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

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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

Laneway Suites CCM May Meetings

Take Steps to #TransformTO – May 6 – 20, 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

Spring is here Toronto, so let’s step outside to #TransformTO! From May 6 – 20, challenge yourself to walk more to support a healthier and greener Toronto.

Walking is a clean, green, and healthy way to get around Toronto and a great way to support the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. To reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, 75% of all trips under 5 km will need to be walked or cycled by the year 2050.

Download the free Carrot Rewards app to participate. Check the leader board here: https://bit.ly/2F9UbvU

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Public invited to the City of Toronto’s Special Committee on Governance – April 12, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019

The City of Toronto’s Special Committee on Governance will hold its second meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in Committee Room 1 at City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend.

At this meeting, Professor Gabriel Eidelman, Director of the Urban Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, will present findings from the University of Toronto’s 2017 City Hall Task Force, which made recommendations to improve City Council’s core decision-making processes and procedures.

A staff report will recommend a work plan for the committee and a public engagement strategy for the coming year. The report also includes a summary of the public input the committee received on the City’s governance structure, and preliminary research at its first meeting on February 21.

The Special Committee on Governance was established by City Council with a mandate to consider the impacts on the City’s governance structure and processes arising from the reduced size of Council and to make recommendations to City Council on any further changes to its governance structure.

More information about the Special Committee on Governance and how to register to speak or make a submission to the next meeting is available at:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=16029#Meeting-2019.GV2.

Anishinaabe Inaakonigewin: Indigenous Governance, Laws and Lifeways – April 8, 2019

Posted on April 2, 2019

How might Indigenous governance systems contribute to changing our relationships with each other and to the land and waters?

Join us for an evening of learning and conversations featuring Indigenous knowledge keepers on Indigenous Law and knowledge systems, including Lee Maracle, Dawnis Kennedy, Sylvia Plain, Valarie Waboose, and others, on Indigenous governance in the city, and our shared responsibility to care for the land and waters.

Date: April 8, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 8 pm

Location: Toronto City Hall (Council Chamber) – 100 Queen St. West

This FREE event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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