News update – Councillor Mark Grimes’ Office – May 24, 2013

Following message is from Councillor Grimes’ Office:

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May 24, 2013

Mimico Go Station

I would like to thank the many community members and local residents who took the time to write to me and members of the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee to share their thoughts on the future of the Mimico GO Station. As many of you are aware, a motion was introduced at the Planning and Growth Management Committee by my colleague Councillor Peter Milczyn which asked City staff to undertake a study contemplating the relocation of the Mimico GO station to Park Lawn. Sadly, I was not consulted in advance of this motion nor were any community members.

I want to firmly state that I do not support moving the Mimico GO station from its current location. I have asked City staff to examine, in detail, the current transportation issues affecting the Humber Bay Shores community and have brought the TTC, Metrolinx, GO Transit and the Humber Bay Shores Condo Association into these discussions. I strongly support the addition of a second GO train station to more directly serve Humber Bay Shores but simply moving the Mimico GO station would only serve to shift the strain on our transportation infrastructure.

Mark Grimes

Toronto Casino

This past Tuesday the issue of a Casino in downtown Toronto made its long awaited debut at City Council. I would again like to thank those of you who wrote to me to express your views in support or and in opposition to the OLG proposals.

Along with the majority of my colleagues I voted against the approval of a new gaming facility in downtown Toronto as it was not in the best interests of Torontonians. While the Provincial government has final say on the location of any gaming facility, they have stated that they would respect the wishes of local municipalities and I expect them to do so.

I did vote in favour of expanding the existing gaming facility at Woodbine race track but this was ultimately defeated at Council as well. I felt that, as a not for profit corporation, Woodbine Entertainment was an appropriate operator and that an expansion to the existing location would have little impact on the neighbouring community.

Mark Grimes

Councillor Mark Grimes’ Office
Ward 6, Etobicoke Lakeshore
City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite C48
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel: 416-397-9273 Fax: 416-397-9279 ( )
Please share the information in this newsletter. Thank You.

Councillor Mark Grimes is committed to building a community with an active, liveable lifestyle.


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