Sister Cities Mural Launch

Posted on July 20, 2017

The STEPS Initiative is thrilled to be animating one of Toronto’s busiest connections to the waterfront as part of an international cultural exchange between the City of Toronto and the City of Chicago, (sister cities since 1991) as part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program.

Chicago artist, Justus Roe, his local Public Art Assistants, as well as members of the Parkdale – High Park community have been hard at work transforming the Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and the “Year of Public Art” taking place in Chicago.

They look forward to celebrating the completion of this new work with you – and ask that you RSVP by Monday, July 24th for this community event if you wish to attend! Click here to RSVP.

Join them for “Building Bridges of Flavour”, a locally inspired menu of refreshments, along with local musicians, artist Justus Roe, and Mayor John Tory.

The venue is served by the Queen, King, and Roncesvalles Streetcars, as well as the Martin Goodman Trail. It is wheelchair accessible, with free on-site parking.

Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd W
Thursday, July 27th, 5pm – 8pm

High Park Invasive Species Removal

Posted on July 12, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. Weeding is as important as planting, and equally rewarding. Once the invasive species are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. The Boulevard Beds group will work on our demonstration garden.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

July 23rd 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

Women Paint

Posted on July 4, 2017

With support from the City of Toronto Transportation Services Divisions’ StreetARToronto program, a talented mix of emerging and established Toronto-based artists will transform the laneway that runs north behind 1468-1486 Queen Street West — between Lansdowne Avenue and MacDonell Avenue — into an outdoor art gallery. Working side by side, the collective of all female artists will paint approximately 2,000 square feet of murals that respond to the theme of “Intersectional Feminism: Representing Diverse Experiences”.

As a closing celebration, community members, mural enthusiasts and interested Torontonians are invited to meet the artists and be inspired by the murals on Sunday, July 16 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

StreetARToronto (StART) is supporting this project in partnership with the Toronto Police Service 11 Division through the StreetARToronto Toronto Police Service Partnership Program. StART is a pro-active program that develops, supports, promotes and increases awareness of street art and its unique role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while also counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. StART’s mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art while embracing the City’s motto “Diversity our Strength”.

Find information on the Facebook page here.

Click here for the full press release: http://gordperks.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Women-Paint-press-release.pdf

 

High Park Invasive Species Removal

Posted on July 4, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. Weeding is as important as planting, and equally rewarding. Once the invasive species are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. The Boulevard Beds group will work on our demonstration garden.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

July 9th 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

Parkdale Good Food Market

Posted on June 27, 2017

Beginning this Wednesday June 28th, the Parkdale Good Food Market will run every Wednesday from 3 pm – 7 pm in Masaryk Cowan Park.

Please see the attached flyers for more information and a call for volunteers.

GFM poster
GFM Volunteer Info

High Park Stewards Weed Whacking

Posted on June 19, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. They are also working on the Boulevard Beds and will need about 5 people for that activity.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

June 25th 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

On Community Benefits: Community Benefits 101

Posted on June 19, 2017

On Community Benefits: Community Benefits 101 aims to provide an in-depth look into Community Benefits Agreements as tools for leveraging equitable development without displacement. The panel brings together a group of community practitioners working on community benefits across Toronto to exchange knowledge about how to negotiate an agreement, how to holdpartners accountable, and how Parkdale can begin to envision its own Community Benefits Framework.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Parkdale Library – 1303 Queen Street West

The Panel:

  • Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefit Network
  • Mariam Paul, East Scarborough Storefront
  • Michelle Francis, Community Action Planning Group – York West

Moderated by Jenn Miller, Atkinson Foundation

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/on-community-benefits-community-benefits-101-tickets-35022228428

Seniors Community Fair at St. Joseph’s

Posted on June 13, 2017

Are you living independently and need support? Are you caring for an aging parent who’s in the middle of a transition?

St. Joe’s is hosting a community event for seniors and caregivers. Hear from a team of experts about how to plan for this stage of life and learn about local resources available to you.

June 27, 2017
30 The Queensway
Education Centre A & B – next to the cafeteria

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Community fair
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Panel discussion: advanced care planning and crisis prevention

Admission is free! Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP here: yourhealthyourfuture.eventbrite.ca

2017 CNE Traffic and Parking Measures

Posted on June 7, 2017

Friends,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 18 to September 4, 2017. These changes will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th.

The complete list of yearly changes that will be introduced at TEYCC is available online at:

Non-delegated: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-104567.pdf
Delegated: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-104562.pdf

Following CNE 2016, a review with community members and City Staff suggested further changes to continue to improve traffic operation and pedestrian safety.

The following are new changes recommended by Transportation Staff and are included in the above links:

 ‘No Stopping’ signage on:

  • Thorburn, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin;
  • Temple, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin; and
  • Tyndall, both sides, between Springhurst and Thorburn.

’24 hour Permit Parking’ signage on:

  • Springhurst between Jameson and Dufferin, north side.

Community members also raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE.

In light of this, Permit Parking staff will conduct a pilot project this year which temporarily restricts the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the 2017 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued — with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number — at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:

  • CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex” with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;
  • City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King  intersection) to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets, and instead direct them to parking lots with directions to parking lots;
  • City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement, and City Bylaw enforcement staff have been asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement have been asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;
  • Toronto Police have been reminded of ongoing safety concerns during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst, from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;
  • CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,

Gord Perks
City Councillor

High Park Stewards Spring Planting

Posted on June 5, 2017

Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, June 11 for their annual spring planting at one of the High Park restoration sites. They hope to plant over one thousand forbs, grasses, and shrubs, so lots of hands are needed!

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

They request that any participants bring signed waivers.

More information can be found online at highparkstewards.pingg.com/SpringPlanting2017

Concerns can be directed towards stewards@highparknature.org

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