I'd like to begin by expressing my thanks and appreciation for the kind messages residents from across Toronto sent me following my announcement last week that I will not be running for re-election in the upcoming municipal election. Your kind words have moved me, and it has truly been an honour of a lifetime to serve as your City Councillor for the past twelve years. You can read my open letter here.
I want to also let you know that I will continue to serve our community for the next few months, so you can continue to contact my office regarding municipal matters, and we will be happy to help.
This past weekend, our city, and much of Southern Ontario, was hit with a severe storm that caused power outages, damaged trees, and destroyed property across the region. I want to reassure residents that City crews have been working hard since the storm hit, to respond to storm service calls. Crews continue to work clearing trees from power lines, and Toronto Hydro is working to restore power to affected areas. You can report fallen trees or branches to 311 and learn more about the City's ongoing response to the storm here.
I also want to share that over the weekend, the City opened outdoor splash pads and spray pads for the summer season for residents to enjoy! Until September 18th, residents will be able to enjoy splash pads and spray pads in neighbourhoods across our City. To see open splashpads near you, click this link.
Yesterday, I had the honour of speaking at the City's Newcomer Day celebrations at Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall. Newcomer Day is an annual event that welcomes newcomers to Toronto, and hosts an information fair with booths from many different organizations that provide supports and programming to newcomers. The City of Toronto adopted a Newcomer Strategy in 2021, which provides a roadmap for achieving greater impact for newcomer success, by ensuring that newcomers are both aware of and able to access programs and services. You can learn more about this strategy here.
The City also shared good news regarding affordable housing on Tuesday by announcing that we are on track to create 919 new affordable and supportive housing units through the 2021 Open Door Program call for applications! The homes that will be created through the Open Door Program's $10 million in capital funding, and $65 million in additional incentives will also help us reach out HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan goal of 40,000 new affordable and rental homes.
There are also a number of events that will be taking place this weekend for the whole family to enjoy! On Friday at 6:00 p.m., MUSE Arts will be officially opening their new Creative Lab, located at Earlscourt Park (the former café building)! Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Doors Open Toronto will be returning to our City! This is a weekend-long event where residents will be able to rediscover Toronto through open-door access to a number of sites across our City, which you can click here to learn more about. The Toronto Biennial of Art continues this weekend as well with a number of artistic venues across the City, and next weekend, the Do West Fest will take place from June 3rd to 5th! I have provided more information on these upcoming events below.
As always please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of any assistance. You can contact my office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416.392.7012.
City & Local Updates
- City Continuing Storm Response
- Celebrating Newcomer Day At City Hall
- Speed Limits On Local Roads Are Being Reduced To 30km/h To Improve Safety
- City Opens Splash Pads for Summer Season
- Doors Open Toronto Returning This Weekend
- City Launches My Smart Commute Campaign
- City on Track To Create 919 New Affordable & Supportive Homes
- Toronto Biennial of Art Continuing Until June 5th
- Perth Square Park Playground Survey Open Until June 5th
- Click Below To Learn What To Do If You Come Across A Coyote
Upcoming Community Events
- MUSE Arts Creative Lab Unveiling at Earlscourt Park this Friday at 6:00 p.m.
- Do West Fest Taking Place From June 3rd to 5th
- Pride Art Installation Taking Place June 3rd
- Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration on June 4th
- Upcoming Compost Days
- Next Davenport Environment Day Happening on July 16th
Recent Municipal Announcements
- May 12 - Mayor John Tory unveils the oak tree as Toronto’s Official Tree
- May 16 - City of Toronto releases summer recreation program listings
- May 17 - Mayor John Tory announces funding to continue and expand hospital-based violence intervention programs in Toronto
- May 17 - City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro to install 32 additional on-street EV charging stations by end of 2022
- May 18 - City of Toronto’s second debenture of the year issued to fund strategic capital projects
- May 19 - Toronto Public Health works with Shoppers Drug Mart to increase COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for people 50 and older
- May 20 - City of Toronto opening outdoor splash and spray pads
- May 20 - City of Toronto to begin LDD moth aerial spray starting next week
- May 20 - Toronto Public Health releases preliminary data of confirmed opioid overdose deaths in 2021
- May 20 - City of Toronto extending work of COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams to December 2022
- May 21 - Toronto Public Health investigates first suspected case of monkeypox
- May 24 - City of Toronto Open Door affordable housing program helps create 919 new affordable homes
- May 24 - City of Toronto update on storm response
- May 25 - Toronto Public Health hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Doors Open Toronto on May 28 and 29
- May 25 - Toronto Newcomer Day celebrates new Torontonians and their contributions to the city
City of Toronto Storm Response
City crews have been working hard since the storm this past weekend to respond to storm service calls. Crews have been working 12-14 hour shifts to prioritize eliminating hazards to public safety or property, as well as working with Toronto Hydro to restore power to affected areas.
Currently, all available resources have been assigned to clean up work, and as crews continue to respond to the storm from this past weekend, residents can visit this link to learn what to do when storms damage trees.
