Great news for the upcoming skating season!

Weather permitting, the McCowan Park rink will open for skating in December.

Thanks to a temporary refrigeration system, the McCowan Park Rink will allow residents to enjoy outdoor skating this upcoming season. The skating trail, unfortunately, will not open until next year.

Since the moment we got the disappointing news about the delays I have been working diligently with staff to find a solution and make sure that we can lace up our skates this coming season.

Mayor Tory commented, “I’m glad City staff – working with Councillor Crawford’s office and my office – have found a way to make sure there is an ice rink in McCowan District Park this winter.

“I look forward to the opening of the temporary rink as soon as weather permits. Councillor Crawford and I will also both be keeping a close eye on the construction of the permanent rink and skating path to make sure it gets finished as soon as possible.”

More information on the park improvements and delays can be found on the Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation project page.

Fairmount Public School’s 8th Annual Fall Fair

Fairmount Public School is having their 8th Annual Fall Fair on Saturday, October 21, from 11am -3pm.

The school fair will consist of a variety of venues including games, auctions, contests, activities, food and live entertainment. All proceeds go directly toward upgrading the programs and equipment at the school.

Fairmount Public School is designated a S.T.E.A.M School (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), which focuses on learning through inquiry based methods while learning through the Arts.

As always the school fair is about Family, Fun and Community Spirit! So come out and enjoy:
Bouncy castle — Pumpkin Patch — Spooky Scary haunted House — Kids Raffle Room — Vendor Tables – Pizza — Cookie Decorating — Popcorn & Cotton Candy — Fire Truck Tour — Tea Room — Yummy Food — Face Painting — Dutch & Silent Auctions — Live Entertainment — Arts & Crafts Room — Scavenger Hunt — Loads of Games & much more!

For more Information, Sponsorships or Donations please email fairmountfallfair@gmail.com or call (416) 396 6240

Fairmount Public School is located at 31 Sloley Rd., Scarborough, Ont., M1M 1C7 —  2 Blocks South of Kingston Rd & McCowan.

Pumpkin Parade Comes to Cliffside

Celebrate the first annual Pumpkin Parade in Cliffside

Wednesday, November 1st
Sandown Park
 (50 Natal Avenue)
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring your family, friends, carved pumpkins and tea candles to add to our pumpkin pathway and celebrate this candle lit community event.

Pumpkin parades in Toronto started 15 years ago in Sorauren Park where the day after Halloween, people brought their jack-o-lanterns to the park so that everyone could see all of the great creativity in the area. Now, the event is hosted in 35 parks across the city where thousands of pumpkins are on display every November 1st.

Pumpkin parades provide an opportunity for people from the neighbourhood to see all of the great artwork and creativity that goes with carving Jackolanterns, in a single location, without having to wear costumes or hand out candy.

People who have invested time and money into carving jackolanterns now have a great second event where their artwork can and will be appreciated.

The City supports these community events and supplies a centralized green bin in the park for collections.

Thank you to the hard-working, dedicated volunteers of the Scarborough Bluffs Community Association who have brought this event to our community.

For more information visit to scarboroughbluffs.ca

Improvements to Baseball Diamond at Scarborough Village Park

I’m pleased to announce that City Council has passed a motion to accept a generous donation from the West Hill Baseball League for the baseball diamond refurbishments at Scarborough Village Park. Council also agreed that the work to refurbish the baseball diamond should commence this fall.

The West Hill Baseball League was awarded the funding through a grant from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation after successfully submitting of a proposal to the Jays Care Field of Dreams program. The donation will be used to improve conditions of one of three existing baseball diamonds in the park and will include upgrades to the outfield fence, a new backstop, along with improved infield conditions.

The West Hill Baseball League (WHBL) is a not-for-profit organization located in east Scarborough. The League’s mission is to develop, promote and guide amateur baseball in the east Toronto (West Hill) area. The organization is dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment where girls and boys can develop life skills through sport and team work.

Scarborough Village Park is located within the boundaries of a Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) where West Hill Baseball League has identified a growing demand for affordable youth baseball programming in the community. Through this donation, the organization’s goals are to increase sport participation for youth in the 14 to 18 year-old age range and to instill a sense of pride in the community with an improved and well-maintained sports facility.

