Cedar Drive Watermain Replacement

The City of Toronto will be undertaking watermain construction work along Cedar Drive.  The work includes watermain and substandard water service replacement.  This project is part of the 2014 Council Approved Capital Works Program.

This work will take place on Cedar Drive from Eglinton Avenue East to Dunelm Street.

More information can be found here

Markham Road Resurfacing, Boulevard Improvements, Traffic Signals Upgrades & Watermain Reconstruction

The City of Toronto will be undertaking road construction work along Markham Road.  The work includes road resurfacing, boulevard improvements, traffic signal upgrades and watermain reconstruction.  This project is part of the 2014 Council Approved Capital Works Program.

This work will take place on Markham Road from Kingston Road to Lawrence Avenue East.

More information can be found here

Spring Cleaning & Remaining Debris from Winter Storm

As spring weather slowly arrives, the remnants of the harsh winter are starting to appear. Debris from December’s ice storm is now being revealed by the melting ice and snow, on top of the usual collection of litter, sand, and gravel found on city streets around this time of the year. The exact amount of debris and the extent of the clean-up required could not have been accurately predicted until the snow and ice retreated. Now that it is visible, Transportation Services is working closely with its partner divisions to assess the situation as part of planning for this year’s Spring Clean-up. A strategy to deal with the unusually high amount of debris and ensure a rapid and thorough effort is being devised over the week. With lingering cold temperatures and increasingly visible amount of debris to collect, this year’s Spring Clean-up will be more challenging in the early stages and may even take a bit longer. Therefore, we also ask for your consideration as we work through all the streets with our mechanical equipment and in some instances, our manual crews.

In the meantime, residents have been recently reminded on March 21, 2014 by Solid Waste Management about how to handle remaining debris from the ice storm and the winter: http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/7017df2f20edbe2885256619004e428e/97ab479a1e54827185257ca20063d002?OpenDocument.

Thanks again for your patience.

UPDATE: Kingston Road, Major Road Reconstruction, Watermain Replacement, Sanitary and Storm Sewer Construction

The City of Toronto will be reconstructing Kingston Road to ensure the road continues to operate safely and efficiently. This project is part of the Council approved Transportation Services 2013 Capital Works Program.

This work will take place on Kingston Road between Warden Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue.

More information can be found here

Chine Drive Road Reconstruction, Watermain, Sewer Replacement and New Sidewalk Construction

The City of Toronto will be reconstructing Chine Drive from south of Kingston Road to the south limit. The work includes watermain and sewer replacement followed by road and boulevard reconstruction including new sidewalk construction and storm water management upgrades. This project will also involve replacing the City-owned portion of any substandard water service, sanitary service and foundation drain connection as required. This project is part of the 2014 Capital Works Program.

More information can be found here

411 Victoria Park Development – Community workshop to plan for the local park space

We want to hear what you have to say. What are your aspirations for the park? How can we embed
the community’s identity into park design and programs? What are your ideas for long-term community
leadership in sustaining the future park space?
Evergreen, a national not-for-profit that works with communities to restore and transform local
green space, is leading a creative brainstorming session with breakout groups to best capture the
community’s input and feedback. The objective is to animate the space and create a true community
hub that meets local needs.


Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Malvern Collegiate Institute
55 Malvern Avenue, Toronto
Please enter through Door 2 o the parking lot.


The 4.5-acre park is part of the 19.7-acre mixed-use development that is planned at 411 Victoria Park.
BUILD TORONTO has put together a proposed development that invests in a thorough environmental
remediation program. For more information, please visit www.buildtoronto.ca

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Prolonged cold temperatures affecting Toronto’s water services

Prolonged, extreme cold temperatures are having an impact on the City of Toronto’s watermains and the pipes that deliver water services to homes, causing delays in response times to service calls related to the cold weather.

Toronto has been experiencing unprecedented, sub-zero temperatures for an extended period of time. Water pipes are buried below the frost line, which is about four feet below the surface. Unusually cold weather is freezing the ground below the frost line, causing watermains to break more frequently and the underground pipes that bring water to homes to freeze.

The City has hired contractors to help Toronto Water staff thaw frozen underground water pipes, and is making arrangements to purchase more thawing equipment. Additional staff are being reassigned to assist with frozen pipes and watermain breaks. Municipalities throughout the Greater Toronto Area are also experiencing a significant increase in watermain breaks and freezing pipes. As a result, the City is not able to obtain assistance from neighbouring municipalities.

