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City of Toronto – Update on Cannabis Act


Staff in Municipal Licensing and Standards have reviewed the Federal Government’s recently tabled bill with regard to the Cannabis Act, and are working with other City Divisions to determine possible considerations and impacts to the City.

The framework for legalization of non-medicinal cannabis indicates that the Federal Government will oversee the possession, production, distribution, sale, import and export of cannabis. The Provincial governments will have the responsibility to design the regulation related to the chosen distribution model, amongst other things.

The interdivisional staff working group is continuing to meet to identify and discuss potential municipal impacts resulting from the legalization of cannabis. In addition, City staff remain engaged with Health Canada, the Province, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to address municipal issues and considerations.

Municipal Licensing and Standards is continuing to collaborate with the Toronto Police Service on sustained investigation and enforcement of the illegal cannabis storefront operations.

The Province of Ontario will be accepting feedback on about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in Ontario to protect young people, keep our roads safe and support public health. Input will be received until July 31.

We want to ensure that the interests of Torontonians are taken into account as the Province sets out to determine its model and the relevant regulations.

About the consultation:

We have important decisions to make about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in Ontario to protect young people, keep our roads safe and support public health.

We want your input on how we should approach legalizing cannabis in Ontario.
We are looking for feedback in five key areas:

  1. setting a minimum age for having, using and buying cannabis
  2. deciding where people can use cannabis
  3. keeping our roads safe
  4. regulating cannabis sales
  5. planning public education

How to participate:
There are two ways to give us your feedback:

1. Complete our online survey by July 31, 2017. You can complete the entire survey or just the sections you’re interested in
2. Read the consultation paper and send us your feedback by:
a. email at cannabis@ontario.ca
b. mail at:

Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9

 

Paying and disputing your parking violations will become easier this summer

Frustrated with having to wait months for a court date to dispute a parking ticket? Good news! Starting August 28, 2017, the City of Toronto will introduce an easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations. Disputes will be handled by the City instead of through the court, providing you with faster resolutions and a more efficient process.

You will be able to request an online review of your penalty, meaning the entire process can be completed without having to leave your home. If you’d like an in-person review, you will be able to book an appointment at a time that works for you. Not satisfied with the decision? You will be able to request a second independent review of your penalty that will be final.

More details about this new process are available at toronto.ca/aps. Keep checking back for all the latest info!

UPDATE: City of Toronto Beaches – Bluffs Park Beach

Currently, all City of Toronto beaches are partially or fully closed and permits/life guards cancelled due to flooding.  High water levels have caused debris, damage and access issues which prevented spring maintenance.

Water levels at Bluffers Park beach have begun to receded, and the Parks Department has commenced initial maintenance. The City anticipates that this beach will be fully opened by July 1st.

Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting – 3rd Cut Notification

Please find attached Transportation Services’ formal notification of the scheduled time for the “3nd Cut” of the 2017 Boulevard Grass Cutting Operation.

Public safety information and update on flooding conditions along waterfront areas


While stabilizing, water levels in Lake Ontario remain high. Even with optimal conditions, it is expected to take several weeks for water levels in the lake to subside and to see improvement. Members of the public are asked to note the following safety information and updates on flooding conditions on Toronto Island and along the city’s waterfront areas:

Scarborough Bluffs and waterfront areas – public safety advisory

The Scarborough Bluffs are saturated with water and the area is unstable. There has been significant erosion in the area and numerous landslides. The risk to public safety in this area is significant. Access to the shoreline is restricted. Members of the public are urged to obey all signage and notices and to avoid areas and access points that are restricted.  More information is available on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) website at https://trca.ca/news/scarborough-bluffs-notice-caution/. Entry into restricted areas is trespassing, with potential fines of up to $10,000; other charges may also apply. If members of the public see anyone entering restricted areas they are asked to immediately contact the Toronto Police Service. In an emergency, call 911.  For non-emergencies, call 416-808-2222.

Residents are reminded to exercise caution along all waterfront areas. Elevated lake levels combined with wave activity can make those areas slippery and unstable. The public should exercise caution in these areas. Keep children and pets away from the slippery and unstable banks. Residents should be aware of their surroundings and not enter areas experiencing erosion or with other cautionary signage.

