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#WeAllLoveScarborough – Ward 33 E-Blast June 30th

Shelley Carroll : June 30, 2016 4:39 pm : Uncategorized
I need to tell you a little personal story. You’ll understand why as you read on. In 1979, my husband, Sandy, and I lived at Avenue Road and St. Clair. My parents lived at Finch and Warden and my grandfather was at the Guildwood Seniors Home on the eastern outskirts of Scarborough. I had no car. I would often ride the TTC out to Guildwood to visit my grandfather. It was an hour and a half by TTC. I didn’t mind. He was very frail and I adored him. By the spring of 1981, my parents were out of town at a conference when the doctor called me at 6:00am on a Saturday morning to tell me Grampa was going More »

Celebrating Summer – Ward 33 E-Blast June 23rd

Shelley Carroll : June 23, 2016 4:46 pm : Uncategorized
Celebrating Summer  Summer officially arrived this week and what better way to celebrate that, than at the Ward 33 Summer Celebration! Normally around this time of year you would be hearing me say “Peanut Town, Peanut Town, Peanut Town!” For the last 10 years Peanut Town on Canada Day has been something everyone in Ward 33 can look forward to.  With Oriole Community Centre under renovations we moved the event, and lucky for us in Ward 33 we have the beautiful Parkway Forest Community Centre not far away from The Peanut! We took this as an opportunity to grow and expand the event, bringing in a coalition of community organizations that we hope you can come and learn more about.  More »

Toronto Police Service Interim Report

Shelley Carroll : June 16, 2016 3:27 pm : Uncategorized
The Toronto Police Service Board Interim Report has just been released, you can read it in full here: The Way Forward: Modernizing Community Safety in Toronto.

A Return to Old Stomping Grounds – Ward 33 E-Blast June 16th

Shelley Carroll : June 16, 2016 2:05 pm : Uncategorized
As I write this newsletter, the head of the Toronto Police Association is all over the media objecting to the first report from the Toronto Police Service Board’s Transformational Task Force. He says you won’t be safe and there may be job action. The report itself may surprise you. After all of the fear-mongering in press conferences, it may also surprise the neighbourhood officers you know and love when they give it a read. The report goes online to the public tomorrow. We will post a link to it on Twitter, Facebook and on shelleycarroll.ca, so you can give it a read. I’ll wait until next week to write about the details of the report and the community’s reaction to it. More »

MPAC Explained – Ward 33 E-Blast June 9th

Shelley Carroll : June 10, 2016 2:45 pm : Uncategorized
It is time to look at our property assessments again. Yuck! Since you are looking at your assessment, we should once again look at the distinction between your property’s assessed value and the property tax bills you pay. It is hard to write a smoothly flowing article about this ridiculously complex matter. Instead, here are some nuggets of information and a few links to look at: Your Property Value Assessment is based on the resale value of your home. This is determined through real estate market factors and actual sales records in your area. Your Property Value Assessment is calculated according to provincial legislation, by a provincially appointed, arm’s length corporation known as MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation). You can More »

A Better Funding Model for a Better Toronto – Ward 33 E-Blast June 2nd

Shelley Carroll : June 2, 2016 4:47 pm : Uncategorized
Earlier this week, at the meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission, an angry mob of transit riders showed up to rant about the high cost of transit fares. They say the fares are too high even for seniors and low income students who already get a small discount. Sadly, they were in the wrong room. The previous week, Toronto’s chief bureaucrat, City Manager Peter Wallace, presented to the more appropriate committee for that TTC Protest, the Mayor’s Executive Committee. Since 2010, the TTC fare box has brought in $303 million in new money while Property taxes have yielded only $237 million in new dollars. Take a look at the numbers below: View the image larger here and click here to view More »

Participatory Budgeting: Real Money, Real Power – Ward 33 E-Blast May 26th

Shelley Carroll : May 26, 2016 3:55 pm : Uncategorized
PB Diary – Participatory Budgeting Top of the Page!  We are months away from voting on how to spend $250K in Ward 33 but I want to talk to you about Participatory Budgeting as it is growing elsewhere in North America. Further down the page, we have a guest columnist, or rather good neighbour feedback. There was also a pretty loaded agenda this Tuesday at Executive Committee. I’ll leave writing about the City Manager’s report at Executive Committee until next week. In the meantime, I include some select newspaper articles on his speech and his presentation on the City’s finances in the ‘clippings’. My Ward33 team manager, Shawna Teper, and I have just returned from a long weekend training and conference More »

A Visit From Hydro – the good and bad news – Ward 33 E-Blast May 19th

Shelley Carroll : May 19, 2016 4:33 pm : Uncategorized
A Visit From Hydro – the good and bad news We had our annual Ward 33 office visit from the top brass at Toronto Hydro. We have some good news, some bad news and some in-between news. The bad news is our area is still one of the highest areas for unplanned outages. All of the work done in the last 2 years has made us somewhat better but we have a long way to go. The good news is, Toronto Hydro has completed its budget process with the Ontario Energy Board successfully and they are readying their contractors to do a lot more state of good repair work in Ward 33. Their is news that’s just plain in-between, neither good More »

Let’s Talk about Cycling in the Suburbs – Ward 33 E-Blast May 12th

Shelley Carroll : May 12, 2016 12:19 pm : Uncategorized
I’m trying to write this article during Raptors’ Game 5. Lucky you, dear readers. That will probably make this a short article. OHHHHHHHHHHH, Biyombo just distracted me with 2 crazy slam dunks. See what I mean? So to get straight to the point. We are getting bike lanes in Ward 33. Not right away and not without talking to you first, but they are out there in our future. Don’t panic. We needn’t start into a debate as massive as what happened last week in Council regarding Bloor Street West and its Bike Lane Pilot Project. In Ward 33, we are blessed with significant trails and pathways where cycling is safe as long as the sun is up and you More »

Community Compost Days

Shelley Carroll : May 10, 2016 3:23 pm : Uncategorized
Come by and pick up compost for your garden! May 28th – Shawnee Park June 11th – Clydesdale Park * 8am – until compost is gone (come early to avoid disappointment) See you there!
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