Spring 2019 Newsletter from Councillor Gord Perks

Posted on April 12, 2019

Scroll through the eight pages of our annual spring newsletter to find information on a variety of community-wide issues, updates on parks and transportation projects as well development and planning files.

For any comments or questions, our office can be reached at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or 416-392-7919.

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Community Consultation Meeting – 299 Glenlake Avenue – April 23, 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

Planning application for: 299 GLENLAKE AVENUE

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date:     April 23, 2019

                    Time:    7:00pm to 9:00pm

                    Place:   Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road

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Take Steps to #TransformTO – May 6 – 20, 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

Spring is here Toronto, so let’s step outside to #TransformTO! From May 6 – 20, challenge yourself to walk more to support a healthier and greener Toronto.

Walking is a clean, green, and healthy way to get around Toronto and a great way to support the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. To reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, 75% of all trips under 5 km will need to be walked or cycled by the year 2050.

Download the free Carrot Rewards app to participate. Check the leader board here: https://bit.ly/2F9UbvU

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No Prescribed Burn for High Park in Spring 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

Urban Forestry has been using fire as part of its natural area management program for black oak savannah habitats for over 20 years in three city parks: High Park, Lambton Park, and South Humber Park. Black oak savannah is a rare vegetation community that is at risk of extinction throughout North America. Fire sustains these sites by setting back competing vegetation, enriching the soil, and promoting the growth and germination of native seed banks.

Following careful review of the proposed burn sites in High Park, it has been determined that we will not be proceeding with a burn for spring 2019. This delay will allow time for existing native plants to establish, oak regeneration and additional areas to be ready for burning.

In the beginning stages of the prescribed burn program, frequent burns were necessary to reverse the effects of the approximately 100 years of suppressed fire cycles.  As the successes of the prescribed burn program continue, the frequency and interval between burns is constantly being re-evaluated and adjusted accordingly.

Restoration of natural areas is an adaptive process and prescribed burn management, in combination with native species planting and invasive species removal, will continue to be a valuable tool used in these rare habitats to ensure their longevity and proliferation. Sites will be monitored this season and plans will be developed for an anticipated burn in spring 2020.

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