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Councillor’s Corner – Ward 6 : November 2022

james-pasternak

November 10, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

I am extremely humbled by the array of congratulatory messages I have received from my constituents over the last week and I am proud and grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the York Centre – Downsview community.

As my staff and I begin to transition into a new term, we must acknowledge the steady relationship we have forged with DUKE Heights and the business community over the past years.

Councillor Pasternak hands out 20 DUKE Heights BIA backpacks with supplies to adults living with disabilities. A great example of how our strong relationship uplifts the communities we serve!

A relationship that will keep us together as strong partners throughout the years ahead as I continue my commitment to support and advocate for small businesses and the workers they employ.

I look forward to our conversations and collaborations that will come as we work side by side on solutions that tackle the worries and issues faced by the community at large.

My team and I are ready to respond to you. We can be reached at 416-392-1371 or send email to Councillor_Pasternak@toronto.ca

Sincerely,

Councillor James Pasternak
Ward 6 – Downsview – York Centre

Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : November 2022

anthony-perruzza

November 10, 2022

Dear Resident,

I am excited to continue to work with you as your local representative at City Hall for the 2022-2026 term.

As a new chapter begins, I will strategize with my team to keep advancing projects like the York Woods Library Branch Renovation and the construction of the Western North York Community Centre and expand our horizons. You can expect updates about other initiatives and City infrastructure related to parks, roads,
and sewers soon. Colder weather is also upon us, and I will update you with City winter services and resources that will be useful for you and your families.

The City of Toronto is expanding its Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program by installing 90-day warning signs at all future locations of new speed cameras approved by City Council. The newest camera site in our area will be on Driftwood Avenue, east of Jane Street, starting February 2023. Drivers will be alerted to raise awareness about the new device before it launches in February. The aim is to deter speeding and support community concerns, and camera sites are determined by staff specializing in traffic-calming management. Please contact me if you have any questions. I am here to make your voices heard.

Regarding the Finch West LRT and Toronto Hydro upgrades, you can contact me, and my team will share the most up-to-date news to keep you informed on the progress. My social media and website, www.anthonyperruzza.com, will also post these details.

If you still need to subscribe for my email updates, contact me at 416-338-5335 or councillor_perruzza@toronto.ca. My constituency office is still conveniently located at 2350 Finch Avenue West (Weston and Finch) to serve you. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Yours Truly,

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


DUKE Heights BIA Annual General Meeting 2022

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Registration link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucOuqpzMoH9XduWiDe-1-m1i10O7ELk_i

Registration QR Code:To scan the QR code on your phone, open the Camera app/Lens and point your phone at the QR code in the box above. Make sure the QR code is inside the box on your screen and then tap the pop-up notification.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order, Introductions, Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement
2. Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
4. Approval of 2021 Annual General Meeting Minutes
5. Auditor’s 2021 Report
6. Appointment of Auditor for 2022
7. Toronto City Councillor’s Wards Update
8. 2022 Year in Review and Committee Reports
9. Proposed Program and Budget for 2023 (see over)
10. Adjustment of Board of Directors Size
11. Board Election (2023-2026 Term)
12. New Business
13. Adjournment


The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and proposed activities for 2023 (see over) and elect a Board of Management for the 2023-2026 term. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you and other commercial and industrial property owners and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a BIA member, the best way to participate in your BIA’s decisions on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statements will be available to you, at your request, upon pre-registration.

Voting and Pre-registration: The BIA Annual General Meeting will be taking place virtually. Voting members must join the meeting through the desktop or mobile app to be able to vote. Voting is not available to attendees that call into the meeting.

Pre-registration will be required.

Deadline to Pre-register: 4:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2022.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

A Soup-erb Harvest Celebration at the Soupalicious DUKE Heights BIA Event

On Sunday, October 2, 2022, DUKE Heights BIA partnered with The Compost Council of Canada, Plant-Grow-Share-A-Row, and the Harrowsmith magazine to present at the north-west parking lot of the Champagne Centre in DUKE Heights BIA a soup-er feast of soups to celebrate the bounty of this year’s harvests. The event featured an array of free, yummy soups made of this year’s cream-of-the-crop harvests to “sip, slurp and savour”, free corn to enjoy while also listening to great Live music by South Ontario’s very own band String Bone.

Some outstanding local restaurants like Eisenberg Sandwiches and Dr. Laffa also took part to offer some of the savoury soups from their menu. The crowd also loved free cholesterol-free vegan cookies from Sweets from the Earth, another top-rated food manufacturer from DUKE Heights BIA.

