February 2020, Scarborough, On

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As Featured in February Bluffs Monitor

Guild Inn sculpture gardens getting 9 new pieces in the coming year

Installations will cost at least $200K with completion expected sometime in 2021

The Guild Park and Gardens is already home to a collection of restored facades from some of Toronto’s most stately old buildings: The Bank of Toronto, for instance; the old Globe and Mail headquarters that stood at King and York streets, the Toronto Fire Department’s 19th century Engine House No. 2 — dozens in all.

And now, a new kind of addition to the collection is on the way, according to Jo Ann Pynn, the city’s manager of cultural assets.

“We have some budgets and we have some partners and we are working with a landscape architect now to design some new locations and some new installations,” Pynn said.

“We have a lot of surplus stone.”  continued

The facade from a Toronto fire station built in the 1800s sits in the sculpture park at the Guild Park and Gardens.

Winterlicious reservations begin today (Jan. 16th, 2020) at more than 200 restaurants

Reservations for Winterlicious will begin on January 16 at more than 200 participating Toronto restaurants. From January 31 to February 13, foodies can step up to the plate and explore Toronto’s food culture at the 18th annual Winterlicious, created by the City of Toronto.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online or by telephone directly with the restaurants. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $23, $28 and $33, and dinner is priced at $33, $43 and $53. The list of participating restaurants, and their menus, are available at http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

Culinary event series
Tickets are on sale for the Winterlicious 2020 Culinary Event Series. The series includes a wide range of events, some suitable for the adventurous food explorer, others suitable for the cautious explorer. Some of the culinary events are already sold out, but there are still eight eclectic food experiences from which to choose:continued

SCARBOROUGH (December 05, 2019) – Scarborough Health Network Foundation is thrilled to announce and celebrate the largest single gift in its history—a transformative multi-million
dollar donation from the Lal family. The contribution will improve emergency and cardiac care in each of our hospitals. In recognition of the family, the Emergency Department at SHN’s General
hospital has been re-named the Deepa & Narinder Lal Emergency. SHN celebrated the new namingand extraordinary gift at the General hospital on December 4 with the Lal family, SHN staff, physicians and guests.        continued. 

Bluffers Park Journal

Scarborough Waterfront Project - Plans for Change Move Ahead

By Jim Sanderson
As The Bluffs Monitor has reported several times in the past, big changes appear to be coming to Bluffer’s Park. City hall and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority have continued to move forward with the Scarborough Waterfront Project , a redesign of approximately 11 kilometres of coastline from the west end of Bluffer’s Park to East Point Park and Highland Creek

We See You

Dr Ying Lu’s dedication to quality eye care earns her the Ontario Service Award

By Trevon Smith
Keep an eye out for Chief of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ying Lu, next time you see her. She’s just received the Ontario Service Award for her outstanding volunteer work.
Lu, an eye health expert, has volunteered at organizations around the world but has called Scarborough her home for the last 20 years. Working through the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and its community partners, she’s delivered world-renowned healthcare to the folks at Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association. continued

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

By Larraine Roulston
During this holiday season, we strive to surprise our family and friends with useful and memorable gifts. At the same time, it helps to have a spending plan in mind to avoid the woes of receiving over-extended credit card bills.
To remain within your budget, make a list of family and friends with the amount of money you can afford to spend on each. In the time remaining until December the 25th, keep an eye open for any sales. Although shopping online may be convenient, try to shop locally so that the dollars you spend remain within your community. As well, if purchasing a bicycle or other sports equipment, for example, local retailers are best equipped to help you with selection, accessories and any ongoing maintenance issues.

Check out thrift stores for board games, toys and unique gifts. Books in particular are popular and many that can be found in thrift and used book stores are in mint condition. See what is available on websites such as Craigslist or Kijiji where you’ll often find items priced as ‘best offer’ from people who continued

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.


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.