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September 28, 2022

SHN and U of T receive $75 million to enhance health care in Eastern GTA

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and University of Toronto will announce at 2 p.m. ET today a transformational gift from Orlando Corporation to usher in a new era for equitable healthcare in the Eastern GTA, strengthen health training and clinical care and have long term widespread positive impact for communities across the region.

The $75 million donation supports capital redevelopment, mental health needs, and urgent priorities at SHN, as well as the construction of a state-of-the-art building for the new Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) at University of Toronto Scarborough.

WHAT THE GIFT SUPPORTS

The investment from Orlando Corporation will address the acute health care needs of Scarborough and the Eastern GTA by enhancing medical education, health infrastructure and clinical programs in the region, through:

$50 million to SHN

• The largest donation in SHN’s history will support the redevelopment of the Birchmount Hospital by supporting major renovations to the existing facility and building new infrastructure. Specifically:
o $25M will support the new Birchmount Hospital
o The Birchmount redevelopment will double its current patient bed capacity and build a new patient tower for critical care, which will put it at the forefront of equitable, leading-edge patient care for the growing community
o $10M will establish the Orlando Corporation Mental Health Centre of Excellence across SHN, removing barriers to mental health care and positioning SHN as a leader in compassionate and culturally-sensitive mental health care.
o $15M will support the areas of greatest needs across all 3 of SHN’s hospitals

$25 million to U of T

• The gift will support construction of a new academy of medicine and integrated health at U of T Scarborough.
• SAMIH will bring together U of T Scarborough, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and five hospital partners in Scarborough and the Eastern GTA to train health care professionals in the region.
o Scarborough Health Network is a leading hospital partner for SAMIH along with:
▪ Lakeridge Health
▪ Ontario Shores Centre of Mental Health Sciences

▪ Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
▪ Michael Garron Hospital

• SAMIH will:

Train 1,520 students per year, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and life sciences students
o Provide learners with local professional clinical experience through partnerships with hospitals and community-based health care organizations in Scarborough and the Eastern GTA
o Leverage expertise across multiple health professions, the humanities and social sciences.
o Work to understand the impacts of health and cultures and develop new ways to influence/evaluate health.

ABOUT THE LOVE, SCARBOROUGH CAMPAIGN
• The gift from Orlando Corporation contributes to the Love, Scarborough campaign, which highlights healthcare inequities in Scarborough
• More information: lovescarborough.ca

ABOUT THE DEFY GRAVITY CAMPAIGN
• This investment is a significant donation to Defy Gravity: The Campaign for the University of Toronto, which is harnessing the power of U of T’s global community to address some of the most urgent issues of our time.
• More information: defygravitycampaign.utoronto.ca

September 28, 2022

Nuit Blanche returns for 2022

Navigating the art by neighbourhood Nuit Blanche 2022 will be the most expansive version to date, with exhibition areas city-wide. Art projects will be clustered in easy-to-navigate exhibition areas making exploring the event more convenient for audiences. Art projects will also be presented in various neighbourhoods, including Don Mills, East Danforth, Bloor-Yorkville, Sterling Road and Fort York.

Downtown The heart of Nuit Blanche will take over Yonge Street for one night. From Dundas Street down to the lake and across to Harbourfront, art enthusiasts will experience over 35 new artworks.

Downtown sites include Yonge-Dundas Square, the ArtworxTO South Hub at Union Station and Harbourfront Centre. Featured projects include a massive installation on the side of the Deloitte building on 8 Adelaide St. W., a 60-foot-wide water screen at the foot of Yonge Street and a 200-foot high light tipi on Nathan Phillips Square.

Event goers can collect a map at Event Centres located at 160 Yonge St., 88 Queens Quay W., 11 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Mel Lastman Square and Albert Campbell Square or from other information centres where volunteers can help.

Outside of the downtown core Other exhibition areas include: • Scarborough: 15 new art projects are located in and around the Scarborough Civic Centre and Scarborough Town Centre • North York: 10 new art projects are located in and around the North York City Centre, Mel Lastman Square and the Meridian Centre for the Performing Arts • Etobicoke: 14 new projects are located in and around the Humber College Lakeshore Campus and Samuel Smith Park

Dawn art experience People who want to avoid the crowds or are more of an early bird than a night owl can choose a more intimate Nuit Blanche experience by attending from 4 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 2. 

