|Bike Share Toronto Announcement
|August 14, 2018
Bike Share Toronto announcement
Marco Mendicino, Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence, on behalf of
the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure
and Communities, Annalise Czerny, Executive Vice-President of PRESTO,
and His Worship, Mayor John Tory, will be making an announcement about Bike
Date: Wednesday, August 15
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Bike Share Toronto Bike Station, Opposite 340 Chaplin Cr., Toronto,
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Director of Communications
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Web: Infrastructure Canada
Anne Marie Aikins, Senior Manager, Media Relations and Issues
Office of the Mayor, City of Toronto
Toronto Parking Authority/Bike Share Toronto
Strategic Communications, City of Toronto
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|City Successfully Rugee/Asylum Claimants from Temporary Housing at Ttwo College Dormitories
|August 9, 2018
City successfully relocates refugee/asylum claimants from temporary housing
at two college dormitories
The City of Toronto has relocated all refugee/asylum claimants temporarily housed
in the Centennial College and Humber College dormitories to hotels in the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) and into permanent housing.
"The City of Toronto has worked diligently and compassionately to accommodate
the ongoing arrival of refugee and asylum seekers," said Mayor John Tory. "With
the partnership of other levels of government and surrounding municipalities,
we have been able to relocate the dormitory population. However, the City
continues to face great pressure on our shelter system that requires long-term
action and partnership.”
The Centennial College and Humber College dormitories opened as temporary
shelters in May as part of a contingency plan for Emergency Social Services as
the City’s existing hotel/motel program for refugee/asylum claimants reached
capacity. At its peak, about 675 people resided in the two college dormitory
programs. The dormitories were available until August 9, when students begin
returning for the academic year. With support from other levels of government,
municipalities and community agencies, alternative accommodations were
found for those living in the dormitories.
The City would like to thank the Government of Canada for providing an initial $11
million to help offset the projected $64.5 million in costs associated with
the arrivals of refugee/asylum claimants and for arranging and funding hotel
accommodation within the GTA as part of efforts to relocate the dormitory
population. The City would also like to thank the Government of Ontario for
committing up to $3 million in Red Cross staffing costs as part of the anticipated
$6.3 million total cost of operating the college dormitory sites. The City would
also like to recognize the Red Cross and COSTI for site management
and Centennial College and Humber College. The City is also grateful for the work
of its community partners in providing information and referral services and fellow
GTA municipalities who have taken in many refugee/asylum claimants.
Since November 2016, the City has served a total of 5482 refugee/asylum
claimants in the shelter system and has successfully found permanent housing for
2900 during that time period. As of August 8, the total number of refugees in
the City's shelter system is 2880, or 42 per cent of all shelter users. This has
increased from 11 per cent in early 2016.
The City of Toronto continues to face extreme challenges accommodating new
arrivals of refugees and asylum claimants, including 185 arrivals over the last
The City has requested that the federal and provincial governments take action to
manage the inter-provincial flow of irregular migrants and coordinate
the placement of new arrivals to locations outside of the City of Toronto’s shelter
system. The City eagerly awaits the September opening of a triage centre in
Cornwall, Ontario as promised by the Government of Canada.
The City is committed to continue its work with other orders of government,
including municipalities, as well as community partners to find appropriate shelter,
accommodation and supports for all those who need it.
Daniela Magisano, Office of the Mayor,
Natasha Hinds-Fitzsimmins, Strategic Communications,
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|The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission's Work to eplace Streetcar Tracks
|August 9, 2018
Streetcar track replacement at intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard
Street East to finish ahead of schedule on Sunday
The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission's work to replace streetcar
tracks at the intersection of Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East will be
completed and the intersection reopened at 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, four
weeks ahead of schedule.
"The early completion of this project is great news for the city this weekend,"
said Mayor John Tory. "Not only was this work critical to improve and rehabilitate
aging streetcar track infrastructure, it was also done in a way that minimized
the disruption to the public and accelerated the work schedule to complete
the project weeks ahead of what was planned."
