Pesticide Treatment at High Park

Posted on December 5, 2019

Urban Forestry will be carrying out management of invasive trees, shrubs and vines in High Park over the winter months.

Various sections of the natural areas in High Park are managed for invasive trees, shrubs and vines.  Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of December to March. A triclopyr-based pesticide (Garlon RTU) is being used to control these invasive species. Pesticide signs will be posted 24 hours prior to any treatment taking place and will delineate the border of the site being managed at that time.

The invasive species being treated includes Norway Maple and Common Buckthorn, these species impact native plants and habitat by:

• crowding out and shading native vegetation and young trees

• encouraging soil erosion due to lack of ground cover

Application is done by licensed city staff, and additional information signage will be posted along with the standard warning signage.  Warning signage is posted 24 hours before treatment and is removed 48 hours following treatment, according to Ministry of Environment guidelines.

Please see the Fact Sheet below for more information.

FACTSHEET Norway Maple Common Buckthorn_

Information on City’s Snow Clearing Services

Posted on December 5, 2019

The City’s Levels of Winter Maintenance Service Highlights

Road Category When does the City start plowing? How many hours after the snow stops falling will it take to clear?
Expressways 2.5 cm to 5.0 cm 2-3 hours
Arterial roads and streetcar routes 5.0 cm 6-8 hours
Collector roads, bus routes and local streets with Hills 5.0 cm – 8.0 cm 8-10 hours
All other local streets 8.0 cm 14-16 hours

Business and property owners are responsible for ensuring that all ice and snow is cleared on sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 12 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles. Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business will make it safer for everyone. Failure to do so can result in fines. Please contact 311 to report property owner who did not clear their sidewalk.

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home. The service does not include driveways or walkways leading to homes. All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service. 

If you have friends, neighbours or relatives who are seniors (65 years of age +) and are in need of aid for snow removal please contact 311 (or call Councillor Perks office 416 392 7919 or email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca) for options.

Registration for City’s winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps begins this weekend

Posted on December 5, 2019

Registration for City of Toronto winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps will take place on Saturday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 10. The City is Toronto is the largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests, with more than one million recreation program hours offered annually.

Available programs include beginner skate and preschool swim, lifesaving classes, as well as adapted and inclusive programs for people with special needs/disabilities. March break camps range from activity and adventure camps to specialty camps including drama, music and sports.

Residents can prepare for registration with extended customer service hours at 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 5, 6 and 9.

Registering online at https://efun.toronto.ca/ is the fastest and easiest way to register. Registration starts at 7 a.m. for these districts:

  • Saturday, December 7 – Etobicoke/York and Scarborough
  • Tuesday, December 10 – North York, Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York

Due to ward realignments, the registration day for some locations has changed. Affected locations can be found at: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/districtchanges.html#

Residents can get tips for registration, browse available programs, create wish lists and learn more about available programs at https://www.toronto.ca/rec. Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

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