Council Update: November 2017

GO station at Park Lawn  
I was happy to stand with neighbouring Councillor Mark Grimes, as Council agreed to ask staff to work with Metrolinx to make the establishment of a GO station at Park Lawn a priority as part of the Lakeshore West GO rail. Metrolinx has not included a Park Lawn station in its 10-year shortlist of stations identified for expansion. This station could play an important role to future transportation needs in the southern portion of our ward.

Bike lanes on Bloor
I voted with Council to maintain the eastbound and westbound cycle tracks (separated bike lanes) on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street and Avenue Road as a permanent installation following a pilot project. The intention is to improve safety for all road users while minimizing the impact on businesses and curbside operations.

Pilot project for electric vehicles  
I have been hearing an increased concern over the past couple of years regarding the lack of support for electric vehicles in residential neighbourhoods. To look into this concern, Council authorized a one-year pilot project for residential on-street charging stations for electric vehicles at two locations in each of Wards 19, 30 and 32 as well as at a location near Toronto Hydro’s facilities on Commissioners Street. I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot, and what could be done in ward 13 in the future.