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February 24, 2020 – Wrap-Up – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:


I hope that you and your family are doing well.


If you would like your community event to be included in the next e-newsletter, please send in a request via e-mail to jim@karygiannis.net or call my office at 416 392 1374.

If you would like to request a special congratulatory certificate for special occasions and milestones, you may either call my office at 416 392 1374 or fill out the special request form at this link here.


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


Thank you.




Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt



Metrolinx Public Consultation


In order to deliver faster and more frequent service to Greater Toronto Area residents, Metrolinx has been conducting ongoing infrastructure projects and studies, known broadly as the GO Rail Expansion Program.


Throughout the month of February, Metrolinx will be hosting a number of Public Consultations throughout the Greater Toronto Area to provide residents, living in or near GO rail lines, with updates regarding GO Expansion. Please take a look at event details below for the Agincourt Public Consultation.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Metropolitan Centre, 3840 Finch Avenue East (Kennedy/Finch)



Chester Le Community Housing Revitalization Meeting


Residents are cordially invited to join me and members of the Agincourt Community Services Association for a community consultation to discuss revitalization possibilities within the Chester Le community.


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: 201 Chester Le Boulevard, 2nd Floor



Toronto Hydro Kennedy-Havendale Phase 1 Project Update


Toronto Hydro is currently in the process of rebuilding the aging underground civil system in the Kennedy-Havendale neighbourhood. The rebuild includes the replacement of existing electrical cables and transformers within City-owned properties near household lots.


The Project Boundary includes Kennedy Road to the west, Linwood Avenue to the north, Agincourt Drive to the East and Reidmount Avenue to the south (please take a look at the map below). For any further inquiries, please reach out to capitalprojects@torontohydro.com, call 416 542 3366 and quote project number E18121 or visit http://torontohydro.com/project-map and type in project number E18121.




Metrolinx Pedestrian Maze Barrier Installation


Between January 20th and mid-February 2020, Metrolinx installed a number of Pedestrian Maze Barriers at railroad crossings intersecting the Stouffville Corridor (between Kennedy Road and Midland Avenue). These Barriers are being installed at the Havendale Road, Huntingwood Drive and Finch Avenue railroad crossings. A picture of the Barriers can be seen below.


For more information regarding this project, please click here and check the Construction Notices and Project Updates section.




Public invited to provide feedback on apartment building rating system


The City of Toronto invites tenants, landlords and residents to provide feedback on a draft rating system for apartment buildings registered with the RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards program.


Event Details

Date: Monday, February 24th, 2020

Time: Open for drop-in between 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.


This consultation will focus on the design of the draft colour-coded rating system. The City will then use the feedback to improve the building evaluation system and outline the implementation details of the rating system.


The draft apartment building rating system will be similar to the City’s DineSafe rating program and will require landlords to visibly post a colour-coded rating provided by the City, based on their building evaluation results.


Participants can drop in between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. to discuss the draft rating system with City staff, ask questions and provide feedback.


Anyone not able to attend the drop-in consultation may also share feedback through an online survey. The survey closes on March 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


More information about the drop-in consultation and the link to the survey is available at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/#item/792.


More information about the RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards program is available at https://www.toronto.ca/rentsafeTO.


Feedback from the drop-in consultation session and the online survey will be used to inform a staff report expected at the March 23 Planning and Housing Committee meeting.



Winter sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto


Toronto residents who live near ravines, forests and large parks – typical coyote habitats – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year.


Coyotes can behave in a defensive manner around dogs, often interpreted as aggression. Coyotes are naturally timid, but they will defend their territory and their family group, including their pups. For this reason, interactions between a dog and coyote can be scary, but there are simple ways to avoid conflict:


  • Do not feed coyotes, either deliberately or inadvertently. Ensure all food you may have with you (human snacks or dog treats) are packed away securely.
  • Keep your dog close to you and on a leash, especially in areas where coyotes are known to live.
  • Don’t walk your dog in ravine habitats, especially in the spring when coyotes have pups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what your dog is doing.
  • Don’t let your dog chase or play with a coyote.


The City of Toronto has a coyote response strategy that it follows when dealing with coyotes that includes public education, a bylaw that prohibits feeding of wildlife and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary. An attack or bite on another animal is not grounds for removal, as this is normal coyote behaviour.


Where a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.


Residents who see someone feeding a coyote should contact 311, as it is against City bylaws. For more information or to report a coyote sighting, residents can visit the web page at http://www.toronto.ca/coyote



Ward 22 Library Events in March 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 March and call the libraries to register.

TTC Subway Closures in March 2020


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 March, please click here…



Together Project


Together Project, a charitable initiative of Tides Canada, connects refugee newcomers with “Welcome Groups” of 5 or more local volunteers who can help them get settled in their new communities.


Together Project’s goal is to help newcomers make social connections that can assist with their integration into Canadian society. Newcomers are matched with a Welcome Group of volunteers that they can meet with regularly, usually once every week or two. In addition to socializing and learning about Toronto, volunteers can help newcomers work on other challenges they may be facing, such as practicing their English; finding a job; navigating the City; accessing healthcare and other services; and, helping engage youth in school and extra-curriculars.


Together Project supports Welcome Group volunteers with training, resources and guidance to help them effectively support refugee newcomers. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please visit www.togetherproject.ca or email natasha@togetherproject.ca.Help Together Project form a Welcome Group in every ward in Toronto in 2020!