Monday, May 6 – 4- 6 pm at St. Bruno’s Catholic School, 402 Melita Cres.
Tuesday, May 7 – 4- 6 pm at St. Alphonsus Catholic School, 60 Atlas Ave.
Wednesday, May 8 – 5-7 pm at McMurrich Public School, 115 Winona Dr.
Friday, May 10 – 4-6 pm at Humewood Community School, 15 Cherrywood Ave.
Monday, May 13 – 4-6 pm at J. R. Wilcox Public School, 231 Ava Rd.
Tuesday, May 14 – 4-6 pm at Cedarvale Community School, 145 Ava Rd.
First come, first served. Bring your own shovels and containers (no loading compost onto trucks).
For any further information you may contact: Lucy De Luca at (416) 392-0208.
The Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown is a 19 kilometre light rail transit line that will run along Eglinton Avenue through the heart of Toronto, with an underground central section. The line will connect Mount Dennis (at Black Creek Drive) in the west to Kennedy Road in the east, the new service will be up to 60% faster than bus service today.
What work is starting?
What: Crews will be relocating various utilities for the construction of the extraction and launch shafts at Eglinton Ave W and Allen Road. Initial relocation works and site preparations will begin in the month of April 2013.
Why: Extraction and launch shafts are required to be in place prior to the arrival of tunnel boring machines near the existing Eglinton Ave West station. For the construction of the extraction and launch shafts, many utilities need to be moved safely out of the way. Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, water mains, sewers, traffic street lighting and telephone lines may be relocated to allow for the installation of the extraction and launch shafts.
Where: The initial work zone will be extended west of Atlas Road to east of Allen Road North. The work zone will be located to the north side of Eglinton Ave West. Barriers will be used to separate the work zone from the traffic.
When: For this initial stage, beginning in April 2013, crews will begin to occupy a section of the roadway for relocation of utilities and site preparations. More stages of the work will follow and construction updates will be provided as the work is phased in the following months for the installation of the extraction and launch shafts. Some work may be rescheduled due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Stage 1 work will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction along Eglinton Ave W from west of Atlas Road to east of the north bound ramp of Allen Road North on Eglinton Ave W. Crews will be working on the north and centre lanes of Eglinton Ave West while the traffic will be diverted to the south side of Eglinton Ave West.
For this Stage 1, access to Park Hill Road will be closed from Eglinton Ave West for approximately a month. Initial works will include some site preparations for future long term construction.
Please take care when travelling near construction areas. Pedestrian walkways will remain open. Please watch for additional signs directing pedestrians. Paid Duty officers may be used as required at intersections or for various construction activities.
Due to the current volume of traffic in this area, traffic delays are expected in this area during construction.
Transit Stop Relocations
Both eastbound and westbound TTC stops in the affected area will be relocated for the safety of the transit riders. Watch for posted signs indicating the locations.
The hours of work as permitted by the by-law for this contract are between 7a.m. and 11p.m., seven days a week, when required. The contractor will not always work during the extended hours, but may do so at its discretion.
The City of Toronto will host a drop-in event next week to obtain public input as part of a study the City is undertaking on transportation operations in the downtown core.
The purpose of the Downtown Transportation Operations Study is to look at ways to improve mobility and safety in the downtown core. The study also aims to highlight solutions that support all user groups, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, drivers and those involved in moving goods across the city.
The drop-in event will take place in the rotunda at Metro Hall, 55 John St., on Wednesday, March 27 from noon to 9:30 p.m.
An online survey is available for the public to provide opinions on downtown transportation issues. The survey is available at http://www.toronto.ca/dtos.
StreetARToronto or StART is a new, pro-active grant program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. This year’s proposals are due April 15, 2013.
Last year, the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto (StART) supported 20 community-based organizations that created 48 murals in 18 wards & involved 67 artists! This year, we want community organizations in Ward 21 to submit proposals! Please forward this email to whomever you might think would be interested in participating in this project.
