6 Noble Street: Update on OMB Pre-Hearing

Posted on December 15, 2017

Friends,

The first OMB pre-hearing conference on the 6 Noble Street development application was held on December12th, 2017.

The developer advised that they have submitted a Settlement Offer to the City with revision to the original application.

The Settlement Offer is now posted on line at:

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4023767&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

Of note, revisions include the height of the building which has been reduced from 14 storeys (51.3 m including mechanical penthouse) to 8 storeys (32.3 m including mechanical penthouse); and no non-residential uses are proposed. The non-residential gross floor area and the live-work units have been replaced with townhouse units.

City Planning along with a number of City departments will now review the Settlement Offer and provide their feedback.

My office will organize a meeting in 2018 to review the Settlement Offer with the community. City Planning staff and the developer will be invited to attend this meeting.

City Planning staff will then provide their recommendations on the Settlement Offer. If they recommend approval of the Settlement Offer, a report will be submitted to the February 21st Toronto and East York Community Council. If they do not recommend approval of the settlement offer, City Staff will attend the next pre-hearing scheduled for May 22 at 10 AM at the OMB, 655 Bay St, 16th floor.

Please watch for Community Meeting Notice early in 2018. As always, my office is available to answer questions and hear your concerns.

Sincerely,
Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

TrashTalk: Holiday Waste Guide

Posted on December 14, 2017

Add More Blue & Green to your Holidays

‘Tis the season for great food and getting together with friends and relatives. It is also a time when we create a lot of waste.

Did you know that 46% of what is found in the Garbage should have been put in the Green Bin (organic waste) or Blue Bin (recycling)? This is a missed opportunity to recover valuable resources and minimize what is sent to landfill. Learn how to properly sort these common holiday items.

Plastic plates & cups – Hosting a party? It’s best to use reusable dinnerware to reduce waste, but if you are using disposable plastic plates and cups, make sure you rinse them and put in the Blue Bin. Note – black plastics go in the Garbage.

Gift wrap & cards – Who doesn’t love a beautifully wrapped gift? After carefully unwrapping, reuse the wrapping paper for a future gift. If it cannot be reused, put paper gift wrap and cards in the Blue Bin. Foil wrap goes in the Garbage.

Ribbons & bows – The best thing to do with ribbons and bows is to save and reuse them for your next special occasion. If they’re not reusable, place them in the Garbage.

Cakes, cookies and clementines – It’s the season for goodies. Food waste such as fruit peels go in the Green Bin, while wooden fruit crates go in the Garbage. Empty cookie tins are great for reuse, but otherwise go in the Blue Bin.

Take-out food containers – Bringing food to a holiday potluck? Use reusable containers. If you must bring food in a take-out container, be sure to put it in the Blue Bin (though if the container or tray is black, place it in the Garbage.)

For more information on how to sort holiday waste, call 311 or visit toronto.ca/wastewizard.

City of Toronto’s 2018 Preliminary Budget Overview now available

Posted on December 13, 2017

City of Toronto’s 2018 Preliminary Budget Overview is now available online at http://bit.ly/2z8x0io .

GETTING INVOLVED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS

You can follow the development of the budget as it is reviewed, debated, changed and approved by the Budget Committee and Executive Committee and then City Council on February 12 and 13, 2018. Details on when and where committee and council meetings are held are available at toronto.ca/council.

The materials for the meetings, including presentations, budget and briefing notes as well as information on the budget process, can be found on the City’s website at toronto.ca/budget2018.

There are several ways you can share your views on the budget. Please see the last page of the Budget Overview for more details on how you can get involved.

We will also be having a Ward 13 & 14 discussion on the 2018 City Budget and the Long Term Financial Plan in January 2018.

Gord

 

 

 

 

Steps to Justice: Your guide to law in Ontario

Posted on December 11, 2017

Community Legal Education Ontario is excited to announce the launch of Steps to Justice http://www.stepstojustice.ca/. Steps to Justice is a new website that gives reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems related to social assistance, criminal, employment, housing and other areas of law. You can learn more about this project in this video .

