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October 6th Update from Councillor Josh Matlow

ear friends and residents,

Today is Election Day in Ontario.  I encourage you to vote for the party you best believe, based on your own research, will support our city.  Polls are open until 9:00 pm tonight – you can find your polling station here.

I also want to update you on the Avenue Rd Watermain project.  Since I first came into office I've asked City Staff to ensure that I'm aware of its progress so that I can keep our community informed.  You'll also find a survey on the new Orchard View Pedestrian Square, and some notices about upcoming events.  You can find more information on the following subjects below:

  • Update on Avenue Rd Watermain project
  • Share your thoughts about Orchard View Pedestrian Square
  • Friends of the Beltline – Help Clean Up and Plant our Beltline!
  • Sydney Sharma Legacy Fund
  • Much Ado About Nothing at Spadina Museum
  • The 2nd Annual Mount Pleasant Village Fall Fair

Over the coming weeks I will be working with my colleagues on initiatives such as combating gridlock and freeing Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board.  Moreover, City Council will soon be considering the prospect of contracting out garbage collection and will decide on the 2012 Budget.  As always, I will consider all perspectives, evidence and your feedback before casting my vote on behalf of the residents of Ward 22, St. Paul's.

This continues to be an extremely busy time at City Hall, and my staff and I may not be able to provide a personal response to each and every email we receive.  But rest assured, I will read all correspondence you send me.  Your feedback is always appreciated and valued.

Sincerely,

Josh

City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's
www.joshmatlow.ca

 

Update on Avenue Rd Watermain Project

My office received the following update from Technical Services regarding the work currently underway for the Avenue Rd Watermain Project starting at the south end of the project and going north:

  • The final short piece of tunnelling to connect completed tunnels on Cottingham St and Rathnelly Ave has just commenced.
  • They are installing pipes within the tunnel along Cottingham Street.
  • The work at the intersection of St. Clair Ave and Avenue Rd was completed last week and all lanes at that location are now restored to normal and re-opened.
  • The dewatering system is still operating at the intersection of Oriole Parkway and Frobisher Avenue. They are now installing pipes within the tunnel on Oriole Parkway from Chaplin Cres to Kilbarry Rd.
  • They are excavating a shaft at Oriole Park and when that is completed within the next few days they will start tunnelling from Oriole Park beneath Chaplin Crescent towards Avenue Road.
  • The dewatering system is still operating at the northwest corner of Avenue Rd and Chaplin Crescent.
  • They are applying the cement mortar lining within the watermain pipe from Tranmer Ave to College View Ave.
  • They are currently replacing a sanitary sewer connection on the south side of Eglinton Ave.

This watermain replacement project has been necessary but understandably very frustrating for those of us who live in the area and use Avenue Rd for our daily commute.  Lanes continue to be re-opened as progress moves forward.

Orchard View Pedestrian Square Survey

You may have noticed the trial run creation of a new pedestrian square, just north of Eglinton Ave on the west side of Yonge.  Although not in our ward, many of you either visit the square for the weekly Farmer's Market or pass through it on the way to Orchard View Library.  The trial run ends soon, and city staff are evaluating the Pedestrian Square and want your opinion.  Please take two minutes to complete the online survey and enter your name for a chance to win a $20 gift card.

The survey can be found at on my website here:  joshmatlow.ca/component/content/article/19-general/603-orchard-view-pedestrian-square.html.

Friends of the Beltline – Clean Up and Plant our Beltline!

Come out to clean up and plant our beltline!  We value your participation.

Date:  Saturday, October 15th
Time:   9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Location:  Meeting at Forest Hill Rd. Park at Avenue Rd & Chaplin Cres

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

  • City of Toronto Parks and Recreation and Urban Forestry - who are supplying gloves, plants, shovels, trucks etc.
  • Effie & Tony of Second Cup at 518 Eglinton Ave - who are serving complimentary hot chocolate.
  • Donna Koegl - for her efforts in organizing the cleanup.
  • The FRIENDS OF THE BELTLINE.

For more information and to volunteer visit the website www.EglintonAveLiving.ca.

Let us know you are coming - register at www.eventbrite.com/event/2216403322.

Please make sure to wear appropriate footwear.

Sydney Sharma Legacy Fund

For the last several months, the Maurice Cody community has been mourning the tragic loss of one of their students, five-year-old Sydney Sharma.   With the support of the Sharma family, the Toronto District School Board has decided to dedicate the new Maurice Cody kindergarten playground to Sydney.  They will honour the memory of a lively, joyful and loving child with a playground full of laughter and imagination.  Thank you so much for contributing to this wonderful project.

You can donate by going to www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=14651.

Tax receipts for all gifts will be issued via email from the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.

Much Ado About Nothing at Spadina Museum

Currently, a production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is on Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens in our ward.

The show is set in post WW1 Toronto with the audience following the actors through the house and around the grounds in the style of a walking tour.  The show runs from September 28 - October 16 and tickets are available on totix.ca.

The 2nd Annual Mount Pleasant Village Fall Fair

Date:  Saturday October 15th, 2011
Time:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location:  Along the East and West sidewalks of Mount Pleasant, from Eglinton to Davisville, and along the south side of Eglinton, east of Mount Pleasant.

The 2nd Annual Mount Pleasant Village Fall Fair will be bringing out the best from our dynamic community and businesses!   You will experience dazzling performances, fabulous free samples and sidewalk sales, contests and delicious food tastings, interactive activities, treats, and crafts for kids and adults.  A celebrity meet-and-greet with Bret “The Hitman” Hart, spokesperson for Stroke Recovery Canada.  That’s not all! The first thousand visitors to come to The Mount Pleasant Fall Fair receive a free gift.

Our Fall Fair is also very proud to have partial proceeds benefiting March of Dimes Canada in partnership with United Way Toronto.

For more details and information on how to get your passport to win even MORE great prizes, please visit www.mountpleasantvillage.ca

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