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Clark Centre for the Arts
New Guild Park and Garden Art Facility

Toronto – Councillor Paul Ainslie would like to announce that yesterday at Scarborough Community Council the new art facility, located in Guild Park and Gardens was named the "Clark Centre for the Arts" in honour of Rosa and Spencer Clark who founded the Guild of All Arts on the site in 1932 creating Canada's only artists' colony during the Great Depression.

Over the last year the site has undergone a wonder transformation with the newly renovated Bickford Residents into a banquet hall and restaurant facility.  The next phase in the revival is to reawaken the sleeping building previously known as "building 191" with the new name "Clark Centre for the Arts" where the City will begin offering art programming starting in 2020.

"As in the past visitors are returning to the site to see the rejuvenation, park monuments and the beautiful view of Lake Ontario. The highly anticipated "Clark Centre for the Arts" and renovated cabins will bring the entire park alive." remarked Councillor Paul Ainslie.

"The community and I have worked hard to bring this vision to a reality and I am very happy to see the progress and enthusiasm from everyone involved." added Councillor Ainslie.

Led by Councillor Ainslie with the Parks Forestry and Recreation Division and the Economic Development and Culture team, all the planning to continue with the restoration is currently underway.  Community consultation and working closely with community groups has been a key in the restoration work.

The Clark Centre for the Arts name was selected through a highly advertised public consultation process where 154 submissions were received.  A naming selection committee was formed representing a variety of perspectives:  Guild stakeholder groups, youth, seniors, community organizations, arts community and First Nations all with a connection to Scarborough and/or Guild Park and Gardens.


Councillor Ainslie's Interview on The John Oakley Show: to listen click here  

Seamless Transit
City of Toronto to Durham Region

TORONTO - Councillor Ainslie has again requested that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) permit Durham Region Transit access to the transit hub at Scarborough Town Centre for the purposes of transporting passengers seamlessly to and from Durham Region and the Scarborough Town Centre Transit Hub.

TTC Commissioners voted to support that discussions continue between the City of Toronto and Durham Region Transit for the possibility of allowing Durham Transit access to a bus bay but only when the Scarborough Subway Extension is implemented.  This decision places this request on the backburner. 

The Scarborough Subway Extension process will be a lengthy one taking several years.  The expansion plans for the addition of bus bays at the Scarborough Civic Centre could accommodate access to Durham Transit but the wait does not address the current needs of residents who are finding it difficult to commute specifically for work purposes.  Placing a hold on a simple request for residents to move to and from Durham Region should not be this complicated.

"I am pleased that the TTC sees merit in my request for seamless transit by allowing Durham Region Transit to travel to the Scarborough Civic Centre.  I am however not pleased that TTC staff have tied this project with the Scarborough Subway Extension instead of dealing with the issue at hand". Stated Councillor Ainslie.

"Residents need to be provided with options to travel on public transit in a smart seamless manner.  It should not be this difficult.  We as a City need to move forward and work with other municipalities to address and relieve traffic congestion which we all face on a daily basis". added Councillor Ainslie. 

The request was introduced by Councillor Paul Ainslie at the January 18, 2017 Toronto Transit Commission meeting as it would be beneficial to implement interregional transit to allow Durham buses to transport residents to and from the Scarborough Town Centre Transit Hub.

In an effort to minimize congestion it would be valuable for both cities to allow public transit to their respective municipalities to provide residents with a choice to travel to and from the Scarborough Civic Centre Transit Hub and Durham Region. This would ease the number of vehicles on our roads and create a positive relationship with our neighbours.


Microbeads ban regulations published by Government of Canada

TORONTO - Councillor Ainslie welcomes the Government of Canada's published Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations on June 14, 2017.  The regulations were published in the Canada Gazette (PDF version 4,285 K), to prohibit the manufacturing, importing, and sales of plastic microbeads in toiletries, non-prescription drugs and natural health products.
"I strongly support the newly established legislation prohibiting the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products" added Councillor Paul Ainslie.

Timeline for implementation:


Manufacture and import of toiletries containing microbeads prohibited (excluding natural health products and non-prescription drugs)

January 1, 2018

Manufacture and import of toiletries containing microbeads prohibited (including natural health products and non-prescription drugs)

July 1, 2018

Sale of toiletries containing microbeads prohibited (excluding natural health products and  non-prescription drugs)

July 1, 2018

Sale of toiletries containing microbeads prohibited (including natural health products and  non-prescription drugs)

July 1, 2019

Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions - Microbeads in Toiletries Regulations

Background:
In May 2015 the Toronto City Council adopted a motion put forward by Toronto City Council Paul Ainslie to support the banning of microbeads.
The main purpose of the motion was to ask Toronto City Council to request the Government of Canada, as well as the Province of Ontario to establish legislation prohibiting the use of microbeads in personal care products.
Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic often found in personal care products. Most commonly made from polyethylene, which is the same type of plastic used to make plastic shopping bags, milk crates and trash bins.  Microbeads are very tiny in size, bypassing most screening systems in filtration sewage treatment plants. They enter directly into Lake Ontario, floating just below the surface of the water becoming food for fish and birds. Simply put they cause serious detrimental harm to our environment.

"I want to ensure other levels of government, including municipalities across Canada recognizes the City of Toronto views on the hazard to our environment caused by microbeads." said Councillor Paul Ainslie at the time.

Ensuring City Hall Is Accessible

TORONTO - March 8, 2017. Yesterday, City Councillor Paul Ainslie had the Executive Committee adopt his recommendation to implement Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance measures for Committee Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Toronto City Hall. This was done to ensure all residents have the same opportunities when addressing our municipal government.

"Updating the City's Multi-year Accessibility Plan" was adopted by the Executive Committee yesterday. The plan directs City staff to proactively remove barriers to access in City services. The civil service-wide implementation, training, accountability and compliance with a completion date of 2025. The plan however does not include addressing immediate and long overdue needs in Councillor Ainslie's opinion when accessing City Hall committee meeting rooms where residents attend to speak throughout the month.

"All residents have the right to address Standing Committees.  I had noted for some time that residents who require additional support to accommodate physical disabilities are not being given the support they need to make their comments to City Councillors", stated Councillor Ainslie. "An immediate change is necessary to provide all speakers the ability to address committees confidently."

Residents will now see interim measures instituted to achieve access for Committee Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 at City Hall.  

The updated multi-year plan spans from 2017 -2025 to include full compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Compliance measures into all City operations; along with strategic identification, prevention with removal of barriers by 2025 will be done.  The plan will also include collecting data from employees to ensure all barriers are addressed.

"I will also be requesting that the Scarborough Civic Centre along with all Civic Centre meeting rooms implement similar interim measures to achieve AODA compliance", added Councillor Ainslie.


City of Toronto launches Civic Innovation Office to enhance service to the public

The City of Toronto has created the Civic Innovation Office, which will help solve municipal service delivery challenges by creating a bridge between City divisions and Toronto’s growing innovation and technology communities.

Mayor John Tory, joined by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of the Government Management Committee; Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), the Mayor’s Advocate for the Innovation Economy; and City Manager Peter Wallace, announced the new office today at Normative Inc., an innovation company located in Toronto.

“Toronto is home to a large population of innovators, startups and tech companies who can help the City deliver better services to the public, while promoting a new approach to problem solving within government,” said Mayor Tory. “I look forward to working with Bloomberg Philanthropies, City divisions and our civic technology community to launch this exciting new Civic Innovation Office.”

The Civic Innovation Office will be housed within the City Manager’s Office and apply technology, data analysis and design thinking to develop and test solutions to challenges faced by Toronto residents. The office is fully funded through Bloomberg Philanthropies, a collective that works to address pressing urban challenges to improve the quality of life for local residents. Recently, Bloomberg selected Toronto as the first Canadian city to join its global network of Innovation Teams.

“Innovation Teams bring 21st century problem-solving skills to City Hall,” said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. “The teams implement creative solutions by breaking down silos within city halls, engaging residents to jointly understand citizen needs and testing ideas before taking them to scale.”

