Safe Housing for All

Posted on January 18, 2008

In November a few alert residents let me know about a horrible illegal flophouse in Parkdale. Located in the basement of a storefront on Queen Street, this place charged $10 a night per person to sleep on mattresses. It lacked basic sanitation, proper heat, and lighting. I immediately brought the issue to the Ward 14 problem properties task force, which includes the police, city enforcement staff, and representatives of residents’ and business groups.

Quick action from the Police, Fire and other city staff resulted in the basement being condemned and various compliance orders for property standards violations being issued. Also, Toronto staff worked to ensure that arrangements were made to make proper shelter and housing options available for all residents onsite.

While we have worked together to get approval for four affordable housing projects in Ward 14 this year, this episode shows that we still have a housing problem, and that predatory landlords are exploiting the problem. Canada must join the rest of the developed world and develop a national housing strategy.

To read Star reporter Donovan Vincent’s account please visit:http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/295263

Meeting Reminder for 'Everybody Gets to Play"

Posted on January 18, 2008

This is just a reminder that there is a chance to make your thoughts known about the new report “Everybody Gets to Play” at the special meeting of Community Development and Recreation committee on Wednesday January 23rd, at 7pm. You can depute by contacting the committee administrator, Candy Davidovits at 416-392-8032 or by email at cdrc@toronto.ca

Meeting Reminder for ‘Everybody Gets to Play”

Posted on January 18, 2008

This is just a reminder that there is a chance to make your thoughts known about the new report “Everybody Gets to Play” at the special meeting of Community Development and Recreation committee on Wednesday January 23rd, at 7pm. You can depute by contacting the committee administrator, Candy Davidovits at 416-392-8032 or by email at cdrc@toronto.ca

Thank you for supporting Story Song and Dance

Posted on January 18, 2008

For the December 15th event titled, “Stories, Song and Dance,”I would like to extend a special thank you to Frontier College for providing such wonderful multicultural books, representing the communities of South Parkdale as well as Canadian Children’s Book Centre for their donation of Franklin books. In addition, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to: Tibet Kitchen, 1959 Café and Bar and all others for providing such yummy food and refreshments for this special occasion.

Western Waterfront LRT Community Information Sessions Meeting Reminder

Posted on January 18, 2008

Please refer to my previous posting to find full details on these information sessions.

Public Information/Discussion Centres will take place on January 23rd and 24th from 6:30-9pm.

Due to a conflict in my schedule I will only be able to attend the Community Information Session on January 24th, at the Direct energy Centre. If you have any questions regarding the potential route from Dufferin Avenue to Roncesvalles Avenue, I would be pleased to speak with you at the information session on January 24th , 2008. You can also email your concerns, suggestions or questions to councilor_perks@toronto.ca

or call 416-392-7919.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note that display boards for both studies will be available at the two Public Information Centres. The formal presentation on January 23rd, in Parkdale, will focus exclusively on the Waterfront West Streetcars EA. Please share this information with any person, group or association members who may be interested. See you there!

Community Right to Know – Public Consultation

Posted on January 18, 2008

Your voice is urgently needed to help create a safer and healthier neighbourhood. A new environmental initiative, which will track and help reduce toxic chemicals in our community, is currently being finalized. Before this happens, we need your help to make sure it’s designed to help you. Please read the attached consultation document by Toronto Public Health and answer three simple questions.

Submit your responses online to City Hall through the link:

http://www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/enviro_info.htm

Access to Recreation – Everybody Gets to Play Report

Posted on January 12, 2008

As some of you may be aware, the City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Dept (PF&R) released a new strategy for access to recreation programs entitled “Everybody Gets to Play”. This report includes an increase in recreation fees which has been extensively covered by the media….

To read more please follow this link microsoft-word-access-to-recreation.pdf

Western Waterfront LRT

Posted on January 11, 2008

Thank you to everyone who has taken time to submit comments and gone out of their way to solicit comments from others in the community. You will see from the attached files that additional potential routes have been developed since the last round of consultation. I look forward to facilitating a discussion of the pros and cons of each potential route with you. The attached microsoft word file provides a written description of each route. Route “3” includes a re-alignment of Lake Shore Blvd and the description in the chart may be particularly helpful. The third attachment is a detailed summary of key advantages and disadvantages of each potential route. It is of course important to note that the attachments are all preliminary.

Public Information/Discussion Centres will take place on:

Wed. January 23, 2008

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Open House 7:30pm – Presentation followed by Q&ABonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church250 Dunn Avenue (just south of Queen St.)

Thurs. January 24, 2008

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Open House7:30pm – Presentation followed by Q&AQueen Elizabeth Building Fountain Room @ Exhibition Place 200 Princes’ Boulevard QE building is located west of BMO Field Please note that display boards for both studies will be available at the two Public Information Centres.

The formal presentation on January 23rd, in Parkdale, will focus exclusively on the Waterfront West Streetcars EA.

Please share this information with any person, group or association members who may be interested.

See you there!

Pdfs:

dufferin-to-roncesvalles_queensway-options-jan03-08.pdf

microsoft-word-routedescription_chart_iea__jan04-08_.pdf

summary-of-adv-disadv-cag.pdf

Zero Carbon – Neutral Carbon

Posted on January 11, 2008

WaterfrontAction is hosting a public meeting regarding the principles of green, sustainable development. For more information please refer to the attached poster. zero-carbon-neutral-carbon-poster.doc

Bloor/Dundas Visioning Session

Posted on January 8, 2008

Next week, I will be chairing a public meeting held by the City’s Planning department to begin to develop a community vision for future planning of Bloor Street, between Keele Street and Dundas Street West.

This will be the first in a series of three meetings that the City will be holding to discuss the development of this section of Bloor and the potential impacts on the surrounding neighbourhoods. The outcome of the process will be a set of guiding principles and policies for neighbourhood development. This will allow the City’s Planning department to apply these guiding principles when assessing proposed developments and their respective Avenue Segment Studies, as submitted by the developers’ team.

Please come out and share your comments and views on Wednesday January 16th, 2008, 630pm at Indian Road Crescent School (285 Indian Rd Crescent). For more information on this process, please visit www.dundasandbloor.ca, or feel free to contact my office. I have attached the public meeting notice and agenda for the meeting, please click on the links below.

agenda-bloor-dundas.pdf

bloor-dundas_publicnotice_colour.pdf

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