Great news! We are one step closer to a sidewalk and cycling path on Brimley Road South to Bluffers Park.

Executive Committee voted to support recommendations for the Scarborough Waterfront Project EA (Environmental Assessment) with important amendments which I tabled to protect pedestrians and the sandy shores of Grey Abbey Beach. The Scarborough Waterfront Project will provide improved and safer access to the waters edge along the Scarborough Bluffs. The EA will now go to City Council and if approved, to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

The Scarborough Bluffs are an iconic natural wonder located at the doorstep of Canada’s largest city.

Our parks, beaches and shorelines are very popular and managing this popularity is key. Experience has shown that in cities worldwide, natural areas need to be effectively managed or they will decline.

On May 14th Executive Committee voted to protect the bluffs, enhance wildlife habitats and improve pedestrian safety along Brimley Road, and better manage our waterfront.

Benefits to the Scarborough Waterfront Project include:

  • Prioritizing re-construction of Brimley Road to include a full-access path for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Protecting and expanding natural heritage features such as terrestrial and fish habitat
  • Protecting the natural beaches at Grey Abbey Park
  • Better management of the sandy beaches that are used every day
  • Provide safer and more enjoyable waterfront experiences accessible to all

Please be assured, I recognize and understand the importance of protecting the unique and natural beauty of the area, and hence, tabled a motion in order to address my outstanding concerns.  This motion was unanimously supported by Executive Committee:

  1. maximize, maintain and/or create new sandy shorelines, including a further review of key sand shorelines such as Grey Abbey;
  2. explore ways to protect existing wave conditions; 
  3. include public amenities such as accessible washroom facilities, through continued engagement of interested stakeholders during the detailed design process.

This approval is an important step forward in an ongoing process.  This project, along with actions already taken, include:

  • The TTC Bluffers 175 bus route helps achieve safe, reliable access to the waterfront
  • Parking regulation changes
  • Parking enforcement on surrounding streets
  • Increased paid-duty Police enforcement
  • Increased enforcement with Municipal Licensing and Standards
  • Added garbage bins and park clean-ups
  • Explored options for overflow parking
  • Installation of a Gatehouse for traffic control on weekends and holidays
  • Vehicle turn-around area when parking lots are full
  • The ability to close Brimley Road at the Kingston Road intersection when parking lots are full
  • Name change at Scarborough Bluffs Park to Scarborough Crescent Park for visitor destination clarification
  • Boat launch enhancement with accompanying pollinator gardens
  • Parking lots closed by 9 p.m. ensuring vehicles are cleared by 10 p.m.

Waterfront parks are extremely popular.  Effective management of this popularity is essential. Getting this right will pay dividends for future generations.

Bluffer’s park Southwest Headland and Beach Major Maintenance Project

You Can Prevent Basement Flooding

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground sewers, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For more information on basement flooding prevention tips, programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit toronto.ca/basementflooding.

Kingston & Manderley Community Meeting

Core Development Group Ltd. will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday April 5th at the St Anglican Church from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to showcase further development plans for Manderley Drive on the now smaller development parcel.

The Developer is proposing a new mixed-use residential and retail development at the northwest corner of Kingston Road and Manderley Drive. The community update will showcase a revised design concept, progress to date, and next steps. Any and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

View and download the information PDF.

Councillor Crawford’s Annual Environment Day

Thursday May 24 from 4 pm to  8 p.m. at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Road.

Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto.  Bring your unwanted household items to a Community Environment Day to:

  • Extend the life of a product by making it available for reuse
  • Ensure that items are properly disposed of or recycled
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
  • Ensure that hazardous waste materials are disposed of safely
  • Learn about current waste diversion initiatives.

For more information visit www.toronto.ca/community-environment-days

Birchmount Community Centre Gym Addition ~ Status Update

Construction of the addition to the Birchmount Community Centre gymnasium is proceeding on schedule with the completion date set for April 30, 2018.

The contractor, Torcom Construction, is working to complete the exterior walls, the roof envelope, and the 2nd floor corridor link structure above the front entrance.

The Community Centre and the swimming pool have remained remained open during construction, with the project’s completion schedule is coordinated to suit the Community Centre’s programming requirements.

Mayor Tory launches Spring Job Fairs

Initiative helps connect young people with job opportunities

Mayor John Tory announced a series of job fairs across the city to connect young people with job opportunities. These job fairs are part of the City’s ongoing efforts to work with private sector employers and community partners to connect young people with jobs and training opportunities.

The City’s youth job fairs are focused on supporting young people ages 16 to 29:

  • Etobicoke Community Job Fair:
    – March 29, Istar Banquet Hall, 235 Dixon Rd, Unit 11-13
  • Retail Council of Canada Spring Job Fair:
    – April 17, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.
  • Job and Career Fair:
    – May 9, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

For more information visit toronto.ca/youthjobseekers or call 416-397-JOBS (5627).

Useful Tips for Your Home & Auto Security

Keep your vehicle safe:

  • Park your vehicle off the street if possible.
  • Enhance your exterior lighting.
  • Leave porch lights on at night, add motion-sensor lighting and add pathway or sidewalk solar lighting.
  • Prune back trees or bushes that obstruct light and visibility.
  • Turn exterior video cameras toward the street to capture activity and people near vehicles parked on the street.

Keep your home safe:

  • Install a good quality deadbolt locks and a security strike plate on the door frame.
  • Mount doors so that the hinges and bolts are facing the inside of the house.
  • Chain locks are poor security; install a wide angle viewer instead.
  • If keys are lost, change your locks.
  • Keep your garage door locked, even when you are at home.
  • Drill a hole through window frames and insert a double-headed nail.
  • Good quality locks should be installed, and used on all windows.
  • If you’re going on vacation, inform a neighbour of your departure and return dates.
  • Cancel or redirect your mail and deliveries, or have a neighbour collect these items.
  • Arrange to have your lawn cut and walkways cleared.
  • Use timers to activate lights at various intervals.

If you see suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.
You can also file a report online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/core
For non-emergency reports call (416) 808-2222
To report a crime anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS)
41 Division Crime Prevention Office: 416-808-4127

For more information on how to keep your home and auto safe this season, view the PDF flyers below:

Community Alert Flyer
Break and Enter Prevention
Auto Crimes Prevention
Home Security Pamphlet

Guild Festival Theatre Fundraiser

To help put its fundraising campaign over the top, the Guild Festival Theatre is holding a “Monte Carlo Night” on April 19th at the Guild Inn Estate. This event is organized by a group of community organizations eager to see top-quality arts and culture events continue in east Toronto.

GFT announced earlier this year that its 2018 season was in jeopardy and it required major new funding sources.

The April 19th event will feature games of chance played for fun, with the opportunity to win great prizes, along with d’oeuvres and a buffet provided by The Guild Inn Estate. Music and live entertainment are provided with all proceeds going to the Guild Festival Theatre.

For more information and to make a charitable donation visit www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca

Karla Groten Benefit Concert

Karla Groten was a vibrant member of our community and she is missed. An ardent supporter of the Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus, the choir will perform a benefit concert for Karla Groten’s children on Saturday February 24th at 7 p.m. at Kingston Road United Church.

The evening will feature performances by Karla’s daughter, Haley and other guest artists. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door. There will be a silent auction and bake sale as well.