A quick note before school starts and summer turns in to the film festival. I hope everyone has had a safe and glorious summer… it certainly has been a wet one!
As we head towards the end of this Council term, the next few months promise to be busy. The transformation of Alexandra Park and the Atkinson Co-op begins this fall, the Bathurst Street study with a planning focus on the Honest Ed’s site continues, separated bike lanes are being planned in many neighbourhoods, and development challenges, parks, and the John Street revitalization are significant ongoing projects in the ward. Even though it’s a long list, it’s not a complete list.
We also have citywide challenges: housing, transit and the final Rob Ford budget will present their own demands. This e-mail and the others that follow will keep you tied into City Hall, and on top of what’s happening in your community.
The issue that is most likely to present the first challenge is the debate surrounding the future of the waterfront. Public consultation on the proposal to expand the runway, fill in a substantial part of the lake and allow jets to land on the airstrip get underway next week.
Many of you have likely visited our waterfront this summer. The urban escape of the Toronto Islands and our years of work to revitalize our waterfront as a place for people are under threat by this proposal to increase the size and capacity of the Island Airport, pushing more traffic, pollution, and jet fumes into the neighbourhood.
The only way to stop this proposal is for City Council to vote NO to this proposal. The deciding vote could take place as early as October. Take a moment to sign the petition to City Council today at www.nojetsto.ca/take-action.
We are also watching closely and helping to lead the fight to protect Kensington Market from Walmart and the threat of a mall on Bathurst Street. So far no challenge has been filed with the OMB on the Interim Control By-Law that Councillor Mike Layton and I moved in the summer.
As always, our office is here to meet your specific needs, but more importantly we are here to make sure your neighbourhood remains a great place to live and work.
Enjoy the sun for now as it peeks through the clouds. I look forward to seeing you on the streets, in the market or at one of parks in the days ahead.
Public consultation on the use of jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
The City of Toronto is conducting a public consultation process on a request to permit jet airplanes at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA). The focus of the consultation is to assess how changes to the airport would impact the city, including the ongoing revitalization of the waterfront, and nearby communities on the water’s edge.
All residents are encouraged to participate and provide the City with feedback about this important issue:
Participate online at www.toronto.ca/bbtca_review to get more information and complete an online survey.
Attend one of two workshops to talk with City staff and technical consultants and share ideas:
Wednesday, September 4
Fort York – Blue Barracks Rm.
250 Fort York Blvd.,
2 – 3 p.m. (drop-in)
3 – 5 p.m. (workshop)
Monday, September 9
Metro Hall – Rooms 308/309
55 John St., Toronto
6 – 7 p.m. (drop-in)
7 – 9 p.m. (workshop)
Participate in a Town Hall meeting that will include a presentation and discussion:
Thursday, September 12
Direct Energy Convention Centre, Exhibition Place – Salon 205,
100 Princes’ Blvd.,
6 – 7 p.m. (drop-in)
7 – 9 p.m. (presentations and discussion)
To learn more about this issue, please visit: www.toronto.ca/bbtca_review
Canadian International Air Show 2013 – Labour Day Weekend
The 64th edition of the Canadian International Air Show is taking place this Labour Day weekend over Lake Ontario at the west end of the CNE grounds.
Here is the schedule of their activities:
Friday August 30 – 10:00am to 2:00pm (Closed Air Show Practice Day)
Saturday August 31 – Monday September 2 – 1:00pm to 4:30pm
The air show will be operating out of both Pearson and the Island Airport.
Should you have any questions or feedback, contact the Canadian International Air Show at 416-263-3653 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.