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Save the date – Elections

Mark the following dates on your calendar and participate in Toronto's municipal election. You can vote on any one of these days. Advance voting starts October 14 and ends on October 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election day is Monday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voter information cards will be mailed to every elector on the voters’ list advising when and where to vote. You can also check when and where to vote by using the online tool MyVote. Remember to bring one piece of identification showing your name and qualifying (Toronto) address.

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2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Things are gearing up with  less than a year to go before the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre – co-owned by the City of Toronto and University of Toronto, Scarborough – opened its doors in September. Residents can sign up for City recreation programs at this new facility. As the Proud Host City, Toronto has created a Host City Showcase Program – an innovative program that includes many different projects that will enhance the Games experience for residents and visitors alike. For more Games information, including how to buy tickets or apply to be a torchbearer, visit

Caption: Members of the Canadian wheelchair basketball team battle it out at the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

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United Way Employee Campaign target: $1.25 million

The City of Toronto United Way Employee Campaign unveiled its fundraising goal at an event on David Pecaut Square on September 19. Along with the goal announcement,  the Toronto Public Service 'Got Talent' show entertained the crowd. City employees are keen to continue their 13-year tradition of raising over $1 million in support of United Way Toronto.

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Sleek new streetcars launched on Spadina route

The Toronto Transit Commission celebrated the first run of its modern, accessible streetcars on the 510 Spadina route on August 31. Hundreds of excited customers were introduced to the latest generation of streetcar to hit Toronto streets in more than 30 years. Along with the sleek, climate-controlled new ride, TTC riders were also introduced to a new way to pay their fare. The 510 Spadina route is now a proof-of-payment route and new fare vending machines, both onboard the new streetcars and along Spadina Avenue, are providing an easy and convenient way to pay a fare.

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Emergency Medical Services gets name change

Effective October 1, Toronto Emergency Medical Services has changed its name to Toronto Paramedic Services. A new logo design to accompany the name change is being phased in as regular replacements are made for station signs, ambulances and uniforms. This name change does not affect how residents access Toronto's 911 system. Residents and visitors should continue to call 911 for ambulance services as they do now. The name Toronto Paramedic Services more closely represents the services provided to the citizens of Toronto.

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Downtown parking project targets motorcycles, scooters

The City and the Toronto Parking Authority are introducing a pilot project that will provide free, designated on-street motorcycle and scooter parking zones to create safe, convenient parking for motorcyclists. About 300 spaces have been allocated in 30 existing pay-and-display locations in the downtown core. The locations can be viewed at The designated parking zones will be defined by line markings on the pavement as well as signs. The program will be evaluated over a one-year period, with final recommendations expected by fall 2015.

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Public Health offers city-branded condoms

Toronto Public Health (TPH) recently launched condom TO – a free, limited-edition, city-branded condom. Following the lead of successful city-branded condoms in New York City and Los Angeles, Toronto Public Health hopes the new condom will help reinvigorate condom use and promote safer sex in Toronto. Condom use is an effective way to prevent a variety of sexually transmitted infections. Toronto Public Health has been promoting and distributing condoms since 1983. Torontonians can pick up condoms at one of TPH's sexual health clinics and partner agencies.

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Library more accessible than ever

Toronto Pubic Library now offers access to its 200,000-item collection of accessible materials through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). It is Canada’s largest collection of alternative format books and online resources, serving people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. At the launch of CELA this summer, eighth-grader Rachell Morton, who is legally blind and uses magnifying devices to help her read, said, “I think it’s our basic human right to have easy access to books like normal-sighted people.”

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City spreads message about low-risk alcohol drinking

Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown attended the Number and Size Matter booth to promote Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines (LRADG) at the Wine & Spirit Festival this summer at Sugar Beach. Public Health staff are working hard to spread the message to adults who choose to drink about the health risks of consuming alcohol in excess of the national guidelines. The maximum number of drinks recommended for healthy men is no more than three standard drinks a day and 15 a week. For women, it's no more than two standard drinks a day and 10 a week. More information.

Caption: Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown with Toronto Public Health Staff at Sugar Beach event

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Get your bills online with epostTM

It's a great time to sign up at to have your City of Toronto Property Tax Bill and Utility Bill delivered to your own safe, secure epost account. Epost is the free and secure way from Canada Post to manage your bills and essential documents online. With epost, there’s one place, one login and one password. No more dealing with multiple websites, usernames and passwords to manage your bills online. Register two bills at and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win $1,000 in epost’s ongoing monthly draw.

artist's rendering of hotelExhibition Place continues to offer cutting edge hospitality
Located just inside the Princes’ Gates, Hotel X Toronto will be 29 stories above the waterfront and the only hotel at Exhibition Place. It will offer a cutting edge mix of hospitality, sports and entertainment options in an urban setting. In addition, Exhibition Place is taking care to preserve the historic Stanley Barracks which will be on display for the public as a part of the hotel landscape. Currently there is an exhibit entitled “Unearthing Stanley Barracks” available for public viewing at the Ontario Legislature.
Caption: Artist's rendering of Hotel X at Exhibition Place

