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A Storm Brewing Over Waste Water – Ward 33 E-Blast October 27th

Shelley Carroll : October 28, 2016 2:17 pm : Uncategorized
You may have heard me on Newstalk1010 on Tuesday morning, explaining a change that is coming to the way we pay for our water. It wasn’t time for my usual Round One appearance but on Monday night, Councillor Giorgio Mammolitti was in the news behaving badly again. You remember Giorgio, the Councillor who talked about legalizing prostitution on Toronto Island just to get some attention. This time, he was ‘giving the finger’ to the Mayor and Council. Newstalk host, John Moore, thought an explanation was in order. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti arranged $200,000 loan through developer he helped Daniel Dale, Toronto Star Back in 2005, the City of Toronto was charging for drinking water, wastewater and storm water management, all on More »

At Long Last, The Rooming House Report – Ward 33 E-Blast October 20th

Shelley Carroll : October 20, 2016 5:50 pm : Uncategorized
At long last, the Rooming House Report Last week, Ward 33 Team member, Katherine Martin, and I met with a couple of residents up in the ward about the illegal student rooming house issues on their street. It was almost a case of deja vu. After all, I have been having these meetings and trying to tackle this issue since 2004. When I sat down with these two gentlemen, I wasn’t optimistic that the Staff proposal to tackle our rooming house challenges was coming forward as promised. I have become so accustomed to almost finding a systemic solution and then having one Councillor or Mayor or other kick the can down the road to the next term of office. Good news: The report More »

Toronto’s Ward Boundaries: Headed For A Showdown – Ward 33 E-Blast October 13th

Shelley Carroll : October 20, 2016 5:50 pm : Uncategorized
Toronto’s Ward Boundaries: Headed for a Showdown Is there a more unattractive conversation than when politicians re-examine their own electoral boundaries? For all of the population science and census technology available today to accurately project which boundaries are preferable to guarantee access to service and fair representation in government, it still comes down to personal politics. Back when the City of Toronto was amalgamated in ‘98, it was determined that pulling together the 6 cities was downsizing enough, so the question of whether to continue with a ward system or some other governance model was put off for another day. To make a quick structure, the Province’s amalgamation committee took the 28 Metro Council wards, assigned 2 seats per ward More »

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhod – Ward 33 E-Blast October 6th

Shelley Carroll : October 6, 2016 1:34 pm : Uncategorized
Every week I write to you, dear resident, and ask for your feedback on the important issues that affect our City, ward and neighbourhoods. The Ward 33 team and I are always excited to answer questions and listen to comments and suggestions you might have when it comes to municipal issues. This feedback pushes us to look at the way services are delivered and how we can better serve you. Individual feedback is so very important but sometimes collective community feedback is even better, and this is what I want to talk about in this week’s e-blast, the value of Neighbourhood Associations. Neighbourhood associations are as valuable a resource for you as residents as they are for my ward 33 More »

Getting The Big Projects Right On The TTC – Ward 33 E-Blast September 29th

Shelley Carroll : September 30, 2016 3:47 pm : Uncategorized
Getting the Big Projects Right on the TTC On Wednesday, I put my TTC Commissioner’s cap on for a day-long meeting. It was a long one because we had been given a report from KPMG of about 200 pages to read along with the rest of our regular agenda. It is a crucial study of how we execute capital projects at the TTC, why they run late, why they run over budget . . . way over budget. You can imagine how many questions we had for KPMG, given our recent ‘Track Record’. KPMG picked nine TTC projects recently done or very close to being done. They analyzed each project and seem to have interviewed everyone who had a direct role More »

Lately I Have Been Thinking… – Ward 33 E-Blast September 22nd

Shelley Carroll : September 23, 2016 9:46 am : Uncategorized
Some random thoughts: Lately, I’ve been driving my daughter to York Mills Dr at 6:30 am every morning. It shortens the multi-route bus ride to her new temporary job at Wilson Ave and Weston Rd. As it gets a little darker each day, I strain in the grey morning light to watch for morning joggers and dog walkers. The darkness reminds me that we are headed for the Autumn time change, statistically the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian. I remind Martha for the millionth time to be careful crossing the street as she gets out of my car. Then I cross my fingers that all over busy Ward 33, everyone is similarly cautioning their loved ones as the day More »

Preserving Our Heritage – Ward 33 E-Blast September 15th

Shelley Carroll : September 16, 2016 2:17 pm : Uncategorized
Preserving our Heritage There are many different kinds of heritage preservation, one such way is giving individual buildings a heritage degnation.  Some of these are government owned while others are private. They can be museums, like Zion School House or private homes lived in by a modern day family, as is the case for McDougald House in Green Meadows Circle. McDougald House in Green Meadows Circle Downtown, we have some heritage avenue designations.  This is the case along some sections of Queen Street, for example. It doesn’t mean nothing can ever change. The designation just triggers extra steps to go through when considering changes. Guidelines are developed to preserve the heritage feel such as roof line, streetscape design, and so on. Lastly, there are whole More »


Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 2:02 pm : Uncategorized
PB VOLUNTEER TRAINING NIGHT If you’re interested in helping to promote PB in Ward 33, come to our volunteer training session.  This is a great chance to learn more about PB and how to help us with outreach activities.  We’ll bring the food, you bring the excitement! Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Fairview Community Health Centre 5 Fairview Mall Drive, Suite 359 5:00 – 8:00 If you have an idea for a PB project, join us at an upcoming idea collection meeting. Details below: Wednesday September 14, 6-8pm Pleasantview Community Centre 545 Van Horne Avenue OR Saturday September 17, 1-3pm Parkway Forest Community Centre 55 Forest Manor Road OR Tuesday September 27, 6-8pm Fairview Library 35 Fairview Mall Drive

The TTC Budget’s Multiple Personality Disorder – Ward 33 E-Blast September 8th

Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 2:01 pm : Uncategorized
The TTC Budget’s Multiple Personality Disorder Everybody’s back in town, the kids are back in school and the movie stars are rolling into the City for another TIFF. Down at City Hall, that means it’s time to start poring over budget proposals. On Tuesday, I joined in some first day of school fun and then made my way to TTC headquarters to take a first look at the transit system’s capital budget. As the Budget process rolls out this fall, you will begin to wonder if the TTC Budget has a case of Multiple Personality Disorder. On Tuesday, for instance, you got a first look at the TTC 10 year Capital Budget for 2017-2026. It was a good news story, but only More »

Navigating The Childcare Gauntlet – Ward 33 E-Blast August 31st

Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 2:00 pm : Uncategorized
Navigating the Childcare Gauntlet This week, I’m changing things up.  I’ve pasted a short editorial from Monday’s Toronto Star directly into the body of the e-blast. Give it a read, and my comments follow below.   Close the wage gap by creating a province-wide child care program: Editorial August 29, 2016 The directive couldn’t have been clearer. Two years ago Premier Kathleen Wynne ordered Labour Minister Kevin Flynn and Women’s Issues Minister Tracy MacCharles to work together to “develop a wage gap strategy that will close the gap between men and women.” There were no ifs, ands, or buts. The premier seemed to mean business.Now a committee the two ministers struck last fall to find ways to close the 29-per-cent gulf between More »
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