West Lodge Park Improvements Project

Posted on August 25, 2014

Good news!

The West Lodge Park Improvements Project is now complete and ready for the community to use.

Thank you for all your input over the course of our community meetings in helping make this fantastic addition to the neighbourhood possible. Parks staff worked very hard to meet the community’s desires as best as possible.

The new park is looking great and I expect it to be thoroughly enjoyed by the neighbourhood in the years to come.

There are still a few areas that need to be sodded. Parks will be addressing this by completing fine grading of topsoil and seeding areas accordingly. It will take some time for grass to establish in these areas, but in general Fall is a good time for the establishment of grass seed.

Thank you again for all your input.

Gord

 

Georgetown South Project Update

Posted on August 22, 2014

Bloor St. W. Bridge Work – Sunday Hours

What’s happening
• GO continues to renovate the old spans on the Bloor St. W. bridge between Dundas St. W. and Perth Ave. Please note: in the coming months GO expect to work on most Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to complete this work as soon as possible.

How this work will affect you
• Any noisy work will only take place after 9:00 a.m. on Sundays.
• Regular work hours are Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Work will be completed in three stages lasting approximately three months with different lane/sidewalk restrictions.

o Stage 1: Both westbound lanes are closed with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction using the eastbound lanes; the north sidewalk adjacent to the westbound lanes is closed. The north sidewalk is expected to reopen at the beginning of September.

o Stage 2: Beginning in September, both eastbound and westbound will be reduced to one lane, with vehicles using the lanes closest to the curb; both sidewalks will be open

o Stage 3: In December, both eastbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction using the westbound lanes; the south sidewalk adjacent to the eastbound lanes will be closed

• During sidewalk closures, pedestrians will be directed to cross the street at the nearest signalized intersection and use the sidewalk on the other side of the road

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Proposed Basketball Training Centre at Exhibition Place

Posted on August 22, 2014

Friends,

As you may have heard, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. has approached the City with plans to build and operate a 68,000 sq. ft. basketball centre on the land just to the west of Medieval Times. MLSE will build the facility at their own cost. The City would own the facility but lease it back to MLSE for twenty years with a possibility for a ten year renewal. The centre would include two indoor basketball courts. One court would be reserved for the Raptors and other high performance teams such as the Canada Basketball Association. The other would be available for community use. The City would run a recreation program for part of the year, and community groups could book the court through the City.

A community meeting was held on August 11th to review the proposal and hear from community members and businesses on site. We heard widespread concerns about the protection of green space on Exhibition Place property while providing adequate parking options for services on site. Specifically, many Exhibition Place businesses felt that the grounds are already short of parking. The plan to pave over the baseball diamond on Exhibition Place grounds, to make up for the lost parking also had many critics. I was among the critics.

Too much open publicly-accessible land has been lost at Exhibition Place. Worse, we were being asked to use public money to pave this green space.

Exhibition Place Board of Governors met on August 14th to consider this proposal. The Board approved the proposal without adequately addressing the green space and parking issues. I opposed the move. Further, I pointed out that as the local Councillor I was considering using my right to require further planning reports to be sent to Council, which would delay the project.

I then had a series of meetings with MLSE and City staff which lead to a revised proposal. To their credit, MLSE has agreed to include $2 million towards a parking structure elsewhere on the grounds. This figure includes an overall parking study of Exhibition Place. While that work is being done MLSE would pay to temporarily convert the baseball diamond to parking and provide $1 million to regreen the site when the permanent parking structure is complete.

This modified, much improved arrangement was approved unanimously at the Executive Committee, and will go on to Council next week. The report is available on-line at:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.EX44.3

I encourage you to review the Report and contact my office to provide your comments/concerns.

I want to thank the many community members who came on fairly short notice to speak up for maintaining public amenities on the grounds. You made a difference.

Gord

Update on AGCO enforcement of Conditions on Liquor Licences

Posted on August 19, 2014

Good News!

Earlier this year I asked you and many other community members to let the Premier and the Attorney General know that recent changes to the liquor licencing regime in Ontario were bad for our neighbourhood. I’m writing to report that our voices were heard. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has withdrawn it’s proposed changes and agreed to improve the licencing system in ways that benefit Toronto neighbourhoods.

You might recall that earlier this year, the AGCO informed the City of Toronto that it would no longer be accepting many kinds of conditions on liquor licences in Toronto. Further, they advised the City that they would no longer be enforcing many of the conditions that had already been negotiated and approved. This was a huge blow to our neighbourhood. For years we all worked hard negotiating conditions that met both residents’ needs and the business needs of licensed establishments.

In response I moved a motion, which Council adopted, saying that if the province wouldn’t support the work we were doing, then MPPs would have to take up the role Councillors had previously taken in finding compromises that worked. For a variety of reasons the Province was uncomfortable with this response.

To settle the issue I lead a delegation of Toronto Councillors and staff to meet with our Provincial counterparts. As a result the AGCO has agree to reinstate the system that allows us to apply negotiated conditions on liquor licences. Further, they have said for the first time that violations municipal bylaws will be considered when the AGCO looks at the performance of licence holders. Finally, the AGCO has agreed to participate in a working group with City officials to improve joint enforcement activities. 

A staff report summarizing this very good news can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.LS30.5

Thank you for taking an active role in supporting healthy relationship between business and residents in our neighbourhoods.

Gord

Temporary Parking Changes for the CNE

Posted on August 13, 2014

Hello,

As many of you might have seen, signage has been installed for the temporary parking changes associated with the CNE. You can find the background information on the approvals at the following links:

Non-delegated: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.TE33.64

Delegated: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.TE33.65

This year, the CNE is running between Friday, August 15 and Monday, September 1st. The temporary changes will be installed for this entire time period. There are no changes from last year’s approvals, which will entail the following work:

1. 24-hour permit parking regulations will be introduced on sections of Cowan Avenue, Dunn Avenue, Elm Grove Avenue, Fort Rouille Street, Gwynne Avenue, Melbourne Avenue, Spencer Avenue, Temple Avenue, Thorburn Avenue & Tyndall Avenue.

2. A one-way westbound operation will be introduced on Springhurst Avenue, between Dufferin Street & Tyndall Avenue (east branch).

3. A “No Standing, Anytime” regulation will be introduced on sections of Dufferin Street, Springhurst Avenue & Tyndall Avenue.

4. Westbound left-turns will be prohibited at Springhurst Avenue & Jameson Avenue between the hours of 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m, Monday-Friday.

5. A “No Parking, Anytime” regulation will be introduced on Dufferin Street. This has necessitated the bagging on the parking machines.

6. A 25-space taxi-cab stand will be introduced on the west side of Dufferin Street, between Thorburn Avenue & King Street West.

I have spoken to Signs and Pavement Markings about the early installation that took place on Monday. It was my understanding that the signs were not to be installed until Thursday of this week. I have requested that all parking tickets issued as a result of these temporary parking changes be cancelled by Parking Enforcement as soon as possible and that no further enforcement of the temporary parking changes occur until Friday.

If you have a valid parking permit and you received a ticket as a result of the temporary parking changes being installed early, please email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca with your name, address, contact information and parking infraction number. I will forward all your information to Parking Enforcement Unit, copy you on the email, and request that if found to be in violation of the temporary parking changes and you have a valid parking permit, request your ticket be rescinded. I do not have the authority to rescind parking tickets.

Let me know if I you have any additional questions or if I can be of further assistance.

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