We’ve had an incredible year together in Beaches-East York. I am so grateful to serve our beautiful slice of Toronto, and all those that call this place home. Thank you to everyone that has stepped up in 2022 to help make our community as special as it is. Whether you organized a street party in the summer, donated your time towards the Canada Day celebrations, Remembrance Day ceremonies or holiday activities, gave back through a local charity, offered to rake leaves for a neighbour or simply just support the many small businesses we have here; You are helping to strengthen our community and we are all better for it.
The year is not over yet however! The holiday season is well under way and Beaches – East York has been buzzing with energy. From tree lightings and community dinners to holiday parties and finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, there has been a lot of excitement in BEY over the past couple weeks.
Take a peak below to see what’s coming up next in Beaches- East York!
As we spend time with our friends, family and loved ones this holiday season, I encourage you all think of ways we can give back to our neighbours and to our community. Support local businesses when possible, volunteer for a local charity, or help out a neighbour in need. Let’s let our kind and warm East End spirit shine this December!
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, time always seems to fly by at the end of the year. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Make sure you stay in the #BEY loop by following my Twitter, Instagram or Facebook page.
In This Issue
- Winter Service Program Updates 🆕
- Registration for Winter Rec Programs Now Open 🆕
- New EV Charging Station 🆕
- Ivan Gardens Construction Complete 🆕
- 2022 Municipal Election
- Council is Back!
- Committee Chairs Named
- Bill 23: Building More Homes Faster Act
- 540 Cedarvale Modular Housing Grand Opening
- Vaccine & Health Updates
- Breakfast with Hamper – Dec 10 🆕
- Jazz & Reflection – Dec 10 🆕
- Soupfest 2022 – Dec 10
- Caroling in the Park – Dec 13
- Snow Shovellers Wanted 🆕
- Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance Program Running Again
- CC55 Share a Christmas Program Volunteers Needed
- SCHC Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers Needed
- SAHM Program is Hiring
- CP Planning Job Posting
- Toronto Giving Machine 🆕
- Agnes Macphail Award – Call for nominations 🆕
- Join the CC55 Book Club
- Reminder: No Dogs Allowed on TDSB property
- BEY Food Banks
- Toronto Hydro Underground Electrical Upgrade; Project Yardley – O’Connor 🆕
- O’Connor Drive Improvements
- Intersection Improvement Works at Coxwell Avenue and Dundas Street East
- Notice of Road Closure – Stephenson Avenue
- Toronto Hydro Overhead Electrical Upgrade; Queen St. E.
- Toronto Hydro Underground Electrical Upgrade; Project Kingston – Waverley
- Watermain Replacement and Road Resurfacing on Denvale Road
- Toronto Hydro – Overhead Civil & Electrical Upgrade; Project Danforth
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Updates & Announcements from City Hall
Winter Service Program Updates 🆕
What’s New This Winter Season? The 2022-2023 Winter Services Program has many new elements that will be rolled out for the first time in Toronto:
New Winter Contracts for first time in 7 years
Modernizing Processes for Work Orders, Services Requests and
Leveraging Technology to Increase Accountability
Heightened Coordination with Councillors and City Partners
New Communications Strategy
Registration for Winter Rec Programs Now Open 🆕
Registration for Toronto Parks winter recreation programs and March Break CampTO is now open for all City locations.
Explore the more than 11,200 fun, active and educational programs on offer for Torontonians of all ages and abilities at Toronto.ca/WinterRec
New EV Charging Station in #BEY 🆕
Beaches-East York got a little more electric this week! Great to see our work for more electric vehicle chargers continue with two new stations added at Queen St. E. and Rainsford Rd
Ivan Gardens Construction Complete 🆕
Thrilled to have seen the newly completed Ivan Forrest street scape enhancements in person! These improvements include additional pathways, seating, improved entrance to the park, and planters. If you’re in the area this week, make sure to check out the improvements for yourself!
2022 Municipal Election
We’ve been right back to work since the October 24, 2022 Municipal Election! It’s hard to imagine that it was just six weeks ago.
With the election now in the rear-view, I’m honoured to be back working for the community we all care so much about. I want to give thanks to all those who offered their time, talent, and ideas to make a better Beaches-East York and a more inclusive Toronto. While my name was on the ballot, the campaign was never about me – it was about our community’s shared values, hopes and aspirations. From Sunrise to Queen, from Coxwell to Victoria Park, from Crescent Town to Banglatown, we reaffirmed our commitment to more housing in our community and across the city, road safety projects that will save lives, and ensuring our main streets and small businesses thrive.
I won’t shy away from the big problems, just because they are difficult – rather, I’m here to roll up my sleeves, bring people around the table, and help us move forward on some of the most pressing challenges ahead. To that end, I’m here for you. My sincere thanks for your trust, faith, and encouragement. Believe in the East!
Council is Back!
Three weeks ago, Toronto City Councillors of this term (“Class of 2022-2026”) took their place in the Council Chambers for the first time this Tuesday. It’s an honour to be back in the seat for BEY and Toronto, alongside both new and familiar colleagues. Here’s to the next four years of continued progress and collaboration for Torontonians. Let’s get to work!
