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What Difference Does A Hat Make When You Are Fighting Crime? – Ward 33 E-Blast September 21st

Shelley Carroll : September 22, 2017 12:30 pm : Uncategorized
Toronto Police Chief, Mark Saunders, and Police Union President, Mike McCormack, spent this past week in a spat over whether officers should report to work in their uniform peaked hats, or a union logo-emblazoned baseball cap. McCormack lead this action to protest what he says is a lack of progress in hiring 80 new police officers.    This particular column doesn’t need to be a very long read. Here are the facts: 1. When the Mayor and I joined the Toronto Police Services Board at the beginning of this term of office the police budget was the largest and the fastest growing line item in the City of Toronto operating budget. 2. Many, many community members, community leaders and citizen coalitions expressed their displeasure with More »

Dallington Pollinators Community Garden: Recent Issues

Shelley Carroll : September 21, 2017 4:35 pm : Uncategorized
A note from the Dallington Pollinators Community Garden group: Dallington Pollinators Community Garden (DPCG) DPCG was built in fall 2013 with a grant from Walmart-Evergreen Green Grants and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The project was supported by the Ward Councillor, Shelley Carroll. History of the garden DPCG started as an initiative undertaken by community members to: Build a community hub Engage residents in stewardship of land Address issues of food security and stormwater management using sustainable urban agriculture methods in Dallington Park. As an area that is largely unexplored by local residents, we aspire to engage the community with this rare parkland resource within suburban North York. By providing a guiding model and engaging students and residents as volunteers More »

We’re Engaged! – Ward 33 E-Blast September 14th

Shelley Carroll : September 14, 2017 4:34 pm : Uncategorized
It’s brainstorming time all over Ward 33 for our annual Participatory Budgeting Process, but we’ll get to that later. First, I want to talk about another form of participatory decision-making that is playing out in and around Ward 33: petitioning. The most famous petition you may have heard of recently was signed by Margaret Atwood and her surrounding neighbours, to stop an 8 storey building from being developed downtown on Davenport Road. Living, as we do, near the Sheppard Subway, we could easily dismiss Canada’s most famous living author as being deluded to think that 8 storeys is too much for downtown. When I took a closer look at the city report on the 321 Davenport Rd development that Ms. More »

Why We Named A Street After Howard Moscoe – Ward 33 E-Blast September 7th

Shelley Carroll : September 13, 2017 11:47 am : Uncategorized
Why we named a street after a guy you might still bump into on a subway, Howard Moscoe! On Wednesday, North York Community Council met for the first time since early June. Community Council is where we deal with the final details of local planning matters and area-specific disputes and appeals. Trees, fences, local traffic. We made a decision back in 2004 to call this local body the “North York” community council, even though some of the 11 councillors who make up the group represent parts of the other legacy cities of East York, City of York and Toronto. We meet in the chambers built by Mel Lastman’s town council. It’s not an opulent chamber, by any measure, but it More »

TIFF Tidbits 2017 – Ward 33 E-Blast August 24th

Shelley Carroll : August 25, 2017 10:12 am : Uncategorized
I want to talk about that special thing that makes the end of summer something to look forward to in Toronto. If you are a lover of film, of celebrity, of open street festivals or a lover of all three, then TIFF is your favourite time of year. But first, a local matter. I got a helpful message via Twitter last Saturday afternoon. A ward resident who follows @Ward33Team and @ShelleyCarroll sent the following message: By 5:30am on Sunday, another arrived: While I have a lot of fun on twitter, some would say too much fun when I’m ranting about U.S. President #45, the messages above are the real reason I am on so many platforms. Whether it is Facebook, More »

What A Minimum Wage Increase REALLY Means – Ward 33 E-Blast August 17th

Shelley Carroll : August 23, 2017 11:50 am : Uncategorized
At summer picnic events and canvassing on summer evenings, I’ve taken a lot of questions about the coming increase to the Ontario minimum wage. What will this mean to Toronto specifically? What is the new amount, $15 based on? Is it a meaningful enough increase for Toronto? Will people lose their jobs? There are multiple scholarly papers out there on the impacts of minimum wage increases on the economy, any economy. I’ve spent the last few evenings reviewing them to try to separate out what we will need to know about Toronto. I was optimistic there would be an ability to write a balanced piece, given the recent release of a report written for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Most More »

The Summer Of The Ward 33 Audit – Ward 33 E-Blast August 10th

Shelley Carroll : August 23, 2017 11:47 am : Uncategorized
For my wonderful @Ward33Team, this summer has been all about the “Ward Audit”. We’ve had some extra hands on deck this year, so we are able to send them out to physically tour every street and park in search of needed repairs and improvements. Each time we do one of these audits, we check on things we have requested in the past. Has the work been completed? If not, do we know when it will be? Are there new state-of-good-repair issues that haven’t come to our attention yet? Little pot holes repair quickly, the bigger they get the bigger the job. The Ward Audit has two goals. First, the team tries to catalog what we find and then help city More »

War Is Over, If You Want It! – Ward 33 E-Blast August 3rd

Shelley Carroll : August 4, 2017 11:57 am : Uncategorized
It was almost 50 years ago that John Lennon and Yoko Ono flew into Toronto and launched their international campaign to stop the war in Vietnam. A stark white billboard with the plain black letters, “WAR IS OVER, if YOU want it, Happy Christmas from John and Yoko” went up on Yonge St., directly across from the Masonic Temple. Poster sized versions of the billboard were suddenly everywhere, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono took up residence at the King Edward Hotel. A campaign you couldn’t miss about a war you could no longer ignore. It wasn’t as if the actions of John & Yoko were the only thing that eventually stopped that war. When their billboards broadened the anti-war More »

The PB Update Edition – Ward 33 E-Blast July 20th

Shelley Carroll : July 21, 2017 10:19 am : Uncategorized
The PB Update Edition Hello Ward 33!  – It’s Ward 33 team member and PB Coordinator Katherine Martin here and I am taking over this week’s e-blast. A few weeks ago Shelley’s e-blast looked at some potential project ideas for the upcoming Ward 33 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Process. As we start to looking forward to the 2017 PB process and you and your neighbours begin to develop ideas, I thought it would be great to look back at the past PB projects. PB first came to Ward 33 three years ago – beginning in 2014 with the Brian Village section 37 project and spreading ward-wide in 2015 and 2016 as part of the City’s PB pilot. Over the past three More »

Council Lost A Good One – Ward 33 E-Blast July 13th

Shelley Carroll : July 14, 2017 9:56 am : Uncategorized
I know I promised a rundown of PB33 project installations to date, but I am going to postpone that for a week. Katherine Martin, our ace constituency manager and Participatory Budget coordinator has just returned from a well-deserved vacation. I’m going to give her an extra week to prepare. This week I want to talk about a very sad loss at Council. Up here in Ward 33, you may think that the late Pam McConnell, councillor for neighbourhoods like St. James Town, Cabbage Town, Regent Park, St. Lawrence Precinct and the Waterfront, had little influence on your own neighbourhood. You may even want to state categorically that downtown councillors, in general, have little to do with your life. By way More »
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