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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 »

It’s Budget Season! – Ward 33 E-Blast January 5th

Shelley Carroll : January 5, 2017 5:01 pm : Uncategorized
Happy New Year! For Budget Committee members, like me, it is a dive back into the deep end. Public consultations began today. Thanks to emails and calls we have been getting at the office, we know before we head out to our road-show locations that parents, children and school board trustees will be there to greet us and protest a proposed budget cut to childcare in Toronto. Other topics will emerge as the session begins at 3:00 pm today and then again on January 9th & 10th.   2017 Budget Consultation Schedule  Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber January 5th 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (399 The West Mall) Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber January 5th 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. More »

Serve Your City – Apply to become a board member

Shelley Carroll : December 20, 2016 10:38 am : Uncategorized
Do you want to make a difference? The City of Toronto is recruiting more than 70 public member positions across 20 boards. Bring your skills and experience to the table! Arena Boards – Apply by December 31, 2016 George Bell Arena Board – 5 positions Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena Board – 3 position Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Arena Board – 4 positions McCormick Playground Arena Board – 4 positions Moss Park Arena Board – 4 positions North Toronto Memorial Arena Board – 2 positions Ted Reeve Community Arena Board – 4 positions William H. (Bill) Bolton Arena Board – 5 positions City Corporations – Apply by December 31, 2016 Build Toronto Board – 3 positions Toronto Hydro Board – 1 position Quasi-Judicial Tribunals – Apply by the More »

Ploughing through council and Ward 33 – Ward 33 E-Blast December 15th

Shelley Carroll : December 15, 2016 4:13 pm : Uncategorized
Ploughing through council and Ward 33 Council Coverage: This week, the Ward 33 Team has some news and annual reminders about snow clearing and winter road maintenance so I am going to leave it to them to author the second half of this newsletter. Knowing everything you need to know about dealing with snow couldn’t be more timely since tomorrow and Saturday are forecast to provide us all with so much snow there will be nothing left to do but curl up at home and order up, “White Christmas” on Netflix. It turns out I can keep my half of the newsletter short as well. Ed Keenan, my panel mate on Newstalk 1010, Moore in the Morning, has written an More »

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 »
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