Winterlicious Launches Culinary Event Series Today

Posted on December 12, 2019

Winterlicious, Toronto’s popular foodie event, returns January 31 to February 13, 2020, featuring both a Culinary Event Series and Prix Fixe Promotion. Created by the City of Toronto, Winterlicious is a great opportunity for food enthusiasts to explore the city’s food culture. Tickets for the Culinary Event Series go on sale today and make for a unique holiday gift.

2020 Culinary Event Series

The Culinary Event Series will include a wide range of events suitable for both adventurous and cautious food explorers. The Winterlicious 2020 Culinary Event Series features 14 eclectic food experiences to choose from:

  • David Gibson’s Favourites: A Farmhouse Supper, Gibson House Museum on January 31 and February 7
  • Edible History – Taste Where Toronto All Began, St. Lawrence Market on January 31, February 2, 7, 8, and 9
  • Afternoon Tea at the Castle, Casa Loma on February 1, 2, 8 and 9
  • The Pleasure of Survival, Palais Royale on February 1
  • A Chocolate Tasting Affair, Crimson Teas on February 2, 6, 8, and 13
  • Feed Your Soul – A Louisiana Culinary Experience, Cirillo’s Academy on February 3
  • Feast by the Fire, Babel on February 4
  • The Art of Pizza Making, Cibo Wine Bar Yorkville on February 4
  • Dinner with the Mackenzies, Mackenzie House on February 5, 12 and 13
  • The Austins Entertain, Spadina Museum on February 6
  • Historic Tavern Meal, Montgomery’s Inn Museum on February 8
  • Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter, Fort York National Historic Site on February 9
  • Scotch Tasting Dinner, David Duncan House, February 10 and 12
  • Tequila Tasting Dinner with Chef Claudio Aprile, Xango on February 11

Some events sell out fast, so interested buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets now. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

2020 Prix Fixe Promotion

More than 200 restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33 and dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53. Restaurants will start accepting reservations for the Prix Fixe Promotion on January 16. Reservations are strongly recommended and are to be made directly with the participating dining establishments. A complete list of participating restaurants is available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

Follow Winterlicious on social media on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/LiciousTO, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiciousTO and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/LiciousTO. The event hashtag is #LiciousTO.

Parkdale Hub – Project Update

Posted on December 11, 2019

The City of Toronto has been exploring opportunities to enhance spaces for program delivery and affordable housing in the Parkdale community. The Parkdale Hub project has been centred on the City-owned properties located at 1313, 1303 Queen Street West and 220 Cowan Avenue. This cluster of public facilities, each of which requires state of good repair work and/or improvements, provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.

On December 11, 2019, Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee considered a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project. The  report provides an overview of the findings from the Feasibility Study that has been underway since 2017. It also recommends next steps for moving the project forward. The Committee approved the recommendations to begin Phase 2 of the project in 2020.

The report is available to review on the City’s website, through the following link: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=15476#Meeting-2019.EX11

Click here for my comments to the committee.

For more information on the project, visit: https://parkdalehub.ca/

2978 Dundas St W (at Pacific Ave) LPAT Decision

Posted on December 11, 2019

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has recently made a decision about the development proposal at 2978 Dundas Street West (at Pacific Avenue).

The proposal, approved by City Council in July 2018, is for an 8-storey building with a height of 24.3m (26.2m with mechanical penthouse), the partial eighth storey containing indoor amenity space and access to outdoor rooftop amenity space. The proposed building would contain retail at grade and 80 residential units above, and would require the demolition of 7 existing rental units which are proposed to be replaced in the new building.

City Council’s approval was appealed to the LPAT by a local community group. On December 3rd, 2019 the LPAT found the appeal was without merit and thus it was dismissed. The development proposal will now move forward as passed by City Council in July 2018.

3194-3206 Dundas Street West Pre-Application Meeting

Posted on December 11, 2019

On December 9th, 2019, a pre-application meeting was held for a potential development at 3194-3206 Dundas Street West, the current site of High Park Animal Hospital, Church of God Worship Centre and building at 3206.

The meeting was an opportunity for the developer to share their intentions with the community and City Planning staff prior to a formal submission of their application. I have attached a copy of their presentation. https://1drv.ms/u/s!AsSQsTAIkrE9g5geuzAJW0gRlEJCWw?e=W2nube 

The developer has not yet filed any paperwork with the city but at the meeting presented plans for an 8-storey residential building.

Any comments or questions at this time should be directed to Councillor Perks’ Office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and Carla Tsang, City Planner at Carla.tsang@toronto.ca .

Advocates Call Upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO Action Plan

Posted on December 9, 2019

Many low-and-moderate-income households in the city struggling to make ends meet. The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan being presented to Planning and Housing Committee, builds upon the City’s last 10-year housing plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto: Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020.

The action plan proposes a number of actions to address critical needs across the housing spectrum however it fails to meet the urgency needed in our city.

