TrashTalk: Community Grants and Waste Wizard

Posted on January 29, 2018

Have an innovative idea to reduce waste in your community?

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based efforts to reduce residential waste and increase participation in Toronto’s waste diversion programs. Priority for funding will be given to projects that reduce waste in apartments and condos. Examples of projects that could be eligible include waste education and engagement programs and initiatives that align with Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, such as the repair, exchange, swapping and sharing of goods. Applications close February 23, 2018. For more information and to submit an Expression of Interest visit

Know Before You Throw! Ask the Waste Wizard
Don’t know what to do with your old skates or plastic takeout containers? Unsure whether a certain item or type of packaging goes in the Blue Bin (recycling)? Not entirely clear on what is considered Green Bin (organics) material? When in doubt, ask the Waste Wizard, the City of Toronto’s online search tool that provides information on how to properly dispose of over 2,000 items. It’s quick and easy to use. Simply go to and type in the item you’re wondering about.

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective

Posted on January 18, 2018

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.

For more information:

Ward 13 & 14 Community Budget Meeting – Thursday, January 25th

Posted on January 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

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.

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Transit day of action on January 30, 2018

Posted on January 15, 2018

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? 

  • Sign up to join a January 30 canvass near you or start your own.
  • Join our phone bank on January 23 to mobilize riders for the transit day of action.
  • Send a message to your councillor asking them to fairly fund the TTC.

There are 1.8 million transit riders in Toronto. Let’s work together to win better transit.

Shelagh Pizey-Allen – TTCriders

2018 Youth in Policing Initiative : Summer Program

Posted on January 10, 2018

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

Public space initiatives announced for King Street Transit Pilot

Posted on January 10, 2018

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

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 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 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


Be prepared! Protect your pipes from freezing

Posted on January 4, 2018

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


Residential Front or Side Door Solid Waste Collection Program

Posted on January 4, 2018

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 .

Please contact my office at should you have any questions .








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