wINTER 2018 E-Newsletter

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Winter 2018 eNewsletter
Dear Friends and Neighbours,
 
If the first month has been any indication, 2018 is sure to be a productive year for Ward 25 and the City of Toronto.   
 
Over the past few weeks, several residents have contacted me about crime and safety in Ward 25. In response to these concerns, I reached out to the Chief of Police, Mark Saunders, and asked him to attend my Ward-wide community safety meeting at Lawrence Park Community Church (2180 Bayview Avenue) on February 20, 2018 at 6:30pm. Chief Saunders will be accompanied by the Superintendents of Divisions 32, 33, and 53—the three police divisions in Ward 25. This meeting is a rare and important opportunity to voice your concerns directly to top officials at Toronto Police Services and learn more about local policing initiatives.

Since my last newsletter, I have overseen several local and city-wide initiatives. In November, I introduced the new "smart signal" network that will be installed at intersections along Yonge Street in the Spring. In the same month, two new School Safety Zones were implemented on Erskine Avenue and Keewatin Avenue to ensure the safety of all road users in light of the ongoing construction next door. A few weeks later, I had the opportunity to welcome mayors from across the continent to Toronto for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSCI) mid-year board meeting. You can find out more about the GLSCI and the fantastic work they are doing to protect, restore, and promote our shared freshwater resources in the article below. 
 
I am very excited to announce that our Ward 25 team has officially launched our new and improved website! I hope that you will find the local and city-wide updates to be more accessible and easier to navigate. Please visit http://jayerobinson.ca and let me know what you think.  

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns. You can send me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or give me a call at 416-395-6408.
 
I look forward to hearing from you!
 
Warm regards,
 
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Smart-er Congestion Management in Ward 25
Ten intersections on Yonge Street between York Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue will be outfitted with new, "smart signal" technology in 2018. Transportation Services is aiming for the system to become fully operational in the Spring. As Chair of Transportation, I launched this initiative in November at the very first installation site at Yonge Street and Yonge Boulevard in Ward 25.
 
These new smart signals will replace the 25-year old signal technology used across the City of Toronto. Our current traffic light technology employs fixed signal timing plans to accommodate predicted volumes of traffic, while the new smart signals will automatically monitor traffic flow and adjust signal cycles without human intervention. Smart signals can automatically make large-scale adaptations in response to unusual traffic conditions caused by weather, events, or accidents. They can also synchronize automatically and will be able to re-assign "green-time" over large stretches of Yonge Street to accommodate a high volume of vehicles travelling in the same direction.
 
The success of this project will be assessed based on the reduction of overall delay for travellers across the connected network of signalized intersections on Yonge Street. Transportation staff hope that the signals will also limit driver frustration caused by waiting at a red signal when there are no vehicles travelling in the other direction. Staff have undertaken significant preparatory data collection and will be comparing vehicle delay, stops, and travel time before and after the network is installed.
 
I am hopeful that this technology will help to alleviate some of the pressures of irregular congestion on Ward 25's busiest roadways.
As the Chair of Transportation, I was happy to launch Toronto's first smart traffic signals in Ward 25 on Yonge Street.
Residential Infill Construction
Based on feedback I have received from residents, I moved several motions directing the City to improve its response to residential infill construction sites and ensure that our neighbourhoods are protected and respected when undergoing development.

City staff have developed a multi-faceted strategy to minimize the negative impacts of residential infill construction and streamline how the City deals with contested development. You can read the Staff Report developed in response to my motions to minimize the negative impacts residential infill here. A final report from Building Toronto is expected to be presented to the Planning and Growth Management Committee in the first quarter of this year.

As part of this strategy, Toronto Building has developed the Good Neighbour Guide for Residential Infill. This can be found on the City's Toronto Building website, which includes information on how the City responds to and addresses complaints about infill development.

