November 2016 eNews

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Scarborough Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Get the holidays started with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Scarborough Civic Centre on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Bring your camera to take a photo with Santa. 

Councillor Lee will be the Master of Ceremonies for this event.  We look forward to seeing you and your family there. 

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Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

Toronto Fire
Toronto Fire Station 243 is located in Ward 41 at 4560 Sheppard Ave. E.

The week of October 5th is Fire Prevention Week and Toronto Fire Services is hosting open house events across the city with the theme “Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP”. Station 243 at 4560 Sheppard Ave E is located in our ward and its open house event will be held on Wednesday, October 7th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participants will learn the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and how to prepare and practise a home fire escape plan.

Have you checked your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at home for working batteries yet? Now that we are well into fall and approaching the end of day-light saving (remember to turn your clock back an hour on November 1st), fire safety becomes extra crucial as we start turn on our furnaces and heaters. We strongly encourage residents to test the alarms and replace old batteries when necessary.

Catch up on keeping catch basins clear of debris

A litter of leaves covers the ground in High Park.  Photo credit:  Benson Kua via Wikipedia Commons.
A litter of leaves covers the ground in High Park. Photo credit: Benson Kua via Wikipedia Commons.

Catch basins are an integral part of Toronto’s storm water management system. In our area, these grates along the side of the road carry rain water and melting snow and ice away from our homes and directly into local rivers and streams, thus reducing the risk of flooding to our properties. This is why it is important that we all do our part to keep catch basins clear of debris.

Now that autumn is upon us, the leaves are changing colour from green to magnificent shades of red, yellow and orange. As we all know, this brilliant display of colour is temporary because the leaves eventually fall from the trees to the ground. This creates a problem because the leaves can block the catch basins that are so important to preventing flooding in our communities. But there is something you can do to help solve this problem!

Please take the time to clear catch basins in front of your property from debris such as fallen leaves. Also clear your window wells and possible catch basins on your property as well. If you have a catch basin on your property. City waste management crews will collect leaves on garbage collection days until December. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/qbp3yta.

In the winter months, the city’s snow clearing efforts result in snow covering catch basins after very heavy snowfall. Clearing catch basins of snow and ice is also important during the colder months to prevent flooding in the spring when melting occurs. Chin demonstrates how to mitigate this problem in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDodeFzrZtY.