Issues - Scarborough Southwest, Ward 36

Kingston Road Safety Meeting

A meeting will be held on January 18th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at St. Nicholas Birch Cliff Church, 1512 Kingston Road.

Kingston Road has significant traffic issues, and changing driver behavior can be challenging.
Measures have been taken to make roads safer, but more can be done.

View and download a PDF notice of the upcoming Kingston Road Safety meeting.

UPDATE – McCowan District Park

Staff have stated that they had the snow clearing issue which took far longer than they hoped due to misuse of the rink after hours (rink was utilized over night while snow covered., the public electing to clear the snow into the boards) which necessitated staff to hand clear the majority of the snow from the rink instead of utilizing equipment. Staff had mechanical issues with the ice resurfacer and last night there were electrical issues and the ice rink lights would not come on.

Staff is working very hard to overcome all of the issues and are committed to providing the posted service hours to the community.

Harding Parkette / Harrison Estates Fitness Pod

As you may be aware, a community meeting was recently held regarding a proposed Fitness Pod for Harding Parkette.

To capture a wider scope of opinion, please see the following link to view the proposal and include your feedback on the location and design. https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/birchcliffe-cliffsideoutdoorfitnessequipment/

Budget 2018 is a good news budget

 

Today we launched the 2018 operating and Capital Budget process.

I am proud to say that we are starting in a much better position this year than we have in previous years.

Unlike previous years, there is no operating budget gap to close in the staff proposed budget.

For the fourth year in a row, property taxes will be kept at or below the rate of inflation.

We will have a TTC fare freeze for our city’s millions of daily transit riders.

Millions more will be invested in the TTC and what will be an expanded system with 6 new subway stations opening on December 17.

Funding for social housing repairs will continue and no Toronto Community Housing units will be permanently closed.

More police officers will be hired and deployed with a focus on community safety while, for the second year in a row, the police budget will be flat lined, something that had not been achieved by past administrations.

More shelter beds will open.

And 0 million in additional gas tax money secured from the province by Mayor Tory will begin to be factored into the city’s capital budget.

The city’s fiscal health is strong and sound.

We have strong and stable credit ratings. our reserves are healthy. we have a low debt burden.

this is a good news budget – it invests in key areas while keeping spending low and keeping tax increases low.

but there is still more work to be done over the next few weeks.

there are a number of priorities – these are things that councillors would like to see added to the budget – that have to be considered.

The mayor has been clear he will be supporting:

  • Time-based transfers for the TTC which will allow people to hop on and off transit without having to pay again and again.
  • Increases to the poverty reduction strategy, including implementing a fair fare pass to help those in our city who can’t necessarily afford to ride the TTC.
  • Increased investments in childcare.
  • Investments in additional traffic

Measures aimed at fighting congestion including permanent funding for quick clear squads and traffic wardens along with funding for smart, traffic-moving technology.

  • Funding for the city’s TransformTO plan to help us invest in a strong and resilient city.

So we’ve got some work to do but I’m confident we will find a way to support our key priorities and maintain a budget that invests in key areas while keeping tax increases as low as possible.

Our residents want us to build the city but they also appreciate that we strike the right balance – that we tighten spending, find efficiencies and don’t hike taxes sky-high.

There will be the usual disagreements – many will want us to simply raise taxes as high as possible and, once again, they will make outrageous claims about the proposed budget and its impacts.

Others may argue we should simply slash important services without thought to the true impact on our hardworking residents or not bother building up the city for the future.

Once again, for the fourth year in row I’m confident we will strike the right, responsible balance that people expect.

Thank you.

Sunrise Gate Development – 1316 Kingston Road

The Sunrise Gate Development – 1316 Kingston Road – will be coming to Scarborough Committee of Adjustment on December 7th.

For further information, please click on the following link

https://web.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/committee-of-adjustment/scarborough-schedule-2017/

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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
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 metrolinx.com/NewStations or smarttrack.to.

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

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.

 

Provincial consultations on pay day loan businesses


Notice of Provincial Public Consultations: Consumer Protection Act and Payday Loans Act

The Province of Ontario governs pay day lenders and alternative financial services such as cheque-cashing, instalment loans and rent-to-own services.

In April, Ontario Bill 59 (Putting Consumers First Act) received Royal Assent, providing municipalities with additional tools to license and regulate payday lenders. It is expected to come into force in early 2018, following additional consultations on the newly proposed regulations.

Highlights include:

  • decreasing the maximum cost of borrowing from $21 to $18 per $100 borrowed; and
  • amending the City of Toronto Act to permit the City to prohibit the operation of an office or limit the number of offices that may operate in a defined area.

Last week, the Province released its consultation paper entitled “Strengthening Protection for Consumers of Alternative Financial Services – Phase One” and is now looking for input in developing regulations for payday lenders and alternative financial services (i.e. cheque-cashing, instalment loans, and rent-to-own services).

The Province is accepting input until August 21, 2017.

Key issues being consulted on include:

  • limiting amount of payday loans to 40% of borrower’s net pay
  • requiring payday lenders to disclose annual percentage rate of loan
  • requiring six-day waiting period between payday loans
  • exempting credit unions from the requirements for the Payday Loans Act; and
  • changing advertising requirements to support consumer decision-making

About the consultations and how to provide feedback

We want to ensure that the interest of Torontonians are taken into account as the Province seeks input on proposed regulatory changes to payday lending and alternative financial services.

This notice is being sent to encourage you and your constituents to participate in the provincial consultations.

The following has been taken from the Province’s website: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=24431&language=en:

Input can be provided in the following ways until August 21, 2017:

  1. Regulatory registry email link titled “Comment on this proposal via email” at the bottom of the regulatory registry page for this consultation.
  2. Email your comments to consumerpolicy@ontario.ca with “Consumer financial protection regulations – phase 1” as a subject line.
  3. Mail completed consultations to:

ATTN: Consumer Financial Protection regulations

Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

56 Wellesley Street West – 6th Floor, Toronto, ON, M7A 1C1

If you have questions about this consultation,

email consumerpolicy@ontario.ca.