UPDATED – CafeTO: A New Opportunity to Support Local Business

UPDATED – CafeTO: A New Opportunity to Support Local Business

This week, Council formally adopted the CafeTO program that the City had announced two weeks ago (see below).  The program is designed to make it easier, and less expensive, for restaurants to open patios in front of their business. This is an initiative that John strongly supports.

Since the decision on Monday, our office has met with City staff to establish a consistent approach along our stretch of Yonge Street to maximize opportunities for patio space.  In some cases, finding that space on existing narrow sidewalks …

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Statement on Police Funding

Statement on Police Funding

Dear Friends,

At its June 29 meeting, Council will be discussing two proposals to change the way we do policing in our City and to fund a variety of programs aimed at combatting racism, inequality and other societal problems that form the roots of crime. Despite the similarities in these two plans, discussion has focused on a single major difference. The first motion, by Councillor Josh Matlow, calls for a 10% “defunding” of the Toronto Police Service while the other, from Mayor John Tory, doesn’t specify the amount …

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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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Green Button, Red Button

Green Button, Red Button

Dear Friends,

My desk in Council has two buttons: green for Yes, red for No. On major issues, you push these buttons many times, moving through multiple motions and amendments before reaching a single vote on the final package. If you see merit in parts of competing arguments, there is no button for that.

Which brings me to an upcoming vote at which members of Council will grapple with the convergence of multiple issues in a way that does not easily lend itself to a green button/red …

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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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Public Urged to Wear Face Masks

Public Urged to Wear Face Masks

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommend that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Toronto Public Health advises that wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs. However, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect …

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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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Local Families Donating Masks to Front-Line Workers

Local Families Donating Masks to Front-Line Workers

Around the end of March, Michelle Oliveira spotted a question in an online chat and went looking for an answer.

Was anyone in the community mass-producing hand-made masks for front-line workers? When she discovered that nobody was, the Willowdale marketing strategist and mother of two was on it. As with other Oliveira tasks, the whole family was quickly engaged.

With help from nine other motivated women — and one man — Oliveira launched Sew for TO city-wide, turning it into a 180-person network. Almost overnight, they set about …

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Resident-Recommended Restaurants in Willowdale

Resident-Recommended Restaurants in Willowdale

The following is a compilation of restaurants recommended by Willowdale residents, and all offer delivery or takeout in the community. A variety of delivery apps may be used for these restaurants (such as Skip the Dishes, UberEats, DoorDash, or Fantuan).

This list will be updated regularly as more recommendations are made by residents. Email your local restaurant recommendations to councillor_filion@toronto.ca.

Ajisen Ramen

Website: www.ajisen.ca
Address: 5229 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-223-0618

Angus Pho House

Website: www.angus-pho-house.com
Address: 5443 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-901-2586

Anju Bar and Eatery

Website: www.anjubarandeatery.ca
Address: 6080 Yonge Street
Phone: 647-349-1130

Ava Esfahan Food Market

Website: http://en.avafood.ca/
Address: 193 …

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UPDATED: New Provincial Rules Would Help Developers, Hurt Communities

UPDATED: New Provincial Rules Would Help Developers, Hurt Communities

 

Residents may be interested in the formal submission made by the City of Toronto to the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on April 20 as part of the formal consultation process.  That submission can be read here.

John’s submission is also linked at the end of the original post below.

Original Post (April 17, 2020):

Most developers in Willowdale will be paying much less towards the cost of new parks, child care centres, community centres and other facilities if a new Ford Government proposal becomes final.

In …

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Online Vigil Posted to remember April 23, 2018

Online Vigil Posted to remember April 23, 2018

In memory of the tragic events of April 23, 2018, we pause to remember an afternoon our community will never forget.

This year, when we are unable to gather physically, We Love Willowdale and the Willowdale Interfaith Coalition have come together to create a virtual vigil. It features poetry reading, placing of flowers for those lost and injured, reflections on the tragedy, and a moment of silence.

You can see it by visiting to www.facebook.com/welovewillowdale.

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Words of Hope by Rabbi Louis Sachs

Words of Hope by Rabbi Louis Sachs

Memory is a fascinating phenomenon. We speak about it as if it were a passive activity, one often beyond our control. Imagine that feeling of a word just beyond reach, whether or not it eventually comes to mind, is not up to us. Yet, memory can also be an active process.

The Hebrew Bible extols us to remember the Sabbath day. It does not mean to simply remember it, but to live it. Memory, in this sense, is not merely a mental experience but is performed …

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