Ward 27 News

Chorley Park Switchback Trail Improvements

on April 20, 2014

Over the last several months, I have spoken with residents of Rosedale and I have received calls and messages about the Chorley Park Switchback Trail. The messages from residents vary. Some residents are supportive of the Chorley Park Switchback Trail, and welcome the improvements that are coming to the Park. There are also residents who […]

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Information on Drinking Water Safety

on April 15, 2014

Lead in Drinking Water Lead does not exist in Toronto’s source water, Lake Ontario, or in the City’s drinking water distribution system. Prior to the mid-1950s, the water service pipe that delivers water into each home was commonly made of lead, a soft metal that can affect health. The water service pipe is owned by […]

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StART Support Mural Program

on April 14, 2014

The City of Toronto has launched a new program to help property owners who are victims of graffiti vandalism. The StART Support Mural Program will provide materials for the creation of art murals and graffiti art on walls visible from city streets that have a history of repeated graffiti vandalism. The City will provide exterior […]

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Media Advisory: Toronto City Councillors to speak to Media on Bill 20

on April 10, 2014

April 9, 2014   Toronto City Councillors to speak to Media on Bill 20:  Freeing Toronto from the OMB  Toronto City Councillors Wong-Tam, Matlow, Vaughan, and Layton will speak to media regarding a private member’s bill to remove Toronto from the jurisdiction of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).  Public hearings on Bill 20, a private […]

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Delay to road permit parking changeover in Toronto

on March 31, 2014

Residents who have on-street parking permits are being asked to delay parking their vehicles on the other side of the street until Tuesday, April 15. Traditionally, on-street parking takes place on one side of the street for six months of the year and then switches to the other side of the street for the next […]

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Toronto’s Spring Clean-up 2014

on March 27, 2014

A check of the long-range forecast shows that, finally, warmer weather is on its way! Of course, with the melting snow comes the discovery of once hidden yard debris and litter. To clean the debris after a long winter, Solid Waste Management and Transportation Services has released important information for you to keep in mind. […]

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Queen & Victoria Intersection Closure

on March 18, 2014

This year, from May 12 to May 31 the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria Street will be fully closed for streetcar track replacement and partial road and sidewalk construction. This work is required to bring the track infrastructure and adjacent road to a state of good repair. Please see the full notice for […]

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Ward 27 City Builders Award Winners Announced!

on March 7, 2014

Congratulations to the Ward 27 City Builders of 2014!!   March 6, 2014 – This evening, 14 Ward 27 City Builders were recognized for their outstanding contributions to making Toronto Centre – Rosedale a desirable and dynamic community to live, work, study and play! Invitations from my office were widely cast in February, welcoming residents, […]

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Feds Urged To Release Data

on March 3, 2014

Permission to re-post here granted by Blacklock`s Reporter. February 24, 2014 By Tom Korski Cabinet is being pressed to release confidential Canada Post feasibility studies on retail banking that were mysteriously shelved by management, and now concealed from the public. Toronto City Council voted 39-2 to request that the post office divulge Banking: A Proven […]

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WORKSIGHT: Art on Construction Hoarding

on February 21, 2014

Come join Councillor Wong-Tam for a free event on Wednesday February 26, 2014 from 6 pm – 8 pm at the City Hall Rotunda for an exciting look at the future of public art. WORKSIGHT will bring together Toronto-based artistis, landowners, developers, and city councillors to discuss how ordinary construction hoarding can be transformed into temporary works of public art that will […]

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City Council Approves Rainbow Crosswalks

on February 21, 2014

TORONTO, ON, February 20, 2014 Pride Toronto is pleased to announce that Toronto City Council has approved a motion by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to fund the creation of crosswalks painted in the colours of the rainbow flag, an internationally-recognized symbol of the LGBTTIQQ2SA* (LGBTQ) communities. The crosswalks will be installed in time for Toronto to […]

