Good afternoon,

Here's our latest update on what we've been doing in the community and at City Hall. 

  • Better Bathurst Street Town Hall
  • Friends of Marlee-Ville Visioning Meeting
  • Successful Ravine Motion at City Council
  • Stop the Subway Sell Off - Sign My Petition
  • North York Community Council - New All-Way Stop Control and Traffic Lights

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.

 

Mike Colle
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 8, "In the heart of Toronto"

 

 

In this issue:

  • Better Bathurst Street Town Hall
  • Friends of Marlee-Ville Visioning Meeting
  • Save our Ravines Update
  • Stop the Subway Sell Off - Sign My Petition
  • North York Community Council - New All-Way Stop Control and Traffic Lights

Recent Events

  • Black History Month
  • Proclamation of March 2 as Titans of Reggae Day

Ward 8 Planning and Development

Construction Notices

In our Community

  • Re-opening of the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
  • Toronto FUN Guide - Spring and Summer Programs across Ward 8
  • PollinateTO Community Grants

 

 

Better Bathurst Town Hall on February 25

 



Bathurst Street is at the heart of our City and Ward 8. On February 25, we hosted a packed house at the Baycrest Theatre to listen and discuss measures that can be taken to improve and revitalize Bathurst Street so that we preserve the cultural community history of this great neighbourhood. It was great to see so many passionate people show up for this important Town Hall. Thanks ever so much to everyone who came out to our Better Bathurst Street Town Hall. Special thanks to Mayor Tory for coming, City of Toronto Staff and to David Green and Baycrest for hosting our Bathurst Community.

Numerous issues were raised, such as: planning for youth and seniors, the need for better lighting and street art, outdoor cafes, increased green space, improving walkability, needing more sitting areas, and traffic flow and congestion.

To address these issues, my office is organizing four sub-committees. Each will focus on a different aspect of the Better Bathurst initiative.

  1. Traffic Safety
  2. Public realm and pedestrian improvements
  3. "Greening of Bathurst" (i.e. expanding natural green spaces / environment and sustainability)
  4. Security

Please contact my office at 416-338-2500 or email councillor_colle8@toronto.ca if you live or work in the area and are interested in sitting on one of these sub-committees.

Please LIKE and SHARE the Better Bathurst Street Facebook Page and contribute your ideas. You can also contact my office at 416-338-2500 or email councillor_colle8@toronto.ca.

 

 

 

Marlee Visioning Meeting on February 20

 

The City has initiated a Visioning Study for Marlee Avenue between Eglinton Avenue West and Lawrence Avenue West. The purpose of the study is to develop a public realm and streetscaping vision and improvement strategy that will enhance this neighbourhood for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, and expand parkland and open space.

An amazing crowd of residents came out to the Marlee Visioning meeting on February 20, braving the ice and snow, and shared so many great ideas on how to turn Marlee Avenue into the Champs-Elysees of Toronto!

If you're a resident or business in the area, I want you to share your ideas on new park expansions, wider sidewalks, cycling lanes, expanding the York Beltline Park, street lighting improvements, expanding the Marlee Ville Festival, and other improvements to the Marlee neighbourhood. 


Please LIKE and SHARE the Friends of Marlee-Ville Facebook Page and contribute your ideas. You can also contact my office at 416-338-2500 or email councillor_colle8@toronto.ca.

 

 

 

Save our Ravines Update

 

 

Meeting with former Toronto Mayor David Crombie and authors of the University of Toronto Ravine Report to discuss ways we can continue to fight to Save our Ravines. 

 

 

 

On February, 26, City Council passed my motion 24 to 1 to have the Toronto City Manager issue a report to the Infrastructure & Environment Committee that would examine the feasibility and possible advantages of establishing a "Toronto Ravine Conservancy'' that would facilitate and encourage private citizens, philanthropic organizations and businesses to make charitable donations and partner with the City in preserving, expanding and enhancing our precious ravines.

Here are ways you can continue to spread the word and help fight to Save our Ravines!


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.

 

 

 

I'm concerned about the impact that the Province's proposed subway takeover would have on development around subway stations, as the air rights would be sold to developers to pay for subways in the 905 region. Additionally, our City has a fully integrated transit system of subways, buses and streecars that all work together for the people. We have incredible needs, like completing construction on new lines, ongoing maintenance and solving severe density issues.

The focus must be on our transit riders and we must ensure that we focus on the needs of Toronto's transit system. Please Sign my Petition by emailing my office at councillor_colle8@toronto.ca to voice your support and keep the subway in Toronto.

 

 

North York Community Council
Approval for All-Way Stop Control and Traffic Lights

 

On February 14, North York Community Council passed my motions to adopt City staff recommendations and install:

- An all-way stop control at the intersection of Dane Ave and Mullholland Ave/Via Bagnato (near Dufferin and Lawrence)

- Traffic lights at the intersections of Duplex and Orchard View Blvd and Duplex and Montgomery Ave (near Yonge and Eglinton)

These are important community safety needs. They'll help pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles better navigate these dangerous intersections. This is subject to ratification at Toronto City Council.

