Toronto Pearson 2018 Runway Resurfacing

June 13, 2018

Dear Resident--

I would like to provide you with an update on the recent runway resurfacing project.

The resurfacing project on runway 06L/24R is now complete. The project involved the resurfacing of the runway, connecting taxiways and some electrical work. During the spring resurfacing project, the General Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) were able to complete all required work for 2018. They will not need to undergo a second phase of work in the fall as initially communicated.

On average, they milled and paved close to a kilometer-long section of runway every night, for a total of approximately 80,000 m2 of original surface removed and 16,000 tonnes of asphalt paved.

For more information please visit the GTAA's website


Green Bins in city parks

The City has just put Green Bins in 20 parks with off-leash areas.  Putting dog waste in Blue Bins (recycling) can contaminate the whole bin, causing the contents to end up in a landfill. The Green Bin pilot began in May and will go into the fall. After this time, the City will evaluate the success of the program and determine if the program should be expanded to all Dog-Off Leash Areas in the

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Informative new videos from the City's Solid Waste Management Department

May 16, 2018

The City of Toronto's Solid Waste Management Division has released an engaging and informative video for children regarding safety around garbage trucks. I thought you may be interested in distributing the video to your classroom teachers so that students are aware of potential dangers. Here are the links to the video in English and in French.



Have your say on the future of the proposed Glen Agar Park!

There is a brief overview of the proposed park as well as a link to the survey for park naming and public feedback.

This site will be live for the duration of the project and we can update it as the project progresses with any milestones or project updates. 

The survey closes on the 20th of April allowing 2 weeks for voting.

Mayor Tory launches spring job fairs to connect young people with job opportunities

Today at the Rexdale Community Hub, Mayor John Tory announced a series of job fairs across the city to connect young people with job opportunities. These job fairs are part of the City's ongoing efforts to work with private sector employers and community partners to connect young people with jobs and training opportunities.

The City's youth job fairs are focused on supporting young people ages 16 to 29:

Etobicoke Community Job Fair: March 29, 2018, Istar Banquet, 235 Dixon Road, Unit 11-13

More information is available at or call 416-397-JOBS (5627).

Registration for City of Toronto's summer camps and spring/summer recreation programs begins this weekend

The City of Toronto offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for summer camps and spring/summer recreation programs starts at 7 a.m. on the following dates for each district:


Saturday, March 3 for Etobicoke York

Sunday, March 4 for Scarborough

Tuesday, March 6 for North York

Wednesday, March 7 for Toronto and East York


Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. Over the past year, the City has worked to improve the registration experience by increasing server capacity by 25 per cent so that more people can access the system online. The City has also introduced clearer navigation and planning tools online, has extended customer service hours and has added more staff to provide in-person support.


Upgrades to the online registration system require users to update their web browsers. Residents should test their browsers by visiting before registration day and updating their browsers if required.


How to register

Step 1: Get account numbers

Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the Customer Service Call Centre at 416-338-4386 or speaking with staff at a City community centre.


On February 28, March 1, March 2 and March 5, call centre hours will be extended from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday) to assist with account information and any other questions related to registration.


Step 2: Choose programs

Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at or in the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide.


Step 3: Register

Registration starts at 7 a.m., Residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready. There are four ways to register:

  • Online at – the easiest and fastest way to register
  • By touchtone phone – following the prompts at 416-338-0000
  • By telephone with customer service assistance at 416-338-4386
  • In person at select locations listed in the printed FUN Guide or on


March Break camps
Registration for our March Break camps is ongoing. Call 416-338-4386 and speak to a customer service representative to find locations with available space.


Free recreation programs

Many community centres also offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information is available at


Let us know if you can't go

Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are popular and many have waiting lists. If you are unable to attend the program you registered for, contact your local community centre or call 416-338-4386 so the spot can be offered to someone else.


Duplicate registrations

Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are very popular. To give the greatest access to as many clients as possible, clients registered for programs that occur at the same time must choose one program and staff will withdraw them from the rest, giving others a chance to participate. 

Welcome Policy yearly credit

The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. Visit for more details.


Older adult discounts

Older adults (60 and older) receive a 50-per-cent discount off the regular price of adult recreation programs.

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City of Toronto activities and events for Family Day fun on February 19

The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy Family Day on Monday, February 19 by taking advantage of City-run recreation facilities and historic attractions. Eight of the City's 10 historic sites will offer events, activities and tours on Family Day.


