From City Hall: City Action on Pipeline Safety (UPDATED)

From City Hall: City Action on Pipeline Safety (UPDATED)

UPDATE (April 2014)

As Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline is running through Ward 23’s hydro corridor, the recent decision of the National Energy Board to allow the line to carry diluted bitumen has raised significant concern in the area.  While it’s important to understand that jurisdiction overseeing pipelines belongs to the federally appointed NEB and not the City of Toronto, Council continues to monitor the situation closely and recently addressed some of residents’ safety concerns.

Actions include asking the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to order an environmental assessment of Enbridge’s proposal to …

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From City Hall: Jets at Billy Bishop? (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Jets at Billy Bishop? (UPDATED)

UPDATE (April 2014)

Over the past year, this issue has generated more calls and emails to my office than any other. Opinion is strongly split between those who see expansion of the Island Airport as being convenient and business-friendly and those concerned about the negative impact on  the environment, the island, and the waterfront community. As a Porter flyer, I know the convenience of the airline and have enjoyed their commitment to customer service.  I also believe that Toronto Island is a gem that needs to …

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Community Safety Day – CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

Community Safety Day – CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

UPDATE (9/7/13): Unfortunately, due to current weather conditions and our inability to set-up the event, it has been INDEFINITELY POSTPONED.  For updates on this event and other local community events, please make sure you are subscribed to my community newsletter.

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My office has teamed up with local firm Diamond & Diamond to organize a Community Safety Day & Family Festival to coincide with the start of the school year.  Join us Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 1 to 3 PM in Edithvale …

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Yonge Street Watermain Update

Yonge Street Watermain Update

Many residents are now aware that the City of Toronto will be replacing the watermain along Yonge Street between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.  This project will improve the water distribution system to the area and improve drinking water quality.  Though the resulting construction will be a significant inconvenience to our community, in order to minimize the disruption, Willowdale residents agreed at an open meeting this past spring that the work will take place in two phases.  The first, between Finch and Park Home Avenue …

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Filion Pro-Am at Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club

Filion Pro-Am at Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club

On Tuesday, August 27, my office staff and I were invited to join a group of local constituents at the Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club for a couple hours of fun.  We titled the afternoon the Filion Pro-Am to fit the format.  One experienced club bowler was paired with another player who had never played the game before and pairs competed in a round robin tournament.  The session was not only very entertaining, but also gave all players an opportunity to get to know each other …

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Movie Night Schedule – last film August 29

Movie Night Schedule – last film August 29

Cultura has wrapped for 2013, but that doesn’t mean that great movies can’t continue through the month of August!

IN MEL LASTMAN SQUARE

in Mel Lastman Square on Friday nights.  Join us for free showings for these fantastic films under the stars:

Friday, August 9
9 PM – 42 – the bio-epic on the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson. 

Friday, August 23
9 PM – Beasts of the Southern Wild – Multi-Oscar nominated film about a young girl’s quest at the brink of her world’s end.

IN EDITHVALE PARK

A stage, a …

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From City Hall: Council Appointment in Ward 3

From City Hall: Council Appointment in Ward 3

On August 26, 2013, Toronto City Council held a special meeting to decide on how the Council seat in Ward 3, vacated by Doug Holyday’s election to the Provincial Legislature, would be filled.  In my view, this was a difficult decision.  Giving voters in Ward 3 a chance to have their voices heard in a by-election would naturally be given weight in our democratic system.  However, we as Councillors must also be mindful of all municipal spending and determine whether taxpayers are truly getting value …

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Live Green Toronto Community Grants

Live Green Toronto Community Grants

The City of Toronto’s Environment & Energy Office is now accepting applications for the 2013 Live Green Toronto Community Grants Program.  Grants of up to $25,000 are available for environmentally beneficial projects that address community needs such as park enhancements, local food production, sustainable transportation, renewable energy, building retrofits and tree planting.  Though individuals and businesses are not eligible to apply, resident associations, community groups or not-for-profit organizations are able to take advantage.  If you are part of a group that may be interested in …

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New Signals Progressing on Yonge Subway

New Signals Progressing on Yonge Subway

Good news for local TTC users that have been struggling with finding space on the Yonge subway line.  The recent closure of the line south of Bloor over the weekend of August 10 & 11 was part of a project that will upgrade the signals along the line.  Once fully upgraded, a modern signalling system will allow trains to run safely much closer together, increasing capacity of the line upwards of 25% and decreasing wait times.  This recent closure was the first phase of that …

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Maplehurst Park Opens

Maplehurst Park Opens

The long wait for the opening of Willowdale’s latest green space is finally over.  Maplehurst Park officially opened at the corners of Maplehurst & Longmore on Saturday, July 20.

The first person who came up to me at the opening was a grandfather. “Now, when my grandchildren come to visit,” he said, “I’ll have a park to bring them to.” The second comment came from a mother: “When we got back from a holiday, the first thing my children wanted to do was play in the new park.”

Family.  …

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Cultura Line-up for 2013

Cultura Line-up for 2013

As we enter our fourth season, Cultura has grown into one of the city’s biggest and best summer arts festivals! Cultura 2013 brings back all of the great features of previous years – fabulous music, food, performance, art and film – and mixes in some new ingredients, such as parading musicians, freestyle dance, and a door art exhibition from Habitat for Humanity.  Presented in partnership with North York Arts, take a look at the awesome line-up for 2013.

 

Opening Week: Friday, July 5, 2013 – 6:00 …

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Canada Day Celebrations

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day and celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday in Toronto on Monday, July 1.

The City will present a show celebrating Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square on Monday, July 1 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

On stage, world-champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig will be followed by dance company Northbuck Krumping. Zero Gravity Circus will present its Open Air Big Top featuring aerial acrobatics at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. She King will perform at 8 p.m., followed …

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