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.
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 www.toronto2015.org.
Caption: Members of the Canadian wheelchair basketball team battle it out at the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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 toronto.ca/motorcycleparking. 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.
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.
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.”
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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