The Civic Innovation Office will work with City divisions and agencies as required to identify major challenges to be solved through innovative partnerships with external teams, who will work through 16-week stints to deliver real solutions that can be procured by the City.

“Governments can learn so much from the innovation community when it comes to how they solve problems through data, design and agile development,” said Councillor Ainslie. “I look forward to seeing the solutions developed through the Civic Innovation Office and the culture shift this will produce inside Toronto City Hall.”

The Office will work closely with Bloomberg Philanthropies and actively collaborate with other Innovation Team grantee cities, including Anchorage, Alaska; Durham, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Detroit, Michigan; and Be’er Sheva, Israel.

“Toronto is an emerging centre of innovation and technology and home to so much diverse talent,” said Councillor Holland. “This is a city where people can have an impact and create new solutions, building their lives and their companies, while helping us build a great city.”

The City of Toronto has begun a search for a Director, Project Manager and Design Strategist to lead the Civic Innovation Office. More information about the postings can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/jobs.

The City of Toronto is an emerging global centre of technology and innovation. Technology-related jobs account for 400,000 jobs in Toronto and the sector has been growing at twice the rate of overall jobs.

About the Innovation Team
Launched in 2012, the Innovation Teams Program is one of eight Government Innovation offerings at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Innovation teams (i-teams) function as in-house innovation consultants, helping agency leaders and staff go through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results. The City of Toronto is one of more than 20 cities around the world that is participating in the program. Starting in May, Toronto’s i-team will begin to work closely and supportively with their colleagues across city government – offering them a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively. In partnership with these colleagues, the Toronto i-team will aim to deeply understand the problem they are trying to solve by building empathy for the people impacted by it and then work quickly and creatively to co-create and test solutions that deliver meaningful results for residents.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.


Toronto Public Health launches program to track all homeless deaths in Toronto

Toronto Public Health has launched a new tracking system to address the limited data collected for individuals who have died while homeless and not living in City-funded shelters. The new initiative will gather better data to provide a more fulsome understanding of the scope of this complex issue, which remains a significant issue in Toronto that contributes to health inequities for many vulnerable residents across the city.

"Until now, death data for homeless people in Toronto has been limited to those who were living in City-funded shelters. As a result, the scope of this problem has been unknown," said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's Acting Medical Officer of Health. "This new data will help guide efforts to improve the health of our most vulnerable residents."

The initiative represents a collaboration between health and social service agencies that support homeless people and the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario who will help to verify the data with Toronto Public Health. Data including the deceased individual's age and gender, along with date, location and unofficial cause of death will be collected for homeless people who die while living on the street, at a friend or family member's place, at a shelter or at other locations in Toronto. All individual-level data will be treated as confidential. 

"I am very pleased to see this new initiative launched as it will provide us with a more fulsome understanding of this issue and the true impact on individuals, families and in our community," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), the City's lead on this homelessness-related issue. "Until now, gathering data on individuals who have died while living beyond the City-funded shelter system proved very difficult and often involved incomplete information that didn't tell the whole story. I'm confident that this positive step will help us to begin addressing this very complex issue."

More information about the City of Toronto's efforts to protect and promote the health of vulnerable groups including homeless and marginally housed individuals is available at http://bit.ly/2jvh1V7.


Councillor Paul Ainslie's Motion to Ban Microbeads From Our Water Supply Supported by Canadian Federal Government

TORONTO - December 9, 2016, In May 2015 Councillor Paul Ainslie brought to the attention of Toronto City Council the harmful effects microbeads have on our environment, their potential negative impact on the quality of our drinking water.  The motion before City Council by Councillor Ainslie advocated for them to be banned in the manufacturing process of cosmetics. With the adoption by City Council on May 5, 2015, and the support of the Toronto Board of Health the Federal Government was asked to do the same.  The Federal Government has announced their decision to ban the use of microbeads in personal care products.

"I wanted to ensure all levels of government across Canada recognize the hazards microbeads have on our environment," stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.  "It is about time the hazards have now been recognized by Canada's Federal government and acted upon."

As of July 1, 2018, the Federal Government will ban the sale of shower gels, toothpastes and facial scrubs containing plastic microbeads. A year later July 1, 2019, microbeads found in natural health products and non-prescription drugs will be also be prohibited from manufacture and sale in Canada.

Microbeads are tiny particles found in a variety of personal care products are often made from often include polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon. These same microbeads are used to make plastic shopping bags, as well as milk crates! Microbeads which end up in our water system, when flushed down the drain can bypass the filtration process in our sewage system due to their very tiny size. This allows them to enter directly into Lake Ontario, where they are ingested by fish, birds and plant species. Lake Ontario is also the primary source of drinking water for the City of Toronto.

In 2013 a study was done which found 1.1 million plastic particles per square kilometre in Lake Ontario. Large quantities of microbeads were found in the St. Lawrence River creating a severe contamination to the major drinking water source for municipalities adjacent to the Great Lakes....not just Toronto.

"I am very pleased with the action by the Canadian Government to prohibit the use of microbeads in personal care products, natural health products and non-prescription drugs, " Added Councillor Ainslie.

Councillor Ainslie also gave a special thanks to a petition organized through www.change.org with over 22,000 signatures in the support of "Protect Our Waters: Enforce a Ban on Plastic Microbeads" presented to Environment Canada, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, the Federal Minister of Environment for the Government of Canada.


Office Modernization to Save Estimated $15 Million Annually

TORONTO – November 22, 2016 - Today, City Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 - Scarborough East joined Mayor John Tory and Budget Chair Gary Crawford in the Government Modernization Announcement outlining how the City will save $15 million annually by modernizing how services are delivered at the City of Toronto.
As Chair of the Government Management Committee, Councillor Ainslie is focused on making government more functional to deliver services effectively and responsibly by ensuring modern methods are put in place to save money and time while respectfully serving the needs of Torontonians. 
"I am pleased to see Committee work being implemented as we move forward in modernizing the way we deliver services at the City of Toronto" stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.
In 2012 the Government Management Committee adopted measures to support the creation of an Infrastructure Office to co-ordinate standards across all divisions including information technology, purchasing and standard services.  "Today's announcement is an indicator of the important work our standing committees perform with the help of citizen participation and the motivation to modernize our City, as Mayor Tory announced the creation of a Chief Transformation Officer". Added Councillor Ainslie. 

The Government Management Committee will continue its work as the City moves forward to hire a Chief Transformation Officer, continues to improve service modernization on the City of Toronto website, on-line services, and service counter reduction at an annual projected saving of $8 million.   Along with an annual savings of $7 million for office modernization and a real estate review.

We are working towards service excellence in a modern cost effective way.


Repealing the Vacant and Derelict Buildings Rebate Saving $22 Million Annually

TORONTO – November 24, 2016 - Today, City Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 - Scarborough East is pleased to see Mayor John Tory acting on repealing the Vacant Building Rebate program put in place in 2001.  During an address at the Toronto Board of Trade Mayor Tory expressed his support to repeal the practice which is costing the City of Toronto millions of dollars.

In a request to the Licencing and Standard Committee in 2012 Councillor Paul Ainslie requested that the tax be repealed for vacant and derelict buildings as it provided the land owners with an incentive to have the properties remain abandoned negatively affecting the surrounding community.

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/ls/bgrd/backgroundfile-45999.pdf
"I am very pleased to see that my request to act is being considered. Across the City we have great neighbourhoods with hard working small business owners trying to keep their business prosperous while having to contend with empty and derelict buildings". Stated Councillor Ainslie.

Councillor Ainslie's 2012 request asserts, "Vacant buildings in the City of Toronto, particularly those with storefronts are contributing to the dilapidation of neighbourhoods. Thriving communities with an abundance of residents, and businesses that are working hard to keep their doors open to customers are being affected." 2012 LS12.5 Introduction of Vacant and Derelict Buildings By-law http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2012.LS12.5

Repealing the practice will benefit everyone as the incentive to keep the buildings empty would be lifted with the push to rejuvenate them having a positive effect for all while saving the City $22 million annually.

