Upcoming Consultations: Temporary Signs, Property Standards, Building Maintenance, and Payday Loan Establishments

Posted on July 11, 2019

The City of Toronto is reviewing by-laws related to temporary signs, payday loan establishments, property standards and building maintenance, and wants your feedback!

1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3The review aims to modernize the by-law and make it easier for the public to understand the rules governing temporary signs, such as A-frame signs, garage sale signs, mobile signs, new development signs, open house signs and real estate signs. In addition, the review is considering regulations to permit temporary signs that display messages of public interest and construction-related signs on private property. More information: toronto.ca/signsreview

2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309
This will include a review of the Property Standards By-law, and issues related to apartment building standards, indoor temperatures, rat mitigation, and odour. More information: toronto.ca/propertystandardsreview

3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
Payday loans are short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. More information: toronto.ca/paydayloanreview

There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
 Attend public consultations
 Submit written feedback
 Subscribe to email updates

Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these by-laws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Blue Bin inspections resumed for 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The wrong items in recycling – otherwise known as contamination – continues to be a major issue is costing the City millions annually in additional processing costs.

Over the past several years, in an effort to reduce contamination, the City has done extensive public education and implemented a wide array of programs, initiatives, and services, including inspections of single-family residential Blue Bins.

Blue Bin inspections started back up this spring and will continue throughout 2019. When significant contamination is found, the Bin will be stickered, pushed back from the curb and not collected. A sorting Guide and Notice indicating why the Bin was not collected and instructing the resident to remove the contamination before the next recycling collection day will be left in the homeowner’s mailbox.

For information on the appropriate bins for waste, visit the Waste Wizard online at toronto.ca/wastewizard or on the TOwaste app. Residents can also visit toronto.ca/recycleright to get recycling tips and learn what does and does not go in the Blue Bin.

 

 

My Local Government Resource

Posted on June 13, 2019

The City of Toronto provides services that have a direct impact on your daily life and sometimes it is not clear how government works, where to find information, or how to express your opinion.

My Local Government, It’s For Me is a great place to start if you would like to learn about your local government, the decision making process, and how to get involved. Information is available in English and 24 additional languages that will help you become informed, have your say, and serve your city. This initiative started in 2016 as a response to residents’ requests on how they can get involved in their local government.

Find out more through the menu above under the City Hall tab at My Local Government or by going to www.toronto.ca/mylocalgovernment.

European Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray within our ward

Posted on May 16, 2019

European gypsy moth (EGM) is a defoliating insect that can severely weaken or kill trees. It is a major pest in North America.

In conjunction with various ground-based methods of control, the City of Toronto will be conducting an aerial spray this spring. The spray is to help manage high levels of European gypsy moth caterpillars that are expected in certain areas of the city and prevent severe canopy damage and tree loss.  The spray dates are yet to be determined but are set to occur sometime between May 16 and June 15, 2019.  The spray dates are dependent upon weather conditions at the time and insect/leaf development. View the Public Notice of Pesticide Use For The Control of Gypsy Moth regarding the aerial spray program and the map of the areas that will be affected by aerial spraying operations Opens in new window

City of Toronto Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray Presentation:

For more information visit https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/trees/forest-management/threats-to-trees-insects/european-gypsy-moth/ 

Cuts to Public Health

Posted on May 7, 2019

Friends,

Last month the Government of Ontario announced cuts to Public Health funding across the province. We are just now learning the full impact of these changes on our neighbourhoods and communities. In Ward 4 alone, the province’s cuts will impact: student nutrition programs, food inspections and infection prevention in long-term care facilities, school based immunization programs, child care safety inspections, dental clinics, restaurant inspections, sexual health clinics, skin cancer prevention programs and many more. There is a total of 104 programs at risk in Ward 4, I have attached the full list.

The provincial cuts to public health are due to changes in provincial-municipal cost-sharing. In mid-April, without notice, the public health cost sharing model was altered to reduce provincial funding, back dated to April 1, 2019. This is a $64 million retroactive cut to Toronto Public Health’s 2019 budget, which the City has not budgeted for. If the province’s changes to cost sharing move forward, this will mean a $1 billion funding cut to Toronto Public Health’s budget over the next ten years.

Our public health programs keep our communities healthy, contribute to everyday wellness and save lives. This cut to public health funding impacts everyone in Toronto. We need to visit, call, and write to the Premier and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to tell them to stop these cuts.

Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and supporting the health of our communities.

