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Planning for Change – Ward 33 E-Blast May 25th

Shelley Carroll : May 26, 2017 11:35 am : Uncategorized
The announcement of major reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the provincial planning authority we love to hate, sort of passed without much more than a whimper from the media. Sometimes governments make changes that seem minor in the grand scheme of things and it’s only years later that we all look back and say, “That was when EVERYTHING changed.” The proposed OMB reform will likely be such a change. Toronto, perhaps more than any other Ontario city is ready for the change. The Chief Planner has been reworking the way her planners relate to the OMB ever since she came to the City. There are 2 examples right here in Ward 33; the context planning work being done prior More »

Making a Splash in Ward 33: Your Guide to the Parkway Forest Pool

Shelley Carroll : May 25, 2017 3:43 pm : Uncategorized
Making a splash in Ward 33  Your guide to the Parkway Forest Pool   Parkway Forest Pool is opening with part time hours as of June 24th with a grand opening on June 30th (stay tuned for details). You can access the pool during public swimming hours or register for one of the many classes. Swimming registration for classes begins June 6th. The full list schedule can be found here: Parkway Forest Pool Summer 2017 Aquatics Schedule Parkway Forest Pool Summer 2017 Aquatic Schedule  Change Rooms There are three changing rooms – male, female and universal.  Male and female have one accessible shower, changing stall and washroom. There are two additional showers and two additional washrooms in the male and female changing More »

When’s The Last Time You Drove Down King Street? – Ward 33 E-Blast May 18th

Shelley Carroll : May 19, 2017 2:40 pm : Uncategorized
Before we discuss the King Street Pilot Project that you are hearing so much about on the radio, I must insist that we first set the scene. Ask yourself the following questions and write down the answers, honestly, on a small piece of paper: 1) When was the last time you drove along King Street between Jarvis and Bathurst Streets? 2) How many times in the last week, month and year? 3) When you do, what distance do you travel along this stretch: 1 or 2 blocks, 3 blocks, the whole stretch between Jarvis and Bathurst? In Toronto when a major transportation decision must be made, city staff make two big mistakes. First, is limiting outreach to the local surrounding community More »

Can we talk about climate change yet? – Ward 33 E-Blast May 11th

Shelley Carroll : May 11, 2017 4:41 pm : Uncategorized
Can we talk about climate change yet? Last Friday morning, I sped down the DVP at 7am in an all-fired hurry to get across town to Mimico for Police Board business at the Police College. As I drove the radio was announcing that rising waters might cause the shutdown of the highway by 3pm that afternoon. I looked through the pouring rain at the Don River beside me and could see it was nearing the guard rail. I was terrified at what the rest of the day might have in store for us. Today the river is still at an extremely high level and Lake Ontario is rising. We learned this morning that it is still too dangerous further down More »

What’s Coming Next For Ward 33 – Ward 33 E-Blast May 4th

Shelley Carroll : May 5, 2017 9:32 am : Ward News
If you follow the news, you may have noticed that I have been announced as a candidate in the 2018 Provincial election. This Ward 33 weekly e-blast is not the place to discuss it. This is your city issues space. But it is fair to ask the question, “What about Ward 33?” The answer is Ward 33 has a very busy spring and summer ahead. There will be the usual number of warm weather events and then some, as we have a number of project completions to celebrate this year. It all starts on May 13th at the Oriole Community Centre Re-opening and Summer Celebration. You are invited to tour the renovated centre, sample recreation programming and join us for a More »

Finding a home for Ontario’s rent and housing reform – Ward 33 E-Blast April 27th

Shelley Carroll : April 28, 2017 11:37 am : Uncategorized
A few years ago, I spent some time with my wonderful sister-in-law and her husband in Vancouver. They know my municipal interests and always spend some time sharing Vancouver municipal issues with me. While we were eating at my brother-in-law’s favourite sushi place in Yaletown, he pointed across the street to a brand new condo. “Look up,” he said, “count the empty units. Speculators don’t even bother to rent them out.” The following year, I was back in town on business and spent an extra day with my sister-in-law. She drove me down to lovely Point Grey to show me the site of the waterfront trail issue that was erupting in Vancouver Council at the time. As we drove, she More »

Family Crest Project Open House

Shelley Carroll : April 27, 2017 2:05 pm : Uncategorized
Family Crest Project Open House Sunday, May 7th 3:00pm Parkway Forest Community Centre (55 Forest Manor Rd) The Family Crest Project and it will consist of a series of workshops that will allow neighbourhood families to imagine and create their own crests.  

2 For 1 Community Meeting Tuesday’s – Ward 33 E-Blast April 20th

Shelley Carroll : April 21, 2017 1:22 pm : Ward News
2 for 1 Community Meeting Tuesday’s  We had a busy afternoon and evening this past Tuesday! My Ward 33 team loaded 2 community meetings into the day to leave the rest of my evenings free for door to door canvassing. Meeting 1: How High is TooHigh, When it is in Your Backyard? I started with Shawna at 1650 Sheppard Avenue East., a wonderfully stable apartment building on the hilltop above St. Timothy’s School. Because of its unique location, the longtime residents here have not needed to engage much in the discussion of nearby developments until now. On Tuesday Shawna and I set up shop in the lobby to prepare them to do just that. The owner of the 1650 Sheppard More »

Henry Farm Community Meeting Minutes

Shelley Carroll : April 20, 2017 2:41 pm : Hydro Updates, Ward News
Henry Farm Community Meeting Minutes April 18, 2017 6pm-8pm St. Matthew’s Church (80 George Henry Blvd) Staff Attendance: City Councillor Shelley Carroll, Katherine Martin (Councillor’s Office), Paul Reesor (Toronto Hydro), Fabian Cappell (Toronto Hydro), Jacqueline White (City of Toronto – Transportation), Jeffery Climans (City of Toronto – Transportation), Jim Piggott (Bell Canada)   I. Introduction and Welcome – City Councillor Shelley Carroll   II. Permits and Locates – Jacqueline White & Jeff Climans, City of Toronto Transportation The City provides 50 thousand permits per year. Identifying spray paint colours: Orange – Bell Blue – Water Red – Hydro Yellow – Enbridge Any unsafe conditions should be reported to 311. It is the contractor’s responsibility to inform residents of work to More »

The Spring Cleanup Edition – Ward 33 E-Blast April 5th

Shelley Carroll : April 6, 2017 4:12 pm : Uncategorized
The Spring Cleanup Edition The Ward 33 Team has been brainstorming about what to do to inject a little enthusiasm into Toronto’s annual community clean up. Every year, the city provides our office with a cleanup kit and a free garbage pick up after a cleanup event. They also provide free media promotion for the clean up if you register with the City. But it has been over 10 years since we began Toronto’s Friday afternoon 20-Minute Makeover and Annual Community Clean Up Weekend, and people seem a little complacent. Here is what we are thinking. Cleaning up a winter’s worth of litter is more fun when you know you are going to be doing it with your good friends. So we More »
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