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Laura Albanese – York South-Weston

In Writing (all kinds) on April 1, 2017 at 5:06 PM

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April 2017 eNewsletter Highlights


What’s Inside:

  • Metrolinx to Build an Innovative Battery Backup System for Eglinton Crosstown
  • Update on Construction of local Eglinton Crosstown Stations
  • Drive Clean Fees Gone as of April 1st, 2017
  • Applications for the new OSAP are now Open
  • Ontario to Lower Electricity Bill by 25%
  • New Financial Eligibility Threshold for Legal Aid Ontario
  • Challenge Friends and Neighbours to Plant a Tree
  • Give Your Input on the Reading Garden at the Mount Dennis Library
  • St. Clair West Services for Seniors Looking for Meals on Wheels Drivers
  • Happening in York South-Weston

Metrolinx to Build an Innovative Battery Backup System for Eglinton Crosstown

Good news for the residents of York South-Weston!

The Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, visited York South-Weston last Tuesday, to announce that Ontario, through our transit agency Metrolinx, has partnered with Toronto Hydro to deliver an alternative agency solution for the Eglinton Crosstown’s back-up power facility. The new solution will be a battery energy storage system that will support both the needs of the community and the new LRT line. This will replace the previous plan to deliver a natural gas powered facility.

I am very pleased that the concerns of the community have been heard and that the new solution respects both our community and the needs of the new LRT. I had been working closely with our local Councillors – in particular Councillor Frances Nunziata, who had put forward a motion at City Hall. Together we advocated at our respective levels of government to bring about a clean and innovative result. I am glad we were listened to.

Please view the article published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in the Toronto Star: click here


Update on Construction of local Eglinton Crosstown Stations

Here in an update on the construction work taking place in our area for the future Caledonia Station, Keelesdale Station and Mount Dennis Station:

Caledonia Station:

  • Excavation is on-going
  • Crews are continuing with shoring of the station box
  • Installation of dewatering system is also on-going

Keelesdale Station:

As part of the continued traffic staging set up for support of excavation work at Keele/Trethewey Drive and Eglinton Avenue West traffic, restrictions have been changed.

To support temporary shoring and excavation work for the Keelesdale Station, crews will be shifting traffic lanes to the east side of the intersection at Keele Street/Trethewey Drive and Eglinton Avenue West.

Mount Dennis Station:

  • Crews are continuing with the demolition of the retaining wall on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West, from Keelesdale Drive to Photography Drive, to make way for the secondary entrance of the future Mount Dennis LRT Station.
  • Work on the Station box is approximately 90% complete.

Drive Clean Fees Gone as of April 1st, 2017

As of April 1, 2017, the initial Drive Clean emissions test for light-duty vehicles (most cars, vans, SUVs and light trucks) for registration renewal will be free. Motorists will still be required to bring their older vehicles in for testing and pay for any required repairs.

The fee will continue to be paid by the consumer for second and third retests conducted after a vehicle fails its initial free test and for heavy-duty vehicles.

The $30 Drive Clean initial test fee is being eliminated to help reduce the burden on individual vehicle owners.


Applications for the new OSAP are now Open

Applications for the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for the 2017-2018 school years have now opened.

OSAP helps you pay for college or university. To make college and university more affordable, the new Ontario Student Assistance Program is now available to students, both full time and part time, and for qualifying adult learners, so that they can go back to school and upgrade their skills.
Starting in the 2017-18 school year, you can receive up to:

  • $13,260, if you are a full-time single student
  • $22,440, if you are a married student or sole-support parent

Next year, OSAP will give you enough grants to cover the average cost of tuition if:

  • your parents earn $50,000 or less per year
  • you’re going to study full-time
  • you’re attending a publicly assisted college or university, and
  • you meet the eligibility requirements for OSAP

Many students from middle-income families will receive grants that exceed the value of their tuition.
Some students who meet these requirements may not get free tuition, including students who:

  • have enough money to cover their tuition (e.g. savings, RESPs or scholarships)
  • have already received their lifetime limit for the Ontario Tuition Grant

If you finished high school four or more years ago, you can qualify for more grants to go back to school and upgrade your skills.
Find how much you could get using our calculator.


Ontario to Lower Electricity Bills by 25%

The Province is planning to lower electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all residential customers as part of a significant system restructuring.

Starting this summer, Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan would provide households with this 25 per cent break. Many small businesses and farms would also benefit from the initiative. ‎People with low incomes and those living in eligible rural communities would receive even greater reductions to their electricity bills. As part of this plan, rate increases over the next four years would be held to the rate of inflation. These measures include the eight per cent rebate introduced in January and build on previously announced initiatives to deliver broad-based rate relief on all electricity bills.

