I would like to wish everyone in Ward 14 a safe and happy Halloween.
See you out on the street or in Sorauren Park for the annual Pumpkin event on November 1st.
Please be advised that the City of Toronto has completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to examine potential streetscape improvements on Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Dundas Street West.
All comments can be sent to to the Ministry of the Environment. A copy of the request must also be sent to the City contact – contacts listed below. The last date when these requests can be received is Monday, November 30, 2009.
Maogosha Pyjor Tel: 416-338-2850
Public Consultation Unit, City of Toronto Fax: 416-392-2974
Metro Hall, 19th Floor, 55 John Street TTY: 416-397-0831
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
The Honourable John Gerretsen Tel: 416-314-6790
Minister of the Environment Fax: 416-314-7337
12th Floor, 135 St. Clair Avenue West Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
I have attached the Notice of Completion for your reference:
When you change your clocks on November 1 for Daylight Savings, remember that it’s also time to change your smoke alarm batteries. As of
Use these tips if you plan to purchase and install a new smoke alarm:
• When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for information about correct placement, testing and maintenance.
• Test your smoke alarms every month using the test button.
• Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps.
• Replace smoke alarms with new ones if they are ten years and older.
• Cooking or steam from the shower can cause smoke alarms to activate. Do not remove the battery. Instead, try relocating the alarm or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush button feature that will temporarily silence the alarm.
Toronto Fire Chief Bill Stewart encourages all families to follow these important steps. “By installing and maintaining a working smoke alarm on every level of your home,”Chief Stewart stated, “you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best defense against the devastating effects of fire.”
It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain their smoke alarms. However, it is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties also comply with the law. Rental property tenants that do not have the required number of smoke alarms should contact their landlord immediately. It is also against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or to tamper with their alarm in any way. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could, upon conviction, result in a maximum fine of up to $50,000 for individuals, imprisonment, or both, and up to $100,000 for corporations.
For further information visit http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention/smoke_alarms.htm
In the first month of operation, 311
On average, the daily wait time for calls to be answered was 60 seconds, with 83 per cent of all calls answered in less than two minutes and an average call length of 216 seconds. During the first month, 311
In the first month, 269 callers required the assistance of interpretation services. 311
The 311 contact centre saw an increase in calls immediately after residents started receiving copies of the City’s newsletter, Our Toronto. This newsletter is mailed to all households in
Perhaps it’s the time of year, but the unusual calls received by 311
One caller asked who cleans up after the Police horses. While an unusual question, 311
Residents, businesses and visitors can call 311 to access non-emergency City services and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Early in 2010, 311 will expand to include self-service on the City’s website (toronto.ca/311).
Get the lead out of your tap water.
Was your house built before
the mid-1950s? If so, it may have lead pipes. This important
health message is for you.
Attached is a flyer with information for you about how to protect yourself until your service is replaced.
For more information call Public Health.
They will have good music, local food, old and new friends and lots of news and information about Ontario’s newest food co-operative. WEFCOntario, and one of the few non-profit co-ops.
They are planning to open a store by 2011 in the heart of Toronto’s west end, offering food as local as possible, community food programming and a place to change the food system in our own backyards. They welcome members from all of the stakeholder groups: producers, workers, eaters and our community partners.
They have big plans: a warm space, great food as local as possible, community cooking, processing and working. is one of the only multi-stakeholder co-ops in
Come join us to hear more about how we are making this exciting vision become reality
4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors)
invites seniors and their caregivers to join us for an Open House
Friday November 13 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
See attached flyer for more information:4cats-open-house.pdf
Message from the Roncesvalles Village BIA
Parking Returns To
Even though this has been a challenging time for our community, we’re
eagerly anticipating the completion of this phase of the construction
and the beautification of
Even though construction is not quite over—there will be some work
continuing into winter—much of the street is back to normal, and in
fact, almost every part of the street has parking or is close to
Your best approach to
always northbound through traffic. There is also on-street parking
almost everywhere from Queen up to Grenadier, making now a great time
to come back to your favourite shops, services and restaurants.
There is some heavy construction still at the north end, but this is
quickly finishing up, and besides, there’s lots of nearby parking in
the north end.
Many people have yet to discover that the
parking lot (with 44 spots, just west of
Avenue) is a public pay parking lot after on weekdays and
all day on weekends, making it a perfect spot to park to get to shops
in north Ronces, to catch a movie at the Revue, or have dinner and see
a band at any number of north end eateries.
And don’t forget the Green P parking lot where
lot. From there it’s just a few steps to
great shops and amenities like The Little Hair Shop, Mari Cla Ro,
Homebake Pizza and the Centre For Well Being.
All of us in
soon! Visit roncesvallesvillage.ca for more.
Management Advisory Service is organizing a day-long Networking Forum coming up on November 26.
Please see attached Notice for more information:mas-effective-networking-forum.pdf
HINI Inncoculation Clinic at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre
Help stop the spread of H1N1
The best way to stop the spread of H1N1 is to get vaccinated and practise good hygiene.
Do your part to stop the spread of germs: * wash or sanitize your hands frequently * cough or sneeze into a tissue * If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm – not your hands * clean common surfaces* stay home if you are ill.
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Staff are hosting a public information update meeting.
An area of Sorauren Park has been assessed for its suitability for dogs’ off-leash activities and staff would like to review the proposed area, receive comments/input from the public and discuss next steps.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please see attached notice for more information:
Congratulations to Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) for being recommended for a 2009 Toronto Heritage Grant Program. PARC was recommended to be awarded up to $25,000 for masonry and cast stone conservation for the property at 194 Dowling Avenue known as Edmond Place. This project was chosen by an independent selection committee composed of an architectural historian and a heritage building specialist. We look forward to seeing the completion of this exciting project in 2011.
There has never been a better time to upgrade the insulation in your home!
On October 14, 2009, The City of Toronto launched Home Energy Assistance Toronto (HEAT), a new incentive program offering residents up to $1,000 when they upgrade their home insulation.
Home Energy Assistance Toronto is open to homeowners of low-rise residential properties including single detached, semi-detached, attached (i.e. row houses) and small multi-unit buildings (three storeys or less and maximum footprint of 600 square metres).
HEAT is a partnership with Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes. To be eligible, homeowners must follow the steps outlined by the Federal program. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/residential/personal/retrofit-homes/apply.cfm?attr=4.
In total, ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes offers residents up to $5,000 in home efficiency grants. Ontario’s Home Energy Savings Program then matches these grants for another $5,000 (maximum). When combined with HEAT, this means that homeowners can now access up to $11,000 in total grants when they upgrade their home insulation, and also implement other important energy efficient upgrades.
The amounts specifically related to HEAT by area of insulation include:
• Up to $200 from the City of Toronto
• Up to $1,500 in Federal and Provincial grants
• Up to $500 from the City of Toronto
• Up to $3,750 in Federal and Provincial grants
• Up to $300 from the City of Toronto
• Up to $2,500 in Federal and Provincial grants
Visit http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen/home_energy_heat.html for more information on the recommended insulation measures for each area of the home.
But hurry, this program is on for a limited time only!
HEAT funds are only available to residents who complete their home renovations between August 6, 2009 and March 2012.
For more information on HEAT and other City of Toronto environmental programs, visit http://www.livegreentoronto.ca.