Parks, Forestry and Recreation Permit Review Survey

A review of the permitting process for Parks, Forestry and Recreation was launched last year with the goal of improving the customer experience of the permitting process and expedite approval times.

Residents are invited to participate in a customer experience survey to provide Parks, Forestry and Recreation with insight into your recent experiences in applying for and completing the requirements of a permit. The survey is anonymous and all of the information collected will be kept completely confidential.

Please complete the survey by November 1st by accessing the link:

Sign up for Monthly Utility Billing Pilot

The City of Toronto is now offering property owners the option to receive their utility billings on a monthly basis as part of a one-year pilot project. There are many reasons to enroll in this program – receiving smaller, more manageable payments on a monthly basis, improved monitoring of water consumption, more timely billing to reflect the cost of exchanged garbage, recycling or organic bins, and so on.

Applicants for this pilot program must meet the following criteria:

Application form is available online and at my Scarborough Constituency Office (150 Borough Dr, Ste 200, please call to arrange a pick-up). More information about this pilot program is available here.

Review of Dog Behaviour and Responsible Dog Ownership

The City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards Division is undertaking a review of Chapter 349, Animals to determine how the City can effectively balance, manage and address dogs’ behaviour, their owners’ responsibilities and public safety in the City of Toronto.

Have your say about responsible dog ownership by taking a short, 10-minute survey, available until October 26, 2016. The results of the survey will be summarized and considered as part of the City’s report to the Licensing and Standards Committee in Fall 2016.

Fire Prevention Week – “Don’t wait – check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years”

Toronto Fire Services kicks off Fire Prevention Week this morning supporting the 2016 theme as captured in the slogan “Don’t wait – check the date! Replace smoke alarms every 10 years”.  12 fire stations will host open houses across the city with activities, fire safety information, free food and drink. Visit the link here to find out where these stations are.

Participants will learn that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms don’t last forever. The units need to be replaced at least once every 10 years to ensure effective operation. Alarm batteries should be changed annually.

The Fire Prevention Week 2016 Finale will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 10am to 3pm at the Toronto Fire and Paramedic Training Centre, 895 Eastern Avenue.

For more safety and fire prevention tips, please visit the website here.