Emmanuel Howard Park United Church: Good News For A Local Landmark

Posted on April 14, 2007

Emmanuel Howard Park United Church and our community have taken a great step forward together. I am happy to let you know that the Toronto East York Committee of Adjustment has approved the variance requested by this Roncesvalles Avenue Church. The agreement reached between Emmanuel Howard Park United Church and its near neighbours, which was endorsed by the Committee of Adjustment, is a credit to everyone involved.The ruling removes a major legal barrier to the continued operation of The Village Healing Centre in a Church building while addressing many of the neighbours’ concerns. Best of all, the agreement and Committee ruling allows the Church to continue to deliver, and shelter, many vital services to our community. I am happy that my office was able to play a role in resolving this issue. I especially want to thank everyone on both sides of the issue for working together to resolve difficult issues in a positive way.

April 21, 2007 – Ward 14 Environment Day

Posted on April 14, 2007

Ward 14’s 2007 Environment Day is happening Saturday, April 21st from 10am -2pm! Leaf compost, rain gauges, hazardous waste pick up and recycling bins will be available during these times at Sorauren Park. In addition, we have arranged to have a second compost drop off at Masaryk Cowan on Friday, April 20th at 4:30pm.

In addition, I encourage you to use this day as a opportunity to engage your individual community organizations to get involved in the community, and in the spirit of Environment Day, do something environmental.

If you are interested in the City of Toronto’s 20-minute clean up please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/litter/clean-up/index.htm

Climate Change Action Forum

Posted on April 14, 2007

On April 29 Mayor David Miller and the Toronto Environment Office are hosting the Climate Change Action Forum that will take place at Exhibition Place. At the Forum participants will be engaged and have their say on the City’s 27 potential actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and smog causing pollutants, which will help in the preparation of the City’s Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan.

Advertisments about the Forum start today (April 13) in Toronto media publications. Attached are two information pieces that you may wish to share with your constituents or place on your websites. Please encourage your constituents to participate.

Information about the Climate Change Action Forum and the framework document “Change is in the Air” is also available on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/environment

Constituents must register by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

Community Event – yoza! yoza! git it down. git it done.

Posted on April 14, 2007

Toronto, April 22nd @ Gladstone: spins and needles & streetknit pair to benefit Toronto’s homeless

Date: Sunday April 22 2007
Time: 8 p.m. onwards
Location: Gladstone Hotel : Art Bar (1214 Queen St. W.)
Cover: $8 before 10 p.m. $10 after

Go Transit Track Work – West Toronto Diamond Rail Yard

Posted on April 14, 2007

I am trying to use all my powers as a City Councillor to limit the noise due to the Go Transit utility relocation project. My office received a request for a noise exemption for an Enabling Works contract to relocate utilities at the West Toronto Diamond Rail Yard on April 2nd, 2007. We received this request 7 days before the work was to commence. I immediately addressed this very short notice with both the construction company and GO transit, and stressed that the application should have been sent in much earlier. In the days following my office contacted the construction company and the Corridor Manager from GO Transit to get detailed information on the work being done, and negotiated how the disturbance to residents in the area be minimized to the greatest extent. We were very very strict on the levels of noise, and before granting the exemption I requested the following, in light of the details:
-That an on site administrator will be present 24hrs a day to monitor noise and respond to concerns immediately.
-That supervisors/administrators on site have their phone numbers listed in the notification sent out to all affected residents in the area.

-That any efforts to minimize noise during the nighttime hours be outlined in a letter from the construction company to GO Transit and my office, and that these efforts be followed as closely as possible.
I have been very stringent with minimal disturbance, and have been in regular contact with GO Transit and the construction company to ensure that they are aware of any concerns that have arisen. GO has advised that in the overall scheme, they are doing this work to decrease noise in the future. I understand that completing this project will minimize inconvenience to local residents and decrease the overall noise in this corridor by removing the at-grade diamond rail crossing that is the major source of noise. Noise and vibration are generated by the steel rail wheels crossing over the space between the crossing steel rails. With the CN Weston Sub underpassing the CPR North Toronto Sub, upon completion of the project, the overall noise inn the corridor will decrease.
During the day (before 7:00 pm) if you have any questions and/or concerns about this work, please contact the Contract Administrator, Sam D’Ascenzo 416-604-3223 (site office) or on his cell 905-601-1802, or Sabi Ahluwalia (same site office number) or on his cell 905-302-0472.
If there are any concerns after 7:00pm please call Patrick (he will be on the night shift) at 416-604-3223 (site office) or on his cell 905-302-1821.

April 2007