Family Skating Party This Sunday
Grandravine Community Centre will be hosting our annual February Skating Party.
Come meet your neighbours and make new friends.
Sunday February 16, 3:15-5:15pm
Grandravine Community Centre
23 Grandravine Drive
Snacks and hot chocolate provided.
Please bring your own skates.
New Community Office Open!
Getting help has never been easier!
Come down to 660 Wilson Avenue to visit my new Community Office.
I can help you with:
- Snow Clearing Issues
- Waste Collection Issues
- Property Tax and Water Rebate forms
- Downspout Disconnection Exemptions
- By-law enforcement
- Road and curb maintenance
- And much more..
Toronto 2014 City Budget and You
In Late January, Toronto City Council passed the 2014 budget. Prior to the budget session of Council I held a budget town hall, where many of you expressed your thoughts.
Many important initiatives came from this budget. Here are a few highlights:
- We have the lowest residential property tax rate in Ontario – it has been this way for over 10 years.
- My motion to look at expanding the tax and water rebate programs to more families passed.
- Downsview will be getting a new fire station, a new EMS station, 4 new parks (Anthony Road Park, Whitbread Park, Belmar Park) and park amenities/refurbishments (Langholm Park).
- Sewer and stormwater upgrades and replacements.
- Grandravine Community Centre’s programs will become free this year.
- 668 new childcare spaces
- Funds for Storm Cleanup
- Hardship fund restored
- 2 new bylaw officers to specifically help tenants
- Tenant Defense Fund Restored
- 4 new youth spaces
- Expansion of the student nutrition program which helps kids concentrate on school and not their hunger
- Swim to Survive and leisure swim funding
Unfortunately the 30-year Scarborough Subway tax passed, adding a minimum annual increase of approx $40 to each residential property tax bill for 30 years (once fully phased in). This is the wrong way to fund transit and brings our debt load almost to the allowable limit. These funds could have been used for better purposes, more important infrastructure needs, especialy when the alternative rapid-rail option for scarborough was fully-paid for, would have been built sooner, served more people and would have been separated from traffic anyway.
If you have any question about budget, please contact me.
Welcome to Our Community, New Superintendent of 31 Division, Tony Riviere
31 Division encompasses the eastern half of our community. I have had multiple meetings with Superintendent Riviere to introduce him to the work that needs to be done in our community. He is excited and eager to help our community grow stronger. Click here for info on 31 Division
Dufferin-Wilson Regeneration Study
The Dufferin-Wilson area is the focus of regeneration by City Planners. While individual parcels of land in the study area may develop independently, the purpose of applying a Regeneration Area designation to the parcel as a whole is to ensure that the individual properties conform to an idea of what planners, the community, and all stakeholders want in order to maximize benefit for all. The preliminary meeting to introduce the community to the area’s regeneration concept occurred. Working groups will now continue forward in order to get into the fine details of the planning process, and what regeneration designation involves. If you would like to join a working group, please contact my office.
Free Parenting Education Workshops.
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre helps more than 8,000 children and families each year through a combination of prevention, treatment, research, and education activities.
They are holding FREE workshops aimed at helping you with parenting.
Like Bowling? Bowl to Support 40 Years of Advocacy
Celebrate the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape’s (TRCC/MWAR) 40th anniversary by participating in this year’s annual Bowlathon on Saturday March 1st, 2014!
The TRCC/MWAR helps support sexual assault survivors, works through advocacy and public education to end sexual violence against everyone. You can join by getting a team together of 6-8 people, raise a minimum of $1200, and then come celebrate at the Bowl A Thon! You will be provided a couple of hours of bowling (1pm, 4pm, and 7pm) on March 1st as well as a buffet for you and your team! You can also win great prizes-including a pair of WestJet tickets!
March 1, 2014
5429 Dundas St. W.
Click here for more info.
New Parking Regulations for all of Toronto
New rules and fines were announced by the City of Toronto for parking in Toronto. It increases fines for improperly parked vehicles that block traffic on avenues. It also increases fines and penalties in other categories. Know the rules and how to protect yourself by becoming familiar with them – click here to find out more.
Ensure You’re Secure
While Crime is decreasing in our community, it is always beneficial to Ensure You’re Secure. Helpful tips on ensuring you don’t become a victim include making sure the doors to your vehicle are locked when it’s not being used, parked in the driveway or on the street, and ensure your home is secured even if you’re on the property. CLICK HERE to read more helpful hints.