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March 2, 2024

Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation donates $1 million to Scarborough Health Network to innovate diagnostic imaging

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation is thrilled to announce a generous donation of $1 million from the Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation to support exceptional healthcare for Scarborough.

“For over 40 years, my parents, Honey and Barry were committed philanthropists. They believed that they had a duty to help others by focusing on organizations that improve the lives of people. I am honoured to continue their legacy with this gift to support equitable, accessible healthcare for people living in Scarborough and the surrounding communities,” said daughter Alexandra Krawczyk, who leads the Honey & Barry Legacy Foundation.

This gift will enable SHN to create the new Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation Interventional Radiology Suite within the state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Department at SHN’s General Hospital, which is scheduled to open in late 2024.

“We are so grateful to the Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation for their transformational gift,” said Alicia Vandermeer, President & CEO of SHN Foundation. “The philanthropy of Honey & Barry Sherman is profound, and we’re honoured to be part of their ongoing legacy. This donation will help our talented healthcare teams diagnose and treat various medical conditions in the Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation Interventional Radiology Suite, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke.”

Today, not every procedure needs to be performed in a full operating room under general anesthesia. Interventional radiology uses imaging technology, like X-rays and ultrasounds, to guide small instruments through the body to treat diseases without major surgery. Interventional radiology can be used to perform biopsies to diagnose cancer and what stage it is in, remove tumours, prevent kidney failure, and provide life-saving diagnoses in minimally invasive ways.

For patients, the benefits are significant. By avoiding surgery under anesthesia, they have less pain, fewer complications and can return to their normal lives faster. Plus, it frees the operating room for patients who need more complex operations.

The Honey & Barry Sherman Interventional Radiology Suite will be a critical part of SHN’s new Diagnostic Imaging Department to help ensure equitable, accessible care for Scarborough and the surrounding areas. Currently, diagnostic imaging is scattered around five locations at SHN’s General Hospital, impacting the patient experience. However, the new Diagnostic Imaging Department will combine all imaging modalities into one central location at the General Hospital, expanding to over 36,000 square feet and reducing wait times for critical interventional radiology by 50%.

SHN Foundation is inspired by the generosity of the Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation and their support of the Love, Scarborough campaign, which is raising critical funds and awareness for Scarborough’s hospitals.

January 5, 2024

Free Dental Care Day

By Janet Monk

In 2012, Orangeville-based dentist Dr. Raj Khanuja started a life-changing annual event: a free dental care day for people in need called ‘Doing Positive in My Backyard’. This winter, Khanuja and his colleagues from 7 different dental care clinics across the GTA offered free care and procedures to some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents between December 6 and January 31.

On the Doing Positive in My Backyard day, the participating clinic offers three different services at no cost to people in need: cleaning, tooth extractions (one per person), and tooth fillings (one per person). This year, the participating clinics included Castlemore Dental Clinics in Fergus, Stoney Creek, Mississauga, Hillsburgh, and Scarborough, Flower City Dental in Brampton, and Headwaters Dental in Orangeville. The program took place at the Scarborough branch of Castlemore Dental on January 17, to the great thanks of the Scarborough Southwest community.

Khanuja was inspired to start the program after an eye-opening experience with one of his clients. A mother of three, who frequented his office with her children, was showing signs of a dental emergency. However, when Khanuja approached the subject, she admitted that she could not afford the procedure. She feared that by spending the money on her health, she would sacrifice her children’s happiness. “’I can fix my teeth or buy my kid hockey equipment.’ Even 10 years later these words of a mother echo in my ears. These are words of a mother that showed (an) abundance of love for her child and sacrificed her oral health to put a smile on his face,” said Khanuja. “I witnessed something we read in story books. It’s my gratitude and respect for that mother that led me to start the project ‘Doing Positive in my Backyard’, where we offer free dental care to help any member of our community to give a boost to their oral health.”

So far, Khanuja and his team of professionals are equipped to help approximately 27 patients per free clinic, per day. Since the program began, it has expanded every year and continues to grow in notoriety and size. In 2017, Khanuja received the Canada 150 Commemorative Medallion for community service. In 2018 he was named one of the top 25 Canadian immigrants by RBC and received the June Callwood Award for Voluntarism. Most recently, Khanuja received the Canadian Business Excellence Award in 2021.
Thanks to Khanuja, during a time of great difficulty for many people in and around the GTA, everyone has the opportunity to face 2023 with a healthy, happy smile.

December 1, 202316

Empowering Joy - Annual Auxillary Toy Drive Delivery

By John Smee

On December 16th, the heartwarming tradition continued at 43 31 Lawrence Avenue East – 43 Division. The 30th annual Toronto Police Auxiliary Toy Drive held its delivery day on Saturday, leaving from 43 division to make its way throughout the community to deliver toys to children in need.

For nearly three decades, the Toronto Police Auxiliary in collaboration with the Toronto Police Service and generous contributions from local businesses and individuals has brought joy to thousands of underprivileged children in Scarborough, originating in 1994.

Inspired by Carrie Malin’s, compassionate Vision, the toy drive enables that children in shelters receive special gifts during the holiday season. Over 3000 families will benefit from the dedicated efforts of the auxiliary officers from 41, 42 and 43 division. These uniformed volunteers play a crucial role in crime prevention and community initiatives embodying the spirit of giving back. Organizing the toy drive creates moments of happiness for children who might otherwise miss out on Christmas presents, while fostering positive connections between the police service and the community.

December 15, 2023

Guild Festival Theatre Announces an Adventurous 2024 Season

After another year of packed audiences and glowing reviews, Guild Festival Theatre proudly announces their 13th season of performances in the park.

“As we head into our 2024 season, we’re excited to continue reimaging classics for a modern audience! Whether you’re looking for family entertainment, playful comedy or something a little darker, you’ll want to join us in Guild Park this summer” say Artistic Directors Helen Juvonen and Tyler J. Seguin.

From a hilariously ill-fated cycling trip through Germany to a true story of survival in the Canadian wilderness, GFT’s 2024 season is all about adventure. Our popular Family Fest returns for a third year and we’ll also have some exciting surprises in store – Guild Festival Theatre’s 13th season is another reason to celebrate Scarborough.

Season at a Glance

Family Fest (July 10-14)

The third annual Family Fest offers free performances and activities for all ages. Full schedule and lineup featuring some familiar faces and new acts coming soon!

Three Men on a Bike (July 18-August 4)

The sequel to last year’s hit Three Men in a Boat! Join Jay, George, and Harris as they spend a disastrous holiday bicycling through Germany. Award-winning writer and director team Mark Brownell & Sue Miner return to Guild Festival Theatre along with Azeem Nathoo, reprising his role of Jay!

Isle of Demons (August 8-25)

This riveting story by Governor General Award-winning playwright Robert Chafe, tells the incredible, yet true, tale of Marguerite de la Roque who was abandoned on a remote island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1542. Part tragedy, part thriller, this gripping play makes its Toronto premiere at Guild Festival Theatre.

Also in 2024

In Conversation with Classics Our inaugural creator’s unit will be holding a public reading in March, with original works by Genevieve Adam, Azeem Nathoo, and Thomas Morgan Jones & Keith Barker. Date and location TBA.

 

Performance venue

The Greek Theatre, Guild Park & Gardens

201 Guildwood Parkway

Scarborough, Ontario

Tickets & Passes Now On Sale

Multi-show passes and individual tickets are now on sale!

Visit www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca/tickets for more information.

December 13, 2023

Federal Rapid Housing Initiative Advancing Indigenous Affordable Housing and Reconciliation in Scarborough-Guildwood

Toronto, ONToday, Dec.13, City Council adopted two important housing projects in Scarborough-Guildwood, led by Indigenous housing providers. The projects will increase the supply of Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) homes for Indigenous tenants. These two projects increase the housing supply with 62 new homes at 525 Markham Road, and 68 RGI homes at 4201-4203 Kingston Road.  

