January 27, 2020 – January 2020 Wrap-Up – E-Newsletter
I hope this message finds you and your family well.
This upcoming month will be a busy one at City Hall and in Scarborough-Agincourt. As we head into the month of February, a variety of community events will be taking place within the Scarborough-Agincourt community. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. My constituency office is located at 3850 Finch Avenue East, Suite G7.
Councillor Jim Karygiannis
Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt
Political Blind Date Season 3, Episode 2 – Subways (with Councillors Karygiannis and Perruzza)
I will be featured in an episode of TVO series “Political Blind Date” along with Councillor Anthony Perruzza as we discuss subways and transit in the City of Toronto. Tune in to watch a lively debate regarding the need for a Sheppard Subway and more avenues of public transportation.
“Political Blind Date” will be airing tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28th 2020, on TVO at 9:00 PM EST. This episode will also be available on YouTube shortly after live broadcast. To watch a Preview of this season’s Political Blind Date and to watch the episode post-broadcast, please click here.
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 there.
Family Day Screening of ‘Aladdin’ at L’Amoreaux Community Centre
Come and join in an afternoon of movie magic with your family! This year, on Family Day, The L’Amoreaux Community Centre will be hosting a screening of the blockbuster movie ‘Aladdin’. Candyfloss, popcorn and water will also be served at the screening.
Date: Monday February 17th, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre Gymnasium, 2000 McNicoll Avenue
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 the 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. The flag reflects 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.
Date: Thursday February 13, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: L’Amoreaux Community Centre, 2000 McNicoll Avenue
Agincourt Mall Community Consultation Meeting
The City of Toronto will be hosting a Community Consultation Meeting regarding the development application for the Agincourt Mall site. Scarborough-Agincourt residents are cordially invited to the Community Consultation Meeting to learn more and to ask questions of City staff about the proposed developments. I will also be present at this meeting to answer questions you may have regarding this development application.
Date: February 13th, 2020
Time: Open House 6:00-7:00 PM; Presentations begin 7:00 PM
Location: Rotunda, Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)
Toronto Police Services Community Town Halls
The Toronto Police Services’ 42nd Division will be hosting a number of Community Meetings across Scarborough to provide information and tips regarding personal and community safety. Please take a look below for event details.
Chester Le Monthly Community Meeting
Date: Monday January 27th, 2020
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Chester Le Community Centre, 201 Chester Le Boulevard
Glendower Monthly Community Meeting
Date: Tuesday January 28th, 2020
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: 2821 Birchmount Road
Preventing Violent Extremism Town Hall
Date: Wednesday January 29th, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Road, Scarborough ON M1B 3G5
For more information, please contact Division 42 at 416-808-4241.
Traffic Safety Measures and Vision Zero Update
As your City Councillor, I have always strived towards improving road safety for all residents of Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt. In the past few years we have had a number of fatal accidents of pedestrians in our ward. I would like to provide you with some updates on road safety improvements around Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt.
One of the ways is through installing various traffic safety measures in school zones around Ward 22. I have met with the principals, staff and parents from all public schools in Ward 22 to discuss what traffic calming measures would work best for their schools. As of January 2020, 21 schools have received traffic calming measures; the rest of the schools are in the process of having traffic calming measures implemented.
As part of road safety initiative “Vision Zero”, two new Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) systems are now deployed in Ward 22: one on Silver Springs Boulevard between Revlis Crescent (east intersection) and Revlis Crescent (west intersection) and the second on Beverly Glen Boulevard between Stonebridge Boulevard and Silver Spruce Drive. If a vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit in an ASE-enforced area, its image will be captured by the ASE system and later reviewed by a Provincial Offences Officer. The City of Toronto expects to begin issuing tickets in the spring of 2020.
On January 8th, 2020, I moved a motion at Scarborough Community Council to reduce the speed limit on all local roads in Ward 22 from 40 km/h to 30 km/h. This motion passed unanimously. All major roads in our Ward have or are in the process of been lowered to 50 km/hr from 60 km/h.
I will continue to work with everyone in our community to ensure that all residents are safe. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 416-392-1374 or email me at email@example.com
Metrolinx Construction Closures
Between January 20th and mid-February 2020, Metrolinx will be installing a number of Pedestrian Maze barriers at railroad crossings intersecting the Stouffville Corridor (between Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue). These Barriers will be installed at the Havendale Road, Huntingwood Drive and Finch Avenue railroad crossings.
During this time, a temporary sidewalk closure is required to ensure safe installation procedures. While construction begins on one side of the road (north or south) the other side of the road will remain open to minimize the impact upon pedestrians.
Additionally, starting as early as January 20th, 2020, over the course of several months, there will be a temporary closure of the staircase off of Sheppard Avenue East to Agincourt GO Station. This closure is required to safely construct a new canopy structure over the staircase. Metrolinx will also close the north sidewalk along Sheppard Avenue East between the signalized intersections at the entrance of the Agincourt GO Station and Lamont Avenue. The south sidewalk will be open at all times.
For more information regarding these projects, please click here and check the Construction Notices and Project Updates section.
TTC Subway Closures in February
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 February, please click here…
City of Toronto Hiring for Summer Recreation Jobs Begins
The City of Toronto is accepting job applications until February 16 for summer camps, aquatic programs and other recreation positions.
In addition to accepting applications online, the City will host recreation job fairs at select City locations. Applicants can receive tips on what to expect during the hiring process, as well as resumé and interview preparation support at the events. The Scarborough Job Fair will be held Thursday, February 6 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive.
Every year, Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) employs approximately 9,000 recreation workers, with about 20 per cent of employees being new hires.
PFR hires throughout the year, with a strong focus on summer hiring from December to February. Demand for additional staff is expected to expand in line with the Council-approved growth plan, which will create about 15,000 additional spaces in recreation programs in 2020 (after creating 7,500 new recreation program spaces in 2019).
More information about recruitment for City recreation positions is available at https://jobs.toronto.ca/recreation/.
Applications Being Accepted for City of Toronto Waste Reduction Community Grants
The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its Waste Reduction Community Grants. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs such as Blue Bin recycling and Green Bin organics.
The Waste Reduction Community Grants program, launched in 2018, has awarded more than $188,000 in funding. The program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support community, grassroots initiatives that reduce or divert waste from landfill. The program also supports the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy and targets for greenhouse gas reduction.
Priority for funding will be given to ideas that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, or that involves multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
Groups should be either an incorporated non-profit organization or be partnered with one. Eligible groups include resident, tenant and neighbourhood associations, condominium and apartment boards, business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs and councils.
The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest application for a 2020 Grant is March 9.
More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, past funding recipients and the application process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastegrants.
More information about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy
Neighbourhood Break-Ins and Thefts – Community Meeting in Spring 2020
Over the past few months, my office has been made aware of a number of break-ins and thefts in our neighbourhoods. To address concerns regarding break-ins and thefts in the Ward, I will be hosting a Community Safety Meeting in collaboration with Toronto Police Services, in the spring of 2020. Details of the Community Safety Meeting will be provided in the coming weeks.
Knowing how to protect yourself, your home and your vehicle from break-ins is extremely important. Please take a look below at some tips and advice on how to protect yourself.
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
I strongly advise community members to please not leave any valuables in their cars. I also strongly recommend that residents park their cars in their garages and try not to leave them parked on the driveways. Please also make sure that you always check if car doors and windows are fully closed and locked. Under no circumstances should cars be left unattended while unlocked or running.
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.
Ward 22 Library Events in February 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 February and call the libraries to register.