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VILLAGES Volu me 07 • Is s ue 03 • J ul y / Au gu s t 2 0 1 4

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IN THIS ISSUE Nine and counting Mimico Wild Pigeons Skate on Eight Environment Day David Hornell JS Community Corner 2014 Gems nominees Toronto concert band

Lakeshore Mardi Gras arrives this Civic Long Weekend! Planning is under way for the eleventh year of the Lakeshore Mardi Gras! Once again, Colonel Sam Smith Park is the location for this annual event. This year’s festival runs from Friday, August 1st through to Monday, August 4th. Once again this annual event will be providing the entertainment that the Etobicoke-Lakeshore has come to love. The four day festival features live music on the main stage, while a children’s zone provides activities to keep the little ones engaged. The grounds of Colonel Sam Smith Park will be overflowing with midway games, street entertainers and so much more. What makes Lakeshore Mardi Gras so special is the appeal it holds for both young and old, singles, families and couples. Last year’s festival saw a great turnout to see the entertainers take the stage. This year will be no different. Friday night features a live performance by Green River Revival. Saturday night keeps up the excitement with Holly Woods & Toronto. Sunday will feature the sounds of 54-40. Finally, Monday will wrap up with Suzie McNeil. The event will also feature great food from local restaurants as well as various tables set up by local vendors. A fenced-off beer garden will also be available on site for those looking for a cool refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day. See ad on page 8 Lakeshore Mardi Gras is a free non-profit event designed to foster community spirit and bring Etobicoke Lakeshore residents closer together. Visit for more information.

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Mimico Wild Pigeons Poop on Cancer .... to the tune of more than $127,000!!!

Fun in the sun – at your local patio! The summer season means hot weather, cool drinks and lots of outdoor get-togethers. When it comes to summer fun, you can find it at any of the local patio restaurants located in south Etobicoke.

The Mimico Wild Pigeons celebrate their fourth successful migration from Toronto to Niagara Falls in the Ride To Conquer Cancer, a two day bike ride across the Niagara Escarpment.

From lakeside restaurants to rooftop patios (and everything in between), there are many places available for customers to relax and have a cold drink, enjoy great food and have great conversations with friends and family. Patios are a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy yourself with friends, live entertainment, food and drink specials and unique atmosphere. With so many patios in the area, it may be hard to decide which one you’ll want to visit – so why not visit all of them?

Members of the Pigeons team have raised more than $127,000 for cancer research via local fundraising events and their generous supporters throughout the Mimico and South Etobicoke Communities. Here City Councillor Mark Grimes, honourary captain of the team, welcomes the Pigeons back home to Mimico on the patio of their home roost, The Maple Leaf Lounge.

Blue Goose Tavern (1 Blue Goose Street) Whether it’s a pit-stop to quench your thirst or an extended stay to enjoy live bands, Mimico’s Blue Goose Tavern is the place to be. “The Goose” features a friendly atmosphere, a wide variety of ice-cold beers and menu items, a walk-up food counter and Sunday afternoon live entertainment featuring Sunday Summer Blues. The horseshoe pits are back! Stay outside on the patio and bask in the sun – you might even spot an old friend! Maple Leaf House (2749 Lake Shore Boulevard West) Featuring a host of live bands Friday and Saturday night, a fully-licensed patio and a wide selection of specials, including Wing Wednesdays, Half-Price Appetizers on Thursdays, Nacho and Steak Nights and Sunday brunches, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Maple Leaf House! Timothy’s Pub (344 Browns Line) Known as “Alderwood’s Friendly Meeting Place”, Timothy’s Pub features some of the GTA’s hottest upand-coming bands, great service and menu specials. Take the time to visit Timothy’s and try out the dart leagues (held twice a week), watch a game on any of the 10 flat-screen TV’s or enjoy a cool drink on the outdoor patio. Left to Right – Moe Grimshaw, Laurie Clark, Brian Booth, Ann Marie Pauk, Chris Szarka, Mark Grimes, Ron Pauk, Christine Case, Joe Dixon, Shawn Hughes Absent from photo – Chung Law, Damian Lemieux, Nahid Bhoja, Craig Bruce, Tricia Vargo, Linda Spence, Mark Fazio and Steven Harwood.

Whether you’re hanging out with friends, going on a date or just want to enjoy a cool drink on a sunny day, visit the local patios in south won’t be disappointed!