 The two Scarborough-Guildwood projects are critical to improving Indigenous affordable housing and advancing Indigenous Reconciliation. Councillor Paul Ainslie in Scarborough-Guildwood highlighted the benefits of the two projects, This new Rapid Housing Initiative funding for Indigenous-led housing will make a significant impact on the lives of many Scarborough residents, and ensure that we remain a diverse, welcoming community. I am grateful to the Government of Canada for this investment which will quickly strengthen the supply of affordable housing in Toronto.” The two adopted projects also demonstrate the pivotal federal funding role in addressing the City’s housing challenge through the federal Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), in addition to the City’s Open Door Program. 

The RHI and Open Door Programs identify unstable housing security confronting Torontonians and within the guidelines see Indigenous peoples as a priority group. RGI tenants pay no more than 30% of their income or the shelter allowance of their income support benefit on rent.  

Wigwamen Inc. Located at 525 Markham Road, will complete 62 new RGI homes for Indigenous residents in 2025. The Gabriel Dumont Non-Profit Homes, at 4201-4203 Kingston Road will build and operate 68 new homes.  

Scarborough-Guildwood will continue monitoring the progress of the two projects, the RHI program and the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. 

City Council considered the two projects in the Item 2023.PH8.10, designating 130 RGI homes across two projects to Scarborough-Guildwood among the overall 856 new RGI homes across 19 projects citywide. 

December 12, 2023

City of Toronto announces the opening of 220 new mixed affordable and supportive rental homes in Scarborough

Today, Mayor Olivia Chow announced the opening of 220 new mixed affordable and supportive rental homes at Birchmount Green, a development by Birchmount Green, Inc., for low-and moderate-income households at 1236 Birchmount Rd. Mayor Chow was joined by Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre; Councillor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre); Tim Neeb, President, Birchmount Green, Inc. and community partner leaders.

Tenants at Birchmount Green are selected through a combination of not-for-profit referral partners, which match tenants to 98 of the homes that provide a range of supports. Of these, 88 units are rent-geared-to-income with rents not exceeding 30 per cent of a household’s income.10 are average market rent (AMR) which is defined annually by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Rents for the remaining 122 homes will not exceed 100 per cent of AMR. All the homes are at or below AMR making them affordable for a range of low- to moderate-income households.

Designed to be an integrated community, with a broad community and accommodating for a variety of tenants, the building features:

• 45 accessible homes

• A large amenity room with access to outdoor greenery and barbecues

• An accessible rooftop garden, a library, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas and bicycle storage

• Offices for support service organizations

• An on-site coffee shop, “The Social Brew, Café, and Marketplace,” a social enterprise managed by Community Living Toronto and Corbrook Awakening Abilities and will be staffed by adults living with a disability. It will also serve as a location for barista training, offered by Community Living Toronto.

The City of Toronto is working with six not-for-profit referral partners at Birchmount Green including:

• Bellwoods Community Living Centres

• Community Living Toronto • Fred Victor Centre • LOFT Community Service

• The Redwood

• WoodGreen Community Housing

HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan These new homes are a step towards achieving the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan (HousingTO Action Plan) goals, including 65,000 new rent-controlled home approvals across the city over 10 years, of which at least 6,500 will be new rent-geared-to-income homes and 18,000 supportive homes with a focus on helping people exit homelessness. Birchmount Green was supported by the City of Toronto’s Open Door program which provides capital funding and incentives in addition to federal funding. The City’s Open Door program offers capital funding and/or financial incentives to support non-profit and private sector housing developers to create new affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income households.

Information on the random selection process is available on the City’s Affordable Rental Homes webpage: www.toronto.ca/community-people/affordable-rental-homes/. More information about Toronto’s housing approach is available on the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan webpage: www.toronto.ca/housingto-2020-2030-action-plan/.

December 8, 2023

Staying Healthy This Season

Is it a Cold?  Is it the Flu?  Is it COVID? Should I stay home?  SCHC can help provide answers. 

SCHC has opened a Cold, Flu COVID Assessment Clinic. 

The clinic will run every Friday from 5 pm – 8 pm and every Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm (check on holidays) from the 629 Markham Road Unit 2 Community Health Centre near Shoppers Drug mart in the Lawrence E/Markham Rd N. intersection.  

The clinic provides free 30-minute assessments for those with moderate symptoms common to COVID-19, the flu, or a cold. The provider will assess your symptoms and develop a care plan. An OHIP card is not needed. This is a great option for those not feeling well this respiratory season. With no wait time it helps community members get the right care in the right place. Please share/post the attached flyer as you see fit. 

Walk-ins are welcome or people can book online here https://ocean.cognisantmd.com/online-booking/ec0a6738-b4f5-4c2e-a0ca-71b4109444ba 

 In Canada, the cold, flu and respiratory virus season normally runs from fall through winter. Having the flu, a cold or COVID can lead to mild symptoms like fatigue but in some cases, it can lead up to severe complications or death. Among those eligible for vaccination, some people are at higher risk for complications or hospitalization due to the flu or COVID-19. Those people include individuals 65+, living in a care facility, young children, people with other co-morbidity or chronic health conditions and marginalized communities.  

 Vaccination is a simple, safe, and effective way of protecting the body against harmful diseases. Everyone aged 6 months and older is currently eligible to receive flu and you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine if it has been more than 6 months since your last vaccine or confirmed infection. There is no need to wait between the two vaccines. Anyone, 6 months of age and older, can get any seasonal influenza vaccine at the same time, before or after any other vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, if you prefer. The COVID-19 vaccine protects against severe infection and against long COVID, which is when symptoms last for weeks or months. Vaccination is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, seniors, and anyone with a health condition, such as heart or lung problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, an auto-immune condition, or a weak immune system. People taking treatments or with conditions that weaken their immune system should speak to their healthcare provider about when to get each dose for the best immune response. You can book a call with the VaxFacts+ Doctor to answer your specific questions https://www.shn.ca/vaxfacts/.  

 There are daily habits we can all do to stay safe and protect others this fall. You should regularly wash your hands including before eating and preparing food, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes and covering any coughs or sneezes.  Wear a mask when in indoor public spaces with other people like transit, or busy stores.  

 If you are feeling unwell, you should stay home to reduce the spread of any illness. If you have any respiratory symptoms, using an at-home Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kit can help a physician give advice on care plans and determine if you need to delay your next vaccine. If you are unsure of what care is needed, you can start by calling 811 or using their online chat feature to speak with a nurse. To be seen in person for care you can access local Scarborough assessment centers or walk-in clinics to help reduce long waits in the Emergency department. You can find an interactive map of vaccine clinics and assessment centres here https://en.soht.ca/resources/  

 If we all do our part, we can reduce the spread of influenza and Covid-19 this year. If you have any questions you can email ambassador@schcontario.ca  

December 4, 2023

Images From Christmas Parties held at Variety Village this Weekend

December 4, 2023

Registration for City of Toronto winter recreation programs and March Break camps opens 7am Wednesday December 6 for Scarborough

Beginning Tuesday December 5, people residing in Toronto can register for winter recreation and March Break programs run by the City of Toronto. The City offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs including swimming, skating and camps for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on: • Tuesday, December 5: For facilities in Etobicoke York, including York South-Weston, and Toronto East York districts • Wednesday, December 6: For facilities in North York and Scarborough districts

Learn more and register for classes Torontonians can learn about and register for programs, classes and camps offered this winter on the City’s Winter Recreation Programs webpage: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/winter-recreation-programs/.

Residents can learn more about registration dates in their area along with program and registration information. To sign up for recreation programs, residents are encouraged to have their client and family number ready before registration. To get a client and family number, residents can set up a new account or retrieve their existing numbers by phone at 416-396-7378 or at the Winter Recreation Programs webpage: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/winter-recreation-programs/.

Residents who need help preparing for registration can call 416-396-7378, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call centre will be open for extended hours on Monday, December 5, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. In-person registration and support will be available from 7 a.m. to noon at the following five locations:

• Tuesday, December 5: o Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane St. o

Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave. o Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.

• Wednesday, December 6 o

Centennial Recreation Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd. o

Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre, 29 St. Dennis Dr.

