Labour disruption and what to do, skating party this Sunday, new Wilson express bus + more

Labour disruption and what to do, skating party this Sunday, new Wilson express bus + more

2.17.2016 | News, Newsletters

Protecting Our Community From Heavy Industrial Activity
At the last session of Council, I successfully pushed for a halt to expansion of heavy industrial operations at the site of the former Sunrise Propane facility on Murray Road. Council was unanimous in supporting my initiative. Watch my comments here. Read about it here.
Sewer Rehabilitation

You may have noticed a lot of sewer work happening this month in our community. This is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure our sewer and stormwater runoff infrastructure is being kept in a state of good repair as well as upgraded. Specifically this month, the following streets were being worked on:

  • Spenvalley Drive
  • Northover Street
  • Renshaw Stret
  • Tavistock Road
  • Thwaite Avenue
  • Sheppard Avenue

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact my office.

Labour Disruption This Friday and What To Do
The City of Toronto will be in a legal position to lock out workers on as of 12:01 a.m. midnight Friday morning. City workers will also be in a legal strike position. What this means is if a strike or a lockout, contingency plans will be in effect where only critical City services will continue to be delivered to residents and businesses. Please visit this website for up to date information on the City’s contingency plans.Of course, the Skating party listed below will be cancelled in the event of a labour disruption.Get Your Skates on This Sunday
Come join us this Sunday at Grandravine Community Centre for my skating party.
(this event will be cancelled in the event of a labour disruption)Sunday, February 21
Grandravine Community Centre
23 Grandravine Dr.

Snacks and Hot chocolate provided. Don’t forget to bring your skates.

Toronto Police Services, 31 Division Upcoming Meetings
Meeting 1
Community Safety Meeting dealing with:

  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual offences
  • Cyber crimes
  • Online predators

Speakers from Toronto Police Human Trafficking Enforcement Team and 31 Division will be in attendance. All community members welcome and encouraged to attend. A safer community through education and partnerships.

Grandravine Community Centre
23 Grandravine Drive, Toronto
Monday March 7th 2016
6:00PM – 9:00PM

For further information you can contact Sgt. Hicks #4700 or PC Caccia #9377 at 416-808-3100

Meeting 2
31 Division is holding a town hall to hear from you and address current issues of concern.

Wednesday March 16th, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm
St. Jane Frances Parish, 2747 Jane Street,

In attendance will be:
Police Chief Mark Saunders
Superintendent Tony Riviere – 31 Division Unit Commander
Detective Sergeant Proctor – 31 Division Criminal Investigations
Staff Sergeant Blanchard – 31 Division Community Response Unit
Mr. Mark Tenaglia and Inspector Riyaz Hussein – Co-Chairs of 31 Division Community Police Liaison Committee

A public address from attendees will be followed by a question and answer period. Other community agencies will also be in attendance including Toronto Parking Enforcement, Toronto Bylaw Enforcement, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and local City Councillors.

Check Online If Your Snow Has Been Plowed
Snow plowing has entered into the 21st century with this handy website.

This handy new webpage uses a Global Positioning System (GPS) installed on plows and salt trucks to determine when a road was serviced by using a colour coded system. If a road was serviced within the last four hours, the road will be shown with a green line. If a road was serviced within the last four to 12 hours, the road will be shown with a blue line and if serviced between 12 to 24 hours, the road will be coloured red. The webpage is available at

Check Your Water Usage Info Online
To log-on, visit and enter your utility account information. You can then view your total and average water use by day, week, month or year in an easy-to-read graph or chart format. The tool also provides the opportunity to add in additional details such as temperature and precipitation to help you better understand why you may have used more or less water during a particular time period.

New Wilson Express Bus
As part of the TTC’s ongoing efforts to improve service, the 186 Wilson Rocket express bus will be implemented. This will be a daytime, weekday route only designed to speed the trip between York Mills Station and Humber College’s north campus. It replaces the 96E Wilson Express bus.

Buses will stop in our community at Wilson Station, Dufferin Street, Dubray Avenue, Keele Street, Julian Road, and Jane Street.

The new express service will operate every nine to eleven minutes, from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Winter Walk Day for St. Raphael, Pierre Laporte, St. Conrad
St. Raphael, Pierre Laporte, and potentially St. Conrad will be jointly celebrating and promoting February 23rd, 2016 as Winter Walk Day this year. Join in the fun by leaving the car at home and traveling to school on foot with your friends.

When we walk to school, even if it’s just for the last few blocks, we contribute to a happier, healthier, cleaner, and safer school neighbourhood. So this February, let’s join the national movement and walk to school as often as we can!

You can also track the activity with the hashtag #walktoschool

Heathrow Park Addition
Heathrow park is getting a new entrance so that more people can enjoy it. We recently acquired an old Hydro site to provide this enhanced access which will re-purpose the underused land and help beautify our community. The public consultation for this will begin in 2017.

Check out this graphic of the new acquisition.