Recreation Activities + Attractions Available during Labour Day Long Weekend

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The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors over the Labour Day long weekend.


Outdoor pools, beaches, wading pools and splash pads

The following 10 outdoor pools will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Labour Day:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Pool, 779 Crawford St.
  • Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
  • Grandravine Outdoor Pool, 23 Grandravine Dr.
  • Heron Park Outdoor Pool, 292 Manse Rd.
  • McGregor Park Outdoor Pool, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Pine Point Outdoor Pool, 15 Grierson Rd.
  • Riverdale Park East Outdoor Pool, 550 Broadview Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool, 59 Forest Manor Rd.
  • West Mall Outdoor Pool, 380 The West Mall


City outdoor pools and wading pools will close for the summer season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 2. All indoor pools will be closed on Labour Day.


Splash pads will be accessible on Labour Day and will remain open for the summer season until Sunday, September 16. 


The City’s swimming beaches will be open and supervised on Labour Day from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. More information is available at


Parents are reminded to supervise children at all times when children are in and around water. More information about swimming is available at


Toronto Island Park

Toronto’s largest downtown park, Toronto Island Park, is a great place to walk, cycle, picnic and view the City’s skyline this Labour Day.

Ferry tickets can be purchased online at to save time at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located at the foot of Bay Street). 

Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead to get the most out of their visit. Information about Toronto Island Park amenities is available at


All five City-run golf courses will be open and will offer holiday rates on Labour Day. Fling golf is now available at Dentonia and Tam O’Shanter. Fling golf can be played on a golf course, with a golf ball, alongside golfers, and is scored the same way as golf. Instead of hitting the ball with a golf club, players fling the ball with a fling stick. More information about hours and locations is available at


Tennis courts 
All public tennis court sites will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information on tennis is available at
Riverdale Farm 
Riverdale Farm is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth pigs, goat kids and sheep. These represent animals commonly found on a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. Riverdale Farm is open from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at, by calling 311 or at

High Park Zoo 
Toronto’s oldest zoo has entertained people for over 120 years. The zoo houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free. More information is available at


A variety of flowers are in full bloom at Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory. Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including Labour Day. Admission is free. More information is available at or by calling Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288 or Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543. 


Bike and skate parks

Skateboarders and bike riders in Toronto who want to practice their moves have many options to choose to from. The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, with something for everyone whether it is transition skating in a figure-eight shaped bowl or street-style skating on ledges, banks, rails and more. More information is available at


Historic Sites

Eight of the City’s 10 Toronto History Museums will be open on the long weekend and two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York and Spadina Museum, will be open on Labour Day. Hours and activities vary by location. More details are available at​


Fort York National Historic Site and its Visitor Centre at 250 Fort York Blvd. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature tours and ongoing exhibitions. Regular admission applies. 


Spadina Museum at 285 Spadina Rd. will present afternoon tours themed on the Austin family, which made Spadina its home. Regular admission applies, with the museum open from noon to 5 p.m.


Recreation Centres

City recreation centres will be closed on Labour Day and drop-in programming will not be available.


Public transit

TTC service will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Monday, September 3. More information is available at


Other municipal facilities and services

City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday, September 3. The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will also be closed on Labour Day.


Note: City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in City parks.

Differences Between Mobile WYSP, School WYSP and School Safety Zones

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Mobile WYSP School WYSP School Safety Zone
Temporary pole-mounted speed display sign Pole-mounted speed display signs Pole-mounted speed display signs

Rotate locations on a monthly basis


Permanent installation, prior to installation of School Safety Zone


Permanent installation as part of School Safety Zone


Operates on any local or collector road


Installed in school zones only that meet mandatory requirements


Installed in school zones only


Operates 7 days a week


Operates 7 days a week


Operates 7 days a week

Toronto City Council Meeting Highlights from July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018

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Council Highlights is an informal summary of some of the decisions Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk’s formal documentation is available at


Response to proposed reduction of Council’s size   

Council voted to convey its opposition to the Ontario government’s stated intention to legislate a reduction in the size of Toronto City Council and supported various motions, including to ask the province to conduct a binding referendum on the number and boundaries of Toronto’s wards before proceeding with any such legislation. It was decided that if the provincial government does not conduct the referendum, Council will seek permission for the City to include a question about wards and councillors on Toronto’s 2018 election ballot. The City Solicitor was asked to prepare an options report and be ready provide advice to Council at a special meeting to be held August 20.


