I sit on City Council’s Special Committee on Governance. On February 21, we will be having our first meeting. I invite you to share you views about the impact of Council reduction and provide suggestions on governing Toronto with a smaller Council.
To find out more, and sign up to speak or submit comments in writing, visit: https://ecs.page.link/6Xya
Enjoy Family Day on February 18 by taking advantage of City-run recreation programs and activities, or by visiting one of the City’s museums or historic sites.
In Ward 4, Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre will be hosting a Family Day: International Fun and Games program from 10am – 3pm. Outdoor Public Skating at High Park and Rennie Park will be open from 10am – 6pm.
Family Day includes a variety of recreational opportunities including: leisure swim, skating, ski and snowboard, arts, dance, sports and fitness as well as a sampling of locally programmed activities. All programs are offered in a drop-in format with no pre-registration required. A full listing of open facilities and activities can be found at www.toronto.ca/familyday
Come out and meet other book lovers and discuss the book of the month in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 19 from 7-8 pm at the Annette Street Library.Annette Book club flyer
A proposal has been put forward for a development at 1660 Bloor St W. The current plan is for a building matching the height of 1642 Bloor St W, at 38m. The developer is continuing to discuss this proposal with City Planners. To share their current plans with the community, the developer will be attending the West Bend Community Association meeting scheduled for next Wednesday, February 20th. The meeting begins at 7pm in the 2nd floor staff room at Indian Road Crescent Public School (285 Indian Rd Crescent). If you have any comments or concerns about this development, or just wish to learn more about what is happening in your neighbourhood, I encourage you to come out and take part.
This Family Day weekend, explore Ontario Place, Toronto’s winter oasis on the waterfront and create new memories to last a lifetime. In addition to their regular winter program and renowned Winter Light Exhibition, they are excited to host back-to-back DJ Skate Parties with DJ Fawn Big Canoe and DJ Shane Mackinnon, a YMCA Kids Winter Pop Up and a complimentary screening of A Beautiful Planet at the Cinesphere. For those artistically inclined, Art Tonite will host paint nights Saturday and Sunday and SPFX Kids will be onsite for a series of special effects classes and face painting for kids. Plan your Family Day at Ontario Place, where there is something special for everyone!
You can view a full list of activities here.
Date: Friday to Monday, Feb. 15th to 18th, 2019
Time: Hours very for each day
Place: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (Ontario Place West Island)
A meeting of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has been scheduled 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 205 A/B, 100 Princes’ Blvd.
The agenda for this meeting has been posted and is available here.
Parkdale High Park’s Earth Hour Team is promoting multiple anticipated events throughout Ward 4, in attempts to expand public awareness, coax new participation and stay warm – because we’re experiencing unpredictable freezing temperatures.
Spreading the word now, will give individual businesses, organizations and groups plenty of time to plan for Earth Hour on Saturday March 30th 2019. Many cafes, restaurants and bars along Roncesvalles and at the foot of Queen Street West have supported the annual event by dimming down and welcoming patrons. Efforts are now being planned to expand throughout the entire Ward, encouraging participation in Bloor West Village, The Junction, Swansea, The West Bend, Bloor by the Park and Baby Point. The Goal is to unite Toronto’s Ward 4 to show that they can represent Canada as the citizens that support Global Climate Action strategies.
For more information, visit http://keepitin.wixsite.com/earthhourtoward4 .
High Park Stewards will host the second winter speaker series presentation, Design Inspired by Nature, with Jonas Spring on February 24, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive.
Learn about how to use ecological references as practical tools in urban planting design. For more information visit https://highparkstewards.pingg.com/gardendesignfeb24
Toronto Council is gearing up to set its budget for the coming year. Last Monday we got a draft proposed budget from City Staff you can find the overview presentation and the background documents here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewPublishedReport.do?function=getAgendaReport&meetingId=15450
I have begun to work through the hundreds of pages of details to see what the impacts on all of us will be. So far a few things concern me.
As has happened in previous years revenues from property taxes will fall compared to inflation. On top of that revenues from the Land Transfer Tax fell last year and, I believe, will fall again next year. This means we are forced to tighten and reduce the services we provide. Anyone taking public transit (for example) knows why this is a problem.
The budget also contains $79 million in “holes” – assumptions of finding new savings and revenues which cannot be counted. This puts the services we depend on at risk.
Finally, to keep taxes low, the budget predicts falling further behind on our “state of good repair”. That means things like roads, bridges, and public buildings will not get the investments they should to keep them in good repair, creating risks and future costs.
Particularly alarming is a proposal that Toronto Community Housing will see its state of good repair backlog grow by 80% over the next ten years. This is unacceptable.
I will report more as I learn more. Find out how you can get involved here: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/budget-finances/city-budget/how-to-get-involved-in-the-budget/
Finally, I will host a budget town hall on February 28. I urge you to find time for this. It will help me learn what is important to you, and helps you better understand the choices we are considering at Council.
Ward 4 Community Budget Meeting is happening on Thursday, February 28th, 7pm – 8:30pm at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School located at 1515 Bloor Street West (near Dundas West Station) in the 3rd Floor Staff Room.
*Accessible entrance is on the south side of the building on Dundas St West*
For any questions or concerns, contact my office at 416-392-7919 or email@example.com .Budget 2019 community meeting