Rooming House Review – online survey available until May 10

The final in a series of city-wide consultations regarding rooming houses was held in Scarborough on the evening of May 7, 2015. Hundreds of Toronto residents and key stakeholders have attended these meetings to provide their input for the review.

We would appreciate your support in advising your constituents that the public still has an opportunity to have their say through the online survey until May 10, 2015: toronto.ca/roominghouserview

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning are planning to report out on “what we heard” from the consultations to Executive Committee on June 30.

For more information about the review or for the rooming house online survey, visit www.toronto.ca/roominghouse
More info: Joanna Duarte Laudon at jduarte@toronto.ca or Vanessa Fletcher at vfletch@toronto.ca.

New Make a Splash contest for Toronto Schools

The City of Toronto and RBC have launched the Make a Splash, Blue Water Contest for Toronto students. The contest invites elementary and secondary school students to share a story, memory or wish about Toronto’s waterways and tell us why it’s important that we keep them clean and healthy.

Two winners, one elementary and one secondary, will each win $5,000 for a project to green their school, courtesy of RBC. In addition, the winning high school will be visited by an Olympic athlete, and the winning elementary school entry will be featured in a Kidoons Network Show. All top entries will be featured in a public display at various City and RBC locations.

The contest invites all types of entries including stories, videos, dance, photography, poems and dioramas.

Entries will be accepted from March 23 to May 22 at 5 p.m.

More information about the Make a Splash contest is available at livegreentoronto.ca

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf has announced its lineup of buildings and enhanced programming for May 23 and 24. The 16th annual weekend celebration of architecture will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto, featuring three locations right here in Ward 36, including the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, Cornell-Campbell House, and Fool’s Paradise.

 

This year’s event features more than 155 buildings, including 55 new participants, an exciting speaker series and city-wide walking tours.

 

“Doors Open Toronto offers a truly unique behind-the-scenes experience at some of the City’s great institutions,” said Mayor John Tory. “My office will be open for all to see and I encourage Torontonians to visit City Hall for an in-depth tour. I’d like to thank our presenting sponsor Great Gulf for its continued commitment to this event and support for the city, its buildings and its people.”

 

In honour of this summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, this year’s theme – Sports, Recreation and Leisure – offers attendees a sneak peek inside more than 70 private and public recreational sites, and is highlighted throughout many of this year’s walking tours and exhibits.

 

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 650 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

 

Full program details, including the speaker series, walking tour registration and a complete list of buildings can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen.

Councillor Crawford’s response on Gardiner options

Dear Residents,

 

Last week we were presented with an Environmental Assessment briefing which outlined options on dealing with the aging eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway.

 

A staff report with further in-depth information will be available to Council in May, 2015.

 

I currently favour an option which would provide Torontonians with the best possible way to move people, goods and services throughout our city. With all the progress we’ve made in speeding up construction schedules, clearing roadways during peak traffic hours and expanding public transportation, it is important that I support a decision that does not create gridlock or negatively impact the economy.

 

Much of Toronto’s economy is tied to well-functioning transportation corridors. A healthy economy requires roads that will make all of Toronto readily accessible for people and businesses.

 

Regards,

 

Gary Crawford
Councillor, Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest

Weather statement from Toronto hydro

 

Dear Residents,

We have been informed by Toronto Hydro that due to the heavy rainfall weather alert issued for this

evening, that they are taking extra precautions in the event of significant issues with our electricity infrastructure.

At this time Toronto Hydro aren’t anticipating major issues as the high winds aren’t expected until tomorrow.

However, they have notified us that they are preparing with additional standby staff.

We will be closely monitoring the situtation and will keep you updated in the event of outages.

Should you have a power outage you may contact Toronto Hydro at 416-542-8000.

 

 

Regards,

Gary Crawford

Councillor, Ward 36, Scarborough-Southwest

 

 

Staying In Touch – March issue

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Over the last few months I have had the privilege of chairing the Budget Committee and the 2015 budget process.

