Once again – lightning quick response from the CAO and City Staff.

The garbage container that was spray painted with graffiti in Derwent Park has been replaced.

The large item garbage strewn on McRobbie has also been collected – including the rusted mattress springs that presented the greatest health & safety hazard.

Excellent work, team!

The last Ward Walk was a tremendous success – with City Administration responding quickly and effectively to address deficiencies in Ward 7 neighbourhoods.

This weekend we spent a couple of hours touring the Forest Glade area to identify items requiring fixing.  Check back here for updates on our progress.


Do yourself a favour and book your tour of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association museum www.c2ha.ca

Make sure to check out and touch the grand Lancaster bomber among the many amazing aircraft.

The amount of volunteer hours invested in this community gem is immeasurable.  A thousand thanks to John & Don and the C2HA crew.


Excellent response from City Administration and Staff an addressing the maintenance issues from last week’s Ward Walk.

Here is an update:

  • ENWIN removed the empty yellow oil drums in front of the green transformer on McHugh/Questa.
  • VIA RAIL has moved quickly to clear the large pile of construction debris adjacent to the Banwell Road rail crossing.  Well done and Thank You!
  • Canada Post acknowledges litter around Canada Post Boxes along CP Rail Berm (e.g. Springhollow; Carrington; EchoBay).  I checked today and it looks like the litter has been cleared.
  • COGEGO acknowledges broken cable boxes along McHugh and will replace shortly
  • Developer has been informed about the full garbage bins and debris along Mailtland.  I checked today and bins have been emptied.  Still waited on debris along the road to be cleaned.
  • I checked along the Berm today and it appears the mattress has been removed – unless I missed it under the snow.

Many thanks to outgoing CAO Helga Reidel for the help in mobilizing a fast-acting cross-departmental response team!

Spent a couple of hours on a weekend ward walk snapping some photos of maintenance issues north of Tecumseh Road East.

We’ll bring these matters to Administration’s attention and seek remedial action.

Here are a few photos from the ward walk.

The basketball courts next to Forest Glade Community Centre have been in terrible condition for many years.  It is unacceptable considering that they are located in the heart of Forest Glade and adjacent to the arena, library, community centre, tennis courts and baseball diamonds where thousands of residents of Forest Glade gather for recreation.

As you can see from the photos – there are basketball poles with no backboard, some with no rim, and others with no backboard and no rim.  Most are badly deteriorated.  The basketball court surface is rutted, overgrown with weeds and a public safety hazard.

I emailed these photos to the Mayor and the Executive Director of Parks on January 7th, 2016 and have had discussions with Administration about bringing these courts back up to an acceptable standard.

Check back here for more updates.

I kick-started 2016 by taking a few photos of the dilapidated state of the median on Banwell Road between Little River and Wyandotte Street East.  This median has been a sore spot for residents of this gateway boulevard for years.  It is a gateway boulevard because thousands of residents use this boulevard as their main thoroughfare in and out of East Riverside.

The Mayor has an open door policy where Councillors can raise concerns and Ward specific issues – and so I took full advantage by presenting the Mayor with these photos on January 5th and meeting with him in his office to discuss possible solutions to this longstanding problem.

You will observe in the photos that 10 out of 35 tree wells sit empty, unkempt and overgrown that represent a staggering 29 per cent of the total tree wells on the entire stretch of boulevard. You’ll also notice that the median is stained in some parts and the photos illustrate crumbling concrete in others.

On January 4th, 2016 I tabled a Council Questions asking the Parks Department to report back with a plan to improve the median on Banwell Road.

Check back periodically for updates as I work with Administration to get this issue resolved.