The City is holding a meeting on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study to present draft Official Plan policies. Information on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plans will also be provided at the Open House. We welcome your comments and there will be opportunities to ask questions of City staff.
We will discuss the results of the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study, which spans Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue, and provide an update on the heritage survey and HCD Plans.
Date: Thursday October 17, 2019
Time: Open House 5pm – 8pm; Presentation – 6:30pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium
Heritage Grant 2019 Program: Not-for-Profit Organizations
Toronto’s inaugural Not-for-Profit Recognition Day on October 2, 2019 celebrates the important contribution that non-profit community organizations make to our city and communities.
Not-for-profit organizations that own or operate out of heritage house-form buildings designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act are encouraged to apply the Toronto Heritage Grant Program. Applications are due on November 1st, 2019.
The identification and conservation of cultural heritage resources is an integral component of good planning, contributing to long term economic prosperity, environmental sustainability through adaptive re-use, a sense of place, and healthy and equitable communities.
City Planning (Heritage Preservation Services) administers the Toronto Heritage Grant Program that provides matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The City continues to strengthen its collaborative, interdependent relationship with the not-for-profit sector to achieve shared city-building goals.
In April 2019, Council amended the grant eligibility requirements as set out in the Terms and Conditions so that any tax-exempt designated heritage properties including a house-form building may be eligible for a grant equivalent to 50% of the cost of eligible conservation work, with no limit.
The matching grant can assist in the conservation of historic windows and doors, the repair of front porches and steps, or the conservation of exterior walls and slate roofs of properties that are under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
For more information, contact Alex Corey, Senior Heritage Planner (Acting), at Alex.Corey@toronto.ca2020 flyer_Neighbourhood_Grants
Heritage Toronto will distribute 45 luxury hotel room vouchers to Toronto-based volunteer-supported community organizations to support their fundraising and programming efforts. The deadline to apply to receive one of the vouchers is October 18. Full details can be found here: https://www.heritagetoronto.org/join-give/royalyork/
Students and young professionals in the first five years of their career are invited to attend the Heritage Toronto Awards as guests of the agency. The Awards are an excellent opportunity to connect and network with leaders and other young professionals in the field. Applications are due October 21. Full details can be found here: https://www.heritagetoronto.org/join-give/emerging-historians/call-for-emerging-historians/
Animal Services is collecting pet food and large dog coats for the Homeless Connect Toronto event on October 27. Patrons of the event can access essential resources on housing, employment, ID clinics, health care, and other services under one roof. Animal Services provides basic veterinary care, free spay/neuter services for the pets, as well as food and dog coats.Donations can be dropped off at any of the three animal shelters, and coats can be ordered via Amazon.
Enter in the North Shelter address: 1300 Sheppard Ave West, Toronto ON, M3K 2A6. Attn: Supervisor.
Not Down the Drain: Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things in your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lake; as well as clogging City pipes requiring expensive repairs.
Please don’t put grease, wipes and dental floss down the drain. Find out more at toronto.ca/notdownthedrain
The City announced a new towing pilot program along Queen Street beginning Monday, October 7.
The Queen Street Towing Pilot is a data-driven measure that will run approximately six to eight weeks during afternoon rush hour. The pilot location is Queen Street between Fallingbrook Road (to the east) and Roncesvalles Avenue (to the west). Tow trucks will relocate vehicles that are illegally parked along Queen Street to designated side streets (Cameron Street, Ryerson Avenue, Michael Sweet Avenue and Stephanie Street) or move them to other no parking/open locations.
Police pounds are located outside of the downtown area, requiring up to 90 minutes for a tow truck to move one illegally parked vehicle and then return for others. It’s expected that this pilot will result in shorter tow truck response times and contribute to fewer delays along Queen Street.
Drivers of vehicles that are relocated/towed from Queen Street during the pilot period will receive a parking violation notice but the towing fee will be waived.
In 2018, almost 11,000 parking/stopping violations were issued and approximately 2,400 vehicles were towed during the rush hour period on Queen Street. Police identified the afternoon rush period on Queen Street as particularly challenging due to cars parking and stopping illegally. Each day, approximately 45 tickets are written and 10 vehicles are towed on Queen Street.
If successful, City staff and police would explore opportunities to run this program during morning and afternoon rush hour periods on other routes. Feedback and data gathered from the pilot may also inform future congestion strategies, including updates to the City of Toronto’s Congestion Management Plan.
More information about the Queen Street Towing Pilot is available at http://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/traffic-management/queen-street-towing-pilot/.
More information about the Congestion Management Plan is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/96a1-CMP-2016-2020_Final_Nov20_Web-a.pdf.
A reminder that the City is launching grants to support climate action projects at the neighbourhood level. Grants of up to $7,500 per project are available for resident-led projects in the City’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, which includes South Parkdale.
