Dental Care for Low Income Adults

Posted on April 23, 2007

For many marginalized groups living in Toronto, I believe that access to dental services as part of overall health care is severely limited. Poor oral health is a significant issue and is also major barrier to employment.

At the April 4th meeting of the Budget Committee, I introduced a motion requesting that additional revenues from waste management fees (city wide) be reallocated to the Expansion of the Toronto Dental Services Program. This motion was passed at the Budget Committee and has now been approved by Toronto City Council. The extra funds, as indicated in the motion, will go towards Parkdale Partners for Oral Health, SHOUT Clinic, Evergreen Youth Services and the Scarborough Urban Health Outreach Dental Clinic who are providing limited dental services to low/no income adults and street youth who cannot afford to pay for this service. This funding will increase the amount of dental services that Parkdale Partners for Oral Health will be able to provide for the Parkdale community.

High Park Residents' Association Tree Committee – Plant a FREE tree in your front yard!

Posted on April 23, 2007

HIGH PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD IS LOSING ITS TREE CANOPY!

 

If you look around you can see that the number of trees is declining in our neighbourhood. We are losing what is one of the High Park area’s best assets. The HPRA has formed a tree planting committee to address this issue.

 

Each front yard should have either a mature tree or a young tree ready to replace the neighboring established tree. Many of the neighbourhood’s trees are maples, which do not have a long life span as compared to other varieties and they are nearing the end of their lifespan. The existing tree cover could continue to decline rapidly without backup trees. Despite a strong planting effort by the City of Toronto, pollution, heat and construction have shrunk Toronto’s tree canopy to 18% from 22% since 1992. The City’s goal is to increase the tree canopy cover to 30% by 2010.

The benefits of planting a tree are significant as they are beautiful and useful. Trees add beauty and value to your home. Trees reduce storm water runoff and subsequently reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the lake. Trees reduce greenhouse gasses and pollutants by absorbing CO2, SO2 and other pollutants. Trees cool the city, reducing demand for air conditioning and as a result, electricity.

 

Contrary to popular belief trees do not break drains or water pipes. Tree maintenance is minimal as the City collects leaves each fall.

The City of Toronto offers free trees for each homeowner’s front yard and will plant them for free, while ensuring that no gas lines or water pipes will be affected. The goal of the HPRA Tree Committee is to increase the number of residential tree plantings in our neighbourhood.

The HPRA Tree Committee hopes to raise neighbourhood awareness of the City’s tree planting program and to assist homeowners in submitting an application form. During the first weeks of spring 2007 members and volunteers of the HPRA Tree Committee will be contacting homeowners that currently do not have a front yard tree. At this time information on tree selection will be distributed with a tree application form. In a follow up meeting the application forms will be collected and submitted directly to the City by the HPRA Tree Committee. The deadline for submitting applications to ensure a fall 2007 planting is July 1, 2007.

We are seeking volunteers on your street to correspond with homeowners needing a tree. If you would like to volunteer please contact a member of the HPRA Tree Committee: Adam Elltoft (416-516-7585), Rob Aucoin (416-763-0129), Karen Palkowski (416-767-8377), Christine McClymont (416-537-3733), and Paul Cook (416-763-5850).

To learn more, check the City of Toronto website for additional information:

http://www.toronto.ca/trees/tree_planting.htm.

Subsidized trees are also available for backyards and information is available at: (www.leaftoronto.org).

Leave a legacy, plant a tree.

High Park Residents’ Association Tree Committee – Plant a FREE tree in your front yard!

Posted on April 23, 2007

HIGH PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD IS LOSING ITS TREE CANOPY!

 

If you look around you can see that the number of trees is declining in our neighbourhood. We are losing what is one of the High Park area’s best assets. The HPRA has formed a tree planting committee to address this issue.

 

Each front yard should have either a mature tree or a young tree ready to replace the neighboring established tree. Many of the neighbourhood’s trees are maples, which do not have a long life span as compared to other varieties and they are nearing the end of their lifespan. The existing tree cover could continue to decline rapidly without backup trees. Despite a strong planting effort by the City of Toronto, pollution, heat and construction have shrunk Toronto’s tree canopy to 18% from 22% since 1992. The City’s goal is to increase the tree canopy cover to 30% by 2010.

