December 2016 E-Newsletter

Dear neighbours,

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with so many of you at our annual Ward 18 Holiday Celebration at Lula Lounge on Dundas St W. Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for a great evening of celebrating and sharing what makes our community such an incredible place. Thank you also to everyone who shared their generosity and made a donation to our local Oasis Dufferin Community Centre Food Bank. Your donations and the work so many of you do during the holiday season brightens our community and makes a positive lasting impact for families and neighbours in need.

At City Council this month, we voted on the City of Toronto's Immediate and Longer-Term Revenue Strategy and moved forward with the implementation of road tolls, a hotel tax and other long term strategies to combat the infrastructure challenges Toronto is facing. Approving road tolls will provide a sustainable long-term strategy to pay for the transit and road infrastructure that we need to tackle the congestion that is strangling our city's prosperity. Council also moved forward with a reduced TTC fare program to help low-income transit riders and approved a proposed framework for new rental apartment building regulations to protect and enhance apartment living standards and conditions.

Looking back over this past year, we have accomplished so much together to make Ward 18 a better place to live work and play for everyone. The new transit stations approved in West Queen West and at Bloor and Lansdowne will make it easier for us to move around and our revitalized and enhanced park spaces are making our community a more vital and beautiful place. Together, we secured funding from the federal government for an extended West Toronto Railpath and have secured provincial funding to help build a community hub as part of the redevelopment of the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands. The new year at City Council will be an important one as we build upon the progress we've made and I look forward to working with you and our community to advance the issues which matter to Ward 18.

I will be hosting my 2017 Ward 18 Budget Town Hall on Saturday January 28, 2017 from 11am to 1pm in the Ambrico Room at the Wallace Emerson Community Centre (1260 Dufferin St.). I hope that you will be able to join me to learn more about the proposed 2017 City of Toronto budget and to share your views with me. 

During the holidays, my office has modified hours. Please note that my community office will be closed from December 23 to January 3 and will be re-opening on January 4, 2017. My City Hall office will be closed on December 26, 27 and on January 2, 2017. My City Hall office will be open from 8:30am to 4:30pm on every other weekday. Should you need anything please do not hesitate to contact me at 416-392-7012 or at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca. You may also contact 311 for assistance.

This holiday season, I hope that you have a joyous time with your family, friends and neighbours. I would also like to wish you a Happy New Year! I look forward to keeping in touch in 2017. 

Sincerely,

Ana Bailão
City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport

Local Updates

Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands Sold and Provincial Funding Announced for a Community Hub and New High School

Last week, I emailed you about Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands. The TDSB announced that they have selected Capital Developments as the purchaser of the 7.3 acre school site. The Province announced that they will be contributing capital funding to assist with the creation of a community hub on the site and a new high school at the current site of Brockton High School.

I would like to thank community members and everyone involved from the City, Province, TDSB and TLC for their efforts as part of an inter-governmental working group which has helped to guide the establishment of a community hub to this point in time. In case you missed my update that I sent out last week, you can view it by clicking here.

Dundas-St Clarens Parkette

The Dundas-St Clarens Parkette is a small but important greenspace. However, the park is underutilized and in need of improvement to better serve our community - now and into the future. I have been able to secure Section 42 funds from a nearby development to make improvements to the Dundas-St Clarens Parkette.

Earlier this year, I hosted a community meeting to hear from residents on ways they would like to enjoy the park and what they would like to see incorporated into this public space. Many of you attended and provided important input on how we could improve the park.

In September, I followed up with the Dundas West BIA and invited residents to offer their feedback on the concept designs staff developed based on the feedback collected during the first public meeting and during the Dundas West Festival.

Many of you have had a chance to review the recent design concept and provide your feedback and comments. The overall feedback has been quite positive in that the open design is an improvement to the currently underutilized space. Additionally, the general consensus with the recent comments is to include an area for children to play, possibly a simple play structure for children (i.e swing set) and moving the community gardens to a more sunny area. Please note that this might possibly delay the start of construction and increase the overall cost of the project.

I have shared all of your feedback with Parks and Recreation staff and have asked that they incorporate such comments into the design.  The revised design shown here includes a swing set and the relocation of the community gardens. Please take a moment to review and share your thoughts. 

