Parkdale Hub – Project Update

Posted on December 6, 2019

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 will consider a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project. This 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 report is now available to review on the City’s website, through the following link:

For more information on the project, visit:

Pesticide Treatment at High Park

Posted on December 5, 2019

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.

FACTSHEET Norway Maple Common Buckthorn_

1521 Queen St W Development Application

Posted on December 4, 2019

An application has been submitted to the City for a proposed rezoning at 1521 Queen St W. The applicant’s proposal is for a 25.9m 8-storey mixed-use building (plus a 5m mechanical penthouse) with 78 residential units, 72 bike parking spaces, and 3 car-share spaces. More detailed information about the proposal can be found here.

A pre-application community meeting was previously held in July 2019, details of which can be found here:

A community meeting will be held in the coming months to discuss this proposal with the community, gather further feedback, and provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions of the applicant, City Planning, and Councillor Perks.

Public consultation on digital technologies and data governance in Toronto

Posted on December 3, 2019

The City of Toronto is developing a Digital Infrastructure Plan to help guide decisions on how Toronto will evaluate and regulate digital technologies and data use for City services and other proposals.

Digital technologies – including “smart city technologies” – are bringing Toronto new benefits and ways of working to create an efficient, connected community. They are also associated with a number of broader public issues including privacy, transparency, accountability, public ownership, equity and protection of the public interest.

At this phase of consultation, the public is invited to learn more about digital technologies and to provide input on guiding principles and policies that will inform the City’s Digital Infrastructure Plan.

Public events

The public can attend and provide feedback at one of the upcoming sessions:

      December 7 – McGregor Park Community Centre (2231 Lawrence Ave E.), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      December 9 – Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber (100 Queen St W.), 6:30 to 9 p.m.

      December 12 – North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St.), 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The December 9 meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s YouTube channel

Online engagement
An online consultation survey will be available at starting December 7 until December 19. Those unable to attend a consultation can email input or questions to

The Digital Infrastructure Plan will be developed through further consultations and opportunities for public participation in 2020. To sign up to be notified about upcoming consultations, and for more information about the City’s work on smart cities, visit

The consultation supports Toronto City Council’s direction to develop a City-wide policy framework and governance model associated with digital infrastructure and a work plan for implementation. It is also aligned with Council’s direction to sign on to the declaration of Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.

Pre-Application Meeting – 3194-3206 Dundas St W – December 9, 2019

Posted on November 27, 2019

Please share this information with your neighbours.

Gairloch Developments, the developer of 3194-3206 Dundas Street West, the current site of High Park Animal Hospital and Church of God Worship Centre, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

The proposal includes a mid-rise condominium with retail at grade fronting Dundas Street West. Details will be available at the Pre-Application Meeting.

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019

Time: 6:30 to 8 PM

Place: West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St West (between  High Park and Quebec Ave)

Councillor Perks and City Planning Staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at

3194-3206 Dundas Pre-App meeting notice

Inspirations Studio Holiday Sale – December 6th, 7th and 8th

Posted on November 27, 2019

Inspirations Studio is holding its 25th annual holiday sale and open house on December 6, 7 & 8 2019 in support of women impacted by poverty, homelessness, trauma, and mental/physical health and addiction issues. Join the members of the Studio for cider and treats while shopping for gifts that give back to the community.

“The holiday sale and open house is an event the Studio is holding in celebration of its 25 years of supporting the health and well-being and economic security of marginalised women in the City of Toronto,” said Ms. Gudrun Olafsdottir, Studio Coordinator.

The dates and times of the holiday sale and open house are as follows:

Friday, December 6, 2019    12 to 6pm

Saturday, December 7, 2019    12 to 5pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019     12 to 4pm

The Open House will take place at Inspirations Studio, located at 2480 Dundas Street West, just north of Bloor Street West, close to the Dundas West subway station.

Proposed Permit Parking Changes in Ward 4 Update

Posted on November 22, 2019

The agenda for the December 3rd meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council has just been released, and it includes an item titled ‘Status Update on the Expansion of On-Street Permit Parking’. Transportation’s staff’s report associated with the permit parking item titled has been submitted to the agenda.

You can submit comments or request to speak to this item at committee. Information on speaking at the committee can be found here:

If you have additional questions about submitting comments or speaking at committee please contact Ellen Devlin, Council Administrator.

Ellen Devlin

2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall

100 Queen St. W.

Toronto, ON M5H 2N2


phone: 416-392-7033

Charles G Williams Park Improvements

Posted on November 20, 2019

City of Toronto Parks staff will be hosting a community meeting to discuss planned park improvements to Charles G Williams Park. This meeting is an opportunity to hear about potential design proposals and for the community to provide feedback on what improvements they would most like to see in the park. Parks staff and I will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have.

Date: Wednesday December 4, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30PM
Place: Fern Avenue Public School – Auditorium, 128 Fern Ave

Emerald Rose Christmas Market

Posted on November 19, 2019

We are having a Christmas Market event at Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Ave) on Saturday November 30, 2019 for local vendor and artisans to showcase their work. Come out between 10am to 3pm to join in on the festivities!

High Park Zoo Christmas Activity Day

Posted on November 18, 2019

Bring your family and join the Friends of High Park Zoo on Sunday December 1st between 12:30pm-5pm for lots of fun activities at the park. There will be a scavenger hunt, live music, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, and more!


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