Ward 19 Community Environment Day on Thursday May 22, 2014

environment_days_park-MLaytonDon’t forget to stop by for Ward 19′s Community Environment Day on Thursday, May 22 at Fred Hamilton Park between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Come to Environment day to:

  • drop off electronics and household hazardous waste
  • drop off items for re-use such as clothing and school supplies
  • collect free compost (remember to bring a shovel and containers to carry your compost)
  • help tidy up our parks by picking up garbage left over from the spring thaw. Free rubber gloves and garbage bags will be provided.

As well, Mike Layton will be holding 8 Compost Days to help all of the gardeners in the ward prepare for the growing season. This compost comes from your leaf and yard waste that the City collects as part of the waste reduction and recycling program.

Trinity Bellwoods Park (map)
Saturday, April 26 – 9:00 a.m. On the north side of the park, east of Crawford Street

Dewson Junior and Senior Public School (map)
Sunday, April 27 – 9:00 a.m. In the parking lot off of Dewson Street

Christie Pits (map)
Sunday, May 4 – 9:00 a.m. At the Alex Duff Pool Building parking lot

Senhor Santo Christo Catholic School (map)
Sunday, May 4 – 11:30 a.m. In the parking lot off of Humbert Street

Stanley Park North (map)
Sunday, May 11 – 9:00 a.m. At the entrace off of Walnut Avenue, north of King Street

Healy Willan Park (map)
Sunday, May 11 – 11:30 a.m. At the corner of Ulster Street and Euclid Avenue

Essex Junior and Senior Public School (map)
Sunday, May 24 – 9:00 a.m. In the front of the school, beside the lay-by on Essex Street

Pierra Elliot Trudeau Public School (map)
Sunday, May 24 – 11:30 a.m. In the parking lot off of Grace Street

Have questions about our Compost Days? Contact Marco Bianchi in Mike Layton’s office at mbianch@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4009.

For more information you can visit www.toronto.ca/compost.

Participate in the 2014 Trinity Bellwoods Tree Inventory

The Trinity Bellwoods community has begun an annual Tree Inventory to provide up-to-date information on the health, diversity and distribution of our trees–information that is essential for the proper management and enhancement of our urban canopy.

The upcoming steering committee for the 2014 Tree Inventory has been scheduled for Thursday, May 1st between 7:30 – 9:00pm. If you are interested in being a part of this year’s Inventory, contact Jennifer Gagné from the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto.

On a related note, a two-day course that teaches participants how to inventory trees is being offered by the Dr. Andy Kenney and Dr. Danijela Puric-Mladenovic at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. See the flyer below for more details:


Tree Inventory Course 2014.pdf


See Toronto Evolve from 1818 to 2014 with Interactive Map

Historic_map-torontoThe Toronto Historic Maps tool is a free interactive map that weaves together a collection of maps dating from 1818, allowing users to see how their neighbourhoods have changed over close to 200 years.

Created by Toronto map enthusiast Nathan Ng with help from Chris Olsen (an employee at Esri–a mapping software company based in California), the map incorporates ten “time settings” located on a horizontal slider that allow you to move through time.

To read more about this tool and its creator, see the Metro News article  “Bird’s-eye view of a changing city“.


Ward 19 updates from Mike Layton

mikelaytonThe latest Ward 19 newsletter from Mike Layton features news regarding upcoming environment and compost days, changes from the AGCO (Provincial body that provides liquor licenses) on noise violations, community consultations and updates from city hall.

To read the newsletter, click here. Below is a list of specific items covered on the newsletter.

  • Public Meeting: 171 East Liberty Planning Application
  • Public Meeting: 99 Atlantic Avenue & 40 Hanna Avenue Planning Application
  • Letter to the Attorney General Requesting the Province Uphold and Enforce Conditions on Liquor Licences
  • My Motions at City Council Regarding the City’s New Street Vending Rules
  • Dufferin Street Bridge Open to Vehicular Traffic
  • Strachan Avenue Northbound Lane Closure
  • Construction Update: Sewer Work on King Street West
  • Public Consultation: “Feeling Congested?”
  • Not Far From the Tree Looking for Storage Space in Ward 19
  • 2014 Chief Planner Roundtables
  • Infrastructure Projects Planned for 2014-2015 on City’s Website


Our Urban Canopy: Results from the Tree Inventory

Trinity_Park_TreeSurvey_April2014Last summer, eight enthusiastic interns began a tree inventory of Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. Highlights of their results can be seen below and in the accompanying image.


  • A total of 494 trees were inventoried.
  • The most common species was honey locust.
  • Maples made up 22% of the canopy.
  • Approximately 40% were native species.
  • Over 70% had minimal to no defoliation (indicator of good health); although over half had confined root space.
  • The largest tree was a silver maple located on Bellwoods Ave.

The tree inventory is one component of the Trinity Bellwoods Urban Forest Management Plan, which was developed through a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, Trinity Bellwoods Community Association, Ossington Community Association, Friends of Roxton Road Parks, and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more, please email TrinityBellwoodsUrbanForestry@gmail.com.

For more information, see the April 2014 Tree Inventory Update.