Toronto Ready for Winter Snow Clearing (UPDATED)

Toronto Ready for Winter Snow Clearing (UPDATED)

Some quick reminders on City snow clearing for this year:

When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimeters, local road plowing will begin.  Plowing on the local roads is usually completed between 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311. 

The City will only open driveway windrows wherever it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimeters of snow has fallen. Typically, driveway windrows are opened between one and two hours …

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RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions)

RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions)

The RBC Race for the Kids event returns to Willowdale this Saturday, September 17.  Over the past three years, RBC Race for the Kids Toronto has rallied over 19,880 participants and raised over $5.1 million benefiting youth with mental health issues through Sunnybrook’s Family Navigation Project.

For beginners or seasoned runner alike, participants choose the distance that works for them and receive support every step of the way. Best of all, racers are helping youth with mental health issues to find the specialized care they need.

All routes start and finish at Mel …

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Toronto Ward Boundary Review (UPDATED)

Toronto Ward Boundary Review (UPDATED)

Update (Sept. 2016):

The City continues to tinker with ward boundary recommendations to resolve the current imbalance in Toronto ward populations.  Our Ward 23 now holds more than double the residents of others in the city.

Council’s Executive Committee rejected the recommendation of its third-party consultant in May asking for a new proposal consistent with the current 44-ward system, or aligning where possible, with federal and provincial boundaries.

Another public consultation event has been planned in our community forMonday, September 19 at the North York Civic Centre from …

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From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

Update (July 2016)

Again this month, John voted with the minority of Councillors that preferred an LRT option in Scarborough as a replacement to the existing SRT. John previously voted against the Scarborough subway in 2013 believing that spending more than $1-billion of City money was wasteful when the Province was prepared to assume 100% of the LRT cost.  Recent reports have the cost of the subway going up even more, leaving Toronto residents on the hook for cost overruns.

The majority of Council however again backed the subway …

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Ward 23 Community Environment Day – July 9

Ward 23 Community Environment Day – July 9

Our annual Ward 23 Community Environment Day has been scheduled for Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Ave)

Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items and you will help to:

Extend the life of a product by offering it to someone for reuse.
Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure that it is properly recycled.
Ensure that hazardous waste materials are …

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From City Hall: Taxis, Limos & Uber (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Taxis, Limos & Uber (UPDATED)

At its recent meeting, City Council voted on a series of regulations which legalized private transportation companies (PTCs) such as UBER.  John supported all recommendations relating to establishing a new PTC class in the City’s licensing system.

However, that was only part of the 58 motions Council had before it.  Some of the Mayor’s recommendations – resulting from an agreement reached with several Councillors who supported taxi brokerages and plate owners – effectively reversed most of the positive reforms to the taxi industry adopted by Council …

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Remembrance Day Services in North York

Remembrance Day Services in North York

Each year on November 11, Canadians acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country during times of war, military conflict and peace.  The City of Toronto hosts services at Old City Hall and Civic Centre across the city.  All residents are invited to attend these events.

Our community’s service will be held at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street) at 10:45 AM.  John will be attending and laying a wreath on behalf of the …

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Free Flu Vaccines Available

Free Flu Vaccines Available

Help fight the flu and reduce your risk of getting influenza by attending one of Toronto Public Health’s free flu vaccine clinics from October 28 to November 30 at nine locations across the city. The flu vaccine is also available in doctor’s offices and more than 450 Toronto pharmacies.

The following groups of people are known to be at higher risk for developing complications from influenza and should be sure to get the flu vaccine each year: people with chronic health conditions, residents of nursing homes …

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Halloween safety tips from Toronto’s paramedics and firefighters

Halloween safety tips from Toronto’s paramedics and firefighters

We’re all looking forward to a safe and happy Halloween this weekend. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to review the following safety tips before trick-or-treat activities on Saturday from Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Fire Services:

Check costumes sizes to ensure a snug fit, with the costume no longer than ankle length.
Consider makeup instead of a masks for a children. Masks can restrict vision and make it difficult to see approaching traffic.
Wait for cars to come to a complete stop before starting to walk across the …

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‘Please Slow Down’ Signs Available

‘Please Slow Down’ Signs Available

In the Fall of each year, Transportation Services has historically noted a significant increase in the number of pedestrian and cyclist collisions on our roads. With rising congestion on major arterial streets in our community, we continue to see more and more cars driving on “quiet” residential roads trying to bypass traffic making pedestrian safety a pressing local concern.

Transportation Services is undertaking a Fall Safety Awareness Campaign in order to bring the issue of pedestrian safety forward in the minds of our motorists. The campaign …

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City Boards Opportunities

City Boards Opportunities

Several City of Toronto Agencies, Boards or Commissions are currently accepting applications and looking for experienced citizens to become active in the leadership of their city. Some of the board opportunities currently posted include:

BUILD TORONTO Board:
Application deadline is Monday, September 21, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Civic Theatres Toronto Board:
Application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board:
Application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Toronto Hydro Board:
Application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

For a complete list of …

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Final Movie in the Park – September 11 – Going ahead

Final Movie in the Park – September 11 – Going ahead

We’ve had challenges with the weather all season long, but our final Movie in the Park, schedule for tonight in Gwendolen Park, will be proceeding as planned.  Join us at 8:30 PM for the Disney Pixar studios feature film Brave.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs (and maybe an umbrella to be safe) and enjoy an evening at the movies in the great outdoors.  This event is co-presented with the West Lansing Homeowners Association.

We would like to thank all of our community volunteers for their efforts …

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