Mainland beaches – limited operations

All 11 City-managed swimming beaches have been impacted by flooding and high water levels. Large sections of many beaches remain underwater. City staff continue to monitor water levels and beach conditions closely, however, beach operations are not expected to be fully in place until Canada Day.

The three components of beach operations are: water quality testing, supervision, and maintenance, grooming and amenities. The City’s water quality testing program is fully up and running and available online: http://app.toronto.ca/tpha/beaches.html. Some beaches have limited supervision and maintenance. For current information on beach status, visit the City’s website at: http://bit.ly/2rUn5aZ.

Toronto Island Park – remains closed/no ferry service for general public

Water levels remain high and more than 40 per cent of Toronto Island Park is still under water. More than 45,000 sandbags and 1,000 metre bags (large capacity bags) have been placed on the Park. Twenty-seven pumps, including nine industrial pumps, are being used to remove surface pooling.

Continuing service impacts on the islands include:

  • Ferry service continues to be restricted to island residents and authorized individuals only.
  • City-run recreation programs on Toronto Island Park are also cancelled through to July 31. City staff will work with parents/caregivers on a case-by-case basis to find accommodations in other programs or issue refunds if needed.
  • Cancellation of all permits for Toronto Island Park is currently in place until July 31. Any available options for rescheduling or relocating events is being sought. Permits that cannot be rescheduled or relocated will be refunded through the usual processes. Permit holders should call 311 for assistance.
  • Roads throughout the islands remain waterlogged – residents are cautioned to not drive into waterlogged/flooded roads.
  • Centreville remains closed. Updates are available at http://www.centreisland.ca/.
  • Billy Bishop Airport is operating as usual. Passengers are always encouraged to check flight status before heading to the airport to ensure that their flight is on schedule. http://www.portstoronto.com.

 

Further information

City of Toronto staff continue to monitor flood conditions and implement mitigation efforts across the city’s waterfront areas to reduce impacts. The City continues to work closely with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to monitor water levels.

The City is maintaining a website detailed with information regarding the flooding impacts throughout Toronto, public health risks associated with flooding and much more. Visit http://www.toronto.ca/mediaroom.

Information to help residents prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes is available at http://www.toronto.ca/extremeweatherready.

Upcoming Community Meeting: 1316-1320 Kingston Rd.

New Funding Opportunity, Community Projects & Events Grant Program (Deadline June 19)

New Funding Opportunity – Community Projects & Events Grant Program – Deadline June 19

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework. The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development.

Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).

Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form.

Grant Program Goals:

Community Projects grant stream: to fund products and tools that are grounded in the experience of residents, and the creation of community knowledge and assets.

  • One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017.
  • Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project.

Community Events grant stream: to build resident engagement and leadership by supporting residents to connect, learn and act to improve their wellbeing, neighbourhoods, and community.

  • One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018.
  • Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding.

What is your organization’s funding need?

Is it to develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that you can –

  • Increase your organization’s impact by doing things better?
  • Increase community impact by working with others?
  • Diversify who you serve and strengthen access and equity?

If yes: apply for the Community Projects grant stream. Click here for the grant guidelines (for the text-only version, click here).

Or, is it to create a neighbourhood event or activity that brings different groups of people together to –

  • Make your neighbourhood better, or
  • Keep people active, or
  • Help residents learn skills and build leadership?

If yes: apply for the Community Events grant stream. Click here for the grant guidelines (for the text-only version, click here).

Find out if your project idea fits. Attend one of the Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics starting May 25th!

You can find details on dates/locations on the Community Projects & Events web page.

Registration for City of Toronto summer and after-school programs begins in early June

Registration for the City’s summer swim and skate programs and After-school Recreation Care (ARC) programs will commence on three separate dates.

Registration for these programs begins at 7 a.m. on:

  • Saturday, June 3 for Scarborough and Etobicoke York
  • Tuesday, June 6 for North York, Toronto and East York
  • Monday, June 12 for After-School Recreation Care (ARC) programs for the upcoming 2017-18 school year for all districts.

