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March 2015 eNewsletter
Appointments:
  • Chair, Public Works & Infrastructure Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Striking Committee
  • Committee of Adjustment Selection Panel
  • Civic Theatres Nominating Panel
  • Art Gallery of Ontario Board
  • Canadian Film Centre Board
  • North York Community Council

Connect with Jaye
 
Spring is finally here - if only the weather would cooperate! 
 
The warmer weather puts Ward 25's incredible parks in the spotlight, and I've included great news about park improvements coming to Don Mills, St. Andrews and the Yonge & Lawrence neighbourhood.
 
Early 2015 has been busy as usual at City Hall.
 
Toronto's City Manager is set to retire, and I've been appointed to the selection committee to find his replacement. As I told the Toronto Star, the City Manager is the lynchpin of our city's government, and I'm glad Ward 25 will have a say in the selection process.
 
As Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, I championed a successful motion directing city staff to develop a comprehensive road safety plan for Toronto. I've included a full report below!
 
I've also included updates on traffic signal synchronization, Committee of Adjustment reform and my efforts to relieve congestion on the Yonge subway line.
 
Please mark off Saturday, May 30 for my annual Environment Day! It's a great opportunity to clear house after your spring clean. More details below.
 
Read on for the latest development updates, Ward 25 events and 5 things you may not know about potholes.
 
As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can be of any assistance. You can reach me at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or (416) 395-6408. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

I look forward to hearing from you!
 
Warm regards,
Jaye

P.S. Earth Hour is Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. - let's power down and shine a light on this great event!
Interview with CP24's Cam Woolley about road operations in front of the Locke Library
In This Edition

DateSaturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: York Mills Collegiate (490 York Mills Road - East Parking Lot)
 
My Environment Day is a great opportunity to clear out forgotten items during your spring cleaning as well as used electronics and household hazardous waste. You can bring everything from computer equipment and electronics to compact and fluorescent light bulbs for disposal and recycling. We'll also accept items for donation such as sporting goods and books and small household items like dishes and utensils. I hope you can drop by!

More information is on the way - check out this link in the meantime!
 
City Wide Updates
Speaking to the press with Mayor John Tory, the General Manager of Toronto Water, and the President of Toronto Hydro
A Comprehensive Road Safety Plan for Toronto
Last year there were more than 50 deaths and many more serious injuries on Toronto's streets.
 
Toronto has a number of policies and guidelines that speak to different aspects of road safety but we lack an overarching framework that focuses squarely on the issue.
 
That's why I championed a successful motion as Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee requesting a comprehensive road safety plan.

We’re going to build on what’s worked in other jurisdictions and the plan will focus on international best practices from comparable jurisdictions, such as Vision Zero.

Vision Zero is an international road safety initiative that aims to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Founded in Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero has been implemented in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and major American cities, including Boston, Seattle and New York.

 
The plan will also be data-driven, and I asked for an enhanced analysis of city-wide traffic collision data.
 
To kick start the process, I'll be chairing a focused Road Safety Advisory Group to engage key internal and external stakeholders.
 
The plan is due back at Public Works in the fourth quarter. To read my full motion, click here.
Meeting with Deputy City Manager John Livey at Toronto's Emergency Operations Centre
Relieving Congestion on the Yonge Subway Line - Automatic Train Control
I ride the Yonge line every day and know the delays first hand. Ward 25ers sometimes have to watch two or three trains pass by at York Mills, Lawrence and Eglinton before finding space to crowd on.
 
That’s why I’ve been pushing hard for Automatic Train Control (ATC) on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. ATC will replace our existing 1954-vintage signalling system with a state of the art computer-controlled system.
 
ATC is expected to increase capacity on the Yonge line by 25% by cutting train headways from 2.5 to 2 minutes. In other words, ATC will improve train capacity and reduce wait times and delays. 
 
Unfortunately, implementation was recently pushed back to 2020.
 
As I told the Toronto Sun, the delays and promises just aren't good enough.
 
