TTC Update – The Queensway Track Project

Posted on March 22, 2017

As part of this year’s infrastructure improvement projects scheduled along the west end of the 501/301 Queen streetcar route, TTC is beginning track reconstruction on The Queensway from Claude Avenue (west of Roncesvalles Avenue) to the Humber Bridge, where the City of Toronto is presently working.

The following links are to notices that are on the TTC web related to this Infrastructure Improvements along the west end of the Queen streetcar line west of Roncesvalles Avenue in 2017:

TTC Notice - The Queesway Track Project - March 2017

Parkdale Roncesvalles Earth Hour Walks

Posted on March 21, 2017

The annual candlelight walk is a symbolic gesture in support of climate action. This year two village walks, one west along Queen St. and one south down Roncesvalles Ave. will converge at the intersection of King, Queen, and Roncesvalles.

The walk is supported by the Greenest City, the Parkdale Village BIA, the Roncesvalles Village BIA, RoncyWorks, and Climate Action Canada.

Councillor Gord Perks, MPP Cheri Di Novo and MP Arif Virani have confirmed they will be in attendance and are invited to address the crowd briefly.

GOAL – this year, Earth Hour 2017 Walk will be used to kickstart a deeper commitment to local action with the founding of Green14, a green neighbours group for Ward 14. Green Neighbours groups have been set up in several other City of Toronto wards for the purpose of education and engaging residents about climate action strategies.

Saturday, March 25th
Gather: 8:15 pm, Walks start at 8:30 sharp

  1. Parkdale Library – Queen West and Cowan
  2. Roncesvalles Dundas Peace Garden

Walks end as two groups of walkers meet

  1. Queen West, King West, Roncesvalles, Queensway intersection

Bring your own candle. The walk will be cancelled if it rains.

To follow any updated notices:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Karyn Klaire Koski, Community Earth Hours Leader, at and 416-801-0103

Upcoming High Park Nature Events

Posted on March 20, 2017

Gardening with Native Plants
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Acclaimed author and native plant advocate Lorraine Johnson will present ways to connect  gardens with High Park by growing native plants, and best practices for successful gardening.

Lorraine Johnson is the author of numerous books on environmental issues and gardening. Former president of the North American Native Plant Society, her areas of expertise include gardening with native plants, urban agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and urban forest protection.

For more information:

Upcoming Consultations and Survey on Short-term Rentals

Posted on March 20, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey.

The term “short-term rental” typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO, and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Online Survey

The survey will be launched on March 28 and will be found at:

Public Meetings

Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be live-streamed)

A final report, with recommendations is expected at Executive Committee in June.

For more info please contact: Amy Buitenhuis, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 2-5129,

Safety in Accessibility

Posted on March 20, 2017

Thank you to everyone writing to me about the ramp at 476 Roncesvalles. Like you I am a strong advocate for making Toronto an accessible City. Unfortunately, this ramp does not provide for safe access for people using a mobility device. That is why the City has told the owner to remove it.

The Province has passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act which sets out standards for making buildings and services like public transit accessible. It sets out a series of requirements for ramps to ensure that people who use mobility devices can use them safely. More information can be found at:…

Often fitting a ramp to an existing building can be a tricky, even onerous, job. That’s why the Stopgap program has been such a success. Where a business might avoid building a ramp because of the paperwork and expense, Stopgap steps in and provides a quick easy fix.

Most Stopgap ramps are simple and straightforward. The City has supported these. However, this location has bigger challenges. In order to fit the tight space at 476 Roncesvalles, the ramp includes a 90 degree turn. Turning in a wheelchair or mobility device takes space. This ramp does not provide enough space. Also, for safety’s sake, a turn or landing should have handrails.

Because there isn’t room to turn, and there are no handrails, this ramp does not provide safe access for people with mobility devices. The whole point of the ramp should be to provide safe access.

As much as I want access in a hurry, I can’t support installing accessibility ramps that are dangerous and don’t really solve the access problem.

The City has raised these concerns with Stopgap, and has yet to find a solution. I and some other Councillors are look for ways to help businesses, like the one at 476 Roncesvalles, which are faced with accessibility challenges that are not easily met. Please share any suggestions you have.

Again, thank you for speaking up.


Toronto Seniors Strategy Survey – Give Your Input

Posted on March 15, 2017

The City of Toronto and community partners would like your input into the development of the next Toronto Seniors Strategy – Version 2.0″ – to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city.

To provide input, please complete the online survey at:

The Survey has been extended and will be open until April 15, 2017 and has been translated into the top ten languages spoken by seniors in Toronto:

  1. Italian
  2. German
  3. Greek
  4. Simplified Chinese
  5. Portuguese (Brazilian)
  6. Spanish (Latin American)
  7. Tagalog
  8. Polish
  9. Russian
  10. Tamil (Sri-Lankan)
  11. French


What’s Happening at Library Branches in Our Ward

Posted on March 15, 2017

There are some great events happening in local libraries in the upcoming months! View the April-June events happening at local branches here:

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for our What’s On at the Library enewsletter:

Waterfront Transit Phase 2 – Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting #2

Posted on March 14, 2017

Please join us for the first Stakeholder Advisory (SAC) Meeting of Phase 2 of the Waterfront Transit Reset Study. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, in Room 308/309, where the project team will provide an update of the study, including the project scope, timeline, Phase 2 objectives, and work completed to date.

WTP2 SAC Meeting #2 Agenda
Waterfront Transit Reset - SAC Terms of Reference


Open Call for Jane’s Walk Leaders

Posted on March 14, 2017

The Jane’s Walk Festival is happening on May 5th, 6th, & 7th!

If you have a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood, then Jane’s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation in your community!

Jane’s Walk is a global movement of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. In 2016, over 7,000 people attended 226 walks in 37 GTA Wards. Organizing a Jane’s Walk is easy. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places, people and ideas you want to hear and talk about, and then posting it online at Learn more at

Stakeholder Consultation – Stormwater Charge

Posted on March 14, 2017

In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a stormwater charge (SWC) as a cost recovery model to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program, which is currently funded entirely from the water rate. You can access that Council agenda item, including the staff report, “Funding Options for Paying for Toronto Water’s Stormwater Management Capital Program”, here:

In October 2016, City staff engaged interested stakeholders on the refined geographic analysis required for the stormwater charge, various rate options, potential impacts on different types of water customers, and a preliminary incentive program.

Based on your feedback and other considerations, staff have further refined the stormwater charge proposal, and we would again like to seek your valuable feedback. We invite you to attend the following stakeholder consultation meeting on the proposed stormwater charge:

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Committee Room 4, 2nd floor

I also encourage you to make a written submission on this matter. Please note that in order to be considered during the preparation of the final report for May 2017, your written submission must be provided to Kurtis Elton (Metro Hall, 18th floor, 55 John St, Toronto ON M5V 3C6 or by email to no later than April 21, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Adir Gupta, Manager, Financial Policy, at 416-392-8071 or


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