Recreation Programs Returning to Toronto

Recreation Programs Returning to Toronto

Markus O’Brien-Fehr – Chief of Staff

As a parent with young kids at home, part of the back to school routine for us includes registering for recreation programs to enrich their experience. The City of Toronto offers a huge range of activities for children of all ages (including the grown-up ones) that are both reliable and reasonably priced. This fall, registration beings for the North York District on Tuesday, September 15.

After a successful summer camp season at our community centres, they return to more familiar offerings including …

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Book Fitness Rooms, Indoor Lane Swim, Online

Book Fitness Rooms, Indoor Lane Swim, Online

As of Monday August 17th, Fitness and weight rooms in community centres across the city will be opening to the public. To make booking easier, the City has introduced an online reservation option for workouts at facilities like Mitchell Field, and Edithvale community centres.

The new tool also allows you to book a lane swim at any of the City’s indoor pools online, including at Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre. Outdoor pools at Goulding and Mitchell Field will still be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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Checking in on Community Safety Issues

This week, I had a chance to check in with Sgt. Jonathan Collin, Community Response Unit Manager at Toronto Police Service 32 Division. We discussed some of the ongoing trends and challenges facing community policing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of note to residents, the trend of high-end auto theft in the area continues to be an issue that police are dealing with. Sgt. Collin offered a number of tips to residents last month that were reported in this newsletter, and Willowdale residents should remain proactive in keeping vehicles …

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Ravine Litter Picking Program

From July 20 to August 14, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff will be visiting ravines in the North York area to carry out littler picking as part of the Ravine Strategy approved by Council in January. This includes several locations in and around Ward 18, including the ravine at Maxome Ave., and the ravine on the south-west corner of Finch and Bayview.

Staff still have some limited capacity to add additional locations, if you know of a ravine area where litter is an issue, let us …

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Sports Returning to Toronto

One of the signs that lives are slowly moving back to normal is the return of professional sports, at least to our TV screens.  For many fans, the entertainment and social activity that comes with watching a game has been a big gap, as it has been for many restaurant and bar owners that rely on game night business as a key source of income.

With professional athletes flocking to Toronto for Major League Baseball and the NHL’s playoff “hub” site hosting 12 teams, there are …

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Tips for Preventing Auto Thefts & Scams

Tips for Preventing Auto Thefts & Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many opportunities for neighbours to pull together and support each other. Unfortunately, in other cases, it has also created opportunity for individuals to take advantage of quiet streets or the uncertainty surrounding government supports, to prey on those who may be more vulnerable.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has noted several online scams circulating related to the Federal CERB program, among those they actively monitor. Toronto Public Health has warned of fraudsters posing as public health officials asking for banking and SIN …

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Councillors Unify On 2020 Budget (But Important Questions Remain)

Councillors Unify On 2020 Budget (But Important Questions Remain)

Toronto City Council unanimously adopted its 2020 tax-supported operating and capital budget on Wednesday. Council came together in an unusual way to balance the City’s priorities and keep costs down for residents while investing in critical infrastructure projects.

Council approved a 2% property tax increase for residential properties and a 1% percent increase for commercial properties. As per provincial legislation, there will be no increase for multi-residential or apartment buildings. Additionally, the current City Building Levy will increase to 1.5%, bringing 2020 property taxes, along with …

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RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions) & Terry Fox Run

RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions) & Terry Fox Run

Willowdale residents will want to be aware of races being held in our community this weekend.  RBC’s annual Race for the Kids in support of youth mental health at Sunnybrook, will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Over the past three years, the race has welcomed 28,000 participants, raising over $7-million for this important cause.

Road closures will be in effect on Yonge Street (between Sheppard Ave and north of Finch Ave) from 7:15 AM to 11:15 AM.  Finch Ave will also be closed between Doris Ave and Beecroft Road.  For a …

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Toronto Ready for Winter Snow Clearing (UPDATED)

Toronto Ready for Winter Snow Clearing (UPDATED)

Some quick reminders on City snow clearing for this year:

When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimeters, local road plowing will begin.  Plowing on the local roads is usually completed between 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311. 

The City will only open driveway windrows wherever it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimeters of snow has fallen. Typically, driveway windrows are opened between one and two hours …

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Toronto Ward Boundary Review (UPDATED)

Toronto Ward Boundary Review (UPDATED)

Update (Sept. 2016):

The City continues to tinker with ward boundary recommendations to resolve the current imbalance in Toronto ward populations.  Our Ward 23 now holds more than double the residents of others in the city.

Council’s Executive Committee rejected the recommendation of its third-party consultant in May asking for a new proposal consistent with the current 44-ward system, or aligning where possible, with federal and provincial boundaries.

Another public consultation event has been planned in our community forMonday, September 19 at the North York Civic Centre from …

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From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

Update (July 2016)

Again this month, John voted with the minority of Councillors that preferred an LRT option in Scarborough as a replacement to the existing SRT. John previously voted against the Scarborough subway in 2013 believing that spending more than $1-billion of City money was wasteful when the Province was prepared to assume 100% of the LRT cost.  Recent reports have the cost of the subway going up even more, leaving Toronto residents on the hook for cost overruns.

The majority of Council however again backed the subway …

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Ward 23 Community Environment Day – July 9

Ward 23 Community Environment Day – July 9

Our annual Ward 23 Community Environment Day has been scheduled for Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Ave)

Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items and you will help to:

Extend the life of a product by offering it to someone for reuse.
Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure that it is properly recycled.
Ensure that hazardous waste materials are …

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