September 2016 E-Newsletter
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September 2016


Dear Ward 5 Residents,
It's that time of year again! Summer is slowly coming to an end and it's back to school.

I hope all of you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed time away from work and school with family and friends. As we all get back into our routines, I would like to ask motorists and pedestrians alike to take care when walking and driving along our local roads, particularly in school zones. Remember to be safe!

I would also like to remind residents of my Environment Day, coming up on Sunday September 11th, from 10am to 2pm at the Etobicoke Civic Centre! Be sure to drop by and say hello!

Details can be found here:

Please enjoy this month's e-newsletter and as always, feel free to contact our office at 416-392-4040 or via email us.

We're here to help!

Warm Regards,
Councillor Justin Di Ciano
Inside this Issue:

General Updates:
Development Updates: We will send community meeting notices on planning applications as the meetings are advised to us by Planning staff. We expect meetings for Dundas and Bloor streets / Kingsway in the Late Fall/winter, 2016.

Community Meeting Flyers
Community Event Flyers

Committee if Adjustment Applications and Decisions

Up to Committee of Adjustment applications can now be found on the city website.

Please follow this link, and check it on a regular basis as we will update it as things come in


If you attend and complete a short form you will automatically be advised of the decision on the application you were interested in.

New Green Bin is coming to Etobicoke

Residents can check the bin delivery progress in their area on our website at as they are rolled out through Etobicoke neighbourhoods. These maps are updated at the end of each week, and are a useful tool to refer to if you have inquiries from your residents on the delivery status of the new Green Bins. 

Hydro One – West Transmission Line Refurbishment (Manby to Wiltshire Transformer Stations)
Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) has initiated planning to refurbish the existing 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Manby Transformer Station (TS), located at 850 Kipling Avenue, and Wiltshire TS, located at 75 Wiltshire Avenue. The proposed project has been requested by Toronto Hydro to ensure a reliable supply of electricity to meet forecasted growth in electricity demand in west Toronto and to supply Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit project.
This project would involve the replacement of selected transmission structures along the existing right-of-way. The structure changes would include replacing four existing wood pole structures with steel poles, replacing two lattice steel structures with a single ‘tapping’ structure that connects the lines from the towers to the station, and adding two new steel poles to ensure required conductor height clearances from the ground. It is anticipated that all work on the transmission line upgrade will be completed within the Hydro One owned right-of-way with little change in the appearance of the facilities.
As we receive more information about this process from Hydro One, we will advise in future e-newsletters.

Six Points Interchange Work

Staff have advised that the updated construction schedule is:  
  • Issue purchase order for Bell utilitywork:  Summer 2016                                                       Issue purchase order for Enbridge utility work: (Phase 2D, Kipling north of Bloor): Summer 2016
  •  Issue contract for major construction work: Winter 2017
  • Update construction schedule for master contract: Fall 2016
  • Projected master contract construction duration is 3 - 4 Years
Note: a timeline for the master construction phase will be provided in winter 2017. 

Coyote Warning

We would like to remind residents to be cautious when walking through areas of reported Coyote sightings. Our office has received emails noting Coyote sightings from concerned residents on Chartwell and Government Road. Our office has been in contact with Animal Services.

Please remain vigilant when walking in the evenings, particularly with  children and pets. Animal Services staff note a
number of things can be done to keep pets and people safe:
  • Give them space.
  • Discourage their visits to residential yards by installing motion-sensor lighting, keeping meat products out of compost bins, remembering not to leave pet or human food outdoors, and storing garbage in secure containers.
  • Reduce contact with avoiding the areas they frequent, especially during key activity hours dawn and dusk.
  • If you encounter a coyote, stay calm and let him/her move on.  Do not approach.  If you feel threatened, make a loud noise or sudden movement to scare the animal off.  Most likely a coyote that stops to stare is only curious and has no plan to approach or attack.  On solitary walks, carry a personal alarm, flashlight and umbrella you can open and close to frightened off a coyote if one does approach.
  • Prevent attacks on pets by leashing dogs and keeping cats indoors

Toronto Water Project Update - Van Dusen  Blvd.

