Minutes from the 422-436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Community Meeting

Posted on October 31, 2016

On October 19th a community meeting was held to hear feedback from the community and give updates on the progress of 422-436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Ave.

Below is a copy of the handout that was distributed at the meeting, along with a description of what was discussed with each page.

Page 1: This diagram outlines the planning process for developments in the city, highlighting the fact that we are in the community consultation phase, which means meetings with the community members to gather feedback and input about the developer’s proposal.

Page 2: This picture shows the two lots that are joined together in this proposal in relationship to the surrounding neighbourhood, and the approximate site area, frontage, and lot depth.

Page 3: The Neighbourhoods page is meant to give an idea of what the City Planners mean when they use the Neighbourhood terminology, and what sorts of things we are looking to uphold and protect when new development happens.

Page 4: Similar to page 3, this page outlines the City Planning definition of Mixed Use Areas.

Page 5: Again, this page describes and gives examples of what the City considers a Mid-Rise Building.

Page 6: This describes the character of the Roncesvalles Ave Neighbourhood. This type and pattern of building is what the City is trying to maintain and keep balanced with incoming development.

Page 7: This page is not a model of the proposed development, but simply an example used to show the meanings of various planning concepts.

Page 8: A description of the ongoing Dundas and Roncesvalles Study, with outlines of its goals and potential areas of impact in the future.

Page 9: A breakdown of the proposed development, as it currently exists.

Page 10: A list of the issues that currently remain unresolved. In addition to this list a few concerns were raised at the meeting: the impact on Hewitt and Howard Park from laneway traffic flow, noise abatement with regards to the location of the exhaust fans and their proximity to residential properties, amount and location of short term bike parking on nearby streets, and a commitment to create a Construction Management Plan.

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Minutes from the 422-436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Community Meeting

Posted on October 31, 2016

On October 19th a community meeting was held to hear feedback from the community and give updates on the progress of 422-436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Ave.

Below is a copy of the handout that was distributed at the meeting, along with a description of what was discussed with each page.

Page 1: This diagram outlines the planning process for developments in the city, highlighting the fact that we are in the community consultation phase, which means meetings with the community members to gather feedback and input about the developer’s proposal.

Page 2: This picture shows the two lots that are joined together in this proposal in relationship to the surrounding neighbourhood, and the approximate site area, frontage, and lot depth.

Page 3: The Neighbourhoods page is meant to give an idea of what the City Planners mean when they use the Neighbourhood terminology, and what sorts of things we are looking to uphold and protect when new development happens.

Page 4: Similar to page 3, this page outlines the City Planning definition of Mixed Use Areas.

Page 5: Again, this page describes and gives examples of what the City considers a Mid-Rise Building.

Page 6: This describes the character of the Roncesvalles Ave Neighbourhood. This type and pattern of building is what the City is trying to maintain and keep balanced with incoming development.

Page 7: This page is not a model of the proposed development, but simply an example used to show the meanings of various planning concepts.

Page 8: A description of the ongoing Dundas and Roncesvalles Study, with outlines of its goals and potential areas of impact in the future.

Page 9: A breakdown of the proposed development, as it currently exists.

Page 10: A list of the issues that currently remain unresolved. In addition to this list a few concerns were raised at the meeting: the impact on Hewitt and Howard Park from laneway traffic flow, noise abatement with regards to the location of the exhaust fans and their proximity to residential properties, amount and location of short term bike parking on nearby streets, and a commitment to create a Construction Management Plan.

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Wallace Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Repair Work – Night Time Closures

Posted on October 31, 2016

The contractor working on the Wallace Bridge will be mobilizing on the bridge on November 1, 2016. For this work, the Wallace Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be closed at night from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. From November 1 to November 4 and November 6 to November 10.

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Roncesvalles Refugee Relief Winter Clothing Centre

Posted on October 31, 2016

Dear Friends,

Some of the newcomer families Roncesvalles Refugee Relief have been working with have expressed a need for warm winter clothing. RRR will be holding a Winter Clothing Distribution Centre on Thursday, November 10 from 10am-2pm at Roncesvalles United Church, formerly Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, at Roncesvalles and Wright Ave.

Please ask friends, family and colleagues for clean winter clothing, in good repair. Coats, jackets, snowsuits, snow pants, toques, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and boots are needed. Blankets will be accepted. A few pairs of skates have already been donated. They will also hand out skates if they can collect more.

