New Human Services Online Tools

Posted on February 28, 2017

The City of Toronto’s Children’s Services, Employment & Social Services and Shelter, Support & Housing Administration divisions have joined forces to launch an integrated website that enables Toronto residents to access information about services and subsidies in one place.

The new Human Services website organizes information by topic, eliminating the need for users to navigate for information in various areas of the City’s website.

Visitors to toronto.ca/humanservices can find information about assistance with child care fees, employment services, as well as financial and housing support, all in one place.

The new website includes a Finder Tool that enables Torontonians to receive a personalized list of benefits, subsidies and services they may qualify for, based on a short questionnaire. The Finder Tool can be accessed at toronto.ca/humanservices/finder.

In addition to providing information about services and eligibility, the website instructs residents on how to apply for services and subsidies and how to maintain these benefits once they receive them.

Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals 2017

Posted on February 27, 2017

Parkdale artists are invited to submit a request for application to paint one of eight Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Parkdale as part of the 2017 Bell Box Murals Project.
Murals will be painted May 1 – 8, 2017.

Applicants will be sent more details of the submission process. Artists will be chosen based on their connection to the community, experience painting on outdoor surfaces, concept for the mural and a portfolio of past work.

For submission details contact: ParkdaleBellBox@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/bellboxmuralsproject/

The DEADLINE for submitting an application request is 5:00pm, Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals 2017 are a partnership between The Parkdale Village BIA, the Bell Box Murals Project, and Bell Canada.
Paint donated by Benjamin Moore Paint.

Public Feedback Wanted in City of Toronto Survey

Posted on February 23, 2017

The City of Toronto is requesting input from residents and other members of the public through an online survey that will help determine how and when the City makes information available in languages other than English.

The survey will be available until March 10 at http://www.toronto.ca/languagesurvey and is offered in several languages including English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Italian, Portuguese, Farsi, Russian, Urdu, Korean and French.

This feedback is being sought as a part of the City’s review of the Multilingual Services Policy to ensure it continues to meet the needs of Toronto’s diverse communities. Toronto’s Multilingual Services Policy includes criteria for translating information into other languages to make sure information reaches residents, keeps them informed and engaged, and that City resources for translation and interpretation are used effectively. The policy is available at http://bit.ly/2l1dt99.

LEAF Backyard Tree Planting & Native Shrub Bundles

Posted on February 22, 2017

LEAF’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program helps you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information visit LEAF.

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This spring, beautify your yard with a LEAF Native Shrub Bundle.

AVAILABLE BUNDLES

  • Native Bee– pre-determined shrubs designed to provide habitat and food for native bees year round
  • Edible– shrubs of your choice to best suit your taste buds

EACH BUNDLE INCLUDES

  • Four lovely native shrubs for the price of three
  • Free delivery right to your door
  • Specific shrub fact sheet to help acheive your garden goals
  • Mulch and an illustrated planting and care guide

Supplies are limited, and bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit LEAF.



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Upcoming Events
For event details, visit the LEAF website.

March 18, 2017
Information Session – Adopt-a-Park-Tree and Young Urban Forest Leaders Programs
10:00am – 12:00pm | Metro Hall (Room 308)

April 27, 2017
Training – Toronto Volunteer Orientation
6:00pm – 7:30pm | Lillian H. Smith Library (Auditorium BC)

May 9, 2017
Multi-Day Course: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program
Class dates: May 9th, May 11th May 13th & May 16th  | St Mathew’s Club House, Riverdale Park East

May 28, 2017
Workshop: Drawing Native Plants with Alan Li
1:00 to 4:00 pm | LEAF Learning Garden, Artscape Wychwood Barns

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street

Posted on February 22, 2017

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street, will be holding a pre-hearing meeting to discuss their Committee of Adjustment application.

The applicant is proposing to renovate the existing one-storey industrial building to include a craft brewery, retail store, restaurant, and associated outdoor patio. These uses are currently not permitted at 376R Dufferin Street.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm, Meeting Room A, Parkdale Public Library – 1303 Queen Street W.

