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December 2014 eNewsletter
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Connect with Jaye
 
The 2014-2018 City Council term is officially underway and I'm honoured to Chair the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee and sit on the city's Executive Committee.

I asked for a substantive portfolio and Public Works is it. In the Toronto Star's words, it's "one of the city's most important committees." 

With a budget of more than $2 billion, its mandate focuses squarely on the critical issues at the core of our city's success and prosperity, including gridlock and congestion, infrastructure renewal and preparing for extreme weather events, like last year's ice storm. 

I was also appointed to the Striking Committee, Art Gallery of Ontario Board, Canadian Film Centre Board and the nominating panels for the Committee of Adjustment and the city's three civic theatres.

Keep reading for an overview of Public Works, updates on Ward 25 road reconstructions and park investments as well as a timely update on tips and tricks to get ready for winter!

As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or (416) 395-6408 and check out www.jayerobinson.ca for the latest news and updates.
 
I look forward to hearing from you!
 
Warm regards,
New Appointments
The newly appointed members of the Executive Committee at City Council's inaugural meeting of the 2014-2018 term. 
In addition to Chairing the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee, I was also appointed to the Executive CommitteeStriking Committee, Canadian Film Centre Board, the Art Gallery of Ontario Board and the nominating panels for the Committee of Adjustment and the city's three civic theatres

I'm particularly excited about serving on the Committee of Adjustment nominating panel, which selects citizen members to serve on the Committee of Adjustment.

Committee of Adjustment reform remains front and centre on my agenda. The report on Committee of Adjustment improvements that I championed last term is expected in the first quarter of 2015. Click here for more information about my motion and planning reform!

If you'd like more information about applying to sit on the Committee of Adjustment or other city boards and agencies, please visit this link
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Chair
I'm honoured to serve as Chair of the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee, one of the city's seven Standing Committees.

Public Works oversees four of the city's key divisions – Transportation Services, Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management and Engineering & Construction Services. It's responsible for an incredibly diverse array of issues: congestion, gridlock, drinking water, storm sewers, roads, bridges, sidewalks, highways, speed limits, bike lanes, bike safety, waste collection, recycling and street furniture, to name a few!

Traffic, gridlock and congestion were front and centre during the campaign - in Ward 25 and across the city - and, as I told the Toronto Sun, "it's my number one priority."

Last week, I sat down with Stephen Buckley, the General Manager of Transportation Services, to discuss what we can do right now to improve congestion and to tour our new and improved Traffic Operations Centre.

Briefings with other key staff and divisional leads are already scheduled - it's a big job and I can't wait to get to work!
Touring our new and improved Traffic Operations Centre with General Manager of Transportation Services, Stephen Buckley.
Talking about the city's plans to fight traffic and congestion as Chair of the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee with CP24's Stephen LeDrew.
City-Wide Issues
Six-Point Traffic Plan
Speaking to the media during the announcement of the six-point traffic plan. 
Late last week, I joined Mayor John Tory to announce a six-point plan to battle traffic and congestion.

The plan focuses on common sense actions that can deliver results quickly.

For example, we're going to synchronize an additional 100 traffic lights in 2015 and roll out a pilot project of 20 next generation smart signals that can respond in real time to changes in traffic volumes.

Enforcement is also a central plank of the plan - parking enforcement officers will be redeployed to main streets and, after January 1, the city will instigate a zero tolerance towing policy for vehicles blocking major routes during rush hour.

You can read more about the six-point plan here. For more about the city's five year Congestion Management Plan, click here.
Serve Your City!
Looking for ways to get involved in local and city-wide issues? The City of Toronto is currently accepting applications for positions on boards of directors for city agencies, committees and corporations. 

There are many public appointment opportunities available. The selection process begins in January 2015, so apply today!

For more information, please visit toronto.ca/ServeYourCity, email appoint@toronto.ca or call (416) 397-0088
It was an honour to represent the City of Toronto and lay a wreath with World War II Veteran Jim Finnigan at Sunnybrook's Remembrance Day ceremony.
Progress on Ward 25 Roads
Road Reconstruction on Riverview Drive

After a significant push from my office, I'm pleased to announce that Riverview Drive is scheduled for reconstruction in 2015!
 
