Mayor Tory to Join Councillor Crawford and Santa at this weekend Tree Lighting

Join the festivities this Sunday,December 14th, at Variety Village from 6pm – 7pm. We will have hot chocolate, candelight carolling and a special visit from Jolly Old St. Nick and our new Mayor. Bring your family and friends and let’s celebrate the season together.

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Councillor Crawford’s 5th Annual Community Tree Lighting

Need somewhere to kick off the Holiday Season? Come join me for my 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday December, 14th at Variety Village (3701 Danforth Ave) from 6p.m. – 7p.m.


Councillor Gary Crawford appointed as Toronto’s Budget Chief

For Immediate Release

December 5th, 2014

Councillor Gary Crawford appointed as Toronto’s Budget Chief

Toronto – The Executive Committee has appointed Councillor Gary Crawford to assume the position of Budget Chief for the new term of City Council. As Budget Chief, Councillor Crawford will oversee the short, and long-term financial related activities of the City.

“I am honoured that Mayor Tory has recommended me to the position of Budget Chief. We have an excellent relationship and share the same philosophy in creating a fiscally healthy city while keeping taxes at, or below, the rate of inflation. It is my role as Budget Chief to ensure that his words and priorities get turned into tangible actions.

“The decisions I make will be inclusive and proactive. Mayor Tory’s One Toronto unites the city and makes us stronger and able to effectively tackle the challenges we face. When speaking with the City’s Division Directors, I will discuss best practices for effectively delivering a budget which prioritizes building SmartTrack, transit and gridlock, jobs, housing and service delivery. As always, there is a need to maintain balance, while getting things done for people.

“I will provide the Mayor with a review and briefing of budget recommendations. Included will be a pledge of transparency, and regular and timely communications from me.

“The next Budget Committee will be comprised of a diverse group, in terms of opinion and talent, who are all equally committed to contributing to the fiscal health of Toronto. I look forward to discussing their priorities for the City. We will not let ideology get in the way of good ideas”.

The Budget Committee’s mandate includes overseeing the Capital and Operating budgets as they are being developed, and reviewing matters which may significantly affect the City of Toronto budget.

“Making disciplined decisions, some of them very difficult, will be a vital role in the foundation for a prosperous future”.

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For more information:

Gail Ross – Executive Assistant

Office of Councillor Gary Crawford

Ward 36 – Scarborough Southwest

Phone: Gail Ross 416-803-3576


City working hard to coordinate construction in the city

There is a myth that the City is not coordinating construction projects on our streets.

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, the city has a strong coordination effort in place before any work ever takes place on the street. Outside factors such as the shortened construction season, work by outside agencies and the sheer volume of the work is more responsible for congestion we face every day.

One thing is certain: The city is facing an unprecedented amount of construction on our roads and it’s causing frustration for drivers. The city is updating a significant amount of its aging infrastructure including roads, bridges and watermains. Many of this infrastructure is reaching the end its service life and needs to be replaced. The work is critical.

And the City isn’t the only organization performing construction work in Toronto. Private companies are busy, too. The City is experiencing significant growth – especially in the downtown core – and this has led to a demand for increased services. A lot of the work that you see taking place is private construction which also adds stress to our roads as lanes of traffic are taken away to accommodate this work.

And it doesn’t end there. Organizations such as Enbridge, Toronto Hydro and telecom companies continue to add to their infrastructure. Since most of their infrastructure is buried under our roads, they need to cut into the roads to do their work. This often means lane closures and more pressure on our transportation routes.

In all, the pressure on our road capacity is intense.

But, instead of simply allowing work to take place wherever and whenever, the City has taken steps to plan the work in order to minimize disruption wherever possible.

Five years ago, the City established the Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination (MCIC) division that acts as a coordinating body for all groups – not just city agencies – that perform construction work in the city. MCIC connects with all groups to make sure that all long-tem work is coordinated and that all agencies are aware what other organizations are doing. Also, this coordination often enables work from different groups to be bundled together, avoiding having one organization going back to the same street and tearing it up again.

But the coordination doesn’t end there. Because of the sheer volume of the work and unforeseen circumstances at the time a project is scheduled, coordination is also required when work is ready to take place.

Here’s an example: A recent sinkhole has closed a road that runs parallel to the road where road reconstruction is planned to take place. Transportation Services staff would review the situation and make changes as necessary to make sure that work on the two roads is not done at the same time.

In this way, the City is able to get work done and at the same time, managing disruptions to the public wherever possible.

The city also looks at other ways to keep traffic moving effectively while all of this work occurs including accelerating construction projects when possible, implementing signal timing changes on parallel roads and limiting short-term work on nearby roads.

Despite all of these efforts, it is impossible to plan for the unexpected — emergency work. Sometimes a safety issue will result in a lane of traffic being closed temporarily. Unfortunately, delays are often inevitable in this case.

Clearly, the city faces a number of challenges in terms of getting all of the critical work done and accommodating other interests who want to use our roadways. And, while the city is making every possible effort to minimize disruptions, there is no denying that delays will occur. However, the city continues to take significant steps toward getting this work done effectively through its short term and long term coordination as it enhances our transportation network now and in the future.

Councillor Gary Crawford’s Summer 2014 Newsletter

The latest edition of Councillor Gary Crawford’s newsletter will arriving in your mailboxes shortly. If you would like a sneak peak of it, click here!

Temporary Road Closure–Scarborough Golf Club Rd. in Scarborough

This message is being posted on behalf of Go Transit for residents that reside on or near Scarborough Gold Club Road.


GO Transit in conjunction with City of Toronto will be undertaking improvements to the Scarborough Golf Club Road railway crossing, located between Dale Ave. and Confederation Dr.. The work involves construction of the railway crossing, including replacement of track material and resurfacing of the asphalt pavement at the crossing and crossing approaches.

To facilitate the work, Scarborough Golf Club Road between Dale Ave. and South Entrance of Scarborough Golf and Country Club will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 pm June 20th (Friday) to 5:00 am June 25th (Wednesday), 2014.
Detour routes will be clearly signed.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.
If you require any additional information, please contact GO Transit at


Thank you,
GO Transit


More information can be found here

Councillor Crawford and the City of Toronto’s 2014 Environment Day

Scarborough Southwest (Ward 36) Community Environment Day will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Birchmount Community Centre (93 Birchmount Road)

For more information click here

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:

Thanks again for your patience.