Dowling Cycling Route: Public Drop-In Event 2

Posted on April 25, 2017


You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)


This proposed cycling route was identified as part of the City’s Cycling Network Plan, which presents a vision for how we may connect Toronto’s cycling routes.  The plan was approved in principle by Council on June 9, 2016 with the understanding that each route recommended in the plan would require further consultation to inform design option and to evaluate potential parking and traffic impacts.

In response to feedback received at the first public open house in September 2016, and through emails and phone calls, the City is now proposing a revised design for the cycling route. Past notices and materials from the first Drop-In Event public consultation events are available online at: Potential measures for the Dowling Cycling Route could include bike lanes, traffic calming measures, cycling wayfinding and new or modified traffic signals.

On May 14 and 15, 2016, crews demolished the Dowling Avenue Bridge over the Gardiner Expressway and a temporary crossing for bicycles and pedestrians has been installed.  The City is presently in conversation with Metrolinx, regarding a study for the design and construction of a permanent structure.

Presently, Dowling Avenue between King St. West and Queen St. West carries traffic one-way northbound and so the feasibility of introducing a southbound “contra-flow” bicycle lane is being evaluated.  This proposal would allow for lawful two-way cycling travel, however due to the narrow width of this roadway the introduction of a bike lane would require the displacement of approximately 32 on-street parking spaces.

Transportation Services is undertaking a parking survey of the area, to measure the overall parking supply availability, and would appreciate your feedback as part of this process.

Next Steps

Following the consultation period, staff will use feedback to inform preferred design solutions and report to City council in 2017.  The target implementation period of this project is 2017-2018.


If you are unable to attend the public event, you can still get involved by reviewing the information available online and contacting Transportation Services:

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-4849
Fax: 416-392-4808

If more information is required, you can reach my office at or 416-392-7919.

Look forward to seeing you at the open house on Wednesday, May 17th, at Parkdale Public Library.


High Park Stewards – April 23, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Posted on April 20, 2017

Greenbelt in Toronto: Ravines, Water, and Smart Growth
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

12 years after its creation, Ontario’s Greenbelt is growing to include urban river valleys across the region. In Toronto, these include the Don, Humber, and Rouge Rivers, and Morningside and Etobicoke Creeks. These green-blue corridors provide critical connections for water and wildlife, and between urban and rural residents.


They will become increasingly important places as our region attempts to cope with the impacts of climate change while accommodating an estimated 2.8 million new residents by 2031. Join the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as we try to unravel what all this means for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.


For more information:

Roncesvalles Carhouse Construction Notice

Posted on April 19, 2017

Temporary Generators to Power Carhouse
Duration:  April 23, 2017 to April 30, 2017*
*Timelines are subject to change, content is accurate at time of printing

Work Description

As part of the electrical upgrades planned at the Roncesvalles Carhouse, the contractor will be using a generator to power the facility in order to maintain regular operation. To minimize noise, a low-noise generator has been secured to provide temporary power for approximately one week while crews install new permanent electrical feeds to the carhouse. During this period, area residents may notice an increase in noise.

The generator will be situated the furthest distance possible from residential properties in order to minimize disruption to area residents. The generator selected for this work is commonly used in noise sensitive areas because of its low-decibel operating performance.

 Work Hours
Given that the carhouse supports 24-hour transit service, the generator will operate continuously starting Sunday, April 23, 2017 until Sunday, April 30, 2017.

TTC Service

There will be no impact to streetcar operations.

For more Information:

Lito Romano
Sr. Community Liaison Officer
Phone: 416-397-8699

Shhh Volume 2, Musical Programming at Parkdale Library

Posted on April 18, 2017

Raw Materials is thrilled to announce the second instalment of ‘SHHHHH’, an annual event consisting of diverse musical programming at the Parkdale Public Library. The performances will be spread over two days, all free and accessible to the general public. May 5th’s sets will take place on the main floor of the library 7pm-8pm, while May 6th’s will happen in the basement auditorium 1pm-5pm / accessible by stairs or elevator.

