News - Scarborough Southwest Ward 36

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!

Upcoming Meeting Notice: 3655 Kingston Road (Mid-Rise Residential Development)

Scarborough Village residents,

Please join me on June 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Scarborough Village Community Recreation Centre (Village Room) for an information session regarding the revised mid-rise development plans for 3655 Kingston Road.

The applicant will present amended plans which address many of the concerns raised by residents as well as conditions set by the City’s Planning division.

This is an opportunity to discuss the proposed, and revised, plans with me, City of Toronto Planning staff and the applicant.

Supporting documentation for this application can be found here.

Please feel free to contact me if you require further clarification or information.

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 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 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: Some beaches have limited supervision and maintenance. For current information on beach status, visit the City’s website at:

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
  • 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.


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

Information to help residents prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes is available at

Upcoming Community Meeting: 1316-1320 Kingston Rd.

Renaming of Scarborough Bluffs Park

Recently, Scarborough Community Council supported my motion to rename Scarborough Bluffs Park (located off Scarboro Crescent) to Scarboro Crescent Park, so that the name would not inadvertently misdirect visitors.  Often times, people who don’t reside in the immediate area arrive at a Bluffs-named park only to find there is no beach access. This has created a number of issues involving safety, congestion and emergency vehicle access. I have also asked for changes to Google Maps to direct park users to the appropriate parks to clearly indicate where there is beach access and where there are only look-out areas.

Parks and Transportation staff have been working hard to address some ongoing congestion issues which have arisen from the increased use of Bluffers Park. This year, there will be a pilot program that includes a temporary gatehouse and turn-around on Brimley Road south as well as an electronic sign indicating when the lot is full. There will be radio communications from the parking lot to the gatehouse to indicate when the lot is at capacity.

I will continue to monitor the situation at our waterfront parks; I will also continue working to expedite the installation of a sidewalk on Brimley and review any other solutions which are presented.


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.