Free Sewing Classes for Women in Parkdale Area

Posted on January 18, 2018

Free Sewing Classes for Women in the Parkdale Area, run by local sewer, designers, team leaders and volunteers.  Individuals will learn to use a sewing machine, basic sewing skills which include machine skills, zippers, hand sewing, patterns, etc.


Classes begin on January 27 for 7 weeks.  They will be held in the Parkdale Public Library and there is childcare if needed.

There is an application process – you can go to the Parkdale Public Library and pick up an application, fill one out here, or come to Greenest City at 201 Cowan on Wednesday, January 10 or Thursday, January 11 from 1pm – 2pm to get a paper application and get support in filling out the application.

EMAIL or call Angela at 647 438 0038 for questions.

We are looking for volunteers!

This is a partnership between Greenest City, Parkdale Public Library and local sewer/artist Helen Melbourned

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective

Posted on January 18, 2018

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Speaker: Ellen Schwartzel; Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Ellen will share how Ontarians can use the Environmental Bill of Rights to strengthen environmental laws and policies, including protecting natural heritage. Biodiversity highlights from the Commissioner’s recently released report –- especially the province’s track record on species at risk and protected areas –- will also feature in her talk.

This is an opportunity to discuss issues and strategies for protecting nature in both urban and rural areas.

Note: The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislature who reports on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issues. The ECO is the province’s environmental watchdog and champion of Ontarians’ environmental rights.

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41 Wabash Pre-Application Meeting on January 29, 2018

Posted on January 16, 2018

The developer of 41 Wabash Avenue, Curated Properties, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

General Purpose Room, Fern Avenue School

128 Fern Avenue

Monday, January 29, 2018

7-9 PM

The developer is proposing a 4 storey mixed-use development with townhouse and office uses. Details will be available at the community meeting.

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

41 Wabash Pre-Application Meeting Notice



Ward 13 & 14 Community Budget Meeting – Thursday, January 25th

Posted on January 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

You are invited to the Ward 13 & 14 Community Meeting on the City of Toronto 2018 City Budget. It is being held on Thursday, January 25th, from 7-9 pm at Bishop Morrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor St. W).

This evening is an opportunity to examine the 2018 City Budget and to have a discussion including how we raise revenue, how we manage our finances, and how we invest in our City.

2018 Community Budget Meeting1



6 Noble Street: Update on OMB Pre-Hearing

Posted on January 13, 2018


The first OMB pre-hearing conference on the 6 Noble Street development application was held on December12th, 2017.

The developer advised that they have submitted a Settlement Offer to the City with revision to the original application.

The Settlement Offer is now posted on line at:

Of note, revisions include the height of the building which has been reduced from 14 storeys (51.3 m including mechanical penthouse) to 8 storeys (32.3 m including mechanical penthouse); and no non-residential uses are proposed. The non-residential gross floor area and the live-work units have been replaced with townhouse units.

City Planning along with a number of City departments will now review the Settlement Offer and provide their feedback.

My office will organize a meeting in 2018 to review the Settlement Offer with the community. City Planning staff and the developer will be invited to attend this meeting.

City Planning staff will then provide their recommendations on the Settlement Offer. If they recommend approval of the Settlement Offer, a report will be submitted to the February 21st Toronto and East York Community Council. If they do not recommend approval of the settlement offer, City Staff will attend the next pre-hearing scheduled for May 22 at 10 AM at the OMB, 655 Bay St, 16th floor.

Please watch for Community Meeting Notice early in 2018. As always, my office is available to answer questions and hear your concerns.

Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Family Literacy Month: Drag Queen Storytime

Posted on January 10, 2018

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Parkdale Library will be hosting Drag Queen Storytimes to celebrate Family Literacy Month. This is a program aimed at teaching children about diversity in gender and gender expression.

Drag Queen Storytime Poster

Be prepared! Protect your pipes from freezing

Posted on January 4, 2018

Be prepared! Protect your pipes from freezing

Frozen pipes can leave you without water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. If your pipes are prone to freezing, you may wish to contact a plumber for advice. Here are some tips to help protect your home:

• Know where to find your main water shut-off valve (in case your pipes burst).

• Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic and garage.

• Seal air leaks in areas where pipes are located. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.

• Drain and shut the outdoor water supply as outdoor faucets are the first to freeze.

• Keep areas that contain indoor pipes above 8°C, especially near the water meter.

• In extreme cold weather, you can choose to run a pencil thin stream of water to keep water moving. However, you will be charged for the water used if you choose this step.

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