The 504 King, 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton replacement bus service will return to
regular routing through the intersection. Streetcars return to the 504 King and 506
Carlton routes on September 2. More information about TTC service is available
This project began on June 25 with the full intersection closure at Broadview
Avenue and Dundas Street East. Crews worked 24/7 at an accelerated schedule,
which enabled the reopening of the intersection for east-west travel on July 9 to
minimize traffic disruption to the area.
The second phase of this construction project on Broadview Avenue, between
Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East, began on July 9. Only northbound
traffic was permitted on Broadview Avenue.
The third phase of the project began on July 24 and fully closed the intersection
at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East. Due to favourable conditions, crews
were able to complete the track replacement and repair work within a shorter
timeframe than previously expected.
"Construction work on major intersections can complicate travel for road users
and this is why I am pleased by the success of the City's co-ordinated and planned
approach on this project," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley
West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "I am happy
to report that this is the second major project to be finished early in this
construction season, including the track replacement work at Parliament Street
and Gerrard Street East."
This project is part of the City's comprehensive, co-ordinated strategy to reduce
disruption to the public while rehabilitating and further improving Toronto's roads,
transit and underground infrastructure for current and future needs.
This year, the City will invest more than $720 million to maintain and upgrade its
infrastructure, including an estimated $360 million on roads, expressways
and bridges, $300 million on sewers and watermains, and $60 million on
basement flooding protection.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the City's web-based map,
http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, to help plan their travel and avoid other
road closures. More information about the City's planned capital construction
work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2vRcT5B
Media contact: Susan Pape, Strategic Communications,
416-392-8350, 416-882-9273 (cell),
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|Toronto City Council Meeting of July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018
|Toronto City Council meeting of July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018
Council Highlights is an informal summary of some of the decisions Toronto City
Council made at its recent business meeting. The City Clerk's formal
documentation is available at http://www.toronto.ca/council.
Response to proposed reduction of Council's size
Council voted to convey its opposition to the Ontario government's stated intention
to legislate a reduction in the size of Toronto City Council and supported various
motions, including to ask the province to conduct a binding referendum on
the number and boundaries of Toronto's wards before proceeding with any such
legislation. It was decided that if the provincial government does not conduct
the referendum, Council will seek permission for the City to include a question
about wards and councillors on Toronto's 2018 election ballot. The City Solicitor
was asked to prepare an options report and be ready provide advice to Council at
a special meeting to be held August 20.
Actions addressing gun violence
Council adopted a report with recommendations to address Toronto's problem
with gun violence, specifying actions by the City and requesting other orders of
government to help address the problem of gun violence in Toronto. The report's
recommendations include expanding current City and Toronto Police Service
initiatives for youth and undertaking other initiatives such as policing technology
known as ShotSpotter. Increased funding for several specified programs received
Seizure of illegal guns
A motion that Council adopted will result in a request for the Toronto Police
Services Board, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Province of Ontario each to
adopt and implement a seize-and-destroy procedure for disposing of illegal guns
and ammunition seized and confiscated by law-enforcement agencies.
Safety inspections – City buildings
Council approved a series of recommendations to ensure that City buildings are in
compliance with fire code regulations and to ensure that inspections are carried
out by qualified, reputable contractors. The action follows an investigation by
the City's Auditor General.
Construction of affordable housing
Council approved City funding and financial incentives for 893 affordable rental
homes across the city to support the provision of affordable housing through
the Open Door Program. An additional 422 mid-range rental homes were approved
through the provincial Development Charges Rebate Program. Council also agreed
to review the definition of "affordability" under the Official Plan.
