Ward 15

School Capacity in Ward 15

Even though summer has just begun, it (unfortunately) won't be long until the families of Don Valley West begin preparing for the upcoming school year. Limited school capacity is a critical issue for families across Ward 15, particularly in the neighbourhoods immediately north and south of Eglinton Avenue. While building new schools remains within the jurisdiction of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), I've worked closely with the TDSB to pursue new strategies to address school capacity issues in Ward 15 and across Toronto.

After a monumental community effort opposing the tower development at John Fisher Public School, the TDSB implemented a new policy to ensure they are involved in the evaluation of major development applications. In many cases, this means actively opposing development applications in neighbourhoods where the existing school capacity is not sufficient to accommodate new students in the area. I have raised the issue of school capacity during the development review process on several occasions but without direct involvement from the TDSB. Going forward, I'm optimistic that the TDSB's support will help us to secure better outcomes for our communities.

Over the past eight years, I've been advocating for a moratorium, or "hold", on development in neighbourhoods where there is inadequate infrastructure, community amenities, and schools to support a growing population. Last month, North York Community Council received a letter from the TDSB requesting a hold on the approval of a development proposal in the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood for the first time. The TDSB's letter cited the lack of schools in the area and requested a pause on the application until it could be determined that there was sufficient school capacity to support the additional density.

As you may know, Provincial legislation prevents the TDSB from collecting educational development charges (EDCs). The current regulations prevent school boards with excess capacity in any area from accessing the money that developers pay to the schools' system when they build new sites. Due to declining enrollment in certain parts of Toronto, the TDSB will never meet this essential requirement. Funding from development charges could be used to improve school capacity in high-growth areas and support urgent school infrastructure needs.

Until we see major change on this front, I will continue to work with the TDSB to respond to development applications on a case-by-case basis in our neighbourhood. It's critical to ensure that the City has adequate hard and soft infrastructure to support additional residential density before issuing building permits.


I was honoured to speak at the graduating ceremonies of several esteemed schools in Ward 15. I wish all the graduates of Bedford Park Public School, Hodgson Middle School, Northlea Public School, and Leaside High School (as well as those whose graduation I did not attend!) the very best in the next chapter of their lives.

Banbury Park and Mossgrove Park Playgrounds are Now Open!

Despite a delayed start due to an unseasonably rainy spring, I'm pleased to announce that the new playgrounds at Banbury Park and Mossgrove Park are now open to the public!


After years of hard work and extensive consultation with the community, Banbury Park and Mossgrove Park are now home to brand new playgrounds.

A new junior play structure was installed at Banbury Park, featuring a mini summit climber, lolliladder, tight rope, and smart play cube. At Mossgrove Park, staff installed a new playground complete with swings, slides, and a teeter-totter, along with a unique "bamboo jungle" fitness component.

Some of the damaged turf areas at Mossgrove Park will remain fenced off to protect the newly-restored grass. The protective fencing is anticipated to be removed before the fall.

Many thanks for your patience and engagement throughout this process.

Playgrounds are a critical element of a complete, liveable community and I hope you are all as excited about these new improvements to the neighbourhood as I am!

Around Town with Jaye

Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf - 40th Anniversary Celebration

I was honoured to attend the 40th Anniversary celebration for the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf. By advocating for Deaf Canadians & those living with multiple challenges, the Bob Rumball Centre continues to empower Torontonians affected by hearing loss. Congratulations on this milestone!

South Eglinton Ratepayers' & Residents' Association Annual General Meeting

From transit to traffic, I always appreciate an opportunity to discuss neighbourhood priorities with Ward 15 residents. Thank you to SERRA for inviting me to speak at their Annual General Meeting - Davisville Village is an incredibly engaged community!

St. Anselm Catholic School road safety meeting

I visited St. Anselm Catholic School with local parents and residents to assess traffic in the area. Looking forward to continue working together with the community to improve school safety.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 2nd marks Holocaust Remembrance Day - I was honoured to meet Holocaust survivor and educator, Pinchas Gutter.

Fraser Mustard Learning Centre Tour

It was a pleasure to visit the Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, and it's always great to see TDSB trustee Rachel Chernos-Lin!

Leaside Lawn Bowling Club Opening

It was great to see friends and neighbours out in Ward 15 for the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club's Opening Day.

