While our city, along with the rest of the world, faces this difficult time, I have been comforted by the outpouring of help and support our Parkdale – High Park community has shared with each other. Seeing residents provide a helping hand to their neighbours, supporting our local restaurants and businesses, and donate meals to our health care workers has been heartwarming. I feel it is more important than ever that we come together, not only to get through this pandemic, but to rebuild a stronger, more just society for all residents of Toronto.
Next Tuesday, June 2nd I will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss both the current recovery efforts, and what we as a society can do moving forward. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and questions. As this will be our first virtual Town Hall, I am sure there will be some bumps in the road, but by working together our community can take an active role defining what type of city emerges from the recovery effort.
To help start the process, please email a question with the subject line, “Town Hall” in advance to email@example.com or by replying to this email. Please include your name, and what neighbourhood you live in. I hope to see you on Tuesday, June 2 at facebook.com/GordPerks
Those that do not have facebook accounts can still view the live video by visiting facebook.com/GordPerks. Please provide your questions and comments in advance.
City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street and will be submitting a report to Toronto and East York Community Council on March 12, 2020.
This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposed to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.
This policy is intended to:
- guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
- conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
- provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.
The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.
The Staff report will be available on line at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1925#Meeting-2020.TE14. Additional materials relating to the Study, as presented to the community in October 2019, can be accessed at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/west-queen-west-parkdale-main-street-hcd-plan/meetings-events-west-queen-west-hcd-plan/
Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and TEYCC in the fall of 2020. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.
Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates this main street.
The item will be heard at 10 AM or as soon as possible thereafter on March 12, 2020 in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. You are invited to attend the public meeting to speak to this item or submit written comment. Please contact the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be added to the speakers list and/or to provide your comments.Notice_Public-Meeting-Queen Street West Study
Join Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 10 am – 3 pm at CSI (192 Spadina Ave) for a forum to engage senior tenants on topics including eviction prevention, aging in place, human rights in housing, accommodations for disability, and housing laws generally. Register at seniorhousingforum.eventbrite.ca . Contact Carly Bowie at Carly@EqualityRights.org or 416-944-0087 ext. 6.
The City of Toronto has finalized the design details for extending the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail south from Dundas Street West at Sterling Road to Abell Street at Sudbury Street. Join us to review the final design elements (i.e. bridges, landscaping, community connections) and learn more about the project and timelines. Further details below as well as on toronto.ca/westrailpath
The public consultation is on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 185 Sterling Road (south of Bloor St. W)WTRE Notice Feb 26 Final
Skale Developments is holding a public consultation meeting where you can learn more about their proposed plans for an 8-storey rental building at 1375 Queen Street West. Currently, the site is a vacant lot located on the south east corner of Queen and Close. Further details will be available at the community meeting. Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.
Details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Place: Parkdale Library Auditorium, 1303 Queen Street West1375 Queen St W Meeting Notice
The Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) is looking to hear public opinion on Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s proposal for a new 200-bed long-term care home on their property at 625 Runnymede Road. It is important to note that this is not part of the discussion currently underway with the City on the proposed building to accommodate these beds, but is rather a discussion with the Province on Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s ability to host such a home.
A public meeting will be taking place at the Annette Street Library (145 Annette Street) on February 21, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Written statements can also be submitted to LTCHomes.Licensing@ontario.ca until February 21 (please quote project #20-047).
For more information on the provincial process, please visit this link. For information or to provide comments on the proposed building form currently under review by the City Planning, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do, please contact my office, email@example.com and/or City Planner Kirk Hatcher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join local artist Bareket Kezwer and StreetART to share your ideas and inspiration for artworks on the underpass along Lansdowne Ave, south of Dundas St. W. The public Meeting and Workshop Drop-In is on February 10, 6:00-8:00 pm at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas St W).Lansdowne Underpass Flyer (002)
Join Councillor Perks on Monday, February 3rd, 7pm – 8:30pm in the 3rd Floor Staff Room of Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor St W) for a meeting to discuss the 2020 City Budget and hear about local community priorities for the year. Councillor Perks will be joined by local community stakeholders who will be sharing their thoughts on how the City’s budget and investments impact the ward.Budget Meeting - Invitation Notice
On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we
hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.
Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.
The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Each event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Public Open Houses:
Thursday, January 23rd at Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd)
Monday, January 27th at Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium (55 Gould St)
Tuesday, January 28th at Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Ave)
Wednesday, January 29th at Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC (105 Princes’ Blvd)
If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at OntarioLine@metrolinx.com.
The City of Toronto is developing a Digital Infrastructure Plan to help guide decisions on how Toronto will evaluate and regulate digital technologies and data use for City services and other proposals.
Digital technologies – including “smart city technologies” – are bringing Toronto new benefits and ways of working to create an efficient, connected community. They are also associated with a number of broader public issues including privacy, transparency, accountability, public ownership, equity and protection of the public interest.
At this phase of consultation, the public is invited to learn more about digital technologies and to provide input on guiding principles and policies that will inform the City’s Digital Infrastructure Plan.
The public can attend and provide feedback at one of the upcoming sessions:
• December 7 – McGregor Park Community Centre (2231 Lawrence Ave E.), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• December 9 – Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber (100 Queen St W.), 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• December 12 – North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St.), 1:30 to 4 p.m.
The December 9 meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto.
An online consultation survey will be available at https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/#item/746 starting December 7 until December 19. Those unable to attend a consultation can email input or questions to email@example.com.
The Digital Infrastructure Plan will be developed through further consultations and opportunities for public participation in 2020. To sign up to be notified about upcoming consultations, and for more information about the City’s work on smart cities, visit
The consultation supports Toronto City Council’s direction to develop a City-wide policy framework and governance model associated with digital infrastructure and a work plan for implementation. It is also aligned with Council’s direction to sign on to the declaration of Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.