Skate on Eight Returns to the Lakeshore By Lindsay Howe

Eighth Street Skatepark hosts the 2nd Annual Skate on Eight taking place on Saturday, August 9th from 1 to 5 p.m. Eighth Street Skatepark is located at the corner of Eighth and Birmingham Street in Etobicoke. Skate on Eight welcomes everyone to come out and participate, watch local talent and join in the fun. The two different age groups participating are: 16 and under and 16 plus. Come out on this beautiful summer day, take part in the festivities, and enjoy the competitions. There will be a DJ Tent set up, a BBQ, and various other happenings across the park. In case of rainy weather, Skate on Eight will be moved to the following day, Sunday, August 10th from 1 to 5 p.m. The youth skateboarding competitions give skateboarders the opportunity to perform their best tricks on different obstacles. Eighth Street Skatepark features handrails, quarter pipe, ledges, stairs, and a bowl resembling an empty swimming pool. Following Skate on Eight, you are welcome to come by New Toronto Billiards (NTB) for a pool tournament. On this Saturday night NTB will feature live entertainment from local bands performing their hits. Eighth Street Skatepark opened three years ago, and draws people with a passion for skateboarding from across the Lakeshore area to come out and participate. Eighth Street Skatepark has quickly become a popular hangout for skateboarders of all ages and abilities. Non-skateboarders also enjoy coming out to Eighth Street Skatepark to watch the pro-skaters attempt tricks, as well as parents watching their kids practice their skateboarding skills. The organizers of Skate on Eight greatly appreciate the generous support of local businesses. Their promotion and support makes this event possible! Come out to Skate on Eight at Eighth Street Skatepark, partake in the fun and witness local skateboarding talent!



Make Environment Day extra special this year By Sheila White

Environment Day should be one of the most revered days of our community calendar. It brings families together, puts a spotlight on doing the right thing to ensure a clean and sustainable, 3R future and shows city council’s commitment to help us do that. You can return electronics, old phones and household hazardous waste for recycling, donate good used items to give them a second life, get free compost and good information on how to be green and feel good at the same time. It’s about understanding the connection between showing kindness toward nature, respect for the environment and attaining the high quality of community life all of us desire. There’s a way you can make Environment Day extra special this year and leave a permanent positive impression.

Litter is like a magnet. Its presence attracts more. Very quickly an impression of neglect and lack of caring is formed and, research confirms, drags down property values and tourism rates.

The easiest, greenest, single action one can ever take is to not litter. In this space we can only touch on the continental garbage soup in our oceans, the injury to wildlife and natural habitats, the mint of cash spent globally each year that’s never enough to keep up – because people won’t stop littering, won’t use a litterbag or bin.

Littering is wrong. In Toronto, if the bare bones of law had any beef on them, the fine for littering is $365. People who litter (a minority of us) know enforcement is lax and the likelihood of being confronted is surprisingly low. No one should aspire to littering. It is a huge character flaw, a proven antisocial marker. Whether you are the smoker flicking your butts all over or the java junkie, leaving coffee cups everywhere and anywhere, the chewing gumspitter or the tosser of fast food wrappers and remains, you need to know this is littering.

From car windows, on streets, sidewalks, storefront window ledges and parking lots, in parks, trees, waterways – litter is prolific and 55 per cent of littering is deliberate. At we publish a simple pledge you can sign that calls on you to commit to three ideas:

This Environment Day, I know your councillor would heartily endorse a movement to erase it. Sign the pledge. Let’s keep ‘litter’ in the conversation.

1) not to litter 2) from door to street, keep your property free of litter 3) ask someone you know who litters to stop.

Sheila White is head of the Litter Prevention Program and is Publisher of www. and “This Week In Litterland.”



Outdoor classroom plans at David Hornell JS David Hornell JS recently revealed their plans for an exciting improvement to their outdoor space.

Marsha Gettas of Marsha Gettas Design is a horticulturist and master gardener. She has been assisting in the planning in all of our planning and design of this project. She has given her input into this project. Marsha states, “Nature inspires me. Being outside has always been an important part of my play. This space is very generous in size allowing for different play and learning experiences.”

The design plan is to build an outdoor classroom using lots of elements from nature to engage students’ imagination and make them want to learn. The Toronto District School Board has provided $37,000 of its development money to begin this project.

