I hope you and your families have been taking advantage of our great summer and got to experience some of Davenport and Toronto's many festivals and events. I want to thank all of the event planners, volunteers and participants that made Toronto a great place to be this summer. I was fortunate enough to get out of the office and attend many of these events. From small street parties to large city festivals, it was truly a pleasure to meet and celebrate with you all and I look forward to continuing to work with you all to represent the needs of our community as Council and Committees begin to meet once more.
Outside of events, I have also been getting ready for back to school by making community safety improvements throughout Davenport. This summer, we have implemented many changes that will help keep our kids safe throughout the school year. If you have concerns about safety around your child's school, please contact my office to see how we can be of help.
New School Safety Zones
School Safety Zones add a number of safety features around schools to alert and remind drivers to take care on the road, as well as provide safe road crossing features for students and pedestrians. Typical school safety zones feature:
- New school zone safety signs with flashing beacons
- School zone pavement stencils
- "Watch your speed" driver feedback signs; and
- Zebra markings at school crosswalks
In addition, City staff will be extending the coverage of enhanced pavement markings up to 250 metres away from school buildings to help encourage active transportation to school, which includes walking or biking.
New school safety zone designations have been created for:
- St. Paul VI Catholic Elementary School
- St. Luigi Catholic Elementary School
- St. Sebastian Catholic Elementary School
- St. Rita Catholic Elementary School
These are in addition to the existing school safety zones at:
- Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave Junior and Senior Public School
- Dewson Street Junior Public School
- F H Miller Junior Public School
- St. Nicholas of Bari Catholic Elementary School
Designated School Pick-Up and Drop-Off Areas
At June's Toronto and East York Community Council, I passed a motion to create designated pick-up and drop-off zones on Osler Street, for parents to safely drop their children at Carleton Village School. This came as a result of speaking with concerned parents, residents, school staff and personally visiting the site. Working with the larger community, I ensured that there was a proper balance for bus drop-off and pick-ups as well as parking supply for local residents. At BIG on Bloor, it was my honour to present the dedicated parents on the Carleton Village School Council with the BIG on Bloorfest Award for this significant accomplishment.
Additional school pick-up and drop-off areas were added to:
- St. Rita Catholic Elementary School
- St. Nicholas of Bari Catholic Elementary School
Rawlinson Community School Safe Crossing
This summer, I also worked to relocate the All-Way Stop on Glenholme Avenue at Earnscliffe Road to Glenholme Avenue at Millerson Avenue. This is an effort to prevent drivers from travelling the wrong way on Glenholme and provide a safer crossing point for the school children who attend Rawlinson Community School. This came as a result of consultation and input from the school principal, Rawlinson's Parent Council, Trustee Donaldson and the larger community.
Vision Zero 2.0
At the last Toronto City Council meeting, we conducted a review of Vision Zero, Toronto's five-year action plan focused on eliminating traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto's streets. As part of this discussion, I secured a speed limit reduction to 40km/h on Dufferin Street from Sylvan Avenue to Eglinton Avenue. This change will slow drivers on this busy route and help to protect kids from the many schools on the Dufferin corridor. For a full list of traffic safety improvements in Davenport, you can use this interactive map. Having only served as Councillor for the area North of Dupont Street since October 2018, I look forward to making additional safety improvements in the near future.
Alexander Muir Junior and Sr Bike Lane Fence
In order to protect both students and cyclists, I secured funding for the Toronto District School Board to install a fence between the bike lanes and playground. With an existing wall already constructed in time for the return of school, an additional fence will be added on top in September as an extra precaution.
Councillor, Ward 9 – Davenport
Table of Contents
- Lisgar Park Improvements
- Brockton Triangle and Bloordale Backyard Tree Planting Program
- Earlscourt Centennial Celebration Planning Meeting
- St. Clair/ Silverthorn Library Grand Opening
- Green Line Implementation Plan
- Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays
- Public Consultation: Dufferin Grove Revitalization Project
- McCormick Recreation Centre Renovations
- Public Meeting on the Galleria Mall Redevelopment
- 2020 Neighbourhood Grant - Call for Applications
- City Updates
- News Clippings
- Important Notices
Lisgar Park Improvements
The improvements to Lisgar Park have been completed and included the installation of a new drainage system that will help sustain the parks plant life. These improvements are a result of continuous community input and I personally would like to thank everyone for being involved and for making this happen.
Brockton Triangle and Bloordale Backyard Tree Planting Program
The Bloordale Community Improvement Association, Botanicus Art Ensemble and Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) have teamed up to offer a $100 rebate for Brockton Triangle and Bloordale property owners to use towards the cost of planting a new tree through LEAF's subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program. You can apply at www.yourleaf.org before September 30.
Earlscourt Centennial Celebration Planning Meeting
Our amazing Earlscourt Park is turning 100 years old and we want to throw it a party. Local community groups, residents and businesses will be meeting to plan a birthday bash for this iconic Toronto park. Have some ideas? All are welcome. If you want to be involved, please reach out to my office by phone at (416) 392-7012 or email at [email protected] by September 15.
