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Merry Christmas
& A Happy New Year to All
- from Bluffs Monitor
Kingston Road in Birch Cliff is Open Again
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Pick Up a Copy!
at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

House to House delivery
by our  Volunteers
on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill
The road construction is finished, the barriers are gone and
traffic flows on all lanes once more
Snow Clearing
for Seniors and Disabled
Better Public Transit
For Scarborough
 Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in Scarborough get out of their cars and onto public transit.  This year, the City of Toronto will receive $162,824,378 in Gas Tax funding. For the 11th consecutive year, the Ontario government is providing support to the City of Toronto to improve its public transit system for families.
 Expanding public transit is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
 “I am happy to be part of a government that is committed to supporting transit across the
province and specifically pleased that the City of Toronto will receive $162 million to improve our transit system” said Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP for Scarborough Southwest
QUICK FACTS
• With this year’s allocation, the Ontario government has committed $3.1 billion in gas tax funding since 2004.
• In 2013, Ontario made its Gas Tax Program permanent to help municipalities improve transit.
• One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
• In 2013, there was an increase of more than 204 million trips on municipal transit systems, compared to 2003. This is the equivalent of removing approximately 170-million car trips from our roads.
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 If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home in areas where the service is not provided by a machine.
 The City of Toronto provides sidewalk snow clearing in most of Toronto, however there are areas – mostly in older, central parts of the city – where equipment is unable to clear sidewalks due to insufficient sidewalk width for the plows, lack of boulevard space for snow storage and on-street parking.
For more information and a map outlining the areas where the City provides mechanical sidewalk snow clearing, please visit www.torontoca/transport
ation/snow/sidewalks.
 Seniors and disabled residents living in areas where the city does not clear sidewalks are asked to contact 311 to register for the program. Please note that the service applies to the sidewalk in front of your home and does not include driveways or walkways leading up to the home.
 All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service.
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Dec. 17th, 2014.
 

Pick Up a Copy!
at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 / Island Rd. on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

House to House delivery
by our  Volunteers
on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill

Scarborough Bluffs Communities are Unique
The photo at the top of this page is of the Bluffs today, seen from the bottom of Brimley in what is known as Bluffers Park
They have a history of European occupation going back to the seventeen hundreds. Lowland Scots emigrated to this area after being pushed out of their farms in Scotland by the titled gentry. Some of their descendents still live here today.
The name “Scarborough Bluffs” was given to it by Elizabeth Graves Simcoe, wife of the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada,
John Graves Simcoe because it reminded her of Scarborough Bluffs in England.
The Bluffs are the only geologically scenic area in the greater Toronto area but are also a geologic wonder, visited by scientists from all over the world to study its exposed history of the planet.  
photo by Lee Graves
by Lee Graves
We waited four years for the Revitalisation project to our community of Birch Cliff  to start and it took another three years to get all the road and sidewalks completely re-done ac-cording to plan.
 The total revitalisation of Birch Cliff is still to be completed with street furniture, tree pits with plantings, etc. Some of this planned beautification was finished last year to the area east of Warden. We now await this to be done through the rest of Birch Cliff from Warden to Victoria Park.
  The plan calls for landscaping, bulb planting in  tree pits to be built around existing trees and benches and bike parking rings to be installed, starting in early spring.
 The City is anxious that residents and store owners make a little time and effort to keep the plantings watered and generally looked after, because they do not have the manpower to supply landscaping services. Remember too, that the seasonal planting of flowers are there for the beautification of the street scape and the appreciation of our
residents and visitors to the area, even those just passing through - not for  freebie plants for your gardens! Or a place to throw your cigarette butts and coffee cups! This unfortunately has been the case in years past when our BIA merchants paid for plantings to make our retail strip more attractive.
 In Spring, a Birch Cliff Village sign similar to the one outside the TD Bank at Warden, will be erected on the south east corner of Victoria Park and Kingston Road in front of Henley Gardens.
 The Birch Cliff Community Association and Architect, Tom Schwartz worked very hard to make Henley Gardens compatible with the Birch Cliff Village look and to make sure residents in this neighbourhood still had somewhere to park when they went to shop along Kingston Road, after the old supermarket was taken down to accommodate the new building. I think Tom would be very interested to see how his building sparked off a new interest in this area.