Round 4 of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Grants Selection Session – January 30, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

A process to identify the Round 4 Neighbourhood Grant applications that will be recommended for funding will take place on Wednesday, January 30th 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Parkdale Adult Recreation Centre (PARC) (1499 Queen St. W, 2nd Floor). There are 4 applications that were received and screened eligible for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Of the 4 applications screened eligible the total amount is $5925. A total of $5,000 is available to the neighbourhood. Attached are summaries of the 4 applicants, please review.

The recommendation process being proposed is as follows:

  • The goal would be to recommend  applications deemed eligible if members agree that the proposed activities meet the criteria outlined below
  • At least one group member from each group must attend the meeting to present their proposal. If no group member is in attendance, their application will not be considered for funding
  • Decision making by majority and among residents only; Group members of applications cannot participate in any vote related to their application
  • Each group will have 5-10 minutes to present their proposed project: project description, who the event targets, how event aligns with South Parkdale TSNS priorities, amount of funds requested and how funds will be used
  • Group members will then be asked to answer the following questions: (10 min per group):

o   Will the target group be interested in the activity/event?

o   Does the activity/event bring together a diverse group of people from the neighbourhood?

o   Does the activity/event align with one of the priorities of the TSNS 2020 Theme Area (i.e., healthy lives, social development, economic opportunities, participation in civic decision making, physical surroundings)?

o   Does the group have a good plan for the activity/event that they will be able to execute?

o   Is the budget clear? Does it make sense for the activity/event?

  • If members are satisfied with the responses, a decision can be taken by residents (without conflict of interest) as to whether each application should be recommended.
  • A scoring tool will be used to assess each application based on questions above. A decision will be taken among residents (without conflict of interest) based on the results of the scoring tool as to which applications received should be recommended for funding.

If you have any suggestions or concerns re: the process that is being proposed, please Contact Rebecca Bassey by January 23rd , 2018 at Rebecca.Bassey@toronto.ca .

Applications now accepted in City of Toronto program offering community grants for innovative ideas to reduce waste – deadline March 1, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s 2019 Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs.

The Waste Reduction Community Grants Program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support grassroots initiatives that reduce waste. The program launched last year and awarded more than $116,000 toward ideas that included the development of signage and programing for tenants of a downtown building, establishment of a sharing library for special event materials for the community, educational training on reducing textile waste and making sustainable fashion choices, and a program aimed at reducing lunch packaging in schools.

Initiatives eligible for funding include those that promote waste reduction and reuse, increase waste management education and engagement, and align with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. Priority will be placed on initiatives that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, and involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Groups eligible to apply for funding include resident, tenant, neighbourhood and business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations and school groups, clubs and councils.

March 1 is the deadline to submit an expression of interest.

More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, the 2018 recipients and the application process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastegrants.

More information about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy.

What’s On in our Ward’s Library Branches – January to March

Posted on January 3, 2019

Click here to find out about events happening at library branches in our ward from January to March.

Libraries in our ward are Annette Street, High Park, Jane/Dundas, Parkdale, Runnymede and Swansea Memorial.

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for the What’s On at the Library enewsletter: http://tpl.ca/e-news .

Preconstruction Notice for Watermain Replacement on Springhurst Ave – January 2019

Posted on December 20, 2018

Watermain Replacement on Springhurst Avenue from Spencer Avenue to Dufferin Street is expected to start from January 2019. Below is the pre-construction notice as well as an important fact sheet on lead in drinking water.

A letter from Councillor Gord Perks

Posted on December 13, 2018

Friends,

I want to begin this new term of Council by thanking you for choosing me to represent you. The thought of representing over one-hundred thousand people is both humbling and daunting, but through working together we will ensure our ward and our city continues to thrive.

The new configuration of large wards will force all of us to find new ways to work and engage in shaping our future. Our city needs to address housing, transit, climate change, disenfranchised youth and so much more. That being said, we are lucky to live in this wonderful city, and I have full confidence in the resilience of Torontonians.

Our work together begins with good communication. I’ll be distributing this electronic update weekly and will continue to post important community news at gordperks.ca. Spending time with you will continue to be a priority for me. I will share updates on office outreach strategies as details are finalized in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, I will need to rely on you to let me know what’s happening in your neighbourhood. Please always feel welcome to call or send a note with your thoughts and concerns.
Thank you again for your continued support,

Gord

Sign up for your recently elected Member of Provincial Parliament, Bhutila Karpoche’s e-newsletter at https://www.bhutilakarpoche.ca/ .