Actions addressing gun violence   

Council adopted a report with recommendations to address Toronto’s problem with gun violence, specifying actions by the City and requesting other orders of government to help address the problem of gun violence in Toronto. The report’s recommendations include expanding current City and Toronto Police Service initiatives for youth and undertaking other initiatives such as policing technology known as ShotSpotter. Increased funding for several specified programs received Council’s authorization.


Seizure of illegal guns  

A motion that Council adopted will result in a request for the Toronto Police Services Board, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Province of Ontario each to adopt and implement a seize-and-destroy procedure for disposing of illegal guns and ammunition seized and confiscated by law-enforcement agencies.


Safety inspections – City buildings  

Council approved a series of recommendations to ensure that City buildings are in compliance with fire code regulations and to ensure that inspections are carried out by qualified, reputable contractors. The action follows an investigation by the City’s Auditor General.


Construction of affordable housing    

Council approved City funding and financial incentives for 893 affordable rental homes across the city to support the provision of affordable housing through the Open Door Program. An additional 422 mid-range rental homes were approved through the provincial Development Charges Rebate Program. Council also agreed to review the definition of “affordability” under the Official Plan.


Construction staging  

Council adopted a motion calling for the City to consult with the development industry on eliminating its practice of occupying the public right-of-way for construction purposes. In addition, staff were asked to report on possibly requiring developers to provide construction plans with their rezoning applications to demonstrate they can build what they are proposing without negatively affecting the community. Use of traffic lanes to stage construction causes traffic bottlenecks and can create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.


Disturbing images in public places  

Council agreed to ask staff to review and enforce current City bylaws designed to protect members of the public from harm, including provisions for keeping streets and sidewalks unobstructed. The motion that Council adopted came in response to public complaints about a group displaying large posters with “extremely graphic, disturbing” images that children and other captive audiences are confronted with when using the sidewalks where the posters are displayed.


Dust from residential construction    

Council supported establishing a bylaw aimed at minimizing dust from the construction of residential properties, with fines for non-compliance. The bylaw identifies various procedures and technologies that can be used to minimize dust. Residential properties for the purpose of this bylaw do not include multi-residential buildings.


Midtown in Focus   

Council adopted the final Midtown in Focus report as a comprehensive new planning framework for the Yonge-Eglinton area in Midtown Toronto, with related amendments to the Official Plan and a new Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan. Midtown in Focus provides policy direction for ensuring that the area develops as a complete, diverse community. Council also endorsed a related plan for parks/public realm and a strategy for community services/facilities.


Changes to development incentive program  

Council approved a new city-wide Community Improvement Plan that implements changes to the Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology incentive program. The program, introduced in 2008, provides tax incentives to encourage the renovation or construction of buildings in targeted employment sectors and fosters brownfield remediation by way of development grants or property-tax cancellation.


Appointment of chief financial officer

Council approved the appointment of Heather Taylor as the City’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She will assume the role on September 4, joining the three Deputy City Managers who work closely with the City Manager. The CFO is responsible for setting the City’s overall strategic and financial direction by establishing objectives aligned with Council’s priorities.


Phasing out plastic straws   

Council supported calling for the establishment of a City policy restricting the use of plastic straws in Toronto as part of a broader effort addressing single-use products/packaging and blue-box contamination. The Solid Waste Management Services division was asked to accelerate its planning for the reduced use of single-use or “takeaway” packaging and products, and to undertake public/stakeholder consultation this fall for a report in early 2019.


Organic waste processing    

Council authorized staff to negotiate and enter into agreements necessary to operate, maintain or make capital improvements to the Disco Road organics processing facility so the City can continue using it to process source-separated organics in the years ahead. Council also supported taking steps at the appropriate time to assess potentially having City staff operate the facility rather than using external, contracted services. Solid Waste Management Services expects to collect about 170,600 tonnes of organic waste this year. 


Promotion of community ice skating   

Council agreed to direct staff, working with local councillors, to implement pilot skate-exchange events before the coming outdoor skating season. Priority will be given to holding such events in neighbourhood improvement areas. In addition, Council asked Parks, Forestry and Recreation to formalize a skate-lending program based on a program piloted last winter, with community groups across the city to provide skate-lending this winter using equipment provided by the City.


Honouring Pam McConnell    

Council approved naming the City’s aquatic centre in Regent Park in honour of the late Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, making it the Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre. July was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Deputy Mayor McConnell. As a downtown councillor, she championed the revitalization of Regent Park and led the process to build community supports, including construction of the aquatic facility.