If you are a low-income consumer, help is available now through the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). Electricity consumers can apply online and could receive $360-$425 off per year on your bills. If you have other unique electricity requirements, including electric heating, a medical device that uses a lot of electricity, you could receive an extra $45-$75 off per year on your bills.
Should you require any further information on OESP, please call our Community Office at: 416-243-7984.


New Financial Eligibility Threshold for Legal Aid Ontario

As of April 1st, more people qualify for affordable access to legal services. The financial eligibility threshold for legal aid has been increased by another six per cent which will allow about 140,000 more people to be eligible to receive the legal services they need.

the annual income eligibility threshold for an individual goes from $12,863 to $13,635. Legal services are provided in such areas as criminal, family, immigration, mental health and poverty law.

For more information please visit legal aid financial eligibility guidelines.


Challenge Friends and Neighbours to Plant a Tree 

Ontario is partnering with families, community organizations and businesses across the province to reach its goal of planting six million trees this year to promote cleaner air and help fight climate change. Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge calls on the public to get involved in making the province a greener, cleaner place to live.

The initiative is supported by Forests Ontario, and honours Ontario’s 150th anniversary. Each year, Ontario plants approximately three million trees under its 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP), and this year our government is challenging the public to match its target in 2017.

Individuals, organizations and businesses can participate by planting a tree, participating in a community tree planting event or making a donation to have a tree planted on their behalf, and can track their progress at greenleafchallenge.ca. The website allows people to register their trees on an interactive map and access resources, support and events in their communities.

A YouTube video on Forest Ontario’s channel gives a quick tour of the site and how tree registration works, click here to view the video.


Give Your Input on the Reading Garden at the Mount Dennis Library

The Mount Dennis Library, Mount Dennis Community Association and the residents are hoping to enhance the Reading Garden at the Mount Dennis Library. They are running a survey and would appreciate your input.

Please click here to participate.


St. Clair West Services for Seniors Looking for Meals on Wheels Drivers

WE NEED YOU AND YOUR CAR!

St. Clair West Services for Seniors (Keele and Eglinton) has immediate openings for Meals on Wheels drivers with their own vehicles.  Positions available Monday to Fridayfrom 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Deliver meals and provide a security check.  Mileage allowance.  Your contribution will make a difference.

For more information contact Cheryl Browne, Coordinator of Volunteers 416-787-2114 x 207.


Happening in York South-Weston

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Spring Clean-up in Mount Dennis
10:00 a.m. onward, meet at Bartonville Avenue West & Jane Street
Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting a spring cleanup at Jane & Pinehill ravine edges, come out and volunteer to make our ravines look great and clean.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Progressive Euchre
7:00 p.m. onward, at 1050 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Legion Branch 31

Entry fee is $6. Registration at 7:00 p.m. Play 10 games which begin at 7:30 p.m. Cash prizes. Cash Bar.

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Open Cribbage Tournament
11:30 a.m. onward, at 1050 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Legion Branch 31 

Entry fee $25 per two person team. Early registration by March 24th guarantees “sitting team” placement. Lots of cash prizes. Cash bar & snack bar. Registration on tournament day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Play 10 games which begin at 12:30 p.m. sharp.
For entry forms please e-mail legionbr31@yahoo.com

Monday, April 3, 2017
Mount Dennis Eco-Neighbourhood Meeting

7:00 p.m. onward, at 1123 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Public Library

The Mount Dennis Community Association is holding a public meeting regarding the progress toward becoming a sustainable neighbourhood. The meeting will include a presentation by a Community Energy Planner from the City of Toronto who will review the work underway to make Mount Dennis the City’s first Net Zero community.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Minds in Motion
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., at 2562 Eglinton Avenue West
St. Clair West Services for Seniors

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto will be hosting this program that combines physical activity as well as mental and social stimulation for individuals living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners. The program runs two hours per week for eight weeks and offers a great environment to establish new friendships with others who are living the same experiences. Coffee break with refreshments is provided. Cost: Free. Please note that all events are scent-free.
To Register: Register online at www.alz.to or contact Remy Sookhai at 416-640-6317

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Weston Historical Society April General Meeting
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at 2245 Lawrence Avenue West
The Village of Humber Heights Etobicoke Retirement Home

Guest speaker Dr. Robert Galway will speak about “The Tretheway Model Farm and Plaque Project.” Location is wheelchair accessible.
For more information, emailwestonhistoricalsociety@rogers.com or call:416-243-2610

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Alzheimer Society Toronto Workshop – Dementia 101
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at 2562 Eglinton Avenue West, Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Suite 202
St. Clair West Services for Seniors

This workshop will provide family caregivers with an overview of Alzheimer’s disease focusing on the importance of early diagnosis and illustrate the progression of the disease. Please note that all events are scent-free. To Register: Register online at www.alz.to or contact Remy Sookhai at 416-640-6317

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Spring Clean-up in Mount Dennis
10:00 a.m. – onwards, meet at the west end of Glenvalley Drive

Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting a spring clean-up at Somerville & Sunnybrae ravine edges.

