Beware Bad Information about Basement Flooding

Beware Bad Information about Basement Flooding

City Staff have been receiving reports of Phone calls and door hangers from private companies related to basement flooding or sewer line hookups increasing across the City. Some of these companies are circulating information that may be inaccurate or misleading.

As a reminder, the City does not make telephone calls or conduct door-to-door sales of any kind and does not endorse any basement flooding products/services or private sewer line installation/hookups. The City’s resources about flood protecting your home are only found at toronto.ca/basementflooding.

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Hot Docs Returns April 29

Hot Docs Returns April 29

The Hot Docs festival will be returning this year, running from April 29 to May 9. Due to COVID-19, the festival will be online, and you can stream films directly to your computer.  The full list of films has been released, and is available here.

There’s never been a better time to be a movie buff, So grab some takeout from a local favourite, and catch some Hot Docs!

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Meeting on 175 Cummer – April 6th

Meeting on 175 Cummer – April 6th

The second formal community information meeting (in addition to several informal ones) for the proposed supportive housing at 175 Cummer Ave. will be held this coming Tuesday, April 6, at 7 pm. You can find more information about this project, including how to join the meeting at: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/community-partners/affordable-housing-partners/modular-housing-initiative/

I have received many emails on the issue – with large numbers both in favour and opposed, with others seeking more information. I have tried to provide straightforward answer to all questions.  Unfortunately, many of the emails contained …

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Clean Willowdale & Earth Day 2021

Clean Willowdale & Earth Day 2021

Clean Willowdale to Celebrate Earth Day

The usually scheduled “CleanTo” has been postponed to the fall season. And yet Willowdale’s green spaces, sidewalks, and roads need to be cleaned.

Councillor Filion is thrilled to provide every registered household with garbage bags, gloves, and a guaranteed pick-up of collected waste.

If you are interested then please complete the form below and you will receive a confirmation from Jesse James. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns then please don’t hesitate to contact Jesse: jesse.james@toronto.ca, or 416-338-5298.

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A Message Regarding Anti-Asian Hate in Toronto

A Message Regarding Anti-Asian Hate in Toronto

Canadians like to reassure themselves that, as a people, we are less racist than our neighbours. But, such comparisons ignore the reality that no level of racism is tolerable and that hate-fueled intolerance is far more prevalent than we would like to think.

This week, a new report from the Chinese Canadian National Council highlighted a rise in verbal insults and physical assault experienced by Asian people in Canada, a situation that has worsened substantially since the start of the pandemic.

The document’s release came the week …

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Housing the Homeless

Housing the Homeless

I remember him as the most popular boy in my Grade 8 class, the one the girls had crushes on and the other boys wanted to be just like: good looking, terrifically funny, the best at every sport. Many years later, after decades of physical and mental health problems, he was broke and out of work. He lost his house in a nice neighbourhood. He and his wife separated. An old friend helped him move into a basement apartment and navigate the application for ODSP …

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Wrapping Up Our Community Ice Rinks

Wrapping Up Our Community Ice Rinks

With the recent warm weather this week, and increasing temperatures as we head into spring, Willowdale’s four natural ice rinks are now closed for the season.

This year was one of the best seasons for the rinks, as skaters were able to enjoy the natural ice for 10 weeks, which was a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I want to thank the dozens of volunteers who worked to maintain these rinks. They only happen with …

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New Park Features can Define Local Neighbourhoods

New Park Features can Define Local Neighbourhoods

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

“I want to go to the park with the cool slide,” says one of my kids on a warm spring afternoon.  “No, let’s go to the one with the treehouse,” says the other.

Though what follows is a diplomatic negotiation more challenging than some of the toughest Council battles, what’s clear is that unique features in local parks is something residents of all ages pick up on.  They can quickly come to define our neighbourhoods.

In December, John announced a major …

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Park Improvement Consultations

Park Improvement Consultations

Park Improvement Consultations in March 2021

Please join the consultations about park improvements for the following parks in Willowdale:

 

Lansing/West Lansing on MARCH 16th @ 7:30pm

Parks: Gwendolen Park, Albert Standing Park, and Harlandale Parkette

LINK: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e86e4f207aeffefe95b1e0b1c9acaa04e

Password: TragicallyHip

Event number: 133 978 3458

 

Silverview Park on MARCH 23rd @ 7:30pm

LINK: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e86e4f207aeffefe95b1e0b1c9acaa04e

Password: Arkells

Event number: 133 334 9494

 

Willowdale Park on MARCH 30th @ 7:30pm

LINK: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4342ba072f57a23a1b0f9ae40dad2b82

Password: TheBand

Event number: 133 391 8563

 

If you have any questions then please contact Nicole Hausman: Nicole.Hausman@Toronto.ca

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Reminder: Meeting re Supportive Housing

Reminder: Meeting re Supportive Housing

As you may have already learned through my weekly newsletter or other notices, the City is planning to build permanent, affordable, supportive, modular housing at 175 Cummer Avenue for approximately 65 people exiting homelessness.

It is expected that residents will be moving in before the end of this year. I will be doing everything I can to make this project a success.

The first of several virtual community meetings on the project will be held Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. To learn more and join us …

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John Doe Found Guilty  

John Doe Found Guilty  

In a decision as remarkable for the sensitivity with which it was delivered as for the verdict itself, Justice Anne Malloy this week found John Doe guilty of killing 10 people and severely injuring 16 others on Willowdale’s main street.

In reading her verdict the judge humanized the victims by speaking their names, giving their ages, and describing their injuries. But she refused to say the name of the perpetrator, concluding that he was motivated by a desire for fame which should not, in any way, …

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Submissions Open For Toronto Urban Design Awards

Submissions Open For Toronto Urban Design Awards

The call for 2021 submissions for the Toronto Urban Design Awards are now open.

The awards recognize achievements in urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. This year the awards will focus on both the recent growth in Toronto, as well as the post-pandemic city, and equity issues that have emerged.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

For more information, visit: www.toronto.ca/tuda.

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