Mental Health Week Announcement

I was honoured to show my support for mental health initiatives by celebrating the launch of the TTC's new mental health campaign for Mental Health Week. The "New Mentality" posters were designed by a youth group from East Metro Youth Services (EMYS).

Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club Opening

Had a fun afternoon at the Thorncliffe Park Tennis Club's Opening Day, thank you for having me!

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Mayor's Iftar Dinner

It was an honour to attend the Mayor's Iftar Dinner commemorating the holy month of Ramadan. I was happy to see some familiar faces from Thorncliffe Park.

C.D. Howe Institute Transit Roundtable

A big thank you to the C.D. Howe Institute for inviting me to speak as the Chair of the TTC at their Roundtable Luncheon on the future of public transportation in Toronto.

University of Toronto's Don Valley Urban Forest Clean Up

Kicked off a day of meetings and events in Ward 15 by taking part in the University of Toronto's Varsity Mountain Bike Team's Don Valley Urban Forest Clean Up event! Had a great day beautifying our community.

140 Erskine Meet & Greet

It was a pleasure to meet the new Board of the Upper Canada Tenants Association in Ward 15.

Wanless Park Spring Fair

A big thank you to the Bedford-Wanless Ratepayers Association for organizing this year’s wonderful Wanless Park Spring Fair. This year, I kept up my annual tradition of judging the Egg Toss competition.

The Uptown Yonge BIA's Mother's Day weekend Sidewalk Sale

Congratulations to the Uptown Yonge BIA on another successful Sidewalk Sale event!

Northlea Elementary and Middle School's Shark Tank

Had a great time participating in Northlea Elementary and Middle School's Shark Tank. I enjoyed being a Shark and hearing the students' pitches on improving sustainability and accessibility in the school community.
Thank you to all Northlea E.M.S faculty, parents, students and my fellow Sharks for making the event such a success!

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Teddington Park Residents Association's Annual General Meeting

Great speaking with neighbours at the Teddington Park Residents Association's Annual General Meeting.

Maurice Cody Public School's annual Spring Fair

My inaugural visit to Maurice Cody Public School's annual Spring Fair was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to working collaboratively with the Maurice Cody P.S. administration and parents on important school safety initiatives.

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Islamic Society of Toronto's Iftar Dinner

Had a wonderful evening commemorating Ramadan in Thorncliffe Park. Thank you to the Islamic Society of Toronto for the warm welcome at Masjid Darus Salaam. Ramadan Mubarak!

The CONTACT Photography Festival's TTC Exhibit

As TTC Chair, I'm pleased that the TTC is a part of this year's Contact Photography Festival. I enjoyed viewing the exhibit at Bay Station with the TTC's own photographer, Derek Stryland.

Visit to Rolph Road Elementary School

It was great to meet with Sandra Larosa, the Principal of Rolph Road Public School in Leaside, earlier this month.

Hoggs Hollow Valley Fair

It was great seeing friends and neighbours at the Hoggs Hollow Valley Fair. A big thanks to all of the volunteers who organized this event.

Kids’ Lit Quiz Competition Winners – Hodgson Middle School

Written by guest contributor: Jennifer Ankenmann

In January, four students from Hodgson Middle School in Ward 15 won the Kids’ Lit Quiz Canadian National Final, hosted at McMaster University. They will be travelling to Singapore in July to compete in the 2019 Kids’ Lit Quiz World Final. It is the second consecutive year this team competed in the Canadian National Final and this year they were victorious!

Team Canada members Gillian, Lila, Julia, and Leah are working hard in preparation for the World Final and look forward to meeting students from other countries who share their love of reading.  They hosted an online silent auction at the end of May to fund raise for their flights to Singapore.

Kids’ Lit Quiz, also known as the Sport of Reading, is an international quiz game for 10-13 year olds that tests their knowledge of children’s books. It inspires students to become lifelong readers by emphasizing the fun of reading and showing young readers that they belong to a worldwide community. Kids’ Lit Quiz takes place in 13 countries, and is run by volunteers in every country. In 2019, 200 teams across Canada competed for the honour to represent our country at this year’s World Final.

On behalf of Don Valley West, congratulations to our Ward 15 Team Canada members and best of luck in the World Final!

