Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON
Speaker: Ellen Schwartzel; Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Ellen will share how Ontarians can use the Environmental Bill of Rights to strengthen environmental laws and policies, including protecting natural heritage. Biodiversity highlights from the Commissioner’s recently released report –- especially the province’s track record on species at risk and protected areas –- will also feature in her talk.
This is an opportunity to discuss issues and strategies for protecting nature in both urban and rural areas.
Note: The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislature who reports on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issues. The ECO is the province’s environmental watchdog and champion of Ontarians’ environmental rights.
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You are invited to the Ward 13 & 14 Community Meeting on the City of Toronto 2018 City Budget. It is being held on Thursday, January 25th, from 7-9 pm at Bishop Morrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor St. W).
This evening is an opportunity to examine the 2018 City Budget and to have a discussion including how we raise revenue, how we manage our finances, and how we invest in our City.2018 Community Budget Meeting1
Are you sick of being sardined?
Join transit day of action on Tuesday, January 30.
We’re calling on John Tory and City Council to fund 2-hour fares, better TTC service to fix overcrowding, and the promised low-income Fair Pass in the 2018 City Budget.
This is a crucial time to take action for better transit, before Council votes on Feb. 12 and 13 on the last budget before the election.
Join TTCriders as we hand out flyers and talk to thousands of transit riders impacted by overcrowding, unreliable service, and unaffordable fares.
Can you help us reach more riders?
There are 1.8 million transit riders in Toronto. Let’s work together to win better transit.
Shelagh Pizey-Allen – TTCriders
The Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services is now accepting applications for the 2018 Youth in Policing Initiative Summer Program.Job Ad 2018- Summer Program
Today, the City of Toronto officially launched the design-build competition for the public spaces along King Street in the area of the King Street Transit Pilot. Mayor John Tory, Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, and Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) made the announcement this morning at David Pecaut Square along with a number of other public space initiatives to encourage people to visit King Street.
The competition, called Everyone is King, invites submissions to animate the new curb lane public spaces on King Street which range in length from 15 to 140 metres.
“I am pleased we have seen improvements to the efficiency of King Street as part of the downtown transportation network,” said Mayor John Tory. “I want to make sure that King Street remains a great place to eat, shop, gather and be entertained during this pilot. This program will encourage people to continue to come out to King Street.”
Local businesses have the opportunity to advise the City if they wish to use a space as an additional outdoor café to support their business on King. Any remaining spaces or time (for example February and March) not claimed by local businesses will be made into attractive public spaces for all to enjoy through the Everyone is King design-build competition.
“This public space initiative is a critical part of the King Street Transit Pilot,” said Councillor Cressy. “It’s important the businesses be able to use these newly created spaces in a way that will contribute to their success and keep King a vibrant part of the city.”
The call for entries is now open and further information about the program, criteria and key dates is available at http://www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot.
The Everyone is King competition will bring life to these public spaces beginning in the spring. To animate these spaces in the winter months, the City is constructing creative installations on King Street; these could include warming stations, ice sculptures, fire performers and art installations. More details will be available on the King Street Transit Pilot website in the near future.
“While the City works with outside partners to create new public spaces this spring, the City’s Economic Development and Culture division will be taking some immediate steps to help draw people to the neighbourhood during the winter months,” said Councillor Thompson. “The City is committed to making sure that visitors continue to access and enjoy everything King Street businesses have to offer.”
In addition to the public space initiatives, Eats on King, a program to promote local quick and full-service restaurants in the King Street Transit Pilot area, will run Monday, February 19 to Thursday, March 29.
Interested restaurants can request an application to join the program by emailing email@example.com. Completed applications are due no later than January 30 at 5 p.m. There is no cost to participating restaurants other than the value of the offer they extend to their customers. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-397-1234.
Along with accessing King Street via transit, cycling and walking, King Street remains open to car traffic, and drivers can use the many designated pickup and drop-off locations on King Street to drop off a passenger before making a right turn at the next intersection to find a parking spot.
The City and the Toronto Parking Authority have partnered to offer up to $5 off parking in the area around the King Street Transit Pilot when the Green P app is used to pay. The parking promotion is good for one use and is valid until November 2018.
More information on each of these initiatives is available at http://www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot.
Be prepared! Protect your pipes from freezing
Frozen pipes can leave you without water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. If your pipes are prone to freezing, you may wish to contact a plumber for advice. Here are some tips to help protect your home:
• Know where to find your main water shut-off valve (in case your pipes burst).
• Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic and garage.
• Seal air leaks in areas where pipes are located. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.
• Drain and shut the outdoor water supply as outdoor faucets are the first to freeze.
• Keep areas that contain indoor pipes above 8°C, especially near the water meter.
• In extreme cold weather, you can choose to run a pencil thin stream of water to keep water moving. However, you will be charged for the water used if you choose this step.
For more information, visit toronto.ca/frozenpipes.
This is a service for those who cannot bring the garbage, recycling and organic bins to the curb due to medical issues and have no one else to bring the bins out for them. Residents can apply for the Front/Side Door Solid Waste Collection. Attached is the 2-page application form which needs to be printed, filled out and returned to Solid Waste for approval to be on this program.
More information on this service can be found here .
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Congratulations to three amazing South Parkdale community groups – H.O.P.E. Community Garden, Parkdale Community Peer Musicians Collective & Parkdale Cares. They have each received $1,000 through Neighbourhood Grants, as part of the City’s Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020).
What is the City’s Neighbourhood Grants program?
Funding for resident-led activities that support the 5 theme areas of the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020):
- Economic Opportunities: For example, jobs skills workshop, certification workshop, employment forum and more
- Healthy Lives: For example, nutrition workshop, wellness day, gardening event and more
- Participation in Decision Making: For Example, community speak out event, leadership training, civic action forum and more
- Social Development: For example, Educational workshop/forum, back to school event, neighbourhood festival and more
- Physical Surroundings: For example, community beautification event, neighbourhood walking tour, community art event and more
The Neighbourhood Micro Grants program aims to support the delivery of local actions identified by residents and community partners involved in TSNS 2020.
Up to three (3) groups from each of the 39 neighbourhoods can be funded for events that advance TSNS 2020.
Further information about Neighbourhood Grants is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/grants-incentives-rebates/investment-funding-programs/neighbourhood-micro-grants/