CCRA Committee Reports


Conservation report

 

International Migratory Bird Day on May 14

 

May 2016 - Kyle Yin

 

International Migratory Bird Day was created in the early 1990s and it is an international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between North America and Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

 

The official date for migratory bird day in the U.S. and Canada is the second Saturday in May each year. Parks Canada and the Toronto Zoo will be hosting this year’s International Migratory Bird Day in the Rouge on Saturday, May 14.

 

The theme of this year’s event is "Spread your Wings for Bird Conservation." Let’s celebrate migratory birds making the long trip back to their home in Canada!

 

Bird watching tours are hosted by Parks Canada in Rouge Park with guest bird experts. The tours will be departing at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. These two­hour tours are free and recommended for ages 10 and up. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for the tours, contact Janis Miller at 416­392­5964 or jmiller@torontozoo.ca

 

For children 9 and under, Parks Canada is hosting a number of fun, on­site activities about birds that day. Complete a photo scavenger hunt, learn how to use binoculars, and drop in for wetland birding sessions. Activities run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our event hub located at Parks Canada's Zoo Road Welcome Area.

 

If you are also visiting the Toronto Zoo on May 14, don’t miss the informative displays set up by various bird­related organizations at the Conservation Connection Centre (just outside the Indo­Malaya Pavilion) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spotting scopes and interpretive guides will be stationed at Weston Pond in the Canadian Domain at the Zoo to help visitors learn to identify local birds. Short guided bird walks will also take place around the pond.

 


 

Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy


April 2016 - Kyle Yin

 

The City of Toronto has completed a Draft Long Term Waste Management Strategy to provide a framework for the next 30 to 50 years. The Strategy recommends waste management policies and programs, including how to manage any leftover garbage remaining after making use of recycling, composting and reuse options.


The Draft Waste Strategy is now complete and was approved at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on Tuesday March 1, 2016. It was prepared by looking at the City’s current system; needs for the future; evaluating the options using environmental, social and financial considerations; and developing a plan to manage our waste.


This is a “3Rs-First” Strategy, focused on reducing, reusing and recycling/composting waste to promote the importance of resource conservation and reduced environmental impact.


Key recommendations include:
• Prioritizing Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
• Enhance Promotion and Education
• Additional Diversion Specific to Multi-Residential Buildings
• Encouraging Diversion for Businesses and Do it Yourself (DIY) Home Renovation
• Additional Recovery of Materials
• Maximize the Life of Green Lane Landfill

 

Public input received during this phase of the project will be considered in the development of the final Waste Strategy to be presented to Toronto City Council for approval in July, 2016.

 

A series of consultation events are designed to let the public learn more about aspects of the Strategy. Information including presentations, evaluation of options and the supporting reports will be available for review and comment. The project website lists upcoming events, details and hosts a survey on the Draft Waste Strategy from March 29 to April 27, 2016.

 

For more information about the Waste Strategy call 416.392.3760, email wastestrategy@toronto.ca or visit toronto.ca/wastestrategy

 


 

Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant-

Environmental Assessment Update

highland creek aerial

 

March 2016 - Jennifer McKelvie


Currently biosolids at the Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (HCTP) are managed using two multiple hearth incinerators, which are nearing the end of their design life. The City of Toronto is conducting an Environmental Assessment to evaluate the alternatives and identify the best solution. The three alternatives under consideration are:


A. New on-site fluidized bed incinerators;
B. A new truck loading facility to enable a biosolids haulage program (4-6 trucks per day) for off-site land application or disposal; or
C. A new pelletizer facility to dry the biosolids, including a new truck loading facility for haulage of pellets offsite (1-2 trucks per day).


A Health Impact Assessment was conducted to evaluate the potential health effects of the alternatives within the study area. The Health Impact Assessment report is available on the project website in the Technical Info section). The study concluded that the health impacts associated with all three alternatives are very small and would not result in appreciable differences in health impacts to the community. All alternatives evaluated achieve significant reductions in air emissions compared to the existing multiple hearth incinerators. The Health Impact Assessment is one component of the Environmental Assessment.

The third and final Public Information Centre was held on November 19th. At a well-attended meeting, the City of Toronto presented their evaluation of the alternatives and the findings that will be forwarded to City Council. All short-listed alternatives were found to be feasible, within regulations, and demonstrated/proven in Ontario.

