UPDATE: Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Posted on August 24, 2015

Dear Friends,

Climate change is one of the most critical issues of our time, and we need to work together to build an environmentally responsible city. To address this urgent problem, the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation is working to advance various strategies to reduce Toronto’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and reach City Council’s target.

As Chair of the Subcommittee, and on behalf of its members, I am emailing you to update you on the status of the Subcommittee and provide you with information on how you can continue to get involved.

A series of TalkTransformation! events are being held throughout the upcoming Fall and Winter months in order to generate effective strategies and policies to deal with urban climate change mitigation and adaptation. The events will feature innovative, knowledgeable speakers from a diverse range of fields, hosted by a member of the Climate Change Subcommittee, to incite meaningful discussions about climate change and carbon reduction in Toronto.

The first event will focus on Toronto’s climate change resiliency and adaptation strategies, and has been scheduled for September 24, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30PM, at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto.

The City is also seeking the public’s input on what questions and topics the experts should discuss at these events. Here is a link to this online workbook: https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/TransformTO/

You can learn more about TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable, and Prosperous Toronto at: http://toronto.ca/transformto

In the meantime, we believe it is crucial that you, as members of the public and leaders in civic action, stay involved. We urge you to continue working individually or in your community groups to come up with ideas on reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions.

I thank you for your contribution to this important initiative. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns about the Subcommittee or the work that is being done.

Sincerely,

Councillor Gord Perks

Gerogetown South Construction Update – Overnight Work – August 25 to 30

Posted on August 24, 2015

Overnight Work – August 25 to 30
What GO transit are doing
• Finalizing the exterior finish on the station building.
• Work will take place from on Tuesday, August 25 until Sunday, August 30 from 1:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
• Due to the proximity of the work area to the tracks, this work can only be completed during when trains are not operating.
How this will affect you
• Residents living nearby can expect some noise associated with hammer drills used for installation of concrete fasteners.
• Lights will be used overnight to ensure safe working conditions. However, they will be focused away from nearby residences as much as possible.

Your Community Relations team is Mandeep, Carmen and Salza
901 King Street West ● 416-581-1300
gts@gotransit.com ● gotransit.com/gts ● @GTS_Project
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The Historic Houses of Parkdale

Posted on August 24, 2015

Structures episode on “The Historic Houses of Parkdale”

Premiering

Monday, August 24th @ 10pm

You can Watch it Again!

Tuesday, August 25 @8:30am, 11am & 4pm

Wednesday, August 26 @ 4:30pm & 9pm

Thursday, August 27 @ 8:30am & 2:30pm

Friday, August 28 @ 2am

Only on RogersTV channel 10 & 63 in Scarborough

2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit – Wednesday, Sept 16

Posted on August 20, 2015

2015 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

TTC Board, TTC Staff, and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) will be on hand to hear from the public about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door (Wheel-Trans) public transit services in Toronto.

Date and Location
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Allstream Centre
Exhibition Place – 105 Princes’ Boulevard

One-on-One Discussions:
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Open Public Forum:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Topics
Discussion of previous Public Forum concerns and progress made.
Review of new service initiatives.
Opportunity for the community to voice concerns or suggestions for accessible transit improvement.
How to Get There
An accessible shuttle bus will be available from Bathurst Station starting at 5:00 p.m. Regularly scheduled accessible streetcar service is also available on the 509 Harbourfront route from Union Station to the nearest stop to the Allstream Centre at Strachan Avenue.

Wheel-Trans customers may book trips to the Public Forum starting one week prior to the event.

Please note that all return trips will be organized after the event finishes at 9:00 p.m. and will not be scheduled in advance.

Accommodations
Attendants, ASL interpreters, and captioning will be available.

Learn more
The 2015 Accessibility Plan Status Report summarizes the TTC’s current activities to improve the accessibility of its facilities and services.
https://www.ttc.ca/TTC_Accessibility/Accessible_Transit_Services_Plan/Accessible_Service_Transit_Plan_2015/index.jsp

The 2014 Public Forum on Accessible Transit page summarizes issues raised during the 2014 Public Forum and staff responses.
https://www.ttc.ca/TTC_Accessibility/Public_Forum_on_Accessible_Transit/2014/index.jsp

Can’t Attend?
Please contact TTC Customer Service with your accessibility feedback. A survey will also be available here on the TTC website closer to the event, or you can follow the conversation on Twitter #TTCAccess

https://www.ttc.ca/TTC_Accessibility/Public_Forum_on_Accessible_Transit/2015_Public_Forum_on_Accessible_Transit.jsp

LEAF's Backyard Tree Planting Program

Posted on August 20, 2015

LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program to help you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service.

