Council Watch - Community Meetings on Transit and Renewable Energy Update

Transit Campaign: If you haven't already done so, please send an email to City Councillors and Mayor Ford to let them know you support the Transit City light rail plan. 

Live along Eglinton Ave? Speak up on Thursday
This Thursday February 17th, the politicians of Don Valley West will come together to hold a townhall meeting. Expected politicians are MPP & Minister of Transportation Kathleen Wynne, MP Rob Oliphant, Councillor & TTC Commissioner John Parker, and Councillor & Executive Committee member Jaye Robinson.

This is a great opportunity to ask for an update on the revised transit expansion plan that we were promised by the end of January. We need to make sure that the entire Eglinton Crosstown is included in this plan and that our Councillors, MPPs, and MPs are advocating for it. Please come out this Thursday with your questions about better transit for Eglinton.

When: Thursday February 17th 7pm-9pm
Where: CNIB building, 1925 Bayview Ave 
TTC: Any 11 Bayview bus (from Davisville station)

Join the canvass with Councillor Perruzza 

Councillor Anthony Perruzza is helping make sure Finch Ave works. Come out this Saturday, meet Councillor Perruzza and knock on doors with him in the Keele and Finch Avenue area!

Councillor Perruzza knows that Finch Avenue West is at gridlock. Cars, trucks, and buses are stuck behind one another in traffic. The 36 Finch West bus is the busiest route in Toronto, leaving passengers to wait as crowded buses continue to pass them by.

The TTC and Metrolinx have a plan to make Finch Avenue work for everyone. This plan may be scrapped and replaced with nothing for Finch! This is simply unacceptable for those who live along Finch West.
We need to make Finch work for drivers and transit users.

When: Saturday February 19th, 1pm
Where: Meet at Tim Horton's, 1280 Finch Ave West 

Province rules out Offshore Wind in Ontario

Last Friday, February 11th, the Province of Ontario announced it will not allow any new offshore wind developments in Ontario. This kills any future plans by Toronto Hydro to install wind turbines in Lake Ontario and provide Torontonians with clean, green power. It also creates a major gap in Toronto Hydro's long term renewable power plan that won't easily be filled by other renewable technologies.  
The attack against wind power, citing health and environmental concerns, in Ontario has been relentless, effective and dishonest.  By incorrectly using health and environmental concerns to justify stopping offshore wind, Premier McGuinty's Government has also threatened the future of "on-shore" wind power by giving unjustified ammunition to wind opponents.
We need your help to stop this vocal minority of wind opponents. 
Contact  your MPP today and tell them you support wind power, including offshore wind in Lake Ontario. Let them also know you support wind power because nuclear and coal generation kills people and harms the environment. In contrast, no credible evidence shows offshore wind power, when properly sited, harms people or the environment. 

Record Breaking Success!

On February 2nd TTCriders & TEA made Toronto Transit Commission history!

TTCriders from across Toronto braved 2011’s first official “Snow Day” to address their concerns about transit service to the TTC. So many transit riders attended that an overflow room had to be opened. The meeting started just after 1:00pm and didn’t wrap up until after 10:00pm — by all accounts the longest and most-attended meeting in the Toronto Transit Commission’s history! 

Finch West Meeting
Councillor Perruzza is hosting a townhall meeting next Tuesday. A major focus of the meeting will be the Finch West LRT and how we can make sure the new transportation expansion plan does not leave Finch West waiting for crowded buses. 

When: Tuesday February 22nd, 7pm
Where: Yorkwoods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Avenue West

Scarborough Left Waiting
A Community Meeting on Transit Needs in Scarborough

Join us for a discussion on ways to advocate for improvements in transit in Scarborough. Find out how you can get involved in some of the ongoing initiatives and campaigns.

When: Tuesday, February 22nd, 6pm
Location: Scarborough Civic Centre
Refreshments will be served!
TTC Tokens will be provided!

Hosted by: Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA), Scarb. Civic Action Network (SCAN), TTCriders, TEA, Action for Neighbourhood Change, Social Planning Toronto, Tamil Information Centre and many others!