Economic Development and Culture Public Consultation

Posted on September 14, 2017

The Economic Development and Culture Division is developing a new, integrated Divisional Strategy to further the vision and goals of the City. Their two current strategies, Collaborating for Competitiveness (2013) and Creative Capital Gains (2011) have guided EDC’s strategic focus over the last six years. During that time, EDC has made great progress implementing the recommended actions and identifying lessons learned.

The Division is now undertaking a review of current activities – consulting key stakeholders as part of the process – to develop a new, integrated Economic Development and Culture Divisional Strategy to further the vision and goals of the City as set out in the above strategies.

The purpose of the new Divisional Strategy is to develop a framework of focus and establish Divisional priorities over the next five years (2018-2022), drawing a link between culture and economic development. It will include actionable recommendations for the EDC Division and will seek to advance inclusive economic and cultural opportunities across Toronto.

Public Consultations for the new Strategy begin next week and will be held across multiple locations.

Full Details and registration information are available here.

Thursday September 14
7 pm – 9 pm,
Assembly Hall, Performance Hall,
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Tuesday September 19
9 am – 11 am,
North York Civic Centre, Burgundy Room,
5100 Yonge Street

Saturday September 23
2 pm – 4 pm,
Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda,
150 Borough Drive

Wednesday September 27
9 am – 11 am,
Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon,
789 Yonge Street

The Division has created a Conversation Guide that highlights key emerging economic and cultural trends and challenges facing Toronto and it is now posted online. You can respond to the Conversation Guide by completing an online survey or providing a written submission by October 9, 2017.

The Conversation Guide and survey are available here.

Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting

Posted on September 14, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting. Councillor Grimes and Councillor Layton will co-host this meeting that gives nearby residents the opportunity to speak to any concerns they might have, ask questions about Exhibition Place, and discuss any issues.

Tuesday, September 19
Beanfield Centre, Room 203
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to obtain event details and where to RSVP.

Additionally, if you are interested in subscribing for monthly updates on events and happenings on the Exhibition Place grounds, please click here.

Toronto Police 2018 Budget Community Information Session

Posted on September 12, 2017

This year, the Toronto Police Services Board’s Budget Committee has chosen to begin the 2018 Budget Process with an information session in order to improve understanding of the police budget and to present high level information about the Toronto Police 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets as well as the Parking Enforcement Unit and Police Services Board budgets.

The budget information session will include presentations and an opportunity for you to ask questions. Background materials are posted at www.tpsb.ca

Tuesday September 19, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toronto Police Headquarters
40 College Street
2nd Floor Auditorium

Toronto’s Parkland Strategy Open Houses

Posted on September 7, 2017

We need your help! We’re conducting Open Houses across the city about Toronto’s Parkland Strategy. We want your input on how to grow Toronto parkland for a growing, equitable and connected city.

Join us to learn more and participate in a mix of fun, interactive activities about the Parkland Strategy.

Scarborough Civic Centre
Location: Committee Rooms 1 and 2, 150 Borough Drive
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Regent Park Community Centre
Location: Banquet Hall B, 402 Shuter Street
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Etobicoke Civic Centre
Location: Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3, 399 The West Mall
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lawrence Heights Community Centre
Location: Gymnasium, 5 Replin Road
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A city builds a park so that people can build community. Toronto is known for our parks and natural environment, and as Toronto grows, our parks system must grow along with it.

However, there are gaps in the system; areas in the city where more must be done. And we must reinvest and re-invigorate our existing green space.

Toronto’s parks system is much more than official city parks; it includes open spaces, conservation lands, ravines, hydro corridors, schools and other privately owned, publicly accessible lands. We need to work together to ensure a livable Toronto for today, and for future generations.

The Parkland Strategy is a 20-year plan that will guide long-term planning for new parks and expansion and improved access to existing parks.  It will aid in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city.

To learn more, and to join in the conversation, visit toronto.ca/parklandstrategy 

Public Input Invited on the Holiday Shopping Bylaw

Posted on September 5, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards is reviewing the Holiday Shopping Bylaw. On April 26, 2017, City Council received a report on the first phase of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw review. As part of the second phase of this review, Council directed staff to conduct additional public consultations on the impact of allowing grocery stores and others that sell prepared meals to be open on public holidays. There are nine public holidays including: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A public meeting is being held to provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed changes. It will be held at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, North York Memorial Community Hall, Rooms Gold A & B, 5100 Yonge Street.

A report on Holiday Shopping is expected at the October 20, 2017 Licensing and Standards Committee meeting.

Short Term Rental Regulation Consultations

Posted on September 5, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning staff are holding a series of open houses on the proposed regulations for short term rentals. The term “short-term rental” describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. 28 days or less). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO, and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Four open houses are being held to provide an opportunity for residents to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed rules. The proposed regulations are to:

  1. Allow anyone to offer a short-term rental in their home.
  2. Require anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City and include the City-issued registration number in all advertisements.
  3. Require any short-term rental company (like Airbnb, VRBO or FlipKey) to be licensed by the City and only advertise short-term rentals with valid City-issued registration numbers.