Steps to Justice:

  • helps people to understand their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
  • includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
  • gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
  • allows organizations to embed its content on their own websites for free so your clients can access legal information without leaving your website.

Workshops:

Please contact rebecca.stulberg@cleo.on.ca if you are interested in hosting an interactive workshop on Steps to Justice. Our workshops are designed for front-line workers and cover the following topics:

  • Brief overview of CLEO
  • The difference between legal information and legal advice
  • Using CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice, to find legal information
  • Finding legal information using case scenarios

Introducing the New Human Services Phone Number – 338-8888

Posted on December 9, 2017

Human Services Integration (HSI) – a partnership across Shelter Support and Housing Administration, Toronto Children’s Services and Toronto Employment and Social Services is focused on integrating access and intake for the core income support programs. Sixty seven client/resident facing phone numbers have been integrated into a single human services number – 416­-338-8888.

Residents can call this number and hear a menu of options that will direct them to the range of human services including housing support, child care information and subsidy, Ontario Works and related financial supports, employment support, and medical and funeral benefits.

Calls to existing phone numbers will be seamlessly transferred to the new human services menu so that callers can hear the range of service options. While services and information will be accessed differently, existing call centres will continue to take the calls that come to them through the human services phone channel.

This is the first step to implementing a fully integrated contact centre for human services application, eligibility determination, waitlist management and service navigation, which will begin to launch by the end of 2018.

Last November, Human Services Integration also launched an integrated website and benefit and service finder tool: www.toronto.ca/humanservices and www.toronto.ca/humanservices/finder

 

Toronto Drop-In Network’s 2017/2018 Winter Holiday Meal List

Posted on December 8, 2017

Toronto Drop-In Network is a community of 56 drop-in centres throughout Toronto

The Winter Holiday list of drop-in hours, meal times, and special holiday meals are up. The list can also be accessed here http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=542

Please share with other community members.

Gord

Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study Meeting Presentation

Posted on December 8, 2017

City Planning have conducted a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

A 3rd Community Consultation Meeting was held on Dec 4th, 2017 where staff provided an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

The Dec 4th, 2017 staff presentation can be found below :

Dundas Roncesvalles Study - December 4, 2017 meeting

 

Please contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca should you have any questions .

Gord

Get a Free Tree!

Posted on December 8, 2017

 

Get a free tree                    

The leaves are falling but spring is not that far away. Act now to have a free tree planted in front of your house next spring. The City will deliver, plant and prune it at no cost to you. You just add water.

The City will supply and plant a free tree on the City-owned portion of your yard between the sidewalk and your property line (usually the first several feet from the sidewalk). You will be offered a choice of 18 species of native trees including maples, tulip trees, and oaks. You can choose from 4 species native to North America and 14 imports from Europe or Asia, including the freeman maple that is quite common in the area (It turns brilliant red in the fall).

All you have to do

Simply telephone 311 during business hours and make a request. You can also go online anytime at www.toronto.ca. Under the column “Residents” , click on “Parks”. At the bottom of the Parks page, click on “Request a tree”. The application form is on this page. Click on Request service online and provide the required information. The every tree counts brochure in on the right side of this page. Clicking on it will list the colour and characteristics of each tree — –to assist you in making your selection.

For more information about ways that you can get involved in making the West Bend area a better place to live, contact info@thewestbend.ca or visit the website at www.thewestbend.com

 

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust Launches the Preserve and Protect Fund for Affordable Housing

Posted on December 8, 2017

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust will purchase and protect affordable housing in Parkdale under a unique non-profit community ownership model. Their goal is to raise $50,000 towards their first affordable housing project.

“You love Parkdale because of its diversity. You love the vibrant local businesses, the fact that it’s home to newcomers, psychiatric survivors, and other marginalized communities, the diversity and richness that comes with being in an urban community.

With your support, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust purchases and protects land in a community ownership model. Imagine having stable affordable housing, community gardens and green space and affordable space for local non-profit organizations. Together we can preserve the character of Parkdale and protect its residents.”

Support the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust today

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