65 High Park Ave Hydro Work Update

Toronto Hydro is replacing the transformer located at 65 High Park Avenue. Throughout this project, there will be planned outages to switch from the old to the new electrical system. Affected residents should have received this notice.

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Upcoming Lakeshore West Bridge Maintenance Work

Metrolinx is refurbishing a series of bridges in Toronto, around the Humber Bay.

This work will take place over the course of 9 weekends between Labour Day and December 2018. Work will begin each Friday evening and continue until the following Monday morning resulting in a full road closure in the vicinity of each bridge. The current schedule is as follows:

Colborne Lodge Drive: October 12 - 14
Parkside Drive: October 19 - 21
Ellis Avenue: October 26 - 28
Windermere Avenue: November 23 - 25
South Kingsway: November 30 – December 2

The Humber River Bridge will also be replaced, which will be ongoing each weekend until December 2nd.

Night Time Construction Work
Due to the complexity of these projects, weekend work will take place around the clock. Residents and businesses in neighbourhoods surrounding the bridges may notice:

  • vehicle and construction equipment backup alarms

  • sounds of installation of track and ballast

  • construction lighting

Intermittent Lane Closures
Contractors will display signage advising of partial closures and full detours for the five affected streets.

Following the completion of this work, partial lane closures allowing a single lane of traffic in each direction will be required at certain times. The tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Parkside Drive: September 20, 2018 - October 30, 2019

  • Colborne Lodge: October 15, 2018 - March 24, 2020

  • Ellis Ave: October 29, 2018 - March 25, 2020

  • Windermere Ave: November 26, 2018 - March 24, 2020

  • South Kingsway: March 11, 2019 - September 20, 2019

 

High Park Nature Centre Pumpkin Float - October 28th

Come carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds!  Meet at the wading pool in the northwest corner of High Park, just west of the main entrance to High Park at Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue.

Proceeds will send a class from a high needs school on a field trip to the High Park Nature Centre this fall!! Price: $3 per Pumpkin

Date: October 28th
Time: 4pm - 6 pm
Location: High Park Forest School

Navigating the Dementia Care System Workshop

Navigating the Dementia Care System Workshop
Annette Street Library, 145 Annette St
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This workshop will provide caregivers with an overview of services available for people with dementia and their caregivers. Services reviewed include dental care, housing, some OHIP covered services, respite services, financial assistance and tax credits.

Upcoming rail bridge maintenance work

Metrolinx will soon be starting rail bridge maintenance work along the Lakeshore West Corridor.

Work will begin each Friday evening and continue until the following Monday morning resulting in a full road closure in the vicinity of each bridge. Current schedule is as follows:

• Colborne Lodge Drive: October 12 - 14
• Parkside Drive: October 19 - 21
• Ellis Avenue: October 26 - 28
• Windermere Avenue: November 23 - 25
• South Kingsway: November 30 – December 2

Following the completion of this work, partial lane closures allowing a single lane of traffic in each direction will be required at certain times. Tentative schedule is as follows:

• Parkside Drive: September 20, 2018 - October 30, 2019
• Colborne Lodge: October 15, 2018 - March 24, 2020
• Ellis Ave: October 29, 2018 - March 25, 2020
• Windermere Ave: November 26, 2018 - March 24, 2020
• South Kingsway: March 11, 2019 - September 20, 2019

Learn more at metrolinx.com/LakeshoreWestBridges

Hurricane Hazel Walk - October 13th

Saturday, October 13, 2018
10 AM - 12:30 PM
START: Old Mill Subway Station
Leader: Madeleine McDowell

Join Madeleine McDowell on this historical walk along the Humber River between Old Mill Station and Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street).  The walk has steep stairs down to the path and a 2.6 km walk along the river banks where Hurricane Hazel flooded the bridge and shores. Walk includes historical pictures and a cup of tea at Lambton House.

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TTC Express Network

TTC has added express bus routes and is making changes to existing ones. A new route coming to our ward on October 7th is the 989 Weston Express (running from Keele Subway). The 195 Jane Rocket (express from Jane Subway) has been renamed and has become the 935 Jane Express as of Sunday, September 2nd. More about the TTC's new and expanded express bus networks here: bit.ly/2IvGYgU

TOwaste App

New TOwaste App!
Find out what waste items go where, what waste to put out when and where to donate items or find City Drop-off Depots with the new TOwaste App.