The City of Toronto is asking residents for their patience as it deals with extremely high volumes of service calls related to the cold weather.

From January 1 to February 28, the City has repaired 772 watermain breaks, received 1,839 no-water calls and repaired 438 leaking water services. In 2013, about 1,500 watermain breaks were recorded for the entire year.

How to help prevent underground water service pipes from freezing after repair
• If your underground water pipes have been repaired by the City, keep a tap open for a trickle of water to flow so there is some movement in the water pipes.

Tips for avoiding frozen pipes in your home
• While the temperature is well below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of water to flow so there is some movement in the water pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing.
• If your water pipes are attached to an uninsulated outside wall, remove the clamp from the pipes and gently pull the pipes away from the wall and wrap them with insulation.
• Insulate all exposed outside water pipes with foam pipe covers that are available from building supply or home improvement stores.
• Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
• Open kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
• If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, you can shut off the main service valve in your basement and open all taps to drain the water out of your plumbing lines to prevent them from freezing.
• Commercial water customers need to prepare for cold nights as well. Protect fire lines by wrapping all lines that are exposed to cold.

Precautions/steps when thawing water pipes in your home
• Do not use a torch with an open flame to thaw pipes, as this is a fire hazard.
• Ensure you know the location of your master water shut-off valve. The frozen pipe may be broken and when the water in it thaws it will leak. If the pipe is broken, you will need to shut off the water in your house until the pipe is repaired.

Steps to thaw a frozen pipe
• Turn on a tap in the basement, preferably the cold water faucet in the laundry room.
• Use a blow dryer to warm the suspected frozen pipe for one or two hours. Check the blow dryer regularly to ensure it does not overheat.
• Place a warm towel or rag around the suspected frozen pipe.
• Depending on the outside temperature and the extent of freezing within the pipe, the thawing process could take from one to six hours.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/water.

Construction of Scarborough’s second outdoor ice rink – McCowan District Park

McCowan District Park in Ward 36 will be home to the second outdoor ice rink in Scarborough and has been incorporated into the 2014 Parks, Forestry and Recreation capital budget.

“I have been working with City staff and am delighted to announce that an outdoor ice rink will be built at McCowan District Park,” said Councillor Gary Crawford. “The rink will provide additional winter recreational opportunities for Ward 36 and Scarborough residents.”

Construction on a new ice rink support building, which will house the mechanical room, ice cleaning machine and washrooms, will begin in 2015 and the rink will be operational for the start of the 2016 skating season.

This ice rink is part of the second phase of the approved community master plan for McCowan District Park. Scarborough’s only outdoor ice rink is located at the Scarborough Civic Centre.


A copy of the media release can be found here

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) – Open for Applications

HELP Pilot Program Kicks Off

Are you planning to do some home improvements? You may want to consider also making energy efficient upgrades to your home. To help residents with their home energy improvement project, the City of Toronto has launched a new pilot program called HELP – Home Energy Loan Program.

The program was developed to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and to help them save money in the long-term by reducing energy bills.  For many people, the high upfront costs of doing energy improvements such as installing new windows or upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace, can make it difficult for them to take action. Through HELP, homeowners can access low interest loans from the City that they pay back over time on their property tax bill.

In Ward 36, homeowners with postal codes starting with M4E, M1N, M4C, M1M, M1E, M1K & M1L are currently eligible to apply for the program. As this is a pilot program, only certain areas are eligible right now, but the program is expected to open up to more areas in the near future.

This program is an important step in the City’s plan to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and create a sustainable energy future.  Learn more about the City’s Climate Change Action Plan.

To learn more about HELP and how to apply for a low interest loan, visit www.livegreentoronto.ca.

Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body Public Consultations

The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions (both minor variances and consents).
At its December 4th, 2013, meeting, the Planning and Growth Management Committee requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to initiate a public consultation process on the implementation of a Local Appeal Body for the City of Toronto and to report back on April 10th, 2014, on the results of the public consultation and with recommendations on implementation.
The City Planning division is launching “Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body” public consultations around the city with the express purpose of initiating and facilitating public dialogue around this matter.

The Scarborough consultation will take place: Wednesday, March 5th at the Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive) beginning at 6:45 p.m.

More information: www.toronto.ca/localappealbody