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Feb 2017 Update, Skating Party This Sunday, Yorkdale TTC Lot Open + more!

2.09.2017|

Get Your Skates on this Sunday
Come join us this Sunday at Grandravine Community Centre for my skating party.

Sunday, February 12,
3:15pm-5:15pm
Grandravine Community Centre

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

Did You Know A New Downsview GO Station Will Be Opening?
That’s right, in addition to our new subway stations in Downsview, set to open later this year, Metrolinx will be opening a new Go Station at Downsview Park Station giving you more convenient access not only to the City, but the region. As part of this ongoing expansion, Metrolinx is asking you to participate in their public input portion to help inform their decision making. You can participate by CLICKING HERE.

UPDATE: Yorkdale Commuter TTC Parking Lot NOW OPEN
The new TTC commuter lot is now open. 1,010 spaces are available for TTC commuters on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Downsview Library Upcoming Programs
Baby Time – 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Ongoing
Toddler Time – 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Ongoing
3D Printer Certification – Mon Feb 13, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
3D Printer Certification – Mon Feb 13, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Beverley Salmon: Never stop fighting systemic discrimination – Thu Feb 16, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

New Sewer Works for our Community
As part of Downsview’s ongoing renewal and sewer rehabilitation, here is an ongoing list of projects currently being started.

February 2017   –   Sewer relining     –     Dixiana Crt from Newlin Cres to South End
February 2017   –   Sewer relining     –     Whitbread Cres from Sheppard Ave W to Sorrento Crt
6‐Feb 3‐Mar  –   Sewer cleaning     –     Blaydon Ave from Langholm Dr to Tavistock Rd
6‐Feb 3‐Mar   –   Sewer cleaning     –     Camborne Ave from Dalraith Rd to Langholm Dr
6‐Feb 3‐Mar   –   Sewer cleaning     –     Graham Rd from Cornelius Pkwy to Ingleside Dr
6‐Feb 3‐Mar   –   Sewer cleaning     –     Langholm Dr from Camborne Ave to Renshaw St
6‐Feb 3‐Mar   –   Sewer cleaning     –     Tumpane St from Richard Clark Dr to Epsom Downs Dr
6‐Feb 3‐Mar   –   Sewer cleaning     –     Wilson Ave from 949 Wilson Ave to Apex Ln
13‐Feb 10‐Mar   -   Sewer cleaning     –     Keele St from Tilbury Dr to Wandle Ave

Downsview Park Play Zone Workshop This Saturday
Downsview Park is planning to create a play zone  and needs “expert” advice from children of all ages! Come to the Park’s Discovery Centre this Saturday (Feb. 11) for an interactive workshop to help plan this new facility in Downsview Park! Ideas are needed. Like:

  • Where might the playzone be best located?
  • What play structures (if any) are most interactive?
  • What types of building materials could be used?
  • What uses are most needed (e.g. sports / discovery)?

Drop-in any time (with the kids!) between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
Meet the people that run Downsview Park.
The workshop will feature interactive stations for children and parents to explore, design, and share their ideas. Refreshments included. Click here to RSVP and for more info.

TTC Upcoming Scheduled Closures
As part of the TTC’s ongoing replacement and repair program, the Subway needs to be periodically closed to facilitate upgrades and maintenance. Plan ahead. Here is a list of upcoming closures for the year. Mark it in your calendar.

Upcoming Developments and Changes
Want to know what that new construction or development proposal sign means? Once again, I am reminding you that you can use this handy tool to see what proposals have been submitted to the City and at what stage of approval they are at. Just select NORTH YORK, and WARD 9 then hit SEARCH.
Access the tool here.

Toronto City Budget
Next week, we will be debating the annual City Budget at Council. Some of the issues you have contacted me the most about have been funding for our libraries, and funding for childcare. The budget has proposed cuts to both of these services and as part of an ongoing effort we have pressured the Mayor to stop cuts to these crucial services. While the Mayor has signaled that he is backing off cutting these services, I will continue to fight for them next week during the budget debate. Follow along at this link next week.

