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Preparing for Winter Weather Together

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January 01, 2020

The City of Toronto clears major roads, bus routes, school routes and emergency routes. Transportation Services sends out its fleet of salt trucks once the snow begins to stick to the roads in order to begin winter maintenance. Salting continues until a sufficient amount of snow has accumulated to start the next step, which is snow plowing. If your street has not been cleared within the allotted timeframe, please call 311 first and then call my office. My staff and I are here to help you.

When there’s a snowfall, you can also watch an active map online that shows where snowplows and maintenance crews are currently working. Visit PlowTO‘s website at: www.toronto.ca/plowto.

Winter Weather Tips:

  • Arrange a check-in system to check with elderly neighbours and others who might need assistance.
  • Please shovel snow onto your property and away from the public road and sidewalk.
  • When piling snow onto your property, please avoid blocking sightlines from driveways for everyone’s safety.
  • Please try to keep parked cars off the road during and shortly after a snowstorm, this provides space for snowplows to get the job done faster.
  • Call my office if you have any questions about the City of Toronto and winter maintenance.

Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance Program (SAHM)

This program provides a snow removal service for seniors and those with a disability or an hourly rate. If the program is not offered on your street, please call the City Councillor’s office. Contact: (416) 531-8447 Ext. 501, salma@tigp.org.

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek

Another Successful Year with Duke Heights BIA

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January 01, 2020

Dear neighbours,
It has been 18 months since my re-election and it continues to be my privilege to serve the Duke Heights BIA community. We continue to invest in our local communities and support the DUKE Heights BIA.

The Mayor has declared 2021 the year of public art and we are fully committed to public art installations in DUKE HEIGHTS at Dufferin and Finch and at the new Finch LRT terminus station (next to the Finch West Subway station).

We are working hard to create a park on the green space on the east side of Chesswood Drive which is now on the lands of the solid waste transfer station.

The city is setting planning guidelines through a Keele-Finch Plus study. We are also working on improving the traffic flow in the DUKE Heights area through the Finch West Goods Movement Plan. We are working closely with Duke Heights BIA to ensure vital freight travels into and out of the BIA in a more safe and efficient manner.

We are beautifying the east side of Dufferin Street with investments in public realm projects, art works, seating, vegetation, and more! We are also working with city staff to re-align the eastern boundaries of the BIA so as to include the publicly owned right-of-way on the east side of Dufferin.

Great things happen when the public and private sector work together. Please do not hesitate to contact me at: 416-392-1371, or councillor_pasternak@toronto.ca. Community updates are available at: www.jamespasternak.ca.

Sincerely,

City Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – York Centre

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest on Family Day, February 17, 2020

January 01, 2020

Join us in celebrating this year’s Family Day on Monday, February 17, 2020 along with the rest of the DUKE Heights community. DUKE on Ice winter festival is coming back to North York with ice-skating, loads of food, music, free giveaways and fun family activities! Admission is free. Come to the Champagne Centre parking area with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!

By hosting DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest, the only event of its kind, our goal is to promote North York and provide a winter festival for our neighbouring communities. It will also provide local food and event vendors an opportunity to promote their businesses and this area.

DUKE Heights BIA works to bring investment to the Downsview and the Dufferin-Keele neighbourhoods. We expect this event to attract many children, families, and community members as it is held on the Family Day. This event will be a unique attraction for the neighbourhood!

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 (Family Day)
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Address: Champagne Centre, 2 Champagne Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 0K2

Interested in getting involved as a sponsor and/or a volunteer? Email us at events@dukeheights.ca, or call (416) 739-1621. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683249515139459/.

DUKE Heights Business Breakfasts 2020: Foundation Series

January 01, 2020

Why Business Breakfasts?

At DUKE Heights BIA we believe in the power of building connections, which essentially means connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.

If you are someone who thinks that pursuing opportunities to connect with industry leaders or professionals with varying skills, interests and perspectives is critical to your own business growth, you are one like us.

Through our meetups and networking breakfast sessions we encourage good quality referrals to help members improve workflow and grow their business. Our members and guests come from a wide variety of businesses and we enjoy a friendly, helpful atmosphere at our meetings, where those attending can benefit from one another’s experience and expertise.

