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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Neighbourhood Zoning – “The Missing Middle”

Toronto’s housing stock is made up mostly of single homes and highrises – with a relatively small amount of townhouses, duplexes and four-storey walk-ups.

Recently, housing advocates have begun calling for planning changes in areas such as Willowdale, where they believe this “missing middle” should be allowed alongside single homes on neighbourhood streets.

This would be a major departure from rules that exist now, and a reversal of a city promise to residents not that long ago when the city adopted a new Official Plan. Accept high …

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Basketball Court Upgrades at Willowtree

Basketball Court Upgrades at Willowtree

At the July meeting of City Council, John passed a motion in support of the upgrades of the basketball court at 415 Willowdale Avenue, an affordable housing complex known as Willowtree.

John’s motion directed half of the required funding to assist Toronto Community Housing (TCH)  with the other half being provided by TCH.

These funds will be used to increase the size of the court, upgrade the poles and nets, provide new benches and fencing and make the site more accessible. Construction on the court is slated …

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Crossing Signal Updates

Crossing Signal Updates

Crossing signals play an important role in road safety as they provide a safe walking environment for pedestrians in hectic traffic areas.

John’s office continues to support initiatives to promote road safety. It has been a top priority for John as Willowdale experiences a surge in population growth and a construction boom.

Traffic Control Signals at Avondale Ave. and Bales Ave./Harrison Garden Blvd.

A number of residents have contacted John’s office to express concern about pedestrian safety at the intersection of Avondale Ave. and Bales Ave./Harrison Garden Blvd., …

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Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden is celebrating its 10th anniversary this September.

The volunteer-run and operated community garden, located at 34 Parkview Ave., was first conceptualized in 2008 through a community meeting, where the decision was made to lay the foundation for the soon-to-be neighbourhood garden in the vacant city lot next to the historic John McKenzie House, home to the Ontario Historical Society. John supported the garden from the start and was integral to the garden’s expansion in 2014.

The success of Parkview Neighbourhood Garden hasn’t been without …

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Tips for a Safe & Healthy Summer

Tips for a Safe & Healthy Summer

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa is offering up some tips to enjoy summer in a safe and active way during the scorching weather.

Beat the heat

Check on vulnerable groups and loved ones that are at risk, including isolated adults and seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and infants and young children.
Ensure that elderly people, children or pets are not left unattended in a car. Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the …

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Multiculturalism Day & Canada Day Events in Mel Lastman Square

Multiculturalism Day & Canada Day Events in Mel Lastman Square

Celebrate Multiculturalism Day (June 30) and Canada Day (July 1) in Mel Lastman Square!

Multiculturalism Day will showcase the contributions of multicultural artists and communities to Canadian society through a dynamic program of contemporary music, dance and spoken word.

Admission is free!

The celebration is presented in collaboration with community partners North York Arts, Uma Nota, Small World Music, and RISE.

Mel Lastman Square Program – Multiculturalism Day (June 30)

Joining the lineup for Multiculturalism Day is the Juno Award-winning Okavango African Orchestra, featuring a cast of 9 accomplished African-born …

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Cultura Announces 2019 Line-up for July

Cultura Announces 2019 Line-up for July

What will you find on July’s Friday nights in Mel Lastman Square? You just never know until you’re there!  Willowdale’s own “community festival” presented by John Filion and North York Arts returns for another power packed season.

Each week you’ll find family activities, colourful characters,  incredible music and more as the Square comes alive for audiences of all ages from 6 to 8 PM.  Grab a bite with one of our international street food vendors, featuring Gogi Korean BBQ, Forno 450 pizza, Jerk Brothers, Espeto Brazil, Naansense and …

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Movie in the Square – RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 21

Movie in the Square – RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 21

Updated (June 11, 2019):

Due to the conflict with Game 6 of the NBA Finals and the tremendous support for the Toronto Raptors as they pursue their first championship, we have rescheduled our June Movie in the Square (details below) to Friday, June 21.  Please join us at dusk (approximately 9 PM) for this event celebrating the rich culture of the Willowdale community.

 

Original Post (May 27, 2019):

Join John and MP for Willowdale Ali Ehsassi for a special presentation of Song of God – a new documentary …

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Parks & Recreation Improvements

Parks & Recreation Improvements

Local parks and recreation spaces are a critical part of creating complete communities. To better serve our growing community, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to expand these public spaces.

This year, John continues working towards new and accessible playground equipment being installed at local parks with projects in Kempford Park and Empress Tot Lot. Last year, we updated numerous parks, including Hendon and Sheppard East Parks.

After many years of construction, the Edithvale Park expansion is also nearing completion. The completed park will include outdoor …

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Bike Safety & Family Fun Day – June 15

Bike Safety & Family Fun Day – June 15

Summer is here which means its the perfect season to get out on your bike and go for a ride.  But are you ready for the season?  Join John for Willowdale’s inaugural Bike Safety & Family Fun Day at Bayview Arena (3230 Bayview Avenue) on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM.

We’re ushering in the summer season with free bike tune-ups (first-come first-served) to make sure you’re ready for your summer ride, along with free ice cream and family activities including a cycling …

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The Future of Sheppard West & Bogert Apartments

The Future of Sheppard West & Bogert Apartments

The Lansing neighbourhoods (west of Yonge, on either side of Sheppard) continue to face extreme development pressure, with two major battles being decided by a provincially-appointed board.

Recently, a five-week hearing dealt with development along both sides of Sheppard, west of Yonge. Two years ago, the City had adopted a plan for Sheppard West which restricted development to the main street and limited heights to five and six storeys in most locations.  But a group of land speculators appealed the city’s plan and presented one of …

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