Council Addresses Provincial Cuts to Core Services

Council Addresses Provincial Cuts to Core Services

Earlier this week, Toronto City Council met to address the funding cuts announced by the Province of Ontario over the last several weeks.  These were made retroactive to April 1 this year.

Toronto’s City Manager has estimated that the tally of cuts the city is facing is about $178-million, including Provincial reductions for Children’s Services ($85-million), Toronto Public Health ($65-million) and Public Transit ($24-million).  As the City has already passed its 2019 budget – which must remain balanced by law – these cuts put the City …

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Coffee With The Councillor – June 3

Coffee With The Councillor – June 3

Take an interest in your community by joining Councillor John Filion and all members of his staff for a cup of coffee on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 PM.  John will be hosting this event to answer questions or collect comments or suggestions on the local Willowdale community.

We’re happy to tackle discussions on some of the larger policy questions at City Hall like budgets, housing or transit – or local issues related to planning, building, roads, safety, urban forestry, parks, solid waste, community facilities, social …

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Yonge North Planning Study – May 22

Yonge North Planning Study – May 22

For several years the City of Toronto has been reviewing its Official Plan for the Yonge Street area between Finch and Steeles.  Not everyone has agreed with John’s vision to focus on building a complete neighbourhood, with community facilities, schools and places to work and shop. He is proposing a network of bicycle paths and pedestrian connections, with lots of new parkland. John believes in restricting tall buildings to sites with subway stations – and to make any increased density conditional on subway construction.

With subway …

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Community Environment Days – May 25 & July 7

Community Environment Days – May 25 & July 7

John hosts his annual Community Environment Day at Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Avenue) on Saturday, May 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Environment Days are focused on creative ways to reuse old items, recycle properly, and learn about waste diversion initiatives.  It is also a space where people are encouraged to donate the items that they might otherwise throw away, specifically any school supplies or non-perishable food items. You may pick up new kitchen compost containers ($5 ea) and drop off old technology, batteries, and household hazardous waste to ensure a …

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Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf announced its lineup of buildings, city-wide walking tours and special programs for Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The weekend celebration of architecture features more than 150 building participants, including 55 new sites, a speaker series, walking tours and more. Details are now available on the City’s website.

For 2019, Toronto’s Indigenous past, present and future will be interwoven through Doors Open’s locations with panels, films and programs taking place throughout the weekend.

This year, visitors to the Toronto …

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Uptown International Children’s Festival

Uptown International Children’s Festival

The Uptown International Children’s Festival, presented by TO Live, is an action-packed, fun-filled weekend where children of all ages and their families can experience live theatrical performances, participate in sing-alongs, explore worlds of wonder, and create new and lasting memories.

The heart of the Uptown International Children’s Festival lies in the Toronto Centre for the Arts, where four internationally-acclaimed shows bring wonder and exploration into our spaces. From a re-mastering of Shakespeare’s classic tale, Macbeth, to a musical performance from Grammy-Award winning artist Lisa Loeb, the festival …

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Take Steps to #TransformTO

Take Steps to #TransformTO

TransformTO is the City of Toronto’s Climate Action Strategy.  From May 6 – 20, the City is challenging us all to walk more to support a healthier and greener Toronto and to raise awareness of this program.  To reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, 75% of all trips under 5 km will need to be walked or cycled by the year 2050.

Each of the City’s 25 wards will compete with one another to see which one can get out and walk the most.  With your help, the Willowdale …

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Reconstruction & Cycling on Willowdale Ave

Reconstruction & Cycling on Willowdale Ave

This fall 2019, the City of Toronto will be reconstructing Willowdale Avenue from Finch Avenue East to Empress Avenue and potentially installing a new buffered bike lane from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue.

The new bike lane would provide a dedicated space for cyclists, improving safety and comfort for all road users. The bike lane would expand the local cycling network by connecting to the existing Finch Hydro Corridor multi-use trail.

The City of Toronto is hosting a public drop-in event on Monday, May 13, 2019 from …

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Toronto Marathon – May 5 (ROAD CLOSURES)

Toronto Marathon – May 5 (ROAD CLOSURES)

One of Toronto’s largest athletic events draws 14,000 participants from over 50 countries to experience our city on foot. This year’s Toronto Marathon marathon will be held on Sunday, May 5 beginning at 7:30 AM from Mel Lastman Square. A half marathon will begin at 8:30 AMwith additional runs and walks starting in between.

The run, which will be travelling down Yonge Street, is supporting a number of local charities, including the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Sick Kids Hospital.  Organizers hope to surpass $1.2-million in contributions this year.  Toronto Marathon staff will be …

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Golden Lion Plaque & Jane’s Walk – May 4

Golden Lion Plaque & Jane’s Walk – May 4

On Saturday, May 4, at 12:30 PM we invite you to join John along with members of the North York Historical Society and Heritage Toronto at the North York Central Library Main Floor Atrium (5120 Yonge Street) for the unveiling of a historical plaque commemorating the Golden Lion Hotel.

The Golden Lion Hotel was a landmark on Yonge Street at Sheppard Avenue for over a century.  A popular way station and social centre in its time, the Golden Lion Hotel played an important role in the 1837 Rebellion. Rebels rallied there before heading south and later …

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Remembering the Yonge Tragedy – April 23

Remembering the Yonge Tragedy – April 23

Almost one year ago, the Willowdale neighbourhood was struck by a horrible tragedy.  Within hours Willowdale residents mobilized to help turn our collective cries of sorrow into songs of healing.  We are engaging with that tragedy again, and we all hope that our community continues to mend collective wounds.

How do we process grief and tragedy?  This is a difficult question both for individuals and for an entire community, even a year later.  This question is made more complex by the plurality of Willowdale’s residents where …

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Concerned About TTC Upload (UPDATED)

Concerned About TTC Upload (UPDATED)

Premier Doug Ford announced the Province’s plans for transit expansion in the Toronto area this week.  Details remain vague on funding and construction timelines but redesigned plans focus on the Scarborough Line 2 extension, the Yonge North Line 1extension, the Eglinton Crosstown West extension and Relief Line subway.

John immediately spoke out about his concerns around the feasibility of this plan, the delays it is likely to cause and the potential impact on public safety.  Many of the above expansions have been active in the planning stages for the last several years.  Redesigning elements of …

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