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Humber River Regional Hospital (HRRH)

Councillor Augimeri welcomes plans for the Humber River Regional Hospital in her ward. Designed to be a state-of-the-art facility, the new HRRH will provide the residents of Ward 9 and surrounding areas, with highest level of care and improved quality of life.

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July e-blast – Downsview Video Highlights, Memorial, 120 Calvington Improves & more

7.31.2014

Downsview Highlights Video

Click to see what’s happening in Downsview.

NOTICE: THIS WILL BE THE LAST E-UPDATE UNTIL NOVEMBER DUE TO NEW RULES IN PLACE. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ME ONLINE FOR DOWNSVIEW UPDATES.

Reading Sprouts Garden Opens
On Saturday July 26, Reading sprouts Garden opened right beside the Jane Sheppard Library. This beautiful park features an amphitheatre, beautiful furniture, knowledge and wisdom themed murals done by local youth, and its name emerges from a naming contest held at 4 local schools –the winning name came from Bryanna Sanford – a grade 5 student from Blessed Margherita School. Check out pics of the ceremony here.

Heathrow Park Makeover
A makeover is coming to Heathrow Park in 2015. Improvements will include new lights, pathways, drainage improvements, signage, extending trails, pedestrian bridge improvement, new fences, new surfacing & more. Contact my office for details.

Memorial for Your Neighbour
A memorial will be held for Paulette Pampena who sadly lost her battle with cancer and passed away on July 11, 2014.

You’ll remember Paulette as a friend and neighbour and as the mother of Nicole Pampena who I highlighted in my last e-newsletter. Nicole Pampena is 19 years old, weighs 49 pounds and suffers from Cerebral Dysgenesis (Cerebral Palsy). Her father is blind and Nicole needs round the clock nursing care in order to survive.

The Memorial mass will be held on August 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm at St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church.

You can still help out the family at http://gofundme.com/nicolesmiraclewish .

New Road – James Finlay Way Dedication
The new James Finlay Way will soon be open. This new roadway at Keele and Wilson will provide much needed access for the George Appleton community, and provide relief for traffic at the Keele/Wilson intersection. The late James Finlay was a Parks and Recreation worker in Downsview who worked diligently for our community. Check out pics of the road dedication ceremony here.

Downsview Barbecues!
BBQ time in Downsview. The Grandravine Community BBQ was a great success, check out the pics here.

New 120 Calvington Bus Improvement Coming
It is very difficult to get the improved bus service we need in Toronto to meet demand. However I am proud to announce that an extra bus will be in service on the Calvington 120 starting in September, reducing wait times by at least 8 minutes in the afternoon rush, so you can get home sooner.

Toronto Water Flooding Tips
Click here for some helpful summer tips from Toronto Water.

Downsview Regenerates
Sections of Downsview are set for “regeneration”. This is a classification of zoning that is uniquely set to naturalize an area to be more community-appropriate. As part of this process, an item coming to the Planning and Growth Committee will provide a status update on the consultation process. If you are interested in being involved, contact my office. The report is available for reading here.

Local Appeals Board to Replace OMB
Part of our Set Downsview Free campaign is to free Downsview (and Toronto) from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB is a quasi-judicial provincial body of unelected and unaccountable people to whom developers turn to overturn City decisions and get approval for developments. The OMB sides with developers 64% of the time and often do so with little regard to wider community impacts and with no input from the local community.

At City Council last week, we voted to approve a Local Appeals Body (LAB) that aims to keep planning decisions local. A LAB would hear appeals to planning decisions and aims to prevent an OMB appeal.

What’s the difference between the OMB and LAB? With a LAB, we, your local elected representatives, decide the guiding principles, and will have a hand in ensuring those on the Board will have the vision for Toronto that truly creates a balance between growth and local needs–which is something often missing in the decisions of the OMB.

You can read more about Toronto’s LAB here.

2800 Keele – Old Post Office Site
This is why the OMB does not work.

Watch my comments in Council as to why the sale of the former Federal Government land at 2800 Keele St. and why the scheduled OMB hearing unfairly handcuffed planners and elected representatives.

Watch here.

When this land was sold by the Federal Government to a developer, I formed a panel of affected residents who helped guide the project with the hope it would be reflective of community concerns, decide where the community benefit money would go, and ultimately have a more acceptable development.

Even before the development proposal came before the North York Community Council for consideration, the developers requested an OMB hearing.  Were the project to be approved at the OMB, Downsview residents would have lost any community benefits destined to improve Downsview Library, help hundreds of area children and youth, and assist in the beautification of Keele Street.  The choice was either to approve the redevelopment and avoid an OMB hearing, or take a gamble at the OMB, surrender all community benefits and be threatened with having to swallow even greater densities.  These pressure tactics render the work of our local panels very frustrating and points to a very unhealthy and fearful OMB process.

An OMB hearing being filed even before the development documents came to community council is a perversion of the OMB’s original intent and just the latest example as to why we need to Set Downsview Free from the OMB. Hopefully our Local Appeals Body, and your advocacy to Set Downsview Free will help do just that.

