At yesterday's meeting of Toronto East York Community Council, I introduced a motion to reduce the speed of all arterial roads to 40KM in Ward 4.
At yesterday's meeting of Toronto East York Community Council, I introduced a motion to reduce the speed of all arterial roads to 40KM in Ward 4 (with the exception of Lake Shore Boulevard). This motion was approved by the committee. This is an important step in the City's on-going work to implement Vision Zero and improve road safety. The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets.
Although there are sections of arterial roads in our ward that are already posted as 40 km/h due to the proximity of schools, etc , there were still arterial roads posted as 50 km/h. The intent of this motion is to provide consistency, improve safety and protect the most vulnerable road users.
More information about the motions from the meeting can be found here:
The speed limit reduction on arterial roads compliments other work taking place to make our streets safe for all road users. For instance, the Complete Streets Guidelines address the needs of all users, such as people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of ability. When roads and sidewalks are due for reconstruction, the City uses a Vision Zero lens for redesigning the streets.
The City is also conducting a review of the Traffic Calming Policy which will come to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee later this year. Please stay tuned for more information about this work.
In this week's newsletter
- 1728 Bloor St. West Community Consultation Meeting
- Splash and Spray Pads open!
- Licensing & Zoning for Restaurants, Bars & Entertainment Venues
- Information on Responsible Dog Ownership
- Feeding wildlife information
- Toronto Elections reminds eligible voters of May 26 deadline for mail-in voting applications
1728 Bloor St. West Community Consultation Meeting
A Re-zoning application has been submitted for 1728 Bloor Street West. (Current site of Tim Horton's at N/E corner of Bloor St west and Indian Grove)
The application proposes a 19-storey mixed-use tower with ground floor retail and 99 dwelling units. Access to a three-storey underground parking system would be provided from Indian Grove.
Information submitted to the City by the applicant is available for your review under 'supporting Documents' on the City's Application Information Centre at:
To allow you to learn more about the application, ask questions, and gather feedback, City Planning will be holding a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023, from 6 - 7:30 PM.
Register to attend the virtual community meeting at: http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations
I will chair the meeting, which includes presentations from both City Planning staff and the applicant, followed by a Q&A period to allow for discussion.
To register for the meeting, visit the City Planning Engagement Website at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/city-planning-consultations/
More information is also available below.
I look forward to seeing you online.
Outdoor Splash and Spray Pads Open and Summer Recreation Program Listing information
Outdoor splash and spray pads are now open across the City! From May 20th until September 17th splash and spray pads will operate daily from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
For more information, a list of locations, and maintenance closures and updates, please see the City's webpage here.
Splash and spray pads are unsupervised water play areas activated with push-button features. The more than 140 spray and splash pads in City parks include water features like shower heads and spray jets. Caregivers are reminded to supervise children while visiting splash and spray pads. City wading pools will open in late June.
Splash and Spray Pad locations in Ward 4:
Ravina Gardens – 290 Clendenan Ave.
Lithuania Park – 155 Oakmount Rd.
Charles G. Williams Park – 75 Wabash Ave.
Florence Gell Park – 85 Varsity Rd.
Dufferin and King Park – 256 Dufferin St
High Park – 1873 Bloor St West
**Close Ave. Parkette – 116 Close Ave.
**So not to conflict with the school hours, until June 30, the splash pad hours at Close Ave. Parkette will be: Monday thru Friday 4:00pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am to 9:00pm. The hours will be extended to 9:00am to 9:00pm, seven days a week, once school is let out for summer vacation.
Summer Recreation Program Listing
The City of Toronto’s summer recreation program listings are now available online to help residents plan and prepare to register next month for City-run summer programming.
Registration for City summer recreation programs opens on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7, for programs that begin on Tuesday, July 4 and run until Friday, September 1. To learn more about registration dates in their area and find program and registration information, residents can visit the City’s Summer Recreation Program webpage.
