely,

Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt

 

 

Snow and Extreme Cold Weather Alerts and Updates

 

In anticipation of the high number of snow events in Toronto this winter, I will be posting Snow and Extreme Cold Weather Alerts and Updates on my website. To follow the latest weather events, please click here…

 

 

Residential Break-Ins and Thefts in the Neighbourhood

 

My office has been made aware of a number of residential break-ins throughout the entire Scarborough-Agincourt area. Knowing how to protect yourself and your home is extremely important. Please take a look below at some tips to protect yourself and your place of residence:

 

How to increase your home security:

  • Make sure that your front door is clearly visible to pedestrian traffic, unshielded by overgrown shrubbery.
  • Consider installing lights controlled by a switch, timer, or motion detectors.
  • Secure bikes, tools and other expensive equipment in a locked shed or garage.
  • Make certain that ladders, ropes or any other tools that would make it easier for someone to gain entry to your home are locked securely away.
  • Consider planting prickly bushes around the perimeter of your property and trimming unruly bushes that could serve as cover for an intruder. Trim back overhanging trees that could help a criminal to climb over any fence you have.
  • Make sure all windows and doors lock securely. Consider inserting a length of metal or wood into the track of sliding doors or windows to prevent them from being forced open.

 

What makes a person a suspicious person?

  • Hanging out in an area in close proximity to a home or vehicle
  • Walking slowly along the street appearing to case properties
  • Looking into cars and walking onto personal property

 

If you see someone that is suspicious, note the following:

  • What do they look like?
  • male or female
  • age, height
  • hair colour, hair style, facial hair
  • build – thin, medium, heavy, muscular

 

 

  • What they are wearing?
  • Colours, Logos, Patterns, Jewellery

 

  • What are they doing?
  • Where are they now?
  • What direction are they heading towards (if they are moving)?
  • What type of vehicle are they using?
  • Note the license plate, if possible
  • Make, Model, colour

 

 

Should you find signs of break-ins, or 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.

 

 

Automated Speed Enforcement in Ward 22

 

The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services has begun installing Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) systems across the City. ASE is a key piece in the City’s Vision Zero toolbox that is intended to enhance road safety in Community Safety Zones near schools.

 

Each Ward in Scarborough will have two ASE systems installed throughout the area. In Scarborough-Agincourt, the two ASE systems will be located at Beverly Glen Boulevard (between Stonebridge Boulevard and Silver Spruce Drive) and Silver Springs Boulevard (between the two entrances to Revlis Crescent).

 

To view an interactive map and full list of ASE locations, please click here…

 

 

Window Air Conditioner Units No Longer Allowed in TCHC Buildings

 

Following a tragic accident at one of Toronto Community Housing’s buildings in Scarborough, the TCHC has announced that will no longer permit tenants to have a window air conditioner unit unless the unit is contained within a balcony. Work began late last month to remove window air conditioners in multi-storey buildings not contained within a balcony and is expected to be completed before Christmas. TCHC will begin removing air conditioners from townhomes shortly thereafter.

In expanding its existing air conditioner exchange program, the TCHC will replace each window air conditioner it removes with a new floor-model air conditioner, at no charge to the tenant, before the start of the 2020 cooling season. It will extend the exchange program to tenants who have already removed window air conditioners that were not contained within a balcony.

 

For more information, please click here…

 

 

Barbecues on Your Balcony

 

My office has received a number of inquiries regarding barbecuing on balconies. Please take a look at the following tips for rules regarding holding barbecues on your apartment or condo balcony.

 

NO IF…

  • Prohibited by the bylaws or rules of your condominium; or
  • Prohibited by the building owner or property manager of a rental property.

 

YES, BUT ONLY IF…

  • The balcony is open (no enclosures or walls have been erected);

 

  • A propane cylinder is transported in a service elevator. When there are no service elevators, you may use the passenger elevator, but you must be alone;
  • The cylinder is kept on the balcony and connected to the BBQ;
  • The BBQ is kept clear of combustible material as listed on the BBQs rating plate or in the certified instructions; and,
  • The propane cylinder relief valve is at least one meter horizontally from any building opening below it, and three meters from a building air intake.

 

 

2020 Waste Collection Calendars

 

The City of Toronto’s 2020 Waste Collection Calendars are now being delivered to Toronto households and multi-residential buildings. As with years previous, the Calendar provides Toronto residents with garbage, recycling, compost and yard waste collection dates. Additionally, the Calendar provides many great tips to help residents reduce, reuse and rethink waste.

 

Toronto households should be receiving a copy of the 2020 Waste Collection Calendar by December 20. Should you not have received a copy of this calendar, please contact my Constituency Office at 416-321-2788.

 

 

Recycle Right This Year!

 

The City of Toronto continues to see a significant amount of garbage and other non-recyclable materials in the Blue Bin recycling program. When residents put a Blue Bin out for collection that contains too many non-recyclable items, the materials cannot be sorted and can ruin other perfectly good recycling, sending it to landfill. Contaminated recycling is currently costing the City millions of dollars annually.

 

To remind residents about the importance of recycling right, the City is running a series of online videos and radio ads featuring Jack Armstrong, the colour commentator for the Toronto Raptors, and his signature catch phrase, “Get that garbage outta here.”  The ads feature items that should never be put in recycling – a garden hose, slippers (textiles) and a coffee cup.

 

To view the video and for more information about what goes where, please click here…