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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City Takes Next Steps on SmartTrack & Transit

City Takes Next Steps on SmartTrack & Transit

City Council adopted a package of recommendations this month to move forward with SmartTrack and Eglinton West LRT.  SmartTrack is the integration of 6 new stations on Metrolinx’s GO lines.  The Province is working towards the electrification of these lines to allow faster moving trains running at greater frequency.  Adding stations through these corridors will make the GO a more viable subway-type option for Toronto residents and, more importantly for Willowdale residents, take some pressure off of Line 1 (Yonge).

John voted in favour of these …

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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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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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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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Council Adopts 10-year Cycling Plan

Council Adopts 10-year Cycling Plan

In June, Council approved a 10-year cycling network plan to connect gaps in the City’s existing bicycle network, grow the network to new parts of the city and renew existing routes to improve quality.  This plan adds a total of 525 km of bicycle routes to the city and doubles the annual funding committed to growing the network.

John strongly supports cycling as a tool to reduce our reliance on cars and reduce traffic.  Locally, Council has approved the implementation of bicycle lanes on Willowdale Avenue between Sheppard Avenue and …

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Community Leaders Forum: The Future of Public Transit – June 2

Community Leaders Forum: The Future of Public Transit – June 2

Improving our public transit network is a vital priority for all residents in Toronto and a critical part of reducing the traffic gridlock we face every day in Willowdale.  Making real progress requires the cooperation of three levels of government: municipal, provincial and federal.

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, our elected representatives from these three levels of government come together to discuss their efforts towards achieving a better transit future and get your feedback on what’s ahead, including:

Changes to the City’s priority transit plans and other regional projects
Transit infrastructure projects currently …

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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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Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon – May 1 (ROAD CLOSURES)

Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon – May 1 (ROAD CLOSURES)

The community of Willowdale is fortunate to play host to the start of the 2016 Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon on Sunday, May 1.  This international event will draw 14,000 runners to our community representing more than 50 countries.  Race organizers expect to raise $1.2-million in 2016 for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Sick Kids and other local charities. To date, runners in the annual Toronto Marathon have raised $7.5-million for Princess Margaret.

While there is a great deal of excitement in the community for this event, residents …

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City Continues Work on Street Safety

City Continues Work on Street Safety

City staff are currently working on a road safety plan that will be presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in early summer. The plan’s goal is to identify potential safety initiatives that can be implemented to help reduce transportation- related deaths and serious injuries on Toronto’s roads.

Among the key issues being addressed in the plan are safety for seniors and school children, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and the problems of aggressive and distracted driving.  This continues to grow as a local issue relating …

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From City Hall: Shifting Plans on Transit (and Open Houses)

From City Hall: Shifting Plans on Transit (and Open Houses)

The City has once again announced a shuffling of the deck on high speed transit proposing amendments to several projects previously approved by Council.  While residents have grown weary of constant change, in this case there is reason for optimism and hope that the City is not only moving forward, but inching closer to getting it “right.”

The Mayor’s SmartTrack proposal leveraging the Province’s electrification of the GO lines was approved for study by Council in 2015.  It adds stations to these lines in the eastern …

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Mayor Updates Congestion Management Plan at Yonge-Sheppard

Mayor Updates Congestion Management Plan at Yonge-Sheppard

The City of Toronto has been analyzing “big data” related to traffic movement and this week made official what Willowdale residents have known for years.  Traffic at the Yonge-Sheppard and Yonge-Finch intersections both rank in the top-10 worst in the city.  Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the City’s Public Works & Infrastructure Committee revealed these stats as part of an announcement at Yonge & Sheppard this week.

Mayor Tory has made traffic congestion one of his top priorities.  Phase one of his …

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