Over this past month, many of us have been avidly watching our athletes put on their best performances at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The dedication and strength of our athletes achieving the highest honours in sport has been truly inspiring. Watching these games in Rio, I am also reminded of the Rio-Toronto Friendship City agreement we signed last year and the economic development opportunities that we can gain through trade and relationships in the Americas and around the world.
In Ward 18, I was pleased to join Mayor John Tory and Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca as the Province announced the start of construction on the Dufferin Street Bridge Widening Project. This work will support the investments needed to construct Smart Track and GO Regional Express Rail services, and accommodates the space needed over Dufferin for the future southward extension of the West Toronto Railpath.
During this busy constructions season, I encourage you to shop local and support the local businesses that make Ward 18 the vibrant community we love including those on College Street where College Promenade BIA is undertaking an extensive street beautification project. I also hope to see you throughout our community and at some of our upcoming events including the Open Streets TO Festival, the Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair and others.
Finally, as we approach the Labour Day long weekend, many parents and students across Ward 18 are looking ahead to the new school year and busily preparing to put their best foot forward to start this year's classes. With the increase in children and traffic around our schools, I would like to remind all road users to take caution and help to create a safe environment around our community. I wish our students and parents a safe, successful and enriching learning experience for this upcoming school year.
Ward 18, Davenport
A Welcome Endorsement for the West Toronto Railpath Extension
Last week, I was pleased to welcome Mayor John Tory and the Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca to the West Queen West neighbourhood as the Province announced the commencement of construction on the Dufferin Bridge Widening Project (you can learn more about this project in the article below). The expanded bridge will be constructed to accommodate the space required for the proposed southward extension of the West Toronto Railpath to the West Queen West Community and will connect to the park that the City is constructing at Dufferin and Peel St.
I welcome the endorsements of Mayor Tory, Metrolinx and Minister Del Duca for the Railpath extension as an important step forward, which supports the City of Toronto's approved West Toronto Railpath Extension EA and our community's success in securing the incorporation of an extended Railpath into the design of the future 99 Sudbury development. I look forward to working with Metrolinx and all levels of government to secure the extension of this important piece of community transportation and recreational infrastructure.
Metrolinx Commences Widening of The Dufferin Street Bridge
Metrolinx is carrying out work to expand the north side of the Dufferin Street Bridge at Queen Street which carries the Kitchener GO Transit Corridor. Expanding the bridge will support the ongoing work to bring electrified SmartTrack and GO Regional Express Rail transit service to the West Queen West community. Work on this project is expected to be completed in mid-2017.
During this work, residents and businesses in the area can expect an increase in noise and construction activity. Crews will also need to conduct work in the evening and overnight periods when trains are not operating for safety concerns. Overnight lighting will be focused away from homes when possible and noisier work will be undertaken during the daytime to reduce evening disruptions. This accelerated work schedule aims to mitigate community impacts and reduce the duration of work.
Road closures will also be required to carry out this work. A complete closure of the Dufferin Street Bridge to automobile traffic will occur from September 8th to October 8th, only after the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has finished. The City of Toronto will post signage to inform motorists and cyclists of the closures and of alternative detour routes. During this road closure, the TTC's Route 29 Dufferin Bus will be diverting via the old "Dufferin Jog" route of Peel, Gladstone and Queen.
As this work is carried out, I will keep our community informed of any updates to this work. As this is a Metrolinx project, I encourage you to contact Jennifer Capan, Community Relations and Issues Specialist at Metrolinx for any questions or concerns via telephone at 416-202-4732 or through email at jennifer.capan@GOtransit.com
Davenport Diamond Update
Earlier this month, the Minster of Environment and Climate Change gave final approval as part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) for Metrolinx's Davenport Diamond Grade Separation Project. Though the TPAP process has concluded, I will continue advocate to Metrolinx and fight for the community building principles outlined in our community petition and open letter. I will keep you informed with updates to this project as they become available. To view my previous updates on this project please click here.
