Farewell to Excutive Assistant Shana Almeida

Posted on April 24, 2009

Dear all,

Sad news: Shana Almeida my Executive Assistant since I was elected has decided to move on.

It’s impossible to describe what Shana has done for all of us. 70,000 people live in Ward 14, each relying on a huge array of municipal services. Inevitably, problems and miscommunications arise in the delivery of these services. Every day since I took office, Shana has helped members of our community to get the most out of City services, answering questions, smoothing problems, advocating for the improvements you need.

She has also been a wise, and strategic thinker about building a strong and just future for the ward. Over the coming years Ward 14 will see improvements in land-use, public spaces and housing. Shana laid the groundwork for those improvements.

Her most important work has been confronting racism. For example, with her determined guidance, I have convinced Toronto Public Health to take action on the fact that Torontonians from racialized groups have worse health outcomes. Shana is leaving the City to pursue this critical work in another sphere.

I want to add one more thing. Elected office is a profound privilege, but it is also extremely challenging. More than anyone Shana has helped me rise to that challenge. I want to thank her for teaching me so much about real public service.

Community meeting – Parkdale Pilot Project

Posted on April 24, 2009

Please find attached the community consultation notices for 59 Wilson Park Rd, 2 Spencer Ave, 8 Spencer Ave, 2 Elm Grove Ave, 5 Glen Avon Rd, and 21 Thorburn Ave as part of the Parkdale Pilot Project. The meeting will be held on:

Monday April 27, 2009
Open House (
6:00 p.m.)
Presentation (
6:45 p.m.)
Parkdale Public Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West

This will give you an opportunity to ask questions and provide any comments or feedback on these applications. I have also included a link (below) which gives some detailed history of the Parkdale Pilot Project should you wish to know more.

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/2000/agendas/committees/to/to000118/it042.htm

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office, or you can also contact Chris Dunn, City Planner by phone at 416-397-4077 or by email at cdunn@toronto.ca

2-and-8-spencer-consultation-notice.pdf

2-elm-grove-consultation-notice.pdf2-elm-grove-consultation-notice.pdf

5-glen-avon-consultation-notice.pdf

21-thorburn-consultation-notice.pdf

59-wilson-park-consultation-notice.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Future of the Gardiner East – Public Forum #2

Posted on April 24, 2009

Public input into this important project is critical. The Environmental Assessment process involves many rounds of public meetings and locations will be varied to ensure many different neighbourhoods are covered. We are hosting four public information sessions across the City in this second round of public consultations. Online participation is available by visiting www.gardinerconsultation.ca.

 

See attached flyer:

gardiner-pic-_2-notice-for-constituents-april-17-2009.pdf

‘ElectroVan’ and ‘HazMobile’ launch new pilot program

Posted on April 24, 2009

The City of Toronto is conducting a pilot project to help people living in multi-unit residences gain easier access to recycling household hazardous waste and electronic equipment. Eighteen building sites, predominantly in the city’s higher density neighbourhoods that are not situated close to the city’s Solid Waste drop-off depots, are participating in the pilot.

Two new collection vehicles are being used in the pilot. The “ElectroVan”collects computers, monitors and printers, fax machines, televisions, DVD/VCR players and cell phones. The “HazMobile”collects household hazardous waste items such as paint, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, chemicals, old medications, thermometers, propane tanks and cylinders. Both vehicles will be parked for a two-hour period at each pilot building site, and will visit each site three times over an eight-month period. Residents will be informed of the collection in advance through promotion throughout their building.

A number of buildings on Jameson will be participating in this pilot. Residents will be notified of drop off locations in the coming weeks.

The pilot project will help the City determine the type of pick-up service that should be offered to people living in multi-residential buildings. Information about the City of Toronto’s recycling initiatives can be found on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/recycle.

Items of Interest

Posted on April 24, 2009

HIGH PARK LIBRARY – Listing of Events

228 Roncesvalles Ave.

“One Book Reading with Glen Downie”

Everybody’s reading One Book and it’s Glen Downie’s Loyalty

Management. Pick up the reading guide at the library and join us for

this event.

