E-News: Remembering Councillor Jaye Robinson, Tackling Gardiner Gridlock

ByBrad Bradford

Hi Friend,

We received some very sad news yesterday that City Councillor Jaye Robinson has passed away. She served the people of Don Valley West since being elected in 2010, and as a dedicated civil servant before that. 

Jaye was a friend, and someone I knew I could always talk to about issues facing our city. Although her battle with cancer meant she wasn’t able to be at City Hall in person much these past few years, we would speak regularly on the phone. She never gave up fighting for her constituents and their interests, and was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and common sense. 

I will miss her. Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, loved ones, and her team. 

A condolence book will be set up at City Hall starting Tuesday, and more details on a Celebration of Life will be shared in the coming days.

Rebuilding the Gardiner Faster

I have heard from many of you about how much worse traffic has gotten since the latest phase of the Gardiner reconstruction has begun. It has doubled people’s commutes, caused streetcars to get caught in traffic jams, and construction on parallel routes means there’s no good east-west way to get home. And people stuck in traffic are left staring at empty worksites and idle equipment.

The status quo approach is not good enough, and we can’t put up with another three years of this. That’s why I’m bringing a motion to Council next week calling for city staff to explore 24/7 construction, offsite and modular assembly, and avoiding roadwork on parallel routes whenever possible.

The provincial government has already expressed its support, and with the upload underway it means they would cover any additional costs this new approach would require. If you support finding ways to get this important project done faster, please sign this petition and help ensure the Mayor and Council will vote in favour next week.

Keeping Victoria Day Activities Safe

After massive disruption and unrest at Woodbine Beach on Victoria Day 2022, I know many folks are still concerned as this weekend gets underway. I have been working with city staff and the Toronto Police to ensure that the enhanced resources put in place last year will return this year. That means more police and bylaw officers, increased beach grooming, additional garbage bins, and stepped-up enforcement for noise and parking violations. 

More information from the Toronto Police is included below, including how to report incidents if they occur.

Happy Mother’s Day 

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. I hope that all mothers and mother figures had a wonderful day. The selfless acts of service, hard work and sacrifices made never go unnoticed. 

Special thank you to Kathryn and my mom, Valerie, for everything you do for our family – we all went out to Rise & Dine for a terrific breakfast to celebrate. 💟

Happy 100th Anniversary Earl Beatty! 

Happy 100 years to Earl Beatty! 

Loved the chance to celebrate the Earl Beatty Jr. & Sr. Public School’s 100th-anniversary last weekend, and meet so many proud teachers and alumni. 

Big thanks to Principal Nina Pan, Sandra Huh and the dedicated team of organizers who worked hard to make this event a success. Cheers to many more decades of growth, learning and shared accomplishments.

Read on below for more updates from City Hall and around beautiful #BEY. As always, reach out if there’s anything my team and I can do to assist.


 – Brad

In This Issue

Updates & Announcements from City Hall

  • City Hall Updates 🆕

Small Business Spotlight 

  • Local Bakeries in Beaches-East York 🎂

Local Events 

  • 🚨 Volunteers, Vendors and Sponsors Needed for the 2024 East York Canada Day Festival 🚨
  • May 21: May Seniors Trip – Blue Jays Baseball Game 
  • May 23: Steelpan: From Skin to Steel and Beyond 🆕
  • May 25 – 26: Doors Open Toronto 2024: Danforth Mennonite Church 🆕
  • May 25: Baptist Church Street Party 🆕
  • May 25: RH McGregor Elementary School Spring Fair 
  • May 25 – June 2: Sing – The Toronto International Arts Festival 
  • June 1: TPL: NatureTO: Our Urban Forest 🆕
  • June 2: Gutsy Walk – Walk to Stop Crohn’s Disease and Colitis 
  • June 8: St. Luke’s Church Outdoor Spring Sale 🆕
  • June 8: Beaches Sandbox Jazz Night 🆕
  • June 8: Danforth East Yard Sale and Sidewalk Sale 🆕
  • June 13: June Members Trip – St Jacobs and Drayton Shop and Show 🆕 
  • June 22: Toronto Blues Fest 2024 Line-Up 🆕
  • Members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) in Recital 

