City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city

Posted on November 20, 2017

News Release

November 20, 2017

City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city

Today, Mayor John Tory announced a new partnership with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Through this partnership, the City of Toronto and Waze will provide free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with the best information to navigate the city.

“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute,” said Mayor Tory. “Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”

Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users will now have access to the City’s traffic data in real-time, providing a greater ability for motorists to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams. More information about Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is available at https://www.waze.com/ccp.

The City will also be able to leverage anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions. In the Toronto area alone, there are more than 560,000 active Waze app users. Traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details can also be posted by users in the app. Every app user and trip improves the Waze map, and this data will help City staff better respond to issues as they occur.

“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”

In addition, Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects, such as the King Street Pilot that was launched last week.

About Waze

Waze is the social navigation pioneer, leveraging mobile technology and a passionate global community to redefine expectations of today’s maps. Waze is home to the world’s largest network of drivers who work together daily to outsmart traffic and save time and money. The app consistently recommends the fastest routes based on real-time driving and data from millions of users. From traffic reroutes to low gas price alerts and relevant offers from favourite brands, Waze is one of the most comprehensive driving companions in the marketplace. To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit http://www.waze.com/get. For more information on Waze privacy policy, visit https://www.waze.com/legal/privacy.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

Toronto Climate Action Network’s #Picture2050 contest!

Posted on November 20, 2017

#Picture2050 is a Photography Contest for photographers of all ages, inspired by the Toronto’s TransformTO Climate Plan

The goal of the plan is to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build a healthy, equitable and prosperous city.

Imagine Toronto in the year 2050.

What does a caring, thriving, climate-friendly city of the future look like?

Submit up to 3 photos that help visualize the Toronto you would like to see in 2050.

Find all the contest rules and submit your photos at the contest website: picture2050.ca

There are 3 award categories:

1. Kids, age 11 and under

2.Youth, age 12-17

3. Adults, age 18 and over.

Submit up to 3 photos by December 15th, 2017

What will make Toronto a climate-friendly place with thriving communities?
The city of Toronto is diverse, and many visions co-exist in its transformation.

Help us visualize the people, places and emotions that move us towards our city’s climate goals.
Show us what is happening now that looks like Toronto’s future.
Show us the visions that kids and young adults have for their future.

Winners

The winner in each category will be awarded $100 and will be recognized at an award ceremony.
The winning photographs, along with 4 “honourable mentions” in each category, will be framed and featured in a public exhibit.

Your images will be shared on the website and in social media.

Hashtags: #Picture2050 #TransformTO #TOgether.

 

57 Brock Avenue Update

Posted on November 9, 2017

The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Brock Seaforth Inc.,  have submitted a Settlement Proposal to the city. 

 City Legal and City Planning have accepted this settlement proposal by submitting a Staff Report to the November 7-9th City Council Meeting. The item is available online at :http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.CC34.12

This settlement  agreement will be heard prior to the OMB prehearing that was scheduled for November 23rd.

 The presentation from the Community Meeting :

Community Meeting Presentation

Join the conversation – Help re-name Toronto’s homelessness system

Posted on November 9, 2017

 

Help re-name Toronto’s homelessness system!

Council recently adopted a review (http://bit.ly/2o1r0Rj) of how the City locates homeless shelters making it clear that the conversation about homelessness services has to change. To do that, homeless shelters—programs, service delivery models, and building designs—all need to be transformed. This is underway now to emphasize that services exist to support clients to move to permanent housing as quickly as possible and with supports to assist them to keep their homes.

Understanding that language and names are powerful signals of the transformative changes being proposed through the new service model, Council also suggested staff consider new names for the service.

