Public Feedback Wanted in City of Toronto Survey

Posted on February 23, 2017

The City of Toronto is requesting input from residents and other members of the public through an online survey that will help determine how and when the City makes information available in languages other than English.

The survey will be available until March 10 at http://www.toronto.ca/languagesurvey and is offered in several languages including English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Italian, Portuguese, Farsi, Russian, Urdu, Korean and French.

This feedback is being sought as a part of the City’s review of the Multilingual Services Policy to ensure it continues to meet the needs of Toronto’s diverse communities. Toronto’s Multilingual Services Policy includes criteria for translating information into other languages to make sure information reaches residents, keeps them informed and engaged, and that City resources for translation and interpretation are used effectively. The policy is available at http://bit.ly/2l1dt99.

LEAF Backyard Tree Planting & Native Shrub Bundles

Posted on February 22, 2017

LEAF’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program helps you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information visit LEAF.

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This spring, beautify your yard with a LEAF Native Shrub Bundle.

AVAILABLE BUNDLES

  • Native Bee– pre-determined shrubs designed to provide habitat and food for native bees year round
  • Edible– shrubs of your choice to best suit your taste buds

EACH BUNDLE INCLUDES

  • Four lovely native shrubs for the price of three
  • Free delivery right to your door
  • Specific shrub fact sheet to help acheive your garden goals
  • Mulch and an illustrated planting and care guide

Supplies are limited, and bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit LEAF.



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Upcoming Events
For event details, visit the LEAF website.

March 18, 2017
Information Session – Adopt-a-Park-Tree and Young Urban Forest Leaders Programs
10:00am – 12:00pm | Metro Hall (Room 308)

April 27, 2017
Training – Toronto Volunteer Orientation
6:00pm – 7:30pm | Lillian H. Smith Library (Auditorium BC)

May 9, 2017
Multi-Day Course: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program
Class dates: May 9th, May 11th May 13th & May 16th  | St Mathew’s Club House, Riverdale Park East

May 28, 2017
Workshop: Drawing Native Plants with Alan Li
1:00 to 4:00 pm | LEAF Learning Garden, Artscape Wychwood Barns

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street

Posted on February 22, 2017

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street, will be holding a pre-hearing meeting to discuss their Committee of Adjustment application.

The applicant is proposing to renovate the existing one-storey industrial building to include a craft brewery, retail store, restaurant, and associated outdoor patio. These uses are currently not permitted at 376R Dufferin Street.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm, Meeting Room A, Parkdale Public Library – 1303 Queen Street W.

Details regarding the proposed renovation will be available at the Community Meeting.

The Committee of Adjustment application is available on-line by searching the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment – Application Information Centre. The Committee of Adjustment hearing date is set for March 29th.

Councillor Gord Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

For more information, or should you have questions and are unable to attend, please contact Joshua Michnik via email: toronto@33acresbrewing.com

King Street Pilot Study Survey

Posted on February 22, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to take the inline survey for the King Street Pilot Study!

The King Street Pilot Study is about testing out how to redesign King Street to achieve three broad city-building objectives: moving people on transit more efficiently, improving placemaking and the public realm, and supporting business and economic prosperity.

In this online survey, the City wants to hear your feedback about three key aspects of the pilot being explored in this phase of work:

1. How should we evaluate success of the pilot project?
2. What is your preference of three different block design options being considered?
3. Where along King Street should we undertake the pilot?

Please click on the link to the survey below, it should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete:

http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/kingstreetpilot/

Thank you for participating in this important initiative. If you have any questions, please contact:

David J Hunter, P. Eng
Sr. Transportation Planner
City Planning Division, City of Toronto
www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot
kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca
#kingstreetpilot

High Park Stewards – Biological Controls for Invasive Species

Posted on February 21, 2017

The High Park Stewards spend the majority of their time removing invasive species such as garlic mustard, hedge parsley, common buckthorn, and a host of others. Biological controls would make this task so much easier. What is possible now? What is likely in the future?

