Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Starting next week, there will be a series of closures on the Line 1 Subway. These closures are being done for tunnel and signal upgrades, and to support work on the Eglinton Crosstown project. Be advised of closures on the following dates:

Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 11 to 14
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 18 to 21
Finch to St Clair full weekend closure January 23 and 24
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 25 to 28

Shuttle buses will be …

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New Full Size Community Centre for Willowdale

New Full Size Community Centre for Willowdale

As Willowdale’s population increases rapidly, providing enough public facilities to meet the rising needs becomes a vital part of planning our community. Last month, we made a great stride forward on that as Council approved my plan to double the size of the community centre to be built as part of the development of the former Newtonbrook Plaza.

Prior to the last election, this area was represented by a different councillor who negotiated a community centre so small that city staff didn’t want to build it. …

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Yonge Street Transformation

Yonge Street Transformation

The future of Willowdale looks much brighter today after Council strongly supported the plan to Transform Yonge between Sheppard and Finch.

When it’s completed, we’ll have a wide boulevard for pedestrians, restaurant patios, plantings, and a bicycle lane separated from both cars and pedestrians. The space will be created by reducing traffic lanes to two in each direction, plus turn lanes and bus bays.

The plan – which was strongly supported by community leaders, urban experts and advocates for pedestrian and cycling safety – will change our …

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Acts of Kindness and What To Look Forward To

Acts of Kindness and What To Look Forward To

In an effort to put more uplifting content in this newsletter, I’m interested in hearing from you on two topics. These are:

Acts of Kindness
Tell me about examples of community members being kind, helpful and thoughtful towards one another during this most difficult of time. Acts of generosity may seem small to the giver but can mean a great deal to the person or group receiving it.

What You’re Looking Forward To
This pandemic will start to loosen its hold on us over the next year. What are …

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Celebrate the Holidays with We Love Willowdale

Celebrate the Holidays with We Love Willowdale

While this holiday season will be a little more distant than most, our friends at We Love Willowdale are hosting an online gathering on Sunday, December 27 at 5:30 PM.

Share some holiday cheer with live music from local talent Matt Gerber and Sarah Murley-Hauser and chat with your neighbours over dinner. Then, cap off the night with a holiday music concert by Canterbury Place favourite Marcus Schwan.

To register for the event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/we-love-willowdale-holiday-dinner-tickets-130732216579

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Resident Appointed to the Order of Canada

Resident Appointed to the Order of Canada

Last month, local resident Vera Schiff was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Schiff was invested as a member of the Order for her career as an author, and for her commitment to the education of Canadians about the holocaust.

Born in 1926 in Prague, Vera lived through the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, and her deportation to the Theresienstadt ghetto in 1942. She was the only person from her extended family to survive the Holocaust.

After the war, she moved to Israel in 1949, …

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Never Miss Garbage Day With the TOWaste App

Never Miss Garbage Day With the TOWaste App

While the old paper calendar may be on its way out, with the new TOWaste app, you’ll never miss your garbage or recycling day again! Available on the Apple Store and on Google Play, the app will tell you what waste items go in which bin, what bins to put out when, and where to donate used items or find a City Drop-off Depot. All of this can be done right from your smartphone or tablet.

To download the app for your iPhone click here, or …

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Protect Yourself From Carbon Monoxide This Winter

Protect Yourself From Carbon Monoxide This Winter

Toronto Fire wants to make sure you’re protected from Carbon Monoxide this winter. If your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage, it is law that you must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home. For added protection, Toronto Fire recommends a CO alarm on every storey of the home, installed to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Some appliances that can emit carbon monoxide include:

furnaces
hot water heaters
stoves
vehicles, and
gas or wood fireplaces.

I can’t believe that we need to say …

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Fighting Homelessness in Willowdale

Fighting Homelessness in Willowdale

For several months, a woman has been living in a bus shelter at Doris and Sheppard. Many people walked by her every day. Some contacted our office because they wanted her gone, a larger number because they wanted us to find help for her.

We don’t know her name and we don’t know her story. Fortunately, we do know that she now has a place to live.

Thanks to the diligent work of one worker on the City’s Streets to Homes team, who not only navigated many partners and …

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TTC Closures This Weekend

TTC Closures This Weekend

There will be no service on Line 1 between Finch and St Clair stations this weekend, December 12-13. Work will continue on the installation of the Automatic Train Control signal system, so that trains can run more efficently. Shuttle buses will be running frequently during the closure.

John has worked with TTC staff to ensure that people are at least as safe while traveling on shuttle busses as they would be if the subway was running.

The TTC will have ambassadors handing out masks at the stations, …

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A Vacant Homes Tax Could Help Level the Playing Field

A Vacant Homes Tax Could Help Level the Playing Field

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

Though many haven’t been so lucky, if you’ve been able to afford to rent a property through the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 may have offered you some relief in rental rates or availability. But experts warn that this relief will be short-lived.  Before we return to a period where housing availability is a big problem, it’s time to discourage people from leaving entire homes empty, often for years at a time.

Earlier this year, I advocated that the time was right for …

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Tobogganing Saved for Willowdale Sledders

Tobogganing Saved for Willowdale Sledders

Last month, I wrote about emerging data through the COVID-19 crisis underscoring the importance of getting kids out into local parks to stay active. Last week, Mayor Tory announced the City’s Winter parks plan, including locations for skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, disc golf, and even archery in E.T. Seaton Park. 1500 parks would have enhanced winter maintenance. 800 playgrounds would stay open. All seemed to be aligned to get our kids, and all Torontonians, as active as possible over the winter.

Unfortunately, someone in our local parks office seemed to …

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