Council adopted a motion calling for the City to consult with the development
industry on eliminating its practice of occupying the public right-of-way for
construction purposes. In addition, staff were asked to report on possibly requiring
developers to provide construction plans with their rezoning applications to
demonstrate they can build what they are proposing without negatively affecting
the community. Use of traffic lanes to stage construction causes traffic bottlenecks
and can create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
Disturbing images in public places
Council agreed to ask staff to review and enforce current City bylaws designed to
protect members of the public from harm, including provisions for keeping streets
and sidewalks unobstructed. The motion that Council adopted came in response to
public complaints about a group displaying large posters with "extremely graphic,
disturbing" images that children and other captive audiences are confronted with
when using the sidewalks where the posters are displayed.
Dust from residential construction
Council supported establishing a bylaw aimed at minimizing dust from
the construction of residential properties, with fines for non-compliance.
The bylaw identifies various procedures and technologies that can be used to
minimize dust. Residential properties for the purpose of this bylaw do not include
Midtown in Focus
Council adopted the final Midtown in Focus report as a comprehensive new
planning framework for the Yonge-Eglinton area in Midtown Toronto, with related
amendments to the Official Plan and a new Yonge-Eglinton Secondary Plan.
Midtown in Focus provides policy direction for ensuring that the area develops
as a complete, diverse community. Council also endorsed a related plan for
parks/public realm and a strategy for community services/facilities.
Changes to development incentive program
Council approved a new city-wide Community Improvement Plan that implements
changes to the Imagination, Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology incentive
program. The program, introduced in 2008, provides tax incentives to encourage
the renovation or construction of buildings in targeted employment sectors
and fosters brownfield remediation by way of development grants or property-tax
Appointment of chief financial officer
Council approved the appointment of Heather Taylor as the City's new Chief
Financial Officer (CFO). She will assume the role on September 4, joining the three
Deputy City Managers who work closely with the City Manager. The CFO is
responsible for setting the City's overall strategic and financial direction by
establishing objectives aligned with Council's priorities.
Phasing out plastic straws
Council supported calling for the establishment of a City policy restricting the use
of plastic straws in Toronto as part of a broader effort addressing single-use
products/packaging and blue-box contamination. The Solid Waste Management
Services division was asked to accelerate its planning for the reduced use of
single-use or "takeaway" packaging and products, and to undertake
public/stakeholder consultation this fall for a report in early 2019.
Organic waste processing
Council authorized staff to negotiate and enter into agreements necessary to
operate, maintain or make capital improvements to the Disco Road organics
processing facility so the City can continue using it to process source-separated
organics in the years ahead. Council also supported taking steps at the appropriate
time to assess potentially having City staff operate the facility rather than using
external, contracted services. Solid Waste Management Services expects to collect
about 170,600 tonnes of organic waste this year.
Promotion of community ice skating
Council agreed to direct staff, working with local councillors, to implement pilot
skate-exchange events before the coming outdoor skating season. Priority will be
given to holding such events in neighbourhood improvement areas. In addition,
Council asked Parks, Forestry and Recreation to formalize a skate-lending program
based on a program piloted last winter, with community groups across the city to
provide skate-lending this winter using equipment provided by the City.
Honouring Pam McConnell
Council approved naming the City's aquatic centre in Regent Park in honour of
the late Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, making it the Pam McConnell Aquatic
Centre. July was the one-year anniversary of the passing of Deputy Mayor
McConnell. As a downtown councillor, she championed the revitalization of Regent
Park and led the process to build community supports, including construction of
the aquatic facility.
Honouring Dudley Laws
Council supporting consulting with the family of Dudley Laws and the Black Action
Defense Committee to identify naming opportunities to officially recognize the late
Dudley Laws for his important contributions to Toronto. Laws, a community
activist and champion for social justice, founded the Black Action Defense
Committee and was a central figure in changing the way Ontario investigates its
police services. He died in 2011 at age 76.
Gender equity strategy
Council adopted a motion calling for the City to work on a gender equity strategy
and on establishing a gender equity office at the City. Staff have been directed to
report to the Executive Committee on specifics in early 2019. The overall goal is
to ensure that the voices and experiences of women and girls are recognized in
the City's decision-making.
