My Local Government Resource

Posted on June 13, 2019

The City of Toronto provides services that have a direct impact on your daily life and sometimes it is not clear how government works, where to find information, or how to express your opinion.

My Local Government, It’s For Me is a great place to start if you would like to learn about your local government, the decision making process, and how to get involved. Information is available in English and 24 additional languages that will help you become informed, have your say, and serve your city. This initiative started in 2016 as a response to residents’ requests on how they can get involved in their local government.

Find out more through the menu above under the City Hall tab at My Local Government or by going to www.toronto.ca/mylocalgovernment.

2019 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Posted on August 23, 2019

You are invited to attend the TTC’s annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit, which will take place on Wednesday September 25, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place, 105 Princes’ Boulevard. The purpose of the Forum is to update customers about TTC accessibility initiatives, including the Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy, Family of Services, Travel Training Pilot Program, and the Easier Access project, and gather feedback about possible improvements to the TTC’s accessible conventional and specialized services.

The Public Forum includes:

  • 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Special Meeting of the TTC Board
  • 6 pm to 7 pm – Display area for one-on-one interaction with attendees
  • 7 pm to 9 pm – Brief presentation from TTC staff on the progress and status of TTC accessibility initiatives followed by a Q&A session

Come out and let your voice be heard!

City-Wide Study on Existing City of Toronto Off-Leash Areas

Posted on August 23, 2019

Parks, Forestry and Recreation is leading an interdivisional study to examine how the City’s Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) can be reimagined to better harmonize with existing park uses and provide a satisfying user experience. The study is a follow-up to the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan recommendation to develop criteria for improving existing dog off-leash areas. More information is available here.

OLA Discussion Guide

Climate Action Grant

Posted on August 20, 2019

Climate Action Grant

The City is launching grants to support climate action projects at the neighbourhood level. Grants of up to $7,500 per project are available for resident-led projects in the City’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, which includes South Parkdale.

Eligible projects are those that directly contribute to emission reduction and/or projects that include a climate change education component. Applications open on September 1, 2019 and close on October 31, 2019. Projects approved for funding may start on or after January 1, 2020.

More information about the application process can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives/neighbourhood-climate-action-grants/

High Park Stewards Late Summer Native Plant Sale

Posted on August 16, 2019

Sunday, August 25th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

In front of the Greenhouse (off Centre Road SE from the Grenadier Restaurant)

Thousands of plants and over 80 species available!

CASH ONLY. No parking. Large orders after 1:00 from the remaining stock. The sale is in front of the greenhouse.

www.highparknature.org,stewards@highparknature.org

More Plant Sale info https://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Resources.PlantSale

Temporary Adjustments to Traffic and Parking Regulations for 2019 CNE – Jersey Barriers will be installed during this year’s CNE

Posted on August 15, 2019

Friends,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 16 to September 2, 2019. These changes were introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in June.

Some of these temporary changes include:

‘No Standing’ signage on:
• Thorburn, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin;
• Temple, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin; and
• Tyndall, both sides, between Springhurst and Thorburn.

’24 hour Permit Parking’ signage on:
• Springhurst between Jameson and Dufferin, north side.

The complete list of yearly changes that will be introduced at TEYCC is available online:
Non-delegated: bit.ly/2IoIqmQ
Delegated: bit.ly/2XXogWc

In addition, traffic and safety concerns raised by South Parkdale Residents were shared with Exhibition Place.
In response, Exhibition Place and CNE have agreed to keep the southbound lane of Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road open during the week and completely closed on weekends for this year.

Jersey barriers will be installed along Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road to allow southbound traffic during the week.

Weekdays (with the exception of Labour Day)
• Northbound and Southbound Lanes open from 12AM-9:30AM
• Only Southbound open from 9:30AM, Northbound Closed

Weekends
• Both Northbound and Southbound lanes are closed
Labour Day Monday
• Both Northbound and Southbound lanes closed(both lanes to reopen at 12AM Tuesday September 3rd)

Temporary Parking Permits
Community members raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE. In response to this, Permit Parking Staff temporarily restrict the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued — with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number — at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:
• CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex” with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;

• City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King intersection) to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets, and instead direct them to parking lots with directions to parking lots;

• City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;

• Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement, and City Bylaw enforcement staff have been asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;

• Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement have been asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;

• Toronto Police have been reminded of ongoing safety concerns during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst, from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;

• CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor traffic lights.