Next Business Breakfast Event:

Date & Time: January 23, 2020, 8 AM – 10 AM

Venue:

YEDI – York Entrepreneurship Development Institute HQ
907 Alness St, North York, ON M3J 2J1

Topics:

  • Business Financing Options for Entrepreneurs
  • Maximize your marketing dollar with digital marketing

Speakers:

  • Thomas Tang, Partner at Tang & Partners LLP
  • Catherine Luzena-Hall, Founder at Practical Marketing Group

What can you expect?

  • Interactive presentations on business topics by business people
  • Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business
  • Networking – make valuable connections
  • Fresh breakfast buffet & free parking

Interested in attending? Sign up on Eventbrite. It’s FREE! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/duke-heights-business-networking-breakfast-january-23-2020-tickets-86716147331.

Let us know your thoughts at business@dukeheights.ca, or, join DUKE Heights Business Hub Meetup Group (https://www.meetup.com/DUKE-Heights-Business-Hub-Meetup-Group/) so we can keep you updated.

DUKE Heights Business Breakfasts

Dec 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA is launching a series of FREE business breakfasts and networking events in the new year. Each event will include an information sharing session from business professionals and experts who will share ways in which you are able accelerate the success of your business.

What can you expect?

An interactive business presentation related to business BY Businesspeople + discussion about the topic of the event

Hands-on insights and ideas that you can immediately apply to your business

Networking – Connect with other businesspeople and build long lasting relationships

Freshly served breakfast – Your time is valuable. So, let’s kill two birds with one stone. Join us for breakfast while learning how to boost your business.

If you are interested in attending, please make sure to let us know at business@dukeheights.ca, so we can keep you updated.

Limited Free Marketing Spots Available on GetintheLoop. Sign up Now!

Dec 01, 2019

If your business is within the Duke Heights BIA, and offers existing products or services directly to consumers, you may still be eligible to apply for 6 months of FREE marketing and promotion.

Duke Heights BIA has recently partnered with mobile marketing company GetintheLoop to offer 15 businesses the opportunity to reach thousands of new customers in a landmark pilot project aimed at boosting marketing, sales and awareness of some of the great businesses we have in the area.

We are extending the screening period for a limited time to allow all qualifying businesses to take advantage of this fantastic program. The categories that perform the best on the GetintheLoop platform are food + drink, things to do, shopping, salon + spa, etc.

GetintheLoop allows businesses to create and post their products or services on their fast-growing mobile marketing platform, which will automatically expose your business to over 10 000 active consumers in the region, and over 500 000 through partner networks. Watch this quick video to learn how the platform works: https://youtu.be/_yLzZuSEPvc.

Make your business stand out! If you are interested in taking advantage of this limited offer to boost your business, contact us at business@dukeheights.ca or complete the application form on our website: https://dukeheights.ca/getintheloop-form-submission/.

Applications will close as soon as the remaining slots are filled by qualifying businesses.

Finch West Goods Movement Public Information Centre

Invitation to local businesses who depend on commercial shipping and freight delivery

Over the next four years, Metrolinx will be constructing light rail transit (LRT) centre-running along Finch Ave West from Highway 27 to Keele Street. While the LRT will benefit the community in many ways, it will also introduce new operational changes to local roads and freeways. These changes will affect how businesses ship and receive their goods and make freight deliveries.

The City is undertaking this Finch West Goods Movement Transportation Master Plan to identify how these transportation issues can be met effectively. The results of this Transportation Master Plan will include several short, medium and long-term strategies to address future shipping and freight delivery while also considering the safety and efficiency of travel for commuters, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians.

Consultation with stakeholders and the public is a key component of the study. The City and Consultant team (with support from the Duke Heights and Emery Village BIAs) are hosting Public Information Centres (PICs) to engage residents and stakeholders on issues relevant to this study. These PICs are a requirement of the Municipal Class EA (MCEA) process for Master Plans. As part of the MCEA process, we will be presenting the results of our Phase 1 activities which include the Problem and Opportunities Statement as well as the Evaluation Criteria. Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to provide commentary on potential future improvements, as well as sharing their experiences in the area to ensure as many concerns are captured as possible.

