Classical Music Conservatory Benefit Concert – Sunday, April 24

Posted on March 31, 2016

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Please SAVE THE DATE for the Classical Music Conservatory benefit concert
Sunday, April 24th from 1:30-3:30pm!

This year the Classical Music Conservatory will be raising money for a very important cause: youth mental health at CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

 

Concert details:

DATE: Sunday, April 24th from 1:30-3:30pm

LOCATION: Roncesvalles United Church, 214 Wright Avenue at Roncesvalles

TICKETS: Pay What You Can: Suggested donation of $20/adults and $10/kids & students; tickets available in the CMC office or at the door. Can also call our CMC office at 416-537-5995 and pay by credit card over the phone and pick up your paid tickets at the door.

LINE-UP – an eclectic mix of music, from classical to bluegrass to rock, by Toronto’s finest musicians:

  • Sarah Steeves
  • Lindsay Foote & Eslin McKay
  • VEINS & Headspace
  • Matt Elwood & friends
  • Matias Recharte
  • CMC Student Rock Bands

All proceeds go to CAMH! Including proceeds from what’s going to be a very YUMMY bake sale at intermission!!

 

Please share the attached poster with family and friends and encourage them to come out to hear some great music and support a great cause!

Music For a Cause Benefit Concert 2016 – Poster

Motion: Request of the Province and the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism to ensure Police Services and Investigations are Fair and Transparent

Posted on March 31, 2016

 

Councillors unanimously supported adding the following motion to this month’s Council meeting.

The motion will be introduced Friday afternoon.

Request of the Province and the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism to ensure Police Services and Investigations are Fair and Transparent

Recommendations
Councillor Mike Layton, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, recommends that:

 

1.  City Council request the Premier, the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism and the new Anti-Racism Directorate, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission to review the following with an anti-black racism and anti-racism lens:

 

a.    the manner in which police services are provided within the City of Toronto; and

 

b.    the mandate, procedures and outcomes of the Special Investigations Unit with respect to the treatment of cases that involve victims from racialized communities, and further that such review include public consultation.

Summary
Everyone in Toronto should be able to participate fully and equally in society. This is one of the reasons the Provincial Government recently established the Anti-Racism Directorate and tasked them with applying an anti-racism lens to government policies, programs and services.

 

A growing movement in Toronto has been calling for a review of the provision of police services and the work of the Special Investigations Unit. Black Lives Matter, community outreach workers and mental health agencies have all been speaking out and telling us that people are not being treated justly.

 

The Province has the authority to ensure that police services are provided equitably and that the mandate of the Special Investigations Unit and its procedures take into account systemic racism. Conducting such a review is a necessary and responsible response to the claims that are being made and what appears to be a growing lack of trust.

 

This Motion is urgent as there is an escalating call for such a review from affected communities who are making the case that there is an immediate and pressing concern for safety and fairness.

 

The new Anti-Racism Directorate and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission should work to review the provision of police services as well as the mandate, procedures and outcomes of the Special Investigations Unit to determine what changes must be made to ensure people are being treated fairly. Such a review should include hearing from and consulting directly with affected communities.

 

 

TransformTO Community Conversations

Posted on March 31, 2016

TransformTO Community Conversations – join us!

Toronto residents are invited to join a community conversation about climate change and how we can shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city. The City will host four community conversations this spring to build a vision of what Toronto will look like in the year 2050 with drastically reduced greenhouse gas emissions.


Community Conversations:

April 25Metro Hall, 55 John St.

April 27 Ken Cox Community Centre, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr., Etobicoke

May 3Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

May 9North York City Centre, Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St.

Councillor Perks will be chairing the April 25th event.

All events run from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The conversations are part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable, Prosperous Toronto, a City initiative in collaboration with Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

You can learn more and register for an event near you at http://toronto.ca/transformto.

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Reminder: Lansdowne Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project – Road Closures April 1-4 & April 15-18

Posted on March 31, 2016

Lansdowne Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project

There will be 3 weekend full road closures of Lansdowne Avenue:
o March 11, 5 p.m. to March 14, 7 a.m. (preparatory work)
o April 1, 6 p.m. to April 4, 7 a.m. (bridge span installation)
o April 15, 6 p.m. to April 18, 7 a.m. (bridge
span installation)
o These dates are subject to change based on weather and work conditions

What Metrolinx is doing

• Continuing the work to replace three bridge spans on the north side of the Lansdowne Avenue Bridge and also upgrade the bridge abutments.
• Starting mid-February until April (approximate), work will be completed on the bridge abutments
o The west side abutments will be completed first, followed by the east side abutments
o There will be intermittent lane and sidewalk closures — one side at-a-time
o Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• There will be 3 weekend full road closures of Lansdowne Avenue:
o March 11, 5 p.m. to March 14, 7 a.m. (preparatory work)
o April 1, 6 p.m. to April 4, 7 a.m. (bridge span installation)
o April 15, 6 p.m. to April 18, 7 a.m. (bridge
span installation)
o These dates are subject to change based on weather and work conditions
o This work can only be completed when there is minimal train activity
o Lansdowne Avenue and both sidewalks will be closed from Shirley Street to Rideau Avenue. Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will need to detour.
o There will be continuous construction activity for the duration of the closures.
o Access to the No Frills store on Lansdowne Avenue will remain open at all times.
o The TTC bus route 47 will detour around the work. Please visit ttc.ca for more information on the detour route.
o Construction signs will be positioned throughout the area and will provide information about the closures
o Paid Duty Officers will be in place to help direct traffic

Questions? Please contact Metrolinx at 416-581-1300 or email Metrolinx at Carmen.Nisbet@metrolinx.com

Reminder: Lansdowne Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project – Road Closures April 1-4 & April 15-18

