I trust everyone is having an enjoyable summer. As you know, after 12 years serving as your City Councillor, I have decided not to seek re-election in October. As part of the City's protocols for election periods, City Councillors cannot produce or send out newsletters including electronic versions after August 1st of this year. So, this will be the last e-newsletter I will be able to send to you.
I would like to take this opportunity once again to tell you what an honour it has been to serve you as your City Councillor and to thank all of you for your support, your dedication to our Davenport community and for all your efforts in the work we have done together helping to make our community such a wonderful place to call home.
Many residents in our Davenport community have begun to receive my final community newsletter in your mailboxes, where I've summarized the progress that we've made together over these past twelve years. You can click here to read a digital copy of my community newsletter here.
Finally, as the municipal election moves forward over the summer and into the fall, you'll be seeing candidates come to your door to talk with you and present their ideas. I encourage you to ask questions and hear of their plans for our community and most importantly I ask that everyone get out to vote either in the advance polls or on election day. This is an important election for the future of our community and the City and we should all exercise our right to vote and be part of the process. Election day is on October 24th so don't forget to vote, and you can click this link to learn more about the municipal election.
Thank you Davenport for your support, your guidance and your trust. I look forward to continuing to serve you as your City Councillor over the next few months and to seeing you around our Davenport community in the future.
City & Local Updates
- Final Community Newsletter Arriving In Mailboxes
- Announcing Indigenous-led Housing Development in Midtown
- City Council approves more than 24,000 new homes in July meeting
- Council Approves Measures to Limit Noise in Neighbourhoods
- City Council Supports Expanding Local Retail Services in Neighbourhoods
- City Council Receives Progress Report on Toronto Community Crisis Service Pilots
- Davenport Movie Night A Success
- West Toronto Transmission Line Relocation Open House Today at 5:00 PM
- Local Road Resurfacing Pre-Construction Notice for Review - Ernest Ave, and St. Clarens Ave from Dupont St to Wallace Ave
- Summerlicious Returning from August 12th to 28th
- Indigenous Food Market Continuing Every Wednesday Until September 28th
- Dufferin Grove Summer Update Flyer
Recent Municipal Announcements
- July 21 - Toronto City Council supports initiation of partnership and funding agreements for FIFA World Cup 2026
- July 21 - Vacancy for Office of Councillor in Ward 1 – Etobicoke North to be filled by appointment
- July 21 - Toronto City Council maintains access to accessible taxicabs and vehicles-for-hire
- July 21 - Toronto City Council supports measures to limit noise in neighbourhoods and on city streets
- July 21 - Toronto City Council supports expanding local retail and services in neighbourhoods
- July 22 - Team Toronto administers more than 45,000 fourth dose COVID-19 vaccinations as eligibility expands to all people age 18 and older
- July 22 - Toronto City Council receives progress report on Toronto Community Crisis Service
- July 22 - Toronto City Council approves more than 24,000 new homes in July meeting
- July 25 - Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics to take place at Toronto Caribbean Carnival and other summer events this week
- July 25 - City of Toronto selected to host the 11th International Public Markets Conference in 2023
- July 26 - City of Toronto and CreateTO announce development partners for first Housing Now Indigenous-led site for Indigenous seniors
Final Community Newsletter Arriving In Mailboxes
Many residents across Davenport have begun to receive my final community newsletter in mailboxes, where I summarize the progress that we have made over these past twelve years.
I am proud of all the work we have done, and the progress outlined in this newsletter shows what's possible when we work together to improve our community.
I have uploaded a copy to my website, which you can read by clicking this link.
Announcing Indigenous-led Housing Development in Midtown
Yesterday morning, along with Mayor John Tory and Chief Jason Gauthier from the Missanabie Cree First Nation, we announced that Missanabie Cree First Nation has been selected to create 184 new rental homes in midtown, of which 50% will be affordable.
This Indigenous-led development is being supported by the City's Housing Now program, and will be dedicated to providing housing options for Indigenous elders and other seniors. It will include ceremonial spaces, a smudging room, and other amenities.
The City is committed to supporting Indigenous led solutions to addressing their housing needs, and I'm proud to see this partnership moving forward that will create new affordable rental housing for the Indigenous community in Toronto.
You can click here to learn more about this announcement.
City Council approves more than 24,000 new homes in July meeting
During last week’s City Council meeting, significant progress was made on housing. Council approved a total of 24,829 new housing units across the City of Toronto, including:
- 2060 affordable units
- 2413 purpose-built rental units
- 12 new parks
- and community benefits totaling $121 million.
City Council also adopted a number of other important housing-related measures including a Renoviction Policy including the establishment of a Housing-at-Risk Table (HART) to support tenants, changes to the Rent Geared to Income (RGI) rules to better meet the needs of local residents, as well as my amendment to exempt multiplexes from development charges.
Many of the items adopted will help us reach our goals set out in the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan which you can read here. You can click here for more details about the housing measures approved by City Council last week.
Council Approves Measures to Limit Noise in Neighbourhoods
One of the items approved by City Council was new measures designed to limit noise in our Neighbourhoods.
These new measures limit the times when power devices like leaf blowers, lawnmowers, and chainsaws, would be allowed to operate in the morning on weekdays. The previous regulations limited the operation of these items from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on statutory holidays and weekends. These new regulations approved by Council have reduced the permitted operating times from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The weekend times remain unchanged.
Furthermore, these measures also address excessive vehicle noise moving in our City by submitting a request for the Ontario government to increase fines and assign demerit points for modified exhaust and unnecessary vehicle noise offences, as well as to develop stricter regulations on vehicle modifications. The City has also requested the necessary regulatory changes that would allow the City to initiate a noise activated camera/automated noise enforcement pilot project.
You can learn more about these measures here.
City Council Supports Expanding Local Retail Services in Neighbourhoods
City Council has approved amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw that will support the expansion of local retail and services in neighbourhoods. These are the local small scale retail shops and services that support and enhance our local communities.
Not only do these retail and services provide convenient service to neighbourhoods, they support residents with limited mobility, and help to reduce gas emissions by reducing the need to drive to stores.
To better support these small scale shops, the City has approved Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments that will support and encourage the development of neighbourhood retail and services. You can learn more about these changes here.
City Council Receives Progress Report on Toronto Community Crisis Service Pilots
At last week's City Council meeting, we received a progress report on the Toronto Community Crisis Service (TCCS) pilots. These pilots are an alternative approach to responding to community members in crisis by providing crisis services in response to non-emergency mental health and wellbeing checks.
The progress report indicated that the TCCS received a total of 549 total calls. Mobile teams were dispatched 438 times, with 79% of these dispatches coming from 9-1-1. Of the calls transferred by 9-1-1, 87% were handled by TCCS with no police involvement.
In terms of on-scene interactions, a majority (61%) of service requests were completed successfully, with a median time of 39 minutes spent with the client.
While more time is needed to fully assess these pilot programs, and a comprehensive evaluation report on the pilots will be brought to Council in October 2023, these initial results are a positive sign that the pilots are succeeding. You can click here to learn more.
Davenport Movie Night A Success
We had a great turnout on Friday for our Davenport Movie Night! I was glad to see so many community members coming together to enjoy a movie in the park. It was great to connect with community members again.
I'm also thankful to Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 for co-hosting this event with me, and for all the work they do across the City of Toronto.
West Toronto Transmission Line Relocation Open House Today at 5:00 PM
In order to support Metrolinx's GO Expansion program, Hydro One has identified areas where the proposed railway expansion will conflict with existing overhead powerlines. These power lines provide a vital supply of electricity to the City of Toronto. As a result, they must be relocated to accommodate Metrolinx's proposed work.
In advance of the project beginning, Hydro One will host two Community Open Houses for residents to learn more about the West Toronto Transmission Line Relocation Project. These Open Houses will ensure community members can learn more about this project, provide technical information to residents, and receive community feedback.
Hydro One will be hosting their second Open House today from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 75 (1-A Ramsden Road).
I encourage you to participate if you are in the affected area. You can click here to read the full notice on my website.
Local Road Resurfacing Pre-Construction Notice for Review - Ernest Ave, and St. Clarens Ave from Dupont St to Wallace Ave
The City of Toronto will be resurfacing Ernest Avenue and St. Clarens Avenue from Dupont Street to Wallace Avenue. Construction is expected to begin late summer 2022, and be completed by summer 2023, and will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This work is necessary in order to resurface sections of damaged road and sidewalk, and to bring them into a state of good repair.
Summerlicious Returning from August 12th to 28th
Great news! Summerlicious is returning from August 12th to 28th! You can explore the best of what Toronto's cuisine has to offer, featuring delicious food from around the world. More details about Summerlicious can be found here.
Indigenous Food Market Continuing Every Wednesday Until September 28th
The Indigenous Food Market takes place at Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Rd.) every Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., from July 13 to Sept 28.
Come by to enjoy delicious Indigenous food! The Indigenous Food Market also features Indigenous vendors, artisans, special performances, and more. Click here for more information.
Dufferin Grove Summer Update Flyer
Dufferin Grove Park is set to be full of activity this summer with fun events and activities as the City releases the Dufferin Grove Summer Update. This flyer, which you may start to see around the community provides a list of some of the upcoming community programs that will be taking place.