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Dear Ward 24 Residents,

I would like to notify you of service delivery in the event of a labour disruption involving members of TCEU Local 416 – CUPE, the union representing the City’s outside workers. The City's approximately 5,000 outside workers will be in a legal strike position and the City in a legal lockout position as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday February 27

A labour disruption would impact the delivery of City services and programs. The most visible impacts:

  • Suspension of garbage, recycling and organics collection east of Yonge Street and from public parks and litter bins city-wide. There may also be delays to collection west of Yonge Street
  • Closure and cancellation of programming and event permits at all City recreation centres, greenhouses and conservatories, pools, arenas and outdoor ice rinks, fitness centres and ski hills
  • Limited access to civic centres including Metro Hall and City Hall
  • Suspension of non-emergency Toronto Animal Services operations, and reduced animal shelter locations and hours
  • Suspension or longer wait times for many City administrative services.

Complete Information can be found here http://www.toronto.ca/labour.  Residents and businesses with questions about the contingency plan should call 311.

I would like to take this time to ask for your patience and respect for your community in NOT disposing of any waste in your city parks or curb side during this time.  LET'S KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN!

CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS
Waste collection
All collection will be suspended. Residents should not place any waste (bins or bags) at the curb as it will not be collected

What to do in the event of a labour disruption:
First week: properly separate and store waste.
Blue Bin materials can be dropped off in clear plastic bags at Drop-off Depot (Transfer Stations) sites only.

In a prolonged disruption: 11 Temporary Garbage Drop-off Sites will be opened from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and will be cleared and cleaned routinely.

Apartment buildings and condominiums with daytime front-end collection (steel bins) will experience delays. Containers should be ready for collection the night before the scheduled collection day, as collection times and days may vary.

Small and large commercial collection will be suspended. Household hazardous waste depot services will be suspended.

City Drop-off Depots (Transfer Stations) will remain open. When dropping off waste at a depot, there may be picket lines causing delays. Near us: Scarborough, 1 Transfer Place will have hours 7AM-7PM. Drop-off Depot

All City Recreation centres will be closed – including all city run programing in City facilities including permitted events will be cancelled.
All regularly-scheduled City Council and Committee meetings will be cancelled. Some of the City's boards and corporations will continue to meet as scheduled, while others may cancel or postpone meetings.

Permits already booked for Wedding Chambers at City Hall, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, and York Civic Centre will be honoured. No new permits will be issued.

REMAINING OPEN/OPERATING
·         Toronto Animal Services location at 821 Progress Ave. will remain open
·         Toronto Fire, Police and Paramedic Services will not be impacted.
·         Most libraries remain open.
·         Parking ticket operations will continue
·         Non-City of Toronto facilities including City run recreation programs and After-school Recreation Care (ARC) programming held at Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) locations and, including Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and Toronto Track and Field Centre, will continue to operate.
·         311 will remain open, with info directing residents about operating and closed services – Call 311 with any inquiries
·         City-run museums, galleries and art/cultural centres will remain open.

PARTIALLY OPERATING
Parks: Parks will remain open but waste collection will be suspended.
·         Park Permits will be cancelled.
·         Snow and ice will continue to be cleared regularly from priority areas and selected trails and pathways.
·         Tree maintenance, planting, tree inspection and tree bylaw enforcement will be suspended. Emergency tree removals will continue.

City Roads and Toronto Water
·         Critical Transportation Winter maintenance and road repairs continue; routine operations suspended
·         Critical Toronto Water operations will continue; routine operations suspended


News Release

February 19, 2020
 
City Council approves 2020 tax-supported budgets

Today, City Council unanimously approved a 2020 tax-supported operating budget of $11.6 billion and a 10-year tax-supported capital budget of $27.9 billion. The budget ensures the City is able to preserve all 150-plus existing services, while making new investments in key capital infrastructure, including significant funding for transit and housing.

The overall average budgetary increase is 1.43 per cent, with a two per cent property tax increase for residential properties, a one per cent increase for commercial properties and a 0.66 per cent increase for industrial properties. There is no increase for multi-residential/apartment buildings, as per provincial legislation. The average Toronto household will pay an additional $61 on their municipal property tax bill in 2020, excluding the increase to the City Building Fund for dedicated transit and affordable housing funding.

The 2020 tax-supported operating budget focuses on keeping the property tax increase for City operations at the level of inflation, preserving or improving existing services and investing in key Council priorities. The budget includes $79.4 million in new investments to address key commitments including community safety, road safety, climate change, the ravine strategy and poverty reduction. When combined with the $1.9 billion rate-supported operating budget approved by City Council on December 17, 2019, the total 2020 operating budget is $13.5 billion.

The approved balanced budget invests in key frontline services – 86 per cent of the new positions are non-management. This budget will hire 62 new paramedics, more than 300 police officers, 21 librarians for youth hubs and 121 TTC operators.