If you can’t go, let us know Many City recreation programs have waiting lists. If registrants are unable to attend their program, they are asked to contact their local community centre or call the customer service line at 416-396-7378 to cancel their registration so that their spot becomes available.

Discounts and free recreation programs Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. Participants over the age of 60 receive a 50 per cent discount on the regular price of adult recreation programs, excluding private, semi-private and small group lessons. More information about free programs and other recreational program subsidies is available on the City’s Free & Lower-Cost Recreation Options webpage: www.toronto.ca/free-lower-cost-recreation-options.

Welcome Policy Annual Credit The Welcome Policy annual credit can be used to register for City recreation programs including winter recreation. Those receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker or apply online. Toronto residents with a before-tax total family income below the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) threshold may also apply for the Welcome Policy by visiting the City’s Welcome Policy webpage: www.toronto.ca/welcome-policy-recreation-fee-subsidy/.

FitnessTO FitnessTO is a new fitness membership program that delivers affordable and flexible options to suit residents’ lifestyles, fitness levels and goals at all City recreation centres. More information is available on the City’s Fitness webpage: www.toronto.ca/fitness.

Recreation jobs The City continues to hire for all recreation positions including Skate Programs Instructor, Special Needs Program Staff, Dance Instructors and more. Additional information about positions and upcoming information sessions is available on the City’s Recreation Jobs webpage: www.toronto.ca/how-to-get-hired-in-recreation.

December 1, 2023

Kandavel Takes Ward 20 SSW By-Election

By AMARACHI AMADIKE
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Scarborough Southwest has elected a new city councillor following a close byelection race on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Parthi Kandavel, a former Toronto District School Board (TDSB) trustee who came second to former Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford in the October 2022 municipal election, defeated 22 other candidates after garnering 27 per cent of the votes in today’s byelection.

“As you’re aware it was a close election for council last year,” said Kandavel. “To see this result really fills my heart. This community is a place I’ve grown up in since 1988 – 35 years.”

In second place on Thursday was Kevin Rupasinghe with 22 per cent of the votes while Anna Sidiropoulos came in third place with 13 per cent. Kevin Rupasinghe, at his campaign party on Thursday night, finished second in the Ward 20 Scarborough Southwest byelection.

“I’m incredibly proud of the clean, grassroots, community campaign that we ran,” said Rupasinghe. “I think people really do see a different vision for what our leadership could be in Scarborough and the momentum that the people who supported me are building is fantastic.”
Malika Ghous, the youngest of the candidates, finished fourth with nine per cent of the votes.

The 22-year-old told Beach Metro Community News on election night that she was content with the outcome, emphasizing the value of the experience and hoping it serves as inspiration for other young candidates.
Currently serving as the TDSB trustee for Southwest Scarborough, Ward 18, Ghous intends to focus on her trustee responsibilities, building valuable experience in the field.

“I will keep trying, we’re not going to give up,” she said.

Following his victory, Kandavel acknowledged the many challenges faced by Toronto Council. He highlighted issues that are specific to Scarborough Southwest, such as traffic congestion, as things he hopes to address once officially in office.

“The data is clear. Scarborough is underserved in so many different capacities,” said Kandavel. “Whether it’s daycare sites, transit, infrastructure, or community centres. With this framework, I’m excited to join with other councilors from Scarborough and the city to place emphasis on need not waste.”

Following the departure of former councillor Crawford, Kandavel’s victory appears to have marked a shift towards a more progressive Ward 20.
However, Kandavel said that he was proud to win the councillor seat without any political party backing.

“I was supported by people across the spectrum,” said Kandavel. “But I’m more proud of the residents who have different perspectives and see me as an honest broker to make sure all voices are heard and that their concerns are taken seriously.”

Having resigned from his position as Ward 18 TDSB Trustee to run for councillor in Scarborough Southwest last October, Kandavel believes his past experience will translate well in his new role because “the school board and the city intersect in so many different capacities”.
Once officially on Toronto Council, Kandavel said his main focus will be on understanding the city budget as councillors wrestle with a $1.5 billion budget shortfall.

“That’s going to be Number One on the agenda,” said Kandavel. “Is to look at the budget and where we can make the investments that serve those with the least.”

With the city uploading the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway to the provincial government, Kandavel applauded Mayor Olivia Chow for securing the deal that will create more financial flexibility for council.
“I have to look at the details,” said Kandavel. “The devil’s always in the details, but judging from the announcement that was made on Monday, I am hopeful.”
With 58 of 58 polls reported in, here are the results of the Nov. 30 Scarborough Southwest Byelection:

Parthi Kandavel 4,641 votes (27.38 per cent)

Kevin Rupasinghe 3,854 votes (22.74 per cent)

Anna Sidiropoulos 2,275 votes (13.42 per cent)

Malika Ghous 1,565 votes (9.23 per cent)

Suman Roy 1,289 votes (7.6 per cent)

Alamgir Hussain 1,130 votes (6.67 per cent)

Sudip Shome 555 votes (3.27 per cent)

Reginald Tull 399 votes (2.35 per cent)

Marzia Hoque 209 votes (1.23 per cent)

Corey David 190 votes (1.12 per cent)

Jessica Hines 190 votes (1.12 per cent)

Malik Ahmad 162 votes (0.96 per cent)

MD Abdullah Al Mamum 148 votes (0.87 per cent)

Thomas Hall 77 votes (0.45 per cent)

Angus MacKenzie 56 votes (0.33 per cent)

Trevor Sutton 47 votes (0.28 per cent)

Walayat Khan 41 votes (0.24 per cent)

Anthony Internicola 27 votes (0.16 per cent)

Sandeep Srivastava 24 votes (0.14 per cent)

Peter Handjis 22 votes (0.13 per cent)

Manny Zanders 21 votes (0.12 per cent)

Syed Jaffery 15 votes (0.09 per cent)

Nasir Kaid 13 votes (0.08 per cent)

-With files from Erin Horrocks-Pope and Susan Legge.

– Amarachi Amadike is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Beach Metro Community News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.

November 27, 2023

Advance vote turnout for the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election

A total of 4,374 eligible electors voted during the advance vote weekend on November 25 and 26 for the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election for Councillor.

The following is a breakdown of the advance vote turnout:

• Saturday, November 25: 2,181

• Sunday, November 26: 2,193

Election day Voting places will be open on Thursday, November 30, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at locations across Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest. Eligible voters must vote at their assigned voting place on election day. Eligible voters are reminded to bring identification showing their name and qualifying Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest address and their Voter Information Card (if they received one) when they vote.

A list of acceptable identification is available on the Toronto Elections voter webpage: www.toronto.ca/elections/voters. Voters can visit MyVote (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) to:

• Learn where and when to vote • Find out if they are on the voters’ list • View, download or print their Voter Information Card (if on the voters’ list)

• Review the list of candidates running and a sample ballot

• Find accessibility information about their voting place Eligible voters with acceptable identification who are not on the voters’ list can be added to the list at the voting place on election day. By-Election Results Unofficial results will include advance vote and mail-in ballots, along with election day results, and will be posted in real-time after 8 p.m. on November 30 on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/byelection.

 
 

November 24, 2023

City of Toronto welcomes the winter season by opening 41 outdoor ice rinks

Starting tomorrow, the City of Toronto is bringing back its popular Welcome TO Winter program by opening 41 outdoor ice rinks.

Over the next two weeks, the City will open more than 50 outdoor ice rinks and skating trails, offering family favourite activities including free public leisure and figure skating, shinny, ringette, instructional programs and permits for a fee.

The artificial ice rinks are expected to operate until March 17, 2024. Remaining rinks are expected to open on December 2 and operate until February 25, 2024. As weather fluctuates, skaters are encouraged to check the status of their local rink before heading out on the City’s website: www.toronto.ca/skate. Outdoor rinks operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week.

The Skate Lending Library is back The City is once again partnering with Desjardins Group to make is easy and fun for more residents and families to learn how to skate by providing access to skates, helmets and skate aids.

