November E-newsletter 2017

Dear Neighbour,

As we approach the holiday season and look back at the year so far, our community has accomplished so much together to make Ward 18 a better place for everyone to live, work and play. In the spirit of the holiday season, I invite you to join me for a Ward 18 Holiday Celebration on Tuesday December 5, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Propeller Coffee (50 Wade Ave). I hope you can join us in celebrating our community, and if you plan to attend please RSVP at www.anabailao.ca/holidayparty

Earlier this month, our community came together to unveil a new mural at Russett Ave exit of Dufferin TTC Station in partnership the the Toronto School of Art, TTC, Bloordale BIA and the City of Toronto. The mural is a great addition to the incredible murals and streetart across our community and I encourage you to check it out! We also enjoyed some winter fun last week in Bloordale at the Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration and wishes of hope event. You can visit my community office at 1240 Bloor St W (Wed-Fri 1pm to 6pm) to add your wishes for the season. At City Hall, I also joined with our Angolan community and Angolan Ambassador Edgar Martins to Raise the Angolan Flag in celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Angola's Independence Day. 

 

Coming up this month, I am hosting a Chief of Police Town Hall event as part of my Ward 18 Talks speaker series, taking place on Monday December 11, 2017 starting at 7pm at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1240 Bloor St W). The Town Hall will be an important opportunity for you to learn about local policing initiatives, to ask questions and share your ideas on community safety and policing. I look forward to seeing you there!

There are also also some other important meetings and events coming up this month including a Galleria Mall Community Consultation and Bloordale Safety Walk, local holiday markets and more! You can find more details on these and other community news in this latest edition of my e-newsletter.

In Community,

Ana Bailao
Deputy Mayor
Councillor, Ward 18 - Davenport 

Local Updates

Adding Art and Creativity to the West Toronto Railpath!

The first mural of our community's Create Your Path public art project is now complete! Created by renowned artists Bacon and Que Rockford's the artwork is inspired by Indigenous culture and Street Art language. I encourage you to check it out along the north side of the underpass near Dupont and Dundas.

The Create Your Path initiative is about transforming the West Toronto Railpath through new public art and the next set of murals will be painted in 2018 at the Wallace Station Lofts and the Canadian Red Cross Building, where crews have already primed the wall in anticipation!

We will be hosting more meetings in 2018 to discuss the next set of murals. I want to thank everyone who has been involved and shared their feedback on this project. I look forward to sharing more updates with you!

Bloordale Community Safety Walk

In order to address community safety concerns raised by local residents, I am holding a Bloordale Community Safety Walk on Tuesday December 12, 2017 starting at 5:30 pm with local residents, Toronto Police, METRAC, Bloordale BIA, Bloordale CIA, Toronto Hydro, TPA and multiple City Divisions.

The group will meet at my office located at 1240 Bloor St W and we will cover the local Bloordale neighbourhood, providing an opportunity to identify local issues and solutions. I hope that you can join us for this important safety walk.

Ward 18 Talks: Chief of Police Town Hall

An important part of creating a welcoming and safe community for everyone is engaging and building an open dialogue with the Toronto Police Service. It is through these conversations that we can expand the partnerships and relationships needed to improve our community.

As part of my Ward 18 Talks speaker series, I will be hosting a Town Hall with Chief of Police Mark Saunders, 11 Division Superintendent Heinz Kuck, and 14 Division Superintendent Neil Corrigan on Monday December 11, 2017 at 7pm at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W). The Town Hall will be an important opportunity for you to learn about local policing initiatives, to ask questions and share your ideas on community safety and policing. I look forward to seeing you there!

Getting Creative with DeRAIL on the Railpath! 

Looking for a place to catch some sun, read a book or relax along the West Toronto Railpath? Checkout the beautiful new "Pause Platforms" commissioned and installed by ====\\DeRAIL as part of the annual Nuit Blanche arts festival! I was also pleased to secure funding from the City for this imaginative project. Thank you to ====\\DeRAIL for bringing your creativity and for being a part of our community's vision for a beautiful dynamic Railpath! To learn more about this project, visit www.derailart.com.