Or, if you want to plant in your front or side yard (or just like to get your hands dirty), try the Do-It-Yourself version of the program. For $100 to $150 per tree, you’ll receive access to online tree care and maintenance video workshops, personalized advice from arborists by email, and a tree delivered right to your door!

Native shrubs and garden kits are also available. The program is available to homeowners, multi-units, and businesses across Toronto.

For more information on how the program works or to book a consultation, visit www.yourleaf.org

LEAF’s Backyard Tree Planting Program

Posted on August 20, 2015

LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program to help you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service.

Or, if you want to plant in your front or side yard (or just like to get your hands dirty), try the Do-It-Yourself version of the program. For $100 to $150 per tree, you’ll receive access to online tree care and maintenance video workshops, personalized advice from arborists by email, and a tree delivered right to your door!

Native shrubs and garden kits are also available. The program is available to homeowners, multi-units, and businesses across Toronto.

For more information on how the program works or to book a consultation, visit www.yourleaf.org

Registration for Fall & Winter Recreation Programs – Sept 12

Posted on August 20, 2015

Registration for City of Toronto’s fall and winter recreation programs begins September 12

Registration for fall and some winter City of Toronto community recreation programs begins at 7 a.m. on September 12 in Etobicoke/York, September 13 in Scarborough, September 17 in North York and September 16 in Toronto and East York districts.

Residents should note registration dates, select programs that are of interest and decide on their method of payment before registering for fall and winter recreation programs. Those who wish to register for programs will need a family number and a client number for each member of the family. Before registration day, call 416-338-4386 or speak with staff at a City community centre to get these numbers.

To explore recreation program options, visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or pick up a FUN Guide at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries.

The City of Toronto is committed to increasing access to recreational activities by offering yearly credits, free programs and older adult discounts, as described below.

Yearly credit (Welcome Policy)

The City of Toronto offers a yearly credit, called the Welcome Policy, for residents with low incomes. The credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp.

Free programs

Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is  available at http://bit.ly/1At00bg.

Older adult discounts

Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount.

New! Self receipting

The City of Toronto has improved its registration process by adding a fast and easy way to access receipts. Receipts are no longer mailed out. Participants can review and print their own receipts. More information is available at  http://www.efun.toronto.ca.

Email information

Participants are asked to update their email address if it has changed by logging into their account at http://www.efun.toronto.ca, or by calling 416-338-4386 for assistance.

Registration for Fall & Winter Recreation Programs – Sept 12

Posted on August 20, 2015

Registration for City of Toronto’s fall and winter recreation programs begins September 12

Registration for fall and some winter City of Toronto community recreation programs begins at 7 a.m. on September 12 in Etobicoke/York, September 13 in Scarborough, September 17 in North York and September 16 in Toronto and East York districts.

Residents should note registration dates, select programs that are of interest and decide on their method of payment before registering for fall and winter recreation programs. Those who wish to register for programs will need a family number and a client number for each member of the family. Before registration day, call 416-338-4386 or speak with staff at a City community centre to get these numbers.

To explore recreation program options, visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or pick up a FUN Guide at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries.

The City of Toronto is committed to increasing access to recreational activities by offering yearly credits, free programs and older adult discounts, as described below.

Yearly credit (Welcome Policy)

The City of Toronto offers a yearly credit, called the Welcome Policy, for residents with low incomes. The credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp.

Free programs

Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is  available at http://bit.ly/1At00bg.

Older adult discounts

Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount.

New! Self receipting

The City of Toronto has improved its registration process by adding a fast and easy way to access receipts. Receipts are no longer mailed out. Participants can review and print their own receipts. More information is available at  http://www.efun.toronto.ca.

Email information

Participants are asked to update their email address if it has changed by logging into their account at http://www.efun.toronto.ca, or by calling 416-338-4386 for assistance.

Parkdale & Roncesvalles Historical Societies – Wed, August 26th

Posted on August 19, 2015

To mark 400 years since first contact between Europeans and First Nations in our area Parkdale Village & Roncesvalles Historical Societies present:

The Shared Path

Amateur historians of the Parkdale and Roncesvalles historical societies will present an overview of local history around the arrival of Etienne Brulé. Free event.

Wednesday, August 26th
6:30 – 8:00 pm,
High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles

Parkdale Village Historical Society, http://pvhs.info
http://rvhsociety.blogspot.ca

Parkdale & Roncesvalles Historical Societies – Wed, August 26th

Posted on August 19, 2015

To mark 400 years since first contact between Europeans and First Nations in our area Parkdale Village & Roncesvalles Historical Societies present:

The Shared Path

Amateur historians of the Parkdale and Roncesvalles historical societies will present an overview of local history around the arrival of Etienne Brulé. Free event.

Wednesday, August 26th
6:30 – 8:00 pm,
High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles

Parkdale Village Historical Society, http://pvhs.info
http://rvhsociety.blogspot.ca

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