Wednesday, February 21, 2018

No Money for Thompson and Centennial!!

Toronto Council decided how to spend our tax dollars on February 12th.

There are thousands of items in the budget from every City Department.

 Each Councillor can make motions to change things around, fund various things.

They found money for all sorts of additional things like:

·         $3 million for more tree planting and boulevard sod repair;

·         an extra $350 thousand for more rec and parks seasonal staff

·         an extra $154 thousand for the swim program

·         and so on.

Our Councillor Glenn DeBaeremaeker tried to get $790 thousand to fund improvements to Thompson Park and Centennial Recreation Centre. The Budget Chief, Councillor Crawford from Ward 36, put the motion forward.  The vote was 21 Councillors in favour and 21 Councillors opposed which means the motion was NOT approved.

In YELLOW on the Ward map and listed below are the Councillors who voted NO [against Glenn’s idea]:

Toronto-East York Councillors voting NO:

Joe Cressy      

Janet Davis

Sarah Ducette

Paula Fletcher

Josh Matlow

Mary Margaret Mahon

Gord Perks

Lucy Troisi

Kristyn Wong-Tam

North York Councillors voting NO:
Jon Burnside

Denzil Minan-Wong

Jaye Robinson

Josh Colle

David Shiner

Shelly Carroll

Etobicoke Councillors voting NO:

John Campbell

Michael Ford

Stephen Holyday

What is totally amazing is that three Scarborough Councillors voted NO:

·        Paul Ainslie

·        Jim Hart

·        Chin Lee

Submitted by: Lorne Ross

Monday, February 19, 2018

No Money for Thompson and Centennial!

Submitted by: Lorne Ross

What’s wrong with these three guys?

·         Are they bitter about something?
      ·         Pressed the wrong button?
      ·         Didn’t win the apple bobbing contest in Thompson on Canada Day
      ·         Not happy about the food at Rib Fest?
      ·         Didn’t get something they wanted for their Wards?
      ·         Can’t bear to spend money

I’d love to hear their reasons for voting against this funding! Maybe they’ve never been there.

Mayor Tory has been to our Centennial-Ice Galaxy. Picture below is Glenn with Mayor Tory and Councillor Crawford [the Budget Chief] and Councillor Pasternak from North York [Chairman of the Recreation Committee]. That’s how you do it: all the key players and they all voted YES for the funding.

Mayor Tory wishes Scarborough Ice Galaxy skater Piper Gillies and Paul Poirier well before they travel to the Olympic Games in Pyeong Chang.

I swear that’s the same paint job as when my ‘little girls’ skated there and they are now Moms with their own little skaters!

Glenn gave the Mayor the whole tour: he knows what Centennial Rec Centre looks like.

Lorne Ross

Sunday, February 18, 2018

No Money for Thompson and Centennial!

Submitted by: Lorne Ross

From the Mayor’s Twitter Account:

"Next stop on Ward 38 tour with Deputy Mayor Glenn DeBaeremaeker has us meeting with members of Centennial Recreation Centre. Listened to suggestions of how we can make experience better for parents & children.

Way to go Glenn. Thank you Mayor Tory, and Councillors Crawford and Pasternak for getting a firsthand look at our 50 years old rec centre. Booooo to Councillors Lee, Ainslie and Hart.

If Scarborough’s Councillors do not stick together, work together, figure out what is needed in Scarborough and then work hard to get our fair share of the funding in this city, we really are doomed to come in last every time.

Lorne Ross.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Report Potholes in our Community

Dear Neighbour,

The weather has been taking a huge toll on our roads—this has been one of the worst winters for potholes that I can remember! The conditions on Lawrence, Ellesmere, Bellamy and many other roads have been downright dangerous. 

I have been reporting as many potholes as I can as I drive around our community, but there is only one
of me and there are hundreds of potholes. So, I am asking you to help identify exactly where potholes are, so that I can get City crews to fix them.

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of potholes that have been created by the frigid temperatures (sometimes minus 20 Celsius with the wind-chill factor), followed by snap warming periods (sometimes plus eight Celsius).

I know that it is a hassle to remember the exact details of a pothole location and then send me an email, but I am asking you to do this to protect your own safety and to prevent possible damage to your car—and to protect other drivers and community members.

To help us fix a pothole, please email me with the following details:

  • the exact location of the pothole (e.g., the nearest intersection, street address or landmark that will help us find the pothole)
  • the exact location within the road (e.g., the curb lane or passing lane)
  • the size of the pothole (e.g., the size of a baseball, a soccer ball, or a garbage can lid)
The sooner you report potholes, the sooner I can help get them fixed. When you report potholes quickly, the City can fix them before they become too large and dangerous. During good weather, potholes are usually fixed within five working days.

In addition, please let me know about any sunken sewer grates, dangerous sidewalks or broken curbs.

Finally, I want you to know that fixing our roads is a top priority for me, and I have worked with City staff to get millions of dollars of repaving done in our area. But, as fast as we fix one pothole, two more seem to appear, so there is still much work to be done!

Thank you,

Glenn De Baeremaeker
Councillor, Scarborough Centre
Deputy Mayor, East

P.S. If there are any other local issues that need my attention, please feel free to 
email me or call my office at 416-392-0204.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Art Guild of Scarborough

The Art Guild Of Scarborough

Spring Art Show & Sale

Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March  25, 2018

10am to 5pm

Free Admission & Parking


Awards & Official Opening - Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10am

Centennial Community & Recreation Centre

(between Markham & Bellamy)

For further information see our website:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Results of Survey BAW-Packard Connection

Changes to Ellesmere Rd. / Packard Blvd. intersection

In December a survey was sent out regarding turning the intersection of Ellesmere Rd, Packard Blvd. and Borough Approach West into a fully lighted intersection.

The survey was sent to all homes in the immediate area. (All streets between Ellesmere to the North, Brimorton to the South, McCowan to the East and Brimley to the West)

A big thank you to all of you who responded.

To see details of the survey and the results, please click on the following two links.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Third Public Cosultation Meeting Wednesday November 22

We want your help shaping Scarborough Centre's future transportation network.
We invite you to attend the third public consultation meeting for the Scarborough Centre on the Move Transportation  Master Plan study and play a key role in determining future transportation network improvements.
Date: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Drop-in Session (Presentation at 7:00 pm).
Place: Scarborough Civic Centre - 150 Borough Drive, M1P 4N7
This interactive drop-in session will ask for your input and provide details on the preferred transportation network, key improvements/projects identified, draft implementation plan and the next steps in producing the draft Transportation Master Plan document. General recommendations for the Centre include:
  • Developing a simplified street network and a summary of key moves, including establishing a signalized at-grade intersection at McCowan Road and Progress Avenue.
  • Improving pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and,
  • Supporting future transit improvements.
This Transportation Master Plan study will satisfy Phases 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process, providing opportunities for public consultation at key stages. This study's findings may result in amendments to the City of Toronto Official Plan.
We would like to hear from you. Public consultation is an important part of this study. At this meeting, we are asking for your input on:
  • Preferred Transportation Network;
  • Key Network Improvements/ Projects and,
  • Draft Implementation Plan
Email comments to:
Keep up to date by visiting the project's website at

Alan Filipuzzi
Senior Transportation Planner
City Planning Division