The number of people dying from opioid poisonings in Toronto continue to rise. Preliminary estimates from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario show there were 187 deaths in Toronto from May to July 2017; double for the same period in 2016.
Around the world, governments are considering different approaches to drugs. Some countries are decriminalizing drug use and possession while others are legalizing and regulating drugs. Change is happening in Canada too. It will soon be legal for adults to purchase cannabis for personal use. In the midst of the current opioid poisoning crisis, some health officials and others are also calling for a new approach to other drugs.
How could we change our approach to drugs? What would a public health approach to drugs look like for Canada?
Toronto Public Health wants to hear from you on this important topic for our community.
To learn more, including how to register for a community dialogue session and to fill out our online survey, please visit the Community Dialogue website.
An exciting new project – Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods – will launch later this month in three Toronto neighbourhoods, including Parkdale. Through the project, the City will engage with a local community group to help residents learn about all of the incentives and rebates available to make their homes more energy efficient. Need a new furnace, windows, insulation, or more? There’s never been a better time to make your home more comfortable and start saving on your energy bills. Stay tuned for more news on Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods.
The City is currently dealing with high volumes of yard waste due to the storm. If you have put yard waste out properly for collection and it has not been picked up, please leave it out, and the City will collect it ASAP. Thank u for your patience. More at: bit.ly/2FN9B71
Great news for Parkdale Community!
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.
A community hub for Parkdale.
There are currently 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 facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years. There is also pressure for a range of increased programing and services in the area, designated by City Council as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area.
Communications with inter-divisional agencies and organizations currently occupying space in the City-owned buildings within the study area blocks has started. It is now time for broader community consultation.
The Parkdale Community Hub Project- Information Meeting
6-8 PM, Wednesday May 16, 2018
Auditorium, Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St West at Cowan Avenue
At this meeting, City staff will introduce the Parkdale Community Hub project, provide an overview of our work and consultation to-date, present a set of principles to guide any changes to the intersection, and give a brief update on area planning and heritage work. Your comments are important in guiding the next steps in the Parkdale Community Hub project.
This work will only succeed with community participation.
I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. See you on the 16th. Gord
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
As discussed at the meeting, we have shared the slides from the presentation.
Please see below:
In 2013, Toronto City Council passed the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw that limited the concentration of bars and restaurants on Queen Street between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. It also put some fairly standard restrictions on the size and operation of these venues.
The bylaw came from five years of work in our community to find a balance between different interests in Queen Street West’s future.
The purpose was to alleviate some of the issues created by restaurants that morph into late night drinking establishments. Some of the issues experienced by your neighbours include: excessive noise, public drunkenness, crowded sidewalks, garbage, traffic, and parking issues.
Additionally, one of the intentions of the Queen West Restaurant By-law was also to alleviate concerns that restaurants were pushing out other types of commercial uses which support the daily lives of the people living in the surrounding residential neighbourhood (i.e. services, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).
A three year review was written in to the bylaw.
City staff have completed their review of the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw. It will be deliberated at Toronto and East York Community Council Agenda on May 2nd.
The review has determined that the By-laws generally met their intended objectives of limiting the number of eating establishments and helped mitigate some of the land use conflicts between this use and the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
It recommends amending the bylaw to delete the performance standard restricting the maximum permitted concentration of eating establishments to no more than 25% of the properties along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.
The other performance standards of the By-laws, including maximum restaurant gross floor area of 200 square metres, restricting the use to the ground floor, limitations on accessory uses and prohibiting restaurant patios from locating in the rear yard or on the rooftop, would remain.
I am satisfied with the recommendations however, I would ask that you review the report and share your comments prior to Toronto East York Community Council on May 2nd. I also welcome you to participate in the TEYCC meeting on May 2nd. The item will be heard on or soon after 11:00 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. Information on participation is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/tmmis/have-your-say.htm .
Second Units Draft Official Plan Amendment– Upcoming Community Consultation Meetings May 7, 8, 9 and 10
These meetings will allow residents to learn about the draft amendment to the City’s Official Plan to clarify second unit permissions across the City. This is your chance to provide input.
The draft Official Plan Amendment clarifies the Official Plan second unit permissions across the City. The draft amendment aligns the Official Plan with provincial policy changes to the Planning Act and Growth Plan
for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 and reflects provincial direction to further encourage the creation of second units.
Four community consultation meetings have been scheduled, one in each Community Planning District. The meetings will begin with an open house followed by a brief staff presentation and a facilitated discussion. The meetings will allow residents to learn about the draft amendment and provide input on policy wording. All meetings will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.:
Monday, May 7 – Metro Hall, Room 310, 55 John Street
Tuesday, May 8 – North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3, 5100 Yonge Street
Wednesday, May 9 – Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 399 The West Mall
Thursday, May 10 – Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 2 150, Borough Drive
If you require any additional information, please contact Jeremy Kloet, Senior Planner, on 416-392 -7863 or Jeremy.Kloet@toronto.ca.
The City’s annual Community Environment Day is back! It will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 10am – 2pm at Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave, south of Dundas Street West.
As well on April 28th, at 10am, compost will be available to be picked up, free of charge and while supplies last, at 2 locations – Sorauren Park and 285 Indian Rd. Crescent.
For further information please see the flyer below or contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org .Environment Day Flyer
In October 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council directed City staff to solicit feedback from residents on the proposal to provide Overnight Residential On-street Permit Parking on streets that do not have permit parking in Toronto and East York District.
We invite you to share your opinion by taking this survey here
The same information from the online survey will be presented at the meetings.
- April 23 – 7pm to 9pm – East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave. Register here
- April 30 – 7pm to 9pm – Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 250 St Clair Ave. W. Register here
- May 1 – 7pm to 9pm – St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St Register here
- May 3 – 7pm to 9pm – Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W Register here
The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. We invite you to get involved.
April 23: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
April 30: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St Clair Ave. W.
May 1: 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., St James Cathedral Centre, Snell Hall, 65 Church St. •
May 3: 7p.m.- 9 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, Birchwood Room, 123 Queen St. W.permit parking consultation