Events happening from now until June at High Park & Parkdale Libraries

Posted on March 19, 2018

Here are the events happening at High Park and Parkdale Libraries from now till June: 

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for our What’s On at the Library enewsletter:


City of Toronto Spring 2018 Prescribed Burn in High Park

Posted on March 19, 2018

The exact timing of the burn is highly dependent on weather conditions and difficult to predict in advance.  The weather will be closely monitored and when a date has been selected a confirmation notice will be sent 24-48hours prior to ignition.

HP 1mo notice 2018

March Break Family Skate at Ricoh Coliseum

Posted on February 27, 2018

City of Toronto invites you to free Family Skating at Ricoh Coliseum (45 Manitoba Drive), located on the grounds of the Exhibition Place from March 13 – March 16, 2018, 1:30 – 4:30 pm. More details are below.


City of Toronto – Community Funding Announcement- Deadline May 4, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018


 Funding Opportunity – Neighbourhood Grants Program – Deadline May 4, 2018

Are you a RESIDENT-LED GROUP with a great event idea that needs funding?

Grants of $1,000 – $3,000 are available to activate your neighbourhood and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020).

What is the Neighbourhood Grants Program?

The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between July 15 and December 31, 2018.

 A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods).

 Visit the Neighbourhood Grants web page for more details and to find out if you’re eligible to apply:

 See the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods under the Eligible Neighbourhoods tab.

  • Download a working document of sample application questions (in Word doc) to help you kick start your planning!
  • Find contacts of your local Community Development Officer for questions, list of eligible and ineligible expenses, guidelines for your mentor, etc.
  • The Online Application Form will be open starting April 3rd.
  • Deadline for applications is May 4, 2018.

If your group is eligible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Neighbourhood Grant Planning Session to be held in March and/or April.

Check out the list of meetings for your local Neighbourhood Grant Planning session.

Councillor Perks at City Council on Toronto Hydro Inquiry, Affordable Housing and Car-Share Pilot

Posted on February 15, 2018


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

City seeks neighbourhood partners for Neighbourhood Energy Efficiency Project

Posted on February 12, 2018

The City of Toronto is seeking organizations to help mobilize low-carbon neighbourhoods through a new Neighbourhood Energy Efficiency Project. The project, which supports the neighbourhood acceleration campaigns approved by City Council through the TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, is funded through the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Partners in Climate Action program.

Interested community / neighbourhood organizations are invited to submit an Expression of Interest by February 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. EST.  A copy of the Call for EOI is attached. A webinar for groups interested in learning more about the project will take place on
February 12 (see details, below).

We would appreciate your assistance in communicating this information to community organizations and others in your network.

About the Neighbourhood Energy Efficiency Project 

With the aim of reducing residential energy consumption in three or more Toronto neighbourhoods, the project will test various methods to motivate uptake in energy efficiency incentives.

Three to five neighbourhood partners will be selected to engage with single-family households in an area of their choice, and implement a plan which they will develop in conjunction with City staff. As part of the program, residents will have access to rooftop thermal imagery illustrating their home’s heat loss through an online engagement platform that will also offer information about available energy efficiency programs and incentives.

Organizations interested in responding to the Call for Expressions of Interest and learning more about the project are encouraged to sign up for this informative webinar.

Webinar Details

Date: February 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please register

For more information about this project, please contact: Sarah Rodrigues at or 416-392-1826.

Celebrate Family Day at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre

Posted on February 12, 2018

Celebrate Family Day with us! You can enjoy a variety of free outdoor and indoor activities at locations across Toronto on Monday, February 19.

City-run recreation facilities offer Family Day programming for the whole family. Activities include cooking, drumming and dance lessons, crafts and board games, and as well sports and family fitness classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone.

There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

In ward 14, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre will be offering a variety of different program opportunities for all, between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Family Day schedules are available online at, or by calling 311.

Parkland Strategy Update

Posted on February 12, 2018


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: and the Parkland Strategy Preliminary Report can be found here and the Parkland Strategy Primer can be found here.


TTC Stop Changes: Effective February 18, 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018

Beginning on February 18, 2018, TTC is changing vehicle types on the 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton routes from streetcars to buses to maintain service on these routes during the ongoing streetcar shortage. To accommodate buses running on these routes, temporary stop adjustments will be completed in the following locations:

  • Westbound Stop #986 Dundas St W at Morrow Avenue is being split between routes
    • 505 Dundas will serve a relocated westbound stop on Dundas St W at Howard Park Ave closer to the intersection
    • 506 Carlton will serve a new westbound stop on Howard Park Ave, immediately south-west of Dundas St W
  • The northbound stop on Dundas St W at Bloor St W is being converted to a “drop-off only” stop
  • High Park Loop will no longer be served. Buses are unable to operate in High Park Loop and are being redirected to High Park Station
  • Eastbound Dundas St W at Howard Park Avenue is being adjusted and will be located approximately 15 metres west of the current location
155-157 Cowan


WB Dundas at Morrow

Alterations to a Designated Heritage Property – 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (Ward 14)

Posted on February 1, 2018


Toronto City Council Toronto has approved City’s Planning’s report on Alterations to a Designated Heritage Property – 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

The 421 Roncesvalles Avenue development applicant proposes the construction of a 26.1 metres tall (30 metres including mechanical penthouse) seven storey commercial and office building.

The Staff Report recommends refusal of the development application stating that the building will incorporate and alter the two storey designated heritage building in a manner that would not conserve the cultural heritage values, attributes and character of the property.  City Council’s consent is required for the alterations to the designated heritage property under Section 33 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The report was approved at Toronto City Council on January 31, 2018. Councillor Perks supported City Staff’s recommendation to refuse the alterations to the designated heritage property.

The Decision Letter from Toronto Preservation Board is available at:

For further information on this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter, contact my office at .


Gord Perks

City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park


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