Summer 2017 Community Newsletters: Coming To Your Mailbox Soon!

Want to know what's happening in your neighbourhood? My neighbourhood-specific summer community newsletters are now available, look out for a copy in your mailbox in the coming weeks! If you'd rather read online, copies are available via the links below:

Alderwood Community Newsletter

Long Branch Community Newsletter

New Toronto Community Newsletter

Mimico Community Newsletter

Humber Bay Shores Community Newsletter

Call for Submissions - Bell Box Mural Project Mimico

Art makes our communities vibrant and livable. I am pleased to work with City staff, Lakeshore Arts, Mimico Residents Association to bring the Bell Box Mural Project to Mimico! This project will beautify eight murals in Mimico, adding artistic flair to our streets and acting as a deterrent to graffiti. Local artists are encouraged to apply until August 7, 2017, and mural painting will commence in September.

 

ML Ready Mix Relocation

Photo via (Inside Toronto)

As many of you are aware, issues with the ML Ready Mix (ML) facility, located at 29 Judson Avenue, have been ongoing for the City and incredibly frustrating for local residents.

I am pleased to announce we have found a potential location to move ML Ready Mix out of our community.

We still have a long way to go, but this is the first step towards removing ML from the Mimico community.

Finalizing approvals and agreements for the new site, located in the Port Lands, will require a planning and negotiation process, but we are taking all the necessary steps to secure all the necessary elements as quickly as possible.

I sincerely thank residents for their diligent efforts to work with the City and I to resolve this matter.

City of Toronto to host citywide Canada Days festival to mark Canada's 150th birthday

This July long weekend, the City of Toronto will host Canada Days, a four-day music and performing arts festival to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday. Part of the year-long TO Canada with Love program, Canada Days will run from June 30 to July 3 at Nathan Phillips Square, with one-day celebrations at Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square on July 1. Full program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays.

With more than 130 performances by national and international artists, the all-star lineup will highlight Canada's rich cultural fabric and will feature a diverse blend of music, dance, circus and street arts.

Canada Days headliners will include Barenaked Ladies and Buffy Sainte-Marie on June 30, Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on July 1, dvsn on July 2 and Belly on July 3 at Nathan Phillips Square.

July 1 performances will include Basia Bulat and DakhaBrakha at Humber Bay Park West, Busty and the Bass and The Lytics at Mel Lastman Square, and Deen Squad and Horsepowar at Scarborough Civic Centre. A fireworks display at 10:55 p.m. will take place nightly at all four sites and food and beverage will be available for purchase.

On July 1, national partner CIBC, in partnership with Canadian Heritage and the City, is hosting a Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony at the four Toronto sites, in addition to 17 other communities across Canada. These ceremonies will showcase cultural performances, the recitation of the Oath of Citizenship and the singing of O Canada, to help ignite national pride across the country and celebrate what it means to "Stand for Canada."

Canada Days is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada. The event is sponsored by National Partner, CIBC; Premier Sponsor, Tim Hortons; Official Beer Sponsor, Steam Whistle Brewing; Official Wine Sponsor, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly; Official Beverage Sponsor, Pepsi; Official Volunteer Sponsor, Vistaprint; and Hospitality Partner, Barque.

 

Social media updates on Canada Days are available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialEventsTO, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/specialeventsTO, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/specialeventsTO and on Snapchat at https://www.snapchat.com/add/specialeventsto. The event hashtag is #C150TO. A custom Canada Days Snapchat geo-filter for Nathan Phillips Square will be available from June 30 at 5 p.m. to July 3 at midnight, and for Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square from 2 p.m. to midnight on July 1.

Details on all TO Canada with Love City-produced events and other Canada 150 programs happening in Toronto, including a special Canada 150 event calendar, are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. Toronto events marking Canada's 150th birthday can be submitted to the calendar at http://www.toronto.ca/eventcalendar.

About TO Canada with Love
TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.

 

Paying and disputing your parking violations will become easier this summer

Frustrated with having to wait months for a court date to dispute a parking ticket? Good news! Starting August 28, 2017, the City of Toronto will introduce an easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations. Disputes will be handled by the City instead of through the court, providing you with faster resolutions and a more efficient process.

 

You will be able to request an online review of your penalty, meaning the entire process can be completed without having to leave your home. If you'd like an in-person review, you will be able to book an appointment at a time that works for you. Not satisfied with the decision? You will be able to request a second independent review of your penalty that will be final.

More details about this new process are available at toronto.ca/aps. Keep checking back for all the latest info!

TTC Construction Update: Humber Loop to Dwight Ave. and Cycle Track Construction

On Monday June 26th The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission will replacing nearly 4 km of streetcar track on Lake Shore Boulevard West
starting at Dwight Avenue proceeding east to the TTC's Humber Loop
. Work on Lake Shore  will be staged in sections of about 400m to help minimize the impact
on traffic in the area.

This project will also involve:

·         Reconstructing the eastbound and westbound streetcar platforms located east of Brooker's Lane.

·         Road resurfacing and sidewalk improvements.

·         Curb modifications for the TTC’s new low floor streetcars to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) guidelines.

Cycle Track

In addition, The City will construct a 1.4km bi-directional cycle track along Lake Shore Boulevard West from Norris Crescent to First Street during this project. 
The new cycle track will be built on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard West and be physically separated from the vehicle lane by a variety of different separation
techniques (curbs, bollards, planters and a low concrete wall). No lanes of traffic will be removed to accommodate the cycle track.

More information on the Cycle Track is available here.

As bike lane construction begins, work moves east and overnight intersection work takes place, updates will be distributed.

Full TTC Construction Notice

You can read the notice here.