 

Two routes for the truck traffic from the site were analyzed:


• Coronation/Manse/Lawrence/Morningside to Hwy. #401.
• Beechgrove/Lawrence/Port Union to Hwy. #401.

 

The study concluded that the Beechgrove/Lawrence/Port Union route would have a lower impact on the community in relation to pedestrian safety, noise and vulnerable populations, although both routes were considered viable.

 

The City expects to complete the Technical Memoranda and respond to comments by January 2016, and hopes to report to the Works Committee and City Council in February 2016. The final Class EA Report is scheduled to be filed for 30-day review period in April 2016.


The November 19 presentation slides and other updates are available for viewing on the City of Toronto project website, under the Consultation header. For additional information, please email Josie Franch at biosolids@toronto.ca.


Long-term Waste Strategy Update


The City of Toronto is developing a Long Term Waste Management Strategy to find new ways to look after our waste over the next 30-50 years. 1,500 residents and stakeholders shared their ideas to identify options at public meetings and through online surveys. The City has started the technical work of evaluating the Waste Strategy options. A draft Waste Strategy will be prepared and presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in early 2016, followed by public and stakeholder engagement to seek feedback on the draft document.

 

Visit the ‘Reports and Resources’ page at to read background information on all aspects of the City’s current waste management system.

 


 

Transportation report

 

Highland Creek Village Transportation Plan update

 

May 2016 - Junior Ward

 

A staff report on the study recommendations for the Highland Creek Village Transportation Master Plan will be presented to the City of Toronto Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) later this year in October to allow for councellor Moeser's attendance.. Two weeks before this meeting, interested members of the public can arrange to speak with or submit comments to the PWIC If City Council adopts the staff recommendations, a Notice of Study Completion will be issued to the project mailing list and a copy of the Transportation Master Plan document will be available on the project website and at both the University of Toronto Scarborough Library and the Highland Creek Public Library for a 30 day review period.

 

For more information about this project and how PWIC works, visit: www.toronto.ca/hcvtransportation

 


 

March 2016 - Junior Ward

 

Metrolinx Regional Transit Planning


On February 2nd I attended the transit planning meeting hosted by the Coronation Community Association. Metrolinx made a presentation at this meeting regarding their plans to add a third track between the Guildwood and Pickering stations.
A 3rd track is needed in anticipation of introducing all-day 15 minute GO service and electrifying the trains.


The project is being assessed under the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP). TPAP is an expedited Environmental Assessment (EA) process involving a pre-consultation phase followed by a regulated 120-day phase that examines potential environmental effects from the project and how to address or mitigate potential impacts.


The Guildwood to Pickering project will require two bridges and three grade separations. Bridges will be required over Highland Creek and the Rouge River, and grade separations are contemplated on Scarborough Golf Club Rd., Morningside Ave., and Galloway Rd.


Studies are underway to determine the impact on the Port Union Waterfront Park. Access to the park will be maintained as much as possible. Metrolinx expects completion of the Transit Project Assessment Process in summer 2016 and detailed design to be completed by the end of 2016. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2017 and be completed by 2023.
CCRA will keep you informed of detailed plans for our community as they become available. For more information about the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan, visit www.metrolinx.com and view links under the menu Regional Planning. Updated information about GO train electrification can be found art www.gotransit.com/electrification.

 

Scarborough Transit Planning - Jeff Forsyth


The February 16th meeting at Jean Vanier Catholic High School was hosted by Metrolinx and the City of Toronto. There was a chance before the formal presentation at 7:00 p.m. to view the many display boards in the halls and the library. This meeting covered not only the electrification of the various Metrolinx GO train corridors but also the City of Toronto proposals for LRT and subways in Scarborough. The formal presentation centered on transit proposals for Scarborough and was followed by a question and answer session.


Further details on proposed transit in Scarborough can be obtained at
www.scarboroughsubwayextension.ca.

 

For information about Toronto’s coordinated transit planning, and to view presentation slides, visit toronto.ca/TransitTO .
Below is a map showing the proposed transit for Scarborough.