Building Affordable Housing Across Toronto
Earlier this month, Build Toronto, the City's real estate and development investment corporation, finalized an agreement to construct 32 new affordable home ownership units at 2 Bicknell Avenue in collaboration with Toronto's Affordable Housing Office and development partner Trillium Housing. These homes will make up nearly half of the development's 68 total townhouses, providing opportunities for families of modest incomes to access affordable and livable homes in the Toronto. The combined investment from the City of Toronto and Build Toronto will be repayable back to the City if these homes are resold, allowing for future reinvestment in new affordable housing. It is these important partnerships that we will be pursuing through the City's Open Door program to accelerate the creation of affordable housing. To read the full press release from Build Toronto, please click here.
Bloor Street Bike Lanes Pilot Project Now Open
As many of you are aware, the Bloor Street Bike Lanes Pilot Project has recently been installed between Shaw Street and Avenue Road. Many cyclists are using this new piece of infrastructure and City staff are busy collecting data through a comprehensive performance evaluation to analyze the impacts and benefits to pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, businesses, and the surrounding neighbourhoods of adding separated cycling lanes on Bloor.
It important to collect this data to inform our decisions moving forward as we look at ways for different modes of transportation to coexist in our rapidly growing city. City staff will be will be reporting back to City Council in late 2017 so that an informed decision on the results can be made. The data gathered by City staff through this pilot project will be an important part of the information that will be used to inform other cycling network proposals. I look forward to reviewing this data with my Council colleagues and our community as we consider how we can enhance infrastructure and mobility in Ward 18.
City of Toronto Adopts a New Waste Management Strategy
Following two years of extensive work, the Long Term Waste Strategy was approved by City Council on July 15, 2016. This comprehensive strategy will guide waste management in Toronto for the next 30-50 years.
The new Waste Strategy puts priority on reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill. It emphasizes the importance of community engagement and encourages prevention of waste, maximizing its value before disposal and supporting the move towards a circular economy. Over the coming years, the City will implement the recommendations in this strategy through new waste management initiatives to help support Toronto's zero waste goal.
Bloordale Parkette Markette - Susan Tibaldi Parkette (357 Margueretta St) - Sunday August 21, 2016 from 10am to 3pm
Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair - Bloor Street West between Dufferin St and Montrose Ave - Saturday August 27, 2016 from noon to 10pm
Labour Day Parade - Runs from Queen St and University Ave to Exhibition place - Monday September 5, 2016 beginning at 9:30am
Brazil Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony - City Hall Podium Roof (100 Queen Street West) - September 7, 2016 beginning at 12:30pm
Westmoreland Avenue Community Block Party - Westmoreland Avenue between Dupont St and Hallam St - Saturday September 17, 2016 from 11am to 10pm
McCormick Park Fall Festival - McCormick Park (66 Sheridan Ave) - Saturday September 24, 2016 from 11am to 3pm
Beatles 50 T.O. (Several dates and event locations)
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles final concert Toronto in 1966 with events across the the city. Relive the Beatlemania sensation at concerts, fashion shorts, gallery exibits and more. For full details and event lists please click here.
Toronto heritage building gets a MOCA makeover - Daily Commercial News
82-Unit Affordable Rental Development Planned Near Casa Loma - Urban Toronto
Toronto councillors seek improvements to TTC’s “Sufferin’ bus” - Parkdale Villager
Peanut-butter vandalism hits west-end parks - Toronto Star
Habitat for Humanity's townhouse development project in Scarborough - Scarborough Mirror
Public Input Sought on Licensing of Toronto's Rental Apartment Buildings
The City of Toronto is seeking public input on a licensing framework for rental apartment buildings.
The intended goal of the licensing framework is to build on the current Multi-Residential Apartment Building Audit Program by promoting best practices in building maintenance, strengthening enforcement of property standards violations, and improving tenant engagement and access to information.
