Following the changes to the ward boundaries, and the addition of three new wards, the Community Council boundaries need to be realigned. The City is now asking for resident feedback to hear what you think.
Community Councils are where local issues are heard, debated, and voted on. For some, the final decision falls to Community Council, while others go to City Council for a final vote. If you have ever deputed regarding a development, a street safety issue, or a local concern in our ward, it would have been at our Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC). While it does not get the media attention that other committees do, decisions made here have some of the greatest effects on what is happening directly in our community.
For a long time I, as well as some of our resident associations, have expressed concerns about our location in the EYCC. While we have wonderful staff, the issues that face the communities in Etobicoke can be very different from our ward. Our neighbourhoods have much more in common with communities to our east, like Wallace Emmerson, Roncesvalles, and Dovercourt. Being separated from these communities has drawn an artificial boundary which has created a division in regards to traffic and parking rules, cycling infrastructure, speed limits, and how we handle the developments on our major streets.
One proposal, "Option B" creates two Community Council's out of the former Toronto East York Community Council. One would consist of all the wards that primarily were part of the west side of the Old City of Toronto, including our newly expanded ward. I feel this option would be best for our communities going forward, and I will be informing staff of my views.
That being said, this is not my decision. It is up to the residents of our City to be heard. I encourage you to read through the information provided by the City, and submit your views. This is an important change for our ward, so please make sure your voice is heard!