Tomorrow is Remembrance Day. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public gatherings.
This year is of particular significance as 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War and November 11, 2020 marks 100 years of Remembrance in Toronto.
I would like to encourage everyone to take a personal moment tomorrow to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Wear a poppy, pause for two minutes of silence at 11 AM, or check out the City's Veteran Memories page and listen to stories from some of our Second World War veterans.
Let us honour our veterans and those who have served and continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Inclusionary zoning is a planning tool that enables municipalities to require affordable housing in new residential developments. Inclusionary zoning is one policy solution identified in the HousingTO Action Plan to help address the housing needs of Toronto’s low-income and moderate-income households. City Planning staff will be hosting three virtual public meetings to consult on draft inclusionary zoning policy and zoning requirements and a proposed definition of affordable rental housing. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about inclusionary zoning and share ideas and feedback on how this new affordable housing tool should apply in Toronto.
Public meeting details are as follows: Tuesday, November 10th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Register here.
For more information, please contact the City Planning project manager Deanna Chorney Deanna.Chorney@toronto.ca or visit toronto.ca/inclusionaryzoning. View the public notice here. Back to Top
Thursday, November 12
1860-1868 Keele St Development Consultation
An application has been submitted to construct a 14 storey residential building with 216 dwelling units. A total of 99 parking spaces and 1 loading space are proposed to service the development. Vehicular access to the site would be provided via a driveway from Keele Street. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information here.
Please join me at the Virtual Community Consultation Meeting from 7-8:30 PM on November 12 to hear more about the revised application and to have an opportunity to ask questions and provide your feedback. Register for the virtual meeting here. View the meeting notice here. Back to Top
Tuesday, November 17
16 Locust & 5 Oxford Development Consultation
An application has been submitted to permit a proposed 35-storey (106.5 metres) residential tower. The development would contain a total of 374 units. A total of 154 vehicular parking spaces are proposed within 3 levels of underground parking. The application includes a proposed severance of a 1,217 sq m portion of 15 Oxford Drive and the reconfiguration of the terminus of Locust Street into a new cul-de-sac.
Details about the application can be found here.
Please join me at the Virtual Community Consultation Meeting from 7-8:30 PM on November 17 to hear more about the application and to have an opportunity to ask questions and provide your feedback. To register for the virtual meeting, please click here. View the meeting notice here. Back to Top
Wednesday, November 18
Keele-St. Clair Local Study: Community Consultation #2
The City has initiated a Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study as prioritized by Councillor Ana Bailao and myself. The intent of the Study is to develop a new vision, planning framework, and policies to plan for a complete community around the future GO/Smart Track Station in the area. The City is hosting a second virtual community consultation on the study on November 18 from 6-8 PM. More information, details on how to join the meeting, and an online survey are available on the Study website. I encourage you to complete the survey in advance of the consultation meeting. The meeting notice is also available here. Back to Top
Liquor Licence Application: 1409 Lawrence Ave W
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a Liquor Sales License at 1409 Lawrence Ave W. The application is open to public comment until December 2 on the AGCO website.
Application info is as follows: Categroy: Liquor File number: 1068101
The Weston Youth Hub is opening at the Weston Library (2 King St) on Monday, November 16th! Youth ages 13-19 can stop by the Youth Hub to work on homework and assignments. Laptops are available for use as well as resources and information on homework tools. This is a free, drop-in program. Space is limited and COVID-19 guidelines are in effect. Click here to check their hours of operation.
The launch of the Weston Youth Hub follows the opening of the Mount Dennis Youth Hub yesterday! I am incredibly excited to have two brand new youth hubs in York South-Weston. While their services are currently modified to abide by COVID-19 regulations, I look forward to the further development of programming at these two brand new facilities for youth.
City Council approved these two new locations as part of the City's 2020 Operating Budget. Back to Top
5th Annual Mount Dennis Coat Drive
The TTC Mount Dennis Yard, together with Toronto Police Service 12 Division and the Learning Enrichment Foundation, are running the annual Mount Dennis Coat Drive once again! Clean, gently used coats can be brought to Weston King Neighbourhood Centre (2017 Weston Road) on Tuesdays-Saturdays from 8 AM-3 PM. The Entrance is on Weston Rd adjacent to the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot. Monetary donations are also welcome; e-transfers can be sent to email@example.com or cheques can be made out to TTC Mount Dennis Recreation and mailed to 121 Industry St, York M6M 5B6. Monetary donations can also be dropped off in the Coat Drive donation box at supercoffee (1148 Weston Rd).
For more info, please email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Flyer available here. Back to Top
Food Bank at Amesbury Arena
The City's Parks department continues to work with community partners to support vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. North york Harvets and global Medic will be operating a food bank out of Amesbury Arena (155 Culford Rd). It will be open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM-4 PM and will run until December 11. Back to Top
Forest Management - Black Creek Site West
The City's Urban Forestry department will be removing invasive and select native trees in Black Creek Site West. The work is scheduled to begin the week of November 16. The restoration of this site with native tree and shrub plantings will provide a significant ecological net benefit to Black Creek Park West in the immediate area, as well as the Black Creek ravine system as a whole.
This notice will be posted on multiple entrances into Black Creek Site West, and it also identifies the exact work area. Back to Top
Free Bereavement Service
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto is a local charitable organization that provides free support to those who are grieving in every Toronto community. They offer free support groups led by trained volunteers who have also experienced a devastating loss. If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one, they are here to help. Alternatively, if you have experienced a loss and would like to volunteer to support others, please contact them to find out more at email@example.com or 416-440-0290 ext 106. Check out their website. Back to Top
Automated Speed Enforcement Issues Highest Ticket in YSW
The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 9,719 tickets between September 6 and October 6, the third month of tickets being issued to vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. The highest fine of $706 was issued to a vehicle owner travelling at 78 km/h in 30 km/h speed limit zones by the devices on Bicknell Avenue, South of Avon Drive (Ward 5, York-South Weston).
All 50 ASE devices will be moved to new locations starting this week. Signage has been posted at all new locations to warn drivers in advance. Warning letters in lieu of tickets will not be issued. The two new locations in York south-Weston are:
Rockcliffe Boulevard, near Rockcliffe Court
Jane Street, north of Lambton Avenue
I find it highly concerning that someone was caught driving 48 km/h over the speed limit on Bicknell Avenue. I urge drivers to PLEASE SLOW DOWN and drive with caution. Back to Top
Save Toronto's Oldest Tree
Nine-year-old York South-Weston resident Sophia Maiolo was recently featured in the Toronto Star for her outstanding efforts to save a local 250-year-old oak tree! She has raised more than $2000 to help preserve the old oak by selling lemonade, holding garage sales, and going door-to-door asking neighbours for financial support.
Sophia has always been in love with this 250-year-old heritage red oak tree and out of that love she was inspired to create the “Tree of Hope” bracelets in efforts to heal the hearts of many during these unprecedented times by having her tree’s triumph as a symbol of hope, and while doing so, she would donate the proceeds towards the purchase of the property and its red oak tree.
Tree of Hope bracelets feature a metal bead stamped with an oak tree and range from $5-$25. You can order yours at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to raise money is December 12, 2020. Back to Top
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