Housing Advocates call upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan by asking City Council to:

  • declare homelessness an emergency and direct the Mayor to invite the Premier and Prime Minister to an emergency summit within 30 days to devise a plan for dealing with the emergency;
  • commit that any housing units built on City land, or receiving City subsidies or City incentives shall be permanent;
  • establish a Housing Commissioner of Toronto; and
  • create minimum annual targets for housing construction which will be achieved regardless of the actions of other governments or funding partners.

Date:                Tuesday December 10, 2019
Time:               9 AM
Location:         2nd Floor, A Street reception, outside of Committee Rm 1, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West,

Speakers:

  • Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Brian Davis, Houselink Community Homes
  • Alejandra Ruiz-Vargas, ACORN
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
  • Councillor Gord Perks

Pesticide Treatment at High Park

Posted on December 5, 2019

Urban Forestry will be carrying out management of invasive trees, shrubs and vines in High Park over the winter months.

Various sections of the natural areas in High Park are managed for invasive trees, shrubs and vines.  Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of December to March. A triclopyr-based pesticide (Garlon RTU) is being used to control these invasive species. Pesticide signs will be posted 24 hours prior to any treatment taking place and will delineate the border of the site being managed at that time.

The invasive species being treated includes Norway Maple and Common Buckthorn, these species impact native plants and habitat by:

• crowding out and shading native vegetation and young trees

• encouraging soil erosion due to lack of ground cover

Application is done by licensed city staff, and additional information signage will be posted along with the standard warning signage.  Warning signage is posted 24 hours before treatment and is removed 48 hours following treatment, according to Ministry of Environment guidelines.

Please see the Fact Sheet below for more information.

FACTSHEET Norway Maple Common Buckthorn_

Information on City’s Snow Clearing Services

Posted on December 5, 2019

The City’s Levels of Winter Maintenance Service Highlights

Road Category When does the City start plowing? How many hours after the snow stops falling will it take to clear?
Expressways 2.5 cm to 5.0 cm 2-3 hours
Arterial roads and streetcar routes 5.0 cm 6-8 hours
Collector roads, bus routes and local streets with Hills 5.0 cm – 8.0 cm 8-10 hours
All other local streets 8.0 cm 14-16 hours

Business and property owners are responsible for ensuring that all ice and snow is cleared on sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 12 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles. Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business will make it safer for everyone. Failure to do so can result in fines. Please contact 311 to report property owner who did not clear their sidewalk.

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home. The service does not include driveways or walkways leading to homes. All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service. 

If you have friends, neighbours or relatives who are seniors (65 years of age +) and are in need of aid for snow removal please contact 311 (or call Councillor Perks office 416 392 7919 or email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca) for options.

Registration for City’s winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps begins this weekend

Posted on December 5, 2019

Registration for City of Toronto winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps will take place on Saturday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 10. The City is Toronto is the largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests, with more than one million recreation program hours offered annually.

Available programs include beginner skate and preschool swim, lifesaving classes, as well as adapted and inclusive programs for people with special needs/disabilities. March break camps range from activity and adventure camps to specialty camps including drama, music and sports.

Residents can prepare for registration with extended customer service hours at 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 5, 6 and 9.

Registering online at https://efun.toronto.ca/ is the fastest and easiest way to register. Registration starts at 7 a.m. for these districts:

  • Saturday, December 7 – Etobicoke/York and Scarborough
  • Tuesday, December 10 – North York, Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York

Due to ward realignments, the registration day for some locations has changed. Affected locations can be found at: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/districtchanges.html#

Residents can get tips for registration, browse available programs, create wish lists and learn more about available programs at https://www.toronto.ca/rec. Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

1521 Queen St W Development Application

Posted on December 4, 2019

An application has been submitted to the City for a proposed rezoning at 1521 Queen St W. The applicant’s proposal is for a 25.9m 8-storey mixed-use building (plus a 5m mechanical penthouse) with 78 residential units, 72 bike parking spaces, and 3 car-share spaces. More detailed information about the proposal can be found here.

A pre-application community meeting was previously held in July 2019, details of which can be found here: gordperks.ca/location/1521-queen-street-west.

A community meeting will be held in the coming months to discuss this proposal with the community, gather further feedback, and provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions of the applicant, City Planning, and Councillor Perks.

My thoughts on the plan to increase property taxes

Posted on December 4, 2019

Today our Mayor proposed a plan to increase property taxes substantially over the next several years. It’s the right thing to do. Many people have been arguing for this since the Mayor first took office. He has not been kind to us.

What happened?

First, we have been honest. It has been obvious that our transit system is in decline because of under-spending, and that we need public investment to solve the housing crisis. In the long run honesty is the best approach to civic life.

Second, we have not allowed constant attacks on our ideas and integrity to silence us. It’s no fun being attacked but it’s something we have to stand up to in the current vicious political climate. When we are demonized for telling the truth, it shows we are getting somewhere.

Third, and most important, by speaking up we have gradually persuaded Torontonians that we face a stark choice, increase taxes or cut services. Together we created a social movement that grew and grew until it forced the Mayor to come down on our side.

If you have ever told anyone that you would rather pay more taxes than watch the City decline, today is your victory. Be proud, you’ve changed the way the Mayor thinks and put the City on a better path.

Now, on to the next struggle.

Gord

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