Budget Cuts to Animal Services – Update

Posted on March 1, 2008

Some of you wrote to me with concerns about the cuts to the Animal Services budget. As you may be aware, the injured animal pick up and voluntary animal surrender services were restored. In short, the budget committees recommended that Animal Services phase in new licensing staff and reduce expenditures for their licensing print/advertising budget in order to fund these services. The remaining shortfall was offset by other non Public Health revenues. These measures allow for these critical services to continue in the City.

Thanks for writing. I will continue to advocate at the Budget Committee for the services that residents in Ward 14 ask for.

Talking to students at Parkdale Collegiate about Municipal Politics

Posted on March 1, 2008

I had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Mercer’s Civics and Careers class on Thursday February 28th, 2008 at Parkdale Collegiate Institute. At their Civics and Careers class I was able to share with the students the complexities of municipal politics and the challenges and opportunities I have as City Councillor for Ward 14. They were a great group of young people with some very thoughtful questions. I look forward to working with them on future projects!

RMRA announces the City’s partnership with Zerofootprint

Posted on March 1, 2008

As you, know on February 26th Mayor David Miller and Ron Dembo, Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, unveiled a new community-based weapon in the ongoing battle against climate change. “It is up to all of us to do our part to minimize the impact of our day-to-day activities,”the Mayor said. “Each of us can make a difference as we work together to make Toronto the greenest, most liveable city in North America.”Zerofootprint Toronto (www.toronto.zerofootprint.net) is an internet portal that lets residents, businesses, neighbourhood and community groups measure, track and reduce their carbon footprint. Please take the time to visit this site and challenge yourself to work towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Meeting Reminders

Posted on March 1, 2008

Dufferin Jog Elimination

We are co hosting a charette to discuss design elements this Saturday March 1st

Who: Councillor Adam Giambrone and Councillor Perks

What: Dufferin Jog Elimination design charette

Where: McCormick Rec Centre – 66 Sheridan Ave

When: 1pm

Bloor Visioning Session – Part 2!

On Wednesday March 5th, 630pm at the Lithuanian Hall (1573 Bloor St. West) I will again be chairing a public meeting held by the City’s Planning department to develop a community vision for future planning of Bloor Street, between Keele Street and Dundas Street West.

This will be the second in a series of three meetings that the City will be holding to discuss the development of this section of Bloor and the potential impacts on the surrounding neighbourhoods. A big thank you goes out to many of you who came to the first meeting on the 16th of January to share your comments and experience of living in your neighbourhood! Let’s keep this momentum going.

The outcome of the process will be a set of guiding principles and policies for neighbourhood development. This will allow the City’s Planning department to apply these guiding principles when assessing proposed developments and their respective Avenue Segment Studies, as submitted by the developers’ team.I do hope you will come out and share your comments and views on the 5th at 630pm.

For more information on this process, please visit www.dundasandbloor.ca, or feel free to contact my office. I have also attached the agenda for the meeting below.

Agenda: bloor-visioning-meeting-2-agenda.pdf

Flyer:bloor-dundas-march-5_bw.pdf

The Four Villages Community Health Centre

The Four Villages Community Health Centre is opening a second location at 3446Dundas Street West, between Jane and Runnymede, early in 2009.

Please come to the meeting – learn, get involved.We are listening, learning and working with you to make this a health centre thatworks for you, your family and your neighbourhood.

Free child care and refreshments at both meetings.

Thursday March 6, 2008 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Recreation Room

3725 Dundas St. WestInterpretation in Somali and SpanishThursday

March 13, 2008 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Annette Library145 Annette Street

Interpretation in Chinese, Polish,Ukrainian and VietnameseI

f you have any questions or ideas, please contact

Junko Mifune,Community Health Worker, at 416-604-3361.

Upcoming Events

Posted on March 1, 2008

The PAVE group is organizing an event to celebrate International Women’s Day!

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2008 11 am – 2 pm

Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre

Please see attached flyer new-poster-2-copy.jpg

“Serving up Strikes”, a Charity Bowl-A-Thon to benefit the Parkdale Foodbank

Five servers from Bloor West Village, Jessica Charbonneau, Julie Baelde, Emma Stevenson-Blythe, Joanne Costain and Jessa Sobczyk are organizing this event which is an opportunity for fun and friendly competition between people who work in the foodservice industry; also, it is an opportunity to contribute to other members of the community who are in need of food – food for food!

The event will be held on Monday, March 03, 2008 at Bowlerama West, 5429 Dundas St. West, Toronto, between 10pm and 2am.

For more information please contact:Jessica Charbonneau – jess_charb@hotmail.com

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