Decommissioning Ceremony – Yonge Memorial Sites – June 3

Decommissioning Ceremony – Yonge Memorial Sites – June 3

Willowdale has responded to the horrific attack of April 23 with an outpouring of grief, sympathy, kindness and generosity. This is reflected in the memorial sites which residents have created at Olive Square Parkand Mel Lastman Square.

This weekend, 40 days after the attack, we mark another step on the road to recovery. A special ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 3, beginning at 2 PM at Olive Square (near the southeast corner of Yonge and Finch) and then moving to Mel Lastman Square. We will remember the victims once again and respectfully gather the …

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Willowdale Community Picnic – May 21

Willowdale Community Picnic – May 21

Join Councillor John Filion, the We Love Willowdale coalition and your friends and neighbours from the local community for a very special picnic event in Mel Lastman Square.

Monday, May 21 – 11-2 PM

This picnic will bring to a close the 26 Days of Music on Yonge, one day of music for every person injured or killed on April 23rd.

Though we continue to mourn those that were lost, let us also celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness and love in the wake of this tragedy, and remember …

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City Consultation on Construction Dust – May 15

City Consultation on Construction Dust – May 15

Willowdale continues to be a neighbourhood with a very high amount of infill construction. When builders are not sensitive to impacts on their neighbours, this can be a source of great frustration.

Over the past several years, John has worked with the City to improve the resources it has available to enforce bylaws, improve training for building inspections and develop new communication tools for neighbours.

You can read more about addressing infill construction issues here.  Or find the City’s recently published Good Neighbour Guide here.

One of the most frequent …

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Community Safety Town Hall – May 6

Community Safety Town Hall – May 6

In the aftermath of last week’s attack, the City of Toronto’s Community Crisis Response Program and Toronto Police Services invites residents and business owners or staff to an interactive dialogue about community safety in Willowdale.  Topics will include how to support your neighbours and available community resources during a time of crisis.

Please join us Sunday, May 6, from 6 – 8 PM at Willowdale Baptist Church (15 Olive Ave).  Refreshments and child care will be provided.  For more information, contact Rose-Ann Bailey by e-mail or 647-217-4368.  You can also pre-register here.

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A note of thanks: #TorontoStrong Vigil

A note of thanks: #TorontoStrong Vigil

A very large word of thanks to the City of Toronto staff, countless members of the Toronto Police Service, members of Faith in the City and the Toronto Area Interfaith Council for their tireless work in pulling together last Sunday’s #TorontoStrong Vigil in Mel Lastman Square. It was an opportunity for members of the Willowdale community, and for residents from literally across the GTA and beyond to gather in support and solidarity with the victims of the attack. We hope that it brought a small amount of comfort and healing to those who …

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#TorontoStrong Vigil & Community Walk – April 29

#TorontoStrong Vigil & Community Walk – April 29

As we move together through a difficult week, I want to update you on community gatherings in the days ahead.

The #TorontoStrong Vigil was announced today by the City of Toronto to honour and support all those who have been affected by Monday’s tragedy.

The vigil will take place on Sunday, April 29 at Mel Lastman Square, beginning at 7:00 PM.

Organized in collaboration with community groups Faith in the City and the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, the vigil will be an interfaith demonstration of Toronto’s diverse communities as well as a display of the City’s resiliency.

Additional details, including …

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Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon – May 6 (ROAD CLOSURES)

Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon – May 6 (ROAD CLOSURES)

One of Toronto’s largest athletic events may be a little more special starting in our community this year. The Toronto Marathon draws 14,000 participants from over 50 countries to experience our city on foot. The marathon will be held on Sunday, May 6 beginning at 7:30 AM from Mel Lastman Square. A half marathon will begin at 8:30 AM.

Local residents should note road closures in the area from 6 AM – 9 AM. A full list of local streets affected can be found here.

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UPDATED – Community Note on the Yonge Street Attack

UPDATED – Community Note on the Yonge Street Attack

UPDATE (April 24, 2018):

I have been both touched and astounded by the outpouring of offers from residents to offer their time or services to assist others during our current time of need in the Willowdale area. Thanks to all who have sent in thoughtful messages of support.

As we move forward, our priority has been to allow first responders and the Toronto Police to continue doing their important work on Yonge. About half of their work area has now been re-opened to the public and I …

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Clean Toronto Together Campaign – April 20-22

Clean Toronto Together Campaign – April 20-22

Clean Toronto Together is Canada’s largest spring cleanup program. It begins with City staff cleaning streets, parks and watercourses. Over a four-week period, the City deploys more than 300 pieces of equipment, including litter vacuums, sweepers, front-end loaders, dump trucks, sidewalk sweepers and power washers.

On Friday, April 20, Toronto schools and businesses can participate in the Corporate and School 20-Minute Makeover by cleaning up around their schools and workplaces.  On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, residents and community groups can join the Community Cleanup Days and remove litter from public spaces such as …

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Outdoor Skating Season is Here

Outdoor Skating Season is Here

The outdoor skating rink at Mel Lastman Square opens this week. Residents looking for a fun, free, family activity can lace up their skates from 10 AM to 9:30 PM on weekdays or from 10 AM to 6 PM on weekends – access to the Civic Centre and washrooms will not be available outside of those hours. The rink in the Square will remain open until March, weather permitting.

As the weather cools, plans for neighbourhood natural rinks are also underway. These rinks usually require a …

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Vision Zero Road Safety Plan

The City of Toronto remains committed to its Vision Zero Road Safety plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. This week, City Council will consider a report recommending an acceleration of the program’s implementation of enhanced pavement markings, signage, Automated Speed Enforcement, Mobile “Watch Your Speed” boards, and new awareness programs. John had initiated the “Watch Your Speed” boards as a pilot for the City in 2014 and remains committed to looking for solutions to implement local improvements. John also supported …

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Overcrowding in Local Schools – Public Meeting October 30

Overcrowding in Local Schools – Public Meeting October 30

Children in some Willowdale condos look out their bedroom windows at schools that have no room for them. Instead of a short walk to class, they get on a bus to the nearest school that can take them. McKee School, built not that long ago to hold more than 600 students, has already been forced to add portables.

As with issues such as traffic and transit congestion, school overcrowding is the product of provincial rules which force development on the area but don’t give it the …

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