Change to alternate side of road parking rules

Posted on March 31, 2014

Residents who have on-street parking permits are being asked to delay moving their vehicles to the other side of the street for parking until Tuesday, April 15.

Traditionally, on-street parking takes place on one side of the street for six months of the year and then switches over to the other side of the street for the next six months.  However, due to the heavy snow and ice accumulation, there has been a build up of ice between parked cars and the City of Toronto feels it is not safe or practical to switch sides until the ice and snow has melted.  This change traditionally takes place on April 1.

It is expected that the road will be clear by April 15, allowing alternate parking rules to go into effect on this date.

Toronto Police Service will honour this delay and ticketing for this offence will not begin until April 16 at 9:00 am.  However, where vehicles are parked in a hazardous manner, creating obstructions or hampering the free flow of traffic, tickets will be issued and the vehicles could be towed.

http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/7017df2f20edbe2885256619004e428e/b591986fcee0afdf85257cac00508bcc?OpenDocument 

Doors Open Toronto

Posted on March 28, 2014

Doors Open Toronto will return on the weekend of May 24 and 25, offering free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

This year’s event will give residents and visitors an opportunity to explore Toronto’s sites through the theme Secrets and Spirits… Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door.

This year’s theme will highlight secret spaces, stories of spirit sightings and unexplained mysteries at more than 75 locations, including an underground bowling alley in a downtown church, a secret tomb in another church, haunted tunnels beneath a school and bank vaults in a hotel.

Other offerings in this year’s Doors Open Toronto will include the Doors Open Speakers Series on current topics in design and architecture, art exhibits, the addition of more than 40 new participants in the 2014 building lineup, and free architectural and “ghostly” walking tours.

Walking tours representative of this year’s secret and spirits theme will include:
– The Ghosts and Spirits of the Historic Distillery District
– The Spirit of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse at Toronto harbour, and
– The Spirits of Exhibition Place, including paranormal hotspots.

Full program details, including a complete list of this year’s buildings, tours and talks, will be available on the web at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen, on Facebook and on Twitter starting in late April.

Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to built heritage, architecture and design. It is sponsored by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community.

Parks Permits Online Survey

Posted on March 27, 2014

The City of Toronto is currently reviewing aspects of the park permit process.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation is currently conducting an online survey on the park permit process in response to the January 16, 2014, Parks and Environment Committee request for review of permitting procedures to identify opportunities to streamline the issuance of park permits, item PE25.3.

 
This survey has questions on how you use parks for your events and certain activities, and how we could improve the permitting process. The survey is not intended for sportsfield, commerical or wedding park permit types.
In the hopes of ensuring a city-wide perspective on this issue, please complete this online survey to provide your feedback.

The survey is available at http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/permits/ and it will be online until April 11, 2014.

100in1Day | Transforming Toronto on June 7, 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014

On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 100 in 1 Day is coming to Toronto, and we invite you to participate! Co-presented by Evergreen and United Way Toronto, this free citizen-driven festival invites individuals, communities and/or organizations to create acts of urban change (or interventions).

These interventions have the potential to raise awareness of urban and social issues, inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems. Examples include:

  • · Painting a mural in a vacant lot
  • · Taking part in a pop-up soccer game
  • · Creating a community garden

To help citizens and organizations bring their intervention to life, we are hosting free workshops every Tuesday evening across the city. When you register your event with Evergreen, we’ll also include it on an interactive map and give you access to many ‘crowd sourcing’ opportunities.

Your next steps:

1. Register for a free workshop

2. Register your intervention

3. Follow on Twitter @100in1DayTO

4. Connect on Facebook facebook.com/100in1DayTO

5. Spread the word with #100in1Day

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask: 100in1dayTO@gmail.com and a member of the 100 in 1 Day team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

100in1Day | Transforming Toronto on June 7, 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014

On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 100 in 1 Day is coming to Toronto, and we invite you to participate! Co-presented by Evergreen and United Way Toronto, this free citizen-driven festival invites individuals, communities and/or organizations to create acts of urban change (or interventions).