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Massive open streets festival planned for Toronto

on February 7, 2014

A large stretch of Bloor Street, Yonge Street, and Danforth Avenue could be transformed into a massive 11 km car-free plaza for a series of community events this summer, organizers of a Toronto “Open Streets” event say. The event, championed by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, regionalArchitects and 8-80 Cities, would (tentatively) see Bloor St. and Danforth […]

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Help Decide the Future of the Gardiner Expressway East

on February 6, 2014

Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are jointly carrying out the Gardiner Expressway / Lake Shore Boulevard Reconfiguration Environmental Assessment (EA) and Integrated Urban Design Study. The EA will determine the future of the Gardiner Expressway East and Lake Shore Boulevard East, from approximately Jarvis Street to approximately Leslie Street. The study area for […]

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Fire at 84 Yorville Ave

on January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014 Re: Fire at 84 Yorville Ave Dear community members, I was very upset to learn of a three-alarm fire this morning at 84 Yorkville Ave.  Having met with residents displaced by fires in the Ward previously, I know how difficult this experience can be.   Toronto Fire Services contacted me early this morning […]

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Imagining Expo 2025: An Exhibition of Student Work

on January 16, 2014

On December 2, 2013 a group of York University third year graphic design students joined us at City Hall for an end of term exhibition of a very exciting project. Every year, the students in Communication Design 2 are assigned the task of inventing a major cultural event and creating a complete multi-media package of […]

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Metro Hall Warming Centre Open for Exreme Cold Weather Alert

on January 6, 2014

Effective immediately, the City is opening a Warming Centre at Metro Hall, located at 55 John Street, as a pilot during this winter’s Extreme Cold Weather Alerts. An Alert is currently in effect. Going forward, the pilot Warming Centre at Metro Hall will automatically be activated as part of the additional set of services that […]

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Toronto Hydro power restoration update

on December 31, 2013

TORONTO, Dec. 30, 2013 /CNW/ – Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) reports that we continue to make progress tonight. As of 9:30 p.m., there are approximately 290 customers without service, and crews will continue to work throughout the night until all outages are addressed. In addition, there are approximately 490 locations that have received […]

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Ontario Helps People Replace Food Lost During Ice Storm

on December 30, 2013

  As Ontarians continue to recover from the ice storm, the government is supporting community efforts to help people in need who have experienced hardship with the loss of perishable food due to prolonged power outages. Yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Ontario government matched Loblaw’s generous donation of $25,000 toward grocery store gift cards. She […]

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City of Toronto Storm Update – December 30

on December 30, 2013

News Release December 30, 2013 City of Toronto ice storm update The City of Toronto is continuing to provide updated information on ongoing impacts and the City’s response to the ice storm. Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre continues to support the ongoing response efforts. Mayor Ford has called a special meeting of City Council to be […]

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City of Toronto Storm Update – Dec 29

on December 30, 2013

The following City of Toronto news release was issued by Canada News Wire at 1:36 p.m. today: City of Toronto Ice Storm Update TORONTO, Dec. 29, 2013 /CNW/ – The City of Toronto is continuing to provide updated information on ongoing impacts and the City’s response to the ice storm. Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre continues […]

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Toronto Hydro Update – December 27

on December 27, 2013

Councillor Wong-Tam is continuing to report outages and downed trees and tree limbs to Toronto Hydro and Urban Forestry.  If you have not yet reported your outage, you can contact her at councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca. Power has been restored to the majority of homes in Ward 27, but there are a number of homes still without power.  […]

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Toronto Hydro Update – December 26

on December 26, 2013

Below is the latest update from Toronto Hydro: Power Restoration Continues – Crews to Focus on Neighbourhoods and Streets Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) Reports that 75 per cent have been restored since the height of the storm on December 22. Approximately 69,800 customers remain without power. The company continues to work around the […]

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City of Toronto Storm Update

on December 25, 2013

Below is the latest News Release from the City of Toronto on the Ice Storm.  Councillor Wong-Tam encourages any residents still without heat or power in their home to visit one of the warming centres for food and warmth.   She has not been able to received detailed reports from Toronto Hydro on Ward 27 power […]

