I always welcome this special time of year when the air becomes crisp, local harvests make it to our markets and tables, and we begin to see the beautiful colours of Autumn all around us. As I am writing this in September, just ahead of the GALA Herald’s October print, green is still on my mind and the theme of this letter.
- Province reverses previous Greenbelt direction!
Congratulations to all residents who have been engaged in the fight back against the Greenbelt land grab. The findings of both the Provincial Auditor and Integrity Commissioner exposed the corrupt process used by the Ontario Government in choosing protected Greenbelt land to open up for housing development. The reports found that a small group of well-connected developers heavily influenced the process and they stood to make billions of dollars. The reversal of the decision is the direct result of public scrutiny, calls for transparency, and exposure by these two important public bodies
- Green space projects in Our Ward 3
I had the pleasure of joining several #OurWard3 neighbours for the unveiling of a community-led mural at the Stirton Tot Lot Mural on September 17, 2023, that reads, “Parks are for Everyone,” painted by Katie and Sahra. I’m so happy to support resident-led projects like these that focus on building community resilience and pride.
On a related note, this Fall, two Barton St. businesses– at 342 Barton St E, and 673 Barton St E. – are gaining new garden space thanks to the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, Green Venture, Adele Pierre, the Barton St BIA and other community partners. At the former, an extension of the side garden will become more pollinator-friendly. At the latter, a beautiful garden will be placed by removing 72.57m2 of asphalt.
- Sherman Ave Reconstruction, Bikelanes & Parking
Portions of Sherman Avenue, south of King St, will be reconstructed for LRT-enabling works, address other roadway safety concerns, as well as facilitate multimodal transportation. The area of review also includes the intersection of Main and Sherman. The virtual session will take place on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30pm. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com.
The next Ward 3 Office pop-up is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 from 4pm-6pm at Vintage Coffee Roasters (977 King Street E). Light refreshments will be provided. I look forward to connecting with you and offering access to the support of my team soon! Until then, please contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-546-2702.
Yours in community,
Councillor Nrinder Nann