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.

 

City of Toronto – Update on Cannabis Act


Staff in Municipal Licensing and Standards have reviewed the Federal Government’s recently tabled bill with regard to the Cannabis Act, and are working with other City Divisions to determine possible considerations and impacts to the City.

The framework for legalization of non-medicinal cannabis indicates that the Federal Government will oversee the possession, production, distribution, sale, import and export of cannabis. The Provincial governments will have the responsibility to design the regulation related to the chosen distribution model, amongst other things.

The interdivisional staff working group is continuing to meet to identify and discuss potential municipal impacts resulting from the legalization of cannabis. In addition, City staff remain engaged with Health Canada, the Province, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to address municipal issues and considerations.

Municipal Licensing and Standards is continuing to collaborate with the Toronto Police Service on sustained investigation and enforcement of the illegal cannabis storefront operations.

The Province of Ontario will be accepting feedback on about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in Ontario to protect young people, keep our roads safe and support public health. Input will be received until July 31.

We want to ensure that the interests of Torontonians are taken into account as the Province sets out to determine its model and the relevant regulations.

About the consultation:

We have important decisions to make about how cannabis will be used, sold and regulated in Ontario to protect young people, keep our roads safe and support public health.

We want your input on how we should approach legalizing cannabis in Ontario.
We are looking for feedback in five key areas:

  1. setting a minimum age for having, using and buying cannabis
  2. deciding where people can use cannabis
  3. keeping our roads safe
  4. regulating cannabis sales
  5. planning public education

How to participate:
There are two ways to give us your feedback:

1. Complete our online survey by July 31, 2017. You can complete the entire survey or just the sections you’re interested in
2. Read the consultation paper and send us your feedback by:
a. email at cannabis@ontario.ca
b. mail at:

Ontario Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9

 

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.

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 toronto.ca/aps. 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 https://trca.ca/news/scarborough-bluffs-notice-caution/. 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: http://app.toronto.ca/tpha/beaches.html. Some beaches have limited supervision and maintenance. For current information on beach status, visit the City’s website at: http://bit.ly/2rUn5aZ.

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 http://www.centreisland.ca/.
  • 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. http://www.portstoronto.com.

 

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 http://www.toronto.ca/mediaroom.

Information to help residents prepare for extreme weather and weatherproof their homes is available at http://www.toronto.ca/extremeweatherready.

Upcoming Community Meeting: 1316-1320 Kingston Rd.