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Sign Councillor Di Ciano’s Petition to Support The Kingsway Ave. Study

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Please follow these steps to sign Councillor Di Ciano’s 2915 Bloor St. West change.org petition which supports the Kingsway Ave. Study:

  1. go to www.change.org 
  2. Click on LOG IN to either sign-up or log in with an existing account (Top right corner of website)
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    2. sign-in via Facebook.

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Toronto Animal Services Role with Wildlife in the City

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Toronto Animal Services (TAS) does not provide services to remove or eradicate wildlife, including skunks and racoons etc… TAS provides educational information on species of wildlife which are found in this city and different ways residents can make their properties less attractive to wildlife. If wildlife is causing damage, nuisance, or has taken up residence on private property, the property owner can contact a private wildlife removal company to remove a den or wildlife proof their property.

Wild animal populations are cyclical and naturally fluctuate from year to year in different areas of the city. The key to having less negative encounters with wildlife is for residents to make sure they are not inadvertently providing animals with a food source or shelter on their property, however casual encounters of wildlife outdoors is to be expected.

Toronto Animal Services will respond to calls for an injured or sick animal which needs to be euthanized, and pick up deceased animals. If someone comes across a sick, injured or deceased animal, they should contact 311. More detailed information on wildlife encounters and solutions can be found on the Toronto Wildlife Centre’s website www.torontowildlifecentre.com

Weekend Events with Road Closures in Toronto – Aug 18 – 20/17 [LIST]

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Five special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures as described below. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Those 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. 
 
Chinatown Festival
Spadina Avenue’s southbound lanes will be closed from St. Andrew Street to Sullivan Street from midnight on Saturday, August 19 to midnight on Sunday, August 20 to accommodate the Chinatown Festival. Dundas Street will remain open.
 
Taste of Manila
Bathurst Street between Wilson and Laurelcrest Avenues will be closed in both directions from Saturday, August 19 at midnight to Sunday, August 20 at midnight for the Taste of Manila. TTC service will be increased to service the event, with buses on the 7/307 Bathurst and 160 Bathurst North routes diverting via Wilson Avenue, Faywood Boulevard and Laurelcrest Avenue.
 
Open Streets TO
Bloor Street between Montrose Avenue and Parliament Street, and Yonge Street between Bloor Street and Queen Street, will be closed on Sunday, August 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Open Streets TO event.
 
During this event, vehicles will be able to cross Bloor Street at Grace Street/Christie Street, Bathurst Street, Spadina Avenue, Avenue Road, Bay Street, Church Street, Ted Rogers Way and Sherbourne Street. Vehicles will be able to cross Yonge Street at Wellesley, College, Gerrard, Dundas, Shuter and Queen Streets.
 
The TTC’s 161 Rogers Road bus will divert to and from Ossington Station via Ossington Avenue and Dupont Street.
 
Wheels on the Danforth
Sections of Danforth Avenue and Danforth Road will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 19 from 7 a.m. to midnight. Specifically, Danforth Avenue between Byng Avenue and Leyton Avenue and also between Leyton Avenue and Warden Avenue, and Danforth Road between Landry Avenue and Danforth Avenue will be closed during that period.
 
The TTC’s 113 Danforth and 20 Cliffside bus services will divert in both directions via Warden Avenue, Clonmore Drive, Gerrard Street East and Victoria Park Avenue during Wheels on Danforth.
 
Panorama India Day Festival and Grand Parade
Two northbound lanes on University Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street, and Armoury Street between University Avenue and Chestnut Street, will be closed on Sunday, August 20 from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. for this festival and parade.

Vacant Home Tax – Online Survey & Public Consultations

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The City has launched an online survey and will be hosting a public consultation at City Hall about a potential implementation of a tax on vacant residential units.

As part of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, the Province of Ontario introduced legislation that would empower the City of Toronto to introduce a tax on vacant residential units in order to encourage property owners to sell unoccupied units or rent them out, and address concerns about residential units potentially being left vacant.

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Vacant Home Tax

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The City has launched an online survey and will be hosting a public consultation at City Hall about a potential implementation of a tax on vacant residential units.

As part of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, the Province of Ontario introduced legislation that would empower the City of Toronto to introduce a tax on vacant residential units in order to encourage property owners to sell unoccupied units or rent them out, and address concerns about residential units potentially being left vacant.

Vancouver, facing a similar issue with housing affordability, adopted an Empty Home Tax in late 2016.

City staff presented the report EX 26.4: Implementing a Vacant Home Tax in Toronto to Council at its meeting of July 4-7, 2017. The report was adopted and Council requested City staff to undertake public consultation about:

  • Whether Toronto should implement a tax on vacant residential units
  • Potential public policy benefits of a property tax on vacant residential units
  • Potential implementation of a tax on vacant residential units in Toronto

Privacy rights prevent the use of personal or private information, such as water or hydro meter data, from being used as a means of identifying potentially vacant units. Therefore, the City is considering three options that could be used to identify vacant homes for taxation:

  • Mandatory declaration of occupancy status by all property owners
  • Self-Reporting Model
  • Complaints Basis

Background decisions when Council considered EX 26.4: Implementing a Vacant Home Tax in Toronto

In response, staff have prepared the following:

Website and Online Survey

Residents are encouraged to visit toronto.ca/VHT to take the online survey that will be available until September 5. Results of the survey will be summarized in a report to Council in the fall.

Link to website

Link to survey

Public Consultation

Residents can share their views at a public meeting:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1
100 Queen St. W.

Line 2 (Kipling + Islington Stations) Closed Aug 19/20 For Scheduled Work

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Line 2 between Kipling and Islington stations will be closed this weekend – August 19/20 for scheduled work. Work will involve rail and wood-tie replacement in the open-air section just west of Islington Station to the Bloor Street Bridge. Shuttle buses will operate between the two stations during the closure. Further information can be found online here.