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Request for Proposal-Tree Inventory and Planting Opportunities

DUKE Heights BIA is seeking quotations from proponents to undertake a complete review and detailed site assessment of the existing tree inventory and compile a planting plan for additional trees on the BIA’s internal streets.

Download the detailed RFP from the link below. The deadline for submission is Friday, February 25, 2022, at 4:00pm.

 

Download RFP on Tree Inventory and Planting Opportunities

 

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : January 2022

anthony-perruzza

January 01, 2022

Dear Resident,

As we start 2022, I want to share how important it is to get your booster shot as soon as possible. For the most up-to-date information on how and where to book, please visit covid19.ontariohealth.ca or call 1-833-943-3900. City-run clinics are easily accessible by transit and offer free parking. The clinic staff provide resources in multiple languages. A person with a vaccination appointment can also bring a support person to help with translation. While there are no walk-in appointments at City-run vaccination clinics, I will continue to share the details about nearby pop-up vaccine clinics via social media and on my website at www.anthonyperruzza.com.

Due to the ongoing surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases, Ontario has entered a Modified Step 2 reopening stage under the Reopening Ontario Act. Social gatherings have been reduced to five people indoors and ten people outdoors. Retail settings are permitted at 50 percent capacity. In line-ups, physical distancing is required, and food courts are closed in shopping malls. Indoor dining is cancelled, but you can order take-out from restaurants and bars. I encourage residents to consider supporting local establishments here in Humber River-Black Creek. Indoor recreational facilities are closed until the Province issues further notice, and I will outline how that impacts City of Toronto programming below. For more information about current restrictions, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca, and my team and I will provide the latest news from all levels of government.

Restrictions cancel all City of Toronto indoor recreational programming and facility bookings like arena permits and indoor drop-in classes. The After-School Recreation & Care program (ARC) is suspended until in-person learning resumes. Refunds have and will be issued to all impacted clients automatically.

Services that are not impacted include:
· Access to outdoor rinks
· Outdoor learn-to-skate and ski operations
· Passive Use of parks and outdoor amenities
· Access to Community Recreation Centres, pools, and arenas for:

  1. Social services, counselling, washroom use, etc.
  2. Childcare services, where applicable
  3. Use by National Athletes, as part of Team Canada, etc.
  4. Physical therapy, as prescribed by a medical practitioner
  5. Outdoor animal displays like High Park Zoo/Riverdale Farm

For updates about the City of Toronto’s adjusted services during the winter and safety tips, including snow removal on streets and salting, please visit the City of Toronto’s website. If you have any concerns or need access to resources, please get in touch with 311 Toronto or contact my office for a follow-up. We are here to help you. Seniors looking for further assistance can also reach out to us.

Many thanks to everyone who attended MPP Tom Rakocevic and my office’s joint Holiday Meal and Toy Pick-up event at Christian Centre Church. Inner City Outreach, the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario, Kitchen24, the Vietnamese Association, Tyler Downey Seiu, UFCW Locals 175 & 633, the Good Vibes Foundation, Jobify, and many more participated and supported. We were able to reach many local children and their families.

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO, or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website www.anthonyperruzza.com.

Please be mindful of the weather and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek


Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : January 2022

james-pasternak

January 01, 2022

Dear friends and neighbours,

As we moved into this new year, we are hopeful about what it will bring. While we all have the thoughts of the pandemic on our minds, it is important to remember that we have proven ourselves to be resilient in the City of Toronto.

My office and colleagues at City Council are looking to the future to see how we can best support our local businesses, organizations, and Business Improvement Areas. That’s why this past month, I asked Mayor Tory to join me for a tour of the Duke Heights BIA and to visit 2 Champagne Centre and the businesses in the building.

We invited Mayor Tory for a tour around the 2 Champaign Centre facility

We had a chance to discuss how the pandemic has affected our small businesses and what we will need to do in order to support them into the future. Together with Mayor Tory, I recommended through the Executive Committee that a small business tax subclass be created starting in 2022 to provide small businesses with tax relief. The report recommended that a 15 per cent tax reduction be applied to small businesses within the commercial tax class. This builds on other work through the past two years, with initiatives such as CafeTO and ShowLoveTO that worked to draw new clients into the BIA area and to spur new economic activity.

We look forward to continuing our work into this new year!

I would like to wish you all happy holidays and a great new year!

As always, please feel free to reach out with any matters at Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca or at 416 392 1371.

Sincerely,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – Downsview – York Centre
Chair of North York Community Council
Vice-Chair of Infrastructure and Environment Committee

STEPS Public Art Storefront Activation in DUKE Heights BIA

December 10, 2021

In collaboration with STEPS Public Art, we’re excited to bring public art to our BIA community!
Projects like I HeART Main Street and No Vacancy demonstrate the power of art during challenging times and the potential to support local economic recovery through creative placemaking.
The series of storefront activations along a stretch of Finch Ave West, celebrate the area’s commitment to new opportunity, professional growth and connection, through vibrant illustration, painting, mixed media and community-engaged artworks.