Together, the City and Desjardins Group offer a mobile Skate Lending Library at a select number of outdoor ice rinks. The Library is a dedicated, customized van that will travel to different locations across the City with equipment, including: • 150 skate aids that support the user and helps them maintain their balance as they skate, including two aids for users who require greater accessibility supports • 85 pairs of skates and helmets.

The program is free and reservations are required. More information about the program and skate lending locations is available on the Skate Lending Library webpage: www.toronto.ca/skate-lending-library.

Accessibility at City-operated rinks The City is continually improving accessibility at its facilities including during the winter season. Sledges – an adaptive device that provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate – can be made available to the public for use during leisure skate programs at indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

Sledges can be booked 10 days in advance by contacting the Adapted and Inclusive Recreation Services Hotline at 416-395-6128 or by emailing aiscw@toronto.ca. Additionally, individuals using manual or powered wheelchairs are welcome on the ice during leisure skate times. Check in with on-site staff to learn how to safely access the ice.

Welcome TO Winter activities Welcome TO Winter is a season-long activation of outdoor fun and amenities that invites residents to embrace the cold by staying active and enjoying parks throughout the winter. Activities include:

• More than 1,500 parks, with 270 km of paths and roads cleared of snow

• 28 toboggan hills in neighbourhoods across Toronto

• More than 50 artificial outdoor ice rinks and skate trails

• Seven snow loops for walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at four of the City’s golf courses

• Skiing and snowboarding at Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre, 4169 Bathurst St., from January to March (weather and snowfall permitting)

• Public washrooms at more than 100 park locations available through the winter months including 61 park washrooms, 45 outdoor rink washrooms and 44 locations with portable toilets. Residents are encouraged to check the Parks & Recreation Washrooms & Drinking Water webpage to find the closest available park washroom: www.toronto.ca/washrooms-drinking-water-in-parks-recreational-facilities

• Designated outdoor fire pits and bake ovens that can be booked in advance

• Outdoor sports courts including 50 tennis courts with nets in place for winter tennis (please note snow is not cleared from courts)

• Seven disc golf locations

• Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories will remain open every day for residents to enjoy a floral paradise during winter.

October 23, 2023

Eligible voters for the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election can check the voters’ list and apply to vote by mail

Starting today, eligible voters can confirm they are on the voters’ list and can add or update their information for the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election for the office of Councillor, taking place on Thursday, November 30. To appear on the final voters’ list, revisions must be submitted to Toronto Elections by Friday, November 10.

The voters’ list identifies eligible voters including their name and address. Checking the voters’ list early gives voters time to add their names to the list or to make changes to their information, leading to a more efficient voting experience. Residents can check if they are on the voters’ list by visiting MyVote (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) or calling 311.

The deadline to submit changes to the voters’ list is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 10. After that date, eligible voters can add their name to the voters’ list when they vote in person during advance vote on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, or on election day, Thursday, November 30.

Voter Information Cards Starting Tuesday, November 14, Voter Information Cards (VIC) will be mailed to eligible voters who are on the voters’ list by November 10. The cards provide information about when and where to vote during advance vote or on election day. Eligible voters do not need a VIC to vote. VICs cannot be used as identification.

More information about VICs is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/VIC.

MyVote Eligible voters are encouraged to visit MyVote (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) to: • Find out if they are on the voters’ list

• Add, change or update their voters’ list information

• Check the list of candidates running

• Find out where and when to vote

• Find accessibility information about their voting place

• View a sample ballot.

How to apply to vote by mail Starting today, eligible voters can apply to vote by mail in the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election. The mail-in voting option is secure and convenient. Interested voters can apply online by visiting the Toronto Elections webpage www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail or can call 311 to apply or with questions.

Packages will be mailed to voters starting Thursday, November 2, once mail-in voting applications are processed. Applicants can track the status of their package using the confirmation code emailed after completing their online application.

Completed mail-in voting packages must be received by noon on Monday, November 27. Completed packages can be returned through Canada Post to arrive by the deadline or hand delivered to a secure mail-in voting drop box. Two yellow drop boxes will be available in Ward 20 between November 20 to 27.

More information about mail-in voting, drop box locations and how to apply is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail.

More information about the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/byelection.

October 20, 2023

Images From Birchmount Park CI vs Leaside Hs Boys Football Action

October 18, 2023

Images from MPP Andrea Hazel's Constituency Office Open House on Saturday Oct. 14

October 17, 2023

SMTY – JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT

Presented by SMTY – Scarborough Music Theatre’s youth program.

“Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine! You and your dreamcoat, ahead of your time!” One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.

The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, from a parody of French ballads (“Those Canaan Days”), to country-western (“One More Angel in Heaven”) and calypso (“Benjamin Calypso”), along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.”

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber   Lyrics by Tim Rice

Rated G – Fun for the whole family

Single tickets on sale August 1st, 2023.  Subscribers may call the box office at 416-267-9292 before August 1st to purchase at the subscriber rate of $15.

October 16, 2023

Fall Discovery Walks: All walks are on Saturday Oct. 28 from 1to 3 pm

The Scarborough Junction Community with the help of a Park People Ravine Grant are pleased to present the Fall Discovery Walks,

Join us of a day of hiking and learning about the animals, plants, history, geography and connections on Saturday October 28, 2023 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

We will be offering a variety of hikes for all ages and hiking levels including:

Kid’s Scavenger Hunt Hike – 400m (30min.)

Bomb Girls Historical Hike – 2 km (1 – 1.5 hours)

Tree Identification Hike – 3 km (1 hour)

Animal Tracking Hike – 4 km (1.5 hours)

Meadoway Hike – 8 km (2 hours)

Rouge National Urban Park Hike 19.1 km (5 hours)

This is a family friendly event for all ages and abilities. There is a hike for every level of hiker from beginner to advanced.

For more information go to: https://www.scarboroughjunction.org/2023/10/hike-st-clair-ravine-park.html

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3564278330472204?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22group%22%7D]%7D

October 12, 2023

Candidate nominations for Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election close Monday, October 16

The deadline to file or withdraw a nomination to run as a candidate in the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election for the office of Councillor is 2 p.m., Monday, October 16. On October 16, nominations and withdrawals can be filed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Toronto Elections, located on the first floor of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. Individuals filing or withdrawing nominations on that date must bring all required documents and identification with them and ensure their forms are complete.

To run for the office of Councillor, a person must: • File a nomination paper with original signature. • Provide proof of qualifying address within the city of Toronto. • Pay a $100 nomination filing fee. • Provide at least 25 endorsements of nomination from eligible Toronto voters with original signatures. Until a nomination is filed, a person cannot raise or spend money on their campaign. Both the nomination paper and the endorsements of nomination must be completed on the prescribed forms and have original signatures.

These forms and additional information are available on the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election webpage: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/2023-by-election-councillor-ward-20-scarborough-southwest/ward-20-scarborough-southwest-by-election-information-for-candidates/ward-20-scarborough-southwest-by-election-become-a-candidate/.

The final list of certified candidates will be available on the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election webpage on October 16: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/2023-by-election-councillor-ward-20-scarborough-southwest/ward-20-scarborough-southwest-by-election-list-of-candidates-third-party-advertisers/.

Third Party Advertiser Registration Third party advertiser registration remains open until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29. Individuals, corporations and trade unions who intend to spend money to promote, support or oppose a candidate can find more information on the Toronto Elections Third Party Advertising webpage: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/2023-by-election-councillor-ward-20-scarborough-southwest/ward-20-scarborough-southwest-by-election-information-for-third-party-advertisers/.

The Notice of Registration can only be filed in person at the Toronto Elections City Hall office. Registrations can be filed Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Wednesday, November 29 (excluding statutory holidays). Mail-in voting option Mail-in voting will be available as an alternative option to in-person voting for the by-election. Starting Monday, October 23, eligible voters can request a mail-in voting package online or by phone. Information about voting by mail is available on the Toronto Elections webpage (www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail) or by calling 311.

More information is available on the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election webpage: www.toronto.ca/byelection.

