Changing Lanes – Community Consultation Meetings on the Expansion of By-law Permissions for Laneway Suites

Posted on April 23, 2019

Do you have thoughts on laneway suites? The City wants to hear from you.

The City is hosting a series of drop-in consultation meetings where you can learn more, ask questions, talk to City staff and share your comments about laneway suites.

May 1, 2019 in Room 308/309, 3rd Floor of Metro Hall (55 John Street)
May 6, 2019 in Council Chamber of Etobicoke Civic Centre (399 The West Mall)
May 16, 2019 in Council Chamber of Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)
May 27, 2019 in Council Chamber of North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)

All four meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 pm.

For more information please visit:

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Take Steps to #TransformTO – May 6 – 20, 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

Spring is here Toronto, so let’s step outside to #TransformTO! From May 6 – 20, challenge yourself to walk more to support a healthier and greener Toronto.

Walking is a clean, green, and healthy way to get around Toronto and a great way to support the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. To reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, 75% of all trips under 5 km will need to be walked or cycled by the year 2050.

Download the free Carrot Rewards app to participate. Check the leader board here:

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Public invited to the City of Toronto’s Special Committee on Governance – April 12, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019

The City of Toronto’s Special Committee on Governance will hold its second meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in Committee Room 1 at City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend.

At this meeting, Professor Gabriel Eidelman, Director of the Urban Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, will present findings from the University of Toronto’s 2017 City Hall Task Force, which made recommendations to improve City Council’s core decision-making processes and procedures.

A staff report will recommend a work plan for the committee and a public engagement strategy for the coming year. The report also includes a summary of the public input the committee received on the City’s governance structure, and preliminary research at its first meeting on February 21.

The Special Committee on Governance was established by City Council with a mandate to consider the impacts on the City’s governance structure and processes arising from the reduced size of Council and to make recommendations to City Council on any further changes to its governance structure.

More information about the Special Committee on Governance and how to register to speak or make a submission to the next meeting is available at:

Anishinaabe Inaakonigewin: Indigenous Governance, Laws and Lifeways – April 8, 2019

Posted on April 2, 2019

How might Indigenous governance systems contribute to changing our relationships with each other and to the land and waters?

Join us for an evening of learning and conversations featuring Indigenous knowledge keepers on Indigenous Law and knowledge systems, including Lee Maracle, Dawnis Kennedy, Sylvia Plain, Valarie Waboose, and others, on Indigenous governance in the city, and our shared responsibility to care for the land and waters.

Date: April 8, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 8 pm

Location: Toronto City Hall (Council Chamber) – 100 Queen St. West

This FREE event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Apply now to use the City’s Home Energy Loan Program

Posted on March 14, 2019

Thinking about renovating? HELP is here!

The City’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offers competitive fixed rate loans of up to $75,000 to homeowners interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their homes. The funds can be used to upgrade your furnace and insulation, install high-efficiency water heaters, windows, doors, and even install solar panels on your roof!

On average, HELP participants are saving $560 per year and using 25-30% less energy, while at the same time significantly improving household comfort. We want to help people put away the space heaters and enjoy their home without having to worry about expensive heating bills or chilly drafts.

Homeowners can decide which energy efficient renovations to complete and choose their own contractors. When the work is complete, homeowners can repay the loan over time in instalments on their property tax bill while enjoying the benefits of a newly renovated and more comfortable home. With repayment terms of 5, 10, or 15 years and fixed interest rates as low as 3.70% the program offers flexibility as well as security.

The HELP team is also available to help homeowners in understanding the process, accessing certified energy assessments, utility rebates and incentives as well as information on related city programs.

Learn more about HELP and apply at or

Act now: Tell Mayor Tory to stand up for our subway!

Posted on March 13, 2019

Doug Ford’s subway takeover plan is the biggest threat to affordable, quality public transit that we’ve ever seen. His plan opens the TTC up to privatization, higher fares, and a loss of democratic control. So why have negotiations over our transit system been happening behind closed doors?

This week, Mayor John Tory has the chance to stand up for residents and riders. He can either leave decisions over the future of our subway behind closed doors, or open up the process by holding public consultations and launching a needed information campaign to tell the public about the risks.

Call Tory now!

On Thursday morning, Tory’s Executive Committee will vote on whether to launch announcements in subway stations, ads on buses, streetcars, and subways, and public consultations across the city. It is urgent that they inform us about the risks and take the conversations about the future of our subway system out of the backrooms.