More information about participating artists, Nuit Podcasts and the complete event programming is available on the City’s Nuit Blanche webpage: www.toronto.ca/nuitblanche. The Nuit Blanche webpage offers an interactive location-based event map for enhanced event navigation and details on exhibition locations, project descriptions, road closures, TTC information, and more.

TTC

In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will run subway service all night on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth, Line 3 Scarborough and Line 4 Sheppard. Day passes purchased on October 1 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 2. Free entry is available at North York Centre Station and Scarborough Centre Station from 7 p.m. October 1 to 7 a.m. October 2. Customers will need to pick up a paper transfer from these stations as proof of payment.

GO Transit GO

Transit will operate regularly scheduled service during Nuit Blanche this year. While there will not be any additional late-night rail service available, those wishing to experience art all night may still take advantage of the $10 or $15 GO Transit Weekend Passes. For more information on weekend passes, visit the GO Transit website: www.gotransit.com/en/travelling-with-us/promotions-and-events/weekend-passes-with-go.

Parking

A list of Green P parking lots available during Nuit Blanche can be found at https://parking.greenp.com/.

Event road closures

Partial and full road closures will be in effect all weekend. Major downtown roads impacted will include parts of Bay Street, Queen Street, Yonge Street and the eastbound Yonge Street off-ramp from the Gardiner Expressway. This is due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access. Those planning to attend Nuit Blanche are encouraged to ride public Transit or use alternative options such as cycling and Bike Share. If you need to drive, check the road restrictions map and plan to avoid areas with road closures or high traffic volumes. The following road restrictions will be in place: Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m.: • Temperance Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street and Colborne Street between Yonge Street and Scott Street will have local traffic only along a portion of the roadways. Friday, September 30 at 9 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.: • Yonge Street will be closed between Dundas Street and Queens Quay. East-west traffic will be maintained at major intersections along the stretch • Queen Street will be closed between York Street and Bay Street and between Bay Street and Victoria Street Friday, September 30 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m.: • Westbound Gardiner Expressway exit 154 to Yonge Street will be closed • Esplanade Street will be closed between Yonge Street and Scott Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, October 2 at 10 a.m.: • Road closures and restrictions will be in place on Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Richmond Street West, including Albert Street and James Street. Hagerman Street will also be closed • Queens Quay West will be closed between York Street and Bay Street, with local traffic only along a portion of the road A complete list of road closures and restrictions is available on the City’s road restrictions webpage: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-restrictions-closures/restrictions-map.

Tree Ribbon Campaign Part 2

September 19, 2022

Memorial for HRH Queen Elizabeth II

September 18, 2022

Terry Fox Run Cedarbrooke Park

September 18, 2022

Mayor Tory in Scarborough South West

September 17, 2022

Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest

September 16, 2022

Sunnypoint Nature Stewards

September 15, 2022

Scarborough Walk of Fame

September 3, 2022

BuskerFest

August 31, 2022

Extend the Bloor/Danforth Bike Lanes

By: Steven Glassman

It was odd being on a subway car that was going in reverse, but there was an emergency on the tracks ahead of us. Since I had my bike with me, upon return to Victoria Park station, I figured that I could avoid the chaos associated with shuttle buses, and cycle to the next station that was functioning down the # 2 line.

After negotiating my way down to the Danforth, I was delighted to see the bike lane extended another half a kilometer from Dawes, to Vic Park. Heading west on a nice day at the end of June, I passed sections that were still being worked on. Still, I cycled with a sense of safety to the subway station open at Greenwood. Really it was more than a sense of safety, it felt like paradise to be able to cycle without the nagging fear of death on the street.