Galleria Mall  Community Meeting Coming Up

Earlier this spring, a community meeting was held to discuss the proposed development at the Galleria Mall. Since then, the applicant has been working to incorporate the feedback received from City staff and our community including reductions in height and massing, and the provision of affordable housing.

The owners submitted a revised application at the end of October and a public meeting will be held on Monday December 4, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St, space next to Fabricland) to provide another opportunity for you to review the proposal and share your comments.

New Mural At Dufferin TTC Station

Have you heard? There's a new Mural at Dufferin TTC Station! Earlier this fall, our community came together for a mural unveiling celebration of Ward 18's newest mural, located at the Dufferin Station Russett Ave Exits.

Painted by artist Ted Hamer and local students from the Toronto School of Art, Sonja Clarke, Stephanie Steele, and Maryam Sadeghpour, this mural adds a colourful touch of new vibrancy to the station, adding to the wide range of fantastic murals and street art in the Bloordale neighbourhood.

The mural was created in partnership with my office and a first of its kind mentorship initiative between the Toronto School of Art, TTC, the City of Toronto's StreetARToronto Program and Bloordale BIA to beautify our TTC stations and combat graffiti. Thank you everyone who came together to help make our new mural a beautiful reality!

College Streetscaping Update November 2017

I am happy to share that major work on the College Promenade Streetscaping project is now complete! Approved in early July 2016, the College Promenade Business Improvement Area (BIA) has been undertaking a streetscape beautification and improvement initiative which includes new decorative sidewalk pavers and curbs, attractive light fixtures, additional trees, planting bike rack, public art and a series of "Blue Room" parkettes.

Designed by local artist Stanislav Jurkovic, the parkettes will include new custom seating and artwork combined with signature painting and lighting features, adding a decorative touch of new vibrancy in the community. Major works on these parkettes is now complete and crews will wrap up minor works including painting in the spring to ensure the highest quality of these finishes.

Work on the project in 2017 was completed through a series of phased stages to minimize impacts to local residents and businesses and I want to thank residents and local businesses and everyone for their patience during this project.

I look forward to updating you on the parkette completion in the spring and I encourage you to talk a walk on our beautiful new College Street and support our amazing local businesses!

Dufferin Street Watermain Relining Construction Project

The City of Toronto and its Consultant, WSP | MMM Group, have contracted FER-PAL Infrastructure to structurally reline the watermain on Dufferin Street. As part of this work, temporary bypass water services were installed along the effected strip and may have been installed at your home to provide water service to local properties. 

On November 22nd, the contractor began to remove these bypass lines. Regular water service continues to be restored to the area as the removal progresses. The Dufferin Street Watermain Relining Construction Project is projected to end on December 31st, 2017. 

As all the temporary piping has not yet been removed and colder temperatures are arriving, the City of Toronto has a number of strategies. With the colder temperatures, The City of Toronto recommends that you leave a water tap running inside your home 24 hours a day to ensure continuous water flow through the temporary pipes and to prevent any freezing from occurring. You will not be charged for the water consumed as the temporary water line does not flow through your water meter. If you have a frozen temporary waterline please call 311 or contact the contractor FER-PAL Construction Ltd.'s emergency service office (24 hours a day seven days a week) at 416-742-3713 or at 1-866-344-1058. For more information and additional tips to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter, please see the attached information sheets here and here.

Once the contractor has restored regular water service, restoration of the roadway, sidewalks and landscaping will commence in phases. Phase 1 includes road permanent restoration on Dufferin St between Parr St and Bloor St and is expected to be completed imminently. Phase 2 will include temporary road restoration on Dufferin St Between Geary Ave and Bloor St and is expected ot be completed this December. The Final phase of restoration will include permanent sidewalk and landscaping restoration and will take place in the spring of 2018 when the warmer weather arrives.

