Councillor Crawford’s 6th Annual Community Tree Lighting – December 6th


“Please Slow Down” Safety Campaign Signage

Transportation Services “Please Slow Down” safety signage is now available at two local stores in Ward 36:

The Kingston Social (1427 Kingston Road) and Sweet Pea Soap Company (3091 Kingston Road).


Store hours and links are available below.
Please Slow Down


The Kingston Social (1427 Kingston Road):

Store Hours:

Thurs  2-6

Friday  10-4

Sat 10-4

For more information, please call (647) 727-5464 or visit either or


Sweet Pea Soap Company (3091 Kingston Road):

Store Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


For more information, please call (416) 266-6435 or visit


    • On public property (between the curb or the edge of the roadway and the property line)
    • 6 metres (2 feet) from the curb
    • Inserted into the ground using the wire frame only
    • Where it will not obstruct sight lines for pedestrians, cyclists or drivers
    • As supplied and without further illumination or the use of reflective tape
    • To obstruct a sidewalk
    • Within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
    • On a roadway median or island
    • By an expressway or an expressway ramp
    • In a drainage ditch
    • Anywhere that blocks access to, or operation of, culverts, bridges and overpasses
    • On a building, structure, post, pole, tree or bush

Here comes the snow

It’s that time of the year again – winter!

A Canadian winter can sometimes mean a lot of snow, and the City of Toronto is ready.

Here are a few things that you can expect as we gear up for another winter in Toronto.

Prior to the onset of a storm, Transportation Services will be applying a layer of salt brine to hills and bridges throughout the city.  The application of salt brine is intended to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement and to make it easier to plow the snow to the side of the road.

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and main roads.  Local roads and laneways are salted soon after this.  When two centimeters of snow has accumulated then plowing will begin on the expressways and, when five centimeters has accumulated, plowing will begin on the main roads. Plowing on the expressways and main roads will continue until the operation is complete.


When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimeters, local road plowing will begin.  Plowing on the local roads is usually completed between 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311.  Residents are also asked not to call 311 during the storm to ask when their street will be plowed.  Residents should call 311 to report urgent winter related calls only.

After clearing ice and snow from some bike lanes as part of a pilot project for the past three years, the City has identified a priority network of bike lanes and cycle tracks in the downtown core that will receive enhanced winter maintenance this winter, including snow plowing and salting to improve safety for cyclists.

The City will only open driveway windrows wherever it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimeters of snow has fallen. Typically, driveway windrows are opened between one and two hours of the road being plowed.  The service is meant to only open up a width of about three metres – not the full width of the driveway.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on roads with high pedestrian traffic and on bus routes where it is mechanically possible to do so after two centimetres of snow has fallen and the remaining roads after eight centimetres have fallen. In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place. To learn more about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto and to view a map of the areas where the service is provided, click on

If you need more information about the city’s plans for snow clearing, visit

Here’s an important tip about shoveling snow.  Please don’t push snow back onto the road.  It’s against the law, hampers snow clearing efforts and is very dangerous for motorists.

Winter, and the snow that comes with it, is a part of what makes us Canadians.  By working together, we can make sure that Toronto continues to be a safe and accessible city in which to live, work and play.

Birch Cliff Community Meeting – November 26th


On November 26th, I will be hosting a Birch Cliff Community Meeting at Variety Village (3701 Danforth Avenue) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the Cafeteria and will be an opportunity to discuss planning, parks, traffic, local business and upcoming development for the Birch Cliff area.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office at 416-392-4052.



Deputation Process – Birchmount Residence Relocation Proposal

As discussed at the Community Meeting on November 17th, the proposed relocation of the Birchmount Residence will be brought before Executive Committee on December 1st. Residents will be able to register for an in-person deputation (or submit written comments if you are unable to attend in person) once the agenda is published. I will be posting a link to the agenda/registration page once it becomes available.

Details on how to register for a deputation can be found here:


Birchmount Men’s Residence to Remain in Scarborough Southwest and Negotiations Underway to Demolish the East Side Motel

A Double Win for Ward 36: Birchmount Men’s Residence to Remain in Scarborough Southwest and Negotiations Underway to Demolish the East Side Motel

The Birchmount Men’s Residence will be moving to a newly renovated space at 3306 Kingston Road, currently the Comfort Inn East.

Local Councillor Gary Crawford is supportive of the proposed plan, which has also allowed for the City to negotiate the purchase and demolition of the East Side Motel – a property that has long been a source of contention among residents in Scarborough Southwest.

There have been concerns that the Birchmount Residence’s present location at 1673 Kingston Road is no longer able to meet the needs of the residents. The change of venue will mean that the facility’s residents, senior men aged 55 and up, will be able to enjoy a greater level of privacy and improved living conditions in a renovated, City-owned facility not far from their current location.

“We’re doing what we can to help these residents achieve a higher quality of life,” said Crawford. “This new facility will go a long way toward ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for its residents and staff.

“Ever since the Residence came to Birch Cliff in 1999, these men have been a welcome part of the local community. We’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere of mutual respect between the residents and area homeowners.

“Understandably, the Birch Cliff community will be sad to see the change as the men have been good neighbours – volunteering, shopping and taking part in seasonal celebrations. Still, they’ll be happy to know that the residents will be just down the road.

“The City will be working with a Community Advisory Group to ensure a smooth, efficient transition with minimal disruption to staff, clients, service providers and the two involved Ward 36 Communities.”