Honouring Dudley Laws  

Council supporting consulting with the family of Dudley Laws and the Black Action Defense Committee to identify naming opportunities to officially recognize the late Dudley Laws for his important contributions to Toronto. Laws, a community activist and champion for social justice, founded the Black Action Defense Committee and was a central figure in changing the way Ontario investigates its police services. He died in 2011 at age 76.


Gender equity strategy   

Council adopted a motion calling for the City to work on a gender equity strategy and on establishing a gender equity office at the City. Staff have been directed to report to the Executive Committee on specifics in early 2019.  The overall goal is to ensure that the voices and experiences of women and girls are recognized in the City’s decision-making.


Toronto’s long-term care homes    

Council voted to ask the Long-Term Care Homes and Services division to provide better supports for seniors living with dementia in the City’s 10 long-term care homes by implementing measures inspired by care-based programs such as the Butterfly and Greenhouse Project models. Those models are emotion-centred service models of care for residents with dementia. The undertaking is to start with a pilot project at one site.


Toronto 311 review   

A motion calling for a review of response-time standards for Toronto 311 intake calls and emails from the public was adopted. The motion that Council supported specifies a series of actions to support improving service. Toronto 311 was established to help residents, businesses and visitors report issues and initiate necessary municipal work any time by phoning 311 or emailing


Appeals by dog owners          

Council decided to replace the City’s current tribunal that hears appeals from dog owners who have received a Dangerous Dog Order from the City. The current tribunal of five City staff will be replaced early next year with a Dangerous Dog Review Tribunal that consists of public members appointed by Council.


Preserving Kensington Market  

Council voted to enact a bylaw for the Kensington Market Neighbourhood Heritage Conservation District Study Area for one year to prohibit the demolition or removal of any buildings or structures on identified commercial and mixed-use properties. Staff are working on a “made-in-Kensington” approach to a heritage conservation district plan for the neighbourhood, which is expected to take about a year to complete. 


Future of City’s Lancaster airplane    

Council approved the transfer of the City’s FM104 Lancaster bomber to the British Columbia Aviation Museum for the vintage military airplane’s continued restoration and public display there. The museum is to cover costs. The British-designed Avro Lancaster, one of the most famous bombers of the Second World War, has been in storage for many years.


Preserving heritage oak tree  

Council took steps to preserve a 250-year-old oak tree on private property in North York, authorizing staff to negotiate the acquisition of the property at 76 Coral Gable Dr. in North York, subject to a successful arboricultural assessment of the tree. At least 50 per cent of the cost will be funded from private donations.




Volume 21   Issue 6

Council Highlights, a summary of selected decisions made by Toronto City Council, is produced by Strategic Communications.

Formal documentation of City Council decisions:

Questions about Council meetings and decisions: or 416-392-8016

Information about distribution of this summary:

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Leading Pedestrian Signals & Ward 5 Locations

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The Leading Pedestrian Interval (LPI) program provides an advanced walk signal so that pedestrians begin to cross the street before vehicles get a green signal.

The purpose of LPI is to provide pedestrians an advantage over turning vehicles at intersections where it is determined that pedestrians, wishing to enter the crosswalk, were being hindered by aggressive right turns.

The LPI is used to improve motorist yielding behaviour toward pedestrians in a crosswalk. The LPI is particularly helpful for older pedestrians, as they may take longer to occupy the crosswalk following the start of a “walk” indication, making them less obvious to turning motorists.

Taken from the City of Toronto website


Ward 5 has four LPI’s! Those locations are:

Dundas St W & Mabelle Ave

Islington Ave & Norseman St

Islington Ave & Jutland Rd

The East Mall & Yard Rd

City of Toronto to Create Renewable Natural Gas from Green Bin Organic Waste

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News Release

July 20, 2018

The City, in partnership with Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., will begin installing new equipment at the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility later this year. The new equipment will allow the City and Enbridge to transform the raw biogas produced from processing Toronto’s Green Bin organics into renewable natural gas (RNG) and inject that gas into the natural gas grid. Once in the grid, the City will be able to use the RNG to fuel its collection trucks. The first cubic metre of RNG is expected to be produced by the third quarter of 2019.


“This project represents a path to low-carbon fuel for the City and will play an important role in helping us reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050,” said Mayor Tory. “I’m committed to working with City Council and City staff to ensure we are meeting our climate change action goals and to creating a more sustainable Toronto.”


