Snow Update December 3, 2019

Good Morning Everyone,


For the snow event of December 1, here is an update on Transportation Services’ winter operations plans as of December 3 at 9am.
Note: These plans are estimates only and subject to changing conditions such as timing of the event and the amount/type of precipitation.
Weather: A series of weak system will move over the region with scattered flurries and a few periods of snow through Tuesday afternoon and evening and again for Wednesday afternoon lingering through the night.

Possible trace – 1cm accumulations through Tuesday and another trace – 2cm possible through Wednesday.
Roadway Salting:

– Spotsalting only today on expressways, arterial, and collector roads as part of cleanup operations.

– 3rd round of salting today on local roads.
Roadway Plowing

– AM cleanup today on arterial and collector roads.

– Local road plowing completed late Monday evening / early Tuesday morning in all areas.

– 311 is now taking SRs
Trails & Separated Bike Lanes

– Cleanup only today, where required, on Martin Goodman Trail, Humber Bay Waterfront Trail and separated bike lanes
Sidewalks & Bus Stops

– 3rd round of high and low volume sidewalks commenced on Tuesday morning, where required, following the completion of local road plowing and will continue throughout the day

– 1st round of bus stop clearing is underway following the completion of arterial road plowing. This will continue for approx. 24 – 48hrs.

– 311 is now taking Srs

For up to the minute updates please follow Transportation Services on Twitter at @TO_WinterOps and on our newly re-launched real-time public GPS site at www.toronto.ca/plowto


Please remember to check on elderly and physically handicapped neighbours.


All my Best,


Paul

Snowfall Update As of December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019 11AM

Good morning everyone,

For the snow event of December 1, here is an update on Transportation Services’ winter operations plans as of December 2 at 9am.

Note:  These plans are estimates only and subject to changing conditions such as timing of the event and the amount/type of precipitation.

Weather:  Periods of snow lingering over the region through to 6am then tapering back to flurries for the remainder of Monday morning. Also wind gusts up to 40 km/h will linger through to Monday afternoon. Flurries will diminish and winds ease with dry conditions expected for Monday night. Dry conditions will continue throughout the day on Tuesday before a series of weak systems will move through with mainly flurries and only a few periods of snow for Tuesday night lingering through to Wednesday afternoon with a trace – 1cm possible every 12hrs.

Roadway Salting:             

–              Multiple rounds of salt have been applied to expressways, arterial, and collector roads.  Roads are being salted again Monday morning.

–              Local roads were salted on Sunday.  A second round commenced through the overnight period and will continue through Monday morning.

Roadway Plowing

–              1st round of plowing operations on arterial and collector roads, were completed by approx. 12am Monday.  2nd round of plowing commenced overnight and will continue through the am rush hour.

–              As a result of the overnight snow, we have reached the required 8cm threshold to begin plowing local roads.  Local road plowing will begin at approx. 9am and continue into late Monday evening.

Trails & Separated Bike Lanes

–              The Martin Goodman Trail, Humber Bay Waterfront Trail and separated bike lanes have been salted/plowed again this morning.  Cleanup will continue throughout the morning.

Sidewalks & Bus Stops

–              First round of mechanical sidewalk clearing on high pedestrian volume sidewalks and bus stops commenced at approx. 10am Sunday and will be completed Sunday evening

–              Second/third round commenced overnight and will continue through the day Monday.

Snow Event Update # 6 will be distributed at approximately 5pm Monday.

For up to the minute updates please follow Transportation Services on Twitter at @TO_WinterOps and on our newly re-launched real-time public GPS site at www.toronto.ca/plowto    

Please look in on your elderly and physically handicapped neighbours!

All my Best,

Paul

Sunday Evening Snow Fall Update

Good Evening Ward 24 Neighbours,

For the snow event of December 1, here is an update on City of Toronto Transportation Services’  winter operations plans as of December 1 at 6pm.

***Note:  These plans are estimates only and subject to changing conditions such as timing of the event and the amount/type of precipitation.***

Weather:  Light snow becomes spotty and intermittent late this afternoon and continues overnight ending by mid Monday morning. Wet snow amounts of 2 to 4 cm are possible by late in the day with the highest amounts on grassy and elevated surfaces. An additional 2 or 3 cm is possible overnight along with some patchy freezing drizzle before it ends Monday morning. Winds will continue to gust to 60 km/h at times this afternoon diminishing to gusting 40 km/h overnight and through the day tomorrow.

