Have Your Say! Protecting Toronto’s Pollinators

Posted on July 6, 2017

The City is inviting residents to share their views on a proposed strategy to protect Toronto’s bees and other pollinators. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto’s pollinators. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline. Learn more and share your views.

City Pools and Wading Pools

Posted on June 29, 2017

Summer is here! All 59 outdoor pools and wading pools will begin their full-time summer schedules on Friday, June 30 and will remain open with varying schedules until Labour Day weekend.

More information, including pool operating hours, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim.

 

 

Planners in Public Spaces in the Roncesvalles Peace Garden

Posted on June 14, 2017

Mark your calendar.

Planners in Public Spaces (PiPS) will be located in the Roncesvalles Peace Garden, at the intersection of Roncesvalles and Dundas on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 5-8PM to hear from the public on the Roncesvalles Dundas Planning Study.

Please feel free to drop by for a chat!

ABOUT PiPS
Planners in Public Spaces is a public engagement initiative started by City Planning in 2013 in order to advance actionable items of its Strategic Plan, under the Strategic Direction for Clear, Consistent and Compelling Communication.

The basic purpose of Planners in Public Spaces is to bring planners to the people and provide opportunities for the public to engage with City Planners, one-on-one, on issues that affect the City and specific concerns they may have about development and policy in the City.

Planners in Public Spaces format is simple. We bring a tent, a table, some planning material and a bunch of planners and set up in parks, recreation centres and some special events like farmers’ markets or festivals. Then we are ready to chat with anyone with a question or comment.

PiPS MISSION
To engage with the people of Toronto by going to where people are in order to increase residents’ access to planners, reach people who don’t attend our traditional public consultations, and advance the public’s understanding of planning with the intention of increasing future citizen participation in the planning process.

PiPS GOALS

  • LEARN – To actively listen and learn from what we hear.
  • TEACH – To promote understanding of planning.
  • PARTNER – To promote dialogue and collaboration.
  • CONTRIBUTE – To give our energy, time and skills to address various needs in the communities we serve.
  • INNOVATE – To engage the public in a variety of ways; to reach segments of the public City Planning doesn’t usually engage; and to attract people to events using new methods and tools.

WHO MAKES UP PLANNERS IN PUBLIC SPACES?
Planners in Public Spaces is organized and run by City Planning staff volunteers from each of the four districts across the city. More than 65 planners from Community Planning, Parks, Transportation Planning, Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis, Heritage, Urban Design and Graphics, and Committee of Adjustment make up this year’s volunteer base.

CONTACT
Joanna Kimont, Planner
(416)392-7216
joanna.kimont@toronto.ca

2017 CNE Traffic and Parking Measures

Posted on June 7, 2017

Friends,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 18 to September 4, 2017. These changes will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th.

The complete list of yearly changes that will be introduced at TEYCC is available online at:

Non-delegated: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-104567.pdf
Delegated: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-104562.pdf

Following CNE 2016, a review with community members and City Staff suggested further changes to continue to improve traffic operation and pedestrian safety.

The following are new changes recommended by Transportation Staff and are included in the above links:

 ‘No Stopping’ signage on:

  • Thorburn, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin;
  • Temple, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin; and
  • Tyndall, both sides, between Springhurst and Thorburn.

’24 hour Permit Parking’ signage on:

  • Springhurst between Jameson and Dufferin, north side.

Community members also raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE.

In light of this, Permit Parking staff will conduct a pilot project this year which temporarily restricts the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the 2017 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued — with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number — at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:

  • CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex” with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;
  • City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King  intersection) to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets, and instead direct them to parking lots with directions to parking lots;
  • City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement, and City Bylaw enforcement staff have been asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement have been asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;
  • Toronto Police have been reminded of ongoing safety concerns during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst, from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;
  • CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,

Gord Perks
City Councillor

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.

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.

Toronto Residents Invited to Share Their Views on Multi-Tenant Houses

Posted on May 30, 2017

The City of Toronto is holding a series of public consultation meetings on proposed regulations for multi-tenant houses – commonly referred to as rooming houses.

Two different sets of meetings will be held. The first set of meetings will be held in five “pilot” areas where multi-tenant houses currently are not permitted, while the second set will take place in areas of the city where multi-tenant houses are permitted.

City Council endorsed a three-year pilot project last fall to introduce a temporary zoning bylaw to allow multi-tenant houses in five areas of the city where they currently are not permitted.

The area boundaries for the pilot project are:

  • Highway 401, Morrish Road, Military Trail (Wards 43, 44)
  • Finch Avenue West, Martin Grove Road, Humber College Boulevard (Ward 1)
  • Finch Avenue West, Assiniboine Road, Black Creek Drive, Keele Street (Ward 8)
  • Finch Avenue East, Leslie Street, Highway 404, Fairview Mall Drive (Ward 33)
  • Steeles Avenue, Highway 404, Highway 401, Markham Road (Wards 39, 40, 41)

At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:

  • how multi-tenant houses should be zoned
  • the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home, and
  • what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (such as site plan, waste management plan and parking plan).

Public consultation meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in pilot areas where multi-tenant homes are not permitted. Dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 6, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room HW305, 1265 Military Trail
  • Wednesday, June 7, James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, Cafeteria, 1440 Finch Ave. W.
  • Monday, June 12, Oriole Community Centre, Multipurpose Room B, 2975 Don Mills Rd.
  • Tuesday, June 13, Stephen Leacock Community Recreation Centre, 2520 Birchmount Rd.
  • Thursday, June 15, Elmbank Community Centre, Gym, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Wednesday, June 21, L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, Main Floor, 2000 McNicoll Ave.

Public consultation meetings taking place in areas where multi-tenant homes are permitted include the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, June 14, Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room, 870 Queen St. E., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20, Lillian H. Smith Library, Auditorium, 239 College St., 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch,1303 Queen St. W.,                  6 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, Wellesley Community Centre, Room A, 495 Sherbourne St., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.

Staff of Municipal Licensing & Standards and City Planning expect to report on findings from the consultations this fall.

More information and the survey are available at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

New Community Projects & Events Grant Program

Posted on May 23, 2017

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework. The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development. Applications for Community Projects and Events Grants is now open with $1 M in grant funding will be allocated.

More information can be found online here.

Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).
Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form.

Community Events Grant Goals

Community Events Grants help organizations create a neighbourhood event or activity that brings different groups of people together to –

  • Make their neighbourhood better
  • Keep people active, or
  • Help residents learn skills and build leadership.

One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018. Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding. Open to neighbourhoods across the city

Community Projects Grant Goals

 Community Project grants will help community organizations develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that they can –

  • Increase their organization’s impact by doing things better
  • Increase community impact by working with others
  • Diversify who they serve and strengthen access and equity.

One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017. Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project. Please feel free to forward to your community networks.

Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics starting May 25th!

  • Details on Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics (targeted to small organizations) will begin starting May 25th.
  • The Community Projects & Events web page lists the dates/locations.

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