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June 19, 2015 – Letter to Minister Murray Re: TTC Proposed Bus Garage

June 19, 2015


Honourable Glen Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

11th Floor, Ferguson Block

77 Wellesley Street West

Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5


Dear Minister:

As the Toronto City Councillor representing Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, I am writing to advise you of the very serious concerns residents have with respect to the proposed Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) McNicoll Bus Garage and the impact it will have on the quality of life of our community.

June 21, 2015 Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a day to honour not only our fathers, but all the men who have been a father-figure in our lives – brothers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, friends or ‘Big Brothers’.

The celebration of Father’s Day dates back to 1908.  Over the last century, we have paid tribute to fathers and thanked them for their guidance, wisdom, unconditional love and support that have helped shape our lives.

City of Toronto hosts second round of public consultations on strategy for managing Toronto’s waste over long term Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The City of Toronto is working on a strategy to guide policy decisions on the management of Toronto’s solid waste over the next 30 to 50 years.  To keep pace and meet future needs, planning must begin now.

The second round of three planned public consultation events, each designed to obtain input at key stages in the development of the new Waste Strategy is being held in June.  This month’s session will focus on:

  • the preliminary options being considered for managing Toronto’s waste, and
  • the draft evaluation criteria that will be used to evaluate them.

You are invited to attend a public consultation to provide your feedback in person (online registration via http://www.torontowastestrategy.eventbrite.ca is requested):


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Rooms 1 and 2

150 Borough Drive

Scarborough, Ontario

6:30pm to 9:00pm (Presentation begins at 7:00pm)

The session begins with an open house format where you can view project information boards and speak to project staff.  This will be followed by a presentation and breakout sessions involving small group interactive discussions.

If you are unable to attend, you can review project information on the City’s dedicated website and complete an online survey to provide feedback.

Previous waste management strategies focused only on managing residential waste, which accounts for just 53 per cent of the waste delivered to the City’s landfill.

The new waste strategy will also consider non-residential sources of waste that the City is responsible for managing and take into consideration Toronto’s growing population, space limitations at the City’s landfill and the changing nature of Toronto’s waste.

The Waste Strategy will recommend waste reduction, reuse and recycling policies and programs. It will also include options on how to manage any leftover garbage remaining after making every effort to maximize diversion.  All options and industry best practices for waste diversion and disposal methods will be considered and evaluated.  The goal is to find solutions that are cost-effective, socially acceptable and environmentally sustainable.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy.  You can also complete the survey through the website.

June 18, 2015 – Ramadan

As Ramadan begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this holy month.

One of the most important rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the right to worship. The observance of Ramadan, one of the holiest times in the Muslim religious calendar, offers a time to reflect on one’s good fortune, the plight of those less fortunate and the importance of religion in one’s life.

Have Your Say on Toronto’s Network Transit Planning and Projects Wednesday, June 24, 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Find out more about the City of Toronto’s network transit planning and projects and how initiatives will transform the way we move around the City and region.

On June 24, 2015, the City of Toronto, in co-operation with the TTC and Metrolinx, will hold a public consultation session with respect to four major transportation projects that are interrelated:


  • Scarborough Subway Extension
  • SmartTrack
  • Regional Express Rail (RER/CO Transit Inprovements
  • Relief Line


 Co-ordinated Consultation on Current Transit Planning Studies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Scarborough Civic Centre

150 Borough Drive

Scarborough, Ontario

The City of Toronto wants your input on its Noise Bylaw Review Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The City of Toronto is conducting a review of its Noise Bylaw, which provides standards for noise and applies to all properties in Toronto.

The bylaw exists to prevent noise that is likely to disturb residents’ enjoyment and comfort.

The goal of the review is to ensure that the bylaw is up-to-date and easy for residents, property owners and business people to understand.

The City is asking for your input on rules and guidelines for Toronto’s Noise Bylaw.  It is holding two public consultation meetings –


Tuesday, June 23, 2015                               Wednesday, June 24, 2015

6:00pm to 8:00pm                                         6:00pm to 8:00pm

Toronto City Hall, Committee Rm. 2       North York Civic Centre, Committee Rm. 3

100 Queen Street West                                  5100 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2                         Toronto, Ontario M2N 5V7


Staff will present findings from a survey on noise that was conducted earlier this spring and  gather additional input from stakeholders and the general public.

For more information about the review and current regulations visit http://www.toronto.ca/haveyoursay