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 email@example.com or call the office at 416-392-7919. You can also visit my website at gordperks.ca
At the July 2018 Toronto City Council approved directing City Staff to settle the 6 Noble OMB appeal and accept the revised 8-storey building containing 101 units, ground floor non-residential space and two levels of below-grade parking on the lands located at 6 Noble Street.
Although I understand the significance of the Pia Bouman Dance Studio and the positive impact that it has on many lives, the 6 Noble Development revised application did not leave room for the dance studio.
I met with the developer and representatives of the dance school many times to encourage a space within this application for the dance school. Unfortunately no agreement was reached.
There are some community wins in this Staff Report. The applicant has decreased the height of the building from 51 m to 32 m by using 24 Noble as a guide. Additionally, there is a $350,000 financial contribution towards affordable housing within Ward 14.
The full report is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2N2nvq7 .
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.
Fair Pass Discount Program was approved by Toronto City Council in 2016 as a poverty reduction initiative to make transit more affordable for low income residents. Other initiatives include making transit free for children 12 years of age and under and implementing a universal two-hour transfer.
The Fair Pass Discount Program addresses this gap for the many low income residents who rely on public transit to carry out basic daily activities, attend necessary appointments and benefit from opportunities and resources available to them in this great city.
Details of this program are in the document below.fair pass launch qa council and dcm
January 31st & February 1st, 2018: Councillor Gord Perks at City Council on Toronto Hydro Inquiry, Affordable Housing & Shelter, and Car-Share Pilot.
Councillor Perks on Toronto Hydro Inquiry
Councillor Perks on Affordable Housing and Shelter
Councillor Perks on Car-Share Pilot
Meeting Minutes are available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewPublishedReport.do?function=getCouncilMinutesReport&meetingId=13088
Following Executive Committee’s approval of the Parkland Strategy’s Phase 1 Report on November 28, 2017, work has been underway on Phase 2 of the Parkland Strategy. This 20-year plan will guide decision-making and prioritization of investment of Toronto’s parks, including the acquisition of new parks, improvements and connections to existing parks.
Public engagement on Phase 2 of the Parkland Strategy is kicking off with a series of self-guided Civic Centre displays highlighting the findings and analysis from the Phase 1. This will include details on how parkland provision has been calculated using the latest mapping tools and maps of parkland provision for current and future populations across the city. The displays will be available as follows:
- City Hall – February 6 to 9, 2018
- Metro Hall – February 12 to 18, 2018
- Scarborough Civic Centre – February 19 to 23, 2018
- Etobicoke Civic Centre – February 26 to March 2, 2018
- North York Civic Centre – March 5 to 9, 2018
- City Hall – April 3 to 6, 2018
More information about the Parkland Strategy can be found on the project website at: toronto.ca/parklandstrategy and the Parkland Strategy Preliminary Report can be found here and the Parkland Strategy Primer can be found here.
Human Services Integration (HSI) – a partnership across Shelter Support and Housing Administration, Toronto Children’s Services and Toronto Employment and Social Services is focused on integrating access and intake for the core income support programs. Sixty seven client/resident facing phone numbers have been integrated into a single human services number – 416-338-8888.
Residents can call this number and hear a menu of options that will direct them to the range of human services including housing support, child care information and subsidy, Ontario Works and related financial supports, employment support, and medical and funeral benefits.
Calls to existing phone numbers will be seamlessly transferred to the new human services menu so that callers can hear the range of service options. While services and information will be accessed differently, existing call centres will continue to take the calls that come to them through the human services phone channel.
This is the first step to implementing a fully integrated contact centre for human services application, eligibility determination, waitlist management and service navigation, which will begin to launch by the end of 2018.
City Planning staff are conducting a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.
This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.
Link to review the past staff presentation of the Planning study: https://goo.gl/q2u6NS
Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.
Please join us for a community consultation meeting on:
Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium) 116 Fermanagh Avenue
Your input is important to this process.
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
November 20, 2017
City of Toronto officially begins sharing traffic data with Waze to help motorists navigate the city
Today, Mayor John Tory announced a new partnership with Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Through this partnership, the City of Toronto and Waze will provide free access to each other’s real-time traffic and road data, providing motorists with the best information to navigate the city.
“For the first time, the City is sharing its traffic data with Waze and Waze users. This partnership will give our traffic operations centre better visibility into traffic patterns and provide Waze users enhanced information to plan and adjust their commute,” said Mayor Tory. “Over the last three years, we have finally focused on fighting traffic in Toronto and improving commute times. I am determined to build on the progress we’ve made and continue the fight each and every day.”
Through its Connected Citizens Program, Waze app users will now have access to the City’s traffic data in real-time, providing a greater ability for motorists to avoid road closures, construction and traffic jams. More information about Waze’s Connected Citizens Program is available at https://www.waze.com/ccp.
The City will also be able to leverage anonymous Waze driver and traffic insights to make data-driven infrastructure decisions. In the Toronto area alone, there are more than 560,000 active Waze app users. Traffic accidents, hazards and congestion details can also be posted by users in the app. Every app user and trip improves the Waze map, and this data will help City staff better respond to issues as they occur.
“Waze was founded on the belief that we can outsmart traffic together,” said Mike Wilson, Waze Canada’s country manager. “Our partnership with the City of Toronto will empower drivers with real-time information on routes, traffic alerts and road closures to get them to their destination on time. Additionally, by leveraging Waze insights, the City will now have greater visibility into traffic patterns and will be able to make better planning decisions.”
In addition, Waze will help the City to disseminate traffic and road closure information for major events, highway maintenance and pilot projects, such as the King Street Pilot that was launched last week.
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.
The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more about the City-led study on laneway suites. The study, named Changing Lanes, is a City of Toronto initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across the Toronto and Easy York areas of the City. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway. Laneway suites are smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot. If you want to learn more about the Changing Lanes initiative, ask questions, and share your comments, please attend the meeting on November 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West in the Council Chambers.