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Free Programs at your Local Library Branch

Starting this week, at your local library branch! Free programs for babies, toddlers and children.

More information on programs for the whole family, available here http://ow.ly/hr2W50kczuE

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

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.