The modernized tax-supported 10-year capital plan prioritizes achievability and affordability, and where possible, allows the City to move up planned capital work and complete it sooner. With the additional $15.5 billion rate-supported capital budget approved by City Council on December 17, 2019, the total 10-year capital plan is $43.4 billion. The plan meets the City’s most critical needs for transportation, the environment, real estate and emergency service facilities. The plan invests a total of $13.2 billion in transit, nearly doubling the investment in state-of-good-repair this year.

On December 17, 2019, Toronto City Council approved an extension to the City Building Fund to invest an additional $6.6 billion to improve Toronto’s transit system and build more affordable housing across the city. The extension will increase the City Building Levy by an additional one per cent in 2020 and 2021 (bringing the total levy increase to 1.5 per cent in those years) and continue with a 1.5 per cent annual increase in each year from 2022 to 2025, costing the average Toronto household an increase of approximately $45 per year.

As Toronto faces a number of regional pressures, the approved budget reflects continued federal and provincial partnership support for Toronto Community Housing building repairs, refugee support and transit investment. As part of the 2020 budget process, programs and agencies considered the impact on all Torontonians, analyzing the effect of budget changes on equity-seeking groups, such as residents with low incomes. The budget includes more than $25 million in poverty reduction and anti-violence community investments to make City services and programs more accessible.

Budget notes, presentations, videos and reports are available at http://www.toronto.ca/budget.

Quotes
"Today, City Council approved a good, responsible, realistic, and forward-looking budget for our fast growing city. The 2020 budget includes the most significant investment in upgrading our transit system in the city's history. We have almost doubled the TTC 10-year capital plan so we can invest $13.2 billion in upgrading our existing transit system. This budget makes it clear that the city is making investments in transit and housing and will be working with the province and the federal government so that we are all funding the work that must be done to protect Toronto's success."
- Mayor John Tory

"We listened to residents through the budget process and amended the budget based on the feedback we received, including $12 million in additional investments for violence reduction, youth hubs, the ravine strategy and other vital services. I’m proud to say we have delivered a budget that funds key priorities, while investing in critical infrastructure and state of good repair."
- Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 20 Scarborough Southwest), Budget Committee Chair


Dear Scarborough-Guildwood Neighbours, 

I would like to thank all those who attended my 2020 New Year's Celebration at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre on January the 11th!

On February 5th Scarborough Community Council supported my request to investigate ongoing sidewalk snow plow property damage. This is in response to receiving over 200 complaints regarding damages from December 19th, 2019 to January 20th, 2020. A majority of the complaints consisted of damages to private property, windrows not being cleared, and poor quality of work.  After 22 years of this program being in place, I am suprosed by the high level of complaints. A report will be brought forward to the June Scarborough Community Council meeting. View request here - 2020.SC13.18 - Sidewalk Snow Plowing

City Council will be meeting on February 19, 2020 to discuss the 2020 Budget.  All the documents are online for your viewing, 2020 Budget Documents

Sightings of coyotes in our community. Residents who live near ravines, forests and large parks – typical coyote habitats – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year. To report a coyote sighting call 416-338-PAWS (7297), Email: animalservices@toronto.ca or Fill out an online form.  Animal Services will attend the site if needed.   

More information and details on how to deter coyotes, keeping your pets safe and the City's coyote response strategy here. 

The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is warning of risks due to landslides along the Scarborough Bluffs. Signs have been erected at certain access points at the Guild Construction Access Road. These conditions pose a significant risk to public safety. Access to the shoreline has been and will continue to be PROHIBITED. More details here.


Volunteer Opportunities in Your Neighbourhood!
Interested in volunteer opportunities? Do you need volunteer hours for school, or just want to be active in your community? There are many events throughout the year where you can help. Volunteer for any of the following!

  • Community BBQ's

  • Canada Day Parade

  • Environment Days

  • The Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival

  • Halloween Haunt

  • New Year's Levee

  • Movie Nights

  • Town Hall Meetings

  • Community Notification Deliveries

If you or someone you know might be interested, click below to sign up.

 

If you want to get further information about events, feel free to contact my City Hall Office at 416-392-4008 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca


Scarborough-Guildwood Youth Council!
As we get ready to go back to school I would like to encourage all youth to join the Scarborough-Guildwood Youth Council! This leadership opportunity will allow members to engage with the Scarborough-Guildwood community and gain meaningful knowledge about municipal politics.

We are looking for youth aged 13-21 who are interested in getting involved within the community, passionate about social issues and those seeking leadership roles. If you or someone you know might be interested, visit the following link here.  

Members will be supported in efforts which positively contribute to our community, gain experience holding leadership roles and enhancing their public speaking skills.  Apply here. Learn more by reading this brochure. If you have any question please contact my City Hall Office at 416-392-4008 or email me councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca


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