Heritage Toronto Walks

Posted on April 28, 2011

Heritage Toronto launches its 17th season of free walking tours of the city this weekend.

In case you haven’t been acquainted with their walks program: Heritage Toronto partners with local community groups, volunteers and museums to host walks throughout all corners of the city. The walks tell the stories of the people, places and events that have shaped our city.

All walks are free to Torontonians and visitors alike and no reservations are required.

The spring schedule of walks has now been posted on Heritage Toronto’s website. The summer schedule will be posted in late June:

http://www.heritagetoronto.org/discover-toronto/walk/month

See brochure for reference.

 

 

Jane's Walk: Parkdale Community Walk

Posted on April 28, 2011

Jane’s Walk is the street-level celebration of Jane Jacobs’ legacy that combines the simple act of walking with personal observations, urban history and local lore as a means of knitting people together into strong and resourceful communities. Jane’s Walk seeks to increase resident engagement in planning processes by connecting residents with others who share concerns and hopes for their communities. It also aids in the process of getting people out of their cars and onto the sidewalks for the basic tasks of daily life, shopping, schools and work.

On May 7th at 11:00 a.m., a community walk will be guided by Parkdale youth to show case the community organizations located in Parkdale core neighbourhood, from Dufferin and Queen to Roncesvalles and Queen. In this walk, we will get to know 21 community organizations right here in this small area of Parkdale, from community centres to a health clinic to a settlement organization to a community garden and more! Some of the agencies we will tour include Parkdale Community Health Centre, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Legal Clinic, St. Christopher House, PARC, Kababayan Community Centre, Masaryk-Cowan and Parkdale Community Recreation Centres, Holy Family Community Centre, Parkdale Public Library and more.

Starting at the Globe Landmark on the South East Corner of Queen St. And Cowan Ave., we will start off by introducing the Parkdale library branch and then walk in the diverse neighbourhood of Parkdale. The goal of this walk is to invite everyone from Toronto to come explore this area of Parkdale and for the residents of Parkdale to familiarize themselves with our community organizations within walking distance. The highlight of this walk is that youth from Parkdale will be your tour guides! Parkdale Community Walk will conclude at the Parkdale HOPE Community Garden and the Youth Community Garden with light refreshments and a round of debrief.

http://janeswalk.net/walks/view/parkdale_community_walk/

Janes Walk Color Poster web

 

Jane’s Walk: Parkdale Community Walk

Posted on April 28, 2011

Jane’s Walk is the street-level celebration of Jane Jacobs’ legacy that combines the simple act of walking with personal observations, urban history and local lore as a means of knitting people together into strong and resourceful communities. Jane’s Walk seeks to increase resident engagement in planning processes by connecting residents with others who share concerns and hopes for their communities. It also aids in the process of getting people out of their cars and onto the sidewalks for the basic tasks of daily life, shopping, schools and work.

On May 7th at 11:00 a.m., a community walk will be guided by Parkdale youth to show case the community organizations located in Parkdale core neighbourhood, from Dufferin and Queen to Roncesvalles and Queen. In this walk, we will get to know 21 community organizations right here in this small area of Parkdale, from community centres to a health clinic to a settlement organization to a community garden and more! Some of the agencies we will tour include Parkdale Community Health Centre, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Legal Clinic, St. Christopher House, PARC, Kababayan Community Centre, Masaryk-Cowan and Parkdale Community Recreation Centres, Holy Family Community Centre, Parkdale Public Library and more.

Starting at the Globe Landmark on the South East Corner of Queen St. And Cowan Ave., we will start off by introducing the Parkdale library branch and then walk in the diverse neighbourhood of Parkdale. The goal of this walk is to invite everyone from Toronto to come explore this area of Parkdale and for the residents of Parkdale to familiarize themselves with our community organizations within walking distance. The highlight of this walk is that youth from Parkdale will be your tour guides! Parkdale Community Walk will conclude at the Parkdale HOPE Community Garden and the Youth Community Garden with light refreshments and a round of debrief.

http://janeswalk.net/walks/view/parkdale_community_walk/

Janes Walk Color Poster web

 

Bloor Street West Closure

Posted on April 28, 2011

Bloor St. W. will be closed between Dundas St. W. and Perth Ave. from Saturday, April 30 at 5 a.m. to Monday, May 2 at 5 a.m.

