Have Your Say

Get Involved: Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan

The first phase of the public consultation on Toronto’s Long-Term Financial Plan concluded in December 2016. The results of this phase can be found at the bottom of this page.

The city is now launching the second phase of public consultations. Members of the public are invited to participate in an interactive afternoon of workshops and discussions at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) on Saturday, April 22 from 1p.m.-5p.m. This session will provide opportunities for the public to provide input on how City Hall can both balance its books and its long-term priorities.

An online survey will also be available from April 22 to May 14.

Click here for more information about consultations on the Long-Term Financial Plan.

My Environment Day 2017

It’s that time of year again – Community Environment Day is right around the corner!

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: York Mills Collegiate Institute (490 York Mills Road)

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!

Toronto Airspace Noise Review

Over the past few months, the consultants at Helios have been reviewing the feedback and issues shared with them as part of the Toronto Airspace Noise Review and identifying options to help mitigate aviation noise in our community.

The next round of public meetings will be held in March. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting that best suits their schedule or location. The meeting in Toronto, specifically, has been arranged on a Saturday morning to give those who are unable to attend weeknight meetings an opportunity to engage with this review.

In these meetings, the consultants will be presenting their thoughts on mitigation options as well as additional ideas you may have. At this stage, the recommendations have not been finalized – there is still an opportunity for the consultants to introduce and consider more options.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Mississauga (Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Boulevard)
  • Thursday, March 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Oakville (St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas Street West)
  • Saturday, March 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in North York (Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue)

For more information, please visit this link.

Have Your Say: Independent Toronto Airspace Noise Review

In May 2016, Toronto Pearson’s partner and Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, announced that they would be undertaking an independent review of the Toronto Airspace in order to identify opportunities to reduce community noise exposure.

The review is being conducted by a third party aviation consultancy firm, Helios, and is independent from the GTAA and airport operations. This is a unique opportunity for residents to share their feedback about noise management.

The review team will be holding a community consultation next week on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville (90 Bloor St. East).

At this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the review team and share your comments on the draft Terms of Reference of the review. You can find the draft here.

For more information on the Toronto Airspace Noise Review, visit www.torontoairspacereview.ca.

If you would like to receive emails from the review team related to upcoming opportunities for consultation, please email torontoairspacereview@askhelios.com.

Get Involved: Basement Flooding Master Plan Environmental Assessment Study

As you may know, city staff are currently conducting a Basement Flooding Study Master Plan that covers parts of Wards 16, 22 and 25.

A Notice of Study Commencement was released in January 2016 and includes information about the study area and process.

The Project team has just released its second newsletter with useful information about what causes flooding and what the City can do to address surface and basement flooding. There’s also a link to an online survey – the survey gives residents the opportunity to participate early in the process.

You can also learn more about the study at an upcoming Public Information Centre (PIC) on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Ave. West).

At the PIC, you can view display boards about the study and speak one-on-one with project staff.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Mae Lee, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator at either 416-392-8210 or rmlee@toronto.ca.

Have Your Say on Toronto’s Ravines

The city has been working with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and consulting with the public since early 2015 to develop a strategy on Toronto’s ravines.

 

Ravines provide many important ecological benefits and recreation opportunities and are crucial to the functioning of the city. They are also a fragile resource. With population growth, new development and climate change putting increased pressure on ravines, a strategy to guide their future management, use, enhancement and protection is critical.

The strategy will aim to navigate the fine line between protection and use, and identify the actions and investments needed to ensure Toronto’s ravines remain resilient and can be enjoyed and celebrated for years to come.

Developed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation, together with City Planning and Toronto Water and in consultation with other City divisions, TRCA, the public and a wide range of stakeholders, this strategy is scheduled to be completed in April 2017.

For additional information, please click here.

To date, a vision and set of principles and actions have been developed to represent the core ideas and values that will guide the city in future decision-making related to ravines and address the challenges and opportunities in the ravine system. Before finalizing the principles and recommendations, city staff would like to hear from the public.

You’re invited to provide input by participating in the upcoming Ravine Strategy pop-up consultations, detailed below:

North York District:

  • Saturday, July 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Northwood Park (behind the community centre on the north side of the asphalt path), 15 Clubhouse Ct.
  • Friday, July 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W.

Basement Flooding Master Plan Environmental Assessment Study

City staff are currently conducting a Basement Flooding Study Master Plan that covers parts of Wards 16, 22, 15 and 25.

A Notice of Study Commencement was recently released and includes information about the process as well as upcoming public consultations.

The project team also released its first newsletter with frequently asked questions and a link to their online survey so that residents can participate early in the process.

For more information, please click here.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Mae Lee, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, at either 416-392-8210 or rmlee@toronto.ca.

Upcoming Consultation on the Noise Bylaw Review

As you may know, the Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) Division has been reviewing the city’s existing noise bylaw. The bylaw exists to prevent noise that is likely to disturb residents’ enjoyment and comfort.

The goal of the review is to develop a noise bylaw that is up-to-date and comprehensive.

