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Planning For 2018 – Ward 33 E-Blast January 4th

Shelley Carroll : January 4, 2018 4:20 pm : Uncategorized
On the snowy evening of December 23rd, we took the kids for that light drive I wrote about before Christmas. On the way home, we drove on the network of major roads in Ward 33 so I could check on the city’s snow plowing performance. We drove the circle of Parkway Forest, one of the most dense suburban high rise neighbourhoods in all of Canada. Snow was falling in front of the giant glass window of the community centre as the last patrons filed out with their gym bags at closing time. When we left that busy community, we drove across to Henry Farm. We turned onto George Henry Blvd and came face to face with a family of deer. More »

Seasons Greetings from Shelley Carroll & the Ward 33 Team

Shelley Carroll : December 21, 2017 2:25 pm : Uncategorized
The Ward 33 Team wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday. We can’t wait to see you in 2018! There is always plenty to talk about in the newsletter, but today let’s slow it down a bit. Whether Christmas is your family’s festival or not, this is a season when everyone is rushing to wrap up the year and take advantage of a few days off. Your Ward 33 Team is no different. We will have some holiday time, and we will be checking our phones, so call if you need us. As always, the dedicated folks at 311 will be there for you 24/7, and they will have the quickest access to services over the holidays. We won’t give you More »

2017 PB Announcement!!!

Shelley Carroll : December 15, 2017 10:28 am : Uncategorized
  This past Saturday marked the final day of voting in the third year of the City’s three year Participatory Budgeting Pilot. It was great to see so many familiar and new faces. We have included some of our favourite pictures below, but first, the moment you have all be waiting for…. Your 2017 winning PB Projects: Seniors fitness park in Godstone Park – $50,000 Fitness park in Parkway Forest Park – $75,000 Pleasantview Park improvements – $20,000 Shawnee Park accessibility improvements – $15,000 Shawnee Park improvements – $75,000 As you can see all but one of the proposed projects will be funded! We will provide construction updates as we receive them. A big thank you to all our fantastic PB champions and to everyone who came out to vote More »

Putting The AirBnB Debate To Bed – Ward 33 E-Blast December 14th

Shelley Carroll : December 15, 2017 10:27 am : Uncategorized
It’s a fairly short newsletter this week. I want to leave lots of space for Ward 33 Teamer, Katherine, to wrap up our third Participatory Budgeting year with announcements about the winners. As far as PB33 goes, all I have to do is thank Katherine. She took the entire project as her own this year and had a wonderful time working with our amazing Community Steering Committee on Participatory Budgeting and all of the Project Champions. You rock, Katherine! A week ago, we spent the better part of an entire Council day debating the future of AirBnB and other similar vacation rental services. When the debate was over and a new bylaw had been created, a day and half of More »

Hydro Meeting Update – Ward 33 E-Blast December 7th

Shelley Carroll : December 8, 2017 9:41 am : Uncategorized
Over the past few years, when the Hydro renewal project was not going well down in Henry Farm, we had trouble arranging information meetings to gather concerns and give the community proper updates. At the outset of the project, Hydro staff were not prepared to meet the level of community engagement we expect in Ward 33, so we were met with resistance when we called for those meetings. This year, directly north in Don Valley Village, my Ward 33 Team indicated the need for a meeting halfway through the project right from the get go. We warned Hydro that when problems arose, we would be assembling all relevant staff for an evening meeting. This project is not having the difficulties we experienced in More »

Your Neighbour Needs You Now – Ward 33 E-Blast November 30th

Shelley Carroll : December 4, 2017 2:53 pm : Uncategorized
I want you to read this and then re-send it to all your friends! This is the moment when it all comes down to one final vote. If you have never joined in the fun and cast a vote in our PB33 Participatory Budgeting, now is your chance to make it up to all of your neighbours who have worked so hard on it for three long years. On Tuesday, December 5th, and again on Saturday, December 9th, in 3 locations to make it really easy for you, you get to decide how to spend $250,000 in our community. Residents and Community Leaders from all over Ward 33 have been working to develop the following projects for you to choose from. More »

SROs, Airbnb, Cut Throughs & Traffic Lights – Ward 33 E-Blast November 23rd

Shelley Carroll : November 24, 2017 9:56 am : Uncategorized
I know it’s a little early for a year end wrap up, but I’ve been reviewing matters with my super Ward 33 Team and we’ve built up a shopping list of items to report back on. I’ll try to run through them quickly. If you’d like more detail, please call or email us. School Resource Officers This one made headlines this week when the Toronto District School Board ended their SRO program. What is never mentioned in the headlines, however, is part two of their recommendations: TDSB Trustees also voted to have staff continue to work in partnership with Toronto Police to maintain positive working relationships that will ensure a safe, welcoming and inclusive culture in every school. As always, More »

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Ward 33 E-Blast November 16th

Shelley Carroll : November 23, 2017 10:10 am : Uncategorized
With winter weather just around the corner, the Ward 33 team would like to send out a friendly reminder to residents about the winter service standards for the City of Toronto, and specifically for neighbourhoods in North York. In delivering these services, the goal of the City of Toronto is to maintain safe and passable transportation networks including sidewalks, local streets, arterial roads, expressways and TTC routes. Winter services in the City involve 3 key elements: de-icing, plowing, and snow removal.  De-Icing   The City uses rock salt and other products such as sand to provide traction and encourage melting during icy conditions. Expressways (such as the DVP), and arterials (such as Sheppard Ave. E.) are salted within 2-4 hrs of the onset More »

HOW’S YOUR SERVICE? – Ward 33 E-Blast November 9th

Shelley Carroll : November 9, 2017 4:33 pm : Uncategorized
HOW’S YOUR SERVICE? The water and solid waste budgets were not particularly newsworthy. Rates have been kept as low as possible to avoid election controversy. On average, water customers will pay four dollars more per month and most of us will pay around 50 cents more per month for our garbage bins. Which, if any, services will be cut to make this possible has not been detailed. This is how the property tax budget will proceed as well when it is launched in December. It is time for me to ask the question that councillors and mayors never, ever, like to ask, for fear of ending up wearing the answer. After eight years of flatlining, under-funding and over-promising in the Council More »

Pumpkin Tossing And Your 2017 PB Ballot! – Ward 33 E-Blast November 2nd

Shelley Carroll : November 3, 2017 1:44 pm : Uncategorized
Pumpkin tossing and your 2017 PB Ballot! Ward 33 team here, taking over this week’s e-blast. This week we want to share some helpful tips for disposing of all your post-Halloween pumpkins and also announce the 2017 Participatory Budgeting Ballot. Halloween has just past, filled with candies, spooks and many pumpkins. There are often many pumpkins within households that do not get disposed properly in the solid waste system. Pumpkins are considered to be Yard Waste, meaning you do not dispose them in the Green compose bin. Yard waste should not be placed in plastic bag as it will not be collected. Residents should use kraft paper bags to contain the item. Some of the amazing pumpkins seen at yesterday’s Dallington More »
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