If you have any questions I encourage you to contact the Field Ambassador for this work, Mikaela Sword who can be reached at 647-923-3430 or TorontoWMRehab@wsp.com.

Events

Sistering's Inspiration Studio Holiday Pottery Sale & Studio Fundraiser - 2480 Dundas St W - December 1-3, 2017 (see poster for specific times)

Junction Triangle Craft & Gift Show - Perth Avenue Public School (14 Ruskin Ave) - Saturday December 2, 2017 from 10am - 3pm

Galleria Mall Community Consultation Meeting/Open House - Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St, space next to Fabricland) - Monday December 4, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm 

Earlier this spring, a community meeting was held to discuss the proposed development at the Galleria Mall. Since then, the applicant has been working to incorporate the feedback received from City staff and our community including reductions in height and massing, and the provision of affordable housing.

The owners submitted a revised application at the end of October and a public meeting will be held on  Monday December 4, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St, space next to Fabricland) to provide another opportunity for you to review the proposal and share your comments.

Ward 18 Holiday Celebration - Propeller Coffee (50 Wade Ave) - Tuesday December 5, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm

In the spirit of the holiday season, I invite you to join me for a Ward 18 Holiday Celebration on Tuesday December 5, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Propeller Coffee (50 Wade Ave). I hope you can join us in celebrating our community, and if you plan to attend please RSVP at www.anabailao.ca/holidayparty. In the spirit of the holiday season, please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to our local food bank at the Oasis Dufferin Community Centre. 

Aangen Holiday Market- Propeller Coffee Co (50 Wade Ave) - Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10, 2017 from 10am to 4pm

Ward 18 Talks: Chief of Police Town Hall - Bloordale Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W) - Monday December 11, 2017 starting at 7pm

An important part of creating a welcoming and safe community for everyone is engaging and building an open dialogue with the Toronto Police Service. It is through these conversations that we can expand the partnerships and relationships needed to improve our community.

As part of my Ward 18 Talks speaker series, I will be hosting a Town Hall with Chief of Police Mark Saunders, 11 Division Superintendent Heinz Kuck, and 14 Division Superintendent Neil Corrigan on Monday December 11, 2017 at 7pm at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W). The Town Hall will be an important opportunity for you to learn about local policing initiatives, to ask questions and share your ideas on community safety and policing. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Bloordale Community Safety Walk

In order to address community safety concerns raised by local residents, I am holding a Bloordale Community Safety Walk on Tuesday December 12, 2017 starting at 5:30 pm with local residents, Toronto Police, METRAC, Bloordale BIA, Bloordale CIA, Toronto Hydro, TPA and multiple City Divisions.

The group will meet at my office located at 1240 Bloor St W and we will cover the local Bloordale neighbourhood, providing an opportunity to identify local issues and solutions. I hope that you can join us for this important safety walk.

City Updates

National Housing Strategy

This November, the Federal government launched the National Housing Strategy, which provides a blueprint to deliver real results on affordable and social housing for Toronto residents. I welcome the return of federal leadership on housing.

During the last six years, the City of Toronto has championed housing as the bedrock of building strong neighbourhoods in our city and across Canada. With the release of the National Housing Strategy we now have an opportunity to plan for a better city and improve the affordability of housing, while maintaining our valuable social housing homes.

Repairing and maintaining Toronto's social housing has long been a top priority for our city, and I expect the National Housing Strategy to prioritize investments in cities that have both demonstrated need and the ability to deliver repairs now.

With so many residents struggling to find and maintain a home in Canada's big cities, the opportunity presented by the National Housing Strategy cannot be missed. For this reason we will be working hard to ensure that all orders of government are working together in co-operation with housing providers to make this a success.

Housing is an issue that cuts across geography and income levels, and this new strategy makes much needed progress on our national response to affordability, housing supply, homelessness and social housing.

