Weekend Events with Road Closures in Toronto

Posted in City Wide, Updates, Ward 5

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Motorists who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destinations. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions

TTC customers can receive information about service diversions by subscribing to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca/ or by following @TTCnotices on Twitter. 

Taste of Little Italy

College Street between Bathurst and Shaw Streets will be closed from Friday, June 16 at 6 p.m. to Monday, June 19 at 3 a.m. for the Taste of Little Italy event. The TTC’s 506 and 306 night transit service will divert in both directions via College Street, Ossington Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street.

Flavours of Fairbanks

Eglinton Avenue between Dufferin Street and Ronald Avenue will be closed from Friday, June 16 at 2 a.m. to Monday, June 19 at 4 a.m. to accommodate this event.

Highland Creek Heritage Festival and Parade

Old Kingston Road between Watson Road and Kingston Road, and Morrish Road between Kingston Road and the south side of 226 Morrish Rd., will be closed on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waterfront 10k Race

Two main roads will be closed during the Waterfront 10k Race on Saturday, June 17:

  • University Avenue will be closed between Queen and Dundas Streets from 4:30 to 9 a.m. 
  • Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed between Bathurst Street and Colborne Lodge Drive from 4:30 to 11:30 a.m

Thrill of the Grill

Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Playter Avenues will be closed on Saturday, June 17 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Thrill of the Grill event.

The Village Festival

Church Street between Wood and Gloucester Streets will be closed from Saturday, June 17 at 9 a.m. to Monday, June 19 at 2 a.m. for the Village Festiva

Journey to Conquer Cancer Run/Walk 5K

University Avenue between Bloor and Wellington Streets will be closed on Sunday, June 18 from 8 a.m. until noon to accommodate this event.

Bloor Yorkville Exotic Car Show

Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bay Street will be closed on Sunday, June 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the car show.

MuchMusic Video Awards 

There will be a series of road closures for the MuchMusic Video Awards in the area bounded by Richmond Street in the south, Queen Street in the north, Simcoe Street in the east and Peter Street in the west from Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m. to Monday, June 19 at 3 a.m. The following TTC bus diversions will be in effect from 8 a.m. on June 18 to 3 a.m. on June 19.

  • 501/301 Queen eastbound replacement buses will divert east on Queen Street, south on Peter Street, east on Adelaide Street, north on University Avenue and east on Queen Street.
  • 501/301 Queen westbound shuttle buses will divert west on Queen Street, south on University Avenue, west on Richmond Street, north on Peter Street and west on Queen Street.

‘Bag Only’ Garbage Collection

Posted in City Wide, Updates

In 2008 the City introduced an automated curbside collection system where all single family customers are to use carts with lids and wheels that would be picked up by the City’s collection vehicles installed with automated lifting devices.  This system had many benefits, including cost efficiencies, enhanced collection productivity, reduced work related injuries, less littered garbage and easier handling for the resident.  In addition, four different cart sizes were offered – small to extra-large – with accompanying different rates, to accommodate:

  • how much waste a household generates;
  • encourage waste diversion; and
  • storage capacity within the residence. 

A bag only customer exemption policy was developed to recognize a resident may not have capacity at their location to store any of the four bin sizes, therefore eligibility criteria was developed and applied.  Allowing residents to otherwise switch from carts to bags would preclude the City from obtaining the above-mentioned benefits from an automated collection system.  Furthermore, existing bag only customers do receive an initial $55.19 credit, however it is offset from the costs incurred to purchase the mandatory $5 bag tag placed on each garbage bag set out at the curb for garbage collection. 

Garbage tags can be purchased at Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart City of Toronto Garbage & Recycling Information.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to call Vincent Sferrazza, Director of Policy, Planning and Support in Solid Waste Management Services at 416-392-9095.

What You Need to Know About Emerald Ash Borer ‘EAB’ & Private Property Trees

Posted in City Wide, Parks, Updates

Lately our office has received numerous complaints about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestations and the costly damage to trees on private property.  We’ve investigated in hopes we could find subsidy options or affordable alternatives. Here’s what we found:

There are no City programs providing subsidies to property owners for the removal of private trees including those requiring removal due to an infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Since EAB was first detected in the City of Toronto in 2007, Urban Forestry has been posting information on their website, conducting public meetings and workshops and sharing information to educate residents about EAB and the implications of this pest for both City-owned and private ash trees. Urban Forestry has worked in collaboration with the non-profit organization Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) on the EAB issue. LEAF has implemented an “EAB Ambassador Program” that includes consultation with private property owners regarding the impacts of EAB, discussions about management options and the role private land owners play in sustaining the city’s urban forest.

A brochure for homeowners entitled “What you need to know about the Management of the Emerald Ash Borer” was developed by Urban Forestry in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Commercial Arborist Association. The brochure has been widely distributed within Toronto and throughout the province. The brochure includes information on how to identify ash trees and the beetle, the symptoms of EAB infestation, treatment options, tips for hiring a tree care professional and replacement planting.

