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.

Update on 20 Jerome Street

Posted on August 9, 2018

Friends,

The City’s Heritage Staff has asked my office to share the following update on the Terracotta House at 20 Jerome Street.

20 Jerome Street is listed on the City’s Heritage Register for the building’s cultural heritage value and unique decorative tiles.

In April 2018 a wind storm caused tiles to start falling off of the west elevation of the building. The subsequent partial collapse of the wall revealed serious irregularities in the building’s original construction. Following this incident, the owner provided a report from a structural engineer which detailed irreversible flaws in the existing structure.

In response, Toronto Building issued an Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building as a matter of public safety.

City staff concur with the structural engineer’s conclusion that demolition of the building is necessary to make the site safe and staff is confident that there is no reasonable alternative.

Therefore, staff have accepted the demolition of the building but have worked with the owners to ensure the house is appropriately documented and commemorated.

The owners have provided a salvage strategy for the decorative tiles, archival photographs of the building and tiles, a detailed history of the property and a comprehensive commemoration plan.

The owners have met all requirements of the Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building as well as the requirements to demolish a listed building under the Ontario Heritage Act and the Municipal Code.

The commemoration plan will celebrate the history of the property through the display of salvaged tiles on the site. A selection of tiles will be displayed on the new house in one location on the front elevation and six locations on the west side elevation. A garden wall will be erected in front of the house parallel with the street. Lastly, a Heritage Toronto plaque will be displayed on the property to communicate its unique history.

In addition to on‐site commemoration, some tiles may be displayed off‐site depending how many tiles can be salvaged and if HPS staff identify worthy opportunities. Community members and organizations are encouraged to suggest any projects that could incorporate some of the remaining tiles.

Questions or suggestions can be shared with my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Kristen Flood, Heritage Preservation Services, kristen.flood@toronto.ca.

Sincerely,

Gord

 

 

 

 

 

Temporary Traffic and Parking Amendments during the CNE: August 17 to September 3, 2018

Posted on August 9, 2018

During the CNE, residents are advised to contact:

Toronto Police, 14 Division                         416-808-1400                    traffic enforcement

Toronto Parking Enforcement                    416-808-6600                     on-street parking enforcement 

City of Toronto                                                 311                                off-Street Parking enforcement

Dear Friend,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 17 to September 3, 2018. A list  of traffic and parking amendments is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2MUZml4 and https://bit.ly/2vM4vUQ .

Temporary parking on residential front yards and boulevards in South Parkdale during the CNE remains prohibited.

Permit Parking Staff will again restrict the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the 2018 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued- with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number- at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:

  • CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex”- with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;
  • City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King intersection)  to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets;
  • City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement and City Bylaw enforcement staff will be asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement will be asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;
  • Toronto Police will be reminded of ongoing safety concern during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;
  • CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have any questions or comments about this or any Ward 14 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,

Gord

 

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