At the time of writing this article, we had the first wrap up under our budget belts and we’ll be looking at the final wrap up through our rear-view mirror in a few days. The committee has listened to the public and has crafted and debated a solid budget that will be presented to the Executive Committee and then on to City Council for final approval.

This is a budget we all can be proud of. It is focussed on getting Toronto moving and keeping taxes below the rate of inflation, while making the largest investment in service improvements in recent history.

There have been some feisty discussions, but at the end of the day, the Committee has worked diligently with the City Manager, the Mayor and Councillors to find practical, prudent solutions. Our key priorities include transit, poverty reduction, public safety, wellness and infrastructure. Nearing the finish line, I can say that we have kept our commitments and we’re getting Toronto moving.

Just like all Toronto families, the City needs to live within its means. Even with the challenge of a funding shortfall, due to the Province cancelling the Social Housing Pooling Grant, we used a responsible solution to spread the budgetary impacts over a number of years. This will protect the investments in transit and poverty reduction while maintaining a modest tax increase below the rate of inflation. Still, we will continue to look at efficiencies within the City and will appeal to other levels of government to contribute their fair share.

In the community, our local volunteers are doing their share to put together fantastic events including the upcoming Scarborough Green Fair. We are fortunate again this year that the fair is host to Seedy Saturday. Join us on March 28th from 11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School for this terrific day.

Also, there are some great events at our local Scarborough Civic Centre.

Cultural Hotspot East Legacy Connects is being hosted on March 12th, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in Committee Room 1. Throughout March, there is also a free concert series every Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.: March 1st, George Lake Big Band; March 8th, Thornhill Swing Band; March 15th, Bob Cary Orchestra; March 22nd, Eddie Graf Orchestra and March 29th, Mike Danton Band.

To those of you who have met with me at the Civic Centre over the past months, thank you. I look forward to our local Community Drop-in dates resuming on April 10th.

Feel free to contact my office to set up a time to meet with me at either Birchmount Community Centre or at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! It’s always great to celebrate any occasion locally.  As per tradition, I’ll be out and about on St. Patrick’s Day enjoying festivities with residents in the area.

If there are local concerns that you believe should be looked into, please do not hesitate in contacting my office. My staff and I are here to assist: councillor_crawford@toronto.ca or 416-392-4052.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying In Touch – February issue

Staying In Touch – February issue

Happy Valentine’s versus February Blahs.

For some, this is the month for sweethearts, while for others it’s the February blahs. For me, it’s a little bit of both. Asarrow-through-my-heart the Budget Chair there is an ever so brief honeymoon period, followed by the difficult balancing act of keeping a whole lot of people happy.

New Year’s Day was a nice start to the year, joining the Mayor for his Family Skating Party at City Hall. Frankly, it was more of a challenge than meets the eye, with us both admitting it had been years since we donned our skates, and knowing it would be difficult to hide our rusty skills. For better or worse, we were in it together.

That theme continues as we launch the budget. The tone is very positive as we work together achieving our objectives. We will hold property tax increases below the rate of inflation, while at the same time providing new and enhanced services. I’m in daily meetings with the Mayor and we are ensuring that transit, poverty reduction, public safety & wellness, and funding the Scarborough Subway remain top priorities. There will be numerous opportunities for residents to be included in the budget process.  We are hosting public consultations across the City. In Scarborough, the formal consultation is being held at the Scarborough Civic Centre on February 3rd.

This month there are lots of great winter events around the City and in Ward 36. Winterlicious 2015 is a great experience for foodies. This year there are over 200 venues available to choose from. Many residents make an annual family fun outing with a trip to Scarborough Civic Centre or City Hall for free outdoor skating. The City also has ski and snowboard hills available at Centennial Park and Earls Bales Park. Closer to home, Acoustic Harvest presents a musical trio, Trent Severn, at St. Nicholas Church on Kingston Road, and our local Scarborough Village Theatre features “The World Goes ‘Round” from February 5th -15th.

