PollinateTO Native Plant Kits

Live Green Toronto is now offering pollinator-friendly plant kits to help expand pollinator habitat in Toronto and support the goals of the City's Pollinator Protection Strategy.

PollinateTO Native Plant Kits can be reserved for pick up at Community Environment Days.

All kits must be picked up in person during Community Environment Day hours. Kits are available to Toronto residents only. Quantities are limited to one kit per household.

Ward 2 Environment Day is:

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Richview Collegiate Institute | 1738 Islington Ave.

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Basement Flooding

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground sewers, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For more information on basement flooding prevention tips, programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/managing-rain-melted-snow/basement-flooding/

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Update on Humbertown Park- April 18, 2019

The community will soon enjoy a newly made-over Humbertown Park.

Thanks to the Kingsway College School, in partnership with The City of Toronto, Tri Axis and Seferian, the new and improved park is planned to be ready in the fall of 2019.

The work will take place between June and September.

Currently, the field doesn’t drain properly with excessive rain or snow, which makes the park unusable during and after poor weather conditions.

Extensive work will take place to improve the park's drainage infrastructure.

The $1.5 million renovation will once again allow the community to enjoy this 300-foot soccer/football field and two new playgrounds which will appeal to those of all ages.

Humbertown Park is used extensively throughout the year.

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April 3, 2019 — Construction Update- Royal York and Lambeth Roads

Dear Resident--

I regret that there have been disruptions due to construction.

This project is being monitored and scrutinized by my office and a number of city officials. The night time work was deemed necessary due to the significant work to Royal York Road, and will cease later this week and revert back to daytime only as the new pipes are installed on Lambeth Road. Below is a photo of a 3 metre wide section of pipe being lifted into place at night, as this would not be practical during the daytime.

I have spoken to the construction company officials yesterday, and I was on site to observe the hoisting operation. They have been reminded to exercise care and to reduce the noise levels. Most high impact work has been deliberately reserved for the daytime.

Please feel free to contact my office directly at 416-392-4002 for additional information.

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Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray

In conjunction with various ground-based methods of control, the City of Toronto will be conducting an aerial spray this spring. The spray is to help manage high levels of European gypsy moth caterpillars that are expected in certain areas of the city and prevent severe canopy damage and tree loss.  The spray dates are yet to be determined but are set to occur sometime between May 16th and June 15th, 2019.  The spray dates are dependent upon weather conditions at the time and insect/leaf development. View the Public Notice of Pesticide Use For The Control of Gypsy Moth regarding the aerial spray program and the map of the areas that will be affected by aerial spraying operations . Stay up to date by subscribing to our mailing list.

The City has prepared this informational presentation for residents to help them understand the details surrounding the upcoming Aerial Spray Program.

https://youtu.be/MkXdk62UTRs

Attend an Open House Information Session

Residents are invited to attend an Open House information session.   Staff will be presenting information regarding the European Gypsy Moth Control Program and will address attendee's questions or concerns.  The session will be held at the Etobicoke Civic Centre (399 The West Mall) on Tuesday April 16th at 6 P.M.

 

HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan

The City of Toronto is developing a new Action Plan to address housing issues in Toronto for the next decade. The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan will set out clear actions the City and housing partners will take over the next 10 years to address the full spectrum of Toronto's current and future housing needs.

Share your ideas with us as an upcoming public meeting and help us find the right solutions for Toronto!

Public Consultation Meetings

  • Scarborough Council Chambers: Wed. April 10th, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Etobicoke Council Chambers: Thur. April 18th, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Metro Hall Rooms 308/309 Tues. April 30th, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • North York Council Chambers: Wed. May 1st, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Online Questionnaire

Visit www.toronto.ca/housingplan to fill out an online questionnaire and to learn more about the consultations.

Update on Terraces of Princess Gardens- 55 Warrender Avenue, Toronto, ON

March 25, 2019

 The federal government in partnership with Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) have agreed to provide a loan to the developer to construct a multi-dwelling residential property which will include 259 affordable units.

 Through the CMHC's Rental Construction Financing initiative (RCFi), the federal government is investing $89 million for the construction of Terraces of Princess Gardens, a 16-storey apartment building.

 The development was approved in 1996 through the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and has subsequently commenced construction in January 2019 with an expected completion date of April 2021.

 The development is a previously approved private initiative. The loan and financing agreement between the government of Canada and the CMHC to the developer is independent of the City of Toronto.

 For general information on affordable housing please visit https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/community-partners/affordable-housing-partners/

 The project is part and parcel of the National Housing Strategy consultation.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact my office at 416-392-4002.

