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Annual Tree Lighting & Skating Party

Join Mayor Tory & me on Saturday, December 7th at McCowan District Park for hot chocolate, food, a bon fire, a visit by Jolly Ol’ St. Nick, and music by the New Horizons Band of Toronto. The festivities begin at 6 pm.

Please consider bringing non-perishable food items for the Teesdale Food Bank. Your generosity will go a long way to help families in need this winter season.

I’d like to give a special Thank You to the following persons and organizations who’ve helped with this event and who’ve been involved our community: Frank Crisafi & Derek Cormack, Scarborough Bluffs Community Association, Tim Hortons, The Victorian Monkey, The Kingston Social House, Alan Hardiman & Catherine Bacque.

Download the event poster.

Report a street light outage

Have you found a street light that’s not functioning properly? Now you can report it directly to Toronto Hydro using this link. To report any street light you’ve noticed that’s not working, click the preceding link and follow the step-by-step on-screen instructions. Once you submit your report, Toronto Hydro will work on getting it fixed, but remember: some repairs take longer than others depending on the weather conditions and parts needed.

Ecological Health Treatment at McCowan District Park

As part of Urban Forestry’s natural area management program to help improve the ecological health of the city’s natural areas, pesticide will be used in McCowan District Park. This will be done in order to control invasive plant species. The work is expected to commence November 12 2019 and will take approximately 1 day to complete depending on weather conditions

Application will be completed by licensed City of Toronto staff.  Information signage will be posted, along with the standard warning signage, to provide more information to park users.  Warning signage will be posted 24 hours before treatment and will be removed 48 hours following treatment, according to MOE guidelines. For more information, please see the attached Fact Sheet which describes the species being treated, and Briefing Note that explains the pesticides being used.

Staying In Touch

Change, as we all know, is inevitable. Sometimes positive, sometimes more challenging, but change is one thing we can always count on. 

When it comes to development in our communities we seem to have a little of both. Given that reality, my job in part, is to ensure that when change is proposed the community is heard. Weighing input from all of the stakeholders is essential to good decisions. At times decisions can be a little more challenging when weighing in the net benefits and impacts to the immediate community, the ward and the broader city. At the end of the day, we usually manage to strike the right balance and satisfy most of our residents. Good communication and public consultation are essential especially given that Ward 20 is one of the busiest areas for development in Scarborough.

Long and McQuade is one very positive change coming to our neck of the woods. This new addition will be located at
3313 Danforth Avenue near Pharmacy Avenue. Having this anchor business is exciting news welcomed by area residents. It will serve the community as an employer, and a great resource for seasoned and budding musicians. This project application will be coming before the Committee of Adjustment on November 14th.

The Quarry Lands at 411 Victoria Park are now in the hands of the Create TO – the agency responsible for the city’s real estate assets – who recently announced the selected developer – Diamond Kilmer.  On September 23rd I hosted a community meeting to introduce Diamond Kilmer to our community. They presented a new conceptual framework for the development of the Quarry lands. These new plans include an updated configuration for more usable parkland and a variety of townhomes, low and midrise apartment units – including market value units, affordable ownership and rental homes. One of the concerns for development in this area has been vehicle and access impact to Gerrard Street and Clonmore Avenue. The plans presented do not have access from Gerrard. With that being said, I will be working closely with City Staff and the developer to ensure a comprehensive community consultation remains an important part of the process. There will be many opportunities for revisions and discussion as we move forward.

Initially a little more challenging was an application for 1386 Kingston Road. With that being said, in response to the concerns from the community, the developer Atria revised its original submission to a lower 6-storey, plus mechanicals, residential building with 30 units. This application is with Planning and going through the final circulation to staff.

The large property which Eli Lilly has owned for decades will soon be vacated. I’ve already started working with City Planning and Eli Lilly on future planning for this land parcel. I’m pleased that Lilly’s corporate philosophy is to “leave the property better than when they acquired it”. I will keep you in the loop every step of the process.

The Housing Now Projects at 705 Warden Avenue and
777 Victoria Park Avenue have yielded much understandable attention and have involved considerable community input. In each case there has already been two community consultations and one roundtable discussion. Clarity around the proposals has been extremely important. Part of the agreement with Housing Now requires developers to keep the rental units affordable for at least 99 years and they must satisfy the various family needs of households earning between approximately $21,000 and $52,000 per year. Providing housing for working families near transit hubs is part of the Housing Toronto Action Plan. More than one million people are expected to come to Toronto by 2040. There are 11 sites across the GTA which will support this Smart Density initiative. The Warden Avenue site has mixed income housing and an expanded park, with anticipated construction mid 2020-2023. The Victoria Park Avenue site proposes a new mixed use development connecting Victoria Park station to Danforth Avenue. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback with regard to community uses and activities, types of retail/commercial spaces and types of public realm features.
 
I continue to value your input. Please feel free to contact my office and one of my team will set up a meeting so that we can chat. 416-392-4052.

End to TTC tickets, tokens and passes

November 30, 2019, will be the last day to buy TTC tickets, tokens and passes at collector booths. You can still use them to pay your fare. Refunds will not be provided. Once you no longer have tickets, tokens and passes, you can switch to a PRESTO card.

November 25, 2019, will be the last day you can buy a GTA Weekly Pass. You’ll be able to pay your fare with the pass until December 1.

Don’t wait to get your PRESTO card. Purchase one today at Fare Vending Machines at all subway station entrances, all Shoppers Drug Mart locations, online at prestocard.ca and at the TTC Customer Service Centre.

PRESTO cards work on the TTC and other transit agencies across the GTA. Learn more