Exhibition Place Master Plan – Community Consultation Meeting – June 25

Posted on June 18, 2019


City staff are beginning a community engagement exercise as part of the Exhibition Place Master Plan.

The initial Community Consultation Meeting/Open House has been scheduled for Tuesday June 25th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the Master Plan exercise to the community and to begin engaging the public. Staff are still gathering information for the analysis phase of the work. This is a great opportunity for you to speak directly with City Planning staff about the Master Plan for Exhibition Place Grounds.

I hope to see you on the 25th.


Recipe for Community program in Parkdale – Community Conversation on June 26, 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The Recipe for Community program is coming to Parkdale this year to support resident-inspired and resident-led initiatives in community engagement, skills buildings, food and nutrition and enhanced outdoor green spaces.

There will be a Community Conversation to provide ideas and feedback. Details are provided below:

Date:                     Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time:                    6PM – 8PM

Location:             Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue – Gymnasium)

Recipe - Parkdale - Community Conversation June 26 2019

Summer Solstice Road Closure Notice – Dundas Street West – June 22, 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival will result in the full road closure on Dundas St. W. from 2:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 until 4:00 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The area affected is from the east side of High Park Avenue to the west side of Keele Street, and from the east side of Keele St. to the west side of Indian Grove. Keele St. will remain open to traffic.

As a result of this road closure, the entrances onto Dundas St. W. from Pacific Ave., Medland St., Mavety St., Keele St., Heintzman St., and Indian Grove will be blocked off between 5:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 and 2:00 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Any vehicle parked within this public road closure during this time will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Event Purpose: The Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival is an event celebrating the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. It showcases neighbourhood businesses by inviting both local residents and visitors to explore The Junction. This beloved community event includes live music, an art market, food + craft vendors, street performers, and lots of fun for the whole family!  We hope you will join us!

Event Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

We hope this information is helpful and we invite you to join us at the festival. Please feel free to contact The Junction BIA office at operations@torontojunction.ca if you have any further questions or concerns.

High Park Invasive Species Removal / Boulevard Beds Maintenance

Posted on June 13, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; repeats July 14, July 28, Aug 11
Grenadier Cafe, 200 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON 

Maintenance, a.k.a. “weeding,” is as important as planting and equally rewarding. Once the weeds are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

The High Park Stewards will be working in their restoration sites, weeding and monitoring the growth of native plants. The targeted invasive species in High Park include garlic mustard, hedge parsley, Himalayan Balsam, Oriental Bittersweet, ragweed, sweet white clover, Queen Anne’s Lace, motherwort, and burdock. It is amazing how the group can make a real difference in one morning!

The Boulevard Beds group will be updating their demonstration garden, near the Grenadier Cafe.

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

For more information:

Inclusionary Zoning Policy Consultations – June 2019

Posted on June 5, 2019

On May 28, 2019, Planning and Housing Committee directed that proposed Official Plan policy directions for inclusionary zoning be endorsed as the basis for consultation and requested City Planning staff to report back in Q4 2019 with the findings from the consultation, the results of any further analysis, and prepare recommended Official Plan inclusionary zoning policies.

Inclusionary zoning is a land use planning tool that would enable the City to require new residential developments to include affordable housing units. Inclusionary zoning is one policy solution to help address the housing needs of Toronto’s low-income and moderate-income households (earning roughly between $35,000 and $88,500 a year depending household size).

Public Meetings

City Planning staff will be hosting four public meetings to consult on proposed policy directions for inclusionary zoning. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about inclusionary zoning and share ideas and feedback on how this new affordable housing tool should apply in Toronto.

A community meeting notice with the meeting information is attached should you wish to post this notice. Public meeting details are as follows:

Toronto and East York   

June 17, 2019 at Metro Hall (Rotunda) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


June 18, 2019 at Etobicoke Civic Centre (Meeting Rooms 1/2/3) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


June 19, 2019 at Scarborough Civic Centre (Rotunda) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

North York

June 24, 2019 at North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 3) 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

All meetings will include a presentation beginning at 7 pm.