Community Programs & Employment

  • Annual Toronto Nature Stewards 
  • Community Centre 55 Seniors Spring Programming 
  • Healthy Child Screening 
  • SING! 
  • Queer Youth United 
  • SCHC – Fall Bereavement Support Groups 
  • The Neighbourhood Group – Job Assistance 
  • Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance (SAHM) Program 
  • Thorncliffe Park Youth Wellness Hub 

Neighbourhood News

  • Victoria Day Long Weekend Plans 🆕
  • 25 Oakcrest Green Space Survey 
  • City of Toronto Taking Actions to Address Dangerous Dog Behaviour
  • Jumping Worms Confirmed in Ontario 

Work in the Ward

  • Road Repaving Season is back! 
  • O’Connor Construction Update: May 2024 🆕
  • Toronto Hydro Overhead & Underground Civil & Electrical Upgrade; Project Danforth 
  • Toronto Hydro Overhead Electrical Upgrade; Dentonia Park Avenue Overhead Rebuild Phase 1A 
  • Toronto Hydro Overhead & Underground Civil & Electrical Work: Glen Manor Drive 
  • REVISED: Hydro Work – Danforth Overhead Rebuild Phase 2A 

City Wide News/Event

  • The CaféTO Property Improvement Program is Now Accepting Applications
  • Community Environment Days 

Thanks for taking the time to read my bi-weekly newsletter! If you have any events, news, or ideas to share for our next one – please reach out to my office. Send me an email at [email protected] and we can get you included in our next issue. 

Updates & Announcements from City Hall

City Hall Updates

City Council meets again next Wednesday. One of the big items on our agenda is allowing more modest apartment buildings on our major streets like Kingston Road.

When this came to Planning & Housing Committee last week, I joined with many housing advocates in their concern that the current proposal is too restrictive to allow new homes to actually get built. In particular, restricting the buildings to an arbitrary cap of 30 units would prevent both non-profit and market builders from having the flexibility to design a building that works well for the site, and create more affordable units.

The city’s own financial analysis showed that under these rules, a 30-unit rental apartment building in Scarborough could not be built. I’ll be pushing to increase that cap to 60 units and ensure that we’re tackling the housing crisis with every tool we can.

Small Business Spotlight 

Toronto is home to many small boutique bakeries, including many excellent ones in Beaches-East York. We’re proud to celebrate the variances of the different confectionary, bakeries and dessert shops across #BEY and we hope you take time to visit them this summer. 

  • Tori’s Bakeshop – 2188 Queen St E

Baked fresh with love since 2012, Tori’s Bakeshop specializes in organic, plant-based desserts and offers several gluten-free options, along with a selection of coffee and sandwiches of your choosing. They have seasonal cupcakes to constantly keep you guessing and coming back for more. 

Visit their website to find out more details: https://torisbakeshop.ca

  • Dulcinella – 7 Coxwell Ave. 

Dulcinella offers a wide variety of cakes, desserts and snacks. They also specialize in desert tables for parties, events and celebrations, as well as catering.

  • Bagels on Fire – 2248 Queen St E.

Bagels on Fire offers an array of schmears and sandwiches, making it the perfect place to satisfy your bagel cravings.

  • KupKates –  955 Kingston Rd.

KupKates is a Toronto-based cupcake company. Specializing in premium flavoured cupcakes and related products. It is Asian inspired/alcohol infused. 

  • Family Bakery Café – 1220 Woodbine Ave. 

Family Bakery Café makes all kinds of breads and specialty pastries, including Poppy Seed, Walnut Strudel and Balkan -style Feta-Filled burek. 

  • Julienne’s Patisserie – 2195 Gerrard St E.

Julienne’s Patisserie is a chic Parisian inspired bakery and cafe, serving all things sweet, croissants, and delicious coffee. Also specialises in custom cakes and confections.

Local Events

🚨 Volunteers, Vendors and Sponsors Needed for the 2024 East York Canada Day Festival 🚨


The East York Canada Day Committee are excited to be planning the 68th East York Canada Day Festival celebrating EY@100 – a community of neighbours. They are planning special programming to honour this anniversary.

If you’re a vendor, the committee still has space available with an expected roster of 70+ vendors filling Stan Wadlow Park.

As a non-profit volunteer run event, they are always looking to the community for both volunteer and sponsor support.

To find out more, please visit their website at eycdc.ca/get-involved.