Ward 15 Community Environment Days

On April 6th and May 9th, neighbours from across Ward 15 joined my team and I at York Mills Collegiate Institute and Leaside Memorial Community Gardens to donate and recycle their used materials. Ward 15 had two of the most well-attended Community Environment Days in the entire City of Toronto!
Thanks to the incredible engagement from residents at this year's event, there was an overwhelming amount of donations that went to help local schools and community organizations. The Toronto Salvation Army even brought in a second collection truck to accommodate all of the great donations they received! 
Countless electronics and household hazardous waste items were also brought to my Environment Day for safe disposal. The free compost was particularly popular as families geared up for spring gardening.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak with many friends, as well as new neighbours, about local Ward 15 initiatives. Thank you to all who stopped by my booth to say hello - without your contributions, donations and disposals, my Environment Day events would not have been such a great success.
I also would like to thank the dedicated volunteers, organizations, and staff who attended. It was great to see so many City divisions involved including Toronto Water, Live Green Toronto, Solid Waste Management Services and 311. Community organizations such as Cycle Toronto, the David Suzuki Blue Dot Group, Enbridge Gas and the Salvation Army also made important contributions, both in terms of donation collections and providing information to residents about their organizations.
These are some of my favourite events in Ward 15 and I am already looking forward to next year's Community Environment Days!
For a list of events hosted by other Toronto City Councillors, please visit the City of Toronto's website here.

Apartment Standards: RentSafeTO and Elevator Repairs

With over 30% of Torontonians living in more than 3,500 apartment buildings throughout the City, it's critical that we have a comprehensive plan in place to ensure that building owners comply with the prescribed by-laws and standards.
In 2017, City Council approved a brand-new Apartment Building Standards Program called RentSafeTO, which imposes regulations on how building owners operate, maintain the premises, and communicate with tenants. This program applies to buildings that are three storeys or higher, and have ten or more units.
Through RentSafeTO, the City's By-law Officers are required to conduct evaluations of buildings every three years and issue a score based on the results of their inspection. Buildings must score at least 50% to pass the inspection and failure to meet this standard results in an in-depth audit of the premises.
Property owners who do not comply with the Apartment Building and other applicable by-laws can be issued substantial fines. In addition to general fines, the RentSafeTO program also allows staff to issue continuing and escalating fines for ongoing offences by negligent building owners.
You can find more information about RentSafeTO on the City's website, here.
While RentSafeTO has provided us with some of the tools necessary to keep our apartment buildings clean, safe, and liveable, there is still more work to be done.

Delayed elevator repairs remain a top-of-mind concern in Ward 15 and throughout the City of Toronto. Currently, the City has no means to enforce the timeline by which an elevator must be returned to service following a mechanical issue. Elevating devices fall under the purview of the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) – a Provincially regulated body.
Reliable elevator service is critical to keeping our City's apartment buildings accessible for families, seniors, and residents with mobility challenges.
At the April 2019 meeting of Planning and Housing Committee, I moved a motion directing staff to study the feasibility of establishing an enforceable timeline for elevator repairs through the RentSafeTO program.

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Road Safety at Yonge-Eglinton

While construction of Metrolinx's Eglinton Crosstown LRT project unfolds along Eglinton Avenue, pedestrian safety remains a top concern at the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton – one of the busiest junctures in our City.
At the May 2019 meeting of Toronto City Council, I moved a motion with Councillor Mike Colle requesting Metrolinx to provide crossing assistance personnel at Yonge and Eglinton for the duration of the Crosstown construction to improve pedestrian safety.
Traffic and pedestrian safety remain some of my top priorities as your City Councillor. I look forward to our continued work together to improve road safety across Don Valley West.

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Tribute to Nick Sion

This past March we lost a great Ward 15 resident, Nicholas Sion.

Among his many contributions to the community, Nick was a passionate advocate for tenants’ rights and the Yonge-Eglinton Neighbourhood. Nick served as the President of the Upper Canada Tenant Association for many years.

Nick was a mechanical engineer and a research physicist. He had a proud history of working with aerospace avionics, radioisotopes, radiation monitoring instrumentation and reactor controls.

Hard working and multi-talented, Nick reveled in his life achievement of contributing to NASA’s inSight Mission. Nick will be greatly missed.