A public consultation meeting took place on November 24 with neighbours and city staff.
 
The project includes road resurfacing, cul-de-sac improvements, sidewalk restoration, catch basin replacement and the installation of a bioretention unit to absorb surface drainage from the roadway.

For more information, please contact Chetan Shah at cshah@toronto.ca or (416) 392-4956.
 
Road Reconstruction on Old Colony Road

After successfully moving the project ahead from 2018 to 2016, the pre-design and geotechnical surveys are underway for a full reconstruction of Old Colony Road!
 
Delivery of the project is confirmed for 2016 and the work also involves a complete stormwater infrastructure upgrade.
 
A full public consultation process will take place in 2015 and city staff will provide advance written notice of any public meetings to all impacted neighbours. Check upcoming eNewsletters for more information!
Checking out the stunning art at the North Toronto Group of Artists' annual Art Show!

Ward 25 Park Enhancements

The Lawrence Walkway in Don Mills

The tender has been awarded for resurfacing work on the Lawrence Walkway with construction scheduled to begin in Spring 2015! 

Work will include restoration of the north and south walkway and adding swing gates at the south end to restrict vehicular access. 
State of Good Repair Projects in Edwards Gardens and Windfield's Estate

I'm pleased to report that repairs will be completed this month on concrete, drywall and electrical projects in the Edwards Gardens maintenance building and greenhouse.

In addition, repairs to the roof and siding on the Windfield's Estate maintenance building will be completed by the end of next month. 

Great to see our park assets being kept in a state of good repair!

Winter Tips for Your Home

The winter weather has arrived and here's what you need to know to be prepared!

Potholes
 
Snow, ice and freeze-thaw cycles can cause serious damage to our roadways.

To report potholes, phone 311, the city's 24-hour service portal, or visit www.toronto.ca/311. Have the closest municipal address on hand - it helps pothole repair crews work efficiently.

Snowclearing
 
Did you know that the city clears 5,604 km of roads each and every time it snows?

Expressways are cleared after 2.5 cm of accumulated snow and arterial roads after 5 cm. Local roads are cleared following the accumulation of 8 cm of snow. 

If it's been 18 hours since the end of a storm and your street has still not been ploughed, please call 311.

For more information about the city's snow ploughing practices, click here.

Icy sidewalks are a serious pedestrian safety hazard, particularly for our older neighbours and those with accessibility issues. So please be nice and clear your ice!

Senior city staff advised that contacting 311 is the fastest and most efficient way to report snow and ice issues. Each time you contact 311, your issue is recorded (with a service request number that can be tracked) and the request goes immediately to Transportation Services for investigation and follow up. 
 
Toronto Hydro

If power is down following a snow storm, Toronto Hydro suggests following these tips:
  • Check to see if your neighbours have power. If they don't, it is likely that more work is planned on your street.
  • If your home is the only house without electricity, check your electrical panel inside your home to see if the breakers are in the "on" position.
  • Check outside and visually inspect if the electrical equipment on your home is damaged or if the service wire is down. If the customer-owned connection point (usually the pipe and wires attached to your home connected to the powerline) is damaged, you may need to contact an ESA-certified electrical contractor. A list is available on the ESA’s website at http://www.esasafe.com.
In the event of a power outage this winter, you can contact Toronto Hydro's Customer Care team at (416) 542-8000. This number can also be used to report emergencies such as downed or sagging wires.

You may also report power outages and streetlight outages by visiting this link
Snow Shoveling Service for Seniors

Services to remove snow from sidewalks are available for seniors and disabled persons.

The form can be downloaded here and submitted with the proper documentation. 
 
For more information about what the services entail, please call (416) 395-6303 or visit this link


In addition, Better Living Health offers a program to North York residents who are 55 and older, called Four Seasons Connections. If you're living with a disability or require extra assistance in or outside your home, please visit this link
 
Waste Wizard 

The City of Toronto's Solid Waste Management division has a unique tool for residents to use when they're unsure of what to do with unwanted "stuff." 

