What’s Coming Next For Ward 33 – Ward 33 E-Blast May 4th

If you follow the news, you may have noticed that I have been announced as a candidate in the 2018 Provincial election. This Ward 33 weekly e-blast is not the place to discuss it. This is your city issues space. But it is fair to ask the question, “What about Ward 33?” The answer is Ward 33 has a very busy spring and summer ahead. There will be the usual number of warm weather events and then some, as we have a number of project completions to celebrate this year. It all starts on May 13th at the Oriole Community Centre Re-opening and Summer Celebration. You are invited to tour the renovated centre, sample recreation programming and join us for a More »

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2 For 1 Community Meeting Tuesday’s – Ward 33 E-Blast April 20th

2 for 1 Community Meeting Tuesday’s  We had a busy afternoon and evening this past Tuesday! My Ward 33 team loaded 2 community meetings into the day to leave the rest of my evenings free for door to door canvassing. Meeting 1: How High is TooHigh, When it is in Your Backyard? I started with Shawna at 1650 Sheppard Avenue East., a wonderfully stable apartment building on the hilltop above St. Timothy’s School. Because of its unique location, the longtime residents here have not needed to engage much in the discussion of nearby developments until now. On Tuesday Shawna and I set up shop in the lobby to prepare them to do just that. The owner of the 1650 Sheppard More »

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Henry Farm Community Meeting Minutes

Henry Farm Community Meeting Minutes April 18, 2017 6pm-8pm St. Matthew’s Church (80 George Henry Blvd) Staff Attendance: City Councillor Shelley Carroll, Katherine Martin (Councillor’s Office), Paul Reesor (Toronto Hydro), Fabian Cappell (Toronto Hydro), Jacqueline White (City of Toronto – Transportation), Jeffery Climans (City of Toronto – Transportation), Jim Piggott (Bell Canada)   I. Introduction and Welcome – City Councillor Shelley Carroll   II. Permits and Locates – Jacqueline White & Jeff Climans, City of Toronto Transportation The City provides 50 thousand permits per year. Identifying spray paint colours: Orange – Bell Blue – Water Red – Hydro Yellow – Enbridge Any unsafe conditions should be reported to 311. It is the contractor’s responsibility to inform residents of work to More »

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E-Blast: Create Memories, Not Garbage – December 10th, 2015

Create Memories, Not Garbage  Black Friday marked the start of the holiday buying season and for those of us who have not yet checked off our holiday wish lists, this buying will continue through the month of December. Holiday gifts can bring joy for those who give and receive them, from wrapping gifts up to watching our loved ones tear them open. But these gifts come with an unwanted consequence, after all the gifts have been opened, we are left with trash. It is for this reason that the City’s Solid Waste Management Services Division is encouraging residents to “think green” this holiday season by launching its “Create Memories, Not Garbage” campaign. Instead of purchasing gifts, let’s give experiences – tickets More »

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E-Blast: Arguing About Garbage. Seems Like Old Times. September 24, 2015

Arguing About Garbage. Seems Like Old Times. This Tuesday at Public Works Committee, I got an uneasy feeling as the Chair, Jaye Robinson got a unanimous vote to defer a staff report on Curbside Collection of Garbage, Recycling and Organics. Later that evening, when I caught a glimpse of Rob Ford ranting about the report on the news, I realized I was just having Garbage Politics deja vu. It’s not surprising our current Mayor, John Tory, said he would contract out garbage collection East of Yonge St., once in office. The Ford brothers were promising the same. But Mayor Tory was not yet working inside City Hall. The Ford Bros, on the other hand, had direct access to our City More »

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We Need a Music Strategy, not a Muzik Strategy: E-blast August 13, 2015

We Need a Music Strategy, not a Muzik Strategy Last weekend was a very musical one for my husband and me, and for Toronto. Friday night we attended a screening of a locally produced movie musical called, “The Cocksure Lads, The Movie”. The movie and its music are a fascinating true story of the upside of the digital age in the music business. A couple of long time musicians friends start making up Beatles-style music for a fictitious band called the Cocksure Lads, just for laughs, whenever they are bored on the road with their real, Toronto band, Moxy Fruvous. They continue the game for laughs even as their careers move on, after their band splits up. Years later, using the More »

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This One’s For the Highrise Dwellers: E-blast August 6, 2015

This One’s For the Highrise Dwellers Last Thursday night, I headed to the ward from City Hall to go door knocking at an apartment building in the Peanut– A good place to canvass, we thought, since it would serve the dual purpose of checking how people were coping with the extreme heat. As we drove up, I almost didn’t notice that the signal light at Don Mills Road and Helen Lu Road is now active. Better yet, Forest Manor Road has finally been re-opened! I rushed in and took the photograph below to demonstrate that the roadways leading to the Parkway Forest Community Centre are finally clear. Be sure and drop by for a look around. Bring your runners and hit More »

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Is July Really Almost Over?: Eblast July 30, 2015

Is July Really Almost Over?  In my family, we always feel the halfway mark in the summer season. My first born arrived on July 29th, just 2 days before her Mommy and Daddy’s wedding anniversary. We celebrate these things and then feel a twinge of sadness for the passing of summer. Not so, this year. It’s an extra-long summer and there are still lots of things to do, and some of it for free. Susan, my oldest daughter and Eva, my oldest granddaughter.Arts and Culture, Every Bit as Abundant as Sports in T.O. Last week, Leah and I took a tour of the Aga Khan Museum. You drive by it on the DVP every day, never realizing it is full of beautiful More »

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Summer Odds and Ends: E-blast July 23, 2015

Summer Odds and Ends Pan Am Games Continue to Draw Crowds Every day at City Hall, you can find a crowd of tourists in Nathan Philips Square, having their picture taken sitting in the ‘O’ of the iconic TORONTO sign. After watching hundreds of tourist take their position in the ‘O’ and have snap taken, while I was meeting in a Councillor’s office facing the square, I went outside and posed for my own ‘O’ portrait.Funny thing is, this picturing taking has become so popular, most are surprised when the 2 stages behind the sign are suddenly lit up with musical performances. Day and night there is something happening until the ParaPanAm Games are over August 15th, so come on More »

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