An Ontario program started to take applications in October 2015 called Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) to give some relief to individuals and families with high electricity bills. The program is for eligible low-income households across the province to receive a credit on their electricity bills in 2016. To qualify for this credit is depends on the amount of people living in your home and the combined annual income. In order to get approved you must apply on the Ontario Energy Board website and follow the instructions. Once you do get approval it will automatically be reduced from your bill as soon as six to eight weeks later. You must re-apply every two years to continue to get the credit. There are higher levels of assistance for electrically heated homes or where there is a reliance on medical devices using a lot of power.
You can follow this link or call to get more information or to apply to the program:
Monday November 2nd, 7 PM
Parkdale United Church, 171 Dunn Ave, at King St. West
As you may be aware, the bylaw that allows for the temporary parking of motor vehicles on the boulevard or front yard during the CNE, in place since 1982, on the following streets will be discussed at the community meeting on November 2nd, 2015:
- Cowan Avenue between Springhurst Avenue and the south end
- Spencer Avenue between Springhurst Avenue and the south end
- Springhurst Avenue between Fort Rouille Street and Dunn Avenue
- Thorburn Avenue, entire length, and
- Tyndall Avenue between Thorburn Avenue and the south end
The bylaw, http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/municode/1184_918.pdf has raised concerns from many of you about the impact of temporary parking currently allowed on private property in South Parkdale during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).
You have raised concerns about the volume of traffic looking for a parking spot on a private lot , the ‘street permit parking‘ space left vacant to provide driveway access to a private lot, vehicles driving over curbs to enter private property spots causing safety issues for pedestrians, and more.
The Staff report is now available online http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.54 to review prior to the community meeting. The report is will be presented at the November 10th Toronto and East York Community Council.
I hope you can attend the community meeting. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or if you are unable to attend but would like to stay informed. Please share this reminder with your neighbours.
Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park