McHappy Day (2015)

McHappy Day at the Woodside Square franchise on April 18, 2015.
McHappy Day at the Woodside Square franchise on April 18, 2015.

Two of Chin’s staff members help out at McHappy Day on May 6, 2015 at the McDonald’s franchise in the Woodside Square parking lot.  See them hard at work on Flickr.

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Woodside Square Mall Walk

The Woodside Square Walk is organized by the 42 Division Chinese Community Liaison Committee.
The Woodside Square Mall Walk is organized by the 42 Division Chinese Community Liaison Committee.

The 42 Division Chinese Community Liaison Committee organized a mall walk at Woodside Square for Chinese New Year. Participants handed out red packets to retailers to wish them good luck.  More photos on Flickr.

Our Environment

Garbage Can
Recyling helps us to reduce our environmental impact on the planet and conserve scare, non-renewable resources. 

5 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery before Refuse

Reducing our use of scarce resources will help our environment, in addition to saving you money. As all these resources cost money, using less means paying less. This includes water, natural gas, electricity, garbage, gasoline, etc.

Recently, I had a resident say to me that he had to be more environment-friendly than his City Councillor, so I have decided to list my use of these resources to see how your household compares to mine. Admittedly, there are many factors that determine your household’s usage, including size/type of home, number of people, etc.

At the end of May, my YTD (year-to-date) electricity use is 3055 units (peak-time – 383 units, mid-period – 361 units and low-period – 2312 units). I use an electricity-heated hot water tank. My water use after my first utility bill was 22.36 units, and I use the smallest grey garbage bin. My home heating gas bill shows 2350 units used for 2014 YTD. I recently bought a re-sale hybrid car and my gasoline usage is 6.3 litres per 100 km in the summer.

I am considering running a contest for households in Ward 41 who best me, but it is rather difficult to evaluate who has a smaller ecological footprint. I will have to ask experts to come up with a way of evaluating ecological footprint in the use of the above resources.

Caneast hosted a “Recycle Your Electronics ” event at Woodside Square on the weekend of April 26 – 27. I was there to support them. The group collected 95,900 kg of electronic waste that weekend from Ward 41 residents – a record-breaking feat.

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, I hosted my Community Environment Day at Nashdene Yard. The backyard compost went quickly and was gone by 1 P.M. Ward 41 residents dropped off 3280 kg of old electronics and 3450 kg of hazardous waste. In total, 43 green bins were distributed – 42 of those were exchanges. One new resident joined our community and picked up a green bin. Also, 426 residents attended the event with 120 people using Hotz Harzardous Waste’s services.

Long-Term Solid Waste Management Strategy

In June, Toronto hosted the first round of consultations on the long-term solid waste management strategy and this consultation will continue until 2015. You can read about this and provide your input. The URL is too long, so please Google “Toronto Waste Management Strategy”, to find the City of Toronto’s webpage to learn more about this initiative, sign up to receive updates and help decide the best way to safely and responsibly manage garbage in Toronto over the next 30 to 50 years.

Don’t Pollute Your Drinking Water

We have received complaints from residents about neighbours pouring unknown substances down storm catch basins. If you see someone doing this, please stop them, and ask them what it is. They could be polluting our drinking water.

The catch basins on the roads and backyards in Ward 41 are for rain that falls in the area. The water mostly drains directly into our waterways without treatment and eventually ends up in Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario supplies drinking water to Toronto and many other cities. Any substance that is poured into these basins will likely end up in your drinking water.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Policy Consultation

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has developed a draft version of its Living City Policies. During the past year, the TRCA has held consultations with stakeholders to develop the draft policy document. The public is invited to comment on it at http://www.trca.on.ca/LCP.

What’s Happening This Weekend?

Saturday, April 26, 2014

  1. Walk with Heart
    Rouge Valley Health Services
    8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
    The 17th Annual Walk for Heart is a fundraising effort by the Rouge Valley Heath Centre to support our community’s cardiac care program.  For more information, visit:  www.rougevalley.ca/walkwithheart.
  2. Trees Across Toronto
    Milliken Park (4325 McCowan Rd. – Steeles Ave. E. and McCowan Rd.)
    10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (noon)
    The City of Toronto encourages volunteers to come out to Milliken Park to help plant trees in their community.  For more information visit my website:  https://chinlee41.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/trees-across-toronto-planting-event-where-every-tree-counts/.
  3. Recycle Your Electronics
    Woodside Square Mall (1571 Sandhurst Circle – Finch Ave. E. and McCowan Rd.)
    12:00 P.M. (noon) – 4:00 P.M.
    RecycleYourElectronics.ca will host a free public collection event on April 26 & 27, 2014 at, Woodside Square (McCowan & Finch), to responsibly collect and recycle out-of-use electronics, including MP3 players, cameras, telephones, TVs, radios, VCR & DVD players and recorders, and more.  Residents who cannot attend the upcoming event at Woodside Square can visit the website www.recycleyourelectronics.ca to find the closest free and convenient drop-off location.
  4. Burmese New Year Celebration
    5:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
    Korean Cultural Centre (1133 Leslie St.)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

  1. Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up
    Tommy Thompson Park front gate
    10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
  2. Annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah Holocaust Community Commemoration
    11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (noon)
    Schwartz/Reisman Centre Lebovic Jewish Community Campus
  3. 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration
    2:30 P.M.
    Armenian Youth Centre (50 Hallcrown Place)
  4. Tam Shek-Wing, A Celebration Exhibit – Ribbon Cutting
    4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
    Metro Hall Rotunda (55 John St.)