This month, flyers about the City’s Snow & Ice Response Plan were delivered to residents across our ward. Toronto faces an annual snowfall of around 130 cm, and the City's snow clearing plan covers everything from salting and plowing of roads, sidewalks, and bikeways to safeguarding emergency and transit vehicles. With a fleet of approximately 1,400 snow-clearing equipment, the City clears Toronto's vast 14,700 lane-km of roads, 7,900 km of sidewalks and 956 km of cycle tracks. I encourage you to review the flyer to get to know the City's snow plan and how you can support keeping our community safe during this winter season. You can download a digital copy of the flyer and find more information on winter maintenance done by the City at www.toronto.ca/snow.
As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, I also wanted to highlight some giving opportunities for those looking to support community needs.
The City's annual Holiday Wish List features a map so residents can find community agencies near them that support individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Each agency has provided a list of needed items which includes things such as donations of warm clothes, personal hygiene products and gift cards as well as calls for volunteer support.
Residents can also drop off new, unwrapped toys and gift cards at any of the City’s 84 fire stations for the annual Fire Fighters Toy Drive. Toronto’s 84 fire stations also accept non-perishable food donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank year-round. You can find the fire station nearest you using this map of Fire Station locations.
Donations of funds, goods and services to various giving initiatives by Toronto Animal Services, Seniors Services and Long-Term Care and Parks, Forestry & Recreation can also be made through DonateTO – the City's official giving hub: www.toronto.ca/donate
- Dufferin St. Bridge Reopens
- Masaryk Cowan Gymnasium Closure for Maintenance
- Reminder: Have your say on the Western Beaches Public Realm Plan
Dufferin St. Bridge Reopens
The work on the bridge has been completed, and both north and southbound lanes of Dufferin Street are now reopened to vehicular traffic.
Please note that temporary crash protection measures have been put in place until a permanent fixture is installed. The permanent installation is expected to take one day, which will require a temporary closure of Dufferin Street. We will provide advance notice to the public once the date is confirmed.
We appreciate your understanding and patience throughout this project.
Masaryk Cowan Gymnasium Closure for Maintenance
Masaryk Cowan gymnasium will be closed from Monday December 4 – Monday December 18 for maintenance. During this closure, families can still access drop in activities and programs at other recreational facilities in the area.
Use the City's Drop-in Programs Map to find activities and programs near you: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/dropin/index.html
Reminder: Have your say on the Western Beaches Public Realm Plan
The City is updating the vision for the Western Beaches in Toronto’s Western Waterfront.
The context of the Western Beaches has changed since the completion of the 2009 Western Waterfront Master Plan – rising lake levels, shoreline erosion, an aging break water, the adoption of the Reconciliation Action Plan, an increased awareness of the historical and cultural significance of the mouth of the Humber River – have each influenced the implementation of the Western Waterfront Master Plan and resulted in the need for an update.
The update will address things such as current initiatives, objectives, identifying new opportunities for improvements to the parks, trails, roads, and other facilities that support the Western Beaches, among other things.
Learn more and share your ideas and thoughts using an interactive map on the project website: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/waterfront/current-projects/waterfront-revitalization-western-beaches/
The mapping tool is available for the public to access until Wednesday, December 13, 2023.