Sports Fields Open Until October 25th

Sports Fields Open Until October 25th

This week, the City of Toronto announced the extension of the outdoor sport field season. The City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields will remain open until Sunday, October 25th and permits will be issued for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The City offers almost 700 sport fields at more than 170 locations across Toronto. As a result of pandemic-related restrictions, many of the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields opened on July 6 for team training, and permits were issued for the summer season. The …

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BIA Ballots Arriving at Local Businesses

BIA Ballots Arriving at Local Businesses

This week the City of Toronto is mailing out over 800 ballots to commercial property owners and their tenants along the Yonge street corridor between Bishop/Hendon and Highway 401.  The ballot asks whether businesses will come together to form a Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the centre of Willowdale.  The majority of returned ballots will make that decision in late October.

BIAs are very successful in other parts of Toronto and benefit local businesses and their communities in a number of ways.  BIAs collect a small …

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City of Toronto expands Digital Main Street program 

City of Toronto expands Digital Main Street program 

The City announced earlier this month that they are expanding the successful Digital Main Street program as part of the city’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force’ short-term support and recovery plan for Toronto’s businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Main Street was created to provide direct one-on-one support to  businesses who are trying to develop an online presence. The program has already been successful in delivering over 12,000 hours of support, training and education to businesses across Toronto.

Community Meeting on Getting Around Safely During COVID-19

Community Meeting on Getting Around Safely During COVID-19

On September 9th, pointA is hosting a virtual community meeting on getting around safety during COVID-19, with our local MP Ali Ehsassi.

The meeting will cover traveling safely by public transit, walking, and cycling. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about commuting more safely during the pandemic.

The event is free and open to all interested residents, not just those who live in Willowdale, and no registration is required.

To attend the meeting, click here.

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Toronto Supporting School Boards with Back to School Plan

Toronto Supporting School Boards with Back to School Plan

To help keep kids and parents safe during COVID-19 and the return to school, The City of Toronto has offered the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards access to 36 rooms in 24 city owned properties to help staff and students physically distance.

The City is also continuing to look into how we can provide even more space without affecting programs that have already been scheduled. We recognize the importance of ensuring students, teachers and support staff are socially distanced …

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Playgrounds Officially Re-Opening

Playgrounds Officially Re-Opening

Parents and caregivers that have struggled to keep kids entertained at home will be very glad that as of today, the City of Toronto is officially re-opening its 800 playgrounds.  Please be aware however that the City will not be sanitizing this equipment.  Make sure that kids stay supervised, that they wash hands before and after play, physical distance as much as possible, and wear masks if playing in closer proximity to others. If playgrounds get too busy, it might be smart to find a different …

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Council Starts Down Path to Balance Books, but Questions Remain

Council Starts Down Path to Balance Books, but Questions Remain

This week, City Council began to wrestle with the very large hole in the City’s budget resulting from COVID-19.  Since March, the City has been hard hit by additional expenses, especially from areas like shelter and housing support, or the need for additional protective equipment and cleaning supplies.  Expected revenue has also dropped dramatically, especially from fewer riders on public transit, reduced municipal land transfer taxes and reduced revenue from user fees.

Altogether, the City now expects it will be short $1.9 billion for it operation …

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Farmers Market to Reopen!

We were happy to work with the North York Farmers Market to enable their return to Mel Lastman Square on Thursday July 16. This will be welcome news for many of our residents, who have been missing this opportunity to support our local farmers and businesses. The following vendors in attendance: Willowtree Farm, Motherdough Mill & Bakery, Superior Meats, Elfsong Apiaries, De La Terre Bakery, Thames River Melon and Jack’s Farm.

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Cracking Down on Utility Companies

Cracking Down on Utility Companies

When construction crews are working in our neighbourhoods, residents expect efficient, high quality work, effective communication, and accountability if something goes wrong.  These are all important principals of customer service that should guide City contracts and third party companies doing work on City property.

In 2019, Rogers Communications began a multi-year project for the installation of fiber optic cables in Willowdale and across Toronto. Over the past several months, we have received a number of complaints regarding work being done on sidewalks and city streets in …

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Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program

The City of Toronto will move into the next phase of it’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program on Monday, July 6 and start to issue tickets to speeding drivers.

The ASE pilot was initiated in January to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. There are 50 cameras installed across the City’s Community Safety Zones near schools. Before now, we have only issued warnings to speeding drivers.

Willowdale locations currently include Patricia Avenue west …

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CurbTO

CurbTO

As resurfacing work on Yonge Street nears its end, residents will see elements of the City’s CurbTO program implemented between Sheppard and Finch. This is an opportunity to ensure a safer environment for pedestrians during the pandemic, and an opportunity to create a safer mainstreet ecosystem that supports local businesses and promotes active living.

CurbTO is a City wide program designed to re-purpose curb lanes adjacent to businesses to better support physical distancing. There are two main initiatives within this program: Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones will …

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School and Camp Announcements Leave Questions For Parents

School and Camp Announcements Leave Questions For Parents

As the Province takes steps to reopen Ontario’s economy, parents remain uncertain about summer child care plans.

On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that regular summer camp programs would be cancelled. Families will automatically be sent refunds of registration fees. City staff are developing a new program, called CampTO, to allow some high-quality camp programming within current public health guidelines. This means spaces may only be 50% of what would normally be available.

Yesterday, Premier Ford announced that overnight camps across Ontario would also be closed …

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