Notice: Toronto Hydro Electrical Upgrade

Notice: Toronto Hydro Electrical Upgrade

Toroto Hydro is improving the electricity system in Ward 18.

The project area includes Finch Avenue West (North), Senlac Road (East), Sheppard Avenue West (South) and Bathurst Road (West). Expect the work to begin February 2020.

Generally, work on this project will take place Monday to Friday, between 7 AM. and 7 PM. Weekend work may occur.

In order to complete the work in a safe manner, there will be road and sidewalk restrictions within the construction work area. In the event of any parking restrictions, advance notice …

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Willowdale Residents Weigh In On Road Safety

Willowdale Residents Weigh In On Road Safety

Road safety is an issue John takes very seriously, leading to our office working actively with the City and community members to enact traffic measures that will make Willowdale a safer community for everyone.

Over the past year, City Council and the Transportation Services department have added to the list of safety measures under the City’s Vision Zero road safety program.  These have included laying the groundwork for introducing Photo Radar (which will launch in early 2020), doubling the number of Red Light Cameras in the …

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Willowdale Outdoor Ice Rinks

Willowdale Outdoor Ice Rinks

Story by Stephen Boyle

Looking for something to do when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fly? Why not embrace the winter, get active and have some fun with the kids and your community neighbours. Dust off the skates and take to the ice whenever you want. Outdoor rinks are a great option for those of you looking to get together for a group skate or game of shinny (pick-up hockey).

You don’t pay for ice time and you don’t need to worry about a …

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Toronto Hydro Overhead Electrical Upgrade

Toronto Hydro Overhead Electrical Upgrade

Please be advised that as a result of construction on Holmes Avenue, Toronto Hydro will be upgrading the overhead electrical cables and installing hydro poles on city-owned property. The project area includes sections of Holmes Avenue between Doris Avenue (East) and Yonge Street (West).

Generally, work on this project will take place Monday to Friday, between 7 AM-7 PM. Weekend work may occur. Work is expected to commence January 2020.

If you have any questions about the upcoming work, please contact Toronto Hydro Customer Operations Team, and …

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New Service Opening for Refugees

New Service Opening for Refugees

The City of Toronto has announced plans to open 5800 Yonge Street as a temporary housing centre for refugees.

Although the City started preparing this site for use as refugee housing, there were no firm plans to open it as such until the middle of October 2019. As soon as I was aware of these plans, I worked with city staff to schedule a community information session, a notice to be delivered by mail to locals living near the residence, and an email notice from my …

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Willowdale Youth Council

Willowdale Youth Council

Willowdale Youth Council (WYC), a program created by John, is a unique opportunity for youth aged 13-19 who live in Ward 18. Members of the WYC get the opportunity to learn about their local community, discuss city-wide issues with John, and connect with other youth leaders.

Through monthly meetings and collaboration with John’s staff, the WYC will have a chance to discover what goes on in a City Councillor’s office, and voice their opinions about issues and concerns in Willowdale.

The first WYC meeting took place in …

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RBC Race for the Kids (Lane Restrictions)

Willowdale residents will want to be aware of road closures this Saturday (Sept. 14) due to RBC’s annual Race for the Kids in support of youth mental health at Sunnybrook.

Beecroft Road will be fully closed from Park Home Avenue to North York Boulevard on Saturday, September 14 from 4:30 to 10:30 AM to accommodate the race formation area.

A series of full, partial and rolling closures to accommodate the race route will impact parts of Yonge Street, Bathurst Street, Finch Avenue and Talbot Road.

For a list of all …

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Navigating Issues Related to Party Houses

Navigating Issues Related to Party Houses

In recent months, we have seen a rise in short-term rental properties being used for events and parties in Willowdale.

Issues related to noise, garbage left on the property, and illegally parked vehicles are just some of the complaints that we have received.

Last year, the City proposed regulations to end Airbnb from listing entire homes for use. However, the room sharing service appealed those rules to the Ontario Municipal Board, now called the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

John met with various divisions (ML&S, Toronto Building, Fire …

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