Toronto's long-term care homes
Council voted to ask the Long-Term Care Homes and Services division to provide
better supports for seniors living with dementia in the City's 10 long-term care
homes by implementing measures inspired by care-based programs such as
the Butterfly and Greenhouse Project models. Those models are emotion-centred
service models of care for residents with dementia. The undertaking is to start
with a pilot project at one site.
Toronto 311 review
A motion calling for a review of response-time standards for Toronto 311 intake
calls and emails from the public was adopted. The motion that Council supported
specifies a series of actions to support improving service. Toronto 311 was
established to help residents, businesses and visitors report issues and initiate
necessary municipal work any time by phoning 311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appeals by dog owners
Council decided to replace the City's current tribunal that hears appeals from dog
owners who have received a Dangerous Dog Order from the City. The current
tribunal of five City staff will be replaced early next year with a Dangerous Dog
Review Tribunal that consists of public members appointed by Council.
Preserving Kensington Market
Council voted to enact a bylaw for the Kensington Market Neighbourhood Heritage
Conservation District Study Area for one year to prohibit the demolition or removal
of any buildings or structures on identified commercial and mixed-use properties.
Staff are working on a "made-in-Kensington" approach to a heritage conservation
district plan for the neighbourhood, which is expected to take about a year to
Future of City's Lancaster airplane
Council approved the transfer of the City's FM104 Lancaster bomber to the British
Columbia Aviation Museum for the vintage military airplane's continued restoration
and public display there. The museum is to cover costs. The British-designed Avro
Lancaster, one of the most famous bombers of the Second World War, has been in
storage for many years.
Preserving heritage oak tree
Council took steps to preserve a 250-year-old oak tree on private property in
North York, authorizing staff to negotiate the acquisition of the property
at 76 Coral Gable Dr. in North York, subject to a successful arboricultural
assessment of the tree. At least 50 per cent of the cost will be funded from
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|2018 Toronto Book Awards Short List Announced
|August 9, 2018
2018 Toronto Book Awards short list announced
The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have named the five 2018 Toronto
Book Awards shortlisted titles. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974,
the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto.
Short list for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards:
• Dionne Brand curated "The Unpublished City" published by BookThug
• David Chariandy's "Brother" published by McClelland & Stewart
• Carrianne Leung's "That Time I Loved You" published by Harper Collins
• Lee Maracle's "My Conversations with Canadians" published by BookThug
• Kerri Sakamoto's "Floating City" published by Knopf Canada
"Every year, The Toronto Book Awards highlights the diversity of prose
and creative vision of our city’s writers," said Mayor John Tory. "This year's short
list adds to Toronto’s deep and rich literary legacy and I congratulate all
"This year, the Toronto Book Awards short-list has amazed me! Not only are these
some of Toronto’s most engaging and relevant writers, they all come at their
topics from such different points of view," said Vickery Bowles, City Librarian.
"Not surprisingly, all of these writers have done events at the library in the last
several months and this, too, is a sign that the public wants to hear and engage
with these voices. What a great list for our city’s favorite literary awards."
The winner of the 2018 award will be announced on October 10 at an event
at the Toronto Reference Library. Members of the public are welcome to attend
the awards ceremony hosted by CBC Radio's Gill Deacon at the Bram and Bluma
Appel Salon starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available
at http://www.tpl.ca/appelsalon/ in September.
Shortlisted authors are scheduled to read from their books at The Word On
the Street book and magazine festival at Harbourfront Centre from noon
to 5 p.m. on September 23. They will also participate in a reading and panel
discussion at Malvern Library on October 3 at 7 p.m.
This is the 44th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer
$15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000,
with $10,000 going to the winner. This year's Toronto Book Awards Committee is
composed of volunteer members Nathan Adler, Susan G. Cole, Kevin Hardcastle,
Soraya Peerbaye and Itah Sadu.