Committee Chairs Named
At the last Council meeting, colleagues and I voted to appoint Members of Council to committees, agencies, boards, corporations and Community Councils. I was honoured to be appointed Chair of Planning & Housing Committee. Together, we’ll keep taking action on housing to build an affordable, sustainable Toronto for all.
Committees and other governing bodies play a key role in the Council process and oversee, shape, and implement the delivery of key City of Toronto services, programs, and policies.
The full list of appointments is available on the City’s website: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2023.ST1.1.
It’s an honour to take on this new Chair role. I’m looking forward to working with you and residents across the City to bringing continued improvements to housing affordability and availability in this City. Check out my below statement for more info:
Bill 23: Building More Homes Faster Act
With Council in full swing, I’ve been hearing from many of you about your concerns around the provincial Bill 23: More Homes Built Faster Act. At Council this week, I stood to speak on this important issue. It’s clear that that this bill as it’s drafted today, precisely undermines its own objectives. This Council, this City and this province, have a mission to build more housing, and I’m happy to roll up my sleeves and work with anybody who wants to do that. But I share your concerns that the Provincial legislation in front of us, as it currently exists, actually impedes our ability to build the affordable housing that is greatly needed for our future success as a City. You can hear my full comments on this important and evolving topic here.
540 Cedarvale Modular Housing Site Grand Opening
On the first day of the new Council term I was grateful to kick things off with the grand opening of the 540 Cedarvale modular housing, marking the opening of BEYs latest affordable housing site. 59 seniors will be getting the keys to their new homes in the coming weeks and we can’t wait to welcome our new neighbours alongside Woodgreen, a well-known and highly regarded housing operator in our city.
Vaccine & Health Updates
Flu season is upon us and there is no better time to get vaccinated! Getting you Bivalent COVID-19 Booster and Flu Vaccine is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones with holiday season.
How to Help Keep Your Family Safe This Cold and Flu Season
In response to the very high demand for urgent, acute health services hospitals and healthcare organizations across Ontario are facing, Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) is sharing tips that will help protect your loved ones this cold and flu season and, in the event that you need care, ensure you get it in the right place at the right time. Learn more about how to keep your family safe and healthy this season.
In addition, MGH is supporting community pharmacies in East Toronto by ensuring they have reliable emergency access to infant and children formulations of this medication where possible. If your family needs infant or children’s liquid Tylenol for pain and fever relief, you may be able to find supply at one of our pharmacy partners. You and your child do not need a prescription for these medications. See the full list of our pharmacy partners at tehn.ca/PharmacyPartners.
Health Access Taylor-Massey (HATM) Now Open in Crescent Town!
Health Access Taylor-Massey (HATM), a new healthcare, community and social services centre, is now open in Crescent Town! It offers connections to services and resources, including COVID-19 supports, to people who live in the Taylor-Massey neighbourhood and surrounding areas.
The goal is to improve the health and well-being of local residents by making it easier for people to find the care they need in one place that is close to home. The diverse team of healthcare providers includes family doctors, nurses, mental health counsellors, a resource navigator and others.
Local appointments can be booked in advance at www.tehn.ca/covid19/covid-19-vaccinecineAppointment. You can also use the provincial booking system online or at 1-833-943-3900.
Breakfast with Hamper 🆕
Join Community Centree 55 for a pancake breakfast with Hamper the Reindeer, holiday crafts and a visit from Santa!
Jazz and Reflection: Mike and Jill Daley at Beach United Church 🆕
Mike and Jill’s unique style and arrangements along with their engaging stories and commentary will enrich your Saturday afternoon, and will be sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Our warm, inviting hall serves as the perfect backdrop for this concert – donations are welcomed, and proceeds support the Beach United Church food programs. Get your tickets here.
Caroling in the Park
Beach Metro News is please to be continuing the community tradition of Nancy and Jim Palmer – after a Pandemic break- Carolling in the Park. The Salvation Army Band will be there, and Santa Claus will be visiting at 8 PM. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be served to warm you up.
Donations can be made on-site or online here.
Community Programs & Employment
Snow Shovellers Wanted! 🆕
Access Alliance is recruiting Snow Shovellers for their 2022-2023 snow removal program. This program serves seniors in the Toronto Danforth, Don Valley West, Beaches- East York and Scarborough South-West areas. See the flyer below for more information.
Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance Program Running Again
Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community is offering their Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance Program again this winter. Do you or a senior in your area need assistance with outdoor tasks around the home like snow removal? Contact Kevin at 416-531-8477 ext. 1 or email [email protected] for more details.
Share a Christmas Program Volunteers Needed
Centre 55 is in full planning mode for our Share a Christmas once again (comes around too quickly!) and as you know, it takes an army of volunteer and community support to make it happen. They will distribute grocery gift cards again in lieu of food and continue to collect and distribute toys and gifts for teens. We will need volunteers to sort and pack toys and to deliver to those receiving toys. Please see details below
Monday, December 19th from 6 PM – 8:30 PM
Sorting and packing toys at Centre 55. Please no children under 15 years old. No sign up required, simply show up!
