Good afternoon,

Here's our latest update on what we've been doing in the community and at City Hall. This update will highlight three successful major undertakings that have been completed:

  • Heritage Designation of the Historic Columbus Centre
  • Stopping the Bathurst Street closure by the Province's Metrolinx
  • Kicking off our City-wide campaign to Save our Ravines

Please let me know if there are any community events and initiatives you would like me to share.  Should you have any questions and concerns or require assistance on any City of Toronto matters, please contact my office by emailing councillor_colle8@toronto.ca or calling 416-338-2500.

Please share this e-newsletter with your neighbours and any community group or organization you think would want this update and future newsletters.


 
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Mike Colle
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence, the
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In this issue:

  • Landmark City Council decision on Historic Designation of the Columbus Centre
  • Successfully stopped the Province's Metrolinx from closing Bathurst Street at Eglinton Avenue W
  • Save our Ravines Mobilization
  • Affordable Housing Breakthrough

Upcoming Events

  • Better + Safer Bathurst Street Forum at Baycrest 
  • Black History Month Celebration - February 28

News of Interest

  • Presto Card update
  • Evergreen Future City Builders

Ward 8 Planning and Development Updates

  • 2788 Bathurst Street Public Meeting - February 13

Construction Notices

Community Events

 

 

Landmark City Council decision on Historic Designation of the Columbus Centre

 

I'm proud and very excited about getting unanimous Council support for my motion to support the City staff report's recommendation to designate the Columbus Centre a Heritage Property. For all intents and purposes it protects the Columbus Centre from demolition and redevelopment. It's a victory to save this historic focal point which serves all our Ward 8 community groups after a very important and hard fought two-year battle to stop development on the Columbus Centre.

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Successfully stopped the Province's Metrolinx from closing Bathurst Street at Eglinton Avenue W

The Province's Metrolinx was forced to withdraw its proposed closure at Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue W. Thank you to all the local residents who supported my strong opposition to the way it was sprung on the community. The proposal made no sense to the vast majority of residents who would be most affected by the massive intrusion in our neighbourhoods.

Thanks to hundreds that showed up at the December open house and the January meeting at Beth Tzedec. My special thanks to Councillor Josh Matlow who was with me all the way on this issue and to Mayor Tory for his strong support in not allowing this to take place.

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"The Ravines are to Toronto what the canals are to Venice, hills are to San Francisco and the Thames River is to London." - Robert Fulford

Our ravines are internationally renowned and make up nearly 20% of our City yet they rarely get the attention they deserve. Our ravines face DIRE threats to their biodiversity and health from uncontrolled growth of Invasive Plant and Tree Species, like the Norway Maple. With no natural predators, Invasive Species grow exponentially while wildlife struggles against diminishing food sources and habitat.


Every week there is seemingly another billion dollar transit announcement and while we certainly need transit investment, we also need major invest in our ravines...our Natural Infrastructure.

On Monday, January 21, I hosted the Save our Ravines Town Hall at the Anne Johnston Health Station. Nearly one hundred concerned citizens showed up to discuss the issue and listen to expert stakeholders. Members from the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation team and co-authors of the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry's Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study spoke about the significant issues facing our Ravines and the work currently being done under the Toronto Ravine Strategy.

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Make a Pre-Budget Deputation

I am urging residents of Ward 8 and across the City to create more awareness about need to invest in our ravines. One way you can do this quickly is by making a Pre-Budget Deputation that calls for a fair share of this years' Budget to be earmarked for our Ravines.

Here's how you do it: 

Register to speak at one of the meetings listed below. Call 416-392-4666 or email 
buc@toronto.ca.
 

Thursday, February 7

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

  • 3 to 5 p.m.; and
  • 6 p.m.

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
  • 6 p.m.

Monday, February 11

Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall

  • 3 to 5 p.m.; and
  • 6 p.m.

North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.

  • 3 to 5 p.m.; and
  • 6 p.m.