Inclusionary Zoning_Public Consultation Notice Final


Community Consultation Meeting on Expanding On-street Permit Parking in Ward 4 – June 17, 2019

Posted on June 4, 2019

In May 2017, Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) requested that the Director of Transportation Services provide information on the potential for policy changes to allow for the expansion of the Residential On-street Permit Parking Program to all local streets. Community consultation on this potential change took place in Toronto and East York in April and May 2018.

In December 2018, with ward boundary changes to all wards in the City of Toronto, Ward 4 welcomed a new area – the former Ward 13 – that was not included in the community consultation.

With that in mind, I would like to invite you to a community consultation meeting to discuss the expansion of on-street permit parking in Ward 4.

Join City staff to learn about the City wide Permit Parking Program. Staff will be available to answer any questions or concerns about on-street permit parking.

Ward 4 Permit Parking Community Consultation

When: June 17, 2019 from 7pm-8:30pm

Where: St. Pius X Catholic School (71 Jane Street)

Did you know?

  • City of Toronto local streets have a 3 hour parking limit (day and night) unless there is a sign indicating otherwise.
  • Vehicles displaying a valid on-street parking permit can park overnight without violating the parking bylaw.
  • Residents can apply for on-street parking permits using their City of Toronto home address.
  • Temporary on-street parking permits are available to visitors (friends, family, contractors, etc) through on-line purchase.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can share your thoughts using the following online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FZS3QMR

Please do not hesitate to contact my office at 416-392-7919 or via email at councillor_perks@toronto.ca if you have any questions.

Heritage York Events @ Lambton House – June 2019

Posted on June 4, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 pm, Canadian Rivers Day Moccasin Identifier Project

 In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a Canadian Heritage River, Carolyn King, former Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit, will be bringing the project involving the printing of a moccasin footprint with water based paint in the vicinity of an aboriginal site to the area.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:30 pm, Heritage York History Night

Ron Fletcher, co-author of “Lacrosse: The Ancient Game” adds to the sport’s existing literature by exploring the game’s vibrant cultural and historic roots.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:00 – 2:30 pm, One Summer Walk -Our Sparkling Treasures: Walking York’s Waterway Gems

Bird’s Eye View – Humber River Crossings and other Lambton Park Stories. Hilltop and valley trail and bridge vistas frame unique perspectives on river, wildlife and human interplay. With Madeleine McDowell and Lance Gleich (Heritage York, Humber Heritage) and photographer Ann Brokelman. Begin/end at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.

High Park Stewards – Spring Planting and Boulevard Beds – June 9, 2019

Posted on June 3, 2019

High Park Spring Planting
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Cafe, 200 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Join the High Park Stewards for our annual spring planting, in the Tablelands behind the Grenadier Cafe. We hope to plant many grasses and shrubs, so lots of hands are needed. Another group will work on the boulevard beds in front of the cafe.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Cafe at 10:30 am. Tools will be provided.

For more information:

Swansea Historical Society Annual Guided Walking Tour – June 8

Posted on June 3, 2019

This year’s annual Swansea Historical Society walking tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, starting at 2 pm in the parkette behind the Runnymede Library and finishing in High Park.  The library is located at 2178 Bloor Street West, 2 short blocks east of Runnymede Road (across from the No Frills parking lot).  For more details, see http://swanseahistoricalsociety.ca/events .

The weather forecast looks very promising for Saturday.  SHS hopes to see you there. There is no charge to participate, and all are welcome. Feel free to invite family and friends.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Where: Behind the Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor Street West)

Cost: Free

Greenest City: Growing the Future Fundraiser – June 26, 2019

Posted on June 3, 2019

Greenest City is a ground-level charity in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood that uses food as a catalyst for social change with the belief that the growing of food, the preparation of food and the sharing of food is crucial in alleviating social isolation and contributing to the resilience of our communities.

You are invited to a Greenest City Fundraiser –

7-9pm Wed 26 June 2019
Greenest City: Growing the Future Fundraiser

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W

Join them for a night of gathering, festivities, giveaways and a silent auction featuring local and city-wide donations from great businesses.


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