August 29, 2023

Scarborough Players presents Halfway There by Norm Foster

SHOWDATES: September 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, at 8 p.m. and September 10, 17, and 23 at 2 p.m. 2023

TICKETS: Adults $24 / Seniors, Students & Children $20 / Discounts available for 10 or more

VENUE: Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road (at Markham Rd.), Scarborough, Ontario

Free Parking — Reserved Seats — Wheelchair Accessible — Hearing Assist available

BOX OFFICE: 416-267-9292 or ONLINE at www.theatrescarborough.com

Scarborough Players’ production of Halfway There opens September 8, 2023, at Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough.

Like the cliché, everyone seems to know everyone’s business – there are few secrets in Stewiacke. This is a fact that good friends Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen and Janine know all too well. It is no wonder that when Sean Merrit, a heartbroken doctor from Toronto, comes to town he upsets the easy, reliable, accepted daily lives of the four women for whom 4:30 p.m. at Junior’s is sacred.

Norm Foster is at his best here as Halfway There is just that kind of lovely play: old-fashioned and truthful, warm and wise, funny and touching. You will root for everyone, longing for them to find happiness. A new Canadian Classic!

What does it mean to be halfway there? Norm Foster’s delightful, charming, and poignant comedy is about all that it could mean. It is the actual place – Stewiacke, Nova Scotia with its claim to fame being that it is halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. Even with these impressive credentials, Stewiacke is a small town. Being halfway there is about relationships and making commitments to each other. What do you settle for? Halfway There is about middle age – approaching, being and just past. It can be challenging to make decisions about what one wants in life and how to get it. Sometimes, it is comfortable to stay stuck in the middle.

The one true there is Junior’s at 4:30 p.m. when Vi, Mary Ellen, and Rita join Janine for coffee, gossip and friendship. Friendship is the constant, the connection, the heart of the story.

Norm Foster has been called Canada’s preeminent comic playwright. In a recent interview with the Playwrights Guild of Canada, he was asked about his writing process and favourite plays:

“I have changed as a writer. My earlier plays were more about the comedy. The plays that I have written in the past decade tend to be more about the characters than the situations. And I like to think that the comedy in the later plays is smarter comedy. Still funny (I hope) but more clever. More thoughtful…Picking a favourite play for me is tough. The Melville Boys is the one that is closest to my heart because that’s the play that really opened many doors for me. It’s still the play that I am best known for. But it is not my best play. I’ve written several plays that I think are better than The Melville Boys. I think On A First Name Basis in my most intelligent play. Halfway There is my most complete play…”

Scarborough Players invites you all to come out to see what Norm Foster feels “is his most complete play”. You do not want to miss this production!

Scarborough Players welcomes back director Maureen Lukie who is enjoying the opportunity to bring this play to life. Maureen directed Players’ productions of Rabbit Hole in 2019 and Educating Rita in 2022. Producer, Katherine Turner is delighted to welcome to Players, Kristin Chan as Stage Manager, supported by our veteran ASM, Ciara Crozier. Returning to do their magic are Greg Nowlan as set designer and master carpenter, Katherine Turner finding costumes, David Eden as Sound Designer and Jennifer Bakker, Lighting Designer.

The remarkable cast includes Players’ veteran actor, Holm Bradwell as Sean Merrit (last seen as Bluntschli in Arms and the Man) along with Coral Benzie as Janine (Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and An Inspector Calls). New to Scarborough Players, we welcome Rhonda Upshaw as Vi, the wise one, Lynn Oldershaw as Rita, the wild one, and Anne McDougall as Mary Ellen, the nice one.

Halfway There is not to be missed on stage at Scarborough Village Theatre September 8-23, 2023. To order tickets, or for more information, visit www.theatrescarborough.com/scarboroughplayers or call 416-267-9292. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The Scarborough Village Theatre is located at 3600 Kingston Road – the northeast corner of Kingston Road and Markham Road. Please note: Wearing masks is recommended but not required.

ABOUT THEATRE SCARBOROUGH:

Theatre Scarborough’s three member organizations — Scarborough Players, Scarborough Music Theatre and Scarborough Theatre Guild— have been presenting high-caliber community theatre for a combined total of over 180 years. Each season, the groups present 11 productions — dramas, thrillers, musicals and comedies—at Scarborough Village Theatre, a 248-seat thrust stage theatre located in the Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. The complex has free on-site parking and is wheelchair accessible. The theatre also has a hearing assist system installed.

 

August 29, 2023

Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election set for November 30

Toronto City Clerk John D. Elvidge has announced the following dates for the Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest by-election:

• Nominations will open Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 a.m.

• Nominations will close Monday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

• Advance voting will be available on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Election day will be on Thursday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Electors will be provided with the option to vote by mail in this by-election. Application details will be available in September.

Potential candidates for Councillor are reminded that under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA), a person may not incur campaign expenses or accept campaign contributions until after they have filed nomination papers with the City Clerk.

At its meeting on August 10, Council officially declared the Council seat vacant in Ward 20, Scarborough Southwest and opted for a by-election to fill the vacancy.

The by-law requiring a by-election comes into force at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6. The timing of the by-election is determined by the City Clerk independent of Council. Under the MEA, the Clerk fixes nomination day (close of nominations) between 30 and 60 days after the passing of the by-law declaring an office vacant. The by-election occurs 45 days after nomination day.

Information about the Ward 20 by-election, including the candidate nomination process and third party advertiser registration is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/byelection.

 

July 28, 2023

"I AM the Face of Scarborough"

July 28, 2023

Former Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford finishes second to Liberal Andrea Hazell in Scarborough-Guildwood MPP byelection

By AMARACHI AMADIKE,
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Former Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford is officially on hiatus after finishing second in the Scarborough-Guildwood provincial byelection on Thursday, July 27.

The byelection was won by Liberal candidate Andrea Hazell. It took place after the sitting Liberal MPP for the Scarborough-Guildwood riding, Mitzie Hunter, resigned her seat to run in the Toronto mayoral byelection earlier this year.

“Congratulations to Andrea Hazell on being elected as the new MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, and to all candidates for their contributions to this race,” Crawford said in a statement following the provincial byelection results.

“I am grateful to Premier Doug Ford for the opportunity to run as part of the Ontario PC team.”

Although Crawford attempted to disrupt the status quo in the riding, the Ontario’s Liberal Party retained the support it has had in the Scarborough-Guildwood riding area since 2007.

Hazell won with 5,640 votes; while Crawford was second with 4, 562 votes; and NDP candidate Thadsha Navaneethan with 4,041 votes was third. For full results of the Scarborough-Guildwood provincial byelection on July 27, please go to https://www.elections.on.ca/content/ngw/en/election-results/scarborough-guildwood.html

Voter turnout in Scarborough-Guildwood for the provincial byelection was just under 22 per cent, according to Elections Ontario.

Having resigned earlier this week, but prior to the provincial byelection date, Crawford qualified for a severance package from the City of Toronto which would not have been possible had he been elected as an MPP without formally resigning his council seat.

The City of Toronto is mandated to present councillors with a severance package that is 1/12 of their salary for up to 12 years in the case that they resign, retire, or are not re-elected to a council seat. Crawford, who has served as a city councillor for Scarborough Southwest since 2010, was eligible to receive the maximum severance amount of $120,000 – about a year’s salary.

Crawford’s resignation from his councillor position means that Toronto Council must decide whether to call a byelection for Scarborough Southwest or to appoint an interim councillor to finish the remaining three years of the term. Another municipal election is not scheduled until October of 2026.

Until that decision is made by Toronto Council, and a byelection is completed to elect a new councillor or one is appointed on an interim basis for the rest of the term, a Deputy City Clerk will oversee the operations of the Scarborough Southwest councillor office while it remains vacant.

Given that is more than three years until the next municipal election in Toronto, it is expected that a byelection for a new Scarborough Southwest councillor is the route that will be taken, though a date for that cannot be set by the City Clerk until Toronto Council mandates that it be called.

Since his resignation, some of Crawford’s opponents from the October 2022 municipal election have signaled intentions to run for the Scarborough Southwest councillor position once again.