W.D. (Bill) McIlveen has been involved in Ontario’s ecological land classification, rare and introduced species studies, terrestrial toxicology projects, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Ontario Tree Atlas. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he served on the executive of the Field Botanists of Ontario and the Toronto Entomological Association, among other organizations. He is currently working on a new and comprehensive Flora of Halton.

Howard Park Tennis Club. 430 Parkside Dr. 10:30am to 12:30pm.

See www.highparknature.org and the links in this invite for more details and photos.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue Community Meeting

Posted on February 21, 2017

Friends,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey bank building with a 7-storey office retail building that retains the original bank facade. The building has a proposed height of 26.1 metres (30.1 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

City Planning will be holding the Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm at St. Casimir’s Parish Hall at 156 Roncesvalles Ave.

Gord

57 Brock Avenue Staff Direction Report

Posted on February 21, 2017

Friends,

On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 57 Brock Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.10

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a Beer Store and parking lot with a 7-storey residential building containing 106 units. A total of 73 parking spaces will be provided in two levels at and above grade, including 16 visitor spaces, 108 bicycle spaces, and 22 short-term bicycle spaces. The building will have a height of 23.45 metres (28.9 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3982741&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

This report will recommend that City Council direct the City Solicitor to oppose the appeal of the 57 Brock Avenue Development application at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing but to also work with the owner to enter into a settlement should the opportunity arise. I will be supporting the Direction Report at TEYCC.

Community meetings have been held about this application. At both meetings, local residents shared concerns with the proposed development.

Remaining concerns raised by the community include:

  1. The overall height, mass, and density of the proposal
  2. Its ability to integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood visually and otherwise, including its proximity to the street
  3. Deficiency of outdoor amenity space and green space
  4. Interactions with pedestrians and the public realm and its effects on the street level
  5. Effects on nearby traffic and parking and servicing
  6. Amount and location of short term bicycle parking on streets
  7. Lack of linearity with front sight lines of adjacent housing

No hearing date has yet been scheduled for the OMB. My office will communicate any further information as it becomes available.

Gord

Wallace Ave Pedestrian Bridge Temporary Closure

Posted on February 15, 2017

Friends,

Due the development happening on the east side of the railways near Wallace Avenue, the Wallace Avenue Pedestrain Bridge will be temporarily closed while its replacement is under construction.

Closure Start Date: March 20, 2017
Closure End Date: March 28, 2017

Please note that alternative routes at Dupont St and Bloor St are available during this temporary closure.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

Thanks,
Councillor Gord Perks

Wallace Ave Pedestrian Bridge

City of Toronto's Opportunities for Family Day Fun on February 20

Posted on February 15, 2017

The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy Family Day on Monday, February 20 by taking advantage of City-run recreation facilities and historic attractions. Seven of the City’s 10 historic sites will offer events, activities and tours on Family Day. Programming highlights for the open sites are listed below. Regular admission fees apply except for Historic Zion Schoolhouse. Times and activity details will vary by location. More information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.

Skating

There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor arenas and outdoor rinks. CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under age the age of six and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Family Day schedules are available online at http://www.toronto.ca/familyday.

The MLSE Foundation, in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, will be hosting a community event at Campbell Avenue Playground Outdoor Rink from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to celebrate the donation of skates and learn-to-skate equipment to three City of Toronto outdoor rinks. Toronto Maple Leafs alumnus Darryl Sittler will attend, along with mascots and Toronto Maple Leafs hockey development coaches. The event will also include hot chocolate, cookie decorating and giveaways.

Skiing/Snowboarding

Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open on Family Day, weather permitting. For updates and schedules, visit http://www.toronto.ca/ski.

Swimming

Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone. Family Day schedules are available online at the web link above, or by calling 311.

Recreation Programs

Select recreation facilities will offer programming for the whole family. Children accompanied by an adult can enjoy swimming, indoor/outdoor skating, yoga, Zumba®, gymnastics, sports, arts and crafts and much more. Family Day schedules for each recreation centre are available online or by calling 311.