The closure is necessary to install a new bridge span for the Bloor St. W. bridge. This work is part of the Georgetown South Project transit expansion. Construction update

 

Items of interest

Posted on April 21, 2011

Planning and Growth Management Meeting on May 10th, 2011

A special meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., in Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, to hear from the public and consider whether to recommend that City Council repeal the new Zoning By-law for the City of Toronto No. 1156-2010.

For further information or assistance, please contact Merle MacDonald, Committee Administrator, at (416) 392-7340 or e-mail at pgmc@toronto.ca

 

Green Toronto Awards

Last Friday the City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living, celebrated the people, organizations and neighbourhoods that are helping to lead the way to a greener Toronto.

I am proud to announce that Youth Mentors, part of Greenest City, was honoured with the Youth Leadership Award of the 2011 Green Toronto Awards! Congratulations! Youth Mentors, a group of Parkdale high school students, teaches participants how to grow and cook sustainable foods. Keep up the great work!

 

Update from April 12th & 13th City Council meetings

Posted on April 14, 2011

Dear Friends,

The theme this week has been public inclusion in decision-making. At City Council we narrowly prevented Mayor Ford from greatly curtailing the inclusion of members of the public in various City agencies, boards, and commissions.

We also succeeded in expanding the amount of public consultation for the upcoming Service Plan review. I still think the process is too compressed and relies too heavily on outside consultants, but we have better opportunities to shape the outcomes than were originally proposed. As I wrote before (http://www.gordperks.ca/2011/03/25/city-programs/) this plan is troubling in that it sets the stage for big cuts to important public services.

I do believe that a review of our public services can be valuable. But, it must begin with a public conversation about the kind of City we want. None of us has the private resources to make great neighbourhoods, but together we can make the investments that achieve that vision. Now that Council has pushed the Mayor into some improvements in public consultation, it will be up to all of you to make the most of it. I will be posting information on how to get involved soon.

For details of the Council decisions you can read: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=4416#Meeting-2011.CC7

Wednesday also saw the release of the Mayor’s plan to eliminate 21 Citizen Advisory Committees. This includes the Aboriginal Affairs, Cycling, and Pedestrian Committees. Also, the Drug Strategy Implementation Task Force, which I chaired is at risk. As I am a member of the Board of Health I will work to find an alternate arrangement to keep this important work going.

In broader terms I think we all need to speak up in defence of Toronto’s long and proud history of extending decision-making into the broader community. No group of elected officials and public servants can find the best way forward for a complex City unless they actively seek out and include thoughtful Torontonians.

For the list of proposed cuts see: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-37389.pdf. This item comes to the Executive Committee. If you want to submit a written comment or appear in person you can email exc@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6627.

Another important decision taken at Council was with respect to Toronto’s Harmonized Zoning By-law. Because a great many appeals have been launched against the by-law many people are experiencing complications and delays with minor changes to their property. Council decided to make some key amendments, and further, to hold a statutory hearing on whether to repeal part or all of the by-law. I will let you know when and how to participate in this meeting soon.

Gord

 

Update from April 12th & 13th City Council meetings

Posted on April 14, 2011

Dear Friends,

The theme this week has been public inclusion in decision-making. At City Council we narrowly prevented Mayor Ford from greatly curtailing the inclusion of members of the public in various City agencies, boards, and commissions.

We also succeeded in expanding the amount of public consultation for the upcoming Service Plan review. I still think the process is too compressed and relies too heavily on outside consultants, but we have better opportunities to shape the outcomes than were originally proposed. As I wrote before (http://gordperks.ca/2011/03/25/city-programs/) this plan is troubling in that it sets the stage for big cuts to important public services.

I do believe that a review of our public services can be valuable. But, it must begin with a public conversation about the kind of City we want. None of us has the private resources to make great neighbourhoods, but together we can make the investments that achieve that vision. Now that Council has pushed the Mayor into some improvements in public consultation, it will be up to all of you to make the most of it. I will be posting information on how to get involved soon.

For details of the Council decisions you can read: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=4416#Meeting-2011.CC7

Wednesday also saw the release of the Mayor’s plan to eliminate 21 Citizen Advisory Committees. This includes the Aboriginal Affairs, Cycling, and Pedestrian Committees. Also, the Drug Strategy Implementation Task Force, which I chaired is at risk. As I am a member of the Board of Health I will work to find an alternate arrangement to keep this important work going.