Thinking about renovating? HELP is here!

The City's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offers competitive fixed rate loans of up to $75,000 to homeowners interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their homes. The funds can be used to upgrade your furnace and insulation, install high-efficiency water heaters, windows, doors, and even install solar panels on your roof!

 On average, HELP participants are saving $560 per year and using 25-30% less energy, while at the same time significantly improving household comfort. We want to help people put away the space heaters and enjoy their home without having to worry about expensive heating bills or chilly drafts.

 Homeowners can decide which energy efficient renovations to complete and choose their own contractors. When the work is complete, homeowners can repay the loan over time in installments on their property tax bill while enjoying the benefits of a newly renovated and more comfortable home. With repayment terms of 5, 10, or 15 years and fixed interest rates as low as 3.70% the program offers flexibility as well as security.

 The HELP team is also available to help homeowners in understanding the process, accessing certified energy assessments, utility rebates and incentives as well as information on related city programs.

 Learn more about HELP and apply at www.livegreentoronto.ca or

 https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives-2/home-energy-loan-program-help/

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City offers grants to support the creation of pollinator gardens

Through its new PollinateTO Community Grants, the City is offering grants of up to $5,000 to support community-led projects that:

  • create pollinator gardens and rain gardens on public and private lands, including residential streets, neighbourhoods and school yards

  • enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants

 Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. You can help. Learn more and apply by May 1. Visit livegreentoronto.ca

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

Registration for City of Toronto spring and summer recreation programs as well as summer camps starts this Saturday, March 2. The City is the largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests in Toronto.

 To help residents prepare for registration, customer service hours have been extended. Residents can call 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on February 27 and 28, March 1 and 4.

 Registration begins at 7 a.m. on: 

·         Saturday, March 2 in the Etobicoke/York district

·         Sunday, March 3 in the Scarborough district

·         Tuesday, March 5 in the North York district

·         Wednesday, March 6 in the Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York districts

As of September 2018, some areas of the Etobicoke/York and Toronto/East York Districts were merged to create the West Toronto/York District. The registration day for some of these locations has changed. Residents are asked to plan ahead and confirm the district for their programs before registration starts. Locations affected by this change can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/wty.html.

 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 416-396-7378 or by speaking with staff at a City community centre. 

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 http://www.toronto.ca/funguide or in the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide available at community centres, libraries, civic centres, and City Hall. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide. 

Step 3: Register 
Residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready before registration starts. There are three ways to register: 

·         Online at https://efun.toronto.ca/ (online is the easiest and fastest way to register) 

·         By telephone with help from staff at 416-396-7378

·         In person at select locations listed in the printed FUN Guide and available online at http://www.toronto.ca/rec.

 Free recreation programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.  

If registrants are unable to attend 
Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are popular and many have waiting lists. If registrants are unable to attend their registered program, they are asked to contact their local community centre or call the customer service line so the spot can be offered to someone else. 

Welcome Policy yearly credit 
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. Those receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. Visit http://www.toronto.ca/wp for more details. 

Older adult discounts 
Participants 60 years and older receive a 50 per cent discount on the regular price of adult recreation programs, excluding private, semi-private and small group lessons.

Toronto residents invited to provide input at Special Committee on Governance meeting

The City of Toronto's new Special Committee on Governance will hold its first meeting at 9:30 a.m. on February 21, in Committee Room 1 at City Hall.

 The Special Committee on Governance was struck by City Council to consider the impacts on the City's governance structure and processes arising from the reduction in the size of Council, and make recommendations to City Council on any further changes to its governance structure.

 The public are invited to make a presentation at the meeting or provide written comments in advance of the meeting. The committee is seeking the public's input on whether the reduction in the size of City Council has impacts on, or may have impacts on, the City's governance and suggestions for changes to the City's governance structure, including modernizing governance, following the reduction in the size of City Council.

 The Special Committee, which Councillor Holyday Chairs, is composed of five Council members who will establish a work plan and engagement process that will include public input, review of available research and data, and an evaluation of impacts under the interim structure.

 The Special Committee will conduct its proceedings in accordance with Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Council Procedures. The committee's meetings are open to the public and comply with the Open Meeting Requirements of the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The committee will report to City Council and its mandate would end after making its final recommendations.

 Torontonians who want to share their ideas are asked to submit written comments to gvc@toronto.ca or call 416-397-4579 to register to speak. Presentations at committee are limited to five minutes for each presenter.

More information about the Special Committee on Governance is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.GV1.2.