Thankyou to West Hill Baseball League and the Toronto Blue Jays, Jays Care Foundation for such a valuable investment in our community.

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.

Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expansion – Notice of Completion

Metrolinx and the province of Ontario are continuing to move forward with the goal of transforming the way the region moves by bringing rapid transit to communities throughout the GTHA. In your community we are bringing Regional Express Rail that will mean 15-minute, two-way service throughout the day between Oshawa and Union Station, 7 days a week on the Lakeshore East GO rail corridor.

To deliver this service, for the past year we have been busy completing the necessary environmental studies, consulting with the community and finalizing the early enabling works to assess the impacts of adding a 4th track to the Lakeshore East GO rail corridor. We are now at the end of the formal Transit Project Assessment Process as part of our continued community engagement, and building upon the first round of public meetings held in November 2016.

The draft environmental reports that show the impacts of the project and our proposed mitigation are now available online for review. The final Environmental Project Report  for the Lakeshore East Rail Corridor Expansion is available for a 30-day review, online and at various viewing locations in the city.

Listed below are key TPAP dates that outline the steps taken to complete the environmental assessment:

Notice of Commencement………… May 18, 2017
Notice of Completion.………………. Sept. 14, 2017
Start of 30-Day Public Review…… Sept. 15 – Oct 16, 2017
Start of 35-Day Minister Review… Oct. 17 – Nov. 20, 2017
Statement of Completion………….. Nov. 20, 2017
 
For more information visit Metrolinx.com/donriverscarborough.
Or email donriverscarborough@metrolinx.com

Kingston Road Watermain Cleaning & Re-lining

The City of Toronto will be cleaning re-lining the watermain along Kingston Road from St. Clair Avenue East to Dorset Avenue, starting in September. The City will also replace any of its substandard water service pipes. A map of the work area can be found on page 3 of this PDF notice.

The underground pipe that brings water to your meter is the water service. The part that the City owns goes from the municipal watermain to your property line. The part that you own goes from your property line to your water meter. This project is part of the Council-approved Capital Works Program to renew our aging infrastructure, improve water distribution and reduce the risk of watermain breaks.

News & Updates From Municipal Licensing & Standards

Residents are  invited to four open houses on proposed short term rental regulations

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning staff are holding a series of open houses on the proposed regulations for short term rentals. The term “short-term rental” describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. 28 days or less). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments.

Four open houses are being held to provide an opportunity for residents to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback. The proposed regulations are to:

  1. Allow anyone to offer a short-term rental in their home.
  2. Require anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City and include the City-issued registration number in all advertisements.
  3. Require any short-term rental company (like Airbnb, VRBO or FlipKey) to be licensed by the City and only advertise short-term rentals with valid City-issued registration numbers.

The open houses will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a presentation at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, September 6, City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Monday, September 11, North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Wednesday, September 13, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 399 the West Mall
  • Tuesday, September 19, Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

Short Term Rental Survey

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations. The survey will be available until September 19 and can be found at: toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay
Reports on Short Term Rentals are expected in November at the Planning and Growth Committee and Licensing and Standards Committee.

Public input invited on the Holiday Shopping bylaw

On April 26, 2017, City Council received a report on the first phase of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw review. As part of the second phase, Council directed staff to conduct additional public consultations on the impact of allowing grocery stores and others that sell prepared meals to be open on public holidays. There are nine public holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A public meeting is being held to provide an opportunity to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback. It will be held at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, North York Memorial Community Hall, Rooms Gold A & B, 5100 Yonge Street. A report on Holiday Shopping is expected at the October 20, 2017 Licensing and Standards Committee meeting.

Update on Birchmount Community Centre Playground

The Birchmount Community Centre Playground is proceeding on schedule, with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2017. Disruptions to the facility are being kept to a minimum with coordination among site supervisors to suit the Community Centre’s programming needs.

The community consultation meeting held in December 2016 received positive feedback and subsequently, Lomco Construction was awarded the contract in June 2017. The construction company has begun work, completing the demolition and has completed demolition and playground equipment base preparation work.

Construction Notice: Watermain Rehabilitation Contract #17TW-OS-03CWD Ward-36 Kingston Rd