Entering The Future

Entering The Future

Entering The Future

While going through some old North York papers last week, I stumbled upon a document labelled “Vision 2020”, written 25 years ago, about the need to plan ahead for the year we’re now in. I couldn’t remember anything coming of it, so I searched Google.  Not even a mention.

That year, when opportunity came knocking, nobody was home. But next month at Council, we have a rare chance to shape Willowdale’s future in a way that will improve the lives of those who will …

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Looking Forward MoveTO Means More Reliable Transportation

Looking Forward MoveTO Means More Reliable Transportation

If COVID-19 has had one benefit, it may be the largest drop-off in traffic volumes ever recorded in Toronto. But eventually, it would be wise to expect a return to the growth of traffic and congestion seen over many decades. The current drop in demand should only present an opportunity to be ready for the rebound.

This week, City Council unanimously approved an action plan, dubbed MoveTO, to manage congestion and create an improved transportation network. Though many of the components have been in the works for several …

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Upcoming Subway Closures

Upcoming Subway Closures

From the morning of December 4 to the evening of December 14, the subway will be closed between Sheppard-Yonge and Finch stations so that the TTC can perform signal upgrades and asbestos removal from a section of subway tunnel just north of North York Centre station. The work that’s being done over these 10 days is what would normally be accomplished over two and a half years’ worth of nightly closures.

To service these stations, shuttle busses will be deployed between Sheppard and Finch Stations. John …

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COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

TORONTO – Residents in Willowdale joined local Councillor John Filion along with advocates from across the city at a virtual press event this morning calling on Toronto City Council to support recommendations for the reconstruction of Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch Avenues.

The report REimagining Yonge, returning to the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee on December 1, would revitalize Yonge St. with much wider sidewalks, enough room for planting, benches and outdoor patios plus a bike …

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Improving Transit? Lets Follow the Numbers

Improving Transit? Lets Follow the Numbers

COVID-19 has exposed many inequities in our city and put an enormous strain on municipal infrastructure. Transit has been impacted tremendously. For many thousands, including many workers on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic, public transit is the best and only affordable option to get around. More busses are needed to adequately meet this need while allowing riders to be safely distanced. On busy bus routes, including local bus lines on Steeles Avenue, Finch Avenue, and Sheppard Avenue, this remains a big …

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Community Conversations about Parks Improvements and Road Safety with Councillor Filion

Community Conversations with Councillor Filion and Local Community Leaders!

Over the next month Councillor Filion is pleased to host a series of community conversations about two important, Willowdale-based topics:

Parks Improvements
Road Safety

Each conversation will focus on ways that these topics affect a specific geographic neighbourhood in Willowdale. The panelists are made up of community leaders in that neighbourhood so that each conversation will have a distinct local feel. A question and answer period for participants will be open at the end of each conversation.

To find out when …

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ASE Cameras Ticket 416 in Willowdale

ASE Cameras Ticket 416 in Willowdale

After three months of operation, Willowdale’s Automatic Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras are still catching speeders. While the number of tickets issued dropped from 580 in the first month to 416 in the third, speeds aren’t dropping appreciably. Unfortunately, WIllowdale also has the dubious honour of catching the six biggest repeat offenders in the entire city, issuing them 6 tickets each so far.

The cameras have been moved from their old locations at Lillian St south of Abitibi Ave & Patricia Ave west of Homewood Ave to …

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Yonge North Consultation to be Held October 29

Yonge North Consultation to be Held October 29

Plans are well underway to redefine the community close to Yonge Street, between Cummer/Drewry and Steeles. Several community meetings have already taken place.

An online meeting to discuss possible road networks will be held Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m.To join the meeting, register here.

Residents who live in the area should be aware that city staff are presenting alternatives that would potentially have new roads running through existing neighbourhoods, where many homes are located.

At my request, staff have reduced the number of such roads, but there …

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Unsticking the Gridlock at Yonge/401

Unsticking the Gridlock at Yonge/401

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

In the coming weeks, conversation at City Council will shift back to the future of Yonge Street and how it best serves our growing community.  This week, we were all reminded of a big project that ties in closely – the access ramp onto Highway 401.

John first initiated studies on how to improve access to the 401 back in 2006, recognizing that the left turn required to get southbound Yonge traffic onto eastbound 401 was an inefficient set-up inadequate …

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The Future of Our Roads is Arriving

The Future of Our Roads is Arriving

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

When we imagine a “future city” one of the first things that jumps to mind is transportation.  From The Jetsons cartoons of the 1960s to the Back to the Future movies of the 1980s, futuristic cars have been imagined, though never actually realized.  We’ve heard about driverless cars coming at some point in the future.  Those that think that these are still a long ways off may need to think again.

This week, the City of Toronto announced an agreement …

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TTC Line 1 Closure This Weekend

TTC Line 1 Closure This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, there will be a closure on Line One from Finch to Eglinton as the TTC continues to complete critical work during scheduled subway closures.

As well, the subway will be closing at 11 PM between Sheppard-Yonge and Eglinton from October 19th to the 22nd.

Any updates or changes to the schedule will also be posted online at: http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/index.jsp

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ActiveTO to be Extended Into October

ActiveTO to be Extended Into October

Earlier this week, the City announced that the ActiveTO program of road closures will be extended into October.

For this weekend, the following closures will be in place from Saturday, October 3 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, October 4 at 11 p.m.:

Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off-ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
Bayview Avenue …

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