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Anthony Perruzza
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/

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor – Suite C41
Toronto, ON
M5H 2N2
Fax: 416-696-4144
Main: 416-338-5335

Constituency Office
3470 Keele Street (Keele at Grandravine)
Ground Level – Suite 3
Toronto, ON
M3J 3M1
416-338-0696

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James Pasternak
Toronto City Councillor – Ward 6 York Centre

March 01, 2019

Dear Neighbours,

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.

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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.

DUKE on Ice Family Winterfest ‘A Huge Success’

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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.

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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.

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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.

Family Winterfest Coming to North York on Family Day, February 18th, 2019

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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!

Free Activities:
• 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 events@dukeheights.ca.

Request for Proposal – DUKE Heights BIA Zoning By-Law Report

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The DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) is a significant area of growth within the city of Toronto. The BIA intents to facilitate the area’s potential by developing a planning initiative to identify and address obstacles that prevent its intensification as a major transit hub with high-density employment uses and a mixed-use centre at Keele and Finch. The goal of the planning initiative is to establish a vision as what the area will be in 2050.
In order to do so, the BIA will hire planning consultant services to consolidate the BIA’s planning vision and establish direction for the development of a planning strategy for the area. Before hiring this planning consultant and moving forward with the development of the planning initiative, a BIA-initiated Zoning By-Law consultation needs to be undertaken. This request is to acquire Zoning by-Law consultation services.

Please click here to view and download this RFP.

DUKE Heights BIA wins Prestigious TABIA Awards in Two Categories

December 05, 2018

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The Annual Awards Night is a signature event for Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). On the evening of Tuesday, December 4th, TABIA held the 8th Annual TABIA Awards Night at the historic Palais Royale.

Among the 83 Toronto BIAs, the DUKE Heights BIA was recognized with the prestigious TABIA award in the “Streetscape” and “Creative Solutions” categories for 2018. We would like to thank all the DUKE Heights members for their remarkable support in making our area thrive!

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We also congratulate the DUKE Heights BIA Board of Directors on receiving the Mayor’s recognition for their outstanding commitment and dedication. Honourable City Councillors Anthony Perruzza and James Pasternak handed over the awards to the Board members at a local event at the Champagne Centre. Honorable MPP Tom Rakocevic was also present on the grand occasion.

2018 Annual General Meeting – A New Beginning

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Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place On Thursday, November 29th, 2018.
This meeting allowed us to share our plans, budget and general program for 2019 with the BIA members. The AGM was an opportunity for the members to participate in the decisions that the BIA is making on their behalf. The BIA Board of Directors’ election also came to pass for the 2019-2022 term.
For further details on the 2019 BIA budget, please click the link below to review the AGM notice.

Click Here for the 2018 AGM Notice

We hope to see you again at our 2019 AGM!

2018 Annual General Meeting

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The DUKE Heights BIA members are invited to attend our 2018 AGM.

Where: Painters Union Hall
            132 Toro Rd. Toronto
When:  Thursday, November 29th, 2018
            6:00 – 8:00 pm

The Purpose of this meeting is to approve the DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area’s budget and general program for 2018. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial or industrial property owners in the BIA. The AGM is an opportunity for members to participate in the decisions that your BIA is making on your behalf.

For further details and the 2016 BIA budget please click the links below to review the 2018 AGM Notice.

DUKE Heights BIA 2018 AGM Notice

If you are interested in join the DUKE Heights BIA Board of Managers, have questions about the AGM or budget, please contact the BIA.

Learn Tools from International Trade Professionals to Grow Your Company in Canada & Abroad

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Trade is more critical than ever to the success of Canadian businesses and the country. For too long, businesses have under-leveraged the opportunities provided by the country’s global network of trade agreements – only five percent of export-viable Canadian companies are trading globally.
Join the City of Toronto and World Trade Centre Toronto for Trade 101, an education program introducing new and emerging companies to the opportunities associated with international trade while building resource connections to support trade growth. Learn how to overcome the hurdles of international trade development, as our experts share best practices and key requirements to take your business global.
Venue : Montecassino Hotel & Event Venue, Salon GH, 3710 Chesswood Dr, Downsview ON, M3J 2W4
Time   : 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Reasons you should attend:
• ENHANCE YOUR KNOWLEDGE – Learn about the opportunities and challenges of international trade
• EXCLUSIVE ACCESS – Meet instructors with on-the-ground experience in international trade development
• GROW YOUR BUSINESS – Material designed to build your understanding of export fundamentals, market research and entry strategies

Perfect if you are:
• A small business owner or senior manager
• Open to exporting
• Interested in diversifying your export markets
• In a rapid growth phase
• Offering a product/service with a strong competitive advantage

Seats are limited for this FREE session. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
RSVP on Eventbrite: International Trade 101 Education Program – Nov 13
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-trade-101-education-program-nov-13-tickets-43097415530

Take the Smart Commute employee travel survey

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Smart Commute will be undertaking a commuter travel survey for all BIA members from October 15th – November 30th, 2018.

Why take part?

By tackling traffic issues and helping your employees to make the switch to a better commute you can improve productivity, reduce costs and parking pressures, and boost morale at your workplace.
We know that transportation and congestion is on everyone’s minds and this travel survey will be a step in improving commuting options in the DUKE Heights area. We would like your workplace to take part and help this process.
We ask that everyone who works in DUKE Heights – drivers, transit riders, carpoolers, cyclists and walkers – complete the survey. The more survey responses we get, the better understanding Smart Commute has of how the BIA moves. This means more targeted, and more successful programs that tackle traffic issues and relieve congestion.

Get your workplace involved!

The survey can be completed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DukeHeightsSurvey

A survey promotion pack from Smart Commute is available on Dropbox to help you promote the survey. Smart Commute is also available to promote the survey on-site to your employees – please get in contact if you are interested.

Contact Smart Commute today to get involved – Stewart Slaymaker, Senior Program Manager, sslaymaker@smartcommutentv.ca, Tel: 647-920-8121