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Scarborough SRT Fact Sheet

Dear Residents,

 

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding the potential conversion of the Scarborough SRT to a subway. The facts – based on land use planning, ridership projections and a cost/benefit analysis, not votes – suggest replacing the aging Scarborough SRT with an LRT, just as was agreed upon last year when Council reached an agreement. For additional background on this current transit discussion, please read my newsletter from May 1.

 

This is a fact sheet I distributed to my colleagues and the media last night:

Scarborough SRT Fact Sheet  SRT Stats  •	The new LRT will be in a completely grade-separated right-of-way. No traffic lights. No cross streets. Widely spaced stations. •	At an average of 36km per hour It will run faster than the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth lines which average 32km per hour •	The line will have a capacity to carry 16,000 passengers per hour.  •	It is anticipated that by 2031 the LRT would carry 8,000 passengers per hour leaving it enough capacity to serve the area for many decades to come- the extra capacity offered by a subway won't come close to being needed •	The LRT would be over two kilometres longer than the subway, have four more stations and is within walking distance to over 20,000 more people- with the possibility to extend the line into Malvern  Cost Concerns  •	The $500 million cost cited to convert the SRT to a subway is false •	As TTC CEO Andy Byford confirmed today, the cost of the SRT is $1.8 billion •	The cost of the subway is estimated to cost $2.8 billion •	There is already a $1 billion difference before factoring: o	Contract cancellations with Bombardier o	Construction of new terminus for Eglinton Crosstown at Kennedy that was to be part of the Scarborough RT will could be at least $200 million o	 Sunk engineering costs o	 New design work o	 Cost efficiencies from using the same technology as on Sheppard and Eglinton o	Significant changes to maintenance and storage facility on Conlins Rd. which has almost finished RFP process o	Possible new Environmental Assessment

Click here to download this fact sheet as a PDF.

 

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The City of Toronto's Seniors Strategy Released

 

Dear residents,

 

I am very pleased to share the proposed Toronto Seniors Strategy with you. As chair of the Toronto Seniors Strategy subcommittee, I am so grateful to our communities, experts and staff whom have contributed so much to this important and substantive work over the past two years.

 

Our City's new Seniors Strategy is a proactive, holistic and inclusive initiative that seeks to create a truly age-friendly Toronto.

 

Click here to read the Toronto Seniors Strategy.

 

You can also view the Executive Summary of the strategy, covering all of the highlights, by clicking here.

 

The Seniors Strategy will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee which will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30am at City Hall, Committee Room 1. Please click here to view the agenda item. Through that link, you will also find buttons at the very top of the page to submit comments on the public record or to request to speak in front of the committee on April 17 by making a deputation.

 

I encourage you to share your feedback and insights!

 

Sincerely,

 

Josh

   

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Greening Your Condo or Apartment

 

On March 26, 2013, I co-hosted an event with the Green Team of First Unitarian Congregation on how to make your apartment or condo greener and more energy efficient, including strategies and resources that are available to you.

 

Please click on the image above to download a slide deck from the event, presented by Aderonke Akande from the City of Toronto's Tower Renewal Office.

   

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NOTICE OF MOTION: A Picture Tells Too Many Storeys: Honest Advertising for Proposed Developments

NOTICE OF MOTION


A Picture Tells Too Many Storeys: Honest Advertising for Proposed Developments


Moved by: Councillor Matlow


Seconded by: Councillor Wong-Tam


SUMMARY:

 

Toronto is becoming an increasingly dense city with an additional 134,000 new residents added between 2001 and 2011. The majority of those new inhabitants are living in condominiums. It is anticipated that this trend will continue as Toronto's population is expected to grow by 160,000 over the next 10 years with just as many new condo or apartment units added.

 

Residents in high-growth areas are being asked to live with an increasing amount of density, construction and traffic. It is only fair that they are provided every opportunity to voice their concerns and offer their feedback. While Toronto's planning process provides forums for resident participation, many community members are under the impression that a development has already been approved due to misleading advertising.

 

At the beginning of the application review process, local residents are generally confronted with on-site, billboard, print and other advertising depicting a building that will be "coming soon" with no mention of a municipal approval process, opportunity for citizen input or that the rendering can be altered. In addition to the confusion created in the community, this misleading advertising suppresses local engagement by giving the impression that the application is a "done deal".

 

Misleading condominium advertising can also negatively affects purchasers. Individuals have purchased units that have later been removed from the project through the City's planning process, leaving buyers scrambling to find alternative living arrangements.

 

This motion requests that the City Manager request the provincial government to require developers to clearly state that applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto on all advertising for development applications.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. City Council request the City Manager to formally submit a recommendation to the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services that would require developers to clearly state that applications are subject to approval by the City of Toronto on all advertising for development applications until a Building Permit has been issued

  2. The required language, "application is subject to approval by the City of Toronto", must occupy no less than 25% of the advertisement

  3. "Advertising" referred to in recommendation (1) includes, but is not limited to: on-site, billboard, print, radio and television

April 3, 2013

   

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