If you have concerns about residential infill in your neighbourhood, you can now request a building inspection online. Building Toronto has also developed a new website where residents can check the status of building permits as well as any work order issues, you can visit the site here. For more information on the City's Residential Infill Development Strategy, please visit www.toronto.ca/infill.

It is important to note, that the Province of Ontario's Building Code Act does not enforce a standardized timeline or deadlines to ensure the timely construction of residential construction projects. Unfortunately, until this is addressed, the City's powers are limited.
Municipal Stewardship of the Great Lakes
In December, I was honoured to welcome mayors and municipal leaders from across Canada and the U.S. to Toronto for the mid-year meeting of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSCI). The GLSCI is a binational coalition of 131 mayors from Ontario, Quebec, and the eight American Great Lakes states who advocate for the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The Great Lakes are a critical and irreplaceable resource, and I was inspired by the GLSCI's commitment to their continued protection.
 
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River contain approximately 20% of the world's freshwater supply and provide drinking water for over 40 million people. The impacts of the Lakes are so broad that it is necessary to collaborate across national and regional boundaries to ensure their protection. The GLSCI's notable initiatives include efforts to ban the production and distribution of products containing microbeads, mitigate the impacts of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, incorporate innovative technology in conservation strategies, and manage invasive species such as zebra mussels and Asian carp.
 
In Toronto, we are undertaking various initiatives of our own to protect the Great Lakes water system. For example, a 25-year, multibillion dollar infrastructure project is currently underway to reduce combined sewer overflow (CSO) in the Don River as a part of the City's Wet Weather Flow Master Plan. Most combined sewers were constructed as long as a century ago, and utilize one pipe to carry both sewage and stormwater. Usually this combined water is diverted to wastewater treatment plants, however, during periods of intense rainfall, the volume of water may exceed the system's capacity. In this circumstance, untreated sewage and garbage water will be deposited, untreated, into creeks, rivers, and Lake Ontario. This process can pollute our freshwater lakes with bacteria, pathogens, heavy metals, oils, pesticides, and nutrients which can cause undesired algae growth. The City is currently in Stage One of a five-stage program that aims to virtually eliminate CSO. This project serves as an example of how activities under the purview of individual municipalities can have a massive impact on a shared resource, the Great Lakes.

I am committed to advancing Toronto's legacy of leadership in freshwater conservation initiatives. In order to do so, we must continue to collaborate with municipalities across the continent through avenues such as the GLSCI. Stewardship of this invaluable freshwater resource is our collective responsibility.
As Chair of Public Works, I was honoured to welcome mayors & local leaders from across the continent to discuss the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.
Recycling Right
Help curb contamination in Toronto's Blue Bin recycling program. 

Contamination in Toronto's Blue Bins has significantly increased in recent years. When Blue Bins are contaminated with too many non-recyclable items, the recyclable materials cannot be sorted adequately – resulting in recyclable items being sent to landfill. 
 
Contaminated recycling not only impacts our environment negatively by increasing the strain on our landfills, but it also costs the City millions annually. Just last year, more than 52,000 tonnes of non-recyclable material was incorrectly put in Blue Bins. In order to achieve our goal of a 70% waste diversion rate by 2026, we need to do better.
 
Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) is using a progressive approach to reduce contamination. Blue Bins are being inspected prior to pick-up, with bins that are contaminated being tagged and left behind on collection day. Notices indicating why the bin was not collected are left with the contaminated garbage, requesting residents to remove the contamination before the next recycling collection day.
 
While it is still early in the program, the City has seen positive results in the reduction of contamination following the implementation of Blue Bin inspections.

Know before you throw!

Food and organic waste such as food scraps and containers with leftover food have been top Blue Bin contamination offenders. Old clothing and textiles also do not belong in the Blue Bin. Instead, donate or bring items to my Environment Day this summer! Another common mistake is recycling hot beverage cups in the blue bin, these are lined with plastic or wax that cannot be recycled. However, non-black plastic lids and paper sleeves should be placed in the Blue Bin.
 
