City of Toronto – Taxicab Industry Review Survey

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

Taxicab Industry Review launches survey for taxicab riders

The City of Toronto has launched an online survey to gather information from taxicab passengers. The results will be used as part of an analysis of the appropriate number of taxicabs in the city.

The survey looks to gain information about how often people use taxicabs, when and where people usually get taxicabs and how long people typically wait for their ride.

The information collected will feed into Toronto’s ongoing Taxicab Industry Review.

Toronto taxicab riders are encouraged to take part in improving Toronto’s taxicab industry by participating in the online survey at

http://www.torontotaxistudy.com.

The survey is being conducted by Taxi Research Partners. This research firm was hired by the City to produce an independent report that will examine the appropriate number of taxicabs and its economic impacts, including the potential for changes to Toronto’s taxicab fare system.

To be kept up to date on the review and other upcoming consultation opportunities, please sign up for the Taxicab Industry Review mailing list at

http://www.toronto.ca/taxireview.

Metrolinx – 'The Big Move' Public Rountable

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

“Join The Big Conversation – Attend A Public Roundtable Meeting Near You

The Big Move is Metrolinx’s plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

It’s all about tackling gridlock and improving transportation access, integration and efficiency. And – whether you drive a car, use public transit, cycle or walk – this plan will change how you get around your community.

The first phase of Big Move projects is well underway and $34 billion of local and regional transit projects are proposed for the next phase of development. There’s a lot on the go and a lot to discuss.

We’re hosting a Big Conversation about our plan to get the region moving. It’s a good opportunity to learn about and discuss current and future transportation projects.

Join us at a Public Roundtable Meeting in your area
•    February 9 – Toronto: Metro Hall, Room 308, 1-3pm  

Registration is optional.
If you would like to register or you have any questions, call 1-888-480-2546.

All meetings are close to public transit. Parking will also be available.

Each meeting location is accessible. If you require accommodation because of a disability or special need, call 1-888-480-2546.

Meetings will be conducted in English. French language services are available upon request. Meetings will begin promptly – please arrive on time.

Host your own Big Conversation: To request one or more boxed copies of the kit to host with a full size map and playing cards, please write to connect@bigmove.ca or download the kit here

 “

 

Metrolinx – ‘The Big Move’ Public Rountable

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

“Join The Big Conversation – Attend A Public Roundtable Meeting Near You

The Big Move is Metrolinx’s plan to rebuild transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

It’s all about tackling gridlock and improving transportation access, integration and efficiency. And – whether you drive a car, use public transit, cycle or walk – this plan will change how you get around your community.

The first phase of Big Move projects is well underway and $34 billion of local and regional transit projects are proposed for the next phase of development. There’s a lot on the go and a lot to discuss.

We’re hosting a Big Conversation about our plan to get the region moving. It’s a good opportunity to learn about and discuss current and future transportation projects.

Join us at a Public Roundtable Meeting in your area
•    February 9 – Toronto: Metro Hall, Room 308, 1-3pm  

Registration is optional.
If you would like to register or you have any questions, call 1-888-480-2546.

All meetings are close to public transit. Parking will also be available.

Each meeting location is accessible. If you require accommodation because of a disability or special need, call 1-888-480-2546.

Meetings will be conducted in English. French language services are available upon request. Meetings will begin promptly – please arrive on time.

Host your own Big Conversation: To request one or more boxed copies of the kit to host with a full size map and playing cards, please write to connect@bigmove.ca or download the kit here

 “

 

City of Toronto – 'Feeling Congested?' Transportation Consultation

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

Toronto launches Feeling Congested? transportation consultation

“The City of Toronto today launched a public consultation campaign with the aim of engaging Torontonians on a range of issues related to transportation planning, priorities and funding.

This engagement, called Feeling Congested?, will support and inform the comprehensive review of Toronto’s Official Plan transportation policies, as well as the development of a new long-term transportation plan, and a funding and investment strategy.

The City would like to hear from users of all transportation modes (driving, transit, walking, cycling) in all parts of the city. The City Planning Division has planned in-person events (open houses and expert panel sessions), online consultation tools, social media, and do-it-yourself consultation opportunities intended to achieve broad participation.

The following in-person consultation meetings will be held in the coming days:
• February 4 – York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. (Foyer)
• February 6 – Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. (Rotunda)
• February 11 – North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (Members Lounge)
• February 13 – City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (Rotunda)

The meetings will consist of an afternoon session (4 to 6:30 p.m.) and an evening session (6:30 to 9 p.m.), which will both contain the same content. The meeting format will consist of open house display boards, a powerpoint presentation and a table/group discussion/question-and-answer period.

