57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting

Posted on February 1, 2017

Hello Friends,

Please share the following with your neighbours.

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 57-65 Brock Avenue Official Plan and Re-zoning Application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date:   Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Time:   6:30 to 8:30 PM
Place:  Parkdale Library, Auditorium, 1303 Queen Street West

The application proposes to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-97839.pdf.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Kirk Hatcher, City Planner, Kirk.Hatcher@toronto.ca and/or Councillor Gord Perks, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Gord

King Street Pilot Project Community Meeting

Posted on January 31, 2017

Friends,

On February 13th, 2017, City Planning will be holding the first of many public consultations on the King Street Pilot Project. The Study will explore a range of pilot options that recognize the different neighbourhood contexts along the 6km corridor from Dufferin Street in the west to River Street in the east. You can find information about this project at www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot.

King Street is the busiest surface transit route in the entire City, carrying more than 65,000 riders on a typical weekday. City Planning and TTC recognize that King Street isn’t working well. Streetcars are often stuck in mixed traffic, making it challenging to keep transit service running smoothly. This often results in bunching and gapping (time between streetcars), uneven utilization of capacity, and overcrowded TTC vehicles. During rush hour people are often unable to board the first streetcar that arrives.

King Street is also an important Downtown east-west spine, connecting many neighbourhoods with the largest concentration of jobs in the City, Region, and entire Country. The King Street corridor will continue to see significant population and employment growth in the coming decades, leading to further demand on these already heavily congested transit routes.

The City and TTC have recently been making operational changes to improve streetcar service including: allowing all-door loading (to become more effective with the new low-floor streetcars), adding supplemental buses, extending turning and on-street parking restrictions, optimizing transit stop locations and route running times, adding route supervisors, and improving night service.

But a more significant change is needed to improve transit service on King Street. The pilot project(s) will test a range of options to determine what might further improve transit reliability, capacity, and efficiency.

Pilot projects are an efficient and cost-effective way for cities to quickly test out new ideas in order to learn important lessons about what works and what doesn’t. The City has used pilot projects on a number of other projects, most notably the Bloor Cycling Pilot and the Richmond-Adelaide Cycle Tracks.

You are invited to join in the conversation. The first public consultation is being held on:

Monday, February 13th, 2017
6:30 PM to 9 pm
Metro Hall, Room 308/309
55 John Street South east corner of King Street West and John Street

You can also join the conversation online at kingstreetpilot@toronto.ca. If you would like to review the project details and join the mailing list visit www.toronto.ca/kingstreetpilot. Of course, you can also email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca for more information.

I look forward to seeing you at the first public consultation on February 13th.

Gord

Notice of Meeting – Exhibition Place Official Plan Amendment Subcommittee Reminder

Posted on November 20, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this public meeting.

The first meeting of the Exhibition Place Official Plan Amendment Subcommittee has been called for:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
9:30 am
Committee Room 4, 2nd Floor
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Toronto

This meeting will elect a chair for the subcommittee and nothing more. There is not yet any agenda for the subcommittee as there is no elected chair.

Further information on this subcommittee will be posted as it becomes available.

West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Study

Posted on November 20, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

The City is holding a community meeting on the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study where you can ask questions of City Staff and share your comments. A link to the agenda and presentation given at the last working group meeting can be found here.

The purpose of this meeting is to present findings from the built form & character analysis, heritage evaluation and draft recommendations of the West Queen West HCD Study and to provide an opportunity for comment and feedback.

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Place: The Theatre Centre – 1115 Queen Street West
Time: 6:00pm – Open House
6:30 – 9:00pm – Presentation and Facilitated Discussion & Activity

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:00-6:30pm, followed by a presentation of the findings and draft recommendations by FGMDA Architects. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and activity.

If you would like more information please contact the Heritage Preservation Services staff, the consultant team and/or myself.

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November 18th Open Dialogue on Vulnerability – Human Trafficking

Posted on November 15, 2016

This Open Dialogue will feature discussion with City of Toronto divisions and community partners regarding human trafficking. Explore the complexities of this issue, including barriers to exiting, legal challenges, as well as collaborative solutions to help support survivors of human trafficking.