This outdoor classroom project has involved students, school staff, the Parent Council, TDSB staff and organizations that have provided funding.

They also plan to build a small butterfly garden by planting plants that butterflies are attracted to. TD Friends of the Environment has kindly donated $3,500 to build the butterfly garden. Students at David Hornell will be studying all about butterflies, plants and soil as part of a whole school inquiry as they build the butterfly garden together. In the middle of this space will be a circular teaching space next to a circle of seven trees, a teaching platform and rock seating. The project is to encourage students to learn by being in a different environment and it will also teach students to appreciate nature and the creatures that exist. This outdoor classroom will help students learn about nature while in a different but interesting new environment. It will also be able to be accessed by students with wheelchairs. The new outdoor space will include: • Wood stumps for students to sit on, climb and jump on • Log pile climber • Rocks to sit on for classes (they will fit 30 students) • Wooden bridge • A path for students to walk (accessible by wheelchair) and ride their tricycles on • Butterflies for the garden • Plants that butterflies are attracted to • Wooden platform for teaching/performances by classes • Native shrubs, plants and grasses • Log benches • Log tables and chairs • Large tires to jump in and out of

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Community Corner All Outdoor Pools Open this Weekend All outdoor pools will begin their full-time summer schedules on Friday, June 27 and will remain open with varying schedules until Sunday, August 31.

Business Improvement Areas

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By: Lindsay Howe

What they are and how they benefit the community The four Lakeshore BIA’s (Mimico, Mimico-by-the-Lake, Lakeshore Village and Longbranch) are committed to supporting the economic, cultural and social well-being of the community. Notwithstanding their substantial involvement, many are unaware of what a BIA is, what it does, and the significant contributions they have made within your community.

Healthy Moves for Aging Well Physical activity is an important part of healthy living. It’s never too late to get moving and add more exercise into your lifestyle! Etobicoke Services for Seniors offers FREE group exercise classes specifically developed for older adults. Have fun and feel good! Join one of the classes at the following locations in Etobicoke: Lerette Manor (250 Twelfth St.), Edwards Manor (340 Royal York Rd.), Griggs Manor (100 Cavell Ave.), Alderwood Church Cornerstone Room, (44 Delma Drive).

What is a BIA? BIA stands for a Business Improvement Area. A BIA is a formal association of business owners within a region, managed by a board operating in accordance with the city’s Municipal Acts and Codes.

Please call ESS Support Services at 416 243- 0127 for more information. ESS Support Services is a not-for-profit agency committed to supporting seniors in their desire to remain in their own homes and community.

The BIA is an organization set up to promote and improve the businesses, as well as promote the community as a shopping district. The BIA functions as a voice for local businesses, offering discussions to address issues and share mutual concerns. Together these issues are met with specific resolutions and carried out. BIA’s provide businesses with secure funding, and access to city programs.

Keeping Mimico clean On Saturday May 24th in partnership with Lakeshore Arts and Mimico-by-theLake BIA, neighbourhood children took part in a sign making project for the flower beds all along the Lakeshore in Mimico. The children made and painted wooden signs with such slogans such as “please keep our neighbourhood clean” “please do not litter” “please pick up after your dog” “love where you live” and so on. Congratulations to the children that did a big part in making their neighbourhood a cleaner and better place to live!

The BIA provides marketing and promotions for both the businesses and community events. The four Lakeshore BIA’s, have made extensive contributions to the areas well-received local festivals and events. Without the BIA’s function of planning, marketing, and promotion for these events, not to mention their financial contributions, these community events would not be as successful, or cease to be carried out all-together. The BIA’s lead community building and promotional initiatives in an effort to meet their goal of preserving the close-knit community and maintaining the natural ambiance of the area. A BIA’s involvement and implementation of initiatives helps to increase pride and interest within the community. Their involvement ranges from participating in seasonal and historical events, to heading engaging activities and friendly competitions.

