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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Community Meeting for East Mall Park - Justin Di Ciano

Community Meeting for East Mall Park

Date: Tuesday April 14, 2015

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: St. Elizabeth Catholic School, 5 Redcar Avenue

East Mall Park – Park Improvements

Councillor Di Ciano, together with City of Toronto Parks staff invites you to learn more about

upcoming Park Improvements at East Mall Park. Come share your thoughts on equipment options

and take a peek at the new water play features that will be added.

Park Improvements will include:

New Water Play

  • Variety of spray features (above ground and in-ground)for all age groups
  • Separate play zones; Toddler Bay, Family Bay Teen Bay
  • Rounded boulders to divide play zones and provide seating
  • A "no spray zone" to surround the water play area

New Playground

  • New Junior and Senior Play equipment
  • New sand play area 
  • Three options for equipment will be shared for comment and may include:
    • Senior Climber – rope or traditional
    • Junior Climber – traditional
    • Spin + Rock Climb Features
  • Spring toys + Panels

Other Improvements

  • Replace and widen existing asphalt pathways 
  • Install new accessible pathway (3.0m wide) from parking lot to play area
  • New benches and seating
  • New trees

I hope to see you there!

Justin J. Di Ciano

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 5 Etobicoke – Lakeshore

Peter Milczyn eNewsletter update - April 7th

Dear Neighbour,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all those celebrating Orthodox Easter this upcoming weekend a very Happy Easter!  

Starting April 11, 2015, GO Transit will be adjusting Bus service to meet changing demand and serve customers better.  For more information regarding these service changes, please click here

Peter Milczyn                                                                                    

Mark your calendar!

Open House:  
Planning Reform and Bill 73
Smart Growth for Communities

Please join me to discuss planning reform and how it affects residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Date:   Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time:   6:30 - 8:30 pm
Place:  Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 210
            110 Jutland Avenue

Residents and businesses in the Parkdale, Ryerson and Etobicoke areas invited to attend Pan Am/Parapan Am Games information sessions

Toronto residents who live in the Parkdale, Ryerson and Etobicoke communities, as well as local businesses, are invited to attend information sessions to learn more about how their community may be affected by the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games taking place this summer. 

The Parkdale sessions will focus on the race routes for marathon, triathlon, cycling and race walk along Lake Ontario; Ryerson on the Ryerson Athletic Centre's hosting of basketball and wheelchair basketball; and Etobicoke on bowling and BMX competitions, as well as aquatics training at three venues in the area.

These information sessions, which will provide tips, tools and information to help residents and local businesses get around during the Games, will be held at the following times and locations: 

Monday, April 13
Etobicoke Olympium, 590 Rathburn Rd.
Business session: 3 to 5 p.m.
Resident session: 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15
Parkdale Public Library, 1303 Queen St. W.
Business Session: 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 30
The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St.
Business session: 3 to 5 p.m.
Resident session: 6 to 8 p.m.

Note: Space in these sessions is limited; groups are encouraged to send representation.

For more information about these information sessions, please click here

Ontario Supporting New Satellite Dialysis Centre in Etobicoke
New Centre to Improve Access to Care for Patients with Kidney Disease

Ontario is supporting the construction of a new satellite dialysis centre that will enable patients in Etobicoke to receive dialysis services closer to home.

The new centre will be part of the Etobicoke General Hospital complex, which is part of the William Osler Health System. It will include 36 stations to provide vital pre-dialysis treatment and haemodialysis, which involves filtering blood. It will also provide home dialysis training through outpatient clinics.  This new centre will help relieve pressure on other dialysis programs at William Osler Health System and Humber River Hospital. Construction of the project is expected to begin in August 2016 and be completed one year later. 

Improving access to health care closer to home is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which is providing patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy and a health care system that's sustainable for generations to come.

To read more about Ontario's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, please click here
To review my Press Release, please click here
Ontario Strengthening Rules on 
Water Heater Contracts
Longer Cooling-Off Period and Clear Contracts Better Protect Consumers

Ontario is increasing protections for consumers who feel pressured to sign a contract at the door for a water heater, giving them twice as long to reconsider their decision with a new 20-day cooling-off period.