May Seniors Trip – Blue Jays Baseball Game 

Join Centre 55 on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 for a Jays Game at the Rogers Centre!

They will be watching the ballgame on the 100 Level, Section 135 , behind 3rd base. We are also including one hot dog and one beverage as we take you out to the ballgame!

You can ONLY GET YOUR SPOT by responding to Jennifer at [email protected] to register. 

Steelpan: From Skin to Steel and Beyond 🆕

Toronto Public Library- S. Walter Stewart Branch invites you to Join Suzette Vidale as she speaks about the Steel Pan Instrument origins, evolution and current innovations onThursday, May 23, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. You will have the opportunity to play a simple song on the steelpan. No musical experience required.

Register in branch or by calling 416-396-3975. For more info

Visit: www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/swalterstewart/

Doors Open Toronto 2024: Danforth Mennonite Church 🆕

Danforth Mennonite Church is inviting you to visit during the Doors Open Toronto event on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. They would love to chat with you about the building and their experience of being part of the Danforth Community for the last 113 years.

It is located at 2174 Danforth Ave, slightly east of Cedarvale Avenue and a short walk from the Woodbine subway station.

Please check out Doors Open 2024 website https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto/ for more of our information and scheduling for the weekend. 

Baptist Church Street Party 🆕

Baptist Church located at 1891 Gerrard St. E. is hosting a free street party on Saturday, May 25th from 9am -2pm in the parking lot across the church. The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

There will be bouncy castle structures (including an obstacle course), face painting, games, free popcorn and hot dogs, and everyone is welcome! Don’t miss out. 

RH McGregor Elementary School Spring Fair

Everyone is welcome to attend RH McGregor Elementary School Spring Fair on Saturday, May 25, 2024! Stop by 555 Mortimer Avenue between 10-2pm for food, inflatables, a petting zoo & more.

To find out more information, visit: https://www.rhmcgregorfair.com/fair-info 

Sing! – The Toronto International Arts Festival 

SING! is launching on May 25 and running until June 2. This year they are very east-end and hope that you can join them at one of the Redwood Theatre Concerts at 1300 Gerrard Street East for the following events: 

May 26 – A joint concert with Countermeasure and Vancouver’s Quayside Voices – 7:30 pm.

May 31 –  Asian Heritage Night concert of storytelling and music, 8 pm.

June 2 –  SING! with Pride, part of the Toronto Pride festivities, with two LGBTA2S+ choirs and special guest, theatre icon Charlotte Moore, 8 pm.

Tickets are available at www.singtoronto.com

TPL: NatureTO: Our Urban Forest 🆕

Toronto Public Library- S Walter Stewart branch is inviting you to join City of Toronto Urban Forestry staff for an in-library presentation on this amazing natural habitat that reaches all corners of Toronto. This event takes place on Saturday June 01, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration is not required and for more information visit torontopubliclibrary.ca/natureTO

Gutsy Walk- Walk to Stop Crohn’s Disease and Colitis

Step forward with the Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis community at the Toronto Gutsy Walk on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in an effort to help support research to find a cure and raise awareness for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Join the movement and help shape a brighter future for everyone affected by these life-long diseases.

Register at the Gutsy Walk 2024 Event Page: crohnsandcolitiscanada.akaraisin.com/ui/GutsyWalk2024/g/40555

St. Luke’s Church Outdoor Spring Sale 🆕

St Luke’s church is hosting its outdoor spring sale on June 8, 2024 between 8:30am-3pm. There will be pancakes and a BBQ, everyone is welcome. Don’t miss out!

Beaches Sandbox Jazz Night 🆕

Beaches Sandbox is organizing a Jazz evening coming up on Saturday, June 8 at Queen and Lee Avenue here. This event will feature JUNO award winning and Order of Canada recipient Dave Young with a quartet plus the great saxophonist Alison Young and her Quartet. The host for the evening will be award-winning singer and entertainer Shakura S’Aida.

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Beaches Sandbox’s ongoing community cultural and educational programs.

For more information click the link

Danforth East Yard Sale and Sidewalk Sale 🆕

The upcoming 10th Annual DECA #DanforthEast Yard Sale is happening on Saturday June 8th.This year they are hosting their multi-seller site at Kimbourne Park United Church and anyone without a yard in the catchment can register to have a sale on the Kimbourne lawn free of charge.

