Items of Interest

Posted on September 25, 2009

Items of Interest

Following is a link to a recent article Keith Stewart posted on that ….how Toronto’s greening strategy can benefit the environment while building a stronger social fabric. Thought some of you might be interested.

3Rs working Group Recruitment

Posted on September 25, 2009

3Rs working Group Recruitment Recruitment is underway to create a replacement list of members to fill vacancies as they arise in the 3Rs Working Group. Information on the recruitment is attached. Please feel free to circulate in your constituency newsletters or Email Alerts. 3Rs working Group Recruitment FLYER

Sorauren Park: History in the Making

Posted on September 25, 2009

Sorauren Park: History in the Making

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at an event organized by the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society. The event was a celebration of Sorauren Park; from farm, to industrial site, to TTC barns, and finally to a wonderful community resource in 1995.

The following link is to a video taken at the event, provided by the Historical Society

If you would like to become involved in this community organization, please contact the Roncesvalles MacDonnell Residents Association at


Posted on September 25, 2009

GREAT NEW CITY SERVICE: 311311 is the largest, most exciting customer service improvement undertaken by the City of Toronto since amalgamation. 311 improves accessibility to non-emergency City services and information, and will increase the City’s effectiveness in responding to public inquiries.One easy number provides residents and businesses with access to City services, programs and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A customer service representative will answer calls to 311 and resolve the majority of enquiries within that one call. Access to 311 customer service is provided in more than 180 languages via telephone interpretation service; TTY service for the hearing impaired is also provided. Callers from outside of the city can reach 311 by dialing 416-392-CITY (2489).Customer service staff who provided support to Transportation Services, Toronto Water and Solid Waste divisions, or who worked in Access Toronto, have moved into 311 Toronto as customer service representatives (CSRs). The full staff complement of 122 FTEs came from within existing City divisions and budgets.311 Toronto uses state-of-the-art technology to track requests for service and is the largest in North America to launch with end-to-end service integration. What this means is that many of the City’s different work order systems will effectively work together to bring improved service delivery to the residents and businesses in Toronto. Another key component of the 311 system is the City’s knowledge base. As of launch day, the knowledge base contains more than 15,000 answers to 13,800 questions. Where applicable, callers making a service request will be given a tracking number that they can use to track the progress of their request through to completion. The list of track-able services will continue to grow as the 311 operation expands.


Posted on September 25, 2009






Join concerned citizens from acrossToronto this Saturday as we march through communities along the tracks to send a message to Premier McGuinty that he must direct Metrolinx to use only clean, quiet electric trains for any expansion of rail traffic along the
Georgetown corridor.

This is your opportunity to register your opposition to the province’s plan to run over 450 diesel trains through west Toronto neighbourhoods. Minister of the Environment, John Gerretsen, has until October 4thto accept or reject Metrolinx’

Environmental Assessment. Come out this Saturday to add your voice to the growing chorus demanding modern transit and clean air in our communities.


The Human Train will get rolling in Weston at
8:30 am with Whistle Stops in a number of communities along the way. See the Human Train flyer at for times and locations of local stops.

1:00 pm, the Human Train arrives in Sorauren Park for the Main Rally of the day!

2:30, the Human Train will leave Sorauren Park for a parade down Lansdowne to Queen and west along Queen to Trinity Bellwoods.


No matter where you join the Human Train or how far you walk, we urge everyone from every neighbourhood to join us at SORAUREN PARK at 1:00 pm for the main event.


We will all gather together in the largest park beside the railway tracks to demonstrate the strength of public opposition to running diesel trains through heavily populated areas, and strong support for clean, quiet, modern electric trains.

This is an event for all ages, with music, placard painting, arts & crafts, street theatre, and a roster of passionate speakers including:
Toronto‘s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, MPP Cheri Di Novo, TDSB Trustee Irene Atkinson, and Toronto Councillor Gord Perks.

Join musicians,Oh Susanna and Sho, Mo and the Monkey Bunch on stage at
Sorauren Park, and then march with Gary Diggins and the GTA drummers as the Human Train leaves Sorauren Park for a parade through Queen West.

Start close to home and walk as much of the route as you can, but wherever you live, join everyone for the main event at
Sorauren Park at 1:00 pm.

Contact if youd like to walk the entire route from Weston to Queen West. Also need volunteers to be part of some street theatre – the Metrolinx White Elephant Train.

Bring your family, friends and neighbours! Make a banner, bring noisemakers (musical instruments, hand-made drums, whistles) and wear something Clean Train blue.




September 2009