Local Business Feature: Ardith One

Ardith One has been drawing people to the Yonge & Lawrence area for hand-crafted pottery since the early 1970s, when owners Bev and Bill Don opened a store dedicated to quality, hand-made Canadian crafts.

Bev has also been an integral part of the local business community since 1978, and has chaired the Yonge-Lawrence Village BIA for 18 years.

After almost 50 years in business, Ardith One will be closing its doors in June. The June 8 Yonge-Lawrence Village Day will be the store’s final sidewalk sale.

Congratulations, Bev and Bill! Ward 15 wishes you the best.

An Update on Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown Project

As you may know, Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario currently overseeing construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Crosslinx is an amalgamated group of the various contractors and subcontractors actually delivering the construction work.


After numerous meetings with Metrolinx, Crosslinx, and the Provincial government about the traffic and safety impacts of the Bayview and Eglinton intersection closure, I am pleased to advise that this intersection will re-open later this spring.

Mount Pleasant

Crosslinx is currently in the process of installing tent structures to cover their shallow excavation at the future Mount Pleasant Station. Three tents will be used to cover the work area for a period of 4 months. The entire structure will fit within the limits of their current construction site and I’ve been assured that there will be no impacts to motorists or pedestrians.


Last month, Metrolinx held a public meeting to present their traffic plan for Leslie and Eglinton that will require implementing northbound turn restrictions from Eglinton to Leslie for eight weeks beginning in July.

As the Crosstown project continues, I will continue to ensure that concerns I hear from residents are communicated directly to senior staff at Metrolinx.

If you are interested, you can register to receive updates from Metrolinx directly here: http://www.thecrosstown.ca/newsmedia/whats-new/construction-updates. You can also call the East Crosstown Community Office at 416-482-7411 or visit 660 Eglinton Avenue East. I would also encourage you to contact your local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) with any questions or concerns.

Local Business Feature: The Flaky Tart

The Flaky Tart, located at 711 Mount Pleasant Road, is an independent bakery on the Western border of our Ward that has been open for almost ten years. George Brown College educated baker Lisa Biemans has honed her skills at other bakeries, but for the last three years she has owned and operated the Flaky Tart. Chef Lisa works diligently to supply the neighbourhood with delicious desserts.
The desserts the Flaky Tart craft have an amazing homemade feel because everything is made from scratch in-house. Lisa and her team find innovative solutions to ensure that everything they bake is not only delicious, but also nut-free.
In addition to the bakery, Flaky Tart products are available at McEwan grocery stores. The shopfront also sells custom cakes and desserts for birthdays, weddings, or any other special event needing a tasty treat.
Whether you're strolling through the Mount Pleasant Village, or planning your next event that calls for a knock out sweet treat, be sure to visit Chef Lisa at the Flaky Tart and have a taste of what's good.
You can call the Flaky Tart at 416-484-8278 or email flakytart@gmail.com.


Protecting our Leaside Business Park

The Leaside Business Park is a major industrial park in the heart of Toronto, with direct access to the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 401.
Since October's election, I've heard from neighbours across Leaside concerned about the future of the Business Park. Specifically, many Leasiders want to ensure that planning policies will protect the Park from an influx of condo buildings and other residential developments.
In January, the Government of Ontario announced their plans to introduce new amendments to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. The Province proposed the implementation of a new designation, Provincially Significant Employment Zones (PSEZ), but only extended it to 67% of Toronto's current Employment Areas.
While the 67% percent of lands would receive additional protections, the remaining 33% could potentially be "unlocked" for redevelopment. The Leaside Business Park was not designated a PSEZ in the Province's initial plan.
My office caught this issue early and developed a strategy to ensure the Leaside Business Park would be included in City staff's recommendations to the Province. I am pleased to report that our efforts paid off and City Council adopted the staff report requesting the Province to designate the Leaside Business Park a PSEZ. In my remarks, I highlighted the importance of use compatibility and reiterated my commitment to protecting our Business Parks from residential incursions.
Though City Council has submitted their comments and recommendations on the proposed amendments, the ultimate decision lies with the Government of Ontario.
When I met with the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, I request ed that the Province include the Leaside Business Park as a PSEZ in their final amendments to the Growth Plan. I specifically articulated the value of the employment provided by the Leaside Business Park and advocated for its continued protection.