Eligible projects are those that directly contribute to emission reduction and/or projects that include a climate change education component. Applications open on September 1, 2019 and close on October 31, 2019. Projects approved for funding may start on or after January 1, 2020.
More information about the application process can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives/neighbourhood-climate-action-grants/
The TTC has embarked on the development of a 5-Year Service Plan and 10-Year Outlook that will serve as the blue print for improvements to surface transit that will be delivered between 2020-2024.
After extensive technical work and public feedback, a draft Plan is available for a final round of public consultation. Additional details on the draft Plan and a link to the survey are available below.
Please participate in this ten-minute exercise which will help shape transit service for the next ten years.
Note that the survey will close on October 23, 2019.
An enhanced City of Toronto Noise Bylaw takes effect today. Toronto City Council approved the noise bylaw amendments in April 2019 to make it easier to understand and enforce noise complaints. This updated bylaw is now in place.
As part of the bylaw enhancements, the City’s Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) division has introduced a new dedicated noise team to help ensure effective implementation and compliance with the new regulations. The new team is composed of two dozen Bylaw Enforcement Officers, along with management and administrative support, and will be available to respond to noise complaints seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The new team will also be using:
- modernized investigative techniques developed with sound engineering experts
- a new case prioritization model to more effectively focus efforts on highly impactful and frequent duration events
- new case management software to assist in investigation efforts and provide increased communication channels with the public.
Some of the other changes to the bylaw include:
- updated and new definitions to assist with interpretation of the bylaw
- more detailed and clearer regulations broken down by category
- introduction of quantitative decibel limits for amplified sound and motor vehicles.
Bylaws are typically reviewed every five to 10 years. This is the first update to the Noise Bylaw since 2010. Since that time, Toronto has changed significantly. The City began reviewing the Noise Bylaw in 2015. As part of this process, the City convened a Noise Working Group composed of stakeholders from City divisions, agencies, resident associations, industry and the business community. MLS also conducted research and a jurisdictional scan to inform the new bylaw.
The types of noise infractions that are enforced are outlined at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/public-notices-bylaws/bylaw-enforcement/noise/.
The full bylaw is available at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/bylaws/2019/law0878.pdf.
The 14th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city’s streets with nearly 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 300 artists starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Details about the Nuit Blanche Toronto program are available online at http://www.toronto.ca/nbto.
Navigating the Art by Neighbourhood
Following a successful expansion outside the downtown core to Scarborough in 2018, Nuit Blanche returns to Scarborough for 2019 as well as activating new neighbourhoods outside the core. Nuit Blanche art projects are grouped into nine easy-to-navigate neighbourhoods to make exploring the event more efficient. The Nuit Neighbourhoods are Scarborough (20 projects), Don Mills (four projects), Danforth East (two projects), Bloor Yorkville (nine projects), Waterfront (11 projects), Downtown (16 projects), Sterling Road (six projects), West Queen West (five projects) and Fort York (15 projects).
The Nuit Blanche Toronto website (http://www.toronto.ca/nbto) offers an interactive location-based event map, exhibition locations, project descriptions, road closure details, TTC information and more. A printed event map will be available for pickup at the main entrances of Toronto City Hall and Scarborough Civic Centre starting October 3.
Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences are welcome to stop by an Event Centre available on October 5 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to view large-scale maps and pick up a printed map, obtain information from a volunteer information ambassador, or to rest and refuel. Each of the four centres will include food vendors, washrooms and first-aid services (provided by Toronto Paramedic Services). The Event Centre locations:
- Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
- Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E.
- Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd.
- Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will be extending all-night subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth and Line 3 Scarborough. Day passes purchased for use on October 5 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 6. Access to Line 3 Scarborough will be free from 7 p.m. on October 5 to 7 a.m. on October 6 at Scarborough Centre Station.
A list of the Green P parking lots located closest to Nuit Blanche Toronto activities is available at https://parking.greenp.com/.
Roads Affected by Nuit Blanche
Partial and full road closures will be in effect due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access.
As a result, portions of the following streets will be closed to vehicles:
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Adelaide Street West from 8 a.m. Saturday, October 5 until noon on Sunday, October 6.
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue from 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.
- Fort York Boulevard between Ianuzzi Street and Fleet Street from 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5 to noon on Sunday, October 6.
These additional downtown road closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. on Friday, October 4 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 6:
- Bay Street between Richmond Street West and Queen Street West
- Dundas Square Street between Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane
- Fort York Boulevard between Angelique Street and Fleet Street
The following road closures in Scarborough will be in effect from 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 to 10 a.m. Sunday, October 6:
- Borough Approach East between Borough Drive and Ellesmere Road
- Borough Drive between Brian Harrison Way and Town Centre Court
- Town Centre Court from south of the City of Toronto parking lot to Borough Drive
Full details about the road closures are available at http:www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
Dawn Art Experience
People who want to avoid the crowds or who are more of an early bird than a night owl can choose a more intimate Nuit Blanche experience by attending from 4 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.