News - Scarborough Southwest Ward 36

Great news for the upcoming skating season!

Weather permitting, the McCowan Park rink will open for skating in December.

Thanks to a temporary refrigeration system, the McCowan Park Rink will allow residents to enjoy outdoor skating this upcoming season. The skating trail, unfortunately, will not open until next year.

Since the moment we got the disappointing news about the delays I have been working diligently with staff to find a solution and make sure that we can lace up our skates this coming season.

Mayor Tory commented, “I’m glad City staff – working with Councillor Crawford’s office and my office – have found a way to make sure there is an ice rink in McCowan District Park this winter.

“I look forward to the opening of the temporary rink as soon as weather permits. Councillor Crawford and I will also both be keeping a close eye on the construction of the permanent rink and skating path to make sure it gets finished as soon as possible.”

More information on the park improvements and delays can be found on the Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation project page.

Fairmount Public School’s 8th Annual Fall Fair

Fairmount Public School is having their 8th Annual Fall Fair on Saturday, October 21, from 11am -3pm.

The school fair will consist of a variety of venues including games, auctions, contests, activities, food and live entertainment. All proceeds go directly toward upgrading the programs and equipment at the school.

Fairmount Public School is designated a S.T.E.A.M School (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), which focuses on learning through inquiry based methods while learning through the Arts.

As always the school fair is about Family, Fun and Community Spirit! So come out and enjoy:
Bouncy castle — Pumpkin Patch — Spooky Scary haunted House — Kids Raffle Room — Vendor Tables – Pizza — Cookie Decorating — Popcorn & Cotton Candy — Fire Truck Tour — Tea Room — Yummy Food — Face Painting — Dutch & Silent Auctions — Live Entertainment — Arts & Crafts Room — Scavenger Hunt — Loads of Games & much more!

For more Information, Sponsorships or Donations please email or call (416) 396 6240

Fairmount Public School is located at 31 Sloley Rd., Scarborough, Ont., M1M 1C7 —  2 Blocks South of Kingston Rd & McCowan.

Pumpkin Parade Comes to Cliffside

Celebrate the first annual Pumpkin Parade in Cliffside

Wednesday, November 1st
Sandown Park
 (50 Natal Avenue)
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring your family, friends, carved pumpkins and tea candles to add to our pumpkin pathway and celebrate this candle lit community event.

Pumpkin parades in Toronto started 15 years ago in Sorauren Park where the day after Halloween, people brought their jack-o-lanterns to the park so that everyone could see all of the great creativity in the area. Now, the event is hosted in 35 parks across the city where thousands of pumpkins are on display every November 1st.

Pumpkin parades provide an opportunity for people from the neighbourhood to see all of the great artwork and creativity that goes with carving Jackolanterns, in a single location, without having to wear costumes or hand out candy.

People who have invested time and money into carving jackolanterns now have a great second event where their artwork can and will be appreciated.

The City supports these community events and supplies a centralized green bin in the park for collections.

Thank you to the hard-working, dedicated volunteers of the Scarborough Bluffs Community Association who have brought this event to our community.

For more information visit to

Improvements to Baseball Diamond at Scarborough Village Park

I’m pleased to announce that City Council has passed a motion to accept a generous donation from the West Hill Baseball League for the baseball diamond refurbishments at Scarborough Village Park. Council also agreed that the work to refurbish the baseball diamond should commence this fall.

The West Hill Baseball League was awarded the funding through a grant from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation after successfully submitting of a proposal to the Jays Care Field of Dreams program. The donation will be used to improve conditions of one of three existing baseball diamonds in the park and will include upgrades to the outfield fence, a new backstop, along with improved infield conditions.

The West Hill Baseball League (WHBL) is a not-for-profit organization located in east Scarborough. The League’s mission is to develop, promote and guide amateur baseball in the east Toronto (West Hill) area. The organization is dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment where girls and boys can develop life skills through sport and team work.

Scarborough Village Park is located within the boundaries of a Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) where West Hill Baseball League has identified a growing demand for affordable youth baseball programming in the community. Through this donation, the organization’s goals are to increase sport participation for youth in the 14 to 18 year-old age range and to instill a sense of pride in the community with an improved and well-maintained sports facility.

Thankyou to West Hill Baseball League and the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation for such a valuable investment in our community.

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.

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 or

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.

Construction Notice: Watermain Rehabilitation Contract #17TW-OS-03CWD Ward-36 Kingston Rd

City of Toronto to launch easier, more convenient process for disputing parking violations

The City of Toronto is introducing a new, easier and more convenient process to dispute parking violations. Disputes for parking violations received on or after August 28 will be handled by the City instead of through the provincial court, improving customer service by providing faster resolutions and a more efficient overall process.

Access to the new dispute process will be available 24/7 through the City’s website, Individuals can request a review or dispute a parking violation online through the City’s website. People who prefer to dispute a violation in-person can have their penalty reviewed at one of two City locations: Metro Hall (55 John St.) or North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.). In-person reviews can be booked in advance on the City’s website and are also available on a drop-in basis.

The City of Toronto is committed to continuously improving and modernizing customer service. This new dispute process allows the public to request a review of a parking violation through a customer-focused, streamlined service.

All reviews, online and in-person, will be conducted by a City screening officer who can affirm, vary or cancel penalties, including having the authority to give people additional time to pay the penalty fee. If the individual is not satisfied with the penalty review decision, a second and final review can be requested with an independent, Council-appointed hearing officer.

Payment methods for parking violations remain the same, with payment either online, by mail or in-person at seven City locations.

More information is available at

Upcoming Pesticide Use in Scarboro Crescent Park

Starting August 1, 2017, Urban Forestry’s contractor will be using pesticide in Scarboro Crescent Park to control Dog Strangling Vine. Information signage will be posted, along with the standard warning signage, to provide more information to park users.  Warning signage is posted 24 hours before treatment, and is removed 48 hours following treatment, according to Ministry of Environment guidelines.

The below park user notice will provide more information and will also be posted on site during the work.


Reminder: Canada 150 Celebration at Sandown Park (50 Natal Avenue)

This year’s Canada Day celebration will be hosted at Sandown Park (50 Natal Avenue) in the Cliffside community. 

I will be co-hosting this special Canada Day 150 celebration with MP Bill Blair! There will be free BBQ, music, games and fireworks! All are welcome!

Hoping to see you there!