It’s officially spring! With the change of seasons came the re-introduction of many in-person, outdoor events that we have missed over the last couple of years. And now, with the warmer days ahead, there is no shortage of exciting programs and events safely happening throughout our community and across the city. It is a really electrifying time for our city.Read more
My team and I have been visiting streets in the area to let you know about proposed road safety improvements in Beaches-East York. Road safety is a top priority for me, and I’m grateful to the neighbours who have reached out with ideas and suggestions for improving safety and connectivity across our community.
Based on feedback received from local residents, I brought a motion forward at Toronto and East York Community Council, calling for enhanced road safety measures for the neighbourhood.
If the City of Toronto wants to be greener, it needs to cut the red tape
By Brad Bradford Special to the Star
Sat., March 19, 2022 | 3 min. readThe race to respond to our changing climate is on. Cities around the world are looking for innovative ways to reduce emissions, leverage new technology and encourage carbon-reducing lifestyles. The City of Toronto is no exception. In 2019, Toronto declared a climate emergency and has since adopted an aggressive target: reaching net zero emissions by 2040.
Spring is in the air!
Yesterday’s warm weather and St. Patrick’s Day festivities remind us of the fresh spring days ahead – and the opportunity to once again gather at our favourite events and participate fully in community programming. Check out the latest news and updates from City Hall and our Beaches-East York community below.Read more
March 15, 2022
D.I.Y. Live Music and Rehearsal Venue Proposed for City-Owned Building on Queen West
Today, City of Toronto staff are recommending the transformation of a City-owned two storey building on Queen Street West into a new D.I.Y. live music venue focused on Black, Indigenous, and racialized artists, featuring space for rehearsals, performance, and talent development. The new hub will be operated by the non-profit organization It’s OK*.
This week our hearts are heavy with the news of destruction, loss and devastation taking place in Ukraine. Thank you to those of you that have shared kind and supportive words for Ukrainians and Toronto’s Ukrainian community, both online and during in last weeks events downtown. If you are looking for ways to help, I encourage you to consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross or find a local Ukrainian business in to support (read on for some great Toronto suggestions). Difficult times such as these always remind me to be thankful for the tremendous neighbourhood we have here in the East End. The care and support of Beaches-East Yorkers truly extends to communities across the globe!Read more
It’s been a big week for re-opening in Toronto and setting the City up for the year ahead.
With the Province moving Ontario into the next phase of re-opening this past week, many small businesses and restaurants are now open with full capacity. It’s been a challenging time for Main Streets, and as they begin getting back on their feet, it’s more important than ever to make sure they can bounce back. Whether you’re dining in or looking for curbside take-out, make it a local stop this Family Day long weekend!Read more
It’s been another eventful week with our first City Council meeting of 2022 completed!
With many big items up on the agenda, we discussed everything from conducting a review of Winter Operation’s response to major snow events, holding Metrolinx to account in our ravines, preserving and enhancing community use of our City Golf Courses, and adding a new housing option to our city through garden suites.Read more
What a week! We haven’t seen a snowfall like this in 20 years. Following the historic weather we saw on Monday, it’s been a big week for tackling the clearing of streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes. I’m grateful to all who have been out working hard to clear the way and to folks across our community who have lent a hand or checked in on a neighbour.Read more
In these uncertain times, the East End is finding new ways to channel our relentless drive to dig deep, come together and give back. Michael Garron Hospital Foundation and Toronto Hustle are hosting a 24-hour virtual ride to #CRUSHCOVID. As an East Ender, cyclist, and Toronto City Councillor, I’m doing my part by riding the full 24-hours and I’m encouraging everyone who can to take part too.
In the weeks since COVID started affecting our daily lives, Toronto’s East End has stepped up in a big way to do its part. Whether it’s donating to food banks, volunteering with community organizations, or delivering groceries to vulnerable neighbours – we’ve had no shortage of courage or spirit. Being reminded of that every day has inspired me to step up to help #CRUSHCOVID.