We have had seven Extreme Cold Weather alerts this winter. These alerts are issued when the thermometer drops to minus 15, or below. During these times, and when there is a lot of snow, it’s good to check on your neighbours who may be more vulnerable.

Residents can utilize the 311 Call Centre for general updates on the status of winter road and sidewalk operations. The Call Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also email 311@toronto.ca. During the month of February, sidewalks are cleared of snow when there is an accumulation of 5 cm. In the event of a power outage, the direct customer care, emergency and power outage reporting line is 416-542-8000.

If you have any concerns that you believe should be addressed, please do not hesitate in contacting my office. My staff and I are here to assist: councillor_crawford@toronto.ca or 416-392-4052.

 

 

Dates to Remember

Upcoming meetings / consultations to look for:

Scarborough Waterfront Project: Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA) will hold public consultation in February on the Waterfront project. Date, time, and location to be announced

Budget Consultation: February 2, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 5 pm, also from 6pm onwards at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers.

Scarborough Subway: Public meetings coming in early 2015. for more information on these meetings contact our office for dates.

Constituent meetings: Call to make an appointment.

Dates for the Community Drop-In at both Scarborough Village and Birchmount Community Centre will be announced as they become available.

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Staying in Touch – January Issue

 

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year Ward 36!

It was really great to see so many of you joining in the season’s celebrations at my 5th Annual Tree Lighting. When Ward 36 gets together, we sure know how to have a good time! Many thanks to H.A. Halbert, Neil McNeil, St.Agatha, the Lion’s club, Variety Village, the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 13), the Boy Scouts, Master Corporal Pett and our wonderful Ward 36 community. Having Mayor John Tory helping us celebrate this year was an added bonus. Jaycob, who is 8 years old, already a political whiz-kid and one of my biggest supporters, made a bee-line for the Mayor. It’s not often that a politician pulls rank over Santa. Thank you everyone for making our event a great success!

Thank you as well for your numerous calls and e-mails supporting me in my new role as Budget Chair. I am honoured that Mayor Tory supported me. We have an excellent relationship and share the same philosophy in creating a fiscally healthy city. Keeping taxes at, or below, the rate of inflation while balancing the need to maintain and deliver important services will always be a priority.

As Budget Chair, I have hit the ground running having met with the Mayor, the City Manager and the Chief Financial Officer. I’ve also taken the opportunity to chat with a number of former Budget Chiefs. The conversations were relaxed and candid, and I enjoyed hearing their views on the position.

I held the first Special Budget meeting which included a budget orientation – a kind of Budget 101 – and we approved the schedule for February community consultations. There will be a Scarborough venue on February 3rd at the Scarborough Civic Centre.
I’m very pleased that my budget committee is comprised of a diverse group of talented individuals with a variety of opinions. Along with them, I pledge to deliver an inclusive and transparent budget.

While the hustle and bustle of the new term is in the air at City Hall, holiday preparations were equally apparent. Councillor Shelly Caroll, a member of the Budget Committee, launched an office decoration competition. We combined a dash of sass with our “rapping Santa”, and the simple elegance of hanging ornaments and snowflakes.

When it comes to the real snow, residents can utilize the 311 Call Centre for general updates on the status of winter road and sidewalk operations.The Call Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may also email 311@toronto.ca. During the months of December and March, sidewalks are cleared of snow when accumulations reach 8 cm. During the colder months of January and February, sidewalks are cleared of snow when there is accumulation of 5 cm. Our City receives approximately 130 cm of snow each year, has 322 sidewalk ploughs and bus stop machines, 571 road ploughs and driveway machines, and 203 salt trucks.

In the event of a power outage, the direct customer care, emergency and power outage reporting line is 416-542-8000.

If there are local concerns that you believe should be looked into, please do not hesitate in contacting my office. My staff and I are here to assist: councillor_crawford@toronto.ca or 416-392-4052.

All the best for the New Year,

Gary

 

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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