Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tree Planting in Seaton Village – calling all Volunteers!

This Saturday June 25th, the SVRA is helping local residents plant 23 trees in their backyards… 


Please volunteer your expertise and brawn and assist the planting effort.

NEEDED: holes to be dug, trees delivered and trees planted happily!

To participate, send us a message at THANKS!



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Wading Pool and Playground Update: pre-renewal start!

Just in – confirmation from Parks and Rec that our wading pool WILL open June 30th and will remain open and fully staffed through the August long weekend, when our park renewal construction will begin.

The bids have been submitted and Plant Architect Inc. in cooperation with Bob Duguid, City Planner, are reviewing these bids.

While we await the awarding the contract, we have no choice but to hold to our July 30th timeline for the start of construction. We will update you as soon as we have any firm and concrete information, including start date, from our partners at City Parks
& Recreation Infrastructure.

Please continue to check the website for updates and more details.

Our apologies the playground was off limits this morning (Tuesday June 21st). Thanks go to Parks and Rec for responding so quickly to our request to have the sand tilled  – Enjoy all the fluffy sand everyone !



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Enbridge Gas Cast Iron Pipe Replacement Project in Seaton Village

Enbridge is completing the replacement of cast iron mains, and Seaton Village is having mains replaced this June, as you’ve noticed.  Attached is a map 2011 Enbridge Work in Seaton Village  so you can see which streets are being done (orange is Enbridge work) – one street takes about a week to replace. There are several steps involved in the replacement process…it isn’t too pretty. Link-Line has been contracted by Enbridge to do the work. They have sawed lines  and dug along the sidewalks of Olive Ave East of Palmerston and up Plamerston Ave from Follis.

We are trying to find out the process around street closures and the timing of the project to better inform the neighbourhood.

 As a bit of background, Cast Iron mains contribute to over 80% of leaks, and the replacement is required to ensure safety and reliability of the system.  It also allows Enbridge to install regulators and replacement meters on the outside of buildings for added safety. 

 Helpful contacts to have on hand:

  • Concerns about installations: Mr. Lawrence Cassell at 416 676-6833.  
  • The Enbridge inspector assigned to the job is Mr. Jim Gibbons 416 753 7493. 
  • Gas meter and light up questions: Lakeside Gas at 905 790-0861 (Mon-Fri, 8am to 10pm)
  • After hours – Enbridge Dispatch at 1-800-461-4444

All work should is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month, weather permitting.

 There has been some concern about coordination of construction – sidewalks that were recently replaced being torn up days afterward.  I have raised this concern with Councillor Vaughan’s staff who then brought these concerns to City Staff to see if they can work with Utility companies to better coordinate work in the future.

We will continue to update the website with any petinent information as quickly as we get it and how, if at all, this might impact the start of the park renewal effort.

Sorry everyone…


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Compost donations raise $200

Thanks to everyone who pitched in to shovel up some of the black gold generously provided by Councillor Adam Vaughan.

The money raised went to offset transportation costs that, until budget cuts at City Hall this year, were absorbed by Councillor Vaughan. We really appreciate the service and so wanted to contribute to the cost.

Thanks to Adam and his fantastic assistant Rebecca Hewitt, and to all of you for generously donating!

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City of Toronto Core Service Review + online survey

