Coping with a heat wave -advice from Toronto Emergency Medical Services

Posted on July 21, 2011

Toronto’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is reminding the public to take precautions during the heat wave.

“We’re seeing more patients than normal, and we want people to take some simple steps to stay safe and healthy in the heat,”said EMS Chief Paul Raftis. “As the heat wave continues, your physical coping mechanisms begin to break down, especially for the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.”

Tips

– Drink lots of plain water or natural fruit juices to help you stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink.

– Stay out of the sun and avoid exercising during the heat of the day, particularly from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Check on elderly or infirm relatives and neighbours. If you have not spoken to someone who you are normally in contact with, phone them or drop by to make sure they are safe and healthy.

– If you do not have air conditioning, try to visit a cool location such as a library, community centre or designated cooling centre. Even a couple of hours in a cool environment will help your body cope. Locations of air-conditioned places and cooling centres: http://www.toronto.ca/health/heatalerts/beatheat_ac_places.htm

– If you start to develop symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, headache, lethargy or muscle cramping, find a cool environment and try to drink two or three glasses of cool water.

– Call 911 if you or someone you know is showing significant symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain or fainting.

For more information, call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or visit the EMS web page for tips at http://torontoems.ca/main-site/careers/safety-tips/hot-weather.html.

 

July Parkdale Bazaar

Posted on July 21, 2011

Parkdale Community Development Group (PCDG) welcomes you back to the Parkdale Bazaar. Located at the Parkdale Town Square (intersection of Queen West and Cowan Avenue), the latest edition of the bazaar will be held on July 23 from 11am to 5pm. Click here for the media release.

 

 

 

Parkdale Then & Now Festival

Posted on July 21, 2011

On Saturday July 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the streets of Parkdale Village will be bustling as we celebrate Parkdale Then & Now, a summer community festival!

Featuring 7 Parkdale Then & Now Performance Zones, the day will be jam packed with a variety of fantastic local musical talent and entertainment, vintage cars, and community vendors. Come out to Parkdale Village (Queen Street West between Roncesvalles and Dufferin), and check out Parkdale’s Sidewalk Sale, Elm Grove’s Summer Market, PCDG’s Parkdale Bazaar, and much, much more!

Here is a brief description of the Parkdale Then & Now Zones! More information can be found on Parkdale Then & Now’s Facebook Page at http://tinyurl.com/5tsyndm. Check out what Parkdale Then & Now Festival has in store!

 

Parkdale Then & Now Festival

Posted on July 21, 2011

On Saturday July 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the streets of Parkdale Village will be bustling as we celebrate Parkdale Then & Now, a summer community festival!

Featuring 7 Parkdale Then & Now Performance Zones, the day will be jam packed with a variety of fantastic local musical talent and entertainment, vintage cars, and community vendors. Come out to Parkdale Village (Queen Street West between Roncesvalles and Dufferin), and check out Parkdale’s Sidewalk Sale, Elm Grove’s Summer Market, PCDG’s Parkdale Bazaar, and much, much more!

Here is a brief description of the Parkdale Then & Now Zones! More information can be found on Parkdale Then & Now’s Facebook Page at http://tinyurl.com/5tsyndm. Check out what Parkdale Then & Now Festival has in store!

 

Close-Sprinhurst Parkette meeting notice

Posted on July 21, 2011

I will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 26th at 7 PM at Close-Springhurst Parkette to view concept designs for a young children’s playground in the Close-Springhurst Parkette.

Should you have any questions, please contact my staff: Karen Duffy at 416-338-5174 or duffyk@toronto.ca

Please click here for the flyer: Close-Springhurst

Dufferin Street Bridges EA update

Posted on July 21, 2011

Notice of Completion
On June 14, 2011 City Council authorized staff to issue a Notice of Completion and to file the Environmental Study Report for the Dufferin Street Bridges Class Environmental Assessment Study in the public record for 30 days in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. The Notice of Completion was issued in the Parkdale Liberty community newspaper on July 14 & 21, 2011.

The ESR is available for public review and formal comment starting July 15, 2011 and ending August 15, 2011. You are invited to download the ESR files below or view a printed version of the documents in one of three locations:

  • Urban Affairs Library
    Metro Hall, 55 John Street, south of King
    Tel: 416-397-7241
  • Parkdale Library
    1303 Queen Street West
    T el: 416-393-7686
  • City Clerk’s Office
    City Hall, 12th fl., West tower
    100 Queen Street West
    Tel: 416-392-8016

http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/dufferin_bridges/

If you have any comments or concerns regarding this study, please contact:

Jason Diceman
Public Consultation Unit
City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Floor, 55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2830
Fax: 416-392-2974
TTY: 416-397-0831
Email: jdicema@toronto.ca

 

REMINDER: Ward 14 Environment Day this Saturday

Posted on July 14, 2011

I will be hosting our annual Ward 14 Community Environment Day on Saturday July 16th on Wabash Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual Community Environment Days educate the public on the importance of re-using, re-cycling and safe disposal of unwanted household items. Household hazardous waste and electronics will be accepted for recycling or proper disposal. Recycling containers will be available for purchase, exchange for broken ones, or free to new residents with proof of new residency and ID). There will be free compost for residents.