WHEN: Friday November 18, 2016 (9:00-12:30)
WHERE: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers (5100 Yonge Street, Lower Level)
REGISTER HERE: https://humantraffickingnovember2016.eventbrite.ca

8:30     Registration

9:00     Welcome – Scott McKean, Manager, Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit

9:05     The City of Toronto and Human Trafficking – Fenicia Lewis-Dowlin, Policy Development Officer

9:15     Covenant House – Julie Neubauer, Manager of Human Trafficking Services, Covenant House

9:45     Toronto Police Service – Detective Rob Heitzner, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

10:15   Municipal Licensing & Standards – Olga Kustelska, Supervisor, Bylaw Enforcement

10:45   Break

11:00   Human Trafficking Support Services:
.           East Metro Youth Services – Karly Kalish & Erin Physick
.           Boost – Karyn Kennedy & Julie Moore
.           FCJ Refugee Centre – Varka Kalaydzhieva

11:30   Panel Discussion

12:20   Wrap up and Next Steps

12:30   Adjourn

Please contact Lavinia Corriero Yong-Ping at (416)-397-9970 or lavinia.corrieroyong-ping@toronto.ca with questions, comments or ideas about future topics and facilitators.

In efforts to accommodate participants with environmental sensitivities, this is a scent-free event.

Toronto Pearson Community Open House

Posted on November 10, 2016

Toronto Pearson is doing a few Community Open Houses this fall, and one of them is planned for Parkdale-High Park.

The Community Open House gives them a chance to show how they work and to chat one-on-one about the airport’s role in the region and its daily operations. They hope that understanding more about the airport’s business can help minimize surprise and potential frustration, as well as create dialogue for new and innovative things we can do together as neighbours.

Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Lithuanian House,  1573 Bloor St W.

–        This is open house style event with storyboards and opportunities for conversation with Toronto Pearson staff.       –        For reference, you can see all the storyboards here: http://www.torontopearson.com/en/communityevents/#
–        They have a regular e-newsletter, as well as social media channels, that can be followed

This Open House is separate from the engagement underway as part of the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives, part of which will be full public consultation in 2017. However, this general open house is a good opportunity to open some communications channels and lay a good foundation for future engagement.

West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Study

Posted on November 9, 2016

The City is holding a community meeting on the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study where you can ask questions of City Staff and share your comments.

The purpose of this meeting is to present findings from the built form & character analysis, heritage evaluation and draft recommendations of the West Queen West HCD Study and to provide an opportunity for comment and feedback.

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Place: The Theatre Centre – 1115 Queen Street West
Time: 6:00pm – Open House
6:30 – 9:00pm – Presentation and Facilitated Discussion & Activity

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:00-6:30pm, followed by a presentation of the findings and draft recommendations by FGMDA Architects. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and activity.

If you would like more information please contact the Heritage Preservation Services staff, the consultant team and/or myself.

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Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Invitation to Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming meeting:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 21, 2016, residents in the west end of Toronto were shocked to learn that two trains (one carrying dangerous goods) had just collided on the main CP rail line in the heart of their neighbourhood. Suddenly, people from across the GTA and beyond began contacting Safe Rail Communities with genuine concern for their safety. Their ask was simple: what could they do to protect themselves, their families, and their homes from a rail accident or disaster, especially one involving dangerous goods?

Advocating for safety-based standards in the transport by rail of dangerous goods since March 2014, Safe Rail Communities is at heart a grassroots organization that serves to support Canadians living in rail communities. In response to the recently expressed need for more resources, they are pleased to co-host in conjunction with the Dupont Christie Rail Safety Group, A Community Workshop: Rail Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

Saturday, November 19th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

There will be presentations from the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather). Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) and rail policy expert Greg Gormick will also speak. The remainder of the event will entail an interactive workshop in which participants will discuss, explore, and identify any gaps in the level of preparedness in their community.  Any individual or group representative may find out how to register here.

The goal of this community event is to encourage an informed and collaborative dialogue that will allow participants to create a toolkit of resources for their neighbourhood.

Bloor by the Park BIA Community Open House Reminder

Posted on November 9, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this coming community meeting:

You are invited to join members of the Bloor by the Park Business Improvement Area (BIA), the City of Toronto Staff and Electrical Engineering Consultant, to review the pedestrian lighting plans in more detail and to learn additional information about the lighting improvements that will be taking place in 2017.

Increasing lighting is important to address pedestrian activity during the evening hours, establish local identity, and reinforce a sense of time and place.

The pedestrian light poles will be installed along the sidewalks of Bloor Street between Keele Street and Dundas Avenue West. Funding for this project is being provided by the BIA and the City of Toronto. The plans will be displayed at the Open House.

The BIA Board approved the locations and design of the lighting poles. The lighting poles will be installed in 2017. The lighting project will be constructed by City-approved contractors, and paid and maintained by the BIA.

They would like to offer you the opportunity to view the plans before they present them for permit approval.

Wednesday, November 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St W, Lower Hall

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