Birch Cliff Public School 100th Anniversary Celebration – September 23rd and 24th


Birch Cliff Public School is celebrating its 100th anniversary on September 23rd and 24th. Birch Cliff has a rich history in Scarborough and the school has been a community hub for the last 100 years. Engaged students, teachers, staff and Parent Councils have partnered with the community and created a wonderful foundation that we all continue to build upon. As a former school Trustee for seven years, I worked closely with Birch Cliff School and families. Two of my own team, Gail and Tamara, served on the Parent Council for many years, continuing the legacy of community engagement.

Schedule of Events:


Saturday1pm to 2pm – Birch Cliff Public School Grounds

Includes musical performances, raising of a Centennial flag, Time Capsule and entertainment

Family friendly festivities aimed at Students, Staff, Alumni and the greater Community to focus on the school over the past 100 years. Will include live entertainment by past and present students, the raising of a Centennial flag, presenting the contents of a time capsule, activities for children, a light lunch and celebratory cake. The Decade Rooms will be open at this time and promise to be the main attraction for the many Alumni in attendance.


Saturday11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm – Designated Classrooms in Birch Cliff Public School

Alumni-led rooms from each decade — high volume of traffic — appeals to young and old alike!

A collection of photos, memorabilia and school artifacts gathered by the Alumni for the Alumni at Birch Cliff Public School. Each room will be a glimpse into the collective memories of past students at the school, featuring unique and engaging moments in time from the 20’s through to 2000’s. A feature not to be missed.


Afternoon – Birch Cliff Public School Gymnasium

An opportunity for attendees to break bread and relax together away from the activities of the day. A variety of finger food offerings to enjoy, something for everyone.


Saturday 7pm – Q-ssis Banquet Hall – 3474 Kingston Road

An adults-only occasion for Parents and Alumni

Q-siss Banquet Hall 3474 Kington Road (at Markham Road) is a family owned Banquet Facility which is the venue chosen for the closing of the Centennial Festivities. Tickets will be sold in advance for the dinner, a great way to end a fun filled, memorable weekend. This will be an adults only occasion so that Parents and Alumni can relax and enjoy a final chance to reminisce.




Noon to 4pm – Birch Cliff Public School Gymnasium and Playing Field – 1650 Kingston Road

Includes concession stands, participant swag bags, prizes and more…

Keeping with the tradition of “Birch Cliff – Home of the Champions” there will be a sporting afternoon to kick off the Centennial Celebrations. Alumni both young and old can join in on the free Games from the Past.


Friday5pm – ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION – 1577 Kingston Road

Includes prize draws, 50/50 draw, entertainment, etc.

An opportunity for Parents, Staff and Alumni to gather in an informal setting at our local Legion, Branch 13 at 1577 Kingston Road. This branch of the Legion has important meaning to past and present students as a part of Remembrance Day activities at Birch Cliff. Plans include food offerings and the possibility of live entertainment to enhance the gathering of friends old and new.

To register, and for more information, please visit

Reminder – Fall/Winter Recreation Program Registration Begins Tomorrow Morning at 7 a.m.

Reminder: Registration begins tomorrow (September 11) at 7 a.m. for Scarborough residents.



If you haven’t already, be sure to visit to:

  • Build a list of choices (program titles and barcodes) using the website or the printed FUN Guide
  • Have your family number and client numbers ready
  • Have a payment method ready or credit on your account, if fees apply

The number of online registrations increased from 88 per cent last summer to more than 91 per cent completed this past June.

Registering online is the easiest and fastest way to plan for fall and winter recreation. In June, 72 per cent of users were able to log in to the registration system in 15 minutes or less and, on average, each registration was completed in just over seven minutes.

Those who wish to register for programs will need to set up an account. Call 416-338-4386, e-mail or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number, update your account information, put a credit on your account or request information on the Welcome Policy. Recreation staff will also be available in-person to help with accounts and recreation planning. Check at your local community centre for designated hours.

Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount.


Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff have been working hard to make fall registration better with faster online access, better online planning tools, extended customer service hours leading up to registration days and a more intuitive website while working to replace the existing system.

Mandatory Backflow Prevention Device for Businesses

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Reminder: StArt Youth Presenting Art – Breaking Bread Reception (Aug 12)

Breaking Bread poster

Public Consultation: Modernizing Toronto’s Police Service

The way forward community consultations

Kingston Road Development

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2016 Municipal Property Assessment



2016 Property Assessment Notices

2016-04-18-08-52-AMP_Logo_2All properties in Ontario are assessed every four years by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). From May 27 to June 6, residential property owners in Toronto will be mailed a 2016 Property Assessment Notice. In October 2016, Toronto non-residential property owners will be mailed a 2016 Property Assessment Notice.

 The Property Assessment Notice provides the current value assessment (CVA), an estimate of the market value of the property as of January 1, 2016. To provide an additional level of property tax stability and predictability, increases in assessed value are phased in gradually over four years. A decrease in assessed value is introduced to taxpayers immediately.

The City of Toronto is responsible for calculating property tax bills based on the assessed values determined by MPAC. Reassessments do not generate any additional taxes for the City.

An increase in assessment does not necessarily mean an increase in property taxes. If the assessed value of a home has increased by the same percentage as the average increase in the municipality, there may be no increase in the property taxes paid by the property owner.

Properties that have increased in value more than the municipal average may experience an increase in taxes. Properties that have experienced an increase in assessed value that is below the municipal average increase may experience a decrease in taxes.

According to the MPAC Assessment Update, residential property owners will see an average assessment increase of 7.5 per cent in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The average assessed value for a typical residential home in Toronto is now $770,000.

• Property owners can verify the information that was used by MPAC to determine their assessment on Owners can also compare their property to others in their neighbourhood.

Property Assessment Notices should be reviewed carefully by property owners and filed for their records. No action is required unless the property owner believes that their property information or assessment is incorrect.

If the owner disagrees with the assessment value of their property, they may file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR), and MPAC will review their assessment free of charge.

Property owners can learn about how MPAC determined their property value and compare their assessment to others in their neighborhood by visiting:

This year, every Property Assessment Notice indicates the deadline to file a Request for Reconsideration. This deadline is 120 days after the Notice Issue Date.

The City of Toronto offers a property tax relief program to assist low income seniors and low income persons with a disability. More information:

Ward 36 Community Environment Day (June 9th)

This year’s Community Environment Day will take place on June 9th from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at the Birchmount Community Centre (93 Birchmount Road).

Extra compost will also be available for pick-up on June 4th at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre from 10am until supplies run out. 

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items and you will help to:

  • Extend the life of a product by offering it to someone for reuse.
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and ensure that it is properly recycled.
  • Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely.

For more information on the City’s Community Environment Days, visit


Scarborough Central Lions – Annual Spring Yard Sale & Flea Market (June 4th)



This year’s Scarborough Central Lions Spring Yard Sale & Flea Market will take place from 9:00am to 2:00pm on June 4th in the Scarborough Arena Gardens Parking Lot (Birchmount and Kingston Road)

For more information, please contact Mary at (416) 438-4471

*This is a rain or shine event