You can help improve the City's waste diversion by learning which bins your waste goes into. Ask the Waste Wizard to find out where and how to properly dispose of any specific item.
 
The City of Toronto's Solid Waste Management Services 2018 calendar is packed with information and tips on how to reduce, reuse and dispose of your waste properly, and includes a "Put Waste in its Place" Poster to help you figure out what goes in the Blue Bin, Green Bin, Garbage Bin and more!

 

Know before you throw, and recycle right!

Development Updates  

49-51 Lawrence Avenue East & 84 Weybourne Crescent
 
Applicant: Bousfields Inc.
 
Proposal: A four-storey apartment building and three-storey townhouse complex totalling nineteen residential units.

Status: The applicant appealed to the OMB in November 2015, before City Planning could complete a report. A hearing was held on January 4, 2017. On December 13, 2017, the OMB released their decision that this application be denied and appeals dismissed.

The applicant has since requested a review of the OMB's decision. I am following this process closely and hope that the members of the Board will choose to uphold their decision. 
 
Residents' Association: Lawrence Park Ratepayers' Association
2535-2537 Bayview Avenue
 
Applicant: Walker, Nott, Dragicevic Associates Limited
 
Proposal: Eight, three-storey townhouses and four single detached dwellings.

Status: This application was submitted in December 2017 and is currently being reviewed by City Planning. Staff are aiming to present a Preliminary Report to North York Community Council in the Spring, with a community consultation meeting to follow.

Contact: Simona Rasanu (Assistant Planner) at 415-395-7687 or Simona.Rasanu@toronto.ca
4155 Yonge Street
 
Applicant: Green City Developments Inc.
 
Proposal: A 14-story residential building on the western portion of the subject site, over the existing TTC subway tunnel.

Status: The Preliminary Report from Planning staff was considered at the January 16, 2018 meeting of North York Community Council. I moved a motion to extend the notice area for the community consultation meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30pm at the St. John's York Mills Anglican Church.

Contact: Valeria Maurizio (City Planner) at 416-395-7052 or Valeria.Maurizio@toronto.ca  
1 Heathcote Avenue 
 
Applicant: Goldberg Group
 
Proposal: The construction of six, three-storey townhouses fronting on Bayview Avenue, with vehicular access from Heathcote Avenue.

Status: The applicant has since reduced the height of the proposed townhouses to eleven metres in compliance with the Bayview Townhouse Guidelines that we developed as a community.

The Final Report from Planning staff was deferred to the January-February 2018 meeting of City Council. 
 
Contact: Sarah Ovens (City Planner) at 416-395-7129 or Sarah.Ovens@toronto.ca
169 The Donway West
 
Applicant: Cadillac Fairview and Lanterra
 
Proposal: A mixed-use development of two residential towers atop a two-storey base for retail and office uses.

Status
The applicant circumvented the City's planning process and appealed to the OMB in 2016. I directed the City Planner and Solicitor to participate in the formal mediation, which occurred in December 2017.

Residents' Association: Don Mills Residents Inc.

Contact: Willie Macrae (Manager of Community Planning, North York District) at 416-396-7026 or Willie.Macrae@toronto.ca. Ben Bath (OMB Case Coordinator) at 416-326-6780.
2851 Yonge Street
 
Applicant: R.E Millward and Associates Ltd. 
 
Proposal: An eight-storey rental apartment building.  

Status: After a positive staff report, I moved to approve this application at North York Community Council in June 2017 on the condition that the rear setback align with the Mid-Rise Guidelines.    
 
The applicant has since appealed this decision to the OMB and a hearing has been scheduled for March 13, 2018. City Council authorized the City Solicitor and Planner to attend the OMB hearing to oppose this development.
 
Contact: Cynthia Owusu-Gyimah (City Planner) at 416-396-7026 or Cynthia.Owusu-Gyimah@toronto.ca
55 Erskine Avenue

Applicant: Bousfields Inc.
 
