Meet Your New TTC Chair
It is my pleasure to re-introduce myself to you as the new Chair of the City of Toronto’s Toronto Transit Commission.
I am thrilled that a majority of City Council has confidence in my abilities to run an organization that is tasked with getting 2.6 million people moving across our city every day.
In addition to being the Chair of the TTC, I continue to be your Councillor. The Chair position is a responsibility added to the already important work I will continue to do for you. I do not receive extra pay for the added duties. It is a labour of love and I pledge to serve you dutifully as my constituents and as TTC riders. Read More Here
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Community Excited About New Anthony Road Park
On March 18, the Anthony Road Community packed an open house session to view preliminary designs of the new Anthony Road Park which will contain new landscaping, a mini soccer field, a splash pad, playground amenities and more. They say it couldn’t be done, but we saved it from developers and are now building a park for you to enjoy for generations to come. See more pics here, and here.
Ice Storm Debris Pickup
With the onset of spring, the melting snow will reveal bits and pieces of wood debris generated by the December ice storm. Inaccessible until now, this remaining material will be dealt with through the City of Toronto’s leaf and yard waste regular biweekly collection that began March 11. Important Details Here
Potholes a Plenty
Winter salt and wild temperature changes wreaks havoc on our roadways. This year we have a record amount of potholes reported and repaired. Though Spring has been elusive this year, every spring I aim to do a detailed audit of our community’s major roadways in order to identify potholes and defects that may pose a risk to commuters. Last week I detailed at least 47 defects on our community’s most frequented roadways and submitted my observations to staff for action. I am sure to have missed many, so if you know of a pothole or major defect that has emerged over the winter in your neighbourhood, please contact my office with details. 416-392-4021416-392-4021 or Councillor_Augimeri@toronto.ca.
Downsview Area Recreation
I have asked City staff to prepare a report on the recreation facilities available in the greater Downsview area. In addition, I have asked for an inventory of these facilities. Attached to this communication please find both documents.
We are now ready to begin with the initial community consultations on the expansion of our recreation venues and consequently, the delivery of our cultural and recreation programming. As you may already know, my initiative to construct a 70,000 sq. ft. community resource and aquatic centre in the area of Keele and Sheppard was agreed to by both City Council and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
To this end, I ask you to please study these reports and make comments and suggestions by emailing my office. Should any group with which you are associated wish to have a meeting with me about the planning for our new recreation centre or about any recreation-related concern, I ask that you let me know so that these meetings may be coordinated within the next couple of months. I would expect that the school-community associations, church groups, homeowner and tenant organizations will request evening meetings and that senior organizations will request daytime meetings. I will work to accommodate all requests. See reports here and here.
TRCA to Begin Black Creek Storm Damage Restoration
TRCA indicates that a clean out has begun of the section of Black Creek that flows through the Whitburn Crescent – Jennifer Court reach of the watercourse, this is in preparation for the large scale restoration works that will commence later this year. The channel clean out is anticipated to take approximately 6 – 8 weeks to complete, and during that time staff will be working on the development of designs for the subsequent restoration works required for three valley wall sites within the area. Contact me for more info.
TRCA Funds Next Round of Rehab Engineers – July 8 Storm
As TRCA Vice-Chair, I have been pushing for increased funding for shoring up the homes in Downsview damaged by major erosion as a result from the the July 8 storm. I am pleased to say the second phase of detailed engineering assessments are to begin soon. These assessments will be done on the next 35 properties affected on the Black Creek watershed who were detailed to be at most need. These assessments are an essential and necessary step in determining the extent to which damage has affected properties, and what is necessary in the rehabilitation of properties. You can read the TRCA report here. (item Item EX8.3). If you have any questions, please contact my office at 416-392-4021416-392-4021 or Councillor_Augimeri@toronto.ca.
Downsview continues to be a place where people want to live work and play.
We have great access to transit, a great quality of life, tight-knit communities, and wonderful spaces for families to grow. It is no wonder Toronto Life rated Downsview in the top 20% of best places to live in Toronto.
More than ever people are flocking to Downsview. This means there is pressure to change, and revitalize old properties into more livable spaces.While change is inevitable, the community is vital to guiding that change, which is why I look to our community to help whenever change is proposed.
Each time a new development proposal is put forward called an “application” it is sent to the City. I am informed if there is a zoning change necessary. I typically form a panel of community members consisting of people who would be directly affected by the change.
Regularly check the Development section of my website for updates.
York Woods Library Hours Increased
As a result of efforts I supported at Council, effective April 22, 2014 York Woods Library will increase its operations 6 hours per week, with new hours being added on Monday mornings from 9am -12:30pm and Friday evenings from 6pm – 8:30pm. For more info, please visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
Let’s Clean Downsview Together
Community Clean Up Day is fast approaching and I would love to have your help. I am organizing a group to go help clean up select areas in Downsview on April 26 & 27. If you are interested, or have suggestions of clean-up opportunities, please contact my office at 416-392-4021416-392-4021 or Councillor_Augimeri@toronto.ca. For more info CLICK HERE.
Downsview’s New Filipino Association
Are you of Filipino descent and a resident of Downsview? Want to meet your Filipino neighbours, organize Filipino-focused events, well I encourage you to join the new Downsview Filipino Association. Please contact my office for more details at 416-392-4021416-392-4021 or Councillor_Augimeri@toronto.ca
LEAF is an organization whose goal is to improve city life, one tree at a time. They offer many opportunities to help and are asking you to get involved. You can Become an EAB Ambassador and help identify trees at risk from the Emerald Ash Borer, get involved in their Backyard Tree Planting Program, or even experience their Tree Tenders Volunteer Training. For more info, visit www.Yourleaf.org
Big Brothers Needs You
For only 1 hour a week during the school day, you could help change the life of a young person just by being a friend! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto (BBBST) is looking for adults aged 55+ to mentor a child at an elementary school in their community. For more info please contact Max Beaumont at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 416 925 8981416 925 8981 ext 4118, or visit www.bbbst.com
Sneak Peek: New Subway Station
Check out this TTC newsletter to get a sneak peek at what our new subway station is beginning to look like.
TTC Rocketman App Next Bus Info on Your Phone
Designed to work with your smartphone, the Rocketman app is designed to let you know exactly when the next bus is supposed to arrive to your destination. I used it recently on a trip through #Downsview and it works well. Check it out here. www.rocketmanapp.com