Ward 23 2013 Community Environment Day

Ward 23 2013 Community Environment Day

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 4, 2013 for my annual Ward 23 Community Environment Day.  Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more livable Toronto by bringing your used or unwanted household items for re-use, recycling or safe disposal.  Community Environment Day will be held at Earl Haig S.S. (100 Princess Avenue) from 10 AM to 2 PM

Also available (fees may apply) are backyard composters, green bins, kitchen containers and leaf compost (one cubic meter free of charge per household).  For more information on what you can bring to Environment …

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Community Arts Consultations

Last week, City Council officially began moving towards its target of $25 per capita in arts funding, to bring it more in line with support for the arts in other major cities. New arts funding will come from billboard tax revenue. North York Arts, a community arts organization I helped establish, will also get some of this new funding, so that arts and culture in North York will once again be supported by the city. If you are interested in learning more about North York Arts, visit their website.

Meanwhile, …

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City of Toronto Condominium Consultations

The City wants to know what condominium residents think about condo life and, more importantly, how they want to relate to the community around them. Due to the large number of condos in Willowdale, I made arrangements to have a special Ward 23 meeting last month at St. George Anglican Church.  Results from this consultation are posted on the City’s website.

Based on feedback received last month, the City has now launched an online survey for condo residents.  You can download the City’s four page discussion guide providing background information on the project …

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Questions Raised on Rooming Houses

 My office has recently received a number of comments on rooming houses relating to a motion at a recent meeting of the Planning and Growth Management committee.  Because the issue generated an unusually large number of emails, I have developed this FAQ which I hope covers the comments and questions that were raised. Some 80% of those who wrote opposed legalizing rooming houses; the remainder raised strong issues regarding the need for affordable housing and asked how this would be addressed if …

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Outdoor Skating Season Extended

Outdoor Skating Season Extended

Last week, I was shocked to learn that the City had planned to end its outdoor skating season just as schools were letting kids out for March Break.  If the weather was cooperating, why not keep the City’s outdoor rinks open through the week?  I am happy to report that after bringing this matter to North York Community Council, City staff agreed to keep  14 outdoor rinks open – including the one at Mel Lastman Square – open until the March 15 end of March Break. Weather permitting, …

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Taming Traffic: Thinking Outside the Gridlock

Taming Traffic: Thinking Outside the Gridlock

Willowdale residents say our neighbourhood is a great place to live. Now if we could just do something about the traffic.  It gets worse each year. Major roads are congested; local streets are plagued by commuters speeding through our neighbourhoods.  Solutions are not simple, and the problems are not entirely fixable. But the situation can be improved.

Here are seven ways I’m working to address the problem, in no particular order of priority.

1. Develop a long-term transit plan.

A no brainer, if ever there was one. We need …

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