"I will be supporting and advocating to have the vacancy tax rebate practice repealed providing a number of businesses and residential communities the support they need to improve their neighbourhoods encouraging a growing economy" added Councillor Ainslie.  


Emergency Way-Finding Stations in Morningside Park

TORONTO – September 28, 2016 - Today, City Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 - Scarborough East along with the Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff in partnership with the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Paramedic Services, and Toronto Fire Services, have completed the installation of 16 Emergency Services Lifesaving Stations in Morningside Park.

"The emergency way-finding stations will provide residents with security, knowing if emergency services are required, staff will now be able to locate people easily within our park and ravine system." stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.

The 16 stations are highly visible and easy to read with instructions to call 911 in the case of an emergency, or 311 to report non-emergency concerns. Located along multi-use trails, waterways, and areas of high use, the signs will have a Park Location ID number to help identify the specific location.  Each site utilizes geo-spatial data, with key park location points, both of which are stored in the City's emergency services mapping systems.

In 2012 Councillor Ainslie brought this matter to the forefront, recommending the City implement a Global Positioning System (GPS) Emergency Service Response System in City of Toronto Parks.  "I knew the City could do more to aid emergency services locate emergency occurrences in our large parks.  The introduction of the lifesaving stations in Morningside Park make sense, I'm pleased they have finally been installed" added Councillor Ainslie.

Councillor Ainslie also gives credit to the creation of this system to the 1st Centenary Scout Group, of which he is a Cub Scout Leader.  In 2012, during an all-sections hike in which community safety was discussed, youth members of the group offered alternatives to the standard life rings placed periodically along the Highland Creek. The Emergency Way-Finding Stations was the outcome of the discussion. 

The lifesaving stations and GPS data will improve safety in Morningside Park. Also being installed in High Park, as well as Centennial Park, the program is a welcome addition to our large park system in the City of Toronto.

To view the way-finding emergency locations in Morningside Park please click here


Celebration of awards for Nathan Phillips Square's revitalization

Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of the Government Management Committee, and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will be joined by representatives of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Public Advisory Group, PLANT Architect Inc., Perkins + Will Canada and City of Toronto staff tomorrow to celebrate and provide remarks about the Nathan Phillips Square revitalization project receiving the 2016 Governor General's Medal in Architecture and other awards.

Date:  Wednesday, September 21
Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Theatre Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

The project's lead architects, PLANT Architect Inc. and Perkins + Will Canada, are receiving the Governor General's Medal in Architecture in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa today. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects.

A list of all awards presented to the project are available on the City of Toronto website at http://bit.ly/2cqo2PG


Growing PCard program results in savings for the City

The City of Toronto implemented its Purchasing Card (PCard) program in 2005 to provide a more efficient and cost-effective means of procuring goods and services from vendors. Since the program began the city has received rebates in the sum of $565,094.99 a substantial savings.

"Not only does the PCard program simplify and streamline the payment process, it also makes it much more cost efficient," said Councillor Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 Scarborough East, and Chair, Government Management Committee. "The PCard program has proven tremendously successful, increasing by almost 32 per cent in transactional value in 2015 over 2014. City has earned over $0.5 million rebate from the PCard program, in 2015 the rebates alone totaled $105,183"

The main benefit however is to the residents of Toronto with the program being extended to the City Services Benefit Card. "Residents on social assistance without a permanent address no longer have the burden of renting a postal box or attending a cheques cashing location where they would be charged a fee, the PCard allows them the ease of making purchases safely" stated Councillor Ainslie. 

Incorporating the City Services Benefit Card use to Toronto residents on social assistance was spear-headed by Councillor Paul Ainslie in 2011.  This use has now also been implemented by both the Province of Ontario, and Canada's Federal government.

Other benefits to the City of the PCard program include a reduction in time spent acquiring goods and services; fewer cheques, direct deposits and wire payments issued; improved purchase transparency and accountability; and reduced need for petty cash. 

While resulting in cost efficiencies for the City of Toronto, the PCard program also benefits vendors. Some of the chief advantages include cost reductions due to the elimination of invoices and mailing; faster receipt of payment; and increased sales thanks to the growing number of organizations using suppliers that accept PCards as payment.


The Toronto Region Conservation Authority
Complete Removal of Rebar below Guild Park and Gardens

TORONTO – Today the Toronto Region Conservation Authority advised that they have completed the construction phase of the maintenance work below Guild Park and Gardens.  With the heavy work completed there will no longer be any requirement for truck traffic or disturbances to the access route to the base of the bluffs.
"Residents routinely use this passage to access the waterfront they may now do so safely". Stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.
A large portion of this hazardous material was moved from its previous position to the toe of the bank slope and used to provide erosion protection to at-risk portions of the TRCA construction access route.  This rebar-laden material was then covered with clean material to eliminate any safety concerns and provide additional protection to the slope.

Rebar material along the shoreline that could not be used as bank protection was capped with 2-3 tonne armour stone to hide the remaining hazard and to provide adequate erosion protection to the backshore.
"With the removal of the rebar the area's natural beauty welcomes visitors to enjoy the beautiful vista the Scarborough Bluffs has to offer. The TRCA will also be planting additional trees this Fall" added Councillor Ainslie.
         Before Clean Up                                                                             After Clean Up


 


Outdoor Ping Pong Table for Morningside Park

TORONTO - City Councillor Paul Ainslie will be welcoming The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill in a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled to be held on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 11 am in Morningside Park, 390 Morningside Ave. to commemorate the donation of a concrete outdoor ping pong table. The ceremony will be held at the table location in Morningside Park beside the splash pad and play ground near the first parking lot.

"The Ping Pong table is welcome addition to the latest improvements in Morningside Park, which will bring more opportunities for outdoor activities in the community," said Councillor Ainslie.

The outdoor ping pong table was donated to the City of Toronto by the Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill with special contributions by longtime Club members Chako Setoyama and James Matsumoto.

“Outdoor Ping Pong Tables for Parks” is an initiative being spearheaded by Dianne Moore of The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill. The intent is to provide an additional positive outlet for the energy of youth and opportunities for physical exercise for persons of all ages.

The Rotary Club of Toronto-Forest Hill has partnered with the City of Toronto in promoting and facilitating the placement of concrete outdoor ping pong tables in parks and other public places throughout the city. In the past three years more than fifty tables have been installed.

The concrete ping pong tables were developed by Alpha Precasts of Brampton and Owen Sound, Ontario. The tables are regulation size with a smooth playing surface, a rugged steel net and spherical concrete legs that look like giant ping pong balls. The concrete tables are virtually indestructible and easy to maintain. They were designed to stand up to Canada’s winter climate and to the wear and tear inevitable in a public park.


Toronto Police Services Board Requests Chief Saunders to Report on City Councillor Paul Ainslie's Open Data Recommendations

TORONTO – Today the Toronto Police Services Board supported City Councillor Paul Ainslie's request to Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders to report back on a number of recommendations on the Toronto Police Services Open Data strategy report.  The recommendations are to be addressed at the November 2016 TPB meeting.  The intent of the recommendations are to improve the implementation process to release Open Datasets to the public.

Applauding Chief Saunders recognition of the importance of open data Councillor Paul Ainslie put forward 11 recommendations to improve the proposed open data implementation strategy. Including releasing Open Data via the Existing City of Toronto Open Data and Province of Ontario Open Data portals and not create a stand-alone portal for the TPS and releasing Open Data on 9-11 calls and Crime-Incident Reports at the cross-street geographic level (Similar to Vancouver and Montreal).

Councillor Ainslie put forward a request for a report at the Toronto Police Services Board on April 21, 2016 requesting that Chief Saunders implement a strategy executing the use of standard dataset formats to allow public information to be uploaded for viable productive use.

"Standard datasets known as "Open by Default" make sense, there is no need to reinvent the wheel dataset formats are already being utilized by municipalities following the Province of Ontario's Open By Default standard.  The Toronto Police Services Board only needs to implement the strategy and carry it through in an efficient swift manner.  The Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) should be a leader not playing catch up ". Explained Councillor Paul Ainslie

The current public information format on the Toronto Police Services Board website is not offered in datasets making it difficult for the information to be uploaded onto mobile phones and other devices.  "The public has asked for the capability to view information on their devices to map the information they need.  Most of the information is already available on the website it only needs to be formatted into proper datasets for compatible use." Commented Councillor Ainslie.

