Having Fun Isn’t Hard If You Have A Library Card

Having Fun Isn’t Hard If You Have A Library Card

The North York Central Library (NYCL) and branches are open for contactless holds pick-up and drop-off of library materials during regular hours. Customers can place holds on materials and have 14 days to pick up them up once they are available.

NYCL also has a new “Grab & Go” service. Each bag contains 5-8 items for children, teens or adults, each with a specific theme. Tell staff which bag you’d like and staff will sign it out to you. Be sure to bring your library card!

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More Early Closures on Line 1 Next Week

More Early Closures on Line 1 Next Week

Early closures will continue on Line 1 between Finch and Eglinton stations from February 16-18. Subway service will end at 11 p.m. nightly for more tunnel and signal upgrades. Regular service will resume at approximately 6 a.m. each following morning.

Shuttle buses will be running to replace service along the subway line during these closures. Buses will operate every 1.5 to 2 minutes, and supervisors will be stationed at key locations reminding and advising both customers and operators of the TTC’s mandatory mask policy.

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Cool Rinks, Warm Hearts

Cool Rinks, Warm Hearts

This year, Willowdale is home to four community outdoor skating rinks. The rinks are built and maintained by local volunteers so that members of their community can enjoy the outdoors and skate safely in their own neighbourhoods. With COVID-19 making everything more difficult this year, I want to extend a very special thanks to the volunteers who have built and maintained the rinks. We have happier, healthier, communities because of you.

If you want to enjoy the rinks yourself, you can find them at:

Edithvale Community Centre: …

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Toronto Schools Re-Opening February 16

Toronto Schools Re-Opening February 16

Students in Toronto will be returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16.

While most students around the province will be back in class next week, those in Toronto, Peel, and York Regions will start a week later, at the request of their Medical Officers of Health.

As an added safety measure, masks will be required outdoors once schools re-open. For a refresher on all of the advice and precautions that the City and the school boards have taken, visit Toronto Public Health’s website here.

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Is Toronto Heading Towards a Cycling “Highway?”

Is Toronto Heading Towards a Cycling “Highway?”

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

Willowdale residents are already familiar with Council’s decision in December 2020 to add a grade-separated Cycle Track to Yonge Street when the stretch from Highway 401 to Finch is reconstructed. The Yonge TOmorrow project, approved by Council this week, has flown a little more under the radar. Focused on downtown Yonge between Queen and College, this plan shares a vision similar to REimagine Yonge, reducing space for vehicular traffic and adding lots of additional space for pedestrians, diners, shoppers, …

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Closures on Line 1 This Weekend – Next Week

Closures on Line 1 This Weekend – Next Week

As a reminder, there will be no Subway service on Line 1 between Finch and St Clair stations on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, to accommodate work on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit construction project. While this work is being completed, the TTC is also using the closure to upgrade the signals on our section of the Subway line.

As well, Subway service on Line 1 between Finch and Eglinton stations will end at 11 p.m. nightly from Monday, February 8 to Thursday, …

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Send In Your Photos Of Life In Willowdale!

Send In Your Photos Of Life In Willowdale!

To help brighten this long, cold winter, I’m collecting  inspiring, funny, interesting or simply beautiful local scenes.  If you have something you’d like to share, send it along to me at councillor.filion@toronto.ca

I’ll select some to include at the end of these weekly newsletters.

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Please, Don’t Feed the Coyotes

Please, Don’t Feed the Coyotes

The city wants to remind folks, especially ones who live near parks and ravines that you are likely to see more coyotes at this time of year. Between a lack of foliage, and the coyote mating season in January and February, the creatures are both more active and visible.

Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people but can pose a danger for pets; it is not uncommon for coyotes to injure or kill cats and small dogs. Residents living near green spaces, ravines and …

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City Cracks Down on Masks in Condos and Apartments

City Cracks Down on Masks in Condos and Apartments

The City of Toronto is conducting additional education and enforcement in residential apartment buildings and condominiums where multiple complaints have been received about mask usage in enclosed common spaces.

The City had received 1,950 complaints about improper mask usage in shared residential spaces since the new by-law came into effect in August of last year. Of these complaints, 263 locations have received three or more complaints and 12 locations have received more than 10 complaints related to mask wearing. The City will be following up with …

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Full Subway Closure on Line 1 – February 6 and 7

Full Subway Closure on Line 1 – February 6 and 7

There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch and St Clair stations on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, to accommodate work on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit construction project. While this work is being completed, the TTC is also using the closure to upgrade the signals on our section of the Subway line.

Shuttle buses will be running to replace service along the subway line during these closures. Buses will operate every 1.5 to 2 minutes, and supervisors will be …

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A Deadly Footrace

A Deadly Footrace

If all one looked at were this week’s trends, it would be easy to think we’d turned a corner and were on our way home. For the second straight week, new infections in Toronto fell, as did numbers in Ontario and across North America.

In the city, we averaged about 600 new cases per day – still terribly high but moving in the right direction. Hospitalizations and ICU occupancy were down slightly. And the reproductive number dropped to .8, which should cause numbers to keep falling.

With …

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Full Subway Closure on Line 1 This Weekend

Full Subway Closure on Line 1 This Weekend

There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch and St Clair stations on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2021 to accommodate work on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit construction project. While this work is being completed, the TTC is also using the closure to upgrade the signals on our section of the Subway line.

We also have another early subway closure starting next week. Subway service on Line 1 between Finch and Sheppard-Yonge stations will end at 11 p.m. nightly from …

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