The Cressy Courier December 11- Winter Events, St Patrick Station Updates, and More

Dear friends,

I am pleased to be writing to you in this, my first email newsletter of the new term of City Council.

As the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, I am excited to work together with all our diverse neighbourhoods - from Liberty Village to the Distillery District, the Grange to our Toronto Islands - to continue to build liveable and equitable downtown communities.

As you may know, the new term of City Council is bringing significant changes to representation in our city. This past summer, Doug Ford’s conservative government slashed the size of City Council from 47 to 25 Wards, without consultation. This presents a significant challenge to ensuring that we can continue to work together to build our neighbourhoods, and to provide the representation that our communities deserve.

However, I am committed to working together to ensure that, as we consider what changes are required to our municipal governance process, that local democracy and representation are at the heart of our decision-making.

Read on for updates on projects and upcoming events across our new expanded Ward 10.

I look forward to working together with all of you to build the city, and communities, of our dreams.

Take care,

 

Joe


New Term of City Council - Ward boundaries and municipal governance

New Ward Boundaries - now in effect

The election held on October 22 was to elect a new City Council under the new 25-ward boundary system, which is now in effect.

For the new term of City Council, communities in the former Ward 20 became part of 2 new wards:

I am privileged to have been elected to represent the new Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, which mirrors the boundaries of the Federal and Provincial Riding. Neighbourhoods in the former Ward 20 that are south of Dundas are now part Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, as well as many neighbourhoods from the former Wards 19, 27 and 28.

Changes to the Municipal Decision-making Structure

As you may know, the new term of City Council is bringing significant changes to representation in our city. This past summer, Doug Ford’s conservative government slashed the size of City Council from 47 to 25 Wards, without consultation. This presents a significant challenge to ensuring that we can continue to work together to build our neighbourhoods, and to provide the representation that our communities deserve.

However, I am committed to working together to ensure that, as we consider what changes are required to our municipal governance process, that local democracy and representation are at the heart of our decision-making.

At our inaugural meeting this week, City Council voted to strike a Special Committee on Governance, to review and consider how to restructure our municipal governance structure and process. Over the next number of months, there will be a number of opportunities for communities to engage in this critical process for our city. Please stay tuned for further information on these opportunities.

Council also approved an interim committee structure, new community council boundaries, as well as a number of changes to the composition of agencies, boards and commissions, that reflects the new smaller size of City Council. A full list of those changes can be found here.


Changes to School Board Ward Boundaries

In addition to changes to ward boundaries at the City Council level, the Provincial government also mandated changes to the boundaries at our local School Boards, including the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). These changes are also now in effect:

New TDSB Ward Boundaries:

  • Municipal Ward 10 (Spadina-Fort York) is now part of TDSB Ward 9, Davenport and Spadina-Fort York. The incoming School Board Trustee for TDSB Ward 9 is Stephanie Donaldson.
  • Municipal Ward 11 (University-Rosedale) is now part of TDSB Ward 10, Toronto Centre and University-Rosedale. The incoming School Board Trustee for TDSB Ward 10 is Chris Moise.

New TCDSB Ward Boundaries:

  • Municipal Wards 10 and 11 are now part of TCDSB Ward 9. The incoming School Board Trustee for TCDSB Ward 9 is Norm DiPasquale.

Protecting the future of Ontario Place

Ontario Place is a critical part of our City and our Province. These treasured lands represent a crucial public asset that has served the public for decades, and an asset that must be respected. In our rapidly growing city, access to public land for the public good must continue to be a critical priority.

Recently, the Provincial Government announced the dissolution of the governing body of Ontario Place and indicated their intention to move forward with a future redevelopment of the Ontario Place lands.

Any potential changes to Ontario Place must be made in the public interest and must include a rigorous public consultation process. I am introducing an urgent motion, with Councillor Layton, to the upcoming meeting of City Council to request that the Province of Ontario work and consult with the City of Toronto, and conduct a robust and open consultation process regarding any potential future redevelopment of Ontario Place.


St Patrick Station is now wheelchair accessible


Elevators are now available to take you from street level to the platform in St Patrick subway station. The new elevator from street level to the concourse and collector booth is located inside the building on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street West (480 University Avenue) and a second new elevator is located behind fare gates in the concourse, which connects down to platform level.

With the completion of construction to install these elevators, a new stairway entrance has also opened on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Dundas Street West.


StART 2018 Photography Exhibit

A new photo exhibit featuring 2018 street art installations from around Toronto is on display until January 31 at the Centre for Social Innovation at 192 Spadina Avenue. The showcase, which can be seen Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., is part of StreetARToronto (StART), which engages local artists to help reduce and replace graffiti vandalism with colourful and vibrant art work at locations throughout the city.


New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square

Ring in the New Year at Nathan Phillips Square! The annual celebration takes place against the festive and picturesque backdrop of Toronto’s official Christmas tree and the lights of Nathan Phillips Square. The evening includes live musical performances, a DJ skating party sponsored by Tim Hortons and a stunning fireworks display to help you usher in 2019.


TransformTO: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

The Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre will undergo a deep energy retrofit, funded in part by the City and the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator. In addition to updating the building’s automation system, the project will convert lighting to LED, as well as install a geothermal heating/cooling system using water from Lake Ontario and a combined system that generates power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun and battery power. The retrofit, which will reduce the building’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 80 per cent, supports the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. Buildings generate about half the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today.


Winter Warm-Up on King Street

Embrace winter at a new public space along King Street for the Winter Warm-Up event series! Each Wednesday from December 5 to 19 enjoy live music, a cozy warming station, hot chocolate, cider and freshly baked treats.


Save on holiday shopping with the Live Green Perks app

The City’s Live Green Perks program can help shoppers in Toronto save up to 50 per cent on green products and services at participating shops, restaurants and attractions. Anyone can join the program by downloading the free Live Green Perks app. Wallet cards are also available on request through the website.


Waste Reduction Community Grants

The City is offering grants of up to $25,000 to support community-based efforts to reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in Toronto’s Blue and Green Bin programs through the Waste Reduction Community Grants program. Get your ideas ready – applications open January 7.