Cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­nity vic­to­ries

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Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Coun­cil­lor

Now that Septem­ber has ar­rived, I thought I would take this op­por­tu­nity to update ev­ery­one on some of the is­sues that have moved for­ward over the last lit­tle while.

A so­lu­tion has fi­nally be reached con­cern­ing the plight of Ban­nock­burn Park. Hap­pily, af­ter much pub­lic pres­sure, the Toronto District School Board fi­nally re­moved the two-acre green space from their list of assets for sale. Many thanks to all those res­i­dents who en­deav­oured to save the park!

On July 26 it was my priv­i­lege to host a re­nam­ing cer­e­mony at Cari­bou Park. Mayor Tory joined me and the area res­i­dents in cel­e­brat­ing the life of for­mer Mayor Phil Givens and un­veiled a new sign nam­ing the park in his hon­our. We also un­veiled a plaque with all the lo­cal cit­i­zens, headed up by the Friends of Cari­bou Park, who raised $30,000 to re­fur­bish the park.

The long-term road clo­sure per­mits for Eglin­ton Av­enue West in front of the con­struc­tion site for the Av­enue Road Crosstown LRT sta­tion were also ap­proved. Af­ter months of ne­go­ti­a­tions with Metrolinx and lo­cal busi­nesses, a com­pro­mise was reached that en­ables some of the shops to avoid be­ing block­aded by the con­struc­tion setup. Sadly, Eglin­ton Park will be re­quired to stage some of the con­struc­tion work, but through com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion we were able to min­i­mize the oc­cu­pa­tion of the park by Metrolinx.

As the cal­en­dar turns to fall and we are back to our busy daily lives, I hope ev­ery­one en­joyed the sum­mer we had and took ad­van­tage of all the city has to of­fer!

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