Transportation Report

By Gerry Divaris.  Gerry is the CCRA transportation chair

Metrolinx is by now fully engaged in the GO Train transportation improvement work along the Lakeshore East Corridor. As a result, the work has ramped up and we will again be experiencing the ramifications of this construction. The planned work is part of  the Metrolinx routine rail corridor state of good repair maintenance program

Until the fall, Metrolinx will be replacing the old rail ties with new rail ties along the entire Lakeshore East Corridor (Union Station to Oshawa GO Station). This work will be conducted overnight between midnight and 6 a.m. It can only be done overnight because that is when there is minimal train activity.

What does this mean for those of us who live in proximity to the train tracks?

Yes, you guessed it!  Noise and unwelcome lighting.

Metrolinx does advise, however,  that the work crews will mitigate these irritants as much as possible – the work will be sporadic at times and may have to be rescheduled or shifted along the rail corridor due to weather and site conditions. Metrolinx does not expect to have any long-term disruptions in any one particular area.

Should you require more information you can contact Carmen Rapati, Community Relations and Issue Specialist, Lakeshore East Corridor,  at 416 202-4719 or

News from 43 Division

Marilyn Hodge is the CCRA Community Police Liaison Chair and Co-Chair, 43 CPLC

Crime Statistics

During one week in mid-April, 40 cars in a local building parking lot were broken into. Within 12 hours, arrests were made and 72 charges laid. While there are not many residential Break and Enters in 43 Division, more have been reported in commercial buildings and in the north end of the city.

Fewer auto collisions have been reported on main streets, but more on side streets. Officers are seeing more distracted drivers and during the coming weeks they will target distracted drivers on Markham Road and on Lawrence Avenue to Highway 401. Older model cars are becoming a target of vehicle thefts, although not the more expensive cars.

As the weather gets warmer, more robberies are expected and chain grabs will increase. Please keep your expensive jewelry out of sight when you are out and about, and remember to take off your headphones. Also, beware if you are buying or selling items on Kijiji: go to a public place to sell and/or pick up purchases

News from 43 CPLC

The 43 Division Community Picnic and Open House will be held on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 43 Division. Watch for the event the flyer soon on the CCRA website at

Mother’s Day Baskets will be given to new moms and their babies at Rosalie Hall on Lawrence Avenue East. New items for mothers and babies can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division station from now until May 10th.