Toronto businesses recognized with Bicycle Friendly Business Awards 2009

Posted on January 29, 2010

During the Toronto Bike Awards event on January 19, 2010, the City of Toronto presented the 2009 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards (BFBA), honouring seven businesses for their “bicycle friendliness.”The event, co-hosted with the Toronto Cyclists Union, featured performances and more. The awards presentation, which took place at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. paid tribute to businesses and organizations that have demonstrated leadership in encouraging cycling by employees and/or customers. By doing so, these businesses are helping to promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation that contributes to a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution.

Award presentations were made by Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee, Councillor Joe Mihevc, and Councillor Gord Perks

The following businesses and organizations were recognized for their bicycle friendliness:

Best Bike Parking Award: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award: Smart Commute North Toronto Vaughan [Presented by Councillor Gord Perks]

Bicycle Commute Award: Ontario College of Art & Design

Best Small Business Award: Bike Train Initiative

Best Large Business Award: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center

Best Skills Development Award: Charlie’s FreeWheels

Best Overall Award: Bike Train Initiative

In addition to the BFBAs, awards such as the Toronto Cyclists Union’s Golden Spokes Awards were presented.

For more information about the award recipients, visit the website at http://www.toronto.ca/cycling.

Parkdale Walking Tour

Posted on January 29, 2010

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is creating a Parkdale Walking Tour with the sponsorship of the City of Toronto and the Ward 14 Councillor’s office.

The walk will highlight the history, architecture, stories, events, oddities, and more of Parkdale. The first walk will be May 1st or 2nd, 2010, and will one of the international Jane*s Walks.

It will debut as a guided walk and will also be published as a self-guided tour in a flyer or postcard format and on the PRA and City of Toronto websites.

The PRA is looking for suggestions for what should be included in this walk, which will be roughly bounded by Cowan Avenue to the east, King Street to the south, Jameson Avenue to the West, and Queen Street to the north.

We appreciate any suggestions you may have for places, persons, and particulars within this area. Please feel free to pass on this request to others.

The PRA plans to produce walks for other areas of Parkdale in future years.

Please call 416-534-9139 or email clairculliford@theambler.net if you have questions or suggestions.

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE)

Posted on January 29, 2010

The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) is a multi-sectoral collaboration of twelve organizations including Toronto Public Health, with expertise in issues related to children, health, public health and the environment. CPCHE partners have been working together since 2001 to protect children’s health from environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals by moving children’s environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service-provider organizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public.

CPCHE’s newest publication, Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors, is designed to assist child care practitioners and public health inspectors in identifying practical steps to reduce potentially harmful exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants in child care settings.

This user-friendly checklist, supplemented by supporting information and resources, addresses environmental health issues in a variety of typical indoor and outdoor settings. The ideas and suggestions included in the resource – ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a scent-free policy or composting program – can help a child care centre go beyond regulatory requirements to create healthier indoor and outdoor environments for the children in their care.

Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors is available for purchase from CPCHE or for free download from the CPCHE website at: www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca.

Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE)

Posted on January 29, 2010

The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) is a multi-sectoral collaboration of twelve organizations including Toronto Public Health, with expertise in issues related to children, health, public health and the environment. CPCHE partners have been working together since 2001 to protect children’s health from environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals by moving children’s environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service-provider organizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public.

CPCHE’s newest publication, Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors, is designed to assist child care practitioners and public health inspectors in identifying practical steps to reduce potentially harmful exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants in child care settings.

This user-friendly checklist, supplemented by supporting information and resources, addresses environmental health issues in a variety of typical indoor and outdoor settings. The ideas and suggestions included in the resource – ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a scent-free policy or composting program – can help a child care centre go beyond regulatory requirements to create healthier indoor and outdoor environments for the children in their care.

Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings: A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors is available for purchase from CPCHE or for free download from the CPCHE website at: www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca.

Toronto launches green initiatives designed to build a more sustainable city

Posted on January 29, 2010

On January 31, 2010, the City of Toronto introduced two initiatives designed to help ‘green’ Toronto: the Toronto Green Standard and Green Roof Bylaw. These initiatives relate to sustainable site and building design for new development with an aim to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. www.toronto.ca/greendevelopment

Items of Interest

Posted on January 29, 2010

Toronto businesses must report use of toxic chemicals

Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, is reminding businesses that the City’s Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code 423) took effect January 1. The bylaw is part of a new City program called ChemTRAC, which requires local business owners to track and report their use of toxic chemicals.