That’s why I moved a motion at Executive Committee earlier this month asking for a detailed analysis of the reasons for the delay and options to accelerate its implementation.
 
My motion, which passed unanimously, also asks for a review of the TTC’s structure with a focus on a more efficient, streamlined organization.
Committee of Adjustment Reform - Steps in the Right Direction
In June 2014, I asked city staff to bring forward a report with recommendations to improve the Committee of Adjustment.
 
Among other things, I directed city staff to report back on:
  • Improvements to the notice process, including the manner and form of public notices as well as extending the distribution area and timeline;
  • Training and professional development for Committee Adjustment panel members;
  • The audio-visual or audio recording of Committee of Adjustment panels; and,
  • A public participation strategy to ensure the public is well informed about the process and has the tools to effectively engage in Committee of Adjustment hearings.
For the full text of my motion click here.
 
Last month, senior city staff brought two reports to the Planning and Growth Management Committee in response to my motion.
 
Click here and here to read the reports.
 
While work is now under way, the reports left room for improvement.

That’s why, following a full and vigorous debate, I championed a series of motions pushing city staff to do better.
 
My motions direct the Chief Planner to hold a roundtable with residents’ associations and other neighbourhood groups to gather feedback from those most directly impacted by the Committee of Adjustment.
 
I also attached hard second quarter deadlines to public notice improvements and asked senior city staff to research best practices in comparable jurisdictions outside of Ontario.

I'll be meeting with the Chief Planner in the coming weeks for a full and comprehensive update.
 
For the full text of the committee’s lengthy decision, click here.
Visiting the Ashbridge's Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant

Traffic Signal Synchronizations - Great Results


Cutting congestion and gridlock remains my number one priority as Chair of Public Works.
 
That's why I'm pleased to share the results of the city's 2014 Traffic Signal Coordination Program.
 
In 2014, the city synchronized 224 traffic signals on 7 major corridors, including Yonge, Leslie and Sheppard.
 
The results were impressive, including:
  • A 10% decrease in overall vehicle delay;
  • A 4.5% decrease in fuel consumption (equivalent to the CO₂ emissions from 693 homes' electricity use for one year!); and,
  • A 4.6% decrease in emissions.
Overall, the 2014 work resulted in an estimated annual savings of nearly $17 million in reduced congestion-related costs.
 
Signal synchronizations also offer a great return on investment. The benefit-cost ratio of the 7 major corridors retimed in 2014 was 63 to 1!
 
Better yet, there's more in store for 2015. 343 synchronizations on 11 major corridors are scheduled this year, bringing the four year syncronization total to nearly 1,000 since the program began in 2012.
5 Things You Might Not Know About Potholes
The spring thaw is underway and that means pothole season in Toronto. Here are 5 things you might not know about the least popular sign of warmer weather:
 
1. In a normal year, the city fixes about 230,000 potholes. 

2. Thanks to an abnormally high number of freeze-thaw cycles, the city repaired more than 360,000 potholes in 2014.

3. During the spring pothole blitz, almost 100 staff are assigned to 30 pothole repair crews. 

4. The city's annual pothole repair budget is $3.5 million. 

5. The best way to report a pothole is by phoning 311 or visiting www.toronto.ca/311. To speed things up, have a municipal address or the nearest intersection on hand – it helps direct the repair crews. 

Based on feedback from Ward 25, I asked city staff to explore technological, operational and administrative opportunities to reduce the costs and improve the longevity of our road repairs. Click here to see my full motion.
 
As a result of this motion, senior city staff recently let me know that an RFP is about to go out for a top-to-bottom review of the city's road repair practices, procedures and technology. The review will look at everything from potholes to grind and paves to complete road reconstructions.
 
We need to make sure we're delivering the best value and using the latest technology for our road repairs and I'm glad we're moving in the right direction! 
Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

By 2050, Toronto is hoping to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. With that goal in mind, the Parks and Environment Committee established the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

Over 300 people attended the first meeting on March 2. A summary of the meeting can be found here.

