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Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : June 2022

anthony-perruzza

June 08, 2022

Dear Resident,

I want to thank many of you for coming to my Community Environment Day on Tuesday, May 17, at the Toryork Works Yard (49 Toryork Dr.) Many were able to gather compost for their gardens and planters. The next Community Environment Day is on Saturday, June 18, at Black Creek Pioneer Village from 10 am to 2 pm. If you’d like more details, please contact my office.

I was happy to celebrate Earth Day at the Chalkfarm Park Cleanup event with local St. Andre Catholic School students. The energy from these bright, young environmentalists is always encouraging, and the entire Humber River- Black Community is proud of their hard work. My recent tree-planting event with the TRCA was also a huge success. I want to thank our dedicated volunteers and community members who came out to plant over 100 trees at Rowntree Mills Park.

At the last Council meeting, I put forth a motion calling for oversight and accountability within the utility cut process and it passed. Residents have shared that companies like Rogers and Bell leave wiring, unfinished projects, and poorly done work on properties. I called for a system to report these issues and establish an ongoing review process to ensure that work is done promptly. There must be a transparent escalation steps for customer complaints. For a link to the motion and a clip of my speech, please visit my website.

My team is continuing to lead pop-up events at local parks as part of my Mobile Office effort, and the most recent one was held at Lanyard Park. You’ll receive communication from me to know when and where these events are happening closest to you. I look forward to seeing you soon!

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

More updates are coming about local developments and park upgrades. If you have questions about community initiatives or need access to City resources, contact my office at 416-338-5335 or Councillor_Perruzza@toronto.ca

Yours Truly,

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


Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : June 2022

james-pasternak

June 08, 2022

Dear business neighbours,

It is important for businesses to be fully aware of all the supports and initiatives available for them by the City as the hustle and bustle of the dog days of summer begins to approach.

The Digital Main Street program offers small businesses and not-for-profits with tools and resources as well as one-on-one virtual assistance on everything pertaining to website design and social media.

ShopHERE powered by Google is a program that provides a quick and easy way to distribute products online at no-cost through one-on-one support from volunteer web developers, business students and corporate partners.

ToGoToronto.com is a site customers can visit to see which restaurants are open for safe takeout and delivery and business can add a listing on the site. For more information on how you can add your business to the list as well as for more details on the various business-oriented programs by the City you can visit COVID-19: Digital Transformation Resources for Businesses – City of Toronto

Councillor James Pasternak is joined by Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Councillor Michael Thompson and Councillor Paula Fletcher to announce the arrival of a movie production campus to Downsview as part of a $200M Investment – bringing jobs, tourism and making York Centre a hub for Hollywood talent.

Additionally, our office continues to work with the private sector to draw investments towards the improvement of our infrastructure. Examples of such improvements include adding additional sidewalks and the development of a movie production campus at Downsview Park, with help from Northcrest, which would attract future film industry and tourism to businesses across Duke Heights BIA and York Centre.

As always, my team is here to help. If you ever need assistance from my office with municipal matters, please call at 416-392-1371 or send email to Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca

Sincerely,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – Downsview – York Centre

DUKE Scavenger Hunt Spring 2022 Contest Rules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUKE Scavenger Hunt – the amazing game filled with fun experiences and exploration is back for 11 days from May 21st to May 31st. 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 11 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 May 21st, 2022 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 31st, 2022.
  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: 6DJ678. Then wait for the game to start on May 21st. 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 11 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!
  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 during the 24-hour period in which you have been declared a winner, you or your potential winning team will be disqualified and an alternate winning team will be selected using the same winning criteria described above from among the remaining applicable eligible entries received.

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.

 

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

Download and Print the Rules and Q&A

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : May 2022

james-pasternak

May 10, 2022

Dear businesses neighbours,

We are all very excited for what is anticipated to be a fun and enjoyable summer due to the reopening of businesses, events and city spaces. I am looking forward in continuing our collaboration with DUKE Heights BIA into the summer and beyond to ensure that the business community has a fruitful and safe summer season. My office will be engaging with your local BIA on an array of planned events. These include a bike racing event, summer festival and giveaway opportunities.