More information about the awards is available
and on Twitter at @TOBookAwards and #tobookawards. The Toronto Star is
the Toronto Book Awards' media sponsor.
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system.
Every year, more than 19 million people visit library branches in neighbourhoods
across the city and borrow more than 33 million items. To learn more about
Toronto Public Library, visit the website
at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.
For all the latest buzz about the library, follow @torontolibrary on Twitter.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2Mg5YNt
Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications,
Gregory McCormick, Toronto Public Library,
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|Nine City of Toronto Shelter Sites to Receive Free Wi-Fi Thanks to Partnership with OnX and Cisco
|August 3, 2018
Nine City of Toronto shelter sites to receive free Wi-Fi thanks to partnership with
OnX and Cisco
The City of Toronto today announced a partnership with OnX and Cisco to bring
free client Wi-Fi to nine City-run shelters and homelessness program sites.
Through the partnership, clients at the shelters will be able to access free
Wi-Fi 24 hours a day.
"This important initiative is part of the City's work to help provide greater inclusive
access to services for those who need it the most. Free 24/7 Wi-Fi internet access
on-site will allow clients to more easily communicate online and access
the information and services they need," said Councillor Joe Mihevc
(Ward 21 St Paul's), City of Toronto Poverty Advocate.
Many of the clients in the City's shelter and homelessness programs have access to
a mobile device but do not have a data plan to access the internet. They rely
heavily on free public Wi-Fi to access support, services and benefits, search
and apply for jobs and housing opportunities, and stay connected with loved ones
and social networks.
"In today’s world of rapidly changing technologies, access is everything. Yet those
who are unable to share in ever-evolving information are at a disadvantage.
It’s called the digital divide and the City is committed to preventing it from
widening," said Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10, York Centre), Chair of
the Community Development and Recreation Committee.
“In tandem with our key partner Cisco, OnX is very proud to be part of
this meaningful program that we believe will have a positive impact on the lives of
clients at shelters in the city of Toronto,” said Paul Khawaja, President OnX
Canada. “I am proud of the work we have done and grateful for the opportunity to
further contribute to the community as a whole.”
The nine sites are Robertson House, Bellwood House, Women's Residence,
Fort York Residence, Family Residence, Birkdale Residence, Birchmount
Adelaide Resource Centre for Women and the Streets to Homes
Assessment & Referral Centre. Robertson House, a shelter for women
and children, will be the first location to receive free public client Wi-Fi.
Media contact: Hannah Stewart, Strategic Communications,
|More..||Posted: Aug 04, 2018
|Mayor Tory Meets with Minister Blair to Discuss Housing Assistance for Refugee/Asylum Claimants Arriving in Toronto
|August 3, 2018
Mayor Tory meets with Minister Blair to discuss housing assistance for
refugee/asylum claimants arriving in Toronto
Mayor John Tory met today with the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border
Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to discuss details about the Government
of Canada’s response to the ongoing arrival of refugee/asylum claimants in
the City of Toronto’s shelter system.
The City is currently facing a deadline of August 9 to relocate refugee/asylum
claimants who are temporarily housed in Centennial and Humber College
dormitories, as the colleges require the space for the upcoming school year.
The City does not have the resources or the space to relocate this population to
other locations within the City's shelter system.
To assist the City, the Government of Canada has provided the City of Toronto
with an initial $11 million in federal funding to help offset the costs associated with
the influx of refugee/asylum seekers. The Government of Canada has also booked
hotel accommodation within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for
the refugee/asylum claimants currently housed in the two dormitories.
The City of Toronto will cover the costs of transporting this population to new
facilities. The Government of Canada has also responded to the City’s request to
better manage inter-provincial flow of irregular migrants and coordinate
the placement of new arrivals to other locations outside of the City of Toronto's
shelter system, through the introduction of a new triage centre in Cornwall.