To meet that goal, the ChemTRAC program, in addition to tracking and reporting requirements, will

• support local facilities with green business strategies, and

• provide residents with information about toxic chemicals in the community.

ChemTRAC reporting requirements will be phased in over three years. The first phase starts tracking toxic chemical use and release in 2010, and begins annual reporting in 2011. The business sectors in Phase 1 include food and beverage manufacturing, printing and publishing, power generation, chemical manufacturing, wood industries and water treatment.

In 2011, Phase 2 business sectors are required to track their chemical use and release, and report in 2012. These businesses include chemical wholesale, dry cleaning, laundry services, funeral services, waste management and remediation, medical and diagnostic laboratories, auto repair and maintenance.

Phase 3 captures all other business sectors covered by the bylaw. These sectors are required to begin tracking in 2012 and reporting in 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/chemtrac, e-mail chemtrac@toronto.ca, or phone 416-338-7600.

Cyclists take to the Martin Goodman Trail for Coldest Day of the Year Ride

Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City of Toronto’s Cycling Committee (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), and other cycling enthusiasts will participate in the “Coldest Day of the Year Ride”- riding their bikes on the Martin Goodman Trail to demonstrate the benefits of biking in winter.

Councillor Heaps will speak prior to the ride.

Date: Saturday, January 30

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Martin Goodman Trail

Near Sunnyside Pavilion Café

1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence – the Green Toronto Awards

Nominations are now open for the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence – the Green Toronto Awards. Submit your nomination and help us recognize the people, organizations and companies leading the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto. Winners will receive a prestigious Green Toronto Award and $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

The deadline for nominations is February 12, 2010.

Award categories

Nominations are accepted in nine award categories. We are excited to introduce a new award category this year – Local Food.

Community Projects

Energy Conservation

Environmental Awareness

Green Design

Green Roof

Leadership

Local Food

Water Efficiency

Youth

More details about all the award categories are available at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards

Online nomination form

Submit your nominations using our online form. It’s easy! More information about how to apply and an online nomination form is available at www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.

Dufferin Underpass Update

Posted on January 15, 2010

The Dufferin Underpass is expected to be complete by the end of July, 2010. Break-through of the Queen Street wall will take place in mid-to-end of February.

As part of this project I have negotiated the installation of a park at north/west corner of Queen. I have attached a draft of the park design. If anyone has any questions or suggestions regarding plantings please contact my office.

As you know Luis Jacob (Toronto) was selected for his proposal “The Hall of Community Spirits.”It is hoped the 16-18 colourful tie-dyed panels will transform the industrial transportation structure of the Dufferin Underpass into an imaginative and inspiring space for decades to come.

Finally, I would like to advise folks that the rail bridges over Queen Street will be raised by approximately 90cm to their final elevations over the weekend of January 23rd and 24th. Queen Street will be closed to vehicles for that weekend. Pedestrians will still be able to pass through. All necessary permits have been secured. (Similar procedure to the last closure).

 

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Keele Street Subway Station Construction Update

Posted on January 15, 2010

The south portion of the Keele Station Commuter Parking Lot was reopened for customer’s use on Sunday, January 10, 2010. Approx 52 spaces are available.

The automated east entrance (off Indian Grove) between the station and the parking lot has also been reopened.

At this point in time, we anticipate the lot to be fully opened in April 2010.

2010 Interim Property Tax Billing

Posted on January 15, 2010

Please be advised that the City of Toronto’s 2010 Interim Property Tax Bills will be sent out starting January 11th 2010.

For more information about your 2010 Interim Property Tax Billing please call 416-398-4829.

Roncesvalles Construction Notice

Posted on January 15, 2010

The intersection of Roncesvalles Avenue and Neepawa Avenue will be closed for approximately one week, starting on Monday, January 18, 2010 and extending to Monday, January 25, 2010 in order for Varcon to install their sanitary sewer crossing from the centre of Roncesvalles Avenue to the first easterly maintenance hole on Neepawa Avenue.

Neepawa Avenue will be temporarily converted into a two-way for this time. Public Notice has been sent to residents on Neepawa Avenue.

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