Family Day Skating Party This Sunday
Make the best of the cold weather and come skate with me!
Sunday, February 15
3:15 – 5:15pm
Grandravine Community Centre
23 Grandravine Drive
Snacks and Hot Chocolate Provided
Please bring your own skates!
Downsview’s New Years Levee Photos
Downsview held its first New Year’s Levee last month. Hundreds attended, it was a great success. Check out the photos here.
Skating Party Photos
Find yourself in the the photos from our Roding Skating Party last month.
Potential School Closings [VIDEO]
Recently, the TDSB have considered closing many schools, including some in our immediate and surrounding community. In Council this week, we voted to ask the Province to reconsider the TDSB’s decision to potentially close schools. These are our community assets, not just places to learn. As such, we have to look at them differently, as valuable public spaces that we can never get back once they are sold. Watch the video of my comments here.
Your Water Meters Are Being Upgraded
These new automated water meters are meant to replace or retrofit the ones in existing homes and businesses. The Water Meter Program has been quite successful to date with only 1% of customers not responding or refusing to install a meter.
However enforcement can be labour intensive. For this reason, two non-compliance fees can apply to those who have not permitted an automated water meter to be installed on their property. These customers have been contacted at least seven times to request that they book an installation appointment. The fees are as follows:
1) Has a meter that needs to be upgraded $80 Manual Meter Reading Fee (per visit)
2) Flat rate account (no meter) $1,020 Legacy Fee (annual)
If you do not have a new meter, you have until July 1 to get one. Else, these penalties may apply to you. It is vitally important you call the customer contact centre without delay at (416) 236-3837 with information about why you cannot upgrade or if you can, when it can take place.
3100 Keele Street Development Update
As you may know, 3100 Keele, the old Shriner’s Temple is being redeveloped. When the developer made an application, a community consultation took place. From this consultation I formed a panel of interested community members (as I always do) to help with the process. Our panel has been working with City Planners, and have contacted the developer to voice our concerns and give feedback.
Recently the developer has applied to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to challenge what City Planners are asking them to change. This date has been set. With City Planning on our side, I am optimistic any issues can be resolved with the community’s wishes in mind.
New Provincial Bill Aims to Curb OMB Power
As you know I, and many in our community have been a vocal critic of the Ontario Municipal Board. It takes planning power away from communities and City experts, and puts fateful decisions in the hand of unelected, unaccountable OMB judges, many who have no knowledge of our community or even Toronto. A new provincial bill aims to curb some OMB power when it comes to Toronto. While it isn’t the perfect fix for the many bad decisions the OMB makes, it is a step in the right direction. Read more about it below.
Ottawa Citizen – Bill would neuter Ontario Municipal Board
The Mirror – Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn’s planning reform bill passes second reading
What the Heck is Section 37?
This term gets heard a lot when talking about developments, community benefits and money to build parks, libraries and community centres. Here is a new brochure that helps explain in detail what Section 37 is.
New No-Smoking Rules In Effect
The Province has implemented new restrictions on smoking. It is worth becoming familiar with them. Read more about the new rules here.
Allen Road District Plans Pushed Back
At Community Council in January, plans came forward to develop the Build Toronto portion of the Allen Road District Plans. It concerned me that these plans also included some level of approval for the Donwsview Park portion of the lands. I felt it was inappropriate to allow these plans for different lands through together so I pushed back the process so I can work with staff to find out more. Read more about it here.
Live Green – Call for Community Facilitators
The City’s Live Green Community Facilitators work with residents, groups and businesses in our area to help us clean our air and green our community. A facilitator can work with Live Green to develop ideas, engage people, and implement a variety of projects such as community gardens, green buildings, cycling and active transportation initiatives and more.
More information about the facilitators and other live green programs is available at livegreentoronto.ca
JOBS JOBS JOBS
Plumbing and Steamfitting apprentice position applications. Read more here.
Toronto Community Housing is holding elections for their Tenant Representatives. If you think you could be a Tenant Rep. Read more here.
Like working outside? A career in landscaping may be for you. Check out this flyer here for more.