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. As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com or 416-392-4052.