Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley East
October 4, 2013
Thank you for pulling together the public meeting on Monday September 30th to hear from our constituents on the subject of expanding public transit in our area. The meeting, while at some points heated, was quite informative. It was also quite timely as Toronto City Council is meeting on October 8th and 9th to make a decision on rapid transit options for our neighbours to the east in Scarborough.
While the contentious nature of the ‘subway’ issue was very much in evidence in our joint constituency, as it is elsewhere, I was witness to several points of consensus:
- All participants agreed that all three levels of government ought to share in covering the costs of new public transit capital projects.
- With this said, there was no comfort level with any municipal funding share proposal that relied on property taxes to cover the cost of new public transit.
- People agreed that whatever transit is built it has to be integrated with or linked to regional public transit systems.
- There was consensus that the transit built should be designed to be within walking distances to the greatest number of people as possible.
On this basis I will continue to support the existing Memorandum of Agreement between the City and the Province that will see us build a network of Light Rail Transit in Scarborough and throughout Toronto by 2020.
The Don Valley Village community is featured in CBC’s Four Corners Radio Series
On Thursday September 12th Shelley joined the CBC’s Matt Galloway in studio to discuss life in Don Valley Village as part of a great feature Metro Morning is doing called Four Corners.
Thanks to Bronwyn Underhill and Nasrin Khatam for all that you do for the community and to Noushin Khavarian and everyone else who was interviewed and so excellently represented Ward 33!
You can listen to the Four Corner’s feature on Don Valley Village by clicking on the audio links below:
- Matt Galloway spoke with Councillor Shelley Carroll. But first CBC traffic reporter Joan Chang spoke with resident Noushin Khavarian, about the challenges of walking around in “The Peanut”. (Click here to listen)
- Metro Morning’s Jean Kim went to the Oriole Community Garden; a place that offers nourishment for the body and the soul. (Click here to listen)
To learn more about other excellent neighbourhoods and community initiatives in our fine city checkout Metro Morning’s Four Corners website.
On Monday August 26 and Tuesday August 27, we endured a few brief but destructive rainstorms. Though these storms were not nearly as bad as the storm that drenched the city at the beginning of July, many of you experienced flooded basements during last week’s rainfall.
When Claudia and I visited some of your homes in the days following the flood, you told us that water was bubbling up from many different places in your basement. We could see that basement drain pipes still had water in them, only a foot and a half below your basement floor.
While I suspect that the flood had something to do with the private sector contractor’s basement flooding mitigation work on Brian Dr, Toronto Water has not yet released a full report to my office, though it is coming. To date, they have told us that roughly 30 homes called 311 to report flood damage. Our records show that we have spoken to almost this many folks as well. Due to privacy legislation however, we cannot know if those who we spoke to have also called 311 to register their flood, and vice versa.
Here is a link to the City Staff Report on the topic of Scarborough Rapid Transit Options.
Lately, we have seen a number of letters from a group known as “The Coalition of Ward 33 Communities”. They raise a number of important issues that are ongoing in our community. I’ve always worked to increase engagement. I believe that if cooperative solutions and a brighter future are what we want, conversations need to be 2-way. That’s why I am wondering why more often than not these correspondences reach me through other neighbours rather than directly from the coalition.
Councillor Carroll’s Annual Canada Day Peanut Town Festival is right around the corner on Monday July 1st. We are holding the Festival on the field at Oriole Community Centre, from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. As usual, there will be FREE food, family-friendly entertainment, games and activities for kids, and much more.
We hope to see you there!
Please join us for a fun filled night at Dallington Park near the future sight of Ward 33′s newest Community Garden!!!
This free movie night is presented by the Toronto International Film Festival‘s tiff. in the park series in Partnership with the Dallington Pollinators, the Toronto Alliance for Better Parks, and Councillor Shelley Carroll.