COUNCILLOR

MICHAEL THOMPSON

WARD 37, SCARBOROUGH CENTER

  • Metropolis Magazine designated Toronto as the world's most livable city in 2015.

  • Toronto Life named our community one of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods

  • Toronto is home to people from 160 counties speaking more than 100 distinct languages

  • The Economist magazine named Toronto the world’s most livable city in 2015

  • Scarborough is on the leading edge of Toronto’s march toward greater cultural and economic diversity.

Important Notices

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Changes to Ontario Auto Insurance 

On June 1, 2016, changes to auto insurance in Ontario will give you more choice and control over your insurance and premiums.

Statutory accident benefits are changing, and new optional accident benefit choices will be made available to allow you to customize your policy to suit your individual needs.

The choices will give you greater influence over the price you pay for insurance. The cost of your policy will vary based on the coverage you purchase.

What’s Next

The reforms and new choices take effect June 1, 2016.

Your policy won’t change until it is time for it to be renewed.  When you receive your renewal documents you will also be provided with more information on the changes and your new options. This will help you make an informed decision.

After June 1, 2016, you can choose to make changes to your existing policy to take advantage of the new levels and options, without having to wait for it to come up for renewal.

Statutory accident benefits are benefits you are entitled to receive if you are injured in an auto accident, regardless of who was at fault. Many of the new reforms affect these benefits.
For general information about changes to auto insurance in Ontario, contact:

Insurance Board of Canada
Consumer Information Centre
www.ibc.ca
Toll-free 1-844-2ask-IBC
(1-844-227-5422)
Financial Services Commission of Ontario
www.fsco.gov.on.ca
Telephone (416) 250-7250
Toll-free 1-800-668-0128
TTY 1-800-387-0584

 


Do you know someone or a community group who is making a difference in Toronto by reducing barriers to civic participation? Celebrate their accomplishments – nominate them for an award

AccessThe City’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards recognize significant efforts of Toronto residents who are working to build a city in which all residents are full and equal participants in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of the city. Each year, the City celebrates the contributions made by nominated residents or groups at an awards ceremony held in December.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 2, 2016.

Nominees must be residents of the City of Toronto.

To nominate and for more information including past recipients: www.toronto.ca/civicawards

 


 

Need Work? Attend the Job and Career fair to meet potential employers. 

On April 6th, The City’s Employment and Social Services will be hosting a Job and career fair at the Scarborough Civic Centre from 10am to 4 pm. Click here for the event’s official flyer.


 

Toronto has a new Draft Waste Strategy. Attend a public meeting to learn more!

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The Long Term Waste Management Strategy project team, with input from the public and key stakeholders, has created a Draft Waste Strategy. Now it’s time for you to learn about the recommended options and provide your comments. There are several ways you can share your thoughts:

 Four public meetings:

Draft Waste Strategy Overview Tuesday March 29. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 p.m. St. Paul’s Bloor Street Church, Cody Hall, 227 Bloor St. E. (Bloor/Yonge Station)

 Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Waste Diversion in Houses, Apartments, and Condos Monday April 4. 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Workshop at 7:00 p.m. Central YMCA, Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor St. (Wellesley Station)

 Diversion Opportunities: Businesses and DIY Home Renovators Thursday, April 7. 2:00-3:30 p.m. WEBINAR: www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy

 Waste Recovery and Residual: How to Handle Remaining Materials Tuesday, April 12. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 p.m. City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W. (Osgoode Station) LIVE WEBCAST: www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy

* Special accommodation and translation services can be made available if requested 5 days before public meeting.

Public meeting RSVP: wastestrategy.eventbrite.ca

 Go online to review the meeting materials, most recent Project Update and complete the survey (survey available from March 29 – April 27, 2016): www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy

Please join us. Together we can achieve our goal of reducing waste sent to landfill.


 

 

Need Help with your taxes?

The constituency office of your local MP, Salma Zahid, is hosting free tax clinics starting every Tuesday from March 29- April 26th , from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm.

Their office is located at 5-2155 Lawrence Avenue East. Please click here for the official flyer.


 

Summer 2016 Youth In Policing Program now recruiting!

It’s that time again! Toronto Police Services are currently recruiting for their Summer 2016 Youth In Policing Summer Program.  Students can find more information and the application by going online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi.

The Youth in Policing is a joint partnership between the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Service Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  The program is a paid position and employs students between the ages of 15-18 years within priority identified neighbourhoods.

The youth work within our various units and divisions.  While at work youth have the opportunity to see daily police operations from an internal perspective, interact with police officers on a personal level and gain hands on job experience.  Students are also taken on tours to various police facilities, namely the Marine Unit, Mounted Unit, The Police Dog Services etc.

