Scarborough Transit Talk is Your Chance to Talk to TTC heads

Got something to say about the TTC?  We want to hear about it!

May 15, 2013 7:00 – 9:00PM
Scarborough Civic Centre – Council Chambers150 Borough Dr.
RSVP:  Registration is required and can be done for free HERE

Join us at Scarborough Civic Centre on May 15 to share your Compliments, Complaints, Suggestions and Questions about public transit in Toronto with the TTC’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Byford and the TTC’s Chief Customer Service Officer, Chris Upfold.
TTCriders and Respect Scarborough are partnering to give transit riders in Scarborough a voice!

The event will include a short presentation followed by an open mic Q&A. Andy Byford and Chris Upfold will be responding directly to your feedback and questions!

Click here to download Scarborough Transit Talk Flyer

2013 City of Toronto Budget Community Consultation

Come and find out what is in this year’s proposed City Budget.

Saturday, December 8, 2012
2:30PM-5:00PM @ Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)

Let’s invest in a city that works – for all of us.

  • Recreation and community centres for the whole family
  • Affordable, safe and healthy housing
  • Community programs that support our youth and seniors
  • Faster transit to get us home from work and school

*All Scarborough Councillors have been invited to listen to what is important to residents in Scarborough

For flyer, please download here.

Local Jobs for Local Residents – A Community Benefits Agreement

The new LRT rapid transit network can provide more than better transit

The new Light Rapid Transit (LRT) network is a $8.4 billion project. It will provide better transit for hundreds of thousands of people. This project can improve the lives of many people in other ways as well.

Respect Scarborough along with other community groups are launching a campaign to make sure that people living near the LRT receive the greatest possible benefit from the project.

The goal of the campaign is a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with Metrolinx, the public agency that is building the LRT.

What is a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA)?

A CBA is a commitment to provide jobs and other benefits for local residents. In many countries, communities demand CBAs when new industries or public sector projects are built.

  • The construction of the Metrolinx LRT transit network will create many employment opportunities. Let’s make sure that local people get a fair share of those jobs.
  • Community groups have already started to pressure Metrolinx for a CBA that will provide jobs in local communities, especially for our youth.
  • Although most of the focus is on jobs, other issues may also be addressed in the CBA with Metrolinx.

The campaign for a CBA with Metrolinx is an opportunity to raise urgent issues facing our communities and get real results!  It will take a lot of work to achieve a Community Benefits Agreement with Metrolinx.  Together we can win a CBA that produces real results for our communities!

Here is what YOU can do to support the campaign for a Metrolinx Community Benefits Agreement:

  1. Visit the campaign website to learn more about successful CBAs.  (to be launched shortly)
  2. Get on the campaign email list so that you can receive notices of campaign actions. Contact  
  3. Invite a campaign organizer to make a presentation to your neighbourhood organization, faith community, union or other group.
  4. Get support from individuals and organizations for the CBA.
  5. Contact the campaign to get leaflets and other materials for publicizing the campaign with family, co-workers, neighbours and others.  For a full flyer, please click CBA handout.
  6. Contact your Member of Provincial Parliament and your City Councillor to express your support for a Metrolinx CBA.

Respect Scarborough Youth Forum a Huge Success!

An amazing group of diverse and inspiring youth came together at Respect Scarborough’s forum this Saturday to demand respect. Youth heard from panelists talk about issues such as affordable housing, transit, youth programming, education, and good jobs. Creative breakout sessions followed where youth created videos, banners, spoken word, and learned more about how to make deputations.  For pictures of the event, click here.

The following Scarborough youth who have made change in their community received awards for their leadership and initiative:

Rehana Robin
Award:  Making change in the community

Rehana is involved in a youth-led group called BITSY. She challenged the city to develop a former rifle range into a vibrant youth space

Ebone Davis
Award:  Making change in the community

Ebone Davis has played an important leadership role in Girl Talk group – inspiring other girls and providing support as a youth leader.

Tamu Stevens
Award:  Making change in the community

Tamu has been really involved in organizing outreach events in Malvern and working on after school programs to support her peers

Khushbu Nurogho
Award:  Making change in the community

Khushbu is a role model for young people in her community. Through her work in the Community Design Initiative project, she has changed the way people think about a priority neighbourhood.

Troy Russell
Award: Overcoming Challenges

Troy has overcome many challenges and is now a mentor to students in the Boys to Men program at L’Amoreaux Collegiate. Troy’s determination to succeed despite the challenges he faced has made him a strong youth leader.

Gobi Sooriyakumar
Award:  Workplace Activist

Gobi is a young student page at Malvern public library. He has been involved in his workplace and is actively involved in his union as a steward. Gobi has also been involved in the Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s Scarborough outreach efforts.

Eric Sin
Award:  Workplace Activist

Eric has been vocal at his workplace and was the youngest union representative representing the recreational workers. Eric is the co-chair of the young workers committee at CUPE Local 79.