Under the slogan “Move Here. Work Here. Build Here. Grow Here”, we engaged a group of multidisciplinary artists to bring new energy to underutilized spaces in our community. What is great about the #noVacancy program is that not only does it support our local neighbourhood and businesses, but it becomes an accessible art exhibit opportunity for local artists, especially BIPOC and youth artists, who have also been hard hit by the pandemic.

We’re greatly appreciative of @STEPSpublicart. STEPS creates one-of-a-kind public art plans, installations and engagement strategies that transform urban areas into vibrant public spaces. They were instrumental in envisioning and delivering these placemaking opportunities for the BIA.

Looking forward for new activations in the next year!


Convergence

by Thomarya “Tee” Fergus
Location: 1275 Finch Ave West


Brighter Days

by Moonlight Murals Collective
Location: 1275 Finch Ave West (corner of Finch and Tangiers)

 

 


Keep Going, Move Forward

by Kseniya Tsoy & Yulia Tsoy
Location: 1280 Finch Ave West

DUKE Heights Community Clean-up Event 2021

December 01, 2021

In the last week of November 2021, we arranged a business clean-up program to help interested BIA members dispose of their business waste, such as: construction debris, tires, furniture, electronics, batteries, and other junk. We received great response from a number of businesses who took advantage of this free program. Following the BIA invitation to sign up for the program, the participating members scheduled their respective timeslots for pickup by the appointed junk removal company. The original plan was for a one-day activity of collecting and disposing of local waste, which ended up with increased service days in the last week of November 2021 due to an overwhelming demand.

The quest for improvement in the area of waste management is ongoing. A coordinated and collective effort by our community and more ‘green’ initiatives in the area can take us a long way.


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Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : December 2021

james-pasternak

December 07, 2021

Dear friends,

On November 22nd, 2021, I had the pleasure in joining Mayor John Tory and Deputy Mayor Councillor Michael Thompson, chair of Economic and Community Development Committee, to meet with FIFA World Cup representatives and lay out the reasons why the City of Toronto would make a great host city for the 2026 World Cup.

We invited Mayor Tory for a tour around the 2 Champaign Centre facility

Torontonians have proven to be passionate when it comes to the game of soccer. Whether it be by filling up restaurants in Little Italy and beyond during World Cup and Euro Cup games or by flooding the streets and sidewalks with post game celebration. It is without question that Toronto as the host of the prestigious games would increase business at existing establishments and bring new businesses looking to get in on the excitement.

If the Mayor’s request is accepted our office is planning on being part of the festivities by designating a large fan zone area within Downsview for soccer devotees to enjoy. The goal of the fan zone is to not only attract local residents from various parts of the city but also soccer enthusiasts from around the world who will have the opportunity to be catered by the wonderful shops and restaurants across ward 6.

The fan zone along with the impending movie studios are mechanisms that would put Downsview and York Centre at the forefront of Toronto’s economic recovery.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – Downsview – York Centre
Chair of North York Community Council
Vice-Chair of Infrastructure and Environment Committee

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : December 2021

anthony-perruzza

December 07, 2021

Dear Resident,

As we approach the end of 2021, I want to recognize our COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Humber River-Black Creek. Specifically, I want to highlight health organizations like Black Creek Community Health Centre, Humber River Hospital, the City of Toronto’s Public Health staff, religious institutions, schools, and many more that have done an incredible job of pulling together various campaigns to get everyone vaccinated. This public health accomplishment inspires hope as we continue to recover and work towards a better future together. Our health must remain a top priority both personally, at home, and publicly where we share spaces with others.

Team Toronto’s vaccine rollout for children ages 5-11 includes educational resources for families and other supports. This plan consists of school-based clinics in 30 Toronto neighbourhoods over the month, pending further updates. Team Toronto partners include Toronto Public Health and four school boards. In addition to school-based clinics, 450 pharmacies and many fixed sites, including 5 City-run locations, will be offering the vaccine. Parents can call my office anytime for support.

In line with the Province’s easing of capacity restrictions in sport and recreation facilities, online reservations for City of Toronto fitness centres, weight rooms, indoor playgrounds, and drop-in leisure swim have been lifted. Reservations will continue to be available for lane swimming and Aquafit, and additional walk-in spaces will be added. For more details on the spots available and the rules, including those around skating rinks, visit the City of Toronto’s website.

One of my recent site visits at St. Jane Frances Catholic School to discuss traffic safety improvements for students and their families. I want to thank the school’s staff and 31 Division for their ongoing work and presence.

During the holiday season, it’s best to continue taking extra precautions for our collective well-being, especially if we plan to see some family and friends again. Monitor your health and follow all public health guidelines. If you have any questions, you can always contact my office for answers.

From my family to yours, I wish you a pleasant and joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas!