staff collecting items at environment day event2014 Environment Days wrap up
The City of Toronto successfully wrapped up another series of Community Environment Days at the end of July. The program gave residents an opportunity to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by dropping off items that are reusable, recyclable or hazardous. It also offered people the option to exchange broken green bins and kitchen containers. This year, there were 42 events attracting a total of 29,751 participants. In the process, 167,661 kilograms of electronics and 31,845 kg of household hazardous waste were collected, 68,792 kg of reusable household goods and 7,468 kg of arts and crafts supplies were diverted from landfill, 164 composters were sold and more than 1,600,000 kg of compost were given away.
Caption: Staff collecting electronics at Environment Day event

flowers with highrise buildingsCity of Toronto recognized for environmental achievement
At the August 15 meeting of the Parks and Environment Committee, the Clean Air Partnership recognized the City of Toronto for its progress on meeting its commitments as part of the GTA Clean Air Council 2012-14 Inter-Governmental Declaration on Clean Air and Climate Change. Toronto is the only municipality in the Council that has achieved all of the targets associated with the Clean Air Council Declaration commitments. The GTA Clean Air Council is a network of 24 municipalities and health units from across the GTA that works collaboratively on the development and implementation of clean air and climate change mitigation actions.

Book Awards logoToronto Book Awards finalists reflect on their books
The five finalists for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards talk about their respective book on the City's YouTube channel. The winner of the 2014 Toronto Book Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on October 16. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Toronto Reference Library starting with a reception at 6 p.m. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards which honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.

lights in night sky Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
From dusk on October 4 until dawn, audiences flooded Toronto's streets for the ninth edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. They experienced more than 120 contemporary art projects from 400 local, national and international artists, ranging from sculpture and performance art to mixed-media and interactive installations, and beyond. One of the highlights this year, Global Rainbow, by Yvette Mattern is a monumental public light sculpture that beams seven rays of laser lights representing a natural rainbow spanning two kilometres across the city. This is one of 10 projects that will be extended to October 13.
Caption: Light installation 'Global Rainbow' by Yvette Mattern

Zoo collage of animalsThe Toronto Zoo celebrates its 40th anniversary
The Toronto Zoo is celebrating 40 years of saving species in 2014. Canada’s premier zoo, and the home to the only two giant pandas in Canada, is a dynamic centre that inspires people to love, respect and protect wildlife and wild spaces. The Toronto Zoo is home to over 5,000 animals representing more than 450 species. Saving and protecting species, at home and abroad, has been the Toronto Zoo's commitment these past 40 years and will continue to be a key commitment going forward. For details about the Zoo's 40-year celebrations including special animal enrichments, encounters, feedings, keeper talks and more, visit

exterior fort york branch buildingNew Fort York library branch serves West Waterfront
Toronto Public Library recently opened its 99th branch, Fort York. The library's newest branch provides the West Waterfront and CityPlace communities with neighbourhood library branch services including a broad range of collections, comfortable lounge and casual reading spaces with zones for kids and teens, a Digital Innovation Hub, and a welcoming environment for everyone. Currently, the branch features a unique public art project featuring the art of Charles Pachter and poetry of Margaret Atwood.


Drawing showing fish around faceToronto Public Library supports teen writers
Toronto Public Library is offering free one-on-one creative writing help for teens from writer Emily Pohl-Weary through the Young Voices Electronic Writer in Residence program, from October 15 to December 8. The program is part of Young Voices, a library initiative that supports Toronto teens by giving voice to their creative endeavours. There are several ways to keep up with everything the library offers teens: subscribe to an e-newsletter at, follow @tplteens on twitter, visit, or check out
Caption: Strange New World by Wenting Li, from the 2013 issue of Young Voices, Toronto Public Library’s annual magazine of teen writing and visual art


people on bikes at parkOff-road cycling park grand opening
The Sunnyside Bike Park official grand opening took place on September 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and riding demonstrations. The off-road cycling park offers cyclists progressively difficult challenges and opportunities for skill-building. Phase one of the park is complete. It includes a skills trail, pumptracks, a wide variety of jump lines, a large drop and a wall ride. Phase two improvements will be complete by spring 2015. The park is built for all ages and skill levels and intended as a family-friendly destination. Sunnyside Bike Park is the third of its kind in Toronto, preceded by the Bayview Arena Bike Park and Wallace Emerson BMX Park.

volunteers working on slideCommunity helps open McGregor Park playground
McGregor Park playground on Lawrence Avenue East in Ward 37 is the among the latest City of Toronto playgrounds revitalized with third-party partnerships. The new play equipment officially opened on a sunny August day with more than 200 volunteers, VIPs and partners in attendance. Partners included Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, the U.S.-based charity KaBOOM!, financial services company Foresters, Agincourt Community Services Association, and the local community. The new playground features five slides, new swings and other fun activities. Watch the community build McGregor playground in one day in a time-lapse video.
Caption: Volunteers prepare the wood chip safety surface for the new play equipment

Past Issues

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City Update - July/August 2014

City Update focuses on the latest services, innovations and accomplishments in Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. This e-newsletter, produced six times a year, is for the public, stakeholders, media, City Council and staff.


City Update - May 2014

City Update focuses on the latest services, innovations and accomplishments in Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. This e-newsletter, produced six times a year, is for the public, stakeholders, media, City Council and staff.

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City Update - March 2014

City Update focuses on the latest services, innovations and accomplishments in Canada's largest city and sixth largest government. This e-newsletter, produced six times a year, is for the public, stakeholders, media, City Council and staff.