The Danforth Mosaic BIA will also be hosting their annual sidewalk sale on the same day. Donation items for New Circles (clothing) and Kennedy House (small household items) will also be collected. With the two events combined, it is  guaranteed be a wonderful day of community activity.

June Members Trip – St Jacobs and Drayton Shop and Show 🆕 

Are you ready for a day of fun? The June Members Trip – St. Jacobs & Drayton SHOP & SHOW will be taking place on Thursday, June 13, 2024 and it is $140 per person.

To register, send an email to [email protected]  

Toronto Blues Fest 2024 Line-Up 🆕

Are you ready to swing into your summer groove at the Toronto Blues Fest on Saturday, June 22, 2024? Presented by the Toronto East Rotary Club, the Toronto Blues Fest is a free, family-fun day boasting an impressive lineup of Blues artists along with a talent session, great food, a beverage terrace, Bela Square by DBS Marketplace with a variety of vendors, and a kid’s fun zone. Save the date!

Members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) in Recital 

Kingston Road United Church is hosting a series of monthly recitals featuring Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians in brief, informal recitals. Each recital features different instruments from the orchestra. 

For more information, visit: TSYO Recitals.

Community Programs & Employment Events

Annual Toronto Nature Stewards 

Calling all fellow Beachers 📣, the Ashbridge’s Bay Nature Stewards and the Glen Stewart Park Stewards are working under the Toronto Nature Stewards, which will be starting up soon. Please come and join your neighbours in helping to remove invasive and mostly non-native plants and replanting native plants. This successful program is entering into its fourth year. 

Across Toronto, they have grown from 9 sites with 150 stewards in 2021 to 43 sites with a projected possible 1000 stewards this year. 

Please visit https://torontonaturestewards.org/ for more information. 

Community Centre 55 Seniors Spring Programming 

Seniors Spring Programs began on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 and will end on Friday, June 21, 2024.

There are still have spots in the classes below with the others having a waitlist.

  • Line Dancing
  • Groove Fit
  • Photography
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Mat Pilates
  • Essentials Mat Pilates

PHOTOGRAPHY: This hands-on photography workshop at Community Centre 55 is for anyone new to photography. Participants are asked to bring their “camera” (cellphone camera, point-&-shoot, mirrorless or DSLR) and a USB stick for their presentations. The photography program is run by Landscape and Travel photographer James.

INFORMATIVE FRIDAYS PRESENTATION SERIES: A variety of engaging topics covering mental, financial, physical and social wellness. Keep an eye out for ongoing emails or check the Centre 55 bulletin board and www.centre55.com for more information. Their first presentation will be on April 12th. Details will be sent out early next week.

If you are interested in registering for any available classes or adding your name to a waitlist, please send an email with the following information:

  • Your full name (first and last name)
  • The name(s) of the classes you would like to register for
  • Your email address, and
  • Your phone number

They will be accepting cash or cheque payments only – credit card payments will not be accepted. Payments will be accepted during the first week of classes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Jade Maitland at [email protected] or (416) 691-1113 ext. 220.

Access Alliance Presents: Healthy Child Screening 

If you have a child between the ages of 2 to 6 years old, then this event is for you!

Access Alliance is offering screening for children between the ages of 2 to 6 years old at various locations. Health care providers and community workers will screen your child on the spot and provide you with information and referrals as needed. All newcomers and community members are welcome!

For more information, please contact Keisha through email at [email protected] or cell, 416-693-8677 ext. 4234.


SING! is back and they are open for Winter and Spring 2024 sessions. If you’re interested in learning more, visit: https://www.theredwoodtheatre.com/

Queer Youth United  

Queer Youth United (QYU) at Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. every Thursday from 4-7pm.

QYU is is a 2SLGBTQ+ youth group for ages 15-29, where you can come and engage with others in a safe space within the community, while sharing meals, finding support and resources. 

You are welcome to drop-by at any time during the 4pm-7pm time period!

For more info: instagram.com/QueerYouthUnited or beachunitedchurch.com

SCHC – Fall Bereavement Support Groups 

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is a not-for-profit organization that provides a variety of holistic programs to support the health and well-being of the community. One of the programs offered is the Bereavement Peer – Support Groups. They provide several different types of virtual and in-person options. 

For more information, please visit: SCHC – Bereavement Care.