I look forward to your feedback on this new park concept as we work to prepare a final design for the park and commence construction of the park in 2017. You can click on the image for an enlarged view.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project further, you can contact me at 416-392-7012 or via email at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca

640 Lansdowne Meeting Update

On November 30, I held a community meeting to discuss with you the possibilities and our community's priorities for the redevelopment of the vacant TTC lands at 640 Lansdowne Ave. This site was put forward as one of 15 sites across the city through Toronto's Open Door Program which seeks to partner with non-profit and private developers to construct affordable housing in our city.

The development of the lands a 640 Lansdowne is an important opportunity to address some of the needs in our community. At the meeting, many of you indicated the importance of including housing for seniors who want to continue living in the community where they have made their lives and have created friendships and support networks. In addition I heard from many of you that you would like to see community services on the site and greenspace for our community to utilize. 

Thank you to the many of you who took the time to participate in this important discussion. All of the comments and feedback you provided will help to inform the next steps for this important site. I look forward to continuing this conversation with you as we work towards a community-led vision and plan for the redevelopment of this site.

Metrolinx Stations Design Released

At the December 8, 2016 Metrolinx Board Meeting, the preliminary concepts for the new SmartTrack and GO Regional Express Rail (RER) stations across Toronto were unveiled. The concepts include those for the approved Bloor-Lansdowne GO Train station and the West Queen West/Liberty Village SmartTrack/GO RER station.

It is important to note that these concepts are highly preliminary and that continued study and work on these stations will likely result in changes to their design. I look forward to working with you and Metrolinx throughout the design process as we work to expand transit for our community. 

To view the preliminary design concept for the West Queen West/Liberty Village SmartTrack Station and the Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station, please click here.

Feasibility Study for MacGregor Playground Fieldhouse Completed

In 2016, with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Botanicus Art Ensemble undertook a study to determine the feasibility of year round programming in MacGregor Playground (Lansdowne Ave. north of College St.) for the full diversity of people in the area. Alongside art & garden programs, Botanicus conducted visioning sessions and surveys: asking our community how the park could become more inviting, more accessible, and more vibrant. Thank you to everyone who participated!

To see the results of the survey, please visit http://www.botanicusart.com/community-visioning/

Architecture firm DTAH was commissioned to investigate how the MacGregor Fieldhouse might be transformed to support year-round community programming. Currently, the building is unheated and closed for six months of the year. In order to inform the future of the Fieldhouse, DTAH investigated the past, present and potential future of the Park as a whole. Conclusions from this investigation, specifically the option of an expansion to the Fieldhouse, were positively received during well-attended presentations at the park and endorsed by the Directors of the BAE. Great interest has been expressed in improving both the Park and Fieldhouse to reflect the evolving needs of the surrounding community. 

To read the DTAH MacGregor Fieldhouse Feasibility Study, please visit http://www.botanicusart.com/fieldhouse-study/

To read a report of all of the Botanicus Art Ensemble Art & Garden programming for 2016, please visit http://www.botanicusart.com/new-page-1/

What’s On at Library Branches in Our Ward

To help keep you informed about what’s going on at library branches in your ward, Toronto Public Library has created a quarterly list of upcoming events at Bloor/Gladstone and Perth/Dupont Branches in Ward 18. To view the list of events coming up this January - March, 2017, please click here.

City of Toronto Long Term Financial Plan Review

The City of Toronto is conducting a review of its Long-Term Financial Direction. This plan will guide the City's strategies to meet our long term policy goals and will include well articulated spending and revenue targets as well as opportunities for public engagement and review. During the current review process, the city is asking residents to participate and provide your feedback. You can participate through an online survey and follow the conversation at investinginto.ca

As part of this work, City Council will also consider a funding plan for the immediate and longer term to implement the various infrastructure projects necessary for Toronto's long term prosperity. These needs include transit, transportation, affordable housing, water and electricity system upgrades that Torontonians expect to be made. As part of this funding plan, Council will be considering a series of funding mechanisms.

The funding sources currently available to the City of Toronto are insufficient and carry risks to the long term quality of life in Toronto. Large property tax increases have the potential to significantly impact seniors and residents struggling to maintain affordability. Further, asset sales would only provide one time funding and repeat the long term funding instability which we currently confront.

