To help encourage more cycling to and from our schools, John is offering bike racks to any TDSB or TCDSB schools in Willowdale who create a "bike to school" campaign in 2022. Cycling is an important way to improve health, help the environment and reduce traffic in our neighbourhoods. Parent Councils can participate in this program by organizing e-mail campaigns, poster contests, bike parades, or other ideas from the school community. For more information on this program, or
The City has launched its 2022 budget process with information now posted for services which rely on user fees for operation, including Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management and the Toronto Parking Authority. Residents can learn more about the City's Budget process here, and learn more about opportunities to get involved. The Budget Committee will speak to interested residents regarding these rate-supported budgets on November 19. Additional budget information will be posted
Two southbound lanes on Yonge Street will be blocked between Sheppard Avenue and Poyntz Avenue to install new water and sanitary services on the weekends of November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5. Residents should note these dates and be aware that Beecroft Road to Poyntz Avenue will be available as a detour. Work will also begin on November 22 on the section of Bogert Avenue between Yonge and Beecroft and continue through this period. Bogert will be closed to through traffic,
The City is offering support to help employers and employees planning for a safe return to the office through the Smart Commute program. Downloadable resources are available to support sustainable commuting, improve remote working performance, or help create new home/office hybrid models. Several webinar workshops are being offered on these topics. If you have questions you can also connect with an expert who will get in touch with one-on-one support. For more information, v
Wednesday, November 17 at 7 PM – online via WebEx This online consultation meeting is intended to provide residents with information and receive their comments on an application to construct two 18-storey buildings on a six-storey base, with a total of 458 new rental units. The buildings would be in close proximity to nearby homes which are not part of any redevelopment area, contrary to provisions in the City's Official Plan designed to protect neighbourhood homeowners. Th
Friday, December 3 at 7 PM – Meridian Hall (1 Front Street East) After losing Anne Marie D'Amico to the tragic van attack of 2018, her family has turned their grief into a journey of hope and inspiration, raising over $500,000 to support women escaping violence. Join them for an evening of live entertainment in memory of Anne Marie's spirit. More info and tickets available here.
Thursday, November 25, 6:00 - 8:30 PM - online event Target Climate Willowdale is partnering with students at Earl Haig Secondary to present this interactive discussion on the current climate situation and strategies to support emissions reduction. Presentations will include updates on City and provincial programs, personal emissions reduction strategies and paths for political advocacy. To register, click here.
Condo developers near subway stations will be required to set aside 5 to 10% of their units for affordable housing, under a plan approved by Council this week. Not surprisingly, the "Inclusionary Zoning" plan was simultaneously denounced by housing advocates who said it wasn't enough and by developers who complained it would cut too much into their profits. The plan calls for the phase in of truly affordable units. Rents and sale prices will be based on the ability of low and
Saturday, December 4 at 8 PM – George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Centre (5040 Yonge St) Two great Toronto ensembles join forces in a joyful gospel-inspired celebration of Christmas around the world. Tickets available here.
The best value for buying books in the City is returning to the North York Central Library after a long COVID-19 hiatus. The Book Ends Store, located on the lower concourse level at 5120 Yonge Street, will re-open on November 17 and offer service Wednesdays through Saturdays between 10 AM and 4 PM. You can buy donated items and materials withdrawn from the library's collection. Most materials are priced at $1.00, but may range from $0.50 to $5.00. Money raised from sales i
Are we entering a fifth pandemic wave? Based on a 50% increase in province-wide numbers over the past two weeks, it looks that way. But Toronto hasn't experienced that high a spike and some increase was expected as we spend more time indoors and regulations are relaxed. Even with rising numbers, this winter is expected to be much better than the last. Not only is our vaccination rate edging closer to 90 percent – a factor we know will greatly reduce hospitalization and death
All of the approximately 600 services offered by 311 are now fully available online, including requests for snow plowing and tree maintenance, reporting overflowing catch basins, dogs off leash or missed garbage pick-ups. Residents can access services at toronto.ca/311 easily submitting or tracking service requests, with the ability to request real time updates by email or text message or by chatting with an online agent. Information on all City services are available online
by Markus O'Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff Speeding motor vehicles put pedestrians' lives at risk. That's why Toronto has been actively lowering speed limits to improve safety. In 2020, speed limits were reduced from 60 km/h to 50 km/h on nearly 250 km of the city's arterial roads. In May, North York Community Council decided to take the next step, reducing speeds on local roads to 30 km/h. New speed limits on Willowdale's local roads should begin appearing before the end of t
Lowering Small Businesses Taxes - Council has established a new property tax subclass to better support small business owners. Commercial properties downtown, in growth centres such as along Yonge Street in Willowdale, or on designated avenues with an assessment of less than $7 million and a lot size under 7,500 sq ft. will see an automatic tax reduction of 15% next year. It is estimated that 60% of Toronto’s businesses will benefit from this reduction. This will provide some
Willowdale is nearing the completion of its 2021 park improvement projects, offering new playgrounds for kids and their families to explore. The new Charlton Park playground opened this fall offering a large new playscape with accessible play features and natural rock benches nearby. The park is located on Charlton Boulevard west of Grantbrook Street. Staff responded quickly to replace play equipment in Dempsey Park after a climbing wall was destroyed by a park tree. The ne
Toronto Public Health is returning City clinics to by-appointment bookings as of November 6. Residents who are eligible for a booster shot should book their appointment through the Province's booking site. Mitchell Field remains one of five City clinics, but initial appointment slots were quickly filled. Those nearby can keep checking as new appointment slots are opened. North York General Hospital is also offering booster appointments through various satellite locations, a
Sunday, November 28 at 5:30 PM – Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street) The Jewish Russian Community Centre of Ontario (JRCC) hosts its annual Public Menorah lighting ceremony on the first night of Chanukah with music and traditional Chanukah delicacies, followed by entertainment for children. For more information, click here.
There have been an increased number of coyote sightings in and around Willowdale ravines. Seeing coyotes is considered normal in Toronto. Though they do not generally pose a danger to people, they be dangerous to small pets and caution is wise. Coyotes do not hibernate and are more often spotted in the winter months, usually hunting small mammals and birds (and controlling the rodent population). If you see a coyote, do not run – make some noise to scare it away. Do not a
Thursday, November 4 from 7:00-8:30PM A new 6,000 m2 park is coming to the East Newtonbrook community. The new green space will be located on a new street called Olympic Garden Drive formed as part of the M2M condo development southeast of Yonge Street and Cummer Avenue. It will be adjacent to the site of the new Newtonbrook Community Recreation Centre. This virtual consultation will present a design concept for this new park and gather feedback from the community. Registe
Monday, November 8 from 6:30-8:00PM The City is reviewing various possible methods to speed up public transit routes. The first phase of the public consultation plan involves discussing local transportation and transit priorities. Due to technical difficulties during the first North York consultation, a second virtual meeting has been scheduled covering the same material. Participants can review the presentation materials, share feedback, or participate in an online survey.