Bill 108 – The OMB is Back! Make Your Voices Heard!

Posted on May 23, 2019


Earlier this month the Government of Ontario announced changes to planning law in Ontario under Bill 108 which affects 13 different pieces of legislation and reinstates the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), putting more power in the hands of developers and their lobbyists. We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to determine local planning decisions. Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and these unwanted changes.

Read the Chief Planner’s report and presentation to City Council on the proposed Bill 108.

Town Hall on Bill 108 at City Hall

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7pm, join myself and Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam, Josh Matlow, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Joe Cressy, Ana Bailão and Brad Bradford, along with Toronto’s Chief Planner Gregg Lintern, to learn about how Bill 108 will impact your community and how you can have your say before it is too late. This meeting is free and open to all.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7pm
Where: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
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Bill 108 Committee Hearings at Queens Park

As an Ontario citizen, you can have your say on this issue at public hearings. You can take part in the committee process by appearing as a committee witness, submitting written material to a committee, or attending committee hearings.

There is only one day of hearings for Bill 108: Friday May 31st 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The deadline to request to appear is Wednesday May 29th at 12:00pm.

Witnesses will receive up to six minutes for presentation followed by twelve minutes of questions by committee members.

You may also submit written materials voicing your concerns. The deadline for written submissions is Friday, May 31st 5:00pm. More information about how to submit written materials and participate in committees can be found at

The first step in appearing before a committee is registering with the Clerk of the Committee. The Committee contact information is, 416-325-7352.

Parkdale Hub Project – Community Meeting – June 10, 2019

Posted on May 23, 2019

Please join us on June 10, 2019 for a Community Meeting on the Parkdale Hub project!

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services, including the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Parkdale Library, and Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre. We are exploring potential opportunities to enhance programming and service delivery spaces for the Parkdale community. Join us to learn more about the project and provide input on the conceptual design options for these sites.

When: June 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Where: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue

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Community Consultation Meetings – Zoning By-law Amendments for Breweries and Related Uses in Toronto

Posted on May 22, 2019

Toronto Cask Force: Zoning By-law Amendments for Breweries and Related Uses in Toronto

The City is proposing to amend the Zoning By-law to clarify permissions for breweries and related restaurants, retail stores, and patios in some Employment Industrial zones, to permit beer production as part of a retail store in Commercial Zones, and other technical changes.

Join us at a community consultation meeting where you can learn more about the proposed Zoning By-law amendments, ask questions, and share your comments with City staff.

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Henderson Brewing Company, 128A Sterling Rd.
Format: This will be a drop-in meeting where City staff will be present with information
detailing the proposed amendments on handouts and display boards. A brief
presentation by the Cask Force team will occur at 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Location: 250 Yonge Street, Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 35th Floor –
Galleria Room
Format: This will be a drop-in information meeting with handouts, display boards and
brief presentations by the Cask Force Team on the proposed By-law amendments at
noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about Cask Force, please contact Graig Uens, Senior Planner, Toronto City Planning Division, at 416-397-4647, or visit the project website at

Our public meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Please contact Graig Uens no later than one working day prior to the meeting if special accommodation or assistive services are required.


Town Hall on Bill 108

Posted on May 16, 2019

Doug Ford’s plan to bring back the OMB, sideline municipalities and marginalize local communities in the planning process is being fast-tracked for approval with almost no time for residents to respond. Cities, and towns across Ontario are grappling to understand the implications of Bill 108 and making their voices heard.

Join us 7 pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 at City Hall to learn how Bill 108 will impact our community and city. Make your voices heard.

Toronto Drop-In Network – Hours of operation, Services & Meal time

Posted on May 16, 2019

*Please share with your neighbours*

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) is an active coalition of over 50 drop-in centres throughout the City of Toronto that work with people who are homeless, marginally housed or socially isolated. Our Network includes drop-ins of all sizes and with a diversity philosophies that serve men, women, transgender and non-binary people, youth and seniors.

Below is a consolidated list of Drop-in/organization: Hours of operations, Services, Meal times (statutory holiday schedule included). The online version of this list is available on their website at

Drop-in - Hours of operation Services and Meal Times

While every effort is made to ensure the information is accurate, service changes happen on an ongoing basis, and we recommend calling ahead to verify hours, services offered and meal times.

Final Compost Day – May 25th, 2019

Posted on May 16, 2019

The May 25th Compost Day will be at Indian Rd Public School, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, where free leaf compost will be available from 10:00 am, while supplies last. Compost will also be available at the next Community Environment Day on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at Sorauren Park.

Our office can be reached at 416-392-7919 or via email at .

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust – Annual Members Meeting & Potluck – May 25, 2019

Posted on May 13, 2019



WHEN: Saturday May 25, 2019. 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Milky Way Garden. *In case of rain, Church of the Epiphany and St Mark @ 201 Cowan Ave.
RSVP  & Download AGM Notice

Join us on Saturday May 25th 2019 for the Annual Members Meeting & Potluck!  We’ve had a hugely successful year and we want to celebrate with you!

The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and participate in decision making. This year members will have the opportunity to:

  • Vote on PNLT’s next acquisition priority – Over the past three years, we have built our local capacity to preserve rooming houses. We plan to continue this important work, but we also want to respond to other community needs and visions. Come help us decide together what to work on next.
  • Vote on proposed By-law AmendmentView Amendment and or View Current By-laws.
  • Vote to elect 7-8 new members to serve on the board of directors, our decision-making body.

* To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering in advance or at registration on the day. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale.  Sign up online at PNLT.CA.

Please bring photo ID.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors please submit a nomination here, or contact

RSVP  & Download AGM Notice

Junction Farmers’ Market every Saturday, starting May 25, 2019

Posted on May 9, 2019

The Junction Farmers’ Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, support local food growers and produces, and promote access to healthy food for all.

Visit the market, every Saturday 9am – 1pm, from May 25 to November 2nd at 2960 Dundas St W.

High Park Stewards May 12 and 26 Garlic Mustard Removal and Boulevard Beds

Posted on May 7, 2019

Help the High Park Stewards with one of two activities. We need to (1) redesign the boulevard beds next to the Grenadier Cafe, by rebuilding the fencing and replanting; (2) remove garlic mustard, a notoriously invasive species, from an area of the park. Lots of hands are needed!


Meet us in front of the Grenadier Cafe at 10:30 am. Note that cars may not be allowed in the park if the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

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U of T Conference about the Housing Action Plan – May 11, 2019

Posted on May 7, 2019

The City of Toronto is preparing a Housing Plan for the coming decade. As Toronto’s housing crisis deepens and the past decade’s housing plan draws to a close, what lessons need to be learned?

This action-oriented conference brings together prominent scholars, Councillors, planners, and activists to weigh in on and debate the initiatives Toronto could advance right now to protect and expand our endangered supply of affordable housing.

Register for this free conference here, because space is limited:


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