This project is one of the first of its kind in Canada and North America and will allow the City to reduce fuel costs for its fleet of collection trucks and significantly reduce its carbon footprint.


“The Dufferin Organics Processing Facility is one of two state-of-the-art City facilities that use innovative pre-processing and anaerobic digestion technology to break down organic material,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “Introducing RNG production at the site further emphasizes its status as a leading sustainable solid waste management facility.”


The RNG project supports the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and move toward a circular economy by using a closed-loop approach in which organics collection trucks are ultimately powered by the waste product they collect.


“This project is an important investment in green infrastructure in Ward 8,” said Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West).


The City is partnering with Enbridge on the design and construction of the new equipment as well as its operation and maintenance for the first 15 years.


“There is little debate that we need to look for cleaner or lower carbon energy options to heat our homes and move our vehicles. While traditional natural gas is the cleanest-burning conventional fuel, RNG is the first step in ‘greening’ the natural gas system,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President, Utilities and Power Operations, Enbridge Inc. “The City of Toronto has recognized this, and I commend Mayor Tory for seeing this vision through, and we look forward to additional opportunities as a result of this partnership.”


Current estimates suggest that the Dufferin RNG facility will produce approximately 5.3 million cubic metres of RNG per year – enough to power 132 heavy duty garbage trucks or about 90 per cent of the City’s solid waste collection fleet. This is the first of four waste-to-RNG production opportunities identified by the City.


A Backgrounder with further details is available on the City’s website:


About Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. has a 170-year history and is Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution, and has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past eight years. Enbridge Gas Distribution distributes natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario.

For more information, visit Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @EnbridgeGas.


Toronto City Council meeting of June 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2018

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Council Highlights


Council Highlights is an informal summary of a selection of the decisions that Toronto City Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk’s formal documentation is available at


Increased funding to support road safety  

Council agreed to spend substantial additional funds on top of $21.3 million that was already budgeted this year to improve and accelerate the implementation of road-safety measures identified in the City’s Vision Zero strategy. The road-safety measures to be pursued include traffic-calming projects, street-design work and potentially the expansion of Toronto’s red-light camera program.


Safety zones near schools  

Council voted to amend certain City bylaws with the intention of making hundreds of Toronto schools eligible for automated speed enforcement under Ontario’s Safer School Zones Act. The amendments will also enable the City to double speeding fines in key walking and cycling routes to and from schools. The goal is to help reduce aggressive driving/speeding in areas that have a high concentration of schoolchildren.


Addressing gun violence in Toronto  

Council agreed to call for an emergency meeting of City officials together with police and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to address the increase in gun and gang violence. Council also supported making requests to the Ontario and federal governments, including on legislation to control firearms, a review of guidelines on granting bail in cases involving possession or use of illegal firearms, and changes to the Highway Traffic Act to strengthen the deterrent to having an unlawfully possessed firearm in a vehicle.


Planning for shelter infrastructure    

Council approved a plan that addresses shelter infrastructure in Toronto, with various actions pertaining to respite services and refugee/asylum claimants in Toronto. Council agreed to advise the governments of Canada and Ontario that the City has exhausted its resources for meeting the housing needs of current refugee/asylum claimants who are using Toronto’s shelter system. Council also agreed to reiterate its request for a regional response on this issue.


New committee on housing and shelter  

Council voted to establish a Housing Committee with the mandate to monitor and make recommendations on housing and shelter in Toronto. This new standing committee replaces the Affordable Housing Committee, which was a special committee of Council. Having a standing committee on housing will help direct more City resources to housing and increase the amount of affordable housing that Council approves for construction.


Appointment of City Manager      

Council appointed Chris Murray to the position of City Manager, the most senior official in the City of Toronto’s administration. The City Manager is accountable to City Council for policies and programs delivered by the Toronto Public Service. Interim City Manager Giuliana Carbone will resume her position and duties as Deputy City Manager, Cluster A when Murray starts work at the City on August 13. The former City Manager, Peter Wallace, left the City earlier this year.


Security at Toronto City Hall      

Council approved the implementation of physical checks of baggage as people enter Toronto City Hall and the use of metal detectors at entrances to the council chamber, among other measures for enhancing security. The goal is to maintain an accessible, safe and secure Toronto City Hall while providing a reasonable level of protection from foreseeable threats.


