Dangerous driving in our community is one of the most common complaints that I hear about, but when I ask residents if they have reported these cases of dangerous driving to the police, they tell me that they do not see a point.

The Toronto Police Service relies on witnesses coming forward and reporting acts of dangerous driving, so that they can determine the best way to allocate their resources within the community. Reporting will allow the Toronto Police and the City of Toronto to keep records of problem areas, and come up with both short and long term solutions for putting a stop to dangerous driving behaviours.

If you witness an emergency situation, always contact 911. If what you see does not require immediate assistance, you can contact the Toronto Police non-emergency line at 416-808-2222. You can now also report instances of dangerous driving online through the Citizen Online Report Entry (CORE). This online system is used to collect data and track cases of dangerous driving so that the Police may more accurately determine what areas require the most attention. The website can be found here.

This is a community effort and we must work together and make use of the resources that are available to us to curb dangerous driving in our neighbourhoods ! I have worked closely with Transportation Services to reduce speed limits, install new stop signs, deliver Slow Down lawn signs, and increase signage, however, there are still some who continue to break the rules. We as a community must assist the police by providing them with the data that they need to allocate the proper resources within our neighbourhoods. If you see something, report it !

Syd Cole Park Grand Opening!

Dear Neighbours, 

I am pleased to invite everyone to the official grand opening of Syd Cole Park in Long Branch on June 2nd from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The park is named after Etobicoke's very own Sydney Reginald Cole in recognition of his heroic efforts during World War II. 

Sydney Reginald Cole was born in 1923, lived on Lake Promenade in Long Branch, and sadly passed away in 1991. During his service in the Second World War, his plane was shot down and the survivors were stranded at sea for twenty-one hours. Due to his heroic actions he was able to save the flight navigators life, but unfortunately not the pilot, David Hornell. For these actions he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal for "great devotion to duty and exceptional courage". 

The name for this park was chosen thanks to overwhelming support from the community and Sydney Cole's family. 

On June 2nd at 1:00 pm you can come on out and meet Sydney Cole's family and speak with them about the great man that this park is named after. We will also have face painting for the kids, fresh popcorn, and the Toronto Raptors mascot will be with us to celebrate this event. Bring your cameras ! 

The park is located at 60 Eastwood Park Gardens, at the corner of Long Branch Avenue and Eastwood Park Gardens

You can read about the proposal for naming the park and the history surrounding the efforts of Sydney Cole here.

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Coyote Sightings - Fast Facts

          Lately I have heard a lot about coyote sightings in our area, especially around the waterfront. Coyotes like to live in cities, and they help to control our rodent populations. While they are always around, we are more inclined to see them around the winter/spring times because they are exposed by a lack of foliage. They are also typically more active during this time period as their mating season falls in the late winter months. While it may be alarming to cross paths with a coyote, here are some tips to stay safe.

Residents should follow these steps to minimize their negative encounters with coyotes:

- Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes is detrimental and can
  create problems throughout the neighbourhood.

- Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.

- Ensure that all household garbage is inaccessible to animals.

- Place garbage out on the morning of the scheduled pickup, rather than the night

- Always supervise pets – keep dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors or supervised
  when outside.

The City has a strategy for dealing with coyotes which includes public education, bylaws prohibiting feeding wildlife, and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary.

If you see a coyote doing the following, call 311:
- Approaching dogs or people
- Exploring a home or a building far from a large park or open area
- Limping or staggering or with paralyzed hind legs
- Acting confused around non-living objects
- Biting pets
- If you find an injured or sick coyote

When a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.

For more information please call 311 or visit, https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/animals-pets/wildlife-in-the-city/coyotes/.