TTC Projects – Queensway, Humber Loop & Lakeshore Blvd. W

Posted on June 22, 2017

An update has been made to the project overview of the work taking place on Lake Shore Boulevard West and The Queensway in the form of an additional resurfacing project that will take place between August and October.

More information could be found at the following link:

The Queensway - start of rail installation - late June 2017


High Park Stewards Weed Whacking

Posted on June 19, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. They are also working on the Boulevard Beds and will need about 5 people for that activity.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

June 25th 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

On Community Benefits: Community Benefits 101

Posted on June 19, 2017

On Community Benefits: Community Benefits 101 aims to provide an in-depth look into Community Benefits Agreements as tools for leveraging equitable development without displacement. The panel brings together a group of community practitioners working on community benefits across Toronto to exchange knowledge about how to negotiate an agreement, how to holdpartners accountable, and how Parkdale can begin to envision its own Community Benefits Framework.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Parkdale Library – 1303 Queen Street West

The Panel:

  • Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefit Network
  • Mariam Paul, East Scarborough Storefront
  • Michelle Francis, Community Action Planning Group – York West

Moderated by Jenn Miller, Atkinson Foundation

Please RSVP:

Planners in Public Spaces in the Roncesvalles Peace Garden

Posted on June 14, 2017

Mark your calendar.

Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS) will be located in the Roncesvalles Peace Garden, at the intersection of Roncesvalles and Dundas on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 5-8PM to hear from the public on the Roncesvalles Dundas Planning Study.

Please feel free to drop by for a chat!

Planners in Public Spaces is a public engagement initiative started by City Planning in 2013 in order to advance actionable items of its Strategic Plan, under the Strategic Direction for Clear, Consistent and Compelling Communication.

The basic purpose of Planners in Public Spaces is to bring planners to the people and provide opportunities for the public to engage with City Planners, one-on-one, on issues that affect the City and specific concerns they may have about development and policy in the City.

Planners in Public Spaces format is simple. We bring a tent, a table, some planning material and a bunch of planners and set up in parks, recreation centres and some special events like farmers’ markets or festivals. Then we are ready to chat with anyone with a question or comment.

To engage with the people of Toronto by going to where people are in order to increase residents’ access to planners, reach people who don’t attend our traditional public consultations, and advance the public’s understanding of planning with the intention of increasing future citizen participation in the planning process.


  • LEARN – To actively listen and learn from what we hear.
  • TEACH – To promote understanding of planning.
  • PARTNER – To promote dialogue and collaboration.
  • CONTRIBUTE – To give our energy, time and skills to address various needs in the communities we serve.
  • INNOVATE – To engage the public in a variety of ways; to reach segments of the public City Planning doesn’t usually engage; and to attract people to events using new methods and tools.

Planners in Public Spaces is organized and run by City Planning staff volunteers from each of the four districts across the city. More than 65 planners from Community Planning, Parks, Transportation Planning, Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis, Heritage, Urban Design and Graphics, and Committee of Adjustment make up this year’s volunteer base.

Joanna Kimont, Planner

Seniors Community Fair at St. Joseph’s

Posted on June 13, 2017

Are you living independently and need support? Are you caring for an aging parent who’s in the middle of a transition?

St. Joe’s is hosting a community event for seniors and caregivers. Hear from a team of experts about how to plan for this stage of life and learn about local resources available to you.

June 27, 2017
30 The Queensway
Education Centre A & B – next to the cafeteria

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Community fair
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Panel discussion: advanced care planning and crisis prevention

Admission is free! Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here:

2280 Dundas St W Proposal Meeting

Posted on June 12, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:


I would like to inform you of a meeting about a proposed redevelopment at the southeast corner of Bloor and Dundas, at 2280 Dundas St W. At my request the developer has agreed to have this meeting before designing their full proposal, which gives us a chance to shape their application. This will be the first of several meetings over the coming months.

Many of you were part of a previous conversation about the potential for this site, creating a community framework during the preparation of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study in 2009, which can be found here: The Bloor-Dundas area is detailed under “Opportunity Site 8” and may contain useful insight for this upcoming meeting.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Informational Board Viewing
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Address by Councillor Perks
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Question Period
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Informational Board Reviewing

Meeting Location: 2280 Dundas St W, in the former Zellers space

Please see attachment for further details.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, are interested in providing comment, in receiving more detailed information, or being informed of upcoming meetings please email me at and City Planners Joanna Kimont and Aviva Pelt through

This will be a very important conversation for all of us, I hope to see you on June 14th.

Councillor Gord Perks

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Intersection Improvements at Indian Road and High Park Boulevard

Posted on June 12, 2017

The City of Toronto will be improving the intersection at Indian Road and High Park Blvd to improve pedestrian safety at this intersection by raising the elevation of the intersection to reduce the driving speed, adding zebra cross lines, and tactile plates at the curb corners.

The work is part of the Council-approved 2017 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalk for current and future needs.

Expected Start Date: Summer, 2017
Expected End Date: Fall 2017

Pre-Construction Notice - Indian Road and High Park Intersection

Public Meetings for GO Rail Network Electrification

Posted on June 12, 2017

To address the urgent transit needs of the GTHA, the Province of Ontario committed to implement Regional Express Rail and make other improvements to the GO system. A major step to providing more convenient and frequent travel options is the electrification of the Metrolinx GO train lines. By 2025, they plan to have electrified trains running every 15 minutes or better, all day and in both directions, within the most heavily travelled sections of the GO network.

Building on the first and second rounds of public consultation meetings held in February/March 2016 and November 2016, Metrolinx and Hydro One are now formally commencing the Transit Project Assessment Process. A third round of public consultation is planned for June/July 2017 (details below) and will present the findings of the technical/environmental studies (posted online at undertaken for the GO Rail Network Electrification Project. Members of the public, government agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in the process and/or contact the project team directly with feedback or questions. A discussion guide will be posted online at prior to the meetings to provide key information.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. / Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Metro Hall
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

GO Electrification June 14 2017

Toronto Pearson Community Outreach

Posted on June 7, 2017

This spring and summer, Toronto Pearson is launching a series of initiatives to talk to local communities about the airport’s growth and the impact of its operations, so it can better understand the concerns and priorities of its neighbours as it plans for the airport’s future.

Tuesday, June 20
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ismaili Centre
49 Wynford Drive
North York, Ontario M3C 1K1

Tuesday, July 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mississauga Living Art Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

Wednesday, June 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 4B6

More details on the workshops can be found here. You can also join the conversation by completing Toronto Pearson’s online survey on Noise Fairness and Airport Growth.

2017 CNE Traffic and Parking Measures

Posted on June 7, 2017


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 18 to September 4, 2017. These changes will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th.

The complete list of yearly changes that will be introduced at TEYCC is available online at:


Following CNE 2016, a review with community members and City Staff suggested further changes to continue to improve traffic operation and pedestrian safety.

The following are new changes recommended by Transportation Staff and are included in the above links:

 ‘No Stopping’ 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.

Community members also raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE.

In light of this, Permit Parking staff will conduct a pilot project this year which temporarily restricts 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 2017 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 lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter.


Gord Perks
City Councillor


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