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Ward 44 Appointment Process

 

City Council has authorized the City Clerk to take steps to seek applications from interested persons for appointment to the Council vacancy in Ward 44. Toronto City Council will appoint a qualified elector at a special meeting of City Council on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 to fill the vacancy of Office of Councillor, Ward 44, Scarborough – East

The successful applicant will serve the remainder of the 2014 - 2018 term of office that ends on November 30, 2018

Public information about the appointment process to the City's website at: www.toronto.ca/ward44vacancy

 

For a map of ward 44, see here.

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Trails Week!

 

From May 29 through June 4 we celebrate Trails Week!  Toronto has over 600km of natural and multi-use trails for residents to explore and enjoy.  Our trails system not only provides residents with recreational benefits but they also greatly contribute to the quality of life we enjoy, a quality of life envied around the world.  Learn more about our great trail system and get out and hike a new trail: Toronto.ca/trails

 

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Removal of HBC Pedestrian Bridge on Queen Street West

 

Please be advised of the following update:

As part of Hudson Bay Company's new pedestrian bridge project, the next phase which involves the removal of the existing pedestrian bridge will be completed this weekend.

To facilitate the removal of the bridge, the full closure of Queen Street West, between Yonge Street and Bay Street will be required.

Queen Street West will be fully closed beginning at 11:30 pm on Friday May 19th and will reopen no later than 5:00 am Monday May 22nd.

There will also be no access to James Street as it is within the work area.

Eastbound and westbound traffic will be redirected at Bay Street and Yonge Street respectively.

Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however there will be periodic stoppages during the hoist.

Police will be present to assist with pedestrian and vehicular movements during the operation.

TTC has been advised and will be rerouting their buses. The updated route can be found here http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/501_2017_Mayupdate.jsp 

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My City My Six!

 

Two Weeks left!

My City My Six is a participatory public art project that will creatively reveal Toronto's residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. Through May 31, 2017, the project asks Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words. Participants are asked to send their story by email to culturalhotspot@toronto.ca and to include their first name, the name of their neighbourhood and their age. Those details will become part of the exhibition displays.

A jury, including Toronto's Poet Laureate Anne Michaels, will select stories for the exhibition, which will include City Hall, the TTC and multiple public spaces in September and October. My City My Six is part of the annual Cultural Hotspot program and the TO Canada with Love Program. It is produced in collaboration with the city's six local arts services organizations. For more information please visit www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot​

 

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New! Eco Roof Incentive Program

 

Green and Cool Roof Grants


Time for a new roof? The City offers incentives for the installation of green and cool roofs on Toronto's residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Green roofs are eligible for $100 per square metre, cool roofs from $2 to $5 per square metre. You can also get a grant to assess the capacity of your building to support a green roof. Learn more and apply here

 

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New! Municipal Land Transfer Tax and Property Tax Calculators


Eliminate surprises with new City of Toronto tax calculators!


Looking to buy a new home? Use the new Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) and enhanced residential Property Tax calculators to get tax estimates instantly to help plan and budget for your next move.

These new calculators are available online and can be used anytime, anywhere. The MLTT calculator provides estimates for first-time home buyers, single family homes and all other properties. The enhanced Property Tax calculator provides a detailed estimate of the property taxes for residential properties and a breakdown of how your tax dollars are working for you. This is part of the City's commitment to modernizing services and improving customer experience.


For more information about Municipal Land Transfer Tax and/or Property Tax, visit toronto.ca/revenueservices.

 

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Safe Seniors' Symposium

 

Toronto Fire Services will be hosting a Safe Seniors' Symposiums as one component of their Seniors' Safety Awareness Month outreach activities this June.  The Symposium will focus on Presentations and Information Displays pertaining to the ongoing safety of older adults in Toronto.

Details for the June 7 session is as follows:

 

 

Registration remains open! Please register by responding to the Public Education Division Email Address :  tfspubed@toronto.ca  and include:

Participant First Name           Participant Last Name                    Symposium to Attend (June 7)

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The Ward: Our Living History

 

The Ward: Our Living History

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1-3pm

Toronto City Hall

Members’ Lounge

The Ward: Our Living History builds on the work and the relationships formed during the creation of the Picturing the Ward exhibition that was commissioned by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) in 2016 on behalf of the Province of Ontario.  As with the exhibition, this event brings together former Ward residents and their descendants to share, exchange and discuss what it was like to live in St. John’s Ward, which was once one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. Through storytelling and family photographs uncover aspects of Ward life – experiences that, although rooted in the past, still resonate today. The legacy of this neighbourhood lies not in the buildings that once stood, but lives on in the lives of those who remain to tell their stories.

The Ward

Bound by College Street to the north, Queen Street to the south, University Avenue to the west and Yonge Street to the east, the Ward was where many newcomers to Toronto from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century first settled. It was a densely populated neighbourhood and at various points home to African-Canadians, refugees from the Irish Potato Famine, African-Americans who escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad, Russian and Eastern European Jews, Italian and Chinese immigrants, and many more. Prior to this, the area was a site of human activity for at least 15,000 years, with the land most recently being the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit River (Ontario First Nations Maps, 2016). 

Amid protest, residents of the Ward were eventually pushed out of the neighbourhood. Businesses, churches, synagogues, theatres, and shops closed as residents were moved out of the area. Buildings were demolished to make way for hospitals, government buildings, department stores, a bus terminal, new City Hall and Nathan Phillip Square.

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New Green Bin Coming to our Ward!

 

New Green Bins arriving in your neighbourhood starting in May!

The City continues to phase in delivery of the new Green Bins and the neighbourhoods in the southern part of District 2, west of Yonge Street and south of Eglinton Avenue, will start receiving their new bins beginning May 19. It will take about three months to complete this distribution. We deliver to one collection route per day, which represents approximately 1,500 households. Don't be alarmed if you see residents in your area with new bins and you have not received one -- yours is coming. On the same day that residents get their new Green Bin, the old one will be taken away and recycled. If we miss removing your old bin that day, set it out EMPTY on your next collection cycle and it will be picked up then (those who miss this second opportunity may contact 311 to arrange removal).

Here are some of the New Green Bin's key features:

  • It is animal-resistant so it can be stored outside or placed at the curb the night before collection with the lid in the locked position.
  • It is larger and can hold more organics. Plus, it meets automated collection requirements.
  • Set out is important. Place the bin with the dial in the locked position with the arrows on the top of the lid facing the street to receive collection. Please remember to leave space (0.5 metres) between bins for automated collection.

More tips on using your new bin will be delivered with the bin. It is important to start using your new bin on your next collection day because we will no longer be able to collect from the old one. If you are currently an approved garbage and recycling bag-only customer, City staff will contact you to determine if the new Green Bin is suitable for your property.

Over the years, your strong participation in the Green Bin Program makes it the most successful and beneficial program of its type in North America. Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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Bike Month/Bike to Work Day

 

Bike Month kicks off with Bike to Work Day on Monday, May 29 and runs until June 30 with a variety of rides, races, tours and festivals across the city!

The City of Toronto, through its Live Green Toronto and Smart Commute programs, partners with Cycle Toronto to support the campaign and raise awareness of the benefits of cycling. 

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