Read the Toronto Star article here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/06/18/rooming-house-pilot-aims-to-give-parkdale-tenants-fighting-chance.html
Listen to The Exchange with Matt Gurney on Global News Radio 640 Toronto here: https://omny.fm/shows/the-exchange-with-matt-gurney/toronto-councillor-pushes-for-parkdale-rooming-hou
Solid Waste Management, in consultation with Parks, Forestry and Recreation and ML&S, have placed Green Bins in 20 City parks with off-leash areas. The pilot began in May and will be running until the fall. Once the pilot concludes, City staff will look into extending to all parks with off-leash areas. The full list of parks that have Green Bins are posted on toronto.ca/petsinthecity.
With summer almost here and warmer weather on the way, the City of Toronto is reminding residents that they can track their water use online with MyWaterToronto, the City of Toronto’s online water use tool. Use the tool to track your water use by day, week, month or year, to better understand your water use habits and look for ways to save. The tool can also be used to identify prolonged and unexplained water use increases, which can mean you have a leak. You will need your utility bill to sign on to the tool. To learn more and get started, visit www.toronto.ca/mywatertoronto
An update on the work underway, including environmental studies, for the new SmartTrack/GO stations. Anyone can participate in the online town halls by visiting smarttrack.to/townhall or calling 800-457-6180. During the online town halls, participants will have the opportunity to ask the Project Team questions live via an online interface or their phone. For those unable to attend, recordings and transcripts of the online town halls will be made available on the project websites.
The live, online town halls will be held as follows:
|Monday, June 18, 2018
7pm – 8pm
Finch-Kennedy and Lawrence Kennedy SmartTrack Stations
|Wednesday, June 20, 2018
7pm – 8pm
Gerrard-Carlaw and East Harbour SmartTrack Stations and Spadina-Front GO Station
|Thursday, June 21, 2018
7pm – 8pm
St. Clair-Old Weston and King-Liberty SmartTrack Stations and Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station
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I am happy to announce that City Council supported my motion to make it possible for a non-profit housing provider to buy a rooming house in Parkdale. Here is a link to that motion http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.MM41.8 .
The motion directs the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the June 25th Affordable Housing Committee meeting on the due diligence process necessary to support the purchase, renovation and future operation of an existing rooming house in Ward 14, by an experienced non-profit organization through leveraging $1.5 million in available Ward 14 Section 37 funds and other federal and provincial funding sources, and to seek authority to undertake a pilot project through a competitive proposal call process in 2018.
This is great news.
I will be sending a further update as this important work makes its way through the Affordable Housing Committee.
Let me start by saying I am fully supportive of short term car rental as an integral part of our transportation network.
Councillor Layton moved a motion requesting that the City begin looking at how we could help to expand short term car rental by allowing on-street permits where capacity existed. I supported that motion.
In April, when the issue came to City Council, I voted in support of the staff recommendations and against a more restrictive approach. Unfortunately, the more restrictive regulations passed.
When Car2Go shared their news today, a motion was drafted asking for City staff to further consult with the short term car rental industry and to report back at the June 26 meeting of City Council on recommended changes to improve the viability of the Free-Floating Short Term car rental pilot. I will be supporting this motion.
While I do not believe we should be giving special privileges to any specific short term car rental company at the expense of residents, we do have a responsibility as a City to figure out how to ensure there is a balance between the short term car rental economy and residents.
I am encouraged to hear that a second short term car rental company is planning to expand to Toronto. Communauto, a Canadian short term car rental company in cities across Canada, announced today that they are working on a plan to move to the Toronto market.
I hope this helps to explain my position, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any follow-up questions.
The number of people dying from opioid poisonings in Toronto continue to rise. Preliminary estimates from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario show there were 187 deaths in Toronto from May to July 2017; double for the same period in 2016.
Around the world, governments are considering different approaches to drugs. Some countries are decriminalizing drug use and possession while others are legalizing and regulating drugs. Change is happening in Canada too. It will soon be legal for adults to purchase cannabis for personal use. In the midst of the current opioid poisoning crisis, some health officials and others are also calling for a new approach to other drugs.
How could we change our approach to drugs? What would a public health approach to drugs look like for Canada?
Toronto Public Health wants to hear from you on this important topic for our community.
To learn more, including how to register for a community dialogue session and to fill out our online survey, please visit the Community Dialogue website.
An exciting new project – Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods – will launch later this month in three Toronto neighbourhoods, including Parkdale. Through the project, the City will engage with a local community group to help residents learn about all of the incentives and rebates available to make their homes more energy efficient. Need a new furnace, windows, insulation, or more? There’s never been a better time to make your home more comfortable and start saving on your energy bills. Stay tuned for more news on Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods.
The City is currently dealing with high volumes of yard waste due to the storm. If you have put yard waste out properly for collection and it has not been picked up, please leave it out, and the City will collect it ASAP. Thank u for your patience. More at: bit.ly/2FN9B71