Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fantastic holiday season and I look forward to working together with you to make our community an even better place to live, work and play in 2017. In the next couple days and weeks, there are some important community events I hope you can join me at including our Davenport Youth Job Fair, our Ward 18 Budget Town Hall, our Davenport New Year's Levee and more listed below.
The 2017 City of Toronto Budget process is currently underway and you can learn more about the budget by visiting www.toronto.ca/budget. There you will find an overview of the budget, the budget schedule, infographics, briefing notes, facts/figures, and much more! I will also be hosting my annual Ward 18 Budget Town Hall on Saturday January 28, 2017 from 11am-1pm at the Wallace Emerson Community Centre in the Ambrico Room (1260 Dufferin St). This town hall is a great opportunity to provide your feedback to me on this year's budget and learn about the various services, programs and projects the city is undertaking this year.
The 2nd Annual Davenport Youth Job & Career Fair co-hosted with MPP Cristina Martins is taking place this Saturday January 21, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm at the Dufferin Mall (900 Dufferin St). Each year there are numerous new employment opportunities for youth that open up and connecting with local public and private employers can be a great way for youth to expand their resume, pursue career goals and earn some money. If you are between the ages of 15 and 24 or know someone who is, I encourage you to join us and see what opportunities are right for you.
I also invite you to join myself, MP Dzerowicz, MPP Martins and Councillor Palacio for a Davenport New Year's Levee this Sunday January 22, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm at the Casa Do Alentejo Community Centre (1130 Dupont St - Dupont Just East of Dufferin). The Levee will be great opportunity to speak with us, meet your neighbours and to enjoy some food, refreshments and fun. We hope to see you there!
I hope to see you at some of these upcoming meetings, events and many others throughout the year!
Ward 18, Davenport
2nd Annual Davenport Youth Job Fair - Dufferin Mall (900 Dufferin St) - Saturday January 21, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm
Each year, there are numerous new employment opportunities for youth that open up with local public and private employers. If you are between the ages of 15 and 24 or know someone who is, join us at the 2nd Annual Davenport Youth Job Fair for an opportunity to expand your resume, pursue your career goals and earn some money.
Davenport New Year's Levee - Casa Do Alentejo (1130 Dupont St) - Sunday January 22, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
Building a great community comes from the hard work we all do together. I hope you can join me, your neighbours and our Davenport elected representatives to celebrate the start of 2017 with some fun, food and refreshments.
2017 Ward 18 Budget Town Hall - Wallace Emerson Community Centre (1260 Dufferin St) - Saturday January 28, 2017 from 11am to 1pm
Join me and your neighbours at our annual Ward 18 Budget Town Hall to share your feedback on the 2017 Budget and learn about the programs, services and projects the city is undertaking this year.
Movie In Bloordale - Frozen - D-Beatstro (1292 Bloor St W) Saturday January 28, 2017 at 4pm
Come out with friends and neighbours for a screening of Frozen Hosted by the Bloordale Community Improvement Association.
Campbell Avenue Parking Changes Community Meeting - Perth-Dupont Library (1589 Dupont St) - Thursday January 26, 2017 at 7pm
Unveiling 20 New Student-Designed Bike Rings in Bloordale
Last week, I was pleased to join the Bloordale BIA and students from Bloor Collegiate Institute to unveil 20 new custom designed bike rings along Bloor St W. The new rings are the result of a collaboration effort between the BIA and school to share the culture and history of Bloordale. Each unique ring was designed by the students and will leave a long lasting positive benefit in our community.
You can read my full press release about the unveiling event by clicking here.
Moving Forward With Toronto's Green Line
I am pleased to share that the City of Toronto has included the Green Line in its proposed 10 year capital plan. This work will build on the community-led vision and efforts to reclaim the vacant lands along the north side of the CP Rail tracks for a new linear network of parks. The new funding allows the city to conduct a study of the proposal and helps to construct some of the elements included in the plan.
The team behind behind the Green Line have recently released a video highlighting the immense opportunity behind this proposal and you view it by clicking here or watching it below.
Advocating for Housing and Transit with Toronto MPs
I met with Toronto MPs at City Hall last week with Mayor Tory and TTC Chair Colle in order to discuss housing and transit issues. We had a very productive discussion including the role that the federal government can play to help us build and maintain the transit that many of us rely on and to deliver results in all areas of the housing file.
Tackling the issues that our City faces requires long-term partnerships with all levels of government and these discussions are important to ensure everyone understands the challenges and potential solutions to the problems we face. I look forward to continued discussions with my federal colleagues and look forward to the federal government's plans for their next phase of infrastructure funding.
City launches major resilience-building initiative
Building Toronto's resilience is essential to making our city a better place to live, work and play. As a new member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network (100RC) – a global community of cities working together to build urban resilience – Toronto will have the capacity to expand its resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that face us in the 21st century.
In collaboration with 100RC, Toronto will build on its existing resilience-related efforts to address climate change and the impacts of extreme weather, and work to address additional challenges specific to our city such as growing inequality, aging infrastructure, and housing and transit issues.
With financial support from 100RC, the City will hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) to coordinate, oversee, and prioritize resilience-building activities. The City will also receive tools, funding and other resources to support the development of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for Toronto. The City will also have access to the tools and services of 100RC Platform of Partners to support implementation of our Resilience Strategy, including solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land-use planning, infrastructure design, innovative financing supports, and insurance products
As a new member of a global network of leading cities, Toronto will have the facilities to share resilience knowledge and best practices, and foster new relationships and partnerships. You can learn more about this initiative by clicking here.
City of Toronto rolls out Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017
The City of Toronto will be introducing 45 new measures in 2017 as part of its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries on our roads.
Among the initiatives that the City is introducing immediately include:
- creation of Seniors Safety Zones to be implemented at 12 high-priority locations, with increased pedestrian walk-times, enhanced signage and enhanced pavement markings
- implementation of red light cameras at 76 new locations
- accessible pedestrian signal installations at 20 additional locations
- geometric safety engineering improvements at 13 locations
- road safety audits at 14 high-risk collision locations
- expansion of the school Watch Your Speed Program at 20 additional locations
- speed reductions along 32 additional corridors
- expansion of the mobile Watch Your Speed Program – including 12 additional pole-mounted speed display units in the city's central core, and
- implementation of increased pedestrian walk times at 50 additional signalized intersections.
More information about the specific measures being implemented and locations is available in a backgrounder that can be found by clicking here.
The City has also created a website that provides information about the City's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. It includes a mapping tool showing safety measures in place and future planned work as well as safety tips for all road users aimed at making our streets safer. You can view the maps and other information by clicking here.
In 2016, there were 77 fatalities in Toronto, including 43 pedestrian deaths – up from 38 pedestrian fatalities in 2015.
The City's Road Safety Plan, approved by Toronto City Council in 2016, contains a series of measures and strategies aimed at reducing deaths and serious injuries on Toronto streets as well as improving safety for all road users.
Visioning group forming for future Bloor-Dufferin community hub - Bloor West Villager
Bloordale gets fitted with new bike racks - Toronto Star