The City is holding a meeting on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study to present draft Official Plan policies. Information on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plans will also be provided at the Open House. We welcome your comments and there will be opportunities to ask questions of City staff.
We will discuss the results of the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study, which spans Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue, and provide an update on the heritage survey and HCD Plans.
Date: Thursday October 17, 2019
Time: Open House 5pm – 8pm; Presentation – 6:30pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium
Heritage Grant 2019 Program: Not-for-Profit Organizations
Toronto’s inaugural Not-for-Profit Recognition Day on October 2, 2019 celebrates the important contribution that non-profit community organizations make to our city and communities.
Not-for-profit organizations that own or operate out of heritage house-form buildings designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act are encouraged to apply the Toronto Heritage Grant Program. Applications are due on November 1st, 2019.
The identification and conservation of cultural heritage resources is an integral component of good planning, contributing to long term economic prosperity, environmental sustainability through adaptive re-use, a sense of place, and healthy and equitable communities.
City Planning (Heritage Preservation Services) administers the Toronto Heritage Grant Program that provides matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The City continues to strengthen its collaborative, interdependent relationship with the not-for-profit sector to achieve shared city-building goals.
In April 2019, Council amended the grant eligibility requirements as set out in the Terms and Conditions so that any tax-exempt designated heritage properties including a house-form building may be eligible for a grant equivalent to 50% of the cost of eligible conservation work, with no limit.
The matching grant can assist in the conservation of historic windows and doors, the repair of front porches and steps, or the conservation of exterior walls and slate roofs of properties that are under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
For more information, contact Alex Corey, Senior Heritage Planner (Acting), at Alex.Corey@toronto.ca2020 flyer_Neighbourhood_Grants
Heritage Toronto will distribute 45 luxury hotel room vouchers to Toronto-based volunteer-supported community organizations to support their fundraising and programming efforts. The deadline to apply to receive one of the vouchers is October 18. Full details can be found here: https://www.heritagetoronto.org/join-give/royalyork/
Students and young professionals in the first five years of their career are invited to attend the Heritage Toronto Awards as guests of the agency. The Awards are an excellent opportunity to connect and network with leaders and other young professionals in the field. Applications are due October 21. Full details can be found here: https://www.heritagetoronto.org/join-give/emerging-historians/call-for-emerging-historians/
Animal Services is collecting pet food and large dog coats for the Homeless Connect Toronto event on October 27. Patrons of the event can access essential resources on housing, employment, ID clinics, health care, and other services under one roof. Animal Services provides basic veterinary care, free spay/neuter services for the pets, as well as food and dog coats.Donations can be dropped off at any of the three animal shelters, and coats can be ordered via Amazon.
Enter in the North Shelter address: 1300 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto ON, M3K 2A6. Attn: Supervisor.
STEPS.Activate: Community is back for a second year, aimed at supporting community groups, non-arts based organizations, and social service agencies in developing community-engaged, public art initiatives. The deadline to apply is November 4, 2019 by 5pm.
For more information, please visit https://stepsinitiative.com/about/opps/STEPS.Activate_ Community - 2020 Call for Applications
The High Park ZooBoo is coming up soon! Come out on October 19th from 12pm-3pm for an inflatable corn maze, mask making, pumpkin games, and more! Toronto Fire and Police will be there to let children play with a fire truck and police cruiser.
On October 18 the Toronto Ward Museum will launch Block by Block Toronto, a participatory, multimedia project that engages diverse young people in the collection and interpretation of oral histories from across the city. By training young people to interview community members about their lived experiences, the project preserves and animates stories of migration, settlement and civic life in an effort to build a more inclusive city: one story and one neighbourhood at a time.
The goal of Block by Block is to deepen relationships in and between communities through the exchange of personal stories, reflections and resources. We hope to contribute to better public understanding of settlement experiences and the roles that neighbourhoods play in those experiences through interactive programming, exhibitions, art and storytelling. We think these experiences have been underrepresented in Toronto and that there is a lot to learn from them.
The block parties will take place over the course of the next two weeks in Agincourt, Parkdale, Regent Park and Victoria Park.
The program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Inspirit Foundation and the City of Toronto.
Event: Parkdale Block Party
Date / Time: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2-5 pm
Location: Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
The Toronto Ward Museum is leading Block by Block in partnership with nine other organizations. They are: Agincourt Community Services Association; City of Toronto Newcomer Office; OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants; Regent Park Film Festival; Ryerson University; Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre; Toronto Public Library; West Neighbourhood House; Working Women Community Centre.
This is the second round of Block by Block events. In 2017, Block by Block ran nationally, focusing on historic immigrant neighbourhoods in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Over one year the national team engaged 520 participants; recorded 30 oral histories in 3 neighbourhoods; co-created 3 local exhibitions; and co-curated an online exhibition (visited 5000+ times).
The City of Toronto has currently closed down the North Playground at High Park for repairs and upgrades. The City will be making improvements to the playground area with new playground equipment and structures, and also rehabilitating the wading pool. The work is expected to be completed for the Spring of 2020.High Park Playground Revitalization
The TTC conducted a review of bus routes in the Junction Area with the goal of reducing customer journey time and providing more continuous service along major corridors.
In May 2018, TTC staff proposed service improvements to the bus network, which included more service on Parkside Drive and changes to the routes along the St. Clair West and Dundas West corridors. After these initial public consultations, late evening and Sunday and holiday Parkside Drive service was implemented in September 2018.
TTC received positive community feedback for the proposed service improvements at the local station consultations and open houses.
The new service improvements will go into effect on October 13, 2019.
Summary of TTC Public Consultations:
TTC Staff presented information boards summarizing the study at key locations in subway stations near the bus connections of the affected routes and at open houses on the following dates/stations:
-Dundas West: January 16 and 18, 2019
-Keele: January 14, 15, and 18, 2019
-High Park: January 17, 2019
-Runnymede: January 16, 2019
-Public Open House: David Appleton Community Recreation, Pritchard Avenue, Ward 5, February 6, 2019
-Public Open House: West Toronto Baptist Church, Dundas Street W, Ward 4, February 20, 2019
The TTC Board Approved the Following Report: Routing Changes – Junction Area Study on April 11, 2019.
Customer Service: 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
TTY Line: 416-481-2523 (daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed holidays)
As part of the TTC’s commitment to provide accessible transit, construction is underway at Runnymede to install new elevators. Runnymede Station is scheduled to become accessible at the end of 2020. Construction has been progressing and I would like to provide you with an update on the next phase of work. Here is an overview of construction activities to expect over the coming months:Runnymede Station- Construction Update -Bus Roadway Closed Fall 2019_FINAL