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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New Signals Approved for Doris & Princess Avenues

New Signals Approved for Doris & Princess Avenues

John was pleased to work with the parents and administration at Earl Haig Secondary School along with TDSB trustee Alexander Brown to develop a proposal for new crossing signals at Doris and Princess Avenues.  North York Community Council adopted staff recommendations this week that proposed adding a signalized crossing at this location by early 2019.

For many years, parents and members of the community have expressed concern about the large number of students and other residents crossing Doris Avenue at this location.  Each time a signalized crossing was looked at by …

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Decision on REimagine Yonge Deferred

Decision on REimagine Yonge Deferred

City Council last week deferred consideration of REimagine Yonge. The deferral came after the TTC raised last-minute concerns about potential conflict between bike lanes and a bus lane north of Finch Avenue.  With this issue unresolved, the Transform Yonge option would not likely have passed. John therefore reluctantly supported postponing the decision.
The issue could possibly come back to Council this term or, as the last Council meeting this term is in July, a decision may be delayed until 2019.

 

The Transform Yonge option is recommended by city staff and was supported …

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REimagine Yonge (UPDATED)

REimagine Yonge (UPDATED)

UPDATE – March 2018

City Council this week deferred consideration of REimagine Yonge. The deferral came after the TTC raised last-minute concerns about potential conflict between bike lanes and a bus lane north of Finch Avenue.  With this issue unresolved, the Transform Yonge option would not likely have passed. John therefore reluctantly supported postponing the decision.

The issue could possibly come back to Council this term or, as the last Council meeting this term is in July, a decision may be delayed until 2019.

The Transform Yonge option …

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City Builders release Open Letter to Mayor and Members of Council on REimagine Yonge

City Builders release Open Letter to Mayor and Members of Council on REimagine Yonge

This morning, the team at the Ryerson City Building Institute asked John to distribute this open letter addressed to the mayor and members of council regarding the coming vote on PW27.1 REimagining Yonge on their behalf.

How could this many great urban thinkers be wrong?

OPEN LETTER TO TORONTO MAYOR AND COUNCIL RE: TRANSFORM YONGE

March 23, 2018

Dear Mayor Tory and Council,

This is an Open Letter to support the “Transform Yonge” recommendation for Yonge Street in North York. We believe that this is a once in generation opportunity …

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