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Toronto Hydro Power Restoration Update

on December 25, 2013

Toronto Hydro Power Restoration Update TORONTO, Dec. 25, 2013 /CNW/ – Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) has restored power to approximately 221,000 customers (300,000 customers at the height of the storm). Crews continue to work through the night. We’ve restored all critical customers (TTC, Water services etc), and crews continue to repair priority feeders, […]

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Councillor Wong-Tam Update on Ice Storm

on December 23, 2013

Below is the most recent  City of Toronto update on the Toronto Ice Storm.    Councillor Wong-Tam has heard from some of the many Ward 27 residents and businesses impacted by today’s storm and she has been taking calls in the office today and has been reaching out to Toronto Hydro and other City departments to get […]

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Ice storm related safety tips from Toronto Fire Services

on December 23, 2013

News Release December 23, 2013 Toronto Fire Services offers residents the following tips for staying safe in the aftermath of the ice storm. Candle safety • use a sturdy holder • make sure glass shade higher than flame to protect against loose clothing becoming ignited • position candle away from combustibles • blow out the […]

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City of Toronto Storm Update – December 23

on December 23, 2013

Media Release The City of Toronto is continuing to provide updated information this morning on ongoing impacts and the City’s response to the ice storm. City staff scheduled to work today are asked to report for their regular shifts to continue to deliver as many services as possible to residents, businesses and visitors. Toronto Hydro […]

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New Cloverhill Park Design Drawings Released

on December 19, 2013

The newest designs for Cloverhill Park have been release by NAK and are included in this post. Construction drawings are being completed over the coming months and work on-site is set to begin with the first warm weather in 2015, with work to be completed in the same year. Click on the image for a […]

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Letter from Speaker of the Ontario Legislature

on December 16, 2013

Letter to Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam from the Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the Ontario Legislature regarding the Official Plan Amendment protecting the views of the Queen’s Park, the Ontario Legislative Assembly  Building:   Letter From Hon. Dave Levac – Ontario Legislature

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Canada backs Dubai expo bid, leaves Toronto hanging: Councillor

on December 12, 2013

(Originally found on embassynews.ca) Canada backs Dubai expo bid, leaves Toronto hanging: Councillor Wednesday, 12/04/2013 A Toronto councillor fighting for her city to mount a bid to host a world’s fair in 2025 says she finds it ironic that Canada was set to vote last week for Dubai to win a separate bid, while Toronto […]

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Statement on The Proposed Expansion of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

on December 3, 2013

Dear Constituents, With the proposal for the expansion of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) returning to the Executive Committee on Thursday, December 5, I have heard and spoken with many of you again about the request to exempt the BBTCA from the commercial jet ban set out in the original Tripartite Agreement. As […]

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Ward 27 Budget Presentation

on November 28, 2013

The 2014 City of Toronto Budget process has begun.   The City budget is a financial plan that describes the money the City will raise and spend within a year.  Every year City staff put forward a recommended budget and then the Mayor and City Council, with input from Toronto residents and businesses, make choices about […]

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Chorley Park Multi-Use Trail: Improvements & Preliminary Schedule

on November 28, 2013

The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has released a preliminary schedule for the work on the Chorley Park Switchback Trail. This project, which is a part of the Council approved Toronto-wide Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan, will see a multi-use trail constructed down the eastern slope in Chorley Park. Although some removal of trees and shrubs […]

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Councillor Wong-Tam’s statement regarding Mayor Rob Ford

on November 1, 2013

Dear Friends, Like many other Torontonians, I was disappointed to learn that the alleged video of Mayor Ford exists and that the Mayor has not been transparent and accountable to the residents of Toronto. I do not judge the Mayor for his use of illicit drugs and understand that drug addiction is a serious illness. […]

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Statement on Protecting Views of the Ontario Legislative Assembly

on October 31, 2013

  This week I learned that one of the many battles to protect Heritage in Ward 27 has finally been won.  I was informed by City Planning that the Official Plan Amendment that will protect the views of Queen’s Park, Ontario’s Legislative Assembly for years to come, will finally come into effect.  All appeals to […]