The Neighbourhood Group – Job Assistance 

The Neighbourhood Group is offering FREE Employment Services to help you prepare for and find work. Whether you’re out of school and looking for a job, new to Canada and want your first Canadian work experience, looking to change your career, or trying to get back into the workforce, they have various training programs, work placements, workshopsonline job board, and resource centres.

For more information, visit The Neighbourhood Group.

Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance (SAHM) Program

The Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance (SAHM) program has been organized to support the seniors community with services ranging from garden and yard work to light housekeeping. 

If you or anyone you know is looking for more assistance around their home, contact Kevin at 416-531-8447 or email [email protected] for more information.

Thorncliffe Park Youth Wellness Hub 

We’re thrilled to share that in-person services are available at the Thorncliffe Park Youth Wellness Hub, a new welcoming space at East York Town Centre that provides health, wellness, employment and other services for youth and young adults! To access services, come by the Thorncliffe Park Youth Wellness Hub during its drop-in hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is located at East York Town Centre, 45 Overlea Blvd. (Please use mall Entrance 6; the Youth Wellness Hub is located beside Dollarama). All services are free and open to everyone aged 12 to 25. Youth and young adults do not need a health card, family doctor or medical referral. Services include wellness counselling, peer support, employment services, settlement services, food support, primary care and more. No matter what you might be dealing with, their team can help.

For more information, please visit Thorncliffe Youth Club or follow them on Instagram @ThorncliffeYouthHub.

Neighbourhood News

Victoria Day Long Weekend Plans 🆕

Happy May long weekend! The City of Toronto and the Toronto Police Service would like to remind visitors to the beach to be respectful of their surroundings and others attending this weekend. Everyone should feel included and have a safe and enjoyable time at Woodbine Beach during the fireworks and other Victoria Day celebratory moments. 

25 Oakcrest Green Space Survey 🆕

Get excited! A new green space is coming to 25 Oakcrest Avenue! City staff want to hear your feedback on the two new design options.

Please fill out this survey: 25 Oakcrest Green Space and have your say!

City of Toronto Taking Actions to Address Dangerous Dog Behaviour

As directed by Toronto City Council, the City is visiting owners of all dogs who have received a dangerous dog order. Staff are delivering a new standardized sign for owners of these dangerous dogs, which must be visibly posted on their property. Staff will also remind owners of the requirements of their dangerous dog order. Following these proactive visits, staff will continue to conduct regular compliance checks and respond to complaints to ensure compliance.

The City has also posted a public list of dangerous dogs that includes the first three digits of the postal code for the dog owner, ward number, the dog’s name, breed and colour, and the date of the dangerous act at: toronto.ca/DangerousDogs.

Most dog attacks can be prevented if dogs are kept on a leash. Residents are reminded that it is a bylaw requirement for all dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes when out in public (except when in designated dogs off-leash areas). The most impactful action owners can undertake is prevention. If residents observe a dog they believe to have a dangerous dog designation without its muzzle or in an off-leash dog park, a complaint can be made to 311 and the matter will be investigated. City of Toronto taking actions to address dangerous dog behaviour.

We understand the importance of exercise for your beloved pet. However, it is important to practice Responsible Dog Ownership and keep your dog on leash in areas that are not marked off as official dog off-leash areas. 

Please take the time to visit the following dogs off-leash areas in Beaches-East York by visiting the interactive map.

Be a good neighbour and be mindful of your surroundings! 

Jumping Worms Confirmed in Ontario

Jumping worms have been confirmed in various locations across Ontario, including Dundas, Toronto, and Wheatley. These invasive species are particularly destructive, spreading rapidly and posing a significant threat to our gardens, lawns, farms, and forests, including birds and other wildlife.

They can devastate plant life, quickly depleting the soil of essential nutrients.

Here’s how you can help combat the spread of jumping worms:

  • Avoid Using as Bait: Never use jumping worms for fishing bait. Dispose of any unused bait in the trash, not on the ground.
  • Clean Your Gear: Always clean your footwear thoroughly before and after visiting gardens or natural areas.
  • Inspect Supplies: Check your mulch, compost, and soil for signs of jumping worms. Examine plant roots carefully before planting.
  • Eradicate Safely: If you find jumping worms, you can eliminate them by freezing, sealing them in a bag and placing it in the sun, or soaking them in vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Dispose of them in the garbage.
  • Treat Soil: For infested soil, expose it to sunlight in a sealed bag for at least three days before reuse.

