High Park Stewards: SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 IS OUR LAST INVASIVE SPECIES SESSION THIS SUMMER!

Posted on August 26, 2016

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 28 IS OUR LAST INVASIVE SPECIES SESSION THIS SUMMER!

Don’t worry, we still have a full working schedule in the fall.
September provides some variety:
Sept 11: Fall Planting
Sept 25: Seed Collection
October and November will be spent Buckthorn Busting
Please read below for other activities.

Instead of the usual photo of weeds, here’s one that shows why we do this.

We will be working from 10:30 to around 12:30. We work rain or shine protecting our restoration sites, but not during lightning storms. Meet us at 10:30 in front of the Grenadier Restaurant. A small group may also be working in the Boulevard Beds.

The location and the targets are TBA based on need. If possible and necessary we will be watering our new planting site. The usual suspects in August are Hedge Parsley, Tall Sweet White Clover, Ragweed and Himalayan Balsam but there are many other possibilities. Any amount of work is really useful and needed.

Get ready for fall/winter recreation program registration in Toronto

Posted on August 26, 2016

Get ready for fall/winter recreation program registration in Toronto

 

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to get ready for September community recreation registration days. Registration occurs over four days in September and includes fall recreation, skating and swim programs as well as ski and some winter recreation programs. This September, over 27,000 programs are available in 248 community centres, pools and arenas.

 

Get Ready!

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 in Etobicoke/York; Sunday, September 11 in Scarborough; Tuesday, September 13 in North York; and Wednesday, September 14 in Toronto and East York districts.

 

Planning ahead makes registration easier. Prior to registration day, residents should visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun to:

  • Build a list of choices (program titles and barcodes) using the website or the printed FUN Guide
  • Have your family number and client numbers ready
  • Have a payment method ready or credit on your account, if fees apply

 

The number of online registrations increased from 88 per cent last summer to more than 91 per cent completed this past June.

 

Registering online is the easiest and fastest way to plan for fall and winter recreation. In June, 72 per cent of users were able to log in to the registration system in 15 minutes or less and, on average, each registration was completed in just over seven minutes.

 

Those who wish to register for programs will need to set up an account. Call 416-338-4386, e-mail pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number, update your account information, put a credit on your account or request information on the Welcome Policy. Recreation staff will also be available in-person to help with accounts and recreation planning. Check at your local community centre for designated hours.

 

Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy 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://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

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

Another Opportunity to Comment on the Toronto Ward Boundary Review

Posted on August 26, 2016

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) team is seeking feedback from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items outlined in the Toronto Ward Boundary Review Additional Information Report:

 

  • REVISED OPTION 2 which has 44 wards and incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August – November 2015; and;
  • A WARD OPTION that is aligned, where possible, with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.

 

This information was requested by the City of Toronto Executive Committee at its meeting on May 24, 2016. Based on the input received, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting on October 26, 2016.

 

Participate

There are two ways to provide comments:

o   Sept 14th, 2016. 7-9pm. Metro Hall

o   Sept 15th, 2016. 7-9pm. Scarborough Civic Centre

o   Sept 19th, 2016. 7-9pm. North York Civic Centre

o   Sept 21st, 2016. 7-9pm. Etobicoke Civic Centre

 

Project Background & Timeline

From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect opinions on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report (May 2016) summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.

 

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More information can be found at www.drawthelines.ca

Toronto Tree Bylaws – How to recognize and report contraventions of our Street Tree and Private Tree Bylaws

Posted on August 26, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:30p.m.8:30p.m.

Cost: Free
Registration Recommended

Location:
Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John St
Toronto, ONM5V 3C6
Canada

As citizens we can play an important role in helping the City of Toronto enforce our tree bylaws. Join us for a presentation and Q&A with:

Mark Ventresca, Supervisor
Arthur Beauregard, Manager
Urban Forestry Tree Protection & Plan Review
Directions, parking and accessibility info

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Municipal Licensing and Standards: Responsible dog ownership information campaign launch

Posted on August 26, 2016

Municipal Licensing and Standards and Parks, Forestry and Recreation launches responsible dog owner campaign

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to be responsible pet owners and keep their dogs on a leash at all times. In addition to increased bylaw enforcement in parks, changes in shifts and “zero tolerance” for dogs off-leash, a communications campaign is being launched with Parks to educate residents about their responsibilities when having pets in the city.

