News - Scarborough Southwest Ward 36

Community consultation on May 16th

I’m hosting a community consultation on May 16th to share a plan developed in partnership with Toronto Transportation, Parks, and Parking Enforcement in an effort to alleviate the traffic congestion in the warmer months on streets closest to Bluffers Park (Thatcher, St.Quentin, Larwood, Redlane, Barkdene, and potentially Gradwell and Eastville).

As residents of these streets, your presence and participation is invaluable.

TRCA Update – Lake Ontario Water Levels 2019

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) issued a Shoreline Hazard Warning on April 30, 2019 in response to rising water levels in Lake Ontario. Later the same day it issued a Watershed Conditions Statement in advance of the anticipated rainfall that is expected in the GTA over the next few

Water levels in Lake Ontario are rising quickly and are expected to continue rising until late May or early June. Properties along the Lake Ontario shoreline and on the Toronto Islands could begin to experience the effects of flooding. Large waves may exacerbate erosion and flooding.

TRCA has been working with City of Toronto staff since last week to address potential impacts, providing assistance and guidance by forecasting and updating local conditions, identifying and monitoring at-risk shoreline areas and providing risk mapping. TRCA is also deploying staff and resources to prepare for high water levels on Toronto Islands by setting up pumps and sandbags, and monitoring other shoreline areas. Staff will be deployed as needed, over the coming weeks to assist with response operations. Our collective response to this event is benefitting from the lessons learned and plans developed in response to the 2017 high water event.

Lake Ontario water levels are influenced by several factors, including water flowing in from Lake Erie and runoff from the watersheds that drain into Lake Ontario. Water flowing out of the lake is controlled at Moses-Saunders Dam near Cornwall, by the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSRB). In regulating water flowing out of Lake Ontario, the ILOSRB must balance risks associated with areas downstream of the lake. The ILOSRB has decreased flows from Lake Ontario to minimize flood risks along the St. Lawrence River. The combination of reduced outflows from Lake Ontario, high inflows from Lake Erie, and continued runoff from surrounding watersheds is the reason Lake Ontario levels are expected to continue rising.

Residents are reminded to avoid and/or exercise caution around all Lake Ontario shoreline areas. Use extra caution when around any water bodies, and stay away from any areas experiencing erosion or any areas that are flooded.

Major Road Resurfacing on Danforth Road

Major Road Resurfacing on Danforth Road, from north of Danforth Avenue to north of St. Clair Ave E.

The project is expected to start late July 2019 and be completed by mid November 2019.
This project will allow the contractor to work extended hours in order to minimize the distruption to traffic and the surrounding community.


Please join in Saturday May 25th at the Birchmount Community Centre for the Inaugural EAST END SPLASH AND DASH . This SWIM-RUN event is for kids as young as 3 all the up to adults, and is sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario. All participants will receive a race kit, event T-shirt a finishers medal and a post race snack. Please click on the race logo and you will be directed to all of the event information and online registration. We hope to see you Saturday May 25 for our Swim-Run, SPLASH AND DASH event for all ages.


Clairlea Park Splash Pad

Splash Pad Update!!!

The Clairlea Park Splash Pad project is now planned to start construction on site at the beginning of July 2019 and be completed in September 2019.
This means the facility would then be opened to the general public next season in late May 2020.

Project signs have been posted at the park site entry locations, including an image showing the general location of the proposed splashpad, and planned construction and opening dates.

The Contractor has confirmed that the other existing Clairlea Park amenities (playground, tennis courts, soccer fields, etc.) will remain open during the splashpad construction and that existing park pathways will have temporary detours.

An Earring to Remember

In partnership with the Scarborough Arts, the “Earring to Remember” event is being held at the Bluffs Gallery, where you will have the opportunity to learn from local artist Laurie Poirier and get creative at the “Earring Bar” – all while enjoying light refreshments (courtesy of the Delmanor Wynford) and getting to know amazing women within the community. Parking for the event is at the Birchmount Community Centre directly across the road from Scarborough Arts.

Please join in celebrating this vibrant Scarborough community and thank you for supporting our local hospitals!

Keep your basement flood free

Basements can flood for many reasons. #CityofTO is working hard to make improvements. Here’s what you can do help flood-proof your home:

Councillor Crawford’s Community Environment Day – Saturday June 8

Community Environment Day

Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose of unwanted items at a Community Environment Day!
Bring it, Toronto!

Donate items in good condition for reuse:
• Sporting goods
• Arts and crafts supplies
• Books (excluding textbooks)
• Cameras, CDs and cases
• Dress-up clothing and
costume jewelry
• Clothing, linens, etc.
• Small household items
• Musical instruments, board games
• Eyeglasses, walking aids,
hearing aids, etc.
• Non-perishable foods

For more information on waste disposal, download the TOwaste app at

Pick up for free:
• Leaf compost: *New for 2019 – compost will come in 15 kg bags (limit of two bags per household, while supplies last)
Products available:
• Kitchen Container ($5 each)
Please do not bring: ink cartridges or toner, construction waste,
air conditioners, garbage,
wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Upcoming Bus Route Flips at Kennedy Station to accommodate shoring at the SRT

What Work is Taking Place?

As part of the continued support of excavation works (shoring) and utility relocations for the future Kennedy Station, crews will be conducting a series of bus flips in the vicinity of the SRT at Kennedy Road.

The first stage began Mid-February 2019. As early as Sunday March 31, 2019, shoring will take place on the east side of the SRT, in order to accommodate this work east and west bound buses will be re-routed to the North Service Road to enter and exit Kennedy Station. This stage will last for approximately three (3) months.

Hours of Work

· Traffic reconfiguration work is expected to start as early as Sunday, March 31, 2019 starting at 5 AM until 8AM.
· Once the new traffic set up in in place, this phase is expected to last approximately three (3) months.
· Support of excavation (SOE) work will be performed between the hours of 6 AM and 6 PM, Monday to Saturday.
· Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

What to Expect

· Buses will enter and exit Kennedy Station via North Service Road.
· Support of excavation activities will be underway on the east side of the SRT.
· Stage will last for approximately three (3) months.

Traffic and Pedestrian Impacts

· Buses will enter and exit Kennedy Station via North Service Road.

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