High Park Buckthorn Busting

Posted on October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; repeats on November 13 and 27
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Buckthorn is one of the worst invasives in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours.

The final session, on November 27, will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

For more information:
http://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

Consultation on the Future of Canada Post

Posted on October 17, 2016

The federal government appointed an independent task force earlier this year to identify options for the future of Canada Post. It said that everything but postal privatization would be on the table. This fall, a parliamentary committee will be consulting with Canadians on postal service and the options identified by the task force. It will make recommendations to the government by year’s end.

Let the committee know what your key issues are:

• Getting your home mail delivery back?
• Keeping your public post office?
• Greening the post office?
• Creating services that support seniors and people with disabilities?
• Bringing back our postal bank for more inclusive, accessible financial services for everyone?

Have your say on the future of Canada Post by:

1) Filling out an online survey from September 26 to October 21, 2016 at:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/OGGO/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=8913079
Paper surveys are available upon request.

2) Attending one of the public consultations being held across the country. For more information, go to: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=e&Mode=1&Parl=42&Ses=1&DocId=8391013

You can get updates and more information at CUPW.ca/canadapostreview

Mad Pride Garage Sale

Posted on October 17, 2016

MAD Pride Toronto is having a fundraising garage sale in Sorauren Park on Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30am-2pm. There will be all sorts of treasures for sale and you can even visit the annual Pumpkin Sale, which will be happening simultaneously! Their flyer can be found here: Mad Pride Garage Sale.

Toronto Sport Summit Nov 19th

Posted on October 17, 2016

Hello friends,

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Sports Council and Humber College to organize a Toronto Sport Summit on Saturday, November 19th at Humber College (North Campus), 9:00am-3:00pm.

This is a great opportunity for Toronto community-sport leaders to contribute to the development of the City of Toronto Sport Plan, hear the latest updates on the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Facilities Master Plan and Toronto Sports Council news, peruse the Sport Marketplace, hear from one of Canada’s most decorated Paralympians – Benoit Huot, listen to panelists discuss the latest sport trends, hot topics, best practices and more.

Registration is now open, and the flyer has been attached here:Toronto Sport Summit Nov 19.

Should you have any questions, or require further detail, please do not hesitate to contact Cathy Vincelli, City of Toronto Sport Plan at cvincel@toronto.ca.

Dundas Roncesvalles Planning Study – Walking Tour Reminder

Posted on October 17, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

Friends,

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/roncesvallesdundas .

A Walking Tour with City Planning staff will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM. 

We will meet at Grafton Avenue Park, southeast corner of Grafton and Roncesvalles Avenues, walk north along Roncesvalles to Dundas,  and continue east on Dundas to Sorauren Avenue.

Your input is important to this process.

To register for the walking tour, please contact the City Planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or apelt@toronto.ca.

If you are unable to attend this walking tour, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at apelt@toronto.ca.

I hope to see you on October 27th.

Gord

PRESTO Update

Posted on October 17, 2016

The PRESTO rollout continues across the TTC. Forty subway stations, 14 of which have the new fare gates, more than 1,300 buses and all new and legacy streetcars have PRESTO readers.

Fare gate construction
-Fare gate construction is underway at High Park, Runnymede, Jane, Glencairn, North York Centre, St. Clair West – Heath Street entrance, Eglinton West, Summerhill, Wilson, Warden, Lawrence West, Bessarion, Bayview, Lawrence, Victoria Park and Eglinton

-Construction is set to begin at Rosedale on Oct. 5

-The focus of the fare gate construction for 2016 will be on main entrances. Automatic entrances will be done in 2017. Also in 2017, the TTC will complete the installation of fare gates at those stations that currently have PRESTO readers on TTC turnstiles

PRESTO on buses
-More than 1,300 buses and 77 routes have PRESTO

-By the end of 2016, all TTC buses, including Wheel-Trans vehicles and accessible taxis will have PRESTO readers. The accessible sedans will get PRESTO in 2017.

-Until such time as all buses are PRESTO enabled, customers who have PRESTO cards should carry tokens or exact cash, in case the bus that arrives doesn’t have readers installed.

-PRESTO customers transferring to another bus should take a paper transfer.

TTC fare products on PRESTO
-TTC pass products will not be available on PRESTO until sometime in 2017.

-Customers will still be able to purchase individual Metropasses and Metropass Discount Plan customers will still receive cards in 2017. Customers will be provided with advanced notice when it’s time to transition from a Metropass to PRESTO.

-Tokens and tickets will be accepted in 2017. The TTC will stop selling them before they stop accepting them. More information will be provided on ttc.ca when it is available.

-New Photo ID requirements approved by the TTC Board will be introduced alongside PRESTO concessions later in 2017.

-Limited Use Media (i.e. single ride) paper PRESTO cards will be available sometime in 2017. These will also be distributed to social service agencies, school boards and other organizations that hand out tokens and tickets today.
General PRESTO information

-PRESTO cards can be purchased online at prestocard.ca, by phone at 1-800-855-0511 or in person at select Gateway Newstands or at the Customer Service Centre at Davisville Station.

-To set a senior or student concession fare you must visit the TTC’s Customer Service Centre at Davisville Station, 1900 Yonge. More locations will become available as the PRESTO rollout continues.

-A third-party retail network will begin to sell PRESTO cards in 2017 and by late 2017 Self-Serve Reload Machines will be in every subway station. These machines will sell PRESTO cards and will allow customers to load pass products, such as monthly passes, as well as reload their card balance.

The PDF release by the TTC can be found here: Presto Update Oct 14.

Metrolinx Accessibility Public Meetings

Posted on October 17, 2016

Once again, Metrolinx will be hosting its annual series of public meetings across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area about accessibility.

They want to hear from members of the public about the accessibility of GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, and their new and upcoming Rapid Transit services and projects.

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Metro Hall
55 John Street, Toronto
Rooms 308 & 309 (third floor)

At each in-person meeting, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • learn about past, current and future accessibility activities at Metrolinx and its operating divisions and business units;
  • discuss and provide input to accessibility initiatives through round table sessions; and
  • interact directly with Metrolinx staff involved with accessibility projects.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, real-time captioning and attendant services will be provided at the in-person meetings. Alternative formats and other accommodations will be made available upon request.

To help them prepare for the meetings, they are asking anyone who is interested in attending to register in advance, via email at accessibility@metrolinx.com, or by calling 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY teletypewriters only). As part of the registration, they ask that participants please identify which meeting they plan to attend, what accommodations they may require (if any) to participate fully in the meeting, and which two topic areas you are most interested in discussing at the meeting (GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, Light Rail Transit/Bus Rapid Transit, municipal transit).

The Accessibility Public Meetings webpage (http://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/accessibility/accessibility_meetings.aspx) includes additional information about the meetings.

For more information, or to provide input, please contact the Accessibility Team via email at accessibility@metrolinx.com, or by phone at 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY teletypewriters only).

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