You can also contact my office by phone at 416-338-2500 or email councillor_colle8@toronto.ca if you have questions about the process.

Sign the Petition

1.  Sign this petition: 
https://www.change.org/p/buc-toronto-ca-adequately-fund-the-toronto-ravine-strategy-in-the-2019-budget
2.  Send it to your friends and colleagues via email, twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

Adopt a Local Ravine
Help get your schools involved! Speak to your child's science and geography teachers and school principal about adopting a local ravine. Getting our children involved and caring about our magnificent ravines are a great way to raise awareness and monitor ravine health!

Please LIKE and SHARE our Save our Ravines Facebook page and share pictures of your local ravines. If you have a specific question you would like us to follow up on please post them on the Facebook page or send it to us at councillor_colle8@toronto.ca.

Ravine Materials

City of Toronto
Toronto Ravine Strategy:
www.toronto.ca/ravinestrategy

University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry's Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study 1977 – 2017
Toronto Ravine Revitalization Study 1977 – 2017:
https://torontoravines.org/

Recent News Articles
December 11, 2018 article published in Post City:
http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/Do/December-2018/Report-on-potential-collapse-of-ravines-hits-North-Toronto-hard/
 
December 21, 2018 article published in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/dec/21/theres-no-major-city-like-it-toronto-unique-ravine-system-under-threat
 
December 31, 2018 article published in The Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/12/31/toronto-looking-to-cut-costs-on-ravine-strategy-while-expanding-canopy.html

 

 

Affordable Housing Breakthrough

Passing of the Housing Now initiative at Council is a major breakthrough, with the City making 11 sites of City-owned land available for affordable housing. This has been fast-tracked and we're continuing to expedite it.

Hopefully, local non-proft, faith based community organizations will see fit to make a proposal for the land that has been identified in Ward 8 at 1250 Eglinton Avenue West (Eglinton and the Allen).

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On Wednesday, City Council passed my motion asking the Federal Government to make their surplus land in Toronto available for affordable housing immediately. 

If we can get the Federal Government and the Province to make their surplus land available for affordable housing, we'll make a significant dent in the housing shortfall in Toronto.

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Upcoming Events

 

Better + Safer Bathurst Street Forum at Baycrest 

 

The Better + Safer Bathurst Street Forum will meet in late February at Baycrest. City planning staff and numerous local community advocates, school, synagogue, church representatives and business owners will discuss both short and long term plans that will integrate increased safety measures within public realm and beautification improvements in the Bathurst Street area.

Please contact my office at 416-338-2500 or councillor_colle8@toronto.ca if you are a representative of a school, synagogue, church or local business and would like to participate and keep up-to-date on developments with the Better + Safer Bathurst Initiative. 

 

 

Black History Month Event - February 28

 

Join me at my Black History Month Event on Thursday, February 28 at BME Church (1828 Eglinton Avenue West) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as we celebrate and honour the history of the Black Canadian community.

RSVP to my office by calling 416-338-2500 or email councillor_colle8@toronto.ca. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

News of Interest

 

Presto Card Update

The official version of the Metrolinx PRESTO app is now available for
download through your app store!

The PRESTO app gives users the convenience of easily loading funds onto their PRESTO card on the go with debit and credit cards, or through Apple Pay. 

 

 

Evergreen' Future City Builders

Toronto’s Future City Builder program is looking for 35 youth (ages 18-29) with a
diverse range of backgrounds and experiences that are eager to create, innovate, and problem solve around housing in Toronto. They are looking for youth that want to develop work-ready skills. Participants don't have to be an expert in urban planning, rather they encourage people from diverse fields to apply! 

