High Park Invasive Species Removal

Posted on August 16, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. Weeding is as important as planting, and equally rewarding. Once the invasive species are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. The Boulevard Beds group will work on our demonstration garden.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

August 27th 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

McCormick Playground Arena Board Vacancies

Posted on August 15, 2017

Are you passionate about recreation and community engagement? The City of Toronto is seeking a local resident to fill three current vacancies on the McCormick Playground Arena Board.

Arena board members support full and equitable access to the arena facilities, provide oversight of arena programs and finances, and help to represent the community and all arena users. A background in such areas as community development, financial management, sports facility operation, event planning, amateur and children’s sports, the non-profit sector, law, or marketing is an asset. Arena boards typically meet once a month in the evenings at the arena. Board members must be residents of Toronto and at least 18 years of age. Bring your skills and experience to the table to support your arena and make a difference in your community!

For more information and to apply online, please visit  https://secure.toronto.ca/pa/decisionBody/62.do. All applications must be submitted online by September 15, 2017.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Public Appointments Secretariat at 416-397-0088 or appoint@toronto.ca.

Upcoming Fall Library Events

Posted on August 15, 2017

There are some great events happening in local libraries in the upcoming months! View the September-December events happening by following this link: 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 e-newsletter: http://tpl.ca/enews

Temporary Traffic and Parking Amendments During the CNE: Aug 18 – Sept 4

Posted on August 10, 2017

Dear Residents of South Parkdale,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

The complete list of changes is online at: http://bit.ly/2sAtzvp and http://bit.ly/2hKu58Q

Following the 2016 CNE, a review with community members and City Staff suggested some additional changes to further improve traffic operation and pedestrian safety.

The following are new changes recommended by Transportation Staff. They are included in the above links:

 ‘No Standing’ signage on:

  • Thorburn, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin;
  • Temple, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin;
  • Tyndall, west side, between Springhurst and King; and
  • Tyndall, east side, between Springhurst and Thorburn.

’24 hour Permit Parking’ signage on:

  • Springhurst between Jameson and Dufferin, north side.

Community members also raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE.

In light of this, Permit Parking staff will conduct a pilot project this year which temporarily restricts the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave, and the lake, for the entirety of the 2017 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued — with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number — at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Furthermore, the following actions will take place again this year:

  • CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex” with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;
  • City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King intersection) to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets and instead direct them to parking lots, with directions to parking lots;
  • City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement, and City Bylaw enforcement staff have been asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement have been asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;
  • Toronto Police have been reminded of ongoing safety concerns during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst, from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;
  • CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

 

During the CNE, residents are advised to contact:

Toronto Police, 14 Division                416-808-1400              Traffic Enforcement
Toronto Parking Enforcement            416-808-6600              On-street Parking Enforcement
City of Toronto                                    311                              Off-street Parking Enforcement
Councillor Perks Office                      416-392-7919

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,

Gord

City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Toronto Police 14 Division Open House

Posted on August 10, 2017

Everyone is welcome to come and join the 14 Division Open House in September!

Saturday, September 16th, 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
350 Dovercourt Road
416-808-1400

Come out and tour the station, meet your neighbourhood police officers, check out police vehicles, police horses, equipment, auxiliary officers, and community safety information.

There will be a free BBQ with hot dogs and refreshments too!

The Passing of Parkdale Activist Bonnie Briggs

Posted on August 8, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Bonnie Briggs. A Parkdale resident and housing activist, she passed away in her home on Friday, August 4th, 2017.

Inside Toronto has written an article about her here.

A memorial service will be held on September 10th, from 2pm- 6pm at the Holy Trinity Church, 19 Trinity Square. Guests will be asked to bring a can of food and, if possible, to make a donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

High Park Invasive Species Removal

Posted on August 2, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. Weeding is as important as planting, and equally rewarding. Once the invasive species are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. The Boulevard Beds group will work on our demonstration garden.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

August 13th 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

MyWaterToronto – Online Water Use Tool

Posted on August 1, 2017

Track your water use online – anytime, anywhere!

Summer is finally here and warmer temperatures mean your water use can increase by 20 per cent around the house. MyWaterToronto is an online tool that can help you become more aware of your water use habits and identify any water leaks. View your total and average water use by day, week, month or year in an easy-to-read graph or chart format.

Look for ways to save water and money in three easy steps.

Step 1: Get your utility bill

Step 2: Locate on your bill:

  • Account Number and Client Number
  • Last name or business name
  • Postal code and payment method

Step 3: Visit toronto.ca/mywatertoronto

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