Kevin Rupasinghe, who finished third in the municipal election with 13.7 per cent of votes in his previous attempt, announced his candidacy for the Scarborough Southwest council seat on Wednesday, July 26.

“I have heard from so many people asking me if I would consider running again,” said Rupasinghe. “The answer is yes. I am committed as ever to fight for our community.”

Parthi Kandavel, Crawford’s most formidable critic during the 2022 elections, told Beach Metro Community News that it is “certainly [his] intention to run in the byelection” after finishing a close second place in his first attempt.

“Scarborough Southwest is going through tremendous changes and we need an effective representative at the table to ensure community concerns are present while big decisions are being made,” said Kandavel. “It’s unfortunate that we’re continuing to see missed leadership.”

Although Kandavel didn’t foresee Crawford’s resignation from the Scarborough Southwest council seat, he said that he wasn’t at all shocked about the outcome of Thursday’s provincial byelection in Scarborough-Guildwood.

“I think Doug Ford’s leadership has left many across Scarborough, and the province, asking who does he serve,” said Kandavel. “Last night’s results – two Liberal women winning – is a powerful message.”

The Ontario Liberal Party picked up an additional victory on July 27 after Liberal candidate Karen McCrimmon won in the Kanata-Carleton riding’s provincial byelection. That seat had previously been held by Progressive Conservative MPP and former Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Marilee Fullerton who stepped down earlier this year

This now brings Ontario’s Liberals to a total of nine seats in Queen’s Park. The Progressive Conservatives hold the majority of seats with 81, and the NDP’ has 29 seats to make the Official Opposition. The Ontario Liberals would need 12 seats to regain official party status at Queen’s Park.

— Amarachi Amadike is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Beach Metro Community News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.

May 26, 2023

Variety Village to Host Inaugural North American Volt Hockey Tournament

Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario is hosting the inaugural North American VOLT hockey tournament presented by the Maple Leaf’s Alumni Association on May 27-28, 2023. The tournament will welcome teams from Alberta, London, Manitoba, Ontario, and Boston. The goal of the tournament is to have fun while providing kids an opportunity to play VOLT ahead of the VOLT World Cup in Sweden.

VOLT hockey is an accessible form of hockey that is played in a specifically designed hockey sport chair by people with a variety of disabilities, particularly those with limited upper mobility. For many of these children, it is their first opportunity to play on a team and learn valuable life skills such as team building, competition, and social inclusion. VOLT hockey is played by over 50 teams in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the United States, and now in Canada. To learn more about VOLT hockey, visit varietyontario.ca/volt-hockey-canada/.

“We are excited to be hosting this tournament and providing an opportunity to kids of all abilities to play Canada’s national sport,” Karen Stintz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Variety said. “We are grateful to the GTHL and the Maple Leafs Alumni Association for their support and commitment to get kids off the sidelines and into the game.”

The tournament will host over 200 guests including athletes, coaches, and family with spectators welcome. The tournament to be played on location at Variety Ontario in Scarborough – will begin on Saturday, May 27, and conclude with playoff games on Sunday, May 28. Tournament play and the officiating team will be organized by the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL).

“The GTHL is proud to support this inaugural event and to be associated with the important opportunities created by the staff at Variety Ontario and their colleagues from across Canada and the United States,” Scott Oakman, GTHL Executive Director, and Chief Operating Officer said. “Hockey can be played in many different ways and supporting opportunities that include everyone is a vital step to growing the game. Hockey provides many benefits and events such as the first North American VOLT hockey tournament are significant in ensuring the sport can be enjoyed by anyone.”

In 2016, Variety – the Children’s Charity (Ontario) launched the first Canadian VOLT hockey team in Toronto. With help from donors and sponsors, Variety was able to launch a new team and expand opportunities for children with a disability to play. The sport has since expanded, seeing the growth of teams in London, Niagara, Newmarket, and soon-to-be Barrie, Ontario, in addition to national expansion. Six years later, the first North American VOLT hockey tournament presented by the Maple Leaf Alumni Association will soon be played.

The event is open and welcomes spectators at no cost. Those looking to attend the tournament are asked to register via Eventbrite here.

View the tournament play schedule here.

For those able and interested in supporting the tournament and Variety Ontario, donations can be made via varietyontario.ca here.

May 26, 2023

Doors Open Toronto Returns This Weekend

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns tomorrow, Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. The free weekend-long celebration of architecture and public spaces will feature 150 sites for exploration, a talk series and tours. Details are available at www.toronto.ca/DoorsOpen. Dates: Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hours may vary for some sites) Locations: 150 sites across Toronto This year, visitors attending Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., will gain rare access to the Council Chamber, the Hall of Memory and the popular Observation Deck. Programming includes guided tours, an instrument library from Labyrinth Music Ontario, an archival photo exhibition, live music and family-friendly activities all weekend long. More information and updates will be available online (www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/doorsopenTO), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/Doors_OpenTO) and on Instagram (www.instagram.com/doors_openTO/). The event hashtag is #DOT23.

May 24, 2023

Images from Mayoral Debate Focusing on Scarborough Issues

May 24, 2023

Information about VOTING BY MAIL in upcoming mayoral by-election

Toronto Elections is reminding eligible voters about important deadlines for mail-in voting and voters’ list additions and updates.

Eligible voters who want to apply to vote by mail must do so by Friday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. either online (www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail) or by calling 416-338-1111 and pressing 5. The mail-in voting option provides voters with a convenient way to vote. More information about voting by mail and how to apply is available: www.toronto.ca/VoteByMail.

Voters’ List additions and updates Eligible voters can add or update their information online (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) by Friday, May 26 at 4:30 p.m. After this date, eligible voters will be able to add their name to the voters’ list when they go to vote in person at a voting location during advance voting days (Thursday, June 8 to Tuesday, June 13) or on election day (Monday, June 26).

Voter Information Cards to be mailed starting the week of May 23 Starting May 23, voter information cards will be mailed to voters who were on the list by May 14. Although a voter information card is not required to vote, the cards do provide information about when and where to vote and will lead to a faster voting experience. If an eligible voter on the voters’ list does not receive their voter information card, they can use MyVote to print or download a digital copy to their smartphone, which can be shown at the voting place, along with acceptable identification. More information is available on the Voter Information Cards webpage: www.toronto.ca/VIC.

MyVote features available starting Thursday, June 1 Starting Thursday, June 1, additional MyVote features will allow users to find their advance vote and election day voting places, view a sample ballot and view, download and print their voter information card. Voters are reminded to visit MyVote (www.toronto.ca/MyVote) before they head to the voting location to ensure there have been no changes to their voting location. Proxy applications available Eligible voters who are unable to vote for any reason on the available voting days or by mail may appoint another eligible voter to go in person and vote on their behalf – this person is known as a voting proxy. A voting proxy must be eligible to vote in Toronto and is someone who the voter trusts to vote in accordance with their wishes. A voter can only choose one person to vote on their behalf. More information about the proxy process is available at the Voting Options and Accessibility Information webpage: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/by-election/by-election-voter-information/by-elections-accessibility/.

Starting May 15, eligible voters can contact Toronto Elections by emailing VoterRegistration@toronto.ca or calling 311 to receive a Voting Proxy Appointment Form.

A Fact Sheet about Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor is available on the City’s Media Room webpage www.toronto.ca/news/torontos-2023-by-election-for-mayor.

More information about Toronto’s 2023 by-election for mayor is available on the Toronto Elections webpage: www.toronto.ca/city-government/elections/by-election.

 

May 19, 2023

Fireworks Need to Know from City of Toronto

No Display at Birchmount Park this Year.

2022 Display at Birchmount Park

TORONTO, May 17, 2023

For members of the Birch Cliff & Bluffs communities (and beyond) there will be no fireworks at Birchmount Park this long weekend. Event organizer Mathieu Yuill told Bluffs Monitor that 2023 has been overwhelming with business and personal commitments and he just didn’t have the time to put the show together.   