Community councils   

Council voted to amend the City of Toronto Municipal Code by adopting community council boundaries that take effect on December 1. The amendment makes minor adjustments to capture the city’s new 47-ward structure (instead of the current 44 wards) and extends the western boundary of the Toronto and East York Community Council from Keele Street to the Humber River by moving the new Ward 17 from Etobicoke York Community Council to Toronto and East York Community Council. Map:


Response to opioid overdose crisis     

Council supported Board of Health recommendations for the opioid overdose crisis in the context of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, including actions specified for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Toronto Public Health has worked with City divisions and community partners to implement the action plan over the past year. Council also approved the use of one-time provincial funding for additional staff and supplies to support the supervised injection service at 277 Victoria St.


Capital projects – greenhouse gas reduction   

Council agreed to authorize receipt of about $52 million in provincial funding under the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge program. The funds are to be distributed among 10 major City projects that will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. In addition, undertaking these projects – such as retrofits to emergency vehicles in the City’s fleet – is expected to achieve long-term operating cost savings through efficiencies. These projects and others like them are tied to the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy.


Minimum wage  

Council affirmed its support for the minimum wage increasing to $15 an hour starting January 1 and agreed to encourage the Ontario government to not rescind the law increasing the minimum wage. Last year, the previous Ontario government passed a bill raising the minimum wage to $14 an hour for 2018 and to $15 an hour effective January 1, 2019.


Improvements to bus and subway service   

Council approved a Toronto Transit Commission plan to hire 84 additional staff to support implementing measures to improve transit service. Specifically, the measures aim to improve reliability on Line 1 (the Yonge subway line), relieve peak crowding on 20 bus routes and off-peak crowding on 14 bus routes, and implement seven new express services in peak periods on a trial basis.


Services in the east downtown area   

Council adopted a 12-month action plan for the east downtown area. The plan is a response to Council’s earlier request for short-term and five-year action plans that address the community’s needs and related service co-ordination. Downtown East, as the area is known, faces complex challenges related to poverty, homelessness, housing affordability, community safety, mental health and opioid-related drug use and overdoses.


Student nutrition  

Council agreed to increase funding of the City’s student nutrition program by about $2 million this year, bringing the total subsidy to about $14 million for 2018. The Medical Officer of Health received authorization to enter into agreements with two organizations that will administer the funding and distribute it among eligible student nutrition programs at schools across Toronto. The six-year municipal funding plan for the student nutrition program is now in its final year.   


Trail naming to honour Ron Moeser  

Council approved naming the waterfront trail that runs through Ward 44 Scarborough East “Ron Moeser Trail” in honour of former City Councillor Ron Moeser, who died last year while he was Ward 44’s representative on City Council. Consultation with the Moeser family and the community led to the trail-naming proposal. Ron Moeser worked for many years as a proponent for creating a waterfront park and trail system in the Lake Ontario shoreline area of east Scarborough.


Bloor Street West bike lanes  

Council directed staff to immediately undertake improvements to “corridor safety” along the Bloor Street West bike lane route. A focus of work to be undertaken is improved separation of bike lanes from vehicle-traffic lanes and management of turns for better safety at intersections.


Sex education in schools  

Council voted to affirm its support for comprehensive sex education as provided in Ontario’s current public education curriculum.


Safe Third Country agreement  

Council agreed to ask the Canadian government to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States “due to the actions taken by the United States government, in particular the policy of separating children from parents who are seeking refugee status.” The Safe Third Country Agreement requires refugee claimants to request protection in the first safe country they arrive in unless the claimant qualifies for an exception.


Planning framework for laneway suites    

Council approved the establishment of a planning framework for laneway suites in neighbourhoods in the Toronto and East York district, making them a new as-of-right housing option, subject to certain criteria. The approval covers implementation measures and the introduction of a pilot program for affordable rental units as part of the Changing Lanes initiative. The City is preparing guidelines detailing application requirements and other practical information about laneway suites.


Support for Finch Avenue West businesses  

A motion that Council supported will result in the City working with Metrolinx transit agency on ways to support Finch Avenue businesses and residents during the construction period of the Metrolinx Finch Avenue West LRT (light-rail transit) project. Construction work, now started, will continue until the scheduled opening of the transit line in 2023.


Galleria Mall lands project      

Council authorized City staff to enter into a land exchange agreement that will facilitate the redevelopment of the Galleria Mall at Dufferin and Dupont Streets. The shopping-centre site will be demolished and replaced with a large-scale, mixed-use development that includes the provision of affordable housing. As part of the project for a complete community, the nearby Wallace Emerson Community Centre will be replaced and Wallace Emerson Park will be enlarged and redesigned.