These interventions have the potential to raise awareness of urban and social issues, inspire ideas, and motivate leaders to consider new approaches to old problems. Examples include:

  • · Painting a mural in a vacant lot
  • · Taking part in a pop-up soccer game
  • · Creating a community garden

To help citizens and organizations bring their intervention to life, we are hosting free workshops every Tuesday evening across the city. When you register your event with Evergreen, we’ll also include it on an interactive map and give you access to many ‘crowd sourcing’ opportunities.

Your next steps:

1. Register for a free workshop

2. Register your intervention

3. Follow on Twitter @100in1DayTO

4. Connect on Facebook facebook.com/100in1DayTO

5. Spread the word with #100in1Day

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask: 100in1dayTO@gmail.com and a member of the 100 in 1 Day team will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

StART Support Mural Program

Posted on March 27, 2014

The City of Toronto has launched a new program to help property owners who are victims of graffiti vandalism. The StART Support Mural Program will provide materials for the creation of art murals and graffiti art on walls visible from city streets that have a history of repeated graffiti vandalism.

The City will provide exterior paint in a full colour spectrum, application materials like brushes, rollers and paint trays and artistic quality spray paint, available in a variety of colours.

Property owners must hire an artist independently and pay for any other costs related to the project, like equipment rentals or permits, if they are required. The StreetARToronto Artist Directory www.toronto.ca/streetart may be a helpful tool to find an artist.

More information about StART Support, including the preliminary application form and eligibility criteria, is available at: www.toronto.ca/startsupport.

 

New Infrastructure Projects Planned for 2014 and 2015 on City's website

Posted on March 26, 2014

The website of the Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office (www.toronto.ca/mcic) has been expanded to show the location and type of infrastructure that is planned for construction in 2014 and 2015.  New water, sewer, transit and transportation projects are illustrated, as well as work that will be performed by utility companies and other City divisions and external agencies.

 

The MCIC website also provides a new tool that generates a printable list of infrastructure projects in each ward of the City. The ward list presents major projects that are planned for construction in 2014, and is being expanded to include similar information for 2015.

 

These tools are used to improve the transparency of infrastructure planning in the City, which has contributed to more efficient capital expenditures and reduced inconvenience to the public.

 

The City has another site, www.toronto.ca/torontostreets, which contains details on emergency and short term closures as well as special events.

New Infrastructure Projects Planned for 2014 and 2015 on City’s website

Posted on March 26, 2014

The website of the Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office (www.toronto.ca/mcic) has been expanded to show the location and type of infrastructure that is planned for construction in 2014 and 2015.  New water, sewer, transit and transportation projects are illustrated, as well as work that will be performed by utility companies and other City divisions and external agencies.

 

The MCIC website also provides a new tool that generates a printable list of infrastructure projects in each ward of the City. The ward list presents major projects that are planned for construction in 2014, and is being expanded to include similar information for 2015.

 

These tools are used to improve the transparency of infrastructure planning in the City, which has contributed to more efficient capital expenditures and reduced inconvenience to the public.

 

The City has another site, www.toronto.ca/torontostreets, which contains details on emergency and short term closures as well as special events.

2376 Dundas West [OMB Decision]

Posted on March 26, 2014

The OMB decision on 2376 Dundas Street West, attached, was issued on March 19, 2014.

In summary, the Board has allowed for an 8 storey mid-rise building along Dundas Street West with a 23 storey component at the rear of the site.

The Board concluded that the size and location of the site in proximity to the transit facilities justified the height and density of residential units sought by the applicant.

The Board accepted the appellant’s position that it would not be a precedent “because the subject property is unlike any other site in the area due to its size, its location well removed and buffered from any other neighbourhood (unlike the Giraffe site), its direct connectivity to the Metrolinx and TTC stations, its designation as a Mobility Hub”.

The Board did impose those Section 37 matters that had been offered by the appellant and which are set out in Appendix 1 to the form of zoning by-law attached to the Board’s order, which all relate to the TTC/Metrolinx connection and drop-off.

Community members were very engaged in the process to find an acceptable proposal at this site and I am sure will be disappointed with this decision.

I particularly want to thank those community members who worked to engage their neighbours and came to the OMB to share their vision for reasonable development. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community.

Gord

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For the full document on the OMB decision, please click here .

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