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

Community Events & News

This summer, visitors to Terminal 1 can enjoy YYZ Live, a musical celebration with 150 performances from 75 local artists in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Performances are free and open to the public, running from June 26 to September 15. Visit the YYZ Live stage in Terminal 1, International Arrivals, or the YYZ Live acoustic stage on the Terminal Link train platform.

  • 7:00 p.m. daily – YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals
  • 8:00 p.m. daily – YYZ Live acoustic stage, Terminal Link train platform

Artists can apply for the YYZ Live program by submitting a City Hall Live application and indicating their interest in YYZ Live specifically. YYZ Live follows the same eligibility guidelines as City Hall Live.

50th Anniversary – Caribana Toronto Grand Parade

This year’s Grand Parade is taking place on Saturday August 5th, celebrating 50 years of Caribbean Culture in Toronto with music, dancing, and a huge party not to be missed!

Road closures will be in effect in and around the Exhibition Place area.

For more information, please visit http://www.caribana.com/

Color Run 5k

The Color Run, the world’s first COLOR 5K event, was founded in March 2011 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.”

Taking place August 12th at Woodbine Racetrack, Registration is open for this fun filled event!

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

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

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, August 23 11:15 to 4 p.m. 6 appointments
  2. Wednesday, September 13 11:15 to 4 p.m. 6 appointments
  3. 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

City Programs & Events

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.

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

Scheduled Subway Closures

July 29 & 30 – Line 1, Sheppard West (Downsview) to St George due to signal upgrades
August 12 & 13 – Line 1, Sheppard West (Downsview) to St George due to signal upgrades

Road Closures for Events

Beaches Jazz Festival

Queen Street East between Woodbine Avenue and Beech Avenue will be closed three consecutive evenings (6 to 11 p.m.) on Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 for the street festival. On Sunday, the music festival will be restricted to Woodbine Park (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.), with no road closures required. Roads near the park will be busy.

During the closure times Thursday to Saturday, the TTC’s 501 Queen Street replacement bus will turn back at the Woodbine Loop (Queen Street East and Kingston Road) and the 64 Main Street buses will divert via Wineva Avenue, Alfresco Lawn, Lee Avenue, Williamson Road and Southwood Drive.

Construction Projects

Aquila Court at Braddock Road
The northbound and southbound lanes will be occupied due to road reconstruction until July 31.

Carlingview Drive
The Southbound curb lane will be occupied from Dixon Avenue to Meteor Drive from July 27 to November 30 for hydro duct bank and cable chamber installation.

Freemont Avenue
Northbound and southbound lanes from Crane Avenue to Alma Drive will be partially closed due to excavation for Bell Canada until July 25.

Greensboro Drive
Eastbound lane restrictions at Kipling Avenue due to Bell Canada work from July 24 to July 28

Heritage Place
Eastbound and Westbound lanes will be partially closed due to excavacation for Bell Canada until July 25.

Kingsview Boulevard
Eastbound and Westbound lanes from York Road to Lanni Court will be occupied due to excavacation for Bell Canada until July 25.

Leggett Avenue
Both lanes from Scarlett Road will be closed due to new watermain installation and road resurfacing from July 17 to December 31.

Porterfield Road
Eastbound curb lane will be occupied from Amoro Drive to Jeffcoat Drive for conduit placement from July 27 to August 17

Porterfield Road
Eastbound curb lane from Delsing Drive to Billcar Road will be occupied for conduit placement from July 27 to August 17

Precision Road
Occupying 20m south to 120m north of the intersection with Vice Regent Boulevard due to conduit repair by Bell from July 24 to July 28

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

Rexdale Boulevard
The Eastbound curb lane will be occupied from Highway 27 to Martin Grove Road from July 24 to August 4 for cable placement works.

Riverlea Drive
Both curb lanes will be occupied due to cable excavation from July 26 to August 9

Ronson Drive
1 lane occupied from Enterprise Drive to Ronson Road for conduit installation from June 24 to August 4

Scarlett Road
1 southbound lane at Hill Garden Road will be occupied on July 27 for groundwater extraction

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

Out & About

CENAC Public Workshop

Many people came out to the Toronto Congress Centre to speak to staff from the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and learn about future plans for Canada’s biggest and busiest airport. Many residents expressed concerns about noise levels, and I appreciate the time everyone took to come out, as well as the messages I received by phone and e-mail regarding this important issue that affects our community.

Junior King & Queen

What a party at Woodbine Mall for the Junior King & Queen Showcase!  Great music and dancing – I stayed off the stage myself so I wouldn’t scare anyone off.

Check out a short video from the event here

Councillor Michael Ford
Ward 2 Newsletter
100 Queen St W, Suite C-40
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(416) 397-9255