The City has completed a Municipal Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the Black Creek Sanitary drainage area, which stretches from north of Finch Avenue down to the Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood. The key recommendations from the study include a major sewer upgrade in the Rockcliffe Court area that will significantly reduce basement flooding. The purpose of this major City infrastructure project is to achieve the following:
reduce surcharge levels the Black Creek Sanitary Trunk Sewer (STS) during wet weather events
reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO) discharge to the Black Creek watercourse
reduce stormwater infiltration and inflow into trunk sewers
The following are key recommendations from the study:
install two new sanitary trunk sewers and a new combined storage tank and tunnel in the vicinity of Rockcliffe Court
complete sewer upgrades along Keele Street between Eglinton Avenue West and Donald Avenue
implement Wet Weather Flow reduction measures along the existing Black Creek STS
The study has been completed and is now open to public comment until February 5, 2020 to the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. Please click here to view the notice of completed study.
For more information on this study, including a map that highlights the key recommendations, please go to toronto.ca/blackcreekstudy.
If you have any questions, would like to receive a high resolution copy of the latest materials or require assistance in reading these files, please email or call Mae Lee from the City's Public Consultation Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-392-8210.
I am very pleased to see the positive impact of this project on the Rockcliffe-Smythe area. This Drainage Improvement Study is independent of the planned TRCA/City of Toronto flood mitigation projects for Rockcliffe and will bring additional protection from basement flooding in the area with the installation of a new combined storage tank and tunnel at Rockcliffe Court. Back to Top
Ombudsman Report on Flood Claims Open to Public Comment
Last year, I put forward a motion at City Council to direct the Ombudsman to look into how the City of Toronto handles basement flood claims made by residents. The report was completed and put on the City Council agenda on November 25. I deferred the Item to the next General Government and Licensing Committee (GGLC) in order for residents to have the opportunity to make a deputation and speak to the report.
The next GGLC meeting is on January 4 at 9:30 AM, and the Ombudsman's report is on the agenda as Item GL20.1. To request to speak to this Item, click here and select 'Request to speak' at the top of the page as shown in this example:
This should prompt you to a form email addressed to email@example.com indicating that you would like to register to speak on this Item. The Ombudsman's full report is available here and the summarized cover report is available here. Back to Top
City Accepting New TTC Fair Pass Discount Applications
The City began accepting new applications for the Fair Pass Discount Program yesterday. Residents can confirm their eligibility and apply for the Fair Pass Program online or over the phone by calling 416-338-8888. Residents who receive Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Ontario Works (OW) assistance or Toronto Child Care Fee Subsidy with a household income under the Low-Income Measure plus 15 per cent are eligible for the discount.
Due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fair Pass Program suspended processing new applications in March when some City offices were closed, and staff redeployed to provide support to critical services. However, throughout this period, the City continued to process annual renewals of the Fair Pass discount for residents who remained eligible for the benefit and whose discount otherwise would have expired.
To assist residents with acquiring a PRESTO card when applying for the Fair Pass Program, the City has partnered with Toronto Public Library’s Complimentary PRESTO card initiative to distribute free PRESTO cards at select Toronto Public Library branches, while quantities last, in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and throughout the city. Back to Top
City Council Approves Plan for Vacant Homes Tax
Last week, City Council approved an implementation plan to introduce a new tax on vacant Toronto homes starting in 2022. A vacant home tax aims to increase the housing supply by encouraging homeowners to sell or rent their unoccupied home – and, if they choose to continue to keep the home vacant, a tax is levied. City staff will report back to Council later in 2021 on how the tax will be implemented, as time will be needed to develop the technology, a public awareness campaign, exemptions, administrative and enforcement functions. Back to Top
Short-Term Rentals Operators Must Register by Dec 31 to Continue Hosting
Short-term rental operators renting homes or rooms for periods of less than 28 consecutive days must be registered with the City by December 31, 2020, to continue short-term renting in Toronto. Beginning January 1, 2021, registered operators must start collecting the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT). After January 1, 2021, the City will take enforcement action against operators who are not registered or are not following the rules.
Toronto is currently in the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework in an effort to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19, which began on November 23, 2020. During this time, as per provincial regulations, short-term rental reservations made before November 22, 2020 will be honoured regardless of when the rental occurs. No new reservations can be made after November 22, 2020 except for individuals in need of housing.