My consideration of any funding proposal for capital projects is led by the principles of accountability, fairness, and sustainability. Any new capital revenues must be dedicated and transparent with regular reporting of how these funds have been spent. Second, any new revenue tools must be implemented to ensure fairness and reduce the impact on Torontonians. Third, any new revenue tools must be sustainable and provide long term benefits to the residents of Toronto.

Road Tolls

As part of the discussion around an immediate and longer term revenue strategy, I supported the implementation of Road Tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. While our roads are maintained primarily through property taxes collected within the City of Toronto, nearly 40% of trips on these roads originate in the regions surrounding Toronto. These drivers do not contribute to the maintenance of these roads. As a result, it is fundamentally unfair that Torontonians should have to pay for the full cost of these roads while nearly 40% of people on these expressways are from outside Toronto and add to the maintenance costs without contributing into their upkeep.

If we want to fix the traffic strangling our city and build the transit we have needed for nearly 30 years, moving forward with road tolls is a fair, transparent and sustainable solution to help us do this. Road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway could generate approximately $150-$250 million dollars annually and every penny raised will be dedicated to building new transit and fixing our roads so we can make a real difference and boldly confront our traffic congestion and transit challenges.

Road tolls can be a responsible way to ensure that the users of these roads contribute to their upkeep and help expand transit. The concept is similar to riding the TTC. Although all Torontonians pay for the TTC through municipal taxes, riders are also required to pay a fare each time they use the system.

City staff report that implementing road tolls could also result in positive benefits to drivers. With the potential to encourage greater transit usage and boost GO Transit ridership, road tolls could reduce congestion and allow for faster travel times, saving as much as 8 minutes on both roads.

As part of City Council's approval to move forward with Road Tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, City staff will also be studying various tolling options including distance-based and time-based pricing and their implications. Staff will also study options for providing discounts to Toronto residents, seniors and other low-income residents. As part of the review of road tolls, City staff will report back on the potential implications and changes to traffic and road safety conditions for all users from anticipated diversions.

These considerations are an important part of our commitment to deeply study and consider all the options and means to reduce the impact of road tolls while making important progress to meet the transit and traffic challenges we face.

Hotel Tax

Council has requested the province to allow Toronto to collect a tax on short-term accommodations such as hotel rooms and homesharing services (AirBnB for example). In 2015, Toronto welcomed over 40 million visitors and implementing this levy enhances the benefits a strong tourism industry provides to our city.

Implementing a small levy on short-term accommodations like hotel rooms and homesharing services (AirBnB for example) can enhance the benefits a strong tourism industry provides to our city. A "hotel tax" helps to ensure that those who come to Toronto and take advantage of the great qualities of our city are also contributing to them and allows us to enhance our investments in the critical programs and infrastructure that support Toronto's attractiveness.

The proposed levy will replace the voluntary 3% fee that hotel guests pay towards a destination marketing program administered through the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. Implementing a mandatory fee could raise about $20 million dollars per year to support Toronto's tourism marketing efforts and the City's operating budget.

Vacancy Rebate

As part the proposed budget, the City of Toronto has also requested the elimination of the Property Tax Rebate Program for Vacant Commercial and Industrial Buildings. Originally created as a program to help property owners weather short-term vacancies during periods of economic uncertainty, it has given building owners an incentive to hold on to vacant buildings, while watching their property values rise. These vacant storefronts have a negative impact on the vibrancy of our streets and reduce the incentive for property owners to seek new tenants.

Eliminating this rebate will ensure that property owners are incentivized to lease their spaces to businesses who will add to the vibrancy of our neighbourhood streets and create local jobs in our neighbourhoods. Removing this program helps to ensure that commercial landlords pay their fair share for the properties they own, and will save the City approximately $22 million annually.

City Building Levy

I support the introduction of a dedicated 0.5% city building levy as part of the annual property taxes paid by all residents and business. Revenues from this levy will be dedicated to funding the infrastructure which all Torontonians benefit from. It is important that as we work to build up our city everyone takes part in our efforts and helps to contribute to the prosperity of our city. The city building levy provides an transparent and sustainable long term revenue stream which ensures that everyone is part of the solution to the challenges which Toronto faces.