In addition to the in-person consultation, residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback online at http://www.feelingcongested.ca. The interactive survey will allow users to rank transportation priorities and funding methods. This data will be collected and integrated with the assessments generated at the in-person events.

The results of these consultations will culminate in a recommendation to Council on the City of Toronto’s feedback to Metrolinx on its next wave of priority projects and on Torontonians’ opinion of Metrolinx funding options. The results will also provide greater clarity to public and private sector partners on the direction of the City’s transportation infrastructure investment.

Phases two and three of the consultation will follow this current phase, and will include additional meetings being held between April and November. Phase two will determine the City of Toronto’s priority projects and refinements to other Official Plan transportation policies, while phase three will look at connecting revenue tools to priority projects.

The outcomes of this overall process will ultimately inform revisions to the City of Toronto’s Official Plan policies.

Be part of the conversation. Visit the website and take the survey, follow us on twitter @congestedTO, email us at feelingcongested@toronto.ca, like us on facebook at facebook.com/feelingcongested, and sign up to receive e-updates from the City http://www.toronto.ca/e-updates/index.htm (check the “Official Plan” box).

City of Toronto – ‘Feeling Congested?’ Transportation Consultation

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

Toronto launches Feeling Congested? transportation consultation

“The City of Toronto today launched a public consultation campaign with the aim of engaging Torontonians on a range of issues related to transportation planning, priorities and funding.

This engagement, called Feeling Congested?, will support and inform the comprehensive review of Toronto’s Official Plan transportation policies, as well as the development of a new long-term transportation plan, and a funding and investment strategy.

The City would like to hear from users of all transportation modes (driving, transit, walking, cycling) in all parts of the city. The City Planning Division has planned in-person events (open houses and expert panel sessions), online consultation tools, social media, and do-it-yourself consultation opportunities intended to achieve broad participation.

The following in-person consultation meetings will be held in the coming days:
• February 4 – York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. (Foyer)
• February 6 – Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. (Rotunda)
• February 11 – North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. (Members Lounge)
• February 13 – City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (Rotunda)

The meetings will consist of an afternoon session (4 to 6:30 p.m.) and an evening session (6:30 to 9 p.m.), which will both contain the same content. The meeting format will consist of open house display boards, a powerpoint presentation and a table/group discussion/question-and-answer period.

In addition to the in-person consultation, residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback online at http://www.feelingcongested.ca. The interactive survey will allow users to rank transportation priorities and funding methods. This data will be collected and integrated with the assessments generated at the in-person events.

The results of these consultations will culminate in a recommendation to Council on the City of Toronto’s feedback to Metrolinx on its next wave of priority projects and on Torontonians’ opinion of Metrolinx funding options. The results will also provide greater clarity to public and private sector partners on the direction of the City’s transportation infrastructure investment.

Phases two and three of the consultation will follow this current phase, and will include additional meetings being held between April and November. Phase two will determine the City of Toronto’s priority projects and refinements to other Official Plan transportation policies, while phase three will look at connecting revenue tools to priority projects.

The outcomes of this overall process will ultimately inform revisions to the City of Toronto’s Official Plan policies.

Be part of the conversation. Visit the website and take the survey, follow us on twitter @congestedTO, email us at feelingcongested@toronto.ca, like us on facebook at facebook.com/feelingcongested, and sign up to receive e-updates from the City http://www.toronto.ca/e-updates/index.htm (check the “Official Plan” box).

City of Toronto – Outdoor Rinks and Programs

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

The  City of Toronto’s 51 outdoor ice skating rinks! General hours of operation for the City’s outdoor rinks are 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week. Hours vary at each location so to help plan for your skating visit please see: http://ow.ly/fZ5rp

 

If you have never skated before or want to brush up on your skills take a look at the programs the City offers:

Skating & Rinks

 

 

As well, we have a couple of community rinks in Ward 14 that operate on the effort and hard work of local residents who spend many hours flooding, shoveling, and building.

Take a look at the Sorauren Park rink at:

http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/sorauren-rink-open/

 

Or the little rink at Ritchie Parkette at:

http://ritchieparkette.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-rink-is-ready.html

Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Events In Ward 14

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Parkdale Public Library

(1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6, 416-393-7686)

 

Friday Movie Nights at Parkdale – Fri Feb 01, 2013, – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Parkdale Auditorium

“Parkdale Library will be holding Movie Nights! Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen. For more information, call 416-393-7686.”

