Councillor Jaye Robinson’s March eNewsletter

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Dear friends and neighbours,


We’re turning the corner into March and remain deep in winter’s grip!


My Transit and Transportation Town Hall was a lively and informative night thanks in no small part to the great questions posed by Ward 25ers! For anyone who missed it, you can check out the evening’s presentations from TTC CEO Andy Byford and Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig at


It was lively and informative event thanks in no small part to the great questions posed by Ward 25ers!


Public consultation meetings are set for March 3 and March 17 to discuss the creation of a Local Appeal Body (LAB).


I worked hard to get Toronto’s LAB study off the ground and I’m pleased to see it moving into the public consultation phase!


I’d like to hear from you about the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway. City staff recently released a report on the future of the Gardiner from Jarvis to Logan and the issue will come before City Council in early April. I’ve included a link to the report below!


Read on for more information about LABs as well as upcoming city wide and Ward 25 events and public meetings!


Warm regards,


With TTC CEO Andy Byford, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and Transportation Services GM Stephen Buckley following my Transit and Transportation Town Hall
Transit and Transportation Town Hall
I am pleased to report that my Ward 25 Transit and Transportation Town Hall, which took place last Tuesday at Lawrence Park Community Church, was a big success!


I brought the city’s top transit and transportation officials, TTC CEO Andy Byford, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig and Transportation Services GM Stephen Buckley, to Ward 25 to answer your questions and address your issues.


It was an interesting, informative and encouraging evening, and we heard about all of the work the city and the province are doing to tackle Toronto’s congestion problem.


I was particularly excited about the discussion surrounding the Yonge relief line – I made it clear that it was his number one priority.


As we learned from the Q&A, there is more to be done, but we are taking action.


You can check out Andy Byford and Bruce McCuaig’s presentations at


Thank you to all who attended and brought excellent questions!

Local Appeal Body Public Consultation
Public consultations are underway on creating a Local Appeal Body (LAB). The LAB would hear appeals from the Committee of Adjustment, replacing the Ontario Municipal Board in the context of minor variance and consent applications.


The North York meeting is on Monday, March 3, 7 p.m. at North York Civic Centre and the central meeting on Monday, March 17, 7 p.m. at Metro Hall.


The public consultations will feed into a long awaited and highly anticipated staff report – one that I have pushed hard for over the course of the term – that is expected to recommend that the city establish a LAB. I encourage you to come out and have your

say. Check out for more information!

Ice Storm Review Consultation
As I mentioned in my last eNewsletter, there was significant room for improvement in the city and Toronto Hydro’s response to the December ice storm.


At January’s City Council meeting, I voted for a full and comprehensive review of that response, including actions to improve the city’s response to extreme weather events in the future. Toronto Hydro also announced it assembled an Independent Review Panel to evaluate its storm response. Both reviews are well underway.


The city is hosting public town hall meetings on behalf of Toronto Hydro’s Independent Review Panel to gather feedback on Toronto Hydro’s service during the storm.


The North York town hall is scheduled for Thursday March 6, 7 p.m. at the North York Civic Centre.


Those attending can provide a three-minute comment to the panel on how Toronto Hydro can improve its response to extreme weather events.


If you are unable to attend in person, you can also provide feedback to the panel via email

Gardiner East Study
Earlier this week, city staff released a report on the joint City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto study on the future of the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis to Logan.


City staff reviewed four options for the future of the eastern section of the Gardiner: maintain, improve, replace or remove. You can read the full report here.


The report will go to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee next week and is expected to come before City Council for a final vote in early April.


I will be watching the committee proceedings closely and fully reviewing the report before it comes to Council.


If you haven’t already, I’d appreciate hearing from you on this issue – your feedback is integral to my decision making process.


Just send me an email at or call my office at 416-395-6408 and let me know what you think!

Councillor Jaye Robinson’s Community Environment Day – May 31, 2014, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Please mark off the morning of Saturday, May 31 for my annual Community Environment Day at York Mills Collegiate!


My Environment Day is a great opportunity to clear out forgotten items during your Spring cleaning as well as toxic and electronic waste.


You can bring everything from computer equipment and electronics to compact and fluorescent light bulbs for disposal and recycling. You can also bring sporting goods, books and small household items, like dishes and utensils, for donation.


I hope you can join me!

Memories of North York Community


Date: March 4

Time: 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Location: Barbara Frum Library (20 Covington Rd)


Join the North York Historical Society to look at pictures of life in the North York area within the last 100 years, see how much you remember of these places and events, and join in the discussion.


For more information and registration, please call 416-395-5440

Bare Bones & Up Front Indie Music Series


Date: Every Wednesday from February 19 to April 9

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts Gallery (5040 Yonge Street)


This dynamic music series features performers and songwriters from the GTA in a beautiful and intimate setting at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Tickets are $20.


For more information, please

Soldiers of Song: A Tribute to The Dumbells


Date: March 6

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Lawrence Hall (157 King Street East), 3rd Floor Ballroom     


Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI and 180th anniversary of Toronto’s incorporation with a performance of The Dumbells, a comedy group made up of the Canadian Army’s 3rd Division, hosted by the Town of York Historical Society. Tickets, $25.


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TBGKids: March Break Camps


Date: March 10-14

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave E)


Interactive, educational and engaging activities offered in the James Boyd Children’s Centre, the TBG gardens and the surrounding ravine. Open to children 6 to 10 years old.


For more information,

Urban Fruit Workshop 


Date: March 16

Time: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: 401 Richmond (401 Richmond Street W)


A one-day intensive workshop where you will learn the basics of urban orchard design, four methods of fruit tree propagation, and how to collect, store and root fruit cuttings. Learn what fruit grows well in the GTA – in your backyard, balcony or rooftop garden!


For more information and registration,

50+ Active Living & Information Fair: Brain Wave


Date: March 18th

Time: 9:15 am to 3:15 pm.

Location: Central Eglinton Community Centre (160 Eglinton Avenue East)


The annual 50+ Active Living and Information Fair will have an exciting theme: Neuroplasticity – the power to expand your brain through action! The event is sponsored by the Ontario Senior’s Secretariat in partnership with the Older Adults Centre’s Association of Ontario.


For more information, call 416-392-0511 x. 288, or

Sunnybrook Speaker Series: All About Stroke: The Latest Lifesaving Information


Date: March 25

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Bayview Campus, McLaughlin Auditorium


An evening talk featuring Sunnybrook experts discussing all aspects of stroke including what stroke is and who is at risk as well as life after stroke.


For more information and to RSVP,

Fairlawn Stock


Date: March 26

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Fairlawn Avenue Church and Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre


A “Food and Water First” event. Enjoy some delicious soup from the Fairlawn Soup Ministry and sweets from sponsor Aroma Espresso Bar and learn more about the initiatives to protect prime Ontario farmland.


Tickets are $5 per person, $10 per family. Please note it’s a BYOSB (Bring Your Own Soup Bowl) event!


For more information,

Don Mills Civitan Dinner and Silent Auction


Date: April 11

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Spirale Banquet Hall (888 Don Mills Road)


The Annual Don Mills Civitan Dinner and Auction will celebrate 60 years of service to the community.


For more information, visit

Global Youth Service Day – Volunteer Fair


Date: April 12

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: City Hall, 100 Queen Street


For more information,