This short extension of the Bloor/Danforth bike lane has been anticipated for a couple of years now. It happens to terminate at the end of one of our city wards. It makes no sense to end abruptly just past the busy intersection of Danforth and Victoria Park. The benefits to the community, including residents and businesses in the area that starts at Victoria Park, the “Crossroads”, are well known. Extending the bike path through to Kingston Road is the next logical step we must take. There are students, residents, and commuters who are at risk in cycling this stretch of Kingston Road- it’s a known speedway with dangerous intersections. Bike lanes and other road reengineering steps will bring down speeds in ways that reducing posted limits have failed to accomplish. Let’s continue to build complete streets and complete neighbourhoods.

Happily, I am not alone in my sentiments. Road safety is one of the top concerns in our area and will be an important factor in the October election. And an ad hoc group has assembled to gain support for extending the bike lanes, improving safety for all road users, and beautifying Kingston Road. The group “Bells on Kingston” has organized several rides to build awareness in the community- with more continuing into September and the fall. Follow Bells on Kingston’s Twitter for events, and https://bellsonkingston.ca/ Let them know your thoughts.

(On September 18th there will be a group ride along with a talk about the history of cycling in Toronto. U of T Scarborough campus was a leader in the renaissance of cycling in the early 70s.)

August 21, 2022

Man wanted in kidnapping investigation, Guildwood Parkway and Kingston Road Update, Photograph of the victim released

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance locating a man wanted in a kidnapping investigation.

On Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 12:02 p.m., officers responded to calls for a suspicious incident in the Guildwood Parkway and Kingston Road area.

It is reported that:

– a woman was walking along the sidewalk

– she was approached by a man in a car

– he blocked the sidewalk off with his car

– he grabbed the woman and forced her into the car

– he fled the area with the woman in the car

He is described as 20-30, with a light complexion, black hair, and a beard or goatee. He was wearing a light coloured shirt, and an off white cap. He was believed to be driving a white two or four door car with a blue emblem on the rear.

The woman is described as 20-30, with long dark hair. She was carrying a bag.

Police are concerned for the woman’s safety.  Anyone with information, or dashcam or security camera video of the incident, is asked to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

The Toronto Police Service requests the public’s assistance locating a woman believed to have been kidnapped.

On Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 12:02 p.m., officers responded to calls about a suspicious incident in the Guildwood Parkway and Kingston Road area.

Investigators have released a photograph of the woman who may have been kidnapped. Anyone who can identify her or has information about this incident is asked to contact investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

Aug 16, 2022

GOing Places Camp Members

Camp Evolve Members

By: Saadia Khan

The West Rouge Soccer Club is a non-profit organization in Scarborough dedicated to providing any person regardless of ability, the opportunity to participate in organized soccer activities at recreational and competitive levels.

The WRSC promotes technical and tactical soccer skills, physical and mental development, self-confidence, teamwork and respect of self and others, all within the spirit of the game of soccer in order to facilitate all individuals to reach their potential.

This summer, the WRSC conducted two unique summer programs; GOing Places and Camp Evolve. GOing Places is a girls-only soccer camp developed by and delivered by girls, for girls. It aims to bridge the gaps between gender stereotypes in sports and provide an equitable, safe, and fun opportunity to increase the participation of girls in physical activity settings. GOing Places is grounded in a gender-equity approach and is a tailored opportunity for girls to gain confidence and competence in social and sports settings. The philosophy at GOing Places is to create space for girls to engage with and share positive sport experiences, and to inspire them to pursue existing and emerging sport opportunities with confidence and passion. GOing Places offers both half-day and full-day camps for its participants and is led by Camp Director Anika.

Camp Evolve is an activity-based development camp presented by the WRSC that fosters an environment for participants growth using a health and physical activity framework. This helps participants develop essential fundamental movement, social, and creative thinking skills, with a focus on cooperative games and community building. The philosophy at Camp Evolve is to focus on the individuality of each participant and provide an engaging, fun, and inclusive environment for their development. Camp Evolve offers both half-day and full-day camps for its participants and is led by Camp Director Dylan.

The WRSC values child safety above everything else, and hopes to create an engaging, positive, and fun-filled environment for all of its participants. We look forward to having more children participate in these camps, and we hope to create a memorable experience for them.

Visit https://www.westrougesoccer.ca/ for more information.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok: @westrougesoccer

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