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January 10, 2020 – January 2020 E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:


Happy New Year! May you and your family have a wonderful and prosperous 2020.


During the month of January, many of our Tamil and Chinese community members in Scarborough-Agincourt will be celebrating the occasions of Thai Pongal and Chinese New Year respectively. To those of you, who will be celebrating these occasions, I send my warmest greetings to you and your loved ones:


Chinese New Year Greetings



Thai Pongal Greetings



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


If you need any assistance with municipal issues, or if you would like to feature a neighbourhood event in the next e-newsletter, please e-mail me at jim@karygiannis.net or call my office at 416 392 1374.


The January 2020 Ward Report has also been delivered to homes around Ward 22. To view the electronic version, please click on the link below:



Please take a moment to pass this message along to your family, neighbours and friends.


Thank you.



Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22-Scarborough Agincourt



February 1st, 2020 – Meet Your Ward 22 City Councillor


Mark your calendars for the Annual Ward 22 Meet Your Local City Councillor event! This year, I will be hosting two Meet & Greet Sessions on Saturday, February 1st 2020. During these Sessions, I will be available to answer your questions regarding municipal issues in the Scarborough-Agincourt community. The Meet & Greet Sessions will be held at the following locations:


Meet & Greet 1: Bridlewood Mall

2900 Warden Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S8

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Meet & Greet 2: Agincourt Mall

3850 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3L4

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM


I look forward to seeing you soon!



Flag Raising Ceremony of the 55th National Flag Day of Canada


National Flag Day of Canada, or Flag Day, is a day where we celebrate & honour our Canadian Flag that made its first debut on February 15th, 1965.


Canada’s flag, the red and white maple leaf, is a symbol that unites all of us.


Canadians reflect the common values we hold so dear – equality, diversity and inclusion. I hope that you will join me as we proudly raise our Maple Leaf flag.


Event Details

Date: Thursday February 13, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Avenue



WaterSource – Preventing Frozen Pipes


Cold weather can cause your water pipes to freeze, resulting in no water & expensive property damage. To learn what steps to take in order to protect your water pipes from freezing, please click here…



TTC Subway Closures in January


Maintaining subway infrastructure in a state of good repair is critical to ensuring a safe, reliable transit system. While the TTC does much of its maintenance work on the subway at the conclusion of service each night, it will continue to require weekend and late-night closures to complete improvements to infrastructure and signals.


For the full list of weekend and late-evening closures in the month of January, please click here…



McNicoll Bus Garage Update


In early December, I had the opportunity to tour the TTC McNicoll Bus Garage which is under construction and scheduled to be completed by June 2020 and be operational later this year. The facility is built to the Toronto Green Standard and includes features such as LED lighting, the largest green roof in the City of Toronto and over 350 new trees on the site.


The new garage will have the capacity to store and maintain up to 250 buses, some of which will service Scarborough routes and help improve efficiency. As an added bonus, the several hundred employees at the new garage will provide an expanded client base for local businesses.





















Metrolinx Ontario Line Open Houses


The Ontario Line, a newly proposed subway line connecting Ontario Place to the Science Centre, is currently moving towards the public consultation stages. To this end, Metrolinx will be hosting a series of Open Houses for members of the public to learn more about the project.


For more information, please click here…


Stay Golden Creative Writing Workshop


Stay Golden will be launching a free Creative Writing Workshop on Thursday, January 16th at the Agincourt Baptist Church (37 Glen Watford Drive).The program will run every Thursday between January 16th until March 5th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


The Workshops will help young writers (14-21 years old) gain experience in writing, speaking and performing poetry, as well as writing prose. These Workshops will culminate in an event taking place in March where workshop participants will be able to perform their work in front of an audience. The program will be run by experienced poets and youth mentors, and a creative writing certificate will be awarded to each participant.


For more information, please e-mail staygoldenoutreach@gmail.com .



Ward 22 Library Events in January 2020


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 workshops and events for the month of January and call the libraries to register.


Agincourt Library (155 Bonis Avenue, call 416-396-8943 to register):


Every Wednesday in January, 10:30 am – 11:00 am: Toddler Time

Every Sunday in January, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Mini Makers

Monday, January 20th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Computers for Beginners 4: Use Google Search and Maps

Tuesday, January 28th 2:00 pm –­­ 3:30: Internet Safety for Seniors.


Bridlewood Library (157A-2900 Warden Avenue E, call 416-396-8960 to register):


Every Sunday in January, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Sunday STEM

Every Monday in January, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Bridlewood Homework Program

Friday, January 17th, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: A Good Place to Read: A Literacy Month Program

Every Friday in January, 6:00 pm –­­ 8:00: SPLC Chess Club


Steeles Library (375 Bamburgh Circle, call 416-396-8975 to register):


Every Wednesday in January, 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: After School Lego Club

Friday, January 24th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: 55+ Club

Wednesday, January 29th, 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm: TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Drama Club



City Council approves new approach to care for long-term care homes


At the December 2019 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to conduct a 12 month pilot project at Lakeshore Lodge to test a new long-term care approach before rolling it out to all City-run long-term care homes.


The made-in-Toronto approach was developed to improve outcomes for residents and their families and service delivery for residents living in City-operated LTC homes. Seniors Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) will implement the comprehensive approach to:

  • focus on care relationships and emotional support
  • provide consistent caregivers for residents
  • redesign the physical space to be less institutional, more home-like and comfortable
  • address the significant diversity of Toronto’s Seniors
  • increase staffing levels to provide more direct care and meet the increasingly complex care needs of residents
  • promote flexibility, teamwork and sharing of best practices


Independent experts from the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work will review and evaluate the pilot to assist the City with broader implementation in the future.


It’s estimated that the pilot will cost $500,000 and implementing the new approach in all 10 City-run long-term care homes over six years (including the pilot year) will cost approximately $24 million. Funding will be a year-over-year discussion as part of the budget process.


This approach is the next step in the City’s continued focus on the growing number of seniors in Toronto. In May 2018, Toronto City Council renewed the Toronto Seniors Strategy to improve and integrate services for seniors including health, housing, transportation, employment and access to services. To date, of the 27 recommendations adopted by Council, 17 are fully implemented and 10 are in progress.


The full Seniors Services and Long-Term Care implementation plan and update report is available at toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.EC10.8.