Councillor James Pasternak, Friends of Earl Bales Park, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Green Neighbours of North York, Adventist Community Church and volunteers at the Earl Bales Park Cleanup helping to remove debris left behind during the winter months.

Partnerships between my office and BIAs play an essential role in improving the relationship businesses have with the communities they serve. In addition to community events, other ways in which our office works alongside DUKE Heights is through various public realm enhancement projects such as a proposed sidewalk and crosswalk extension along Allen Road. This would allow better and safer traffic flow between pedestrians and cyclist in the area.

As always, my team is here to help. If you ever need assistance from my office with municipal matters, please call me at 416-392-1371 or email me at Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca

Sincerely,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – Downsview – York Centre

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : May 2022

anthony-perruzza

May 10, 2022

Dear Resident,

I am pleased to announce that my office is hosting a Community Environment Day on Tuesday, May 17, at the Toryork Works Yard (49 Toryork Dr.) from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Please bring bags or pails to gather compost for your garden and planters. If you have any questions about the event, contact my office.

I’d like to thank everyone who joined our community cleanup effort outside Finch West Station — let’s keep working together to keep our green spaces healthy and welcoming.

My mobile office team is popping by local parks to connect with you over the spring and summer. Those on our phone list in the surrounding communities will receive a phone call before each event, and I will share the details on social media. Contact my office if you want your phone number added to the list. My staff and I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new neighbours.

At the last Council meeting, I put forth a motion related to my work with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). I want to thank the TRCA for prioritizing Indigenous perspectives in their approach. The City Manager will consult with the TRCA to report back to City Council in June on the funding required to modernize Black Creek Pioneer Village, emphasizing Indigenous perspectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Toronto. Investing in opportunities to educate the public about the history of Indigenous Peoples while revitalizing Black Creek Pioneer Village is the best way to preserve and honour the space. To learn more about the motion, contact my office.

I also joined Mayor Tory and Councillor Crawford to announce the elimination of late fees at Toronto Public Libraries. This is a critical barrier to remove to make libraries and the public services they provide more accessible. If you have questions about the City’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, contact my office.

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

More updates are coming about local developments and park upgrades. If you have questions about community initiatives or need access to City resources, contact my office at 416-338-5335 or Councillor_Perruzza@toronto.ca

Yours Truly,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek


Boost Your Chance of Success by Joining the DUKE Heights Business Mentorship Program

The DUKE Heights BIA Mentorship program aims to help both the existing small and medium enterprises from DUKE Heights BIA and start-ups/entrepreneurs looking to improve business sustainability, profitability, and better position for growth by providing them with support and guidance. The program includes support and services from the BIA, regular time with a business mentor, and a structured program through which every aspect of business will be evaluated and further developed to take the business to the next stage. This is a free business support program; no costs are involved.

Apply Now to Find a Mentor

The program is currently accepting new applications from small and midsize businesses in the BIA.

Criteria:

  • Business must be past the conceptual phase and have a real product or service.
  • Business must have tested the product or service and/or have proven sales.
  • The business must have a business plan or forecasting backed up by research indicating future sustainability and profitability.
  • The business can be of any sector or industry
  • The business should have sufficient initial seed funding to start and run the business until additional funding can be secured.
  • The founders of the business should be involved in the business full time or show sufficient commitment to the business.

Mentees will be selected based on various criteria in addition to the requirements stated above such as potential match and alignment with our mentors and overall business potential. Shortlisted mentees may be required to present their business to a panel of potential mentors as part of their final selection to the program.

Click Here to Apply

 

Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : April 2022

james-pasternak

April 13, 2022

Dear businesses owners, neighbours and friends,

I am sure that all of you are accustomed to what is a new phase in our shift back to pre-pandemic normalcy with the removal of mandatory mask mandates in most settings. As we adapt to change in our daily habits what remains unchanged and fortified is my, as well as the City’s, support and advocacy for businesses like yours.

Supports such as the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative which comprises of six programs funded through the Government of Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Grants, training and resources provided through the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative are able to be accessed until March 31, 2024.