Her Words on Downsview Park
Long-time community resident, Edith Hay took some time to explain to us why the Set Downsview Free campaign is so important. Watch the video here.

Set Downsview Free Gaining Momentum
Hundreds of your neighbours have taken lawn signs, signed petitions and got involved in helping Set Downsview Free from the Federal Government and the OMB.

It is important that this work continue and you can help by ordering a lawn sign [Click here to order a lawn sign] or start a petition group [click here to download petitions]. You can stop by my community office at 660 Wilson Ave (Just West of Dufferin, north side) to pick up either.

Have a happy summer,

-Maria


June Update – Help Your Neighbour in Need, Tax Clinics, Sharon Alford on Set Downsview Free + More

6.28.2014

Help Nicole Pampena
Your neighbour, Nicole needs your help. Her family is going through an uphill battle.

Little Nicole is 19 years old, weighs 49 pounds and suffers from Cerebral Dysgenesis (Cerebral Palsy). Her father is blind and her mother has terminal liver cancer. Nicole needs round the clock nursing care in order to survive.

Watch her video story here.

Please help by donating so she can continue to receive the necessary care she needs to survive. You can do so directly at:
http://gofundme.com/nicolesmiraclewish Read more…


Spring News – Get a Free Set Downsview Free Lawn Sign, Ephraim’s Place Renovation, New Keele+Wilson Road + More

5.21.2014

Get a Free Set Downsview Free Lawn Sign
Many of your neighbours already have taken a Set Downsview Free lawn sign. Click here to order one.

That’s right. You can show your support for the Set Downsview Free campaign by having a sign on your lawn. Our second batch of signs is arriving soon.

Click here to order a free lawn sign and we will bring it to your home. Or, you can pick one up from our Community Office at 660 Wilson Avenue (West of Dufferin).

It is clear that our community will only get the future we want if we stand up for Downsview together. Read more…


March News – Meet Your New TTC Chair, Maria Augimeri + More

3.27.2014

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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The Star – Meet the new TTC chair: Maria Augimeri
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Toronto Life – Say hello to Maria Augimeri, your new TTC chair
CBC News – Maria Augimeri wants ‘serious talk’ on transit operations
North York Mirror – Council selects Maria Augimeri as new chair of the TTC
Downsview Advocate – Downsview Councillor Maria Augimeri Wins Top Spot at TTC

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 Read more…


Meet The New Chair of the TTC

3.14.2014

Dear constituents,

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.ttc Read more…


February News – Skating Party This Sunday, New Community Office + More

2.14.2014

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..

Click here for map

Visit soon! Read more…


December New Year’s Eve Ice Storm Update

12.31.2013

Ice Storm Update and Aftermath

Toronto Hydro is continuing to address those without power. At the height of the storm it was estimated over 300,000 Torontonians were in the dark, though I suspect that number is higher. I was one of those 300,000 without power for 5 days. I was lucky however as I was surrounded by family and had access to a fireplace making it less difficult to endure. Read more…


Toronto Hydro Outage Map – Update

12.23.2013

Due to the volume of visitors Toronto Hydro is receiving at its website, it is difficult to access.

Here is a screenshot of the latest outage map for those who cannot access it. Update as of 1:pm, December 23.

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December – Special Update on the Ice Storm

12.22.2013

Update on the Ice Storm

In light of the recent ice storm, the City of Toronto is using all its resources to ensure our roads and sidewalks are cleared as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of all residents.

Toronto Hydro is out in full force trying to restore power to over to over 250,000 customers before Christmas.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, especially because of the holidays and we ask for your patience and cooperation.

Try to remain indoors if you are able, as falling tree branches are causing hydro wires to fall which could be very dangerous.
Expect these kinds of driving hazards currently on our roads.
If you see a fallen power line, please contact Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000. City of Toronto lines at 311 are extremely busy during this time so please be patient.

If you are without power, the closest warming centre to Ward 9 is Driftwood Community Centre located at 4401 Jane St.

Considering that winds could down more trees which may affect power lines, Toronto Hydro advises people to prepare for 72 hours of power downtime to ensure preparedness safety.

Below are some tips.

The City of Toronto also reminds the public to:

  • Try to keep children and pets indoors.
  • Avoid driving if possible. If it is necessary to drive, residents are reminded to do so cautiously and slowly. Keep your car’s tank half full at all times.
  • Open your taps slightly at the lowest point in your home to keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Please offer to help elderly and vulnerable neighbours or those individuals who may need some assistance.

As part of emergency planning, all Toronto residents should have a three-day supply on hand for each family member of the following items:

  • Drinking water (keep water in containers and fill your bathtub)
  • Canned food and a manual can opener
  • Batteries for flashlights and radios
  • A first aid kit
  • Gasoline for your car
  • A transistor radio
  • Cash

More information from The City of Toronto click here.

Working with the City of Toronto, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting seven warming centres opening across the City.  Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to provide assistance and distribute emergency supplies of cots, hygiene kits, blankets and bottled water in those warming centres.

The warming centres will be open to the public so that community members have a warm place to go while power is out.

The City warming centres will be opened at the following locations:

Click here for news updates on new warming centres.

