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Lately I Have Been Thinking… – Ward 33 E-Blast September 22nd

Shelley Carroll : September 23, 2016 9:46 am : Uncategorized
Some random thoughts: Lately, I’ve been driving my daughter to York Mills Dr at 6:30 am every morning. It shortens the multi-route bus ride to her new temporary job at Wilson Ave and Weston Rd. As it gets a little darker each day, I strain in the grey morning light to watch for morning joggers and dog walkers. The darkness reminds me that we are headed for the Autumn time change, statistically the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian. I remind Martha for the millionth time to be careful crossing the street as she gets out of my car. Then I cross my fingers that all over busy Ward 33, everyone is similarly cautioning their loved ones as the day More »

Preserving Our Heritage – Ward 33 E-Blast September 15th

Shelley Carroll : September 16, 2016 2:17 pm : Uncategorized
Preserving our Heritage There are many different kinds of heritage preservation, one such way is giving individual buildings a heritage degnation.  Some of these are government owned while others are private. They can be museums, like Zion School House or private homes lived in by a modern day family, as is the case for McDougald House in Green Meadows Circle. McDougald House in Green Meadows Circle Downtown, we have some heritage avenue designations.  This is the case along some sections of Queen Street, for example. It doesn’t mean nothing can ever change. The designation just triggers extra steps to go through when considering changes. Guidelines are developed to preserve the heritage feel such as roof line, streetscape design, and so on. Lastly, there are whole More »

PB VOLUNTEER TRAINING NIGHT!!

Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 2:02 pm : Uncategorized
PB VOLUNTEER TRAINING NIGHT If you’re interested in helping to promote PB in Ward 33, come to our volunteer training session.  This is a great chance to learn more about PB and how to help us with outreach activities.  We’ll bring the food, you bring the excitement! Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Fairview Community Health Centre 5 Fairview Mall Drive, Suite 359 5:00 – 8:00 If you have an idea for a PB project, join us at an upcoming idea collection meeting. Details below: Wednesday September 14, 6-8pm Pleasantview Community Centre 545 Van Horne Avenue OR Saturday September 17, 1-3pm Parkway Forest Community Centre 55 Forest Manor Road OR Tuesday September 27, 6-8pm Fairview Library 35 Fairview Mall Drive

The TTC Budget’s Multiple Personality Disorder – Ward 33 E-Blast September 8th

Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 2:01 pm : Uncategorized
The TTC Budget’s Multiple Personality Disorder Everybody’s back in town, the kids are back in school and the movie stars are rolling into the City for another TIFF. Down at City Hall, that means it’s time to start poring over budget proposals. On Tuesday, I joined in some first day of school fun and then made my way to TTC headquarters to take a first look at the transit system’s capital budget. As the Budget process rolls out this fall, you will begin to wonder if the TTC Budget has a case of Multiple Personality Disorder. On Tuesday, for instance, you got a first look at the TTC 10 year Capital Budget for 2017-2026. It was a good news story, but only More »

Navigating The Childcare Gauntlet – Ward 33 E-Blast August 31st

Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 2:00 pm : Uncategorized
Navigating the Childcare Gauntlet This week, I’m changing things up.  I’ve pasted a short editorial from Monday’s Toronto Star directly into the body of the e-blast. Give it a read, and my comments follow below.   Close the wage gap by creating a province-wide child care program: Editorial August 29, 2016 The directive couldn’t have been clearer. Two years ago Premier Kathleen Wynne ordered Labour Minister Kevin Flynn and Women’s Issues Minister Tracy MacCharles to work together to “develop a wage gap strategy that will close the gap between men and women.” There were no ifs, ands, or buts. The premier seemed to mean business.Now a committee the two ministers struck last fall to find ways to close the 29-per-cent gulf between More »

Pedestrian Safety in a New World – Ward 33 E-Blast August 25th

Shelley Carroll : September 9, 2016 1:59 pm : Uncategorized
We have been talking about Ward 33 traffic and road design for most of 2016. At the end of June, I reported that we were working on improvements up in the Skymark Condominiums area after a traffic fatality happened there in March. A seventy-six year old woman lost her life crossing Finch Ave. At Skymark Place, neighbours began to compare notes. Everyone could remember a close call while crossing the same stretch of Finch Ave. People’s senses are heightened when they lose a friend and neighbour that way. They are more inclined to reach out and spend time with transportation staff and my office to get to a solution. So we all began work on improving safety, the residents, your More »

“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 »
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