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City Hall and Community Update for September 3, 2015

Ward 22 staff changes: Farewell and thank you Chloe! Welcome Liz!

Chloe Richer has served our community as my constituency assistant for the past four years. She has been an important part of the work we’ve done together in Ward 22, to support residents every day and to improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.

Chloe has been at the heart of many of our initiatives to build new playgrounds, beautify our parks and support local small businesses. She was integral in the great success of the Sharon, Lois & Bram concert we held at June Rowlands (Davisville) Park. Most importantly, Chloe worked closely with me to help residents with a wide array of issues when they needed us most.

Chloe and her partner, Alex, have decided to move to the Niagara region where she intends to continue her education. On behalf of my team at city hall, I am so grateful for her service and wish her happiness and success with her new life adventure. We will miss her.

Liz McFarland, who many of you already know, will be taking over Chloe’s responsibilities in my office. Liz is already a truly remarkable part of my team and is looking forward to her new role. You can reach her at 416-392-7906 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


'Movie Night in the Park' Returns to June Rowlands (Davisville) Park!

After the success of last year's free movie night in the park, I'm pleased to announce that I will be co-hosting another family-friendly outdoor movie screening this year with AppleTree Markets.

 

The film has yet to be chosen, but keep a look out for posters around the neighbourhood for the final film selection. Refreshments will be available; we also encourage families to either bring their own food from home or stop by one of the great restaurants on Mount Pleasant and bring a picnic.

 

I would like to extend a big thank-you to our local community sponsors, Patrick Rocca and The Dunfield Retirement Residence for their incredibly generous support to help make this event happen.

 

I look forward to sharing an amazing evening of cinema with family and friends on Friday, September 25 at 8pm. Hope to see you there!



Celebrating Lois: A Tribute to Lois Lilienstein

 

A special public celebration, hosted by Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison of Sharon, Lois & Bram, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 to honour and pay tribute to the wonderful life of their partner and friend, Lois Lilienstein. Proceeds will benefit Mariposa in the Schools, who provide programmes benefitting school children across Ontario with a repertoire of world music, dance, storytelling, spoken word and puppetry that celebrate cross-cultural understanding.

Please join me at 7pm on Saturday, September 26 at the Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East), to celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Lois Lilienstein.

 

For more information on this event, including ticket purchase, please click here.


Update #2 on the Power Surges in Davisville Village

I've been doing a lot of research to find out exactly why there have been so many momentary power surges over the past several months. As many of you have undoubtedly noticed in the Davisville area, Toronto Hydro has been carrying out rebuild work on their infrastructure, including replacing the old box construction hydro poles with new, higher capacity poles. On an aside, I have expressed concern to them about placement of many of their new poles too far into the sidewalks and the length of time it took for many regulatory signs to be moved from the old to new poles.

While these eventually will offer improvements to hydro service in the neighbourhood, they have also been responsible for the frequent power surges. That's because the Davisville area is currently being fed by a single circuit instead of the normal three circuits– essentially, providing three times the risk for an outage.

However, the good news is Toronto Hydro is expecting to return to a normal configuration by the end of September with the installation of two new feeders to the area. I know many of you are looking forward to the end of this reoccuring nuissance.


Metrolinx to Relocate LRT Vent Shaft away from Eglinton PS!

I am delighted to report to you that Metrolinx has listened to our concerns about potentially locating a Eglinton Crosstown LRT vent shaft on Eglinton PS property. I worked closely with parents, local residents, school and TDSB staff to resolve this with Metrolinx as the school community raised significant concerns about their childrens' safety. The vent shaft will now be relocated to another site to be better positioned adjacent to the new station at the NW corner of Mount Pleasant and Eglinton (where the Second Cup is now). I will be sure to share more details with you in a future update, once that information becomes publicly available from Metrolinx.


Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground Improvements

I'm excited to announce that I am currently working with Sharon & Bram to install new and improved playground equipment in June Rowlands (Davisville) Park, as well as introduce a brand new musical garden.

A portion of the existing playground equipment – the hill and dale – no longer meets safety requirements and will be the first portion of the play equipment addressed. There have been to many kids who've suffered accidents there already. Construction work to remove the hill and dale is estimated to begin as early as Tuesday, September 8th. Along with the new music garden (which will feature low-noise instruments a small childrens' stage), we are adding more features to the playground to make it animated and fun including a large elephant to climb on and various way finding signs. I also intend to work with our community soon on a master plan for the replacement equipment and further park improvements.


Northern Secondary School: Northern Lakes Landscape Project Official Opening

 

Together, we successfully rebuilt Northern Secondary School's Clarke Pulford Field for students and the local residential community. Now we have beautified the green space on Mount Pleasant Road.

Northern Secondary School recently completed the Northern Lakes Landscape Project, which connects our school community to the once vibrant Walmsley Brook and its natural ecosystems. This project recreates a dry river bed with trees, rock seating areas, planting and flagstone paths. It offers an enhanced seating and strolling area to the wider community and provides a peaceful public space in a busy area. I was happy to direct $75,000 from developer's fees toward the Northern Lakes Landscape Project. You can read the relevant motion here.

 

Please join me and Northern's Principal, Ron Felsen, for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5pm on Thursday, September 17 to officially open and celebrate this remarkable addition to the community.

 


De La Salle College Update


As you may recall from an earlier community update, De La Salle College is looking to build 28 townhouses at the southwest corner of their property (13 fronting Avenue Road and 15 fronting Oaklands Avenue). In order to do so, they have also applied to demolish the historic Gatekeeper's House at this corner, relocate the heritage designated Oaklands Gates to elsewhere on the property and clear-cut 40 of the existing 69 mature trees fronting Oaklands Avenue. I have made it clear to the applicant from the outset, and on behalf of many of you who I know share these concerns, that I cannot support this proposal in its current form. You can view a copy of the preliminary report here.

 

Despite my repeated attempts urging the applicant to listen to the community's feedback and revise their application accordingly, they have chosen instead to take their original proposal to the OMB.

 

Fortunately, Heritage Preservation Services recently completed a study I requested on this property that identifies the need for additional protective measures under the Ontario Heritage Act. These include the Gatekeeper's House and the historical importance of the view from Avenue Road and Oaklands Avenue to the old Iroquois shoreline, atop which the school is perched. I will be moving these recommendations when they come before the next Toronto and East York Community Council meeting on September 8.

 

In addition, I will continue to fight to protect the existing trees and decrease the number of townhouses proposed as part of this inappropriate development application.

 


Reminder: 377 Spadina Road and 17 Montclair Road Public Meeting

An application has been submitted for the properties at 377 Spadina Road and 17 Montclair Road to construct 4 new townhouse dwellings and 1 new single detached dwelling. This plan is significantly revised, and far better designed, from the initial plan that we as a community opposed and I want to thank the applicant for actively listening to our concerns. The more traditional looking townhouse units will now be oriented to Spadina Road while the single detached dwelling will front onto Montclair Avenue. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information by clicking here.


To speak to the planner directly, please contact David Driedger at 416-392-7613 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may mail your comments to David at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.


The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm at Grace Church On-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road.


New Yonge-Eglinton Planning Website

 

City Planning has created a new website that will be your portal to what's happening in the Yonge-Eglinton area. The website will be used to provide information for the current Growth, Built Form and Infrastructure Review the City Planning Division is undertaking, while also serving as a one-stop shop for information on development proposals submitted in the area.

The website includes links to other recently completed initiatives and contact information for District planning staff.


You can access the website here.


45 Dunfield Tenant Association Garage and Bake Sale

 

The 45 Dunfield Tenant Association is holdnig a building-wide garage and bake sale at 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. Sale items include clothing, accessories, DVD’s, music, comics, jewelry, appliances, books, toys, technology, crafts, cookies, cake and much more. I hope you are able to attend!

