Public Input on Guidelines, Rules, and Fees for Sidewalk Cafés and Displays

Posted on June 6, 2017

The City of Toronto is reviewing application and permit fees, as well as the bylaws that govern sidewalk cafés and displays operating on the public right-of-way/sidewalks. The review includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for people with disabilities, and how those requirements will affect existing holders of café and marketing permits.

Fees proposed earlier this year have been revised after the City received input from the restaurant industry and other stakeholders. The revised proposal will result in a modest fee increase for most permit holders, while some will see their permit fees lowered.

Two public meetings will be held to give residents and businesses an opportunity to view the proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed fees.

Public meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.

Livestreaming of the June 13 meeting will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A.

For residents unable to attend the meeting, input can be provided at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

A report recommending a revised sidewalk café bylaw, updated guidelines and fees is expected to be submitted to a joint meeting of the Licensing and Standards and Public Works Committees this fall.

Street Lighting Improvements on Bloor St from Keele St to Dundas St W

Posted on June 5, 2017

The City of Toronto and the Bloor by the Park Business Improvement Area (BIA) is installing pedestrian lighting and underground infrastructure for future Wi-Fi system on Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street West. This work will improve the quality of the sidewalk and street environment. The lighting improvements include 19 pedestrian light poles.

Expected Start Date: June 12, 2017
Expected End Date: October 10, 2017

Construction Notice 2 - BBTB

Toronto Drop-In Network Spring/Summer List

Posted on June 5, 2017

Hi everyone,

The Toronto Drop-In Network Spring/Summer list (a list of drop-in hours and meal times) for the coming months can be downloaded via this link: http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=501.

Please share this information with anyone who might need to know where to access free meals and daytime shelter.

High Park Stewards Spring Planting

Posted on June 5, 2017

Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, June 11 for their annual spring planting at one of the High Park restoration sites. They hope to plant over one thousand forbs, grasses, and shrubs, so lots of hands are needed!

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30am, and members will go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

They request that any participants bring signed waivers.

More information can be found online at highparkstewards.pingg.com/SpringPlanting2017

Concerns can be directed towards stewards@highparknature.org

Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge Street Art Meeting

Posted on June 5, 2017

The STEPS Initiative, in cooperation with Street Art Toronto, will be hosting a community information session on June 12th at the Parkdale Public Library (1303 Queen St W) from 6-7pm to provide local community members and stakeholders with some information about the project, artist, design, and opportunities for engagement. Come out and shape your neighbourhood!

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Toronto Accessibility Plan Update – Public Consultation Opportunities

Posted on June 5, 2017

The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public. The City would like to understand the source of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what we could do differently to reduce the impact of that barrier. All feedback, from people with disabilities, disability advocates and the general public, is welcome.

Individuals can participate by attending one of the following public consultation sessions at Civic Centres across the city (registration is required) or by completing the online survey at http://bit.ly/2r9mjoW. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

Public consultations – City of Toronto Multi-year Accessibility Plan

Each consultation will include:

  • an overview of the City’s Accessibility Framework;
  • the City’s approach to identify barriers, and plan for their prevention and removal; and
  • group discussions on key barriers.


Downtown

Monday, June 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street (SE corner of King St. and John St.)
Register for the downtown consultation

East
Wednesday, June 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive (McCowan Road and Ellesmere Road)
Register for the east consultation

West
Thursday June 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall)
Register for the west consultation

North
Wednesday June 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Avenue)
Register for the north consultation

Each location has accessible facilities and washrooms. Please register in advance, and let us know if you require any accommodation. For more information, please contact Nicole Cormier at nicole.cormier@toronto.ca or 416-397-5251.

A Message from Councillor Perks on the Martin Goodman Trail

Posted on June 2, 2017

Friends,

Many of you have taken the time to write or call me about the tragic loss of Xavier Morgan. Thank you. It’s often not easy to speak up and I appreciate that you did.

City staff have responded to your words and conducted a safety review and action plan to make this section of the Trail safer. Most important, they will be installing a safety barrier that will run for a third of a kilometre, roughly from the Legion to Boulevard Club.