This upcoming long weekend, the City of Toronto is offering a wide range of fun, free activities and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park, city-wide exhibitions and outdoor activities. Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park The City will present Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park (www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/1/index.html) starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 22. The show will feature beautiful fireworks and a spectacular finale. Ashbridges Bay Park is located on Lake Shore Boulevard East at the foot of Coxwell Avenue and is accessible by public transit. Attendees are encouraged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home. Information about TTC schedules, routes and expanded long weekend service is available at www.ttc.ca.

Important safety reminder about fireworks. Fireworks are allowed without a permit only on Victoria Day and Canada Day until 11 p.m. on residents’ private property. Fireworks are not permitted in City parks or on beaches, balconies, streets, parking lots or a property that is not owned by the person setting off the fireworks.

 

May 2, 2023

Pizza Nova’s That’s Amore Pizza for Kids is back with a month-long fundraiser in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario

Company invites customers to dip n’ give to help raise awareness and much needed funds for the kids

Variety – the Childrens’ Charity of Ontario and Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids campaign Ambassadors make pizzas at the Pizza Nova Support Office March 2022. Photo credit: Variety

TORONTO, May 2, 2023

Pizza Nova, Southern Ontario’s premium pizza brand, launches its 24th annual fundraising campaign in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario. Throughout the month of May, the company invites customers to add a dip to their order and 50 cents will be donated to Variety Ontario.

“Every child has unique gifts, talents and abilities,” says Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. “As longstanding partners of Variety, our customers know we’re committed to the organization, the important work they do and, most importantly, to the children who benefit from their programs. I know they appreciate the awareness and the added financial support this brings.”

Pizza Nova launched That’s Amore Pizza for Kids 24 years ago, but with the arrival of COVID-19, the organization had to come up with a new way of campaigning that would support the initiative and keep customers safe. 

“The campaign used to be one day only and focused on an in-store pizza promotion,” says Primucci. “In 2021, we launched this new monthly format featuring dips and the results have greatly exceeded our expectations. Our dips are delicious year-round but, in May, it’s the time to do even more dipping and sampling to benefit the good cause.”

The 2021 campaign raised some $200,000 for Variety and the 2022 edition even more with $203,000. In total, the Pizza Nova annual campaign for Variety has raised more than $2 million.

“Pizza Nova is one of our largest and most committed corporate donors,” said Karen Stintz, president and CEO of Variety. “At around this time each year, we feel their deep passion for our work and the children who benefit from our programs and facilities. But the truth is they’re present and supportive all year. We cannot thank them enough and invite all Ontarians who can to get into the dipping-giving action.”

For more than 70 years, the programs at Variety have helped thousands of children with physical and mental disabilities by providing an accessible facility at Variety Village, specialized programs, dedicated staff, and a community in which everyone is equal and welcome.

Last year, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario, honoured Pizza Nova with the reveal of its newly renovated Primucci Pavilion, the main lobby to the landmark facility located at the intersection of Danforth Ave and Kingston Road. Part of the renovation includes a 22-foot-wide by 10-foot-high mural depicting children at play against the Toronto skyline with the words, “Share the love”.

To learn more about the fundraiser or to place your order for pizzas and a dozen dips, visit pizzanova.com.

April 25, 2023

Pizza Nova kicks off 60th anniversary and mark the special milestone with $1 million donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation

TORONTO, April 25, 2023

Pizza Nova, Ontario’s family owned and operated premium pizza brand, celebrated its 60th anniversary with close to five hundred friends, family, franchisees and partners. Held outdoors at the new support office at 1260 Lawrence Ave East, in Scarborough, just four kilometres away from the chain’s first location, the event included bocce ball, photo booths, speeches and a live performance from Alfie Zappacosta singing the iconic 439 jingle originally recorded in 1987 by the Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter.

“It’s a proud and emotional day for me to be able to celebrate this incredible milestone with so many members of our extended Pizza Nova family,” said Sam Primucci, who co-founded Pizza Nova in 1963 with his brothers. “We could not have enjoyed such success and longevity without the support of employees, franchisees, partners, and members of our communities, who have believed in our mission of sharing our beloved recipes and traditions and giving back to the communities in which we work, live and thrive. Grazie a tutti.”

To commemorate the occasion, and honour the Scarborough community, the company surprised guests with the announcement of a $1 million dollar donation to Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation. The funding will help create Toronto’s most innovative diagnostic imaging department at its General Hospital.

“We are tremendously grateful to Pizza Nova and the Primucci family for their support. As a Scarborough-born business, it is inspiring to welcome a $1 million donation from Pizza Nova that will improve diagnostic imaging at our General Hospital and support the Scarborough community,” says Alicia Vandermeer, president, and CEO of SHN Foundation. “We are honoured that Pizza Nova has chosen to celebrate its 60th anniversary in such a thoughtful and meaningful way.”

Domenic Primucci, who grew up in Scarborough, is an active volunteer and long-time supporter of the Love Scarborough Campaign, whose mission is to close the healthcare funding gap and provide Scarborough residents with equal access to optimal healthcare. With only 1 percent of hospital donations reaching the Scarborough network of hospitals, the support from the Primucci family will go a long way, giving the diverse Scarborough community the medical facilities its residents deserve.

“This has been the journey of a lifetime,” said Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. “When we opened our first location at 2272 Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough, we could never have imagined the journey would take us this far. Today, not only do we stand by our promise of providing traditional, quality food, we are privileged to be in the position to give back to the special community we have called home for over 60 years. I am so proud.”

First opened for business May 12, 1963, Pizza Nova has delighted customers with its promise of pure, fresh, and high-quality ingredients in everything it serves. Over the last 60 years, the company has expanded to more than 150 locations and a network of staff that exceeds 2,000 people across Southern and Southwestern Ontario and has donated approximately 3.5 million dollars to various communities and long-standing charitable partners such as Variety, The Children’s Charity of Ontario a longstanding partner of Pizza Nova.  The annual That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Dip’n Give campaign returns this May where 50 cents from every dip sold is donated to help the kids at Variety, Ontario.

Pizza Nova has numerous exciting campaigns scheduled to run throughout the year. Customers, partners, and employees can enjoy limited edition pizza boxes, a jingle remake contest, an exclusive line of 60th anniversary merchandise and more.

As Pizza Nova embarks on its next chapter, the company will continue to focus on it’s Puro Promise and supporting communities, an important part of the company’s future.

April 20, 2023

City of Toronto celebrates first year of Clark Centre for the Arts, announces full lineup of seasonal community arts programming

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This Thursday, April 20, the City of Toronto is celebrating one year since the opening of the new Clark Centre for the Arts, with a free open house and ceremony at the Centre.

Councillor Paul Ainslie (Scarborough-Guildwood) said, “This is an exciting and historic moment for Scarborough, Guildwood and the City of Toronto! The community has worked hard to bring the Clark Centre for the Arts vision to reality and I am beyond excited to see the progress and enthusiasm from everyone involved. The Clark journey has had incredible support from amazing local community partners and volunteers.

Members of the public are welcome at the one-year anniversary celebration from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 191 Guildwood Pkwy. and can expect an evening of live music, exhibitions, art demonstrations, talks and cake. Attendees will be able to meet past and present artists in residence Charmaine Lurch, Destinie Adélakun, Lorena Diaz and Thomas Brasch and connect with community members.

The Clark Centre for the Arts houses specialized art studios and gallery spaces. The Centre welcomed close to 7,000 people in its first year of operation and is growing to offer more art courses, workshops, camps and rental opportunities. More information is available on the City’s Clark Centre for the Arts webpage: www.toronto.ca/clarkcentre.

The Clark Centre is one of four city-run cultural centres hosting free, inclusive and educational programming over the spring and summer. The City’s four cultural centres are Assembly Hall and the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery – both in Etobicoke – and Scarborough’s Clark Centre for the Arts and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.

Said Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie “Congratulations to the Clark Centre on its first anniversary and congratulations to the dedicated City teams and community members that ensured the Clark Centre was embraced with passion and care, setting the groundwork for years to come.”

Residents and visitors can get the latest information on all the exciting seasonal cultural centre programming anytime on the City’s Cultural Centres & Galleries webpage: www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/cultural-centres-galleries.

