Join Councillor Perks on Monday, February 3rd, 7pm – 8:30pm in the 3rd Floor Staff Room of Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor St W) for a meeting to discuss the 2020 City Budget and hear about local community priorities for the year. Councillor Perks will be joined by local community stakeholders who will be sharing their thoughts on how the City’s budget and investments impact the ward.Budget Meeting - Invitation Notice
Join Friends of High Park Zoo on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the High Park Brewery (839 Runnymede Rd) for their Elvis with A Bite & Some Brew for the Zoo event. Music by Kevin King at 8:00 pm. Cover charge $10
The City of Toronto is establishing a Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee to work with staff to identify ways to protect affordable rental tenancies in the City. Specifically, the Committee will:
- Inform the City’s response to illegitimate tenant evictions;
- Inform the development of materials to educate tenants on their rights and inform landlords of their responsibilities;
- Inform the City’s response to eviction prevention supports;
- Suggest potential amendments to the provincial Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and changes at the Landlord Tenant Board to address illegitimate evictions; and
- Help organize an affordable housing workshop to address the issues of security of tenure and affordable rental housing.
Membership & Meetings
This will be a committee that reports to staff with membership of up to 12 members for a one year term.
- Balance will be struck between:
- People with lived experience (3)
- Tenant advocacy groups (3)
- Landlords (3)
- Legal clinics (3)
- Meetings will take place monthly outside of business hours (i.e. evenings/weekends) beginning in February 2020 for a six month period.
- Meeting frequency will be re-visited after six months against the progress made to date on key deliverables.
How to Apply
The City welcomes any individual or organization to submit their interest to serve on this advisory committee. We are asking individuals/groups to email their interest to the Housing Secretariat by Friday, January 17th, 2020. Email: email@example.com with a subject heading ‘Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee’.
Please include your full name/organization name along with contact information. Given the limited number of spots on the advisory committee we are asking individuals to outline their lived experience with illegitimate evictions and for organizations to outline their work on this issue. Selected individuals and organizations will be informed by January 24th with a first meeting the first week of February.
On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we
hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.
Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.
The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Each event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Public Open Houses:
Thursday, January 23rd at Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd)
Monday, January 27th at Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium (55 Gould St)
Tuesday, January 28th at Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Ave)
Wednesday, January 29th at Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC (105 Princes’ Blvd)
If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at OntarioLine@metrolinx.com.
The Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program is aimed at helping main street retail businesses with training to assist them further with operations and marketing their business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant of $5,000 towards growing small/medium retail businesses within the Parkdale BIA and City of Toronto. Apply Today!
PARKDALE BIA BUSINESS TRAINING DATES;
- January 20, 22, 24
- January 27, 29 and 31
- 9am – 12pm
- Location: Parkdale Centre for Innovation (1464 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1M2)
Find more information on the grant here.
As you may have heard in the news, the City has stopped monitoring the ice on Grenadier Pond. For the last couple of years the City ran this program to advise people of the degree of risk of skating on the Pond. The decision to stop the program was made during the 2019 budget, shortly after the last election. City staff did not highlight the change and Council was not aware of it when we approved the budget.
Many people skate on ice that forms over open water at locations across the city. The City does not permit this, it is unsafe. We have studied it closely and find we cannot offer safe skating. Four years ago Council directed staff to try to provide safer skating at Grenadier Pond. We found that the program was not successful for two reasons: cost and safety.
In each of the two full years of operation (2017 and 2018) there were 17 days when the ice was rated “skate at your own risk”. The rest were rated “dangerous”. There are no circumstances where the ice would be rated “safe”. The program cost $166,000 per year. In other words each “skate at your own risk” day cost approximately $10,000, making it by far the most expensive skating program in the City.
Further, skaters on the pond regularly did not stay within the monitored area, and put themselves at risk of personal injury due to thin and/or uneven ice.
Given the extraordinary cost and the fact that people were still in danger, I am forced to agree with staff that the program should be discontinued.
I want to say a word about the process. I have told City staff in no uncertain terms that this is not the way decisions to cancel a public service should be taken. You and I should have been presented with staff’s reasoning and given a chance to discuss it together.
Going forward, I must encourage you not to skate on Grenadier Pond. Toronto offers many places to skate indoors and outdoors. Several outdoor options are near Grenadier Pond, including High Park, Rennie and Sorauren Park. More information about city rinks, including service alerts, hours and location, can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/outdoor-rinks/index.html
Join Green 13 on January 21st, 2020 at the Annette Public Library (145 Annette St.) for a free screening of The Whale an the Raven. Discussions will follow.
