Upcoming Consultations: Temporary Signs, Property Standards, Building Maintenance, and Payday Loan Establishments

Posted on July 11, 2019

The City of Toronto is reviewing by-laws related to temporary signs, payday loan establishments, property standards and building maintenance, and wants your feedback!

1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3The review aims to modernize the by-law and make it easier for the public to understand the rules governing temporary signs, such as A-frame signs, garage sale signs, mobile signs, new development signs, open house signs and real estate signs. In addition, the review is considering regulations to permit temporary signs that display messages of public interest and construction-related signs on private property. More information: toronto.ca/signsreview

2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309
This will include a review of the Property Standards By-law, and issues related to apartment building standards, indoor temperatures, rat mitigation, and odour. More information: toronto.ca/propertystandardsreview

3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
Payday loans are short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. More information: toronto.ca/paydayloanreview

There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
 Attend public consultations
 Submit written feedback
 Subscribe to email updates

Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these by-laws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Nominate a local garden for the City of Toronto Front Garden Contest!

Posted on July 11, 2019

Let’s recognize our green-thumbed residents and business owners for helping to beautify our city.
Nominate your garden, a neighbour’s garden or any garden within Toronto. Nominations close on July 16, 2019.

More information available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/garden-contest/

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Neighbourhood Community Officers Program – Community Consultation- July 22, 2019

Posted on July 9, 2019

Please join Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Yuen and 14 Division Neighbourhood officers for a  community meeting on the enhancements to the Neighbourhood Community Officers Program.

This meeting is happening on Monday July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

For more information, contact S/Sgt Tam Bui at 416-808-1415 .

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Parkale Queen West Community Health Centre is Seeking Board Members

Posted on July 9, 2019

PQWCHC is recruiting 2 Board Members. The Board of Directors is a volunteer community board that works from a hybrid policy-­‐governance model. If you are interested in contributing to PQWCHC, and are interested in governance, this could be an opportunity for you!

Find more details on the position as well as the application form here: https://pqwchc.org/wp-content/uploads/PQWCHC-Board-of-Directors-Recruitment-Notice-2019-final.pdf

Culture Tent South Parkdale – July 18, 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

Join a celebration to experience and hear from neighbours and an opportunity to gather information and experience the performing arts from a multi-cultural perspective at Culture Tent South Parkdale on July 18, 2019.The Good Food Market is at 3:00 pm, Masaryk Park (212 Cowan Ave) and the Community Pot-Luck is at 6:00 pm, Milky Way Garden (87 Milky Way).

Staycation Sundays at Colborne Lodge kicks off on July 7, 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

The HMCS YORK brass quintet will kick-off the opening weekend of Staycation Sundays on Sunday, July 7 at noon with an outdoor concert on the veranda of Colborne Lodge in High Park (south end).

Honouring a tradition of brass ensembles in public parks, this talented group of naval reservists will be sporting “summer white dress” in a garden setting.  The quintet’s repertoire includes classical music, old favourites, jazz and Broadway tunes.

Two sets will be performed:  noon to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Refreshing shrub (a traditional summer fruit drink) will be served. Picnickers welcome. Croquet games.

Congratulations to Ward 4 PollinateTO Grant Recipients!

Posted on June 20, 2019

Through the new PollinateTO grants program, the City is funding pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.

Thirty-seven applications were selected to receive funding from among 151 applications submitted.

These five projects have been approved in Ward 4 –

King George Junior Public School Parent Council, King George Pollinator Garden

The King George Garden Committee is proposing a pollinator teaching garden at King George Junior Public School. The garden will space for students to engage in active learning about biodiversity, ecology, and stewardship. The garden will also be presented as a demonstration garden that encourages residents in the area to consider how their plant choices and gardening practices affect native pollinator species.

Ravina Community Garden, Ravina Community Garden Pollinator Project

The Ravina Community Garden will transform an existing lawn bowling club space and create an experience for community members to directly engage with the plant and wildlife growing in the garden. The project proposes the creation of a stone wall for cavity nesting native pollinators. There will be educational opportunities for members of this intergenerational community garden to learn through hands-on experience of creating the garden.

Runnymede Public School Council Yard Committee, Pollinator Garden Refresh

The Runnymede Public School Yard Committee is a group of parent volunteers that work with teachers and students at Runnymede Public School to enhance and maintain the extensive nature garden that is on the school property. Working with the school’s Green Teacher, students would plant pollinator plants in the already defined pollinator garden at the school. Students and the larger community would learn about the benefits of pollinators.

The Argonaut Rowing Club, Argonaut Growing Club Pollinator Project

The Argonaut Rowing Club is proposing a pollinator garden near the Martin Goodman trail. The project will create plant identifiers and signage that is easily visible from the Martin Goodman trail. The project is supported by a dedicated gardener and team of volunteers.

Windermere United Church and Friends, Pollinator Project

The project will create a pollinator garden at the front entrance of Windermere United Church. The project will engage children from the church school, community cooking class, the on-site daycare (Windermere Kids) and the Swansea School of Dance, as well as many other groups that use the church building during the week.

More details on PollinateTO community grants here https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives/pollinateto-community-grants/ 

In total, more than 9,500 square metres of pollinator habitat will be created through the grants!

Have Your Say in the City’s Electric Mobility Strategy

Posted on June 20, 2019

Join the conversation at Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 310 on June 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or participate in a survey starting June 24 to share your ideas to reduce GHG emissions and TransformTO.

Vehicles are the source of over one-third of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Switching passenger, freight and transit vehicles from gasoline and diesel to electric and other low-carbon fuels is a central part of the City’s plan to reduce GHG emissions 80 per cent by 2050. The transition to electric and other low-carbon fuels will also significantly reduce local air pollutants that affect the health of Toronto residents.

To support the transition towards electric vehicles (EV), the City is working towards a number of objectives including:

  • co-develop, with key stakeholders, an Electric Mobility Strategy for Toronto
  • understand and address the barriers for EV adoption
  • establish a robust network of EV charging infrastructure
  • improve access and affordability of electric transportation to advance social equity
  • improve public health
  • support local innovation and create economic opportunities
  • explore how electric vehicles could enhance community resilience

More info available at  https://bit.ly/2ECzs2W

Exhibition Place Master Plan – Community Consultation Meeting – June 25

Posted on June 18, 2019

Friends,

City staff are beginning a community engagement exercise as part of the Exhibition Place Master Plan.

The initial Community Consultation Meeting/Open House has been scheduled for Tuesday June 25th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the Master Plan exercise to the community and to begin engaging the public. Staff are still gathering information for the analysis phase of the work. This is a great opportunity for you to speak directly with City Planning staff about the Master Plan for Exhibition Place Grounds.

I hope to see you on the 25th.

Gord

Recipe for Community program in Parkdale – Community Conversation on June 26, 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The Recipe for Community program is coming to Parkdale this year to support resident-inspired and resident-led initiatives in community engagement, skills buildings, food and nutrition and enhanced outdoor green spaces.

There will be a Community Conversation to provide ideas and feedback. Details are provided below:

Date:                     Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time:                    6PM – 8PM

Location:             Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue – Gymnasium)

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