West Neighbourhood House Youth March Break Events

Posted on March 13, 2017

West Neighbourhood House – Newcomer Youth Program (NYP) is offering exciting activities for March Break! The activities are open to youth between the ages of 13-24. Check out the flyer for more information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Yathu at 416-206-8041 or yathurjinith@westnh.org

Monday March 13th – FILM IN A DAY WORKSHOP @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Tuesday March 14th – G1 DRIVING WORKSHOP @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
3:00PM – 5:00PM

Wednesday March 15th – BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT @ Alexander Muir Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Thursday March 16th – ZUMBA + SPORTS DAY @ Alexander Muir Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Friday March 17th – HARBOURFRONT SKATING @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
12:00PM – 4:00PM

Art Fair and Variety Show PARC Fundraiser

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre is hosting a fundraiser Art Fair and Variety show!

Come out to 151 Glenlake Ave on April 29th and enjoy the community festivities. The $10 ticket covers entrance into the art fair which runs 12pm-6pm, finger food, and the Variety Show, which starts at 6:30pm. There will be a cash bar, food, and desserts available while you peruse the original art and take in the performances!

All proceeds go to PARC

High Park Prescribed Burn

Posted on March 9, 2017

City of Toronto Urban Forestry is planning to undertake a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in High Park in early spring 2017.

City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the optimal time window for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, a News Release will be issued to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition.

Red shaded areas on the provided map show planned burn zones in the park.

During the implementation of the burn, access will be temporarily restricted in areas near the burn site. Roadways may
be temporarily blocked to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of Urban Forestry’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Fire-dependant ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise without impacting the surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and that smoke from burning
vegetation reach residential areas near the park.

It is recommended that all residents close windows or leave the immediate area at the time of the burn to avoid any potential sensitivity to the smoke.

The 2017 burn will be the 14th prescribed burn in High Park. It follows the tremendous success of the Black Oak woodland and savannah restoration programs which Urban Forestry began in 2000 in High Park, and 2002 in South Humber and Lambton Parks.

For more information about the prescribed burn program and ongoing forest management, please visit www.toronto.ca/trees.

Milky Way Garden Community Visioning Workshop

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust intends to purchase the Milky Way Garden, a 7000 sq ft green space, to transform it into a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale.

They are holding a Visioning Workshop where participants will be guided through the visioning process to define objectives as they relate to the redesign on 87 Milky Way into a community space for urban agriculture.

Monday, March 13th, 2017
6 – 8 pm, Parkdale Library Auditorium

Tibetan translation will be provided. Please contact through the link below for additional translation needs.

To RSVP email monique@greenestcity.ca or call 647-438-0038

Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program and Young Urban Forest Leaders Reminder

Posted on March 9, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event!

Do you have an interest in helping tree thrive in your community? Join us to learn about our Young Urban Forest Leaders and how they could help you start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in your local park!

LEAF is working in partnership with the City of Toronto to provide assistance to 3 community groups interested in starting an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in their local park (which engages volunteers to water and care for newly planted trees).

The program matches 4 young women (aged 18-24), trained and mentored by LEAF, with each of the 3 selected community groups. They spend the spring and summer helping the community kick start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program. The goal is to have the community set up to continue the program on their own for years to come.

They are currently accepting applications from both community groups and youth until March 31st. Find program details and application links HERE.

Anyone interested is encouraged to join the public information session on Saturday March 18th at Metro Hall.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Cost: Free

Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Building is wheelchair accessible. Indoor event followed by optional mini tree tour along paved and grass surfaces.


501/301 Queen Service Changes

Posted on March 7, 2017

From May 7 to September 2, buses will replace streetcars on the entire length of the 501/301 Queen route; between Long Branch Loop to Neville Park Loop.

A number of planned construction projects along the Queen streetcar route make it difficult to provide continuous uninterrupted streetcar service during the work. A full bus replacement will maintain service along the route, providing the most efficient travel during construction, and will help avoid major diversions that streetcars would otherwise be required to use.

The projects on the 501/301 Queen route from May 7 to September 2 include:

• City/TTC track work on the Lake Shore and track and bridge work on The Queensway – January 2017 to end of year
• City streetscaping/sidewalk improvement work between Bathurst and Spadina – Spring 2017
• Eaton Centre/Hudson’s Bay pedestrian bridge re-construction – May to September 2017
• City watermain work at Queen/Coxwell – prior to Labour Day 2017 (this is followed by TTC track reconstruction in the fall)
• Various short-term TTC track/concrete repairs on Queen Street
– i.e. Queen/James, Queen/Simcoe, Queen/Bay, etc.

TTC service changes (May 7 to September 2, 2017)
501/301 Queen buses will operate between Neville Park Loop and Long Branch Loop.

On September 3, streetcars will return on the Queen route east of Roncesvalles Avenue. Buses will continue operating west of Roncesvalles Avenue due to ongoing construction along The Queensway/Humber Loop/Lake Shore.