(Top) Adelaide and (R) Jorja (Middle) Maeve and (R) Ruby (Bottom) Painting Taya, Charlie and Lily

A Business Improvement Area is also responsible for beautifying the streets, maintenance and overall visual improvement of the Villages. This is carried out through planting shrubs and flowers, hosting community cleanups and hanging banners. Who Benefits from having a BIA? A BIA benefits all businesses in the area: from retail, professional, dining, entertainment or finance. The BIA works to expand the business operator’s customer base. The consumer is also benefited, ensuring they receive the best value, and quality customer care. BIA’s benefit property owners, as the initiatives and activities carried out create and maintain a vibrant and successful environment. These and other factors relating to the BIAs contributions help to increase property values. We are fortunate to have such active and involved BIA’s. The BIA’s recognize and support local businesses, providing the assistance necessary to continue to grow and thrive. A special thanks the four Lakeshore BIA’s (Mimico, Mimico-by-the-Lake, Lakeshore Village and Longbranch) for their vital difference they make within our community!


2014 Gems of Etobicoke-Lakeshore Nominees

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The Gems of Etobicoke-Lakeshore are a great opportunity to recognize an outstanding business or organization in our community. The small businesses and groups unique to this area provide incredible service and we want to celebrate those making this community a more vibrant place to live!

Investments · Insurance · Planning

The 2014 Gems of Etobicoke-Lakeshore will take place Thursday, July 10 at 7:00pm at Legion, 150 Eighth St. This year’s event is hosted by Bernard Trottier, MP Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Restaurant Long Branch Fish and Chips 850 Degrees Pizzeria Timothy’s Pub Maurya East Indian Roti Al Lego Ristorante Everest Hakka House Kothur Indian Cuisine Il Paesano Pizzeria

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Retail Mimico Pharmacy Front Door Organics Community Roots Books Lakeshore Valu-Mart TNT The New Toronto Surplus Centre Ltd. The Wine Palace Culture & Recreation The Village Mosaic Rhythmic Rainbow Studio Service Business Valentino Chiropractic Clinic Alterna Savings Nationwide Premium Sales Ben’s Hairstyling Porritt Real Estate Inc (o/a Royal Lepage) Mind & Body Lakeshore Village Integrated Medicine Aqua Nails and Spa Tullo Insurance and Financial Services Inc / State Farm Inc. Angelic Touch Salon Shoreline Chiropractic Clinic Cruise Holidays/Humber Bay Travel Inc. Lakeshore West Dental Office Hearthstone By The Bay Storefront Humber Pina B’s Salon and Spa Bubbles and Squeak/Toronto Condo Cleaning Philip and Frank’s Barber Shop Community Service Next Door Family Resources St. Margaret’s Church 6th Street Wesley Mimico United Church Kassel’s Pharmacy Windfall Basics New Business Ember Hot Stove and Social House


Upcoming Events at Assembly Hall

Upcoming events at Lakeshore Arts

Ourselves, Our Lakeshore Youth Photography exhibit: presented by the South Etobicoke Youth Assembly Show runs until July 24 The South Etobicoke Youth Assembly photography group has been exploring the community to better understand our neighbourhood’s identity and express the world around us through photography. Our goal is to increase collective artistic experiences of Lakeshore members and bring to awareness uncommon images that depict the unique environment that is South Etobicoke. Gallery hours are Mon to Fri: 12 - 5 pm and Sat: 10 am - 1 pm. For more information please call 647-385-5754.

2422 Lake Shore Blvd. West • 416-201-7093 Open Tuesday – Friday from 11am-5pm until June 26


ARTICULATE: YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS Applications Due – End of June Ages 13 – 18 | Program will run from July 14-25th | FREE Looking for something to do this summer? Passionate about art? Our youth summer program ARTiculate may be for you! Experience workshops with professional artists, trips to art destinations and leadership activities. Last year’s line-up included trips to the Harbourfront Centre and Design Exchange, in addition to workshops in sculpture, break dancing and stop-motion animation. Visit or contact for more information on applying.

Yoga Meditation: presented by SAHAJA Yoga July 2 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 at 6 pm Come experience a true form of meditation - Yoga. Feel the spiritual energy and peace within by Kundalini awakening. Classes are free. For more information, visit or call 416-201-7649. Argentine Tango Classes: presented by Tango Soul July 23 and August 27 at 7 pm All age Argentine Tango classes, no experience needed! Classes are $20 per person, to register or for more information, please visit or call 647-203-9829.


Crafts with ARTiculate Youth Eureka! Get Creative and join the youth from Lakeshore Arts and make crafts at your local library branch! For ages 4-10. Free and all welcome. Locations include: • July 22 – 2-3pm: New Toronto Library (110 Eleventh Street) • July 22 – 2-3pm: Mimico Library (47 Station Road) • July 23 - 2-3 pm: Long Branch Library (3500 Lake Shore Blvd. West) • July 23 – 2-3pm: Alderwood Library (2 Orianna Dr.)