"Toronto has stepped up to help in any way we can, but there is a limit to what
we can do on our own," said Mayor Tory. "The City thanks the federal government
for this initial funding and their collaborative efforts to find housing for those living
in Toronto college dormitories. We will continue to work with all levels of
government, including our municipal partners, to establish a coordinated, regional
response to the ongoing pressures of irregular migration."
At its peak, there were about 675 people in the two college dormitory programs.
Outside the dormitory program, there are over 1,750 refugee/asylum claimants
currently in the City of Toronto hotel program on a nightly basis. The City
continues to see 15 to 20 new refugee/asylum claimants entering the system each
From November 2016 to date, the City has served a total of 5,315 unique refugee
clients in the shelter system, and moved 2,636 refugee/asylum claimants from
shelters into permanent housing during that time period, including 31 families
from the dormitory program.
Over the coming months, the City will continue to proactively work with other
orders of government, including other municipalities and community partners, to
find appropriate shelter, accommodation and supports for refugees/asylum
A backgrounder on refugee/asylum claimant arrivals in Toronto is available
Daniela Magisano, Office of the Mayor,
Cheryl San Juan, Strategic Communications,
416-392-8386, 416-553-1076 (cell),
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|Celebrate Simcoe Day at City of Toronto Attractions
|August 2, 2018
Celebrate Simcoe Day at City of Toronto attractions
The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of
the City's attractions and recreational sites open to enjoy during Simcoe Day
on Monday, August 6.
Outdoor pools, beaches, wading pools and splash pads
Drop by your local outdoor pool, swimming beach, splash pad or wading pool on
Simcoe Day. Open swimming beaches are supervised between 11:30 a.m.
and 6:30 p.m. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed.
More information about locations and hours of operation is available
at http://www.toronto.ca/swim and http://www.toronto.ca/beaches.
All five City-run golf courses will be open and will offer holiday rates on Monday,
August 6. Fling golf is now available at Dentonia and Tam O'Shanter. Fling golf
can be played on a golf course, with a golf ball, alongside golfers, and is scored
the same way as golf. Instead of hitting the ball with a golf club, players fling
the ball with a fling stick. More information about hours and locations is available
All public tennis court sites will have nets up and will be available for use
throughout the weekend. Public sites are free and available to the general public.
Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour
intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information on tennis is
available at http://www.toronto.ca/tennis.
Riverdale Farm is home to a variety of domestic farm animals, including Tamworth
pigs, baby goats and Cotswold lambs. The breeds represent animals commonly
found on a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. Riverdale Farm is open from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and admission is free. More information is available
at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo, by calling 311 or
High Park Zoo
Toronto's oldest zoo has entertained people for over 120 years. The zoo houses
domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer.
The zoo is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free. More information is
available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/.
Toronto Island Park
This popular summer destination features swimming beaches, restaurants, cafés,
picnic spots, the Franklin Children's Garden, the William Meany Maze, a wading
pool and bicycle rentals as well as canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals from
The Boat House.
Ferry tickets can be purchased online at http://www.toronto.ca/ferry to save time
at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (located at the foot of Bay Street).
Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead to get the most out of their visit.
Information about Toronto Island Park amenities is available
A variety of flowers are in full bloom at Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial
Park Conservatory. Both conservatories are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
including Monday, August 6. Admission is free. More information is available
at http://www.toronto.ca/conservatories or call Allan Gardens Conservatory
at 416-392-7288 or Centennial Park Conservatory at 416-394-8543.
Simcoe Day at Toronto's History Museums
Two of the City's 10 Toronto History Museums will offer events, activities
and tours on Simcoe Day. Programming highlights for the open sites are listed
below. All of the Toronto History Museums will be open with many activities on
the Saturday and Sunday of the long weekend. Times and activity details will vary
by location. More information is available
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Fort York celebrates Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe, who founded
the town of York (Toronto) in 1793 and was the first Lieutenant-Governor of
Upper Canada (Ontario). The day's activities include musketry, artillery and music
demonstrations by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National
Historic Park from Niagara-on-the-Lake and Old Fort Erie. Visitors can also
experience the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers' Brick Barracks, tour the Site's
historic buildings and join the Métis Nation of Ontario Summer Youth Program for
a Red River Jig workshop where participants will learn more about the unique
fusion of traditional European step dancing and First Nations Pow Wow dancing.