Two PIC dates and times were selected to allow the public and stakeholders the opportunity to attend one of these PICs at their convenience and at locations on either side of Highway 400. The material presented will be common for both PICs. The dates, times and locations for the PICs are as follows:

  • Emery Village BIA
    Date and Time: November 28th, 2019, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location: Julius Event Centre
    2201 Finch Ave. W., North York M9M 2Y9
  • Duke Heights BIA
    Date and Time: December 2nd, 2019, 3:00pm – 8:00pm
    Location: Downsview Park Hub
    70 Canuck Ave., Toronto M3K 2C5

Anyone with an interest in this study is invited to attend and participate at the PICs. The display boards will be available on the project web site at www.toronto.ca/FinchWestGoodsMovement, along with comment sheets prior to the PICs. If you cannot attend but would like to provide comments, please forward all comments to a project team member listed below by December 16, 2019.

Ask Metrolinx Town Hall for Northwest Toronto on November 14, 2019

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November 01, 2019

What is an Ask Metrolinx Town Hall?
Metrolinx Town Halls are an opportunity to ask Metrolinx leadership about services, transit planning and anything top of mind. While they field your questions at the event, questions can also be submitted online in advance, or during the event via livestream.

They’re Coming to Northwest Toronto
Join Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster and their Senior Management Team in-person or online on November 14, at 7PM. Their last four events focused on the Region of Waterloo, the Region of Durham, the Region of York and the Region of Peel.

To register for the event, visit:
www.metrolinxengage.com
Date: November 14, 2019 – 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Location: Northwood Community Centre, 15 Clubhouse Crt. Toronto, ON

For more information about the Ask Metrolinx Town Hall, please contact the Metrolinx Toronto West Community Relations Team at 416-202-6500 or email torontowest@metrolinx.com. You can also visit the community office at 2450 Finch Avenue West.

 

Annual General Meeting 2019 – DUKE Heights BIA

November 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA invites its members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Location: Painters Union Hall (IUPAT), 132 Toro Rd, Toronto
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Proof of BIA membership will be required. Members are requested to bring their photo IDs and either a business card, utility bill showing business name/tenant name and address, or their City of Toronto property tax bill.
The purpose of this meeting is to approve the DUKE Heights BIA budget and general program for 2020. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to BIA members. For the BIA member, the best way to participate in decision making is to get involved, so we encourage you to be active and join our committees.

AGM Invitation - DUKE Heights BIA

Tour de DUKE Heights – Children’s Bike Race Event on October 05, 2019

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September 01, 2019

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DUKE Heights BIA is working with Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 and few other local community organizations towards organizing a community bike race event on October 05, 2019. The objective of this event is to provide bikes to kids who are in need from the neighbouring community by developing young riders’ essential skills in a safe, fun, and playful environment and leading them up to a non-competitive bike race.

The City of Toronto Transportation and Traffic Management departments and Toronto Police are already on board and who will be providing necessary support in making this event successful.

When: Saturday, October 05, 2019, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Canarctic Drive, North York

  • The day will start at 10:00 am with a Cycling Education and Safety training session by CultureLink Bike Hub and Hugh Smith, a retired officer and one of the city’s first Bike Patrol Unit officers. This session aims at guiding the young riders on essential skills and awareness of road safety.
  • A non-competitive bike race will follow at 1:00 pm on a 1.8 km loop from Keele Street back onto Canarctic Drive via Wildcat Road.

To learn more and participate, email us at bikerace@dukeheights.ca.

Road Closure:

The event will take place on 1.8 km loop from Keele Street back onto Canarctic Drive via Wildcat Road. It will require that the following roads remain closed on Saturday, October 05, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Canarctic Drive from and to Keele St.;
  • Wildcat Road from Keele St. via Canarctic Drive; and
  • Petrolia Road from Limestone Crescent and from The Pond Road

We regret any inconvenience caused by the road closure on the event day and request cooperation from the business owners and their employees. However, should there be an emergency and/or you require access or exit for a vehicle on Saturday, October 05, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., we request the concerned owner or tenant to call us. The event team will make necessary arrangements for your access or exit.