Thursday, April 30, 7-8:30 pm

“Winning Concepts of Financial Planning”

Patrick Buscar shows how planning helps you manage, create and protect

wealth. A question and answer period to follow. No registration

required.

Tuesday, May 19, 7-8 pm

Public Forum – We’re all in this Together – Defending the Public Interest During the Recession

Tuesday April 28th from 3-5pm

See attached flyer for more information

final-community-forum-flier.pdf


Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS)

The 2nd annual Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS) is coming! Saturday May

23, 2009 from 9am-3pm (rain date: May 24, 2009). Brought to you by the

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association in conjunction with the High

Park Residents’ Association and the Sunnyside Community Association.

Sell your stuff from the comfort of your front yard (or garage)! Buy things

from your neighbours! Bring your friends and let them explore one of the

city’s best neighbourhoods!

Please register your yard sale by contacting Chris via email at

ronces.yardsale AT gmail.com or by calling 647-233-6875

Parkdale Spring Fling

Parkdale Spring Fling, which will happen Saturday, June 20

throughout Parkdale, is an Invent-Your-Own-Event festival.

All Parkdale residents, businesses, and organizations are being

invited to put on a special “something”during the Fling.

There are many possibilities:

a. demonstrations and exhibitions by carpenters, knitters,

artists, gardeners, and all skillful Parkdale persons;

b. shows by musicians, poets, actors, and other Parkdale performers;

c. talks, photos, presentations, of Parkdale history;

d. garage sales, car washes, baseball, dancing, and other

enjoyable events.

e. events may last all day, be short, be repeated during the

day, etc., and may be anywhere in Parkdale.

All events will be welcomed.

Of course, you may just come and enjoy the Fling.

Any information you may need is at:

http://theambler.net/PSF/Parkdale_Spring_Fling.htm.

Please email psf@theambler.net or call Clair Culliford at

416-534-9139 with your suggestions and to say what you want to

do at the Fling.

Please tell your neighbours, friends, and associates about

Parkdale Spring Fling.

Meeting notes – Parkdale Pilot Project

Posted on April 17, 2009

Attached are the notes for the March 24th and April 8th, 2009 community meetings for 70 Melbourne Ave, 155 Cowan Ave (March 24th), 1470 King Street West and 192 Dowling Ave (April 8th). These notes were prepared by community planner Christopher Dunn, who can be reached at cdunn@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-397-4077 should you have any questions.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday April 27th, 6pm at the Parkdale Public Library Auditorium. This meeting will be held to address:

2 Elm Grove Avenue

59 Wilson Park Road

21 Thornburn Avenue

5 Glenavon Avenue

8 Spencer

I will be posting the notices as soon as they become available.

microsoft-word-community-meeting-minutes-april-8-2009.pdf

microsoft-word-community-meeting-minutes-march-24-2009.pdf

 

Items of Interest

Posted on April 17, 2009

Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS)

The 2nd annual Roncesvalles Area Yard Sale (RAYS) is coming! Saturday May

23, 2009 from 9am-3pm (rain date: May 24, 2009). Brought to you by the

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association in conjunction with the High

Park Residents’ Association and the Sunnyside Community Association.

Sell your stuff from the comfort of your front yard (or garage)! Buy things

from your neighbours! Bring your friends and let them explore one of the

city’s best neighbourhoods!

Please register your yard sale by contacting Chris via email at

ronces.yardsale AT gmail.com or by calling 647-233-6875

See attached flyer: roncesvalles-area-yard-sale-2009-web-v5.jpg

Parkdale Spring Fling

Parkdale Spring Fling, which will happen Saturday, June 20

throughout Parkdale, is an Invent-Your-Own-Event festival.

All Parkdale residents, businesses, and organizations are being

invited to put on a special “something”during the Fling.

There are many possibilities:

a. demonstrations and exhibitions by carpenters, knitters,

artists, gardeners, and all skillful Parkdale persons;

b. shows by musicians, poets, actors, and other Parkdale performers;

c. talks, photos, presentations, of Parkdale history;

d. garage sales, car washes, baseball, dancing, and other

enjoyable events.

e. events may last all day, be short, be repeated during the

day, etc., and may be anywhere in Parkdale.

