Temporary Adjustments to Traffic and Parking Regulations for 2019 CNE – Jersey Barriers will be installed during this year’s CNE

Posted on August 15, 2019


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 16 to September 2, 2019. These changes were introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in June.

Some of these temporary changes include:

‘No Standing’ 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.

The complete list of yearly changes that will be introduced at TEYCC is available online:
Non-delegated: bit.ly/2IoIqmQ
Delegated: bit.ly/2XXogWc

In addition, traffic and safety concerns raised by South Parkdale Residents were shared with Exhibition Place.
In response, Exhibition Place and CNE have agreed to keep the southbound lane of Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road open during the week and completely closed on weekends for this year.

Jersey barriers will be installed along Dufferin Street and British Columbia Road to allow southbound traffic during the week.

Weekdays (with the exception of Labour Day)
• Northbound and Southbound Lanes open from 12AM-9:30AM
• Only Southbound open from 9:30AM, Northbound Closed

• Both Northbound and Southbound lanes are closed
Labour Day Monday
• Both Northbound and Southbound lanes closed(both lanes to reopen at 12AM Tuesday September 3rd)

Temporary Parking Permits
Community members raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE. In response to this, Permit Parking Staff temporarily restrict 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 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 traffic lights.

Transportation Staff worked towards more and better signage with CNE, Ex Place and Police in and around Parkdale.
Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter.

Gord Perks

Spinning Demonstration at High Park Zoo – Aug 17

Posted on August 8, 2019

Join ‘Friends of High Park Zoo’ on Saturday, August 17, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when Joan McKenzie will demonstrate how llama fleece is spun into yarn using her spinning wheel.

Location – High Park Zoo, 77 Deer Pen Rd


Parkdale Tenants: Small Buildings Organize – July 22, 2019

Posted on July 18, 2019

Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) and Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) are hosting the “Parkdale Tenants: Small Buildings Organize” event at Bonar-Parkdale Church (250 Dunn Avenue). The event is happening on July 22, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm.

Reminder: Community Environment Day on July 27, 2019 at Sorauren Avenue Park

Posted on July 18, 2019

Join us on Saturday July 27th at Sorauren Avenue Park Community Environment Day at Sourauren Park (289 Sorauren Ave)

Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Drop off reusable and recyclable items such as clothing, small appliances, non-perishable food items and electronics. You can also drop off household hazardous waste for safe disposal and pick up free compost for your garden.

For more information on the event, please see the attached poster or visit toronto.ca/environment_days

If you have any questions, you can contact my office at 416-392-7919 or via email at councillor_perks@toronto.ca


Upcoming Consultations: Temporary Signs, Property Standards, Building Maintenance, and Payday Loan Establishments

Posted on July 11, 2019

The City of Toronto is reviewing by-laws related to temporary signs, payday loan establishments, property standards and building maintenance, and wants your feedback!

1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3The review aims to modernize the by-law and make it easier for the public to understand the rules governing temporary signs, such as A-frame signs, garage sale signs, mobile signs, new development signs, open house signs and real estate signs. In addition, the review is considering regulations to permit temporary signs that display messages of public interest and construction-related signs on private property. More information: toronto.ca/signsreview

2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309
This will include a review of the Property Standards By-law, and issues related to apartment building standards, indoor temperatures, rat mitigation, and odour. More information: toronto.ca/propertystandardsreview

3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
Payday loans are short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. More information: toronto.ca/paydayloanreview

There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
 Attend public consultations
 Submit written feedback
 Subscribe to email updates

Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these by-laws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.

Nominate a local garden for the City of Toronto Front Garden Contest!

Posted on July 11, 2019

Let’s recognize our green-thumbed residents and business owners for helping to beautify our city.
Nominate your garden, a neighbour’s garden or any garden within Toronto. Nominations close on July 16, 2019.

More information available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/garden-contest/


Neighbourhood Community Officers Program – Community Consultation- July 22, 2019

Posted on July 9, 2019

Please join Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Yuen and 14 Division Neighbourhood officers for a  community meeting on the enhancements to the Neighbourhood Community Officers Program.

This meeting is happening on Monday July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

For more information, contact S/Sgt Tam Bui at 416-808-1415 .

neighbourhood officers program poster july 22 2019 B

Parkale Queen West Community Health Centre is Seeking Board Members

Posted on July 9, 2019

PQWCHC is recruiting 2 Board Members. The Board of Directors is a volunteer community board that works from a hybrid policy-­‐governance model. If you are interested in contributing to PQWCHC, and are interested in governance, this could be an opportunity for you!

Find more details on the position as well as the application form here: https://pqwchc.org/wp-content/uploads/PQWCHC-Board-of-Directors-Recruitment-Notice-2019-final.pdf

Culture Tent South Parkdale – July 18, 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

Join a celebration to experience and hear from neighbours and an opportunity to gather information and experience the performing arts from a multi-cultural perspective at Culture Tent South Parkdale on July 18, 2019.The Good Food Market is at 3:00 pm, Masaryk Park (212 Cowan Ave) and the Community Pot-Luck is at 6:00 pm, Milky Way Garden (87 Milky Way).

Staycation Sundays at Colborne Lodge kicks off on July 7, 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

The HMCS YORK brass quintet will kick-off the opening weekend of Staycation Sundays on Sunday, July 7 at noon with an outdoor concert on the veranda of Colborne Lodge in High Park (south end).

Honouring a tradition of brass ensembles in public parks, this talented group of naval reservists will be sporting “summer white dress” in a garden setting.  The quintet’s repertoire includes classical music, old favourites, jazz and Broadway tunes.

Two sets will be performed:  noon to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Refreshing shrub (a traditional summer fruit drink) will be served. Picnickers welcome. Croquet games.


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