Admission is free. Fort York is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
The museum will be open and will host afternoon tours focused on the Austin
family, who originally made Spadina Museum their home. Regular admission
applies. Visitors can also explore the fascinating lives of women in 1920's Toronto
and how their challenges and triumphs are reflected in the lives of the characters
of the CBC drama Frankie Drake Mysteries. Check out props and costumes from
the show, along with authentic 1920's artifacts. Admission to this exhibit is free.
The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m.
TTC service will operate on a Sunday service schedule on Monday, August 6.
More information is available at http://www.ttc.ca.
Other municipal facilities and services
City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate throughout the long
weekend. City administrative offices and service counters, City-operated child care
centres and Children's Services district offices will be closed on Monday, August 6.
The City of Toronto Archives, located at 255 Spadina Rd., will also be closed on
Note: City bylaws prohibit members of the public from setting off or selling
fireworks in City parks.
This news release is also available on the City's website:
Jane Arbour, Strategic Communications,
Shane Gerard, Strategic Communications,
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|City of Toronto Launches Two Speed Reduction Initiatives as Part of Vision Zero Road Safety Plan
|August 2, 2018
City of Toronto launches two speed reduction initiatives as part of Vision Zero
Road Safety Plan
The City of Toronto has launched two new City of Toronto Vision Zero road safety
initiatives: the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot program and the mobile
Watch Your Speed program, both aimed at keeping Toronto roads safe.
"The safety of our citizens is my number one priority and I am pleased to see our
Vision Zero Road Safety Plan introduce new initiatives to reduce speed in our
communities," said Mayor John Tory. "We all have a responsibility to keep people
safe on Toronto’s roads, and excessive speed is a major contributor to deaths
and injuries in Toronto."
The City of Toronto has issued a request for quotation to deploy Automated
Speed Enforcement technology in School Zones and Community Safety Zones.
The pilot program will run from September to December this year, with mobile
ASE units deployed in different locations around the city.
The ASE units will be used to collect data to better understand the processing
and administrative requirements of the enforcement program. Data will be
collected from school zones located on local, collector and minor arterial roads.
The ASE units will be used to collect the speeds and volume of vehicles.
The data collected will also be used for educational and outreach purposes,
aimed at protecting vulnerable road users, reducing excessive speed and making
communities safer for everyone.
The Automated Speed Enforcement pilot project does not involve the issuance of
tickets or charges to vehicle owners as the regulations necessary from
the Province of Ontario have not yet been enacted. It is expected that
the Automated Speed Enforcement program will be operational by
the end of 2019.
In addition, beginning this week, the City's expanded mobile Watch Your Speed
program will deploy mobile LED signs to each ward in the city. These mobile signs
have built-in radar that will measure and display back to drivers the speed of
oncoming traffic and they will be rotated to different locations in the ward on
a monthly basis. While not used for enforcement purposes, these mobile signs
have been shown to be effective at reducing excessive vehicular speeds.
"The Automated Speed Enforcement program and the mobile Watch Your Speed
program are significant steps forward in the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan,"
said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "We are committed to improving
safety for all road users and these programs will serve as two key tools to curb
aggressive driving behaviours in the city of Toronto."
The Vision Zero Road Safety program is focused on eliminating fatalities
and reducing serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrian, school children,
older adult, cyclist and motorcyclist safety and reducing aggressive and distracted
driving. The City’s total five-year Vision Zero investment is $109 million.
More information about Toronto's Vision Zero program is available on the project
website, which includes a mapping tool that shows existing safety measures
and future planned work as well as safety tips for all road users aimed at making
streets safer: http://www.toronto.ca/VisionZeroTO.
