Public Input on Guidelines, Rules, and Fees for Sidewalk Cafés and Displays

Posted on June 6, 2017

The City of Toronto is reviewing application and permit fees, as well as the bylaws that govern sidewalk cafés and displays operating on the public right-of-way/sidewalks. The review includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for people with disabilities, and how those requirements will affect existing holders of café and marketing permits.

Fees proposed earlier this year have been revised after the City received input from the restaurant industry and other stakeholders. The revised proposal will result in a modest fee increase for most permit holders, while some will see their permit fees lowered.

Two public meetings will be held to give residents and businesses an opportunity to view the proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed fees.

Public meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.

Livestreaming of the June 13 meeting will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A.

For residents unable to attend the meeting, input can be provided at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

A report recommending a revised sidewalk café bylaw, updated guidelines and fees is expected to be submitted to a joint meeting of the Licensing and Standards and Public Works Committees this fall.

Toronto Accessibility Plan Update – Public Consultation Opportunities

Posted on June 5, 2017

The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public. The City would like to understand the source of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what we could do differently to reduce the impact of that barrier. All feedback, from people with disabilities, disability advocates and the general public, is welcome.

Individuals can participate by attending one of the following public consultation sessions at Civic Centres across the city (registration is required) or by completing the online survey at http://bit.ly/2r9mjoW. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

Public consultations – City of Toronto Multi-year Accessibility Plan

Each consultation will include:

  • an overview of the City’s Accessibility Framework;
  • the City’s approach to identify barriers, and plan for their prevention and removal; and
  • group discussions on key barriers.


Downtown

Monday, June 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street (SE corner of King St. and John St.)
Register for the downtown consultation

East
Wednesday, June 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive (McCowan Road and Ellesmere Road)
Register for the east consultation

West
Thursday June 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall)
Register for the west consultation

North
Wednesday June 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Avenue)
Register for the north consultation

Each location has accessible facilities and washrooms. Please register in advance, and let us know if you require any accommodation. For more information, please contact Nicole Cormier at nicole.cormier@toronto.ca or 416-397-5251.

A Message from Councillor Perks on the Martin Goodman Trail

Posted on June 2, 2017

Friends,

Many of you have taken the time to write or call me about the tragic loss of Xavier Morgan. Thank you. It’s often not easy to speak up and I appreciate that you did.

City staff have responded to your words and conducted a safety review and action plan to make this section of the Trail safer. Most important, they will be installing a safety barrier that will run for a third of a kilometre, roughly from the Legion to Boulevard Club.

This is a good step in a bad circumstance. I think we need to continue to look for improvements

Those of you who have been involved in planning improvements for the Martin Goodman Trail and the Western Waterfront over the years will know that improving safe access to, and use of the waterfront by cyclists and pedestrians is a long-standing goal in the community.  We have been successful in implementing several steps, but so much more needs to be done.

I look forward to working with you to keep making progress.

Please see the News Release below.

Gord

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

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News Release

June 2, 2017

City of Toronto announces improvements for portion of the Martin Goodman Trail

The City of Toronto is implementing improvements to increase safety and comfort for trail users along a section of the Martin Goodman Trail where a cycling fatality occurred last week. Barrier fencing will be erected along the section of the trail where it runs adjacent to the roadway between 1395 and 1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W. The 366 metres of fencing will provide additional separation, beyond the raised curb, between trail users and motorists on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

“The City of Toronto is concerned about the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “This barrier fencing, along with other measures, will provide additional security for cyclists and pedestrians along this section and remind motorists of the many users of the trail. Temporary barrier fencing was installed today and will be replaced by permanent fencing as soon as it can be procured.”

Following an onsite investigation carried out by City staff earlier this week, other recommendations to be implemented in the area include improvements to signage and pavement markings for both trail users and drivers.

“This terrible loss reminds us that we must do better,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park). “These first steps will help. We have more work to do to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians are always safe.”

Transportation Services is also continuing to examine other trail locations across the city that are adjacent to major roadways to see if any modifications would be beneficial.

As part of the city’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the city is committed to ensuring the safety of all road users, especially our most vulnerable road users such as children and seniors. The plan includes 40 engineering, enforcement education, and technology-related measures that will help to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on our transportation network.

Nominations Open for Toronto’s Annual Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards

Posted on May 31, 2017

Residents are encouraged to submit nominations for the City of Toronto’s 2017 Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards – the City’s highest honour to recognize people or programs that have made a difference in Toronto by working to eliminate discrimination and break down barriers to equality.

“We want to celebrate the residents and services that are helping to build an inclusive city,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to submit worthy nominations for these awards.”

Nominees must be Toronto residents, groups or programs. It is easy to submit a nomination with both online and mail-in options. More information, including past recipients, is available at http://toronto.ca/civicawards. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 31 at 4 p.m.

The five AEHR Awards are: Indigenous Affairs Award; Access Award on Disability Issues; Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women; Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Two-Spirit Issues; and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award.