Sunday April 9, 2017
Memorial Service for 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge
2:00 p.m. – onwards, at 1050 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Legion Branch 31

Service followed by allowed Support our Troops fundraiser at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Child Care Seat Clinic
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at 200 Trethewey Drive
12 Division

Drop-Ins welcome. For more information or to register, please visit: www.torontocarseatclinic.ca

Monday, April 10, 2017
Expression through Music and Rhythm – Alzheimer Society Toronto Dance Therapy
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at 2562 Eglinton Avenue West, Boardroom, 2nd Floor, Suite 202
St. Clair West Services for Seniors

Dance/Movement therapy is a person-centered holistic practice. It allows for the exploration of the connection between mind and body as a creative outlet for self-expression. With the use of music and rhythm we will explore movement in a fun, engaging and meaningful way. This session is for people in the early stages of dementia and their family caregivers. It is an opportunity to experience the joy of dance and music. This session is led by a certified dance therapist. Please wear comfortable clothing. Please note that all events are scent-free. Cost: This is a FREE event. To Register: Register online at www.alz.to or contact Remy Sookhai at 416-640-6317

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Spring Clean-up in Mount Dennis
10:00 a.m. onward, meet at Weston and Dora Spencer Road

Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting a spring clean-up at Dora Spencer & Portage Gardens Park.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
12 Division – Community Police Liaison Meeting 
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at 200 Trethewey Drive
Community Police Liaison Committees (CPLC) are made up of community volunteers and police service representatives from the local division’s geographical area. Each committee is inclusive to reflect the demographics of the local community.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Karaoke Night
8:30 p.m. onward, 1050 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Legion Branch 31

Join their host Peter deBruin in the club room. Cash Bar available.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Spring Clean-up in Mount Dennis
10:00 a.m. onward, meet at Lambton and Astoria Avenue

Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting a spring clean-up at Lambton & Astoria ravine edges.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Spring Clean-up at Rockcliffe-Smythe
11: 00 a.m. onward, meet at Jane Street and Haney Avenue

The Rockliffe-Smythe Community Association will be hosting a spring clean-up at Haney Park.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Frontlines’ 30th Anniversary Dinner
6:00 p.m. onward, at 50 St. Phillip Road
Weston Golf Club

Frontlines will celebrate 30 years of being part of the community; Frontlines provides services for children and youth in York South-Weston. Tickets are still available on the website www.frontlinesto30.eventbrite.ca. Or contact Carol Latimer, for more information atcarol.latimer@sympatico.ca.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Official Opening of the York Recreational Community Centre
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., 115 Black Creek Drive
York Recreation Community Centre

The centre is located at 115 Black Creek Drive, on the southeast corner of Eglinton Avenue West and Black Creek Drive. There are over 100 parking spaces for residents using the facility. Once complete, the Eglinton subway extension will be just steps away.
York Recreation Centre is a centre where programs are free. They will be offering programming for the following age categories:

  • early child
  • child
  • youth
  • adult
  • older adult
  • families participating together

Programs will be offered in:

  • Aquatics
  • Arts
  • Camps
  • Clubs/Special Interest
  • Early Years
  • Fitness
  • Sports

For more information, please call 416-392-9675.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Doubles Darts (Blind Draw)
7:00 p.m. onward, at 1050 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Legion Branch 31

Entry fee $3. Registration at 7:00 p.m. Play begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Councillor Frances Nunziata’s Community Environment Day
2:00 p.m. onward, at Eglinton Flats

One (1) load of compost will be delivered.
Don’t miss this year’s Ward 11 Environment Day where residents are able to pick up free green bins and kitchen containers (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged bin), free leaf compost, drop off items for recycling or proper disposal (such as electronics) and donate items for reuse. For more information on what you can/cannot bring visit www.toronto.ca/environment_days.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Spring Clean-up in Mount Dennis
10:00 a.m. onward, meet at Emmett and Verona Avenue

Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting a spring clean-up at Emmett Avenue.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
17th Annual Spring Crafts & Flea Market
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 1050 Weston Road
Mount Dennis Legion Branch 31

Sale features a Mothers’ Day theme with 40 Vendors, a Silent Auction, Snack Bar, book room & flea market. Lots of great ideas & gifts for Mothers’ Day. All are welcome!



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