Humber Theatre Development OMB Update and October 30th BWVRA Community Meeting

On September 28, 2017, the first Pre-Hearing Conference at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) was held regarding the proposed Humber Theatre re-development.  During this meeting, all of the Parties and Participants, who have an interest in the proceedings, were identified and the next steps were proposed and agreed upon. Swansea Area Ratepayers, Bloor West Village Residents' Association (BWVRA), Arbour Memorial Building and a local resident, as well as the City, are all parties in this case. A second Pre-Hearing Conference was scheduled for February 7, 2018.

The Bloor West Village Residents' Association is having a community meeting on Monday, October 30, 2017, at7 pm, at the Humbercrest United Church's Hall (16 Baby Point Rd), to the north of the development site. At this meeting, BWVRA will be seeking residents' input on the redevelopment of this site. They will also be sharing the findings of the work of Ryerson Planning students, including a community survey about Committee of Adjustment.

Invictus Games Toronto 2017

The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 are coming to the city between September 23 – 30, 2017. There will be over 550 competitors who are wounded and injured active duty and veteran service members, invited from 17 nations and competing in 12 sports.

The cycling competition is taking place at High Park. Click here for a schedule of the cycling events in High Park.

The Time Trial event is Tuesday September 26, 9:00 am to 2:15 pm. The Criterium event takes place Wednesday September 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. No tickets are required.

Please note road closures will take place for cycling events. During these dates, the following roads in High Park will be closed to both vehicle and bicycle traffic:

September 22 from 12:01am to 12:00pm (ALL roads within High Park)
September 25 from 12:01am to 12:00pm (West Rd, Spring Rd, Centre Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)
September 26 from 12:01am to 3:00pm (West Rd, Spring Rd, Centre Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)
September 27 from 12:01am to 5:30pm (West Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)

Consider using the TTC, cycling or walking to the park on these days.

Off-leash dog walking will not be permitted on Spring Rd. during event times. Please have your dog on leash at all times during events.

For more information about the games, visit: http://www.invictusgames2017.com/

Here are the cycling course routes showing the start and finish points:

Invictus Criterium Course Map-1.jpg
Invictus Games Time Trial map-1.jpg

Toronto Police Budget Information Session - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Toronto Police Budget Information Session
Tuesday September 19, 2017
6pm to 7:30pm
Toronto Police Headquarters, 40 College St, 2nd Floor Auditorium

This budget session will include presentations about the police budget and present high level information about the Toronto Police 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets as well as the Parking Enforcement Unit and Police Services Board budgets. There will also be an opportunity for the community to ask questions. Background materials will be posted to www.tpsb.ca on Tuesday September 12, 2017.

Walk the 6 West: History on the Humber - Saturday, August 5

Tomorrow, Lambton House presents "Walk the 6 West: History on the Humber", a one-day moving theatrical event exploring some of the personalities from West Toronto's past. There are two departures, one from Old Mill Station (bus platform), and another from Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas St). The first walk is from 12 pm - 1:30 pm, and the second is from 2:30 pm - 4 pm.

Council Update: July 2017

TransformTO climate action plan  

After a month's delay I am thrilled to share that City Council unanimously approved the TransformTO action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto by 80 per cent by the year 2050. TransformTO identifies strategies and goals to transform Toronto's buildings and energy, transportation and waste systems by 2050. I was honoured to be a member of the committee that brought forward these recommendations, and look forward to implementing these actions across the City. Now, we need to get the necessary funding to implement this recommendations into the 2018 budget!

Implementation of Tenants First strategy     

Council approved the integration of City programs and services for seniors at more than 80 seniors-designated buildings in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) portfolio, as recommended in the Tenants First report. The seniors-designated buildings will be managed by a new entity separate from TCHC. In addition to this important work, I was happy a motion passed directing TCHC not to permanently close any additional housing units in 2018 or 2019.

King Street pilot project  

Council authorized the King Street transit pilot project between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets starting this fall. This pilot project is primarily about improving the speed and reliability of public transit on King Street, Toronto's busiest route for surface transit. A motion that Council adopted will give taxis greater freedom of movement than general traffic on King Street from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am to coincide with the theatre, restaurants, and bar closings.

The passing of my friend, Pam McConnell

Council ended abruptly with the tragic news that our college, Pam McConnell had passed away. Pam has been an influential player at City Hall for over 20 years. She has dedicated her life to social justice issues, leading the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy this term on Council. On a personal note, when I was a new Councillor, Pam was always willing to help, sharing her wisdom and advice. She was a great friend, and will be truly missed.  

Hydro One is working in Lambton Park

This summer, Hydro One will be working on the transmission line that runs through Lambton Park. Hydro One, together with Toronto Hydro, is making significant upgrades to its electricity infrastructure for the west end of Toronto. 

Shuttle bus re-routed due to subway closure

This coming weekend Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, the TTC is suspending service on Line 2, between Jane and Ossington stations, for TTC track and other maintenance upgrades. Shuttle buses will operate between these stations during the closure, including express buses going to the Honda Indy.

On Saturday, July 15, Bloor St will be closed for the Bloor West Street Fest and I wanted to let you know that the shuttle buses will be diverting onto local streets. A copy of the TTC notice with a map below, outlines the route and the details of the diversion.

Unfortunately my office was not made aware of this TTC service suspension in a timely fashion. Nor was my office made aware of the express buses being used to get people from the subway stations to the Honda Indy.

The BIA has spent several months organizing a larger street festival this year as a way of giving back to the community to thank them for their support of local businesses. Like me they were shocked and surprised to learn about the weekend subway closure.

I have spoken with both TTC and Transportation staff and expressed my deep dissatisfaction with the way this situation has been handled. I have requested that staff ensure that a significantly better job is done with all levels of communication concerning any future street and subway closures.

Kennedy Margdon Park Improvements

I have been working extensively with local residents and Parks staff since November 2016 on bringing about improvements to Kennedy Margdon Park. At the latest public meeting in June 2017, residents gave the green light on a design. Please see images to get an idea on some of the exciting enhancements that will take place beginning this fall 2017. If you have any questions, please contact my office at councillor_doucette@toronto.ca.  

Get your splash on!

All splash pads opened on Saturday, May 20 and will stay open through Sunday, September 17, 2017. City outdoor swimming pools opened on June 24 on partial schedules and will remain open until September 3, 2017. Wading pools are open Friday, June 30 through Sunday, September 3, 2017. 

See below for a full list of outdoor aquatic facilities and schedules around the city:
Outdoor pools
Wading Pools
Splash pads