Smart Commute’s Free Carpool Zone Tool

smart_commute_metrolinxSmart Commute, a program of Metrolinx, is focused on easing gridlock, improving air quality, reducing commuters’ costs and making the commuting experience more enjoyable. There are currently more than 670,000 commuters in the Smart Commute network.

To date, more than 305 workplaces have signed on to the program and are designated Smart Commute workplaces. A key service, Smart Commute’s Carpool Zone online ride-matching service, is growing by almost 140 new carpools each month. Ask your employer to join today.

“We are helping to reduce commuters’ vehicle travel by over 600,000 km every month,” said Leslie Woo, Vice President of Policy, Planning & Innovation. “Smart Commute is transforming the way people commute – and the way they think about commuting – which is an important feature of The Big Move.”

Organizations that are interested in saving money and demonstrating leadership are encouraged to learn more.

Toronto Vintage Bike Show this Sunday July 28, 2013

This Sunday, July 28,  join the Community Bicycle Network and bike enthusiasts from across the city in celebrating the 2nd annual Toronto Vintage Bike Show.

Have a sweet vintage bike you’d like to show off? Give it a shine and bring it down to the park to display along with dozens of other early model cruisers, low riders, track, and road bikes.

Event Details

  • Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park – Southern end
  • Date:  July 28, 2013
  • Time: 12:00-5:00pm

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Construction Notice: Bathurst Street Watermain Replacement

 

Construction to replace the watermain will begin August 6 and run through until January 24, 2014 between 7am till 7pm weekdays on Bathurst Street, Croft Street and Vankoughnet Street (see map below).

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Disruptions

  • As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, some pedestrian and traffic restrictions will be necessary. Please note the following:
  • At certain times during the work, vehicle and pedestrian traffic may be disrupted. Closure of traffic lanes will be restricted to the immediate work area wherever possible.
  • Signs will be posted to advise of detours, lane closures and pedestrian crossings.
  • Emergency (police, fire and medical response) access will be maintained at all times.
  • Recycling and garbage collection will not be affected. Please follow your normal routine.

Impacts on TTC Service

  • From September 3, 2013 to November 23, 2013, Buses will be running on Bathurst Street in place of streetcars.

For more information, see the full Construction Notice.

After the Storm: Coping with Energy Shortages and Basement Flooding

Monday’s storm caused widespread flooding and has left Toronto’s energy grid vulnerable. In the West end, we have been experiencing rolling black outs and Toronto Hydro is asking residents to conserve as much energy as possible. Please help by doing the following:

  • turn off your air conditioner or set it to a higher temperature (26 degrees)
  • turn off non-essential lighting
  • avoid using major appliances like clothes dryers and dishwashers

If you’ve experienced flooding and have flood-damaged items, the City will be carrying out a special City-wide garbage collection, beginning Saturday July 13 to collect damaged materials (carpet, furniture, etc). The City has asked that residents contact 311 to report basement flooding during the storm to help track where flooding occurs. Lastly, If you’ve had a problem with sewage backing up into your basement, you may want to look into the City’s Basement Flooding Subsidy Program.

 

Toronto Police Service’s Kick Off Event “Sirens For Life” this Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (10am – 1pm)

This year’s Sirens for Life campaign official Toronto Kick-Off will be held at the new state-of-the-art Toronto Police Service’s 14 Division at 350 Dovercourt Road (South of College, North of Dundas) in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, July 10th 2013. The event runs from 10am to 1pm and is open to the public. The event will be outdoors in the garden.

Canadian Blood Services’ Bloodmobile will be on site with staff that can conduct free blood-typing! Appointments can also be made for future dates for your group of individuals to donate.

A shuttle maybe available for donations of blood to a local Canadian Blood Services location during the event.

Come join us for barbecue, snacks and refreshments and a fun environment for everyone to enjoy.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Toronto Police Service Constable Jason Hurley at 416.808.1422 or Jason.hurley@torontopolice.on.ca