Toronto’s official tree is a mighty oak

  •  June, 2022
By Sean Delaney Emery’s great oak of Coral Gables Drive must have swayed the vote. Thank you to all who participated. Toronto’s official tree is the oak. The title was unveiled at Cedar Ridge Park on May 14. Mayor John Tory announced that the oak tree is now Toronto’s Official tree and would joi...

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The Finch West LRT and the Finch West Goods Movement Transportation Master Plan

  •  June, 2022
By Al Ruggero In all probability, readers of this newspaper are well aware of and live daily with the traffic impacted by the construction of the Finch West LRT. Upon completion, the LRT will see the introduction of Light Rail Vehicles riding on a raised guideway along Finch Avenue, from the Keel...

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Helping Toronto business keep their work place healthy

  •  May, 2022
By Sean Delaney On April 12th, the Emery Village BIA, in partnership with Toronto Public Health, held a walk-in vaccination clinic at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre. The clinic was arranged and promoted by the BIA and explicitly targeted Emery Businesses, their employees, and immediate ...

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Advancing the Western North York Community Centre vision

  •  May, 2022
By Jessica Pointon Assistant to City Councillor Anthony Perruzza The realization of the Western North York Community Centre is well on its way. The final design presentation will be in-person at a local venue in June. Residents will receive an invite in the mail from the City of Toronto to a...

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Councillor’s Corner - March 2022

  •  April, 2022
Dear Resident, The Province has lifted its mask mandate in most settings, including indoor public places like retail and restaurants, schools, and child care centres. Mask requirements remain mandatory on public transit, in health and long-term care environments, and other high-risk settings. Wh...

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The architect of Emery’s treasured Rivermede

  •  April, 2022
By Edith George My name is Edith George and I have lived in the Humbermede neighbourhood since 1960. I have always had a passion for the natural and built history of the City of Toronto. For a few years I was on the Board of Directors of the Weston Historical Society. My curiosity about my nei...

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Keeping a watchful eye on LRT progress

  •  April, 2022
By Al Ruggero It takes a lot of patience and perseverance to navigate through the construction along the Finch West roadway. Of course, that is because of a significant disruption caused by the building of the Finch West LRT. The LRT is slated to be completed by the end of 2023. This 11 kilom...

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City of Toronto support and funding for small businesses and restaurants 2022

  •  April, 2022
The following is a breakdown of the supports, services and resources the City of Toronto has put in place for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. “Toronto is made up of so many small businesses that are essential to our City’s success and vitality. In partnership with the Government of C...

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Resuming in-person capacity for programs and services

  •  March, 2022
By Jessica Pointon Assistant to City Councillor Anthony Perruzza The Province of Ontario continues to ease restrictions and public health measures allowing the City of Toronto to adjust programs and services going into spring. Health units, including Team Toronto, have administered over 6 millio...

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Councillor’s Corner - February 2022

  •  March, 2022
Dear Resident, I want to thank the staff and panelists who attended our recent Virtual Principal’s Forum. My office coordinates these events to inform our schools about local projects and services and how they impact and benefit our community. My office welcomed speakers from the City’s Vision Z...

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Business relief programs returning

  •  March, 2022
By Al Ruggero After months of false starts and cycles of pandemic lockdowns, mandates, and covid restrictions, there are signs that the City of Toronto is renewing its efforts in helping small businesses re-establish their footing and getting our local economy going. One of the indicators is th...

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When local heroes see snow, that means let’s go

  •  February, 2022
By Sean Delaney Emery was recently pummeled with a dumping of snow the likes of which have not been seen for many years. The City of Toronto always tries its best to clear roads and sidewalks promptly but given the importance of removing abandoned cars and busses and getting our roads moving, s...

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Councillor’s Corner - January 2022

  •  February, 2022
Dear residents, Team Toronto continues to plan vaccine events and opportunities for you to get vaccinated. For the most up-to-date outline on how and where to book when, please visit: covid19.ontariohealth.ca Or call 1-833-943-3900. I will continue to share postings online with the latest d...

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Planning for our economic future An opportunity for industry leaders to participate

  •  February, 2022
By Sean Delaney The City of Toronto invites industry to participate in a sector-specific study that will help shape the future of employment lands and economic development as part of its ongoing Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR). Over the last year, Emery has proactively brought forward your v...

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Your BIA is looking forward to 2022

  •  February, 2022
By Al Ruggero Recently, the Emery Village Business Improvement Area held its Annual General Meeting, online of course, where members were invited to participate, learn and pose questions about activities, projects and programs over the past year. This included the budget breakdown and a look into...

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Councillor’s Corner - December 2021

  •  January, 2022
Councillor’s Corner Dear Resident, As we start 2022, I want to share how important it is to book your booster shot as soon as possible. Public health teams aim to build and maintain community immunity to the virus as it evolves. For the most up-to-date information on how and where to book and w...

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Humber River Hospital has opened a new vaccine centre

  •  December, 2021
By Sean Delaney Humber River Hospital (HRH) has opened a new clinic at 2625 Weston Rd in the Crossroads Plaza, and those who operate the clinic are excited to see the community embrace them. While those advocating for more accessibility are happy to see its presence. Sudha Kutty of HRH said the ho...

