Winter Is Coming…To Toronto

Winter Is Coming…To Toronto

Winter is coming…to Toronto.

With the snowy season just around the corner, the City of Toronto is prepping for the challenging season. The City allocates about $90 million a year to deliver Transportation Services winter maintenance program, which includes plowing and salting of roadways, bikeways and sidewalks, in addition to the snow removal and cleaning of windrows.

The delivery of the winter maintenance program every year requires about 1,500 personnel along with approximately 500 road plows, 300 sidewalk plows and 200 salt trucks.

Additionally, the new and improved …

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LPAT Upholds City’s Rules on Short-Term Rentals

LPAT Upholds City’s Rules on Short-Term Rentals

The City of Toronto will be able to regulate how properties are listed on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb. That was the result of a decision this week from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) upholding Council’s approved short-term rental bylaws from 2017. Those rules had been on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.

In recent years, the popularity of online short-term rental sites has had several undesirable impacts on local neighbourhoods. They have reduced the number of available rental properties driving up prices, …

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Road Safety Town Hall Questions

Road Safety Town Hall Questions

Question 1

Are roads in your neighbourhood safe for pedestrians?

All local roads are safe
Local roads (residential) are not safe
Arterial roads are not safe
Both local and arterial roads, are not safe

 

Question 2

Should all students have sidewalks to travel on while walking to school?

Always          B)  Only on busy roads                  C)  Not necessary

 

Question 3

Should the City of Toronto be encouraging more short distance trips to be taken on foot or by bicycle?

A) Yes                        B) No

 

Question 4

How should the City of Toronto Prioritize future Vision Zero safety initiatives?

Focus on …

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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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Transit Deal: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Transit Deal: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

This week, Toronto City Council endorsed a deal with Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario that will create some stability after a turbulent year in which the Province had announced plans to seize all high-speed transit assets in the city. The deal allows all parties to move forward productively, but comes with details both good and bad.

Here’s a look at some of the key details.

The Good

The Province has backed down from a plan to seize the City’s transit network. As transit and city planning are …

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TTC to Stop Selling Tickets, Tokens, and Passes By The End of November

TTC to Stop Selling Tickets, Tokens, and Passes By The End of November

The TTC will stop selling tickets, tokens and passes (GTA Weekly and the Day Pass) to customers next month.

On November 30, the public will no longer be able to purchase these items at collector booths. Customers will be able to pick-up tickets, tokens and passes at some third-party retailers.

TTC customers will be able to use previously purchased tickets, tokens and passes. While the GTA Weekly Pass can only be used until December 1, the TTC has not slated a date as to when it will …

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Proclaiming Bad News

Proclaiming Bad News

When Provincial politicians go out of their way to help their developer friends, they do it as quietly as possible.

So it’s not surprising that you didn’t hear anything about Bill 108 being proclaimed into law September 3, complete with a clause that allows just about any developer to decide if they want their good fortune applied retroactively. And who wouldn’t want to have their appeal of a Toronto planning decision heard under a set of rules which basically takes back the city’s ability to control …

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Improving Protection For Our Trees

Improving Protection For Our Trees

Trees are a critically important part of our community. They beautify our neighbourhoods, clean the air, offer shade from the sweltering heat during the summer, and help keep sewers from being overwhelmed during a storm. The City of Toronto has committed to increasing its tree canopy to 40% coverage. Despite this good news, many trees are being lost throughout the construction process.

Over the past several years, John has worked with Toronto Urban Forestry staff to improve the speed of inspections and tree protection to ensure …

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Toronto Declares Climate Emergency

Toronto Declares Climate Emergency

Climate scientists widely agree that the world must rapidly reduce carbon emissions over the next 10 years to reduce dangerous effects on our collective health, infrastructure and economy.

This week Toronto City Council unanimously voted to declare a Climate Emergency, joining hundreds of governments around the world and cities across Canada seeking to ensure that Toronto does its part.

Council had previously introduced a climate action strategy in 2017 titled TransformTO. It seeks to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into Toronto by focusing on more efficient …

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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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Tree Planting in Willowdale

Tree Planting in Willowdale

Over the next few weeks, the City of Toronto will be planting trees in numerous parks within Ward 18 to increase the area’s forestry canopy.

John is also always looking for groups of residents that wish to advocate in their area for more City tree plantings. In the past, several Willowdale neighbourhoods have canvassed their streets to determine areas for new trees. Where a site is deemed by Forestry to be appropriate – taking into account the location and soil quality – residents can then choose …

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