Posted on March 31, 2016

Lansdowne Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project

There will be 3 weekend full road closures of Lansdowne Avenue:
o March 11, 5 p.m. to March 14, 7 a.m. (preparatory work)
o April 1, 6 p.m. to April 4, 7 a.m. (bridge span installation)
o April 15, 6 p.m. to April 18, 7 a.m. (bridge
span installation)
o These dates are subject to change based on weather and work conditions

What Metrolinx is doing

• Continuing the work to replace three bridge spans on the north side of the Lansdowne Avenue Bridge and also upgrade the bridge abutments.
• Starting mid-February until April (approximate), work will be completed on the bridge abutments
o The west side abutments will be completed first, followed by the east side abutments
o There will be intermittent lane and sidewalk closures — one side at-a-time
o Construction hours will be Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• There will be 3 weekend full road closures of Lansdowne Avenue:
o March 11, 5 p.m. to March 14, 7 a.m. (preparatory work)
o April 1, 6 p.m. to April 4, 7 a.m. (bridge span installation)
o April 15, 6 p.m. to April 18, 7 a.m. (bridge
span installation)
o These dates are subject to change based on weather and work conditions
o This work can only be completed when there is minimal train activity
o Lansdowne Avenue and both sidewalks will be closed from Shirley Street to Rideau Avenue. Both vehicular and pedestrian traffic will need to detour.
o There will be continuous construction activity for the duration of the closures.
o Access to the No Frills store on Lansdowne Avenue will remain open at all times.
o The TTC bus route 47 will detour around the work. Please visit ttc.ca for more information on the detour route.
o Construction signs will be positioned throughout the area and will provide information about the closures
o Paid Duty Officers will be in place to help direct traffic

Questions? Please contact Metrolinx at 416-581-1300 or email Metrolinx at Carmen.Nisbet@metrolinx.com

Parkdale Roncesvalles Cycling Town Hall – Thursday, April 7

Posted on March 31, 2016

Have your say on how to make cycling better and safer in our neighbourhood. Make your voice heard, learn about the City of Toronto’s Ten-Year Cycling Network Plan, and see what the Cycle Toronto Ward 14 Advocacy Group is doing to improve cycling conditions.

Bring ideas, feedback, and friends for a Q&A with:
– Councillor Gord Perks
– MPP Cheri DiNovo
– MP Arif Virani
– Toronto Cycling Planner Christina Bouchard

… followed by a social at a nearby pub TBA!

FREE for all, accessible venue, refreshments will be available, and there will be a raffle draw. Hosted by Cycle Toronto Ward 14 Advocacy Group.

Parkdale-Roncesvalles Cycling Town Hall - Poster

Dunn Avenue Bridge is Open

Posted on March 24, 2016

As of last night, the Dunn Avenue Bridge has been reopened. The temporary bridge, with a life span of 10 years, will be in place while the EA takes place to determine how the permanent bridge will be constructed. All birdge closed signage has been removed from neighbouring streets.

I will continue to update you as we move forward with the EA, including sharing notice of any planned community meetings relating to the EA.

If you require additional information in the mean time, please don’t hesitate to contact me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or by calling 416-392-7919.

 

Refugee Rights Day – Monday April 4th, 2016 at 11AM

Posted on March 24, 2016

Refugee Advocacy in Parkdale: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Monday April 4, 2016
11:00AM – 12:30PM
1365 Queen Street West

Parkdale Intercultural Association (PIA) and Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) invite you to a discussion of Canada’s refugee system in the context of the unique needs of the Parkdale community. With representatives from the legal, political, policy, and service communities, this panel discussion will bring Parkdale specific issues to the fore.

Panelists:
Toni Schweitzer, Lawyer, PCLS
Jennifer Danch, Roma Community Centre
Arif Virani, MP, Parkdale-High Park
Cheri Di Novo, MPP Parkdale-High Park
Gord Perks, City Councillor, Ward 14
Dr. Smita Sengupta, Toronto District School Board
Clients of PIA & PCLS

This event is free and open to the public

Roncesvalles Yard – track replacement at carhouse exit March 26 to mid-May, 2016

Posted on March 23, 2016

Work description and purpose

Starting on Saturday, March 26, TTC will begin replacing the tracks at the south west area of the Roncesvalles Yard where tracks #18 to #23 exit the Carhouse to The Queensway. The work is scheduled for completion in six weeks. All work will be conducted inside the yard.

Work involves:

  • Removal and replacement of the streetcar overhead electrical wires along each track lane being reconstructed.
  • Complete removal and replacement of the noted track, and new concrete placement.
  • Noise will be apparent when construction equipment is in full operation during concrete breaking and excavation of the track area.

Work hours

The majority of the work activities, which include breaking concrete and excavation, will typically take place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday. Weekend work will take place as required. Overnight work is also needed to support construction during the day and will involve rail installation, fastening, welding and grinding. This will ensure that work is completed as soon as possible to return normal operations to the yard.

Maintaining yard operations

Day-to-day yard operations will continue with some operational disruption due to the need to reverse streetcars when going into service from the yard onto The Queensway. Once the track work is completed, the yard will return to normal operations.

Roadway restrictions

  • Streetcars will exit the yard daily onto The Queensway in a controlled reverse operation by TTC staff.
  • Toronto Police Services personnel will be onsite to manage westbound traffic at the intersection of The Queensway/Queen/Roncesvalles/King and ensure the safety of TTC staff during reverse operations.
  • As per safety procedure, anytime a streetcar is reversing the operator is required to sound the gong/horn.

Thank you for your patience during these essential track upgrades.

For further information:

Diego Sinagoga, Community Liaison, 416-393-2197, diego.sinagoga@ttc.ca.RoncesvallesStation

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