Registration for summer recreation programs starts at 7 a.m. on the following dates:
- June 6 – Etobicoke York (including York South-Weston), Toronto and East York
- June 7 – North York and Scarborough
Licensing & Zoning for Restaurants, Bars & Entertainment Venues
The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and zoning regulations for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues – including nightclubs and live music venues – and exploring strategies to support and enhance Toronto’s Night Economy.
In March and April 2023, the City hosted public consultations to provide opportunities for people to share their ideas and an online public survey was posted.
On June 5, City staff will be sharing what was heard during these consultations including general themes and high-level survey feedback at a public information session.
- June 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (virtual)
If you’re interested in attending the virtual public information session, please register at:
More information on the review can be found here: Night Economy Review – City of Toronto
Information on Responsible Dog Ownership
Being a dog owner is a big responsibility – not only to your pet but to also to the community around you. Here are a few tips to help ensure a positive experience for everyone.
- Keep dogs leashed in public, unless in designated dogs off-leash areas. Dogs must be kept on a leash no more than two metres long.
- Stoop and scoop. Remember to bring a bag when out for walks and dispose of dog waste in public green bins or garbage bins.
- Purchase a pet licence and renew it annually. If your dog gets lost, a pet licence will help them get home faster. Plus, it is the law. Pet licences can be purchased and renewed online, by phone and by mail. When you purchase a pet licence, you can also receive exclusive offers and discounts through the BluePaw rewards program.
- Be mindful of your neighbours. Excessive barking can disturb and upset your neighbours. Use training or control techniques to prevent your dog from barking too much. If you have a problem with a noisy animal, consider speaking with the owner first. If this approach does not work, connect with 311.
Feeding wildlife information
Toronto Elections reminds eligible voters of May 26 deadline for mail-in voting applications
Toronto Elections is reminding eligible voters about important deadlines for mail-in voting and voters’ list additions and updates.
Eligible voters who want to apply to vote by mail must do so by Friday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. either online (www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail) or by calling 416-338-1111 and pressing 5. The mail-in voting option provides voters with a convenient way to vote. More information about voting by mail and how to apply is available: www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail.
Voters’ List additions and updates
Eligible voters can add or update their information online (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) by Friday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. After this date, eligible voters will be able to add their name to the voters’ list when they go to vote in person at a voting location during advance voting days (Thursday, June 8 to Tuesday, June 13) or on election day (Monday, June 26).
Voter Information Cards to be mailed starting the week of May 23
Starting May 23, voter information cards will be mailed to voters who were on the list by May 14. Although a voter information card is not required to vote, the cards do provide information about when and where to vote and will lead to a faster voting experience. If an eligible voter on the voters’ list does not receive their voter information card, they can use MyVote to print or download a digital copy to their smartphone, which can be shown at the voting place, along with acceptable identification. More information is available on the Voter Information Cards webpage: www.toronto.ca/VIC.
MyVote features available starting Thursday, June 1
Starting Thursday, June 1, additional MyVote features will allow users to find their advance vote and election day voting places, view a sample ballot and view, download and print their voter information card. Voters are reminded to visit MyVote (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) before they head to the voting location to ensure there have been no changes to their voting location.
Proxy applications available
Eligible voters who are unable to vote for any reason on the available voting days or by mail may appoint another eligible voter to go in person and vote on their behalf – this person is known as a voting proxy. A voting proxy must be eligible to vote in Toronto and is someone who the voter trusts to vote in accordance with their wishes. A voter can only choose one person to vote on their behalf.
More information about the proxy process is available at the Voting Options and Accessibility Information webpage: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/by-election/by-election-voter-information/by-elections-accessibility/.
Starting May 15, eligible voters can contact Toronto Elections by emailing [email protected] or calling 311 to receive a Voting Proxy Appointment Form.
A Fact Sheet about Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor is available on the City’s Media Room webpage www.toronto.ca/news/torontos-2023-by-election-for-mayor.
More information about Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/by-election.