The Minister seemed receptive to my comments and I am cautiously optimistic that the Province will make the changes necessary for the continued protection of Toronto's valued Employment Areas. Thank you to the Leaside Business Park Association (LPBA) and Leaside Property Owners' Association (LPOA) for their ongoing support.


Update on the Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan

As many of you know, I've been a vocal opponent of the out-of-control pace of development in the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood. In the absence of a comprehensive and up-to-date Secondary Plan, development in the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood has gone unchecked by the Province for many years.
The negative consequences of this rapid intensification include overcrowded transit, constant construction, traffic congestion, lack of sunlight, significant dust, and lack of green space.
Last summer, City Council voted to approve the new Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan, Official Plan Amendment (OPA) 405. You can read more about our community's successful efforts to amend the Secondary Plan and reduce the permitted building heights on my website, here.
The Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan requires approval by the Minister of Municipal Affairs before officially coming into effect. We've been advised that the Minister has recently extended his time period to make a decision until June 6, 2019.
In light of this impending deadline, I met with the Minister of Municipal Affairs immediately to advise him of our collective efforts on this file over the past eight years. While I cannot predict the Minister's ultimate decision with any certainty, he listened closely to my summary of the community's concerns. Specifically, we discussed how the flood of Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) approvals in this neighbourhood has placed an immense amount of pressure on our existing infrastructure.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the residents of the north-east quadrant of Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood for your support throughout this process.

A Discouraging Update – The LPASC is Closing

In my last newsletter, I provided a brief introduction to the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC). The LPASC was introduced to level the playing field for residents participating in the development appeal process.  
In February, the Province announced their decision to close the LPASC permanently. Effective immediately, the Centre will no longer be accepting new requests from the public.
Like many of you, I was shocked and disappointed by the Province's decision. At the February meeting of City Council, I endorsed the following motion:
That City Council advise the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing that the City objects to the closure of the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre.
In my remarks to Council, I spoke at length about the lack of accessibility and transparency for residents participating in the complex and expensive development appeal process. The process is difficult to navigate and often leaves engaged neighbours feeling like they are in a David and Goliath battle against powerful, well-funded developers.
While professional developers can assemble large teams of qualified experts, the costs of participating in an OMB mediation or hearing are often prohibitive for concerned neighbours and residents' associations.
I would encourage you to reach out to the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs to share your concerns about this decision.

Relief 'en route' at Bayview and Eglinton

After numerous conversations with Metrolinx and Crosslinx regarding the traffic and safety implications of the current configuration of the Bayview and Eglinton intersection, I am pleased to advise that this intersection will re-open later this spring and return to its previous configuration.
In other Crosstown-related news, Crosslinx is in the process of installing tent structures to cover their shallow excavation at Mount Pleasant station site near Mount Pleasant and Eglinton. Crosslinx will require 3 tents to cover their work area for a period of 4 months. The entire structure will fit within the limits of their current construction site, without having to change the traffic set up. Water runoff will be contained within the site as the tents will not go past any construction fences. I have been assured that there will be no impacts to motorists or pedestrians.

Finally, Metrolinx will be holding a public meeting this Thursday, April 4 regarding plans for construction at Leslie and Eglinton. Please find more details on the meeting below:

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct.)
As the Crosstown project continues, I will maintain my efforts to ensure that concerns I hear from residents about aspects of the project are communicated directly to senior staff at Metrolinx.
If you are looking to receive updates and information from Metrolinx directly, you can sign up for their e-news distribution list here: http://www.thecrosstown.ca/news-media/whats-new/construction-updates. You can also call the East Crosstown Community Office at 416-482-7411, or visit in person at 660 Eglinton Avenue East (at the Northeast corner of Bayview and Eglinton).


Save the Date: My Annual Community Environment Days

My Environment Day is a great opportunity to clear out items found during spring cleaning such as used electronics and household hazardous waste. Due to the recently expanded Ward boundaries, I will be hosting not one, but two Community Environment Days this year!

Day 1:
Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: York Mills Collegiate Institute (490 York Mills Road - East Parking Lot)

Day 2:
 Thursday, May 9
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Leaside Memorial Community Gardens (1073 Millwood Road)
You can bring everything from old computer equipment to compact and fluorescent light bulbs for disposal and recycling. You can also bring items for donation such as sporting goods, books and gently-used dishes. 