The city is also offering full tuition to BIA members and volunteers through the BIA Local Leadership Fund to be part of the Local Economic Development Certificate Program (LED) at Ryerson’s Chang School for Continuing Education. This opportunity allows emerging leaders to gain valuable insight on LED, preparing them for the current workforce. Funds will be made available on May 2 and you can request an application by sending an email to Marianne.szczuryk@toronto.ca – deadline is June 17 at 4:30 pm.

Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 6 York Centre, at Infrastructure and Environment Committee.

Upcoming Town Hall and Survey Information:

As always, my team is here to help. If you ever need assistance from my office with municipal matters, please call me at 416-392-1371 or email me at Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca

Sincerely,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – Downsview – York Centre

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : April 2022

anthony-perruzza

April 13, 2022

Dear Resident,

The Province has lifted its mask mandate in most settings, including indoor public places like retail and restaurants, schools, and child care centres. Mask requirements remain mandatory on public transit, in health and long-term care environments, and other high-risk settings. While the provincial government is on route to lifting requirements in all areas, you can contact my office if you have any inquiries about these policies. I encourage you to think about what’s safest for you, your families, friends, and co-workers.

In addition to in-person counter services, which reopened on February 22, other public areas of City Hall, such as the Etobicoke Civic Centre, have fully reopened. Contact my office if you have any questions.

Along with the reopening of City buildings to the public and staff returning to City work locations, City Council and committee meetings will transition to a hybrid model. Like myself, members of City Council have the option to attend meetings in-person or remotely. Residents can also choose to attend and make deputations either in person or virtually. I look forward to joining more events and City meetings again in person.

The City of Toronto announced its annual hiring campaign for spring and summer parks and recreation jobs to prepare for warmer days ahead and fun activities. As Toronto’s largest recreation program provider, the City employs approximately 9,000 recreation workers, 5,000 of which during the summer season to support community recreation programs. More than 900 seasonal gardeners and park workers are hired each year. Check the City of Toronto’s website to apply.

I want to thank residents for joining the 2801 Jane Street Community Consultation Meeting. Your feedback is crucial. I’m starting a working group for this file so that you can continue to provide your input. I am here to advocate for you and support our community through these processes to achieve the best possible results. Contact my Chief of Staff, Matias de Dovitiis, Matias.deDovitiis@toronto.ca, for the steps to get involved.

If you have questions about other developments, community initiatives or need access to other City resources, please contact me at 416-338-5335 or Councillor_Perruzza@toronto.ca.

For those celebrating: Happy Easter, Ramadan Mubarak, and Happy Ram Navami. Wishing you and your families abiding wellness and prosperity.

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

Yours Truly,

City Councillor Anthony Perruzza

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek


DUKE Heights Business Mentorship Program (Small & Medium-sized Businesses)

Small & Medium-sized Businesses

Click Here to Apply

If you are a small or medium business in the DUKE Heights Business Improvement area (East to West, between Keele and Dufferin Streets, and North to South between Steeles and Sheppard Avenues), you qualify to join the FREE DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) Small Business Mentorship Program.

The DUKE Heights Business Mentorship program for small businesses is an initiative from the DUKE Heights Business improvement area to boost and enhance the future success and sustainability of businesses in our BIA. The mentorship program forms part of the BIA’s economic development strategy which aims to improve the success and sustainability of businesses in the area.

The mentorship program will pair an experienced businessperson or specialist with needy businesses to provide guidance, advice, and support through a structured program framework that will cover all aspects of the business. The program will help small businesses overcome current challenges and improve growth and profitability.

The Small Business Mentorship Program is designed and structured on a modified Business Builder framework which aims to help small business owners create and drive successful business growth and profitability strategy.

