TTC 501 Queen Route Converts to Buses West of Roncesvalles for 2017

Posted on December 21, 2016

Starting Jan. 8, and throughout 2017, buses will replace streetcars on the portion of the 501 Queen route west of Roncesvalles Ave. to accommodate City of Toronto work on the Queensway Bridge, TTC streetcar track and overhead work, and the renewal of the Humber Loop. In the first phase of the work streetcars will continue to operate between Neville Park Loop in the east and Roncesvalles Ave. in the west.

Two shuttle bus services will be introduced to augment service on the route:

  • 501L/301L Queen – buses will operate between Dufferin Gate Loop and Long Branch Loop via Queen St. W., The Queensway, Windermere Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • 501M Queen – a secondary bus service will operate to link The Queensway with Lake Shore Blvd., Marine Parade Dr. and Park Lawn Rd. These buses will not enter Humber Loop.

Riders needing to transfer to a bus can do so at any stop between Roncesvalles Ave. and Dufferin St. When using PRESTO, riders will not need to tap onto the second vehicle when boarding.

Highlights of the work that will be completed during this period are:

  • Rehabilitation of the Queensway Bridge over the Humber River
  • TTC track and overhead wire renewal on The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Humber Loop
  • TTC track and overhead wire renewal on Lake Shore Blvd. from Symons Street to Humber Loop
  • Humber Loop improvements including new tracks, accessible streetcar platforms, new shelters, rebuilding of the tunnel walkway, roof replacement of the service building and new electrical substation

The TTC thanks its riders, local residents, and businesses for their patience and understanding as the TTC the City invest in maintaining this critical infrastructure.

For full service details and maps, visit www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/501_2017.jsp

TTC Notice - The Queensway - Humber Loop and Lake Shore 2017

Update on the Dufferin Street Bridge Work

Posted on December 20, 2016

Construction activities on the Dufferin Street Bridge will continue throughout the rest of December, with the exception of Christmas Day, when there will be no activity.

Dufferin Road is scheduled to reopen to vehicles and pedestrians on December 30, 2016.

There will also be a concrete pour this Thursday December 22, 2016. Similar to the other pours, crews will arrive on site at 5 a.m. to begin prep work, pump trucks are expected to arrive at approximately 6 a.m., and concrete trucks at 7 a.m. There will be some lighting required, but it will be directed away from nearby residences. Those living nearby may experience some noise and/or lighting pollution associated with this work.

The project is still on time and scheduled to wrap up by spring 2017.

Lansdowne Bridge Rehabilitation

Posted on December 20, 2016

The Lansdowne Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project involves replacing three bridge spans on the north side of the Lansdowne Avenue Bridge and upgrading the bridge abutments. That work has been completed, and the next stage involves completing concrete work and welding plates at various locations on the bridge.

The work will be continuous starting Friday, December 23 at 8:00 p.m. to Saturday December 24 at 11:00 a.m..

Residents can expect normal construction noise, including back-up alarms from trucks. We will ensure any lights are directed away from homes where possible. The work dates are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Lansdowne Bridge Rehabilitation

Do You Want to Make a Difference in your City?

Posted on December 20, 2016

Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards and committees. Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians.

This fall, the City of Toronto will be recruiting for more than 70 public member positions across 20 boards. Bring your skills and experience to the table. To learn more about these opportunities and apply online, visit www.toronto.ca/ServeYourCity.

Sign up for the public appointments e-updates to receive information about application deadlines, vacancies, and new opportunities to join a City board by visiting: http://bit.ly/1BJj7iF.

City of Toronto's Holiday Activities and Services

Posted on December 20, 2016

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of City programs and attractions offered during the year-end holiday period. Most City of Toronto operations and all municipal offices will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27, as well as Monday, January 2. City services that regularly operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week such as 311 Toronto and emergency services will be available. Information about curbside waste collection is provided later in this news release.

City Archives at 255 Spadina Rd., normally open on Saturday, will be closed on December 24 and 31 (Saturdays), as well as on the dates noted above for municipal offices in general.

