Mel Lastman Sq Movie – The Salesman – May 26

Mel Lastman Sq Movie – The Salesman – May 26

MAY 26 Update:

Movie Night is On!  Forecast for showtime (8:45 PM) is partly cloudy skies and 16 degrees C. Bring a blanket to stay warm or a cushion to sit on.

MAY 17 Post:

Join John and Member of Parliament for Willowdale, Ali Ehsassi for a free outdoor film screening in the heart of our community, the amphitheater in Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge)

Bring a blanket and curl up under the stars for The Salesman winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category of this year’s Academy Awards.  This film screened outdoors …

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Re-imagining Yonge Street (UPDATED) – Community Meeting April 5

Re-imagining Yonge Street (UPDATED) – Community Meeting April 5

Update (March 20, 2017)

The City of Toronto continues work on a project to transform Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch Avenues. Re-imagining Yonge would create wider boulevards for pedestrians and cafes, separated bike lanes and a reduction in lanes of traffic.

This plan, which would provide a much more interesting and people-friendly streetscape for the local community and area businesses, has been endorsed by the large number of local residents who participated in the various community consultation sessions. It has the support of Toronto’s Chief Planner, other …

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New Green Bins arriving in Willowdale

New Green Bins arriving in Willowdale

The City continues to phase in delivery of the new Green Bins.  Neighbourhoods west of Yonge have now been completed and areas east of Yonge began recieving new bins on March 9. It will take about three months to complete this distribution. The City will deliver to one collection route per day, which represents approximately 1,500 households. Don’t be alarmed if you see residents in your area with new bins and you have not received one — yours is coming. On the same day that residents …

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Cracking Down on Bad Builders

Cracking Down on Bad Builders

It will come as no surprise that our neighbourhood has more new home construction – by far – than anywhere else in the city.  The unprecedented increase in construction has brought with it a large number of “builders” who show little respect for the City’s bylaws, the neighbourhood in which they are building, or neighbours near their construction sites.  There are, of course, still some good and responsible builders, but these now appear to be in the minority.

Keeping up with the amount of construction and …

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Rec Spaces at Local Community Centres

Rec Spaces at Local Community Centres

Residents interested in keeping active in 2017 should look into some of the many great community centres Willowdale has to offer.  Check out the leisure skating programs at Mitchell Field or Goulding Community Centres, walk/jog the indoor tracks or join the gym at Mitchell Field or Edithvale Community Centres, or check out the drop in sports programs at any of the three by clicking on the centre name below.  Spaces are also still available for many registered programs at all three locations.

Edithvale Community Centre (131 Finch Ave …

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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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City Finances & “Revenue Tools” – Consultation December 7.

City Finances & “Revenue Tools” – Consultation December 7.

The City of Toronto needs to take a hard look at how it collects revenue, both to maintain and improve services and to finance major projects including public transit, affordable housing and other infrastructure needs.  While finding spending efficiencies is an important part of this equation, capital priorities cannot continue to be funded almost exclusively from the property tax base.  John strongly supports the City’s active exploration of additional revenue tools that would more fairly spread the tax burden.  He also opposes the idea of selling off …

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John Calls on Province to Broaden Camera Enforcement

John Calls on Province to Broaden Camera Enforcement

Over the past several months, John and his staff have had conversations with local community groups and senior officers at TPS 32 Division discussing enforcement strategies in an overly congested traffic environment.  Too often, even when a uniformed officer is available to observe a traffic infraction on a busy road like Yonge Street, they will avoid issuing a ticket as this process would take out a lane of traffic for 10-15 minutes.  The recommendation from local Superintendent Sam Fernandes has been to work towards camera enforcement …

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New Programs at Mitchell Field – Winter Registration December 6

New Programs at Mitchell Field – Winter Registration December 6

Have you checked out Mitchell Field Community Centre recently?  Over the past several months there have been some great additions including a new youth lounge and expansion of many children and youth programs.  New program highlights include Young Women in Action, an upcoming 3-on-3 basketball tournament, cooking programs for kids, drop-in volleyball programs for adults and much more.  Staff are also working on developing a new advisory council for residents wishing to participate in programming.  For more information call Jasmine at 416-395-0262.  Or look for the …

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Provincial Review of the Ontario Municipal Board

Provincial Review of the Ontario Municipal Board

A key item currently under review is the future role of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  The OMB is an un-elected body appointed by the Province that his final say over all planning decisions in our city.  Ontario is the only province in Canada which has a body that takes planning approvals out of the hands of local representatives.  In our community this has often led to large amounts of OMB approved residential development never considered by the City’s Official Plan.

John is a strong advocate …

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From City Hall: New Ward Boundaries Approved

From City Hall: New Ward Boundaries Approved

With the population of Ward 23 now over 100,000 – literally more than double other wards in Toronto – and development rates among the greatest in the City, John was pleased to see the City take action to re-align the City’s wards making population sizes more equitable.  Either the 44 or the 47-ward models that went before Council would have broken up Ward 23.  John voted with the majority to expand council slightly (to 47 wards) to accommodate the high growth rates being experienced across …

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Yonge-401 Interchange (UPDATED)

Yonge-401 Interchange (UPDATED)

Update:

In late October, John joined representatives from the Yonge Corridor Condominium Association, West Lansing Homeowners Associationand West Willowdale Neighbourhood Association for a meeting they arranged at Queen’s Park with Willowdale MPP David Zimmer and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca.  The focus of discussion was the ongoing delays in proceeding to an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Yonge Street/Highway 401 interchange improvements.

Residents, along with John, expressed their frustration over the stalling of a Feasibility Study in 2015.  In the summer of 2016, the Province announced …

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