In broader terms I think we all need to speak up in defence of Toronto’s long and proud history of extending decision-making into the broader community. No group of elected officials and public servants can find the best way forward for a complex City unless they actively seek out and include thoughtful Torontonians.

For the list of proposed cuts see: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-37389.pdf. This item comes to the Executive Committee. If you want to submit a written comment or appear in person you can email exc@toronto.ca or call 416-392-6627.

Another important decision taken at Council was with respect to Toronto’s Harmonized Zoning By-law. Because a great many appeals have been launched against the by-law many people are experiencing complications and delays with minor changes to their property. Council decided to make some key amendments, and further, to hold a statutory hearing on whether to repeal part or all of the by-law. I will let you know when and how to participate in this meeting soon.

Gord

 

Items of Interest

Posted on April 14, 2011

2011 Green Toronto Awards winners to be announced April 15

The City of Toronto and Green Living Enterprises invite Toronto residents to attend the 2011 Green Toronto Awards at the Direct Energy Centre on April 15. The City’s environmental awards of excellence recognize the individuals, organizations and companies helping to lead the way to a cleaner, greener Toronto.

Ten winners will be announced at the seventh annual Green Toronto Awards ceremony on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage at the Green Living Show, Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Entry to the Green Toronto Awards is free to the public. Singing sensation Alyssa Reid will perform.

Each winner will receive an award and $5,000 to further their work on the environment or to donate to an environmental charity of their choice, courtesy of the award sponsors. New award categories this year are Green Home and Green Business.

More information about the Green Toronto Awards is available at:  http://www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards.

http://www.greenlivingonline.com/torontoshow.

 

City of Toronto introduces new parking ticket dispute process
April 11th, 2011: The City of Toronto has introduced a new parking ticket dispute process that will make it easier for those who have received tickets for pay-and-display or parking meter violations to dispute tickets by using either e-mail or fax.

Motorists who have been issued tickets for parking meter/pay-and-display offences and who meet the cancellation criteria set out in the Parking Ticket Cancellation Guidelines may submit their ticket by fax or e-mail, together with any supporting documentation (such as a valid pay-and-display receipt), to request that their ticket be cancelled.

This process only applies to tickets that have been issued for violations that result from a broken or out of service pay-and-display machine or parking meter, pay-and-display receipts that have not been displayed properly, or pay-and-display receipts that were printed incorrectly. It does not include parking tickets that occur during rush-hour periods.

The new dispute process is a service enhancement that will impact approximately 40,000 ticket holders a year. It will provide a timely and effective way of disputing tickets that can be dealt with by the City of Toronto instead of the provincial courts, as well as providing a greater convenience to motorists.

Currently, the parking ticket dispute process requires individuals to attend one of four First Appearance Facilities (parking ticket payment counters) in person to dispute any type of parking violation. Motorists can now dispute tickets issued for parking meter or pay-and-display violations by either fax or e-mail, or in-person at a First Appearance Facility. For disputes that have been faxed or e-mailed, the vehicle owner will be advised in writing confirming either that the ticket has been cancelled, or that it does not meet the criteria for cancellation.

Those who do not meet the criteria for cancellations can then opt to pay the fine or request a trial in person at one of the City’s First Appearance Facilities. As legislated in the Provincial Offences Act, a request for trial must be made in person by the individual who received the ticket, or by their designated agent.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/pay-toronto-tickets/disputes.htm.

 

Reminder: Ward 14 Community Compost Days

Posted on April 14, 2011

Spring is in the air! To help you prepare, I will be hosting the Ward 14  Community Compost Day. Come pick-up FREE COMPOST:

Thursday, April 28th from 3:30 pm until 8:00 p.m.  (or until supplies last) at the Masaryk Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue).

Community Compost Day Masaryk Cowan

Thursday May 5th from 3:30 pm until 8:00 p.m.  (or until supplies last) at Baird Park (275 Keele St. southeast corner).

Community Compost Day Baird Park

Please remember to bring a shovel and container to collect your compost!

Mark your calendar: Community Environment Day for ward 14 has been scheduled for Saturday, July 16 along Wabash Ave at Sorauren Park.
The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

 

321 Roncesvalles AGCO Hearing Update

Posted on April 14, 2011

April 14th, 2011 AGCO Hearing re: 321 Roncesvalles Avenue (Pizzeria Defina)

The AGCO board accepted the conditions and ordered that the applicant be issued a liquor licence subject to the Conditions.

 

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