Nominations are made by the public and recipients are selected by a panel of community members with expertise and knowledge of issues pertinent to the awards. Recipients will be announced in the fall and an awards ceremony will take place at City Hall in December.

Toronto Residents Invited to Share Their Views on Multi-Tenant Houses

Posted on May 30, 2017

The City of Toronto is holding a series of public consultation meetings on proposed regulations for multi-tenant houses – commonly referred to as rooming houses.

Two different sets of meetings will be held. The first set of meetings will be held in five “pilot” areas where multi-tenant houses currently are not permitted, while the second set will take place in areas of the city where multi-tenant houses are permitted.

City Council endorsed a three-year pilot project last fall to introduce a temporary zoning bylaw to allow multi-tenant houses in five areas of the city where they currently are not permitted.

The area boundaries for the pilot project are:

  • Highway 401, Morrish Road, Military Trail (Wards 43, 44)
  • Finch Avenue West, Martin Grove Road, Humber College Boulevard (Ward 1)
  • Finch Avenue West, Assiniboine Road, Black Creek Drive, Keele Street (Ward 8)
  • Finch Avenue East, Leslie Street, Highway 404, Fairview Mall Drive (Ward 33)
  • Steeles Avenue, Highway 404, Highway 401, Markham Road (Wards 39, 40, 41)

At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:

  • how multi-tenant houses should be zoned
  • the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home, and
  • what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (such as site plan, waste management plan and parking plan).

Public consultation meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in pilot areas where multi-tenant homes are not permitted. Dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 6, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room HW305, 1265 Military Trail
  • Wednesday, June 7, James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, Cafeteria, 1440 Finch Ave. W.
  • Monday, June 12, Oriole Community Centre, Multipurpose Room B, 2975 Don Mills Rd.
  • Tuesday, June 13, Stephen Leacock Community Recreation Centre, 2520 Birchmount Rd.
  • Thursday, June 15, Elmbank Community Centre, Gym, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Wednesday, June 21, L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, Main Floor, 2000 McNicoll Ave.

Public consultation meetings taking place in areas where multi-tenant homes are permitted include the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, June 14, Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room, 870 Queen St. E., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20, Lillian H. Smith Library, Auditorium, 239 College St., 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch,1303 Queen St. W.,                  6 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, Wellesley Community Centre, Room A, 495 Sherbourne St., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.

Staff of Municipal Licensing & Standards and City Planning expect to report on findings from the consultations this fall.

More information and the survey are available at www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

New Community Projects & Events Grant Program

Posted on May 23, 2017

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework. The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development. Applications for Community Projects and Events Grants is now open with $1 M in grant funding will be allocated.

More information can be found online here.

Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).
Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form.

Community Events Grant Goals

Community Events Grants help organizations create a neighbourhood event or activity that brings different groups of people together to –

  • Make their neighbourhood better
  • Keep people active, or
  • Help residents learn skills and build leadership.

One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018. Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding. Open to neighbourhoods across the city

Community Projects Grant Goals

 Community Project grants will help community organizations develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that they can –

  • Increase their organization’s impact by doing things better
  • Increase community impact by working with others
  • Diversify who they serve and strengthen access and equity.

One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017. Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project. Please feel free to forward to your community networks.

Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics starting May 25th!

  • Details on Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics (targeted to small organizations) will begin starting May 25th.
  • The Community Projects & Events web page lists the dates/locations.

King Street Pilot – Phase 2 Online Survey

Posted on May 23, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to take the Phase 2 online survey for the King St Pilot Study!

The King Street Pilot Study is about testing out how to redesign King Street to achieve three broad city-building objectives: moving people on transit more efficiently, improving public space, and supporting business and economic prosperity.

In this online survey, the City wants to hear your feedback about the proposed pilot design being considered between Bathurst Street and Jarvis Street:

Please click on the link to the survey below. It should take about 10 minutes to complete and will be live until June 10th:

https://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/Kingstreetpilot2/

Thank you for participating in this important initiative. If you have any questions, please contact:

David J Hunter, P. Eng
Sr. Transportation Planner
City Planning Division, City of Toronto
www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot
kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca
#kingstreetpilot

New Green Bins Arriving in May

Posted on May 10, 2017

The City continues to phase in delivery of the new Green Bins and our neighbourhood will start receiving the new bins beginning May 19. It will take about three months to complete this distribution. Don’t be alarmed if you see residents in your area with new bins and you have not received one — yours is coming. On the same day that residents get their new Green Bin, the old one will be taken away and recycled. If we miss removing your old bin that day, set it out EMPTY on your next collection cycle and it will be picked up then (those who miss this second opportunity may contact 311 to arrange removal).

