Willowdale Road Safety Survey 2020



Councillor Filion Looking for Your Input on Improving Willowdale’s Road Safety

Councillor Filion is working with residents and City Staff to develop a list of priorities and projects for the next 2+ years that will see a number of significant improvements to road safety in Willowdale. This survey will help Councillor Filion gather important insight and feedback from Willowdale residents.

This survey is also part of a series of virtual community conversations with Councillor Filion throughout September. If you have any questions then please contact Councillor Filion’s …

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Pandemic and the Opioid Crisis

Pandemic and the Opioid Crisis

The number of COVID cases and deaths tell only part of the tragic story that has been unfolding in our city since March.
In Toronto alone, 27 people died in July from opioid overdose. That’s almost one death per day and the highest monthly total ever recorded in Toronto. In the first five months of the pandemic, opioid overdose deaths increased by 85%. In British Columbia the situation is even worse, with a 200% increase compared to the same period last year.There appear to be three …

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Short-Term Rental Regulations Start September 10

Short-Term Rental Regulations Start September 10

Starting this week, the City of Toronto is taking further action to regulate short term rental properties.  Moving forward, those renting properties for fewer than 28 consecutive days must register with the City and provide a registration number on any listings on sites such as Airbnb, Expedia or booking.com.  Having property owner information on file with bylaw enforcement will allow for more efficient follow-up for by-laws officers and increase owner accountability.

Short term rental hosts can now register online here, and must register by December 31, …

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Willowdale Parks Improvement Survey – 2020



Provide your input to help improve Willowdale’s parks!

Councillor Filion is working with City Staff to develop a list of priorities and projects for the next 2+ years that will see a number of significant park improvements in Willowdale. This survey will help Councillor Filion gather important insight and feedback from Willowdale residents.

This survey is also part of a series of virtual community conversations with Councillor Filion throughout September. If you have any questions then please contact Councillor Filion’s office: councillor_filion@toronto.ca or call 416-395-6411.

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A Time for Greater COVID Caution

A Time for Greater COVID Caution

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to write with good wishes for my speedy recovery from West Nile virus. I’m getting a bit stronger every day and expect to fully recover.

A friend jokingly chided me for getting a one-in-a-million virus. “Why do you always have to be different? Couldn’t you just get COVID like thousands of other people?”

Both viruses can be life-threatening, with many potential short and long-term consequences. I am, of course, taking every precaution so that I will never …

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Join the Willowdale Youth Council, 2020-2021!

Join the Willowdale Youth Council, 2020-2021!

(Photo above: WYC team of 2019-2020, with Councillor Filion’s Manager of Community Engagement, Jesse James)

Councillor Filion is pleased to announce that he is accepting applications for the next cohort of his Willowdale Youth Council (WYC), 2020-2021!

The WYC is a unique opportunity for up to 15 youth living in or attending high school in Willowdale to learn more about their local community and connect with other young leaders.

As part of WYC, you can help shape our neighbourhood and learn how the City of Toronto operates by …

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Back To School Update

Back To School Update

by Alexander Brown – Chair, Toronto District School Board – Trustee for Willowdale

As we prepare to open our schools in September and welcome back students and staff, we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members, while also providing the best academic experience possible for students, supporting mental health and well-being, and considering the needs of families and staff.

School starts on September 15, 2020. Grades will be staggered over the first week to safely reintroduce students to the building. More information …

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Yonge St North & Transportation Master Plan Meeting

Yonge St North & Transportation Master Plan Meeting

Virtual Community Consultation Meeting
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Next week, please join City Planning staff to help determine the future of our neighbourhood. City planning staff want your feedback on the Yonge Street North Planning Study, and the Transportation Master Plan. Your voice is important to help the City develop policies for this changing area.

The objective of the Yonge Street North Planning Study is to develop a long-term vision for the area and to manage and guide the expected growth in the future, through …

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Sports Fields Open Until October 25th

Sports Fields Open Until October 25th

This week, the City of Toronto announced the extension of the outdoor sport field season. The City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields will remain open until Sunday, October 25th and permits will be issued for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The City offers almost 700 sport fields at more than 170 locations across Toronto. As a result of pandemic-related restrictions, many of the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields opened on July 6 for team training, and permits were issued for the summer season. The …

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A Note from John

A Note from John

On August 17, I woke with an extreme case of double vision, quickly followed by an extremely  high temperature and very high blood pressure. This led me to Michael Garron Hospital, where I was admitted and sent for a battery of tests.  After more than a week I got the surprising result: West Nile Virus.

The more serious symptoms have subsided and I am now at home dealing with the main remaining one: extreme fatigue. While I regain my strength, my Chief of Staff Markus O’Brien …

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BIA Ballots Arriving at Local Businesses

BIA Ballots Arriving at Local Businesses

This week the City of Toronto is mailing out over 800 ballots to commercial property owners and their tenants along the Yonge street corridor between Bishop/Hendon and Highway 401.  The ballot asks whether businesses will come together to form a Business Improvement Area (BIA) in the centre of Willowdale.  The majority of returned ballots will make that decision in late October.

BIAs are very successful in other parts of Toronto and benefit local businesses and their communities in a number of ways.  BIAs collect a small …

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City of Toronto expands Digital Main Street program 

City of Toronto expands Digital Main Street program 

The City announced earlier this month that they are expanding the successful Digital Main Street program as part of the city’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force’ short-term support and recovery plan for Toronto’s businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Main Street was created to provide direct one-on-one support to  businesses who are trying to develop an online presence. The program has already been successful in delivering over 12,000 hours of support, training and education to businesses across Toronto.