Winter outdoor activities: Winter has arrived at Toronto’s parks, community centres and natural environments. More information about winter activities is available at http://www.toronto.ca/winter (“Welcome TO Winter Toronto”).

Fitness, camps and recreation programs: The City offers fitness classes, weight rooms, camps and more, offering something for everyone. Community recreation centres will be open until 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31 (later for those with scheduled permits) and closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Some facilities may be closed during the holiday period for annual maintenance. More information and schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec or by calling 311.

Swimming: Drop-in swim programs at pools across the city make it convenient to “make a splash” this holiday season. Schedules vary by location and are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.

Skating: The City offers a variety of free, leisure ice-skating programs for all ages and abilities at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. Outdoor rinks that are open may be unsupervised. Indoor arenas will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Schedules vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.

Skiing/snowboarding: The City operates two ski/snowboard centres. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be closed on December 25. Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre has not yet opened for the season. For updates and schedules: http://www.toronto.ca/ski.

Riverdale Farm: The City’s Riverdale Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks or by calling 416-392-6794.

High Park Zoo: The High Park Zoo is home to domestic and exotic animals, including Toronto’s famous capybaras Bonnie and Clyde, and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission to the zoo is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/.

Flower shows: Christmas flower shows at the City’s Allan Gardens and Centennial Park conservatories are a tradition during the holiday season. The flower shows are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until January 8 and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories/.

Playground at Flemingdon Park: Playground Paradise at the Flemingdon Park Community Centre offers fun for children ages 12 years and younger. The fee is $2.50 per child for two hours. Holiday hours are available at http://bit.ly/1aZjJ4T or by calling 416-395-6014. The regular schedule resumes on January 7.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo will be open throughout the holiday period except on December 25. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com/.

Historic Sites 

Eight of the City’s historic sites are offering holiday-themed events and tours for families and adults until January 3. Most of the historic sites are open daily except Mondays. All the sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and on January 2. Highlights for individual locations are noted below. Times and participant age details for activities vary by day and by location. Holiday season admission prices apply. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/holidays.

Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Dr., High Park): Visitors will experience a Victorian Christmas and toast the season with hot mulled cider by the woodstove.​

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.):  During special programming from December 27 to 31, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, children can join the cooks in the historic kitchen to help make gingerbread cookies. Signup is in the Museum Store upon arrival for a tour of the fort – included with regular admission to Fort York.

Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St.): Visitors to Gibson House will experience the elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season and learn how the Gibson family celebrated Hogmanay in the 19th century. On December 28 and 29, evening dinner events will celebrate the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay. Pre-registration with payment is required. Gibson House will be closed for maintenance from January 1 to 15.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.): Visitors will learn the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto. Until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit and select a card from the 1845 printing press. From December 27 to January 3, children can make a New Year’s Eve noisemaker in the print shop.

Market Gallery (95 Front St. E., second floor): The history and archeology of North America’s longest continually running food market is revealed in a free Market Gallery exhibit that will run to March 18.

Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.): The weekly farmers market will take a break on December 28, returning January 4. Montgomery’s Inn will be open regular hours offering tours throughout the holiday season.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.): Weekend visitors can sample hot chocolate and baked holiday goodies. On December 28 to 30 and January 3 to 6, the museum offers camps for children five to 12 years of age. Pre-registration is required online at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or by calling 416-338-4FUN (4386).

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.): Visitors can experience a 1920s holiday season on a guided tour of Spadina Museum. Holly wreaths, evergreen garlands and mistletoe adorn the house. In the re-created 1930s kitchen, visitors can have holiday treats including mulled cider.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.): Visitors can experience two different eras’ Christmas traditions – the 1890s and the 1940s. The public can tour Todmorden Mills’ two historic houses, sample historic recipes and create a take-home craft.