Key Program Activities & Goals

The program includes the following main activities and goals:

  • Creating an effective business strategy from the owner’s aspirations and goals
  • Breaking the overall business goals into actionable and discrete activities to help the business improve:
    • Business growth
    • Customer numbers
    • Financial stability, profitability, and margins
    • Marketing and sales
    • Operations and efficiency
    • Product design and development

In addition to guidance and advice, each small business accepted in the FREE small business mentorship program will be eligible for the following:

  • Free business website
  • Free Digital marketing on social media and digital platforms
  • Free Billboard Advertising
  • Free Business evaluation and benchmarking
  • Free access to the business toolkit
  • Free profile and article in our newsletter and other print media
  • Free security services
  • Free consultation with a registered accountant to help with financial planning or grant applications
  • Free access to business webinars and networking events

Our volunteer business mentors will spend a few hours with you every week/month not only covering the different aspects of business covered above but also sharing with you the insights and knowledge they have gained throughout their lives in running or being part of successful businesses.

Apply Now to Find A Mentor

The program is currently accepting new applications from small and medium businesses in the BIA. The requirements to enter the program are listed below:

  • The Business must be a going concern for at least six months.
  • The business can be of any sector or industry.
  • The business should have at least one full-time employee and either lease or own property within the boundaries of the BIA.
  • The business owner must show a willingness and commitment to work with the business mentor to improve and grow their business.

Mentees will be selected based on various criteria in addition to the requirements stated above such as potential match and alignment with our mentors and overall business potential. Shortlisted mentees may be required to present their business to a panel of potential mentors as part of their final selection to the program.

Click Here to Apply

If you are dedicated to growing your small business, the DUKE Heights Small Business Mentorship Program can help you in growing your successful business. Please remember that we have a limited number of qualified volunteer business mentors, so we encourage you to apply while slots are available.

 

DUKE Heights Business Mentorship Program (Start-ups)

Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

Click Here to Apply

If you are looking at starting up a business or are already a small start-up, the DUKE Heights Business improvement area (BIA) has a FREE Business Mentorship program that can help guide you and your business to success.

The DUKE Heights Business Mentorship program for Start-up businesses is an initiative from the DUKE Heights Business improvement area to boost and enhance the future success and sustainability of businesses in our region of Toronto. The mentorship program forms part of the BIA’s economic development strategy which aims to encourage entrepreneurship and economic activity in North York.

The mentorship program will pair an experienced businessperson or specialist with needy businesses to provide guidance, advice, and support through a structured program framework that will cover all aspects of the business. The program will help the start-up overcome challenges and be better positioned for growth.

The Start-up Mentorship program is based on a modified version of the acclaimed business model canvas (BMC) to help understand, visualise, and implement business decisions.

Key Areas Covered

Key areas covered by the mentorship program include:

  • Business Strategy and idea validation
  • Business and product positioning
  • Finance, financial planning, and pricing
  • Differentiation and value proposition
  • Marketing – identifying target markets, marketing messaging, positioning, marketing channels, etc.
  • Sales – creating an effective and efficient sales process with targets and performance management

In addition to guidance and advice, each Start-Up accepted in the FREE small business mentorship program will be eligible for the following:

  • Free access to business webinars and networking events
  • Free access to the business toolkit
  • Free business evaluation and benchmarking

Our volunteer business mentors will spend a few hours with you every week/month not only covering the different aspects of business covered above but also sharing with you the insights and knowledge they have gained throughout their lives in running or being part of successful businesses.

Apply Now to Find A Mentor

The program is currently accepting new applications from Start-ups looking for business mentorship. The requirements to enter the program are listed below:

  • Business must be past the conceptual phase and have a real product or service.
  • Business must have tested the product or service and/or have proven sales.
  • The business must have a business plan or forecasting backed up by research indicating future sustainability and profitability.
  • The business can be of any sector or industry
  • The business should have sufficient initial seed funding to start and run the business until additional funding can be secured.
  • The founders of the business should be involved in the business full time or show sufficient commitment to the business.

Mentees will be selected based on various criteria in addition to the requirements stated above such as potential match and alignment with our mentors and overall business potential. Shortlisted mentees may be required to present their business to a panel of potential mentors as part of their final selection to the program.

Click Here to Apply

 

If you are dedicated to growing your Start-up, the DUKE Heights Start-Up Business Mentorship Program can help you in creating and growing a successful business. Please remember that we have a limited number of qualified volunteer business mentors, so we encourage you to apply while slots are available.