This strategy is the culmination of 20 years of community engagement and advocacy. The groundswell of support from strong voices within the non-profit, charitable, faith and private sectors has brought us to this point. Without their voices we would not be here today providing the opportunity to build a better future.

I am pleased to announce that I will be establishing a Deputy Mayor's Housing Advisory Council to guide Toronto's participation in the implementation of the National Housing Strategy. This group of external experts and persons with lived experience will provide us their best advice on how to maximize the opportunities arising from the strategy."

City of Toronto pilots new smart traffic signal technology to monitor traffic flow in real time

The City of Toronto is launching two smart traffic signal pilot projects to test the latest technology in smart traffic systems. These systems are more effective than traditional traffic signals because they are able to independently adjust to real-time traffic conditions. 

Unlike standard traffic signals that are fixed to a set timing cycle for morning and afternoon rush hours and off-peak times, the new signals will be able to adjust traffic signals independently to respond to real-time traffic patterns at any time of the day. They can also communicate and synchronize with other smart signals in the vicinity to alleviate congestion.

The new technologies will be tested and compared, and their performance and effectiveness will be measured by comparing before-and-after traffic volumes and travel times using new count stations and Bluetooth detectors. Transportation staff will also use commercial GPS data provided by HERE, a traffic data sharing company that provides traffic flow and travel time information. 

You can learn more about this project by clicking here.

City of Toronto crews ready for winter

The City of Toronto is ready to tackle winter – both on city streets and beneath them – by managing snow and ice on city streets, and by responding to the effects of cold weather on the city's watermains and water service pipes.

Toronto allocates over $90 million annually to ensure that our roads and sidewalks are clear and safe. The City has more than 1,500 personnel on standby, 24/7 (contracted and City staff), 600 snowplows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks in its winter operations fleet. In addition, there are about 200 smaller pickups and dump trucks to help keep the roads and sidewalks safe and passable during the winter season.

The City's first priority during a snowfall is to keep the main roads clear for emergency and TTC vehicles. After that, crews move on to the local roads and usually complete clearing those roads between 14 and 16 hours after the storm ends. As soon as the snow begins to fall, salt trucks are deployed to the expressways and main roads. Local roads and laneways are salted soon after the main roads. When two centimetres of snow have accumulated, plowing begins on the expressways and, when five centimetres have accumulated, plowing begins on the main roads. The City has also identified a priority network of bike lanes and cycle tracks in the downtown core that will continue to receive enhanced winter maintenance, including snow plowing and salting to improve safety for cyclists.

Residents can track where plows and salt trucks are and which roads have been serviced using the http://www.toronto.ca/PlowTO online tracking map.

Registration for City of Toronto's winter swim and skate programs and March break camps starts this coming weekend

The City of Toronto offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for winter swim and skate programs and March break camps starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 2 for Etobicoke York and Scarborough districts and Tuesday, December 5 for North York and Toronto and East York districts.

Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. Over the past year, the City has worked to improve the registration experience by increasing server capacity by 25 per cent so that more people can access the system online. The City has also introduced clearer navigation and planning tools online, and has extended customer service hours and added more staff to provide in-person support. To register online, please visit www.efun.toronto.ca and you can find more information on these programs at www.toronto.ca/rec

Picture 2050 Photo Contest

Picture 2050 is a photography contest for photographers of all ages, inspired by Toronto's TransformTO Climate Action plan. The goal of the plan is to reduce Toronto's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a healthy, equitable and prosperous city. 

Imagine Toronto in the year 2050. What does a caring and climate-friendly city of the future look like to you? To build the kind of city we want, we need to imagine it. Submit up to 3 photos that represent the Toronto you would like to see in 2050. Each picture submitted is a building block of the future city that we will bring to life together. There are three awards categories, one is for children ages 11 and under, second is for youth age 12-17 and third is for adults age 18 and over. Submit up to three photos by Friday, December 15, 2017, using the hastags: #Picture2050 #TransformTO #Together

 

The winner in each category will be awarded $100 and will be recognized at an award ceremony. The winning photographs, along with 4 “honourable mentions” in each category, will be framed and featured in a public exhibit.  Your images will be shared on the website and in social media. To find out more about this contest, visit www.picture2050.ca.

