July 21, 2017
Westbound Dundas Street closed for one week between Church and Victoria Streets
Effective immediately, westbound traffic will not be able to travel on Dundas Street between Church and Victoria Streets until July 28 due to road conditions.
From July 17 to September 16, eastbound traffic is not able to travel on Dundas Street between Bay and Church Streets, as the City of Toronto completes watermain construction work, and starts TTC track work and road resurfacing along Dundas Stre
In addition, Victoria Street will be closed in both directions, between Dundas Street and south of Dundas Square during the same July to September period.Read more →
The City of Toronto is investigating options to address the declining condition of the Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge spanning Rosedale Valley Road.
The Glen Road Pedestrian Bridge is deteriorating and is in need of major improvements. This Environmental Assessment (EA) study will assess the existing conditions, identify alternatives to address the condition of the bridge, and recommend a preferred solution, which may include proposing a new bridge design. As well, consultation with the public will be an important part of the EA study process.
Project Update - July 14, 2017
As presented at the September 2016 Public Information Centre (PIC) #1, replacement of the bridge in its current location has been identified as the preferred solution.
Subsequent to the PIC #1, the study team considered a range of alternative solutions for the adjacent pedestrian tunnel, including: non-structural upgrades to lighting and surface treatments, replacement/reconstruction of a wider tunnel, and maintenance of the existing tunnel. Construction of a wider tunnel is the preliminary preferred solution.
Design alternatives for the bridge structure and the tunnel widening are currently being assessed.
The study team will be presenting preliminary design recommendations at the Design Review Panel (DRP) on July 18, 2017. Slides to be presented at the DRP will be published online at toronto.ca/glen-rd-ped-bridge after the meeting. Members of the public are welcome to observe the DRP meetings, which are held at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 2. Glen Road Bridge is scheduled to be discussed at 3:20 p.m. Minutes are posted after being confirmed at the following DRP meeting.
The next public consultation event, tentatively scheduled in the early fall, will present the results of the evaluation of the alternatives, assessment of potential impacts and identification of a preliminary preferred bridge and tunnel design. Email and flyer notices will be circulated in advance.
We invite your comments and questions about the study anytime. Contact Jason Diceman, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, Tel: 416-338-2830 firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more →
News and Upcoming Events
- Remembering Pam
- Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
- June 2017 Council Highlights
- Phase 2 construction for Ramsden Park begins!
- Join us for Unity in the Community July 29, 2017
- Raccoons Hate Them! New Green Bins Coming
- Buzz-worthy: Toronto Pollinator Consultation
- North American Indigenous Games Open July 16, 2017
- Community Spotlight: Haven Toronto
- Learn about Ward 27 Development
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LET'S GET FRESH!
The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association invites you to the Nathan Phillips Square Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, July 12 to October 25, 2017!
Tickle your taste buds with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, preserves, breads, pop-sickles, wines/ciders from Ontario's best farms.
Come pick up something fresh for dinner or plan to meet a Friend for lunch.
Support the direct farm industry's, on farm markets and pick your own operations!
No market will be held on the following dates due to special events taking place in the Square:
- September 13
- September 20
- September 27
Queen Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street will be closed from 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 7 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 10 for the installation of a new pedestrian bridge at the Hudson Bay Company building. There will also be no access to James Street during this period.Read more →
On the July 8/9 weekend subway service will be suspended on Line 1 between Bloor and Lawrence stations in order to carry out a variety of work. This will include track maintenance work between Rosedale and Davisville stations, and tree removal between Davisville and Eglinton stations.Read more →
Have your say! Protecting Toronto's pollinators
The City is inviting residents to share their views on a proposed strategy to protect Toronto's bees and other pollinators. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto's pollinators. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline. Learn more and share your views.
Councillor Wong-Tam's Statement on Member Motion 31.21 "Promoting Diversity and Social Inclusion by establishing Intersectionality Awareness Week in the City of Toronto"
In recent years, Torontonians have shifted to a more nuanced conversation about social justice that moves beyond multiculturalism and accounts for multiple forms of structural oppression including colonialism, racism, anti-Black racism, sexism and misogyny.
In the context of this shift, City Staff have tabled reports containing concrete recommendations, such as The Interim Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and Towards an Action Plan for Transgender Youth.
During the recent budget deliberations, City Council directed Toronto's City Manager to create an “Intersectional Gender-Based Framework to Assess Budgetary Impacts,” in next year's budget.
At the same time, there have been deeply troubling City Council discussion about the notion of Sanctuary City. The vote to defund Pride Toronto was also the catalyst that magnified the need for City Council to delve deeper into the issues of identity, belonging and justice.
A dynamic young, LGBTQ2S+ racialized woman working with my office proposed the creation of an Intersectionality Awareness Week. She diligently did her research and with the input of my office staff, drafted a motion which was wholeheartedly endorsed.
Over the weekend, I was able to connect with Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, the Black feminist legal scholar who first coined the term "intersectionality" about the Toronto motion to create an Intersectionality Awareness Week. She described it as, "incredibly exciting news" and was invited to amend the motion to better reflect her work. The hope was that if the motion was adopted, City Council could partner with local universities to bring Dr. Crenshaw to Toronto to launch the initiative and create broader community engagement, programming and participation in the conversation.
As we move forward, hopefully this conversation continues to grow. The motion was never intended to absolve Toronto City Council or any of its agencies of its institutional racism, sexism or bias. On the contrary, if the perception of such a motion deters that work, then consider it withdrawn.
Toronto City Council has a long way to go counter systemic discrimination in how our city develops policy and budgets. It is what I have spent the past 7 years as a City Councillor, working to address. This motion could have been a first step to help City Council and City staff better understand the experiences that shape the lives of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized individuals in Toronto, and further shift the conversation.
The intention of the motion, which was to advance the discourse about intersectionality and a deeper understanding of who the residents of Toronto are, will ultimately help the City build better policies, programs and services to address their needs, especially those most marginalized.
The paths to true justice are bigger than any one of us and yet require all of us. There's no one perfectly timed effort but rather an accumulation of all our voices, hardwork and commitments. This is something that we can all agree upon, with or without a council motion.
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