Toronto Hydro

I did not support any proposal to sell Toronto Hydro. As a publicly held and controlled asset, Toronto Hydro returns a dividend to the city of in the range of $25 million to $60 million per year. Public control of this utility also benefits residents as we try to maintain affordable electricity rates for Toronto residents. Any large sale of Toronto Hydro, while providing a one time cash windfall, would be subject to a 33% tax and would cancel the utility's tax free status, further reducing the potential revenue to be gained by the City. The one time financial windfall for the City would also not address the long-term funding sustainability of the City. 

Council instead voted to invest $250m from our capital reserve funds into the utility to support their work to enhance the electricity infrastructure we rely on daily. By making this investment, Toronto Hydro is able to carry out their capital projects and this approach allows them to increase the dividend they provide to the city. The end result is a more reliable electricity supply system which the public retains control of any will continue to benefit from in the long term.

Consulting on a Sales Tax

City Council has directed City staff to include in their consultations with the Province of Ontario and residents options for a municipal sales tax or for an allocation to be directed to the City from the current Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The City Manager will report back to Executive Committee in the fall/winter of 2017 on the results of these consultations. 

Other Considerations

City Council voted to request the City Manager to include in the Long Term Financial Plan Review consultations with residents and other levels of government an alcohol tax, commercial parking levy, and an income tax. The results of these consultations will be brought forward through a report in the future and I look forward to updating you on these and other measures.

City Updates

Laneway Housing

I would like to thank the over one-hundred of you who came out to our community conversation on November 28, 2016 regarding the possibility of laneway suites in the City of Toronto. Many more have also contacted us and left feedback, including over 1,500 who filled out an online survey. Your input will be taken into careful consideration as this conversation continues.

Laneway suites take advantage of underused laneway spaces, like garages and parking pads to construct additional housing – gently increasing density and respecting the existing character of our neighbourhoods. By introducing a new diversity to the housing supply, much like basement apartments, laneway suites have the potential to provide an additional income for homeowners and can be well suited for aging seniors or young adults who want to be close to their existing family support systems.

I will be keeping you updated with next steps and look forward to our continued discussion on exploring laneway suites in Toronto. You can review my previous updates on laneway suites by clicking here.

If you wish to add your voice to these discussions you can submit your feedback online at lanescape.ca/survey.

Deputing on Inclusionary Zoning at the Ontario Legislature 

I presented on behalf of the City of Toronto on November 28, 2016 to the Ontario Legislature's Social Policy Committee on November 28, 2016 with respect to the priorities and goals the City has for Inclusionary Zoning. 

The presentation made clear the City's priority that any changes under this legislation must be made in keeping with the principles of flexibility, predictability, transparency, and collaborative partnerships. Addressing our affordable housing needs requires a deep understanding of the challenges we face and a multi-faceted approach to meet the needs of all.

The Province has made some changes to the bill as recommended by the City, including allowing both Section 37 community benefits and inclusionary zoning to take place as part of the same project. The Province will now be creating a regulation at some point in 2017 with more details on how inclusionary zoning will be permitted in municipalities. Following that, the City of Toronto would then develop a by-law to allow for inclusionary zoning to take place in Toronto. 

As Toronto's Housing Advocate, I look forward to working together with our provincial partners, residents and housing stakeholders to provide input on regulations that addresses the need of Toronto to encourage the creation of new affordable housing.

You can read my full deputation to Ontario's Social Policy Committee by clicking here.

Low-Income Transit Pass

This month at City Council, we approved a Fair Pass Program to provide discounted transit fares for seniors and low-low income residents in Toronto subject to funding approval in the 2018 budget, approval by the TTC Board, and the full roll out of PRESTO. Under the plan, eligible residents would receive a 33% discount towards single-use fares and a 21% discount towards a monthly pass. When fully rolled out, close to 200,000 residents may be eligible for the discounted fares.

Under the newly approved policy, residents who make less than 15% above the Low Income Measure would be eligible to receive the discount. The program would be delivered in three phases. The first phase will be rolled out starting in March 2018 for residents who are Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works clients but who do not currently receive transportation supports. The second phase starting in March 2019 will target eligible residents who receive childcare and housing subsidies and the final phase starting in March 2020 will roll out to Toronto residents who meet the income criteria.