The information currently available on the TPS website includes shooting & homicide statistic charts and maps, crime indicators and annual statistical reports as maps and graphs with no associated datasets. Open data is a positive tool of communication ensuring that information is released to the public in a viable format.


News Release: City Councillor Paul Ainslie Asks Toronto Police Service Board
For Open Data

TORONTO – On Wednesday April 20, 2016 The Toronto Police Services Board supported City Councillor Paul Ainslie, and directed Toronto Police Chief Saunders to report back at the July 21, 2016 Board meeting on an improved policy implementation process to release Open Datasets.

The Toronto Police Services website contains public information, which is not in a proper useable format expected of an Open Dataset.  Today governments are moving towards a standard dataset format. If information is not uploaded in the proper format the viability of productive use of it becomes very limited.

"The Toronto Police Services must release raw data, within a historical context, which is easily transferable. The format must conform to the Province of Ontario's OPEN BY DEFAULT standard, which is not being done today." Informed Councillor Ainslie. The information currently available on the TPS website includes shooting & homicide statistic charts and maps, crime indicators and annual statistical reports as maps and graphs with no associated data.

"When viewing information residents want the capability to view it on their devices while mapping the information they need.  If we are already collecting the data and making it publically available, we need to now format it into the proper datasets for compatible use." Commented Councillor Ainslie.

City Council last month adopted two similar recommendations put forward by Councillor Ainslie requesting that Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Emergency Services to provide for an Open Data format for public use.

"Open data serves as a positive tool communicating relevant information to the public.  It provides for a transparent dialogue where accurate information would be accessed assuring the public the Toronto Police Services along with all emergency services are serving the public to the best of their ability." Added Councillor Ainslie.

 


News Release: Accounting for Homeless Deaths Outside Our Shelters

On Friday April 1, 2016 Toronto City Council adopted Councillor Paul Ainslie's recommendation to commence collecting data to count all the city's homeless dead for the purposes of producing real data required in influencing decision making through policy and legislation.

Toronto City Council also committed to reaching out to the Province in an effort to work collectively to ensure that accurate information is available in making sound and realistic proposals in addressing homelessness.  "If we don't know the real numbers, how can we make any real change?" stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.

Not collecting the real data prevents the implementation of policies to position the City of Toronto or the Province of Ontario in addressing real statistics when formulating legislation, as well as preparing preventative measures. The City collects data when addressing issues that affect our City from transportation issues to economic indicators, cycling deaths, pedestrian deaths and much more.  "Recognizing the members of our community who live on the street and perish every year must be a priority otherwise we have a false account of the true circumstances facing those who live on the streets of Toronto" cited Councillor Ainslie

"Accurate data provides us with information to identify areas in policies and legislation that need to be improved to properly address this issue. Torontonians die in and outside of shelters every year, we must count all our homeless dead to address the issue head-on" added Councillor Ainslie.

To date, 217 homeless deaths have been documented inside of the physical homeless shelters in the City of Toronto since 2007, deaths outside the shelters are not included. The adopted recommendation will commence the collection of real data.

Letter from Ms. Leilani Farha UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing" click for PDF here


Community leaders, physicians, team up to Save Our Hospital

Founding committee members agree Rouge Valley Health System should not be dissolved

Durham – Scarborough, March 16, 2016 – Today the names of the founding members of the Save Our Hospital Action Committee were announced.

These ten business and community leaders have come together with ten physicians, who work in our hospitals every day, to lead the charge to save Rouge Valley Health System from being dissolved.

Together the Ajax-Pickering and Centenary sites of the Rouge Valley Health system provide excellent, integrated care for our community and region. Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering and Rouge Valley Centenary, are under threat of being separated. Dissolving RVHS reverses more than a decade of effective regional integration and  puts at risk care in our community. Dissolving RVHS is contrary to  the Ministry directions for increased integration of regional care that puts ‘patients first’

We ask our friends in politics, business, community and patient care to join with us to convince decision makers to build on our community experience, to move forward with progressive integration options, and to keep our hospitals together in the Central East LHIN.

Please visit our website at www.keeprvhstogether.com to sign our petition to put patients first in health care planning for Scarborough East and West Durham.

Action Committee Founding Members:
Shiv Bansal, Dale Bartlett, Jim Boyko, Dr. Michael Chang, Dr. Anjala Chelvanathan, Michael Claener, Janet Ecker, Randy Filinski, Dr. Steven Fishman, Dr. Paul Galiwango, Dr. Stephen Gallay, Dr. Saleem Kassam, Peter Lobraico, Dr. Howard Petroff, Dr. Mark Prieditis, Dr. Joseph Ricci, Dr. Jeffrey Spodek, Raj Thavaratnasingham, Terri Toms, Jim VanDusen


MEDIA RELEASE - March 8, 2016

Councillor Paul Ainslie Calls for Public MeetingOver Rouge Valley Health System Break-up

TORONTO – Today, Toronto City Councillor Paul Ainslie called for a public meeting over the potential Rouge Valley Health System break-up through a letter to Councillor Chin Lee, Chair of Scarborough Community Council.
In a letter dated March 8, 2016 to Councillor Lee, Councillor Ainslie advises:

I am following up on both the debate we had during last month's Scarborough Community Council, as well as meetings I have had during the month since.

Scarborough Community Council passed by a slim margin of 4 - 3 a motion put forward by yourself to support the findings of the Expert Panel with regards to a proposed hospital merger, including the dissolution of the Rouge Valley Health System.

During the debate I questioned the validity of doing so without hearing from the members of the Panel, representatives of the Rouge Valley Health Service, and also the Central East LHIN.

You responded your staff had spoken with Rouge Valley Health System and there were no concerns.

Since our meeting I have met with the Andrée Robichaud the Rouge Valley Health System CEO, Joan Wideman the Past Chair of the hospital's Board of Directors, doctors, and local politicians from Durham.

The result of these meetings is there is a lot of unease, and many unanswered questions about what is taking place around this Expert Panel.  This could have lasting implications for health care in the area we all represent for a long time.

During the meeting with Andrée Robichaud I was told the hospital had been invited to depute at our next Scarborough Community Council meeting on April 5, 2016.

By this Letter I am respectfully requesting for you to call a Special Meeting of Scarborough Community Council prior to then, with representatives of both hospitals present, the Expert Panel, the Central East, and Minister Hoskin's office. As you yourself stated "This is an urgent healthcare matter for our community.

If this is not possible I respectfully request all of the parties be invited to be at the April 5, 2016 meeting of Scarborough Community Council.

Councillor Ainslie concludes the letter by advising that he is looking forward to a reply.

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Media inquiries contact
Councillor Paul Ainslie 
councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca
416-392-4008


News Release - Survey for Torontonians to provide input on new way to resolve parking ticket disputes

October 19, 2015

Survey for Torontonians to provide input on new way to resolve parking ticket disputes

The City of Toronto is moving toward a new process to resolve parking ticket disputes that will remove the parking bylaw dispute process from the provincial court system.

Members of the public are invited to complete an online survey about the customer service features they would like to see in the new Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS).The AMPS survey is available online until October 30 at http://bit.ly/1KjRfUV.

The new process using an administrative structure will make it easier for drivers to resolve parking related disputes, providing a convenient alternative to the formal court process.

"Administrative penalty systems exist in many areas and are designed to include a fair, accessible and impartial review process," said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of the Government Management Committee. "This streamlined system will eliminate the inconvenience and expense of attending court to dispute a parking ticket. Court resources should be used for more significant matters."

Under the new system, screening officers with legal training will provide an objective dispute resolution through a screening review process. If a person is dissatisfied with the screening officer's decision, he or she can request a second review by an independent hearing officer. Both officers have the authority to uphold, reduce or cancel a parking penalty. The decision made by a hearing officer is final.