Special events

Two major City events are the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., and Winterlicious 2017 (both highlighted below). The City’s online Festivals and Events Calendar identifies many community events, on toronto.ca at http://bit.ly/2gc2B9B.

New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto will ring in the new year at Nathan Phillips Square on December 31, simultaneously launching a year-long Toronto celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday known as TO Canada with Love. The countdown to 2017 will feature live musical performances, site animations, a skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons and midnight fireworks. New Year’s Eve is presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Details: http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.

Winterlicious culinary event

Advance tickets are now on sale for the culinary event series that will be part of Winterlicious 2017 starting in late January. The culinary series will feature nine one-of-a-kind cooking and dining experiences hosted by some of Toronto’s finest venues and chefs. Details and ticket orders are available at http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

Solid waste pickup

Given the days of the week that Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day fall on, the three holidays have no impact on the daytime curbside residential collection schedule. All transfer stations and drop-off depots for residential drop-off of garbage, yard waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste and electronics will be closed on Boxing Day (Monday, December 26) and also on Monday, January 2, re-opening for business on Tuesday both weeks.

Depots for household hazardous waste and electronics drop-off will be open regular hours on Saturday, December 31. Only the Bermondsey, Ingram and Scarborough transfer station drop-off depots, which accept residential garbage, yard waste and recycling, will be open regular hours that day.

The City will not book any Toxic Taxi appointments to pick up household hazardous waste from residential properties from December 27 to 30.

Residents can check their collection calendar for residential schedule changes, or consult the chart (a PDF file) for details at http://www.toronto.ca/recycle.

City of Toronto’s Holiday Activities and Services

Posted on December 20, 2016

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of City programs and attractions offered during the year-end holiday period. Most City of Toronto operations and all municipal offices will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27, as well as Monday, January 2. City services that regularly operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week such as 311 Toronto and emergency services will be available. Information about curbside waste collection is provided later in this news release.

City Archives at 255 Spadina Rd., normally open on Saturday, will be closed on December 24 and 31 (Saturdays), as well as on the dates noted above for municipal offices in general.

Winter outdoor activities: Winter has arrived at Toronto’s parks, community centres and natural environments. More information about winter activities is available at http://www.toronto.ca/winter (“Welcome TO Winter Toronto”).

Fitness, camps and recreation programs: The City offers fitness classes, weight rooms, camps and more, offering something for everyone. Community recreation centres will be open until 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31 (later for those with scheduled permits) and closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Some facilities may be closed during the holiday period for annual maintenance. More information and schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec or by calling 311.

Swimming: Drop-in swim programs at pools across the city make it convenient to “make a splash” this holiday season. Schedules vary by location and are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.

Skating: The City offers a variety of free, leisure ice-skating programs for all ages and abilities at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. Outdoor rinks that are open may be unsupervised. Indoor arenas will be closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1. Schedules vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate.

Skiing/snowboarding: The City operates two ski/snowboard centres. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be closed on December 25. Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre has not yet opened for the season. For updates and schedules: http://www.toronto.ca/ski.

Riverdale Farm: The City’s Riverdale Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks or by calling 416-392-6794.

High Park Zoo: The High Park Zoo is home to domestic and exotic animals, including Toronto’s famous capybaras Bonnie and Clyde, and is open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission to the zoo is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/.

Flower shows: Christmas flower shows at the City’s Allan Gardens and Centennial Park conservatories are a tradition during the holiday season. The flower shows are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until January 8 and admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories/.

Playground at Flemingdon Park: Playground Paradise at the Flemingdon Park Community Centre offers fun for children ages 12 years and younger. The fee is $2.50 per child for two hours. Holiday hours are available at http://bit.ly/1aZjJ4T or by calling 416-395-6014. The regular schedule resumes on January 7.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo will be open throughout the holiday period except on December 25. More information is available at http://www.torontozoo.com/.