If you're interested in climate change, please check the committee's website by clicking this link.
Get to Know a Public Works Division: Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) is one of four key city divisions reporting to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
 
With an annual operating budget of more than $370 million, SWMS manages over $600 million in assets including seven transfer stations, 13 maintenance yards, two organic facilities, one landfill and over 750 vehicles.
 
SWMS is also our lead on waste diversion. In 2015, the city is expecting to divert 55% of its waste away from landfill, well short of our 70% target.
 
SWMS is in the process of rolling out a new Long Term Waste Management Strategy and boosting our diversion rate will be front and centre. Also be on the look out for a new racoon-proof green bin, which is on the Public Works April agenda!
 
Helpful SWMS Links:
  • Billing Inquiries - 416-338-4829
  • Help (Questions or Concerns) - or call 311
  • Waste Wizard
Meeting with Beth Goodger, our new General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services - one of four key divisions reporting to my committee, Public Works
Waste Tips for Mandarin and Cantonese Speaking Residents
Check out this link for great information about organics recycling in Mandarin and Cantonese!

The city provides information on its programs and services in an incredibly diverse number of languages. For more information on garbage and recycling resources in other languages, please get in touch or visit this link

Ward 25 Updates

Many thanks to the North York Concert Orchestra Executive Board Members, including Ward 25ers Roland & Marion Wilk, for joining me at City Hall in February! For more information on their upcoming performances, please visit this link
Yorkminster Park Meals on Wheels

Since 1966, Yorkminster Park Meals on Wheels has been providing meals to the elderly, disabled and chronically ill in North Toronto.  

For more information on how to make a donation to this program or to join its many volunteers, please visit this link
Basement Flooding Prevention Tips 

With April showers just around the corner, it's the perfect time to ensure that your home is flood-proof. 

Follow these great tips from Toronto Water to get started:
  • Fix cracks in your foundation
  • Ensure the ground slopes away from your house
  • Clear debris from eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Install a sump-pump to remove excess water
  • Install a backwater valve to prevent water and sewage from backing up
  • Divert your downspouts away from the foundation
For more information, please visit toronto.ca/basementflooding
Watch Your Speed Program
 
In my first term, I attended well over 100 neighbourhood meetings about traffic and pedestrian safety. I know that speeding is a major issue right across Ward 25, especially around our schools.
 
One tool in the city's arsenal to combat speeding is the Watch Your Speed Program: mobile, roadside speed boards that show motorists how quickly they're travelling.
 
In March, speed boards were installed on Banbury Road and Hopperton Drive. If you'd like the program to visit your neighbourhood, please visit this link

Parks Updates

Yonge & Lawrence Playground Revitalization (Behind Locke Library)

After a great discussion at our public consultation in February, the design team has been busy putting the final touches on the new Lawrence Park playground.

The construction tender will be awarded later in 2015.
Lord Seaton Park Playground Improvements

Playground improvements are coming to Lord Seaton Park in 2016! Public input is key and consultations will be held later in 2015 to discuss the community's vision - stay tuned!
Don Mills Park: Official Opening!

A brand new park is coming to Don Mills on the Donway West just south of Lawrence. 

The park, opening this spring, includes a full playground, shaded area, walking paths, seating, and plenty of green space. Stay tuned for the date!
 
Throwback Thursdays and Flashback Fridays

Make sure to keep a close eye on my Twitter page over the coming weeks as I throw back to events in Ward 25 - both old and new.
 

Development Updates

Check out the interactive map on my website with Ward 25's major development projects!
18-30 Erskine Avenue 
 
Applicant: Pemberton
 
Proposal: 35 storey, 300 unit condominium with 153 parking spaces 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 Resident's 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. 

My office has not received any further updates.

More information: Steve Forrester, City Planner - sforrest@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7126.
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 2014.

More Information: Guy Matthew, City Planner - gmatthe2@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7102.
Bayview Design Guidelines Study
 
Background: Townhouse design guidelines study of Bayview Avenue between Lawrence Avenue and the 401.

