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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Scarborough celebrates Canada Day

Councillor Chin Lee in the 2008 Canada Parade.
Councillor Chin Lee participates in the 2008 Canada Day Parade.

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day and celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday in Toronto on Wednesday, July 1. City-organized and community events will be held across Toronto.

Scarborough’s annual Canada Day celebration in Thomson Park will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will include a free pancake breakfast, buskers, bouncy inflatables, entertainment and a craft show and sale. Seniors can participate in a slo-pitch ball game. More information is available by calling (416) 392-7611.

The annual Canada Day parade will begin at 4 p.m. west of the Scarborough Civic Centre on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Avenue East at about 5:30 p.m. Councillor Chin Lee will be participating in the parade.  More information is available by calling (416) 396-7611.

The dirt on garbage: public consultation sessions

The Blue Bin Photo credit:  Michalis Famelis.
The City of Toronto favours waste diversion practices when developing its long-term waste management strategy. Photo credit: Michalis Famelis.

The City of Toronto is currently working on a long-term waste management strategy because landfills have limited capacities and are harmful to the environment.  Waste diversion practices (e.g. recycling and composting) are preferred because they extend landfill life and are environmentally friendly.  Toronto’s policy towards waste management is reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and residual disposal.  What does this mean?

Reduce:  Avoid creating waste to protect our resources.

Reuse:  Reuse things for their original or new purposes.

Recycle:  Turn waste into a new substance or product (includes composting).

Recover:  Recover energy from waste, which includes green bin processing.

Residual disposal:  Safe disposal of residual waste.

City staff submitted a progress report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on May 28, 2015.  The City is currently working on identifying gaps and challenges in the current waste strategy and how to address them especially when it comes to our environmental programs and facilities.  The progress report proposes draft guiding principles going forward and will consult stakeholders while seeking feedback. Public consultation will occur in June. Scarborough’s public consultation date is Wednesday, June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scarborough Civic Centre.

Throughout the process, city staff will consult and engage the public on this issue through public meetings, community outreach at events, project updates, online surveys and electronic communications.  For more information, visit

City of Toronto begins public engagement for input on guidelines for ‘complete streets’

Toronto is developing ‘Complete Streets Guidelines’ to help the City meet the needs of all road users. 

The City of Toronto is developing Complete Streets Guidelines that will provide a holistic approach to how streets in Toronto are designed.  Developing a complete streets approach will help the City balance the many competing demands on its rights-of-way.

A complete street is a street that is designed to consider the needs of all users, such as those who walk, bicycle, drive, or take transit, as well as consider people of varying ages and levels of ability. Complete streets are also designed to consider uses such as the movement of goods, emergency services, sidewalk cafés, street furniture and trees.

In 2014, City Council directed staff to develop a set of Complete Streets Guidelines. The guidelines are intended to build on the many policies and guidelines currently in place that inform street design and construction projects in Toronto.

The goal of establishing guidelines is to help ensure that streets are safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities, as well as to give people a range of transportation choices, create healthy and livable neighbourhoods, create vibrant and attractive public spaces, support economic prosperity and improve environmental sustainability.

Members of the public are invited to join the conversation and provide staff with their thoughts and input into the development of the guidelines at any of the following events:

  • Public Open House on June 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St.
  • “Moving Conversations,” where staff will walk and talk with the public and experience streets in different neighbourhoods:

– Moving Conversation #1: June 20 at 10 a.m., with the starting point Yonge Street in front of Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St.).

– Moving Conversation #2: June 20 at 10 a.m., with the starting point the plaza at the southwest corner of Dundas Street West and Islington Avenue (4743 Dundas St. W.).

The visual information panels from the open house event will be displayed at three of the City’s civic centres and at Metro Hall in June and July. Schedule:

  • North York Civic Centre (June 22 to 25)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre (June 29 to July 3)
  • Scarborough Civic Centre (July 6 to 10)
  • Metro Hall (July 13 to 17)

For those unable to attend in person, materials can be reviewed on the City’s website at An online survey is available to collect input, comments and feedback on the concept of complete streets. The survey will be available from June 18 through July 2.

This first round of public engagement will focus on the purpose of the project and the guiding principles. A second round will be held in the fall of 2015, focusing more on the content of the Complete Streets Guidelines.

On Twitter, follow @TO_Transport and @CityPlanTO and use #TOcompletestreets to keep up to date on this and other projects.