Downsview Gets $18.4 Million in New Investment.
As you know, I have been working diligently as co-chair of the Downsview Aerospace Campus Working Group to encourage investment and renewal to the Aerospace sector in our Community. When the military base was shut down in Downsview in the late 90′s it robbed our local economy of hundreds of millions of dollars. I have been working towards its renewal and the latest investment is just the next step.
In addition to the $18.4 million in new federal money, the province has also given $25.8 million to the project bringing the total investment thus far to $44.2. This money will be dedicated to an aerospace innovation campus in Downsview that will create long-term, high-skilled jobs allowing Downsview to be globally competitive, not to mention bolster our local economy.
Murray Road Regeneration Area Update
As you might be aware, a “regeneration area” study has been underway for the Murray Road lands for some time. This has included a comprehensive review of the use of the lands, an injunction on any increased industrial activity, and the installation of air monitoring equipment for health and safety purposes. In addition, a pedestrian and cycling bridge is proposed for access to Downsview Park through a new neighbourhood in Downsview Park of what will be luxury town homes. Additionally, a new traffic control signal has been activated at Wilson and Murray to enhance safety in the area. For more information you can check here.
Roding Community Centre Upgrades/Repairs
In addition to portions of the interior being renovated, the old staircase into the Park will be replaced with a more durable metal one. The project will continue through the end of this year into early next.
75 Billy Bishop Update – TTC Commuter Lot
Some of you have contacted me regarding the closing of the TTC Lot at Wilson. Unfortunately this will cause some disruption due to the delay in the opening of the Yorkdale TTC lots. The closing of this lot is to facilitate a Build Toronto project that will see 50,000 Sq.Ft. of new upscale retail. Though I tried to ensure the lot closure was held-off until the last possible time, there will still be a gap between the closing of this lot and the re-opening of the Yorkdale lots. The good news is the disruption is set to only be a few months as the Yorkdale lots are set to open in early 2017.
For More information on the project, CLICK HERE.
Minx Spa Shut Down
Many in our community have been concerned about the Minx Spa’s current operations and the location’s past operations under the name Blue Pearl/Blue Orchid. The permit to operate as a body rub operation goes with the property so, when it is sold, unfortunately the license accompanies the use and passes on to the new owner.
The Minx Spa is the current name of the operation. It has recently been ordered to be shut down for 45 days. Afterwords they will be on probation for 3 years and if charges occur within this time, they will be brought back before the licensing tribunal.
This business is not permitted to operate after 9pm, for example. These are among the infractions that could bring its owners before the law again. I will continue to be vigilant in the monitoring of activity at this establishment as should you. If you witness any activity that is beyond that allowed, I encourage you to (safely) document it and contact my office and Municipal Bylaw Enforcement.
MLS officers will discuss any new infractions with the Crown Prosecutor and Will be proactively working with Toronto Police Service to ensure strict compliance.
New Subway Opening In Our Community Will Bring New Changes
As you know, we are getting a new subway line through our community. In preparation, the TTC is consulting on proposed bus routes that will be adjusted once the new subway line comes on line in 2017. The Routes include:
106 York University
107 Keele North
To review changes and participate in feedback please click the TTC LINK HERE
The New Green Bin Implementation Plan
Over the next 4 months, the City will phase in delivery of the new Green Bins beginning early this December. Yours will eventually come. If you have been missed but your neighbours have them already, set it out empty on your next collection day and it will be replaced or contact 311. New bins are animal-resistant, and larger!
The Friends of de Havilland ‘Mossie’ Park
A new community group has formed and you are invited to join if you live in the immediate area of the park. The Friends of de Havilland ‘Mossie’ Park began to assist with events, upkeep, ongoing design and the general benefit of the newest park in our community.
Click here to join if you live in the immediate area (between Wilson/401/RailTracks/Dufferin).
Be a Good Neighbour, Please Clean Up After Your Dog
I have received several concerns over dog droppings being left on lawns, boulevards, and near walkways. However remote the area, it is still important to pick up after your pet to help keep our community sanitary and beautiful.
Please Help PEACH
PEACH, an innovative program that helps at-risk kids graduate from high school, will close if it doesn’t get interim funding. This is a program that assists many communities and worth supporting. Please help if you can. They have a GoFundMe site that assists with this initiative. Read more about PEACH here.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE
In The News: Protege Program Helping Young Women, Metro News
Talisha Ramsaroop, my former protege over the last year, describes her time working with me through the Toronto Protégée Program. If you would like to know more about this program, please CLICK HERE.