They will also be providing a light lunch for those in attendance, so if you or anyone you know would like to contribute food, that is also welcome. They are going to serve lots of veggies, fruit, sandwiches, cheese, crackers and yummy sweets – finger food to keep it easy.

Clothes hangers are needed, as are sturdy shopping bags and boxes.

All donations may be dropped off at 18 Hewitt between Saturday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 9.

If you would like to get involved with this one day event, they would happy to have your assistance.

 

Metrolinx Accessibility Public Meetings Reminder

Posted on October 27, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

Once again, Metrolinx will be hosting its annual series of public meetings across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area about accessibility.

They want to hear from members of the public about the accessibility of GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, and their new and upcoming Rapid Transit services and projects.

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Metro Hall
55 John Street, Toronto
Rooms 308 & 309 (third floor)

At each in-person meeting, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • learn about past, current and future accessibility activities at Metrolinx and its operating divisions and business units;
  • discuss and provide input to accessibility initiatives through round table sessions; and
  • interact directly with Metrolinx staff involved with accessibility projects.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, real-time captioning and attendant services will be provided at the in-person meetings. Alternative formats and other accommodations will be made available upon request.

To help them prepare for the meetings, they are asking anyone who is interested in attending to register in advance, via email at accessibility@metrolinx.com, or by calling 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY teletypewriters only). As part of the registration, they ask that participants please identify which meeting they plan to attend, what accommodations they may require (if any) to participate fully in the meeting, and which two topic areas you are most interested in discussing at the meeting (GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, Light Rail Transit/Bus Rapid Transit, municipal transit).

The Accessibility Public Meetings webpage (http://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/accessibility/accessibility_meetings.aspx) includes additional information about the meetings.

For more information, or to provide input, please contact the Accessibility Team via email at accessibility@metrolinx.com, or by phone at 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY teletypewriters only).

Picturing the City Reminder

Posted on October 27, 2016

Just a friendly reminder of this enthralling discussing of photography in the city.

What role does photography play in shaping our perceptions of the city?

Join photographers Dwayne Sybbliss and Yasin “Yescene” Osman, along with Cynthia Roberts and Norma Garcia of She Moves Group as they reflect on their experiences documenting today’s Toronto. Moderated by Colin Boyd Shafer.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Parkdale Library
1303 Queen St W
416-393-7686

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Toronto Pumpkin Parades

Posted on October 27, 2016

Next Tuesday, 34 parks across Toronto will glow orange as local residents bid a final farewell to their jack-o-lanterns with a community Pumpkin Parade.

A Toronto tradition since the first pumpkin parade was organized in Sorauren Park in 2004, the parades are now hosted in parks across the city from Terraview Park in Scarborough to Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The idea has spread to other cities, including Montreal and New York City.

“Pumpkin parades are among the most anticipated events in Toronto’s parks,” said Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “It is so heartwarming to visit a pumpkin parade and to see communities come together in their public spaces.”

The pumpkin parades are organized by community organizations, Business Improvement Areas and City councillors with permits from Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The City’s Solid Waste Management division provides disposal bins to the organizers to make cleanup of the pumpkins quick and easy after the event. This measure ensures pumpkins are picked up and taken to the City’s organics processing facility to be broken down and returned to park lands and gardens as compost.

“Our parks are our common grounds, the spaces where we can come together to meet our neighbours, to get active and to participate in the life of our city,” said Janie Romoff, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “Our staff are proud to support local community organizations in offering programming and events in parks like pumpkin parades and other events that help to define and build neighbourhood communities.”

A map of all 34 pumpkin parades, including hours and links for more information, is available at http://bit.ly/2e5l441.

Ward 14 Pumpkin Parades: Sorauren and Masaryk Park

Posted on October 26, 2016

Have yourself a spooky night at Sorauren Park or Masayrk Park at 6pm on Tuesday November 1st, 2016 !

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There will be a viewing of Thriller, followed by the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus at Masaryk Park!

Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

Posted on October 26, 2016

A new group, the Friends of Charles G. Williams Park is having their first meeting tonight!
 
Join them at 7:30pm at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse
 
Discuss the future plans for the park and how you might get involved
Friends of Charles G Williams

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