Toronto Ward Boundary Review (UPDATED)

Toronto Ward Boundary Review (UPDATED)

Update (Sept. 2016):

The City continues to tinker with ward boundary recommendations to resolve the current imbalance in Toronto ward populations.  Our Ward 23 now holds more than double the residents of others in the city.

Council’s Executive Committee rejected the recommendation of its third-party consultant in May asking for a new proposal consistent with the current 44-ward system, or aligning where possible, with federal and provincial boundaries.

Another public consultation event has been planned in our community forMonday, September 19 at the North York Civic Centre from …

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From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Council Approves Scarborough Subway (UPDATED)

Update (July 2016)

Again this month, John voted with the minority of Councillors that preferred an LRT option in Scarborough as a replacement to the existing SRT. John previously voted against the Scarborough subway in 2013 believing that spending more than $1-billion of City money was wasteful when the Province was prepared to assume 100% of the LRT cost.  Recent reports have the cost of the subway going up even more, leaving Toronto residents on the hook for cost overruns.

The majority of Council however again backed the subway …

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Help Shape Toronto’s Ravines – July 8

Help Shape Toronto’s Ravines – July 8

The City of Toronto has been working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and consulting with the public and a wide range of stakeholders since early 2015 to develop a strategy on Toronto’s ravines. A vision has been developed to represent the core ideas and values that will guide the City in future decision-making related to ravines and address the challenges and opportunities in the city’s ravine system.

Before finalizing the principles and recommendations, the City would like to hear from the public. Our …

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Council Adopts 10-year Cycling Plan

Council Adopts 10-year Cycling Plan

In June, Council approved a 10-year cycling network plan to connect gaps in the City’s existing bicycle network, grow the network to new parts of the city and renew existing routes to improve quality.  This plan adds a total of 525 km of bicycle routes to the city and doubles the annual funding committed to growing the network.

John strongly supports cycling as a tool to reduce our reliance on cars and reduce traffic.  Locally, Council has approved the implementation of bicycle lanes on Willowdale Avenue between Sheppard Avenue and …

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From City Hall: Ward Redistribution on Hold

From City Hall: Ward Redistribution on Hold

The population in our Ward 23 is now at about 100,000 – more than twice the size of some of the city’s 44 wards.  In addition to having more people, our ward also has far more development applications, new home construction, committee of adjustment applications and traffic problems than almost anywhere else in the city.  John’s office is committed to keeping up with all of it, but this is a situation that needs a long term fix.

Recently, the City’s Executive Committee deferred consideration of recommendations …

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Tips from Toronto Water

Tips from Toronto Water

Some good tips this month from Toronto Water to both help our environment and save you money:

Plan a water efficient garden using native plants.  Learn more here.

Dirt on cars can contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals oil and grease.  Get environmental tips on washing your car.

Did you know a leaky toilet can cost up to $600/month?  Learn how to save money in the bathroom

Use that water bottle!  The average bottle fill-up with City tap water costs only 1/10 of a penny.  Learn more about your drinking …

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Doors Open Toronto 2016

Doors Open Toronto 2016

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to over 700 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to celebrating built heritage, architecture and design. The 17th annual celebration will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

This year’s event features more …

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From City Hall: Taxis, Limos & Uber (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Taxis, Limos & Uber (UPDATED)

At its recent meeting, City Council voted on a series of regulations which legalized private transportation companies (PTCs) such as UBER.  John supported all recommendations relating to establishing a new PTC class in the City’s licensing system.

However, that was only part of the 58 motions Council had before it.  Some of the Mayor’s recommendations – resulting from an agreement reached with several Councillors who supported taxi brokerages and plate owners – effectively reversed most of the positive reforms to the taxi industry adopted by Council …

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City Continues Work on Street Safety

City Continues Work on Street Safety

City staff are currently working on a road safety plan that will be presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in early summer. The plan’s goal is to identify potential safety initiatives that can be implemented to help reduce transportation- related deaths and serious injuries on Toronto’s roads.

Among the key issues being addressed in the plan are safety for seniors and school children, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and the problems of aggressive and distracted driving.  This continues to grow as a local issue relating …

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Clean Toronto Together 2016 (UPDATED with Ward Locations)

Clean Toronto Together 2016 (UPDATED with Ward Locations)

The City of Toronto is holding its annual Clean Toronto Together community cleanup program April 23 & 24.  Registrations for this event are now closed.  If you are interested in getting involved in a local clean-up event, the following dates and times have been registered with our office or with the City:

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016

West Lansing Parks       9:30 AM
meeting at the West Lansing sign, NW corner of Florence & Yonge

Mel Lastman Square      10:00 AM
with David Zimmer (MPP) and Ali Ehsassi …

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Shaping Toronto’s Low Carbon Future – Conversation May 9

Shaping Toronto’s Low Carbon Future – Conversation May 9

Residents are invited to help shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city by participating in a series of community conversations as part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto. Participants will be engaged in co-creating a vision for Toronto’s low-carbon future that reflects various community perspectives and explores the actions, behaviour and lifestyle changes that will be needed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050.

The North York conversation will be held on Monday, May …

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From City Hall: Making High Density Neighbourhoods More Family Friendly

From City Hall: Making High Density Neighbourhoods More Family Friendly

The City of Toronto has initiated a study entitled Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities. The study examines how new multi-unit housing in high-density communities can better accommodate the needs of households with children and youth. Undertaken by the City Planning division, the study will give direction on how new mid- and high-rise developments can better function for growing families. The study will look at how the condo unit, the building, and the neighbourhood can be improved to better suit a growing family.

Some examples …

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