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City of Toronto municipal election and other updates – September 7, 2018

There is lots going on in our neighbourhood!

 

City of Toronto municipal election

We await a ruling from the Superior Court on the legality of the province’s Bill 5 (The Better Local Government Act) to reduce the number of council seats to 25.

In the meantime, the number and boundaries of wards continue to be in flux. In the event of a “25-seat council” election, the SERRA area would see FOUR incumbent councillors plus new candidates canvassing in our area. If a “47-seat council” prevails, we would see only our current councillor, Josh Matlow, plus any new candidates asking for your votes.

Although SERRA does not endorse specific candidates during elections, we would be remiss in not thanking Josh Matlow for his excellent service to our community over the last four years. For example, Josh has been front and centre in opposing inappropriate developments, both mid-rise/high-rises and residential homes. In addition, he has championed the creation of new and renovated parks, and heritage properties in our area are being recognized and protected. Josh has also been advocating for a north-south relief transit line to take pressure off the Yonge Line. Lastly, he has been a critical voice advocating for the abolition of the OMB and for the creation of a new City plan for the Y-E area (“Midtown in Focus,” now in the approval stage at the province).

Josh has invited interested residents to attend his official re-election launch party. Josh Matlow’s Campaign Kick-off – Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

You may not be aware, but if you support a candidate running for City Council, the City of Toronto offers a generous rebate program (almost 75% of your contribution). So a $100 contribution will, in fact, cost you only $25 (after the rebate). Learn more at the City of Toronto “Contribution Rebate Guide for Contributors.”

School trustees
We would also like to thank our school trustee, Shelley Laskin, for her tireless efforts to improve school capacity in our fast-growing area. In addition to securing a brand-new replacement (and larger) Davisville Public School, she has also secured a significant addition to both Hodgson Middle School and Eglinton Jr public school. With Shelley’s support, the TDSB is now also formally on the record for agreeing to secure another elementary school for the Y-E area. Together with Josh Matlow and local residents, Shelley also secured our first community centre in the SERRA area at the Davisville Public School grounds! Lastly, together with the Eglinton Jr parents, Shelley has fought for Crosstown LRT construction safety improvements.

To celebrate Shelley’s achievements, come out to her event. Shelley Laskin’s Campaign Kick-off  Sunday, September 9th 2018

Tree for Me
SERRA proudly announces our second annual “TREE FOR ME” event in support of improving our neighbourhood tree canopy. If you’ve been thinking of planting a locally grown tree or shrub (free) at your house or apartment, then click here to read the TREE FOR ME information.

Andy Gort,
President, SERRA

 

Recent News Articles 

The Star.com article by JENNIFER PAGLIARO, Aug. 31, 2018
Judge to decide by Sept. 11 on Tory bill cutting Toronto city council wards from 47 to 25

CBC article by The Canadian Press, Aug 31, 2018: Judge expects to rule quickly on Toronto challenge of council-cutting bill

Update – September 11, 2018 

Read the Judge’s ruling and see the ward maps in this Toronto Star article by JENNIFER PAGLIARO, City Hall Bureau and ROBERT BENZIE, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief
Mon., Sept. 10, 2018 Ford plans to invoke notwithstanding clause for first time in province’s history and will call back legislature on Bill 5

CBC News article by John Rieti, Sep 09, 2018 Premier Doug Ford to use notwithstanding clause to cut size of Toronto city council

 

City of Toronto municipal election and other updates – September 7, 2018

There is lots going on in our neighbourhood!   City of Toronto municipal election We await a ruling from the Superior Court on the legality of the province’s Bill 5 (The Better Local Government Act) to reduce the number of council seats to 25. In the meantime, the number and boundaries of wards continue to be in flux. In the event of a “25-seat council” election, the SERRA area would see FOUR incumbent councillors plus … Read moreCity of Toronto municipal election and other updates – September 7, 2018

Meet the 25 new City Council wards – August 19, 2018 Update

We wanted to thank the many residents who responded to our survey about reducing the size of City Council to 25 members, and in particular, for offering the many comments to explain your position. A large majority of respondents objected to the reduction in the number of Council members, mostly because they felt that the new size of the wards would significantly impact the level of representation needed in the city. They also felt that Premier Ford’s claim of “for … Read moreMeet the 25 new City Council wards – August 19, 2018 Update

TDSB Announced New Trustee Ward Boundaries

August 19, 2018 Update: The map of the new TDSB ward boundries is now available online. Click here to see the map. Click here to see a list of candidates. August 18, 2018 Update: **NOTE Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. More details about TDSB Trustee candidates and wards will be posted to the City of Toronto elections … Read moreTDSB Announced New Trustee Ward Boundaries

City Council, the Municipal Election and Ward Boundary Changes – August 2, 2018 Update

August 19, 2018 Update: The map of the new 25 wards is now available online. Click here to see the map. August 18, 2018 Update: Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, was passed by the Government of Ontario and received Royal Assent on August 14, 2018. City Council has been reduced to 25 wards. To read a list of names for the 25 wards, click here. There is a special City Council Meeting scheduled … Read moreCity Council, the Municipal Election and Ward Boundary Changes – August 2, 2018 Update