Downtown City Service Review and Information Session, Saturday June 11
Dear Ward 20 residents & businesses,
I wrote to you earlier this month to let you know that the Mayor has launched a review of core City services. 
The new mayor has already reduced the City’s revenue options by eliminating the Vehicle Registration Tax and promising to sustain last year’s property tax rates. This will make for some tough choices regarding service delivery.
I believe that Council needs to hear from you – residents and business operators – about your priorities in order to make the best decisions. 
As your City Councillor, I remain dedicated to ensuring that we work together to build healthy communities for everyone. Creating the type of city that we need to raise our families involves having a municipal government that listens to the residents, identifies the services to meet their needs, and finding the best way to deliver those services.
The City of Toronto is entering challenging times. All of the services that we depend upon to keep our communities safe and liveable are being examined. I am very concerned that the reviews of our City services might not address the needs of our communities. Rather than looking for ways to improve service delivery and making it more accountable and responsive to the residents, the conversation is geared towards cutting services simply to meet the projected $774 million shortfall in next year’s operating budget.
I am also concerned that the opportunities for public input in this important discussion are limited. The public is required to register for the consultation sessions, and all of the spaces in the meetings accessible to downtown residents have been filled. To ensure that the residents of our community have the opportunity to contribute, I am co-hosting a service review meeting with Councillors Wong-Tam, McConnell, and Fletcher on Saturday June 11, 2011 from 2 – 4 pm at City Hall. Please feel free to call my office for more information or to rsvp at 416-392-4044.
Our neighbourhoods have unique characteristics, challenges, and opportunities, and we need to ensure that the voices from the downtown are heard. That is why I am urging you to complete the surveys on City services.
You are invited to:
A Downtown City Service Review & Information Session
Co-hosted by Councillors Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Pam McConnell & Paula Fletcher
Date:  Saturday June 11, 2011
Time:   2 – 4 pm
Location: City Hall, Committee Room 1 (Second Floor), 100 Queen Street West
As City Councillors representing downtown communities, we are hosting this session to ensure that our residents are heard. The councillors will make a brief presentation about the scope of the review and City services and facilitate discussion. The City’s surveys will be available and collected at the meeting.
The City of Toronto has launched a Core Service Review to discuss which services are important, to assist in addressing the budget shortfall of $774 million and the 2012 budget process. As part of the public consultations, the City will host roundtable discussions across Toronto, at these sessions, residents will learn about City services and be given the opportunity to offer input on a questionnaire. The survey is also available online. The deadline for responses is June 17.
For more information or to complete the online survey, visit
Mark your calendar and come out to shape priorities for your City services and learn more about how the 2012 Budget will impact our local neighbourhoods.  Everyone is welcome.
RSVP to councillor_vaughan@toronto.caor call 416 392-4044.

If you can’t make this session, Councillor Mike Layton is hosting a session on Monday June 13th at 7 pm at St. Christopher House in Ward 19

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G20 Review Hearings

G20 Review Seeks Public Input: Book your spot to speak at the hearing
Save the Dates: June 1st, 6th, 13th
The G20 Review is looking for input.  Going forward, what lessons should shape policing policies for future major events? At public hearings across Toronto, you’re invited to speak and share your ideas and recommendations.
On June 1st, 6th, and 13th, 2011, the Review will hold hearings in Toronto.  This is a rare and valuable opportunity to contribute to the governance of Toronto’s Police Service.  This is the first and only set of hearings where the public’s input will be gathered and presented to the body that establishes policies for the effective management of the Toronto Police Service.
Formally, the hearings will provide individual members of the public, organizations, and other stakeholders with the opportunity to share their views and opinions on the role that civilian oversight should play concerning the policing of major events.  Informally, it is extremely important that the public has a safe and actionable opportunity to voice its concerns and make suggestions, should any exist.
To guarantee one of the five minute speaking slots at any one of the three hearings, individuals must complete a simple application form: The deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday May 31st. Submissions are being accepted on a first come basis. The hearings will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend to observe the presentations.
About the Review
The Independent Civilian Review into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit was launched on September 23, 2010 by the Toronto Police Services Board.  The Review will examine issues concerning the role the Board played with respect to the policing of the G20 Summit that was held in Toronto on June 25-27, 2010.  The Review will also examine the role played by the Toronto Police Service during the G20 Summit, with a view to determining whether the plans developed and implemented were adequate and effective for policing of the Summit.  The Board appointed the Honourable John W. Morden, a former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, to conduct the Review and provide a report and recommendations.
For more information visit For regular updates see
Hearing 1
Wednesday June 1st
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Metro Hall
55 John Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3C6
Hearing 2
Monday June 6th
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Toronto, Ontario
M9C 2Y2
Hearing 3
Monday June 13th
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M1P 4N7


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