These actions can prevent these harmful pests from damaging our ecosystems.

If you spot any signs of jumping worms in your area, please report your findings to www.eddmaps.org/ontario/. For more information, be sure to check out the detailed poster. Stay vigilant and help protect our local environment.

Work in the Ward

Road Repaving Season is back!

Many local streets within Beaches-East York are slated for repaving and geometric improvements this spring. 

  • If your street is being repaved, you will be receiving a construction notice.
  • If the construction work will impact your parking, be sure to display the construction notice on your dashboard to prevent receiving penalty tickets. 
  • If you have already received a ticket due to construction, use the construction notice in the dispute process. 

Be sure to park in a legal parking spot, otherwise your parking ticket will be valid.

O’Connor Construction Update: May 2024

I have heard from many of you with frustrations about the current phase of work – including missing “Local Traffic Only” signs, and increased traffic on residential streets including diverting TTC buses. I have made clear to staff in our bi-weekly meetings that I expect the contractors to make every effort to reopen lanes that do not need to be closed for active road work, and to have intersections staffed with traffic agents or paid duty officers whenever possible to ensure drivers are following the rules. Please continue to flag issues for my office, and I appreciate your patience as the city works to complete this critical project as quickly as possible.

  • Phase 1: The majority of the watermain infrastructure work is complete!  The remaining water service connections will be completed by early May 2024. The asphalt being put down during this phase is TEMPORARY, and the road will be entirely reconstructed in Phase 2 of this project.
  • Phase 2: Road reconstruction and sidewalk replacements has begun on O’Connor Drive between Glenwood Cres. and St Clair Ave E.
  • Within the active construction zones, O’Connor Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

This work is projected to be completed in its entirety by early Fall 2024.

Toronto Hydro Overhead & Underground Civil & Electrical Upgrade; Project Danforth 

Toronto Hydro is pleased to inform you they will be improving the electricity system in our ward. 

The boundaries for the project include Dentonia Park Avenue (North), Victoria Park Avenue (East), Danforth Avenue (South), and Eldon Avenue (West). Work began in March and will continue through January 2025.

Toronto Hydro Overhead Electrical Upgrade; Project Dentonia Park Avenue Overhead Rebuild Phase 1A 

Toronto Hydro is hard at work to improve the electricity system in Ward 19. Please see the detailed graphic below for more information.

The boundaries for the project include Rosevear Avenue (North), Victoria Park Avenue (East), Dentonia Park Avenue (South), and Dawes Road (West). 

Toronto Hydro Overhead & Underground Civil & Electrical Work: Glen Manor Drive 

Toronto Hydro will be conducting further infrastructure upgrades in our community. Please see the detailed graphic below for more information.

The boundaries for the project include a section of Glen Manor Drive between Duart Park Road (North) and Queen Street East (South). 

REVISED: Hydro Work – Danforth Overhead Rebuild Phase 2A 

Toronto Hydro is currently doing some upgrades on Danforth. The boundaries for the project include Dentonia Park Avenue (North), Thyra Avenue (East), Danforth Avenue (South), and Avonlea Boulevard (West). Staff expects the work to begin in February 2024.

City Wide News/Events 

The CaféTO Property Improvement Program is Now Accepting Applications

The CaféTO Property Improvement Program supports commercial tenants and property owners to improve the appearance or function of curb lane cafes, commercial patios and sidewalk cafes. The program was developed in support of the recovery and long-term success of local small businesses. The grant covers a maximum of $7,500 in eligible improvements.

Find details and apply by June 17.

Community Environment Day

Community Environment Days play a crucial role in our waste reduction efforts, aligning with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. These events help divert reusable and recyclable waste from landfills while providing a safe disposal option for household hazardous waste.

This 2024, there are 47 in-community events happening from April to September. Additionally, Community Environment Days will be held at Drop-Off Depots on Sundays in July and August, offering even more opportunities for participation.

Residents are encouraged to attend BEY Environment Days on Sunday, July 21, 2024, from 10 am to 2 pm at Bermondsey Transfer Station, and on Sunday, July 28, 2024, at Ted Reeve Community Arena. However, residents are also free to visit other sites if these dates are not convenient.

Click here to see all dates and locations

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