As of April 1, 2015, consumers can cancel a contract signed at the door for any reason and without penalty within the 20-day cooling-off period. Also, suppliers cannot install a water heater within that same period unless there is a request from a consumer or there is a potential safety issue with the heater being replaced.
In addition, water heater suppliers now must:
  • Give consumers information about their rights before a door-to-door water heater contract is signed
  • Disclose key contract terms in clear, easy-to-understand language
  • Provide information to the consumer about costs of long-term leases of water heaters compared with purchasing a water heater outright
  • Make a scripted and recorded telephone call to a consumer to confirm the contract. If it is not confirmed, the contract would be void.
  • Pay all cancellation and other fees if the 20-day cooling-off period is not observed
Protecting Ontario consumers is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.  To learn more, please click  here
Destination Imagination (DI) is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. Their purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.  This year Isabella and her group of seven has made a profound effort to spread awareness on mental illness and disabilities, as well as mental illness stigmas. They have gone to many schools in our community and presented them with a power-point and activities in which the students learn why mental illness stigmas are not acceptable. They also turned our presentation into an eight minute play for a group of appraisers. They placed first in both Regionals and Provincials, and are now hoping to place well in Global Finals.  For more information on Destination Imagination, please click here

They need your help to raise funds for the trip to the finals which will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee.  They have organized a fundraising event for:

Date:   Saturday, April 25th 
Time:   10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Place: 11 Morgan Avenue (St. Louis Catholic Elementary School)
Fundraising activities will include a ball hockey tournament, raffle, and bake sale, all organized by the St. Louis Gifted Centre

I hope you will come out and help these hard working students meet their fundraising goal to get to the Global Finals!
 Gems of Etobicoke-Lakeshore nomination forms are due by noon April 13, 2015 

There is still plenty of time to visit to complete form online and recognize your favourite businesses and organizations! zTo submit your nomination online, please click here.  If you would like to download a copy othe form, please click here

The award ceremony will take place Thursday May 21st at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 3, 150 Eighth St, at 7pm
 Etobicoke Philharmonic is pleased to have
renowned Cellist and Etobicoke-Lakeshore resident 
Bryan Holt at their upcoming
Platinum Classics

Join the Etobicoke Philharmonic on:

Date:   Friday, April 10, 2015
Time:   8:00 pm
Place:   Martingrove Collegiate Institute - 50 Winterton Drive
For more information, please click  here
Etobicoke native Bryan Holt performs one of the most breathtaking concertos in the repertoire, while the orchestra performs two masterworks from the symphonic literature. For more information on Bryan Holt and his accomplishments, please clickhere
 Municipal Matters

In addition to attending to my responsibilities at Queen's Park, I have been also making sure that I stay on top on things that are happening at City Hall both in respect to the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding as well as across the City.

As I would like to keep my constituents as informed as possible on both municipal and provincial fronts, I would like to advise you that the next meeting of Etobicoke York Community is April 14th and I have attached links below to upcoming items, which affect the residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore:


EY5.9  Application for Fence Exemption - 364 Evans Avenue

Please remember if you have any questions regarding any of these reports, please contact your local Councillor:
Ward 5, Councillor Di Ciano-    416-392-4040
Ward 6, Mark Grimes -     416-397-9273
You can also submit your comments to members of the Etobicoke York Community Council by e-mail to or you can go to the meeting and speak in person.  Please contact EYCC staff before the meeting as often items are scheduled to be heard at specific times and they can inform you accordingly. EYCC staff can be reached at 416-394-8101.
Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

Set to open in 2016, the Lakeshore Ground Interpretive Centre will be a part of Humber College's new Welcome Centre at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd W. and Kipling Ave.

This free public space will interpret the campus' natural and built history. It will include interactive activities, archival materials, and contemporary art.

To learn how you can get involved, please click here
Etobicoke Yacht Club offers 
Youth Sailing Summer Program

The Etobicoke Yacht Club (EYC) established the Junior Sail Program to promote the sport of sailing for the youth of our community. The Program, has been operating for almost fifteen years and is conducted in a dedicated sail training facility at the Etobicoke Yacht Club and on the water in the beautiful, sheltered Humber Bay.

All coaches are nationally certified and insured by Sail Canada. We deliver their nationally accredited CANsail curriculum. Our staff all share a love for the development of Sailing.

The Program is open to youth between the ages of 7 to 17, who want to have fun and experience the thrill and enjoyment of sailing!