Transportation Staff worked towards more and better signage with CNE, Ex Place and Police in and around Parkdale.
Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,
Gord Perks

Basement Flooding Improvements Study

Posted on August 13, 2019

Notice of Study Commencement

The City of Toronto has initiated several Class Environmental Assessment (EA) studies to identify causes of flooding and develop solutions to reduce the risk of future surface and basement flooding before it is discharged to watercourses.

Study Areas 42, 44 & 62, located within the St. Clair Avenue, Jane/ Keele Street, DVP area, has experienced basement and surface flooding during extreme storms in the past.

In response, the City of Toronto has initiated these EA studies to address flooding that originates within the City’s property such as roads and sewer infrastructure (public property).

The Process

These studies are being planned as a Master Plan in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process and will result in a series of recommended basement flooding remediation projects. The Master Plans will define the problem, consider and evaluate alternative solutions, assess
impacts of the preferred solutions and identify measures to lessen any adverse impacts.

Public Consultation

Opportunities for public input are planned throughout the study, including an online survey, stakeholder meetings and public consultation events.  Information about each study’s progress will be made available on the webpage and shared with persons who sign-up for updates.

We Would Like to Hear From You

Visit toronto.ca/bfea for more information and to take part in our online survey or contact us if you want to be placed on our mailing list for updates.

Tel: 416-392-8210
Tty: 416-338-0889

Email: floodingstudy@toronto.ca
Visit: toronto.ca/bfea

Toronto’s Child Care and Early Years Programs

Posted on August 13, 2019

Toronto Children’s Services is developing its next five year plan to guide the planning and delivery of child care and early years programs in Toronto. This plan will include actions for improving and advancing these services for Toronto’s diverse families. It’s important that these services meet local families’ needs and preferences. We need to hear from as many families as possible about what’s working well and what’s not. Thank you in advance for adding your voice to this important process!

Share your feedback in two different ways:

-Complete an online survey at www.torontofamilieshaveyoursay.ca before September 18th, 2019

or

-Attend a consultation event in June, July, or August 2019

HPCA Fundraiser: The Glass Menagerie @ The Village Playhouse – September 5

Posted on August 8, 2019

Join High Park Community Alliance for the Dress Rehearsal of The Glass Menagerie.

This memory play about the author’s fragile sister, their tenacious mother, and a gentleman caller has become a modern American classic.

“Some plays are so brilliant, so perceptive, so poignant that they can be seen time and again — each viewing revealing another gem. This is the case with The Glass Menagerie.”

For more information about the show, check out The Village Players website:
https://villageplayers.net/the-glass-menagerie/

Get your tickets here: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/glass-menagerie-tickets-64646304838

If you prefer to purchase tickets with cash, please contact us at highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com

We know that early September is a busy time for people. If you can’t make it to The Glass Menagerie on September 5th but still want to support HPCA’s efforts, please consider purchasing a ticket anyway.

Spinning Demonstration at High Park Zoo – Aug 17

Posted on August 8, 2019

Join ‘Friends of High Park Zoo’ on Saturday, August 17, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when Joan McKenzie will demonstrate how llama fleece is spun into yarn using her spinning wheel.

Location – High Park Zoo, 77 Deer Pen Rd

 

LEAF – Tree Planting Program

Posted on August 8, 2019

Did you know that the City has a goal of increasing tree canopy from its current 27% to 40%? Much of the opportunity for expanding the canopy resides on private property. So, planting on private land is not only a great way for you to help green our neighbourhood, but you will also enjoy the personal benefits of doing so for years to come!

Why plant more trees?

  • Trees beautify a property and provide shade/cooling on hot summer days
  • Human health, both physical and mental, is positively impacted by trees
  • Trees can reduce stormwater runoff and can provide habitat for pollinators and songbirds

Through the Backyard Tree Planting Program, property owners receive arborist advice on the selection and placement of native tree and shrub species, as well as planting services and instructions on how to care for the trees. All for an affordable price!

LEAF also offers Native Shrub Bundles to beautify your yard and attract pollinators and songbirds. For approximately $100, you will get four native shrubs (for the price of three), free delivery right to your door, species fact sheets, mulch and a planting and care guide.

AVAILABLE BUNDLES

  • Native Bee
  • Edible
  • Songbird
  • Small Yard
  • Privacy

Supplies are limited so bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on how you can plant on your property at an affordable price, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.

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