This is a good step in a bad circumstance. I think we need to continue to look for improvements

Those of you who have been involved in planning improvements for the Martin Goodman Trail and the Western Waterfront over the years will know that improving safe access to, and use of the waterfront by cyclists and pedestrians is a long-standing goal in the community.  We have been successful in implementing several steps, but so much more needs to be done.

I look forward to working with you to keep making progress.

Please see the News Release below.

Gord

Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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News Release

June 2, 2017

City of Toronto announces improvements for portion of the Martin Goodman Trail

The City of Toronto is implementing improvements to increase safety and comfort for trail users along a section of the Martin Goodman Trail where a cycling fatality occurred last week. Barrier fencing will be erected along the section of the trail where it runs adjacent to the roadway between 1395 and 1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W. The 366 metres of fencing will provide additional separation, beyond the raised curb, between trail users and motorists on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

“The City of Toronto is concerned about the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “This barrier fencing, along with other measures, will provide additional security for cyclists and pedestrians along this section and remind motorists of the many users of the trail. Temporary barrier fencing was installed today and will be replaced by permanent fencing as soon as it can be procured.”

Following an onsite investigation carried out by City staff earlier this week, other recommendations to be implemented in the area include improvements to signage and pavement markings for both trail users and drivers.

“This terrible loss reminds us that we must do better,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park). “These first steps will help. We have more work to do to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians are always safe.”

Transportation Services is also continuing to examine other trail locations across the city that are adjacent to major roadways to see if any modifications would be beneficial.

As part of the city’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the city is committed to ensuring the safety of all road users, especially our most vulnerable road users such as children and seniors. The plan includes 40 engineering, enforcement education, and technology-related measures that will help to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on our transportation network.

Nominations Open for Toronto’s Annual Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards

Posted on May 31, 2017

Residents are encouraged to submit nominations for the City of Toronto’s 2017 Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards – the City’s highest honour to recognize people or programs that have made a difference in Toronto by working to eliminate discrimination and break down barriers to equality.

“We want to celebrate the residents and services that are helping to build an inclusive city,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to submit worthy nominations for these awards.”

Nominees must be Toronto residents, groups or programs. It is easy to submit a nomination with both online and mail-in options. More information, including past recipients, is available at http://toronto.ca/civicawards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 31 at 4 p.m.

The five AEHR Awards are: Indigenous Affairs Award; Access Award on Disability Issues; Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women; Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Two-Spirit Issues; and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award.

Nominations are made by the public and recipients are selected by a panel of community members with expertise and knowledge of issues pertinent to the awards. Recipients will be announced in the fall and an awards ceremony will take place at City Hall in December.

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Posted on May 30, 2017

Toronto is home to more than 65,000 newcomer youth. Opportunities like afterschool programs, arts and music, and sports are essential for ensuring successful settlement in Canada. Social Planning Toronto will be hosting an afternoon of drop-in activities, keynote speakers, and opportunities to learn from and work with others to address this important issue.

The forum takes place on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers and Members Lounge, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with opening remarks at 1:00 p.m. Please see attached flyer for more information. Register and find out more online here: http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/newyouthrec

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Gender and Cycling Talk at Parkdale Library

Posted on May 30, 2017

The Toronto cycling community comes together this Bike Month for a panel and group ride exploring the history and contribution of women cycling and activism in Toronto.

Taking the Lane: Gender and Cycling in Toronto will take place on June 15 at the Parkdale Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Featuring:

– Alex Legum of Charlie’s FreeWheels
– Katie Whitman Community Cycling Champion and researcher
– Lavinia Tanzim of Bad Girls Bike Club
– Sivia Vijenthira of Spacing Magazine
– Moderated by Tammy Thorne of Dandyhorse Magazine.

The panel event aims to highlight that many women, women identifying, and gender nonconforming people in the city do not feel comfortable cycling due to unsafe streets (a lack of infrastructure) coupled with a lack of outreach at every age.

The conversation will seek to unpack our city’s cycling past, where we need to go and who is missing from the conversation. But most importantly we want to discuss how we can reduce the problem of gender inequity on the streets and confirm that it is a legitimate issue and conversation we need to be having. Ample bike parking is available and light refreshments will be served.

Panel @ Parkdale Library June 15 at 6pm
Facebook event can be found here.

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