Issues - Scarborough Southwest, Ward 36

Birchmount Stadium Proposed Re-naming

A formal request has been submitted to the City of Toronto to rename Birchmount Stadium, located at 75 Birchmount Road, to “Bill D. Stephens Stadium”.

This renaming would acknowledge and recognize the significant contribution Bill D. Stephens has made to the City of Toronto. This proposal for the naming is currently being reviewed by the staff of the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division and we would like your input.

Note: Bill D. Stephens’ Bio is shared within the survey.

Ways to provide your input:

1) Complete this online survey – Open for responses until August 1, 2019
2) Submit a letter of support or objection. Comments must be received by August 1, 2019
Letters of support or objection should be mailed to:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation – Park Naming
Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Boulevard West,
Toronto ON M5V 3T7

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Survey link here:


For those curious about the renaming process, here are the steps involved.

1. A community group fills out a form provided by Parks with a letter stating their intent to rename, including the reasons why.…/949b-sec_final_v1_aoda-Property-Na…

2. Once the application has been received, Parks sends it to the Office of Partnership to see if it meets their criteria.

3. Once approved by the Office of Partnership the application goes through Parks for their criteria approval process.

4. Once Parks approves, it then goes to community consultation.

5. Following Community Consultation, Parks staff present a report to community council.

6. Community Council votes.

UPDATE: 171 Midland Avenue

171 Midland Avenue will once again become a community hub!

This cornerstone, heritage property has new owners and plans are underway to return the building to its former glory. The plans include both residential and retail components in keeping with the current allowable zoning.
Though there are more details to be announced by the new owners, I can say that they are
very invested in the community as they live and already own a business in Scarborough Southwest.

Stayed tuned for what I’m sure will be exciting news for all. Many can already see the property being cleaned up and that in itself is an excellent beginning.

Round Table Meetings : TWHL

We have a few openings at the following times for the upcoming round table meetings hosted by TWHLS in conjunction with me. Please contact my office to confirm your interest in attendance.

🗓 Wednesday, July 3rd
🗓Monday, July 8th

⏰ 6-7:15pm
⏰ 7:30-8:45pm

The objective is for residents to have a further opportunity to have their questions and concerns addressed.

As space is limited, kindly contact our office at your earliest convenience and we will confirm your attendance during one of the available time slots.

Email or call 416-392-4052

Housing Now Community Meeting

In December 2018 Toronto City Council launched Housing Now, an initiative that takes a critical step forward in addressing Toronto’s current and future housing needs. Housing Now will create mixed-income communities on public land by providing a mix of affordable rental, market rental and ownership housing options. The new affordable rental homes will remain affordable for 99 years, providing quality housing for future generations. 705 Warden Ave. has been identified as one of the sites for Housing Now.

Community Meeting:

The City of Toronto and CreateTO will be holding a Community Meeting in our neighbourhood to introduce the Housing Now Initiative and share and seek feedback on the conceptual design and preliminary directions for 705 Warden Ave.

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm (presentation at 7 pm)

Where: Warden Hilltop Community Centre – 25 Mendelssohn Street

Oakridge Arts Market, Fun Fair & Bells

Oakridge Arts Market, Fun Fair & Bells! A great event for the whole family on Saturday, June 15

Interested in participating as a vendor for the Arts Market?
Prefer to be a vendor for the Yard Sale?
Contact Oakridge CRC at 416-338-1966.

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.