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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Premier to Open the Floodgates on Development (updated)

Premier to Open the Floodgates on Development (updated)

Updated (June 6, 2019):

This week, Bill 108 passed third reading at Queen’s Park and received Royal Assent.  It is now law in Ontario.  There remain many concerns about the passing of this bill, and conflicting information circulating about its overall impact.  Last week, we did some fact checking on the Province’s claims.

In many cases, details about the actual impact to development charges and community benefits have yet to be released by the Province.  That means its not too late to contact our MPP and share …

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Road Safety: Vision Zero 2.0

Road Safety: Vision Zero 2.0

The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan was enacted in 2017 as part of an international movement to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on local streets.  John’s office continues to collaborate with City Transportation staff to advance road safety measures in Willowdale.

Over the past year, we have been able to greatly enhance the Watch Your Speed Program which piloted in Willowdale in 2014 at John’s initiative.  School Safety Zones, including these boards, have been permanently established at Cameron PS, Hollywood PS, Willowdale MS/Churchill PS and …

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Helping with Property Standards

Helping with Property Standards

With great weather comes great responsibility to maintain outdoor spaces. Properties should be clean and free of waste and debris, with long grass and weeds not exceeding 8 inches in length.  Unfortunately, the City does not always have the resources to enforce proactively and can use your help.

If you notice a property in your neighbourhood that has become unsightly, you can contact 311 311@toronto.ca or our office at Councillor_filion@toronto.ca.

After the problem is reported, Municipal Licensing & Standards (ML&S) will issue an advisory notice. If the …

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Fact Checking our MPP on Bill 108

Fact Checking our MPP on Bill 108

Willowdale MPP Stan Cho has released a “fact sheet” on Bill 108. But who’s checking the facts?  Virtually every point on the page was either incorrect, misleading or unsupportable by information on the public record.  Here are our top 10 most glaring concerns:

Claim: “Lengthy unpredictable approval processes and high costs have slowed down the building of new housing and rentals leading to a supply-demand imbalance.”

Reality: Toronto has had more development than any other city in North America. Since 2002, 226,000 new homes have been built …

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Arts in the Parks Season Launch – June 7

Arts in the Parks Season Launch – June 7

An initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation which John helped to launch in 2015, Arts in the Parks brings free, family-friendly arts events and activities to a park near you. Think theatre performances, dance classes, workshops, movies, festivals and more, right in your backyard!

All ages are welcome to join us on Friday, June 7 from 12 – 3 PM at Lee Lifeson Art Park (223 Gladys Allison Place) for a free afternoon of performances, workshops and fun as we kick off the summer season of Arts in …

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Council Addresses Provincial Cuts to Core Services

Council Addresses Provincial Cuts to Core Services

Earlier this week, Toronto City Council met to address the funding cuts announced by the Province of Ontario over the last several weeks.  These were made retroactive to April 1 this year.

Toronto’s City Manager has estimated that the tally of cuts the city is facing is about $178-million, including Provincial reductions for Children’s Services ($85-million), Toronto Public Health ($65-million) and Public Transit ($24-million).  As the City has already passed its 2019 budget – which must remain balanced by law – these cuts put the City …

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Coffee With The Councillor – June 3

Coffee With The Councillor – June 3

Take an interest in your community by joining Councillor John Filion and all members of his staff for a cup of coffee on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 PM.  John will be hosting this event to answer questions or collect comments or suggestions on the local Willowdale community.

We’re happy to tackle discussions on some of the larger policy questions at City Hall like budgets, housing or transit – or local issues related to planning, building, roads, safety, urban forestry, parks, solid waste, community facilities, social …

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Yonge North Planning Study – May 22

Yonge North Planning Study – May 22

For several years the City of Toronto has been reviewing its Official Plan for the Yonge Street area between Finch and Steeles.  Not everyone has agreed with John’s vision to focus on building a complete neighbourhood, with community facilities, schools and places to work and shop. He is proposing a network of bicycle paths and pedestrian connections, with lots of new parkland. John believes in restricting tall buildings to sites with subway stations – and to make any increased density conditional on subway construction.

With subway …

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Community Environment Days – May 25 & July 7

Community Environment Days – May 25 & July 7

John hosts his annual Community Environment Day at Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Avenue) on Saturday, May 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Environment Days are focused on creative ways to reuse old items, recycle properly, and learn about waste diversion initiatives.  It is also a space where people are encouraged to donate the items that they might otherwise throw away, specifically any school supplies or non-perishable food items. You may pick up new kitchen compost containers ($5 ea) and drop off old technology, batteries, and household hazardous waste to ensure a …

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