An arts-and-crafts zone comprising canvas and mini-pumpkin painting, face painting by Dream Paint, and caricature drawing by Rob, and a dance-for-prize challenge kept the children and families entertained.

Thanks to Mosaic Transit Group, the event sponsor, the families who joined from the neighbouring community took free pumpkins on their way back home for Thanksgiving and Halloween festivities ahead.


About Soupalicious

Soupalicious is a soup-tasting and harvest celebration involving local gardeners, farmers, restaurants, and chefs, featuring fresh, locally grown produce and showcasing the local community’s culinary talents through the creation of signature soups for tasting and slurping. Keeping the environment close to our hearts, Soupalicious also strives to be a Zero Waste event.

Developed and refined over many years, Soupalicious was created by The Compost Council of Canada and partner organizations specifically to be of help to local Plant-Grow-Share-A-Row communities. A template including artwork, to-do lists, messages, and program plan is now ready for sharing and local implementation.


Councillor’s Corner- Ward 7 : July 2022

anthony-perruzza

July 12, 2022

Dear Resident,

As we continue into July, I hope you are keeping healthy and safe while enjoying the summer weather. The City of Toronto has a wide range of seasonal recreational options, fitness programs, arts and festivals for you to explore. To check out a complete list, please visit toronto.ca. Let’s get out and connect with one another.

The City is encouraging qualified residents to apply for lifeguard, swim instructor, and aquatic roles at our swimming pools. More information about the positions available can be found by visiting jobs.toronto.ca/recreation/

The Toronto Public Library announced a new partnership with Ontario Parks. You can now borrow an Ontario Parks Pass with your library card and get day access to over 100 parks. Learn more by visiting tpl.ca/onparkspass

 

DUKE Eats Festival and Movie in the Park

My office partnered with DUKE Heights BIA again to host the DUKE Eats Festival & my annual Movie in the Park. We had the largest turnout ever this year! It was great to connect with families and support local food vendors. Many thanks to CUPE Local 416 for their help with the setup to watch Encanto.

Community Consultation Meeting for 20 Broadoaks Drive and 11 Catford Road.

I also want to thank residents for attending the virtual Community Consultation Meeting for 20 Broadoaks Drive and 11 Catford Road. We’re going to have our next in-person Community Consultation on Thursday,  July 28 from 7-9 PM at Grandravine Community Centre! Contact me for details and to join my working group on the file to continue to have your say on this upcoming development. Local input is essential to ensuring the best results. My staff, Matias or Rachel, will be in touch with you and can link you with the City Planner for additional assistance.

 

Graduating Classes of 2022

I was happy to attend many graduation ceremonies throughout schools in Humber River-Black Creek in June. I want to congratulate all of the graduates and wish them many successes in their future endeavours. Students who are looking to get involved in my Ward 7 Youth Council initiatives over the summer can reach out to my office for details.

 

Stay in touch!

For regular news updates, please follow me on Facebook @AnthonyPerruzza, Twitter @PerruzzaTOInstagram @Perruzza_TO, or subscribe to my regular e-newsletter online by visiting my website anthonyperruzza.com. If you have questions or need access to more City resources, contact me and 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 : July 2022

james-pasternak

July 12, 2022

Dear neighbours,

On June 23rd, standing before the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Mayor John Tory outlined what would be the next phase of Toronto’s economic recovery – a recovery which we are already seeing signs of. Many coffee shops and restaurants, during these summer months, are busy serving local guests and tourists that have included a stop at their business as part in their itinerary. Despite the signs, our efforts to grow and safeguard the business community from the ongoing pandemic are not yet over.

As noted in the mayor’s speech, attracting new businesses is a key pillar in strengthening our economy. One way we do that is by welcoming visitors from around the world to this city and increasing foot traffic in local areas. The June 16 announcement by FIFA will play a major role in that goal.

Councillor Pasternak is joined by business and government leaders to break ground for two new car dealerships in Downsview-York Centre which will help drive the local economy forward.

The City of Toronto was named a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026. As our office works to bring a Fan Zone into Downsview-York Centre, this opportunity puts our community and the city in a strong position to introduce Toronto to new tourists and business owners who have their eyes already on this city for the games. This, coupled with previous investments made towards a movie production studio in ward 6, presents a positive and promising economic outlook for Downsview-York Centre.

I continue to work alongside various business leaders as well as all levels of government to bring long-lasting initiatives and projects to our ward that will benefit the region for generations to come.

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

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