Find more details, such as a list of performers, here:

Reminder: Environment Day Saturday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Posted on April 18, 2017

Just a friendly reminder of this upcoming event:

Saturday, April 22 | 10am-2pm
Sorauren Park | Along Wabash Ave. | south of Dundas St. W

Come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave south of Dundas St W and join in to Reuse, Recycle, and Safely Dispose!

Bring used or unwanted electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, unused medications, batteries, propane tanks, and oils to be safely removed.

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and video tapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Green Bin exchanges will not be available at Community Environment Days events due to the coming new style of Green Bin.

Donate to schools for reuse:
• Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
• Children’s books, musical instruments
• CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
• Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
• Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
• Corks, cork boards, clipboards
• Dress up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)

Donate for reuse:
• Sporting goods (skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
• Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
• Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
• Small household items (dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
• Textiles in good condition (clothing, linens, etc.)
• Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

All donated items must be in very good condition.

Leaf compost* (limited to one cubic metre per household) is available for pickup as well. While supplies last.

Environment Day 2017

6 Noble Street Public Consultation

Posted on April 18, 2017

Please share with your neighbours

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 6 Noble Street Development Application.

This application proposes a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date:   May 4, 2017
Time:   6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place:  Parkdale Library Auditorium

The Preliminary Report will be available April 25th on-line through the 2017 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) Meeting agenda at The Report will also be available at the meeting.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Kirk Hatcher, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks, .


April 22nd Repair Cafe

Posted on April 18, 2017

Get broken household items fixed for free and learn while doing it! There will be fixers for computers and other electronics, small appliances, furniture, clothes, jewellery, book and paper repair, bikes, and more! With a special appearance by Bike Pirates!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
12:00 to 4:00 pm (Registration closes at 3pm)
Parkdale Public Library
1303 Queen St West
Cost: Free!

Chelsea Park Improvement Community Meeting

Posted on April 12, 2017

Hello Friends,

Please join me for a meeting with community members and City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss upcoming improvements to Chelsea Park. Community input is very important in deciding how best to improve public spaces and this meeting will serve as a great opportunity to hear from many different perspectives about how our park is used, and what upgrade choices and design implementations would best serve the neighbourhood.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room


Chelsea Park Community Meeting Flyer April 20 2017


Sanitary Sewer Replacement on Dundas Street West

Posted on April 12, 2017

The City of Toronto will replace the sanitary sewer and a portion of the City-owned portion of sanitary service laterals on Dundas Street West from Heintzmann Street to 2800 Dundas Street West starting in April 2017. This replacement is in response to an operation defect found in this sewer, and is necessary for the functionality of the sewer system.

Start Date: April 19, 2017
End Date: May 10, 2017

If you have questions about the upcoming work, please contact Antonio Longo, 416-392-4164, and quote Contract DCS001-2017.

Sanitary Sewer Replacement on Dundas Street West

TransformTO Webinars

Posted on April 12, 2017

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about the City’s proposed approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto, and its connection to public health, local economic development, and social equity.

TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto is a collaborative project to engage the community in reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 while also improving health, prosperity and equity. Led by the Environment and Energy Division and The Atmospheric Fund, the project has engaged more than 2,000 Torontonians to date through public consultation events, community conversations, an online survey and more.

The focus of the TransformTO webinar is on the long-term transformations that are needed to reduce emissions in Toronto, as identified in the second report issued by TransformTO. The report will be presented to Parks & Environment Committee on May 4 and, if approved, to City Council on May 24, 2017. The report will be available online on April 27.

The webinar, which will provide an overview of the TransformTO process and recommendations, will be offered twice: April 27 from 6:30 8 p.m., and May 2 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each webinar will begin with a 30-minute presentation followed by a 60-minute question and answer period.

More information about TransformTO Webinars and Report 2 are available on the TransformTO website.


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