Toronto City Councillor – Ward 7 Humber River-Black Creek
March 01, 2019
With heavy rainfall happening far more frequently, a noticeable weight has been placed on our older water systems. This is why the City launched The Basement Flooding Protection Program.
The program focuses on upgrading our sewer and overland water drainage systems in order to ensure that we are prepared to handle intense storms. Replacing specific sections with larger pipes, drains and basins will help to further prevent basement flooding and other issues caused by excess runoff.
The City conducts Environmental Assessments in order to determine which improvements need to be made and where. These priorities determine the projects that are presented to City Council for their review and approval.
My office recently hosted a meeting about The Basement Flooding Protection Program at Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre. We host these meetings every year in partnership with Toronto Water to give you an opportunity to come, learn and ask questions about the program. Construction ambassadors also attend in order to introduce themselves and their role in the project.
The Basement Flooding Protection Program is set to span over several years with projects unfolding throughout Toronto – at different times. You can access information about local projects online or by contacting my office for further information. My staff and I are here to help you.
Basement Flooding Protection Program: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/managing-rain-melted-snow/basement-flooding/basement-flooding-protection-program/
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Toronto City Councillor – Ward 6 York Centre
March 01, 2019
I am truly honoured to have been re-elected as the Toronto City Councillor for the new Ward 6, York Centre and Downsview. There is enormous potential in our community and I will be working every day towards making our neighbourhood a great place to live, work, run a businesses, raise a family and retire.
I have held meetings with hundreds of residents, business owners and community stakeholders since the election to discuss my plan to:
• Invest in our neighbourhoods but also keep taxes low
• Stop basement flooding
• Increase police patrols on our local streets
• Improve traffic safety and reduce gridlock
• Protect our green spaces
• Improve public transit.
This is in addition to the work we have been doing in the area that includes repaving Finch Avenue West between Dufferin and Bathurst and converting the “Diamond” lanes on Allen Road and Dufferin Street to High Occupancy Vehicle lanes for vehicles containing a minimum of 2 people. In addition to busses, the lanes can now be used by cyclists, motorcyclists and taxis.
We are excited to break ground in 2019 on a new fire station on Keele Street just south of Sheppard Avenue West that will open in 2020. Additionally, we are moving forward with a project to transform the TTC loop at Dufferin and Finch into a community park.
I would also like to congratulate the Duke Heights BIA for their transformative work in just a short period of time. We are working to support entrepreneurship and commerce in Toronto by responding quickly to the needs of local businesses and residents. I look forward to a continuing the partnership with Duke Heights to make sure the BIA has a strong voice at City Hall.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime at 416-392-1371.
March 01, 2019
Smiles Foundation located in the DUKE Heights BIA began as an initiative for bringing free for children and affordable for others, high-quality dental care to underprivileged communities in the Dominican Republic. Since their inception, they have successfully expanded their scope of initiatives and have delivered a variety of health and educational services to over 5 million people (primarily children), who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
Their health programs cover a wide range of important topics including nutrition, abuse prevention, general health, personal hygiene, disease prevention, oral health care and family planning.
Over the years donors and volunteers have allowed Smiles Foundation to expand their programs and services. Smiles in Action programs have recently been launched in the GTA. In partnership with the City of Vaughan, Improve Canada, and with a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation, they now offer free and affordable Dance Sport programs to underprivileged families and individuals of all ages and abilities.
The mission for Smiles Foundation is to equip all the communities with the skills and knowledge they need to lead full, healthy and happy lives. By supporting these initiatives, you can help those in need smile even brighter. Join their efforts by volunteering and/or donating. Visit their website www.smilesfoundation.org for more information.
March 01, 2019
Have your utility bills risen dramatically? Interested in modernizing your building without reaching into your pocket? Efficiency Capital (EC) provides Turnkey solutions for you to reduce your operating costs, lower your energy consumption and modernize your building at the same time.
Efficiency Capital (“EC”) offers a unique investment program where they pay for upgrading your building, with no upfront cost to you. These upgrades are funded by the ‘Guaranteed’ savings that you receive in lower operating expenses. EC has developed a structured turnkey approach that mitigates savings risk, ensures improved building performance and reduces energy consumption.
Key features and benefits
|EC invests up to 100% of funds
||• Savings can start immediately
• No opportunity cost of waiting for capital allocation
• Preserve your capital for other priorities
|Pay when you save
||• No performance risk of savings not being achieved
• Data-driven monitoring by EC verifies performance
• Savings are guaranteed and insured
||• Client can buy-out the contract at any time
• Provides flexibility for the timing of capital raises
|Reduced GHG emissions
||• Demonstrates environmental leadership
• Regulatory compliance and reporting
How it works
Efficiency Capital was launched by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to accelerate efficiency upgrades in North America’s aging building stock. TAF created the award-winning Energy Savings Performance Agreement (ESPA) as an innovative way to finance these upgrades. TAF is an arms-length agency of the City of Toronto that invests in solutions for air pollution and climate change mitigation.
To learn more and apply, visit www.efficiencycap.com or contact email@example.com.