Due to insufficient snow accumulation, it is unlikely that local roads will be plowed in response to this snow event.  High & low pedestrian volume sidewalks, as well as separated bike lanes, will be cleared/salted multiple times.

Roadway Salting:             

–              Salting operations in all areas of the city commenced at approx. 8am – 9am Sunday. 

–              Multiple rounds of salt have been applied to expressways, arterial, and collector roads.

–              Salters will complete their first round of salting on local roads later this evening.  As second round will be applied through the overnight period and into Monday morning.

Roadway Plowing

–              Plowing operations on arterial and collector roads, where required, commenced at approx. 1pm – 2pm and will be completed by approx. 12am.  There may be some cleanup operation through the overnight period.

–              No plowing operations on local roads due to lack of accumulation.

Trails & Separated Bike Lanes

–              Approx 3 rounds of salting & plowing of the Martin Goodman Trail & Humber Bay Waterfront Trail since approx. 8am Sunday

–              Approx 3 rounds of salting & plowing of the separated bike lanes since approx. 8am Sunday

–              Approx 3 rounds of salting & plowing on trails and bike lanes since approx. 8am Sunday.

Sidewalks & Bus Stops

–              First round of mechanical sidewalk clearing on high pedestrian volume sidewalks and bus stops commenced at approx. 10am Sunday and will be completed Sunday evening

–              Second round will commence overnight and continue through Monday.

For up to the minute updates please follow Transportation Services on Twitter at @TO_WinterOps and on our newly re-launched real-time public GPS site at www.toronto.ca/plowto    

All my Best,

Paul

December 1st Afternoon Snow Update

Good Afternoon Ward 24 Neighbours,

For the snow event of December 1, here is an update from City of Toronto Transportation Services’  winter operations plans as of December 1 at 1pm.

Note:  These plans are estimates only and subject to changing conditions such as timing of the event and  the amount/type of precipitation.

Environment Canada has issued a Weather Advisory –  https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on61#2006086492130422201201911300503wo1171cwto

Weather:  A winter storm has moved in with the risk of ice pellets for mid-late Sunday morning before mixing with snow into the early afternoon. Ice pellets will taper with light-moderate snow dominating for the remainder of the day and night then tapering to on and off flurries for the day on Monday. Generally speaking the farther west you travel the less snow and more ice pellets and the east the less ice pellets and more snow.  All models have the freezing rain line over the Oakville to Milton area with ice pellets mainly affecting the Etobicoke to western Toronto while the downtown/north/eastern areas should see mostly snow. That being said areas to the west and could see from 1-3cm of ice pellets and 5-12cm of snow while the downtown/north/east could see trace-2cm of ice pellets and 7-15cm of snow. Snow rates should be in the range of 1-2.5cm/hr through the afternoon and 0.5-1cm/hr through Sunday night.

Given the forecast accumulation, it is likely that multiple rounds of salting and/or plowing will be required  on expressways, arterial and collector roads.  Local roads will also be plowed when snowfall has reached 8cm and has substantially stopped.  High & low pedestrian volume sidewalks, as well as separated  bike lanes, may also be cleared/salted multiple times.

Patrol:

–          Transportation maintains a 24/7 patrol to constantly monitor road and sidewalk conditions.

Roadway Salting:             

–              Salting operations in all areas of the city commenced at approx. 8am – 9am Sunday. 

–              Salter are just completing their second round of salt on arterial roads.

–              Salters are currently on their first round of salt on local roads.

–              Multiple rounds of salt will be required.  Salting will continue through the morning/afternoon until plowing thresholds are met.

Roadway Plowing

–              Plowing operations on expressways will commence at 2.5cm of accumulation

–              Plowing operations on arterial and collector roads will commence at 5cm of accumulation

–              Timing of plowing operations on arterial and collector roads will vary throughout the city due to the amount of freezing rain & snow received

–              Plowing operations on local roads will commence when accumulations have reached 8cm and are substantially complete – approximately 6pm Sunday.

Trails & Separated Bike Lanes

–              Salting & plowing of the Martin Goodman Trail & Humber Bay Waterfront Trail commenced at approx. 8am Sunday

–              Salting & plowing of the separated bike lanes commenced at approx. 8am Sunday

–              Multiple rounds of plowing & salting on trails and bike lanes will be required

Sidewalks & Bus Stops

–              Mechanical sidewalk clearing on high pedestrian volume sidewalks and bus stops commenced at approx. 10am and will continue through Sunday evening

–              Multiple rounds of sidewalk salting & plowing may be required.