Key features include:
The Waste Wizard search tool with information on how to properly dispose of over 2,000 items.
Collection schedules for daytime curbside customers.
The ability to set reminders for your collection day and opt-in for alerts about service changes.
Information about where to find donation locations or City Drop-off Depots.

The TOwaste App is free to download and available for iOS and Android devices. Download today!

2018 Toronto municipal election proxy certificates available

2018 Toronto municipal election proxy certificates are available starting tomorrow. Eligible electors who are unable to vote for any reason on the available voting days, may appoint another eligible elector to vote on their behalf by completing and submitting a Voting Proxy Appointment form. A voting proxy must be an eligible voter in the City of Toronto’s municipal election and someone who the elector trusts to vote in accordance to their wishes.

Proxy information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/elections/voters.

Residents can vote for their favourite 'green' places, spaces and businesses

Toronto residents invited to vote for their favourite 'green' places, spaces and businesses

The City of Toronto today launched Toronto's Greenest Choice, a campaign that invites residents to vote for the places, spaces and businesses that help make Toronto one of the greenest cities in North America.

Residents can vote for their favourites in 25 categories, including farmers markets, second-hand shops, bike shops, local craft breweries, hiking trails, urban gardens and more. If a resident's favourite is missing from the list of contenders in a category, they can add it.

The winner in each category will be determined by popular vote. Voting closes Friday, October 7. Winners will be announced in early November.

Residents 18 years of age or older who complete the poll are eligible to win prizes, including a commuter bike, "Total ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) Experience" passes and Live Green Toronto prize packs.

The 2018 Toronto's Greenest Choice poll is available at livegreentoronto.ca.

High Park Pathway Improvements Construction Beginning

Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PF&R) - Capital will be undertaking improvements to the High Parks'  Grenadier Pond Path (Area A in map) and the Spring Road Pathway (Area B in map).
See below drawing, illustrating limits of both areas.
The current schedule is to commence on-site operations the week of October 8th (after Thanksgiving).
PF&R anticipate construction operations to take between 4-6 weeks (weather permitting).
They have coordinated with the Trackless Train Group to not have the train run along Grenadier Pond Path after Thanksgiving weekend.
City Construction Signs will be posted in the Park, along the pathways, prior to work commencing.

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My thoughts on the 25 ward system and my plans for the future

Dear friends and neighbours in Ward 13,

For the past eight years I have had the tremendous honour of representing you as your City Councillor. It has been a joy to work with you, the residents of the Junction, High Park, Bloor West Village, Baby Point, Warren Park, and my own neighbourhood of Swansea.

As a team we have worked together to protect what is important to our community, and bring in new tools and features to improve our ward. From our first fights to save the High Park Zoo and rebuild the Jamie Bell Castle Playground, to our recent work creating safe school zones across the ward, implementing the Bloor West Avenue Study, High Park Character Study, and the upcoming Bloor West and Junction Heritage Conservation Districts we have been at our greatest when we work together to achieve what's best for our community.

When I decided to run for office over eight years ago, it was because I wanted to make a difference in the day-to-day lives of our community. I have always been a Councillor that prefers to help solve the problems on the street, rather than sit in committee rooms discussing policy. As we move towards the 25 ward system, I am sad to think that the hands-on community activity must be replaced, as Councillors' roles will have to focus primarily on city wide issues, with the day-to-day operations being left to staff. With the role of Councillor changing I had to decide where my heart lies.

For that reason, upon much reflection, I have made the difficult decision not to run for re-election under the 25 Ward system. I want to thank all those that have reached out to me over the past year to show their support, offering a donation, to take a lawn sign, or to help knock on doors. I want to thank the brilliant residents I have had the honour of working beside over the past eight years as we build our community. Finally, I want to thank Ward 13 as a whole for being the best place to represent in the City of Toronto. 

With love, 
Sarah

Lambton Arena Updates

Shelter at Lambton Arena is now closed
The temporary respite centre at Lambton Arena is now closed, and staff are now preparing the rink for the 2018-2019 hockey season. A new respite centre has been opened at Lake Shore and Bathurst and all the residents of Lambton were offered a place there. Thank you once again to all in the community that helped out during the past couple of months.  

Hockey Season resumes at Lambton Arena!
The season for winter sports is just around the corner and Warren Park Hockey League is happy to announce they are gearing up for the 2018/2019 season at Lambton Arena. Registration is open and you can find more information at warrenparkhockey.com.