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Birch Cliff Village Day Out Presents: Christmas in the Village

3686-3688 St. Clair Avenue East – Community Consultation Meeting

Great news! We are one step closer to a sidewalk and cycling path on Brimley Road South to Bluffers Park.

Executive Committee voted to support recommendations for the Scarborough Waterfront Project EA (Environmental Assessment) with important amendments which I tabled to protect pedestrians and the sandy shores of Grey Abbey Beach. The Scarborough Waterfront Project will provide improved and safer access to the waters edge along the Scarborough Bluffs. The EA will now go to City Council and if approved, to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

The Scarborough Bluffs are an iconic natural wonder located at the doorstep of Canada’s largest city.

Our parks, beaches and shorelines are very popular and managing this popularity is key. Experience has shown that in cities worldwide, natural areas need to be effectively managed or they will decline.

On May 14th Executive Committee voted to protect the bluffs, enhance wildlife habitats and improve pedestrian safety along Brimley Road, and better manage our waterfront.

Benefits to the Scarborough Waterfront Project include:

  • Prioritizing re-construction of Brimley Road to include a full-access path for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Protecting and expanding natural heritage features such as terrestrial and fish habitat
  • Protecting the natural beaches at Grey Abbey Park
  • Better management of the sandy beaches that are used every day
  • Provide safer and more enjoyable waterfront experiences accessible to all

Please be assured, I recognize and understand the importance of protecting the unique and natural beauty of the area, and hence, tabled a motion in order to address my outstanding concerns.  This motion was unanimously supported by Executive Committee:

  1. maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey;
  2. explore ways to protect existing wave conditions; 
  3. include public amenities such as accessible washroom facilities, through continued engagement of interested stakeholders during the detailed design process.

This approval is an important step forward in an ongoing process.  This project, along with actions already taken, include:

  • The TTC Bluffers 175 bus route helps achieve safe, reliable access to the waterfront
  • Parking regulation changes
  • Parking enforcement on surrounding streets
  • Increased paid-duty Police enforcement
  • Increased enforcement with Municipal Licensing and Standards
  • Added garbage bins and park clean-ups
  • Explored options for overflow parking
  • Installation of a Gatehouse for traffic control on weekends and holidays
  • Vehicle turn-around area when parking lots are full
  • The ability to close Brimley Road at the Kingston Road intersection when parking lots are full
  • Name change at Scarborough Bluffs Park to Scarborough Crescent Park for visitor destination clarification
  • Boat launch enhancement with accompanying pollinator gardens
  • Parking lots closed by 9 p.m. ensuring vehicles are cleared by 10 p.m.

Waterfront parks are extremely popular.  Effective management of this popularity is essential. Getting this right will pay dividends for future generations.

Bluffer’s park Southwest Headland and Beach Major Maintenance Project

UPDATE – McCowan District Park

Staff have stated that they had the snow clearing issue which took far longer than they hoped due to misuse of the rink after hours (rink was utilized over night while snow covered., the public electing to clear the snow into the boards) which necessitated staff to hand clear the majority of the snow from the rink instead of utilizing equipment. Staff had mechanical issues with the ice resurfacer and last night there were electrical issues and the ice rink lights would not come on.

Staff is working very hard to overcome all of the issues and are committed to providing the posted service hours to the community.

Harding Parkette / Harrison Estates Fitness Pod

As you may be aware, a community meeting was recently held regarding a proposed Fitness Pod for Harding Parkette.

To capture a wider scope of opinion, please see the following link to view the proposal and include your feedback on the location and design. https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/birchcliffe-cliffsideoutdoorfitnessequipment/

Budget 2018 is a good news budget

 

Today we launched the 2018 operating and Capital Budget process.

I am proud to say that we are starting in a much better position this year than we have in previous years.

Unlike previous years, there is no operating budget gap to close in the staff proposed budget.

For the fourth year in a row, property taxes will be kept at or below the rate of inflation.

We will have a TTC fare freeze for our city’s millions of daily transit riders.

Millions more will be invested in the TTC and what will be an expanded system with 6 new subway stations opening on December 17.

Funding for social housing repairs will continue and no Toronto Community Housing units will be permanently closed.

More police officers will be hired and deployed with a focus on community safety while, for the second year in a row, the police budget will be flat lined, something that had not been achieved by past administrations.

More shelter beds will open.

And 0 million in additional gas tax money secured from the province by Mayor Tory will begin to be factored into the city’s capital budget.

The city’s fiscal health is strong and sound.

We have strong and stable credit ratings. our reserves are healthy. we have a low debt burden.

this is a good news budget – it invests in key areas while keeping spending low and keeping tax increases low.

but there is still more work to be done over the next few weeks.

there are a number of priorities – these are things that councillors would like to see added to the budget – that have to be considered.

The mayor has been clear he will be supporting:

  • Time-based transfers for the TTC which will allow people to hop on and off transit without having to pay again and again.
  • Increases to the poverty reduction strategy, including implementing a fair fare pass to help those in our city who can’t necessarily afford to ride the TTC.
  • Increased investments in childcare.
  • Investments in additional traffic

Measures aimed at fighting congestion including permanent funding for quick clear squads and traffic wardens along with funding for smart, traffic-moving technology.

  • Funding for the city’s TransformTO plan to help us invest in a strong and resilient city.

So we’ve got some work to do but I’m confident we will find a way to support our key priorities and maintain a budget that invests in key areas while keeping tax increases as low as possible.

Our residents want us to build the city but they also appreciate that we strike the right balance – that we tighten spending, find efficiencies and don’t hike taxes sky-high.

There will be the usual disagreements – many will want us to simply raise taxes as high as possible and, once again, they will make outrageous claims about the proposed budget and its impacts.

Others may argue we should simply slash important services without thought to the true impact on our hardworking residents or not bother building up the city for the future.

Once again, for the fourth year in row I’m confident we will strike the right, responsible balance that people expect.

Thank you.

Sunrise Gate Development – 1316 Kingston Road

The Sunrise Gate Development – 1316 Kingston Road – will be coming to Scarborough Committee of Adjustment on December 7th.

For further information, please click on the following link

https://web.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/committee-of-adjustment/scarborough-schedule-2017/

New GO Stations Public Meetings – October 2017

Metrolinx and the City of Toronto are working together to bring more transit to communities across the City. New SmartTrack/GO stations are being planned in Toronto and we want your input. Please join us as we host three public meetings in October.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Riverdale Collegiate Institute
1094 Gerrard Street East

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
Bloor Street Collegiate Institute
1141 Bloor Street West
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

* Presentation begins at 7:00 pm.

At these meetings we will provide an update on the project and an overview of required environmental studies that are part of the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP). We will seek your input on the proposed plans and key elements of the project.

Information on all the new stations will be available at each meeting, so you can choose the location most convenient for you. For more information please visit metrolinx.com/NewStations or smarttrack.to.

Doris McCarthy Trail Work

TRCA is preparing to undertake trail improvement work along the lower half of the Doris McCarthy Trail. The scope of the work includes compacting the existing coarse granular material and placing finer, compacted granular material on top to improve traction for pedestrians along sections of the trail.

The work is tentatively scheduled to commence during the week of September 25th, 2017 and will be completed in approximately 10 days.

To ensure public safety, the entire length of the Doris McCarthy Trail will be closed while the work is underway.