Snow Clearing Updates – Nov 24, 2015 – 3:45 pm

Current Weather Conditions:
Fair weather with mainly clear skies will continue for the remainder of today and through to early Thursday morning, but clouds will be increasing quickly into Thursday morning as a new system approaches. Seasonal temperatures are expected for today and tomorrow but milder air moves in for the remainder of the work week.

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Snow Clearing Updates – Nov 24, 2015 – 7:45 am

Current Weather Conditions:
Any lingering flurries will be wrapping up before dawn. Fair weather is expected for the morning hours today for all of Southcentral Ontario. The GTA to Niagara should see dry conditions continuing through the day with highs around 5C. Temperatures will drop below freezing again tonight but no active weather is expected. An even nicer day is expected for Wednesday with even warmer temperatures. The milder air will stick around for the remainder of the work week

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Snow Clearing Updates – Nov 23, 2015 – 9:30 am

Current Weather Conditions:
Chilly day with a mix of sun and clouds. It looks like it should stay dry just long enough into the evening rush hour, but we do expect some light snow or flurries mid to late evening as a cold SW wind off of Lake Erie combined with a weak Alberta Clipper produces the snow showers. It should accumulate enough on the roads to make it slick or icy.
Temperatures will be just below freezing this evening. The risk will be there for just 2 or 3 hours. By midnight fair weather should be returning and looking good for Tuesday.

A warming trend is in store for the rest of the week and there will be no further risk for any snow.

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St. Clair Avenue West Area Transportation Master Plan

St. Clair Avenue West Area Transportation Master Plan
(between Keele Street and Old Weston Road)

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The City of Toronto is examining potential solutions to improve transportation options in the area around St. Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road. We invite you to attend an upcoming public event to review, discuss and provide your feedback on the long-term solutions being studied and how they will be evaluated.

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Outrageous Garbage Tax

Please take a moment and let me know if you are or are not in favor of the proposed increase.

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Would you support the removal of our existing garbage bin subsidy plus a 3% increase in your garbage bin fee?

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In addition, I would encourage you to drop me a line to my email by clicking on the appropriate link below.
NO - I am not not in favor of this proposed increase

YES - I am in favor of this proposed increase

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Throughout the 2015 Operating and Capital City Budget debate, I spoke loud and clear and led the fight by opposing and voting against this regressive garbage tax.

As you may have heard through recent media reports, City staff are not only requesting a 3% tax increase on garbage containers, but what is most concerning, is the removal of the containers rebate subsidy.

Back in 2007, when the new garbage and recycling bins were rolled out, taxpayers were promised a rebate to keep cost neutral for homeowners and revenue neutral for the City.

Property taxes are meant to cover costs for essential City services, such as police, fire fighting, public works, water supply and sewer services. This proposed garbage tax increase is not only regressive by punishing low and middle-income families, but it’s targeting residential property owners that are doing an excellent job in exceeding the City’s waste diversion rates.

This means that taxpayers, who already pay in full for garbage collection through their property taxes, will now be paying for garbage collection again through the implementation of a separate waste management revenue stream, at a time when the cost of this service is significantly lower than previous years.

To add insult to injury, this “ridiculous fee” has been presented as a way to encourage recycling and to help the City meet its goal of a 70% waste diversion rate. The fact is that home owners who are subject to this rate increase have already met this target rate. It is unfair to penalize homeowners to subsidize apartment buildings and condos which are failing to meet the City’s waste diversion targets.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST THIS ABSURD NEW TAX GRAB

As you know, I only have one vote at Toronto City Council, however, I will do everything in my power to fight this outrageous tax grab but I need your help.

Please write, e-mail, or call my office. Sign the petition opposing this garbage tax on my website. Get in touch with the Mayor’s Office (416-397-2489, mayor_tory@toronto.ca) and the Budget Chief (buc@toronto.ca), to make deputations before the Budget Committee at City Hall - collectively we can make our voices heard!

 

City of Toronto to Remove Abandoned Bikes From Streets, Sidewalks

News Release

November 13, 2015

City of Toronto to remove abandoned bikes from streets, sidewalks

The City of Toronto will be removing abandoned bicycles from city streets during the week of November 16 to 20 in advance of the winter season.

Residents can assist with this cleanup by calling 311 to report any bike that appears abandoned in the public right-of-way. To help the City identify the abandoned bikes correctly, callers are asked to identify the bike with as much information as possible, including the colour of the bike frame, the type of bike and the location.

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Artists Ryan Dineen and Dan Bergeron Create Text-Based Mural

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New community ‘rising up’ in the area

Bloor West Villager
By Lisa Rainford

There’s a new mural in Davenport Village.

Painted by artists Ryan Dineen and Dan Bergeron, the vibrant, text-based mural found on the west wall of the CP train bridge on Lansdowne Avenue, just north of Dupont Street, references the American writer and essayist Flannery O’ Connor’s collection of short stories called ‘Everything That Rises.’

IMG_1592A“This phrase is a perfect fit for the new community that is being constructed at Lansdowne and Dupont – it’s literally rising up,” Bergeron told The Villager. “The location of the mural also features a sidewalk that rises and the general area around the mural is the beginning of a steep rise from Dupont to St Clair.”

Davenport Road is also where the water of the former Lake Iroquois coastline, now Lake Ontario, rose to, Bergeron added.

The mural was financially supported by Street Art Toronto and commissioned by the non-profit group, The Public Realm, with support from the Davenport Village Community Association and Davenport Councillor Cesar Palacio.

An unveiling ceremony took place Saturday, Nov. 7, north of the Dupont rail line on the west side of Lansdowne Avenue. Participants had the chance to speak to the councillor, the artists and the residents’ association about the ongoing changes in the neighbourhood.

“We’d pushed hard to have this dark space transformed into something a little more vibrant and are thrilled with the result,” Davenport Village Community Association President Matt Park said. “Dan Bergeron did a great job.”

The mural, Bergeron said, “captures the new energy” that’s coming to the area.

“People are excited that this neighbourhood is changing,” Bergeron, a Corso Italia area resident, said.

The mural was painted over the course of a two-week period in late October. Bergeron and Dineen would work when it wasn’t too cold or raining. The piece’s 3D text points to the new residential developments being built in the neighbourhood and the graphic lines in the background represent “the kinetic energy of the new residents moving into the community,” Bergeron said.

“The graphic lines can also represent the flux of housing prices in Toronto,” he added.

Bergeron has completed several projects across the city, including the AGO, the ROM, MOCCA and in the past spring, a permanent piece commissioned by The City of Toronto in Regent Park. Bergeron, 40, has been an artist since he was 18. The one-time skateboarder said he drew inspiration from the activity.

“As a skateboarder, you look at public spaces differently than a pedestrian. You’re looking to interact with public spaces,” he said.

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City of Toronto Remembrance Day Services

Media Advisory

November 6, 2015

City of Toronto Remembrance Day services

The City of Toronto is hosting several Remembrance Day services across the city on November 8 and 11. Mayor John Tory will deliver greetings and remarks as part of the ceremony at Old City Hall. The Remembrance Day services acknowledge and honour Canadian veterans for their courage and sacrifice while serving their country during times of war, military conflict and peace.

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