Pool painting at Columbus Parkette

Posted on September 26, 2008

Last weekend the weather held out and I joined over 20 adults and children gathered at Columbus Parkette to paint the pool, enjoy a community BBQ and have some fun!

I am happy to say that since my first park walkabout with residents I have been working very hard to make necessary improvements to this great park space. As some of you are aware I am committed to working with residents and stakeholder groups to improve accessibility and strengthen neighbourhood connections to park spaces all across ward 14 (look for a future posting on a BRAND NEW PARK in the ward!!). The Columbus Parkette Beautification Project, led by a strong community, is committed to working with my office to transform this park space to create a sense of ownership and community-building for the neighbourhood at large. I am pleased to be a part of their first accomplishments and look forward to participating in their future successes.

West Lodge Park Improvements

Posted on September 26, 2008

I would just like to follow up from my posting last week regarding park improvements. I will be hosting a public meeting on October 9th, 2008, 6:30pm, at Parkdale PS (staffroom) to share the project design with you and get your feedback on the design work done to date. I would like to invite all of you living around this green space to share your experiences of accessing West Lodge Park, and to identify additional opportunities for improvement in this great space.

For more information please see attached flyer.




Posted on September 26, 2008

The Queen West Art Crawl, developed by Artscape in 2002, is a one day festival geared towards showcasing local art. This exciting event has gained great momentum over the last five years and has grown into a unique 3 day event that attracts over 100,000 participants annually. This year, Artscape partnered with the Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation (PLEDC), a community organization with experience working with artists in the Parkdale neighbourhood, to bring to Torontonians a fresh and dynamic QWAC. I had the pleasure of joining PLEDC, Parkdale residents and local artists to launch this event at the Gladstone Hotel.

Congratulations to all participants, Artscape and PLEDC for bringing this unique art event to Parkdale and for working so hard to make this year’s QWAC such a great success!

For more information please visit http://www.parkdaleliberty.com/show_info.php?page_id=66

Information for Voters from Ethnocultural Communities

Posted on September 26, 2008

In an effort to provide as many electors as possible with important information about federal elections, Elections Canada has produced, in 27 heritage languages, a voter information guide and a document concerning voter identification at the polls. All documents are in PDF format.


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It’s Time to Clear the Air

Posted on September 26, 2008

All of us want to keep our air clean, but that’s something for big business and government to do. The average person can’t do anything, right?

Wrong! Here’s a simple thing that all of us can do to help improve the quality of the air we breathe. Instead of idling vehicles, turn off the engine when you are not in traffic. It’s a simple but effective step toward cleaner air.

The City of Toronto is having an idle free blitz, running from Sept. 29 to October 3, to educate residents on the importance of not idling vehicles.

When a vehicle is being idled, harmful contaminants are released into the air when you idle your vehicle. Recent studies have shown that contaminants from vehicle emissions are major contributors to deteriorating air quality in our city. By turning off your vehicle’s engine, you can do your part to help keep our air clean.

Restricting vehicles left idling is part of Toronto’s overall action plan to reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and poor air quality. The city also encourages residents to consider alternative methods of transportation such as walking, cycling and using public transit. The City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan is available at www.toronto.ca/environment

Reducing vehicle idling can help improve the air we breathe. The Air Quality Health Index is a new tool that measures air quality in terms of our health. Hourly readings and forecasts are available at www.airhealth.ca.

And, not only does reducing idling save our air, it can save money, too. Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than re-starting your engine. If your vehicle is left idling for 10 minutes a day, you would use up more than 100 litres of fuel in a year. Improving air quality and saving money – that’s a combination you just can’t beat!

Here are a couple of other tips that can help. It’s better to warm up your car by driving it rather than idling the engine. Warm up times are reduced by half and you’ll use less fuel. Use remote car starters sparingly. The use of this item results in additional engine idling.

The City of Toronto has a by-law aimed at reducing unnecessary idling. It limits idling to no more than three minutes in a 60-minute period. As well, the by-law allows for idling during extreme outdoor temperatures to ensure heating or cooling inside a vehicle.

It’s time for all of us to take a lead role in clearing the air. Turn off your vehicle’s engine instead of idling. Let’s all breathe easier.

September 2008