Status: North York Community Council received an interim report in August 2014 following four working group meetings. There will be a final working group meeting in April 2015 prior to a public meeting. The design guidelines will not move forward without continuing and significant community buy-in.

More information: Guy Matthew, City Planner - gmatthe2@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7102. 

You can also visit the website for the Bayview Townhouse Study.
Alaska (2779 and 2781 Yonge Street, 15-17 and 19-21 Strathgowan Avenue)
 
Applicant: 165584 Ontario Limited
 
Proposal: 11 storey residential building with 102 condominium units, 29 rental replacement units and ground floor retail
 
Status: Following several revisions, the applicant recently appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. An update on the appeal from City Planning is expected to come to North York Community Council in early 2015.

More information: Nimrod Salamon, City Planner - nsalamon@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7095 or John Andreevski, City Planner - jandree@toronto.ca - (416) 395-7097.
2655 and 2659 Bayview Avenue and 15 Old Colony Road
 
Applicant: Goldberg Group
 
Proposal: 10 three-storey townhouses fronting Bayview and two detached houses facing Old Colony Road.
 
Status: Following a community consultation in spring 2014, the applicant appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. A hearing date is scheduled for spring 2015.

More information: Guy Matthew, City Planner - gmatthe2@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7102.
740-750 York Mills Road and 17 Farmstead Road
 
Applicant: Minto
 
Proposal: 260 stacked townhouse units and retention of the three existing rental apartment buildings.
 
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 recently reached out to the wider neighbourhood with a petition.

More information: Nimrod Salamon, City Planner - nsalamon@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7095.
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 and a community consultation meeting took place in February 2015. I extended the notice area for the meeting to ensure that all impacted residents received advance written notice of the meeting.

More information: Guy Matthew, City Planner - gmatthe2@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7102.
2425-2427 Bayview Avenue 
 
Applicant: Urbancorp
 
Proposal: 40 townhouse units
 
Status: Urbancorp purchased the site from Hush and submitted a new application to City Planning in September 2014. The new application proposes to double the number of townhouses on the site which were previously approved by the Ontario Municipal Board. The changes trigger the city's full planning process, including a public consultation meeting which took place on March 26. I extended the notice area for the meeting to ensure that all impacted residents received advance written notice of the meeting.

More information: Guy Matthew, City Planner - gmatthe2@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7102.
2437 Bayview Avenue 
 
Applicant: Larendale Group of Companies
 
Proposal: Two-storey place of worship
 
Status: City Planning received this application in December 2014 and a community consultation meeting took place in March 2015. I extended the notice area for the meeting to ensure that all impacted residents received advance written notice of the meeting.

More information: Nimrod Salamon, City Planner - nsalamon@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7095
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 and a community consultation meeting will take place on April 15. I extended the notice area for the meeting to ensure that all impacted residents will receive advance written notice of the meeting.

More information: Guy Matthew, City Planner - gmatthe2@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7102.
1087-1095 Leslie - Inn on the Park
 
Applicant: Deltera

Proposal: Four condominium towers with heights of 28, 29, 24 and 39 storeys containing 1,380 units and at-grade commercial space. Also proposed are 2 blocks of 3-storey back-to-back townhouses containing 20 units.
 
Status: City Planning received this application in February and a community consultation meeting will take place later this year. I will extend the notice area to ensure that all impacted residents receive advance written notice of the meeting.

More information: John Andreevski, City Planner - jandree@toronto.ca - (416) 395-7097.
200-214 Keewatin Avenue
 
Applicant: 200 Keewatin Developments

Proposal: Two 3.5-storey stacked townhouse blocks comprised of 80 residential units
 
Status: City Planning received this application in February and a community consultation meeting will take place later this year. I will extend the notice area to ensure that all impacted residents receive advance written notice of the meeting

More information: John Andreevski, City Planner - jandree@toronto.ca - (416) 395-7097.
Midtown in Focus Planning Study
 
Background: A parks, open space and streetscape master plan for Yonge and Eglinton.

More information: Leo DeSorcy, City Planner - ldesorcy@toronto.ca or (416) 395-7139. 

