Potential Rooming House Property Acquisition and Modernization in Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Posted on May 24, 2018

Friends,

I am happy to announce that City Council supported my motion to make it possible for a non-profit housing provider to buy a rooming house in Parkdale. Here is a link to that motion http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.MM41.8 .

The motion directs the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the June 25th Affordable Housing Committee meeting on the due diligence process necessary to support the purchase, renovation and future operation of an existing rooming house in Ward 14, by an experienced non-profit organization through leveraging $1.5 million in available Ward 14 Section 37 funds and other federal and provincial funding sources, and to seek authority to undertake a pilot project through a competitive proposal call process in 2018.

This is great news.

I will be sending a further update as this important work makes its way through the Affordable Housing Committee.

Gord

Short Term Car Rental Update

Posted on May 24, 2018

Let me start by saying I am fully supportive of short term car rental as an integral part of our transportation network.

Councillor Layton moved a motion requesting that the City begin looking at how we could help to expand short term car rental by allowing on-street permits where capacity existed. I supported that motion.

In April, when the issue came to City Council, I voted in support of the staff recommendations and against a more restrictive approach. Unfortunately, the more restrictive regulations passed.

When Car2Go shared their news today, a motion was drafted asking for City staff to further consult with the short term car rental industry and to report back at the June 26 meeting of City Council on recommended changes to improve the viability of the Free-Floating Short Term car rental pilot. I will be supporting this motion.

While I do not believe we should be giving special privileges to any specific short term car rental company at the expense of residents, we do have a responsibility as a City to figure out how to ensure there is a balance between the short term car rental economy and residents.

I am encouraged to hear that a second short term car rental company is planning to expand to Toronto. Communauto, a Canadian short term car rental company in cities across Canada, announced today that they are working on a plan to move to the Toronto market.

I hope this helps to explain my position, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any follow-up questions.

Gord

High Park Boulevard Beds and Garlic Mustard Busting

Posted on May 24, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help the High Park Stewards with one of two activities. (May is a busy month!) We need to (1) redesign the boulevard beds next to the Grenadier Restaurant, by rebuilding the fencing and replanting; (2) remove garlic mustard, a notoriously invasive species, from an area of the park.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. We will work until 12:30 pm. All tools will be provided.

For more information:
http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

 

E-Waste Collection Event | Parkdale Library – Saturday June 9th, 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018

Inorganic Market Event

Parkdale Library – June 9, 2018

1303 Queen Street West

Time: 11am-3pm

About: The Inorganic Market®, through public events and education, provides the opportunity for individuals to make a change at the community level and be positively engaged with the problem of e-waste. It is owned by the not-for-profit, SELF Solutions Lab. All collected material is sent to ADL Process for responsible recycling and disposal. All proceeds support the Inorganic Market’s efforts. More information and a list of accepted items can be found at inorganicmarket.ca or https://www.facebook.com/inorganicmarket/

Parkdale Community Hub Meeting Presentation and Public Survey

Posted on May 22, 2018

Background

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community.

In 2017, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

On Wednesday May 18th we had our first public community meeting about the Parkdale Hub.

Survey: https://s.cotsurvey.chkmkt.com/?e=122315&h=C8326A5135DBB79&l=en

 

Presentation slides:

Parkdale Hub Community Information Meeting Presentation - May 16 2018

 

 

 

 

High Park Native Plant Sale

Posted on May 17, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 am – 2 pm
In front of the High Park Greenhouse (south of Grenadier Restaurant, off of Centre Road)
Use native plants in your garden and help native species thrive! This plant sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewards and native plant restoration in High Park. It will take place in front of the Greenhouse (middle of High Park) from 11 am to 2 pm (see the map at https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/uploads/Maps/Map_Sale.jpg).

 

Cash only. Parking is very limited at the Grenadier Restaurant, so please use transit, walk, or bike. Assistance in carrying plants will be provided. In order to have plants for everyone to enjoy, large orders will be available only after 1 pm.

 

For much more information, go to http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Resources.PlantSale.

 

Chelsea Avenue Playground is Open!

Posted on May 17, 2018

Chelsea Park re-opened Wednesday afternoon.

Our office was told that an hour after it opened the playground was full of kids!

The scope of work included removal of the old playground & installation of new playground, upgrades to the existing wading pool, a new walkway, benches, picnic tables and a water bottle filling station.

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Community Dialogue: A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

Posted on May 9, 2018

The number of people dying from opioid poisonings in Toronto continue to rise. Preliminary estimates from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario show there were 187 deaths in Toronto from May to July 2017; double for the same period in 2016.

 

Around the world, governments are considering different approaches to drugs. Some countries are decriminalizing drug use and possession while others are legalizing and regulating drugs. Change is happening in Canada too. It will soon be legal for adults to purchase cannabis for personal use. In the midst of the current opioid poisoning crisis, some health officials and others are also calling for a new approach to other drugs.

 

How could we change our approach to drugs? What would a public health approach to drugs look like for Canada?

 

Toronto Public Health wants to hear from you on this important topic for our community.

 

To learn more, including how to register for a community dialogue session and to fill out our online survey, please visit the Community Dialogue website.

Reminder: Spring Into Parkdale this Saturday May 12th, 2018

Posted on May 9, 2018

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on May 12th, 2018!

Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.

Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood! Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!

Ward 14 is a Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods Pilot community

Posted on May 9, 2018

Coming soon!

An exciting new project – Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods – will launch later this month in three Toronto neighbourhoods, including Parkdale. Through the project, the City will engage with a local community group to help residents learn about all of the incentives and rebates available to make their homes more energy efficient. Need a new furnace, windows, insulation, or more? There’s never been a better time to make your home more comfortable and start saving on your energy bills. Stay tuned for more news on Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods.

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