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You’re Invited: Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3 + TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting Feb.2, 2015

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TTC 2015-2024 Budget Meeting on Feb.2, 2015

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will hold a special Board meeting on the 2015 TTC Wheel-Trans and Operating budgets and the 2015-2024 TTC Capital budget.

  • The meeting will take place on Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m., Toronto City Hall, Committee Room # 2.
  • The meeting is open to the public.
  • This meeting will deal with the following items:
  1. 2015 TTC and Wheel-Trans Operating Budgets
  2. 2015-2024 TTC Capital Budget

This video presents The Toronto 2015 Budget will #getTOmoving.

Toronto Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle recently announced a $95 million investment that will “significantly expand and enhance transit service, reduce wait times and crowding, and make using the TTC more affordable for families by eliminating fares for children 12 years and under.”

  • To help balance the TTC budget, Mayor Tory asked the City to increase the TTC’s subsidy to nearly $479 million, an increase of more than $38 million from 2014. Effective March 1, as well, a 10-cent proportionate fare increase will apply to all TTC fares except for cash fares, investing an additional $43 million in revenue to pay for new services that will meet an increasing ridership, estimated to be 545 million in 2015.

These new investments will provide the following enhanced services to Toronto commuters:

  • Restoration of all day, everyday bus service that was cut in 2011.
  • Ten-minute or better bus and streetcar service on key routes from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. six days a week (9 a.m. on Sundays).
  • Reduced wait times and crowding at off-peak times.
  • Reduced wait times and crowding on 21 of the busiest routes during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Proof-of-payment and all-door boarding on all streetcar routes.
  • Expansion of the Express Bus network, adding four new routes to a network that serves 34 million rides annually.
  • Expanding the Blue Night Network, adding 12 routes to the 22-route network that serves 4 million rides annually.
  • Adding up to two additional subway trains on Lines 1 and 2 during morning and afternoon rush hours.
  • Route management improvements designed to reduce short-turns, bunching and gapping of bus and streetcar routes.
  • Additional resources to focus on subway reliability around signals, track and communications systems.
  • 50 new buses and a temporary storage facility to allow for the Express Bus network expansion, reduction of wait times and crowding on some peak-period routes, as well as the need for spare buses during maintenance.

Timing of the introduction of additional service, as well as the restoration of service, is being developed by staff. Financial details of the new services will be detailed in the February 2 budget report to the TTC board.

Please click here to read the Agenda and Reports from February 2, 2015.

City of Toronto 2015 Budget Meeting Feb.2 & 3

This video presents 2015 Toronto Budget – The Capital Budget.

  • Learn more about the City of Toronto’s capital budget.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear pubic presentations on the proposed 2015 Operating Budget and the 2015-2024 Capital Budget and Plan at the following times and locations:

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Invite: Summer Events Aug.2-29, FREE Cats, TTC & Toronto Alerts, Road Closures Aug.2-20, 2013

There are  great summer events happening in Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.


Harbourfront Centre in Toronto


Island Soul

FREE Admission

August 2-5

  • Island Soul festival “celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean through many family events.”
  • Kids can make a Caribbean windsock, get their face painted and enjoy roving Moko Jumbie stilt dancers!
  • There will be an entertaining and captivating dance show.
    • A So We Dance” is choreographed by Kay-Ann Ward featuring guest choreographers and some of Canada’s top dancers and performers
    • FREE admission
      August 3, 2013
      9:00PM – 9:30PM
      Redpath Stage
      235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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  • Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario Presents: Tabou Comb.
    • Tabou Combo’s high-energy style of kompas dance beat knows no language barrier.
    • Claire Martin, award-winning senior meteorologist for CBC News Toronto and The National, will take to the stage to welcome audiences and introduce Tabou Combo.
    • FREE admission.
      Sunday, August 4, 2013
      9:30PM – 11:00PM
      WestJet Stage
      235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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  • Moko Jumbie: Dancing Spirits of Trinidad Workshop: August 4 – 5, 2013.
    • This hands-on workshop is an elementary introduction to the traditions of Moko Jumbie (stilt-dancing spirit of the forest) and all of its transitions from Africa to the Caribbean and Canada.
    • Using specially designed short training stilts sized for children, two senior instructors will lead a stilt-dancing workshop.
    • FREE admission.
    • Sunday, August 4, 2013
      1:00PM – 4:00PM235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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    • Monday, August 5, 2013
      1:00PM – 4:00PM
      HarbourKIDS Tent
      235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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  • Dancehall Heat & Socalicious Dance Workshops: August 5, 2013.
    • Instructor Kay-Ann Ward “brings the heat to Island Soul with her popular dance workshops.
    • Dancehall Heat borrows heavily from the Jamaican culture.
    • The workshop is a dancehall class that is amplified into a high energy learning and dancing experience for the participants.”
    • Socalicious is a workshop that is a “guaranteed sweat fest.”
      • Learn fundamental moves and a dance routine plus so much more!
    • FREE
    • Monday, August 5, 2013
      1:00PM – 1:30PM
      Redpath Stage
      235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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This video presents “Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2013 — CTV Promotional Video.”

  • Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2013 with their “Show us your true colours Toronto” commercial airing on CTV.

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto

Grand Parade: A Free and Paid Event

Aug. 03, 2013

9:00am to 6:00pm

Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Blvd – Map

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Tomorrow Toronto Gets Twenty-Minute Makeover as the Mayor Picks Up Litter & Paints a Mural, April 15

Here is a YouTube audio of Mayor Rob Ford urging all Torontonians to CLEAN TORONTO TOGETHER so that we can take pride in Toronto as well as enjoy Toronto once again as Toronto the Good and Beautiful!

And the video version of part of the above audio is as follows:

Tomorrow, April 15, Toronto will be cleaner and look better when Mayor Rob Ford will be joined by Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton Lawrence), representatives from GLAD Canada – lead sponsor for the 20-Minute Makeover, members of the community, youth groups and members of the Toronto Police Service to pick up litter and paint a mural on Friday, 2 p.m. (for 20 minutes), at Fairbanks Memorial Community Centre, 2213 Dufferin St. (just south of Eglinton Avenue West).

Also, as an annual event and part of the CLEAN TORONTO TOGETHER initiative, thousands of Toronto residents, businesses, students and government employees will pitch in at various locations to pick up litter and demonstrate their pride in Toronto.


Happy Cleaning Toronto Together!

Tomorrow Toronto Gets Twenty-Minute Makeover as the Mayor Picks Up Litter & Paints a Mural, April 15
Tomorrow Toronto Gets Twenty-Minute Makeover as the Mayor Picks Up Litter & Paints a Mural, April 15