On Saturday, September 28, I hope you can join me at 11:00 AM at 1748 St. Clair Avenue West for the official opening of the St. Clair Silverthorn Library. This modernized and refreshed space will offer the community a state of the art facility to replace the existing library. Be one of the first people to see this great new community building.
The Toronto Public Library has tons of great programs and classes available in Davenport. From learning how to code, to day-programs for parents, there is something for everyone. You can browse the full list here.
Green Line Implementation Plan
The Green Line Implementation Plan final report is now available. Finding new space for parks in an increasingly dense city is a challenge. Recognizing a rare opportunity for new parkland, the vision for the Green Line is to transform a currently in-use electric transmission corridor into a five km-long connected park and open space.
The creation of a connected series of open spaces within this corridor has been a goal of local citizens and the City of Toronto since before amalgamation in 1998, and I am glad to be moving this forward. I have been a strong supporter of this project for many years and see it as an important community green space. This fall, we will be hosting community meetings to make sure that this space reflects the needs of residents.
Sidewalk Cafés & Marketing Displays
On September 1, 2019, the new and harmonized bylaw Chapter 742, Sidewalk Cafés, Parklets and Marketing Displays comes into effect. City Council adopted the bylaw in March 2019.
The harmonized bylaw will:
- modernize regulations and allow for new configurations, such as parklet cafés and curbside cafés
- create consistent guidelines to address accessibility and pedestrian movement
- standardize the application process for new permit applicants.
Existing conditions attached to permits issued before September 1 will continue to apply, but there will be updated obligations that current permit holders need to comply with. Find out more here.
Public Consultation: Dufferin Grove Revitalization Project
Dufferin Grove Park and the Dufferin Grove Clubhouse are well-used and beloved community spaces for a wide variety of park users. Renovations to the northwest portion of the park are planned to begin in 2020. If you want to learn about the progress and plans for the park, you can attend the final public consultation meeting on September 19. In the coming weeks, you should receive notice of this meeting in your mail. You can also sign up for email updates here.
McCormick Recreation Centre Renovations
Starting in September, repairs will be made to the McCormick Recreation Centre to increase accessibility, improve energy usage and refresh the facility. The work will include a complete rehabilitation of the pool area, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, and installation of a new main elevator and accessible change room.
The facility will be partially open in May of 2020 with the pool expected to open in September 2020.During the closure, programming will be offered at Trinity Community Recreation Centre, Wallace Emerson Community Centre, Sorauren Park Fieldhouse and Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre. The Afterschool program will be offered at MacGregor Playground Fieldhouse. All aquatic programs have been re-routed to other facilities. For the complete schedule, please visit www.toronto.ca/swim. For specific program information visit www.toronto.ca/funguide.
Since the last meeting together in fall 2018, a proposal has been submitted under the City’s Site Plan approval process. At the same time, the private development partnership has moved forward their plans on the redevelopment of the Galleria Mall, submitting the first stage of mixed-use development under the City’s Site Plan approval process.
If you would like to provide feedback or learn more, please attend this meeting.
2020 Neighbourhood Grant - Call for Applications
The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between March 16th –September 15th, 2020.
A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods). Click here to see the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods. Click here to apply or for more information.
Climate Action Grant
The City has launched a pilot grant program to support climate action projects at the neighbourhood level. Through the program, grants of up to $7,500 per project are available for resident-led projects in the City's Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. The grants, totalling $100,000, support the City's TransformTO climate action strategy and are included in the 2019 operating budget.
Applications open on September 1, 2019 and close on October 31, 2019. Projects approved for funding may start on or after January 1, 2020. For more information or to apply, please visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.
City-Wide Study on Existing Dog Off-Lease Areas
The Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division is leading an interdivisional study to examine how the City’s Off-Leash Areas can be reimagined to better harmonize with existing park uses and provide a more satisfying user experience. The study is a follow-up to the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan recommendation to develop criteria for improving existing dog off-leash areas.
A project web page has been launched which will provide regularly updated information on the project and will also provide further information on how residents can participate in the project.
City Hall Live
City Hall Live has returned to outdoor stages this summer, with an impressive lineup of free performances that includes lunchtime shows at Nathan Phillips Square and Union Station. City Hall Live provides local artists with paid opportunities to perform across the city, showcasing the diverse musical sounds of Toronto. Local live music will be presented at Nathan Phillips Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays until September 11, hosted by music and entertainment reporter Rudy Blair.
The full City Hall Live performance schedule is available at http://bit.ly/2WEpIvp and social media users can follow #CityHallLive for schedule updates.
TTC Transit Responsibility Review
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been hosting a series of public consultations in regard to the province's introduction of Bill 107 - The Getting Ontario Moving Act, which enables a series of changes to how transit is planned, designed and delivered in Toronto. In order to keep the public informed, the City of Toronto has launched a consultation and public information campaign to keep you informed on what is happening. To stay up to date and provide your thoughts, please visit here.
My Local Government Resource
Ever wonder how your local government works? Some find it complicated and overwhelming to navigate. In order to make government more accountable, accessible and transparent, the City of Toronto has launched the My Local Government, It's For Me campaign that explains how government works and where to find information or how to get involved. You can find more information on their website and information booklets which can be provided in 24 languages.