Snow Event Update # 4 will be distributed at approximately 6pm Sunday.

For up to the minute updates please follow Transportation Services on Twitter at @TO_WinterOps and on our newly re-launched real-time public GPS site at  www.toronto.ca/plowto    

Please remember to check on meighbours who are elderly or physically challenged by this weather!

All my Best,

Paul

Latest Snow Fall Information for December 2, 2019

Dear Ward 24 Residents,

I am providing the following update I have received from City of Toronto Transportation staff in advance of the expected snowfall we will be receiving tomorrow.

For the forecast snow event of December 1, here is an update on Transportation Services’ winter operations plans as of November 30 at 3pm.

***Note: These plans are estimates only and subject to changing conditions such as timing of the event and the amount of precipitation.***

Weather: Dry and chilly through Saturday night but a winter storm is going to bring a mixture of freezing rain, ice pellets and snow. The uncertainty is in how much of it will fall as sleet/ice pellets and snow in the morning. Generally speaking, the farther west of the GTA, the more mixing initially and could hinder the snowfall totals a bit. Areas to the east should be mostly snow and snow amounts should be higher. All models have the freezing rain/sleet line through Oakville, Milton or farther west in the morning so it’s quite unlikely Toronto will see freezing rain with this. Likely beginning around 7 or 8 am, high confidence that weather will be poor from 9 am through 4 pm with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 cm/hour ( If falling as Ice pellets would make that less than 0.5 cm per hour). The risk for ice pellets abates by 11:30 am and only snow is expected into the afternoon. Confidence in the forecast in the evening and early overnight is LOW. Models diverge and there is no consensus if drier air moves in or if lighter snow of 1 cm / 2 or 3 hours could persist. Snow amounts could be as low as 6 or 7 cm west of the GTA but up to 13 or 14 cm isn’t out of the question to the east.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on61#2048073611717005266201911290503ws1171cwto

Given the forecast accumulation, it is likely that multiple rounds of salting and/or plowing will be required on expressways, arterial and collector roads. Local roads will also be plowed when snowfall has reached 8cm and has substantially stopped. High & low pedestrian volume sidewalks, as well as separated bike lanes, may also be cleared/salted multiple times. There is currently low confidence in the forecast as to the amount of freezing rain and/or snow that we may receive so our equipment activation times listed below may be revised.

Patrol:
– Transportation maintains a 24/7 patrol to constantly monitor road and sidewalk conditions.

Roadway Salting:
– Salt brine has been applied to bridges and steep hills on Friday evening
– Transportation has approximately 200 salt trucks on standby that can be on the road within one hour of notification.
– Salting operations will commence at approx. 6am – 7am Sunday
– Multiple rounds of salt will be required. Salting will continue through the morning/afternoon until plowing thresholds are met.

Roadway Plowing
– Plowing operations on expressways will commence at 2cm of accumulation
– Plowing operations on arterial and collector roads will commence at 5cm of accumulation – approximately 12pm Sunday
– Plowing operations on local roads will commence when accumulations have reached 8cm and are substantially complete – approximately 6pm Sunday.

Trails & Separated Bike Lanes
– Salting & plowing of the Martin Goodman Trail & Humber Bay Waterfront Trail will commence at approx. 6am – 7am Sunday
– Salting & plowing of the separated bike lanes will commence at approx. 6am – 7am Sunday
– Multiple rounds of plowing & salting on trails and bike lanes will be required

Sidewalks & Bus Stops
– Mechanical sidewalk clearing on high pedestrian volume sidewalks will commence approx midday Sunday
– Multiple rounds of sidewalk salting & plowing may be required.

Snow Event Update # 2 will be distributed at approximately 9am Sunday

For up to the minute updates please follow Transportation Services on Twitter at @TO_WinterOps and on our newly re-launched real-time public GPS site at www.toronto.ca/plowto

I will provide more updates as I receive them.

Please remember to check on any elderly or physically challenged neighbours.

All my Best,

Paul

City of Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy

Dear Scarborough-Guildwood Residents

In the spring of 2016, City Council supported my motion on Data regarding deaths in Toronto’s Homeless Community. This motion recommended the following:

  • That appropriate staff collect all relevant data related to deaths within and outside of the City’s homeless shelters;
  • That this data be shared publicly to City divisions, agencies and Provincial ministries; and
  • To introduce and gain support of a provincial mandate to track all homeless deaths for further policy and legislation purposes

More information on this item can be found here.

