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Noise Bylaw Review

The City of Toronto is reviewing the Noise Bylaw, and wants to hear from you. The current bylaw provides standards for noise, and applies to all properties in Toronto.

The review aims to introduce updates that reflect our growing and vibrant city, while enhancing the noise standards that protect the residents of Toronto. Public consultations in January – February 2019 aim to present and seek feedback on emerging Noise Bylaw updates.

Your feedback will be used to recommend updates to the Noise Bylaw in a report going to Council in spring 2019.
There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy.

Attend public consultations: There will be five public consultations, each focused on a particular area of the Noise Bylaw, from January 28 – February 06, 2019. View the Public Consultation Schedule below.

Submit feedback for the Noise Bylaw Review: contact mlsfeedback@toronto.ca by February 28, 2019.

Subscribe to email updates via the link provided: http://ow.ly/GgwK50kcCz6

Scarborough Garden’s Arena

Scarborough Arena Gardens is currently COLD! The heat exchangers are cracked, and require replacement. The team is working hard to expedite replacement. In the meantime, the stands aren’t being heated. More to come…

Winterlicious

Celebrate Winterlicious throughout the City from January 25th to February 7 with over 200 restaurants. Very much looking forward to support Aiolio, as the only restaurant in Scarborough Southwest participating. Reservations for Winterlicious open on January 10th. https://www.toronto.ca/expl…/festivals-events/winterlicious/

Kindergarten Registration

How quickly they grow up!

Kindergarten Registration (for children who will turn 4 in 2019)
happening in January and February at your local schools. For more information visit:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/EarlyYears/Kindergarten
or
http://www.tcdsb.org/KindergartenRegistration

Note: Many schools will also have registration information available for Before&After Care programs offered in your local school at this time. Additional information is available at
https://www.tdsb.on.ca/earlyyears/child-care/before-and-after-school-program
or
https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/EarlyYears/ChildCare/Pages/Before-and-After-School-Programs-2017-18.aspx

Traffic signal timing

The City has optimized the traffic signal timings along Pharmacy Avenue from Steeles Ave to Sheppard Ave and from Ellesmere Rd to Danforth Ave. Expect improvements in travel time when using this route. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/trafficsignals

Don Montgomery Skate Exchange

Needs skates? Don Montgomery Skate Exchange is Saturday, January 12th from 11am – 3pm @ 2467 Eglinton Avenue East. Skates for pickup are on a first come, first serve basis. Sizes and quantities will vary so get there early to avoid disappointment.

Birch Cliff Village Day Out Presents: Christmas in the Village

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.