Gord

Tell the Premier and his Minister to stop the cuts to public health:

Premier Doug Ford
premier@ontario.ca
Constituency office: 823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Tel: 416-745-2859

Christine Elliot, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
christine.elliott@pc.ola.org
Constituency Office: Unit 22, 16635 Yonge St. Newmarket, ON L3X 1V6

Toll Free   800-211-1881
Tel   905-853-9889

Tell your MPP that you support the fight against this attack on our communities:

Bhutila Karpoche
BKarpoche-CO@ndp.on.ca
Constituency office: 2849 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Tel: 416-763-5630

4 - Parkdale-High Park

Ford Government Makes Major Changes to Planning Rules

Posted on May 6, 2019

Friends,

Late last week the Government of Ontario announced major changes to planning law in Ontario. These changes reinstate the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules and put more power in the hands of developers and their lobbyists. This enables developers to go around local government and communities and put proposals which we haven’t even seen in front of the OMB.

The changes also remove some development charges, and change the rules for other community benefits which keep our communities liveable, sustainable, and safe. The funds gathered through these mechanisms build our streets and community centres, put trees in the ground, and put parks in our neighbourhoods. Funding for these services will now fall onto the city’s back, instead of the developers.

Additionally, the plan removes rent control on new housing, eliminating the safety of knowing how much your next rent cheque will cost each month if you live in a new building. No one should live with that uncertainty.

The proposed changes impact 13 different laws and runs 90 pages in length. They will also require extensive new regulations. We can be sure there will be more surprises.

We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to determine local planning decisions. We need to visit, call, and write to the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and tell them to stop this legislation. Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and these unwanted changes.

Gord

Tell the Premier and his Minister that this is not the future you want for your neighbourhood:

Premier Doug Ford
premier@ontario.ca
Constituency office: 823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Tel: 416-745-2859

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
steve.clark@pc.ola.org
Constituency office: Suite 101 – 100 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5J9
Toll Free: 1-800-267-4408
Tel: 613-342-9522

Tell your MPP that you support the fight against this attack on our communities:

Bhutila Karpoche
BKarpoche-CO@ndp.on.ca
Constituency office: 2849 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Tel: 416-763-5630

Reminder about the Cherry Blossoms in High Park this weekend

Posted on May 1, 2019

The cherry blossoms at High Park are blooming!

Starting Saturday May 4 at 7am, the park will be closed to all vehicles during the peak bloom days. Please plan your trip to the park accordingly.

Please click here for more information on the Traffic Plan: http://gordperks.ca/high-park-cherry-blossom-festival-traffic-plan/

Basement Flooding Prevention Information

Posted on April 29, 2019

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground sewers, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For more information on basement flooding prevention tips, programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit toronto.ca/basementflooding .

Trash Talk – 2019 Garbage Rate and Rebate Changes

Posted on April 25, 2019

The rate that you pay for Solid Waste Management Services, such as recycling, organics and garbage collection, is based on the size of your Garbage Bin. Residents with the largest Garbage Bins pay the most and those with the smallest pay the least. This volume-based structure is designed to encourage people to reduce their garbage and divert as much away from landfill as possible through the City’s Blue Bin Recycling and Green Bin Organics Programs.

On March 7, 2019 as part of the 2019 Budget process, the City approved a rate increase of 2 per cent for single-family homes as well as the phasing out of the single-family rebates over three years. The phasing out of the rebates support Solid Waste Management Services’ transition to a self-sufficient and sustainable utility where operating expenses are fully covered by rate revenues.  Current solid waste bills will include an adjustment back to January 1, 2019 to reflect these changes.

To minimize the impact of rebate reductions on low-income ratepayers, a Single-Family Residential Low-Income Relief Program has been created. In 2019, the program will offer assistance to seniors or persons living with a disability who have a household income of $50,000 or less and either a small, medium or large Garbage Bin.

Based on audits done by the City, less than half of what is found in the garbage is actually garbage. The rest is items such as organics or recycling that could have been kept out of landfill. You can reduce your solid waste bill and environmental footprint by downsizing your Garbage Bin and properly sorting your waste.

To change your Bin size, call 311 or submit a request at toronto.ca/311.

For more information on solid waste single-family rates and fees, visit toronto.ca/ garbage-bin-sizes-fees.

Changing Lanes – Community Consultation Meetings on the Expansion of By-law Permissions for Laneway Suites

Posted on April 23, 2019

Do you have thoughts on laneway suites? The City wants to hear from you.

The City is hosting a series of drop-in consultation meetings where you can learn more, ask questions, talk to City staff and share your comments about laneway suites.

May 1, 2019 in Room 308/309, 3rd Floor of Metro Hall (55 John Street)
May 6, 2019 in Council Chamber of Etobicoke Civic Centre (399 The West Mall)
May 16, 2019 in Council Chamber of Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)
May 27, 2019 in Council Chamber of North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)

All four meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 pm.

For more information please visit: www.toronto.ca/changinglanes

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