Monthly Archives: March 2013


Overhead TTC Power Line work at the Bingham Loop

Unveiling of the New Stephenson Park Plan on April 2

Stephenson Park Unveiling

Join Friends of Stephenson Park and Councillor McMahon for a meeting on April 2 at the Community Centre 55 to discuss and view the new city plans for Stephenson Park.

Coyote Information Session on March 19

Join Councillor McMahon at a Coyote Information Session on March 19 to address the recent coyote concerns in the Neville Park Blvd. area. During the session, Toronto Animal Services will answer any community questions and will provide education and tips on how to live safely and peacefully with coyotes.

March 19 at Beaches Community Recreation Centre
6 Williamson Road, Toronto
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The following groups have been invited to the session: Beaches Coyote Coalition, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Wildlife Centre, Toronto Police Services, Ontario Ministry Natural Resources.

Councillor McMahon continues to work with Animal Services on increasing the level of education on coyotes and encourages everyone to learn more about the wild animals in our city.

For more information on coyotes in our city, please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/animal_services/coyote.htm

Leslie Street Track Construction & Traffic Management Project Update

Please join representatives of City of Toronto Transportation Services and the TTC at a meeting to discuss traffic impacts and phasing of the Leslie Street Connection Track and how to reduce construction impacts in your community. We are seeking community input to develop a comprehensive traffic and disruption management plan that meets the needs of local residents, businesses, and all pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists who live and travel through the area. Come review the draft plans and give your suggestions to improve them.

Councillor McMahon on the Silverbirch Boathouse

Dear Residents,

There has been a lot of confusion over potential plans for the Silverbirch Boathouse. I want to set the record straight on what is being considered for the building and invite everyone to a meeting to discuss this issue:

March 28 at the Balmy Beach Club
7 p.m. for those with permits for the building and;
8 p.m. for the wider community.

The Parks, Forestry & Recreation (PF&R) division has decided to issue a Request for Proposals to select an operator for the Silverbirch Boathouse. This is in-keeping with a city-wide policy to ensure publicly-owned facilities are accessible to everyone and that public spaces are animated and vibrant. I am working with PF&R to balance the needs of those who have maintained a space in the facility, or are on the waiting list for a space, with those of the wider community who wish to enjoy our waterfront.

At our public meeting on March 28, I encourage you to ask any questions about the process and to give your opinion on what you would like to see happen with this important building. Nothing is set in stone, and I am committed to making sure our community is involved in every step of this process.

Here are some facts about the plans being discussed for the Silverbirch Boathouse:

  • The building will be preserved and restored;
  • Only the use of the building may be changed;
  • The Boathouse will not be sold;
  • The building will continue to contain boats although they may be for rent as well as storage;
  • If no successful applicant is selected, the building will continue to be available to existing permit holders;
  • One potential use of the building could be as public boat rental facility with a small community café. However, this is open for discussion and nothing has been decided yet;
  • The process to find an operator will be transparent and no clandestine deals will be made!

We are in the early stages of this process. I am a big believer in animating public space and believe a revitalization of the Silverbirch Boathouse will benefit the entire community. Please come and have your say on March 28.

The Beach Metro recently contained an article about the plans for the Boathouse, please read it for more information.

If you haven’t signed up for our e-newsletter, in which the Councillor communicates often about issues such as this, sign up online or contact the Councillor directly. 

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