The City is seeking the input of Toronto residents in this process. Your input will help inform an external consultant’s recommendations regarding a possible new name for the homelessness services system, including shelters, to better reflect the positive roles that these play in communities and in the lives of our most vulnerable residents.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and is open until 12 December, 2017. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/2z9o6j7

Toronto Animal Services cat adoption event this weekend (All cats are $25) – November 10th – 12th, 2017

Posted on November 9, 2017

 

Are you coming over this weekend? From Friday to Sunday, (November 10 to 12) all cats are $25 plus taxes and licence. At all our shelters plus PetSmart at 835 Eglinton Ave W. Go to toronto.ca/adoptapet to view available cats!

Community Meeting: Development Application at 2720 Dundas St. West – Nov 21, 2017

Posted on November 3, 2017

The developer of 2720 Dundas St West has applied to the City of Toronto for a Zoning By-law Amendment to build a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area containing 173 dwelling units, a below grade parking lot with 93 parking spaces and additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.

Please see below.

2720 Dundas Community Meeting

King Street Pilot Project

Posted on November 3, 2017

 

Earlier this year, our plan for a bold move on King Street was approved by City Council. Work on The King Street Transit Pilot has progressed rapidly since, and the pilot will be launching on November 12.

King Street is the busiest surface transit route in the entire City, carrying more than 65,000 riders on a typical weekday. It is a critical downtown spine, connecting neighbourhoods, the largest employment centre in the entire country, and diverse urban forms and uses.

But we recognize that King Street isn’t working. Streetcars are often stuck in mixed traffic, making it challenging to keep transit service running smoothly. This often results in bunching and gapping of vehicles, uneven utilization of capacity, streetcar congestion and overcrowded vehicles. During rush hour, people are often unable to board the first streetcar that arrives.

A significant change is needed to improve transit service on this critical artery in our neighbourhoods. Like we’re doing in so many other areas – community facilities, new parkland, and more – we must both catch up with growth and plan for the future. The King Street Transit Pilot is our opportunity to do just that.

In the weeks ahead, you will see preparatory work along King Street such as new signage, modified traffic signals, and new paint markings. In the final days leading up to November 12, some lane closures will be necessary at times to install the finishing touches. Every effort is being made to minimize disruption.

When completed, new turn restrictions will be in place along King Street to limit vehicular access. Cars will still be able to reach every block of King Street in both directions, but commuter through-traffic will not be allowed. There will be no public parking on King Street. Instead, in the middle of each block, curbside space will be dedicated to commercial deliveries, accessible pick up and drop off, general pick up and drop off, taxi stands, and expanded public realm.

The project website has now been updated with a variety of materials to help you navigate the new and improved King Street, including: a helpful map of the corridor to help you figure out how to get where you need to go, an implementation timeline, and more.

To get us to November 12 (weather permitting), here is the implementation timeline available on the project website – much of the work below will be ongoing until the beginning of the pilot:

October 30 – Overhead sign installation begins

November 6 – Installation of new transit shelters at select stops, Curbside sign installation begins, pavement marking installation begins

November 10 – Installation of streetcar stop/public realm elements installation (concrete barriers, planters, tactile strips, and ramps) begins

November 11 – Signal activation

November 12 – Pilot begins

To find out more, take a look at this helpful info booklet on the pilot, and stay updated via the project website.

If you are have any questions or concerns about the King Street Transit Pilot – both the implementation and the operation – please do not hesitate to contact my office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

 

*New Attachements*

King Street Corridor Map Booklet

King Street Postcard Mail Drop

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

Posted on November 3, 2017

Stay Warm This Winter for Less

Tired of a cold, drafty home and high energy bills – HELP is here!

Through the City of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), you can get a low-interest loan to cover the cost of a new high-efficiency furnace, new windows, doors, insulation and more. And if you want to go the extra mile, the loan can also cover the cost of solar rooftop panels, solar hot water heaters, and geothermal heating and cooling!

The great thing about Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program, is that at the same time that you make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills, you’ll also be reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change.

Low-interest rates and great terms

In addition to offering low-interest rates (starting at 2%), and repayment terms of up to 15 years, you can repay the loan at any time without penalty. And if you sell your home and don’t want to pay off the loan, the new homeowner can assume the payments. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!

