Pre-Construction Notice – Watermain Replacement on Nordin Ave. from Islington Ave. to Warnica Ave.

Posted in Construction Notices, Updates, Ward 5



The water service is the underground pipe that brings water to your water meter and is owned by you and by the City. The part you own is from your house to the end of your property, the part the City owns is from the end of your property to the watermain.

Expected Start Date: Summer 2018
Expected End Date: Fall 2018
Expected Permanent Restoration: Spring 2019
*Timeline is subject to change. Future notice to be provided

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Pre-Construction Notice – Watermain Replacement on Leland Ave. from Royal York Rd. to Fernalroy Blvd.

Posted in Construction Notices, Ward 5



The water service is the underground pipe that brings water to your water meter and is owned by you and by the City. The part you own is from your house to the end of your property, the part the City owns is from the end of your property to the watermain.

Expected Start Date: Summer 2018
Expected End Date: Fall 2018
Expected Permanent Restoration: Spring 2019
*Timeline is subject to change. Future notice to be provided

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

Posted in City Wide, Ward 5


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 http://www.toronto.ca/council.


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: https://bit.ly/2zdeEPa


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: http://www.toronto.ca/council


Questions about Council meetings and decisions: clerk@toronto.ca or 416-392-8016


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Parking Regulation Amendments – Cabot Court

Posted in Ward 5


Etobicoke-York Community Council Decision
Etobicoke York Community Council:


1.  Rescinded the existing parking prohibition in effect from 4:00 p.m. on one day to 7:00 a.m. the following day, Monday to Friday, on the east side of Cabot Court between Dundas Street West and a point 46 metres north.


2.  Rescinded the existing parking prohibition in effect at all times, Saturday and Sunday, on the east side of Cabot Court between Dundas Street West and a point 46 metres north.


3.  Amended the existing maximum one-hour parking   limit in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., all days, on the east side of Cabot Court between Dundas Street West and a point 46 metres northwest, to be in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, on the east side of Cabot Court between Dundas Street West and a point 46 metres north.



(May 29, 2018) Report from the Director, Transportation Services, Etobicoke York District


This staff report is about a matter that Community Council has delegated authority from City Council to make a final decision.


The purpose of this report is to obtain approval to remove the existing “No Parking, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., Monday to Friday” and “No Parking Anytime, Saturday and Sunday” regulations on the east side of Cabot Court between Dundas Street West and a point 46 metres north. The proposed parking amendments were requested through a petition from area residents, to address the issue of the lack of on-street parking for visitors, and discussed at a community meeting attended by staff of Transportation Services and the local Councillor’s office.  The proposed parking amendments will allow for on-street parking, after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and all-times on Saturday and Sunday, subject to the three-hour city-wide parking limit.


In addition, parking is currently restricted to one-hour maximum, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday on the east side of Cabot Court, between Dundas Street West and a point 46 metres north. Although signage in the field reflects this regulation, the related parking schedule in Chapter 950 of the Toronto Municipal Code will need to be amended to reflect field conditions.



Background Information
(May 29, 2018) Report from the Director, Transportation Services, Etobicoke York District regarding Parking Regulation Amendments – Cabot Court

Motions 1 – Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Justin J. Di Ciano (Carried)

Six Points Reconfiguration – Construction Notice #6

Posted in Construction Notices, Road Work, Ward 5



The City of Toronto continues reconstructing the Six Points Interchange. Work is taking place southeast of Bloor Street West and Kipling Avenue (former Westwood Theatre lands), and at locations along Bloor Street West, Kipling Avenue, Dundas Street West, and Kipling access ramps.

Contract: 16ECS-Tl-01SP
Start Date: July 9th, 2018
Expected End Date: September 3rd, 2018
*Timeline is subject to change*

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Arts in the Parks – Ward 5 Etobicoke

Posted in City Wide, Parks, Ward 5



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: www.artsintheparksTO.org 


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

Posted in City Wide, Ward 5



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.