Here are some of the New Green Bin’s key features:

  • It is animal-resistant so it can be stored outside or placed at the curb the night before collection with the lid in the locked position.
  • It is larger and can hold more organics, with no weight restrictions. Plus, it meets automated collection requirements.
  • Set out position is important. Place the bin with the dial in the locked position with the arrows on the top of the lid facing the street to receive collection. Please remember to leave space (0.5 metres) between bins for automated collection.
  • It is assigned to your address just like your recycling or garbage bins
  • It is repairable, simply call 311 if your bin breaks and they will send someone to your house to fix it.

More tips on using your new bin will be delivered with the bin. More information, including maps of bin delivery progress, can be found at www.toronto.ca/greenbin. It is important to start using your new bin on your next collection day because we will no longer be able to collect from the old one.

Your strong participation in the Green Bin Program has made it the most successful and beneficial program of its type in North America. Thank you for your dedication.

City of Toronto Crews Prepare for Wet Weather Conditions

Posted on May 4, 2017

City of Toronto crews are preparing for rainfall that is expected to start later today and add significantly to Toronto’s existing high water levels. The City and agencies including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRAC) are working with residents to prevent or minimize flooding and related problems.

A low-pressure system reportedly moving into southern Ontario this afternoon is predicted to bring heavy rainfall – from 40 to 70 millimetres between today and Saturday, according to Environment Canada. Toronto has already received more than 100 millimetres of rain since early April, which has resulted in rising water levels in Lake Ontario and some flooding in low-lying areas and beaches along the city’s waterfront.

The high water levels in Lake Ontario this spring are also seen in rivers and streams, which are moving quickly and at high levels. Residents are advised to stay clear of rivers and streams throughout the city and to take precautions to protect their properties. During heavy rain storms, residents are advised to avoid travel and are asked to check in on elderly neighbours or other people who may need assistance.

The ground is already wet and unable to absorb as much rainfall as would under normal spring conditions. During a rain storm much of the rain falling in the city will flow on top of the ground and drain into the sewer system. Ponding may occur around homes where the ground is saturated.

City crews have been working to clear catchbasins in advance of the storm in order to minimize the risk of road flooding. Residents can assist by removing debris from catchbasins on local roads in their community. In addition, crews will continue to patrol areas that have been susceptible to flooding the past. Residents are asked to call 311 to report any instances of road flooding.

The storm sewer under Lower Simcoe underpass has been affected by Lake Ontario’s high water level. Current water levels are above the usual catchbasin threshold. As a result, that area has experienced ponding on the road. Toronto Water has implemented a temporary repair but the anticipated precipitation starting later today and continuing tomorrow could result in temporary flooding of this area again. Toronto Water will continue to monitor the underpass.

All parts of Toronto can be affected by flooding and there may be little or no advance warning that localized flooding is imminent. Flooding is most likely to occur in areas that have historically experienced frequent flooding such as the Don River Valley, the eastern and western beaches, the Toronto Islands, and other lakefront/shoreline areas.

Basement Flooding

  • Residents should call 311 immediately to report basement flooding. Toronto Water crews are available 24/7 to respond to flooding calls.
  • Clear catch basins and eavestroughs around the home.
  • Consider moving valuables to shelves or upper floors if flooding is imminent. Cleaners, paint, or chemicals should be removed from the floor to prevent contamination of floodwater that may enter the home.
  • During an extreme storm, reduce use of water in the home (avoid doing laundry or washing dishes) to prevent water from entering the sewer system, which can become overwhelmed during severe wet-weather events.

More information about basement flooding, including subsidies available under the City’s Basement Flooding Protection Program, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/basementflooding.

Update on Island and Beaches

City services and facilities in Toronto Island Park are currently closed or are operating at reduced levels until further notice. The City is taking steps to support Toronto Island residents. Updates and further information are available at www.toronto.ca/islands or by calling 311.

Five City-managed beaches – Cherry Beach Park, Rouge Beach Park, Woodbine Beach Park, Toronto Island Park, and Marie Curtis Park – have already experienced flooding this week. Public access to and use of these areas is restricted. Toronto’s Parks, Forestry, and Recreation division is working closely with TRCA to complete remediation work such as bolstering and/or repairing stone break walls and redistributing sand where appropriate to mitigate harmful erosion.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (https://trca.ca/) is monitoring local watersheds for possible flooding.

Long-Term Financial Plan Consultation – Phase 2 Survey

Posted on May 2, 2017

We have begun phase two of the public consultation on the renewal of the Long-Term Financial Plan. On Saturday April 22nd, we hosted Toronto residents and community groups at City Hall for an afternoon of workshops and discussions on how to improve the way the City makes long-term decisions that have a financial impact.

A survey, asking the same questions as the workshops and discussions held at City Hall, is open until May 14, 2017. It is available at http://www.investinginto.ca/join-the-consultation/governance-survey.

Additional information, including the results of phase one, is available on the Long-Term Financial Plan Consultation website at www.InvestingInTO.ca. Participate on social media using the hashtag #InvestingInTO.

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