Components of the campaign include: advertising in Parks Fun Guide, transit posters in TTC shelters (print and digital – see image below). Other components include: posters, Dogs Off Leash 101 public education piece, information on website, postcards and social media campaign.

 

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West Neighbourhood House – Sailing Program

Posted on August 15, 2016

 

West Neighbourhood House Newcomer Youth Program is offering an all week Sailing Trip for girls ages 13 to 24, next week from August 22 to 26th. Please share this with your youth and families. For more information, please see the flyer attached. To register, contact Jovie: 647-268-4417 or joviega@westnh.org

 

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Public input sought on licensing of Toronto's rental apartment buildings

Posted on August 15, 2016

 

The City of Toronto is seeking public input on a licensing framework for rental apartment buildings.

 

The intended goal of the licensing framework is to build on the current Multi-Residential Apartment Building Audit Program by promoting best practices in building maintenance, strengthening enforcement of property standards violations, and improving tenant engagement and access to information.

 

The public and stakeholders will have an opportunity to:

  • contribute to establishing goals and objectives for a licensing framework
  • create recommendations related to current challenges and/or gaps in regulation; rules governing the operations of rental apartment buildings such as maintenance and cleaning plans; enhancement of the current building audit program, including enforcement of property standards; and improved public access to information about rental buildings, and
  • submit their own recommendations for improving tenant living conditions.

 

The City will hold the consultation meetings at the following times and places to obtain public input:

  • Wednesday, August 17: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 308/309, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20: Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23: Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 24: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Meeting Room 1/2/3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25: East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30: Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31: Scarborough Village Community Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

 

Staff will report to the Tenant Issues Committee and the Licensing and Standards Committee this fall on consultation findings and the proposed program.

Public input sought on licensing of Toronto’s rental apartment buildings

Posted on August 15, 2016

 

The City of Toronto is seeking public input on a licensing framework for rental apartment buildings.

 

The intended goal of the licensing framework is to build on the current Multi-Residential Apartment Building Audit Program by promoting best practices in building maintenance, strengthening enforcement of property standards violations, and improving tenant engagement and access to information.

 

The public and stakeholders will have an opportunity to:

  • contribute to establishing goals and objectives for a licensing framework
  • create recommendations related to current challenges and/or gaps in regulation; rules governing the operations of rental apartment buildings such as maintenance and cleaning plans; enhancement of the current building audit program, including enforcement of property standards; and improved public access to information about rental buildings, and
  • submit their own recommendations for improving tenant living conditions.

 

The City will hold the consultation meetings at the following times and places to obtain public input:

  • Wednesday, August 17: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 308/309, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20: Broadlands Community Centre, 19 Castlegrove Blvd., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23: Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 24: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Meeting Room 1/2/3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25: East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30: Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31: Scarborough Village Community Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 

More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

 

Staff will report to the Tenant Issues Committee and the Licensing and Standards Committee this fall on consultation findings and the proposed program.

UPDATE – Dufferin Street Bridge Widening Work

Posted on August 9, 2016

As you know, Metrolinx has awarded a contract for the expansion of the Dufferin Street Bridge at Queen Street West and Dufferin Street The bridge expansion is required to accommodate the additional track needed for the Barrie corridor. As part of this work, they will be incorporating an extension of the Railpath multi-use trail, as well as other local amenities.

Metrolinx has now confirmed dates of lane reductions and closures as part of this work. They are as follows:

•       Lane reduction – (one north lane and one south lane closed) – August 2 to August 19
•       Full road closure –  (no access through Dufferin Street at the bridge) – September 8 to October 8

Just a reminder there will be no lane reductions or road closures during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) period from August 19 to September 5.

Metrolinx has worked with the City of Toronto in developing a traffic management plan to redirect pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles during the full closure of Dufferin Street West. Appropriate signage will be in place to redirect those using the road.

Please share this information with your neighbours. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Capan at 416-202-4732 or email Jennifer.capan@gotransit.com.

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