The City of Toronto requests that cars not be parked on Wabash Avenue from 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th, to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th, to ensure public safety and facilitate the movement of people attending the event as well as the safe pick up of blue boxes and drop-off of materials.

I hope you and your family will join me to celebrate Environment Day on Saturday, July 16th. Please spread the word to your neighbours.

For more information please visit: www.toronto.ca/environment_days

Community Environment Day flyer

 

Mandatory Downspout Disconnection

Posted on July 14, 2011

As you may be aware, City Council, in 2007, approved amendments to Chapter 681 of the Toronto Municipal Code making downspout disconnection mandatory in the combined sewer service area of the city and, in 2008, approved the amendment for all other areas of the city.

If you haven’t already, get ready to disconnect your downspouts … it’s mandatory

If your downspouts have not been disconnected, rainwater runs off your roof and flows through your eavestroughs into a downspout that carries it directly into the sewer system. During heavy rainfall, the sewers become overloaded, increasing the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.

To help solve the problem, the City will soon require all property owners to disconnect their downspouts from the sewer system.

The new bylaw will take effect on November 20, 2011 for properties in the central area of the city where stormwater and sanitary drainage are combined into a single pipe. All property owners who receive this notice are required to disconnect their downspouts by November 20 of this year. The bylaw will be phased in across the remaining parts of the city over the next five years. A detailed map showing the three phases can be found at toronto.ca/water.

You can disconnect your downspout(s) on your own. Or you can seek the advice and services of a City-licensed and experienced eavestrough contractor or other experienced professional. Read the enclosed brochure for what to consider before disconnecting plus other helpful tips.

It’s important to take action and comply with the bylaw. In cases where it’s not technically feasible to disconnect your downspout or it would create a hazard, you can apply to the City for an exemption.

The City may also provide financial assistance to low-income property owners.

For more information on mandatory downspout disconnection, visit toronto.ca/water or call 311. toronto.ca/water

MDDP Notice to Homeowners

MDDP Brochure

MDDP Qs & As

 

 

Items of Interest

Posted on July 7, 2011

Live Green Toronto Festival
What do you get when you mix hundreds of green products and services with live music and great local foods – and invite everyone in Toronto?  The Live Green Toronto Festival!

The sixth annual celebration of all things green – the Live Green Toronto Festival – will take place on Saturday, July 16 (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Toronto’s largest outdoor green festival brings hundreds of green products and services, live music, buskers, and more to the streets of Toronto every year!  Stroll through the exhibits, sample locally grown foods, check out the TD Kids’ Zone, and catch some of Canada’s hottest musical acts on the Canadian Tire Main Stage.

Enjoy a dazzling musical line-up including performances by Classified, Crash Test Dummies, Lowest of the Low, Meagan Smith, and many more!

See detailed flyer here: LivegreenFest , and more information is available on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/greentorontofestival.

Final opportunity to honour achievements in human rights
The City of Toronto is seeking nominations for the 2011 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding contribution of residents in building an inclusive and equitable city. Nominees must be residents of the city of Toronto.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, July 11.

Aboriginal Affairs Award honours the volunteer contributions made by person(s) or organizations whose efforts have made or are making a significant or ongoing contribution to the well-being and advancement of the Aboriginal community in Toronto.

Access Award for Disability Issues recognizes a significant contribution towards improving access for people with disabilities in Toronto. “Access” can include designing new or renovated structures; an employment, recreation or leisure program; a transportation system; or anything that contributes significantly to people with disabilities living independently.

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women recognizes person(s) who have made a significant contribution to improving the social, economic, cultural and political status of women in Toronto and who have encouraged others in their efforts to achieve equality and to remove barriers.

Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two Spirited Issues honours the volunteer contributions of person(s) or organizations whose efforts have been significant for the well-being and advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and two spirited community in Toronto.

William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, named for Toronto’s first African-Canadian Councillor, first elected in 1894. The City gives this award to a person or persons whose outstanding achievement and commitment has fostered a positive race relations environment in Toronto and has encouraged others to become actively involved in the elimination of racism and prejudice.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.toronto.ca/civicawards or by calling 311 (TTY: 416-338-0889).

 

Ward 14 Community Environment Day Reminder!!

Posted on July 7, 2011

I will be hosting our annual Ward 14 Community Environment Day on Saturday July 16th on Wabash Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The annual Community Environment Days educate the public on the importance of re-using, re-cycling and safe disposal of unwanted household items. Household hazardous waste and electronics will be accepted for recycling or proper disposal. Recycling containers will be available for purchase, exchange for broken ones, or free to new residents with proof of new residency and ID). There will be free compost for residents -in addition to compost provided in the spring on Ward 14 Community Compost Day at Baird Park & Masaryk-Cowan.

The City of Toronto requests that cars not be parked on Wabash Avenue from 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th, to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th, to ensure public safety and facilitate the movement of people attending the event as well as the safe pick up of blue boxes and drop-off of materials.

I hope you and your family will join me to celebrate Environment Day on Saturday, July 16th. Please spread the word to your neighbours. I believe that events like this make our community an even better place to live, work and play! Click here for the flyer: CEDFLYERPerks

For more information please visit: www.toronto.ca/environment_days

 

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