What Do You Want Toronto to Know About You in 6 Words?
My City My Six is a participatory public art project that will creatively reveal Toronto’s residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. Until May 2017, you can share something essential about yourself in six words. Send your story to culturalhotspot@toronto.ca and include your first name, our neighbourhood name “Downsview” and your age. Those details will become part of the exhibition displays.

Watch Water Do Wonders
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge,  has produced this neat video to highlight how kids in our area have integrated the Water Does Wonders theme into their healthy, active lifestyle.

Are You A Hero?
The Second Harvest Hero fundraiser is a great way for you to raise money to support people in need in your community. Funds raised enable Second Harvest to rescue fresh, healthy surplus food, that would otherwise have gone to waste, and deliver it to hungry people across Toronto. Learn more here: http://www.secondharvesthero.ca/


January Update – Skating Party This Sunday, Yorkdale TTC Lot Update + more!

1.19.2017|

Get Your Skates on this Sunday
Come join us this Sunday at Roding Community Centre for my skating party.

Sunday, January 22,
2:30pm-4:30pm
Roding Community Centre
600 Roding Street

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

2017 Community Calendar
Click on Calendar to Download your own.
Read more…


New Green Bins Coming, Pics of Community Events + more! -

11.25.2016|

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.

Read more about the new federal investment here.

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. Read more…


Pumpkin Parade, Haunted Mansion, New Downsview Mural + more!

10.08.2016|

Mossie Park Pumpkin Parade
Showcase the jack-o’-lantern you worked so hard on at the 1st annual de Havilland ‘Mossie’ Park Pumpkin Parade.
Come Dressed up.
Bring your Pumpkin.

Tuesday November 1
6:00pm-7:00pm
Mossie Park, 111 Anthony Road.

Win a prize for:Best Costume
Best Jack-O- Lantern
Every child in costume gets a prize! Read more…


Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary Festival June 26 + More

5.31.2016|

Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary Festival

The Park that started it all. The Downsview Memorial Parkette Festival Committee invites you to be part of the celebration for the Parkette that ushered in an era of revitalization in Downsview. Some of its rich design features can only be seen by air! It is a jewel and we are celebrating its 10-year anniversary with arts, local talent, music, a full festival, attractions, a sound stage, unique food offerings and more. An amazing festival in an amazing area. Do not miss out on this opportunity, come and join us on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Read more…


Downsview Park Flooding, Please Slow Down Signs, Take Back Our Park + More

5.10.2016|

Please Slow Down Lawn Signs
It is spring and that means our “Please Slow Down” lawn signs are once again available as part of the Spring Safety Awareness Campaign. Pedestrian safety remains a central focus for Downsview. You’re encouraged to get one of these free lawn signs to help remind others of the importance of slowing down.

Call me if you want one of these signs. 416-392-4021 or email me by clicking here.
You can also pick one up at my community office during office hours. Mon-Wed-Fri 10am-4pm. 1355 Wilson Avenue, Unit 1A – MAP
Read more…


What To Do This March Break, Recreation Improvements + More

3.11.2016|


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

2.17.2016|

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. Read more…


Skating Party this Sunday, Download 2016 Calendar + more

1.13.2016|

Happy 2016!

You should have received your new calendar in the mail, but if you haven’t or want to print off your own, download your free 2016 Downsview Community Calendar by clicking here (then click the download  button at the top) Read more…

Snow survival tips, Season of Giving and more

12.03.2015|

Word of Precaution
Some debris, potentially harmful to cars/feet are being found curbside in our community. Given leaves and snow may obscure objects this season, make sure to keep your eyes open as you park/step.VIDEO: Flood Damage Repaired in Downsview
During the July 2013 storm, the homes of Whitburn Crescent and Jennifer Court experienced extreme erosion. Parts of backyards fell into the ravine behind the homes. WATCH THIS VIDEO by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) staff of how the repairs took place. As Chair of the TRCA I am extremely proud of the work done to help protect these homes. WATCH THE VIDEO. Read more…