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Green light for property purchase

  •  November, 2021
The 250-year-old Toronto heritage tree has been saved. And the city will gain a new public parkette in the process. The City of Toronto has been given the green light to purchase 76 Coral Gable Dr. in North York to preserve a 250-year-old red oak heritage tree that currently resides on the private...

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Hate to say it, snow is coming soon

  •  November, 2021
By Sean Delaney We live in Toronto, and therefore, we’re not always sure what the winter will throw at us. We may have many days of snow-free roads, but we know mother nature can unleash the beast and blanket us with a copious amount of snow and sleet, creating slippery and icy roads. No one enjoys...

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Kitchen24 can’t stop giving

  •  November, 2021
By Sean Delaney Steve Kidron, owner of Kitchen24, is feeding even more of Toronto. And now, he wants to not only feed, but teach. You see, Kidron knows what it is like to be hungry. As we have reported in the past, Kidron is a person who has been unsure of where the next meal is coming from. When...

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Proposed zoning has commercial property owners concerned

  •  October, 2021
By Al Ruggero The City of Toronto is proposing to change zoning by-law permissions within city Employment Areas that would remove currently permitted land uses deemed incompatible with major industrial-manufacturing operations. Some of these uses that would be removed include people-serving funct...

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Councillor's Corner - September 2021

  •  October, 2021
Dear Resident, All of the Toronto Public Library branches offer the public an opportunity to access and print their own vaccination records free of charge. There are also various ways of storing your information on your smartphone for safe, secure and convenient retrieval by downloading the Minis...

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Workplace COVID self-screening kits for Emery businesses

  •  September, 2021
It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free Here’s what you need to know about the program. The Toronto Region Board of Trade and the City of Toronto are providing small and medium-sized businesses (those with 150 employees or fewer) in Toronto with rapid screening kits for COVID-19. For businesses with ov...

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Land use legislation good for business

  •  August, 2021
By Al Ruggero Have you ever wondered why some buildings are where they are and not elsewhere? If you live in an exclusive residential community, you can reasonably assume that no one would tear down your neighbours’ homes to build a chemical recycling plant. The legal structures governing land ...

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It’s smart thinking by the city

  •  August, 2021
Vacant commercial space rehabilitation grant program By Sean Delaney Similar to the City of Toronto’s Commercial Façade Improvement Program, which provides small businesses with funding to cover 50 percent of the cost (to a maximum of $12,500) for improvements to building exteriors, the propos...

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Any Emery stroll is good for the soul

  •  June, 2021
As we start to see more light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is a much-needed change and perfect for our mental health. We have come so far - It’s more important than ever to keep focused on the positive and what is within our control. Now that the...

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Emery Village BIA - April 2021

  •  May, 2021
Executive Director's message Hello everyone, First, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and well. Ontario is once again in a state of lockdown, and there is a lot of conflicting information online regarding vaccines and regulations. It can all be quite confusing. To assist you, I ...

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A message from TCDSB Ward 3 trustee Ida Li Preti

  •  May, 2021
This year has been particularly challenging for many of you. As we navigate this difficult time of uncertainty, I wish to thank all the parents, guardians, caregivers, and students for their patience and resilience. We are grateful to our educational staff, who continue to dedicate their skills towa...

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Emery BIA awarded for innovation

  •  May, 2021
By Sean Delaney The Emery Village BIA was recently awarded the $25,000 Innovation Fund. The award was for the organizations efforts to provide the community with the COVID-19 Work Safe program. The Innovation Grant, awarded by the City of Toronto, recognizes Business Improvement Areas for devel...

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City getting prepared for vaccine rollout

  •  March, 2021
By Sean Delaney According to the City of Toronto, COVID-19 immunization clinic staff are preparing to launch clinic operations as soon as vaccine supplies become available. And in Emery, vaccinations will happen at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre. A release from the city explained that Toro...

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Publisher comment - Feb 2021

  •  March, 2021
How are you? I hope your month is off to a great start. I’m feeling cautiously optimistic these days, and that’s probably because schools opened again. Many parents are back to witnessing the not-so-regular event of their children getting out of bed and out the door before noon. That’s a signifi...

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Room for us to run

  •  March, 2021
Contributed by Richelle Molaro – Humber Summit resident and dog owner The residents of Emery Village are fortunate to have many tall trees and wide open spaces within easy walking distance. Access to our beautiful parks has become even more critical as we all make efforts to stay closer to home du...

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Councillor's Corner - Dec 2020

  •  January, 2021
Dear Resident, COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise more than ever before. We need to try our best to prevent exposure to stay healthy. We should only be socializing with those we live with and making essential supply trips when needed. We may be in this situation for the long haul, but we will...

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COVID-19 won’t stop Santa this year

  •  October, 2020
By Sean Delaney No, the coronavirus pandemic will not stop the arrival of Santa Claus, but unfortunately, many other events may be cancelled due to COVID-19. Just recently, the City of Toronto has extended the cancellation of city-led and city-permitted outdoor special events through December...

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Together to keep Emery moving

  •  May, 2019
By Sean Delaney On April 11th representatives from the Emery Village BIA, Dukes Heights BIA, the City of Toronto, Metrolinx, Councillor Perruzza’s office along with local freight carriers, who’s rapid transportation flow of goods is of paramount necessity, met at the Julius Banquet Hall for a...

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