There have been significant delays on Van Dusen Boulevard due to difficulties with obtaining passing acceptable water-main disinfection test results for the new main, which is often attributable to warm temperatures that favour poor water quality. We will provide and update on the status of testing and a time-frame of remaining work shortly.

Update on Eatonville Library Branch Storm Water System Upgrade


The storm water system upgrade project at the Eatonville Library Branch was temporarily suspended due to unforeseen circumstances. The location of the main water line was not as shown on Toronto Water infrastructure drawings for the East Mall. This required the City's storm water design to be revised to go under the existing line. This new design had to be approved by Toronto Water and then priced by the Toronto Water contractor and the Toronto Public Library's contractor. This has all been completed and the construction on site will now proceed. We anticipate that the project will be completed by the end of October 2016.
The library’s west entrance is currently closed and several parking spaces are occupied by a storage container.
If you have any issues please do not hesitate to contact our office 416-392-4040.

Watermain Work on Shaver, Fieldway and Green Lanes – Water Flushing Concerns

A number of residents and businesses have contacted our office to inquire about the water flushing aspect of the recent watermain work. Although watermain work itself is relatively straightforward, Toronto Water typically installs the new main close to the old one; what is more complex, is the testing of the new section of watermain before it goes live.
While it may seem that the City is wasting water when testing, they are in fact flushing out the new main as thoroughly as possible so they can test the water to ensure the new main meets Toronto Water servicing and quality standards. When the tests pass, the contractor can then work to connect properties through water service connections to the new main. This is done so that residents and businesses receive the water they are accustomed to, delivered to their property.
There are measures contractors take to ensure that the new main installed is clean and reduces the flushing stage length through disinfection but flushing is a standard practice and the cost of water being used is factored into the construction costs for the project. In the summer, it can take longer for water testing to pass this is because of higher temperatures where bacteria can thrive.
If there is watermain work being done in your area and you are concerned about the testing or any other aspect of the installation, please contact the site ambassador listed on the notice you received. Alternatively, feel free to contact our office.

"No Parking Past This Point" Signage

Without signs, you can't park within 9 metres of a corner.  This is something uniform to Toronto and something motorists are supposed to know.  City staff have the ability to install  signs up to 15 metres away from a corner. 

A note from the Tree Protection & Plan Review Department

If you see work around trees with no tree protection barriers, residents should call 311, email 311 at or contact their office via email at or phone 416-338-6596. A Tree Protection and Plan Review arborist inspector will visit the site and advise.

Vacant and Derelict Homes - Staff Update

In the coming months, Municipal Licensing & Services (MLS) will be initiating an internal working group to review amendments related to vacant and derelict homes which are not already covered through the Building code. In addition to this, MLS will be reviewing Chapter 629, Property Standards, and specific bylaw amendments that can be made through this review.

Presto Card Reader at Old Mill Subway

Presto Card readers have been installed and will be operational at Old Mill as of  tomorrow morning (September 7, 2016).


Customers wishing to buy PRESTO cards can do so in the following ways:


Online –


Telephone – 1-877-378-6123 (follow options 7-1-1 for TTY) or 1-800-855-0511


Gateway Newstands – Bathurst, Broadview, Bloor-Yonge, Dundas and Spadina subway stations


TTC Customer Service Centre – Davisville Station, 1900 Yonge Street


Presto readers are also being installed at Royal York Station and expected to be completed by end of next week.

Private Transportation Company (PTC) licence issued to Uber

Municipal Licensing and Standards issued a Private Transportation Company (PTC) licence to Uber, the first of its kind in Canada.

Since the May 3 Council decision, City staff have been preparing and implementing the new Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw, which came into effect July 15. This work included significant technology enhancements, system programming, and organizational and business process changes.

In addition to allowing Private Transportation Companies to operate, the Bylaw includes changes which have been implemented for the taxi industry, including:
  • Flexible ownership for taxicab owners, including permission to incorporate and own more than one taxicab,
  • Taxicab industry can set fares for trips booked in advance, and
  • Decreased annual licensing fees.