You can also visit their website here

Public Meetings and Events

Ward 25's North York Little Prints Daycare is Growing - Applications Being Accepted
 
Location: 20 York Mills Road
 
North York Little Prints Daycare (NYLPD) is excited to announce the expansion of their daycare facilities, with additional infant and toddler capacity. The non-profit daycare, drawing consistently high ratings from the City of Toronto, offers high quality programming, dedicated staff and balanced meals for infants through pre-schoolers, in a convenient location with subway access. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. With expansion scheduled for May 2015, NYLPD is now accepting applications for enrolment.

For more information, contact Oshida Honarbakhsh, Centre Manager at (416) 229-0572 or yorkmills@littleprintsdaycare.com.  

You can also visit their website at www.littleprintsdaycare.com/
Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmer's Market
 
Date: Thursdays, year-round
Time: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E.)
 
Head to the TBG on Thursday to pick up local produce, bread, meat, cheese, honey, prepared food and more! 

For more information, please visit this link
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 three 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
Earth Hour 2015

Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
 
In 2007, Earth Hour was created as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. The movement has grown to include 162 countries and territories worldwide!

For more information, including events across the GTA, visit this link
Sunnybrook Speakers Series

Debunking the Top Cancer Myths


Date: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: McLaughlin Auditorium, Bayview Campus, E Wing Ground Floor (2075 Bayview)

Join leading experts from Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre as they debunk the most popular myths about colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer.  

For more information and to RSVP, please visit this link or call 416-480-4117.


Drug Safety

Date: Tuesday, May 26
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: McLaughlin Auditorium, Bayview Campus, E Wing Ground Floor (2075 Bayview)

Join leading Sunnybrook experts in their discussion on getting the most out of your medication, distinguishing between an allergic reaction and a side effect, and building a positive relationship with your health care team. 

For more information and to RSVP, please visit this link or call 416-480-4117.
Bedford Park Players Present: PAN-demonium

Date: April 16, 17 and 18
Location: 736 Bathurst St. 
 
Join the Bedford Park Players for their production of PAN-demonium! Tickets are on sale now and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Big Little Caravan of Joy. 

For showtimes and ticket information, please visit this link
Toronto's Annual Spring Clean Up

Lawrence Park


Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Lawrence Park (Behind Locke Library)
 
Now that the warmer weather is upon us and the snow has melted, clean ups have begun in our neighbourhoods!

Building on last year's success in cleaning up our neighbourhood parks, another clean-up day has been scheduled for Saturday April 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This coincides with the City of Toronto's Community Clean Up Day initiative.

Volunteers will focus on the playground/park behind Locke Library and the ravine area to the south of it.

Please meet at the corner of Lympstone Ave and St. Edmunds Drive. Garbage bags, coffee and snacks will be provided. Please remember to bring your gardening or work gloves!

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Nella at erinnella@hotmail.com.


St. Andrew's

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Irving Paisley Park (2539 Bayview Avenue)

Members of the St. Andrew's community are invited to attend Community Clean Up Day! 

Please dress accordingly and don't forget gloves and proper footwear. Garbage bags will be provided and high school students will be able to contribute this time to their volunteer hours. 

For more information, you can reach out to Barry Stephens at barrystephens1@rogers.com
 
 
Fairlawn Avenue United Church: 54th Annual Book Sale

Date: Thursday, April 23 (6:00 to 9:00 p.m.), Friday, April 24 (12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), Saturday, April 25 (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Location: 28 Fairlawn Avenue
 
Looking for the perfect book to curl up with? Visit Fairlawn Avenue United Church's annual book sale and browse through hundreds of gently used books and music! 

For more information, visit this link
Crohn's & Colitis Canada: Annual Gutsy Fundraising Walk 

Date: Sunday, June 7
Location: 1132 Leslie St. (Sunnybrook Park)
 
Please join Crohn's & Colitis Canda for their annual Gutsy Fundraising Walk in Sunnybrook Park on Sunday, June 7! 

For registration and donation information, please visit this link
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