In the Greater Toronto Area, Brampton, Mississauga, Oshawa and Vaughan are using an AMPS system for parking violation disputes. In 2012, Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean recommended Toronto's adoption of a similar system. In July 2015, the province provided the regulatory authority for this system under the City of Toronto Act.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: John Gosgnach, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8386, jgosgna@toronto.ca


MEDIA RELEASE
April 27, 2015

Toronto Medical Officer of Health Recommends Harmonizing  
Swimming Pool Bylaw Across the City of Toronto

TORONTO – Today Toronto's Board of Health Committee unanimously adopted a motion put forward by Toronto City Council Paul Ainslie to harmonize former City of Scarborough By-law No. 23204. The matter will be considered by Toronto City Council on May 5, 2015.

On March 9, 2015, Councillor Paul Ainslie through the Board of Health requested the Medical Officer of Health repeal Scarborough By-law 23204 requiring residential rental building owners to provide lifeguards for pools located in buildings with residents younger than 16 years of age. This would allow Scarborough to adopt the same rules administered across the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario.  

"Residential buildings are now one step closer to having the same options available to them across all of the City of Toronto.  The outdated bylaw has been cost prohibitive and has led to the reduction of pool hours and in some cases the closure of swimming pools in privately owned residential buildings.  Property management have been faced with a difficult dilemma, either forego morning pool activities for seniors or after school pool hours for younger residents as the cost for a full-time lifeguard has not been financial affordable." commented Councillor Paul Ainslie. 

The Board of Health Report states that Toronto Public Health (TPH) has been unable to determine the reason for the stricter requirement in the By-law when it was proposed. This creates an inconsistent regulatory environment across the City of Toronto for which there is no readily apparent justification. Repealing the By-law would bring all public pools in the City of Toronto under the authority of the Regulation making requirements for public pools consistent across the City.

Ontario Regulation 565/90(Public Pools) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act for class B swimming pools states that either a lifeguard be on duty in privately owned residential rental buildings or that notices be posted stating that the pool is unsupervised and is to be used at one's own risk. Scarborough By-law No. 23204 made it mandatory for lifeguards to be on duty.

The matter will be considered by Toronto City Council on May 5, 2015, if supported Scarborough will have in place the same regulation for public pools consistent across the City.

The agenda item may be viewed at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.HL3.5

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Media inquiries contact
Antonette DiNovo 
adinovo@toronto.ca
416-392-4007


MEDIA RELEASE
April 23, 2015 

Banning of Microbeads Supported at Toronto Executive Committee
TORONTO - Yesterday the City of Toronto's Executive Committee unanimously adopted a motion put forward by Toronto City Council Paul Ainslie to support the banning of microbeads. The matter will be considered by Toronto City Council on May 5, 2015.

The main thrust of the motion asks Toronto City Council to request the Government of Canada, as well as the Province of Ontario to establish legislation prohibiting the use of microbeads in personal care products.

Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic often found in personal care products. Most commonly made from polyethylene, which is the same type of plastic used to make plastic shopping bags, milk crates and trash bins.  Microbeads are very tiny in size, bypassing most screening systems in filtration sewage treatment plants. They enter directly into Lake Ontario, floating just below the surface of the water becoming food for fish and birds. Simply put they cause serious detrimental harm to our environment.

"Currently there is a failure to recognize the negative effects of microbeads as they enter the food chain, ultimately causing dangerous health effects in humans, wildlife and our water system. It would be irresponsible for governments not to address this issue." stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.

A 2013 study found a concentration of 1.1 million plastic microbeads per square kilometre in Lake Ontario. This is a severe contamination of one of our major water sources. Large quantities of microbeads have also been found in the St. Lawrence River. The banning of microbeads is spreading in American states, banned most recently in Illinois and Michigan.  In our country, the Government of Canada has directed Environment Canada to study the dangers microbeads have on wildlife and the environment. Provincially, Marie-France Lalonde M.P.P. (Ottawa-Orleans) is putting forward a Private Members' Bill for a similar study to be done.

"I want to ensure other levels of government, including municipalities across Canada recognizes the City of Toronto views the hazard to our environment caused by microbeads." added Councillor Paul Ainslie.   

With the posting of the Executive Committee agenda item to ban microbeads on the City of Toronto website, a petition with over 22,000 signatures was made available to Councillor Paul Ainslie by the organization change.org.  The petition presented to Environment Canada and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Environment for the Government of Canada is entitled "Protect Our Waters: Enforce a Ban on Plastic Microbeads"

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Media inquiries contact
Antonette DiNovo 
adinovo@toronto.ca
416-392-4007


MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release

TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 – Scarborough East yesterday Toronto City Council supported my Notice of Motion to recognize and support the D-Day Tribute Campaign in their work to install tribute markers at the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy France. There is one trail marker in honour for every Canadian soldier who died on June 6 1944, during World War II.

Toronto residents can be proud to they sponsored tribute markers at the memorial site for 22 fallen soldiers from Toronto which did not have sponsors. Of the 359 Canadians killed in action during D-Day, 50 of these men had called Toronto home. Toronto now joins 24 Cities across Ontario who sponsored markers for their fallen soldiers in addition to the hundreds of Canadians from coast-to-coast who have committed to honouring our D-Day soldiers.

"The D-Day Tribute Campaign is a wonderful project dedicated to honour all of our fallen Soldiers from coast-to-coast. I am honoured to have brought a motion forward to give our residents an opportunity to contribute to say thank you and acknowledge the brave soldiers or perished on June 6, 1944 and the days following." proudly stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.

Marking the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the tribute markers have added to the gratitude we all feel towards all the soldiers who fought in World War II. The tribute markers are made of Canadian maple, stand a metre tall, and are topped with a plaque indicating the soldier’s name, regiment, and hometown as well as the sponsoring individual/organization. The Juno Beach Centre also plans to have QR codes attached to each marker to link directly to a biography of the soldier produced by the Lest We Forget Program. to be found on the Internet

"All Canadians should visit Juno Beach to have a real appreciation to what occurred so many years ago and how the bravery of our men came to win the war," added Councillor Ainslie.

"The City of Toronto's recognition of the Juno Beach Centre Associations D-Day Tribute Campaign demonstrates the continued support of our Canadian soldiers and their families."

For further information visit www.junobeach.org where you may also view soldiers' profiles.


MEDIA RELEASE
April 9, 2014 for immediate release

Revitalizing a City Landmark in Scarborough East
"Guild Inn Revitalization"

TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 – Scarborough East. . City Council has granted authority for the City to enter into a Letter of Intent with Guild Inn Estate Inc. to sublease the Guild Inn building and certain surrounding lands to construct and operate the proposed restaurant and event/banquet/conference centre. This approval is one in many steps in creating the magnificent restaurant and banquet feature the community has long desired.

Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group has been negotiating with the City of Toronto since last July when City Council approved their application to move forward to revitalize the main building of the former Guild Inn Property.

Councillor Ainslie has been working with the community for a number of years to help shape a revitalization of the site to serve the community and respect the grounds, "I would like to thank all the residents, the Guildwood Village Community Association, the Guild Renaissance Group the Friends of Guild Inn Park & Gardens, and the Friends of Elizabeth Simcoe Park for working with myself and City Staff throughout this process. Together we have developed a strategy for the Guild Inn." stated Paul Ainslie, Ward 43 City of Toronto Councillor.

Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group are planning to design, build, finance and operate a new restaurant and banquet/event centre at the former Guild Inn site with a series of capital improvements to the original Bickford Residence. Included in their goal for the site is restore both the exterior of the original building and interior, preserving the heritage attributes in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act. "Being able to restore the original building is welcoming news as it has greatly deteriorated over the years. Displaying, the Bickford Residence as the anchor ads substantially to the development as do the community meeting rooms, a feature residents were asking for" added Councillor Ainlsie.

When complete the Bickford residence will have four separate event spaces, with the capability to be combined as one space for larger events, a restaurant with an adjoining patio and meeting spaces featuring floor to ceiling widows to capture the view of the surrounding grounds.