With the issuance of Uber's PTC licence, the City will begin to screen and issue PTC driver licences to individuals performing vehicle-for-hire services through UberX. Screening includes criminal background and driver abstract checks, vehicle inspection certificates, and insurance.


Queensland Park Final Meeting Phase II

A big thank you to all the residents who attended !
The consensus agreement was that:
  • A seniors Play Structure on the East side
  • A Shade structure on the West side, hard sail, green or blue
  • Drainage per option would all be implemented.
  • Replacement trees rather than spading
We will send photos for community approval/choice.
The plan will be circulated and posted on Councillor Justin Di Ciano's web site.

Project to be delivered Spring/early Summer 2017.

Construction Woes being addressed

The issue and impacts of residential infill construction are an issue and in recognition of this fact Toronto Building took a report to PGM ( Planning Growth Management Committee )   in February 2016 under item PG 10.1 , it then went to the March 31st/April 1st Council meeting that proposed a strategy to address these issues. City Council gave direction for the implementation of this strategy along with including direction for ML&S in consultation with the Toronto Building, Energy and Environment Office and Public Health to report back in the first quarter of 2017 with recommendations on dust control measures related to residential infill construction as there currently are no By-law provisions that address this issue.

Get ready for Fall / Winter Recreation Program registration in Toronto

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to get ready for September community recreation registration days. Registration occurs over four days in September and includes fall recreation, skating and swim programs as well as ski and some winter recreation programs. This September, over 27,000 programs are available in 248 community centres, pools and arenas.

Get Ready!
Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 in Etobicoke/York; Sunday, September 11 in Scarborough; Tuesday, September 13 in North York; and Wednesday, September 14 in Toronto and East York districts. 
Planning ahead makes registration easier. Prior to registration day, residents should visit
  • Build a list of choices (program titles and barcodes) using the website or the printed FUN Guide
  • Have your family number and client numbers ready
  • Have a payment method ready or credit on your account, if fees apply
The number of online registrations increased from 88 per cent last summer to more than 91 per cent completed this past June.
Registering online is the easiest and fastest way to plan for fall and winter recreation. In June, 72 per cent of users were able to log in to the registration system in 15 minutes or less and, on average, each registration was completed in just over seven minutes.
Those who wish to register for programs will need to set up an account. Call 416-338-4386, e-mail or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number, update your account information, put a credit on your account or request information on the Welcome Policy. Recreation staff will also be available in-person to help with accounts and recreation planning. Check at your local community centre for designated hours.

Welcome Policy yearly credit 
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at

Free programs 
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at

Older adult discounts 
Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount. 

Toronto Hydro Monthly billing begins this fall
Toronto Hydro is switching residential and small commercial customers to monthly billing. Customers will now receive 12 bills per year instead of six, with each bill representing approximately 30 days of energy use. This switch will be phased in over the fall, beginning in September.

In 2015, the Ontario Energy Board announced a requirement that all electrical utilities in the province transition to monthly billing by the end of 2016. Toronto Hydro has implemented a comprehensive plan to advise customers of the switch, including communicating through newsletters, bill envelope messages, on-line/social media, and at community events. Toronto Hydro will also be calling customers and delivering postcards just before they receive their first monthly bill.
Monthly billing helps customers manage energy costs: 
  • Customers will have a more current view of how their energy habits impact their bill, so they can take action sooner
  • More frequent billing makes it easier to manage household budgets
  • Monthly billing will align with other organizations’ billing cycles (like gas and telephone)

Toronto Parking Authority Off-Street Rate Changes

Upcoming Community Meeting

Nordin Ave Community Meeting - Holy Angels Catholic School - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Community Event Flyers
  1. Please send a short description of the event (75 words or less) to with the subject line "Community Event Flyer".  
  2. The flyer or image must be submitted as a .jpg file format.    
  3. Community events must take place in Ward 5 or in support of a local organization.
Please note that the community event flyer may be shared on either our Website, Facebook page, as a Twitter post, or in our monthly e-newsletter subject to discretion.
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