2019 Feb Newsletter

Councillor Cynthia Lai

Ward 23—Scarborough North

Toronto City Hall | 100 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor, Suite A8, Toronto ON M5H 2N2



Happy Lunar New Year !

Kung Hey Fat Choy !

Gong Xi Fa Cai !


February 5, 2019 marks the start of the year of the Pig for many Scarborough North Community members.


Dear Friends and Neighbours,


Staying connected with you is important to me and as such I will be endeavouring to do so through many mediums. One such medium is through this e-newsletter where I will periodically send out throughout the year; I will try to keep you informed of what is happening in our ward and throughout the City of Toronto.


If you would like your community event to be broadcasted by me, please contact my office. For any questions or comments, I can be reached by phone at 416-338-0011 or by email at Councillor_Lai@toronto.ca. My community office is located at Woodside Square (RBC Entrance next to Dollarama), 109-1571 Sandhurst Circle.



Impact of fire at Agincourt Community Recreation Centre


As a result of the fire at Agincourt Community Recreation Centre, the entire facility is closed until further notice. City staff have contacted all program registrants and permit holders to provide relocation options at nearby facilities.


The Agincourt Community Recreation Centre is an important community hub and the impact of this loss will be felt by many. The City is thankful to Toronto Fire Services for their incredible efforts during this time and would like to thank residents and patrons for their patience and understanding as efforts are made to accommodate those impacted, where possible.


Should you require information about changes and options for affected recreation programs and permits, you can call 416-396-7378 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or call 311.


Please note I will be hosting a town hall meeting as soon as I can to provide updates with city staff in attendance.



Residents invited to join discussion about Toronto’s 2019 budget


The City of Toronto's Budget Committee will hear public presentations on the staff-recommended 2019 budget. Members of our community can make deputations at budget sub-committee meetings on February 7 Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. at 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. onwards.


Anyone who wants to share their views on the budget are asked to register by emailing buc@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-4666, indicating the location, date and time when they want to speak. Individuals may make only one presentation at any one of the consultation sessions.


Residents who are not able to attend a presentation have the option of writing to the Budget Committee by email at buc@toronto.ca, fax at 416-392-2980 or mail to 100 Queen St. W., Toronto City Hall, 10th floor, West Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, marked to "Attention: Budget Committee".


Please note I will be present at the February 7, 3 to 5 p.m. session. It is very important to me that I accurately reflect our community's priorities and represent you, when I vote on your behalf on the city's budget. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at any time if you have any questions.



City Council approves Housing Now plan to create new affordable housing in Toronto

City Council approved Housing Now, a signature initiative of Mayor John Tory to increase the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income communities by making municipally-owned properties available to non-profit and private organizations.   

The first phase of the Housing Now initiative is expected to deliver approximately 10,000 new residential homes (three times the size of the St. Lawrence Market development), including up to 3,700 affordable rental homes with average rents not to exceed 80 per cent of Toronto's average market rent. The affordable homes created through Housing Now will be affordable for households earning between $21,000 and $52,000 per year.

Additional Housing Now sites are anticipated as the City, in collaboration with CreateTO, continues identifying municipally-owned sites that can be used for affordable housing development. Additionally, the City will be requesting the federal and provincial governments to identify surplus sites in Toronto to create additional mixed-income communities.

As it stands our Ward, Ward 23 Scarborough North have no sites currently identified in this initiative. One of my first utterances in council was speaking to this and emphasizing Ward 23 be considered when picking new sites.

Further, I have begun working diligently in collaboration with different organizations to bring more affordable senior housing and assisted living in Scarborough.  As well, I will be reaching out to Agincourt Community Services Association in the near future to assess homelessness in our ward.



StreetARToronto and Civic Hall Toronto launch new online map and more for 2019

StreetARToronto (StART) is an innovative city building initiative specifically designed for streets and public spaces. An integral part of the City's Graffiti Management Plan, StART has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism and replacing it with vibrant, colourful, community-engaged street art. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more beautiful and safe, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business, artists, arts organizations and City staff.  While based on themes relevant to local neighbourhoods, StART art works and artists also reflect the City's motto "Diversity our Strength" and foster a greater sense of belonging among all.



StreetARToronto – The Map!


A new web-based map helps residents and visitors explore street art located throughout the city. The current map provides a sampling of murals created as part of the StART suite of programs from 2012 to 2018. View the map at https://streetart.to



StART Partnership Program Online Application Portal


The new online portal is now accepting funding applications for the StART 2019 Partnership Program. This portal represents another exciting feature as a result of the collaboration between StART and Civic Hall Toronto. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2019. Apply now at http://bit.ly/2RPad5n

Check out StreetARToronto – The Map! at https://streetart.to/ and follow on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/StART_Toronto, Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/start_streetartoronto , Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StreetARToronto.



Upcoming Public Appointment Opportunities in 2019


The City of Toronto delivers some of its key services through boards, committees and tribunals. The Board of Directors for these agencies include members of the public who apply and are appointed by City Council.

The Public Appointments Secretariat is currently recruiting over 300 public members across 50 boards of City boards, committees and tribunals. A full list with the number of potential vacancies is here.



Cynthia Lai


Ward 23 Scarborough North

100 Queen Street West

2/F Suite A8

Toronto ON M5H 2N2





Posted by: Cynthia