 

optimized transit plan

 

 

 

 

January 2016

 

Highland Creek Treatment Plant Biosolids Management: Public Information Centre

 

highland creek plant

Highland Creek Treatment Plant Arial view


PIC#3 MEETING, November 19
City staff and their consultants made an hour-long Powerpoint presentation, explaining their study findings to date. Community views were submitted by a fillable PDF comments form on or before January 15th, 2016 and entered into the public record. Phone messages could also be left at: 416-392-4688.

PIC#3 Summary
City of Toronto - Highland Creek site
Biosolids Newsletter (PDF)
Insidetoronto.com Biosolids Discussion

PIC#2 meeting April 2015

 


 

 

December 2015

Meadowvale Road Parking Review

 

mradowvale road ecole elemenataire saint-michel

Meadowvale Road north of Lawrence near

École Élementaire Catholique Saint-Michel


Following review, City of Toronto Transportation Services has recommended changes to current on-street parking regulations on Meadowvale Road at École Élementaire Catholique Saint-Michel.

 

Currently, parking is permitted for a maximum period of three hours on both sides of Meadowvale Road between Lawrence Ave. and Jean Dempsey Gate/Wanita Road. To minimize potential conflicts and enhance overall traffic safety in the school area, the following changes will be recommended:

 

Enact 30 Minutes permitted parking from 7:00 to 9:00 am and from 2:00 to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday, except public holidays, on the east side of Meadowvale Road from 176 metres north of Lawrence Ave. to Jean Dempsey Gate/Wanita Road, from Sept. 1 of one year to June 30 of the next following year.

 

Prohibit stopping from 7:00 to 9:00 am and from 2:00 to 4:00 pm from Monday to Friday, except public holidays, on the west side of Meadowvale Road from a point 179 metres north of Lawrence Ave. to Jean Dempsey Gate/Wanita Road from Sept. 1 of one year to June 30 of the next following year.

 

The above recommendations may be included in the report to Scarborough Community Council. If you have comments regarding these changes, please direct them to Ward 44 Councillor Ron Moeser.


Update: Highland Creek Village Transportation Master Plan

 

The Highland Creek Transportation Master Plan will identify changes to the transportation network and pedestrian realm which support new development and revitalization, and accommodation of all modes of transportation in Highland Creek Village. It will recommend a series of projects, initiatives and policies to support re-development in the Highland Creek Village Area and would be implemented over a 10 or 20 year period.

 

The project team has reviewed all comments and feedback from the public information centre 2 (PIC2) held on June 24, 2015. A report about what was heard is available on the project webpage in the News and Updates Section – follow the link from Public Meeting #2.

 

The report addresses many of the questions raised at the public meetings, including:
Parking options for Old Kingston Road; Lawson Overpass proposal; proposed changes for Pedestrians and through traffic; improvements for residents and businesses. Please view the Frequently Asked Questions section (in blue) at the bottom of the web page.

 

The Highland Creek Village TMP is expected to be completed late 2015 and will need to go through a series of steps, including: Staff Report to the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PW&IC) in early 2016. The outcome of the PW&IC review to adopt or revise the study recommendations is then passed on to City Council for use in their decision making process.

 

For questions, comments or concerns, visit the website or contact:

 

Maogosha Pyior, Public Consultation Unit, City of Toronto
Metro Hall, 19th Fl., 55 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: 416-338-2850; Fax: 416-392-2974; TTY: 416-338-0889 or e-mail: mpyior@toronto


Junior Ward - Transportation Chair

 


 

Planning report

 

April 2015

Development updates

 

222 Centennial Road & 35 Acheson Boulevard

A hearing before the Ontario Municipal Board was held on Feb 4th 2015. The hearing was requested by the developer because the City had not rendered a decision on their application in a timely manner. The Board approved the developers plan for 20 single family lots (6 on Acheson Blvd. and 14 around a new road off Centennial Road). A section around the creek will be protected open space and conveyed to the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. Construction is expected to start this summer.

O Clemes Road

The application to rezone this land at the corner of Clemes and Centennial Road was approved by Community Council at their meeting on Feb. 18th at Scarborough Civic Centre. The matter will be considered by the full City Council at their meeting on March 31st 2015.

This proposal is for a total of 7 single family lots on Clemes Road. Five Lots will be on the east side of Centennial Creek and two lots will be on the west side of the creek.


John Sinclair - Planning Chair