Information and government-issued identification submitted with the application is validated by the City through a five-day processing period. Operators are strongly encouraged to register and pay the $50 fee as soon as possible to avoid last minute delays here. Back to Top
Holiday Food Drive in Rustic-Maple Leaf Neigbourhood
A MESSAGE FROM THE RUSTIC-MAPLE LEAF NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP:
It has been a long, difficult and unpredictable year for everybody. It is especially difficult for neighbourhoods such as the Rustic- Maple Leaf community part of which is a Neigbourhood Improvement Area. A community of diversity, demographic change and special needs. The Rustic-Maple Leaf Homeowners Group wanted to be part of the solution during this holiday season and spearheaded a Food Drive.
We mobilized by doing outreach to the schools and churches in the community, facebook groups and partnered with Rustic Bakery as a drop off spot. We can always depend on the local businesses to be supportive in different ways throughout the year and notably Rustic Bakery can consistently be relied on to support us with our activities.
The campaign started on December 4th and ended on December 20th. In that time, the generosity of the community was outstanding. We collected over 75 bags of food and 3 very large boxes of toys. The bags were dropped off daily to the Amesbury Fire Department and they will be distributed to three local food banks.
It is the season of giving and the community rallied to give to those most in need. We look forward to new community projects in 2021.
Season’s Greetings to everybody and a Healthy New Year!
Here are some photos of what the community achieved:
Boxes getting dressed up
Joey and Domenic from Rustic Bakery
Box of toys ready for drop off
Bags of food being dropped off at Amesbury Fire Department
Food drop off at Amesbury Fire Department being accepted by one of the firefighters
City Holiday Camps & Programs Cancelled Due to COVID-19
The City is cancelling all planned 2020 holiday CampTO camps and winter instructional programs, including Learn-to-Skate and Instructional Ski, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The City is issuing refunds automatically to all current camp and Learn-to-Skate registrants. While registrants do not need to request a refund, they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This winter, residents can continue to take part in a range of outdoor activities with members of their household in the City’s many parks and green spaces. A complete list of activities is available here.
The cancellation of holiday camps and instructional programming does not impact leisure and drop-in opportunities at the City’s outdoor artificial ice rinks and other outdoor parks amenities that are permitted to remain open while Toronto is in the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.
Local Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing is available at:
Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane Street on:
Tuesdays: December 22, 29 & January 5, 12, 19, 26 from 3 - 7 PM
Saturdays:January 2, 16, 30 from 11 AM - 3 PM
AccessPoint on Jane, 761 Jane St on:
Wednesdays, December 23 & 30 from 3-7 PM
Bring your OHIP card or piece of ID or something with your name on it (passport, bill). If you have symptoms, or think you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, come get tested! Back to Top
Second Career Program
The provincial government has redesigned the Second Career program to make it simpler and faster for those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to look for new jobs and new careers. These changes will help people laid off because of COVID-19 get back to work with up to $28,000 for tuition costs, training materials, and living expenses while they re-train for a new and in-demand occupation. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, please click here. Back to Top
Job Central January Virtual Groups
The next round of virtual Job Central groups offered by Youth Empoloyment Services (YES) begins on Monday, January 11, 2021. Individuals participate in 3 weeks of paid, online Employment Skills Training, followed by a 10 week paid work placement. Individuals on Employment Insurance are now eligible to participate. To qualify participants must be:
Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive)
Out of school
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with Convention Refugee status
Able to commit to a 13-week full-time program
With a laptop/tablet and internet access
As a reminder, clients must verify their SIN and government issued photo identification with program staff. Convention Refugees are required to provide their work permit, plus a document that shows they’re a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act [this a document showing the participant has refugee convention status. It may be a Refugee Protection Claimant Document – Notice of Decision (issued by Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada)]. Interested participants can fill out the online registration form or connect with: email@example.com or; firstname.lastname@example.org or;
416-656-8900 ext. 100.
Check out the flyer here. Back to Top
Liquor License Application: Pizza Pizza
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a liquor sales license at 1937 Weston Rd (corner of Weston Rd/John St) by Pizza Pizza Restaurant #29. The application is open to public comments, which can be submitted on the AGCO website.
This application can be searched using the following information: Category: Liquor File Number: 1111830
Deadline for Comments: Jan 3, 2021 Back to Top
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