West Toronto Railpath Extension | Public Drop-in Event – Sept 13, 2018

Posted on September 7, 2018

The City of Toronto is working on the design details for extending the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail south, from Dundas Street West and Sterling Road to Abell Street and Sudbury Street (see map on reverse side).

Event Details
Join us to learn about the progress of this project, discuss and provide feedback on design elements of the trail, view information materials and speak with the project team.

Please see the attached for more information.

WTRE notice FINAL September 2018

High Park Invasive Species Removal | Sept 9, 2018

Posted on September 7, 2018

High Park Invasive Species Removal

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bloor Street entrance of High Park (Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave.), Toronto, ON

We will plant a variety of native plants that thrive in our Black Oak Savannah restoration sites. This time, we will return to Site 10A, near Bloor Street, where we last planted in June 2015.

 

Late summer is perfect for viewing native species such as goldenrods, asters and native grasses. It is also a great time for planting native perennials, like smooth rose, cylindrical blazing star, cup plant, Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susan, butterfly milkweed, harebell, wild bergamot, sky-blue aster, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia;  grasses, like Indian, bottlebrush, little and big bluestem, Canada wild rye; and shrubs, like wild raspberry.

 

The Boulevard Beds group will also be working to update our demonstration garden with new plants.

 

Meet us directly at planting site, by the Bloor Street / High Park Avenue entrance. If you prefer, you may join the smaller group at the Boulevard Beds, in front of the Grenadier Restaurant. We will work from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.

 

For more information:
http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

[Please continue to visit that link for upcoming sessions!]

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 .

Greenest City Events in Parkdale

Posted on August 9, 2018

Parkdale Good Food Market

Thursdays from 3-7 pm until the end of August

Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave

The Parkdale Good Food Market brings together low-cost, local produce, community art, and music to build community in Masaryk Park every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer.

Bring your little ones! We’ve got art making with Making Room Community Arts and a drumming circle at 5:30 pm on July 9.

Local vendors bring us some of the best momos and samosas in the city.

 

Food Forest Sheet Mulching Party 

Tuesday August 14 from 4-8 pm

Dunn Learning Garden

Join together with your community at the Dunn Parkette Learning Garden to create phase one of the Dunn Food Forest!

We will sheet mulch a garden bed that will break down to create amazing soil for the future Dunn Food Forest.

Sheet mulching is a process in which nitrogen (manure, compost) and carbon (cardboard, straw, mulch) rich material are layered. These layers break down over time to create healthy soil that is full of life.

A food forest mimics the elements of a thriving forest ecosystem bringing together a community of edible plants from ground cover to trees.

Bring food to share for a community potluck.

Everyone is welcome, including children.

The High Park Stewards invite you to Weed Whacking and Boulevard Beds – August 12

Posted on August 9, 2018

Join the High Park Stewards on August 12 to remove invasive species in one of their restoration sites. Meet up in front of Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. For more information, visit https://highparkstewards.pingg.com/WeedWhacking3-2018 .

Parkdale Rooming House Pilot Project

Posted on July 31, 2018

City Council has approved the creation of a City fund to protect deeply affordable housing. This Parkdale-specific pilot project will help social housing providers purchase rooming houses and stop them from being converted away from affordable housing.

The full report can be found at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.EX36.38

Parkdale Hub

Posted on July 31, 2018

The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. The goal of the hub is to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

There are multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.

All of the buildings require significant state of good repair investments over the next 10 years. An inter-divisional agency table, including City divisions and agencies, has been formed to begin coordinating the inventory.

Community engagement began in 2018 and will continue into 2019.

Polish Festival – September 15th and 16th, 2018

Posted on July 31, 2018

The 2018 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto’s best neighbourhood, Roncesvalles Village! will be taking place September 15th and 16th, 2018.

Now entering its fourteenth year, the Festival adds an old world charm to today’s Roncesvalles Village, well-known as one of Toronto’s most vibrant, diverse and creative communities.

Enjoy great local and international music, including Polish folklore, Polka and Euro dance bands, and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages. Saturday night enjoy the ever-popular Disco Polo Party. Come out and sample fantastic cuisine from over 40 renowned restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros, along Roncesvalles, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more!

For more information visit: https://polishfestival.ca/

 

Wabash Community Centre Public Information Meeting Minutes

Posted on July 31, 2018

On July 10, 2018, the City held a public information meeting on the upcoming plans for the new community centre and to:

 – review the project background and potential programming;

 – review timelines;

 – review next steps

Please see below for the meeting minutes:

WABASH_ Public Information Meeting Minutes_FINAL

 

If you have any questions on this matter or any other City related matters, please contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca

 

Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study

Posted on July 25, 2018

Toronto City Council has approved the Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen St. West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas St West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue

This Staff report summarizes the study, initiated in 2015 which reviewed the built form and physical character of the area and recommends approval of Urban Design Guidelines for the Study Area.

The Guidelines seek to:

– Guide and manage moderate, incremental development;

– Respect and reinforce the existing mixed-use character of the Study Area;

– Encourage a sense of place, by promoting well-designed built form and by conserving features and cultural heritage resources that help define local character;

– Achieve appropriate transition between new development and adjacent Neighbourhoods and Parks and Open Spaces; and,

– Promote a vibrant, animated and safe public realm.

The complete report is available online at https://bit.ly/2tHej1e .

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and Planners in Public spaces events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates our main streets.

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