Public Consultations

Help Re-name Toronto's Homelessness System!

Council recently adopted a review of how the City locates homeless shelters making it clear that the conversation about homelessness services has to change. To do that, homeless shelters—programs, service delivery models, and building designs—all need to be transformed. This is underway now to emphasize that services exist to support clients to move to permanent housing as quickly as possible and with supports to assist them to keep their homes. 

Understanding that language and names are powerful signals of the transformative changes being proposed through the new service model, Council also suggested staff consider new names for the service. 

The City is seeking the input of Toronto residents in this process. Your input will help inform an external consultant's recommendations regarding a possible new name for the homelessness services system, including shelters, to better reflect the positive roles that these play in communities and in the lives of our most vulnerable residents.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and is open until 12 December, 2017. You can access it by clicking here.

Important Notices

Inspection and Cleaning of Sewer Main on Sylvan Avenue from 6 Sylvan Avenue to 65 Havelock Street

The City of Toronto will be inspecting and cleaning the sewer main on Sylvan Ave. This work will take place within December 4 and December 29, 2017 window. This project is part of the Council-approved Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, reduce the risk of leaks, and ensure continued long-term reliable sewer service.

Inspection and Condition Assessment of the sewer main will involve flushing the sewer with high pressure water to remove any debris and inspecting the sewer with a closed circuit TV (CCTV) camera to verify that it has been adequately cleaned. If the sewer segment requires relining, measurements will also be taken at this stage for a custom structural liner which will be installed within the sewer at a later date once it has been manufactured. A separate City notice will be issued at least two weeks in advance of the relining work.

For more information about this work, please see the complete work notice attached here.

News Clippings

Rental vacancy rates lowest in 16 years - Toronto Star

Toronto residents input sought on laneway housing - Inside Toronto

National housing strategy to include rental benefit - Toronto Star

Toronto committee calls for tighter Airbnb rules - The Globe and Mail

Eglinton Crosstown LRT work draws neighbourhoods closer - Toronto Star

Council Highlights

Toronto City Council met on November 7, 8 and 9, 2017. Council Highlights is a summary of a selection of decisions that Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk's formal documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

Integrating public transit fares  

Council agreed to ask Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission to accelerate their plans for full and affordable fare integration, including a single fare for rides in Toronto. In addition, Council adopted a motion asking for a report proposing a governance model for Metrolinx that ensures a transparent, formal decision-making process for regional transit decisions such as fare integration.

Bike lanes on Bloor Street  

Council approved maintaining the eastbound and westbound cycle tracks (separated bike lanes) on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street and Avenue Road as a permanent installation following a pilot project. The intention is to improve safety for all road users while minimizing the impact on businesses and curbside operations. Council's adoption of the agenda item includes directions to staff, such as making refinements to the cycle track's design.

Parks and recreation facilities 

Council adopted a master plan for the City's parks and recreation facilities to guide decision-making and investment over the next 20 years. Adoption of the report included Council's support for several amending motions, and staff were asked to prepare an implementation strategy for the plan. The master plan aims to ensure that the provision of parks and recreation facilities is maintained consistently and is optimally distributed across the city.

Child care in Toronto  

Council adopted a series of recommendations supporting child care. The recommendations include making agreements with non-profit and public-sector partners to fund the retrofit, expansion or development of child-care spaces that are not in schools. The City's 10-year vision for the licensed child-care system for children under age four aims to add 30,000 new spaces by 2026 and to increase affordability while ensuring that the system is staffed by a thriving workforce.

Pilot project for electric vehicles  

Council authorized a one-year pilot project for residential on-street charging stations for electric vehicles at two locations in each of Wards 19, 30 and 32 as well as at a location near Toronto Hydro’s facilities on Commissioners Street. Users of the charging stations will pay a fee for the service. 

