I hope you enjoyed the Canada Day long weekend with friends and family! Happy Canada Day! I am thankful to call this amazing country my home and be able to live in and work with a community committed to building on our values of opportunity, respect for each other, our diversity and equity.
The design concepts for the Wallace Emerson Park, Community Centre and Childcare facility will be presented at a community open house meeting on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 6:30-8:30pm at the Galleria Mall(Old Zellers Space, 1245 Dupont St). I hope you can join me, City Parks, Forestry and recreation Staff and the Galleria Mall development team to learn more and share your ideas and feedback on these design concepts. Thank you to all the residents who have attended the previous open houses and meeting and provided your input on this important new facilities for our community.
Following the groundbreaking on our new Junction Triangle Library in June, the Toronto Public Library is hosting an Open house to on Thursday July 19, 2018 at 7pm at Perth/Dupont Library branch (1589 Dupont St W). This will be an opportunity to share your ideas on the preliminary interior designs of our new 10,000 sq ft library that our community worked hard to secure.
At City Hall we took a huge step forward to create more housing choice by approving laneway suites in Toronto and East York District! I am so proud of the work we have done over past three years with my colleague Councillor MacMahon, Evergreen, and Lanescape to get us to this important milestone. Thank you to all the residents who have shared your ideas, feedback and support, we could only do this together! You can read more about the approved Changing lanes report by clicking here.
At City Council we recently approved the creation of 1115 new affordable rental and ownership homes in addition to 420 mid-range rental units through the City's Open Door Program and together these units will provide another important piece of the housing puzzle. This is the second year in a row we have met our target of 1,000 new affordable rental units per year and it shows that our hard work is paying off. and We must continue to create more housing solutions and that is why I am proud that City Council approved the creation of a standing committee on housing for the next term of council to further empower the important work we are doing.
We also took action this month to accelerate the implementation of Toronto's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan with $22 million dollars to more than double the existing funding. This action will help the City to move quickly to implement the crucial road safety strategies and infrastructure changes needed to make our roads safer for everyone and to achieve our goal of zero deaths on our roads.
Though the NHL hockey season feels far away in the summer heat, the Toronto Maple Leafs made an exciting announcement with John Tavares signing on to play for his home team next season! Welcome home John!
Throughout the rest of July there are a number of other meetings, community events including the BIG on Bloor Festival on July 21st, and our two Ward 18 Movie Night's on July 13th at 8:30pm at Dovercourt Park and July 20th at 8:30pm at Perth Square Park. You can find more information on all of these events below and I hope to see you at some of them!
Finally, the City of Toronto reminds all residents to stay safe during intense heat and help keep yourself, vulnerable individuals and loved ones cool and protected during the summer. For all the tips and information you need, please click here.
Councillor - Ward 18, Davenport
Create Your Path Mural Celebration - Thursday July 12, 2018 at 6:30pm at 21 Randolph Ave
The West Toronto Railpath just got a little more colourful! Come celebrate the newest "Create Your Path" murals on Thursday July 12th at 6:30pm.
Aging Together: Empowering Seniors Series - various dates throughout July at various locations
Aging Together Empowering Seniors Series includes some great events, celebrations and info session for seniors throughout July! Big thanks to the amazing community organizations, The Stop Community Food Centre, Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre and Wychwood Open Door for organizing!
Movie Night Presents "Boss Baby" in Dovercourt Park - Friday July 13, 2018 at 8:30pm at Dovercourt Park (155 Bartlett Ave)
Come out with friends and neighbours to catch a movie under the stars! Ward 18 Movie nights presents "Boss Baby". We've got you covered for popcorn so just bring yourselves, a blanket or chair and a beverage.
Park People Presents: Park Talk | From wasted space to building place - Saturday July 14, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:15pm at Fred Hamilton Park (155 Roxton Rd)
On Saturday, July 14 learn how an underused bathroom in an old building in Fred Hamilton Park has been transformed into an attractive and accessible community kitchenette, small garden, and more. For more information and to register for the event, please visit click here.
Wallace Emerson Park, Community Centre and Childcare Facility Consultation Meeting - Wednesday July 18, 2018 starting at 6:30pm at Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St, Old Zellers Store)
Junction Triangle Library Community Open House - Thursday July 19, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at Perth/Dupont Library Branh (1589 Dupont St)
Movie Night Presents "Ferdinand" in Perth Square Park - Friday July 20, 2018 at 8:30pm at Dovercourt Park (350 Perth Ave)
Come out with friends and neighbours to catch a movie under the stars! Ward 18 Movie nights presents "Ferdinand". We've got you covered for popcorn so just bring yourselves, a blanket or chair and a beverage.
BIG on Bloor Festival - Saturday July 21, 2018 from noon to midnight on Bloor between Dufferin St and Lansdowne Ave
Live Music, art installations, performances, vendors and activities for all are taking over Bloordale on July 21st! Come out with friends and neighbours for an amazing festival and showcase of our community. For more information, please visit http://www.bigonbloorfestival.com/
Bloorcourt Arts Festival - Saturday August 25, 2018 from 12 noon to 10pm
The 7th Annual Bloorcourt Festival returns on August 25th for an amazing display of local artists, musicians and craftsman with, activities, food and fun for everyone. For more information, visit http://bloorcourt.com/bc/artsfair.php
What’s On at Library Branches in Ward 18
There are a number of events taking place from July-August at our Bloor/Gladstone and Perth/Dupont Toronto Public library locations! You can find a complete list of programs and activities by clicking here.
You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for the "What’s On at the Library" e-newsletter at http://tpl.ca/enews.