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Let’s Talk Sidewalks – Ward 33 E-Blast February 9th

Shelley Carroll : February 9, 2017 2:02 pm : Uncategorized
Sidewalks are something we take for granted until the pavement ends and there is no sidewalk to separate you from cars rushing by. When an ice storm hits, as one did this week, we realize how much we rely on them. If you do most of your travelling by car, you can fall into the habit of paying sidewalks no mind at all, right up until you are involved in a pedestrian accident. Then the sidewalk is the centre of consideration: Was the person properly on the sidewalk? Did they look before stepping off the sidewalk? Did the sidewalk have accessible curb cuts to draw the pedestrian to a safe place to cross? Is there somehow the sidewalk design could More »

Process Versus Politics – Ward 33 E-Blast February 2nd

Shelley Carroll : February 3, 2017 9:18 am : Uncategorized
No one likes to talk about process when political issues spring up. Donald Trump got elected just listing things he doesn’t like and promising to make them stop the minute he was elected. Now that he has the power to do such things by executive order, people are rounding up lawyers, storming airports and screaming, “Wait a second. There ought to be a process before you can do that.” So, let’s agree it is important to know where we are in a process of decision making when we read or watch the news on the latest political controversy. There are a range of recent examples that show what news media often characterize as flip flopping, turns out to be governments More »

Some good news for tenants – Ward 33 E-Blast January 26th

Shelley Carroll : January 26, 2017 3:21 pm : Uncategorized
Thank you to all of the residents who attended the City Budget Town Hall last week, hosted by our Fairview Interagency Network. It was our largest turnout for a budget talk in a long time. At one point we talked about a small bit of good news for tenants. The property tax rate on multi-residential apartment buildings will not be going up this year. In many cases, it will be going down as the assessment on these types of properties is falling. Tenants will receive notices about tax impacts on their own buildings sometime early this year so that they know whether or not they are eligible for an actual rent decrease. There is more good news for tenants this More »

Parkway Forest’s Final Phase – Ward 33 E-Blast January 19th

Shelley Carroll : January 20, 2017 10:37 am : Uncategorized
Residents in Parkway Forest and Henry Farm should keep an eye on the mailbox over the next 2 weeks. They will be receiving word of a consultation meeting on the last block of development to proceed in Parkway Forest. This is the last phase of the application approved by the Ontario Municipal Board back in 2006. There are many new neighbours in and around Parkway Forest, the apartment neighbourhood immediately south of Fairview Mall, so here is a quick review. Back in early 2004, with the Sheppard Subway open but still under-used, a new developer in town called El Ad purchased significant property in Parkway Forest. City Council refused their initial proposal but fully acknowledged that the refusal was not More »

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
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