The overall vision for the Guild Inn Park and Gardens is being formed in coordination with local residents groups, the City's Culture division, the arts community and Parks Forestry and Recreation to develop the remaining parkland around the Bickford Residence as a Cultural Precinct. The Park houses a number of architectural fragments and sculptures, nowhere in Toronto are as many works displayed in a public park. All will be restored in an active arts and crafts programming atmosphere to be re-established in the other historic buildings on the Park site.

When complete this cultural attraction will honour its history as a Guild of All Arts.


December 18, 2013

Programming in Toronto Community Housing

TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 – Scarborough East, Councillor Paul Ainslie has requested that Toronto Community Housing waive parking fees for community organizations that provide programming in Toronto Community Housing buildings. The motion was passed at City Council on December 17, 2013.

Programming is an essential component to all residents in the City of Toronto. A number of organizations provide much needed free programming to those who reside in Toronto Community Housing (TCHC), the providers are then charged a parking fee by TCHC. "Resources are needed in programming to enhance the services to our residents, having funds taken from programming for parking does not benefit anyone", stated Councillor Ainslie.

Providers who serve our residents have been asked to pay for parking at the Toronto Community Housing buildings. This added expense has been a strain on all organizations budget, as they struggle to provide essential programming to educate and guide our children.

This added fee has deterred organizations to enhance and increase their programming as the parking fees have reached $3000.00 per annum or more. Parking fees for community organizations recognized by the City of Toronto should be waived. "The City of Toronto, through Toronto Community Housing, should not be charging program providers for parking fees in lieu of increased programming," added Councillor Ainslie.

The City Council item may be viewed click here

 


December 12, 2013     

Social Services Benefits Card is a Success

TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 – Scarborough East, Councillor Paul Ainslie, reported that the Social Services Benefits Card project is doing very well.  Introduced in 2012 following Councillor Ainslie request that the City implement the program to replace paper welfare cheques with a reloadable debit card the program has already saved City of Toronto residents $6.2 million and will continue to do so annually with room to grow. Realizing the program's success City Council adopted Councillor Ainslie's recent motion to expand the program to include other division for further savings. 

"The card is a success for everyone by cutting red tape and service fees" stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.  The program, the first of its kind in Canada was the recipient for the Excellence in Public Service Delivery Award handed out in October of this year by GTEC, Canada's Government Technology Event. http://www.gtec.ca/awards/congratulations-to-the-2013-distinction-awards-medalists/

The reloadable cards will be expanded to include a Drug Benefit Card, Shelter Support and Housing Administration (SSHA),  Toronto Public Health for emergency dental needs for further savings, It is estimated that the further implementations could save residents a further $700,000 annually.

The card looks and works like any other debit card, using secure PIN and chip technology.  Cardholders receive Ontario Works payments on the reloadable card and are able to withdraw funds at ATM's, make purchases at retailers, and access a number of other online services.  The card eliminated expensive cheque-cashing fees and provides a more secure option over carrying cash. "The City Service Benefit Card has reduced the time spent on onerous administrative processes, staff can concentrate on value added activities: helping residents to find jobs, and improve their incomes; and for City government, which has reduced costs." Stated Councillor Ainslie

The Card also supports the city's low income residents in another important way, where welfare cheques stigmatize people, the card will treat residents like many other Torontonians who use cards everyday in the marketplace, as well as reducing eliminating expensive cheque-cashing fees social assistance recipients cannot afford.

Better service for residents, better use of staff time and better value for the money we spend to deliver valuable City services.

 


Torontonians Receive $5.63 of value for every dollar

invested in Toronto Public Library

December 5, 2013

First-of-its-kind Canadian study illustrates library’s economic impact on Toronto

Toronto (December 5, 2013) – Toronto Public Library recently commissioned the Martin Prosperity Institute, part of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to conduct the first Canadian study to measure the library’s economic impact on Toronto. Results clearly demonstrate that Toronto Public Library delivers a strong return on investment through the delivery of library services that enhance Toronto’s competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to a better quality of life for all.

Key findings include:

- The total economic impact of the Toronto Public Library on the city of Toronto is $1 billion.

- For every dollar invested in Toronto Public Library, Torontonians receive $5.63 of value.

- For those who use the library, the value of their library membership is as much as $500.

- On average, one open hour at any one of the library’s 98 branches generates $2,515 in benefits for the city of Toronto. The average cost of one open hour is $653, so the average benefit is almost 4 times the average cost.

- Beyond tangible benefits outlined in the report, the library delivers value to Toronto’s communities and residents in ways that are not easily quantifiable but nonetheless support Toronto’s economy, increase its competitiveness and prosperity and contribute to the city’s livability and quality of life.

“For the first time, we can demonstrate the library’s economic impact on our city, in addition to the powerful impact on individuals and communities that isn’t as easily quantifiable,” said Paul Ainslie, Chair of the Toronto Public Library Board. “We think Toronto residents will be very interested to hear that for every dollar invested in the library they receive almost six times the value. A dollar invested in the library has a significant return for the city.”

The Toronto Public Library Board, as well as City Council, requested this study to measure the return on investment for public library service and the value provided to Toronto residents. The study was funded by the Toronto Public Library Foundation, thanks to a generous donation from TD Bank Group and a contribution from the Estate of Norman G. Hinton.

“The prospect of looking at the economic impact of the Toronto Public Library offered the MPI an exciting challenge. We knew that being the first in Canada to bring a carefully documented and objective evaluation of economic impact and benefits would be an important step,” said Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. “We are encouraged that even the lowest, most conservative estimates show significant benefits for Toronto.”

Measuring the value of programs and services in economic terms only tells part of the story. The report also includes analysis of some Toronto Public Library programs and services that make a difference to the city, going beyond the numbers. These services are not easily quantifiable, but create significant value for residents, including opportunities to improve literacy skills, engage in lifelong learning and enhance educational and employment opportunities. These outcomes deliver a lifetime of value to residents and increase the economic competitiveness and prosperity of Toronto.

The study methodology quantified the total economic impact and return on investment of Toronto Public Library services based on analysis of direct tangible benefits, direct spending and indirect tangible benefits. Full study methodology is available in the report.

About Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

About Martin Prosperity Institute

The Lloyd & Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute is the world's leading think-tank on the role of sub-national factors - location, place and city-regions - in global economic prosperity. It takes an integrated view of prosperity, looking beyond economic measures to include the importance of quality of place and the development of people's creative potential.

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Media Contact:

Ana-Maria Critchley

416-393-7212

media@torontopubliclibrary.ca

To view graphs and original press release: Click Here

 

 


April 10, 2013

Artifacts in Scarborough Civic Centre to be Honoured

 TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 – Scarborough East, Councillor Paul Ainslie, reported on the Scarborough Civic Centre ground-floor exhibits during yesterday's Scarborough Community Council meeting.  Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator, Museum Services at the City of Toronto led a team to examine the artifacts located in the Civic Centre rotunda and has struck at plan to revive the exhibits.  

 "As you enter the Scarborough Civic Centre all visitors have for years been greeted with the Hastings Buggy and Cutter a wonderful piece of Scarborough heritage earning its spot as the centre piece in the Civic Centre.  I am encouraged that our Chief Curator, Wayne Reeves acted on my requests to inventory and review the long standing exhibits in the Civic Centre his assessment that all the artifacts require attention to ensure their preservation is commendable", stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.

 There are many exhibits in the Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda with historic significant to the City.  The Thomson Bible showcased for years in the rotunda is one of Toronto's oldest books circa 1815.  The book was brought to Councillor Ainslie's attention by a resident who observed its location as odd as it sat in a case under the main staircase, out of site.  The Chief Curator has deemed it an artifact and will be accessioned into the Historical Collection where its conservation needs will be reviewed at the Collections and Conservation Centre.

 The Hastings Buggy and Cutter will remain on-site where some deterioration issues will be addressed.  An interpretive panel will accompany the exhibit for visitors to learn about the significant piece.  In 1973 the then City of Scarborough was visited by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.  Several objects are on display at the civic centre these pieces will be assessed by Museum Services to determine if they are to be included into the Historical Collection.   Other artifacts include sculptures and other documents on display. Cultural Services' Arts Services will explore opportunities to showcase work of current local artists, community arts organizations and businesses to enhance civic centre.

