City Coordinates Road Closures – 29/04/15

City of Toronto taking action to coordinate road closures during busy construction season

The City of Toronto is taking action to coordinate road closures to keep Toronto moving while it makes significant repairs to the city’s roads and infrastructure. This work includes road resurfacing and rehabilitation, sewer and watermain work and TTC track replacement projects, to improve city services for all users.
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Wadsworth Park Improvements – UPDATED 2015/09/04

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

Construction at Wadsworth Park will commence on the week of September 14th, 2015. Further the Featured climber is being added.

1433-WADSWORTH-FINAL CONCEPT PLANOn February 3rd, I had the pleasure of hosting a public consultation meeting with local residents along with City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff to discuss the final conceptual designs for the playground and park improvements at Wadsworth Park. I'm pleased to announce that a new playground structure will be installed by the end of this fall! Additional enhancements will include, installation of one additional turret spray feature in the wading pool, new engineered wood fibar safety surface, natural sand box, a new pathway, additional trees, a new teeter totter, new swing sets and new benches. This major capital project will certainly make this park a more vibrant and welcoming environment for our community in the years to come!

 

100th Anniversary – St. Mary’s Catholic School

St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School
April 18, 2015


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2015 Community Clean Up Day Participants

Thank you to the following participants who are taking part in the annual Community Clean Up Day April 18 & 19, 2015.

TURNBERRY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

REGAL HEIGHTS RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

FRIENDS OF EARLSCOURT PARK

RESIDENTS OF 61 PELHAM PARK GARDENS

FAIRBANK PARK

BEAVER LIGHTBOURNE PARKETTE

DAVENPORT NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION

Recycle Even More!

Recycle Even More! Starting June 1, 2015, Put Plastic Film in the Blue Bin

Toronto's Blue Bin recycling program, one of North America's largest residential curbside recycling programs, will soon become even bigger and better with the addition of new types of soft plastic. The timing is perfect. The City uses the services of a state-of-the-art recycling processing facility located here in Toronto that is able to process these types of plastic. Another key factor is a stable market for selling soft plastic film is now established.

New acceptable items include:

    • ✔ milk bags and outer bags;
      ✔ select types of bread bags (non-foil);
      ✔ sandwich bags (e.g. re-sealable type bags);
    • ✔ bulk food bags (used for fruit, vegetables, nuts);
    • ✔ dry cleaning bags;
      ✔ newspaper/flyer bags;
      ✔ fresh or frozen produce bags;
    • ✔ over-wrap from toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, water/soft drink packaging, etc.

Please empty and rinse these plastic items to remove residue before placing in the Blue Bin.

This leaves only a few types of soft plastic material that cannot be recycled:

    • All biodegradable plastic film materials
    • Black plastic film
    • Laminated plastic film (e.g. stand-up re-sealable pouch bags)

For more details, visit toronto.ca/recycling and to confirm where items go, check the Waste Wizard at toronto.ca/wastewizard

If you need more room for your recyclables, upsize your Blue Bin for free. Make a Service Request online at toronto.ca/311 or phone 311.

When we each do our part to recycle as much as we can, we help increase our waste diversion rate and save valuable landfill space. We can also take pride in knowing that the extra plastic we are recycling will be made into other items such as plastic bags and plastic wood products. It's a win-win all the way around.

Home Energy Loan Program Pilot Expands City-Wide

News Release

April 15, 2015

Home Energy Loan Program pilot expands city-wide

The City of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) is now available to homeowners in all areas of the city. Since its official launch in January 2014, the program had been offered previously in select, pilot neighbourhoods.

“The Home Energy Loan Program has helped many homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient and we are pleased to now offer this program to homeowners all across Toronto,” said Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee.

Through the program, qualifying homeowners can apply for a low-interest loan from the City for energy-efficient improvements to their home. The loan is then repaid via monthly instalments on the homeowner’s property tax bill. Eligible properties include detached, semi-detached and row houses. Through this three-year pilot program, $10 million of funding is available to support improvements such as upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace, insulation upgrades, and energy-efficient windows and doors.

The City has received more than 230 applications to date and has provided close to $1 million in funding for homeowners.

Zdravko Jeremic, who received a HELP loan in 2014, said “We wanted to increase the comfort of our drafty, 100-year-old home while saving on energy costs. As new homeowners, we were not sure where to begin. We heard about HELP and it was the perfect solution – a structured program to guide us through the improvements along with the cash to fund it. As a result of our energy improvements, our home is warm and comfortable, and we increased the energy efficiency of our home by 31 per cent, while substantially reducing our energy use and monthly bills.”

The City of Toronto established the HELP pilot as a part of its commitment to achieving an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. Buildings, including homes, account for about 44 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Rosalynd Rupert, Strategic Communications, 416-338-3379, rrupert@toronto.ca

Clean Toronto Together 20-Minute Makeover Event

Media Advisory

April 15, 2015

Clean Toronto Together 20-Minute Makeover Event

The City of Toronto will celebrate the Clean Toronto Together 20-Minute Makeover with an event at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday. This year’s event will feature Michael “Pinball” Clemons and will be attended by City officials and staff, sponsors and members of the local business community.

Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m. – remarks at 1:15 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The event will include games starting at 12:30 p.m., followed by speaker remarks and then the 20-minute litter cleanup.

More information about Clean Toronto Together activities and events across Toronto from April 17 to 19 is available at http://www.livegreentoronto.ca.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Rosalynd Rupert, Strategic Communications, 416-338-3379, rrupert@toronto.ca