Friends of: Charles G. Williams Park – 1st Meeting

Posted on July 29, 2013

You are invited!

They will be discussing a potential addition to the park and need community feedback.

The meeting will be on Thursday August 1, 2013 at the Smock Cafe at 287 Roncessvalles Avenue.

Please forward this along to individuals who may be interested!


Gardiner Expressway West planting 2013

Posted on July 25, 2013

A proposal for tree planting and associated “no mow naturalization” on the Gardiner Expressway West is attached. This is very exciting news for Ward 14 as it will provide a significant piece of green infrastructure in Ward 14 with over 189 new trees proposed along the waterfront. Benefits include, carbon and expressway noise reduction, oxygen production, temperature regulation and storm water absorption. All existing trees are to remain. This is a project with Urban Forestry.
The majority of planting proposed is to expand on an existing oak-savanah type appearance. They are proposing oaks with 20′ spacing that would have the potential to reach a significant size. They also proposed more formal planting rows at location ‘A’ for an agricultural / orchard heritage appearance. The plant list is in consultation with urban forestry.
Planting is targeted for Fall 2013.
For the project schematics, click here: Gardiner W current planting proposal
For the list of plants , click here: Plant List Gardiner revised

Emerald Ash Borer Information Night

Posted on July 25, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – 7:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Cost:  FREE
Emmanuel Howard Park United Church

214 Wright Ave (Nearest major intersection: Roncesvalles Ave & Dundas St. W)




Join us to learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), its impact on our urban forest, and what you can do. Topics will include:

  • How EAB kills trees
  • Basic ash tree identification
  • Treatment, removal and replanting options

For more information please see the following link:



Traffic Lights at Lansdowne and Seaforth

Posted on July 22, 2013

Weather permitting, the traffic control signals at Lansdowne Avenue and Seaforth Avenue are scheduled to be activated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Martin Goodman Trail – Slight Temporary Detour

Posted on July 22, 2013


Temporary Detour, Mid July to mid August

Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) is replacing the existing underground transmission infrastructure which serves the western Lake Shore area of Toronto. In order to perform the necessary construction activities for the project, there will be a slight temporary path diversion on the Martin Goodman Trail between Net Drive and Oarsman Drive.

The temporary diversion will run parallel to the existing trail and will be clearly marked with on-site signage. There will also be a fence around the construction area. Please be cautious when using the trail and be mindful of construction activities in the area.

Toronto Public Health – Heat Alert Declared for Toronto

Posted on July 15, 2013

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News Release

July 15, 2013

Heat Alert declared for Toronto

Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Heat Alert for today. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.

During a Heat Alert, the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Other groups at risk include people with chronic illnesses, limited mobility and with certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are homeless.

The public is advised to Beat the Heat by taking these precautions:
• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
• Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls or one of many local libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood.
• Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a
wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
• Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car.

Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to provide a dedicated cooling room for vulnerable residents to escape the heat. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks of heat-related illness and to call or check on those clients at increased risk of heat-related illness during alerts.

When an alert is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries may call 311.

More information about how to beat the heat is available at

Often high air pollution occurs during hot weather conditions. People with heart and lung conditions, seniors and children should pay special attention to the hourly Air Quality Health Index levels and forecasts available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Toronto Hydro Power Outage Update

Posted on July 12, 2013

Monday’s storm caused power outages throughout the City.

The following was an update on the condition of Toronto Hydro’s electrical system as of 3 p.m. Wednesday July 10, 2013:
Power has been restored to almost all customers affected by Hydro One’s Manby station.
Approximately 600 customers remain without power with more localized outages (i.e. tree branches). Emergency crews are working hard to restore them.
Until Hydro One rebuilds its Manby Station in the west end, the situation will remain tenuous.  This work is expected to take at least a week.  Electricity conservation remains crucial at this time to ensure the stability of the system. We’d appreciate you continuing to stress the importance of conservation to your constituents. 
Additional information is available on our website at and on twitter at 

For information on how to conserve energy, see Toronto Hydro’s Energy Conservation Handbook:

If you are a business and are seeking energy saving tips, click here:

Ward List and Maps of 2013 Capital Projects

Posted on July 12, 2013






The City continuously repairs, replaces and constructs infrastructure to:
– Maintain existing assets in a state of good repair;
– Improve the efficiency of existing facilities and enhance levels of service;
– Expand to meet new demands; and
– Respond to legislated requirements.

Click here for the official ward list of and maps of the 2013 Capital Budget:  WardListMemo_Final_2013Jul05

Ward 14 work types include:

Bus Shelter Installations, Electrical Work,  laneway Road Resurfacing, Capital Projects, Sewer Rehabilitation, Civic Imrovements, and others.

To see all of Ward 14’s Capital Works click here and scroll to page  41:

Save Toronto's Ash Trees – Raising Awareness about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Posted on July 12, 2013


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an introduced insect pest from Asia.

EAB attacks and kills all species of true ash trees, (those trees within the genus Fraxinus, not mountain ash).

EAB feeds beneath the bark and disrupts the flow of water and nutrients within trees.

Tree mortality will occur if a tree is infested, and not treated with pesticide. It may take as little as one year, however death normally occurs within 2-3 years of infestation.

For the full PDF Presentation made by the City, click here:



For more information on what the community is doing and how YOU can participate, go to and become an Ambassador!

July 2013