In the Fall of 2017:
Two track reconstruction projects will take place on Queen Street that will require streetcar diversions:
• Queen and Coxwell intersection – September to October 2017
• Queen and McCaul – October to November 2017

Due to other track projects currently underway or already scheduled and coordinated for the summer, the Queen/Coxwell and Queen/McCaul track work cannot be completed during the summer months when the entire 501/301 Queen route is converted to buses.

Notices with additional details will be made available in advance of projects affecting TTC customers and local communities.

Stormwater Charge Proposal Consultation Phase

Posted on March 7, 2017


Toronto Water is set to launch the residential consultation phase of their Stormwater Charge proposal. During the consultations meetings and the community pop-up events staff hope to inform and to receive feedback from residents regarding the proposed new changes to their water bill.

In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a Stormwater Charge.  Toronto Water has reported back with the Stormwater Charge proposal.

The new charge will remove the portion that homeowners currently pay for stormwater management (currently embedded in the water rate), and show it as a separate charge on the water bill. The water rate would decrease and the Stormwater Charge would be added.

City staff will host six formal presentations (times and locations below) and a number of informal pop-ups across the city throughout the month of March and in early April. The formal presentations will allow staff to share detailed information on the proposal and will be followed by a Q&A with subject matter experts. The pop-up sessions are direct community outreach that will create further awareness of the Stormwater Charge and encourage the public to visit the website to learn more and provide feedback.

For more information about the Stormwater Charge, a detailed list of pop-up event dates and locations, and to complete a short survey, please visit: toronto.ca/stormwatercharge

Location and Times of Formal Staff Presentations

Tuesday, March 7 6-9 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre, Chamber 150 Borough Drive
Monday, March 20 6-9 p.m. East York Civic Centre 850 Coxwell Avenue
Thursday, March 23 6-9 p.m. Etobicoke Civic Centre, Chamber 399 The West Mall
Tuesday, March 28 6-9 p.m. York Civic Centre, Chamber 2700 Eglinton Avenue West
Thursday, March 30 4-9 p.m. Metro Hall, Rotunda 55 John Street
Tuesday, April 4 6-9 p.m. North York Civic Centre, Room 1 5100 Yonge Street

35 Wabash Update

Posted on March 6, 2017

At the latest Toronto and East York Community Council Meeting, the Construction Staging Report for 35 Wabash Avenue was amended and approved. The Report can be viewed on-line at:  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.47

The Construction Staging plan was originally reviewed by the 35 Wabash Community Working Group with Councillor Perks and City Planning Staff when it was submitted by the developer in October, 2016.

TEYCC has approved the closure of the south sidewalk and curb lane on Wabash Avenue for a period of 20 months to accommodate the building of a 4-storey residential condominium building with one level of underground parking at 35 Wabash Avenue.

To enable construction, the applicant had requested that 5.8 metres of the south curb lane and sidewalk on Wabash Avenue flanking the site be closed and pedestrians be redirected into a protected covered walk way within the closed south curb lane. The original plan would have resulted in the removal of 12 permit parking spaces on the south side of Wabash Avenue.  The request was amended at TEYCC to tighten the application to impact 6 permit parking spaces

Further information on the 35 Wabash development is available on-line at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3792517&isCofASearch=false

As always, my office welcomes your comments and question son this or any other Ward 14 or City-related matter.

421 Roncesvalles Ave Re-Zoning Application

Posted on March 6, 2017

Friends, please share with your neighbours:

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue Re-Zoning Application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date:            March 21, 2017
Time:            7-9 PM
Place:           St. Casimir’s Parish Hall – 156 Roncesvalles Avenue

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow the redevelopment the site with a seven-storey building containing retail and office uses with a height of 26.1 metres. The existing building will be maintained and while no vehicular parking spaces are being proposed, 38 bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Joanna Kimont, City Planner, Joanna.kimont@toronto.ca and/or Councillor Gord Perks, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Also, mark your calendars: City Planning staff are organizing the next Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study Community Meeting to take place on Monday, April 24th. Information on location and time will be shared once confirmed.


Exhibition Place Public Consultation Session

Posted on March 6, 2017

The community is invited to attend Exhibition Place Public Consultation Session to review the Draft Strategic Plan 2017-2019 that the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has developed. This is Parkdale’s opportunity to have input into how Exhibition Place will develop over the next few years.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend and if you require free parking to feedback@explace.on.ca

If you are unable to attend either session Exhibition Place welcomes your feedback. Please send all comments to feedback@explace.on.ca – all commentary will be read and taken into consideration.

Find the Strategic Plan 2017-2019 (DRAFT version) here.
Find the HLTA presentation presented to the Board of Governors in January, here.

Date: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Beanfield Centre, Room 200, Exhibition Place (former Automotive Building)


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