The Ex to house two new wind turbines

Posted on June 5, 2009

TREC Windpower Co-operative and Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. – who jointly own the existing turbine at Exhibition Place – has just gotten the thumbs up from the board of governors to build two more wind turbines.

The new additions will be located on the north side of Lakeshore Boulevard West; however, a final decision will not be made until summer’s end. This development will help the Ex reach its goal of having the site produce as much electricity as it uses. Moreover, this form of emissions-free electrical generation can help address urban smog and global climate change. Overall, this decision is consistent with the City’s framework to do its part in tackling climate change and improving air quality.

For information, please visit:


Did you know?

The existing wind turbine produced 807, 000 kilowatt/hours of green energy in 2008 alone. Keep in mind, a typical household energy efficient light bulb only consumes about 5-30 watts!

Councillors welcome new construction to remove Dufferin Jog

Posted on June 5, 2009

Councillor Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 Davenport) and I met this week to officially kick off construction work that will eliminate the Dufferin Jog. The Dufferin Jog elimination project is one of the City’s largest infrastructure projects taking place this year, with a budget of about $40 million.

This is a tremendous development for the residents in this area who have been waiting for this work to take place for some time. Not only will this project make improvements for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and vehicles it will also provide Ward 14 residents with a new park space and house Public Art from Canadian artist Luis Jacob.

Adaptive Lighting Asset Management Program

Posted on June 5, 2009

Toronto Hydro Energy’s Street Lighting Division is currently undertaking a 6 month pilot project to assess the effectiveness of Adaptive Lighting Asset Management Program (ALAMP). ALAMP was launched to find the most energy efficient and cost effective street lighting solution for Toronto while meeting established guidelines and enhancing public safety and streetscape ambiance. The lights will be assessed in two locations in Ward 14 – High Park Boulevard from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue and Jameson Avenue at Springhurst Avenue. TH Energy Services will post signage requesting feedback from the neighbouring community through a web-based survey. Feedback from the community will be evaluated along with data from all sources and a recommendation will be made regarding the most effective lighting solutions. To learn more about ALAMP visit

Items of Interest

Posted on June 5, 2009

The Spring Fling, Parkdale’s “Invent-Your-Own-Event”festival

Parkdale residents and businesses are planning a petting zoo,

theatre, the Wear Your Own Fashions Fashion Show, the Parking

Lot Art Show at the Parkdale Library, music, dance, and many

more events.

There is still plenty of time to plan your event. Send the Title

/ Brief Description / Location / Starting Time(s) / Ending

Times(s) to

Remember, your event needn’t be perfect. Do something you enjoy

and others will enjoy it with you.

Please make sure your friends and associates know about the

Parkdale Spring Fling on Saturday, June 20th.

Please check for

the list of events and for Event Areas where you can put on your

own event.

See you at the Fling!

Be sure to stop the Masaryk Cowan community Swing Dance, the PCIC community fundraiser street sale (still looking for donations) and PLED’s Flea Market (Table Fee: $10.00 – Contact: Anishia@ or 416-516-8301).

For more information please contact Clair Culliford, 416-534-9139,



Greenest City AGM & Awards Night

You are invited to participate in our 2009 AGM & Awards Night, Tuesday, June 9, from 6:15 pm on. It will be held in Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

It’s the first to be held in Parkdale. As the title indicates, the night will feature awards, snacks, planning for the future and lots of fun.

Please let your colleagues know about this. Attached is a poster for you to post up, if required.


Sorauren Park Festival – Update

A few people met with Jim Caldwell on Tuesday May 26th, to discuss the feasibility of staging the Sorauren Park Festival, on the third Saturday of July.

After a lengthy discussion, they agreed that the Festival would not take place as it had in previous years, and that it was perhaps an opportunity to revisit the purpose of the event, the target audiences it focused on, and the degree of community support required to ensure that limited City resources were used in the best interests of community.

There is a definite interest in retaining the spirit of the Festival, and using it as a vehicle to create, among other things, heightened awareness of the new Master Plan for the Park and the development of a new Community Centre at the 40 Wabash site.

There was also agreement that the Festival should connect with the musicians and artists talent that live in the area, for ideas, planning support and hands on involvement in staging the next event.

The next community meeting to discuss the Sorauren Park festival is scheduled for Tuesday June 9th, 7:00 pm at the fieldhouse to continue the discussion and the feasibility of holding the Festival in late September, and making it more of a “Fall Fair’

Parks and Recreation invites park and Fieldhouse user groups as well as all other community Associations, to send a representative to this discussion.

Community Food Mapping workshop

I have attached the official invitation to the upcoming Community Food Mapping workshop to be held at PARC from 1-4 on June 15th. I am very much hoping that you will be able to join us! Please share this with your contacts who live in Parkdale.

Community mapping is a way of engaging local residents to talk about the assets, resources and challenges in the community, and can effectively organize communities to create and improve their situation or to solve specific problems.

In this case, the new West End Food Co-op and the Catalyst Centre will be facilitating a community mapping session about food and the assets and problems of the food system in Parkdale. The session is open to the public, and will be a way to look at where and how we get our food in Parkdale, what is missing, and what food system might work better for all of us.

Please RSVP to 416-533-6363.


Committee of Adjustment Toronto and East York Panel

Th City of Toronto is looking for Toronto resident to fill vacancies on the Committee of Adjustment – Toronto and East York Panel. The Committee is a quasi-judicial body established under the Planning Act that hears applications for minor zoning variances and land severances. Members must attend an intensive orientation and training program.

To qualify for this Committee appointment, you should:

– demonstrate a strong interest in the complexities and challenges of city building;

– bring an understanding of the diverse neighbourhoods and communities;

– have knowledge in one or more area of: law, planning, architecture, government, economic development, community development, land development, or citizen advocacy, but not act as an agent for applicants before the Committee of Adjustment;

– demonstrate decision-making, communication, and mediation skills to facilitate an open and fair hearing process.

It would also be an asset for candidates to have adjudication experience and administrative public speaking and organizational skills to be able to chair public hearings and maintain order in conflict situations.

How Do I Get Information and Applications?

• download information and an application at:;

• pick up an application kit at City Clerk’s Secretariat Offices at Toronto City Hall or Etobicoke, North York or Scarborough Civic Centres;

• e-mail;

• call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 (TTY 416-338-0889) for information or to ask for a kit by mail, or

• pick up kits and talk to staff at a drop-in information session.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Committee Room 3

If you have special needs such as sign language interpretation please let us know: e-mail or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or TTY 416-338-0TTY (0889)

How Do I apply?

Complete and e-mail, mail, fax or deliver your application to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

Who Can Apply?

You must be a resident of Toronto, at least 18 years old, and not an employee of the City or its agencies, nor the spouse, child or parent of a City Councillor.

Women, young adults 18-30, people with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, and members of racial minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


• Check the City’s Web site:

• Call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or TTY 416-338-0TTY (0889)

• Send an e-mail to

Thank you for your interest in the Committee of Adjustment Toronto and East York Panel


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