Community Budget Town Hall – February 3rd, 2019

Posted on January 23, 2020

Join Councillor Perks on Monday, February 3rd, 7pm – 8:30pm in the 3rd Floor Staff Room of Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor St W) for a meeting to discuss the 2020 City Budget and hear about local community priorities for the year. Councillor Perks will be joined by local community stakeholders who will be sharing their thoughts on how the City’s budget and investments impact the ward.

Budget Meeting - Invitation Notice


Waste Reduction Community Grants – Deadline March 9, 2019

Posted on January 23, 2020

Applications now being accepted for City of Toronto’s waste reduction community grants

The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its waste reduction community grants. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs such as Blue Bin recycling and Green Bin organics.

The Waste Reduction Community Grants program, launched in 2018, has awarded more than $188,000 in funding. The program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support community, grassroots initiatives that reduce or divert waste from landfill. The program also supports the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy and targets for greenhouse gas reduction.

Priority for funding will be given to ideas that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, or that involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Groups should be incorporated non-profit organizations or could partner with one. Eligible groups include resident, tenant and neighbourhood associations, condominium and apartment boards, business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs and councils.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest application for a 2020 grant is March 9.

More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, past funding recipients and the application process is available at

More information about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy is available at


Colborne Lodge February Events

Posted on January 23, 2020

Colborne Lodge has been selected as one of Toronto Spotlight attractions and is being sponsored by Tourism Toronto for the month of February. Use this voucher to receive 2-for-1 general admission during select weekends.

As part of the Toronto History Museums’ Black History Month programming, Colborne Lodge is hosting a free performance by Girl Power’D on February 16 and February 23 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Girl Power’D teaches creativity, confidence and self-expression through an understanding of heritage for girls 5-16 years old who identify as black. With a focus on cultural dance led by community elders, the program includes live drumming, African dancing, and Dunham style technique.More info here.


Update on 41 Wabash Avenue development

Posted on January 22, 2020

Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register and Intention to Designate at Toronto Preservation Board on Monday, January 27, 2020

On January 27, 2020, Toronto Preservation Board will review report from Heritage Preservation Services recommending that 41 Wabash Avenue be included on the City of Toronto Heritage Register and state an intention to designate the property for its cultural heritage value. It also recommends that City Council approve the alterations proposed for this property.

The Report is available online at:

This item will be heard on January 27, 2020 after 9:30AM in Committee Room #4, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. If you wish to attend TPB or submit written comment, please contact City Clerk, Attn: Ellen Devlin, Administrator, TPB, 416-392-7033, email

Final report to TEYCC: February 5, 2020

The February 5, 2020 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing and voting on the Final Report regarding the proposed development application at 41 Wabash Avenue.

This application proposes a change in use from industrial to residential, and construction of a four-storey rear addition, and a fourth storey addition to the existing three-storey former warehouse building.  Fifteen residential units are proposed.

The Staff report will be available online approximately 10 days prior to meeting at:

This item will be heard on February 5, 2020 after 10 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. If you wish to attend TEYCC or submit written comment, please contact City Clerk, Attn: Ellen Devlin, Administrator, TEYCC, 416-392-7033, email

For further information on this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter, go to or contact my office at

High Park Zoo Fundraiser – January 24th, 2020

Posted on January 20, 2020

Join Friends of High Park Zoo on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the High Park Brewery (839 Runnymede Rd) for their Elvis with A Bite & Some Brew for the Zoo event. Music by Kevin King at 8:00 pm. Cover charge $10



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Posted on January 16, 2020

Call for Participants – Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee

Posted on January 16, 2020

The City of Toronto is establishing a Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee to work with staff to identify ways to protect affordable rental tenancies in the City. Specifically, the Committee will:

  • Inform the City’s response to illegitimate tenant evictions;
  • Inform the development of materials to educate tenants on their rights and inform landlords of their responsibilities;
  • Inform the City’s response to eviction prevention supports;
  • Suggest potential amendments to the provincial Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and changes at the Landlord Tenant Board to address illegitimate evictions; and
  • Help organize an affordable housing workshop to address the issues of security of tenure and affordable rental housing.

Membership & Meetings

This will be a committee that reports to staff with membership of up to 12 members for a one year term.

  • Balance will be struck between:
    • People with lived experience (3)
    • Tenant advocacy groups (3)
    • Landlords (3)
    • Legal clinics (3)
  • Meetings will take place monthly outside of business hours (i.e. evenings/weekends) beginning in February 2020 for a six month period.
  • Meeting frequency will be re-visited after six months against the progress made to date on key deliverables.

How to Apply

The City welcomes any individual or organization to submit their interest to serve on this advisory committee. We are asking individuals/groups to email their interest to the Housing Secretariat by Friday, January 17th, 2020. Email: with a subject heading ‘Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee’.

Please include your full name/organization name along with contact information. Given the limited number of spots on the advisory committee we are asking individuals to outline their lived experience with illegitimate evictions and for organizations to outline their work on this issue. Selected individuals and organizations will be informed by January 24th with a first meeting the first week of February.

Ontario Line Project – Public Open House

Posted on January 16, 2020

On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we
hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.

Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.

The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Each event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Public Open Houses:

Thursday, January 23rd at Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd)

Monday, January 27th at Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium (55 Gould St)

Tuesday, January 28th at Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Ave)

Wednesday, January 29th at Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC (105 Princes’ Blvd)

If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at

$5,000 Grant Towards Your Retail Business with Parkdale BIA

Posted on January 10, 2020

The Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program is aimed at helping main street retail businesses with training to assist them further with operations and marketing their business.  The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant of $5,000 towards growing small/medium retail businesses within the Parkdale BIA and City of Toronto. Apply Today!


Find more information on the grant here.

1296-1314 Queen St W Pre-Application Meeting

Posted on January 9, 2020

A developer is looking to apply for a rezoning of 1296-1314 Queen St W, the former site of Cadillac Lounge. A pre-application meeting will be held so that the community can have a first glimpse of what the developer might propose and offer feedback.

The proposal as it currently stands is for a 7-storey (plus mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building  with hotel suites, event space, and retail space, as well as townhouses on Noble Street. The Queen St building will contain underground parking for an as yet unspecified amount of vehicles.

The meeting will consist of a presentation from the applicant, followed by a Q&A period led by Councillor Perks. City Planning staff will be in attendance to answer questions as well.

When: Thursday, January 23 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Presentation starts at 7pm)
Where: Parkdale Library Basement Auditorium, 1303 Queen St W


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