Historic Sites 

Eight of the City’s historic sites are offering holiday-themed events and tours for families and adults until January 3. Most of the historic sites are open daily except Mondays. All the sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and on January 2. Highlights for individual locations are noted below. Times and participant age details for activities vary by day and by location. Holiday season admission prices apply. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/holidays.

Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Dr., High Park): Visitors will experience a Victorian Christmas and toast the season with hot mulled cider by the woodstove.​

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.):  During special programming from December 27 to 31, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, children can join the cooks in the historic kitchen to help make gingerbread cookies. Signup is in the Museum Store upon arrival for a tour of the fort – included with regular admission to Fort York.

Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St.): Visitors to Gibson House will experience the elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season and learn how the Gibson family celebrated Hogmanay in the 19th century. On December 28 and 29, evening dinner events will celebrate the Scottish traditions of Hogmanay. Pre-registration with payment is required. Gibson House will be closed for maintenance from January 1 to 15.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.): Visitors will learn the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto. Until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit and select a card from the 1845 printing press. From December 27 to January 3, children can make a New Year’s Eve noisemaker in the print shop.

Market Gallery (95 Front St. E., second floor): The history and archeology of North America’s longest continually running food market is revealed in a free Market Gallery exhibit that will run to March 18.

Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.): The weekly farmers market will take a break on December 28, returning January 4. Montgomery’s Inn will be open regular hours offering tours throughout the holiday season.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.): Weekend visitors can sample hot chocolate and baked holiday goodies. On December 28 to 30 and January 3 to 6, the museum offers camps for children five to 12 years of age. Pre-registration is required online at http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or by calling 416-338-4FUN (4386).

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.): Visitors can experience a 1920s holiday season on a guided tour of Spadina Museum. Holly wreaths, evergreen garlands and mistletoe adorn the house. In the re-created 1930s kitchen, visitors can have holiday treats including mulled cider.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.): Visitors can experience two different eras’ Christmas traditions – the 1890s and the 1940s. The public can tour Todmorden Mills’ two historic houses, sample historic recipes and create a take-home craft.

Special events

Two major City events are the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., and Winterlicious 2017 (both highlighted below). The City’s online Festivals and Events Calendar identifies many community events, on toronto.ca at http://bit.ly/2gc2B9B.

New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto will ring in the new year at Nathan Phillips Square on December 31, simultaneously launching a year-long Toronto celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday known as TO Canada with Love. The countdown to 2017 will feature live musical performances, site animations, a skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons and midnight fireworks. New Year’s Eve is presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada. Details: http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.

Winterlicious culinary event

Advance tickets are now on sale for the culinary event series that will be part of Winterlicious 2017 starting in late January. The culinary series will feature nine one-of-a-kind cooking and dining experiences hosted by some of Toronto’s finest venues and chefs. Details and ticket orders are available at http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

Solid waste pickup

Given the days of the week that Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day fall on, the three holidays have no impact on the daytime curbside residential collection schedule. All transfer stations and drop-off depots for residential drop-off of garbage, yard waste, recyclables, household hazardous waste and electronics will be closed on Boxing Day (Monday, December 26) and also on Monday, January 2, re-opening for business on Tuesday both weeks.

Depots for household hazardous waste and electronics drop-off will be open regular hours on Saturday, December 31. Only the Bermondsey, Ingram and Scarborough transfer station drop-off depots, which accept residential garbage, yard waste and recycling, will be open regular hours that day.

The City will not book any Toxic Taxi appointments to pick up household hazardous waste from residential properties from December 27 to 30.

Residents can check their collection calendar for residential schedule changes, or consult the chart (a PDF file) for details at http://www.toronto.ca/recycle.

2017 Toronto Public Library Events, January – March

Posted on December 15, 2016

All sorts of activities are happening day and night at your local libraries! To help keep you informed about what’s going on at library branches in your neighbourhood, you can sign up for the Toronto Public Library What’s On at the Library e-newsletter at http://tpl.ca/e-news. In the meantime, here is a list of events in the Ward coming up this January – March, 2017:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867+33132+33162&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0

2017 Community Budget Meeting

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hello Friends,

To help promote understanding and transparency about the City of Toronto’s 2017 Budget process I will be holding a public meeting in the new year to discuss revenue tools and the 2017 budget. This will be a joint meeting between Ward 13 Councillor Sarah Doucette and myself, but is open to anyone interested.