Celebrating Newcomer Day At City Hall
Yesterday, I was honoured to welcome newcomers from around the world to their new home here in Toronto, and to proclaim on behalf of Mayor John Tory May 25 as Newcomer Day in Toronto!
Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and it is our diversity that makes our City so great. But I know from my own journey the strength it takes to immigrate to a new country, and how challenging this experience can be.
This is why events like Newcomer Day, are so important. Throughout Nathan Phillips Square, there were booths and tables from many different community organizations, support services, and government entities, all here to support newcomers.
The City of Toronto also adopted a Newcomer Strategy which works to ensure that available programs and services are accessible to newcomers. You can learn more about Toronto Newcomer Day by clicking this link, and learn more about the Newcomer Strategy here.
To improve safety for residents and communities, the City is working to reduce speed limits on local roads and public lanes to 30km/h, including here in Davenport! Higher speeds contribute to a higher risk of serious injuries and fatalities, and reducing speed limits is one important step the City is taking to improve safety.
Signs will be posted at the entry and exit points (i.e., gateway points) of neighbourhoods where the speed limit will be reduced. In addition to the new speed limit signs, the City will install stencils on the road surface at the gateway points to enhance conspicuity and alert motorists in advance. The new speed limit signs will also appear on the interactive Vision Zero Mapping Tool.
City Opens Splash Pads For Summer Season
Doors Open Toronto Returning This Weekend
Doors Open Toronto is returning this weekend! Doors Open Toronto is a weekend-long event that allows residents to rediscover our City through open access to more than 100 sites for exploration, a talk series, walking tours and more!
Activities will be taking place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.! I encourage residents to take some time this weekend to explore locations across our City through Doors Open! You can learn more about Doors Open Toronto, and all the locations that will be open across Toronto here.
City Launches My Smart Commute Campaign
As more workers across our City are returning to the office for full time or hybrid work models, the City has launched a new #MySmartCommute Challenge to encourage to explore sustainable forms of commuting rather than driving to work alone. These alternative methods can include taking transit, cycling, or carpooling!
Residents can sign up to the #MySmartCommute newsletter to receive a series of weekly newsletters with curated tips on transit, cycling, carpooling, as well as how to enhance the remote & hybrid work experience. Click here to learn more!
City on Track To Create 919 New Affordable & Supportive Homes
The City is on track to create 919 new affordable and supportive housing units through the 2021 call for applications through the Open Door program!
A report that details the results of the application call will be received at the upcoming Planning & Housing Committee meeting. The report recommends that the City invests $10M in capital funding & $65M in Open Door Program incentives to create 919 homes. Once approved by the P&HC, the report will proceed to City Council for approval.
This is a part of our HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, which has sets targets for the approval of 40,000 new affordable rental homes. The homes supported through the Open Door program will help lower-income households, including racialized groups, seniors, and essential workers, access safe, secure, affordable housing. You can learn more here.
Toronto Biennial of Art Continuing Until June 5th
Since March 26th, the Toronto Biennial of Art has been taking place at venues across our City! It includes many free exhibitions, artistic performances, learning opportunities, and only happens every two years.
I encourage residents to explore the various Biennial of Art venues in our Davenport community and across the City before the exhibitions end on June 5th. You can learn more here.
Perth Square Park Playground Survey Open Until June 5th
The Perth Square Park Playground has been identified for improvements, and the City wants to hear the community's feedback! You can share your thoughts through the online survey that will be open until June 5th! Click here for the survey!
Click Below To Learn What To Do If You Come Across A Coyote
Recently, my office has heard from residents regarding coyote sightings at local parks and in our neighbourhoods.
Please click here to learn more about coyote aversion techniques, as well as frequently asked questions about what you should do when you spot or encounter a coyote.
MUSE Arts Creative Lab Unveiling at Earlscourt Park this Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Join us this Friday at 6pm Earlscourt Park as we celebrate the official opening of MUSE Art's new Creative Lab, which will serve as a space for creatives from equity-seeking groups to showcase their work!
Residents will also be able to visit the newly opened splashpad!
Do West Fest Taking Place From June 3rd to 5th
Pride Art Installation Taking Place June 3rd
Pride Toronto, in partnership with Metrolinx, Friends of Toronto Railpath, and my office, will be unveiling a new pride installation on Friday April 3rd at 4:30 p.m. at the UP Express Bloor Station (1456 Bloor Street West)!
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebration on June 4th
Upcoming Compost Days in May & June
During Compost Days, residents are able to pick up free compost for use! We will be hosting compost days at various locations throughout Davenport in the coming months, and I encourage interested residents to stop by. The compost will be unbagged, so residents will need to bring their own containers and shovels.
Next Davenport Environment Day Happening on July 16th
Our second Environment Day will take place on July 16th! Residents will be able to safely dispose of various hazardous items, donate items in good condition for reuse, as well as pick up bagged compost!