The Waste Wizard is an easy-to-use website designed to help residents sort and dispose of unwanted items. Simply type in an item and Waste Wizard will offer directions on how to dispose of it. 

Check out the Waste Wizard here.

If curbside disposal is not an option, why not consider donation? Visit the City's ReUseIt website for more information.

 
Taking in the season at the Uptown Yonge BIA's 4th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Development Updates

Don't forget to check out the interactive map on my website!
2 Wilket Road
 
Applicant: Goldberg Group
 
Proposal: Seven townhouses fronting Bayview Avenue and a single detached house fronting Wilket Road.
 
Status: City Planning received this application in July.  A community consultation meeting will be scheduled for early 2015 and I will extend the notice area for the meeting to ensure that all impacted residents receive advance written notice of the meeting.
16 Kirtling Place
 
Applicant: York-Kirtling Inc.

Proposal: Six townhouses fronting York Mills Road and one detached house off Kirtling.

Status: City Planning received this application in August. A community consultation meeting will be scheduled for early 2015 and I will extend the notice area for the meeting to ensure that all impacted residents receive advance written notice of the meeting.
740-750 York Mills Road and 17 Farmstead Road
 
Applicant: Minto
 
Proposal: 260 stacked townhouse units and the retention of the three existing rental apartment buildings. This is a revision to Minto's earlier proposal involving 240 stacked townhouse units.
 
Status: Following City Planning's initial community consultation meeting in fall 2013, the neighbourhood opted to form a working group. The working group held a series of recent meetings and is expected to reach out to the wider neighbourhood.
Bayview Design Guidelines Study
 
City Planning's design guidelines study of Bayview from Lawrence to the 401 is well underway.
 
The study was supported by local residents, including Bayview-area residents' associations, at a well-attended community consultation in late 2013 and follows two contentious OMB decisions during City Council's previous term.
 
The fourth and final working group meeting took place in early summer. North York Committee Council received an interim report in August 2014.
 
The design guidelines will not move forward without continuing and significant community buy-in and a public meeting will be scheduled in the New Year.
18-30 Erskine Avenue
 
Applicant: Pemberton

Proposal: 35 storey, 300 unit condominium with 153 parking spaces, immediately beside John Fisher Public School.

Status: Following a well-attended community consultation in spring 2013, I struck a working group of immediate neighbours, John Fisher parents, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Sherwood Park Residents' Association.
 
A second working group meeting took place in fall 2013. Pemberton agreed to revise its proposal and continue discussions with both the TDSB and the working group.
 
Pemberton recently met with the TDSB and several neighbourhood leads from the working group. 
103 & 108 Bayview Ridge

Applicant: 
M. Behar Planning and Design Inc.

Proposal: 11 townhomes fronting Bayview Avenue and four detached houses along Bayview Ridge.

Status: The applicant appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board in late 2013, short circuiting the city's planning process. A preliminary hearing took place in August and mediation between the applicant, the city and neighbours took place in November.

Public Meetings & Events

Outdoor Skating Rinks Open!

There's nothing more Canadian than skating outdoors on a crisp winter's day. The City of Toronto has 51 outdoor rinks to take advantage of this year - don't miss out!

Date: Daily
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Visit this link for a complete list of locations. 
Sherwood Park Advisory Committee Membership Call
 
The Sherwood Park Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body to the Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division of the City of Toronto. 

They meet 3 times a year to discuss local issues and to create ways to influence projects and activities related to Sherwood Park.

For more information, you can reach out to Janice Palmer at jpalmer@pathcom.com
Shops at Don Mills: Breakfast with Santa
 
Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Jack Astor's (1060 Don Mills Road)
 
Despite his busy schedule, Santa Claus will be having breakfast at Jack Astor's twice in December! 

For ticket information, please visit this link or call (416) 447-6087 ext. 221.  
Yonge Lawrence Village BIA: Winter Retail Promotion
 
Date: Saturday, December 13 & 20
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Location: Yonge Lawrence Village
 
Join Santa and the village carolers as they greet local shoppers. Santa is even giving away free, reusable Yonge Lawrence Village shopping bags!

Don't forget to bring your camera to snap a photo of your child with the guest of honour. 
 
For more information, please visit this link
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