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“Agitation Is The Marshalling Of The Conscience Of A Nation To Mold Its Laws.” -Sir Robert Peel

Shelley Carroll : August 23, 2016 3:38 pm : Uncategorized
“Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws.” -Sir Robert Peel I spent last weekend with Police Board members from all across the country as well as some police officers and police chiefs. It was an interesting three days of learning and conversation. Along with the “intended learning”, such as ethics training and best practices in oversight and governance, I learned that misunderstanding and mythology has grown up around the country regarding our Toronto Police Service. I wondered if the same myths have taken hold here at home, since issues that burn for a long time can get muddled in the community’s consciousness. One well meaning conference participant from Western Canada said “this Street Check More »

Why Street Art? Why Public Art? Why Art? – Ward 33 E-Blast August 11th

Shelley Carroll : August 11, 2016 3:46 pm : Uncategorized
We had a party on Don Mills Road last night. It was the official ‘unveiling’ of the first ever StreetARTToronto mural in Ward 33. You may have seen it being painted over the summer as you drive down Don Mills Road through the intersection of Don Mills and Helen Lu Road. The newest road in the ward now has a beautiful wall mural at one end of it and a magnificent community centre at the other end. While neither, Rob Matejka, the artist in residence, nor the many people who participated in the workshop to determine the theme for the mural ever met Helen Lu, the new road’s namesake, the end result is a fitting tribute to her as well as More »

Running Local Road Ideas Up The Flag Pole – Ward 33 E-Blast August 4th

Shelley Carroll : August 4, 2016 3:54 pm : Uncategorized
We have spent a good deal of time examining Brian Drive and its traffic patterns over the last couple of years. Having meetings and getting together to talk out problems, propose solutions and gather different perspectives is always good for the neighbourhood. Sometimes, the results are surprising. Take a quick peak at the chronology below. Spring/Summer 2014 – Petition for traffic calming submitted by residents After a long stretch of Toronto Water construction, Brian was reconstructed and freshly paved. Speeds seemed excessive. July 2014 – Watch Your Speed Trailer Deployed Positioned between Sheppard Ave and Old Sheppard Ave on Brian Dr, the sign showed speeds exceeding the posted speed limit 50KPH, but not exceeding 60KPH. September 2014 – Traffic studies requested by Councillor More »

Northern Reflections – Ward 33 E-blast July 29th

Shelley Carroll : July 29, 2016 9:32 am : Uncategorized
By now, many of you will have no doubt read Mayor Tory’s piece in last week’s Sunday Star about his summer trip to the far north of Ontario for a four day sojourn with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) and Bearskin Lake First Nation Communities. If you haven’t read it, I’ve included it in the clippings. Bearskin Lake in northern Ontario I am glad that the Mayor took that journey and upon deep reflection I am especially grateful that he shared it with us back home.  It is a good reminder that we need to learn about communities that don’t get to enjoy the privileges that many of us do and that we have a responsibility to act once we do learn More »

We Lost a Good One This Week – Ward 33 E-Blast July 21st

Shelley Carroll : July 21, 2016 4:46 pm : Uncategorized
We Lost a Good One This Week I went to a funeral on Wednesday for a really great guy. Alan Slobodsky was Mayor Lastman’s chief of staff before I was elected to City Council. After that he became a representative for developers, essentially a lobbyist. Alan Slobodsky (second from left). (Steve Russell / Toronto Star) Councillors do have to deal with lobbyists. Developers hire them as representatives when there is a large application before Council, especially when they know their application goes well beyond the official plan. While City Planners are going back and forth with the architects and the developers themselves, the hired representative goes to work on Council and the Community to determine what set of conditions would get an approval. Councillors have More »

Connecting Council’s Dots – Ward 33 E-Blast July 15th

Shelley Carroll : July 15, 2016 2:25 pm : Uncategorized
Connecting Council’s Dots It has been quite a while since I delivered my e-blast letter to the Ward 33 Team a whole day late. There were too many thoroughly distracting meetings. Here’s a little diary. Monday: The longest item considered in a 10 hour meeting of the Toronto Transit Commission was about news that this year’s TTC Ridership is not meeting the number that was projected for 2016. Since 2004, ridership has grown by 10 to 20 million rides per year, until the Pan Am Games ended. Since then the numbers have been at a standstill. Unemployment is largely to blame, also high fares after three increases in three years and lack of improvements to attract more riders. If the More »

Brian Drive Proposed Pavement Markings

Shelley Carroll : July 15, 2016 12:06 pm : Uncategorized
View the proposed changes here: Brian Drive Proposed Pavement Marking  Live in the Brian Drive neighborhood? Let us know what you think of the proposed changes. Complete a quick survey here.

Updates Close to Home – Ward 33 E-Blast July 7th

Shelley Carroll : July 7, 2016 4:45 pm : Uncategorized
Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum Sumertime, so that old song goes. We are well into July now, post Ward 33 Summer Celebration, post Pride Parade, but the Ward 33 Team will still be hard at work (I might turn up in the next movie sequel, Horrible Bosses 3). I asked Katherine to make a list of some of the work we will be engaged in and the list was too long for me to include in one e-blast. I’ve highlighted just a few items below.  We will let you know the others in later weeks. 1. Shawnee Garden – We have partnered with Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church and Ward 33’s third community garden is well underway up in Shawnee Park. The members of the More »

#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 »
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