For more information on your newly re-elected TDSB Trustee visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/ward7/

As well, parents can join the TDSB Ward 7 council Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/TDSBWard7Coucil/ for more up to date information.

West Toronto Railpath Extension Update and Report

Posted on November 14, 2018

The City hosted a drop-in event on September 13, 2018 at the New Horizons Tower located at 1140 Bloor Street West.

Please see below for Public Event No.1 Feedback Summary.

More information and updates are available at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/infrastructure-projects/westrailpath/ .

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Secondary Suites Public Consultation

Posted on November 5, 2018

This is to provide an update on November city-wide consultations being undertaken on Secondary Suites

As-of-Right Zoning for Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites have been permitted across the City since 2000; however, existing zoning regulations only permit the creation of a secondary suite five years after the primary dwelling is constructed, and do not permit secondary suites in all townhouses.

City staff were directed by City Council, at its meeting on December 5-8, 2017, to report to Planning and Growth Management Committee in the second quarter of 2018 on a range of measures, including policy, regulatory and financial measures, that could provide incentives to facilitate the creation of additional secondary suites in Toronto. At its meeting on July 5, 2018, the Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to hold open houses to consult on draft zoning framework to support the creation of secondary suites; and report back with final recommendations and zoning by-law amendments in the second quarter of 2019 (PG31.12).

All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a short presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

Thursday November 15 Metro Hall, Room 310

Wednesday November 21 North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

Monday November 26 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom

Tuesday November 27 Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

Please call our office at 416-392-7919 or email us at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, should you have any questions or comments.

 

Upcoming Lakeshore West Bridge Maintenance Work

Posted on September 7, 2018

THE PROJECT

Metrolinx will be rehabilitating/replacing 6 century-old rail bridges over the course of 9 weekends following Labour Day. This work will start each Friday evening and continue until the following Monday morning. Our current schedule is as follows:
 Humber River Bridge: September 8 – December 2
 Colborne Lodge Drive: October 12 – 14
 Parkside Drive: October 19 – 21
 Ellis Avenue: October 26 – 28
 Windermere Avenue: November 23 – 25
 South Kingsway: November 30 – December 2

Please see the attached for more information:

2018-08-29 Upcoming Bridge Maintenance Work (002)

Amended Closures for the Labour Day Parade – September 3, 2018

Posted on August 30, 2018

Due to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) lockout at Exhibition Place, the parade will no longer finish at the CNE grounds but at Lamport Stadium.

The closure times are 7 am to 2:30 pm on September 3, 2018 for the formation area of the parade at the following locations:

a) University Av, both north and southbound lanes, full closure, from Dundas St West to Richmond St West

b) Queen St West, full closure, from Bay St to University Av

c) Centre St, full closure, from Armoury St to Dundas St West

d) Armoury St, full closure, from University Av to Chestnut St

e) York St, from Queen St West to Richmond St West (access to parking garage for Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts must be accessible)

The closure times for the dispersal area around Lamport Stadium are 7 am to 2:30 pm at the following locations:

a) Liberty St, full closure, from Dufferin St to Jefferson St

b) Jefferson Av, from King St West to Liberty St

For information on any ward 14 or City related matters, email our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call us at 416-392-7919 .

An Update on Development Application | 2706-2730 Dundas St West

Posted on August 9, 2018

 

The developer of 2706-2730 Dundas St West has submitted a Settlement Offer to the city.

City staff have reviewed the offer and recommended that City Legal and Planning staff attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing in support of the settlement offer. City Council, at its meeting on July 23-30, 2018 accepted this direction.

Some details on the Settlement Offer:

 

  • a total of nine (9) storeys, representing a reduction in the original proposal of 12 storeys
  • a total height of 30.05 metres excluding allowable overruns representing a reduction in the original proposal of 45.03 metres  {the allowable overruns include the cooling tower, the exit stairs, the building elevators {including required elevator overruns), the interior elevator lobby space located directly in front of the elevators, rooftop art installation {subject to City review), and all other structures and equipment reasonably appropriate in the construction and operation of a rooftop outdoor amenity space and green roof;
  • general compliance with the 45 degree “skyview angular plane” taken from the south side of Dundas Street West
  • Dundas Street West elevation to “read” as having a three (3) storey base building, for example by adding an architectural cap on top of the third floor

Three of the Confidential Schedules are now available online for your review at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.CC44.38 .

The Land Planning Appeal Tribunal pre-hearing date is scheduled for October 2, 2018 at 10 AM at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (Toronto) 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street, 16th Floor Toronto ON M5G 1E5.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any comments or question about this or any City-related matter.

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