 

For more information about the 45 Dunfield Tenant Association, please click here.


Mandatory Maintenance at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (NTMCC)


North Toronto MCC will be closed from Monday, September 7 until Sunday September 27 for scheduled annual maintenance. Unfortunately, these large maintenance issues and improvements are unable to be performed throughout the year while the facility remains open.


To register for fall and winter programs and aquatics beginning Friday, September 28, please call 416-338-0000 or 416-338-4386 to register.

 


Toronto Ward Boundary Review Public Meetings: Have Your Say!

 

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto's wards. The Review will be holding public meetings across the City over the next few months. The purpose of the public meetings is to gather feedback on 5 options for new ward boundaries in Toronto. The meetings will include a presentation of the options, followed by a facilitated discussion.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015

Location: Holy Rosary Church
Time: 10AM - 12PM
Address: 354 St Clair Ave W, York, ON
Room: Main Floor – Room 2

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015             
Location: Metro Hall  
Time: 7PM – 9PM
Address: 55 John St, Toronto, ON  
Room: 308/309

 

For more information on the review and a list of all public meetings, please click here.


Town Hall Meeting with Toronto's Police Chief

 

Our 53 Division Community Police Liaison Committee is inviting all members of the community to attend a safety lecture with Police Chief, Mark Saunders, on human trafficking, internet safety, crime management, break-and-enter prevention and Traffic Management. The town hall meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday September 9 at North Toronto Collegiate Institute (17 Broadway Avenue).

 

For more information on this event, please call (416) 808-5319.

 


Take Action on Aviation Noise

 

Residents with questions about airport operations or who wish to register a noise complaint are encouraged to contact the Toronto Pearson Noise Office using any of the following means:

 

WebTrak: A noise complaint can be registered using this online tool that provides near-real time and historical flight data so community members can investigate aircraft operations from any computer with internet access, and it’s available 24/7.

Online Complaint Form: Use their online complaint form.

∙ By phone: To make a noise complaint by telephone, contact the Noise Office at (416) 247-7682. Their office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Residents can learn more about Noise Management at Toronto Pearson by clicking here.

 

Also, the Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) provides a forum where the public can openly discuss and ask questions about noise and environment related issues at Toronto Pearson.

 

All CENAC meetings are held at the GTAA Administration Building, 3111 Convair Drive, Boardrooms Pearson A&B

 

A schedule of the meetings, including their upcoming September 9 meeting as well as minutes and materials from previous meetings can be found on the CENAC webpage. For more information, please contact a GTAA CENAC representative at 416-776-3941.

 


Serve Your City: City of Toronto Board Appointments

The city is now accepting applications from the public to apply for new board members from the following City Boards, Committees and Tribunals.

 

  • BUILD TORONTO Board: Application deadline is Monday, September 21, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. (extended from September 14, 2015)

  • Civic Theatres Toronto Board: Application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. (extended from September 14, 2015)

  • Toronto Community Housing Corporation Board: Application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Toronto Hydro Board: Application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

 

To learn more, please click here.


Find Fresh Local Food at Your Fingertips


Greenbeltfresh.ca is a new free service that allows you to search for fresh local food close to your location.  You can search for farms, farmers' markets, and wineries for fruits, vegetables, cheeses, preserves, and local meat. There are over 600 farms in Ontario's protected Greenbelt listed on greenbeltfresh.ca and it's a great way to support local businesses and eat fresh in-season produce at the same time.


Proposed Developments in Ward 22

 

To ensure that you are informed and engaged about development proposals that are being proposed for sites near your neighbourhood, I've created an interactive webpage with locations, staff reports and public meeting notices. Please click here to learn more about what you can do to help free Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).


For ongoing council and community news, my contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.caClick here to read my previous city hall and community updates.

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