October 2019, Scarborough, On

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We always enjoyed Aioli and Aiolio, so we were anxious to try Aiolio Trattoria and it did not disappoint! The menu contains new and unique dishes as well as retaining some of the old favourites. The soup changes, but is always delicious! The Linguine with Duck Confit and Turchon of Foie Gras was fabulous! It is definitely my new favourite. The Brasised Beef Penne was also a fantasic new discovery. Ask Henri or your server to suggest a wine with dinner, they have a lovely selection. And save room for dessert! If you are looking for a cozy, reasonably priced restaurant, with consistently delicious food, try Aiolio Trattoria. I would travel a distance to eat here, fortunately we are lucky enough to have them in our neighbourhood. ~ Glenda Smee

King Kids for Climate Change

Students from RH King Academy taking part in the second global climate strike on Friday September 27th.

By Bree-Ann Gittens
Thousands of students attended climate change protests on Friday, Sept 27. The Toronto District School Board allowed students to protest during school hours. This is a climate strike rally for climate justice for future generations.
The protest at RH King began at 1: 00 pm where students were holding posters, chanting climate change slogans on the sidewalk in front of their school.
Over 50 students raised their voices chanting “climate justice now” or ” hey hey, ho ho, fossil fuel has gotta go.”
Climate change protests took place across the country on Friday to address the world’s climate change problem.
Many RH King students went to the Queen’s Park rally instead. Vice Principle Armand Van Bochove said “many parents called the school giving their children permission to be absent to so they could participate in the events at Queens Park.”
Full story in November Bluffs Monitor

Provincial cuts threaten affordable housing project

A rendering of what the new development could look like, under the plan currently before city staff. It runs adjacent to Kingston Road near Scarborough Golf Club Road. (Podium Developments/City of Toronto)

A plan to add more than 100 affordable apartments to a Scarborough neighbourhood is up in the air after the province cut a program that would have helped pay for the project.

“We work hard to … create affordable housing in the city, and so it’s always very disappointing when we see that it doesn’t come through,” said a frustrated Coun. Ana Bailao, the city’s affordable housing advocate.

Podium Developments had planned a 27-storey, 386-unit rental building on Dale Avenue, near the Guildwood GO station with about 30 per cent of the units earmarked for lower income residents, the developer told CBC Toronto in an email.

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Another Solution Proposed for Birchcliff Quarry Lands

The Quarry Lands, about 7.6 hectares that have been vacant for more than 50 years, extend east from Victoria Park Avenue to Clonmore Drive, between Gerrard Street East and the rail corridor to the north. The city owns about three hectares of the site. (Kelda Yuen/CBC )

The city is proposing to build affordable housing with park space on its portion of a Scarborough site known as the Birchcliff Quarry Lands, a Toronto councillor told a community meeting on Monday.

Coun. Gary Crawford, who represents Ward 20-Scarborough Southwest, told about 100 people that a new redevelopment plan by the city for the Quarry Lands calls for about 120 units of affordable housing to be built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The housing will be a mix of ownership and rental. About 70 units are proposed to be rental.

“The plan, I think, is an improvement from the last plan,” Crawford said at the meeting.

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BUSKERFEST

Flippin’ Fantastic!; Jeremie Houet of the Magic Breakers, leaps over seven volunteers in a single bound before a dazzled audience at Buskerfest on Aug 31st at Woodbine Park .

1st Day of School

Mayor John Tory and Councillor Gary Crawford were at Oakridge Junior Public School in Scarborough to welcome students as they head back to school this morning. The mayor provided updates on the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan initiatives that support the safety, education and wellbeing of all students in Toronto.

The Vision Zero Road Safety Plan is a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. With more than 50 safety measures across six emphasis areas, the plan prioritizes the safety of the most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, schoolchildren, older adults and cyclists. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-

What this means for Scarborough drivers is photo radar is coming to a school zone near you.  The city is planning on installing 50 of the units in school zones throughout the city by December.  With more planned after that.