City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city

Posted on November 20, 2017

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November 20, 2017

City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city

Today, Mayor John Tory announced a new partnership with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Through this partnership, the City of Toronto and Waze will provide free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with the best information to navigate the city.

“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute,” said Mayor Tory. “Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”

Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users will now have access to the City’s traffic data in real-time, providing a greater ability for motorists to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams. More information about Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is available at https://www.waze.com/ccp.

The City will also be able to leverage anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions. In the Toronto area alone, there are more than 560,000 active Waze app users. Traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details can also be posted by users in the app. Every app user and trip improves the Waze map, and this data will help City staff better respond to issues as they occur.

“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”

In addition, Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects, such as the King Street Pilot that was launched last week.

About Waze

Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favourite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get. For more information on Waze privacy policy, visit https://www.waze.com/legal/privacy.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

Toronto Climate Action Network’s #Picture2050 contest!

Posted on November 20, 2017

#Picture2050 is a Photography Contest for photographers of all ages, inspired by the Toronto’s TransformTO Climate Plan

The goal of the plan is to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a healthy, equitable and prosperous city.

Imagine Toronto in the year 2050.

What does a caring, thriving, climate-friendly city of the future look like?

Submit up to 3 photos that help visualize the Toronto you would like to see in 2050.

Find all the contest rules and submit your photos at the contest website: picture2050.ca

There are 3 award categories:

1. Kids, age 11 and under

2.Youth, age 12-17

3. Adults, age 18 and over.

Submit up to 3 photos by December 15th, 2017

What will make Toronto a climate-friendly place with thriving communities?
The city of Toronto is diverse, and many visions co-exist in its transformation.

Help us visualize the people, places and emotions that move us towards our city’s climate goals.
Show us what is happening now that looks like Toronto’s future.
Show us the visions that kids and young adults have for their future.

Winners

The winner in each category will be awarded $100 and will be recognized at an award ceremony.
The winning photographs, along with 4 “honourable mentions” in each category, will be framed and featured in a public exhibit.

Your images will be shared on the website and in social media.

Hashtags: #Picture2050 #TransformTO #TOgether.

 

High Park Stewards | High Park Buckthorn Busting – Sunday, November 26

Posted on November 20, 2017

 

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help the High Park Stewards remove buckthorn, one of the worst invasive species 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.

Another group will work on the boulevard beds, a native plant garden in front of the Grenadier Restaurant.

The final session, on November 26, will be followed by a potluck lunch at the Howard Park Tennis Club (430 Parkside Drive).

Please meet us at 10:30 am in front of the Grenadier Restaurant if you want to work on the boulevard beds, or go directly to the site near Howard Park Avenue and Parkside Drive for buckthorn busting (see the map on the web site).

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

 

Laneway suites study: community consultation meeting at City Hall – November 30, 2017

Posted on November 20, 2017

 

The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more about the City-led study on laneway suites. The study, named Changing Lanes, is a City of Toronto initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across the Toronto and Easy York areas of the City. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway. Laneway suites are smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot. If you want to learn more about the Changing Lanes initiative, ask questions, and share your comments, please attend the meeting on November 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West in the Council Chambers.

 

Councillor Gord Perks regarding 1182 & 1221 King Street West at Toronto-East York Community Council

Posted on November 15, 2017

November 14, 2017 – Councillor Gord Perks regarding 1182 & 1221 King Street West Development at Toronto-East York Community Council

Reminder: Community Meeting: Development Application at 2720 Dundas St. West – Nov 21, 2017

Posted on November 15, 2017

The developer of 2720 Dundas St West has applied to the City of Toronto for a Zoning By-law Amendment to build a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area containing 173 dwelling units, a below grade parking lot with 93 parking spaces and additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.

Please see below:

2720 Dundas Community Meeting

57 Brock Avenue Update

Posted on November 9, 2017

The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Brock Seaforth Inc.,  have submitted a Settlement Proposal to the city. 

 City Legal and City Planning have accepted this settlement proposal by submitting a Staff Report to the November 7-9th City Council Meeting. The item is available online at :http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.CC34.12

This settlement  agreement will be heard prior to the OMB prehearing that was scheduled for November 23rd.

 The presentation from the Community Meeting :

Community Meeting Presentation

Pia Bouman’s 32nd Nutcracker – December 15th -17th, 2017

Posted on November 9, 2017


Pia Bouman’s 32nd Nutcracker

Presenter: Pia Bouman’s School for Ballet and Creative Movement

Grab your friends and family and join us for a magical performance of the classic ballet, the Nutcracker. In its 32nd year, the production by the Pia Bouman School for Ballet has become an annual holiday tradition for many in Parkdale and the wider Toronto community. 

Our mandate embraces everyone who wants to learn dance, to create and to perform. Students who demonstrate their dedication and love for dance and for performance have a chance to be part of this amazing culmination of artistic vision and community effort. We look forward to seeing you there!

Times and dates:

Friday Dec 15, 7:30 pm

Saturday Dec 16, 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday Dec 17,  1:30 pm

Location: Humberside Collegiate Institute – Lismer Hall, 280 Quebec Ave 

Admission price: $10-$50

Ticket website: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1187954&presenter=PIABOUMAN&venue=&event=&version=&tck=true

Website: http://www.piaboumanschool.org/nutcracker/

Join the conversation – Help re-name Toronto’s homelessness system

Posted on November 9, 2017

 

Help re-name Toronto’s homelessness system!

Council recently adopted a review (http://bit.ly/2o1r0Rj) of how the City locates homeless shelters making it clear that the conversation about homelessness services has to change. To do that, homeless shelters—programs, service delivery models, and building designs—all need to be transformed. This is underway now to emphasize that services exist to support clients to move to permanent housing as quickly as possible and with supports to assist them to keep their homes.

Understanding that language and names are powerful signals of the transformative changes being proposed through the new service model, Council also suggested staff consider new names for the service.

The City is seeking the input of Toronto residents in this process. Your input will help inform an external consultant’s recommendations regarding a possible new name for the homelessness services system, including shelters, to better reflect the positive roles that these play in communities and in the lives of our most vulnerable residents.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and is open until 12 December, 2017. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/2z9o6j7

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