2015 City of Toronto Budget

Posted on February 18, 2015

Some thoughts last week regarding the 2015 Budget, please excuse twitter typos:

West Bend Community Association Meeting – February 18, 2015

Posted on February 17, 2015


WBCA Meeting Info
Next Meeting: Wed, Feb 18, 7:00 pm, Indian Road Crescent Public School, 2nd floor Staff Room.

Everyone is welcome and no previous experience is required! Come connect with your neighbours and help build your community, it’s better to meet than tweet! The Association is run by volunteers and funded by annual membership dues of $10; memberships are now due for the 2014/2015 session. The membership form can be found on our website www.thewestbend.ca and payment can be made at a meeting or by dropping off or mailing the completed form and fee to The Chair WBCA , 33 Kenneth Ave Toronto ON M6P 1J1. Please support us!

Guest Speakers + Q&A
11 Division Community Safety Police Officers re traffic and community safety. This is your chance to raise any concerns you may have.

Other Meeting Topics
We will also be discussing:

– How to improve and beautify the Dupont/Dundas/Annette intersection; the WBCA is working on this with University of Toronto engineering students and we invite your input and ideas.
– Local construction and condominium developments.
– Traffic, speeding and pedestrian and cyclist safety issues.
– GO Transit work in our area and the noise walls installation, the movement of hazardous goods through the West Toronto Diamond and the Spring 2015 remediation plans for the Dorval and Railside gardens.
-Toronto Ward Boundary Review.
Any issues that members wish to raise.

Future Meeting Guest Speakers + Q&A

Wed, Mar 25: Our MPP Cheri DiNovo

Wed, Apr 15: Our MP Peggy Nash
The WBCA’s goal is to reflect and express the interests of our local community and interact with all levels of government to ensure that our collective voice is heard. Like the Fire Department, we aim to be there when you need us!
Membership is open to all, although voting and executive positions are open only to paid up members. However, anyone can attend our meetings whether a paid up member or not.

An Agenda for the meeting and Minutes from our previous meetings are on our website https://thewestbend.ca

If you have any questions or comments, please send us an email at info@thewestbend.ca and find out how you too can get involved. Visit us on the web: http://www.thewestbend.ca/ . You can now find the West Bend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TWBCA/


“Ask not what your community can do for you; ask what you can do for your community.”

High Park Stewards Guest Speaker Presentation – February 22, 2015

Posted on February 17, 2015

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Why Go Native in Our Urban Forest?
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Eric Davies, a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of
Forestry, will discuss his survey of insect and bird diversity in native
and non-native city trees. Learn how native trees support much greater
wildlife activity, and how we can help our ecosystems recover some of
their former diversity.

COST: Free

WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE: Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive; the first light
south of Bloor from Keele, a short walk from Keele Station. It’s the
brown building in the back.

For more information:

Toronto Public Health Measles Update

Posted on February 12, 2015

As you are aware, there is a current outbreak of measles in Toronto. As of February 10th, there are six confirmed measles cases involving two children under two years of age, and four adults. None of the cases are from the same family, none of the cases are known to each other, and there is no history of recent travel. In addition, no known source has been identified as yet.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to investigate, which includes follow up with known contacts in schools, daycares, hospitals and health care facilities. TPH is also offering vaccine clinics when necessary for those who may have been exposed to measles.

In addition, TPH is working closely with other health units, including Niagara Region Public Health Department and York Region Public Health Services (each have one confirmed measles case); hospitals, health care providers, provincial partners, and Toronto area school boards (French, English and separate boards).

Toronto Public Health has done numerous media interviews with local, provincial and national media outlets, emphasizing the importance of vaccination, and recommending that all Toronto residents check their immunization records to ensure their measles vaccination is up-to-date.

Should you have questions about measles exposure or your immunization status, please call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 (during business hours) or 3-1-1 (after hours).




2015 FOYT Student Employment

Posted on February 12, 2015

The TDSB will hire approximately 500 students for Focus on Youth Toronto (FOYT) 2015. These students will be employed as summer day camp counsellors in support of community summer programs. The FOYT summer employment program runs from July 6 to August 21, 2015, with three dates of training in June.

Students hired for FOYT will be subject to the documentation process expected of temporary employees of the TDSB: presentation of ID information and confirmation of a bank account for purposes of direct payroll deposit. A police reference check clearance is also required for students 18 years of age and older.


Must be 16 years old or older by July 1, 2015
Must be currently registered in a TDSB school or program
Must enjoy working with children and have interests/talents in one of the following areas:

Leadership Development
Literacy and Numeracy
Sports and Recreation
A reference letter is required
Rate of Pay for FOYT Student Counsellors

Students hired for the FOYT program will be paid $11 per hour plus statutory and vacation pay, subject to applicable deductions.

Application Process

Candidates selected for an interview will receive an email in early April stating the date, location and time for their interview. Candidates will need to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled interview and bring with them an updated resume and one recent reference letter.

Reference Letter

This letter could come from one of the following examples:

A TDSB Staff – (teacher, guidance, principal)
A Supervisor / Mentor
A Religious/Community leader in the community
Pre-employment Training

For all students, the FOYT program will begin with pre-employment orientation on topics such as workplace health and safety, emergency first aid, recognizing and reporting child abuse, healthy child development and customer service.

Applications close for FOYT employment on March 22, 2015.


Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Posted on February 11, 2015


Recognizing that Climate Change is one of the most important issues of our time, the City of Toronto has established a goal of greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% by 2050.

To help meet that goal, the City of Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee has established a Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do….

As Chair of the Subcommittee, and on behalf of its members, it is my pleasure to invite you to the first meeting:

March 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West

I would also ask you to share the attached invitation broadly with those who may be interested in attending. More information is available on-line at http://bit.ly/1ueDKVa .

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important work. I look forward to seeing you on March 2nd.



Poverty Reduction Days of Dialogues

Posted on February 10, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.,
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue


The City of Toronto is developing a poverty reduction strategy.

8 Days of Dialogue (community conversations) are being hosted across the city from February 17-28.

The dialogue is about the lived experience of poverty. It is an opportunity for the City to hear from residents about things the City can do to help them secure better lives for themselves and their families, to better understand the impact of poverty in different communities, and to hear their ideas for creating and sharing greater wealth in Toronto.

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents with lived experience of poverty to contribute to this discussion.

The discussion will take place at:

Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


• ASL, child minding and refreshments will be provided.


For more information please visit the City’s website at: www.toronto.ca/toprosperity.


 Please share this information widely.


Friends Of Dundas – Watkinson Parkette Meeting – February 15th, 2 to 5 PM

Posted on February 10, 2015

A community meeting was held at the West Bend Community Association on the 21st of January. At this meeting, Parks staff and the Design Architect presented a design and sought-out the community’s input for the Dundas – Watkinson Parkette. The community members in attendance said that they would like a more naturalized and passive park with a few members seeking to keep some aspect of a play area for smaller children. That is now the direction of Parks’ staff.
Following the initial meeting, members of the community have chosen to start a Friends Of group for the Dundas – Watkinson Parkette.
The first Friends Of Watkinson’s Park meeting is Sunday February 15th from 2-5 PM.
Please see their flyer.FoWP poster_5-page-001

RMRA Public Meeting: UPE Update with Metrolinx

Posted on February 9, 2015

Tuesday, Feb. 24th, between 7-9 pm
Fern Avenue Public School

The Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association will be hosting a public meeting with Karen Pitre, Executive Director Electrification, Metrolinx, who will provide an update on the electrification of the Union Pearson Express line.Feb 2015 - Metrolinx

February 2015