The final report on the review was debated at January’s Licensing and Standards Committee, which moved to refer the item back to staff for further consideration and consultation.

Key recommendations include:

  • specific time periods when noise is prohibited
  • limits for amplified sound
  • proactive noise mitigation requirements
  • increased fines and penalties
  • removal of automatic exemptions for pouring of concrete and large crane work

MLS staff will present the changes being considered at a consultation session on Wednesday, February 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Toronto City Hall in Committee Room 1.

Staff will then bring forward recommended bylaw changes to the Licensing and Standards Committee on Tuesday, March 8.

More information about the review and current regulations can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

Noise By-law

As you’re probably aware, the Municipal Licensing and Standards Division is reviewing the existing noise bylaw.

The goal of the review is to make sure that the noise bylaw is up-to-date based on in-depth research and extensive public consultation.

Between March and August 2015, city staff were hard at work conducting detailed analysis and soliciting stakeholder and public feedback. In order to maximize the opportunity for residents to offer their feedback, I requested that the online survey be extended until mid-September.

City staff are currently writing the final report on the review. It’s expected to head to the Licensing and Standards Committee on January 22, 2016 and will be available online.

Committee meetings provide a unique opportunity for residents to offer their feedback in front of City Councillors, staff and fellow residents.

If you’d like to give a written or oral deputation on the final report of the noise bylaw review in January, please email lsc@toronto.ca or phone 416-397-4592.

The 10-Year Cycling Network Plan

The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan to enhance the city’s cycling network. This plan will add new routes and improve existing routes, all with the goal of making Toronto more connected and safer for cyclists while easing congestion.

The plan is in its second phase of public consultations. You can participate by offering your feedback on the draft cycle network map!

You can also get involved in the new 10-year plan by recording your cycling trips in the Toronto Cycling App, a free smartphone app for Android and iPhone.

Long-Term Waste Management Strategy

As the Chair of Toronto’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, I’ve been working hard to ensure that we have a sustainable Long Term Waste Management Strategy.

Work on the strategy, which will recommend management changes and programs, is currently underway.

Your thoughts are crucial to developing the best waste policies for the next 30-50 years. To get involved or share your ideas, click here.

Environment Day a Big Success!

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My Environment Day at York Mills Collegiate was a great success!

Over 540 people came out to York Mills Collegiate and we collected 4,900 kilograms of donations for Goodwill, 15,525 kilograms of hazardous waste and 10,000 kilograms of electronics. We even had to order a second truck to collect all of the electronic recycling!

Many thanks to all who came out!

Bayview Traffic Working Group – Public Meeting, Tuesday, June 24, 7 p.m.

Traffic and congestion have been front and centre throughout city planning’s ongoing design guidelines study of Bayview Avenue between Lawrence Avenue East and Highway 401.

Based on your feedback and the advice of senior city staff, I passed a successful motion directing city staff to establish a Bayview Avenue Traffic Working Group. The working group will complement city planning’s design guidelines study and focus on traffic and congestion issues on Bayview between Lawrence and the 401 – including the traffic impacts of intensification.

The kick off public meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 at the Centre for Creative Learning at Crescent School (2365 Bayview Avenue). All are welcome – please RSVP by sending me an email or calling my office at (416) 395-6408. I look forward to seeing you there!.

Civitan Arena Replacement

Photo:  TOBuilt

Photo: TOBuilt

Update - May 2014

Don Mills’ Civitan Arena is due to close in 2020, and the site for a replacement arena returned to the city’s Government Management Committee in mid May.

The Committee opted to defer a final decision until 2015 to allow a further search for suitable replacement sites in the area of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The Committee also ruled out Don Mills Collegiate Institute’s field as a suitable option.

Following my push for community consultation in fall 2013, I brought a motion forward directing city staff to establish a working group of community stakeholders to provide direct and substantive feedback throughout the duration of the site selection process.

My motion ensures that the neighbourhood’s opinion will be front and centre when the final site is chosen!

Update – February 2014

At Government Management Committee in October, I pushed hard for a community consultation to give residents an opportunity to have their thoughts heard about the arena relocation. The public meeting took place in early December and it was a full and productive discussion!

At January’s Government Management Committee, a decision on the best relocation site was deferred until spring to ensure that each and every option is thoroughly studied and reviewed. I will continue to work with Ward 25, my colleagues on Council and city staff to make sure that the new arena is open by 2020 as planned!

November 2013

In mid-October, city staff brought forward a report to Government Management Committee identifying the northwest corner of York Mills Road and the Don Valley Parkway as the recommended site for an arena to replace the Don Mills Civitan Arena. The Science Centre parking lot at the southwest corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Don Mills Road was also under consideration.

The Toronto District School Board recently declared surplus a portion of the Don Mills Middle School property fronting Lawrence Avenue East, and it has been suggested as a further alternative.

I pushed hard at Government Management Committee for a successful motion that requires city staff to schedule a public meeting prior to making any decisions about the replacement site. In my mind, we need to hear from Don Mills before moving forward on a location!