Interested? Apply now: https://www.youthfulcities.com/fcb-toronto 

 

 

Development and City Planning Updates

 

PLANNING APPLICATION: 2788 BATHURST STREET and 515 GLENCAIRN AVENUE 


The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application ask questions and share your comments. Details are as follows:
 
Date:     Wednesday February 13, 2019
Time:     6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place:   Torah Emeth Jewish Centre, Lower Level, 1 Viewmount Avenue
 
Proposal
This application proposes to construct a mixed-use mid-rise building with a height of 10-storeys, 178 vehicle and 128 bicycle parking spaces.  The building would have a total floor area of approximately 26,000 square metres, consisting of 1,020 square metres of street related retail space, a 1,950 square metre hotel with 26 suites and 23,030 square metres of residential space with a total of 113 residential dwelling units.  Grade related townhouses are proposed to face a new 1,250 square metre linear park space at the west edge of 2788 Bathurst Street and 515 Glencairn Avenue.  Vehicle access is proposed from Glencairn and Hillmount Avenues.
 
You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: 2788 Bathurst Street Preliminary Report


 
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To speak to the planner directly, contact Seanna Kerr, at
416-395-7053 or
Seanna.Kerr@toronto.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at North York District, 5100 Yonge St  Floor Ground Toronto ON, M2N 5V7.
 

 

 

Construction Notices

 

Traffic Change and Construction Update - Fairbank Station
A new traffic configuration will be implemented at Dufferin St and Eglinton Ave, with work zones on the southwest and northeast sides of the intersection.  This configuration is expected to remain in place until April 2019.

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Hours of Work

  • Work is carried out Monday through Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Occasional overnight work is required

What to Expect

  • Traffic on Dufferin Street is shifted to the east side
  • Pedestrians are rerouted around the southwest work zone
  • Property access will be maintained


Watermain Work - Avenue Station
Two additional valves must be installed on the local watermain near Eglinton Ave W and Oriole Parkway, and Eglinton Ave W and Eastbourne Ave. A water shut off will be required to finalize the work. You will receive a notice if this will affect your business or residence.

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Timing
- The work will begin as soon as Tuesday January 29 and take approximately two (2) weeks to complete.
- Work will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Valve installations will occur during two overnight periods between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to reduce the impacts of the associated water shut off. Additional notice will be shared for these works.

What to Expect
- Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
- Pedestrians should expect pylons on the sidewalk to guide them around the construction zone.
- Lane reductions will be in place on Eglinton Avenue, between Oriole Parkway and Lascelles Blvd to accommodate the construction zone.


Below are upcoming watermain replacement plans for 2019. Notices will go out to affected residents soon. Please call our office at 416-338-2500 or email councillor_colle8@toronto.ca with any questions.

Watermain Replacement on Capitol Avenue from Glengrove Avenue to Lilywood Road

Start Date: Late March, 2019 End Date: July 31, 2019

Watermain Replacement on Glen Park Ave
Start Date: Late February, 2019 End Date: July 31, 2019.

Watermain Replacement on Dell Park Ave
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Fairholme Avenue
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Lynnhaven Road
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Regina Avenue
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Steven Avenue
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Spring 2019

Watermain Replacement on Yonge Boulevard
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Ameer Avenue
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Baycrest Avenue
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Caribou Road
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

Watermain Replacement on Carousel Court
Expected Start Date: Spring 2019 Expected End Date: Fall 2019

 

 

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The Douglas Ravine in Bedford Glen 

 

 

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Please be on the lookout for these invasive species and Save our Ravines

 

 

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Thanks to City of Toronto Parks Staff for quickly erecting a new Lytton Park sign

 

 

Community Events

 

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What's On at the Toronto Public Library January - March 2019

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events for the Fairbank Village BIA

 

 

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Upcoming Events for the Eglinton Way BIA

 

 

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Upcoming Events for MarketTo District BIA

 

 

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Upcoming Events for the York Eglinton BIA

 

 

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Upcoming Events for the Uptown Yonge BIA

 

 

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Upcoming Events for the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA

 

 

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Upcoming Events at the Columbus Centre

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Toronto City Councillor Mike Colle
Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence

Tel: 416-338-2500
councillor_colle8@toronto.ca

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Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1P5

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