I would like to take extend my warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Easter next week. Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar and a time of new beginnings. As you gather with your families, let us celebrate the promise and hope of Easter.
I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:
REMINDER: Stormwater Charge consultation on Tuesday, April 11th
VIDEO: Defending the Scarborough Subway at Toronto City Council
VIDEO: Calling for a Foreign Home Buyers’ Tax on CTV News
PHOTO: Refugee Rights Month Launch at Toronto City Hall
Jane’s Walk in Scarborough-Agincourt on Sunday, May 7th
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month
Call for vendors from the Scarborough Museum
Community effort to save the Monarch Butterflies
Eastbound ramp from Gardiner Expressway to York/Bay/Yonge Streets closed as of April 17
Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
STORMWATER CHARGE CONSULTATION – APRIL 11
I am not supporting the proposal to create a new stormwater charge (tax) to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program. The program is currently funded entirely from the water rate which already increases far above the pace of inflation each year. This is simply a way for the City to recover more revenue instead of managing our taxpayer dollars wisely. I encourage you to write the City or call in to voice your concerns. Please see the details below:
“In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a stormwater charge (SWC) as a cost recover model to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program, which is currently funded entirely from the water rate.
In October 2016, City staff engaged interested stakeholders on the refined the geographic analysis required for the stormwater charge, various rate options, potential impacts on different types of water customers, and a preliminary incentive program.
Based on your feedback and other considerations, staff have further refined the stormwater charge proposal, and we would again like to seek your valuable feedback. As a member of an interested stakeholder group, we invite you to attend the following stakeholder consultation meeting on the proposed stormwater charge:
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall 100 Queen Street West Committee Room 4, 2nd floor
We also encourage you to make a written submission on this matter. Please note that in order to be considered during the preparation of the final report for May 2017, your written submission must be provided to Kurtis Elton (Metro Hall, 18th floor, 55 John St, Toronto ON M5V 3C6 or by email to email@example.com) no later than April 21, 2017.
VIDEO: DEFENDING THE SCARBOROUGH SUBWAY AT TORONTO CITY COUNCIL
I am proud to have spoken in support of the Scarborough Subway Extension at the March meeting of Toronto City Council. The vote to support the subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre passed with a clear majority of councillor support.
Scarborough is one-third of the land mass of the City of Toronto and has one-quarter of the City’s population. It’s time to stop treating Scarborough and its residents as second-class citizens. My transit vision for Scarborough not only includes the Scarborough subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre but a subway extension from Don Mills subway station along Sheppard Avenue East. The subway lines must be connected.
Please watch the video below for my remarks on the Scarborough Subway (your comments will be greatly appreciated):
VIDEO: CALLING FOR A FOREIGN HOME BUYERS TAX ON CTV NEWS
I was interviewed by CTV News Toronto on my support and call to action for a Foreign Home Buyers’ Tax.
I am asking you today to write a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne stating your support for a tax on foreign home buyers in Toronto. These are buyers who are not residents or workers in Canada. Toronto City Council has already approved my motion for this tax. The province needs to approve it, so I am urging the provincial government to act now.
Toronto home prices set a record high in 2016. House prices increased 33% in March 2017 compared to March of last year. Foreign home buyers account for at least 5% of these sales and they are not contributing to our economy or communities. They are only making home ownership more unaffordable for young families.
I commissioned a city-wide poll that showed that 71 percent of decided respondents support this tax. I ask you to join the great number of people who support this campaign. You can write a letter to the Premier by going to my website at http://karygiannis.net/wp/local-engagement-page/.Please ask your family and friends to also write a letter.
Jim Speaking at the Refugee Month event at City Hall
I was honoured to attend the launch of Refugee Rights Month at Toronto City Hall on April 3, 2017. As Toronto Newcomer’s Advocate I want to emphasize the importance of welcoming refugees and all newcomers leaving their homelands for a new life in Toronto. We must Respect, Accept, Celebrate, and Embrace our newcomer communities because we are all part of the human race.
Toronto Newcomer Day will be celebrated this year on May 15, 2017 at Nathan Philips Square outside Toronto City Hall. I will be participating in this event and I look forward to sharing more information with you shortly.
JANE’S WALK IN SCARBOROUGH-AGINCOURT ON SUNDAY, MAY 7
We invite residents to “Save The Date” of Sunday, May 7th for our community Jane’s Walk.
“Jane’s Walks” are free, community-led walking tours of local neighbourhoods. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.