The new location will have the capacity to house 120 seniors, with the possibility of transitioning to a co-ed residence. There will be professional staff on-site 24/7 to make sure residents have continued access to similar programming and support services.

The purchase of 3306 Kingston Road is consistent with plans for infrastructure and service improvements that were adopted by Council in April 2015. A staff report with the details of the proposed purchase is scheduled to be considered by Executive at its meeting on December 1st.

There will be a public information meeting on November 17th, 2015 from 6:30 -8:30 P.M. at Qssis Banquet Halls (3474 Kingston Road) regarding the City’s proposed plan. The local community is invited to listen to the proposal and ask any questions they have.

As for the future of the East Side Motel, “the City is in negotiations to redevelop the property to provide suitable services to local residents,” said Crawford. “Having something like a daycare or parkland in place of this motel would be a welcome change that would better serve this community.”

For more information:
Gail Ross – Executive Assistant
Office of Councillor Gary Crawford
Ward 36 – Scarborough Southwest
Phone: 416-392-4052

YWCA Toronto Employment Centre – November Schedule




Be a flu fighter: Toronto Public Health launches free flu vaccine clinics

Help fight the flu and reduce your risk of getting influenza by attending one of Toronto Public Health’s free flu vaccine clinics from October 28 to November 30 at nine locations across the city. The flu vaccine is also available in doctor’s offices and more than 450 Toronto pharmacies.

“The flu can infect nearly 20 per cent of Canadians each year. You can help reduce your risk of getting sick by taking simple precautions such as getting your flu vaccine early, washing your hands often, sneezing or coughing into your sleeve, and staying home when you are sick,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “But the best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu vaccine.”

Influenza, also known as the flu, can spread to others before symptoms even appear. Typical symptoms include sudden onset of high fever, chills, sore throat, cough and muscle aches. Other common symptoms include headache, loss of appetite, feeling tired and runny nose. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur, especially in children.

Every year, millions of Canadians are infected by the flu and more than 12,200 are hospitalized. While most people will recover within a week to 10 days, the flu can make pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease worse, and can develop into more serious health problems such as pneumonia, and rarely death.

The following groups of people are known to be at higher risk for developing complications from influenza and should be sure to get the flu vaccine each year: people with chronic health conditions, residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities, people 65 years of age and older, children six months to five years old, healthy pregnant women and Aboriginal Peoples.

In addition to getting the annual influenza vaccine, Toronto Public Health recommends:

  • cleaning hands frequently
  • sneezing and coughing into sleeve, if no tissue is available
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands, and
  • staying home when sick.

The flu vaccine is free for people six months and older who live, work or attend school in Ontario. For the full flu vaccination clinic schedule, please call 416-338-7600 or visit Individuals can also book an appointment online at and find information by following our Twitter account @TOPublicHealth and #FluFighter.

Weather Advisory – October 27th, 2015

Toronto residents and commuters advised to prepare for heavy rain

With wet weather expected for tomorrow and into Thursday, the City of Toronto is advising everyone to take extra caution when travelling and to take steps to protect their property from basement flooding.

Transportation Services and travel precautions

  • Heavy rain is anticipated and with less daylight at this time of the year, visibility will be limited. Walk, bike and drive with caution.
  • Motorists should drive with care and proceed slowly through areas of ponding, especially near sidewalks with pedestrians present.
  • Transportation Services staff are working today to keep catch basins clear. Residents are asked to assist in cleaning catch basins on their streets if possible. With leaves falling at this time of year, catch basins often become clogged, which can result in street flooding and basement flooding.

Toronto Water and basement flooding
· Toronto Water’s storm readiness plan is in place. Crews are available 24/7 to respond to flooding calls. The City undertakes regular inspections, cleaning and maintenance of more than 10,000 kilometres of sewer pipes to ensure that the system operates well.

  • Residents concerned about basement flooding should move their valuables to shelves or upper floors. Cleaning products, paint or chemicals should be taken off the floor so they do not contaminate potential floodwater.
  • Clear leaves and other debris from eavestroughs and downspouts.

More basement flooding prevention tips, as well as information about programs and services available to residents, are available at

Complete Streets Photo Contest


The City of Toronto and Spacing Magazine are holding a photography contest to showcase elements that make up a complete street. The City invites submissions and Facebook voting for the Complete Streets Photo Contest until October 31.

The term “complete streets” refers to streets designed to be safe for all users, including people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and other characteristics such as walking speed. Complete streets also give consideration to other uses of streets, such as sidewalk cafés, street furniture (benches, garbage/recycling bins and transit shelters), trees, utilities and stormwater management.

Photos taken on any street – not limited to Toronto or even Canadian locations – can be submitted using Instagram and Twitter (with the hashtag #TOCompleteStreets in the description), or uploaded to the contest web page, or emailed to Facebook users can vote for their favourites as displayed in an online photo gallery until the end of October, resulting in popular winners in this first phase of the contest.

In the contest’s second phase, in November, an expert panel will shortlist its choice of photos and the public will be invited to vote for their favourites. Prizes will include a vanity City of Toronto street sign, gift certificates for the Spacing Store and subscriptions to Spacing magazine.

The goal of the photo contest is to raise awareness of the complete streets approach and guidelines the City is developing to ensure social, economic and environmental priorities are integrated in street planning and design. The City engaged stakeholders and the general public on the initiative’s guiding principles in the spring, and there will be more public events on complete streets design early in the new year.

The public can join the conversation online using the hashtag #TOCompleteStreets. More information about the photo contest and the complete streets project is available at http://www/