Tuesday, December 20th from 10 AM – 2 PM
Delivering toys from Centre 55. No sign up required, simply show up!
Other Ways to Help
We will once again be doing our Adopt a Family and Adopt a Senior Programmes. Guidelines and all details can be found on our website at www.centre55.com.
SCHC Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers Needed
Did you know that volunteering is good for your health? Please consider volunteering for Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and make a difference in someone’s life and improve your health through the next three steps.
- Improves physical and mental health
- Provides a sense of purpose and teaches valuable skills
- Nurture new and existing relationships
SCHC Palliative Care is having the Volunteer Recruitment Open House this coming Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 1:30-3:30 to recruit new volunteers for all of our programs at Scarborough Centre for Health Communities (SCHC). Our Open house event will be taking place at the Hub at 2660 Eglinton Avenue East. For details, please see attached flyer for the Open House and Palliative Care volunteer recruitment.
SAHM Program is Hiring
The Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community, Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance program is seeking community-minded individuals to help seniors with snow removal and other outdoor maintenance tasks. Check out the poster below for more info!
Toronto Giving Machine 🆕
Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Toronto area recently launched an amazing initiative called the Toronto Giving Machine.
The giving machine is a virtual vending machine that dispenses charitable items and volunteer opportunities that support members of our local communities. For example, a person can go to the site and see things like “20 pairs of warm socks – $20” and when they click on the item they are re-directed to the donation page of a charity called Socks 4 Souls that donates socks to homeless shelters across the GTA. If a person does not have money to donate but would like to find volunteer options there is a page for volunteer vending items. On this page users can choose a volunteering option that looks interesting to them, click on it, and they are re-directed to a page with all the information for the organization and the person to contact to set up the volunteering. The site is just a simple way for people to connect to local organizations and help our neighbours around us.
The site does not collect any money, names, data, or anything else, it’s simply just a way to link people and vetted organizations together. Click here to visit the Toronto Giving Machine website!
Agnes Macphail Award – Call for nominations 🆕
The Agnes Macphail Award is open for nominations for 2023. The deadline date is midnight on Thursday, January 5, 2023. For more information including the nomination form, click here.
CC55 Book Club
Whether you’re an avid reader or simply falling back in love with books, the Centre 55 Book Club
is for you! Happening the first Monday of every month, 7pm at 97 Main Street.
Reminder: No Dogs Allowed on TDSB property
The Beaches has a well-earned reputation for being a dog-friendly neighbourhood. Once the snow fence goes up, I love seeing residents get together with their dogs and enjoy the ‘pop up’ dog park for the duration of the winter.
I was disheartened to read a recent letter to the editor of the Beach Metro from a group of parents, which shared two recent incidents in which children were bitten by dogs in the beaches, one at a school.
We’re so fortunate to have many dog parks in our ward. Please make good use of them, and leash your dog outside of off-leash parks (and it goes without saying, please clean up after your dog).
When it comes to using schoolyards as places to exercise your dog, please don’t. Dogs do not belong in schoolyards explicitly designated for children. It does not matter whether your dog is friendly, old, a puppy, calm or has impeccable recall: your dog is not welcome at a school. Dogs are not to be on school property, regardless of whether or not school is in session.
Here is a map of dog parks in our area.
BEY Food Banks
Thanks to the incredible devotion of community volunteers and organizations, as well as generous donations, Beaches-East York is proud to offer several food banks for those in need of support.
The Grace Pascoe Care Centre has been a ministry of Calvary for more than 60 years and serves the catchment area from Victoria Park Ave. to Woodbine Ave. and from Danforth Ave. to the lake.
In collaboration with Community Centre 55, food hampers are provided on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm.
For more information on the program and how to donate, email [email protected] or call 416-691-2899
The mission of this ministry is to meet the needs of those in the community experiencing food insecurities by providing groceries, a warm meal and as much as we are able to, provide the much needed essential personal items to anyone in need. Soup Kitchen & book bank hours are Fridays from 4pm – 6pm.
For more information on the program and how to donate, email [email protected] or call 416-690-5169.
FBC offers a meal service every second Wednesday of the Month. The next meal will be on July 13th from 9:30am to 11:00am. For more information on how to participate or donate, call 416.699.7156 or email [email protected].
Work in the Ward
Toronto Hydro Underground Electrical Upgrade; Project Yardley – O’Connor 🆕
O’Connor Drive Improvements
Intersection Improvement Works at Coxwell Avenue and Dundas Street East
Notice of Road Closure – Stephenson Avenue
Toronto Hydro Overhead Electrical Upgrade; Queen St. E.
Toronto Hydro Underground Electrical Upgrade; Project Kingston – Waverley
Watermain Replacement and Road Resurfacing on Denvale Road
Toronto Hydro – Overhead Civil & Electrical Upgrade; Project Danforth
*Work is expected to begin January 2022.
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