2012“Fail to plan, plan to fail” – this is an important mantra that I stand to live by. At the start of every year, I create a long list of goals that are set out by YOU, the residents of Ward 35, and then set out to strike them off the list one by one. Projects can take more or less time than anticipated, and much of this is subject to City staffs’ cooperation and the essential participation of community residents. Nevertheless, my team and I work hard to push the agenda.

Here is a list of some of the highlights of 2012:

Community Consultation: Hallmark of my election platform and my as your Councillor for Ward 35
• Hosted 10 “neighbourhood focused” Town Hall Meetings for local neighbourhoods and individual apartment or condo building
• Ward-wide Community Consultation: TTC Community Information Meeting and Toronto Water Flood Protection Information Meeting
• Maywood Park: community consultation for a complete park revitalization and playground upgrade
• Working group created and completed for development application at Kennedy Rd/Corvette Ave

Parks and green space in Ward 35: Important public space for residents of our community
• Playground expansion at Warden Hilltop Community Centre – junior playground equipment installed
• Installation of new community food garden at Prairie Drive Park
• New playground equipment installed at Regents Park and Danforth Gardens Park
• Demolition of house and acquisition of land to expand Madelaine Park – new grass and benches installed
• Warden Woods Off-Leash Dog Park (completed enclosure at Works Yard)

And more….
• Organized Community Safety Walk for the Kennedy Road neighbourhood and Pine Hills Cemetery – with Toronto Police Services and Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S)
• Implemented 7 new policies and/or guidelines to help enhance basement flood protection and improve water infrastructure (most important for Ward 35)
• 68 Traffic Studies completed for Ward 35
• Installation and activation of traffic lights for the intersections of Bichmount/Foxridge and Magnolia/Danforth
• New Parking Regulations reviewed and approved for the three new communities of Mattamy-Summerside, Bell Estate, and Upper Danforth Village
• Consultation and new parking regulations approved for 5 schools (school zones) in Ward 35
• New Street Furniture – 17 Litter Receptacles and 11 Bus Shelters
• It took nearly 18 months of pushing City staff, finally delivered funding and organized coordination for 2 Murals: Youth Link Mural (747 Warden Avenue – south wall) and Warden Avenue Underpass Mural (south of Danforth Avenue)