Dowling Cycling Route: Public Drop-In Event 2

Posted on April 25, 2017

Friends,

You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)

Background

This proposed cycling route was identified as part of the City’s Cycling Network Plan, which presents a vision for how we may connect Toronto’s cycling routes.  The plan was approved in principle by Council on June 9, 2016 with the understanding that each route recommended in the plan would require further consultation to inform design option and to evaluate potential parking and traffic impacts.

In response to feedback received at the first public open house in September 2016, and through emails and phone calls, the City is now proposing a revised design for the cycling route. Past notices and materials from the first Drop-In Event public consultation events are available online at: www.toronto.ca/yellow-bicycle-lanes. Potential measures for the Dowling Cycling Route could include bike lanes, traffic calming measures, cycling wayfinding and new or modified traffic signals.

On May 14 and 15, 2016, crews demolished the Dowling Avenue Bridge over the Gardiner Expressway and a temporary crossing for bicycles and pedestrians has been installed.  The City is presently in conversation with Metrolinx, regarding a study for the design and construction of a permanent structure.

Presently, Dowling Avenue between King St. West and Queen St. West carries traffic one-way northbound and so the feasibility of introducing a southbound “contra-flow” bicycle lane is being evaluated.  This proposal would allow for lawful two-way cycling travel, however due to the narrow width of this roadway the introduction of a bike lane would require the displacement of approximately 32 on-street parking spaces.

Transportation Services is undertaking a parking survey of the area, to measure the overall parking supply availability, and would appreciate your feedback as part of this process.

Next Steps

Following the consultation period, staff will use feedback to inform preferred design solutions and report to City council in 2017.  The target implementation period of this project is 2017-2018.

Contact

If you are unable to attend the public event, you can still get involved by reviewing the information available online and contacting Transportation Services:

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-4849
Fax: 416-392-4808
E-mail: ddunn.ca

If more information is required, you can reach my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or 416-392-7919.

Look forward to seeing you at the open house on Wednesday, May 17th, at Parkdale Public Library.

Gord

Shhh Volume 2, Musical Programming at Parkdale Library

Posted on April 18, 2017

Raw Materials is thrilled to announce the second instalment of ‘SHHHHH’, an annual event consisting of diverse musical programming at the Parkdale Public Library. The performances will be spread over two days, all free and accessible to the general public. May 5th’s sets will take place on the main floor of the library 7pm-8pm, while May 6th’s will happen in the basement auditorium 1pm-5pm / accessible by stairs or elevator.

Find more details, such as a list of performers, here: http://www.blogto.com/events/shhhh-vol-2/

Reminder: Environment Day Saturday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Posted on April 18, 2017

Just a friendly reminder of this upcoming event:

Saturday, April 22 | 10am-2pm
Sorauren Park | Along Wabash Ave. | south of Dundas St. W

Come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave south of Dundas St W and join in to Reuse, Recycle, and Safely Dispose!

Bring used or unwanted electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, unused medications, batteries, propane tanks, and oils to be safely removed.

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and video tapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Green Bin exchanges will not be available at Community Environment Days events due to the coming new style of Green Bin.

Donate to schools for reuse:
• Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
• Children’s books, musical instruments
• CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
• Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
• Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
• Corks, cork boards, clipboards
• Dress up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)

Donate for reuse:
• Sporting goods (skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
• Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
• Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
• Small household items (dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
• Textiles in good condition (clothing, linens, etc.)
• Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

All donated items must be in very good condition.

Leaf compost* (limited to one cubic metre per household) is available for pickup as well. While supplies last.

Environment Day 2017

April 22nd Repair Cafe

Posted on April 18, 2017

Get broken household items fixed for free and learn while doing it! There will be fixers for computers and other electronics, small appliances, furniture, clothes, jewellery, book and paper repair, bikes, and more! With a special appearance by Bike Pirates!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
12:00 to 4:00 pm (Registration closes at 3pm)
Parkdale Public Library
1303 Queen St West
Cost: Free!