If you have questions about local developments, community projects, or need access to other City-related information, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. Visit the City of Toronto’s website to confirm the most up-to-date instructions related to COVID-19 protocol and booking reservations at www.toronto.ca/

For regular updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTO, Instagram @Perruzza_TO, or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter updates online by visiting my website www.anthonyperruzza.com

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek


DUKE Scavenger Hunt 2021 Contest Rules

Duke Heights BIA is excited to introduce Duke Scavenger Hunt, a fun community event in the Duke Heights BIA, for a 21-day period between December 1- December 21, 2021. The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario. Participants who have not reached the age of majority in Ontario at the time of entry into this Contest must be accompanied by an adult for taking part and claiming prizes.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities on the GooseChase app to earn points and win 21 daily prizes and 3 grand prizes at the end.

Game Rules for the contestants: Q&A

  1. What is Duke Scavenger Hunt? Duke Scavenger Hunt is a fun, competitive game among individuals and teams that encourages exploration and discovery of Duke Heights BIA, our community area and some of our valued local businesses.
  2. What’s Duke Heights BIA? Duke Heights BIA is an association of over 2,500 businesses located within the following boundaries: Steeles Ave. W, Dufferin St., Sheppard Ave. W & Keele St.
  3. When does the game begin? The scavenger hunt begins at 12:00 PM EST on December 1st, 2021 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 21st, 2021.
  4. Can I play by myself or will I need a team? Individual play is possible, but team play is more fun!! (tip: sign up as individuals, even if you are playing together as a team, for more chances to win for the team 😊)
  5. Who’s eligible to play? All legal residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority. Employees of Duke Heights BIA and their immediate family (i.e. parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild) are not eligible to compete for prizes.
  6. Is there a cost to participate? No, it’s free!
  7. What do I need to participate? Each individual (or team captain) is required to have a smartphone with data capabilities and download the free Goose Chase app to participate (make sure your phone is fully charged) When downloading the app, you will be asked to accept the terms of references.
  8. How do I join the game? Once you download the Goose Chase app on your smartphone, choose a unique name for you/your team and simply join the game using code: 6769J4. IT’s that simple!
  9. How will I win points? Points are assigned for each completed task on the Goose Chase app, such as: Solve a riddle; Take a selfie/photo/video at assigned location and upload it in the app; Scan the QR code found at each location; Click “follow”, “like”, “review” for additional points. There is no preferred or designated order of completion of tasks.
  10. What’s in it for me, besides the fun? There will be a daily prize to be won for each of the 21 days of the event!!! Each daily prize is a $300 gift certificate/voucher redeemable at one of our awesome local businesses.
  11. Will I know which is the daily prize I compete for? No! We like surprises, and we bet you like them too!

And you won’t be disappointed, since we have lots of vouchers to choose from: restaurants, dance classes, glasses, teeth cleaning, luxury auto detailing, cookie baskets, groceries and many more!

  1. How do I win? Just play the game and accumulate as many points as possible in one day!
  2. How will I know if I won? Oh, you will! Keep an eye on the notification on the Goose Chase and a team member will ask for your email/phone number to contact you directly.
  3. What about the grand prizes? Each player (individual or team) is eligible for only one daily prize for the entire event. However, you are encouraged to continue to play for the entire duration of the event and accumulate as many points as you can. The 3 players/teams with most points at the end of the event will qualify to win one of the three grand prizes each worth $1000!
  4. What if there are more players with the same amount of points: Then the organizer team will have a random and impartial draw. The decisions are final.

PLEASE NOTE:

The scavenger hunt will be conducted on an honor system. However, if the organizers deem that photos and/or videos have been photoshopped or otherwise digitally altered, you or your team will be disqualified.

If you or your team Captain cannot be reached within 48-hours after being declared a winner, you or your team will be disqualified and the next team in the points hierarchy will be declared the winning team.

If a winner is under the age of 18, to claim a prize they must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should follow the City of Toronto’s public safety guidelines at all times, including staying home if they feel sick or have reason to believe they have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Participants are encouraged to wear face masks and maintain proper social distance.

The BIA does not assume responsibility for any personal injury, death or property damage which may be caused to or by any individual during their participation in the Scavenger Hunt.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS:  email us at  info@dukeheights.ca

Download and Print the Rules and Q&A

DUKE Scavenger Hunt 2021 Begins on December 1st

 

This is the season of giving and receiving!

Between December 1- December 21, 2021, DUKE Heights BIA is excited to invite the BIA community and all our Toronto neighbors to participate in the DUKE Scavenger Hunt, a fun community event aimed to animate the BIA’s streets and create buzz around shopping, dining local and promoting local businesses.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities within the span of 21 days.

In addition, to meeting with our local businesses and receiving a prize, each winner will have the opportunity to also give to one of our local charities!

See instructions for the contestants in brief:

  • Download the GooseChase app on your smartphone (all participates in the scavenger hunt will require a phone to upload pictures to the app)
  • Search Duke Scavenger Hunt 2021 or use the DUKE Hunt code to enter the game, which will published on our social media pages very soon.
  • Complete missions on the GooseChase app and accumulate points to be eligible to win prizes.
  • At the end of each day, the contestant/team with the highest points will win a prize worth $300. Each contestant/team can only win one of the daily prizes.

Keep an eye on the DUKE Heights BIA Facebook and Instagram pages in the next few days for the contest rules and final instructions on how to participate.