Old Mill Station Bus Roadway and Platform Improvements

Posted in Construction Notices, Ward 5


Starting Monday, May 28, the TTC will begin work to rehabilitate the bus roadway and passenger platform at Old Mill Station. The majority of the work will be completed in phases in order to maintain bus service through the loop as long as possible. The station will remain open and accessible during the project, and buses will continue to operate to and from station. Work is expected to take place from May 28 to December 2018.

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Toronto Public Health Lyme Disease Prevention Tips 2018 [Summary]

Posted in City Wide, Parks, Ward 5


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With the arrival of warm weather, Toronto Public Health encourages residents to be aware of where blacklegged ticks can be found and what simple steps can be taken to prevent Lyme disease while enjoying the outdoors.

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Toronto Public Health Lyme Disease Prevention Tips 2018

Posted in City Wide, Parks


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With the arrival of warm weather, Toronto Public Health encourages residents to be aware of where blacklegged ticks can be found and what simple steps can be taken to prevent Lyme disease while enjoying the outdoors.


“Although we have seen an increase in tick populations in recent years, the overall risk of acquiring Lyme disease in Toronto is still considered low,” said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. “Spending time outdoors is a great way to be active and stay healthy, but it’s important for everyone to know how to protect themselves against tick bites and to recognize the early signs or symptoms of Lyme disease.”


Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, fatigue and a circular rash generally known as a “bull’s eye” rash.


Blacklegged ticks are the only type of tick in Ontario that can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. They are usually found in bushy or wooded areas with lots of leaves on the ground or where there are tall grasses. The most effective way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites.


When enjoying time outdoors, residents can protect themselves using the following tips:

  • Use insect repellents 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.
  • Search your clothes and body when coming in from outdoors. Remember to also check your children and pets for ticks.
  • Take a shower to remove ticks before they become attached.
  • 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.


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.


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.


Toronto Public Health has posted signs where blacklegged ticks have been found in the city in areas that include Algonquin Island, Highland Creek, Morningside Park and Rouge National Urban Park. 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.


Lots more information about tick bites, how to remove them, and Lyme disease available here on the Toronto Public Health website.

[May 2018 UPDATE] Queensway Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Posted in Construction Notices, Road Work, Ward 5



There may be scattered pylons and barrels around the Queensway Bridge construction area that crosses over the Humber River.

The Contractor and Site Inspector confirm that the pylons and barrels are necessary for work soon to take place. They are on-site relieving of any possible hazards. 

More information will be posted in our upcoming June eNewsletter. Sign-up here.

As always please do let us know of any concerns you have around #ward5etobicoke

City of Toronto’s Victoria Day Long-Weekend Activities 2018

Posted in City Wide, Parks



The City will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 21, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park. Many family attractions, including two historic sites, a farm and other facilities will be open, however City-operated recreation centres will be closed and recreation programs across the city will not operate that day.


“Now that spring has finally arrived, I encourage all Toronto residents to explore the many programs, activities and natural sites the City has to offer during this long weekend,” said Mayor John Tory. “From beautiful ravines and parks, to engaging exhibits and historic sites, there is something for everyone to discover.”


The City will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks with a spectacular finale.


Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service will be increased on the 22 Coxwell and 92 Woodbine South routes for customers attending the fireworks display. The 501 Queen route will be operating on an adjusted schedule during the event from 6 p.m. to midnight. Members of the public are urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home.


All other TTC service will operate on a holiday schedule on Monday, May 21. Updated information regarding adjustments to these routes and for planning transit trips will be available at http://www.ttc.ca.


City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling fireworks in any City of Toronto park. Enforcement officers will be onsite to help ensure a safe and enjoyable event at Ashbridges Bay Park.


Toronto’s five municipal golf courses are located on beautiful parklands and offer early-bird rates. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Victoria Day. More information about City-run golf courses is available at http://toronto.ca/golf.

Tennis courts

All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use throughout the Victoria Day 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 about public tennis courts is available at http://toronto.ca/tennis.

Splash pads

Splash pads will begin to operate across the city on Saturday, May 19, with a few exceptions at sites under repair or located on outdoor pool decks. Splash pads operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are activated with push-button features. Caregivers are reminded to supervise their children at these unsupervised water-play areas. Information about splash pad locations is available at https://www.toronto.ca/swimt or by calling 311.

Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm is representative of a 19th-century Ontario farm and is home to heritage breeds such as Shorthorn cows, Tamworth pigs and Cotswold sheep. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo, by calling 311 or at http://riverdalefarmtoronto.ca/.

High Park Zoo

Victoria Day is a great time to see the High Park Zoo’s spring babies, including a new bison calf. This attraction is open daily, year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/zoo.


Toronto Island Park

Beginning on Wednesday, May 16, the City will switch to its summer ferry schedule, offering trips to the islands every 15 minutes. Toronto Island Park is a great place for a scenic picnic, hike or bike ride, and features the interactive Franklin Children’s Garden. Many attractions offered by independent operators are also onsite including Centreville Theme Park and Far Enough Farm. As a popular destination spot, Toronto Island Park can get quite busy. To help plan ahead and avoid the ferry lineups, check the peak-times schedule and purchase tickets in advance at http://toronto.ca/ferry. Information about the amusement park and farm are available at http://www.centreisland.ca



Flowers are in full bloom at Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Rd.) and Allan Gardens Conservatory (19 Horticultural Ave.). Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Information is available by calling Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543 and Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288, or by visiting http://toronto.ca/conservatories.


Bike and skate parks

The City maintains several bike and skate parks across Toronto, including the new Sunnyside Bike Park. More information is available at http://toronto.ca/parks/bikeparks.


Historic sites  

Two of the City’s 10 historic sites, Fort York National Historic Site and Spadina Museum, will offer activities and tours on Monday, May 21. The remaining sites will be closed. All of the historic sites will be open over the Victoria Day weekend, except for the Market Gallery, which will be closed on Sunday. Admission fees and activities vary by location. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.


City of Toronto Archives

The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will be closed on Monday, May 21. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/archives.


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, May 21.


Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.


NEW TTC Adult 12 Month Pass

Posted in City Wide




A new adult 12 Month Pass will be introduced on PRESTO starting with the June pass period. The 12 Month Pass is the equivalent of the TTC’s Metropass Discount Plan (MDP), which is expected to end as of December 31, 2018. The adult 12 Month Pass will cost the same ($134.00 per month), provide the same unlimited travel on all regular TTC routes and require the same 12-month commitment as the MDP pass. A senior/youth option will be available on PRESTO later this summer.


Existing adult MDP customers who would like to switch from MDP to the 12 Month Pass on PRESTO must cancel their MDP contract and sign a new contract with PRESTO. They will not incur cancellation fees. All existing MDP contracts are expected to end as of December 31, 2018.


The 12 Month Pass will be available for sale online only at prestocard.ca from May 24 until June 5, for the June pass period. Subsequent 12 Month Pass contracts will be available for sale eight days before the end of the month until five days after the start of the next month.


To purchase the 12 Month Pass, customers must:

  • Have a PRESTO card. Cards can be purchased online at prestocard.ca, at Gateway Newstands in TTC subway stations, at PRESTO Fare Vending Machines in select subway stations, or at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
  • Create a My PRESTO Account at prestocard.ca
  • Purchase a 12 Month Pass at prestocard.ca