At the November 14th Executive Committee meeting, recommendations for City Council to adopt a 2019-2022 Poverty Reduction Strategy Term Action Plan was approved, to be considered at the November 26th City Council meeting. This item is in part to follow the adoption of a 20-year (2015-2035) Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy which was approved by City Council in November 2015.

The 2019-2022 Term Action Plan recommends to include a series of actions and activities aligned with the strategy’s original recommendations which focus on housing stability, service access, transportation equity, food access, quality jobs and livable incomes, and systematic change. More information on this item can be found here.

Moreover, the Executive Committee supported my motions requesting appropriate staff to create Open Data datasets on the following areas:

  • Tracking information on homeless deaths, including medical cause of death, date, gender, Indigenous status and location of death;
  • Information in individuals and families placed in time limited emergency housing during crisis or illness; and
  • Outlines on unsheltered street homeless to general population ratio for Toronto and other major Canadian cities, after each Street Needs Assessment.

The absence of data on the number of homeless individuals that pass outside the boundaries of the City’s shelter systems provide a false account of the true circumstances facing those who live on the streets of Toronto.

People in the City and in Canada should not be dying on our streets. If they do, we should understand why, so that it never happens again. Every person counts. Every person has a right to live with dignity, and unfortunately, if they pass away, to pass with dignity as well.

All my Best,

Paul W. Ainslie

Night Economy Ambassador Moving Forward

Dear Scarborough-Guildwood Residents

In April 2016, I brought forward a motion to the, then, Economic Development Committee requesting appropriate staff to explore the creation of a Night Mayor Ambassador Program for the City of Toronto. Participating cities across Europe have embraced the installation of such program and have found ties between the program and a growth in economic and civic importance of cultural life in urban areas. Details on this motion can be found here.

In July 2019, I put forward additional recommendations to City Council and supported the staff recommendation requesting the Mayor to designate a Member of Council as Toronto’s Night Ambassador. This ambassador would serve as a voice for Toronto’s entertainment related and nighttime economy activities. Details on this motion can be found here.

This week Mayor John Tory announced the appointment of Deputy Mayor Michael Thomson as the City’s Night Economy Ambassador.

I am really pleased the Economic and Community Development Committee with the support of Mayor Tory has moved my overall concept forward to fruition.  I am anticipating that Toronto’s night life will thrive with this collaboration.

The term night time economy describes the social, cultural, and economic activities that take place between 6pm and 6am within the city. The City of Toronto is always striving to boost its entertainment economy through tourism through its vibrant nightlife.

Currently the City’s nightlife sector employs tens of thousands of people. Implementing a system to help positively cultivate it will benefit the entire city including our many unique communities that make up Toronto.

The Night Mayor Ambassador role began in Amsterdam, with the concept growing to include Paris, London, the Netherlands and several cities in Belgium.

All my Best

Paul W. Ainslie

Susan Street: The World in One Place

Dear Scarborough-Guildwood Residents

On Saturday October 19th, Scarborough’s largest community-painted mural was unveiled in celebration of community caregivers.

Amir Akbari, lead artist behind the Susan Street mural, Mayor John Tory, joined by representatives from Toronto Community Housing and the East Scarborough Boys and Girls club and myself were present to officially unveil the largest community-painted mural in Scarborough.

The huge wall mural is located at the 14 storey TCHC residential building at 3847 Lawrence Ave E, dubbed Susan Street. This mural honours and represents all the women and caregivers in the community who work hard to support and maintain a healthy community where children have opportunities to grow and thrive.

This mural is a meaningful community centrepiece for residents and neighbours to enjoy. The final design represents the diversity, vibrancy and optimizing of those who live in the Lawrence-Susan buildings and the surrounding communities.

The Susan Street Mural is a powerful statement to the children of this Scarborough community that the world is in their hands, while paying homage to the mothers and caregivers that allow them to grow.

Amir Akbari is a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) based Visual Artist, Educator, Community Advocate and Entrepreneur driven to create meaningful creative opportunities for young people through introspection, expression & reflection. Akbari enlisted supporting street artists, Leyland Adams and Sentooran Kannathasan.

The Susan Street mural is a part of the StART Partnership Program, a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public places. StART was initiated in 2012 as part of the City’s Graffiti Management Plan. StART has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism and replacing it with vibrant, colourful, community engaged street art.

Check out the StART Toronto map to find other samples of murals created as part of the StART Toronto programs from 2016 to 2018 here.