Murals can be located on public property and private property (with approval by the site’s owner). Please find below some possible sites for murals in ward 21. Feel free to bring forward other sites for consideration in your proposals.
· Bathurst Street rail bridge underpass (north of Dupont)
· Howland Street rail bridge underpass (north of Dupont)
· Bathurst Street retaining wall (north of Davenport – west side only)
· Frankel Lambert Park – sound wall north of the rail tracks (access off Melita Crescent)
StART’s mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art. StART provides up to $30,000 in funding for partnership projects that meet the following objectives:
· Enhance and promote Toronto’s vibrant street and graffiti art
· Revitalize communities
· Counteract graffiti vandalism
· Engage emerging and established local artists
Applicants must be incorporated non-profit or charitable organizations operating in the City of Toronto. Individual artists and artist collectives are encouraged to apply through a not-for-profit sponsor.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/streetart/ and applications can be downloaded at http://www.toronto.ca/streetart/part_application.htm. If you are unable to view any of the photos in this email, please visit joemihevc.com. This information will be posted there.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of these sites but would like some more information or assistance with the application process, please do not hesitate to contact StART program staff to discuss. Please email staff at email@example.com or contact: Lilie Zendel, Manager, StreetARToronto: 416-392-0855. You may also contact my office for more assistance at any time.
Councillor Joe Mihevc
February 28, 2013
Registration begins for Toronto-run summer camps
It’s time to start thinking about summer and what to do to help your children have a fun, safe and exciting experience. The City offers high quality camps across the city, at reasonable prices. Registration begins in early March for all of the Toronto-run camps.
Camps are available for three to 15-year-olds and offer a wide range of activities and adventures, including sports, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, gymnastics, nature, music, computers and more. Our camps are designed to suit a variety of interests, needs and abilities.
The registration dates for all four districts are:
Etobicoke York District: Saturday, March 2
Scarborough District: Sunday, March 3
North York District: Tuesday, March 5
Toronto and York District: Wednesday, March 6
How to register:
There are a number of ways to register:
Register online at www.toronto.ca/parks/torontofun beginning at 7 a.m. to midnight on the district’s registration date.
Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available from 7 a.m. to midnight. Call 416-338-0000 and follow the voice prompts.
Operator assisted registration is available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the initial registration day and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day following registration. Call
For in-person registration, visit the website or call 311 for locations and hours.
Camps fill quickly, and are filled on a first come, first served basis, so register early.
February 26, 2013
City of Toronto reminds residents about its level of snow clearing service
With the possibility of a sizable snowfall expected over the next 24 hours, the City of Toronto is reminding residents and businesses about the levels of snow clearing the City provides and what residents can do prior to a storm.
As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks to the expressways and the main roads. After this, the salt trucks will then move on to the local roads. If the City receives two centimetres of snow, the plows are sent to the expressways and, if five centimetres falls, plows go to the main roads and plowing will take place for the duration of the storm.
When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres, plows will be sent to the local roads. Snow clearing on the local roads is usually completed between 14-16 hours after the snow stops falling. During this time, snow service requests will not be taken by 311. Residents are also asked not to call 311 during the storm to ask when their street will be plowed.
The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after five centimetres of snow has fallen. In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place. To learn more about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto and to view a map of where the service takes place, click on www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow/sidewalks .
Here are some other tips for the public to consider:
If the snowfall is significant, consider working from home;
If the storm is severe, don’t drive if you don’t have to. This is for personal safety as well as to permit snow clearing operations to occur more efficiently;
If you must travel, please consider taking public transit;
Pick up any critical medications prior to the storm.
Winter Conversations continues Tuesday! Join me and panellists former Mayor David Crombie, City of Toronto Cultural Officers Christopher Jones & Kate Woodford and Tarragon Theatre’s General Manager Gideon Arthurs for a discussion about the arts, culture & heritage opportunities in Ward 21. I look forward to seeing you all there!