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Pedestrian safety key component of O’Connor Drive improvements, residents told

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018

By Tony Wright Pedestrian safety and road improvements are among several initiatives the City of Toronto will undergo to benefit neighbourhoods surrounding O’Connor Drive from Woodbine Avenue north to Eglinton Avenue, a public meeting was told on January 15. Details of the initiatives were discussed at Victoria Park Elementary School during the public information event which also served as a Public Open House for the “O’Connor Drive Streetscape Master Plan Project”, an initiative to improve the streetscape design along O’Connor Drive between south of St. Clair Avenue East (Sandra Road) and Victoria Park Avenue.  City officials were on hand to answer questions from the public regarding the improvements. The initiatives will begin this year and will include reconstruction of the intersections at O’Connor Drive and Woodbine Avenue [see December issue, “More changes coming to Woodbine-O’Connor corner”] and to O’Connor...

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City’s “backwards” budget process breeds cynicism, EY councillor Davis says

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018

The City of Toronto’s budget process is “backwards and breeds cynicism” Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis told a standing-room-only crowd at East York Civic Centre during a budget subcommittee meeting to hear citizen input. People presenting requests think that “the fix is already in” when tax rates are set in advance of the sessions, she said. Ms. Davis, who sat in with the subcommittee along with fellow EY Ward 29 Councillor Mary Fragedakis to hear 30 presentations by citizens with a wide range of concerns and requests, said the city should approach the process by saying “here are the things we want to see in our city, include them in the budget and then determine is the tax rate too high, not starting at the beginning with a fixed tax rate.” The budget committee, at the direction of Mayor...

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EY ADVOCATE 034: Will it ever end?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

Endless appeals allowed under Planning Act put EY family on bureaucratic merry-go-round Have you ever received a NOTICE from city council’s Committee of Adjustment informing you that your next door neighbour wants to build an addition on his house and needs a “minor variance” from the zoning by-laws in order to do so? In 2015 a Queensdale Avenue family got one of those notices and immediately realized that the “minor variance” requested by their next door neighbour would have a drastic impact on their own property.  Fortunately for the family, when they attended the Committee of Adjustment hearing their next door neighbour did not show up and, after hearing what the family had to say about the drastic impact the requested “minor variance” would have on their property, the committee rejected the proposal on the grounds that the requested...

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Petition for Woodbine bike lanes removal hits 2,000 signatures

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

n online petition started Sept. 18 urging removal of the just-installed bike lanes on Woodbine Avenue has surpassed 2,000 “signatures” acquired after just over 40 hours…

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Councillors and former mayors say Sept. 19 public support for street sign logos is urgent

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

Former East York mayors Alan Redway and Michael Prue, along with representatives of local historical and preservation groups and city councillors all say the public needs to let politicians know they want to see the EY logo continue to appear on local street signs at a meeting Tues. Sept. 19.

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Cosburn-Cedarvale stoplight deferred by Council despite overwhelming local support

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \ Despite hundreds of signatures on a petition asking for a traffic light to be installed at the corner of Cedarvale Avenue and Cosburn Avenue in the wake of a pedestrian fatality there last year, Toronto City Council at its July meeting deferred the matter until the fall. The deferment came in part because of the death of longtime Ward 28 councillor Pam McConnell the morning of Friday, July 7, the fourth and final day of the packed-agenda July meeting, which prompted the council to adjourn earlier than expected.  But the proposal, initiated by Ward 31 councillor Janet Davis and earlier approved over staff objections by Toronto and East York Community Council in June, had only been left till late in the meeting due to opposition from some council members who regard the idea as...

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