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Ward 30 Environment Day

This year's Ward 30 Environment Day which always takes place on July 1st in Riverdale Park East has been postponed until October 17th in Riverdale Park East due to the strike. As many residents pull together their large items for drop off and recycling as well as hazardous waste items in anticipation of the convenient drop off at the Environment Day, I very much regret any inconvenience this causes.

Backyard chickens? Toronto thinking it over

(Canadian Press) New York and Chicago already have it — now Toronto is considering joining those cities and allowing residents to raise chickens in their backyards.

Toronto's park and environment committee is considering a pilot project that would permit people to keep the poultry on their property.

Ian Aley, with the non-profit group FoodShare, says it has plans to rent half an acre at Downsview Park in north Toronto where it will grow vegetables, keep bees and raise chickens.

TTC looking to Portlands for its storage facility

By DAVID NICKLE (The Mirror) The exact site for the $345 million light rail transit vehicle garage hasn't been finalized, but one way or another, it looks as though the Toronto Transit Commission will be putting the structure somewhere in or near the Portlands. The maintenance and storage facility is part of the package in the city's still-unfunded plan to purchase 204 new low-floor light rail vehicles to replace Toronto's aging streetcar fleet.

Please join me for an afternoon tea...

Next year Toronto Community Housing will open its newest affordable seniors' residence in Riverdale at 717 Broadview Ave, the former Chester Village.
The development and programming plans will be showcased at a tea to be hosted by active seniors currently living in Toronto Community Housing in Riverdale and from nearby neighbourhoods.  I hope you can join me at the open house this Sunday.

Council Highlights - City Council meeting of May 25, 26 and 27, 2009

Green roofs in Toronto
Council decided to make "green roof" rooftop vegetation mandatory on new, large buildings constructed in Toronto. Green roofs will be required on most new, large buildings effective next February. The bylaw’s effective date for new industrial buildings is one year later (February 2011). Green roofs reduce the urban heat island effect, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and stormwater management, and create opportunities for biodiversity and city beautification.

Community Meeting: New Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Maintenance & Storage Facility

The Project The 248 streetcars purchased by the Toronto Transit Commission in the 1970s and 1980s are nearing the end of their useful lives and now need to be replaced. The TTC is acquiring a new fleet of 204 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) that will be low-floor, quieter, have features such as air conditioning for greater customer comfort, and be able to carry almost twice as many people as the current TTC streetcars. The new LRVs will have leading-edge technology for better reliability and performance.

Toronto’s beaches now open to swimmers

Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) officially announced the start of the 2009 beach season today at Centre Island Beach, one of Toronto’s seven swimming beaches to achieve international Blue Flag certification for quality.

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Woodfield Road a Hotbed of Talent

(posted on behalf of Woodfield residents)


Neighbours work together for a variety of reasons. They help each other with kitchen renovations, surprise one another with an early morning snow shovel, and keep an eye on each others’ kids outdoors.


But the folks on Woodfield Road have taken neighbourliness to a new height - they’ve written and produced a play together and will premiere it in the

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