February 18, 2019
It was a chilly Family Day with temperature -15°C but you could hardly tell due to all the excitement happening at the DUKE on Ice event. The Champagne Centre parking lot in front of the Paramount Ice Arena was packed with residents celebrating the holiday as the Duke Heights BIA was hosting the first DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest. We wanted to provide North York families with an affordable day of family entertainment with loads of free giveaways and fun activities and our guests responded graciously.
The Ice rink was full to capacity throughout the day as families enjoyed free skating, free face painting and caricature drawing. With free maple syrup taffy, free hot chocolate and free cookies, children thoroughly enjoyed all free outdoor games that included beanbag toss, golf putting, snowman and a huge slide for them to play on. Thanks to our event partner, Lumacare, for their support all through and for donating free books for all kids to take home courtesy of the “First Book” programme. Catchy tunes played by local disc jockey and Zumba demonstration by local fitness experts upped fun for the audience all afternoon.
Food trucks set up by Wickedly Sinful and Pancho’s Bakery were on site offering poutine and churros respectively. Soupalicious was also there handing out a variety of delicious soups. Emily Rose Apiaries had tables selling a different kinds of artisan honey and Knitting Legends came with their range of knitted goods and chains. Our sponsors from Scotiabank were also present giving out freebies and offering free financial advice. A variety of raffle prizes were offered including Google Home Mini, gift certificates from Paramount Ice and La Liga Toronto, a gift basket from Lumacare, and tickets to the Ripley’s Aquarium courtesy of Scotiabank, and many more.
Thanks to everyone who attended. If you missed this year, mark your calendars now! DUKE on Ice is surely coming back next year on Family Day.
February 01, 2019
Written by: Kristen Steele, DUKE Law Intern
Non-Formal dispute resolution mechanisms can be a good alternative to formal dispute resolution methods such as arbitration or litigation, which can be time consuming and expensive. One benefit of this method is to ensure that all parties involved in a dispute will maintain confidentiality because it encourages all parties to keep all material information to themselves. A second is that the parties have a higher degree of control over these kinds of proceedings. The two most common forms of non-formal dispute resolution include the following:
Negotiation involves two or more parties who enter into a discussion or deliberation with the goal of reaching an agreement or resolving a dispute by means of compromise, making negotiation the least formal dispute resolution mechanism available. However, given that there is no facilitator over these negotiations, if the parties cannot come to an agreement of their own volition, the negotiations will fail.
Mediation is like negotiation, but it includes facilitation by a neutral third-party commonly known as a mediator. A drawback is that the mediator, and not the parties themselves, will determine how formal the proceedings will be.
Sometimes it’s hard to translate business problems into legal questions, which is why DUKE Heights BIA made the process as seamless as possible through DUKE Law. From our partnership with Osgoode Hall Law School, we are offering businesses in the BIA this legal information service free of charge. Go ahead, ask your business question with the reassurance that it will be answered by a dedicated team of trained specialists at any time. Ask your question today at dukeheights.ca/law
Attention, DUKE Heights business community! if you were waiting for the perfect time to seize an opportunity to work as a supplier or service provider to the Finch West LRT, the time is now. Mosaic Transit Group, the consortium responsible for designing, building and maintaining the light rail line, is kicking off construction during the spring/summer of 2019.
Mosaic Transit Group is now asking local construction services, equipment and materials providers to connect for new business procurement opportunities for the LRT project. They will use local sources for supplies and materials, where practical and economically reasonable. They have opened a variety of procurement packages from construction, architecture and engineering, goods, services, to simple acquisitions (e.g. painting, printing, fleet rental, cleaning service, catering, facilities rental).
The full list of products and services that they will be procuring in 2019 is below:
- Trailer Rental
- Office furniture/Miscellaneous furnishing
- Temporary services (power, water, sewers)
- Portable toilets
- Utilities relocation
- Site security
- Temporary /Permanent fencing
- Excavation equipment
- Shoring of excavation
- Reinforcing steel
- Architectural Masonry
- Structural steel
- Miscellaneous metals
- Canopies for Stops
- Doors and frames
- Tiling/Floor finishing
- Washroom accessories
- Fall arrest systems (roof anchors)
- Mechanical/Electrical systems
- Trackwork, railway, signaling, communication system
Tips to Businesses Responding to RFPs:
- Be Innovative
- Understand the Requirements
- Demonstrate company’s capability to perform, including: experience, resources and ability to subcontract
- Provide current and relevant references
- Estimate costs realistically
- Follow the submission requirements and perform quality control
If your business offers related products and services, act now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce your business and/or goods and services. Visit www.mosaictransit.com to stay up to date on business and workforce development opportunities.
A first-of-its-kind family fun event in winter in North York with food, music, ice-skating, and free giveaways on this Family Day! Admission is free. Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!
• Indoor skating
• Raffle draw
• Maple Syrup Snow Taffy
• Books for every child to take home
• Games and activities
If you are still looking to obtain a space at the event or are interested in sponsoring or volunteering at the our winterfest, contact email@example.com.