City staff will also lead the Scarborough Museum Youth Collective to identify Scarborough stories and artifacts that could be added to the exhibits as it represents an excellent educational opportunity related to exhibit conception, design, production, installation and maintenance.

 Councillor Ainslie has been working to improve the rotunda bringing installing a permanent display to showcase Terry Fox's visit to Scarborough in July 1980 with a wonderful assortment of photographs.  In 2008 Councillor Ainslie worked with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and Sara Williamson, daughter of famous Sculpture Elizabeth Fraser Williamson to display a number of her wonderful pieces, still on display today.


January 28, 2013

Ward 43 Youth Summit

TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 – Scarborough East, Councillor Paul Ainslie presents Ward 43 Youth Summit, bringing all the youth related organization together to strengthen our ability to deliver the services more directly and efficiently.

A youth work group was created in Ward 43 to research the level of awareness youth have about the organizations and services in the Scarborough East. On January 28th, the working group will deliver the information to the organizations to highlight trends, and if they are being addressed.

It is vital for our community to understand and develop our youth. Over the past few years we've seen many positive changes in the youth services and development, however not always youth themselves are aware of them and can benefit to the full potential.

I strongly feel that by bringing all the organizations together at the Youth Summit will strengthen our ability to deliver the services more directly and efficiently. The group created has the greatest ability and potential to perform research and development of the information gathered as they are the once who benefit from the services the most.

Date:              Monday January 28, 2013

Time:             6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location:     Scarborough Civic Centre,

                        150 Borough Drive, Scarborough, ON

                        (in Council Chambers)

Youth Panel will make a presentation to the following:

Toronto Youth Council, KGO Safety Committee, United Way, East Scarborough Storefront, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough,Toronto Community Housing, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, TDSB Newcomers Services for Youth, Tropicana - Scarborough Youth Resource Centre (SYRC), YMCA of Greater Toronto, Toronto Police Service, Rosalie Hall, 4Life Foundation, City of Toronto - Community Development Office, Residents Rising, Toronto Youth Cabinet, Toronto Public Library, Youth Link


Creation of Policy to Preserve Structures with Architectural and Historical Significance

For Immediate Release                   

February 23, 2012

TORONTO - Councilor Paul Ainslie, Scarborough East Ward 43, the Economic Development Committee heard a motion from Councillor Ainslie on February 21, 2012 to Creation of Policy to Preserve Structures with Architectural and Historical Significance.  

The motion recommends that a policy and process be developed to preserve architectural and historical significant structures and fragments from buildings within the City of Toronto undergoing demolition or renovations, by placing them in appropriate locations throughout the grounds of the Guild Park & Gardens. This would carry on the tradition started by Spencer and Rosa Clark in the Guild Park & Gardens adding to the existing on site collection.

The Guild Park & Gardens situated in Scarborough East Ward 43 contains a number of architectural and historical structures from buildings across the former City of Toronto and southern Ontario. " The concept of restoring and preserving our architectural history by displaying them in our city-owned parks and buildings will add texture and interest to our city spaces while respecting the pieces by giving them the audience they deserve." Councillor Paul Ainslie explained.

The gardens are a unique display of Toronto's architectural history currently house a number of structures including: six animal panels from the Bank of Montreal Building, Angel Panels from the North American Life Assurance Company, Margueretta Stone from the University Avenue Armories, Art Deco base-relief blocks from the Toronto Star building, lamps from Sunnyside Boardwalk, Ionic Capitals from the University of Toronto, a wall of decorative stone elements from the Canadian Bank of Commerce, the Provincial Paper building, and Abitibi Building to name a few.

Staff are to report back to the Economic Development Committee with their strategy to Creation the Policy.

February 1, 2012

Scarborough Deserves an Underground LRT
For Immediate Release

TORONTO - Councilor Paul Ainslie, Scarborough East Ward 43, supports Mayor Ford's position on public transit converting the planned Eglinton LRT into a truly rapid transit line reaching from Scarborough City Centre clear across to Etobicoke which fully interconnects with Toronto's subway network. The Metrolinx analysis showed this plan, envisaged in their Memorandum of Understanding, will move four times as many people up to twice as fast. This is exactly the type of rapid transit Scarborough needs.

In a letter to TTC Chair Karen Stintz dated January 30, 2012, Councillor Paul Ainslie expressed his and other City Councillors representing Scarborough concerns with the possibility of changes to the current plans to build the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Line.

"Scarborough is the fastest growing community in Toronto and is home to 625,000 people, we as elected representatives need to give Scarborough residents the mechanism to travel efficiently" Stated Councillor Paul Ainslie. The only way to garner increased ridership in the suburbs is to make public transit faster which can only be accomplished if the LRT is underground.

One-quarter of Toronto's population resides in Scarborough yet we are the most poorly served by the current transit system. Like most Torontonians, Scarborough residents travel to work across Toronto yet it is the only section of the city's four community council areas with no access to real rapid transit.

"Scarborough residents are major contributors to our economy and deserve an underground public transit line", noted Councillor Ainslie. The average ride on the Eglinton Crosstown would have people travel in half the time as the above surface travel time. The City is advocating to decrease traffic congestion not increase gridlock. Building the LRT underground would solve traffic issues, an above ground build would further congest our roads making travel time impossible.

An underground LRT will meet Scarborough's community needs and the city's needs. It is the only real solution to address our growing population. Residents want this dealt with now, they do not have an appetite for a "make-do," interim solution that may last 20-30 years.

The old "Transit City" plan did not offer a rapid transit solution for Scarborough. Councillors representing the area have always insisted that plans continue to build a proper, rapid, underground subway to Scarborough. Having now seen the devastating impact the St. Clair Ave. transit project had on local communities. Construction of the current Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown Line is already underway and plans to move forward on a Sheppard subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough will finally be part of Toronto's rapid transit network.

"The Scarborough LRT must be replaced by a rapid transit solution the only solution is an underground LRT. Let's get going, we don't need further delays." stated Councillor Ainslie.

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Councillor Paul Ainslie Elected Chair of Toronto Public Library Board

TORONTO (Tuesday, October 18, 2011) – At its October 17 meeting, the Toronto Public Library Board elected by acclamation Councillor Paul Ainslie to the position of Board Chair. Councillor Ainslie has been a member of the Board since December 2006. PDF


News Release
 
May 3, 2011

Mayor Ford appoints nomination panel to select citizen members to TCHC Board

Mayor Rob Ford has appointed Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Mary L. Flynn-Guglietti and Bahadur Madhani as the nomination panel to select the citizen members of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Board. PDF


February 14, 2011

Off shore Wind Turbine Moratorium in Lake Ontario

TORONTO - Councillor Paul Ainslie Ward 43 - Scarborough East.  The Province of Ontario's announcement on Friday February 11, 2011 is being celebrated by many.  I along with a number of groups have been working diligently since 2008 in opposition to a wind turbine proposal on Lake Ontario off the Scarborough Bluffs....click here for details also available in PDF


September 19, 2010

Toronto Region Conservation Authority Supports Moratorium on Wind Turbines on Lake Ontario

Scarborough:  City of Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie was successful in having the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) support his motion for a moratorium of construction of wind turbines on Lake Ontario, during their Board of Director’s meeting...click here for more details


June 25, 2010

Guildwood Community Benefits from Councillor Ainslie’s negotiations with the Province.

New regulations should eliminate any wind turbine projects close to shore such as the one proposed for the Scarborough Bluffs. 