The City is committed to improving the registration experience:

  • Three separate registration dates will increase access to the registration system.
  • Extended customer service call centre hours on June 1, 2 and 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. will help people get ready to register. Call 416-338-4386.
  • Improvements have been made to the City website including easier navigation and more recreation planning tools.

Prior to registration day, residents are encouraged to get ready by following these steps:

Step 1: Get family and client numbers
Toronto residents need a family number and a client number for each family member. Call 416-338-4386 before registration day or speak with staff at a City community recreation centre to get these numbers.

Step 2: Choose programs
Visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun or refer to the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide to browse and choose programs. Residents are encouraged to have a few program choices for each person in case their preferred program is full.

Step 3: Register
Registration starts at 7 a.m. so be sure to have all of your program choices and payment options ready.  Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to register for programs.

Four ways to register:

  • Online at http://www.efun.toronto.ca
  • By phone. Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available at 416-338-0000. Operator Assisted Registration is available at 416-338-4386.
  • In-person at select locations. A list of these locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/registration, by calling 311 or by speaking to staff at a City community recreation centre.

After-School Recreation Care (ARC) programs
Residents can register for ARC online, by phone, or in-person. Register in-person at any civic centre during regular business hours Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (On June 12, in-person registration will begin at 7 a.m.) For more information about ARC programs, visit http://www.toronto.ca/arc.

Summer camps
Registration for our summer camps is ongoing. The City of Toronto offers camps to suit all children’s interests, needs and abilities at a reasonable cost. Registration for camps and a listing of Toronto recreation programs is available at http://toronto.ca/torontofun.
Call 416-338-4386 and speak to a customer service representative to find locations with available space.

Let us know if you can’t go
Recreation programs sometimes have waiting lists. If you are unable to attend the program you registered for, contact your local community recreation centre or call 416-338-4386 so the spot can be offered to someone else.

Welcome Policy
Welcome Policy credits are available for residents with low incomes to register for City recreation programs. Anyone receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto is pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://toronto.ca/wp.

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming, skating, drop-in programs and more for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost program options is available at http://toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

Older Adult Discount
Older adults (60 years and older) registering for adult programs receive a 50-per-cent discount in price.

Toronto Public Health provides Lyme disease prevention tips


With warm weather arriving, Toronto Public Health reminds the public to protect themselves against blacklegged tick bites and Lyme disease. These ticks are the only type of tick in Ontario that can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

 

“The overall risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is considered low,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “While we encourage everyone to enjoy the nice weather and explore the outdoors, it’s important that everyone is aware of the locations where ticks can be found in the city and know how to prevent Lyme disease.”

 

Ticks can be found in bushy or wooded areas with lots of leaves on the ground or where there are tall grasses. When enjoying outdoor activities in these areas, residents can reduce their risk of getting bitten by a tick by following these tips:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin, which are safe and effective for avoiding tick bites. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves. Light-coloured clothing may make ticks easier to spot.
  • Take a shower to remove ticks before they become attached. Check your full body and head for attached ticks.
  • Remember to also check your children and pets for ticks.
  • If you find a tick on your body, it can be removed with fine-tipped tweezers by pulling the tick away from your skin gently but firmly.

 

Blacklegged ticks are usually not found on lawns, mowed grass, sports fields or paved areas. Toronto Public Health has posted signs where blacklegged ticks have been found in the city in areas including Algonquin Island, and Morningside and Rouge Parks. Ticks found in other parts of Toronto can be submitted to Toronto Public Health for identification and testing, which is useful for tracking locations in addition to those already known.

 

Prompt removal of ticks from the skin will help prevent infection, as transmission of the Lyme disease-causing bacteria usually requires the tick to be attached for at least 24 hours. Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within one to two weeks after a tick bite, but can occur as soon as three days or as long as a month after a bite. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a circular rash (also known as a bull’s eye rash).

If you develop any symptoms of Lyme disease within 30 days of removal of the tick and the tick was attached for 24 hours or more, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you most likely acquired the tick.

 

More information is available at http://bit.ly/1T3z54G.

Reminder: Annual Job and Career Fair (May 3rd)