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Get Involved with City 2014 Budget Process & Community Organizing

on October 28, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity The “Commitment to Community” (C2C) campaign brings together Toronto residents who care about preserving and expanding the programs and services that make our city livable. We want to make sure that City Council understands and supports the vital role that the City plays in supporting this community infrastructure. The Commitment to Community (C2C) […]

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Village of Yorkville Park Improvements

on October 22, 2013

The Village of Yorkville Park is receiving an exciting face lift. In consultation with the Bloor-Yorkville BIA, as well as the ABC Resident’s Association and the Greater Yorkville Resident’s Association, my office has been working with City staff in Parks, Forestry and Recreation to review the health of the spruce trees in the eastern end […]

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TPS News Release: Public Safety Alert, Man wanted by police, Simon Willam Gares, 32, Beleived violent and dangerous, Photograph released of man

on October 18, 2013

Broadcast time: 09:41 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 53 Division 416-808-5300   The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance locating a wanted man. Simon William Gares, 32, of Toronto, is wanted for threatening death and mischief under. He has also made non-specific threats related to the safety of children attending elementary schools. He is […]

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Cawthra Park is being Revitalized!

on September 23, 2013

Revitalization work has begun at Cawthra Square Park. This $1.45M project will upgrade the entryways on Church Street, revitalize landscaping, replace dead and dying trees with new ones that will be more resilient and grow larger, and install dynamic new lighting. These major upgrades address concerns raised over park safety, access, and the impact of […]

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Carpenters’ union help with Church Street transformation of downtown Toronto area

on August 2, 2013

Daily Commercial News July 30, 2013 Don Procter, correspondent A few blocks of downtown Toronto’s Church Street is being transformed this August through a novel planning experiment that calls for installation of “parklets” — wood decks with planters and public seating — on parking spaces in front of stores and restaurants. If the three-month pilot […]

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Changes to Bay-Bloor Intersection – Public Open House

on July 18, 2013

The City of Toronto wants to hear from you, and is hosting a public open house and presentation to discuss four changes to the Bay Street and Bloor Street intersection.   Join us to learn more about what is planned and proposed in the near future for this intersection: Date: Wednesday July 31, 2013 Time: 5:30 […]

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Mount Pleasant neighbours fume over crematorium’s plans

on July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013, The Star. It may be summertime, but Margot Boyd never savours the scents wafting through her neighbourhood. “When I go out and I sniff, I wonder, ‘Is this human remains or animal remains?’ ” said the 52-year-old, who lives a block from Mount Pleasant Cemetery and Crematorium. Read more….

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World Pride in Toronto: One-year countdown begins

on July 5, 2013

Pride 2013 may be over, but there’s still a lot of work left to do for the organizers, who are now in the final stretch of getting Toronto ready for what they say could be the largest event the city has hosted to date.  View the full article here.

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Update on Fire at 914-920 Yonge *Important update regarding Occupancy*

on June 3, 2013

Updates from Brookfield Property Management The June 3 update is available and can be seen here.   Occupancy for residential units has been issued as of May 31st 8:30am. This update includes further information regarding the most recent update relating to occupancy. The May 30 update is available and can be seen here. The May 29 update is […]

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Join us June 8 for a Major LGBTQ Community Summit: The Countdown to World Pride 2014

on May 22, 2013

Toronto City Hall – Council Chambers 100 Queen St West Saturday, June 8, 2013 9:30am Please register today at: www.countdown2wp14to.eventbrite.com Click here to view the flyer WHO’s coming to the Summit? We have invited a wide range of groups, leaders, individuals, members, supporters, friends andparticipants from a wide range of Greater Toronto’s LGBTQ community to […]

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Public input invited for study of Toronto’s downtown transportation

on March 22, 2013

News Release March 22, 2013 Public input invited for study of Toronto’s downtown transportation The City of Toronto will host a drop-in event next week to obtain public input as part of a study the City is undertaking on transportation operations in the downtown core. The purpose of the Downtown Transportation Operations Study is to […]

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