Shazaam! Literacy in the Arts: Instructor Training Program Location: Lakeshore Arts (2422 Lake Shore Blvd. West) August 9 & 10, 2014 from 10 am – 2 pm Now in its 7th year, Lakeshore Arts is seeking artist facilitators to deliver its growing Shazaam! program in our local schools and neighbourhoods. Using drama and illustration instruction while exploring themes of social justice and heroism, the final product of this unique program is a professionally printed, full colour graphic novel created by students ages 11 to 14. Current storytelling/drama instructors Alicia Payne and Don Molnar will be leading this training session for potential program instructors – a great opportunity to fine tune your facilitation skills and learn more about getting involved with Lakeshore Arts. Contact for more details.

1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive • 416-338-7255 Great news for musicians! – Toronto Concert Band A new community band is in the offing! - the Toronto Concert Band. With its tag line, “We Love to Play”, the Toronto Concert Band’s mission is to create a positive and supportive setting in which to cultivate musicianship. In short, TCB promises an enriched musical experience for its members. And everyone is welcome to join, including amateur community players, postsecondary students and professionals who want to play in the community. The genesis of the new Toronto Concert Band is the desire on the part of local musicians to be musically challenged in a respectful environment, and TCB’s esteemed founding Conductors Ken Hazlet and Les Dobbin are an ideal fit. Ken and Les have remarkable careers in music education leading enviable programs at Lawrence Park and John G. Althouse, respectively. Both are engaged in music at the community level, and their 30-plus years at the helm of the Etobicoke Youth Band (founded by Ken) suggest that TCB will have no shortage of fine musicians from which to draw! Rehearsals Tuesday evenings, John G. Althouse Middle School, commencing September 2014. To register your interest, go to www.torontoconcertband. com. Everyone welcome!


Lakeshore Village BIA Presents the 2nd Annual


SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014 6:00 PM – Son Sol at Liaison College This year’s Music Fest kicks off at Liaison College with reggae/world music band Son Sol! Bring a chair and enjoy FREE outdoor family entertainment! 7:00 PM – The Barrel Boys at Job Start The FREE live music continues in front of Job Start with bluegrass band The Barrel Boys! Great deals on food and snacks to enjoy from your favourite local eateries. 8:00 PM – Garage Baby at TD Bank Crank up the volume with the Punk Rock sounds of Garage Baby outside TD Bank! Rock out at this family friendly performance!  MORE great Bands and Buskers on the Lake Shore from 1st to 12th Street!  Great indoor and outdoor performances from 6 PM to 2 AM!  Delicious food and drink from your favourite local venues!  Fun for the whole family! There’s something for EVERYONE!

Pick up your 2014 Music Fest walking guide and enter to WIN Amazing Raffle Prizes! Gift certificates and more from your favourite local merchants! Only $2.00/each OR 3 for $5.00 Tickets are available at participating venues after June 25th. No purchase necessary to enter. Please see full contest rules at For information on venues, performers and contest rules, visit:

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Grimes Revitalizing our Community

Cyrus Chan

Financial Advisor .

2990 Lake Shore Blvd W Toronto, ON M8V 1J9 416-251-8212

Phone: 416-397-9273 Fax: 416-397-9279 Email: Web:

Councillor Mark Grimes and City of Toronto

Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Snow Storage Facility 207 New Toronto St. (east of Kipling Ave., across from CN Rail Yard) Products Available – Fees may apply • • •

Backyard Composter Green Bin Kitchen Container

Pick up for FREE •

Green Bin and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin) Leaf Compost (limit one cubic metre per household)

Visit the Toronto Water info tent to learn more about programs that will help you use water wisely ! in and around your home

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal • Audio/Visual Equipment & Peripherals (e.g., telephones, cell phones, pda’s and pagers, cameras, small TVs, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, equalizers, turntables, projectors, recorders, DVD players and VCRs, etc.) •

Items donated to local schools for reuse*

Other Items donated for reuse* (Please keep separate from others)

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Computer Equipment & Peripherals • (e.g., desktops, laptops, hand-held portables, monitors, printing devices, etc.) • Household Hazardous Waste (e.g., cleaning supplies and solvents, motor oil, paint, batteries, old/unused medication, mercury thermometers/ thermostats, pesticides, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, etc.)

Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.) Buttons and keys Clipboards, corks and cork boards LP records, CDs and cases Children’s books Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands Yarn and dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.) 35 mm cameras and equipment

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Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose

Sporting goods (e.g. skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.) Books (excluding school/university curriculum books) Medical equipment in good condition (e.g. eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.) Small household items (e.g. dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.) Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.) Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

*All donated items must be in very good condition

Please do not bring: Construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

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Helping to Keep our Community Active and Healthy

Riding the Rocket By Councillor Mark Grimes, Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore

By Bernard Trottier, MP Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Over this last term, transit and the TTC have consistently been among the most talked about issues at City Hall.

After this past winter which lasted longer than we would have liked, it is nice to finally see the warm summer months in front of us. Across Etobicoke, our kids are filling our playgrounds, baseball diamonds and soccer pitches. With the World Cup in Brazil upon us we are seeing national flags from across the globe adorning homes and businesses, a reminder that the “beautiful game” and sport in general bring us together as people regardless of nationality, gender or creed.

The same trends hold true locally in Ward 6 as local residents look for ways to ease their commutes and get around the City more easily. The challenges of increased congestion and the City’s ever increasing population are not easily solved but we are moving forward.

Our Government is committed to supporting amateur sport across the country and fitness of Canadians of all ages. The Government of Canada is the single largest investor in Canada’s amateur sport system, providing funding through Sport Canada programs including the Hosting Program, the Sport Support Program and the Athlete Assistance Program. The successful “Own the Podium” initiative delivered Canada more gold medals during the past four years than ever before. This is not only a great achievement for our outstanding athletes, but it also has given Canadians tremendous pride.

To help restart discussion on many of the longstanding transit issues in the community I invited then chair of the TTC Board Karen Stintz, TTC CEO Andy Byford and the Metrolinx/GO Transit Director of Policy and Planning Daniel Haufschild to a Transit Town Hall on February 11. The meeting provided the opportunity for local residents to speak directly to the top brass at both the TTC and Metrolinx. A host of issues were discussed, some new, others outstanding, painting a picture of transit challenges and opportunities in South Etobicoke.

In our own communities, sports bring our families and neighbourhoods together in a fun, healthy environment. Our Government believes in fostering fitness as well. Remember your family can take advantage of the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, which allows you to claim a 15% tax credit on an amount up to $500 per child per credit on the fees you’ve paid to register your children in organized sports. For those whose children are more interested in the arts, this also applies to arts programs! Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area will be the host city of the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, one of the largest multi-sport events ever hosted in Canada. The 2015 Games will bring together 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries and territories of the Americas and the Caribbean, competing in 51 sports competitions in venues across 17 municipalities.

Following the meeting TTC CEO Andy Byford committed to re-examine a number of issues. One such issue is a re-examination of the 507 Long Branch to Dundas West Station streetcar route. The route provides an alternative to the 501 streetcar which is often bogged down in Queen Street traffic. Additionally, the shorter route means less opportunity for streetcars to bunch together leading to gaps in service and longer wait times. While I am hopeful that the review is positive the initial TTC reaction was that the demand may not be there to reinstate the service.

By investing in the Games, the Government of Canada is supporting a unique opportunity to showcase Canadian culture, contribute to sport excellence and create sustainable legacy initiatives that will bring long-term economic, social, cultural and community benefits across the Greater Toronto Area.

Regardless, I await the finding of the review.

Get out there and enjoy the sun!

To further address service issues on our streetcar lines the TTC has brought back mobile supervisors to address backups by holding vehicles where necessary to reduce the need to short turn other cars. Combined with an upgraded communication system in our streetcar and bus fleet that will improve communication with Transit Control Etobicoke Lakeshore, TTC riders can expect a noticeable improvement in reliability. Reliability, and the overall rider experience, will be further improved as the TTC begins rolling out their new low floor streetcars this summer. Testing of the new streetcar has been ongoing since March 2013. Modifications have been made based on these tests, and the first production vehicle arrived at the TTC Hillcrest facility in early June. The new cars, which begin their rollout this August on the Spadina route, are fully accessible, air conditioned and quieter than their predecessors. The new cars are expected on Lake Shore beginning in 2016.


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