There is no time to lose. Act now to demand that Mayor Tory stand up for our public transit system:

Call Tory now!

We’ll be at the Thursday morning meeting to show the Executive Committee that we demand transparency and a strong stance against Ford’s subway takeover. Before the meeting, we plan to spell out a giant “S-O-S” (for “Save Our Subway”) in Nathan Philips Square at 9am. Will you join us?

RSVP to join us this Thursday March 21:

Share the Facebook event page:

Thank you for taking action with us to keep transit public and affordable.

Shelagh Pizey-Allen, TTCriders

P.S. Please sign this important petition from our friends at Progress Toronto, which gets sent to the Executive Committee, Mayor, and your Councillor. Progress Toronto is also holding phone banks tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday to call Councillors and make sure they stand strong against Ford.

P.P.S. Another city-wide Day of Action is around the corner! Sign up here to adopt a station near you on the morning of March 27th.

PollinateTO Community Grants

Posted on March 7, 2019

The City has just launched the PollinateTO Community Grants. Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. Now you can help protect them!

Eligible groups can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support community-led projects that:

  • create pollinator gardens and rain gardens on public and private lands, including residential streets, neighbourhoods and school yards
  • enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants

Community groups, not-for-profit organizations, student groups, parent councils and other resident-led groups are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is May 1. To learn more and apply, visit


A letter from Councillor Perks – New Men’s Shelter – 2299 Dundas St. West

Posted on March 4, 2019


RE: New Men’s Shelter

2299 Dundas St. West, at Bloor St. West

More than 8,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the city. City Council has responded by directing staff to search for properties to expand the shelter system in response to this urgent situation. Since last year, City staff have been working hard to add 1000 new shelter beds by the end of 2020 in neighbourhoods across Toronto as well as to find locations to accommodate the planned revitalization of homeless services on George Street. New programs have already opened in the downtown as well as in North Etobicoke, the Annex, Leslieville and Scarborough.

Many factors are considered by City staff when siting a new location for a municipal shelter, including size, building condition and configuration, zoning requirements that permit municipal shelter use and proximity to services such as public transit.

As you may have heard, the City of Toronto has entered into an agreement to purchase the property at 2299 Dundas St. West and after conducting careful due diligence, the sale of the building will close on March 13th 2019.

Because of the urgent need for services, extensive renovations will begin very quickly after taking possession so that the new program can open in the Spring of 2020. In the coming months, those renovations will add smaller more private rooms, pet-friendly spaces, technological supports, recreational spaces, space for healthcare and case management, a more attractive architectural design and more.

In addition, a new shelter service model will be implemented at 2299 Dundas St. West with a focus on providing the residents with a pathway to permanent housing. Working with dedicated housing case workers on service plans that focus on health, recreation and employment, people will have the tools necessary to find housing.

Working with my office, a comprehensive community engagement process will unfold in the coming months with City staff providing information and seeking feedback through various communication channels.   Stay tuned for more details. To sign-up for ongoing updates, please contact my office directly at 416-392-7919, .


Gord Perks

City Councillor

Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park

Share your views at the Ontario Place Subcommittee Meeting – March 5, 2019

Posted on February 26, 2019

Ontario Place is a critical part of our City and our Province. Recently, the Provincial Government announced the dissolution of the governing body of Ontario Place and indicated their intention to move forward with a future redevelopment of the Ontario Place lands. Any potential changes to Ontario Place must be made in the public interest and must include a rigorous public consultation process.

An Ontario Place Subcommittee of Toronto and East York Community Council was established at the January 15th meeting. 

The first meeting of the Subcommittee of Ontario Place will be on Tuesday March 5th at 5:30pm, City Hall, Committee Room 1. Members of the public are welcome to attend, submit communications, and register to speak to share their views publicly.

For more information on speaking to Committee, click here. To register to speak on March 5th, please email

16th Annual Clean Toronto Together – Registration Opens March 1

Posted on February 25, 2019

Toronto’s annual spring cleanup will take place on April 26-28, 2019. Join 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups for the 16th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces. Save the dates:

  • Community Cleanup Days: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28
  • Corporate 20-Minute Makeover and School Cleanups: Friday, April 26

All participants – including community, corporate, school, and councillor-led groups – must register their cleanups. The City will arrange special litter collections (April 26-28) for registered cleanups, subject to approval. Registration also prevents multiple groups from cleaning the same space.

Registration opens March 1st. Find more information on this program here


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