With City officials warning that power outages could last until Wednesday, the Red Cross is sharing the following safety tips to help those who may be, or who are already affected by power outages.
Before power outages.

If your community is at risk of losing power, here are some things you can do to prepare for a possible outage:

  • Make a plan: Work with your family to make a plan so that when a power outage happens, you are ready.
  • Have an emergency preparedness kit. Emergency supplies include a 72-hour supply of water and food.
  • Keep a flashlight with working batteries in a place where it can be easily accessible and where everyone can find it.
  • Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector. If it’s hard-wired to the house’s electricity supply, make sure it has a battery-powered back-up.
  • Protect all your sensitive electrical appliances with a surge-protecting power bar.

During the power outage:

  • Listen to your battery-powered or wind-up radio for information on the outage and advice from authorities.
  • Check whether the power outage is only in your home. If your neighbours’ power is still on, check your circuit breaker panel or fuse box. Keep emergency numbers, like your hydro company, near your telephone.
  • If your neighbours’ power is also out, contact your hydro company.
  • Turn off all your appliances and electronic equipment, and turn your heating thermostats down to a minimum to prevent damage from a power surge when the power is restored.
  • Turn off all your lights, except one inside and one outside, so that both you and hydro crews outside know that power has been restored.
  • Don’t open your freezer or fridge unless it’s absolutely necessary. A full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed.
  • Never use charcoal or gas barbecues, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors because they give off carbon monoxide.
  • Use proper candle holders (deep, wide holders are best) and ever leave lit candles unattended.
  • Check on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours (the elderly, ill, disabled) who may require special assistance.
  • If you have to evacuate your home immediately, grab your emergency kit and listen to authorities. If you have been given an evacuation notice and you have some time to organize your home, protect it by taking the following precautions:
  • Turn off the main breaker or switch of the power-supply box.
  • Turn off the water main where it enters the house.
  • Drain the water from your plumbing system. Starting at the top of the house, open all taps, and flush toilets several times. Go to the basement and open the drain valve. Drain your hot water tank by attaching a hose to the tank drain valve and running it to the basement floor drain.
  • Unhook your washing machine hoses and drain.

More Red Cross Tips:

  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • By not turning heat down at night, you can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
  • Avoid driving when conditions when there is sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors if possible.
  • Check on those who may need special assistance like elderly people living alone, those with disabilities and children.

If an outage lasts for two hours or less, perishable food should keep, the Red Cross said. For a longer period:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable food from the refrigerator first. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours.
  • Food from the freezer can be used second. A full freezer will keep maintain its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will last longer than one day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves) and other equipment or electronics that were in use when the power went out. When the power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Do not travel unnecessarily, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon-monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Place the unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of a home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh-air location outdoors or near an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh-air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive.

Courtesy of ThesStar.com
As the reality of facing up to 72 hours without power sinks in for many residents of the GTA, here are a few tips for surviving Ice Storm 2013:

  • Treat downed power lines as if they’re live, Toronto Hydro advises. Take no risks. Report downed lines to Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000 if you can.
  • Don’t open your refrigerator or freezer unless you absolutely need to. The food should stay frozen for at least 24 hours if you leave it alone.
  • Use candles and wind-up lanterns if you can, especially if you don’t have backup batteries available, the city of Oshawa advises. And make sure those candles are in proper holders.
  • Turn down your thermostat as much as you can so the system isn’t overloaded when the power in your area returns.
  • Get out the salt. It’s icy — everywhere. Stay off the roads if at all possible.

Please rest assured that the City is doing everything in its power given the circumstances. Again,  thank you for your patience, and we wish you and your families a very happy holiday.

-Maria


Update – PDP Meeting, Flooding Info, Download My Info Guides + More

12.04.2013

Downsview Park Consultation
Downsview Park is holding another community consultation. Though our community has been more than consistent and clear in that it does not support selling park land for development, you can attend their meeting tomorrow, December 5 at 6:30pm 35 Carl Hall Road, Unit 2. More info here. Flooding? Changes? You May Qualify For Property Tax Refund/Reassessment
If your home was recently damaged due to flooding, or for other “in-year” changes to your home, you could qualify for a cancellation, reduction or refund of property taxes. Please contact my office for help, and check here for more info. Here is a link to the MPAC Request For Consideration Form.

Flooding Updates
The challenges to flooding infrastructure throughout Toronto have been further emphasized by the July 8, 2013 storm. There are various measures in the 2014 proposed budget that will help address some of our needs. I have been working closely with staff to address our flooding infrastructure needs on a neighbourhood by neighbourhood basis and updating each area as substantive new information comes. As you may know, Toronto’s flooding repair and upgrade needs are backlogged in the billions of dollars. The 2014 City of Toronto Budget, which aims to introduce new tools to speed up flooding upgrades and repairs is still in its proposal stage. During this period I will be continuing work to ensure that Downsview receives the best attention possible, through new Budget measures to help prevent future flooding. Contact my office if you have additional questions or concerns and keep an eye on update notices from my office that may come to your door, specific to your neighbourhood. Read more…