New development proposed for Wilby Crescent

An application for 10-storey, 131-unit residential building has been submitted to the city. If it all goes ahead, the building will be constructed at 10 Wilby Crescent, currently home to an auto repair shop.

Wilby Crescent runs off of Hickory Tree Road, near Raymore Park.
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Purdy will get humps

Etobicoke York Community Council voted this week to install speed humps on Purdy Avenue. City staff had advised against it because street survey hadn’t quite reached the quorum they require, but staff were overruled. They’ve now been directed to plan for two speed humps on the street.

Laura Albanese reintroduces bill against boozecans

Now that the legislature is back in session, Laura Albanese has reintroduced her private member’s bill that would stiffen punishments for operating an illegal after-hours club. The bill died last year after second reading when the provincial legislature was prorogued.

Albanese’s bill would would make it easier for police to get access to the businesses that become after-hours bars and will put stricter bail restrictions and penalties on offenders.

Second reading of Bill 8 is scheduled for Thursday February 28th, 2013.

Metrolinx jobs program not working

GO Transit’s local employment initiative, which was supposed to help residents find jobs, is not living up to its promises. Only four people have been hired, and most of the few jobs now posted are nowhere near here.

The Georgetown South Employment Initiative was launched in October of last year. According to GO, the train lines being built in Weston “will support thousands of design and construction jobs” and their “contractors working on the GTS Project have committed… to consider qualified community members to fill any employment positions”.

But Westonians (and Torontonians) are not finding jobs—because most of the ones posted now are in Alberta. Three jobs are posted on GTS jobs site— but two are at the Calgary Airport.

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Nor has even a small fraction of those “thousands” of jobs materialized. According to Salza, a spokesperson for Metrolinx, “contractors have posted 10 positions ranging from traffic control flagging to administrative support… 10 individuals have received interviews. Of those four have been hired.”

In Metrolinx’s defense, they have a caveat that they “will not guarantee a specific number of jobs” but will only “identify any employment opportunities that may exist and make them accessible to qualified individuals.”

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Events this week

Monday February 25th, 6:30pm
Join MPP Albanese for a Town Hall on Phase Two of Ontario’s Condo Act Review with special guests Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11) & Councillor Frank DiGiorgio (Ward 12)

York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West

Phase two has now begun, and I will be hosting a Town Hall with special guests Councillor Frances Nunziata and Councillor Frank DiGiorgio on Monday February 25th,6:30pm at the York Civic Centre.

In Stage Two of Ontario’s Condo Act Review, experts in condominium issues will review the report and the public comments it generates at meeting such as this. These experts will then bring forward options and recommendations for updating the Act.

The Councillors will also discuss the City of Toronto Condominium Consultation Process as the City of Toronto is working with condominium residents to identify possible changes to City policies as they relate to condo living in Toronto.

Local hero Mark Demontis back in the news

H4 has a profile on the work of local hero Mark Demontis

 

On Saturday, what I witnessed was unbelievable courage, determination and something I’ll never forget.  I was fortunate enough to watch hockey players from across Canada who travelled to Toronto to participate in the 2013 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament.  Players came as far as Vancouver and one person even made the trip north from Indianapolis.  I’m sure by now you’re thinking, “What is a blind hockey tournament?”

 

Thanks to Susan for the tip.

A few votes short on humps on Purdy

Toronto staff are recommending against installing humps on Purdy Crescent, because only 46% of residents responded to the poll, even though 68% of respondents were in favour. The rules say that 50%+1 of residents must respond to get the city’s blessing.

If you are in favour of the humps, all is not lost. Frances Nunziata has the power to (and regularly does) overrule the recommendation of city staff. Etobicoke York Council will be meeting on March 21st.

And now we dance.