The Cressy Courier Sept 24 - Board of Health updates, parks revitalizations, and more

Dear friends,

As we continue to enjoy the last remnants of summer weather, and get ready to welcome the changing leaves of fall, our work continues to invest and build our communities. 

Below you will find updates on our work to protect public health, revitalize our parks, build safer streets, and much more. 

Please be in touch if you have any questions about the updates below or any other issues in our community.

Take care,

Joe


September Board of Health meeting - Updates

As the Chair of the Board of Health, I am honoured to work alongside my fellow board members and City staff to not only shape public health policy, but to promote healthy and informed communities.

Here are updates from our September 23rd meeting of the Board of Health:

Addressing the Health Impacts of Vaping

Recently, there have been several reports in the United States of people suffering from pulmonary illness, and at least one death, related to use of vaping products. On September 18, 2019, the first incident of this kind was reported in London, Ontario. 

The use of vapour products has been on the rise significantly over the past number of years, with little known about the potential negative health impacts for all members of our communities. In 2014, the Toronto Board of Health took a strong stand on the issue of vaping (referred to as e-cigarettes at the time), and made a number of recommendations with respect to restricting availability, restricting advertising and marketing, and more. Unfortunately, many of these recommendations are under the jurisdiction of the federal and provincial governments, and have yet to be adopted.

Given the growing concerns about the health impacts associated with use of vapour products, as the Chair of the Board of Health, I asked the Medical Officer of Health to provide an update to the Board at our meeting yesterday, and to report back later this year with recommendations for actions for all levels of government. 

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy is a growing concern internationally and has been identified as a top ten threat to global health by the World Health Organization. In Canada, an estimated 20 percent of parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children and are unsure about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Social media and the internet play a significant role in spreading misinformation about vaccines and have contributed greatly to vaccine hesitancy.

The evidence is clear - vaccinations work. It is critical that at Toronto Public Health, we build a robust framework to not only continue to educate the public on the critical benefits of vaccinations, but to combat mis-leading information in the public domain. Yesterday, at our September meeting, the Board of Health unanimously approved our comprehensive Toronto Public Health strategy to combat vaccine hesitancy, which includes recommendations for all levels of government regarding record keeping, social media and advertising, and more. Additionally, as part of the comprehensive strategy, the Medical Officer of Health recommended asking the province to consider removing philosophical and religious exemptions under the Immunization of School Pupils Act and only accept medical exemptions completed by a certified health care provider.

Clear and truthful messages supporting vaccines and the importance of immunization in protecting health are critical to combatting vaccine hesitancy. In Toronto, we will not wait for an outbreak. We will continue to work to protect the health of the public. To read the full report, click here.


Revitalizing David Crombie Park - Public information session this Thursday!

David Crombie Park is the green spine of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, it is a physical and social connector that welcomes all.

The David Crombie Park Revitalization Design project will develop a comprehensive conceptual design and implementation plan for improvements to this treasured centrepiece of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood in order to meet the current and future needs of the community.

Public consultations have been ongoing since 2018, and City staff will be holding a public information workshop this Thursday to present the preferred concept plan, receive public input, and discuss next steps. Join us!

For more information, click here


Building safer streets in CityPlace - speed limit reduction for Fort York Boulevard

Promoting safety and accessibility for all road users through planning and investing in our infrastructure is crucial. We need a city wide focus on building safer streets through the accelerated implementation of the Vision Zero road safety plan. In 2018, Toronto was witness to close to two hundred pedestrians killed or seriously injured due to traffic related collisions. Fatalities and serious injuries on our roads are preventable.

I have been working with the CityPlace community to identify road safety concerns and implement local improvements. These changes have included the installation of traffic signals at Dan Leckie Way and Fort York Boulevard, and on the west side of Spadina Avenue at Lake Shore Boulevard West. I have also secured approval for complete signalized pedestrian crossings at Spadina Avenue and Bremner Boulevard, and Spadina Avenue and Front Street, as well as new all-way stops and pedestrian crosswalks at Fort York Boulevard and Queens Wharf Road, and at Dan Leckie Way and Housey Street

In 2015, Toronto and East York Community Council directed that all roads within the district classified as local streets be reduced to a 30 km/hr speed limit.  At that time, Fort York Boulevard did not qualify for speed limit reduction and as a result the default 50 km/hr speed limit remained.

Today, Fort York Boulevard has a daily vehicular volume of approximately 8000 vehicles/day, has seen a growth in pedestrian traffic and will soon be home to two new schools, a community centre and childcare facility, all expected to open in 2020. We know that lowering speed limits is a critical step in our work to build safer streets. As a result, Toronto and East York Community Council approved my request to reduce the speed limit on Fort York Boulevard between Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street from 50km/hr to 30km/hr. 

