Advocates Call Upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO Action Plan

Posted on December 9, 2019

Many low-and-moderate-income households in the city struggling to make ends meet. The HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan being presented to Planning and Housing Committee, builds upon the City’s last 10-year housing plan, Housing Opportunities Toronto: Affordable Housing Action Plan 2010-2020.

The action plan proposes a number of actions to address critical needs across the housing spectrum however it fails to meet the urgency needed in our city.

Housing Advocates call upon the City of Toronto to Strengthen the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan by asking City Council to:

  • declare homelessness an emergency and direct the Mayor to invite the Premier and Prime Minister to an emergency summit within 30 days to devise a plan for dealing with the emergency;
  • commit that any housing units built on City land, or receiving City subsidies or City incentives shall be permanent;
  • establish a Housing Commissioner of Toronto; and
  • create minimum annual targets for housing construction which will be achieved regardless of the actions of other governments or funding partners.

Date:                Tuesday December 10, 2019
Time:               9 AM
Location:         2nd Floor, A Street reception, outside of Committee Rm 1, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West,

Speakers:

  • Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Brian Davis, Houselink Community Homes
  • Alejandra Ruiz-Vargas, ACORN
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
  • Councillor Gord Perks

Pesticide Treatment at High Park

Posted on December 5, 2019

Urban Forestry will be carrying out management of invasive trees, shrubs and vines in High Park over the winter months.

Various sections of the natural areas in High Park are managed for invasive trees, shrubs and vines.  Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of December to March. A triclopyr-based pesticide (Garlon RTU) is being used to control these invasive species. Pesticide signs will be posted 24 hours prior to any treatment taking place and will delineate the border of the site being managed at that time.

The invasive species being treated includes Norway Maple and Common Buckthorn, these species impact native plants and habitat by:

• crowding out and shading native vegetation and young trees

• encouraging soil erosion due to lack of ground cover

Application is done by licensed city staff, and additional information signage will be posted along with the standard warning signage.  Warning signage is posted 24 hours before treatment and is removed 48 hours following treatment, according to Ministry of Environment guidelines.

Please see the Fact Sheet below for more information.

FACTSHEET Norway Maple Common Buckthorn_

Information on City’s Snow Clearing Services

Posted on December 5, 2019

The City’s Levels of Winter Maintenance Service Highlights

Road Category When does the City start plowing? How many hours after the snow stops falling will it take to clear?
Expressways 2.5 cm to 5.0 cm 2-3 hours
Arterial roads and streetcar routes 5.0 cm 6-8 hours
Collector roads, bus routes and local streets with Hills 5.0 cm – 8.0 cm 8-10 hours
All other local streets 8.0 cm 14-16 hours

Business and property owners are responsible for ensuring that all ice and snow is cleared on sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 12 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles. Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business will make it safer for everyone. Failure to do so can result in fines. Please contact 311 to report property owner who did not clear their sidewalk.

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home. The service does not include driveways or walkways leading to homes. All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service. 

If you have friends, neighbours or relatives who are seniors (65 years of age +) and are in need of aid for snow removal please contact 311 (or call Councillor Perks office 416 392 7919 or email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca) for options.

Registration for City’s winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps begins this weekend

Posted on December 5, 2019

Registration for City of Toronto winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps will take place on Saturday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 10. The City is Toronto is the largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests, with more than one million recreation program hours offered annually.

Available programs include beginner skate and preschool swim, lifesaving classes, as well as adapted and inclusive programs for people with special needs/disabilities. March break camps range from activity and adventure camps to specialty camps including drama, music and sports.

Residents can prepare for registration with extended customer service hours at 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 5, 6 and 9.

