H.O.P.E. Garden

Posted on June 14, 2013


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News from The Four Villages Community Health Centre

Posted on June 14, 2013


Dear Community Partner

I am immensely pleased to announce the appointment of Tariq Asmi, as our new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 10, 2013. Tariq replaces Almerinda Rebelo who is retiring after 13 years of leading, inspiring and capacity building not only in the Four Villages community, but also in the community health sector.

Tariq has an extensive history in Ontario’s healthcare system and brings a wealth of experience to his role as CEO of The Four Villages Community Health Centre.  After completing his Masters in Economics at York University in 1987, Tariq began working with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as a management intern.  After several progressive roles in the Ministry, he became a policy advisor to the minister of health in 1995 and continued in this role with the next minister until 2001 when he joined Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre as Director of Strategic Projects.  While at Sunnybrook, Tariq completed a Masters of Health Sciences in Health Administration at the University of Toronto, after which he became the Executive Director at the Growing Communities Healthcare Alliance in 2004.  Before joining Four Villages, he was Vice-President of Regional Services at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  In 2012, Tariq was awarded University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) Society of Graduate’s Innovation Award in recognition of his work in bringing together health system stakeholders to improve access to mental health services.  Tariq also holds the designation of Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Tariq is an excellent addition to our leadership team at Four Villages.

Please join me in welcoming Tariq Asmi to the Four Villages team.



Chris Barnett

President, Board of Directors

The Four Villages Community Health Centre

Traffic Management Plans for the Dufferin Bridge Closure

Posted on June 14, 2013

In response to the Dufferin bridge closure Transportation Services have developed a traffic management plan for the area.  The key aspects of the plan are:

•  The installation of about 20 advisory traffic signs advising motorists of the Dufferin bridge closure.

• Signal timings have been adjusted along King Street West and Queen Street West to provide more east-west green time.


• A westbound left-turn green arrow feature will be installed on King Street West at Jameson Avenue during all time periods.


• Westbound left turns on King Street West at Strachan Avenue will be permitted during the peak periods – they were previously prohibited.


• Westbound left turns from Liberty Street to Dufferin Street will be prohibited at all times.


•Westbound green time on Liberty Street at Dufferin Street will be increased during all time periods.


• Our signals along Lake Shore Boulevard West are traffic adaptive and they adjust signal timings based on traffic volumes.

The goal is to protect all local streets from diverted traffic.  For now all regulations on these roadways will stay as they are.  Transportation staff will monitor the traffic patterns in the area and we will make changes as required.

Any concerns or suggestions will be noted and passed along to Transportation Services.


Dufferin Street Bridge Closure

Posted on June 7, 2013

Councillor Perks has met with City staff from both Technical and Transportation Services regarding the June 12th Dufferin Street Bridge Closure.


At this time, Technical Services can provide the following details. The present bridge will be closed to vehicles at 9 AM June 12th. In approximately 3-6 months, the present bridge will be demolished. The vehicular crossing should be fully re-established within 18 months with temporary bridges.  Pedestrian and cycling access will remain available. A construction schedule is currently being developed to minimize the disruption to pedestrian traffic.  Further information will be provided once the schedule has been developed.


Transportation Staff have advised that 20 traffic signs have been placed at intersections leading to the Dufferin Street Bridge to alert motorists of the upcoming closure of the Bridge and to make plans to take alternative routes. They are currently developing a plan that will adjust traffic signals and signage to minimize the impact of this closure on both residential communities and businesses. Transportation Staff will monitor traffic flows and continue to make adjustments as necessary.


TTC staff are currently reviewing their bus routes to ensure minimal disruption.


A project web site is being developed which will have the most up-to-date information for the public to access.


We will provide details of that site once available. For now, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/improvements/ward14.htm for the latest details.

How a morning stroll led to a pesticide ban : Porter

Posted on June 7, 2013

A story about a few people making a difference.

Please check out the Toronto Star article: How a morning stroll led to a pesticide ban : Porter

Final Report – Queen Street West (between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street) – Restaurant Study

Posted on June 7, 2013


The Queen West Restaurant Report is finished and will be debated at the June 18th meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC).

You can find the Report here: Final Report – Queen Street West – Restaurant Study

In August 2010, in response to these concerns, City Council passed a motion directing City Planning staff to study Queen Street and report back on measures mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area. While the study was underway, an Interim Control By-law (ICB) was passed by Toronto Council (October, 2012) to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street for a one year period. This gave City Planning time to finish the study.

June 2013