Stay tuned for updates on the rest of our work to build safer streets in our CityPlace community. 


West Queen West Planning & Heritage Study - Community Consultation Meeting

Later this fall, City Planning staff will be bringing forward recommendations on the West Queen West Planning Study and the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plan. A Community Consultation Meeting will be held on October 17 where you can learn more about the proposed plans, ask questions, and provide comments - please save the date! Time and location will be announced in the coming weeks. 

To ensure you receive notification of the confirmed meeting details, you can sign up for updates by visiting the project website


Toronto Biennial of Art

From September 21 to December 1, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by exhibitions, talks, and performances. In an effort to make contemporary art available to everyone, the Biennial’s free, citywide programs aim to inspire individuals, bridge communities, and contribute to global conversations from a variety of perspectives. For more information, visit: https://torontobiennial.org/ 


Reducing single-use plastics and takeaway items - city consultation

Reducing waste in our communities, and across our city, is a key component in addressing the climate crisis. Reducing single-use and takeaway items supports recommendations established in the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. In July 2018, City Council directed Solid Waste Management Services to consult with residents and stakeholder groups on single-use plastics and takeaway items for targeted reduction and solicit input on policy tools. 

The City of Toronto is undertaking a second phase of consultation on how to reduce the use of single-use and takeaway items. A single-use or takeaway item is any product designed for a single use after which it is disposed of in the garbage, Blue Bin (recycling) or Green Bin (organics).

For more information on how to get involved, click here


St. Andrew's Playground Revitalization and Expansion - Final public meeting

Expanding our existing green spaces downtown is critical, which is why I am thrilled that we are moving ahead with work on the St. Andrew’s Playground revitalization and expansion. 

Currently undergoing an Environmental Assessment, the parking lot on the west of the playground will become part of the park and a new dogs-off-leash area will be constructed in the new portion of the park in 2021.

Our third and final consultation will present the preferred option to the community for feedback. 

Date: Thursday October 24th
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto, Room 308

All are welcome to attend!


Dovercourt Road Reconstruction - Public Drop-in Event

In 2020, Dovercourt Road between Dundas and Sudbury, is scheduled for a full reconstruction. This is an opportunity to make a number of improvements, including: watermain replacement, intersection improvements, sidewalk replacement, and traffic calming. We have heard many traffic safety concerns with respect to Dovercourt, and myself and Councillor Bailao have been working closely together to ensure we can build a safer street on Dovercourt.

Join us on October 7th to learn more and to provide your comments on the options for traffic calming. You can also view the presentation materials and provide feedback by visiting www.toronto.ca/dovercourt


New Mural Art on the Waterfront

Waterfront Toronto is creating a new mural at 291 Lakeshore Blvd. East and wants your feedback.

In collaboration with Waterfront Toronto and part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program, multidisciplinary artist Jacquie Comrie will be taking over a wall of the waterfront building as the canvas for a new vibrant mural starting in October 2019.

“Colour is the universal language of human emotion. In today's overwhelming world, the colourful installation aims to revitalize this property into a landmark of mental wellbeing for the community of East Bayfront and the city of Toronto at large”- Jacquie Comrie

To take the survey, click here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccCvasKaiV5JUBrE0l5-ifSpvAxG5GD2BJuKUc4CLJ0dBMKA/viewform

StreetARToronto provides support for artists, artist collectives, cultural producers and not-for-profit organizations to revitalize and engage communities through graffiti and street art.  www.toronto.ca/streetart 

For more of Jacquie's work: www.jacquiecomrie.com   


TransformTO Climate Action Strategy - Implementation Plan consultation

Every day, we are seeing the climate crisis take hold in our communities, from flooding on our Toronto Islands to extreme and dangerous temperatures, and indeed across the entire world. All levels of government must commit to tackling the growing climate crisis.

In July 2017, City Council approved the TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, and first implementation plan to the end of 2020. Now, residents are invited to have their say on the second phase of implementation of climate actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. The City is developing its next TransformTO Implementation Plan 2021 to 2023.

Get involved and share your views by attending a public meeting; completing an online survey; or hosting your own community consultation with the help of a Community Conversation Guide and other resources.

Public meetings begin on Tuesday October 8th - find all the details, and how to get involved by clicking here.


