City of Toronto’s 2018 Preliminary Budget Overview now available

Posted on December 13, 2017

City of Toronto’s 2018 Preliminary Budget Overview is now available online at .


You can follow the development of the budget as it is reviewed, debated, changed and approved by the Budget Committee and Executive Committee and then City Council on February 12 and 13, 2018. Details on when and where committee and council meetings are held are available at

The materials for the meetings, including presentations, budget and briefing notes as well as information on the budget process, can be found on the City’s website at

There are several ways you can share your views on the budget. Please see the last page of the Budget Overview for more details on how you can get involved.

We will also be having a Ward 13 & 14 discussion on the 2018 City Budget and the Long Term Financial Plan in January 2018.






Holiday activities for youth

Posted on December 12, 2017

The Newcomer Youth Program has exciting activities during the holidays for youth ages 13 to 24.  Please help share it with youth and contacts that you know may benefit from these activities.  Registration is still open for Muay Thai, Paint lounge and Snow tubing.

For more information, please contact the staff listed on the flyers:

Muay Thai
Newcomer Youth Leadership Program
Open to Newcomer Youth ages 13-24
Please bring your Permanent Resident (PR) number, if applicable.
Fee: $5
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 (Part 1)
& Friday, December 29, 2017 (Part 2)
Yasmin: 416-206-8043
Tenzin: 416-936-4004
Registration is on December 16, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Newcomer Youth Space


Freestyle Painting at the Paint Lounge
Find your inner artist and paint your own canvas in an art studio!

Fee: $5
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Meet at the Newcomer Youth Space,
1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
at 12:30 pm

Contact Jovie to register: 647-268-4417

Free refreshments will be provided


Snow Tubing Trip

Fee: $15
Friday, January 5, 2018
Please bring your Permanent Resident (PR) number, if applicable
Meet at the Newcomer Youth Space at
1499 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor at
8:00 AM

Registration is on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 10 am to 12 pm, at the Newcomer Youth Space


Holiday Calendar



New 24-hour service for women in Parkdale, December 29 th , 2017 to April 15th, 2018

Posted on December 11, 2017




I am pleased to announce that a new program, providing 24 hour services for women experiencing homelessness who need warm and safe refuge from Toronto’s winter weather will be opening at the Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark’s, 201 Cowan Avenue, just south of Queen St West.


This service is part of the City of Toronto’s 24-hour Winter Respite Services. It will offer a place to sleep, warm food and drinks, referrals to community services, and housing assistance to up to 21 women.

The service will begin December 20th with an overnight services from 7 PM to 7 AM for women, the 24-hour service will start no later than December 29th.

The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports will be operating this program for the first year. The Salvation Army has a long history of providing supports for vulnerable populations and were chosen by the City to run this 24-hour service for Women in Parkdale.

I will be co-hosting a Community Drop-in early in the New Year with the Salvation Army staff. This will be an opportunity to meet staff and ask questions. Details on date and location will be provided once confirmed.


In the meantime, the Salvation Army has provided the following contact information:


Main number for the site will be 416-901-8314.


If you have specific concerns or suggestions, or if you would like to make donations or volunteer at the drop-in, please contact Stewart King, Program Manager, , 647-302-5752.


As always, I and my staff are available to hear from you at 416-392-7919,



TrashTalk: Holiday Waste Guide

Posted on December 11, 2017

Add More Blue & Green to your Holidays

‘Tis the season for great food and getting together with friends and relatives. It is also a time when we create a lot of waste.

Did you know that 46% of what is found in the Garbage should have been put in the Green Bin (organic waste) or Blue Bin (recycling)? This is a missed opportunity to recover valuable resources and minimize what is sent to landfill. Learn how to properly sort these common holiday items.

Plastic plates & cups – Hosting a party? It’s best to use reusable dinnerware to reduce waste, but if you are using disposable plastic plates and cups, make sure you rinse them and put in the Blue Bin. Note – black plastics go in the Garbage.

Gift wrap & cards – Who doesn’t love a beautifully wrapped gift? After carefully unwrapping, reuse the wrapping paper for a future gift. If it cannot be reused, put paper gift wrap and cards in the Blue Bin. Foil wrap goes in the Garbage.

Ribbons & bows – The best thing to do with ribbons and bows is to save and reuse them for your next special occasion. If they’re not reusable, place them in the Garbage.

