Update on 20 Jerome Street

Posted on August 9, 2018


The City’s Heritage Staff has asked my office to share the following update on the Terracotta House at 20 Jerome Street.

20 Jerome Street is listed on the City’s Heritage Register for the building’s cultural heritage value and unique decorative tiles.

In April 2018 a wind storm caused tiles to start falling off of the west elevation of the building. The subsequent partial collapse of the wall revealed serious irregularities in the building’s original construction. Following this incident, the owner provided a report from a structural engineer which detailed irreversible flaws in the existing structure.

In response, Toronto Building issued an Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building as a matter of public safety.

City staff concur with the structural engineer’s conclusion that demolition of the building is necessary to make the site safe and staff is confident that there is no reasonable alternative.

Therefore, staff have accepted the demolition of the building but have worked with the owners to ensure the house is appropriately documented and commemorated.

The owners have provided a salvage strategy for the decorative tiles, archival photographs of the building and tiles, a detailed history of the property and a comprehensive commemoration plan.

The owners have met all requirements of the Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building as well as the requirements to demolish a listed building under the Ontario Heritage Act and the Municipal Code.

The commemoration plan will celebrate the history of the property through the display of salvaged tiles on the site. A selection of tiles will be displayed on the new house in one location on the front elevation and six locations on the west side elevation. A garden wall will be erected in front of the house parallel with the street. Lastly, a Heritage Toronto plaque will be displayed on the property to communicate its unique history.

In addition to on‐site commemoration, some tiles may be displayed off‐site depending how many tiles can be salvaged and if HPS staff identify worthy opportunities. Community members and organizations are encouraged to suggest any projects that could incorporate some of the remaining tiles.

Questions or suggestions can be shared with my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Kristen Flood, Heritage Preservation Services, kristen.flood@toronto.ca.








Greenest City Events in Parkdale

Posted on August 9, 2018

Parkdale Good Food Market

Thursdays from 3-7 pm until the end of August

Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave

The Parkdale Good Food Market brings together low-cost, local produce, community art, and music to build community in Masaryk Park every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer.

Bring your little ones! We’ve got art making with Making Room Community Arts and a drumming circle at 5:30 pm on July 9.

Local vendors bring us some of the best momos and samosas in the city.


Food Forest Sheet Mulching Party 

Tuesday August 14 from 4-8 pm

Dunn Learning Garden

Join together with your community at the Dunn Parkette Learning Garden to create phase one of the Dunn Food Forest!

We will sheet mulch a garden bed that will break down to create amazing soil for the future Dunn Food Forest.

Sheet mulching is a process in which nitrogen (manure, compost) and carbon (cardboard, straw, mulch) rich material are layered. These layers break down over time to create healthy soil that is full of life.

A food forest mimics the elements of a thriving forest ecosystem bringing together a community of edible plants from ground cover to trees.

Bring food to share for a community potluck.

Everyone is welcome, including children.

The High Park Stewards invite you to Weed Whacking and Boulevard Beds – August 12

Posted on August 9, 2018

Join the High Park Stewards on August 12 to remove invasive species in one of their restoration sites. Meet up in front of Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. For more information, visit https://highparkstewards.pingg.com/WeedWhacking3-2018 .

Construction Notice: Sidewalk along the 506 Streetcar Route

Posted on August 9, 2018

From Late Summer to Fall 2018, the City of Toronto will be reconstructing sidewalks to install curb cuts/ramps along the 506 CARLTON route.

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Temporary Traffic and Parking Amendments during the CNE: August 17 to September 3, 2018

Posted on August 9, 2018

During the CNE, residents are advised to contact:

Toronto Police, 14 Division                         416-808-1400                    traffic enforcement

Toronto Parking Enforcement                    416-808-6600                     on-street parking enforcement 

City of Toronto                                                 311                                off-Street Parking enforcement

Dear Friend,

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 17 to September 3, 2018. A list  of traffic and parking amendments is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2MUZml4 and https://bit.ly/2vM4vUQ .

Temporary parking on residential front yards and boulevards in South Parkdale during the CNE remains prohibited.

Permit Parking Staff will again restrict 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 2018 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;
  • 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 will be asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement will be 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 will be reminded of ongoing safety concern 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 any questions or comments about this or any Ward 14 or city-related matter.




A message from Councillor Gord Perks

Posted on July 31, 2018

On late Thursday evening we learned the City of Toronto was being attacked by Premier Ford. He has single-handedly decided to reduce the size of council from 47 to 25 Councillors in the middle of the election period (which began May 1st) . Our clerk has raised concerns that this will cause serious problems.

On Sunday, I wrote a twitter essay on this very topic,


At council yesterday I spoke about it,

Today I signed the Progress Toronto petition and urge you to do the same. Please take a moment to add your name,  https://www.progresstoronto.ca/stopford.

More information will be coming in the next week or so. I will be in touch.



Final e-newsletter

Posted on July 31, 2018

Hello Friends,

I am running as candidate in the upcoming municipal election on October 22, 2018. As per the Office of Integrity Commissioner’s Code of Conduct, starting August 1st, 2018, I will not be able to send out councillor related newsletters or updates.

This is my last councillor e-newsletter.

As usual, my office is here to assist with any concerns or issues you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please continue to email councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call the office at 416-392-7919. You can also visit my website at gordperks.ca



Parkdale Rooming House Pilot Project

Posted on July 31, 2018

City Council has approved the creation of a City fund to protect deeply affordable housing. This Parkdale-specific pilot project will help social housing providers purchase rooming houses and stop them from being converted away from affordable housing.

The full report can be found at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.EX36.38

Parkdale Hub

Posted on July 31, 2018

The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. The goal of the hub is to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

There are multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.

All of the buildings require significant state of good repair investments over the next 10 years. An inter-divisional agency table, including City divisions and agencies, has been formed to begin coordinating the inventory.

Community engagement began in 2018 and will continue into 2019.

New BikeSpace app helps cyclists report bicycle parking issues

Posted on July 31, 2018

The City of Toronto has partnered with Civic Tech Toronto and Code for Canada to develop a free, community-built web app called BikeSpace, designed to collect data from cyclists to help City staff, businesses and property managers improve bicycle parking facilities.

Using the BikeSpace app, cyclists can highlight areas where new bike parking is needed and report broken and full bike racks, as well as spots occupied by abandoned bikes. This simple web app is quick and easy to use, builds a public map of bicycle parking problems in Toronto and creates a data-driven picture to help bring about improvements. The web app is available at https://app.bikespace.ca/.

BikeSpace will not collect data on its users or create profiles of them. The app will only collect data that users provide about bike parking issues to inform those who install and improve bike parking.

For more information about the BikeSpace web app and the project team, visit http://www.bikespace.ca.



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