Councillor’s Report for Brimley Forest Community Association Newsletter: May 2014

The Brimley Forest community is bounded by McCowan Rd. in the east, Finch Ave. E. to the south, Brimley Rd. to the west and the Finch Hydro Corridor in the north.
The Brimley Forest community is bounded by McCowan Rd. in the east, Finch Ave. E. to the south, Brimley Rd. to the west and the Finch Hydro Corridor in the north.

Dear Brimley Forest Neighbour:

As the seasons change and we leave one of the coldest winters in recent memory behind, the City continues to clean-up from December’s ice storm and prepares for this summer’s street festivals. Locally, I will be hosting two community events this summer and would like to invite you and your family to attend.

My Community Environment Day will take place at Nashdene Yard (70 Nashdene Rd.) on Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. I will also be hosting a Movie Night with CUPE 416 on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 P.M. at the baseball field at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School (75 Alexmuir Blvd.). I hope to see you there.

My office has received many calls from residents regarding tree branches. The City of Toronto’s ice storm protocol regarding the removal of tree hazards as a result of ice storm damage is no longer in effect. Property owners are required to obtain a permit from the Urban Forestry branch of Parks, Forestry and Recreation before removing or injuring trees. Waste Management Services will continue to collect bundled tree debris less than 3 inches in diameter left at the curb on yard-waste collection days.

I also received many e-mails from residents across the city in support of Open Streets Toronto. This proposed free recreation program would see Bloor St. between Withrow and High Parks and Yonge and Church Streets from Bloor to Queen closed to automobile traffic from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. This initiative is proposed to take place on four Sundays this summer: July 27, August 3, August 17 and August 31. The purpose of the event is to promote healthy and active lifestyles and social interaction among neighbours.

If my office can be of service or assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Councillor Chin Lee
Ward 41 – Scarborough Rouge River


Message from Councillor Chin Lee: Spring 2014 Newsletter

The City of Toronto’s ice storm protocol ended in early April. Residents are required to obtain a permit from the City before removing or injuring trees on their property. Violating the bylaw can result in fines ranging from $500 to $100,000 per tree.

Dear Neighbour:

Happy Easter to Christians who observe this holiday, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ. My staff and I would like to extend best wishes to those in our community who celebrate Easter.

It was a tough winter and finally the weather is getting warmer. The December ice-storm cleanup continues. If you still have fallen debris, bundle any trunks less than 3 inches in diameter and leave them at the curb on yard-waste collection days. I contracted a company to cleanup my ice-storm debris, and it cost me $1,400 because 3 of my large trees had to be trimmed.

The first 3 months of 2014 have indeed been busy. In January, the 2014 Budget was finalized and in February and early March, I was working with residents on an OMB hearing in opposition to a proposed in-fill townhouse development on Midland Avenue. The OMB hearing lasted 5 days and the decision on the proposal is still pending. It was emotionally exhausting for those most impacted by the proposal.

There are 2 other proposed high-density developments close by, one at 23 Glen Watford Drive and another at 4181 Sheppard Ave E., on the south-west corner of Sheppard and Midland. There will be pressures for higher density developments along Sheppard due to proposed higher order public transit coming in the future. The higher the order of transit, the denser the proposed developments. The approved (but not yet started) Scarborough Subway extension will also mean additional development pressures around the Sheppard/McCowan area. But to build higher orders of transit, we will have to raise revenues to fund these infrastructure improvements. The decision to fund each individual transit project and raise the needed revenue is in the hands of the majority on City Council, the Provincial Legislature, and Federal Parliament.

This year, I have moved my Ward 41 Environment Day to the Nashdene Yard compound at 70 Nashdene Road on Sunday, June 8. The Scarborough District CRC’s are initiating a Customer Service Enhancement Program and the Staff and the Community Centres will be connecting with residents on this initiative. Ward 41 is included in Local Air Quality Studies this year, going into next. To find out more, please visit . With the warm weather comes road construction season, so please see for road restrictions.

Municipal elections will be conducted in every municipality in Ontario on Monday, October 27th, and I encourage everyone to learn more by visiting

As always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office. My staff and I look forward to assisting you.


Councillor Chin Lee
Ward 41 – Scarborough Rouge River

Responding to Extreme Weather

As a result of the wide scale devastation caused by the December ice-storm, Toronto City Council asked the City Manager in consultation with the City’s boards and agencies and Toronto Hydro to review Toronto’s storm preparedness and emergency management capabilities.

The City of Toronto wants to hear from residents. You can provide your feedback on this issue on Monday, May 12, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chamber of the Scarborough Civic Centre – 150 Borough Dr. If you require accommodations to participate in this community consultation meeting hosted by the City of Toronto, please call 311 or send an e-mail to

For more information, visit:


Toronto’s Ice Storm Protocol for Tree Removal No Longer in Effect

Toronto lost much of its tree canopy as a result of the December 2013 ice storm.

Residents and businesses are advised that the City of Toronto’s ice storm protocol is no longer in effect for the removal of tree hazards resulting from ice storm damage.

Returning to regular practice, the City again requires property owners to obtain a permit or Confirmation of Exemption from the Urban Forestry branch of the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division prior to removing or injuring trees.

A permit is required if the tree on private property is regulated and protected by the City’s various tree protection bylaws. A Confirmation of Exemption is issued if the tree is not regulated and protected – for example, if the tree is diseased and is a hazard. A permit is not required to prune a tree in accordance with good arboricultural practices, including removing cracked or broken branches.

Where an imminent tree hazard is present, property owners are required to submit an arborist report and digital photographs of the subject tree by e-mail, mail or fax, or can drop them off in person. Where appropriate, the City will issue a permit or a Confirmation of Exemption to proceed.

To apply for a tree injury or removal permit, or to obtain a Confirmation of Exemption, residents should contact their Urban Forestry Tree Protection and Plan Review District Office. Details about the four locations:

  • North York District: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., 3rd Floor, Toronto, M2N 5V7 Fax: 416-395-6714, email:
  • Scarborough District: Nashdene Yard, 70 Nashdene Rd., Toronto, M1V 2V2 Fax: 416-396-4248 or email:
  • Toronto and East York District: Booth Yard, 50 Booth Ave., Toronto, M4M 2M2 Fax: 416-392-7277 or email:
  • Etobicoke York District: Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Toronto, M9C 2Y2 Fax: 416-394-8935 or email:

More information about Toronto’s tree bylaws and related matters are available at