Successful hoist of the new King-Liberty Bridge

Over the weekend of September 14-15, the City of Toronto successfully hoisted the King-Liberty Bridge span into place above the rail corridor. It will provide a much-needed accessible connection for pedestrians and cyclists over the rail corridor between Western Battery Road and King Street West/Douro Street. Projects like this are critical for the future of our neighbourhoods and ensuring that people can continue to move reliably and sustainably in a growing city. 

Now that the bridge span is in place, the concrete deck, glass, security systems, elevators, and electrical connections can be installed. Full completion and opening of the bridge is anticipated by Spring 2020 and the City is working with its contractors to identify opportunities for an earlier partial opening for the community.

Please visit the project website to learn more, see additional photos of the overnight hoist, and sign up for future updates.


Waterfront Toronto Marine Strategy Survey

In collaboration with the City of Toronto, Ports Toronto, Toronto and Regional Conservation Authority, Waterfront Toronto is updating the Marine Strategy and Implementation Plan for Toronto’s waterfront.

The draft Marine Use Strategy was released over ten years ago. A lot has changed on the waterfront since then. As revitalization progresses, this update will ensure that Toronto’s waterfront maintains a balance of commercial shipping, tour boats, recreational boating and water-based transportation.

Once complete, the final plan will be used to guide the planning and design of shoreline improvements.

Phase 1 of this study is focused on Lake Ontario's Inner Harbour, specifically dock wall uses between Yonge and Cherry Streets. The study is looking at all types of watercrafts, but this survey is for those with small boats or crafts. Your input will help Waterfront Toronto understand the challenges, needs and opportunities that should be addressed in order to improve the Inner Harbour. 

While this study will focus primarily on dock wall uses from Yonge to Cherry Streets, the broader area of study encompasses Lake Ontario's Inner Harbour, the Toronto Islands and Port lands. To view the study areas on a map, click here 

https://waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe/wcm/connect/waterfront/94154ec4-5924-4947-a88c-a17b3d251955/2018+Marine+Use+Inventory+Map+-+Boats.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=94154ec4-5924-4947-a88c-a17b3d251955

To take the survey, click here

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/69ZYT5D


Exhibition Place Master Plan - Public Meeting

On Thursday October 10th, the City will be hosting the second public meeting as part of the ongoing Exhibition Place Master Plan process. 

The City of Toronto is undertaking a master plan exercise for Exhibition Place, building on the Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment (CHLA) of the lands completed earlier this year. The Exhibition Place Master Plan will include direction on public realm enhancements, parks and open spaces, transportation upgrades, built form, heritage conservation, and connectivity to the surrounding neighbourhoods. You can find information about past work and meetings on the project website. This meeting will be an open house with a presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.


Neighbourhood Farmers' Markets

There are lots of local farmers' markets still happening across Ward 10! Have one to add to the list? Send it to us at councillor_cressy@toronto.ca

Courtyard Farmer’s Market
Every Tuesday until October, 8am - 2pm
190 Simcoe Street courtyard (near University & Queen)

Distillery Sunday Market
Every Sunday until October 13, 12pm-5pm
The Distillery District, 55 Mill St. 

Indulge at David Pecaut Square
Every Thursday until October 17, 8am-2:30pm
David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West

Liberty Village Farmers' Market
Every Sunday until November, 9am-2pm
34 Hanna Ave.
Visit their website here.

Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market
Every Wednesday until October, 8am - 2pm
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W)

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market
Every Tuesday, rain or shine, 3pm to 7pm.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
Please visit their website for more info! www.tbfm.ca  

Underpass Park Farmers’ Market
Every Thursday, 3pm to 7pm. Until October.
Underpass Park (29 Lower River St)

Waterfront Good Food Market
Fresh, affordable fruits and veggies.
Tuesdays 4:30-7pm, year-round
25 Bishop Tutu Blvd, 1st fl community room (accessible from courtyard)


Public Meetings

David Crombie Park Revitalization
Thursday September 26th, 4-6pm OR 6:30-8pm

The St. Lawrence Community Centre (230 The Esplanade)

The City of Toronto invites you to learn more about proposed improvements to David Crombie Park. Staff are hosting a public information workshop to present the preferred concept plan and receive public input. ASL interpreters may be provided, if available. Please contact 311 in advance of the meeting if an interpreter is needed. For more information or to register to attend click here

Dovercourt Road Reconstruction - Public Drop-in Event
Monday October 7th, 6:30-8:30pm

The Great Hall, Conversation Room (1087 Queen St. W)

Dovercourt Road between Dundas and Sudbury, is scheduled for reconstruction in 2020. This is an opportunity to make a number of improvements, including: watermain replacement, intersection improvements, sidewalk replacement, and traffic calming. Join us to learn more and to provide your comments on the options for traffic calming. You can also view the presentation materials and provide feedback by visiting www.toronto.ca/dovercourt

Exhibition Place Master Plan - Public Meeting
Thursday October 10th, 6-8pm

Beanfield Centre, Room 201ABC, at Exhibition Place (105 Princes' Blvd.)

The City of Toronto is undertaking a master plan exercise for Exhibition Place, building on the Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment (CHLA) of the lands completed earlier this year. The Exhibition Place Master Plan will include direction on public realm enhancements, parks and open spaces, transportation upgrades, built form, heritage conservation, and connectivity to the surrounding neighbourhoods. You can find information about past work and meetings on the project website. This meeting will be an open house with a presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.

First Parliament Site Master Plan
Tuesday October 15th, 6:15pm (doors open at 5:30)

St. Lawrence Market Tent (125 The Esplanade)

The First Parliament site is located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets. It is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park. This area is historically significant, representing the political, social and industrial forces that helped shape the city. In 2012, the City of Toronto acquired the site to recognize its history and to support the changing needs of the community. The surrounding community has grown in recent years. There is a new population of residents and office workers, and visitors are attracted to the area’s history and historic buildings.

This project examines how the site can best be developed in order to tell important stories from its past and how to best serve the community.For more information visit: www.firstparliament.ca and RSVP at rsvp.firstparliament.ca

West Queen West Planning & Heritage Study - Community Consultation Meeting
Save the date: Thursday October 17th

Location TBA

City Planning staff will be bringing forward recommendations on the West Queen West Planning Study and the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plan later this fall. A Community Consultation Meeting will be held on October 17 where you can learn more about the proposed plans, ask questions, and provide comments - please save the date! Time and location will be announced in the coming weeks. To ensure you receive notification of the confirmed meeting details, you can sign up for updates by visiting the project website

St. Andrew's Playground Revitalization and Expansion - Public meeting
Thursday October 24th, 6:30-8:30pm

Metro Hall, Room 308

The City of Toronto invites you to learn more about the preferred option for the revitalization and expansion of St. Andrew’s Playground. ASL interpreters may be provided, if available. Please contact 311 in advance of the meeting if an interpreter is needed. For more information or to register to attend click here.


Community Events

Garden Harvest Party
Thursday September 26th, 4:30-7pm

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (647 Queens Quay West)

The Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a Garden Harvest Party with live music performed by Metis musicians Alicia & Liam Blore. For more information contact: 416-392-2509.

I am me. I am mighty. 
Saturday September 28th, 10am-12pm

St. Lawrence Library (171 Front St. E)

Jamii and the Toronto Public Library St. Lawrence Branch are partnering to present "I am me. I am mighty." Join us to celebrate iconic female characters in children books and stories that inspire us to be who we are. An event for the whole family with craft, story time, exhibits, live music, and a drawing workshop

Take Back the Night
Friday September 27th, Activity Hub at 5pm, March at 8:30

Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West)

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Multicultural Women Against Rape presents the 39th annual Take Back The Night Rally and March. Wheelchair accessible, ASL and deaf interpretation, child care provided. All are welcome. For more information click here.

Nuit Blanche
Saturday October 5th, sunset to sunrise

Multiple locations

Back for another year, Nuit Blanche will transform Toronto overnight with works by hundreds of artists in several neighbourhoods including Fort York, West Queen West, and the downtown core. For the full program visit www.toronto.ca/nuitblanche

Youth Arcade - Official Program Start
Monday October 7th, 3-6pm

St. Stephen's Community House (91 Bellevue Avenue, in the basement)

Kick it with us at the Youth Arcade and learn about community programming. For more information email scheyenne@sschto.ca. 

Venus
Thursday October 10th (program start date), 4:30-6pm

St. Stephen's Community House (91 Bellevue Avenue, in the basement)

An interactive, fun and educational group for girls ages 13 and up.
For more information email scheyenne@sschto.ca.


Construction Updates

Watermain Replacement and Road Resurfacing on Sheppard St from Adelaide St W to Richmond St W

Start Date: September 3, 2019. End Date: Spring 2020

For more information and what to expect click here


Get in Touch with Trustee Stephanie Donaldson

Municipal Ward 10 (Spadina-Fort York) is part of TDSB Ward 9, Davenport and Spadina-Fort York. Stephanie Donaldson is the School Board Trustee for TDSB Ward 9. Stay up to date and get in touch with her here.


Construction Map

To view an interactive map of current and upcoming construction projects throughout the city, please click here.


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