This landmark program is an important part of making Toronto an affordable place for all residents. Together with our program to make fares free for children 12 years old or younger, these measures have the potential to make important strides towards meeting our poverty reduction goals as outlined in TO Prosperity, Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy and improve to the lives for thousands of Toronto residents.

Improving Standards for Tenants in Multi-Residential Rental Apartment Buildings

At City Council this week, we voted to approve a proposed regulatory framework for multi-residential rental apartment buildings across Toronto. The new system will improve access to information and provide the City's enforcement bodies the tools they need to improve living conditions for the hundreds of thousands of Torontonians that are renters.

This enhanced bylaw and regulation framework will allow the City and its enforcement bodies to properly assess, inspect, and enforce the property standards and conditions of rental apartment buildings.

Under the approved regulations, multi-residential rental apartment property owners will be required to:

  • register the building with the City of Toronto and submit required information;
  • have a process for receiving, tracking and responding to tenant repair requests;
  • notify tenants of service disruptions, property standards appeals, work orders and cleaning plan;
  • install notification board in central location;
  • have a comprehensive pest management plan that includes the use of licensed pest management professionals;
  • have a waste management plan;
  • have a cleaning plan;
  • use contractors with certification from Ontario College of Trades to conduct maintenance of HVAC and plumbing systems;
  • have a state of good repair capital plan; and
  • pay all applicable fees

Through the new regulation framework, enforcement bodies will be better able to target violations and apply the appropriate fines to properties not in compliance. This framework also provides tenants with greater access to information and accountability surrounding the work orders being carried out in the building. Through a publicly accessible web-portal tenants will be able to find important information about buildings including track records and problems identified by enforcement bodies.

The requirements for state of good repair, pest control, waste management and cleaning plans are important tools to ensure that preventative action is taken where possible to reduce the prevalence of issues and assists to guide property owner's building investments to avoid a deterioration of standards.

You can read more about the new regulations framework and policies and find the decision history surrounding this issue by clicking here.

Events

Dufferin Grove Community Craft Fair - Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St) - December 18, 2016 from 11am to 4pm

The annual Dufferin Grove Community Craft Fair falls this year on Sunday, December 18th. Join your neighbours beside the rinkhouse once again as we celebrate community and ring in the season with beautiful crafts handmade by your friends and neighbours, from jewelry to body care to clothing and more!

Christmas Concert - Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St W) - Friday December 23, 2016 starting at 11:30am

This festive concert is free and for all ages. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. Sign language interpretation will be provided.  Seating is limited.

The concert lasts approximately one hour and will conclude with a visit from Santa and his elves!

New Year's Eve 2017 Celebration - Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W) - December 31, 2016 starting at 8pm

Ring in the New Year at Nathan Phillips Square on December 31, 2016 and join the official kick-off to the year-long celebration of Canada's 150th birthday – TO Canada with Love, Honouring 150 Years! The countdown to 2017 includes an exhilarating evening of entertainment and fireworks. Check out toronto.ca/newyearseve for more details

Ward 18 Budget Town Hall - Wallace Emerson Community Centre (Ambrico Room) - January 28, 2017 from 11am to 1pm

News Clippings

Tory set to announce tolls on the DVP and Gardiner - Toronto Star

Toronto Mayor John Tory to call for road tolls on DVP, Gardiner Expressway - Globe and Mail

Highway tolls needed to 'tame the traffic beast,' Toronto mayor says - CBC News

The World in Ten Blocks - Globe and Mail/Lost Time Media

Laneway suites could be the next housing option for Toronto - Parkdale Villager

Davenport group seeks "pedestrian overpass" into Earlscourt Park - Bloor West Villager

Public choose Pessoa Park as name for new green space on Dufferin Street - Parkdale Villager

PC's Patrick Brown urges Wynne to derail John Tory's Road Tolls - Toronto Star

New School and 30,000-square foot community hub planned for Bloor-Dufferin area - CBC News

Citywide Consultation Considers Plannin for Laneway Suites - Urban Toronto

Drake Hotel Properties to start three development projects in 2017 - Globe and Mail

New School, community hub, park, affordable housing for Bloor-Dufferin - Bloor West Villager

The Dundas-St. Clarens Parkette to get $150K makeover - Parkdale Villager

Ontario Passes Promoting Affordable Housing Act, Introduces IZ - Urban Toronto

Public Consultations 

City of Toronto launches public consultation on Long-Term Financial Plan

The City of Toronto is launching its public consultation on the development of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a series of online surveys and two rounds of community meetings, is available at http://www.investinginto.ca/. The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

The City is asking for the public's input on some challenging questions about how the City can manage expenses, raise revenue and optimize its assets. People can share input, ideas and solutions at a series of public meetings or by participating online.

