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

Public Meeting for proposed Great West Life Development - May 18, 2017

City Planning is holding a Community Consultation meeting about the application for 35, 41-63 High Park Ave and 66 and 102-116 Pacific Ave. Bring your questions and voice your comments:

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor

The applicant proposes the demolition of two existing blocks of 2 storey rental townhouses (20 units) and the elimination of four 2-bedroom units to facilitate the development of four new apartment buildings, having building heights of 39, 34, 29 and 8 storeys having a combined total of 1,031 new rental units and 1,795m2 of retail floor area. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information here

High Park - Children's Garden Staircase Recommencement - Road Closure

Work is recommencing to reconstruct the dilapidated wooden Children's Garden Staircase in High Park, leading from Colborne Lodge Drive down to Grenadier Pond, into a metal staircase. This will require Colborne Lodge Road to be closed to vehicles from West Road, just south of the Grenadier Restaurant, to the Queensway so the prefabricated metal sections of stairs and landings can be brought on-site and installed with a Crane. The City anticipates that the road will be closed for a period of two weeks (weather permitting), from Tuesday, May 23rd to Friday, June 1st.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the road up to the service pathway to the north and the Children's Garden to the south. The road will however be closed to pedestrians and cyclists at the construction site. They will not be able to traverse directly from West Road to the Queensway on Colborne Lodge Road.

The Children's Garden will be open. Children and teachers will be escorted by Children's Garden Staff to and from the facility. Colborne Lodge will also be open but visitors will not be able to drive directly there using Colborne Lodge Road. Signs will be posed by Park Staff at the High Park entryways, the Colborne Lodge Road closure locations and at the work site.