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.

 

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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.

 

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Anne Jarvis wrote an article in the Windsor Star titled: Are We Paying for Towel Warmers?

In short – the Host City Agreement that the City signed with FINA does not allow information – such as the cost of hotel rooms – to be made available to the public.

My response is simple – taxpayers should know where their money is going:

This isn’t a national security issue, as Kusmierczyk said. 

“Taxpayers should know exactly where their money is going for flashy big-ticket events,” he said. “You have to pay to play, and taxpayers have to decide if they’re comfortable paying for this.

For full article CLICK HERE

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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!

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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.

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
1-      Brownfield Rehab Grant Dougall Avenue Yes 10-0 Consent
2 – Site Plan HDGH Transitional Stability Centr Yes 10-0 Consent
3 – Service level targets 311 Yes 10-0 Consent
4 – Vacant Land surplus Yes 10-0 Consent
5 – Concession operations RFP Yes 10-0 Consent
6 – Indian Road demolition denial Yes 10-0 Consent
7 – Talent management program Yes 10-0 Consent
Report No. 362 – Open Streets Yes 8-2 Delegation
Report No. 347 – Eastlawn Avenue rezoning Yes 10-0 Consent
Report No. 349 – Uhaul former Wickes Site Yes 10-0 Consent

 

 

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ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_ IREK VOTED COUNCIL VOTED TYPE OF ITEM
6.1 – Delegation of Authority Yes 10-0 Business
6.2 – Compliance with Applicable Laws Yes 10-0 Business
6.3 – PwC Summary Hotline Issues Yes 10-0 Business
6.4 – PwC Audit Recommendations Yes 10-0 Business
6.5 – PWC ESWA Yes 10-0 Business
6.6 – PwC Manage Infrastructure Yes 10-0 Business
6.7 – PwC Purchasing Card Review Yes 10-0 Business
6.8 – PwC IT Governance Yes 10-0 Business
6.9 – 2015 KPMG City Wide Report Yes 10-0 Business
6.10 – City Wide 2016 BIA Budget Review Yes 10-0 Business
6.11 – YQG 3rd Quarter Yes 10-0 Business
6.12 – WCU 3rd Quarter Yes 10-0 Business
6.13 – Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario Yes 10-0 Presentation
6.14 – Memorial Cup LoU Yes 10-0 Business

 

Item No. 6.7 – PwC Purchasing Card Review:  13,600 purchases totalling $3.2 million each year were made using purchasing cards or P-Cards.  That is a significant number.  What is concerning is that when PwC looked at a sample of PCard purchases – they found that 38 per cent were not reviewed and 75 per cent had no explanation for the purchase.

We need tighter control of purchasing cards.

In addition to the recommendations, I put forward a motion that Administration report back on the feasibility of following the City of Toronto model which publishes all P-Card purchases online every month as open data.

 

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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.

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