Community Issues

11 Sep

Friends of Oakridge Park Neighbourhood Picnic

Over the summer months residents in the Oakridge Neighbourhood came together to form Friends of Oakridge Park to bring the community together and to promote use of this beautiful space. The Group is hosting their first Neighbourhood Picnic on Sunday, September 13th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm in Oakridge Park.  If you would like to participate in the community swap please bring gently used kids toys and books.  If you are interested in joining the group check out their Facebook page, send them...

23 Jun

Hydro Overhead – Project Brimorton – McCowan (E12679)

Toronto Hydro is working to improve the reliability of the electricity system in our community. The project is expected to begin by early July 2015 with an approximate completion date of late November 2015. The boundaries include Brimorton Drive (North), McCowan Road (East), Danforth Road (South), and Victoria Park Avenue (West). If you have any questions, please contact the Toronto Hydro PowerUp office at 416-542-3366 or capitalprojects@torontohydro.com. View Notice from Toronto Hydro ...

18 Jun

Participatory Budget Pilot Program in Oakridge

Last month, the City began piloting Participatory Budgeting (PB) in our Oakridge community. PB brings residents together to propose, develop, champion and vote on neighbourhood infrastructure improvements such as benches, lighting, planters, and signage on City streets, land or facilities. Each pilot-area will have a budget of $150,000. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is also an opportunity for participants to meet their neighbours, get to know their local organizations and community groups, learn more about the City’s budget and services, and find out...

30 Jan

Toronto Water Meter Program non-compliance fees

The contractor Neptune has now completed work in our area for the mandatory Water Meter Program–a program initiated to replace and install new automated water metres in every household across Toronto. As part of compliance efforts, those who have not installed the new water meter by July 1st will be charged additional fees. These fees affect customers who have not permitted an automated water meter to be installed on their property. These customers have been contacted at least seven times...

05 Jan

2015 Planned Street Furniture

Each year, I work with City staff to ensure that Ward 35 receives its fair share of City planned installations of street furniture. Additionally, residents can call 311 to make a request for street furniture in their neighbourhood. City staff will begin a study of the request and approve the installation if they find the area is in need. Appealing, well-designed, well-maintained and accessible public spaces are recognized as essential for making our streets safer and promoting a positive community identity....

03 Dec

Scarborough Junction Mural Unveiling

Earlier this fall, we celebrated the official unveiling of the Scarborough Junction Mural on the St. Clair underpass (just east of Warden). With the help of local historians Barbara Dickson, John Everest and Rick Schofield, a concept was developed to depict the history of the area: The south wall depicts the early development of the Scarboro Junction, and the north wall depicts the little known history of the women who worked at the GECO factory during WW2. A special thank...

28 Nov

Toronto Water Warns of Misleading Communications

Residents advised to be cautious of potentially misleading communications about Toronto Water programs The City of Toronto has received complaints from Toronto residents who have been given notices from independent contractors (such as flyers, notices placed on door knobs and lawn signs) that appear to be designed to look like they are communications from the City of Toronto about a number of programs and services offered by Toronto Water. Toronto Water does not conduct door-to-door sales of any kind and does not...

31 Jul

Scarborough Junction Mural Coming Soon

I am thrilled to announce that Scarborough Southwest’s latest mural project has begun. I have secured funding through the City’s underpass revitalization program to be dedicated to the underpass on St. Clair Avenue West, just east of Warden Avenue, and this summer you can expect to see colour enhancing these dreary walls. With the help of local historians, Barbara Dickson, Rick Schofield and John Everest, the artist is creating a visual representation of the area’s unique history. Did you know that...

11 Jul

City working hard to coordinate construction

There is a myth that the City is not coordinating construction projects on our streets. In fact, the City has a strong coordination effort in place before any work ever begins. Outside factors such as weather, work by outside agencies, and sheer volume of projects are often responsible for the congestion we experience every day. One thing is certain: The city is facing an unprecedented amount of construction on our roads and it’s causing frustration for drivers. The City is updating a...

06 Nov

Basement Flooding

November 2013: Incidences of severe and intense rain storms have without question increased in recent years. Changes in climate and in particular the heavy rainfall events have placed severe strain upon our storm and sewage systems that were not designed or constructed to function effectively with these emerging and unfamiliar weather patterns. I have put together an important information package on what you need to know to protect your home against basement flooding. What’s in the Package? Basement flooding general...

21 Dec

2012 Highlights 
in Ward 35

“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...

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