April 20, 2023

Cherry Blossom Season in High Park

City of Toronto expects peak cherry blossom bloom to begin today across Toronto.

The City of Toronto is predicting that Toronto cherry blossom (Sakura) trees will reach peak bloom this week. Torontonians and visitors can enjoy this annual rite of spring in person at 15 park locations across the city where cherry blossom trees are present.

Tens of thousands of people come to see the blossoming Sakura in High Park annually. To help manage the volume of visitors to the park, vehicle access and parking inside High Park will be restricted starting Thursday, April 20 for the duration of peak bloom, with the exception of TTC Wheel-Trans vehicles.

“Cherry blossom season is back and I look forward to seeing residents and visitors enjoying the blossoms in High Park and in locations across Toronto. Thank you to City staff for the work they have done to prepare for blossom season and the work they will do throughout this spring and summer,” said Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie.

Cherry blossoms typically last between four to 10 days, depending on weather conditions. More information, including a map of locations and accessibility information, is available on the City’s Cherry Blossoms webpage: www.toronto.ca/cherryblossoms.

City parks contain ecologically sensitive areas. Visitors are asked to stay on paved trails, avoid climbing the cherry trees or removing blossoms or branches and use designated bins for litter and recycling.

Many of the Sakura trees in High Park are roughly 60 years old. In 1959, the Japanese ambassador to Canada presented Sakura trees to the people of Toronto on behalf of the people of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting relocated Japanese Canadians following the Second World War. Many of these trees were planted on the hillside overlooking Grenadier Pond.

Continuing this symbol of friendship since this original presentation, the City, the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and private donors have continued to plant Sakura trees in Toronto.

Residents and visitors can also support Toronto’s Sakura cherry trees through the DonateTO portal at www.toronto.ca/sakuradonations. Contributions support planting new trees and maintaining existing trees (complementing existing City budgets and operations in this area) and enhanced landscaping at cherry tree locations. Donations also support interpretation and education around cherry trees.

April 11, 2023

Mayoralty Debate Set for Wednesday May 24

(Scarborough, April 11) – Mayoral candidates will take the stage May 24 at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus for an all-topics debate.

The event is being put on by key Scarborough organizations, the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (SCRO), Scarborough Business Association (SBA) and the Scarborough Union of Neighbourhoods.

Residents of Toronto elect a new mayor on June 26 and this debate will be a critical opportunity to hear from candidates. 

The event will feature candidate presentations and questions from community members. Registration is necessary to attend. More details will emerge closer to the event itself.

This will be a premier byelection event,” said event chair Dave Hardy. “This will spark discussion on many topics of Scarborough concern among candidates. Scarborough represents a quarter of the city and we want candidates to have a clear understanding of what’s important in the eastern portion of Toronto. We look forward to hearing their views and ideas as well.” 

April 10, 2023

2023 GFT Lineup

Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) is excited to announce its upcoming 2023 season with an impressive lineup of productions that will take audiences on a journey of discovery. The season features two new productions and two beloved audience favourites, each with its own unique blend of comedy, music, mystery, and more. GFT’s Co-Artistic Director, Tyler J. Seguin, states, “There’s something magical about experiencing theatre together – it has the power to connect us and remind us of our shared humanity.”

Kicking off the season is the popular annual event, Family Fest, from July 7-9, which offers a variety of free performances and activities for people of all ages. The lineup will include both returning favourites and exciting new acts, which will be announced soon.

Following Family Fest is the hilarious production of Three Men in a Boat, based on the book by Jerome K. Jerome, from July 27 to August 13. The play is written by award-winning writer and director team Mark Brownell and Sue Miner, who have brought to life the misadventures of three bachelors and their dog as they punt up the river Thames. The production stars Guildwood local Azeem Nathoo, Suchiththa Wickremesooriya, and Ganesh Thava.

From August 17-27, GFT will present The Drowning Girls, a true crime story about three brides with a gruesome connection. Directed by GFT’s Co-Artistic Director Helen Juvonen, the production features Alicia Barban, Blythe Haynes, and Sierra Haynes. The hauntingly poetic and unnervingly playful play has been an international hit with acclaimed productions around the world since its premiere in 2008.

“We’re thrilled to present these incredible productions that will take our audiences on a journey of discovery. From the whimsical journey through Wonderland to the hilariously ill-fated boating holiday up the Thames to the darker themes of true crime, this season has something for everyone,” says Co-Artistic Director, Helen Juvonen.

Tickets for GFT’s 2023 season are now on sale, with prices ranging from $20-$30 for single tickets and multi-show passes from $50-$70. An Alice in Wonderland Family Pass is available for $90. GFT performs at Guild Park & Gardens, located at 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough, M1E 1P5.

Guild Festival Theatre is Scarborough’s only professional theatre company and has been enchanting tens of thousands of patrons since 2011 with its contemporary takes on theatre classics at the iconic Greek Theatre in Guild Park & Gardens. The theatre company is proud to champion local arts and culture and has been honoured with numerous awards and commendations, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award, and 2 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. For more information about GFT and to purchase tickets for the upcoming 2023 season, please visit guildfestivaltheatre.ca/tickets.

April 9, 2023

Beaches Easter Parade

April 5, 2023

Toronto Community Champion Award

Scarborough Community Council, recognized the Scarborough-based recipients of the Toronto Community Champion Awards on Wednesday April 6.
The organizations from Scarborough that were recognized included Afghan Network For Social Services, Scarborough Food Security Initiative, the Organization of Canadian Tamils with Disabilities and Settlement Assistance & Family Support.

On March 20th, Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) announced the 25 recipients of the Toronto Community Champion Award at an award ceremony at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library.

Part of the Stronger TOgether initiative (www.toronto.ca/StrongerTOgether), funded in part by the Government of Canada, the Toronto Community Champion Award recognizes organizations that provided exceptional support for Torontonians through the pandemic.

Residents were invited to nominate organizations that made a positive and lasting impact on their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Toronto Community Champion Award provides an opportunity for the city to honour the collective commitment and unwavering determination of our communities to support each other through some of the most unprecedented times Toronto has ever experienced.

Recipients were chosen by a selection committee made up of community leaders from Volunteer Toronto, United Way Greater Toronto, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and City staff. Priority was given to organizations that were community-focused; demonstrated an inclusive and innovative approach to their work; served vulnerable populations; and provided community service as their primary focus.

Organizations honoured for their work include those that provided support to vulnerable residents, including people with disabilities, newcomers, the elderly or equity-deserving communities; worked to reduce social isolation; connected residents to vaccines; and addressed challenges such as homelessness and food security.

April 1, 2023

COBS Bread Hosts "Doughnation" Day

COBS Bread’s Doughnation Day was held Saturday April 1, where $2 from the sale of every hot cross bun 6-pack will be donated to local charities across Canada.

COBS was encouraging customers to “doughnate” and help COBS Bread raise $375,000 for over 100 charities across Canada.

The team at COBS Bread Morningside Crossing are raising funds for their local charity, Scarborough Health Network Foundation.The fundraising arm of SHN.

The goal of the campaign is to raise funds for community charities across the country. Each COBS Bread bakery has selected a charity that makes a local impact, and is raising funds in-bakery throughout the campaign.

Last year, COBS Bread bakeries raised over $335,000 for local charities, donating approximately $2,000 to their local charities, on average.

This is COBS Bread’s third annual Doughnation Day, a tradition that has been embraced by franchisees, staff and customers alike.

March 23, 2023

After 3 Years Seedy Saturday is Back

Come to the 2023 SCARBOROUGH SEEDY SATURDAY AND GREEN FAIR , Saturday MARCH 25, 11 am – 4 pm at St. John Henry Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd South (south of Kingston Road).
A Gardening and Eco Fair with over 50 exhibitors : heirloom seed vendors, seed exchange , gardening booths, environmental organizations, green living ideas and answers to your growing questions.! There will be kids activities and Food available for purchase.

Entry is $2.00 or PWYC. Half of the entry will be donated to the Scarborough Food Security Initiative – helping to support food banks across Scarborough.!

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