TransformTO Webinars

Posted on April 12, 2017

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to participate in an upcoming webinar to learn about the City’s proposed approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto, and its connection to public health, local economic development, and social equity.

TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto is a collaborative project to engage the community in reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 while also improving health, prosperity and equity. Led by the Environment and Energy Division and The Atmospheric Fund, the project has engaged more than 2,000 Torontonians to date through public consultation events, community conversations, an online survey and more.

The focus of the TransformTO webinar is on the long-term transformations that are needed to reduce emissions in Toronto, as identified in the second report issued by TransformTO. The report will be presented to Parks & Environment Committee on May 4 and, if approved, to City Council on May 24, 2017. The report will be available online on April 27.

The webinar, which will provide an overview of the TransformTO process and recommendations, will be offered twice: April 27 from 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m., and May 2 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each webinar will begin with a 30-minute presentation followed by a 60-minute question and answer period.

More information about TransformTO Webinars and Report 2 are available on the TransformTO website.

Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Elimination Public Consultation

Posted on April 11, 2017

As directed by City Council this February, the City of Toronto is soliciting input from key stakeholders and the public about eliminating the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate program. The City of Toronto is also looking for input from the business community on the current tax reduction that applies to vacant and excess commercial and industrial lands. Overall feedback on these changes is being solicited from industrial and commercial property owners, the business community, and non-profit communities, in addition to the general public.

There are two ways to provide feedback on these proposed changes:

  • An Open Public Meeting: City staff will be present to provide information, answer questions, and receive feedback on April 19 at Metro Hall (55 John St.) in Room 303. This consultation will occur from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • An Online Survey: Until April 21, there will be an online survey available for your feedback.

A number of face-to-face meetings have already taken place with key representatives of impacted businesses such as NAIOP and TIN.

The feedback received will be part of the report back to Executive Committee and City Council in May.

Long-Term Financial Plan Consultations

Posted on April 10, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to join Toronto residents at City Hall for an interactive afternoon of workshops and discussion. We want to hear your ideas on how the City can balance both its books and its long-term priorities. And with your help, we can build a long-term financial plan that will bring us all closer to the city we want.

Below is information about the City’s upcoming public consultation – Investing In TO. The event will bring together staff, organizations and residents to explore how we can balance our books and our long-term goals.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Open House: 12:30 pm
Consultation Sessions: 1pm – 5pm

LTFP Consultation Phase 2

Good Neighbour Guide

Posted on April 10, 2017

ML&S has developed a Good Neighbour Guide for operators of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. The Good Neighbour Guide outlines mandatory requirements and “good will” measures that can be taken to help the bar and restaurant industry comply with regulations and operate in harmony with its neighbours, particularly residential neighbours.

There are many areas in the city where neighbourhoods are not only residential, but also have a very vibrant nightlife. The bar and restaurant industry is an important part of our city and needs to operate in harmony with its neighbours, which can be challenging.

The guide was developed by the City of Toronto, in partnership with ORHMA, TABIA, AGCO and Toronto Police Service.

If residents are disturbed by noise from an outdoor patio, they should make the owner or property manager aware of the issue, or contact 311. Municipal Licensing and Standards investigates all noise complaints and takes appropriate action regarding noise violations. This can include educating the owners and laying charges, where appropriate.

Introducing RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Registration and Inspection Program

Posted on April 10, 2017

The new apartment bylaw, approved at the March 28 to 30 Council meeting, now has a name: RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Registration and Inspection Program. The program takes effect on July 1, 2017 and applies to 30% of Toronto’s residents living in approximately 3,500 apartment buildings across the city.

The new program is part of an audit and enforcement system that imposes new standards on how building owners operate their building and communicate with their tenants. The existing bylaws that govern how building owners are to maintain their properties still apply. These bylaws include Property Standards, Littering and Dumping and Graffiti.

This new bylaw enables the City to impose standards for building owners and operators to:

  • Ensure tenants are informed of repairs/maintenance that have an impact on their homes
  • Clearly lay out property owner obligations
  • Help inform the public and prospective tenants on information concerning a building’s maintenance and upkeep

The new requirements apply to rental properties that are three or more stories high and have or 10 or more units.
Some of the new requirements include:

  • Annual registration with the City, including a $10.60 per unit fee
    • Fees will be waived for Toronto Community Housing and other social housing providers; however all of the rules still apply
  • Process for tracking and responding to tenant service requests
  • Regular inspections by building management in common areas for cleanliness and pests
  • Developing and making available to Officers, an operational plan for cleaning, waste management and capital planning
  • New and substantially increased fines for not complying with the bylaw

Building owners will be receiving further information about this program shortly, with a public education campaign to follow in the next few months.

Youth in Policing Initiative – Fall Program

Posted on April 5, 2017

The Youth in Policing is a joint partnership between the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Service Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The program is a paid position and employs students between the ages of 15-18 years within priority identified neighbourhoods.

The youth work within our various units and divisions. While at work youth have the opportunity to see daily police operations from an internal perspective, interact with police officers on a personal level, and gain hands on job experience. Students are also taken on tours to various police facilities, namely the Marine Unit, Mounted Unit, The Police Dog Services, etc.

