See below for a message from MLSE Launchpad:
SPORT PROGRAM REGISTRATION – OPENS FEBRUARY 27th at MLSE LAUNCHPAD
- MLSE LaunchPad offers a wide range of weekly instructional and recreational activities that encourage skill development, increased physical activity, and promote the enjoyment of sport for youth facing barriers.
- Registration opens for all sport programs on Feb 27th at 3pm at MLSE LaunchPad (259 Jarvis St.).
- All programs will begin the week of March 20th and are offered at no cost.
- Click here to see the full list of sport programs - be sure to sign up early as space is limited.
Councillor Wong-Tam stands against hatred of any kind in our city. The targeting of any race or religion for persecution is not acceptable in Canada.
Last week, Councillor Wong-Tam became aware of a protest a short block from her office where protesters were calling for the banning of a religion. As an unequivocal supporter of the Canadian values of pluralism and inclusivity, she took issue with those calling for this kind of oppression and creating a hostile environment for those exercising their religious traditions. Subsequently, she was also informed of videos online showing hateful, anti-Semitic speeches.
The quotes shared online and attributed to speakers at Masjid Toronto are disturbing and the Councillor absolutely stands against the targeting of members of the Jewish faith. It is unfortunate that this information has only been made available more recently, but Councillor Wong-Tam is confident local authorities will be able to respond to the investigation requests, independently translate and verify the content of all hate videos that have been posted to YouTube. Unfortunately, the Toronto Sun did not include a video on its page, which makes it difficult for a local Councillor to investigate the matter. As the Councillor is unable to verify the content of these videos, she trusts that the Toronto Police Service will dutifully investigate the details, translate, authenticate their contents, and respond appropriately to any and all complaints registered.
Recent targeting of the Jewish community in Toronto and elsewhere in North America is deeply disturbing. The toppling and desecration of Jewish graves, the vandalizing of mezuzahs and racist graffiti in Willowdale, and anonymous threats sent to various Jewish community centers are serious offences. These hateful acts are below us as a civil society and the dehumanizing mindset of the perpetrators must be challenged.
While bill M-103 is federal, Councillor Wong-Tam believes that it is an important and a reasoned initiative. Recent events have demonstrated there are existential hate-based threats to Muslim Canadians. While Islamophobia is named, specifically, the bill calls for the condemnation and reduction of all forms of racism and religious discrimination, all while reflecting the Constitution Acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter is a bedrock component of Canadian values and pluralism and the Councillor trusts that civil society and the legal system is as interested in maintaining those rights and freedoms as MP Khalid was in naming them. As Mayor Tory said on Twitter, M103 is a motion which "denounces all acts of hatred towards our Muslim citizens" and it will help ensure the safety of Muslims in our city.
See below for a message from the City of Toronto:
The City of Toronto is constructing a new off-ramp from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe Street. The contractor will begin demolition of the existing off-ramp to York, Bay and Yonge Streets in April 2017 followed by construction of the new off-ramp to Lower Simcoe Street and improvements to Harbour Street between Lower Simcoe and Bay Streets.
Beginning Monday, April 17 to January 2018, the eastbound off-ramps from the Gardiner Expressway to York-Bay-Yonge Streets will be closed due to the construction work. See information below on traffic management.Read more →
Statement on Pride Toronto and the Toronto Police
February 10, 2017
Pride Toronto recently made the decision to remove Toronto Police floats and booths from Pride Month in 2017. The decision was taken at the Pride Toronto Annual General Meeting, along with the election of several new board members. The decision does not come without concerns and in the near future we most likely will be faced with a recurring challenge – a threat to revoke the City of Toronto's funding for the festival.Read more →
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is an independent corporation and carried out the assessment and classifications of all properties, as mandated by the Government of Ontario. Every four years, MPAC updates properties' assessed values. The most recent valuation was completed for January 1, 2016.
MPAC is one of the most important bodies in establishing how much taxes property owners pay each year. While the City of Toronto establishes a rate annually, the value that rate is applied to, is determined by MPAC. Consequently, a home that is valued at a new, lower rate, by MPAC may pay less in taxes, even when municipal property tax rate in increased. Conversely, a rise in the municipal property tax rate may be inflated significantly in total dollar amounts by MPAC assessing a property at a new, higher value.
If you have concerns or questions about the assessed value of your property, there are several steps you can take.Read more →