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Lighting Up Ward 33 – Ward 33 E-Blast December 8th

Shelley Carroll : December 8, 2016 4:58 pm : Uncategorized
Lighting Up Ward 33 Take a look at my favourite holiday lighting display in Ward 33. It is on Edmonton Drive, south of Van Horne. Whether you are looking for a nice Nativity scene or Santa’s sleigh, it’s all on one lawn. I think for our last e-blast before the holiday break a festival of light would be a treat for us all. Get your smartphone out the next time you are taking the dog for an evening walk and snap a photo of your favourite neighbourhood lights and decorations. Then email it to [email protected] tweet it to @Ward33Team. We will make a slideshow for the Dec 22nd e-blast. There is so much to be thankful for this week. The More »

How does our municipal property tax stack up?

Shelley Carroll : December 8, 2016 3:52 pm : Uncategorized

Hey Ward 33, You’re Getting A Quarter Million Dollar Gift Card! – Ward 33 E-Blast December 1st

Shelley Carroll : December 2, 2016 3:39 pm : Uncategorized
We’ve been talking up Participatory Budgeting all year. Now Voting week is finally here and its time to decide how you want to spend $250,000. Participatory Budgeting (PB33) voting is open to all residents of Ward 33 over the age of 14 and there are lots of places to vote. When you arrive at a voting location you will simply be asked to provide your address and then you will be able to vote for your three favorite projects. This year there will be two days to vote and three locations to choose from. The full list of hours and locations is below. Our PB33 champions have been hard at work all month campaigning for their projects. This year our PB More »

We Have Been Down This Road Before – Ward 33 E-Blast November 24th

Shelley Carroll : November 25, 2016 3:35 pm : Uncategorized
I looked up the definition for the word: Panacea pan·a·ce·a ˌpanəˈsēə/ noun a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases. “the panacea for all corporate ills” synonyms: universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, elixir, wonder drug; informalmagic bullet “a panacea for the country’s economic problems”   In Toronto, whenever the going gets tough politicians turn to the panacea, road tolls. Whenever we talk about road tolls we look like we are prepared to do something big and responsible and forward thinking. Even better, it sounds like something that would only hurt those who live outside our borders. All the while, any smart politician knows it’s something that could only happen 10 years down the road. The design would require Provincial review, More »

Smoothing Things Over In Ward 33 – Ward 33 E-Blast November 17th

Shelley Carroll : November 23, 2016 4:40 pm : Uncategorized
Last Friday, I was overjoyed to find road crews working overtime to get the intersection of Victoria Park Avenue and Sheppard Avenue re-paved in time for the weekend. On Saturday I was up to see the finished product of the long awaited Geraldton Crescent road reconstruction. Two different roads, with different stories, both required a struggle to muscle them into the state-of-good-repair capital budget. These stories are the kind that combine with budget constraint to frustrate us all. Geraldton Crescent was the subject of a basement flooding mitigation study. The tiny neighbourhood road was due for repair when the great storm of August 19/2005 hit. Basement Flooding studies followed, placing Geraldton and other roads under a repair-moratorium so that if More »

Growing Toronto’s Tree Canopy – Ward 33 E-Blast November 10th

Shelley Carroll : November 10, 2016 1:41 pm : Uncategorized
This is the time of year we think a lot about our trees, our ‘Urban Forest’. The leaves have turned and we’ve enjoyed a few glorious weeks of their colours, along the Don Valley Parkway, as we pass by them on the bus and for some lucky folks, on fall drives in the country. Now we are raking all of these leaves into yard waste bags. What a perfect time for Council to end up in a long debate over an application to remove a tree. When we debate whether or not a resident should be allowed to remove a mature tree on their own property, Council can get pretty riled up. Every Councillor knows the stats. Toronto’s tree canopy, More »

The Big Move, The Little Things, Can We Have Both – Ward 33 E-Blast November 3rd

Shelley Carroll : November 4, 2016 3:04 pm : Uncategorized
I have been going door to door lately where neighbourhood capital projects are being done or have been done over the past couple of years; subdivisions like Bridlebrook and Henry Farm. Compared to the great big Transit Network Plan that is coming to Council next week, these projects seem like just little things in our suburban lives. They are not. One little subdivision and its hydro renewal project can cause quite a bit of upheaval on your street, in my office and so on and so on. A road reconstruction put off until you are knee-deep in potholes goes beyond irksome. By the time a contracted crew comes to do the job, you are justifiably cranky. You feel as though More »

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 »
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