Solid Waste Management, in consultation with Parks, Forestry and Recreation and ML&S, have placed Green Bins in 20 City parks with off-leash areas. The pilot began in May and will be running until the fall. Once the pilot concludes, City staff will look into extending to all parks with off-leash areas. The full list of parks that have Green Bins are posted on toronto.ca/petsinthecity.
With summer almost here and warmer weather on the way, the City of Toronto is reminding residents that they can track their water use online with MyWaterToronto, the City of Toronto’s online water use tool. Use the tool to track your water use by day, week, month or year, to better understand your water use habits and look for ways to save. The tool can also be used to identify prolonged and unexplained water use increases, which can mean you have a leak. You will need your utility bill to sign on to the tool. To learn more and get started, visit www.toronto.ca/mywatertoronto
An update on the work underway, including environmental studies, for the new SmartTrack/GO stations. Anyone can participate in the online town halls by visiting smarttrack.to/townhall or calling 800-457-6180. During the online town halls, participants will have the opportunity to ask the Project Team questions live via an online interface or their phone. For those unable to attend, recordings and transcripts of the online town halls will be made available on the project websites.
The live, online town halls will be held as follows:
|Monday, June 18, 2018
7pm – 8pm
Finch-Kennedy and Lawrence Kennedy SmartTrack Stations
|Wednesday, June 20, 2018
7pm – 8pm
Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour SmartTrack Stations and Spadina-Front GO Station
|Thursday, June 21, 2018
7pm – 8pm
St. Clair-Old Weston and King-Liberty SmartTrack Stations and Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station
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Connect and get involved with organizations and neighbours to reduce waste in Parkdale!
Date: Tue Jun 19, 2018
Event time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
Auditorium @ Parkdale Library,
1303 Queen St W @ Cowan Ave, M6K 1L6.
*For people who live or work in Parkdale*
On Monday, June 18, 2018, the Parkdale People’s Economy will be bringing together working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration!
The gathering will provide a space for community members to learn about the Parkdale Community Plan, move forward our priority actions for 2018, and review the Community Benefits Framework. We will be providing food, childcare, Tibetan translation services, and TTC tickets to working group participants.
Working Groups - June Outreach (1)
Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
Location: Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre Drop-In (1499 Queen St W)
I am happy to announce that City Council supported my motion to make it possible for a non-profit housing provider to buy a rooming house in Parkdale. Here is a link to that motion http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.MM41.8 .
The motion directs the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the June 25th Affordable Housing Committee meeting on the due diligence process necessary to support the purchase, renovation and future operation of an existing rooming house in Ward 14, by an experienced non-profit organization through leveraging $1.5 million in available Ward 14 Section 37 funds and other federal and provincial funding sources, and to seek authority to undertake a pilot project through a competitive proposal call process in 2018.
This is great news.
I will be sending a further update as this important work makes its way through the Affordable Housing Committee.
Let me start by saying I am fully supportive of short term car rental as an integral part of our transportation network.
Councillor Layton moved a motion requesting that the City begin looking at how we could help to expand short term car rental by allowing on-street permits where capacity existed. I supported that motion.
In April, when the issue came to City Council, I voted in support of the staff recommendations and against a more restrictive approach. Unfortunately, the more restrictive regulations passed.
When Car2Go shared their news today, a motion was drafted asking for City staff to further consult with the short term car rental industry and to report back at the June 26 meeting of City Council on recommended changes to improve the viability of the Free-Floating Short Term car rental pilot. I will be supporting this motion.
While I do not believe we should be giving special privileges to any specific short term car rental company at the expense of residents, we do have a responsibility as a City to figure out how to ensure there is a balance between the short term car rental economy and residents.
I am encouraged to hear that a second short term car rental company is planning to expand to Toronto. Communauto, a Canadian short term car rental company in cities across Canada, announced today that they are working on a plan to move to the Toronto market.
I hope this helps to explain my position, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any follow-up questions.
Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON
Help the High Park Stewards with one of two activities. (May is a busy month!) We need to (1) redesign the boulevard beds next to the Grenadier Restaurant, by rebuilding the fencing and replanting; (2) remove garlic mustard, a notoriously invasive species, from an area of the park.
Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. We will work until 12:30 pm. All tools will be provided.
For more information:
Inorganic Market Event
Parkdale Library – June 9, 2018
1303 Queen Street West
About: The Inorganic Market®, through public events and education, provides the opportunity for individuals to make a change at the community level and be positively engaged with the problem of e-waste. It is owned by the not-for-profit, SELF Solutions Lab. All collected material is sent to ADL Process for responsible recycling and disposal. All proceeds support the Inorganic Market’s efforts. More information and a list of accepted items can be found at inorganicmarket.ca or https://www.facebook.com/inorganicmarket/
The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community.
In 2017, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.
On Wednesday May 18th we had our first public community meeting about the Parkdale Hub.
Presentation slides:Parkdale Hub Community Information Meeting Presentation - May 16 2018