City staff will also be giving out one cubic meter of compost per household - for free!

Several groups that have partnered with the City on this program will also be attending, including:

  • Solid Waste Management Services

  • Toronto Water

  • Live Green Toronto

  • 311 Toronto

  • Toronto Hydro

  • The Salvation Army 

For more information on upcoming Community Environment Days, visit the City of Toronto's website here.

Slow Down Signs Available

"Slow Down" signs are an effective way to remind drivers to respect the speed limit - especially on local and residential streets.If you're interested in getting a sign for your lawn, you can pick one up at one of my upcoming Environment Days!

Quantity is limited - signs will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.


Crossing Guards

In recent months, I have been contacted by Don Valley West parents regarding the unacceptable gaps in crossing guard coverage in some of our school communities.
The City of Toronto is in the process of transitioning responsibility for the school crossing guard program from Toronto Police Services (TPS) to its Transportation Services division. While TPS is responsible for the provision of crossing guards for the 2018-2019 school year, the City has worked with them to contract an independent security service provider for relief coverage when a regular crossing guard is absent from work.

This school year, a number of crosswalks in our neighbourhoods have been without regular guard coverage due to the unexpected number of guards that retired and surplus of newly warranted locations.
As a result of this, I moved a motion at the December 2018 meeting of City Council requesting that the General Manager, Transportation Services make recommendations to improve and enhance the school crossing guard program. I have since followed up with two personal letters to the General Manager requesting her immediate attention to the matter and urging staff to use all tools at their disposal to ensure that the City is providing reliable crossing guard coverage.
The importance of school crossing safety cannot be overstated and I will continue to advocate for students and parents across the ward until this issue is resolved. If you notice a vacant crossing guard post, please report it to the City's school crossing guard program by emailing SchoolCrossingGuard@toronto.ca, or call 311.

Leaside Rotary for The Toronto Commandery Hospice

Contribution by: Phil Russel, Ward 15 – Don Valley West resident

Toronto needs more hospice care, and The Rotary Club of Leaside wants everyone to know about it.  The Toronto Commandery Hospice, to be located close to West Park Health Centre, is being developed to serve the whole of north Toronto, and they need our help.

The focus of Hospice care is comfort rather than cure. The Hospice is where we find support, comfort, pain management and dignity for each individual.  This new hospice will be a centre of excellence that will include:

  • 10 residential hospice beds to offer a quiet, home-like environment that will serve as a comfort for the whole family.

  • Day Hospice Program

  • In-Home respite Volunteer Visiting Program

  • Bereavement support for both adults and children

  • Community Outreach Team

  • Integration with community partners

  • Psychosocial and spiritual support for clients, caregivers and family members

  • Education for medical professionals on hospice palliative care

  • Inter-professional education opportuni­ties (Nursing, Support Workers, MD’s, Volunteers)

  • Consultative support for long term care homes and the community

The Hospice, a registered charity, has recently started a Capital Campaign, and Leaside Rotary is both promoting awareness and encouraging you to help.

Contact us at https://www.torontoleasiderotary.com for more information about the hospice and how you can be part of building a better Community.

Thank you to Ward 15ers, Phil and Martha Russel, who are championing the Hospice project!

Thank you to Ward 15ers, Phil and Martha Russel, who are championing the Hospice project!

A New Playground for Leaside – Turning Grey to Green

Green space contributes to the vibrancy and livability of our neighbourhoods. A new, greener playground at St. Anselm Public School will benefit students attending the school and families living in the area.
In January, I had a productive discussion with Don Valley West's TCDSB Trustee, Angela Kennedy, about strategies to secure funding for the St. Anselm School Playground Revitalization project. Thanks to the community's collective efforts, I'm happy to report that the TCDSB has officially committed to funding the required paving and sub-surface work.  
If you would like to learn more about the project, please visit:https://ca.gofundme.com/Stanselm. The fantastic parent community has fundraised almost $200,000 of their $250,000 goal. On behalf of the neighbourhood, thank you to Nicole Watts, Christopher Burkett, and the rest of the Revitalization Committee for their hard work.

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