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SmartTrack-GO Station Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dear Constituent:

I hope you and your family had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

I am writing to let you know that I am hosting a Town Hall Meeting for the new SmartTrack – GO Transit station planned for Finch – Kennedy (proposed with no parking lot).  I invite you and your neighbours to this public meeting to learn more about the new station and to get your feedback. Everyone is welcome to attend.

City of Toronto staff will be present to provide an update on the project progress, to provide an overview of planned environmental studies, and to see your input on proposed concept plans and key elements of the project.

Please see below for the Town Hall Meeting details:

Date:               Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Time:               7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location:        North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF)

4140 Finch Avenue East, Scarborough, ON.

 

I have a number of serious concerns with the City’s plans for this new transit station. At this Town Hall Meeting I will be directly questioning City staff on the following issues and I encourage you to add your feedback:

 

  • The City’s initial proposal for the station included a 250 space parking lot. The City is now saying there will be NO parking lot at the station. This is mistake. Suburban residents north of the 401 must have the ability to drive to the station to take transit downtown. Without a parking lot, commuters will pass on taking transit.
  • The SmartTrack project is not living up to its promise. Mayor Tory promised 22 new stations built in 7 years, by 2022. The City will only see 6 new stations built by the “mid-2020s” and we know that will be later. This is unacceptable.

I was interviewed on CP24 yesterday on the failures of SmartTrack. Please see the video below and remind your neighbours to come to our Town Hal l Meeting on October 19th.

 

  SmartTrack consultations underway in Scarborough

Councillor Jim Karygiannis says he has reservations about the number of planned parking spots along the proposed

For more information about this project, please contact:

Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt)

416-392-1374 | councillor_karygiannis@toronto.ca

 

The SmartTrack project team can be reached at:

SmartTrack@toronto.ca 416-338-2848

September 20, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying these last warm days of summer.

Especially at this time of year, it is important to remind ourselves to stay safe while driving our children to school. You may have noticed “Slow Down Signs” on the lawns near schools. These serve to remind passing motorists that they are in a school zone and must slow down. If you would like a “Slow Down Sign” delivered to your home for use on your lawn, please click here.

September 8, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well. I extend my best wishes to our children starting this new school year in our local schools.

Especially at this time of year, it is important to remind ourselves to stay safe while driving our children to school. You may have noticed “Slow Down Signs” on the lawns near schools. These serve to remind passing motorists that they are in a school zone and must slow down. If you would like a “Slow Down Sign” delivered to your home for use on your lawn, please click here.

I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:

If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter please contact my office. For any questions, I can be reached by phone at 416-392-1374 or by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net.

Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.

 

Sincerely,

Jim Karygiannis

August 30, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

 

PLEASE CUT YOUR GRASS DO                       NOT BE LIKE THIS HOUSE

 

I hope this message finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying the beautiful last days of summer in Toronto.

Next week marks the beginning of the school year for our children. I wish all new and returning students in our local schools good luck in starting this new chapter in their education.

August 12, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying summer in Toronto.

You may have noticed my team members at your door in recent weeks. We are knocking on doors in the ward to say hello and to pass on a message to complete our Ward 39 Rooming House Survey. As you know, the City is pushing through a pilot project that would allow Rooming Houses in our community as a “temporary study.” My position is clear: I am against Rooming Houses. If you have not completed the survey, please access it through my website at the following link and I appreciate your feedback: http://karygiannis.net/wp/local-engagement-3

July 14, 2017 – E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

I hope this message finds you and your family well. It was a pleasure to see so many residents at Canada 150 celebrations across our community on Canada Day weekend. I hope you had an excellent time celebrating our country’s birthday and that you continue to safely enjoy summer.

I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:

If you would like your community event to be included in our next e-newsletter please contact my office. For any questions, I can be reached by phone at 416-392-1374 or by e-mail at jim@karygiannis.net.

Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.

June 28, 2017 – Canada Day E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

This weekend, we celebrate Canada Day – Canada’s 150th Birthday.  Canadians, across the land and overseas, will join together in July 1st festivities.

Whether they gather on Signal Hill, overlooking St. John’s harbour, for the pre-dawn flag raising ceremony; witness the noontime 21 gun salute and fly past on Parliament Hill; march in parades; attend concerts and BBQs; watch fireworks; are sworn in as Canadian citizens at special sessions of Citizenship Court; or, celebrate Canada Day abroad – July 1st is an important day for all Canadians.

June 16, 2017 Mid June E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

I like to wish all our fathers and grandfathers Happy Father’s Day. (click here to read Father’s Day message)

This week, I hosted a press conference for English and Chinese media on the present and dangerous state of Rooming Houses in Ward 39. I am calling on the City of Toronto to wake up, listen to and respect the concerns of residents in Ward 39 opposed to Rooming Houses.

June 2, 2017 – June E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents,

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

Canada Day is right around the corner. This year, July 1st will be particularly special because it is the 150th anniversary of our country’s birth. “Canada 150” is promising to be the largest national celebration of Canada on record. It will be an opportunity to join with family, friends and neighbours to celebrate our great country and ruteflect on our shared heritage. Our country’s rich diversity is something for all Canadians to celebrate.

May 19, 2017 E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents,

I want to wish you and your family a restful Victoria Day long weekend.

This week, I had the privilege to participate in Toronto Newcomer Day as Toronto’s Newcomer Advocate on City Council. I joined thousands of residents at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate our diversity and embrace our shared future in Canada. It was an honour to lead a Citizenship Ceremony for many new Canadians joining our Canadian family.