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Spring Planning in Ward 33 – Ward 33 E-Blast March 16th

Shelley Carroll : March 16, 2017 5:23 pm : Uncategorized
An interesting set of maps was created by a local urban planner as a personal project. Anthony Smith of @healthycitymaps took the most recent census data and city planning’s open data to show us our Toronto urban density map and also our building heights. There are some interesting take aways from these maps. First, you will note that building heights and density are springing up wherever transit exists now or is planned for in the future. That is not surprising since both the Toronto Official Plan and the Provincial Policy: ‘Places To Grow’ call for exactly this approach. We have certainly been faced with this in Ward 33 but also all along Don Mills Road as you proceed south along More »

What “getting on with it” really looks like – Ward 33 E-Blast March 9th

Shelley Carroll : March 9, 2017 3:28 pm : Uncategorized
What “getting on with it” really looks like Back in 2004, I received a presentation from TTC budget officials about the urgent need to start planning for the replacement of the Scarborough RT. It was really starting to squeal. Should we make our own new RT cars? Should we replace the track and update it to a system with longer life? I took it upon myself to subway out to the RT and on to Scarborough Town Centre and I had to agree, it needed urgent consideration. Over the next few years, TTC professional staff did extensive research and found that LRT systems had been vastly improved and were in use, worldwide, above and below ground and even on elevated More »

Why Do Councillors Go On So About Trees? – Ward 33 E-Blast March 2nd

Shelley Carroll : March 3, 2017 9:32 am : Uncategorized
Why Do Councillors Go On So About Trees?  City Hall news reporters like to chastise Council for spending silly amounts of time at every Council session debating the fate of a few trees. Generally Council sides with the tree, against a small minority of politicians who refuse to acknowledge the climate science of Tree Canopy Coverage. Thankfully most understand that beyond the decorative, we need to protect trees and increase our tree canopy. So what is Tree Canopy and why is it any of government’s business? The Tree Canopy is the percentage of the city’s map that is shaded by the outer leafy circumference of matured trees. The internationally recommended goal for major urban core cities is a tree canopy More »

Why The OMB Makes Us Say OMG!! – Ward 33 E-Blast February 23rd

Shelley Carroll : February 27, 2017 1:18 pm : Uncategorized
Yesterday, North York Community Council was in session. We had a visit from residents of a quiet part of Ward 34, the ward just south of us. There, they haven’t experienced development as we have along the Sheppard Subway route and haven’t become the experts that you have. It was like a blast from the past as I watched Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong carefully explain the ins and outs of the planning process to his residents. These residents of your neighbouring ward wanted to make clear that the 6 and 8 story buildings proposed for their community were neither wanted nor warranted. They felt their local councillor should not even bother holding a public meeting. It was carefully explained that if More »

Last Night’s Budget Chaos – Ward 33 E-Blast February 16th

Shelley Carroll : February 27, 2017 12:52 pm : Uncategorized
First thing this morning, after a late night Council budget vote, the Mayor started work on his 2018 budget. He appeared on television telling us what the Provincial and Federal Governments must provide in order to help his banner projects along and make his re-election budget in 2018 more sustainable. He has not understood where the highest risk actually is in his budget and who on Council he should be calling on for support. On Wednesday, as Council deliberated over the budget, all eyes were on the day-to-day operating budget. It is in operating revenues and expenses, not John’s dreamy transit capital projects, that the promise of a property tax bill kept low is going off the rails. We are returning to the days of unsustainable, one time More »

Let’s Talk Sidewalks – Ward 33 E-Blast February 9th

Shelley Carroll : February 9, 2017 2:02 pm : Uncategorized
Sidewalks are something we take for granted until the pavement ends and there is no sidewalk to separate you from cars rushing by. When an ice storm hits, as one did this week, we realize how much we rely on them. If you do most of your travelling by car, you can fall into the habit of paying sidewalks no mind at all, right up until you are involved in a pedestrian accident. Then the sidewalk is the centre of consideration: Was the person properly on the sidewalk? Did they look before stepping off the sidewalk? Did the sidewalk have accessible curb cuts to draw the pedestrian to a safe place to cross? Is there somehow the sidewalk design could More »

Process Versus Politics – Ward 33 E-Blast February 2nd

Shelley Carroll : February 3, 2017 9:18 am : Uncategorized
No one likes to talk about process when political issues spring up. Donald Trump got elected just listing things he doesn’t like and promising to make them stop the minute he was elected. Now that he has the power to do such things by executive order, people are rounding up lawyers, storming airports and screaming, “Wait a second. There ought to be a process before you can do that.” So, let’s agree it is important to know where we are in a process of decision making when we read or watch the news on the latest political controversy. There are a range of recent examples that show what news media often characterize as flip flopping, turns out to be governments More »

Some good news for tenants – Ward 33 E-Blast January 26th

Shelley Carroll : January 26, 2017 3:21 pm : Uncategorized
Thank you to all of the residents who attended the City Budget Town Hall last week, hosted by our Fairview Interagency Network. It was our largest turnout for a budget talk in a long time. At one point we talked about a small bit of good news for tenants. The property tax rate on multi-residential apartment buildings will not be going up this year. In many cases, it will be going down as the assessment on these types of properties is falling. Tenants will receive notices about tax impacts on their own buildings sometime early this year so that they know whether or not they are eligible for an actual rent decrease. There is more good news for tenants this More »

Parkway Forest’s Final Phase – Ward 33 E-Blast January 19th

Shelley Carroll : January 20, 2017 10:37 am : Uncategorized
Residents in Parkway Forest and Henry Farm should keep an eye on the mailbox over the next 2 weeks. They will be receiving word of a consultation meeting on the last block of development to proceed in Parkway Forest. This is the last phase of the application approved by the Ontario Municipal Board back in 2006. There are many new neighbours in and around Parkway Forest, the apartment neighbourhood immediately south of Fairview Mall, so here is a quick review. Back in early 2004, with the Sheppard Subway open but still under-used, a new developer in town called El Ad purchased significant property in Parkway Forest. City Council refused their initial proposal but fully acknowledged that the refusal was not More »

Community Centre Updates – Ward 33 E-Blast January 12th

Shelley Carroll : January 12, 2017 3:45 pm : Uncategorized
Community Centre Updates One minute it’s snowing and the next minute wind and rain is knocking you flat, but inside our ward 33 community recreation centre’s programming continues. I want to spend this week’s e-blast highlighting our wonderful community centres – Pleasant View, Parkway Forest and Oriole – and provide you with the most recent updates our office has on renovations/openings. We start with Oriole Community Centre, as you know the centre has been closed for renovations. I recently dropped by for a sneak peek. I think you will be very happy with the changes. The north side of the centre (multi-purpose room and arena) is now open and being used. The most recent timeline my office has received for More »
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