The debate over which services to reduce and by how much came to a head at the September Council meeting when City Council unanimously over-ruled the City Manager’s cost containment strategy in one area. We voted to reinstate Monday services in Community Centres. Community centres are wonderful spaces for Torontonians to facilitate community building and the development of physical, intellectual and social skills. I am happy to report that community centres will resume Monday operations on October 15th, 2007. Unfortunately, we still have to deal with the shortfall that lead to that service reduction.
As I have said many times, I did not run for office to cut valuable programs and services in our neighbourhoods. Through the City’s cost containment measures we have all been forced to examine what our public services mean to all of us, and how much we are willing to pay to sustain them. I believe Torontonians will support the view that we cannot lose these services permanently. I believe Torontonians will speak in favour of paying for them with the Land Transfer Tax and the Vehicle Registration Fee. I hope you share this view and encourage you to speak out, and to show your support. To find out more please visit www.fairtaxes.ca
A few weeks ago I asked the TTC to extend the community consultation period, to allow for greater community input, when discussing the Western Waterfront Light Rail Transit Line. I am happy to announce that the extension has been granted. Another community information meeting will be held in mid to late November. When the date has been confirmed I will post it on my blog as well as forward to all the Resident’s Associations for distribution.
Meri Newton from my office attended a walkabout of the proposed Waterfront Light rail Transit Line on Tuesday September 25th. The walkabout was well attended. They started at the Dufferin Bridge and walked along the proposed northern route. Several stops were made along the way including a small detour down Jameson Avenue to look at the proposed southern route. Chris Bishop, TTC engineer, was on hand to answer any questions pertaining to the proposed lines. Thank you to the PRA and the Parkdale Waterfront Steering Committee for organizing this event.
This is to advise that the TTC track work on the section of Dundas Street West from Sterling Road to Howard Park Avenue will begin October 4, 2007.
The work from Howard Park Avenue to Sorauren Avenue will be carried out in two stages. The first stage will be carried out between just west of Morrow Avenue to Sorauren Avenue from October 4, 2007 until October 26, 2007. During this time Dominion Lumber will not be able to use their yard access on Dundas Street (2032 Dundas St. West) for delivery of materials. In order for Dominion Lumber to accept deliveries and carry on their business, they will require a temporary permit to allow them to unload trailers on Morrow Avenue.
After October 26, 2007 the track work will progress across Morrow Avenue and Dominion Lumber will again have their regular Dundas Street yard access restored and the Morrow Avenue use for unloading material will no longer be required.
If you have any questions, please contact my office.