 

 

 

 

Recent Events

 

 

Black History Month Event - February 28

 

My annual Black History Month Event took place on February 28 at BME Christ Church. Community members came out to celebrate and honour the history of Black Canadians. We also had fantastic performances by Carly Henry and Miss Letna. Thanks to all who joined us, including Mayor Tory, for a fun night of music, great food and camaraderie!

 

 

 

Proclamation of March 2 as Titans of Reggae Day

Last Friday, March 1, Mayor Tory and I issued a Proclamation that recognized March 2 as Titans of Reggae Day in Toronto. We had an incredible group of reggae stars with ties to the Toronto Reggae scene and the Eglinton West community on hand at City Hall, including: Leroy Sibbles, Jay Douglas, Nana McLean, Liberty Silver, Carol Brown, Roy Panton, Jimmy Reid, Otis Gayle, Glen Washington, Jackie Whyte, Tanya Mullings, Willie Williams, and Stranger Cole. After the Proclamation, we enjoyed a wonderful musical performance that echoed throughout City Hall. 

 

 

 

 

Development and City Planning


Planning and Development 101

Planning and development in the City of Toronto is governed by the Province of Ontario. This means the provincial government determines which provincial planning rules it must follow when considering development applications. 

The City must accept and consider every planning development that is submitted and report on it within a time-frame set by the Province. Failure to do so within the mandated time-frame, or refusal, authorises the developer the right to Appeal.

In May 2018, the provincial government replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) bringing in wide-ranging changes including a Local Planning Appeal Support Centre which gave legal assistance to residents battling development changes in their local municipality. Unfortunately, the Support Centre has recently been disbanded by the current provincial government. 

  • Before: The OMB would hear arguments from both sides and make decisions based on what it believed to be the "best" planning outcome, most often overruling the decisions of local councils.
  • Now: The LPAT will answer a simple "yes or no" legal test — does the proposal follow the city's official planning rules? If not, the matter will be sent back to municipal councils to issue another decision. The tribunal will not make planning decisions itself.

Steps of the Planning and Development Process from Beginning to Conclusion

 

 

Construction and Community Notices

 

Toronto Hydro Work on Bedford Park Avenue between Avenue Road and Grey Road

Toronto Hydro is planning to rebuild the aging overhead electrical system  to help improve service reliability. The rebuild includes upgrading overhead electrical cables and replacing hydro poles within the City of Toronto’s public property allowance.

The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by late February 2019 with an approximate completion date of mid May 2019. The project area includes sections of Bedford Park Avenue between Avenue Road (East) and Grey Road (West).





Toronto Hydro Work on Bathurst Street between Delhi Avenue and Haddington Avenue

Toronto Hydro is planning to rebuild the aging underground electrical system in the community to help improve service reliability. The rebuild includes the replacement of underground primary cables utilizing existing underground duct structures within the City of Toronto’s public property allowance.

The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by early March 2019 with an approximate completion date of late September 2019. The boundaries include sections of Bathurst Street between Delhi Avenue (North) and Haddington Avenue (South).




Below are upcoming watermain replacement plans for Spring 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 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

 

 

In our Community

 

North Toronto Memorial Community Centre Re-opening - March 11



North Toronto Memorial Community Centre is re-opening on Monday, March 11, 2019 for drop in programming and March Break Camps. Watch for full programs starting April 1, 2019. Spring/Summer program registration begins March 5.

For more information, please visit:
 https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/189/index.html

 

 

 

The City of Toronto has an expansive network of recreation centres, swimming pools, parks, sports fields, golf courses, trails, ravines, beaches and forests. The spring and summer are wonderful times of year to explore the outdoors, connect with nature, play, and swim. To help in your planning, The FUN Guide provides you with a list of exciting camps, programs, leisure drop-in activities, and facility rental information. Please also visit toronto.ca/rec for more information.

 

 

Through its new PollinateTO grants program, the City will fund pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community. Up to $5,000 per project is available.

Are you interested in gardening and protecting pollinators? Would you like to:

  • Create pollinator gardens or rain gardens in your neighbourhood or at your school?
  • Enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please apply to PollinateTO for funding to support your idea.

 

 

 

Upcoming programming at the Barbara Frum Community Centre

 

 

Programs at the Toronto Public Library

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the Fairbank Village BIA

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the Eglinton Way BIA

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for MarketTo District BIA

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the York Eglinton BIA

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the Uptown Yonge BIA

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA

 

 

 

Upcoming Events at the Columbus Centre

 

 

Toronto City Councillor Mike Colle
Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence

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

Our mailing address is:
A20, 2nd Floor
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1P5