Riverdale Farm

The City’s farm at 201 Winchester St., open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features farm animals and offers various activities. Admission is free.

High Park Zoo

Toronto’s oldest zoo has been entertaining people for 120 years. The zoo, which houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas and reindeer, as well as our famous capybaras Bonnie and Clyde, is located on Deer Pen Road and is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free.

Conservatories and Greenhouses

Residents and visitors can warm up and take in the sights and scents at Toronto’s beautiful conservatories, Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Family Day. Admission is free and the conservatories are wheelchair-accessible.

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)

Families can visit the fort’s historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make for a memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, the officers’ sword drill, old-fashioned games and a fun-filled kids’ activity book.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)

Families can explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse in North Toronto and take a step back in time with schoolmistress Miss Coulson. Visitors can learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate and enjoy storytelling, craft making and other activities. Donations of new or gently used children’s books will help the Children’s Book Bank provide books and literacy support to children in need in Toronto. Admission is free.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)

Visitors can celebrate Black History Month in Toronto by learning about Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. On Family Day visitors can also enjoy performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m. by a Scottish dance troupe from the Guthrie School of Dance, who will be sharing Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them.

Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)

The inn will feature Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing, who will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 and 3:30 p.m. There will also be a traditional French Canadian lumberjack dancing man and visitors can learn to play the spoons with the inn’s resident fiddler at 1:30 and 3 p.m. In the afternoon, cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats alongside historic games and crafts.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)

The museum will offer fun activities such as a scavenger hunt and a craft activity. Visitors will be able to sample baked goods and hot chocolate.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)

A family-friendly tour includes games and hands-on fun in the historic kitchen – all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)

Visitors can make crafts and tour the historic homes while viewing the first ever retrospective of acclaimed Canadian painter Helen Lucas in the Papermill Gallery.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Family Day, with daily activities free with zoo admission. More information about the zoo’s indoor tropical pavilions, interactive interpretive stations and daily keeper talks is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.

Other Municipal Facilities and Services

All City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate normally on February 20. City administrative offices and service counters will be closed on Monday, re-opening on Tuesday, February 21. The major civic buildings including City Hall, Metro Hall and the civic centres will operate on a weekend schedule from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Family Day.

The TTC will operate on its holiday schedule on Family Day. All TTC routes will operate on their Sunday service schedules, but will start earlier, at approximately 6 a.m. Any routes that do not normally operate on Sundays, will not operate on the holiday. Subway service will start around 6 a.m. and will run every 4-5 minutes. More TTC information is available at http://ttc.ca/Routes/index.jsp.

City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday. Toronto Home Child Care Agency providers will offer service as usual.

All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Family Day. Archival Services at 255 Spadina Rd. will also be closed on Monday.

Some community recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Residents can find the list of open centres online at http://www.toronto.ca/familyday or call their local centre ahead of time to check its schedule.

Registration for Spring/Summer Recreation Programs

Posted on February 15, 2017

The City of Toronto offers recreation programs for all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for spring and summer general programs, spring skating and swimming, and summer camps begins in two weeks.

Registration dates
Registration is by district and starts at 7 a.m. on each date:
Etobicoke York: Saturday, March 4
Scarborough: Sunday, March 5
North York: Tuesday, March 7
Toronto and East York: Wednesday, March 8

Residents should visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun before registration day to build wish lists (program titles and bar codes) and have a few options ready in case they don’t get their first choice.

Those who want to register for programs will need to set up an account. Residents can call 416-338-4386, email pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation will offer extended customer service call centre hours on March 1, 2, 3 and 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to assist with account information and answer questions about registration for spring/summer programs.

New this year, residents can stop by a recreation registration information table at one of the following four locations on Family Day (Monday, February 20) to find out more about recreation programs, get a family number and learn how to register for programs:

More information about these locations is available at http://bit.ly/1jDRqiN.

 Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. You can visit http://www.toronto.ca/wp for more information about the yearly credit.

Free programs
Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60 plus years) who register for adult recreation programs receive a 50 per cent discount off the regular price of those programs.

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