January 26th, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room

What follows is a release from the City regarding budgeting.

The City of Toronto’s 2017 preliminary operating and capital budgets were presented at the Budget Committee meeting today, and members of the public are encouraged to learn more about the budget process and the 2017 preliminary budgets. A range of tools and resources are available, from high level summary documents, infographics and learning brochures to briefing notes, presentations and detailed budget notes, at http://www.toronto.ca/budget2017.

“The City’s budget is extremely complex and understanding it can be a challenge,” said Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Budget Committee. “We are continuously working to make information about the City’s budget transparent, easier to understand and accessible to residents and businesses. Understanding the budget is the first step for residents and businesses to get involved.”

The City’s budget website is the gateway to key tools and resources that are available, including:

The Preliminary Budget Overview – provides an executive summary of the 2017 preliminary operating and capital budgets, key challenges and a snapshot of where the money in the City budget comes from, where it goes and how the budget process will unfold over the next few months.

Budget notes – provide the in-depth, detailed information about Council-approved service levels, service deliverables, key issues and priorities, 2017 budget highlights and plan, by each program area.

Budget Basics brochures – cover the fundamentals of the City budget process. Topics include Understanding the Toronto City Budget, Rate Based Budgets and How to get Involved in the Budget Process.

Infographics and financial charts – a series of infographics that depict key facts about City services are on display in the City Hall rotunda, available on the website, and through the City’s social channels. A series of financial charts provide an at-a-glance visual of key issues, where the money comes from to support the City’s budget, where that money goes, and how tax dollars work for residents.

Budget videos – the YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto provides a series of short videos that discuss how to get involved, identify budget priorities, and explain how tax dollars were put to work in 2016.

Presentations and briefing notes — Staff presentations and briefing notes are provided to Budget Committee and Council throughout the budget process.  These documents can help the public understand key issues and follow the development of the budget as it is reviewed, debated, modified, and approved by Budget Committee, Executive Committee, and ultimately City Council.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear presentations from the public on the preliminary 2017 tax supported budgets in January. Members of the public can make a presentation at one of the budget subcommittee meetings on January 5, 9 or 10 at locations across the city. More information about the subcommittee meetings is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the conversation or follow along on Twitter @TorontoComms and Instagram @CityofTO using the hashtag #TOBudget.

Residents are also reminded that consultations about the development of the City’s Long-Term Financial Plan are underway. The City of Toronto is hosting four public consultation meetings from December 5 to 8, in addition to offering an online survey available from December 5 to 23 to gather the public’s input on how the City can manage expenses, raise revenue and optimize its assets. The consultations and survey are part of the development of the City’s Long-Term Financial Plan (LTFP). To register to attend a meeting or webcast, complete an online survey or learn more, visit http://www.InvestinginTO.ca.

Happy Holidays,
Gord

Toronto Winter Holiday Drop-In Hours and Meal Times (Dec 23-Jan 2)

Posted on December 14, 2016

The Toronto Drop-In Network has completed their list of holiday meals taking place before Dec 23rd. Please share this information widely so that it reaches all those in need. The times for meals from Dec 23 – Jan 2 should be posted before the end of the week.

Happy Holidays!

2016 Winter Holiday Meal List - Dec 13- Dec 22

The Toronto Tree Portraits Calendar

Posted on December 7, 2016

The Toronto Tree Portraits Calendar is back and available for purchase online. The 2017 edition features the work of prominent local artist, John Davidson. Beautifully designed and produced, this award-winning calendar becomes a cherished work of art and keepsake.

All proceeds support the Every Tree Counts campaign, helping Toronto reach its tree planting goals.

Buy your calendar here.

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