Background on EAB and Toronto City Council

In 2011, Councillor Norm Kelly wrote letters to the Federal  Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, requesting financial assistance for the control and management of EAB. The Provincial and Federal Governments have not provided funding to the City for the control and management of EAB. Also in 2011, City Council requested that the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requesting that the City of Toronto enter into a service agreement to permit the City to issue removal orders for trees infected with EAB, and that residents and the City be considered eligible for compensation for the replacement of ash trees removed due to infestation by EAB. The CFIA responded, noting that removing infested host trees is not a viable management option, and therefore no orders for tree removal will be issued. As a result of this policy decision at the federal level, neither residents nor the City qualify for compensation. They further advised that it is the responsibility of tree owners to cover all the costs associated with tree removal.

City Council authorized the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement the EAB Management Plan, including monitoring, pesticide injections, removal and replacement of City-owned dead ash trees and enhancement planting within areas heavily populated by ash species. Additionally the Plan included community engagement programs to increase awareness and provide public education surrounding EAB.

Unfortunately there is no funding available from the  City of Toronto to subsidize the removal of private trees. This is a link to Toronto Urban Forestry Operations tree removal.

Toronto Accessibility Plan Update – Public Consultation Opportunities

Posted in City Wide, Ward 5



The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public.

Each consultation will include:

  • an overview of the City’s Accessibility Framework;
  • the City’s approach to identify barriers, and plan for their prevention and removal; and
  • group discussions on key barriers

Thursday June 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall)
Register for the west consultation

If you can’t make it to the info sessions, you can also participate by filling out the online survey.

Vision Zero Toronto’s Road Safety Plan (RSP) Information Sessions

Posted in City Wide, Updates


On June 9th and June 14th, Transportation Services will be hosting Vision Zero Toronto’s Road Safety Plan (RSP) Information Sessions.  At these session, staff will outline:

  • the countermeasures in the plan aimed at eliminating collisions causing death and serious injury
  • discuss how the plan can improve road safety in your Ward.



Vision Zero Toronto’s Road Safety Plan (RSP) [INFO & FULL REPORT]

Posted in City Wide, Updates



On June 9th and June 14th, Transportation Services will be hosting Vision Zero Toronto’s Road Safety Plan (RSP) Information Sessions.  At these session, staff will outline the countermeasures in the plan aimed at eliminating collisions causing death and serious injury, and discuss how the plan can improve road safety in your Ward.  The session will also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions.  Please check your mail and inboxes in the near future for the official invitation.

 One of the programs that staff will focus on at this session is a new initiative called the School “Watch Your Speed” Program (WYSP), which officially launched last Fall with City Council’s approval  of the RSP.  Attached is a Briefing Note which provides key information about this program.  As some Councillors may be unaware of this initiative, the purpose of this Briefing Note is to inform members of City Council about the program and to establish the process for submitting requests. Read full Vision Zero Report

“Minor” Variance Update

Posted in City Wide, Development, Updates



The Province undertook a working group comprised of stakeholders including FONTRA to determine a Provincial Regulation governing the meaning of “minor”.

This concluded some months ago and City Staff are still trying to determine/confirm what the Province intends to do next.

If it is determined that the Province will NOT bring in a Provincial Regulation (which would be best as it would be province wide) then the City of Toronto may have to implement a new By-law.

When new information is brought to light, ie. the Province is, or is NOT, providing this regulation, only then would the City embark on facilitating this for Toronto.

Toronto Public Health Lyme Disease Prevention Tips

Posted in City Wide, Parks


With warm weather arriving, Toronto Public Health reminds the public to protect themselves against blacklegged tick bites and Lyme disease. These ticks are the only type of tick in Ontario that can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

“The overall risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is considered low,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “While we encourage everyone to enjoy the nice weather and explore the outdoors, it’s important that everyone is aware of the locations where ticks can be found in the city and know how to prevent Lyme disease.”

Ticks can be found in bushy or wooded areas with lots of leaves on the ground or where there are tall grasses. When enjoying outdoor activities in these areas, residents can reduce their risk of getting bitten by a tick by following these tips:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin, which are safe and effective for avoiding tick bites. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves. Light-coloured clothing may make ticks easier to spot.
  • Take a shower to remove ticks before they become attached. Check your full body and head for attached ticks
  • Remember to also check your children and pets for ticks
  • If you find a tick on your body, it can be removed with fine-tipped tweezers by pulling the tick away from your skin gently but firmly. 

Blacklegged ticks are usually not found on lawns, mowed grass, sports fields or paved areas. Toronto Public Health has posted signs where blacklegged ticks have been found in the city in areas including Algonquin Island, and Morningside and Rouge Parks. Ticks found in other parts of Toronto can be submitted to Toronto Public Health for identification and testing, which is useful for tracking locations in addition to those already known.

Prompt removal of ticks from the skin will help prevent infection, as transmission of the Lyme disease-causing bacteria usually requires the tick to be attached for at least 24 hours. Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within one to two weeks after a tick bite, but can occur as soon as three days or as long as a month after a bite. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a circular rash (also known as a bull’s eye rash).

If you develop any symptoms of Lyme disease within 30 days of removal of the tick and the tick was attached for 24 hours or more, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you most likely acquired the tick.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease ow.ly/QLiYy

More information is available at http://bit.ly/1T3z54G