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Don Mills Middle School Cafetorium (17 The Donway East). It is an opportunity to speak directly to city staff and to discuss the replacement location of the Don Mills Civitan Arena.

Everyone is welcome and I encourage you to attend!

Park Permit Review

Parks, Forestry and Recreation is doing a review of the park permit process that will examine the process for obtaining permits in parks, as well as the costs of permits and insurance.

This review is part of the Parks Plan 2013 – 2017. It also responds to a request made by the City’s Parks and Environment Committee on January 16, 2014 to review permitting procedures and identify opportunities to streamline the issuing of park permits.

Residents can provide feedback either at a public meeting on Monday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m, at Metro Hall(55 John St., Room 308) or online from March 4-April 4 through the Park Permit Survey.

Information from the survey and public meeting will be included in a Spring 2014 report to the Parks and Environment Committee.

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/P9NJIo.

Councillor Jaye Robinson’s Environment Day – May 31, 2014, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Please mark off the morning of Saturday, May 31 for my annual Community Environment Day at York Mills Collegiate!

My Environment Day is a great opportunity to clear out forgotten items during your Spring cleaning as well as toxic and electronic waste.

You can bring everything from computer equipment and electronics to compact and fluorescent light bulbs for disposal and recycling. You can also bring sporting goods, books and small household items, like dishes and utensils, for donation.

I hope you can join me!

Post City Column: Bayview design study underway

By Jaye Robinson
Post City Magazine — Bayview Edition
January 2014

Bayview Avenue from Lawrence Avenue East to Highway 401 is facing significant intensification and development pressure.

Throughout the fall, I have been working with residents and ratepayer associations as well as senior City of Toronto planning staff, including our chief planner, to develop solutions to protect and preserve Bayview’s unique and distinctive character.

In early November, I held a community meeting to give residents an opportunity to speak directly to city planning staff. A clear majority of the neighbourhood —including Bayview-area residents’ associations — voted to undertake a design guidelines study of Bayview from Lawrence to the 401.

I am pleased to report that immediately after the meeting I moved a successful motion at North York Community Council directing staff to get the study underway.

Design guidelines provide a framework for evaluating development applications and setting out setback, landscaping, privacy and other key design issues. They should also help prevent townhouse creep onto adjoining side streets. A similar study was undertaken for Bayview north of the 401.

Community and neighbourhood consultations will be the focus of the study. We need your input, and I encourage you to get involved when the study gets off the ground next year!

If you would like to receive updates about the study — including public consultation dates — please send me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca, or give my office a call at 416-395-6408.

Share Your Feedback on Upcoming Playground Enhancements

Councillor Robinson is working on exciting playground enhancements in Lord Seaton Park and Mossgrove Park!

Parks staff designed a number of options for each playground and you’re invited to provide feedback on the concepts by completing the survey in the link below:

https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/Ward25_park_enhancement/

Please note that the images used in the survey are only intended to illustrate the concepts. Final equipment selection, colour and placement may differ from what is shown based on site conditions, availability and final budget.

If you have questions about either project or the survey, please contact Ruthanne Henry, Senior Project Coordinator with Parks, at either rhenry@toronto.ca or 416-395-0142.

Bayview Avenue Planning Meeting

As you know, Bayview Avenue is facing significant intensification pressure. I have been meeting with senior city planning staff, including our Chief Planner, to highlight the issue and identify how we can preserve what makes Bayview and its adjacent neighbourhoods unique and livable.

I have also heard directly from many of you and very much appreciate the feedback and perspective.

Based on that feedback, I have organized a community meeting to discuss development on Bayview between Lawrence Avenue and the 401.

The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6th at Crescent School (in the Centre for Creative Learning) at 2365 Bayview.

The meeting is an opportunity to speak directly to senior city planning staff and to think through our options and possible next steps as a community.

Please let me know if you can attend by sending me an email at Councillor_Robinson@toronto.ca or by calling my office at (416) 395-6408. Also, please do not hesitate to let me know if you would like to receive email updates as we move forward.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Porter Proposal to Use Jets at Billy Bishop Airport

In April, Porter Airlines announced it has conditionally ordered 12 new Bombardier jets, which can fly further than its current fleet of turboprop planes.

The use of Billy Bishop is governed by a tripartite agreement between the city, the federal government and the Port Authority. For Porter’s jet proposal to go forward, all three parties would have to agree to amend the agreement that governs airport operations, namely lifting a ban on jets and approving a runway expansion.

Many of you have written or spoken to me about Porter Airlines’ proposal to expand service at Billy Bishop Island Airport and I appreciate your thoughts and feedback!

A city staff report on the proposal – examining its economic and environmental as well as traffic and congestion impacts – is underway and expected to come before City Council in early 2014.

The city just wrapped up three public information sessions about the proposal. An additional session is expected in November and I encourage you to take part and have your say!

If you have not already, please do not forget to let me know what you think by sending me an email or by calling my office at (416) 395-6408!