For more information, please click here

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Etobicoke Centennial Choir presents HEAVENWARD
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Humber Valley United Church
          76 Anglesey Blvd
Cost:  $25
For tickets, please call 416-769-9271
For more information, please visit or to view flyer please click
Islington Health and Wellness Event
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place: Islington Golf Club, 45 Riverbank Drive
For more information, please click here

Kingsway-Lambton 18th Annual Charity Fundraiser Art Show & Sale
Date:   Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time:   10:00am to 4:00 pm
Place:  Kingsway-Lambton United Church
           85 The Kingsway (wheelchair accessible)
For more info:  Call 416-234-8224 or visit
Please come and meet 32 unique artists, collect fine pieces and support local charities. Choose from affordable, original art including traditional & contemporary paintings, folk art, wood turning, glass, sculpture, jewellery, woven wearables.
The $10.00 admission entitles you to enter a draw to win a painting by Michael Zarowsky titled"Autumn (Mixed Media on Birch Panel, 24"x 25")

Lakeshore Arts Presents Shazaam
Date:   Saturday, April 11, 18 and 25, 2015
Time:   10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place:   2422 Lakeshore Boulevard
Registration:  Free
For more information please click here
Shazaam! In Focus offers participants ages 12 - 14 a chance to create self-portraits while explore a variety of artistic skills including photography, Photoshop, written and spoken word. Final photographic works from each participant will be featured in an exhibition at Lakeshore Arts' Smith Zone gallery! 

Spring Fling at St James United Church
Date:  Saturday April 18th
Time:  9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Place: St. James United Church
           400 Burnhamthorpe Road (south side just a few blocks east of Highway 427)
Used books, homemade baking, jewellery, gifts and treasures, muffins and coffee and a lunch room.
Free admission and lots of free parking
You are invited to come, even bring a friend and enjoy!

Mimico Waterfront Clean Up Day
Date:   Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time:   10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Place:  Meet at Mimico Square in Amos Waites Park (2445 Lakeshore Blvd W)
Garbage bags will be provided

13th Annual Colonel Sam Smith Park Clean Up
Date:    Sunday, April 19, 2015
Time:    9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place:   Meet on the path east of the Marina
For more information, please click here
Garbage bags and gloves supplied.  Bring boots, gloves and dress for the weather!

Kingsway-Lambton Flea Market
Date:  Saturday, April 25, 2015 
Time:  8 am - 1 pm
Place: Kingsway-Lambton United Church
          85 The Kingsway
Thousands of items are priced to sell, inside and outside the church. Money raised supports over 20 charities. 
For more information, and a downloadable flyer, please see, the Flea Market event or call 416 234 8224

Porritt Real Estate's Annual Charity Garage Sale in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
Date:   Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time:   9 a.m. to noon.
Place:  3385 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (rain or shine)
The event will also feature baked goods, a barbecue and raffle prizes.
Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation or to drop off new or gently used items for the sale (i.e. kitchen items, small furniture, clothing, electronics, etc) can come by the Lake Shore office between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. or call 416-259-9639

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Upcoming Community meetings - 2800 Bloor St. and Development Charges Act

The Etobicoke York Community Council will meet on April 14, 2015 starting at 9:30am in the Council Chamber, Etobicoke Civic Centre 399 the West Mall.
To discuss item EY5.5 Settlement proposal - 2800 Bloor St. West.

The second meeting on April 22 will meet at Committee Room 1, Second floor, City Hall, 100 Queen St. at 10am. It is a public meeting regarding Development Charges to be held by the executive committee about a proposed amendment to its Development Charges by-law No. 1347-2013. The purpose of amending the by-law is to amend the development charges rates for the Transit (Balance) development charges service to provide for the recovery of the eligible development related share of the Scarborough Subway Extension. The enactment of the proposed by-law by City Council will occur on a date subsequent to the public meeting.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stonegate development public hearing - Feb. 25th at 6:30pm

Stonegate Plaza Development

144-150 Berry Road


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

St. Mark's Catholic School (45 Cloverhill Road)

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Public Notices will be mailed to the area residents on February 4, 2015.

We trust that you can attend this meeting so that the Councillor may thank you

personally.  At that time you will be able to review more final presentations by Van Dyke

and staff will be to hand for comments/questions.

Again, Councillor Justin Di Ciano would like to extend much gratitude to all of you.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Join us for our Mayoral and Ward 5 Candidates Wine and Cheese on Sept. 23rd!

The KPRI is hosting a Mayoral and Ward 5 candidates wine and cheese event on Tuesday, Sept. 23rd from 7:30 - 10:00pm. 
Join us at the Crooked Cue (3056 Bloor St. W) for an informal meet and greet with the candidates. 
Members get in free and memberships can be purchased at the door: $20 per year or $90 for 5 years.

Hope to see you there!

The Board of Directors,
Kingsway Park Ratepayers