Registering online at https://efun.toronto.ca/ is the fastest and easiest way to register. Registration starts at 7 a.m. for these districts:

  • Saturday, December 7 – Etobicoke/York and Scarborough
  • Tuesday, December 10 – North York, Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York

Due to ward realignments, the registration day for some locations has changed. Affected locations can be found at: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/districtchanges.html#

Residents can get tips for registration, browse available programs, create wish lists and learn more about available programs at https://www.toronto.ca/rec. Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

Update on Short Term Rental Regulations

Posted on December 3, 2019

On December 7, 2017, and January 31, 2018, City Council approved regulations for short-term rentals in Toronto. The new rules, which require short-term rental companies to obtain a licence and short-term rental operators to register with the City and pay a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) of 4 per cent, were set to come into effect on June 1, 2018. However, the City’s zoning bylaw amendments to permit short-term rentals as a use were appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

On November 18, 2019 the LPAT issued a ruling that dismissed the appeals and upheld City Council’s adopted zoning bylaw amendments for short-term rentals. The short-term rental zoning bylaw amendments are now in force. The amendments permit short-term rentals, (any rental that is less than 28 consecutive days), across the city in principal residences. Within their principal residence, people can rent up to three rooms or their entire home.

With this decision, the Licensing and Registration Of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw has also come into force. The City is moving forward with the implementation of the bylaw, as adopted by City Council. Once the licence and registration system is built, short-term rental companies will be required to obtain a licence and operators will be required to register with the City and pay the MAT of 4 per cent.

More information on City’s short-term rentals is available at  toronto.ca/shorttermrentals 

City Wins at LPAT with Short-Term Rental Decision

Posted on November 20, 2019

The City received notice on Monday from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) that the appeal of the City Council-approved zoning regulations for short-term rentals were dismissed.

The decision enables the City of Toronto to move forward with implementation of the regulations as approved by Toronto City Council more than a year ago, but were on hold due to the appeal.

The City will have more information in December about implementation, timelines, and how the licensing, registration, and four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) will work.

For more information, including key points of the new regulations as well as links to Council decisions, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/shorttermrentals

TTC to End In-Station Sales of Tickets, Tokens, and Passes

Posted on November 19, 2019

November 30, 2019, will be the last day to buy TTC tickets, tokens and passes at collector booths. You can still use them to pay your fare. Refunds will not be provided. Once you no longer have tickets, tokens and passes, you can switch to a PRESTO card.

November 25, 2019, will be the last day you can buy a GTA Weekly Pass. You’ll be able to pay your fare with the pass until December 1.

Don’t wait to get your PRESTO card. Purchase one today at Fare Vending Machines at all subway station entrances, all Shoppers Drug Mart locations, online at prestocard.ca and at the TTC Customer Service Centre.

PRESTO cards work on the TTC and other transit agencies across the GTA. Learn more

http://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/index.jsp

Parkdale People’s Economy’s Inclusionary Zoning Workshop – November 11

Posted on November 6, 2019

The Affordable Housing working group of Parkdale People’s Economy is hosting an event on Inclusionary Zoning (IZ). This action-oriented event will include a talk on how IZ works in other cities and a discussion on how it could be implemented in Toronto. Participants will also be supported to prepare a written or recorded message that will be presented at City Hall.

Monday, November 11, 2019
6:30PM – 8:30PM
Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre
1499 Queen St W (second floor)

Annual Mechanical Leaf Collection Program – November 12 – December 9, 2019

Posted on November 5, 2019

City of Toronto’s annual mechanical leaf collection program in designated areas will start on Tuesday, November 12 and end on Monday, December 9, 2019. Please see attached map below to find our if your street is part of the designated area for this program.

Click here for more information on this program.

EYD mechanical leaf collection

What are those spots on your Maple leaves?

Posted on November 1, 2019

Tar spot is a fungal disease that causes black tar-like spots on the leaves of Red, Silver, Norway, Sugar and Manitoba maples (but it doesn’t seem to affect Japanese maples). Tar spot is a foliar disease: the spores do not affect other parts of maple trees.

While tar spots are unattractive, the good news is that this fungal disease does not injure the tree itself. Tar spots develop late enough in the growing season that they do not usually affect the health of the tree. While the fungal spores infect young leaves early in the season, they do not continue to cause new infections throughout the summer. The infections first appear a yellow or light green spots on the leaves in early summer. By late summer, the infections take on a black, tar-like appearance.

To avoid the spread of fungal spores it is best to rake the affected leaves this fall. Destroy the leaves or remove them from your yard by bagging them for municipal collection. If you ignore tar spot and allow the fallen leaves to remain on the ground through the winter, your maples will develop tar spot again next year. If, however, you remove the infected leaves from the area you reduce the chances of the tree being infected the following year

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