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Parks and Environment

Oriole Park Community Garden Update

For the past year and a half, I have been working with the Oriole Park Community Garden Committee, along with the Friends of Oriole Park and City staff, to create Ward 22's first community garden in Oriole Park.


Last week, we had a successful meeting where City staff presented and displayed what the proposed garden may look like and where it will be located within the park. We received positive feedback from residents, and there was dialogue with all parties to make sure the Community Garden is a success.


The next step will be an application and proposal by the Oriole Park Community Garden Committee to the City of Toronto. We continue to welcome your participation and feedback in shaping the Community Garden!


Bayview Buckets Adopt-A-Tree Program

Dear Residents,


Local residents and small businesses, along with LEAF, are working together to beautify Bayview Avenue with an inspiring tree adoption program called Bayview Buckets.


Urban life is hard on trees, and many of our street trees are replaced too often because they don't get enough water. LEAF is encouraging small businesses to "adopt" a local street tree by ensuring it gets regularly watered throughout the hot summer.


Healthier trees live longer which improves the look and feel of our communities while saving money on tree replacements.


Please let the following Bayview Avenue businesses know that you appreciate their contribution to the health of our street trees:


  • Alex Farm Products
  • Bagel House
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Bestway Cleaners
  • The Big Stretch Yoga Centre
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Bonnie Byford Real Estate
  • California Roll
  • Cumbrae's
  • Epi Breads
  • Horticultural Design
  • Karmasutra Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • L'Avenue Bistro
  • Lemongrass
  • LCBO
  • McSorleys's Wonderful Saloon & Grill
  • Originals
  • Rahier Patisserie
  • Dr. Stephen Simpson Dentistry
  • Teaopia
  • Tokyo Sushi
  • Tribute Communities
  • Valu-Mart
  • Verdi Restaurant
  • Vizio Eyewear & Sunglasses






Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 - St. Paul's


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.


Notice of Motion (April 2013 Council Meeting) - Butt Out: Taking Responsibility for Waste from Cigarettes

The City of Toronto has made great strides to help reduce the incidence of smoking. Successive bans on tobacco smoke in workplaces, restaurants, bars and other public spaces have succeeded in reducing second-hand smoke and the social acceptance of smoking.


However, there are still a significant number of smokers in our city and these positive policies have created some unintentional negative consequences. The current by-laws do not address the reality that many smokers are now littering on our public sidewalks.

While some bar and restaurant owners provide cigarette butt receptacles for their patrons, this is done on an ad hoc basis. This motion requests that the City Manager work with representatives from the restaurant and bar industry to develop an appropriate solution to the unsightly problem of cigarette butts littered on Toronto's sidewalks and streets.




1.City Council request the City Manager to consult with representatives from the restaurant and bar industry to develop an appropriate solution to the unsightly problem of cigarette butts littered on Toronto's sidewalks and streets; including receptacles.


2.The findings from the consultation requested in recommendation (1) be delivered in a report to Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee by July 2013


Notice of Public Consultation: Proposed Home Energy Retrofit Program

Dear Residents,


I would like to share the following Notice of Public Consultation with you. The City of Toronto needs your input on a proposed Home Energy Retrofit Program.


South Event Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Metro Hall, Room 308


North Event Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m

Location: North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge


To learn more, you can visit the website of the Toronto Environment Office.


Notice of Public ConsultationNotice of Public Consultation


Cracking Down on Curb Lane Hogs: Reducing Idling and Making Cycling Safer

With the support of City Council, I have more than doubled the fines for drivers who stop or park illegally on arterial roads during rush hour. It is now a $150 penalty for "stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle during all or any portion of the general rush hour period(s) of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and or 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday except Public Holidays where official signs to prohibit parking, standing or stopping are displayed."


Far too often, entire lanes of major roads are blocked due to an individual pulling over to grab a coffee in the morning or a delivery vehicle choosing the afternoon rush period to drop off their goods. Drivers along arterials often use bicycle lanes as a parking lane, forcing cyclists to dangerously merge into traffic. During rush hour this creates very unsafe conditions for cyclists. Although this has never been permitted, it was clear that the old fines and levels of enforcement were not sufficient to deter such activities.


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