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East-enders urged to soak up the sun

Offered incentives to install solar hot water heaters


A new City of Toronto program will make it easier for Toronto houses to heat their water systems with solar energy. Play VideoIn an ongoing battle against climate change, City Hall is encouraging some east-enders to harness the power of the sun.

The city yesterday launched Solar Neighbourhoods, a pilot project that will offer a $1,000 discount to 150 homeowners -- located in the area bounded by the lake and Danforth, Coxwell and Bayview Aves. -- to install solar hot water heaters.

Council Highlights - City Council meeting of April 29 and 30, 2009

City of Toronto’s accountability officers Council adopted a consolidated policy framework for Toronto's four accountability officers (auditor general, integrity commissioner, lobbyist registrar and ombudsman) that sets out their features of independence, accountability mechanisms to City Council, and the administrative and operational supports for their offices. Council approved the establishment of a new chapter in the Toronto Municipal Code for the accountability officers, which reflects their independent status in the City's government and reinforces their separation from the City's administration.

Mayor, Fletcher unveil new solar energy option for Torontonians

City helps residents tap the sun for hot water

Residents of Toronto’s Ward 30 (Toronto-Danforth) will be leading the way in using the sun for home water heating thanks to a new program announced today by Toronto Mayor David Miller and Councillor Paula Fletcher.

The Solar Neighbourhoods program is providing additional financial incentives, technical assistance and support for residents who install Solar Domestic Hot Water systems (SDHW) for their homes. Combined with recently enriched federal-provincial "ecoENERGY" incentives, the program makes solar water systems a very attractive choice for homeowners looking to reduce utility bills and their environmental impact.

Councillors suggest way to save Riverdale pool

Former trustees want profits from surplus property sale By JOANNA LAVOIE (RIVERDALE-BEACHES MIRROR)

Two east-end councillors have come up with a proposal they believe would put an end to ongoing concerns that Riverdale Collegiate Institute's (RCI) pool could be drained. Councillors Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth) and Sandra Bussin (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), both former school trustees, drafted a letter to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) on April 20 offering "a helpful suggestion to the ongoing dilemma surrounding the continued operation of the swimming pool at RCI."

New walking map encourages Toronto residents to explore city parks and trails

Today, Mayor David Miller and Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) unveiled the new Exploring Toronto’s Parks and Trails map - a free resource from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation that encourages residents to discover the city’s parks, trails and ravines.

"The City of Toronto is committed to increasing opportunities for Toronto residents to become more active," said Mayor David Miller. "We know the value in living a healthy lifestyle, and the Exploring Parks and Trails map is a terrific tool to help enhance the physical, psychological and social health of the people of Toronto."

Mayor David Miller plants trees at sixth annual Trees Across Toronto event

Mayor David Miller joined Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), City of Toronto representatives and hundreds of tireless volunteers at McCowan District Park today for the sixth annual Trees Across Toronto event.

"By volunteering their time and efforts to plant trees today, Torontonians have stepped up to increase our urban forest," said Mayor Miller. "Trees Across Toronto is a great example of corporate sponsors, City staff and the community working together to fulfil our commitment to environmental stewardship and make Toronto a beautiful, greener, more liveable city."

Community Cleanup Days and Free Compost!

I want to remind you of some really great events for the community and the environment.
Roll up your sleeves on Friday April 24 at 2 pm for  Toronto's 20-Minute Makeover.  

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Many schools and organizations have registered and if you want to pitch in,  go to the City's website at .

$1 M donation to city for Earl Bales Park

by Allison Hanes (National Post) A $1-million donation to the city of Toronto is on its way to helping create an accessible water play area and sensory garden at Earl Bales Park in North York.

The parks and environment committee unanimously approved the donation for the project at today's meeting – as is city policy for gifts above $50,000 – calling it "wonderful" and "tremendous.

A lovely day for a (city-sponsored) game of golf

by Rob Roberts (National Post)

Councillor Paula Fletcher marked the opening of golfing season today by teeing off at one of Toronto’s five city-run golf courses (including the Don Valley Golf Course, above). The Post’s Melissa Leong went to Dentonia Park Golf Course to see if the councillor could hit a hole-in-one:

9:49 Ms. Fletcher, chair of the parks and environment committee, arrives with a red golf bag slung over her shoulders. She looks like she means business.

Budget 2009 Q & A

I have received some questions about Toronto’s budget process and how tax and public dollars are spent. Many enquiries addressed the same issues so, for your convenience, I have provided the following Q&A to help you understand how our decisions were reached.

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