The City of Toronto has announced the opening of two 24/7 warming centres to provide additional relief for homeless individuals and their pets.

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The City of Toronto and the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) are together offering up to $5 off parking in the area around the King Street Transit Pilot, when the Green P app is used to pay for the parking.

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Today, the City of Toronto released the first set of data on the King Street Transit Pilot, a transit-priority pilot project on King Street from Bathurst Street to Jarvis Street.

The transit pilot launched on November 12 in an effort to improve transit service, support economic prosperity and improve public space. The pilot project is being monitored for impact on transit service, traffic flow on parallel streets and effects on cyclists, pedestrians and local businesses through data collection and public feedback.

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Today, Toronto City Council has adopted recommendations to create a new bylaw for short-term rental regulations in the City of Toronto.

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Community Legal Education Ontario is excited to announce the launch of Steps to Justice. Steps to Justice is a new website that gives reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems related to social assistance, criminal, employment, housing and other areas of law.

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On Sunday, December 17, Freeman Real Estate will host their 2nd annual turkey giveaway.

The giveaway is first come, first served so come early. The first 100 people in line will get a special surprise.

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Please join the City of Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, and me as we unveil the sign commemorating and naming the Christie Pits skating rink in honour of Sid Smith.

The rink naming ceremony and following family skate will take place on:

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Today the City announced the opening of a new 24/7 emergency shelter at The Better Living Centre in Exhibition Place. At present, services are available for up to 20 individuals but when fully operational in mid-January, the shelter will have a total of 100 beds.

As the local city councillor for the area, I welcome this news as do the residents of Ward 19. In my role as a member of the Exhibition Place Board, I worked with staff to find the space and am glad that we are now able to provide respite for 100 individuals experiencing homelessness in our city.

These beds, in combination with the additional 300 spaces City Council directed staff to provide, will go a long way in ensuring there are warm, welcoming, and safe places for individuals experiencing homelessness this winter.

But, we need to do more.

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This past year, I worked with the family of Sid Smith to rename the Christie Pits ice-rink after the 11th captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Please save the date to join us in celebrating the naming of Sid Smith Rink, followed by a skating party.

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The following items will be before the Committee of Adjustment on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 in Committee Room 2 of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

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The wait is almost over. On Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am The Bentway will open their skate trail and launch their Winter Season (January 6 to mid-March, weather permitting).

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Common Boots Theatre returns to outdoor winter theatre with Martha Ross’s award-winning THE STORY, presented in association with Soulpepper Theatre as part of their annual Family Festival, December 11-30, 2017 at Christie Pits Park.

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