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: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly…

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.

Gord

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

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: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?N=37867+33132+33162&Ns=p_pub_date_sort&Nso=0

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: http://tpl.ca/enews

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 janeswalk.org/toronto. Learn more at www.janeswalk.org.

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: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.EX10.26

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 kurtis.elton@toronto.ca) no later than April 21, 2017.

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

West Neighbourhood House Youth March Break Events

Posted on March 13, 2017

West Neighbourhood House – Newcomer Youth Program (NYP) is offering exciting activities for March Break! The activities are open to youth between the ages of 13-24. Check out the flyer for more information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Yathu at 416-206-8041 or yathurjinith@westnh.org

Monday March 13th – FILM IN A DAY WORKSHOP @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Tuesday March 14th – G1 DRIVING WORKSHOP @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
3:00PM – 5:00PM

Wednesday March 15th – BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT @ Alexander Muir Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Thursday March 16th – ZUMBA + SPORTS DAY @ Alexander Muir Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Friday March 17th – HARBOURFRONT SKATING @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
12:00PM – 4:00PM

Art Fair and Variety Show PARC Fundraiser

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre is hosting a fundraiser Art Fair and Variety show!

Come out to 151 Glenlake Ave on April 29th and enjoy the community festivities. The $10 ticket covers entrance into the art fair which runs 12pm-6pm, finger food, and the Variety Show, which starts at 6:30pm. There will be a cash bar, food, and desserts available while you peruse the original art and take in the performances!

All proceeds go to PARC

High Park Prescribed Burn

Posted on March 9, 2017

City of Toronto Urban Forestry is planning to undertake a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in High Park in early spring 2017.

City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the optimal time window for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, a News Release will be issued to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition.

Red shaded areas on the provided map show planned burn zones in the park.

During the implementation of the burn, access will be temporarily restricted in areas near the burn site. Roadways may
be temporarily blocked to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of Urban Forestry’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Fire-dependant ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise without impacting the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and that smoke from burning
vegetation reach residential areas near the park.

It is recommended that all residents close windows or leave the immediate area at the time of the burn to avoid any potential sensitivity to the smoke.

The 2017 burn will be the 14th prescribed burn in High Park. It follows the tremendous success of the Black Oak woodland and savannah restoration programs which Urban Forestry began in 2000 in High Park, and 2002 in South Humber and Lambton Parks.

For more information about the prescribed burn program and ongoing forest management, please visit www.toronto.ca/trees.

Milky Way Garden Community Visioning Workshop

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust intends to purchase the Milky Way Garden, a 7000 sq ft green space, to transform it into a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale.

They are holding a Visioning Workshop where participants will be guided through the visioning process to define objectives as they relate to the redesign on 87 Milky Way into a community space for urban agriculture.

Monday, March 13th, 2017
6 – 8 pm, Parkdale Library Auditorium

Tibetan translation will be provided. Please contact through the link below for additional translation needs.

To RSVP email monique@greenestcity.ca or call 647-438-0038

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