The consultation process is being conducted in two phases:

Phase 1 - fall/winter

  • December: A second online survey – open from December 5 to 23 will gather input on long-term financial options and strategies related to expenditures, revenue and assetd

Consultation toolkits will be available online in early December for groups and organizations who wish to conduct their own meetings.

Phase 2 – winter/spring

  • A final online survey and a second series of in-person community meetings is planned to gather input on the governance and financial management required for long-term financial sustainability.

The findings from the consultation will provide advice for Council and the City Manager as the City sets out to develop its Long-Term Financial Plan. The Plan will guide financial decision-making over the long term, and put Toronto on a path to financial sustainability.

It will also help address structural financial issues, as expenditures continue to rise faster than revenues, and ensure the City of Toronto continues to run well, spends public money wisely and delivers the programs and services residents need and want over the long term. 

Important Notices

PRESTO Update

The PRESTO electronic fare payment system is becoming more widely available across the TTC. By the end of 2016, PRESTO will be at, at least one entrance of every subway station and on all TTC buses. It is already available on all streetcars.

The PRESTO rollout will continue in 2017, as the TTC completes the remaining subway station entrances that do not yet have the new paddle-style fare gates, and begins to introduce more payment options on PRESTO. TTC passes, such as a monthly pass, will be available for purchase on a PRESTO card in 2017. It will work the same way as the Metropass does today, providing unlimited travel for a month. Later in 2017, the TTC will introduce a limited use media (LUM) paper PRESTO card. This card will replace tokens and cash. It is intended for someone who occasionally uses the TTC. Students and children concession cards will also be introduced later in the year. In addition, the number of locations to buy, load and set a concession on a PRESTO card will also be increased throughout next year, and self-serve machines will be installed at each subway station entrance.

As the PRESTO transition continues next year, you will still be able to buy and use tickets, tokens and TTC passes.

You can purchase a PRESTO card online at prestocard.ca or in person at Gateway Newstands locations in various TTC subway stations.

Visit www.ttc.ca/presto to learn more about PRESTO at the TTC or contact Heather Brown at heather.brown@ttc.ca.

Protect Your Pipes From Freezing this Winter

Take steps to prevent frozen pipes The pipes in your home can freeze in cold weather. This can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. If your pipes are prone to freezing, you may wish to contact a plumber for advice. Here are some other tips to protect your home:

  • Know your Pipes: Ensure you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home and how it operates (in case your pipes burst).
  • Insulate Pipes: Wrap foam pipe insulation around pipes most at risk, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic and garage.
  • Eliminate Drafts: Seal air leaks in your home and garage to stop cold air from getting in. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.
  • Drain and Shut the Outdoor Water Supply: Outdoor faucets are the first to freeze. Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply and let the taps drain.

When the Weather Drops Well Below Zero

  • Keep your Pipes Warm: Keep areas that contain indoor pipes above 8OC, especially near the water meter.
  • Turn on the Tap: For your own peace of mind, you can choose to run a pencil-thin stream of water to ensure some movement of water in the pipes. However, you will be charged for the water used if you choose this step.

For more information, visit toronto.ca/frozenpipes.

Dufferin Bridge Widening Transit Diversions

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. This work will also accommodate the space required for the proposed southward extension of the West Toronto Railpath. Metrolinx expects to complete the bridge project by June 2017.

In order to ensure the safety of the public and construction crews, and to complete the bridge expansion in a timely manner, Dufferin Street will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians from Queen Street West to Peel Avenue from September 12, 2016 to December 31st, 2016. During this closure, traffic will detour via the old "Dufferin Jog" route of Peel, Gladstone and Queen.

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. You can read the complete project notice for this project by clicking here

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