June 25, 2010 (Toronto City Hall) – In keeping negotiations on-going with the Province of Ontario Councillor Paul Ainslie has successfully represented the community of Scarborough East.  Today the Ministry of Environment announced the Province has decided on a 5 kilometer setback for offshore wind farms. This means the proposed wind farm off of the Scarborough Bluffs is not viable...click here for details also available in PDF


June 8, 2010

Ainslie Demands Wind Turbine Standards From Province

June 8, 2010(Toronto City Hall) - On Friday June 4, 2010 City Councillor Paul Ainslie, met with two provincial Cabinet
Ministers, the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure (Scarborough Centre) and the Honourable
Margarett Best Minister of Health Promotion (Scarborough - Guildwood)...click here for details also available in PDF

April 20, 2010

Toronto Hydro's Wind Turbines project update

March 24, 2010

Mornelle Community Celebrates “Safewalk”

Councillor Paul Ainslie’s Ward 43– Scarborough East is celebrating today with Angela Bracket Chairperson of the Mornelle Court Residents Action Coalition, Ken Morden, Principal at Military Trail Public School Principal, Patrick Bolanda Communtiy Support Worker for the Toronto District School Board, Stephen Linton and Scott McKean of the City of Toronto’s Crisis Response along with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation and the children of the “Safewalk” Program...click here for details also available in PDF


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March 22, 2010

COMMUNITY SIGNS STOLEN IN GUILDWOOD

It has come to the attention of Toronto City Councillor Paul Ainslie, after numerous phone calls that community signs are being stolen off of the front lawns of homes in the Guildwood area of his Ward 43...click here for details also available in PDF

March 11, 2010

Prohibiting the Industrialization of Crown lands

PDF of Motion

I have put a motion forward to Scarborough Community Council to be heard on April 27, 2010 entitled "Prohibiting the Industrialization of Crown lands"...click here for details

March 2, 2010

The Structural Deficit Continues At City Hall

Toronto City Hall - The structural deficit continued yesterday in Toronto’s City Hall as the Executive Committee rejected a request by Toronto City Councillor Paul Ainslie to review the composition of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Transit Commission...click here for details also available in PDF

March 2, 2010

Ballet brought to Mornelle Court Children

Toronto City Hall - Children in the Mornelle Court community (Morningside Rd & Ellesmere Roads) have been chosen to participate in a very special program. Created in partnership with the National Ballet School of Canada and the Boys' and Girls' Club of East Scarborough, they will receive an opportunity to be introduced to the art of dance...click on PDF for details

March 2, 2010

Request to bring Guild Sculptures to the Residents...click here for details also available in PDF

January 6, 2010

City Councillor Paul Ainslie sees Stimulus Funding Arrive for New Day Care Centre for Kingston Road & Galloway Rd With Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Toronto City Hall – On December 17, 2009 City of Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie witnessed the fruition of many phone calls and letters as the Federal and Provincial governments announced an investment in partnership with Native Child and Family Services ...click here for details also available in PDF

November 13th, 2009

Construction of the Wind Anemometer

I confirmed with Toronto Hydro Renewable Energy Resources  the object currently in Lake Ontario is the barge being used to work on the construction of the wind anemometer ...click here for details

November 9, 2009

Scarborough Girls Return from a 'Journey of a Lifetime'

Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East):  Will on Tuesday November 10, 2009,  welcome Principal Wendy Blain together with Maedy and Shunice as they share with Scarborough Community Council Members their experiences during their 14 days in Africa...click here for details also available in PDF

November 6, 2009

Recommencement of Construction - Guild Inn Shoreline Regeneration Project

October 23, 2009

Wind Testing to Go Ahead Despite Opposition from Councillor Paul Ainslie & Community Members

Scarborough East - Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) today received word that Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. has received the final approval they required from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to build a wind research platform (anemometer) in Lake Ontario, approximately 1.2 km offshore (Toronto Hydro Release)... click here for details also available in PDF

October 23, 2009

Notifcation from Councillor Ainslie on H1N1 vaccinations

Councillor Ainslie would like to notify that the H1N1 Vaccination will be available to the public commencing on November 2, 2009. at the Scarborough Civic Centre on the following dates...click here for details

October 13, 2009

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations for People Aged 65 or Older

Councillor Ainslie would like to notify that the seasonal flu vaccination for seniors will be available free of charge at the Scarborough Civic Centre on the following dates...click here for details

October 13, 2009

Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club Opens New Four Court Indoor Tennis Facility in Scarborough East

Scarborough - Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) will on October 17 open the new tennis facilities at the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club together with the clubs board of directors...click here for details also available in PDF

September, 2009

Emerald Ash Borer update:

Forestry continues to monitor City-owned ash trees for looking for signs and symptoms of EAB, updating our database on ash tree condition, removing and replacing ash trees when required and identifying presently available tree planting locations in areas of known EAB infestation. ...click here for details

August 05, 2009

City Council approves Centennial College redevelopment plans for the Guild Inn

Toronto City Council has approved an important initiative that will create a vibrant new future for the Guild Inn site in Scarborough. An agreement in principle has been reached between the City of Toronto, Centennial College and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority that allows the college to construct a new home for their Cultural and Heritage Institute ...click here for details also available in PDF

June 25, 2009

Ainslie Will Not Attend City Council In Convention Centre

Scarborough East: City Councillor Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East Ward 43) has questioned the location of tomorrow’s Special City Council Meeting. A notice was sent out today advising Members of Council and the public that Toronto City Council is to hold a Special Meeting of Council to consider TTC Streetcar Report on: Friday June 26, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Room 105, North Building. ...click here for details also available in PDF

June 8, 2009

Municipal Road Damage Deposit (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 743)

Scarborough East: Councillor Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East Ward 43) will on Tuesday June 9th, 2009 introduce a notice of motion at Scarborough Community Council to seek support from his colleagues to have the responsibility of paying for and obtaining a permit for the Municipal Road Damage Deposit (Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 743)...click here for details also available in PDF

April 14, 2009

Guild Inn Hotel Tower Demolition

Scarborough East: Councillor Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East Ward 43) together with Ann Buller, President of Centennial College, Timo Puhakka, President of the Guildwood Village Community Association, and Sandy Muir, Chair and Janet Heise, Director of the Guild Renaissance Group mark the beginning of a new phase for Guild Park & Gardens, and a new relationship with Centennial College...click here for details also available in PDF, Intinerary

April 14, 2009

Toronto Hydro Proposal for Wind Turbines off the Scarborough Bluffs.

Report Available for Viewing

Project Evaluation Report documenting Toronto Hydro's Class EA Process.

click here for more details

April 02, 2009

Councillor Paul Ainslie Donates Cost of Living to Community

April 2, 2009- Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) has donated his Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) directly to the local community...click here for details also available in PDF

March 27, 2009

Councillor Ainslie's Press Release on Lack of Child Care funding in the Provincial budget

Scarborough - Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) attended a "Post-Budget" Breakfast this morning in Scarborough East....click here for details also available in PDF

March 10, 2009

Emerald Ash Borer Update

I would like to thank the many residents who attend the March 10, 2009 information session on the Emerald Ash Borer beetle and invasive plants ...click here for details also available in PDF

February 27, 2009

Board boss ripped for 'frivolous' zoo trip.

By BRYN WEESE
A $2,000 fact-finding trip to Ottawa, Quebec and the Adirondacks in New York state is "frivolous," according to a new member of the Toronto Zoo's ...click here for details also available in PDF

February 20, 2009

Friday February 20, 2009- Yesterday at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Public Library announced the expansion of its Sun Life Financial Museum + Arts Pass....click here for details also available in PDF

January 28, 2009

Toronto Council endorses plan to prohibit smoking at playgrounds in City parks, .... click here for details

January 26, 2009

At its January 19, 2009 meeting, the Toronto Public Library Board adopted the following motion... click here for details also available in PDF

January 13, 2009

Making an impact at Community Development and Recreation Committee,.... click here for details

 


 


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Probus Club in Guildwood

UTSC - Draft Secondary Plan

Guildwood Refugee Action Committee(GRACE)

Metrolinx GO Expansion (Guildwood to Pickering)

Scarborough Transit Planning Update

Morningside Park

Chartwell Retirement Residences Redevelopment Proposal

Emerald Ash Borer(EAB)

Guild Park and Gardens

Final Report Mayor's Task Force on Housing

Toronto Walking

Toronto Public Library’s What's On

Community Bus

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

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