On Sunday, May 7th at 1:30pm we invite residents to come together for a walk that will start at 85 Silver Springs Boulevard followed by a barbecue for walk participants at L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre. If you are interested in participating contact our office and we will keep you updated. You may RSVP directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
APRIL IS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH
April is the National Volunteer Appreciation Month. I will be helping to honour our community volunteers on Friday, April 28th at the Scarborough Civic Centre. If you know of a volunteer or volunteer organization that you feel should be recognized for their service, please e-mail me at email@example.com with a short paragraph on why they should be honoured.
We look forward to sharing more details about this great event in the near future.
CALL FOR VENDORS FROM THE SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM
Celebrate Canada 150!! Scarborough Museum Saturday July 1, 2017 10am – 5pm
Join Scarborough Museum’s Canada Day Celebrations! Inviting all interested vendors who create one-of-a-kind artisan items!
Scarborough Museum brings the past and present together with local artisans, square dancing, activities take place in the park, making this a fun, high traffic, family-friendly celebration.
Tables are free! This outdoor event runs rain or shine.
(just north of Lawrence Avenue, on the east side of Brimley) COMMUNITY EFFORT TO SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
A ward 39 resident informed me of something simple we can do to save the monarch butterfly population in our area.
According to research by the University of Guelph, the iconic monarch butterfly is at a high risk of disappearing forever. Local residents can help save this extraordinary species by planting milkweed plants in their gardens. This is a simple action we can take at the city-wide level.
Please follow this link for more information on the disappearing monarch butterfly species:
EASTBOUND RAMP FROM GARDINER EXPRESSWAY TO YORK/BAY/YONGE STREETS CLOSED AS OF APRIL 17th
The ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to York, Bay and Yonge Streets will be closed permanently as of Monday, April 17 at 5 a.m. The ramp will be replaced with a shorter ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street that will open in January 2018.
As part of the project, Harbour Street will be widened to four lanes from Lower Simcoe Street to Bay Street to accommodate traffic and improve pedestrian and cycling access to the waterfront.
During the construction work, motorists will still have full access to downtown by exiting the eastbound Gardiner Expressway at the Jameson Avenue, Spadina Avenue and Jarvis Street ramps. In addition, motorists will be able to access eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway ramp at Spadina Avenue beginning Monday, April 10.
Harbour Street will be reduced to two lanes of traffic through the construction area. From May 1 to June 15, there will be periodic daytime (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) closures of the centre lane of Harbour Street from Lower Simcoe Street to Bay Street. These daytime closures will prevent the need for extensive overnight demolition work.
To maintain traffic flow in the area, traffic signal timing on alternative routes will be adjusted to minimize congestion and enhanced signage will be installed to advise motorists of the ongoing work. Motorists should expect delays and plan routes accordingly.
The westbound lanes of Lake Shore Boulevard and the Gardiner Expressway will not be affected by this construction.
Work on the project will take place Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Overnight work on weekends will take place to demolish portions of the structure over Lower Simcoe Street and York Street. Additional overnight work will be required over the course of the project.
This work is taking place following an environmental assessment in 2013 that recommended the reconfiguration of the ramps in the area.
More information about the ramp closure and construction plans are available in a backgrounder on the City’s website at http://bit.ly/2oCtR2U.ext
Don Valley Parkway From Gardiner Expy To Hwy 401 Friday Apr. 15, 2016 to Monday Apr. 18, 2016
Details: The Don Valley Parkway from the Gardiner Expressway to Highway 401 will be closed for Spring Maintenance activities. A rain date of April 29 to May 1 has been set, in which case the DVP will re-open early to improve traffic conditions during the Goodlife Marathon, scheduled for May 1. Read More…
During March Break, March 14 to 18, the City of Toronto will offer free and low-cost activities at its community centres, parks and historic sites. Highlights of Parks, Forestry and Recreation division activities and attractions follow, in addition to information about Toronto’s historic sites/museums. Read More..
For the forecast weather event of March 1st and 2nd here is an update on Transportation Services’ plans as of 2pm on February 29th. The timing of all activities noted is based on forecast snow accumulation and is subject to change.
In the last week, there have been significant developments in the City of Toronto.
Labour negotiations between the City and unions representing its outside and inside workers intensified.
Councillors passed the 2016 City of Toronto Budget. I voted against the overall budget increase; introduced a Motion to have funds dedicated for the Scarborough Subway and transit improvements north of the 401; and, introduced a Motion to increase funding for the City’s Student Nutrition Program.