War Is Over, If You Want It! – Ward 33 E-Blast August 3rd

It was almost 50 years ago that John Lennon and Yoko Ono flew into Toronto and launched their international campaign to stop the war in Vietnam. A stark white billboard with the plain black letters, “WAR IS OVER, if YOU want it, Happy Christmas from John and Yoko” went up on Yonge St., directly across from the Masonic Temple. Poster sized versions of the billboard were suddenly everywhere, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono took up residence at the King Edward Hotel. A campaign you couldn’t miss about a war you could no longer ignore. It wasn’t as if the actions of John & Yoko were the only thing that eventually stopped that war. When their billboards broadened the anti-war More »

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The PB Update Edition – Ward 33 E-Blast July 20th

The PB Update Edition Hello Ward 33!  – It’s Ward 33 team member and PB Coordinator Katherine Martin here and I am taking over this week’s e-blast. A few weeks ago Shelley’s e-blast looked at some potential project ideas for the upcoming Ward 33 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Process. As we start to looking forward to the 2017 PB process and you and your neighbours begin to develop ideas, I thought it would be great to look back at the past PB projects. PB first came to Ward 33 three years ago – beginning in 2014 with the Brian Village section 37 project and spreading ward-wide in 2015 and 2016 as part of the City’s PB pilot. Over the past three More »

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Council Lost A Good One – Ward 33 E-Blast July 13th

I know I promised a rundown of PB33 project installations to date, but I am going to postpone that for a week. Katherine Martin, our ace constituency manager and Participatory Budget coordinator has just returned from a well-deserved vacation. I’m going to give her an extra week to prepare. This week I want to talk about a very sad loss at Council. Up here in Ward 33, you may think that the late Pam McConnell, councillor for neighbourhoods like St. James Town, Cabbage Town, Regent Park, St. Lawrence Precinct and the Waterfront, had little influence on your own neighbourhood. You may even want to state categorically that downtown councillors, in general, have little to do with your life. By way More »

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“What Is Shelley Showing Us Now?” – Ward 33 E-Blast July 6th

I know what you are asking yourself, “What the heck is that thing? What is Shelley showing us now?” I’m showing you an idea, a wild and really fun idea. What if the next time you had to hang out in a park for an hour while the kids played T-ball, you could sit under a sun-powered ‘tree’ and charge up your phone. Your daughter could charge her phone in the park and keep in touch with you. This week I just want to get your juices flowing. Get your ideas running wild. Have you searching the web for fun stuff to animate our neighbourhoods. The third and final year of the City of Toronto Participatory Budgeting Pilot is coming. Each More »

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Reviewing School Resource Officers – Ward 33 E-Blast June 22nd

It is now 10:15pm on Wednesday night. Last Thursday night, the Police Services Board meeting ran late into the evening and ended in an eruption of outrage and protest. The very next day I started writing an e-blast to try to explain to you, dear readers, what had happened. Every day since, I’ve started a new draft, struggling to get it right. My first draft was a chronology that started when I joined the Police Board in December of 2014 and described what state the TPSB was in when the Mayor and I walked in. The draft sounded selfish and blaming as if I thought the screaming at last week’s meeting that you saw on the news was not at all More »

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Let’s Talk Rooming Houses – Ward 33 E-Blast June 15th

Back in 2003, Ontario experienced something called ‘The Double Cohort’. This was the year that the last class of grade 13 graduates and the first class of grade 12 graduates left school simultaneously. As a result colleges and universities filled up and there was a frantic expansion of campuses, particularly those located in suburban areas. In the neighbourhoods surrounding suburban campuses like Seneca to our North, there followed a proliferation of rooming houses to accommodate the large campuses. My office began holding meetings about the problem and pressing for better enforcement. What we learned was that it is nearly impossible to properly close one down due to legal loopholes. There is now a greater number of Councillors with this challenge More »

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It’s Not A Mess . . . It’s Under Construction – Ward 33 E-Blast June 8th

Last week, Mayor Tory, held another photo op with the media to announce that for the second time this year he was pleased to announce that 2 major road projects were completed ahead of schedule. Now, I am a busy person who drives a fair bit, and all over town. I’m as happy as the next person that the new accelerated projects plan is going well for major road repairs in the core business district and roads leading to it. That part of the city that economists like to call  ‘the CBD’ is important to us all. However, there is an infrastructure mess playing out in Ward 33, for the third year in a row, that could also use some of that More »

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Shout-Out To The Ward 33 Team! – Ward 33 E-Blast June 1st

Shout-out to the Ward 33 Team! Can I brag about my wonderful Ward 33 Team? I’ve had a very busy couple of weeks. It takes a lot of prep to be ready for a police board meeting, a heavy council session agenda and the massive Consumers Next planning study going through Planning & Growth Committee. But the whole time I was engaged in these tasks, the @Ward33Team has been back and forth to the ward, planning and executing events, answering concerns and always applying a strong community and social development lens to everything they do. Take a look at what Katherine Martin has to report on a great Participatory Budgeting (PB) ribbon cutting last weekend: Fitness Park Ribbon Cutting! Two years More »

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Planning for Change – Ward 33 E-Blast May 25th

The announcement of major reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), the provincial planning authority we love to hate, sort of passed without much more than a whimper from the media. Sometimes governments make changes that seem minor in the grand scheme of things and it’s only years later that we all look back and say, “That was when EVERYTHING changed.” The proposed OMB reform will likely be such a change. Toronto, perhaps more than any other Ontario city is ready for the change. The Chief Planner has been reworking the way her planners relate to the OMB ever since she came to the City. There are 2 examples right here in Ward 33; the context planning work being done prior More »

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Making a Splash in Ward 33: Your Guide to the Parkway Forest Pool

Making a splash in Ward 33  Your guide to the Parkway Forest Pool   Parkway Forest Pool is opening with part time hours as of June 24th with a grand opening on June 30th (stay tuned for details). You can access the pool during public swimming hours or register for one of the many classes. Swimming registration for classes begins June 6th. The full list schedule can be found here: Parkway Forest Pool Summer 2017 Aquatics Schedule Parkway Forest Pool Summer 2017 Aquatic Schedule  Change Rooms There are three changing rooms – male, female and universal.  Male and female have one accessible shower, changing stall and washroom. There are two additional showers and two additional washrooms in the male and female changing More »

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