Special Event Listings by High Park Nature Centre – December 15 & 16, 2018

Posted on November 13, 2018

Title: Decorate a Tree for the Birds
Date: Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th
Time: 10am-12 or 1-3pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive)
Fee/Suggested Donation: $10 Per Person (Kids under 3 are free)
Ages: All ages
Event Description: Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter.
Arrive early Saturday morning to join the Christmas Bird Count for Kids – a by donation event! You will learn how to use binoculars (bring your own pair if you have them), identify birds, and collect data to help with bird conservation efforts.

Title: Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Date: Saturday, December 15th
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Location: High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive)
Fee/Suggested Donation: Free! Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person
Ages: All ages
Event Description:
Round up your birding pals and help us count the birds! We will be hiking the trails of High Park to find the resident birds who are toughing it out this winter. The data we collect will be submitted through eBird to the Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program and will help bird conservation efforts and contribute to Citizen Science.
CBC4Kids is a “Donate What You Can” at the door (recommended $2 – $5 / person) and an all ages family event. Pre-registration is recommended.

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
E:
naturecentre@highpark.org
P: (416) 392-1748
https://highparknaturecentre.com/2/family-nature-walks

 

High Park Buckthorn Busting – November 11, 2018

Posted on November 8, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; repeats on November 25 (when it will be followed by a potluck)
Grenadier Cafe, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help the High Park Stewards remove buckthorn, one of the worst invasive species in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours.

Another group will work on the boulevard beds, a native plant garden in front of the Grenadier Cafe.

 The final session, on November 25, will be followed by a potluck lunch.

 Meet us in front of the Grenadier Cafe at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

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

 

Exhibition Place – Community Consultation on November 28, 2018

Posted on November 8, 2018

The City is currently undertaking a Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment of the land and buildings at Exhibition Place. There’s a Community Consultation Meeting on November 28, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Enercare Centre, Salon 103, Exhibition Place. Please see below for details on the event.

Community Consultation Meeting Invite exhibition place

 

Municipal Shelters Public Consultation

Posted on November 5, 2018

This is to provide an update on November city-wide consultations being undertaken on Municipal Shelters.

Municipal Shelters

The current zoning regulations permit municipal shelters in most zones, with two locational conditions:

o 250-metre separation distance from another shelter

o requirement to be located either on a major street or on an intersecting street if the lot is within 80 metres of the major street

City staff were directed by City Council, at its meeting on December 5 to 8, 2017, to look at zoning by-law amendment options to provide more opportunities for locating shelters across the city. At its meeting on June 7, 2018, the Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to hold city-wide public consultations on the proposed options to increase the as-of-right zoning permissions for municipal shelters (PG30.8).

All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a short presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

Thursday November 22 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom

Monday November 26 North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3

Tuesday November 27 Metro Hall, Room 310

Monday, November 29 Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room

Please call our office at 416-392-7919 or email us at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, should you have any questions or comments.

 

Secondary Suites Public Consultation

Posted on November 5, 2018

This is to provide an update on November city-wide consultations being undertaken on Secondary Suites

As-of-Right Zoning for Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites have been permitted across the City since 2000; however, existing zoning regulations only permit the creation of a secondary suite five years after the primary dwelling is constructed, and do not permit secondary suites in all townhouses.

City staff were directed by City Council, at its meeting on December 5-8, 2017, to report to Planning and Growth Management Committee in the second quarter of 2018 on a range of measures, including policy, regulatory and financial measures, that could provide incentives to facilitate the creation of additional secondary suites in Toronto. At its meeting on July 5, 2018, the Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to hold open houses to consult on draft zoning framework to support the creation of secondary suites; and report back with final recommendations and zoning by-law amendments in the second quarter of 2019 (PG31.12).

All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a short presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

Thursday November 15 Metro Hall, Room 310

Wednesday November 21 North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

Monday November 26 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom

Tuesday November 27 Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1

Please call our office at 416-392-7919 or email us at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, should you have any questions or comments.

 

How To Develop Your Grant Application – Registration Deadline December 4

Posted on October 31, 2018

Are you a RESIDENT-LED GROUP that is interested in applying for a Neighbourhood Grant?

Are you looking for some guidance with developing your application? 

If you would like some extra support in preparing your Neighbourhood Grants’ application, please register for an interactive session that will explore the basics of preparing a grant application for the upcoming Neighbourhood Grants deadline. Social Planning Toronto will be coordinating these workshops. Activities and handouts will be provided, as well as tips for creating a clear application and sound budget.

Registration Information for ‘How to Develop Your Neighbourhood Grant Application’ workshops

 

Location Date/Time Registration Link
Metro Hall

55 John Street

Room 309

November 6, 2018

6:30 – 9:00pm

South workshop registration
Scarborough Civic Centre

150 Borough Drive

Committee Room 1

November 14, 2018

6:30pm – 9:00pm

East workshop registration
Rexdale Community Hub

21 Panorama Court

Staff Lounge

November 19, 2018

5:30pm – 8:00pm

West workshop registration
North York Civic Centre

5100 Yonge St

Members Lounge

November 27, 2018

6:30pm – 9:00pm

North workshop registration

 

Please note that you must be living in a Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) or Emerging Neighbourhood (EN) to apply for this grant and/or attend one of the grant writing workshops.

If you have any issues registering, please call SPT and speak with Mary at 416-351-0095 ext.251

  • Visit the Neighbourhood Grants web page to see if you are eligible to apply and for the contacts of your local Community Development Officer for more information, list of eligible and ineligible expenses, mentor guidelines, etc.

Deadline for applications is December 4, 2018

 

 

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 .

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