Details regarding the proposed renovation will be available at the Community Meeting.

The Committee of Adjustment application is available on-line by searching the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment – Application Information Centre. The Committee of Adjustment hearing date is set for March 29th.

Councillor Gord Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

For more information, or should you have questions and are unable to attend, please contact Joshua Michnik via email: toronto@33acresbrewing.com

King Street Pilot Study Survey

Posted on February 22, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to take the inline survey for the King Street Pilot Study!

The King Street Pilot Study is about testing out how to redesign King Street to achieve three broad city-building objectives: moving people on transit more efficiently, improving placemaking and the public realm, and supporting business and economic prosperity.

In this online survey, the City wants to hear your feedback about three key aspects of the pilot being explored in this phase of work:

1. How should we evaluate success of the pilot project?
2. What is your preference of three different block design options being considered?
3. Where along King Street should we undertake the pilot?

Please click on the link to the survey below, it should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete:

http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/kingstreetpilot/

Thank you for participating in this important initiative. If you have any questions, please contact:

David J Hunter, P. Eng
Sr. Transportation Planner
City Planning Division, City of Toronto
www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot
kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca
#kingstreetpilot

High Park Stewards – Biological Controls for Invasive Species

Posted on February 21, 2017

The High Park Stewards spend the majority of their time removing invasive species such as garlic mustard, hedge parsley, common buckthorn, and a host of others. Biological controls would make this task so much easier. What is possible now? What is likely in the future?

W.D. (Bill) McIlveen has been involved in Ontario’s ecological land classification, rare and introduced species studies, terrestrial toxicology projects, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Ontario Tree Atlas. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he served on the executive of the Field Botanists of Ontario and the Toronto Entomological Association, among other organizations. He is currently working on a new and comprehensive Flora of Halton.

Howard Park Tennis Club. 430 Parkside Dr. 10:30am to 12:30pm.

See www.highparknature.org and the links in this invite for more details and photos.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue Community Meeting

Posted on February 21, 2017

Friends,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey bank building with a 7-storey office retail building that retains the original bank facade. The building has a proposed height of 26.1 metres (30.1 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

City Planning will be holding the Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm at St. Casimir’s Parish Hall at 156 Roncesvalles Ave.

Gord

57 Brock Avenue Staff Direction Report

Posted on February 21, 2017

Friends,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 57 Brock Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.10

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a Beer Store and parking lot with a 7-storey residential building containing 106 units. A total of 73 parking spaces will be provided in two levels at and above grade, including 16 visitor spaces, 108 bicycle spaces, and 22 short-term bicycle spaces. The building will have a height of 23.45 metres (28.9 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3982741&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

This report will recommend that City Council direct the City Solicitor to oppose the appeal of the 57 Brock Avenue Development application at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing but to also work with the owner to enter into a settlement should the opportunity arise. I will be supporting the Direction Report at TEYCC.

Community meetings have been held about this application. At both meetings, local residents shared concerns with the proposed development.

Remaining concerns raised by the community include:

  1. The overall height, mass, and density of the proposal
  2. Its ability to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood visually and otherwise, including its proximity to the street
  3. Deficiency of outdoor amenity space and green space
  4. Interactions with pedestrians and the public realm and its effects on the street level
  5. Effects on nearby traffic and parking and servicing
  6. Amount and location of short term bicycle parking on streets
  7. Lack of linearity with front sight lines of adjacent housing

No hearing date has yet been scheduled for the OMB. My office will communicate any further information as it becomes available.

Gord

Wallace Ave Pedestrian Bridge Temporary Closure

Posted on February 15, 2017

Friends,

Due the development happening on the east side of the railways near Wallace Avenue, the Wallace Avenue Pedestrain Bridge will be temporarily closed while its replacement is under construction.

Closure Start Date: March 20, 2017
Closure End Date: March 28, 2017

Please note that alternative routes at Dupont St and Bloor St are available during this temporary closure.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

Thanks,
Councillor Gord Perks

Wallace Ave Pedestrian Bridge

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