The benefits of planting a tree are significant as they are beautiful and useful. Trees add beauty and value to your home. Trees reduce storm water runoff and subsequently reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the lake. Trees reduce greenhouse gasses and pollutants by absorbing CO2, SO2 and other pollutants. Trees cool the city, reducing demand for air conditioning and as a result, electricity.

 

Contrary to popular belief trees do not break drains or water pipes. Tree maintenance is minimal as the City collects leaves each fall.

The City of Toronto offers free trees for each homeowner’s front yard and will plant them for free, while ensuring that no gas lines or water pipes will be affected. The goal of the HPRA Tree Committee is to increase the number of residential tree plantings in our neighbourhood.

The HPRA Tree Committee hopes to raise neighbourhood awareness of the City’s tree planting program and to assist homeowners in submitting an application form. During the first weeks of spring 2007 members and volunteers of the HPRA Tree Committee will be contacting homeowners that currently do not have a front yard tree. At this time information on tree selection will be distributed with a tree application form. In a follow up meeting the application forms will be collected and submitted directly to the City by the HPRA Tree Committee. The deadline for submitting applications to ensure a fall 2007 planting is July 1, 2007.

We are seeking volunteers on your street to correspond with homeowners needing a tree. If you would like to volunteer please contact a member of the HPRA Tree Committee: Adam Elltoft (416-516-7585), Rob Aucoin (416-763-0129), Karen Palkowski (416-767-8377), Christine McClymont (416-537-3733), and Paul Cook (416-763-5850).

To learn more, check the City of Toronto website for additional information:

http://www.toronto.ca/trees/tree_planting.htm.

Subsidized trees are also available for backyards and information is available at: (www.leaftoronto.org).

Leave a legacy, plant a tree.

Ward 14 Environment Day

Posted on April 21, 2007

Hello Ward 14!

This is just a reminder that this Saturday, April 21st I will be at Sorauren Park for Environment Day from 10am-2pm.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Emmanuel Howard Park United Church: Good News For A Local Landmark

Posted on April 14, 2007

Emmanuel Howard Park United Church and our community have taken a great step forward together. I am happy to let you know that the Toronto East York Committee of Adjustment has approved the variance requested by this Roncesvalles Avenue Church. The agreement reached between Emmanuel Howard Park United Church and its near neighbours, which was endorsed by the Committee of Adjustment, is a credit to everyone involved.The ruling removes a major legal barrier to the continued operation of The Village Healing Centre in a Church building while addressing many of the neighbours’ concerns. Best of all, the agreement and Committee ruling allows the Church to continue to deliver, and shelter, many vital services to our community. I am happy that my office was able to play a role in resolving this issue. I especially want to thank everyone on both sides of the issue for working together to resolve difficult issues in a positive way.

April 21, 2007 – Ward 14 Environment Day

Posted on April 14, 2007

Ward 14’s Environment Day is happening Saturday, April 21st from 10am -2pm! Leaf compost, rain gauges, hazardous waste pick up and recycling bins will be available during these times at Sorauren Park. In addition, we have arranged to have a second compost drop off at Masaryk Cowan on Friday, April 20th at 4:30pm.

In addition, I encourage you to use this day as a opportunity to engage your individual community organizations to get involved in the community, and in the spirit of Environment Day, do something environmental.

If you are interested in the City of Toronto’s 20-minute clean up please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/litter/clean-up/index.htm

Climate Change Action Forum

Posted on April 14, 2007

On April 29 Mayor David Miller and the Toronto Environment Office are hosting the Climate Change Action Forum that will take place at Exhibition Place. At the Forum participants will be engaged and have their say on the City’s 27 potential actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and smog causing pollutants, which will help in the preparation of the City’s Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan.

Advertisments about the Forum start today (April 13) in Toronto media publications. Attached are two information pieces that you may wish to share with your constituents or place on your websites. Please encourage your constituents to participate.

Information about the Climate Change Action Forum and the framework document “Change is in the Air” is also available on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/environment

Constituents must register by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

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