New Mural in Willowdale Thanks to StreetARToronto

New Mural in Willowdale Thanks to StreetARToronto

If you’re using Sheppard Station to hop on the subway, you should consider entering off of Harlandale Ave and enjoy the brand new mural painted by Jieun Kim and Erika James.

The new design includes several large-scale local birds perched on trees and on rooftops, and the buildings in the background represent our neighbourhood’s mixture of high density dwellings, and residential housing.

The mural was funded through StreetARToronto, a program that has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism in Toronto and replacing it with vibrant street art, …

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Toronto Sign Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Sign Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Last Friday, the City unveiled the new Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square and the sign’s first celebratory wrap. The new sign is a more durable replica of the original which was installed in July 2015 for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games.

The sign’s first wrap, Patterns of the People, was designed by Danilo Deluxo McCallum in recognition of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent. Woven into the colourful patterns are African cultural symbols like the Adinkra Sankofa bird, which …

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City Urges Federal-Provincial Partnership on Housing

City Urges Federal-Provincial Partnership on Housing

The City of Toronto is calling for a Federal-Provincial-City partnership to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes over the next 24 months, for homeless, vulnerable, and marginalized residents. 

While the average cost to operate a shelter bed in Toronto was more than $3,000 per month pre-COVID-19, the cost has now doubled as a result of the increased space and protective resources required by the pandemic. 

Moving 3,000 people out of shelters and into permanent housing with supports could provide a cost savings of up to $15 million per …

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Speed Cameras Issue 580 Tickets in Willowdale

Speed Cameras Issue 580 Tickets in Willowdale

Two new speed enforcement cameras in Willowdale have resulted in 580 tickets during their first four weeks of operation.

A total of 372 tickets were issues in the first two weeks. That dropped to 208 for the second two weeks – still an extremely unacceptable number but a slight improvement which shows that the cameras are at least partially meeting their intended purpose of getting people to slow down. Those who don’t face standard fines for speeding.

Both the highest recorded speed (85km in a 40 km …

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Our Collective Responsibility

Our Collective Responsibility

Before the cold weather sends us indoors, before students are fully back to school, and before the second wave hits, COVID cases are rising at an alarming rate.

This week’s Toronto total is 617, up from 385 last week and 285 the week before. As recently as early August, we had it down to 141. You only need to chart that on the back of an envelope to see where this is heading.

Public Health officials began sounding the alarm several weeks ago when numbers started going …

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ActiveTO Expands to Yonge Until End of September

ActiveTO Expands to Yonge Until End of September

The City is expanding its ActiveTO program to include Yonge Street, between Davenport Road and Queen’s Quay, on the final two Sundays in September.

Roads will begin to close starting as early as 8 a.m. and be reopened by 3 p.m. each day. Vehicle access on these sections of roads will be closed and the City will actively manage traffic through signal timing adjustments on adjacent routes. Motorists who normally travel northbound on Yonge Street on Sundays should plan ahead and use alternate routes.

During the closure, …

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Back To School Update

Back To School Update

by Alexander Brown – Chair, Toronto District School Board – Trustee for Willowdale

As we prepare to open our schools in September and welcome back students and staff, we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members, while also providing the best academic experience possible for students, supporting mental health and well-being, and considering the needs of families and staff.

School starts on September 15, 2020. Grades will be staggered over the first week to safely reintroduce students to the building. More information …

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CNE Goes Virtual

CNE Goes Virtual

The Canadian National Exhibition is closed this year due to COVID-19. In spite of that, The Ex is running a virtual show for free on their website for families to get to take part in a Toronto tradition.

From August 21 to September 6, TheEx.com will share some of the fair’s most popular shows, favourite food recipes, performances by buskers and the Superdogs, and more.  For more information about what’s going the Ex is offering from home, click here.

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Cameras Catch Speeders

Cameras Catch Speeders

Willowdale’s new Automatic Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras are already catching speeders. Located at Doris and Spring Garden, as well as on Church Ave. east of Doris, the cameras issued 372 tickets in the first two weeks of the program.

Of those tickets, 38 drivers were repeat offenders, with one individual being ticketed 6 times over the two week period. The fastest speed recorded was a car going 85 km/h in a 40 km/h zone, which resulted in the driver being fined $670. Obviously, these statistics are a major concern. …

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Summer in the City

Summer in the City

August 7 2020

We can’t enjoy summer like we did in the past, but I’m having a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures of a staycation. Warm temperatures and bright sunshine is coinciding with what looks like a hiatus in the spread of COVID, which clearly prefers the indoors. So there may not be a better time to get out.

The virus doesn’t take holidays, to be sure, but the number of new cases has been the lowest in months. In Toronto, the weekly total of new …

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HistoricTO Brings Toronto History Home

HistoricTO Brings Toronto History Home

Gibson House is launching a new walking tour of Gibson Park, Dempsey Park, and York Cemetery while City of Toronto guides teach you about some of the history of the local neighbourhood. The tours happen four times daily from Wednesday to Sunday every week. To purchase tickets, you can click here.

These tours are a part of the new HistoricTO initiative, which has walking tours at all of Toronto’s Historic Museums. While the museums themselves will all remain closed until September, the city has provided never before seen access to their …

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Why We Should All Wear Masks In Elevators

Why We Should All Wear Masks In Elevators

We now understand enough about COVID-19 to know why the common areas of highrise buildings –  elevators in particular – can be dangerous places.  The virus is easily transmitted; it’s passed on by people with no symptoms; it can be spread through small particles that are emitted when we talk or breathe; it can  hang in the air for several hours in indoor spaces.  In short, the virus loves places like elevators.

This week, the Mayor and Medical Officer of Health asked all condos and apartments  …

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