Proposal: A 12-storey rental apartment building.
 
Status
A community consultation for this application was held in October 2017.

On December 1, 2017, the applicant appealed to the OMB. A hearing date has not yet been scheduled.
 
Contact: Cynthia Owusu-Gyimah (City Planner) at (416) 395-7126 or
Cynthia.Owusu-Gyimah@toronto.ca
110-120 Broadway Avenue

Applicant: Hunter and Associates
 
Proposal:  A 28-storey and 35-storey building including 822 residential units.
 
Status: Staff presented a preliminary report to North York Community Council in November 2017.

The applicant has since
 circumvented the City's planning process and appealed to the OMB. A hearing has not yet been scheduled. A community consultation meeting will be held in February 2018. 
 
Contact: Cynthia Owusu-Gyimah (City Planner) at (416) 395-7126 or
Cynthia.Owusu-Gyimah@toronto.ca
66 Broadway Avenue

Applicant: Beaux Properties International
 
Proposal: A four-storey rental apartment building, and a two-storey addition to the existing 20-storey rental apartment building
 
Status: City Planning is waiting for a resubmission from the developer in light of feedback from residents and staff. City Staff is targeting to submit their final report early this year.
 
Contact: Cynthia Owusu-Gyimah (City Planner) at (416) 395-7126 or
Cynthia.Owusu-Gyimah@toronto.ca.
14-16 Elvina Garden & 197R Erskine Avenue
 
Applicant: Walker Nott Dragicevic Associates Inc.
 
Proposal: Ten three-storey townhouse units with vehicular access from Elvina Gardens.
 
Status:
In May of 2017, North York Community Council voted to refuse this application.

The applicant has since appealed to the OMB. The prehearing conference was held in October 2017. The applicant is working to revise their proposal and address concerns expressed by the community and City staff. The hearing is scheduled for July 9, 2018.
 
Contact: Kathryn Moore (City Planner), 416-395-7176 or Kathryn.Moore@toronto.ca

Public Events

Winter at Ontario Place
 
Dates: December 8 to March 18
Location: Ontario Place, West Island
 
The West Island of Ontario Place is Toronto’s new destination for all your favourite winter activities.
 
Woven through the fabric of the landscape, the winter light exhibition will guide visitors through a journey of exploration in a beautiful winter setting.
 
Warm up in the newly reopened Cinesphere or by the bonfire, a short walk from the outdoor skating rink.
 
Visitors can also take a stroll through the West Island to experience the beautiful winter setting and enjoy these activities and attractions along the way.

For more information, please click here. 
The Bentway Skate Trail

Date: January 6 to mid-March (weather permitting)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Under the Gardiner Expressway right beside the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Blvd.) between Strachan Ave. and Bathurst St.

Ongoing winter programming at the Bentway will include free Monday night skate rentals; Beats and Bents Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs, skate instruction, and DJ and Ice Breaking Workshops.

There's nothing more Canadian than skating outdoors on a crisp winter's day. The City of Toronto has over 50 outdoor rinks to take advantage of this year - don't miss out! Find the nearest outdoor rink to you here.
Winterlicious
 
Date: January 26 to February 8
Location: Find a restaurant here.
 
Winterlicious is on until February 8th, with mouth-watering meals served at more than 200 of Toronto's favourite restaurants!

Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $23, $28 and $33 and dinner menus are priced at $33, $43 and $53.

For more information, please click here.
G. Ross Lord Dam Emergency Preparedness Open House

Date: February 5
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Agricola Lutheran Church - 25 Old York Mills Rd
 
Learn more about flood preparedness and the role of flood infrastructure, specifically the G. Ross Lord Dam, in your area! The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is inviting residents living in the Hoggs Hollow area along the West Don River to a public open house regarding flood preparedness and the G. Ross Lord Dam.
Midtown in Focus Public Open House
 
Date: February 10
Location: North Toronto Collegiate Institute
 
This open house is your opportunity to see how the proposed 
Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan and infrastructure assessments will shape the future of Midtown. Please drop by to learn more about the plan, attend workshops and share your thoughts!