This news release is also available on the City's website: https://bit.ly/2Klfzxi
Media contact: Wynna Brown, Transportation Services,
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|City of Toronto Installing 53 New Senior Safety Zones
|July 31, 2018
City of Toronto installing 53 new Senior Safety Zones
The City of Toronto has begun rolling out 53 new Senior Safety Zones across
the city. The zones will be installed right now at locations identified as having
a significant senior population and they are expected to be completed this fall.
Senior Safety Zones are part of the City’s $109-million, multi-faceted Vision Zero
Road Safety Plan. The new zones include traffic safety measures designed to raise
the visibility of seniors and give them extended crossing time to safely cross
"We know seniors are particularly vulnerable when crossing the road and we must
do everything we can to protect them and other pedestrians,” said Mayor
John Tory. "I am committed to doing everything possible as quickly as possible to
make our streets safer – that's why we accelerated the roll out of road safety
measures, including Senior Safety Zones, this year."
The Senior Safety Zones will be retrofitted with new safety signs, enhanced
pavement markings and extended traffic signal walk times. Further work
will include detailed engineering reviews to consider additional safety measures
that could include reduced crossing distances, traffic calming and designation as
a community safety zone.
The 53 Senior Safety Zones will be in addition to the 12 locations installed last
"We're using a data-driven, comprehensive approach that focuses on the locations
where improvements are most needed," said Councillor Jaye Robinson
(Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure
Committee. "Senior Safety Zones are one of many countermeasures in
a multi-faceted plan that we are implementing to make our streets safer for
the most vulnerable road users."
The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, approved by Toronto City Council in 2016,
is a bold pledge to improve safety across the city using a data-driven and targeted
approach, focusing on locations where improvements are most needed to protect
each community's most vulnerable road users – pedestrians, school children, older
adults, motorcyclists and cyclists. City staff continue to work with stakeholders to
come up with tailor-made solutions, using multiple approaches to modify
Toronto's road network and to change behaviours to eliminate fatalities
and serious injuries on Toronto's streets.
In 2017, the City took the following actions under the Vision Zero plan:
• launched 20 school safety zones and 12 senior safety zones
• installed almost 100 signalized intersections with longer pedestrian crossing
• added 74 new red-light cameras (current total: 149)
• physically changed 28 intersections, including curb radius reductions
and intersection re-alignments, to reduce the distance that pedestrians have to
cross the road and to help reduce aggressive driving
• installed 837 speed-limit signs along 39 corridors where speed limits have been
reduced by 10 km per hour
• installed approximately 20,000 km of pavement paint for zebra markings in
School Safety Zones, Senior Safety Zones and pedestrian safety corridors, and
• activated 60 accessible pedestrian signals to assist people to cross at signalized
In 2018, work is completed or currently underway on the following:
• speed reduction through an automated enforcement pilot
• speed reduction from 40 km to 30 km in approved neighbourhoods
• Pedestrian Safety Corridors, including crossing improvements such as enhanced
signage, signals and pavement markings
• accelerating the School Safety Zone and Senior Safety Zone programs
• begin implementing Community Safety Zones at 754 kindergarten to
Grade 8 schools city-wide
• providing at least one Mobile Watch Your Speed Sign for each ward
• the Active and Safe Routes to School program pilot, which will include additional
signage and pavement markings to facilitate safer routes to school and promote
kids walking and biking to school
• traffic calming to reduce speeds, including new flex post traffic calming signs
and speed humps
• Vision Zero town hall meetings and school safety forums in partnership with
the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Police Service, and
• public education campaigns.
A list of the new Senior Safety Zone locations is available
The City's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan website includes a mapping tool
that shows existing safety measures and planned work as well as safety tips for
all road users aimed at making streets safer:
This release is also available on the City's website: http://ow.ly/xSmF30ld0rb.
Media contact: Wynna Brown, Vision Zero-Transportation Services,
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