The public and stakeholders will have an opportunity to:
• contribute to establishing goals and objectives for a licensing framework
• create recommendations related to current challenges and/or gaps in regulation; rules governing the operations of rental apartment buildings such as maintenance and cleaning plans; enhancement of the current building audit program, including enforcement of property standards; and improved public access to information about rental buildings, and
• submit their own recommendations for improving tenant living conditions.
The City will hold the consultation meetings at the following times and places to obtain public input:
• Saturday, August 20: Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 23: Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 24: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Meeting Room 1/2/3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Thursday, August 25: East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, August 30: Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, August 31: Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information about this important work, please click here.
Help Shape the National Housing Strategy
The Federal Government is undertaking a consultation series to develop a National Housing Strategy. All levels of government, the private sector, non-profits, municipalities and housing experts all have a role to play.
They want to hear bold and innovative ideas from all Canadians. They want to hear what you have to say. Make your voice heard by taking this brief survey or submit your views in writing before October 21, 2016. Your ideas will help shape the future of housing in Canada.
For information about this important work and to find out more about how you can get involved, please click here.
Toronto Ward Boundary Review
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review includes numerous opportunities for Council members, stakeholders and the public to give their opinions on the size and shape of Toronto’s wards as well as on the options for any new ward structure that will be proposed. The Toronto Ward Boundary Review Team (TWBR) is seeking comments from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items, which are described in detail in the Additional Information Report:
- A revised Option 2 (44 wards) that incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August - November 2015;
- A ward option that is consistent with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.
THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO PROVIDE COMMENTS:
- Online: Fill in your answers directly through the online survey.
Print this form and send it in:
a) By mail (To: Toronto Ward Boundary Review; 30 St. Patrick Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5T 3A3)
b) By email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Attend a Public Meeting. Four public meetings are being held across the City in September, from 7pm-9pm:
- Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016 – Metro Hall – Room 310
- Thursday Sept. 15, 2016 – Scarborough Civic Centre – Committee Room 2
- Monday Sept. 19, 2016 – North York Civic Centre – Committee Room 1
- Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016 – Etobicoke Civic Centre – Meeting Room 1
Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair Vendor Call
Organizers of the Bloorcourt Arts and Crafts Fair are looking for talented artists in the arts and crafts community to occupy the few remaining stalls for the annual street fair which takes over Bloor Street from Dufferin St to Montrose Ave on Saturday August 27, 2016. If you are interested in being a part of the street fair, click here for information about getting involved or email email@example.com
501 Queen Streetcar Diverting Until October
Streetcars on the 501/301 Queen route are diverting due to City of Toronto watermain work on Queen St. W. between Shaw St. and Spadina Ave.
Streetcars will divert both ways via Spadina Ave., King St. W. and Shaw St. Shuttle buses will run on Queen St. W. between Shaw St and University Avenue to assist customers and local businesses in the area.
Regular service will resume Sunday, Oct. 9.
Watermain Work on Lansdowne to Require Cycling and TTC Route 47 and 506/306 Diversions
The City of Toronto is replacing the watermain and the City-owned portion of substandard water services on Lansdowne Avenue from south of Dundas Street to Rideau Avenue, and on the Lansdowne Avenue East Branch up to Shirley Street. The road of Lansdowne Avenue from south of Dundas Street West to Rideau Avenue will also be reconstructed as part of the project. The project will continue until September 15, 2016. In order to accommodate this work, Lansdowne Avenue will be closed in the southbound direction from Dundas Street West to Rideau Avenue for the duration of the project. For more project information, please click here. You can find a fact sheet with more information about replacing lead service pipes by clicking here.
During these infrastructure projects, the TTC's Route 47 bus will be diverting via Dundas, Dufferin & Queen. The TTC's 506/306 route will be diverting via Dundas and Dufferin and will continue to operate with buses in the western portion of the route and Streetcars on the eastern portion of the route. The map below includes more information. For cycling detours in the area, please click here.
I will keep you informed of further route changes over during these infrastructure renewal projects and encourage you to consult the TTC via www.ttc.ca or @TTCHelps on Twitter for further updates on this work.