Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie was a guest speaker at the CCRA’s Annual General Meeting on November 16

By Kathryn Stocks

The CCRA Annual General Meeting was held on November 16 and it was well attended. Thanks to everyone who joined us to find out what the community association has been doing. See President Kathy Rowe’s report on page 2 for all the great things we accomplished this year.

Deputy Mayor and Councillor Jennifer McKelvie was a guest speaker and she gave a brief report and answered questions from attendees.

For the coming snow, she said that 1,400 pieces of snow removal equipment are ready to go. Call 311 if you experience sod damage and give the case number to her office.

When it came to parks, Jennifer said they “hit it out of the park” this year. Beare Hill is now open to the public; new segments have been added to The Meadoway from Military Trail to Neilson Road; Bill Hancox and Wanita parks both have new playgrounds; the Colonel Danforth off-leash dog park has been expanded; and there’s a new off-leash area being planned for Bob Hunter Park.

Under crisis care, the Toronto Community Crisis Service has been expanded to become Toronto’s fourth emergency service. Individuals experiencing or witnessing a mental health crisis can call 211 or 911, and calls will be dispatched as appropriate.

Under seasonal news, Jennifer reminded us about the Toronto Police Auxiliary Toy Drive that kicked off on November 18. Donations of new unwrapped toys for children of all ages can be dropped off at 43 Division. Her office is also holding a Skating with Santa event at Heron Park on December 10.

The other speakers at the AGM, Nathalie Forde, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, and Kamran Kurshid, Project Manager, were both from the City of Toronto. They gave an update on the work being done on Port Union Rd.

Questions and Answers

Q: Is the bus lane on Morningside permanent? A: Yes, it’s part of the Scarborough Transit Plan, although it is recognized that there is a need for a left-hand turn lane.

Q: What is the city’s position on residents adding sidewalk markers for plows? A: Technically no, but if you feel they are needed to outline the route, then do it. Let her office know if you are on a curve.

Q: Can traffic calming measures be put in on Lawson and Conference? A: Her office can look into a study for them.