The event will include a drop-in open house running throughout the day with workshops on the policies and assessments staggered throughout the day

Workshops and Presentations at 10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Visit the Midtown in Focus website to learn more information and take the online survey beginning February 10, 2018.

4155 Yonge Street - Community Consultation Meeting

Date: February 13
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. John's York Mills Anglican Church - 19 Don Ridge Drive
 
City Planning staff is hosting a community consultation meeting to discuss the development application for 4155 Yonge Street.


For more information, contact Valeria Maurizio (City Planner) by phone at 416-395-7052, or by email at Valeria.Maurizio@toronto.ca.
Councillor Jaye Robinson's Ward 25 Community Safety Meeting
 
Date: February 20
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Park Community Church at 2180 Bayview Avenue
 
Please join me for a Ward-wide community safety meeting at the Lawrence Park Community Church on February 20th, 2018 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
 
In response to residents' concerns about crime and safety in their neighbourhoods, I have organized a meeting to discuss crime and safety in Ward 25. This will be an opportunity for you to voice your concerns directly to the Chief of Police, Mark Saunders, and to learn more about local policing initiatives. Chief Saunders will be accompanied by the Superintendents of Divisions 32, 33, and 53--the three police divisions in Ward 25.

Please share this information with your neighbours and members of the community.

I look forward to seeing you there! 

 
If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an email at councillor_robinson@toronto.ca or give me a call at 416-395-6408.
 
Sunnybrook Speakers Series – Heart Health

Date: February 21
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p..m
Location: McLaughlin Auditorium, Bayview Campus, E Wing Ground Floor (2075 Bayview)

Go With The Flow: Keeping Well With The Schulich Heart Team

Leading Sunnybrook experts will discuss:

  • Progress in Treating Heart Failure: Dr. Stephanie Poon, Cardiologist and Medical Co-Director of the Heart Function and Rapid Cardiology Assessment Clinic
  • Saving the Legs - The Latest in Limb Salvage Procedures: Dr. Ahmed Kayssi, Vascular Surgeon and Wound Care Physician
  • Coronary Angioplasty 40 Years Later: Dr. Eric Cohen, Deputy Head, Division of Cardiology

Moderator: Dr. Bradley Strauss, Chief, Schulich Heart Program

For more information and to RSVP, please visit this link or call 416-480-4117.
Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmer's Market
 
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E.)
 
Head to the Toronto Botanical Garden on Thursday to pick up local produce, bread, meat, cheese, honey, prepared food and more.

For more information, please click here.
Councillor Jaye Robinson's Spring Environment Day 2018
 
It's that time of year again - Community Environment Day is right around the corner!

Environment Day provides a great opportunity to clear out forgotten items as well as used electronics and household hazardous waste.

You can bring everything from computer equipment and electronics to compact and fluorescent light bulbs for disposal and recycling. Items for donation will also be accepted such as sporting goods, books and small household items like dishes and utensils. Hope to see you there!

Keep your eyes on upcoming newsletters for more information.
Upcoming Events and Programs at Toronto Public Libraries in Ward 25
 
As you know, Ward 25 is home to two great public libraries: Locke and Don Mills.

There are a number of upcoming events and programs for all ages.

If you'd like to learn more about what's in store, please click here
Have Your Say
 
The City is interested in what Torontonians have to say and regularly conduct public consultations on a variety of issues from noise control to zoning by-laws.

Check out the consultation calendar for upcoming public consultations and information sessions by clicking here.
Thank you for reading, and as always , please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can send me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or give me a call at 416-395-6408.

I look forward to hearing from you! 

Warm regards, 
Jaye
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