With summer and warmer weather here, Toronto Water is running a multi-faceted public education campaign to remind residents and industrial, commercial, institutional and multi-residential facilities that they can track their water use online with the MyWaterToronto online tool. This tool can be used to identify leaks and look for ways to save water and money.
Request a Mobile Watch Your Speed Sign
Under the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the City of Toronto is accepting recommendations for new Mobile Speed Signs. Each sign will be rotated to locations within the ward on a monthly basis and includes built-in radar that measures and displays to drivers the speed of their vehicles. In 2018, nearly 200 signs were installed to help remind motorists of their speed and discourage speeding. If you have a recommendation for a Mobile Watch Your Speed Sign, please make a request.
Please Slow Down Campaign
The "Please Slow Down" campaign, a public awareness initiative that aims to encourage drivers to slow down on residential roads using temporary lawn signs, is well underway. If you would like to request a sign, please contact my office by phone at (416) 392-7012 or email at [email protected].
Toronto Biennial of Art
In July, City Council voted in favour of the Toronto Biennial of Art's 72-day visual arts program starting on September 21, 2019. This event has been in the works for five years and I have been a strong supporter of it.
The 72-day Toronto Biennial of Art presents local, national, and international contemporary art in a citywide event as culturally layered and connected as Toronto itself. The event takes place every two years, offering accessible and transformative visual art exhibitions, installations, talks, learning opportunities, and happenings in new and unexpected spaces along the shores of Lake Ontario.
The Biennial’s goal is to bring together Toronto and nearby cities, connecting communities around art and culture, and contributing to global conversations from a distinctly Canadian perspective. The event reflects the specific context of the region and its unique standard for inclusion and openness.
Artist, neighbourhood residents fuming over cancellation of mural for Davenport Diamond rail bridge - Toronto.com, August 22
Toronto’s short-term rental regulations under scrutiny as tribunal kicks off - The Star, August 26
EXCLUSIVE: John Tory discusses housing goals and planning reforms - Spacing Toronto, August 27
Hanson Road BBQ and Street Party - September 7 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm at 434 Oakwood Avenue
Please join the Police Community Partnership 13 Division, Oakwood Pizzeria, 434 Oakwood Ave, and the Oakwood Village BIA for a Community BBQ at Oakwood Pizzeria. There will be food and fun for the whole family including face painting, a jumping castle and more!
Fairbank Village BIA Films on Shortt - September 13
Please join Fairbank Village BIA for their final free outdoor movie on the night of September 13 on Shortt Street, north of Eglinton Avenue West. Be sure to bring your chair or blanket!
South Corso Italia Residents' Association Annual Dolce Vita Neighbourhood Party - September 14 starting at 4:00pm on Via Italia between Auburn Avenue and Rosemount Avenue
Join the South Corso Italia Residents' Association for their annual Dolce Vita festival. This great family-focused event will have face painting, games, arts and crafts, music and more!
Oakwood Village Urban Market - September 14 from 11:00am - 5:00pm at Charles Brereton Park, 306 Oakwood Ave
Be sure to join the Oakwood Village BIA at their third and final Urban Market. This is a great community event featuring local musicians, vendors and cuisine.
13 Division Community Police Liaison Committee Meeting - September 16 from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Mortage Support Services, 504 Oakwood Ave
Please join Toronto Police 13 Division for their regular Community Police Liaison Committee Meeting and share any community concerns you feel should be brought to their attention.
Nuit Blanche - October 5 from 7:00pm - 7:00am, city-wide
Experience nearly 90 art projects at Nuit Blanche Toronto! For one sleepless night, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating art experiences. This year's program responds to one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum. The theme follows many paths during the event – set against a backdrop of the ever-present renewal of night into day, a continuum of experience and ideas is brought to light by the participating artists.
Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program
LEAF offers a Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program which helps you enjoy the many benefits of trees by planting the right tree in the right place. You will get an arborist consultation at your property, a 5 to 8 foot native tree and full planting service, all for $150-$220 (approximately half the full cost!). Houses, multi-units and business/industrial properties all qualify. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.
Sewer Rehabilitation - O'Leary Avenue
The City of Toronto will be conducting sewer rehabilitations from 8 O'Leary Ave to 50 O'Leary Ave. The project is expected to be completed by January 2020. Residents may experience odours from flushing activities. For questions or concerns, please contact the Field ambassador at 416-475-4424 or [email protected]
Toronto Hydro - Emerson-Bloor Construction
From June 2019 to December 2019, Toronto Hydro will be conducting overhead and underground construction in the Emerson-Bloor Neighbourhood to accommodate the GO Transit Expansion Electrification Program. Crews may require access to your property to install an underground duct from the property line to the meter base located at your home or business. For further information, please call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-3366 and reference project X18126.
In addition, Toronto Hydro will be conducting a powerlite switch replacement in the Bloor St West, Sterling Rd neighbourhood to help improve the electricity system in Ward 9. For further information, please call Toronto Hydro at 416-542-3366 and reference project X18127.