Happy 150th Canada!

It’s Canada’s birthday, and the City of Toronto is ready to celebrate!

Beginning this Friday at 5 p.m., Canada Daysa free four-day music festival, will transform Nathan Phillips Square with music, dance, circus arts, food and more. Artists include Barenaked Ladies and Buffy Sainte-Marie on June 30; Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on July 1; dvsn on July 2 and Belly on July 3. A fireworks show will end each evening at 10:55 p.m. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays. The event hashtag is #C150TO.

Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies at four locations on July 1 – Toronto Stands for Canada
Residents are invited to join one of four Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies offering a special opportunity to reaffirm their Oath of Canadian Citizenship on July 1 at Nathan Phillips Square, Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West and Scarborough Civic Centre. Toronto, along with 17 other communities across the country, will “Stand for Canada” as presented by national sponsor CIBC in partnership with Canadian Heritage. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. The event hashtag is #StandforCanada.

Community Celebrations are taking place as well, full details on times and locations are available at http://ow.ly/jwvJ30cW1A6

Etobicoke Celebrations
The annual Toronto Ribfest will be held at Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Rd.) on July 1. Residents can spend the day at Centennial Park and use picnic areas, playgrounds and a wading pool or stroll around the pond or through the Centennial Park Conservatory, with its seasonal plant displays. There will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. More information is available at http://www.torontoribfest.com.

Combined Canada Day and Somalia Day celebrations will also be taking place in the afternoon at Dixon Park.

Special Events & Occasions

Do you have a special occasion / commemorative event coming up? I’m happy to provide congratulatory scrolls for events such as birthdays, weddings, business and marriage anniversaries, graduations, and many other types of events. Please send the details to my office.

I’m also happy to attend special events you may be holding, please send information to my office as early as possible as my schedule can get quite busy at times.

Job Opportunities


Current opportunities are available any day on the City’s website, and are updated regularly. To see what career opportunities we have in the Toronto Public Service, and to create your online profile and apply, please visit www.toronto.ca/jobs

Every Thursday, from 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Volunteer Opportunities

Community Events & News

YOWronto Music Festival at Woodbine Centre

July 1st and 2nd, Woodbine Centre will be hosting the YOWronto Music Festival, with internationally renowned musicians and food from a number of vendors.

For concert listings and information on activities at the festival, please visit www.yowronto.com

This Sunday marks the 158th running of the Queen’s Plate, the first event in the Canadian ‘Triple Crown’.

The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race, and the longest continuously run race in North America.

This year’s Queen’s Plate festival takes place on July 1st and July 2nd, and includes concerts, contests, and of course live racing starting at 1:00 PM.

A full schedule of events is available at www.queensplate.com

Keep up to date with what’s going on in Ward 2’s libraries!  You can visit this link to see a list of current events, or sign up for the ‘What’s On at the Library’ e-newsletter at http://tls.ca/e-news

Some of the exciting events coming up include a Kids Robotics Challenge, the Summer Reading Club Kickoff, and Summer Family Films!

City & Community Consultations

Community Partners at Don Bosco

City Council directed staff to evaluate the feasibility of the creation of a Community Hub at Don Bosco Secondary School, as the School will be closing its doors to students after this graduation year. With that in mind, we are looking outside to agencies, organizations, and a wide variety of other groups to evaluate their needs for space to make their services available to the Kingsview Area. We are putting together a collective of like-minded organizations that would like access to this space, and have created the brief survey.

The survey is available for download at http://ow.ly/V75I30cWdFL

If you are interested in hearing more, please complete the survey and return it to wrobins@toronto.ca

Rexlington Park Enhancements

The City of Toronto is considering options to improve equipment at Rexlington Park.

There are proposals for a new accessible path around the full perimiter of the park, and there are plans to keep the existing wading pool and enhance it by adding a splash pad with different water features including floor jets and sprays.

There are also planned enhancements to the floor of the playground, removing the mulch and replacing it with a rubber tile safety surface, along with the addition of new climbers and swings.

Social gathering spaces will also be added, by way of several new benches and umbrellas.

For detailed information on the project or to make your opinion known, please contact Mark Goulart in Parks Capital Projects at Mark.Goulart@toronto.ca or contact my office at councillor_mford@toronto.ca

Protecting the City’s Bees and Pollinators

The City of Toronto is inviting members of the public to share their views on a proposed pollinator protection strategy for Toronto. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto’s pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Residents can share their views by completing an online survey, launched this week to commemorate Pollinator Week in Toronto.

The draft strategy, developed in conjunction with expert stakeholders and concerned residents, proposes a series of short-term and long-term actions that will help to protect and sustain healthy pollinator populations in Toronto.

Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline due to habitat loss and other stressors. Once a species is lost from an area, it is difficult to re-introduce.

The Toronto Pollinator Protection Strategy will be finalized later this year and form part of the City’s broader Biodiversity Strategy.

Residents can learn more about the strategy and complete the survey online at http://bit.ly/2sEOMVs. The survey will be available until September 29.

Community Programs

For more information contact Jessica at www.thefoodiefestival.com or visit our website at www.healthykidstoronto.com/rexdale

Toronto Drop-In Services

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) is an active coalition of over 50 diverse drop-in centres in Toronto, which support people who are homeless, marginally housed, or socially isolated (including men, women, youth, LGBTQ2S, seniors, and families). TDIN works in collaboration with its community partners to increase the capacity of Toronto’s drop-in centres through engagement, training, coordination, and advocacy. More information, and this booklet, can be found by visiting TDIN’s website: www.tdin.ca.

Drop-Ins in this booklet are organized by the area of the city in which they are located. This information is provided by Toronto Drop-In Network members. As schedules may change, please call ahead if possible.

Toronto Public Health Mobile Dental Clinic @
Rexdale Alliance Church / Neighbourhood Connections Church
2459 Islington AvenueTPH eligibility requirements; client must:
  1. Have pain, abscess/infection, broken teeth/fillings
  2. Be on OW (Ontario Works) or ODSP (Ontario disability support program)
  3. Provide current month’s OW/ODSP statement/dental card as well as proof of address and date of birth
The Dental Bus will be at Rexdale Alliance Church on the following dates
  1. Wednesday, July 19 11:15 to 4 p.m. 6 appointments
  2. Wednesday, August 23 11:15 to 4 p.m. 6 appointments
  3. Wednesday, September 13 11:15 to 4 p.m. 6 appointments
  4. Wednesday October 18 11:15 to 4 p.m. 6 appointments
***For information or to book an appointment please contact Pastor David Lewis dlewis@rexdalealliance.ca or 416-741-1110 ext. #2314. Appointments are first come, first served and can be secured if you send a copy of your latest ODSP/OW statement

Grants & Funding

This spring, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is hosting in-person workshops and webinars for nonprofits interested in applying for grants under the Grow Investment Stream.

The deadline for applications is June 28, 2017

These full-day workshops, led by experienced OTF staff, will take community organizations through a Grow grant application step-by-step. The webinars are geared to organizations that are not able to attend a local event, but still want to get the information they need to submit a solid Grow grant application.

Grow grants are designed for community projects that will:
•     Launch, replicate, or adapt an already proven, evidence-based program
•     Increase in scale to impact more people
•     Improve and increase the positive impact in the community

To view a list of upcoming community workshops and webinars, view the OTF Eventbrite list. Dates and venues are still being reviewed, so please visit again or check the OTF Events Calendar

City Programs & Events

Summerlicious 2017
July 7 – 23, 2017

Toronto’s premier prix fixe food event is back and tastier than ever! For two mouth-watering weeks, celebrate the city’s culinary scene through three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants, including more than 20 new participants.

Discover delicious food at exceptional value – start planning your Summerlicious experience today! Reservations will be accepted starting June 22

3rd ‘Snap & Share’ Photo Contest

The City of Toronto has launched its third Snap & Share photo contest, led by Parks, Forestry and Recreation and presented by Nikon Canada. Until July 31, shutterbugs are invited to snap and share photos of “Our Common Grounds” – the parks, ravines and recreation programs where Torontonians come together as a community.

The expert panel of judges for the contest includes Nikon Ambassadors Kristian Bogner and Neil Ever Osborne, and Toronto-based freelance photographer Taku Kumabe. Osborne and Kumabe will also provide coaching sessions to the winners of the photography tour category of the contest.

Judges will review short-listed photos and winners will be notified in September 2017. Prizes include a Nikon D5600 kit with body and an 18-55mm lens, three COOLPIX L840 cameras with 38x optical zoom, eight Nikon COOLPIX A10 cameras with 5x optical zoom and weekly prizes.

Winning images will be exhibited at City Hall and other civic centres, featured on the City’s website and used in various publications and communication materials. Previous year’s entries have been featured on TTC shelters, the City’s social media feeds and the Toronto.ca website.

Snap & Share contest categories include Our Common Grounds, Hidden Gems, City of Sport, Toronto Blooms, TO Canada with Love and Toronto Photography Tour.

More information about the contest is available and submissions can be made to http://www.toronto.ca/photocontest.

From July 16 – 23, 2017, the City of Toronto will be the proud Host City to the 2017 North American Indigenous Games – expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes from across North America.

