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 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
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

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.

Use PlowTO’s Interactive Map for Snow Clearing information

During the winter season, from November to April, Transportation Services patrols expressways, arterial roads, and potential “trouble spots” on Toronto roads 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Staff monitors detailed weather forecasts so that the appropriate response to conditions can be activated.

Follow this link to use an interactive map that can help you find out when your road has been salted and plowed. Use the colour coded legend on the left side of the map to see a real-time indicator for snow clearing, salters, plows and sidewalk plows. Follow this link for information about clearing snow and ice from your property.

Contact information for winter inquires and emergencies:
TTY: 416-338-0TTY (0889)

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Public Information Meeting:

Highview Park Accessible Baseball Diamond Project

The City of Toronto has developed a preliminary concept plan for Highview Park in partnership with Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Blue Jays, to build Toronto’s first fully-accessible baseball diamond.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Birch Cliff Heights Public School Gymnasium, 120 Highview Ave.

For more information, view and download the PDF notice.

Halbert Park Playground Enhancement 2018

The playground replacement at Halbert Park, located near McCowan and Kingston on Rockwood Drive, is expected to be delivered during the spring/ summer of this year. Playground enhancements include:

  • New, double-bay swings
  • Spring toys and multi-child spinner
  • The existing large play structure to remain
  • New, engineered wood fibre safety surface to replace the existing sand surface
  • View a PDF of the conceptual plan

2018 Community Projects and Events Funding

The City of Toronto provides one-time funding that supports community groups and organizations to build vibrant, equitable, inclusive and safe communities.

What is your organization’s funding need?

To develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that you can:

  • Increase your organization’s impact by doing things better?
  • Increase community impact by working with others?
  • Diversify who you serve and strengthen access and equity?

Apply to the Community Projects grant stream. Visit our website to review our grant guidelines and application questions.

Or, is it to create a neighbourhood activity or event that brings different groups of people together to:

  • Make your neighbourhood better?
  • Keep people active?
  • Help residents learn new skills and build leadership capacity?

Apply to the Community Events grant stream. Visit our website to review our grant guidelines and application questions.

Find out if your project idea fits: Visit the Community Projects & Events web page to find out about Information Sessions.


Trial Bus Service to Bluffers Park

After working closely with staff at Parks, TTC and Transportation Services, I’ve secured a trial bus service for visitors to Bluffers Park for weekends and holidays.

This will offer safer passage for pedestrians and a much needed alternative to driving.

Follow this link for the full report.