Cakes, cookies and clementines – It’s the season for goodies. Food waste such as fruit peels go in the Green Bin, while wooden fruit crates go in the Garbage. Empty cookie tins are great for reuse, but otherwise go in the Blue Bin.

Take-out food containers – Bringing food to a holiday potluck? Use reusable containers. If you must bring food in a take-out container, be sure to put it in the Blue Bin (though if the container or tray is black, place it in the Garbage.)

For more information on how to sort holiday waste, call 311 or visit

Steps to Justice: Your guide to law in Ontario

Posted on December 11, 2017

Community Legal Education Ontario is excited to announce the launch of Steps to Justice Steps to Justice is a new website that gives reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems related to social assistance, criminal, employment, housing and other areas of law. You can learn more about this project in this video .

Steps to Justice:

  • helps people to understand their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
  • includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
  • gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
  • allows organizations to embed its content on their own websites for free so your clients can access legal information without leaving your website.


Please contact if you are interested in hosting an interactive workshop on Steps to Justice. Our workshops are designed for front-line workers and cover the following topics:

  • Brief overview of CLEO
  • The difference between legal information and legal advice
  • Using CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice, to find legal information
  • Finding legal information using case scenarios

TrashTalk: November 2017

Posted on December 10, 2017

The 2018 Waste Collection Calendar is now being delivered to Toronto households! The 2018 calendar is packed with information and tips on how to reduce, reuse and dispose of your waste properly, and includes a “Put Waste in its Place” Poster to help you figure out what goes in the Blue Bin, Green Bin, Garbage Bin and more!

It is now even easier to buy City of Toronto Garbage Tags  

Garbage Tags are now available online (shipping is free) and at Toronto Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire stores. When put out for collection, Garbage Bins should not be overflowing. Garbage beyond what fits in your bin is considered excess and requires a Garbage Tag. Excess garbage must be put out beside your Garbage Bin in a regular black garbage bag with a Garbage Tag affixed (tip: fasten it like a luggage tag around the knot of the bag). The price of the tag covers the cost to pick up and dispose of the extra garbage. Excess garbage is different than oversized items. An oversized item is something that would never fit in your garbage bin, even when empty. Eligible oversized items are picked up on your scheduled garbage day and should be left half a metre (2 feet) from your Garbage Bin. Proper set out of garbage is important as it contributes to cleaner neighbourhoods and allows for more efficient collection.

Help curb contamination in Toronto’s Blue Bin recycling program The City of Toronto continues to see a significant amount of garbage and other non-recyclable materials in the Blue Bin recycling program. 

Tips to Help You Recycle Right:

  • Ask the Waste Wizard online at
  • Refer to your Recycling Calendar & Guide to learn what belongs in your Blue Bin, your Green Bin or garbage, or call 311.
  • Empty and rinse food containers before tossing them in your Blue Bin and put any food scraps in your Green Bin.
  • Donate items in good condition, such as used clothes, shoes, blankets, and curtains, to not-for-profit agencies (visit
  • Avoid putting black plastic of any kind in your Blue Bin, such as food containers, packaging, coffee lids or plastic garbage bags. These belong in your garbage bin.
  • Visit to learn more.


Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study Meeting Presentation

Posted on December 10, 2017

City Planning have conducted a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

A 3rd Community Consultation Meeting was held on Dec 4th, 2017 where staff provided an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

The Dec 4th, 2017 staff presentation can be found below :

Dundas Roncesvalles Study - December 4, 2017 meeting


Please contact my office at should you have any questions .


Introducing the New Human Services Phone Number – 338-8888

Posted on December 9, 2017

Human Services Integration (HSI) – a partnership across Shelter Support and Housing Administration, Toronto Children’s Services and Toronto Employment and Social Services is focused on integrating access and intake for the core income support programs. Sixty seven client/resident facing phone numbers have been integrated into a single human services number – 416­-338-8888.

Residents can call this number and hear a menu of options that will direct them to the range of human services including housing support, child care information and subsidy, Ontario Works and related financial supports, employment support, and medical and funeral benefits.

Calls to existing phone numbers will be seamlessly transferred to the new human services menu so that callers can hear the range of service options. While services and information will be accessed differently, existing call centres will continue to take the calls that come to them through the human services phone channel.

This is the first step to implementing a fully integrated contact centre for human services application, eligibility determination, waitlist management and service navigation, which will begin to launch by the end of 2018.

Last November, Human Services Integration also launched an integrated website and benefit and service finder tool: and


December 2017