Spring into Parkdale

Posted on April 11, 2017

The Annual Spring into Parkdale sidewalk festival is taking place on Saturday May 13th this year!

The excitement starts at 11am, with the sidewalk portion ending at 6pm and a Night Market staying open until 10pm. Stalls from local shops and interesting guests will fill the street, accompanied by a craft zone for children, live music, tulip giveaways, and more!

Find more information here: http://parkdalevillagebia.com/tag/spring-into-parkdale/

Toronto Drop-in Network Easter Holiday

Posted on April 5, 2017

Hi everyone,

The meal list (a list of drop-in hours and meal times) for the 2017 Easter holiday period (April 14 – April 17) can be downloaded via this link: http://tdin.ca/res_documents/TDIN%202017%20Easter%20Holiday%20Drop-In%20Hours%20and%20Meal%20Times.pdf

The list is also posted on the TDIN website here: http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=486

Please share this information with anyone who might need to know where to access free meals and daytime shelter during the Easter holiday period.

High Park Nursery and Boulevard Beds Spring Maintenance

Posted on April 3, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colbourne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

The High Park Stewards plan to clean up the Boulevard Beds and the Nursery, cutting down winter’s growth, and raking to uncover the plants that have survived the winter.

The Boulevard Beds are getting an exciting makeover this year. The group will work in front of the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot, uncovering the existing plants, removing old stalks, and transplanting new native plants from the Nursery if weather allows.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and go together to the site. All tools will be provided, but dress in layers and be prepared for muddy ground as the temperature is unpredictable.

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

Environment Day Saturday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Posted on April 3, 2017

Saturday, April 22 | 10am-2pm
Sorauren Park | Along Wabash Ave. | south of Dundas St. W

Come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave south of Dundas St W and join in to Reuse, Recycle, and Safely Dispose!

Bring used or unwanted electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, unused medications, batteries, propane tanks, and oils to be safely removed.

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and video tapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Green Bin exchanges will not be available at Community Environment Days events due to the coming new style of Green Bin.

Donate to schools for reuse:
• Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
• Children’s books, musical instruments
• CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
• Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
• Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
• Corks, cork boards, clipboards
• Dress up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)

Donate for reuse:
• Sporting goods (skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
• Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
• Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
• Small household items (dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
• Textiles in good condition (clothing, linens, etc.)
• Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

All donated items must be in very good condition.

Leaf compost* (limited to one cubic metre per household) is available for pickup as well. While supplies last.

Environment Day 2017

Inspirations Studio Spring Sale

Posted on March 27, 2017

Inspirations Studio (https://inspirationsstudio.org/) is having a its annual Spring Sale from May 12 -14, 2017 at 2480 Dundas St W.!

Friday May 12, 12-6pm
Saturday May 13, 12-5pm
Sunday May 14, 12-4pm

Inspirations Studio is a Sistering social enterprise offering marginalized women who have been impacted by homelessness, trauma, poverty and mental health issues the opportunity  to learn pottery and develop businesses skills in a creative, collaborative and healing environment. Creating and selling their work through Inspirations, a supportive community of entrepreneurial women who respect and honour one another, builds self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of independence and self-worth. Information about Sistering may be found at: http://www.sistering.org/

City of Toronto Short-Term Rental Regulations

Posted on March 27, 2017

The City of Toronto is considering regulations for short-term rental of accommodation in Toronto and is inviting members of the public to share their views at meetings on March 28 and April 12. Residents will also be able to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.

The term “short-term rental” typically describes rentals that occur over a period of less than 30 days. Popular online platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway and VRBO facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

The first consultation meeting will be held in the council chamber of North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.

The second consultation meeting will be held in Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

Key areas of discussion include quality of life (income/noise/safety), housing availability and affordability, economic development and tourism, and taxation.

Live streaming of the April 12 meeting’s proceedings will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A.

A staff report with recommendations is expected to go to the City’s Executive Committee for consideration in June.

More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay and the survey will be available on that web page starting March 28.

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