Premier Doug Ford's Exemptions for Industry Lobbyists Threatens Greenbelt, Clean Water Please see the letter below I wrote with my colleagues to Premier Doug Ford in regards to the concerning Bill 66 announced late yesterday. Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen's Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Re: Bill 66, An Act to restore Ontario's competitiveness by amending or repealing certain Acts. Dear Premier Ford, As Toronto City Councillors, and environmental advocates, we have significant concerns about the harmful impact your government's Bill 66, An Act to restore Ontario's competitiveness by amending or repealing certain Acts will have on our city and our province. Companies that create good jobs invest in jurisdictions that have educated workers, strong health care, excellent schools, and a high quality of life supported by clean air, water and green spaces. Ontarians rely on their government to ensure that their health and natural environment is protected. We strongly urge you to reconsider the exemptions in Bill 66 allowing companies to override important environmental protections, without consultation or public notice, including the:
- Clean Water Act
- Great Lakes Protection Act
- Greenbelt Act
- Lake Simcoe Protection Act
- Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act
- Places to Grow Act
The Provincial Upload of Toronto’s Subway System As many of you have heard by now, Premier Doug Ford has signalled that his government intends to upload Toronto's subway network. His stated reason for the takeover that transit is not being built because of political gridlock does not add up. It was Doug Ford himself who helped scuttle the approved LRT plan in 2010 that cancelled four transit lines that were fully-funded by the previous provincial government. Also, there is nothing stopping the province from building transit in Toronto. Uploading the existing lines does not affect his government's ability to construct and own new lines or extensions given that Ford has already indicated that the TTC would still operate. So why is the province pursuing the upload so aggressively? I can only speculate at this point but the air rights over the existing stations are a significant asset. Further, does an upload include the many large, development-ready park 'n' ride lots next to subway stations? What about the portions of land above subway tunnels still owned by the TTC such as the covered trench east of Yonge and South of St. Clair? Or the former bus barns site at Yonge and Eglinton? Subways are the spine of our transit network. Stations serve as hubs that connect hundreds of streetcar and bus routes to rapid transit. Who will own the bus bays at subway stations? What incentive will remain to keep the surface routes properly integrated with the subway network? Will this do anything about the existing overcrowding or distract from addressing it as a priority? There are far too many unanswered questions. I will be strongly advocating that Toronto's existing subway network remain under the control of the residents of Toronto who own and paid for them.
Make Your Voice Heard!- Planning and Development Public Consultation Meetings The City has received a new development applications within the community. I encourage you to join me and Community Planning Staff at the public consultation meetings to hear more about what's being proposed as well as have an opportunity to share your feedback directly. If you're unable attend the meeting, you can still submit feedback to the planner assigned to the file which will be formally reviewed and recorded in consideration of the application. 155 Balliol Street A rezoning application has been submitted to permit a 24-storey rental apartment building with a daycare facility on the ground floor. The proposed development would include 142 parking spaces and a 902 square metre public park on the west side of the site. The western portion of the site is currently occupied by a 19-unit, 2-storey townhouse complex that would be demolished to accommodate the proposed development. The existing 18-storey apartment building on the eastern portion of the site would be retained.
|Date: Thursday, December 20th, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Place: Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street)
|Senior Planner: Alex Teixeira [email protected] (416) 392-0459
|Date: Monday Dec 17, 2018 Time: 6:30pm-8pm Place: City of Toronto Archives 255 Spadina Rd.
|Community Planner: Kevin Friedrich [email protected] (416) 338-5740
|Date: Monday Dec 17, 2018 Time: 8pm-9pm Place: City of Toronto Archives 255 Spadina Rd.
|Community Planner: Carla Tsang [email protected] (416) 395-7137
Hillcrest Village BIA AGM The success of our local businesses and main streets is important to our economy, quality of life and property values. On Monday December 10th at 7:00pm in the community room at 747 St.Clair Ave W., I welcome you to attend the Hillcrest Village BIA's annual general meeting! Both the BIA's program and budget for 2019 will be discussed.
The Stop's Farmers' Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns Come out and visit the Stop's Farmers' Market at Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.) every Saturday, year round, from 8:00am to 12:30pm to enjoy local, sustainable and organic products and great music! The Stop's Market Café is also open during the same hours as the Farmers' Market and serves delicious breakfasts, soups, sandwiches, and desserts prepared by Stop chefs using ingredients sourced from the market. Check it out in The Stop's Green Barn (Barn 4) every Saturday. I look forward to seeing you then!
D'Arcy McGee CSPC Presents- Breakfast with Santa On Saturday December 8th from 9:00am-12:00pm at D'Arcy McGee Catholic School (20 Bansley Ave.), I welcome you to come out and celebrate the Christmas season with your community and Santa. For further details, please check out this flyer here.
Northern Starr Hanukkah Kwanzaa Christmas Holiday Market At Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.) on Sunday December 9th from 12:00pm-7:00pm, I hope to see you at the Northern Starr Hanukkah Kwanzaa Christmas Holiday Market. This unique vendor market will bring the spirit of the holidays to life! For further details, please check out this flyer here!
Winterfest 2018 Come join me at Winterfest 2018 on Saturday December 15th from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Holland Park Avenue (between Oakwood Avenue and the Library) to enjoy a special visit from Santa, hot chocolate, carolling, ornament hanging, tree lighting and dancing with Ontario School of Ballet students! Let's celebrate this holiday season together! For further details, please check out this flyer here!
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle During the Holiday Season As we prepare for holiday celebrations, the City encourages us to be mindful of the amount of waste we generate. Small changes to reduce waste, such as using reusable plates, cutlery and cloth napkins for a holiday event, can make a difference! Tips to recycle right over the holidays: • Empty and rinse recyclables such as aluminum roasting pans and tins, plastic plates and cups before placing them in the Blue Bin (recycling). • Paper wrap, flattened cardboard and rinsed plastic plates and plastic cups (except black plastic) also go in the Blue Bin (recycling). • Foil/metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, bubble wrap, bubble envelopes, packing peanuts (foam pellets) and fruit crates go in the garbage. • All food scraps as well as soiled paper napkins and paper plates go in the Green Bin (organics). More tips on managing holiday waste are available at http://www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse. Information about how to properly dispose of holiday items is available athttp://toronto.ca/wastewizard or on the new TOwaste App available athttp://ow.ly/1AJT30mHUB9.
My family and I wish you, and those you love, a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a joyous holiday season.
As always, I hope you find my updates helpful and informative- along with some timely information about the winter storm we are experiencing this weekend.
I hope this finds you healthy and well. As always, I hope that you find this e-newsletter helpful and informative.
Due to the upcoming municipal election on October 24th, integrity rules state that I am unable to send out community updates after August 1st. Therefore, you will receive my next update later in the fall if I continue to have the honour to serve you. Over the past four years, we have achieved so much together, in every one of our Toronto-St. Paul's neighbourhoods and the many important initiatives we have brought to City Hall to improve our city.