Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Bloor by the Park BIA Community Open House Reminder

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this coming community meeting:

You are invited to join members of the Bloor by the Park Business Improvement Area (BIA), the City of Toronto Staff and Electrical Engineering Consultant, to review the pedestrian lighting plans in more detail and to learn additional information about the lighting improvements that will be taking place in 2017.

Increasing lighting is important to address pedestrian activity during the evening hours, establish local identity, and reinforce a sense of time and place.

The pedestrian light poles will be installed along the sidewalks of Bloor Street between Keele Street and Dundas Avenue West. Funding for this project is being provided by the BIA and the City of Toronto. The plans will be displayed at the Open House.

The BIA Board approved the locations and design of the lighting poles. The lighting poles will be installed in 2017. The lighting project will be constructed by City-approved contractors, and paid and maintained by the BIA.

They would like to offer you the opportunity to view the plans before they present them for permit approval.

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St W, Lower Hall

Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Reminder

Posted on November 4, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this public meeting:

On Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 7:00 PM, the Parks and Environment Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation will meet to consider the TransformTO staff report.

Recognizing that Climate Change is one of the most important issues of our time, the City of Toronto has established ‘TransformTO’ to produce a framework that will help the city identify the path to sustainability and suggest key starting points where we will need to begin with a goal of greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% by 2050.

Two separate but related documents are being created:

A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.

A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city.

As Chair of the Subcommittee, and on behalf of its members, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend and share your comments.

Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room #1, 2nd Floor
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

I would also ask you to share this invitation broadly with those who may be interested in attending.

At the initial meeting in March 2015, the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation heard over 200 residents who shared their visions and concerns regarding TransformTO’s initiatives. Since then over 2000 Torontonians have participated in the project. The full public engagement report is available at http://bit.ly/2cImhRo.

More information about TransformTO is available at http://www.toronto.ca/transformto.

Thank you for your participation in this important work. I look forward to seeing you on November 14th.

Police Oversight Public Consultations

Posted on November 2, 2016

Justice Michael Tulloch has been asked to conduct an independent review of the police oversight bodies in Ontario: the Special Investigations Unit, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. The purpose of his review will be:

  • to make recommendations on how to enhance the transparency and accountability of the police oversight bodies while preserving fundamental rights;
  • to ensure the police oversight bodies are effective and have clear mandates; and
  • to reduce overlap and inefficiencies between these bodies.

A final report containing all recommendations will be delivered to the Attorney General no later than March 31, 2017 and will be made available to the public.

As part of the mandate, he is engaging in public discussions. A public consultation meeting will be held at Metro Hall on Thursday November 10th from 6-8pm. For more information about the review, you may visit the website at www.policeoversightreview.ca.

He gives his thanks and looks forward to your involvement in this consultation process.

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Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on October 24, 2016

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on October 24, 2016

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Bloor by the Park BIA Community Open House

Posted on October 20, 2016

You are invited to join members of the Bloor by the Park Business Improvement Area (BIA), the City of Toronto Staff and Electrical Engineering Consultant, to review the pedestrian lighting plans in more detail and to learn additional information about the lighting improvements that will be taking place in 2017.

Increasing lighting is important to address pedestrian activity during the evening hours, establish local identity, and reinforce a sense of time and place.

The pedestrian light poles will be installed along the sidewalks of Bloor Street between Keele Street and Dundas Avenue West. Funding for this project is being provided by the BIA and the City of Toronto. The plans will be displayed at the Open House.

The BIA Board approved the locations and design of the lighting poles. The lighting poles will be installed in 2017. The lighting project will be constructed by City-approved contractors, and paid and maintained by the BIA.

They would like to offer you the opportunity to view the plans before they present them for permit approval.

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St W, Lower Hall

CNE Traffic and Parking Meeting Reminder

Posted on October 15, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this public meeting:

Friends, please share with your neighbours:

The Community Meeting to review traffic and parking issues in South Parkdale during ‘The EX’ has been scheduled for:

October 25th, 2016 at 7 PM
Parkdale United Church Hall
(Basement meeting room)
171 Dunn Ave, at King Street West.

The meeting will be an opportunity to review the South Parkdale Working Group proposals implemented this year to lessen the impact of vehicle pressures in South Parkdale during ‘The EX’.

It will also provide a forum to discuss further actions that can be implemented in upcoming years to alleviate these vehicle pressures.

City Transportation and Licencing staff, along with Toronto Parking Enforcement and Toronto Police Services have been invited to attend.

I hope you can attend. However, please feel free to share your comments with my office for review by staff and community members at the meeting if you are unable to attend.

Notice of Meeting – Exhibition Place Official Plan Amendment Subcommittee

Posted on October 13, 2016

A meeting of the Exhibition Place Official Plan Amendment Subcommittee has been called for:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
9:30 am
Committee Room 4, 2nd Floor
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto

This meeting will elect a chair for the subcommittee and nothing more. There is not yet any agenda for the subcommittee as there is no elected chair.

Further information on this subcommittee will be posted as it becomes available.

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