There are three Youth in Policing Programs that run throughout the year: summer, fall and winter. The programs run as follows:

  • Summer Program – July to August
  • Fall Program – September to December
  • Winter Program – January to April.

The Summer Program runs throughout the summer months during the day from Monday – Friday and students work a 35 hour week. The Fall and Winter Programs are part-time after-school programs that include evenings and some weekend work and students work 6 hours per week.

Currently we are in our recruiting phase for the 2017 Fall YIPI Program and we are providing lunch time information sessions where we set up a table and distribute our job add and answer any questions students in passing have during their lunch period. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in.

Applications will be accepted online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

Eligibility
Applicants must:

  • be a student between the ages of 15 and 18 years as of July 4, 2017
  • be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • be attending school
  • not have previously participated in any YIPI program
  • be successful through the employment security clearance process

Applicants must also permanently reside in one of the priority identified neighbourhoods:

Please note that if your youth do not reside within one of these areas but live in Toronto they can still apply to the program.

Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centres Survey

Posted on April 5, 2017

In February 2016, the Province announced that the City of Toronto will have responsibility for the management and planning for Child and Family Centres as of January 2018. This includes the transformation of four provincially-funded child and family programs, which will be consolidated and re-branded as Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centres (OEYCFC). The objectives and vision for the OEYCFCs are to:

  • Provide parents, caregivers, and their children (from birth to age 6) with access to a core suite of high-quality early years programs
  • Create public awareness of available programs
  • Plan programs based on demonstrated community needs
  • Integrate programs with other relevant early years and community services.

Toronto Children’s Services is in the process of engaging with stakeholders across the sector including service providers, and families who have or haven’t accessed these services to support system planning. To that end, a survey has been launched specifically for parents/caregivers to better understand their needs:

English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TOEYCFCsurvey
French – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YSLMJ6F

For further information on the progress of this initiative, please click here.

Community Hub in Parkdale

Posted on April 4, 2017

Great news for Parkdale Community!

Friends,

At City Council this week, 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.

Now that we have approval from City Council, the next step will be working with the Deputy City Managers to convene an inter-divisional agency table including: Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Public Library, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, City Planning, Economic Development and Culture, the Toronto Parking Authority, the Affordable Housing Office, Build Toronto, Toronto Public Health, Real Estate Services, and Social Development Finance and Administration.

This work will only succeed with community participation. Once the internal structure is in place, we will be brainstorming with the community on how to combine three city-owned properties into one large and vibrant community hub.

I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. My office will be in touch in the next few weeks to organize our first (of many) community meetings.

Gord

Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

twitter: @gordperks
Facebook: @GordPerks

 

Long-Term Financial Plan Public Input

Posted on March 28, 2017

The City of Toronto is launching Phase 2 of its public consultation on the renewal of its Long-Term Financial Plan. Information about the consultation, including background reports and engagement opportunities, a public workshop and an upcoming online survey, is available at http://www.investinginTO.ca/. The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.

For the second phase of consultation, the City is inviting members of the public to City Hall for a conversation about how it makes decisions and balances priorities that have a long-term financial impact.

An interactive afternoon of workshops and discussions will be held at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., on Saturday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. The open house will begin at 12:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for the public to:

  • debate how City Hall can balance both its books and its long-term priorities
  • collaborate with community organizations, other members of the public and the City, and
  • create a financial path that brings us closer to the city we want.

More information about the workshops and discussions is available at http://www.investinginTO.ca/. The workshops will be available via webcast for those who wish to participate online. An online survey will also be open from April 22 to May 14.

The first consultation, which took place last fall, focused on how the City manages expenses, raises revenue, and could maximize its assets. The City heard about the need to balance the priorities and budgets while also supporting the most vulnerable Torontonians. The public was also clear about keeping the City’s commitments to innovation, economic health, infrastructure investments and the environment while finding ways to pay for them. The City also heard about the need for information that helps the public understand and contribute to the City’s budgets, plans, and decision making.

The findings from the consultation process will provide advice for Council and the City Manager as the City sets out to develop its Long-Term Financial Plan. The plan will guide financial decision-making over the long term and put Toronto on a path to financial sustainability. It will also help address structural financial issues as expenditures continue to rise faster than revenues, and help ensure that the City continues to run well, spends public money wisely, and delivers the programs and services residents need and want over the long term.

City of Toronto Short-Term Rental Regulations

Posted on March 27, 2017

The City of Toronto is considering regulations for short-term rental of accommodation in Toronto and is inviting members of the public to share their views at meetings on March 28 and April 12. Residents will also be able to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.

The term “short-term rental” typically describes rentals that occur over a period of less than 30 days. Popular online platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway and VRBO facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

The first consultation meeting will be held in the council chamber of North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.

The second consultation meeting will be held in Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

Key areas of discussion include quality of life (income/noise/safety), housing availability and affordability, economic development and tourism, and taxation.

Live streaming of the April 12 meeting’s proceedings will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A.

A staff report with recommendations is expected to go to the City’s Executive Committee for consideration in June.

More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay and the survey will be available on that web page starting March 28.

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