Refugees in Toronto     

Recommendations to support the City's management of the arrival of refugees in Toronto received Council's approval. In addition to immediate measures to address an increase in the number of people arriving in Toronto and making a refugee claim, which affects the emergency shelter system, the recommendations include requests for support from, and collaboration with, the federal and provincial governments.

Implementing the Home for Good program   

Council approved the allocation of funding for Toronto's implementation of the Ontario government's Home for Good program. The Toronto allocation of about $90 million over three years will help the City assist up to 2,000 people in need of housing. Implementation will help vulnerable people who are homeless secure and maintain housing as the first step to achieving an improved quality of life.

Proposal for a legacy structure          

Council voted in support of having staff work with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre on the feasibility of establishing a legacy structure honouring Indian residential school survivors. The site proposed is south of the Peace Garden on the west side of Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall. The structure/site design is to be consistent with overall design considerations for Nathan Phillips Square.

Implementing police force transformation   

Council provided direction on the Toronto Police Service's implementation of the Transformational Task Force's recommendations. Some of the changes will affect the provision of services such as the beaches lifeguard program and, effective in mid-2019, delivery of the school crossing-guard program. Council agreed to include a request about ensuring the police force has the resources needed to adequately enforce the Highway Traffic Act in Toronto neighbourhoods.

GO station at Park Lawn  

Council agreed to ask staff to work with Metrolinx to make the establishment of a GO station at Park Lawn a priority as part of the Lakeshore West GO rail corridor, supporting potential development in the Park Lawn area of south Etobicoke. The Humber Bay Shores community is in that area. Metrolinx has not included a Park Lawn station in its 10-year shortlist of stations identified for expansion.

Licensing of body-rub parlours    

Council decided to call for a detailed review of current bylaws governing the licensing of body-rub parlours and holistic centres, and to report on creating criteria for issuing licences for body-rub parlours in holistic centres where zoning permits. The report is also to address licence enforcement. Council's action on this matter follows a recent audit of holistic centres in the context of the City's licensing activities for the purposes of public health and safety, consumer protection and nuisance control.

Accessibility ramps on sidewalks   

Council adopted recommendations for the City to look into possibly creating a grant program that would help local business owners retrofit the entrances of their private properties to improve accessibility. Many businesses are using small wooden ramps of various dimensions to connect their business entrance/exit with the public sidewalk/right-of-way, providing wheelchair access.

Internships for Muslim youth   

Council authorized arrangements for 13 councillor's aide positions in Toronto councillor offices on a part-time basis for 12 weeks to support the Muslim Youth Fellowship internship program. Placements are scheduled to start in January. The fellowship was created to increase participation in civic engagement among Muslim youth in Toronto.

Building code and greenhouse gas emissions   

Council adopted recommendations to encourage an emphasis on green standards in the Ontario government's current review/updating of the Ontario Building Code. The code is a tool that can assist with reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto's building sector. The City's input consists of comments on proposed code amendments supporting efforts to mitigate the effects of extreme weather connected with climate change.

Toronto a nuclear-weapons-free zone     

Council voted in support of a motion to reaffirm that Toronto is a nuclear-weapons-free zone as well as to ask the Board of Health to hold public hearings on the dangers of nuclear weapons and radiation fallout. An earlier Toronto Council designated Toronto a nuclear-weapons-free zone in 1983 and approved building a Peace Garden on Nathan Phillips Square as a symbol for peace and the ongoing struggle to avoid the devastation of war.

Special meeting on November 2, 2017:

Appointment to fill Ward 28 vacancy

At a special one-day City Council meeting held on November 2, Council heard candidates' presentations in their bids to replace the late Pam McConnell as the councillor representing Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale. Council voted to appoint Lucy Troisi as Ward 28 councillor for the remainder of the current four-year term of City Council, which ends November 30, 2018. 

 

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