Toronto City Council special meeting on June 26


Appointment of Councillor for Ward 41

At a special meeting of Council that was held before the regular business meeting on June 26, City Council heard candidates’ presentations and voted to appoint Miganoush Megardichian as the councillor for Ward 41 Scarborough-Rouge River. The appointment, which fills the vacancy resulting from Chin Lee’s resignation, will be in effect until the end of the current term of Council (November 30, 2018).




Volume 21   Issue 5


Council Highlights, a summary of selected decisions made by Toronto City Council, is produced by Strategic Communications.


Formal documentation of City Council decisions:


Questions about Council meetings and decisions: or 416-392-8016


Information about distribution of this summary:


Previous editions:

Arts in the Parks – Ward 5 Etobicoke

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Arts in the Parks has begun its 2018 season, returning to neighbourhoods throughout Toronto once again. In collaboration with PFR, Toronto Arts Council, and Park People, Toronto Arts Foundation is supporting free theatre, dance, music and community arts performances, and workshops in parks outside the downtown-core.


Last year Arts in the Parks brought over 300 events to city parks for over 155,000 Torontonians to enjoy, assisted by 250 community volunteers. Arts in the Parks 2018 will support more outstanding events, spotlight new parks, and, for the first time, offer an opportunity for neighbourhood artists to be highlighted in pre-event activities in selected parks.


There will be two exceptional groups of artists working in #ward5etobicoke:


The Tune Your Ride Collective’s goal is to create fun, interactive, bicycle-powered arts events that celebrate and showcase local musical talent while cultivating community. On July 26th, 2018 they will bring the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival Sunset Series to Bell Manor Park.  This will be one of a series of free outdoor pedal-powered concerts taking place in our city this summer.


Arts Etobicoke supports established and aspiring artists alike through arts education, advocacy, and community space. On September 14th, 2018 they will present the second annual Park Party at Bell Manor Park. The event celebrates a summers worth of community gatherings through performances, free food, hands-on activities, as well as the unveiling of a fence art installation.


We encourage you to visit our website to read more about Arts in the Parks, and visit the photo gallery: 


Arts in the Parks focuses on encouraging community building, enjoyment of local parks, and offering arts events for residents and tourists of all ages.

Background on the Issue of Underground Hydro

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An Explanation from Toronto Hydro:

Recent events such as the flood and the ice storm have had significant impacts on Toronto Hydro’s system. Standards today are now much more robust as a result of these events not to mention an ongoing experience/awareness/education around lifespans of our infrastructure, increased safety and improved resilience to severe weather both today and into the future. For example current modelling projections suggest a doubling of annual ice storms in the GTA by 2050 and there are many other climate change conditions forecasted to impact our service.

The pole’s we install today are wider and taller. We also use different span distances and provide for more anchoring (wires and poles). This storm hardening of our infrastructure is happening across the City of Toronto and in fact all across North America.

With regards to the undergrounding options there are additional factors to consider. Undergrounding our infrastructure often makes sense during new construction as opposed to existing. Establishing right of way, conduits, cable chambers and submersible transformer housings is significantly easier in areas where we don’t have to work with or around existing underground infrastructure such as water, sewage, telecommunications, transportation services, etc. Not to mention potentially having homeowners relocate service to their homes, possible electric panel box relocations, moving meters and stand masts, disturbing landscaping, etc. As soon as you start digging, these other services get disrupted and the project scope grows as does the budget.

Undergrounding is more resilient to most storms and weather impacts from climate change, however, flooding for example would have major implications to undergrounding service installations. Undergrounding service, if and when it fails, is also incredibly more time consuming to repair. When overhead wires fail, we can restore service fairly quickly, this is not the case with underground service.

Toronto Hydro and all distribution companies are measured by the Ontario Energy Board by two key factors: 1) SAIFI – frequency of outages across our service territory, and 2) SAIDI – duration of outages, this is measured in terms of minutes. A major flood like the one experienced in Etobicoke a few years ago, led to significant disruption in service, the primary issue was that the service to transfer high voltage power from Hydro One facilities on Kipling was underground and “filled up like a massive swimming pool”. Toronto Hydro’s ability to deliver service was fully intact however our service provider could not deliver power to us and therefore we couldn’t deliver it to the end user. Undergrounding is not always an easy solution.

The biggest and definitely most pressing issue deterring undergrounding is cost, it typically is 8-10x the cost of overhead wires.