NEW MEETING LOCATION: Hodgson Natural Ice Rink Public Meeting
Please join me on Monday, October 21 at Maurice Cody Junior Public School’s library (364 Belsize Drive) to discuss the City's temporary repairs of Hodgson Rink for the 2013-14 season. I've asked Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff to join us to discuss creating a natural rink at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park. We must ensure our kids have a local place to skate until the Hodgson Rink is repaired and upgraded for next season.
REMINDER: Upcoming Neighborhood Town Halls with your city councillor
Hosting and attending community meetings and other events in Ward 22 is very important to me to both engage and inform residents. I want to know that I'm reflecting your priorities. Throughout the fall, I'm hosting a community town hall in every Ward 22 neighbourhood. Please save the dates for the October meetings listed below. I hope to see you there!
The next neighbourhood meetings are:
For Rathnelly and the Upper Annex Area residents: Thursday, October 24 from 7 to 9 pm
De La Salle College, JP II, 131 Farnham Avenue
For Cottingham Area and Summerhill residents: Wednesday, October 30 from 7 to 9 pm
The Linden School, Gymnasium, 10 Rosehill Avenue
Feeling Congested? Ward 22 Focus Group
The City of Toronto’s Planning Division is hosting focus group sessions across the city as part of the Feeling Congested? campaign to update the transportation policies in our Official Plan. These policies will help the City to manage congestion on streets, sidewalks, and transit.
The sessions will have two focuses: the concept of developing a transportation network, and a proposed new structure for making decisions around prioritising transportation projects within that network. This is a great opportunity for Ward 22 residents to learn about some of the changes Planning staff are proposing and to lend your voice to the planning process.
The Ward 22 Focus Group session will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at North Toronto Collegiate Institute (17 Broadway Avenue) from 7 to 9 pm, in classroom 215. I hope to see you there!
The Oriole Park Association Annual General Meeting
This year, the Oriole Park Association's Annual General Meeting will be taking place on November 7 in the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre’s Multi-Purpose Room (200 Eglinton Avenue West). The meeting is scheduled for 7 to 9 pm and this year's topic is Transit and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. For more information on the Oriole Park Association, please visit their website.
REMINDER: Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive
Churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside are again sponsoring a Christmas Drive (the 42nd consecutive) to assist local food banks and agencies that are in urgent need of help at this time of year. Flyers are delivered to area households on Saturday, November 23 and donations are then picked up on the following Saturday, November 30. There are two locations – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (OLPH), on St. Clair Avenue East, one block west of Mount Pleasant Road and Leaside Presbyterian Church on Eglinton Avenue, just east of Bayview Avenue.
Times on both days are from 9:30 am until noon. Donations are sorted and packed at OLPH with same day delivery to recipient food banks and agencies. In 2012 about 16,000 items were collected and it is hoped to better this figure this year as unfortunately the demand for this service is still great. Upwards of 300 volunteers are required and community hours are available for high school students.
In addition, two area Sobeys stores (St. Clair Avenue just east of Yonge Street and Wicksteed Avenue near Laird Drive) are again supporting this effort by holding in-store drives throughout the Christmas season. These sources typically add another 10,000 to the overall total.
It is a fun event for both families and young persons and is in aid of a worthwhile cause to benefit the less fortunate members of our community. Many thanks for your caring.
Toronto Police Services News Release Concerning Wanted Man
I've received notice that Toronto Police Services are requesting assistance in locating a man, Simon William Gares, wanted for making threats towards elementary school children. He has threatened death as well as made non-specific threats related to the safety of children, and is described as white, 32, 5'11", with a medium build and short brown hair. When he was last seen, he was unshaven and wearing black baggy jeans with a white symbol on the pockets, a black polar fleece jacket and sunglasses. If you see this man, do not attempt to interact with him and please call 9-1-1 immediately.
For more information and to view a photograph, please click here.