Toronto in review for the week ending June 1, 2012
Welcome to the 'Toronto in review' podcast for June 1, a roundup of interesting events and news out of City Hall.
On Thursday, the City officially opened the new municipal childcare centre and community space in Scarborough's Chester Le neighbourhood. Representatives from the Toronto District School Board, the Agincourt Community Services Association and the Steeles L'Amoreaux Neighbourhood Action Partnership were also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The community centre is located at 201 Chester Le Blvd.
Also on Thursday, it was announced that a report will go forward to rename the Toronto Island Ferry Terminal the "Jack Layton Ferry Terminal" in honour of the late City and Metro Councillor and Leader of Canada's Official Opposition. Mayor Rob Ford will ask City Council to approve the honour next week. The report will recommend City Council waive the two-year waiting period, as outlined in the Honourific and Street Naming Policy. Upon approval by Council, the General Manager of Parks Forestry and Recreation will begin the process to implement the name change at the terminal.
On Wednesday, at Etobicoke Olympium, City staff and community members came together for the Recognition of Excellence Awards and the 25th Wes Dempster Award at a community barbecue in Etobicoke. The Recognition of Excellence Awards honour members of the Etobicoke/York Adapted and Integrated recreational programs - consisting of swimming, fitness, life skills and social club programs - who have demonstrated leadership and improved their recreational abilities.
Last Tuesday, the City of Toronto's Fire Services welcomed Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jason Frasor as he helped promote summer safety for children at the launch of the second annual Swing into Summer Safety campaign. This safety campaign is a joint initiative of the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council and the Toronto Blue Jays. The event will take place at Toronto Fire Services Station #333 located at 207 Front Street East. Grade 4 and 5 students from Regent Park and Duke of York Jr. Public School had an opportunity to meet Jason Frasor, Blue Jays mascot ACE, and Toronto Fire Services mascot Sparky.
Also on Tuesday, the City introduced a new bike station at the Victoria Park Subway Station. The 50-square-metre facility provides indoor bicycle parking, with 52 secure bicycle parking spaces on two-tier racks. Toronto has the only two bike stations in Canada that are open to the public - the other one is located at Union Station.
Meetings coming up at City Hall next week (June 4 – June 8):
- There are no meetings scheduled on Monday.
- On Tuesday, the Employee and Labour Relations Committee will be meeting.
- City Council meets on both Wednesday and Thursday. Also on Wednesday, the Property Standards Committee and the Bid Committee have meetings.
- On Thursday, the Toronto Licensing Tribunal has a meeting.
- The Compliance Audit Committee meets on Friday.
Weekend road closures
Three special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.
Family Fun Fit, Kids of Steel Triathlon (bike race)
Saturday closure: The westbound lanes of Kingston Road, from Danforth Avenue to Birchmount Road, will be closed on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday closure: Conlins Road, from Ellesmere Road to Military Trail, will be closed on Sunday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart
- The Gardiner Expressway will be closed from Carlaw Avenue to the Humber Bridge and the Don Valley Parkway will be closed from Highway 401 to the Gardiner Expressway on Sunday, June 3 from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the Ride for Heart event.
- An alternate route to use instead of the Gardiner Expressway would be Lake Shore Blvd. Instead of using the DVP, drivers can use Bayview Avenue, Leslie Street or Don Mills Road.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at toronto.ca/torontostreets.
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