There are three Youth in Policing Programs that run throughout the year; summer, fall and winter. The programs run as follows:

  • Summer Program – July to August
  • Fall Program – September to December
  • Winter Program – January to April

The Summer Program runs throughout the summer months during the day from Monday – Friday and students work a 35 hour week.  The Fall and Winter Programs are part-time after-school programs that include evenings and some weekend work and students work 6 hours per week.

Please click here for the official flyer for the program.


 

Help Animate Dorset Park!

Toronto Arts Council is launching a pilot program: Animating Toronto Parks. The 2016 program will provide funding to professional artists, organizations and collectives to support free arts programming in any of 23 selected Toronto parks located outside of the downtown core. In Ward 37, Dorset Park has been selected.

Animating Toronto Parks is a pilot program that will provide funding to professional artists, organizations and collectives to support free arts programming in selected Toronto parks. For the purposes of this program, “arts programming” includes the presentation of dance, literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts, community-engaged work and any combination of the above. Animating Toronto Parks is a component of the Arts in the Parks initiative which is managed by Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council (TAC) in partnership with City of Toronto Arts & Culture Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PF&R) and community partner Park People.

The deadline for grant applications is January 11, 2016.  All applicants must also attend an information session in advance of submitting an application.

Please click here to for more information on how to apply.

 


 

Final two café and outdoor marketing information sessions to take place next week

The City has been conducting a review of the bylaws governing outdoor cafes on the public right-of-way (sidewalks) to harmonize and modernize existing bylaws and create one bylaw for Toronto. At the same time, updated outdoor café guidelines are being created to provide safe, comfortable and universally accessible cafes and sidewalks.

A set of draft outdoor café bylaw and guidelines has been developed based on feedback from stakeholders including Business Improvement Areas, Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association, Residents’ Associations, boulevard cafe and marketing permit holders, and the general public.

The final two information sessions are being held on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

A report is expected to be submitted to the Licensing and Standards Committee in November.

Background on the review can be found at: www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay


Hydro Underground – Project Prudential

Toronto Hydro would like to inform you of Project Prudential designed to help improve the electricity system in the Midland/Prudential area.

The civil and electrical portions of this project are expected to begin by mid October 2015 with an approximate completion date of mid October 2016. The boundaries include Lawrence Avenue East (North), Midland Avenue (East), Prudential Drive (South), and Prudential Drive (West). Please see the map below:

Map

Throughout this project, power interruptions may be necessary to switch from the old to the new electrical system. Toronto Hydro intends to provide advance notice prior to any planned outages.

The general notification letter describing the project will be delivered to 16 customers in the project area. Please click here to view a copy.

If you have any questions,  please contact the Toronto Hydro PowerUp office at 416-542-2549 or capitalprojects@torontohydro.com.


 

Scheduled maintenance on TTC’s Line 3 this weekend – Sept 26-27, 2015

There will be no service on the TTC’s Line 3 this weekend, Sept. 26-27, as crews conduct upgrades and maintenance work on signals, cables, wiring and the power rail. Replacement buses will operate between McCowan and Kennedy stations, stopping at all Line 3 stations. Collector booths at all stations will remain open for customers to purchase TTC fares.
Wheel-Trans vehicles will be available for customers who require accessible transit. Customers can speak with any uniformed TTC employee to make use of this service.
This is the fifth and final closure on Line 3 this year as the TTC undertakes a complete rehabilitation of the tracks and vehicles to provide a more reliable and comfortable service over the next 10 years. The line will be decommissioned following the opening of the Scarborough Subway Extension. Additional Line 3 closures will take place in 2016.

Regular service will resume on Mon., Sept. 28 at 6 a.m.

Please click hereto view the TTC notice.


 

Great West Parking Solutions meeting – Sept 23, 2015

Councillor Thompson will be holding a public meeting at the Scarborough Civic Centre Council Chambers on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 from 7-9pm. This meeting will address the parking issues in the subdivision immediately south of Ellesmere Rd, and west of Great West Dr to the SRT lines. If you live in this area, your attendance is encouraged.

Please click herein order to view the public notice.


Birchmount Road Resurfacing – Spring-Fall 2015

The City of Toronto will be resurfacing Birchmount Road from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Ave. This project is part of the Council approved 2015 Capital Works Program.
Further notice will be given prior to construction with a more accurate start date and other information regarding the work. Your co-operation and patience during the construction period is crucial and appreciated.

Please click the link below to view the official City of Toronto public notice regarding this project:

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