Bill 108 – The OMB is Back! Make Your Voices Heard!

Posted on May 23, 2019


Earlier this month the Government of Ontario announced changes to planning law in Ontario under Bill 108 which affects 13 different pieces of legislation and reinstates the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), putting more power in the hands of developers and their lobbyists. We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to determine local planning decisions. Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and these unwanted changes.

Read the Chief Planner’s report and presentation to City Council on the proposed Bill 108.

Town Hall on Bill 108 at City Hall

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7pm, join myself and Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam, Josh Matlow, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Joe Cressy, Ana Bailão and Brad Bradford, along with Toronto’s Chief Planner Gregg Lintern, to learn about how Bill 108 will impact your community and how you can have your say before it is too late. This meeting is free and open to all.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7pm
Where: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
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Bill 108 Committee Hearings at Queens Park

As an Ontario citizen, you can have your say on this issue at public hearings. You can take part in the committee process by appearing as a committee witness, submitting written material to a committee, or attending committee hearings.

There is only one day of hearings for Bill 108: Friday May 31st 9:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The deadline to request to appear is Wednesday May 29th at 12:00pm.

Witnesses will receive up to six minutes for presentation followed by twelve minutes of questions by committee members.

You may also submit written materials voicing your concerns. The deadline for written submissions is Friday, May 31st 5:00pm. More information about how to submit written materials and participate in committees can be found at

The first step in appearing before a committee is registering with the Clerk of the Committee. The Committee contact information is, 416-325-7352.

Parkdale Hub Project – Community Meeting – June 10, 2019

Posted on May 23, 2019

Please join us on June 10, 2019 for a Community Meeting on the Parkdale Hub project!

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services, including the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Parkdale Library, and Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre. We are exploring potential opportunities to enhance programming and service delivery spaces for the Parkdale community. Join us to learn more about the project and provide input on the conceptual design options for these sites.

When: June 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Where: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue

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Community Consultation Meetings – Zoning By-law Amendments for Breweries and Related Uses in Toronto

Posted on May 22, 2019

Toronto Cask Force: Zoning By-law Amendments for Breweries and Related Uses in Toronto

The City is proposing to amend the Zoning By-law to clarify permissions for breweries and related restaurants, retail stores, and patios in some Employment Industrial zones, to permit beer production as part of a retail store in Commercial Zones, and other technical changes.

Join us at a community consultation meeting where you can learn more about the proposed Zoning By-law amendments, ask questions, and share your comments with City staff.

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Henderson Brewing Company, 128A Sterling Rd.
Format: This will be a drop-in meeting where City staff will be present with information
detailing the proposed amendments on handouts and display boards. A brief
presentation by the Cask Force team will occur at 7 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019
Time: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Location: 250 Yonge Street, Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, 35th Floor –
Galleria Room
Format: This will be a drop-in information meeting with handouts, display boards and
brief presentations by the Cask Force Team on the proposed By-law amendments at
noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information about Cask Force, please contact Graig Uens, Senior Planner, Toronto City Planning Division, at 416-397-4647, or visit the project website at

Our public meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Please contact Graig Uens no later than one working day prior to the meeting if special accommodation or assistive services are required.


Town Hall on Bill 108

Posted on May 16, 2019

Doug Ford’s plan to bring back the OMB, sideline municipalities and marginalize local communities in the planning process is being fast-tracked for approval with almost no time for residents to respond. Cities, and towns across Ontario are grappling to understand the implications of Bill 108 and making their voices heard.

Join us 7 pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 at City Hall to learn how Bill 108 will impact our community and city. Make your voices heard.

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust – Annual Members Meeting & Potluck – May 25, 2019

Posted on May 13, 2019



WHEN: Saturday May 25, 2019. 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Milky Way Garden. *In case of rain, Church of the Epiphany and St Mark @ 201 Cowan Ave.
RSVP  & Download AGM Notice

Join us on Saturday May 25th 2019 for the Annual Members Meeting & Potluck!  We’ve had a hugely successful year and we want to celebrate with you!

The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and participate in decision making. This year members will have the opportunity to:

  • Vote on PNLT’s next acquisition priority – Over the past three years, we have built our local capacity to preserve rooming houses. We plan to continue this important work, but we also want to respond to other community needs and visions. Come help us decide together what to work on next.
  • Vote on proposed By-law AmendmentView Amendment and or View Current By-laws.
  • Vote to elect 7-8 new members to serve on the board of directors, our decision-making body.

* To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering in advance or at registration on the day. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale.  Sign up online at PNLT.CA.

Please bring photo ID.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors please submit a nomination here, or contact

RSVP  & Download AGM Notice

Public Open House – Policies to Address Loss of Dwelling Rooms – May 6, 2019

Posted on April 25, 2019

There will be a community consultation meeting on the proposed revisions to the polices to address the loss of dwelling rooms on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm in Committee Room 2 (second floor) of Toronto City Hall. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions of City staff. You are welcome to attend at any time during the open house.

For more information, or to provide feedback if you are unable to attend the public open house, visit: or contact Senior Planner Narmadha Rajakumar at 416-392-4529 or .

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City-Wide Consultations on Official Plan Review – Transportation Policies

Posted on April 24, 2019

City Planning staff are currently reviewing transportation policies related to the transit, cycling, street related maps and schedules, automated vehicles (AVs), and shared mobility services.

Staff are consulting with the public on proposed draft transportation policies. Four public meetings will be held from May 1, 2019 to May 7, 2019. All meetings will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wed. May 1, 2019 in Committee Room 3 of North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)

Thu. May 2, 2019 in Council Chambers of Etobicoke Civic Centre (399 The West Mall)

Mon. May 6, 2019 in Committee Room 1 of Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)

Tue. May 7, 2019 in Room 310 of Metro Hall (55 John Street)

Find further information on the Official Plan Review here.

Changing Lanes – Community Consultation Meetings on the Expansion of By-law Permissions for Laneway Suites

Posted on April 23, 2019

Do you have thoughts on laneway suites? The City wants to hear from you.

The City is hosting a series of drop-in consultation meetings where you can learn more, ask questions, talk to City staff and share your comments about laneway suites.

May 1, 2019 in Room 308/309, 3rd Floor of Metro Hall (55 John Street)
May 6, 2019 in Council Chamber of Etobicoke Civic Centre (399 The West Mall)
May 16, 2019 in Council Chamber of Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)
May 27, 2019 in Council Chamber of North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)

All four meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 pm.

For more information please visit:

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Consultation Meeting – Scarlett Road Bridge Update & Proposed Bike Lanes – April 29, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019

There will be a Public Consultation Meeting on Scarlett Road Bridge Update & Proposed Bike Lanes on Scarlett Road. This will be an opportunity to view information materials, see a presentation, and speak with the project teams about these related projects. Councillor Perks will be in attendance.

Date: Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: Drop in 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lambton Park Community School (50 Bernice Crescent)

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Runnymede Healthcare Centre Community Meeting – April 25, 2019

Posted on April 17, 2019

Just a friendly reminder that Runnymede Healthcare Centre is having a Community Meeting to discuss a proposal to build a 200-bed long-term care home adjacent to their existing facility. Come out, see what they are proposing, and take part in the discussion.

Thursday, April 25


Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room

95 Lavinia Ave

RunnymedeCommunity meeting notice


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