There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City's indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under the age of six and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Family Day schedules are available online at


Nathan Phillips Square

Families can visit Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall, located at 100 Queen St. W., for a fun-filled outing, sponsored by Tim Hortons, featuring freestyle ice-skating demonstrations by the Toronto Ice Skate Group. The ice rink will be open for skating and skate rentals will be available. From 1 to 4 p.m., take part in special activities including games, face painting and informal skating instruction and enjoy hot beverages at the Tim's House lounge.


Skiing and snowboarding
Earl Bales and Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centres will be open on Family Day, weather permitting. Updates and schedules are available at



Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone. Family Day schedules are available at or by calling 311.


Recreation programs

Select recreation facilities will offer programming for the whole family. Children accompanied by an adult can enjoy swimming, indoor/outdoor skating, yoga, Zumba®, gymnastics, sports, arts and crafts and much more. Family Day schedules for each recreation centre are available at or by calling 311.


Riverdale Farm

The City's farm at 201 Winchester St., open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features farm animals and offers various activities. Admission is free.


High Park Zoo
Toronto's oldest zoo has been entertaining people for 120 years. The zoo, which houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas and reindeer, as well as the famous capybaras, Bonnie and Clyde, is located on Deer Pen Road and is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free.


Conservatories and greenhouses
Residents and visitors can warm up and take in the sights and scents at Toronto's conservatories. Both the Allan Gardens and Centennial Park conservatories will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Family Day. Admission is free and the conservatories are wheelchair-accessible.


Toronto History Museums

Programming highlights for the Toronto History Museums' open sites are listed below. Regular admission fees apply except for the Historic Zion Schoolhouse. Times and activity details will vary by location. More information is available at

Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Dr.)

The museum features an exhibit highlighting new and emerging Canadian inventions circa 1867. Discover Canadian inventors' designs of new technologies and original patents. The exhibit also showcases architect and City Engineer John G. Howard designs of papers, books and tools. Howard and his family called Colborne Lodge home. Explore hands-on science and innovations activities throughout the museum.

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)

Families can visit the fort's historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make for a memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, the officers' sword drill, old-fashioned games and a fun-filled kids' activity book.


Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)

Explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse in North Toronto and take a step back in time with schoolmistress Miss Coulson. Visitors can learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate and enjoy storytelling, craft making and other activities. Donations of new or gently used children's books will help the Children's Book Bank provide books and literacy support to children in need in Toronto. Admission is free.


Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)

Visitors can celebrate Black History Month by learning about Black Victorian publishers and newspaper journalists. On Family Day, visitors can also enjoy performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m. by a Scottish dance troupe from the Guthrie School of Dance, who will share Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them.


Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)

The inn will feature Maureen O'Leary of Maureen's Reel Irish Dancing, who will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 and 3:30 p.m. There will also be a traditional French-Canadian lumberjack dancing man and visitors can learn to play the spoons with the inn's resident fiddler at 1:30 and 3 p.m. In the afternoon, cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats alongside historic games and crafts.


Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)

The museum will offer fun activities such as a scavenger hunt and a craft activity. Visitors will be able to sample baked goods and hot chocolate.


Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)

A family-friendly tour includes games and hands-on fun in the historic kitchen – all set in a beautifully restored 1920s environment. 


Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
Visitors can make family crests and tour the historic homes while viewing the first ever retrospective by acclaimed Canadian painter Helen Lucas in the Papermill Gallery. Visitors can also play an outdoor nature bingo game for prizes.


Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Family Day. More information about the zoo is available at


Other municipal facilities and services

All City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate normally on February 19. City administrative offices and service counters will be closed on Monday, re-opening on Tuesday, February 20. The major civic buildings including City Hall, Metro Hall and the civic centres will operate on a weekend schedule from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Family Day.


The TTC will operate on its Saturday schedule on Family Day. More TTC information is available at


City-operated child care centres and Children's Services district offices will be closed on Monday. Toronto Home Child Care Agency providers will offer service as usual.


All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Family Day. Archival Services at 255 Spadina Rd. will also be closed on Monday.


Some community recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Residents can find the list of open centres online at or call their local centre ahead of time to check its schedule.


Important news for Family Day, February 19, 2018

Celebrate Family Day with us! You can enjoy a variety of free outdoor and indoor activities at locations across Toronto on Monday, February 19.

City-run recreation facilities offer Family Day programming for the whole family. Activities include cooking, drumming and dance lessons, crafts and board games, and as well sports and family fitness classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.


Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone.

There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City's indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

Locations open in Ward 3:

  • Etobicoke Olympium
  • Centennial Park Ski & Snowboard Centre
  • Centennial Arena
  • West Deane Park/Martin Grove Rink, West Mall Rink


Family Day schedules are available online at, or by calling 311.