Director Miriam Leuze’s The Whale and the Raven illuminates the many issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of British Columbia into a complex conflict. As the people in the Great Bear Rainforest struggle to protect their territory against the pressure and the promise of the gas industry, caught in between are the countless beings that call this place home.
In preparation for this screening, it recommended that you view this 6 min. video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_drWwjtgat4 which explains why aquatic mammals, cetaceans such as whales, are so very vulnerable to the noise pollution which resource extraction and transport bring. Learn more here: https://green13toronto.org/event/whale-and-raven-free-screening
Winterlicious, Toronto’s popular foodie event, returns January 31 to February 13, 2020, featuring both a Culinary Event Series and Prix Fixe Promotion. Created by the City of Toronto, Winterlicious is a great opportunity for food enthusiasts to explore the city’s food culture. Tickets for the Culinary Event Series go on sale today and make for a unique holiday gift.
2020 Culinary Event Series
The Culinary Event Series will include a wide range of events suitable for both adventurous and cautious food explorers. The Winterlicious 2020 Culinary Event Series features 14 eclectic food experiences to choose from:
- David Gibson’s Favourites: A Farmhouse Supper, Gibson House Museum on January 31 and February 7
- Edible History – Taste Where Toronto All Began, St. Lawrence Market on January 31, February 2, 7, 8, and 9
- Afternoon Tea at the Castle, Casa Loma on February 1, 2, 8 and 9
- The Pleasure of Survival, Palais Royale on February 1
- A Chocolate Tasting Affair, Crimson Teas on February 2, 6, 8, and 13
- Feed Your Soul – A Louisiana Culinary Experience, Cirillo’s Academy on February 3
- Feast by the Fire, Babel on February 4
- The Art of Pizza Making, Cibo Wine Bar Yorkville on February 4
- Dinner with the Mackenzies, Mackenzie House on February 5, 12 and 13
- The Austins Entertain, Spadina Museum on February 6
- Historic Tavern Meal, Montgomery’s Inn Museum on February 8
- Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter, Fort York National Historic Site on February 9
- Scotch Tasting Dinner, David Duncan House, February 10 and 12
- Tequila Tasting Dinner with Chef Claudio Aprile, Xango on February 11
Some events sell out fast, so interested buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets now. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.
2020 Prix Fixe Promotion
More than 200 restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33 and dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53. Restaurants will start accepting reservations for the Prix Fixe Promotion on January 16. Reservations are strongly recommended and are to be made directly with the participating dining establishments. A complete list of participating restaurants is available at https://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.
Follow Winterlicious on social media on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/LiciousTO, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiciousTO and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/LiciousTO. The event hashtag is #LiciousTO.
The City of Toronto has been exploring opportunities to enhance spaces for program delivery and affordable housing in the Parkdale community. The Parkdale Hub project has been centred on the City-owned properties located at 1313, 1303 Queen Street West and 220 Cowan Avenue. This cluster of public facilities, each of which requires state of good repair work and/or improvements, provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.
On December 11, 2019, Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee considered a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project. The report provides an overview of the findings from the Feasibility Study that has been underway since 2017. It also recommends next steps for moving the project forward. The Committee approved the recommendations to begin Phase 2 of the project in 2020.
The report is available to review on the City’s website, through the following link: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=15476#Meeting-2019.EX11
Click here for my comments to the committee.
For more information on the project, visit: https://parkdalehub.ca/
Urban Forestry will be carrying out management of invasive trees, shrubs and vines in High Park over the winter months.
Various sections of the natural areas in High Park are managed for invasive trees, shrubs and vines. Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of December to March. A triclopyr-based pesticide (Garlon RTU) is being used to control these invasive species. Pesticide signs will be posted 24 hours prior to any treatment taking place and will delineate the border of the site being managed at that time.
The invasive species being treated includes Norway Maple and Common Buckthorn, these species impact native plants and habitat by:
• crowding out and shading native vegetation and young trees
• encouraging soil erosion due to lack of ground cover
Application is done by licensed city staff, and additional information signage will be posted along with the standard warning signage. Warning signage is posted 24 hours before treatment and is removed 48 hours following treatment, according to Ministry of Environment guidelines.
Please see the Fact Sheet below for more information.