2017 Clean Toronto Together – April 21-23

2017 Clean Toronto Together – April 21-23

With warmer weather coming (or already here) it’s time for some spring cleaning. Gather your friends, neighbours, co-workers and classmates to clean a park, laneway or any other space that needs your help. Friday, April 21 is the Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover, and Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 are the Community Cleanup Days. Registration begins on March 1st.  Learn more, register your event and find out when and where to get your free GLAD® garbage and recycling bags at livegreentoronto.ca or call …

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Updates to Olive Square

Updates to Olive Square

City parks are a place where children from all cultures naturally play together.  John is looking to take this one step further by creating a simple way for residents of different communities to share their childhood games and celebrating the diverse culture of the North York Centre.

The first attempt to do so will be at Olive Square, located near the southeast corner of Yonge & Finch, a location with a very large number of residents of Korean, Persian, Chinese and other heritage.  Many of these …

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Lee Lifeson Art Park Opening – September 17

Lee Lifeson Art Park Opening – September 17

In recent years we have had the great fortune of opening a new park virtually annually in Willowdale.  2016 is particularly special as our community’s new Lee Lifeson Art Park – located between Princess and Hillcrest Avenues at Gladys Allison Place – will be not only celebrate the arts in our community and beyond, but will honour two hugely successful artists with local origins.

The initiative to create an art park, and to name it after Willowdale natives Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, originated with John in …

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Help Shape Toronto’s Ravines – July 8

Help Shape Toronto’s Ravines – July 8

The City of Toronto has been working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and consulting with the public and a wide range of stakeholders since early 2015 to develop a strategy on Toronto’s ravines. A vision has been developed to represent the core ideas and values that will guide the City in future decision-making related to ravines and address the challenges and opportunities in the city’s ravine system.

Before finalizing the principles and recommendations, the City would like to hear from the public. Our …

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Clean Toronto Together 2016 (UPDATED with Ward Locations)

Clean Toronto Together 2016 (UPDATED with Ward Locations)

The City of Toronto is holding its annual Clean Toronto Together community cleanup program April 23 & 24.  Registrations for this event are now closed.  If you are interested in getting involved in a local clean-up event, the following dates and times have been registered with our office or with the City:

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016

West Lansing Parks       9:30 AM
meeting at the West Lansing sign, NW corner of Florence & Yonge

Mel Lastman Square      10:00 AM
with David Zimmer (MPP) and Ali Ehsassi …

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Future Improvements at Edithvale Park Community Meeting – April 11

Future Improvements at Edithvale Park Community Meeting – April 11

John is pleased to announce that as of May 1st, 2016, the City enters into a lease agreement with the TDSB for use of the school board land on the south west corner of the park.  This additional green space will allow Edithvale Community Centre and the public to use the space freely and for recreation programming.  This past summer the City also acquired the remaining residential properties on Finch Avenue for park use allowing the long awaited completion of the park.

In 2014, John held …

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New Solar Panels at Gwendolen Tennis Club

New Solar Panels at Gwendolen Tennis Club

The City of Toronto recently completed the installation of new solar panels at the Gwendolen Park Tennis Club connected to the Toronto Hydro electrical grid.  The City will receive revenues for 20 years from the sale of electricity generated by the system, through Ontario’s MicroFIT program, expected to be almost double the capital cost.  The Toronto Renewable Energy Office (TREO) organized this installation as the City’s lead in supporting its mandate to install renewable energy systems on all City buildings, where feasible, by 2020.

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York Cemetery Community Meeting – March 9

York Cemetery Community Meeting – March 9

York Cemetery has a long and proud history of supporting the growth and evolution of the North York community.

As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2017, Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries plans to donate approximately 13 acres of land at the west end of the York property to the City of Toronto for the creation of a nature park.  The new park will feature pedestrian pathways and other natural features and will serve local residents for generations to come.

To hear more about these plans, …

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Willowdale Parks Summit (Updated with Survey)

Willowdale Parks Summit (Updated with Survey)

At the conclusion of a successful Parks Summit, John has circulated the feedback form online for residents unable to attend this meeting.  If you are interested in taking action in one, or several, of your local parks, the feedback form is available here.

John’s office will be independently contacting residents that have expressed interest in getting involved and connecting them with other residents who have expressed the same interest in their area.

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Splash Pad Repairs

Splash Pad Repairs

One of the great ways for local kids to cool off on hot summer days is to get out and play at one of our City’s neighbourhood splash pads.  In recent years however, many of the local facilities in Willowdale have fallen further and further into disrepair.  At Hendon Park, the issue reached a “crisis” stage this summer when the pad just west of Yonge Street stopped working all together.

Local residents were rightly frustrated with the season closure.  As their representative, John was equally frustrated …

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Nuit Blanche Coming to North York

Nuit Blanche Coming to North York

In 2015, Nuit Blanche will be extending its reach to North York with the installation of internationally acclaimed artist JR’s INSIDE OUT. This ‘group action’ production consists of taking candid portraits with community members in a mobile photo booth, printing out the photos in a large format, and helping to install them in public spaces. Participants will join a group of 200,000 people from more than 112 countries & territories who have taken part! With the support of Nuit Blanche and civic leaders in Toronto, …

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John Named as Toronto’s Arts Advocate

John Named as Toronto’s Arts Advocate

On Monday, John appeared with Mayor John Tory in Toronto’s St. James Park and was introduced as the City’s new Arts Advocate.  In this role, John will be developing a number of new projects.

Announced was the return of the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts as a celebration and fundraiser for the arts community.  One of the programs it will fund, is a new Arts in the Parks project, increasing both access to usable space for artists as well as public use of parks.  In the …

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