Happy New Year may 2018 be healthy and prosperous for you and your family.
I have been working to deliver on the promise of a Fundy Bay Skateboard Park and playground enhancements. In December, I hosted a public meeting with City staff and the design consultant where residents were invited to provide feedback on the proposed plans. The consultation phase is now complete.
Please see the following update from the City of Toronto regarding the Steeles Avenue East Bridge:
As communicated this past summer, the Steeles Avenue East Bridge Environmental Assessment has now been completed. While City of Toronto staff continues to work with Metrolinx to coordinate the implementation phase, Metrolinx will be leading the design and construction of this project.
Construction is anticipated to occur between 2018 and 2021. There are no specific dates at this time.
The community will receive regular updates about the project from the Councillor’s office, the City and Metrolinx.
If you are interested in learning more about other area projects, the Finch Avenue East Grade Separation and the Finch SmartTrack Station are planning public consultations later this year. Dates are still to be determined. For more information, please visit www.smarttrack.to.
Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Pharmacy Avenue
Start Date: September 2017
End Date: December 2017
*Timeline is subject to change.
The City of Toronto will be cleaning and structurally re-lining the watermain in your area starting in the month of September. During this process, the City will also replace the City-owned portion of any substandard water service pipes.
The City of Toronto is in the sixth phase of cutting the grass on public boulevards in our ward. From September 5th to September 22nd the cut will start from the eastern part of Victoria Park going east in our ward past Kennedy Road.
Please see the map below for more details:
Aecon Utilities has been in our ward performing construction for the purpose of upgrading Bell Canada infrastructure to support Fibre cable to your home.
Aecon has been installing new or repairing old infrastructure on the municipal property outside your homes. Most of the work has been completed. Some work requires follow up.
I am aware that not all sidewalks are level after some excavations. Please contact my office directly at (416) 392-1374 to report unlevel sidewalks or other disruptions to your property. I will help get it resolved.
I am working with Aecon to keep excavations, traffic disruptions, and other inconveniences to you to a minimum during their work. Aecon has a Customer Service Representative on the ground to field your calls. Please find his contact information below:
email@example.com or (416) 768-2919
Customer Service Representative
Many children are walking and biking to school. Younger children often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Help them by stressing the following safety rules:
- Walk on sidewalks where available;
- Always cross at intersections;
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle; and,
- Always walk your bicycle across a roadway.
When crossing intersections without signals or crossing guards, children should:
- Stop before stepping into the road;
- Increase your visibility and indicate your crossing intention to motorists;
- Look in all directions before crossing;
- Stop, Look and Listen for traffic;
- Cross safely when the road is clear;
- Walk, don’t run, across the road; and,
- Where possible, use the buddy system.
When crossing intersections with signals, children should:
- Push the pedestrian button (where they exist);
- Wait for the pedestrian walk sign;
- Increase visibility and indicate your cross intention to motorists;
- Stop, Look and Listen for traffic;
- Watch for turning cars or trucks;
- Cross safely when the road is clear; and,
- Walk, don’t run across the road.
When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student safety patrollers:
- Cross only under the direction of the guard.
Many children in our communities must cross railway tracks daily. Ensure children are taught the only safe place to cross railway tracks is at a designated crossing.
Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Motorists need to take special care while driving. Help our children walk safely to school by following these important safety rules:
- Be aware of school zone signage;
- Reduce speed in school zones;
- Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice on-coming traffic;
- Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road;
- Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding; and,
- Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard
For 38 consecutive years, the Trillium Garden Awards were a tradition in the City of Scarborough/Scarborough District. During the fall of each year, Scarborough residents would be recognized for their contribution in beautifying their community through their efforts in maintaining a beautiful front garden.
This web link is currently under construction and it will be populated in the near future.
On Monday July 25, 2016 I held a forum on Cannabis Dispensaries regulations.
Below you will find statements that have been supplied to me by debutants.
Also you can see the whole video of the forum Click here
Cannabis Friendly Business Association Click here to view their deputation
Heather Huff Deposition – Toronto Cannabis Forum, July 25, 2016
Hello and thank you for having me today. My name is Heather Huff, I am a medical marijuana patient, a patient advocate and volunteer Representive of the Toronto Dispensaries Coalition.
I would like to use my time today to share the personal reasons I am involved in the medical marijuana industry. Each patient has their own story, but for the most part the beginning and the end are the same. Pain, followed by relief. Thanks to medical marijuana.
Contrary to the ‘marijuana culture’ that we are often show in the media, I take medical cannabis very seriously as the reason I use it is very serious.
I was diagnosed with Chron’s Disease in my early twenties, a difficult and often embarrassing disease which is diagnosed in one of every 150 people in Canada, the highest incidence rate in the world. The symptoms of Chron’s Disease include abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fever, rapid weight loss, anemia, skin rashes, arthritis, and chronic fatigue, as someone with Chron’s disease I have a much high likelihood of being diagnosed with bowel cancer. I suffered through these complications for years until I finally gained access to medical marijuana. I use medical marijuana, assist other patients in their usage and work in the industry not because it’s fun, not for profit but because medical marijuana provides much needed relief to the indignities of pain and suffering. Two years later my brother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and he began using Cannabis as an alternative to needles and pills. My family considers ourselves very lucky that he has been able to use medical marijuana rather than follow the unfortunate path of so many others with serious illness who have grown dependent on heavy duty pharmaceuticals which are commonly used for treatment.
I wish I could say our story ended there. Unfortunately access to medical marijuana has been and continues to be challenging in this country due to the incredibly flawed Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). Patients who rely on medical marijuana face chronic delays, product shortages, lack of variety and certain products which are just plain unavailable.
The shortcomings of the current regulation have been recognized by The Federal Court where in the Allard Decision they have been declared invalid. The federal government must update these regulations by the end of August, we aren’t hopeful that the MMPR will be modernized to an acceptable level to ensure patient dignity and reliable access.
These reasons are exactly why we are calling on council to adopt safe, sensible and reasonable regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. City Hall has the opportunity to lead the way in ensuring that medical marijuana patients have safe, dignified access.
I have seen first hand how beneficial dispensaries have been to myself as well as the thousands of other patients who just don’t know where to begin with the current confusing and inaccessible system.
Everyone here knows that governments can be slow to catch up to the needs and demands of the public. Rather than using police to enforce outdated laws that are set to be taken off the books, government should update and modernize regulations – beginning here at City Hall. Unlike, the profits over patients licensed producers, dispensaries provide education and knowledge for patients who require it. When working behind the counter at a Dispensary I took great pride in being able to educate patients because I was once in their shoes, in pain and unable to deal with a flawed system.
It would be encouraging to see lawmakers work with their community of patients who choose to medicate with Cannabis instead of turning them back to the black markets or pills and needles.
There is plenty of room within Toronto and surrounding areas for dispensaries to operate ensuring that patients within all regions of the city have reliable access to the medicine which they rely on.
Toronto now has the opportunity to remain modern, by joining Vancouver, Victoria and other jurisdictions in adopting safe, sensible and reasonable regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries. This isn’t about profit, it’s about dignity and relief for patients. If that’s not enough for Council, they should also consider the potential tax revenues which could be captured by leading the way on regulation for medical purposes now and when marijuana becomes legal for recreational purposes.
Thank you for your time and please consider helping the thousands of Torontonians who rely on medical marijuana get from pain to relief a little more easily.