 

Peer Tutoring Club – Sat Feb 02, 2013, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Parkdale Program Room

“In the Peer Tutoring Club, youth get help with their home work assignments or any other academic assistance from their volunteer peers tutors and the youth worker. In partnership with the Parkdale Community Information Centre

 

Saturday Stories – Sat Feb 02,2013, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Parkdale

“A program for the whole family. Rhymes, songs and stories. Saturdays, ongoing. Taking place in the children’s picture book area.”

 

Beyond Sound Empijah: The Rumble of the Drums – Wed Feb 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Parkdale Program Room

“Toronto-based drummer Muhtadi has assembled an awesome, thunderous circle of young drummers and dancers. Culled from some of the GTA?s best arts and dance companies, Beyond Sound Empijah will thrill you with their energy, rhythm and traditional beats. Don?t miss this afternoon of sound and spectacle.”

 

Do You Have a Will? – Wed Feb 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

“Wills and estate planning clinic presented by Deepa Mattoo, Staff Lawyer, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).”

For more information on the Parkdale Branch please see:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB073&R=LIB073

 

 

 

 

High Park Public Library

(228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2L7,  416-393-7671)

 

Personal Finances for Older Women – Wed Feb 06, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room

“A Woman’s Guide to Money Matters with financial advisor Bernardine Perreira. Learn about the top 3 mistakes women retirees make with their finances and how to avoid them.”

 

Saturday Writers – Sat 02, 2013 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., High Park Community Room

“Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, poetry, essays welcome.”

 

Babytime – Tue, Feb 05 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m., High Park Community Room

“Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies (up to 18 months) with their parents or caregivers. Contact for Registration”

 

Roncesvalles Village Historical Society – Thu, Feb 07 – 6:30 p.m. High Park Community Room

 

For more information on the High Park Branch please see:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB049&R=LIB049

 

City of Toronto – Black History Month 2013

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

 

Each year, the City of Toronto is proud to support events and exhibits scheduled for Black History Month, inviting members of the public to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians.

Black History Month began in the United States as “Negro History Week” in February 1926, through the work of African American scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. His aim was to raise awareness and understanding in the school curriculum of the African experience around the world. The United States began to formally celebrate Black History Month in the 1960s. Through community activities, organizers sought to present a more balanced and accurate picture of Black history.

In the 1950’s, community organizations such as the Canadian Negro Women’s Association began to celebrate the importance of the history of the black community in Toronto. In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month through efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society. In 1995, Toronto Area MP Jean Augustine introduced a motion which was passed unanimously by the House of Commons to recognise Black History Month across Canada.

Black History Month is an opportunity for the City of Toronto to recognize the past and present contributions that African Canadians make to the life of Toronto in such areas as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics and human rights.

 

To learn more about Black History Month in Toronto see: http://www.toronto.ca/blackhistory/index.htm

To see upcoming Black History Month events please visit: Black History Month Events

For some wonderful archival photos please see: City of Toronto Archives – Black History Month

 

Metrolinx/Go – Lakeshore West Track Work Notice

Posted on February 1, 2013

We have been notified by Metrolinx/GO that,

“I’m writing on behalf of Metrolinx’s Stakeholder Relations team to provide you with an update on track work that is currently underway along GO’s Lakeshore West line in your ward.

Contractors working on behalf of GO Transit have been welding rail joints on each of the four sets of tracks between Port Credit GO Station and Dufferin St. As is commonly the case with maintenance work of this nature, it requires tracks to be taken out of service and thus can only be carried out at times when train traffic is at a reduced level. This work is anticipated to run until April 2013.

The attached notice provides an overview/schedule of the work as well as potential impacts to local residents.  Should members of the public wish to get in touch with GO Transit directly, GO Transit’s contact centre is reachable at 1-888-GET-ON-GO and will promptly respond to any questions or concerns.”

 

To view a .pdf of the notice please see: Lakeshore West Track Work Community Notice_Jan2013

Parkdale Community Legal Services – Fair Start

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

“What happened to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB)?

How can I access the new Housing Stabilization Fund?

Come out to discuss how we can fight back against cuts to social assistance and build a movement that can win a raise in rates.

Wheelchair accessible. Kids welcome. Tokens available. Refreshments provided.”

 

 

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