All events will be welcomed.

Of course, you may just come and enjoy the Fling.

Any information you may need is at:

http://theambler.net/PSF/Parkdale_Spring_Fling.htm.

Please email psf@theambler.net or call Clair Culliford at

416-534-9139 with your suggestions and to say what you want to

do at the Fling.

Please tell your neighbours, friends, and associates about

Parkdale Spring Fling.

Draft New Zoning Bylaw at Planning and Growth Management Committee

Posted on April 9, 2009

Please be advised that on Tuesday, April 14th, the Planning and Growth Management Committee will hear a presentation on the City’s draft new zoning by-law (Item PG24.1), including the City’s plans for public consultation on it. You can access the committee’s agenda and the report on the draft new zoning by-law at

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/pg/agendas/2009-04-14-pg24-ar.pdf (Agenda)

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/pg/bgrd/backgroundfile-19921.pdf (Staff Report)

The purpose of drafting a new city-wide zoning by-law is to harmonize all of the city’s current 23 different zoning by-laws into one. For most areas, like neighbourhoods, the draft new zoning by-law will not substantially alter current standards.

Some key points:

In some cases, properties will not comply with the standards in the new draft zoning by-law. Through various provisions in the by-law these properties will be “grandfathered” and thus remain compliant.

Properties that contain a use that will not be permitted under the new draft zoning by-law will have that use protected under the Planning Act as a legal non-conforming use. Properties currently possessing legal non-conforming use status will continue to possess such status.

The draft new zoning by-law will also include new standards along with establishing one where many very different standards exist (e.g., how to measure the height of buildings).

The draft new zoning by-law will be made available for public review and commenting by the end of April at http://www.toronto.ca/zoning/.

Eight Open Houses will be scheduled to take place across the city over the summer. City staff will be present to take questions about the draft new zoning by-law and receive comments. The dates and locations of the Open Houses will be provided when they are made available, and I will be posting them on my website at www.gordperks.ca

If you would like to depute on the item at the April 14th meeting of the committee, feel free to contact the Committee’s Administrator, Merle MacDonald, at 416-392-7340 or pgmc@toronto.ca.

Reminder – Environment Day – April 18th on Wabash

Posted on April 9, 2009

I am reminding all Ward 14 residents that I am hosting our second annual Environment Day Next Saturday on Wabash Ave.

 

If residents want to exchange a broken green bin they MUST bring in the damaged bin in order to receive a new one. If they are new home owners, they MUST bring a piece of mail with their address on it to prove residency in the city of Toronto. NO EXCHANGE OF BLUE?GREY BINS WILL TAKE PLACE AT ENVIRO DAY. In order to exchange a damage bin they must call 416-338-2010.

 

Please see attached flyer for more information.

 

perks_09flyer.pdf

Items of Interest

Posted on April 9, 2009


Grafton Community Garden Fundraiser

On April 16th the Flower Fairies are hosting a community fundraiser for Grafton Community Garden. Join you neighbours for an evening of food, fun and drinks.

Please see attached flyer for more information

flower-fairies.jpg

 

A Practical Rapid Assessment Tool for Health Needs in Small Urban Areas

 

You are invited to participate in a free presentation on ‘A Practical Rapid Assessment Tool for Health Needs in Small Urban Areas.’

Attached please see a flyer for a presentation on a health needs assessment tool, which is designed to collect data on such topics as health status, health care use, health behaviours, and neighbourhood services.

This tool offers a quick and reliable assessment for small-area health status and health needs, and thus can be used for planning purposes of all sorts!

Mark your calendars for:

Thursday, April 23, 2009

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

St. Joseph‘s Health Centre, Toronto

30 The Queensway

Education Centre, 1st floor

(at the back of the cafeteria)

april23_09_speaker_series_neighbourhood_needs_assessment_final.pdf

RSVP requested to AnnMarie at marcoa@stjoe.on.ca or by phone at 416-530-6000-1-3224

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