- Welcome Letter & Ice Storm Information from Councillor Wong-Tam
- Tomorrow: Ward 27 Community Skate Day
- National Ballet School Annual Gala
- Community Meeting: Garden District Heritage Conservation District Plan
- Community Meeting: Ryerson Student Residence at 186 Jarvis Street
- Community Meeting: Re-zoning Application for 143 Avenue Road
- Upcoming Ward 27 Hero Awards
Over the holidays, our communities were struck by a damaging and trying ice storm. While it felt, at times, as though relief could not come soon enough, I was struck by the generosity of neighbours and the dedication of the City staff who took time from their own vacations to get the necessary work done. While there is room for better communication and emergency preparedness, Ward 27 residents came through for each other.
Many have been in touch with my office and 311 about unresolved storm damage and much of this is presently being addressed. If there are outstanding issues on your property, such as trees at risk of falling, I would encourage you to access the City's 311 service at www.toronto.ca/311 - new work orders are constantly being updated for post-storm clean-up.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada has advised that private insurance policies provide coverage for storm damage claims. While exceptions may exist, the Bureau recommends that residents inquiring about storm expenses speak with their insurer first. If residents or businesses believe that negligence on the part of the City has resulted in trees causing bodily injury or property damage, there is a two-year window from the date the damage occurred to file a claim against the City. Instructions on how to do this can be found at www.toronto.ca/makingaclaim.
Looking ahead, there are still many opportunities to enjoy the season. The community is invited to my third annual Ward 27 Skate Day on January 25 (details below), the upcoming Ward 27 Community Heroes Awards, as well a number of additional events being planned over the coming months.
On January 29, City Council will be meeting to debate and pass the City Budget for 2014. I want to thank everyone who has been in touch through the budget process to share their thoughts and concerns. We have some distance to go at Council, but are on-track to preserve and advance a number of critical services, including libraries, recreation and childcare services, and restoring the urban canopy. To view the 2014 Capital and Operating Budgets, as being sent to Council for debate, click here.
I remain yours in service,
2. Tomorrow: Ward 27 Community Skate Day
- When: Saturday, January 25, 2014; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Ramsden Park outdoor skating rink
Councillor Wong-Tam invites you to tie up your skate laces with her on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join the Councillor at the Ramsden Park outdoor skating rink, located at 1020 Yonge Street (at the corner of Cresent Road and Yonge Street).
For those travelling by car, parking is available off of Yonge Street at Cresent Road.
For those travelling by TTC, Ramsden Park is conveniently located directly across the street from the Rosedale subway station.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Councillor by phone at: 416-392-7903 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Wong-Tam is looking forward to seeing you on the ice!
3. National Ballet School Annual Gala - February 7, 2014
Each year Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) hosts a magical evening for over 500 patrons to raise funds for NBS’ students--72% of whom require financial assistance. Dazzling performances and exceptional raffle prizes keep generous supporters returning, year after year. The NBS gala celebrates emerging talent, the beauty of dance and the determination required to attend one of Canada’s leading arts training institutions. It plays a crucial role in securing 30% of the School’s annual fundraising goal in a single night. For over 20 years the annual gala has helped NBS retain its core value – that talent remains the sole criterion for entry.
- When: Friday, February 7, 2014, Cocktail 6:15 p.m., Dinner & Performance 7:15 p.m.
- Where: The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., Toronto, ON
- Event Tickets: NBS Casablanca Gala individual tickets are available for $1,500 per person at www.nbs-enb.ca/casablancagala or by calling Brittany McLeod, Development Officer – Events at: 416 964-3780 x 2146. “35 and Under” tickets (‘Welcome’ Wine Reception, Performance, Casino & Lounge Access) are also available for $100.
4. Community Meeting: Garden District Heritage Conservation District Plan
- When: Thursday, February 6, 2014; 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Where: Moss Park Community Centre
Area residents are invited to attend a community meeting to discuss the ongoing development of a Heritage Conservation District plan for the Garden District area. To visit the City blog page for this project, please click here.
Additional details and information will be posted on www.ward27new.ca/events in the coming days.
5. Community Meeting: Ryerson Student Residence at 186 Jarvis Street
- When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
- Where: 240 Jarvis Street - London and Paris Rooms
The City has received a rezoning application to construct a new 27-story student residence building. The total number of residential dwelling units is 197 with16 vehicular parking spaces.
For additional information, or to submit comments in addition to the public consultation, please visit the City Planning website here.
6. Community Meeting: Re-Zoning Application for 143 Avenue Road
- When: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Where: Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street West
The City has received a rezoning application to construct a new 12-story mixed use building. The total number of residential dwelling units is 94 with three levels of underground parking consisting of 67 vehicular parking spaces.
For additional information, including architectural plans, please visit the City Planning Yorkville Development Portal page for this address here.
Public comments can be submitted to Senior Planner Barry Brooks through the Development Applications website found here.
7. Upcoming Ward 27 Community Hero Awards
Over the past three years, Councillor Wong-Tam has been thrilled to work with outstanding area residents and business owners who have taken on leadership roles in improving their communities. In recognition of these civic champions, Councillor Wong-Tam will be holding Ward 27's first Community Heroes Awards in the coming months.
The Awards will be an opportunity to come together and celebrate success stories from across the ward and learn about the initiatives that will continue to improve Ward 27 in the years to come.
Bring your neighbours, friends and family! Councillor Wong-Tam would like to make this an annual event!
Event details will be posted on www.ward27news.ca/events in the near future.
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