Save energy, money and more!

The results are impressive. On average, HELP participants::

reduce their home energy use by 30%;

save over $560 per year on their energy bills; and

receive additional incentives of up to $2,250 from utility companies such as Enbridge Gas and IESO

You can get a loan of up to $75,000 for your improvements. The process begins with an easy online application. The HELP team will then connect you with a Registered Energy Advisor, help you access the incentives provided by the utility companies, and do what they can to make the process smooth and seamless.

Here’s what one HELP participant had to say about their experience retrofitting their Scarborough home:

We wanted to make our home more energy efficient and HELP was a fit for our needs. The renovations would add value to our property. It was an easy experience for us and we are very appreciative!”

The City’s HELP team is available to support you throughout the process. Ready to get started? Have a few questions? We’d love to hear from you.

Contact us at 416-392-1826 or learn more at toronto.ca/home-energy-loan

 

 

City Planning Rail and Land Use study – consultation events

Posted on November 3, 2017

The City Planning Division is conducting a Land Use Study to develop a series of rail corridor typologies that are intended to inform the creation of a set of guidelines that will assist City Planning staff in the review of development applications on lands that are adjacent to rail corridors and yards.

 

The study is being conducted in two Phases. Phase 1, is an inventory and information gathering phase to gain a better understanding of what rail infrastructure exists in the City, the nature of rail operations and allow for the creation of a series of potential rail infrastructure typologies. Informed by Phase 1, and using the typologies identified, Phase 2 will include the creation of the proposed guidelines for development in proximity to rail infrastructure.

 

Public consultation and input is a key feature of the Study and City of Toronto Planning staff have scheduled four public consultation meetings across the City. These meetings offer an opportunity to provide comments on the Phase 1 report, ask questions of City Planning staff and provide input regarding rail safety and new development in the City. Feedback from these meetings will help inform City Planning staff as we develop a series of Toronto specific guidelines for development in proximity to rail operations.

 

Each meeting will run from 7 – 9PM and have been scheduled as follows:

 

November 6 – Metro Hall, Room 308/309 (55 John Street)


November 8 –Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers (399 The West Mall)

 
November 16 –North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers (5100 Yonge Street)


November 21 –Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers (150 Borough Drive)


November 30 – Metro Hall, Room 308 / 309 (55 John Street)

 

For more information regarding the ongoing study please visit the website at: https://web.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/guidelines-for-development-close-to-rail-corridors-yards/

Toronto’s Live Green Perks program supports eco-friendly shopping and local businesses

Posted on October 31, 2017

News Release

 

October 31, 2017

 

Toronto’s Live Green Perks program supports eco-friendly shopping and local businesses

 

The City of Toronto’s Live Green Toronto has upgraded the Live Green Card to a new app-based rewards program called Live Green Perks that offers members exclusive access to discounts and deals at local businesses, and invitations to special events and contests. Businesses offering deals and discounts via the app include local restaurants, retail shops and attractions that offer eco-friendly products, services or experiences.

 

“The Live Green Perks program makes it easier for people to make eco-friendly choices and support local businesses, which is a win for the city and the environment,” said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “It’s also a great way for Torontonians and visitors to get out there and explore what our amazing city has to offer.”

 

Anyone can join the program and membership is free. The Live Green Perks app can be downloaded for free for both iOS and Android devices. Members simply show their app at the time of purchase to redeem their perks. A physical card is available on request.

 

Live Green Toronto will also plant a tree for every 20 deals an individual claims in the app. Trees will be planted in the Live Green Forest in the Smith Ness Forest Conservation Area in the Niagara region.

 

Previously known as the Live Green Card, the City’s perks program has over 50,000 members. Live Green Perks is a component of Live Green Toronto, a program that promotes sustainable living. More information about Live Green Perks is available at http:www/livegreenperks.ca.

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