Get Involved – Join the Movement!

It will take more than 2000 volunteers to deliver a successful 2017 NAIG, and to ensure that all of the athletes, participants, and spectators, have an enjoyable and memorable experience.  The North American Indigenous Games are looking for volunteers in a wide range of areas from sport specialists, to protocol, to medical volunteers, IT specialists and photographers, to name a few. Volunteers will work together and be stationed at various venues across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Hamilton Region and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Support TRC Call to Action 88 and be part of #Team88.

Interested in volunteering?  Please go to this link to register to volunteer at  http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/volunteers/.

Have questions about volunteering?  Find out more in the FAQs on their site:  http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/volunteers/faqs/.

Find out more about the North American Indigenous Games at http://naig2017.to Past, Present, Future. #AllOne

Swimming pools, parks and community centres

City of Toronto parks, outdoor swimming pools, wading pools, splash pads and some beaches will be open on Canada Day. Indoor pools and community centres will be closed, unless permitted for an event. More information and swimming pool schedules are available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim. The status of designated swimming beaches is available at http://ow.ly/Grq830cMjPU. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at http://www.toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.


All five City golf courses will be open and offer holiday rates on July 1. These affordable, high-quality and TTC-accessible courses are open daily, including Canada Day. More information about City-run golf courses is available at http://toronto.ca/golf.


L’Amoreaux Tennis Centre (300 Silver Springs Blvd.) will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 1. More information is available at http://ow.ly/Bj0G30cMkDX. All public tennis courts will have nets up and will be available for use. Public sites are free and available to the general public. Tennis players are asked to share the courts by limiting their play time to half-hour intervals if others are waiting to use the courts. More information about public tennis courts is available at http://toronto.ca/tennis.

Free programs

Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

Applications & Nominations

Mid-Term Public Appointments

Do you want to make a difference in your city?

Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards and committees. Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective to board discussions, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians.

This fall, the City of Toronto will be recruiting for more than 70 public member positions across 20 boards. Bring your skills and experience to the table. To learn more about these opportunities and apply online, visit www.toronto.ca/ServeYourCity.

Construction & Closures

Construction Projects

Chapman Road
The road will be closed from Royal York Road to Scarlett Road until July 16.  Access for local traffic in 1 lane will be maintained

Redcliff Boulevard
East & Westbound curb lane from Redcliff Boulevard to Coolhurst Drive will be occupied to place a conduit from June 26 to July 10

Rexdale Boulevard
Closed in the westbound direction at Tidemore Avenue until September 14 due to watermain rehabilitation

Ronson Drive
1 lane occupied from Kipling Avenue to Martin Grove Road for conduit installation from June 15 to July 14

Royaleigh Ave
Northbound curb lane will be occupied from Royal York Road to Roxaline Street for utility work from June 15 to June 30

Scarlett Road
Northbound curb lane will be occupied from Tilden Crescent to Raymore Drive for utility work from June 15 to June 30

Tidemore Avenue
The northbound curb lane will be partially obstructed due to watermain rehabilitation until September 14

Festivals & Events

Albert Street from Bay Street to James Street
The road will be closed for Canada Day festivities and fireworks display from July 2 to July 4

Bay Street from Dundas Street West to Queen Street West
The road will be closed for Canada Day festivities from July 2 to July 4

Elizabeth Street from Dundas Street West to Hagerman Street
The road will be closed for Canada Day festivities from July 2 to July 4

Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
The road will be closed for Canada Day festivities from July 2 to July 4

Hazelton Avenue from Scollard Street to Yorkville Avenue
The road will be closed due to the Toronto Jazz Festival from June 26 to July 3

Out & About

Toronto’s Kipling Acres Celebrates Re-Opening

Kipling Acres, one of the City of Toronto’s 10 long-term-care homes, was redeveloped as part of the province’s enhanced long-term care home renewal strategy with support from the City of Toronto, Government of Ontario and Central West Local Health Integration Network.

Redeveloped to meet new provincial long-term care home-design standards, the home provides greater accessibility for residents and meets LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards of the Canadian Green Building Council.

It truly was a pleasure to join staff and residents at Kipling Acres, which has been a vital part of our community since 1959.

News coverage of the event can be read at http://ow.ly/G3zT30cWvmc

Monday evening I met with local residents at Rexlington Park to discuss proposed enhancements to the area. If you missed the meeting, I would still very much like to hear your thoughts! Contact my office by phone or e-mail any time.

Thank you to Etobicoke Strategy for the invitation to your annual Prayer Breakfast. Faith based organizations play a huge role in keeping our community safe, and providing opportunities for our youth.

Councillor Michael Ford
Ward 2 Newsletter
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