Parkdale & Queen West Community Health Centre Integration Approved

Posted on January 17, 2017

The voluntary integration between Parkdale Community Health Centre and Queen West – Central Toronto Community Health Centre has been approved by the corporate memberships of both organizations. What follows is a letter from the Chairs of each organization.

Parkdale Queen West CHC Integraton Announcement - Janaury 13 2017

Parkdale & Queen West Community Health Centre Integration Approved

Posted on January 17, 2017

The voluntary integration between Parkdale Community Health Centre and Queen West – Central Toronto Community Health Centre has been approved by the corporate memberships of both organizations. What follows is a letter from the Chairs of each organization.

Parkdale Queen West CHC Integraton Announcement - Janaury 13 2017

Heritage Designation for 421 Roncesvalles Avenue

Posted on January 17, 2017

Friends,

The Toronto Preservation Board will be considering the heritage designation of 421 Roncesvalles Avenue at its next Board meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26th at 9:30 a.m., Committee Room #2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue, at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

City Planning staff are currently reviewing a Development Application for the site. The application does include the current building as part of the application. http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false

Toronto Preservation Board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in speaking to this item, contact the City Clerk’s staff with your contact information and the item on which you would like to depute, teycc@toronto.ca, 416-392-7033.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or require any further information.

Gord,

Councillor Gord Perks
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
www.gordperks.ca

2017 Community Budget Meeting Reminder

Posted on January 17, 2017

Hello friends, just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

To help promote understanding and transparency about the City of Toronto’s 2017 Budget process I will be holding a public meeting in the new year to discuss revenue tools and the 2017 budget. This will be a joint meeting between Ward 13 Councillor Sarah Doucette and myself, but is open to anyone interested.

January 26th, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room

What follows is a release from the City regarding budgeting.

The City of Toronto’s 2017 preliminary operating and capital budgets were presented at the Budget Committee meeting today, and members of the public are encouraged to learn more about the budget process and the 2017 preliminary budgets. A range of tools and resources are available, from high level summary documents, infographics and learning brochures to briefing notes, presentations and detailed budget notes, at http://www.toronto.ca/budget2017.

“The City’s budget is extremely complex and understanding it can be a challenge,” said Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Budget Committee. “We are continuously working to make information about the City’s budget transparent, easier to understand and accessible to residents and businesses. Understanding the budget is the first step for residents and businesses to get involved.”

The City’s budget website is the gateway to key tools and resources that are available, including:

The Preliminary Budget Overview – provides an executive summary of the 2017 preliminary operating and capital budgets, key challenges and a snapshot of where the money in the City budget comes from, where it goes and how the budget process will unfold over the next few months.

Budget notes – provide the in-depth, detailed information about Council-approved service levels, service deliverables, key issues and priorities, 2017 budget highlights and plan, by each program area.

Budget Basics brochures – cover the fundamentals of the City budget process. Topics include Understanding the Toronto City Budget, Rate Based Budgets and How to get Involved in the Budget Process.

Infographics and financial charts – a series of infographics that depict key facts about City services are on display in the City Hall rotunda, available on the website, and through the City’s social channels. A series of financial charts provide an at-a-glance visual of key issues, where the money comes from to support the City’s budget, where that money goes, and how tax dollars work for residents.

Budget videos – the YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto provides a series of short videos that discuss how to get involved, identify budget priorities, and explain how tax dollars were put to work in 2016.

Presentations and briefing notes — Staff presentations and briefing notes are provided to Budget Committee and Council throughout the budget process.  These documents can help the public understand key issues and follow the development of the budget as it is reviewed, debated, modified, and approved by Budget Committee, Executive Committee, and ultimately City Council.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the conversation or follow along on Twitter @TorontoComms and Instagram @CityofTO using the hashtag #TOBudget.

Gord

Income Education Session

Posted on January 17, 2017

The Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will be hosting a special Income Education Session on Thursday, February 9th from 1:30 – 4:00 pm in the Community Centre at 1001 Queen Street West in Training Room A.

This session will provide information about the following supported income programs, resources, and services:
– Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
– Ontario Works (OW)
– Homeless to ODSP Project Engagement (HOPE)
– Canadian Pension Plan- Disability (CPP-D)
– Old Age Security (OAS)
– Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
– Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF)
– The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)

All speakers will be available for a panel question and answer period. RSVP is encouraged as space is limited. To RSVP for this event and/or to submit questions ahead of time for the panel, please contact Sara Abura at sara.abura@camh.ca or ext. 33157.

Apply for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship

Posted on January 17, 2017

Apply for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship and win up to $4,000 for school!

What does this scholarship offer?

  • Up to $4,000 to cover tuition fees for first year of post-secondary education or training (college, university, trade school, apprenticeship)
  • Opportunity for second year scholarships of up to $4,000 to be applied directly to your tuition if you attend one of the following institutions:
  1. Ryerson University
  2. University of Toronto
  3. York University
  4. Humber College
  5. George Brown College
  6. Seneca College
  7. Ontario College of Art and Design University

Who is eligible?

  • High school students and/or recent high school graduates involved in anti-racism, diversity, community-building activities
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Youth who are 25 years of age or younger in May 2016

The sessions will be:

o             Jan. 21, 2017 – Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Board Room, 10:00am-12:00pm
o             Jan. 21, 2017 –  North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 2:30pm-4:30pm
o             Jan. 23, 2017-  Scadding Court Community Centre, 5:30pm-7:30pm
o             Jan. 28, 2017-  Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Applications will be available mid-January with a deadline of March 24, 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.torontohousing.ca/residents/getting-involved/scholarships/Pages/IIODS.aspx

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