The Susan Street mural is also the third project by the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club that has been supported by the program. Some other murals in our ward can be found at 4301 Kingston Road, and 4010 Lawrence Ave E.

More information about StART is available here.

All my Best,

Paul W. Ainslie

Its Waste Reduction Week!

Dear Ward 24 Residents,

Did you know that the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste per year? October 21-27 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada and it’s a good reminder of the many ways we can reduce waste to minimize the amount of garbage going to landfill. The City of Toronto has many great resources and ideas to help you reduce your waste footprint.

  • Donate – Clearing the clutter? Give items you’re not using anymore such as books, clothes and toys a new life through donation. See the map of non-profit organizations that accept used items.

  • Borrow / Share – Need a tool, camping gear, toys or games? Check out the Toronto Tool Library instead of buying new.  The library has many of these items available for you to borrow.

  • Swap – Interested in reducing your clothing footprint?  Organize a swap with friends or attend one of the many swap events happening in the city. Learn other ways to become a sustainable fashion citizen.

  • Repair or Repurpose – Something broken? Extend the life of items like clothing, bikes, appliances and electronics through the one of Toronto’s community reduce and reuse programs.

More ways to reduce waste at toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

Consultations on Reducing Single-Use & Takeaway Items

Have your say on how to reduce single-use and takeaway items in the City of Toronto.  Take the online survey today!

A single-use or takeaway item is any product designed for a single use after which it is disposed of in the garbage, Blue Bin (recycling) or Green Bin (organics). Typically, these products are not designed for durability or reuse. Examples include plastic bags and takeout containers.

Your feedback will be used to develop a final Single-Use and Takeaway Item Reduction Strategy for Toronto that will be presented to City Council in the first half of 2020.

Have your say on ways to reduce single-use and takeaway items in Toronto. Take the survey before November 4 at toronto.ca/single-use #haveyoursay #singleuse

We want to hear from you! Take the survey on single-use and takeaway items before November 4 at toronto.ca/single-use #haveyoursay

Get the TOwaste App

Never miss recycling or garbage day again! Download the City’s TOwaste app on your smartphone or tablet to get access to collection schedules, the Waste Wizard search tool and information about where to find the nearest donation location or City Drop-off Depot.

All my Best,

Paul

Expansion of LiciousTO Programs to Scarborough

Dear Scarborough-Guildwood Residents

The City of Toronto’s LiciousTO programs, Winterlicious and Summerlicious, have become well-attended annual events with over 200 restaurants participating. However, of the 200 restaurants participating in 2019’s Summerlicious only 3 were from the Scarborough community.

With the application process for Winterlicious 2019 behind us this is our opportunity to work towards 2020 LiciousTO events to encourage and invite Scarborough restaurants to participate and showcase their food.

On October 16th the Economic and Community Development Committee adopted my request for the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture to report on the following at the December 4th meeting of the Economic and Community Development Committee:

–          Efforts taken by the City of Toronto to enhance participation of Scarborough restaurants in Toronto’s Winterlicious/Summerlicious program

–          Information on the number of restaurants located in Scarborough that have participated in the program in the past 5 years

–          Measures taken to source locations within Scarborough

–          Current City-wide marketing efforts made to invite restaurants to participate 

Eligibility Criteria to participate in the Winterlicious and Summerlicious programs are:

–          Be an existing, full-service restaurant

–          Be located in the City of Toronto

–          Possess a current Dine Safe Green Pass issued by Toronto Public Health

To qualify a restaurant must also demonstrate that the average price of a three-course meal on the restaurants regular lunch and or dinner menu meets the minimum requirements below:

Winterlicious / Summerlicious Price Point Categories Minimum Requirements for
Regular Menu Average Price Point (three-course meal)
$23 Lunch / $33 Dinner $27 Lunch / $39 Dinner
$28 Lunch / $43 Dinner $33 Lunch / $51 Dinner
$33 Lunch / $53 Dinner $39 Lunch / $63 Dinner

Scarborough has a wealth of wonderful restaurants from every nation in the world, inviting them to participate would greatly enhance the culinary experience for all while providing Scarborough’s restaurants the exposure they merit.

The very culinary diverse food sector we have in Scarborough parallels our population and I think we can do a better job at boosting Scarborough’s participation.

More details on the application process and application deadlines for LiciousTO 2020 events can be found here.

Details on the item here: EC8.17: Expansion of Toronto’s Winterlicious/Summerlicious Program

All my Best

Paul W. Ainslie