I had the opportunity to take Mayor Tory on a tour of Ward 18 last week in the morning on Friday January 15. While we weren't able to visit everything that makes Ward 18 great in such a short amount of time, I wanted to make the Mayor aware of some important City interests that we are currently working on. We first met at the corner of Bloor and Dufferin during the morning rush hour so I could show him how busy the 29 Dufferin bus really is and for him to see first hand how the recent renovation of Dufferin Station is benefiting transit riders.
From there I organized a meeting with Trustee Stiles, MPP Martins, TDSB representatives, City staff, and representatives from the Toronto Lands Corporation and the Minister of Education's office to show the Mayor the work that is currently underway to transform the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB lands into a community hub. This work is ongoing with representatives from the City, School Board, and the Province meeting regularly to create a path forward on this important opportunity.
Along the way to visit our next stop at Ubisoft, I showed the Mayor how our community is changing along Bloor St W and the potential to turn the 640 Lansdowne Ave TTC site into something positive for our community. Since coming to Ward 18 five years ago, Ubisoft has been a significant employer in our community and created economic development opportunities across Toronto. We toured their facility and visited their motion capture studio to see the innovative work they are undertaking in video game development.
While we only had time to visit a few sites, I made sure to explain to Mayor Tory of all the other work that is currently underway across Ward 18. I will continue to show Mayor Tory and other decision makers the challenges and opportunities in our part of the city and to work with all stakeholders to create positive solutions for our community.