Dick Watts Remembered

Dick Watts Remembered

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Condolence Motion

Moved by: Councillor Cesar Palacio

Seconded by: Mayor John Tory

The Mayor and Members of Toronto City Council are saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Watts at the age of 93 on October 12, 2015.

WattsRecognition_2012-11-28-11-43-49_13As the local City Councillor, I was fortunate to work alongside Dick Watts over the years. In many ways he was my inspiration and strength, along with the hundreds of residents of Regal Heights in Ward 17.

Dick Watts was an inspiration to the residents of Regal Heights for more than three decades. His vision and tireless work have made the neighbourhood the vibrant community that is today.

Everywhere you look you can see his influence: in the friendship and cooperation between residents; in the flowers and shrubs where once there were desolate patches of weeds; in the planter barrels spilling over with seasonal flowers and greenery.

Over the years, he planted trees, removed graffiti, organized community carolling and organized Canada Day processions, annual community clean-up days and art installations. Furthermore, Dick promoted the history and heritage of the area by commemorating Garrison Creek with sidewalk makers, supporting the restoration of the portico at Regal Heights Public School, and hosting annual heritage walking tours.

His constant initiatives on behalf of the local community are extensive, but Dick never called attention to himself.

It is unusual these days to see someone so committed to making a community all that it can be. Dick Watts had become the soul of Regal Heights that made life better for all of those who had the privilege of knowing him.Obit

The City Clerk is requested to convey, on behalf of the Members of Toronto City Council, our sincere sympathy to Dick Watts’ family.

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Toronto Taxi Fares to be Reduced Beginning November 1

News Release

October 30, 2015

Toronto Taxi Fares to be Reduced Beginning November 1

Beginning November 1, the base fare to enter a taxicab will be $3.25. This $1 decrease was approved by Toronto City Council at its September meeting.

Although some meters may not reflect the reduction right away, taxicabs must charge this reduced rate to passengers starting November 1.

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Time to Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries

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October 30, 2015

Time to Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries As Daylight Saving Time Ends November 1

Daylight saving time ends this weekend, when clocks are turned back an hour. Toronto Fire Services reminds residents that this annual change of clocks back to standard time is an opportune time to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

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Union Street Renamed to Benny Stark Street

UNION STREET RENAMED TO BENNY STARK STREET

Story_MainFamily of the Late Benny Stark and general public attended the ceremonial unveiling of Benny Stark Street Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  The ceremony was held at the north east corner of Turnberry Avenue and Union Street.

The late Mr. Benny Stark was a holocaust survivor that emigrated to Canada back in 1953. He worked on multiple jobs to survive and provide for his family.

In 1959, Mr. Stark opened his own scrap yard on Maria Street in the Dundas/Runnymede area. The business ultimately became a substantial operation and subsequently relocated the establishment to Union Street. After many years and with his son Stephen joining the business, the Starks acquired neighbouring properties and ended up owning both sides of Union Street between Turnberry Avenue and the end of the Union street. Collectively, they made Stark Iron and Metal and Stark Auto Sales, one of the most successful and recognized businesses in the City.

Over the years, Benny Stark remained a good corporate neighbour in the community overall, and fought valiantly for the retention of employment lands within the local neighbourhood. Benny’s vision, coupled with his vast knowledge and experience, helped transform a scrap metal yard into an innovative business within the car industry. The industrial community within the neighbourhood is in support of the recommendation to rename Union Street, between Turnberry Avenue and the end of the street to "Benny Stark Street".

Stephen Stark, son of the late Benny Stark says, “This sign will provide a lasting legacy and help to remember my father’s commitment to his beloved community”.

“Considering Mr. Stark’s contribution to the local Davenport neighbourhood and business communities, I strongly believe it is the most appropriate time that he be recognized by designating the section of Union Street “Benny Stark Street”.  Councillor Cesar Palacio.

Union Street Renamed To Benny Stark Street

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Be a Flu Fighter: Toronto Public Health Launches Free Flu Vaccine Clinics

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Be a Flu Fighter: Toronto Public Health Launches Free Flu Vaccine Clinics

Help fight the flu and reduce your risk of getting influenza by attending one of Toronto Public Health’s free flu vaccine clinics from October 28 to November 30 at nine locations across the city. The flu vaccine is also available in doctor’s offices and more than 450 Toronto pharmacies.

2015 Flu Clinic Schedule

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City of Toronto Sees A Spike In Raccoons With Canine Distemper

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October 28, 2015

City of Toronto Sees A Spike In Raccoons With Canine Distemper

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is a virus present in the raccoon population, but at low levels. Distemper cases in raccoons tend to spike in the fall.

Raccoons with distemper may approach people, or curl up to sleep in open areas in close proximity to people. They generally act disoriented or lethargic, but can become aggressive if cornered, and may have seizures.

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Complete Streets Photo Contest

Fairbank Village BIA

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Complete Streets Photo Contest

Complete streets are designed to consider all users and uses. Submit your photos to answer, "What makes a street feel more complete?" Winning photos will be displayed at City Hall, in Spacing Magazine, and used to inspire future street designs.

Prizes include: Your own vanity City of Toronto street sign; Gift certificates for Spacing Store; and Subscriptions to Spacing magazine.

Enter now at www.toronto.ca/completestreets

Submission deadline is October 31, 2015