The open houses will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a short presentation at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The open houses will be held on:

  • Wednesday, September 6, City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Monday, September 11, North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Wednesday, September 13, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 399 the West Mall
  • Tuesday, September 19, Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

Short Term Rental Survey

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations. The survey will be available until September 19 and can be found at: toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

Reports on Short Term Rentals are expected in November at the Planning and Growth Committee and Licensing and Standards Committee.

TIFF Festival Street Road Closure, Streetcar Route and Event Information

Posted on September 5, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

The City of Toronto is a proud partner in the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF reaches more than 450,000 film lovers annually through film screenings, industry programming and free Festival Street events.

This year, TIFF will host its fourth annual Festival Street initiative. Events on the King Street West pedestrian promenade, the site of Festival Street, will run from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10.

The Festival Street events will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Spadina and University Avenues from 5 a.m. on September 7 until 5 a.m. on September 11. The road closure will also require changes to the 504 King, 514 Cherry and 304 King (night) streetcar services. John Street between King Street and Wellington Street will also be closed during the five-day period.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working with TIFF to ensure Festival Street is enjoyed with a minimum of inconvenience to those travelling in this area of the city. Toronto Police will be positioned at key intersections to assist with traffic flow and TTC ambassadors will be available to help customers.

People who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events in general should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. The City’s web-based map to help residents make travel plans can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

More information about the TTC’s service changes for Festival Street is available at http://www.ttc.ca/.

More information about TIFF Festival Street and its events is also available at http://www.tiff.net.

Torontonians Invited to Attend Celebration of Life for Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell

Posted on August 22, 2017

Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), a long-time member of Toronto City Council, passed away on July 7 at the age of 71.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 25 at the Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church St., and in the adjacent St. James Park.

Members of the public are invited to gather in St. James Park to celebrate McConnell’s life. The service will be audio broadcast into the park.

At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations:

Collective of Black Artists (http://www.cobainc.com)
Online donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/SaveCOBA

Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (https://dixonhall.org)
Online donations can be made at http://dixonhall.org/donate

Riverdale Housing Animation Programs (http://www.rhag.ca)
Online donations can be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/riverdale-housing-animation-programs/

Flags at City Hall, Metro Hall and the Toronto civic centres will be at half-mast on Friday. The book of condolence will be available at St. James Park on the day of the service. The online book of condolence will remain available at http://cityoftorontocondolences.ca until the end of the service.

Members of the media are invited to attend to cover and broadcast the service. Audio feeds will be available inside the cathedral.

TIFF Festival Street Road Closure, Streetcar Route and Event Information

Posted on August 22, 2017

The City of Toronto is a proud partner in the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF reaches more than 450,000 film lovers annually through film screenings, industry programming and free Festival Street events.

This year, TIFF will host its fourth annual Festival Street initiative. Events on the King Street West pedestrian promenade, the site of Festival Street, will run from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10.

The Festival Street events will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Spadina and University Avenues from 5 a.m. on September 7 until 5 a.m. on September 11. The road closure will also require changes to the 504 King, 514 Cherry and 304 King (night) streetcar services. John Street between King Street and Wellington Street will also be closed during the five-day period.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working with TIFF to ensure Festival Street is enjoyed with a minimum of inconvenience to those travelling in this area of the city. Toronto Police will be positioned at key intersections to assist with traffic flow and TTC ambassadors will be available to help customers.

People who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events in general should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. The City’s web-based map to help residents make travel plans can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

More information about the TTC’s service changes for Festival Street is available at http://www.ttc.ca/.

More information about TIFF Festival Street and its events is also available at http://www.tiff.net.

City of Toronto to Launch Improved Process for Disputing Parking Violations

Posted on August 22, 2017

The City of Toronto is introducing a new, easier and more convenient process to dispute parking violations. Disputes for parking violations received on or after August 28 will be handled by the City instead of through the provincial court, improving customer service by providing faster resolutions and a more efficient overall process.

Access to the new dispute process will be available 24/7 through the City’s website, toronto.ca/aps. Individuals can request a review or dispute a parking violation online through the City’s website. People who prefer to dispute a violation in-person can have their penalty reviewed at one of two City locations: Metro Hall (55 John St.) or North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.). In-person reviews can be booked in advance on the City’s website and are also available on a drop-in basis.

The City of Toronto is committed to continuously improving and modernizing customer service. This new dispute process allows the public to request a review of a parking violation through a customer-focused, streamlined service.

All reviews, online and in-person, will be conducted by a City screening officer who can affirm, vary or cancel penalties, including having the authority to give people additional time to pay the penalty fee. If the individual is not satisfied with the penalty review decision, a second and final review can be requested with an independent, Council-appointed hearing officer.

Payment methods for parking violations remain the same, with payment either online, by mail or in-person at seven City locations.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/aps.

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