Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program and Young Urban Forest Leaders Reminder

Posted on March 9, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event!

Do you have an interest in helping tree thrive in your community? Join us to learn about our Young Urban Forest Leaders and how they could help you start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in your local park!

LEAF is working in partnership with the City of Toronto to provide assistance to 3 community groups interested in starting an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in their local park (which engages volunteers to water and care for newly planted trees).

The program matches 4 young women (aged 18-24), trained and mentored by LEAF, with each of the 3 selected community groups. They spend the spring and summer helping the community kick start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program. The goal is to have the community set up to continue the program on their own for years to come.

They are currently accepting applications from both community groups and youth until March 31st. Find program details and application links HERE.

Anyone interested is encouraged to join the public information session on Saturday March 18th at Metro Hall.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Cost: Free

Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Building is wheelchair accessible. Indoor event followed by optional mini tree tour along paved and grass surfaces.

35 Wabash Update

Posted on March 6, 2017

At the latest Toronto and East York Community Council Meeting, the Construction Staging Report for 35 Wabash Avenue was amended and approved. The Report can be viewed on-line at:

The Construction Staging plan was originally reviewed by the 35 Wabash Community Working Group with Councillor Perks and City Planning Staff when it was submitted by the developer in October, 2016.

TEYCC has approved the closure of the south sidewalk and curb lane on Wabash Avenue for a period of 20 months to accommodate the building of a 4-storey residential condominium building with one level of underground parking at 35 Wabash Avenue.

To enable construction, the applicant had requested that 5.8 metres of the south curb lane and sidewalk on Wabash Avenue flanking the site be closed and pedestrians be redirected into a protected covered walk way within the closed south curb lane. The original plan would have resulted in the removal of 12 permit parking spaces on the south side of Wabash Avenue.  The request was amended at TEYCC to tighten the application to impact 6 permit parking spaces

Further information on the 35 Wabash development is available on-line at:

As always, my office welcomes your comments and question son this or any other Ward 14 or City-related matter.

421 Roncesvalles Ave Re-Zoning Application

Posted on March 6, 2017

Friends, please share with your neighbours:

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue Re-Zoning Application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date:            March 21, 2017
Time:            7-9 PM
Place:           St. Casimir’s Parish Hall – 156 Roncesvalles Avenue

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow the redevelopment the site with a seven-storey building containing retail and office uses with a height of 26.1 metres. The existing building will be maintained and while no vehicular parking spaces are being proposed, 38 bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Joanna Kimont, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks, .

Also, mark your calendars: City Planning staff are organizing the next Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study Community Meeting to take place on Monday, April 24th. Information on location and time will be shared once confirmed.


Exhibition Place Public Consultation Session

Posted on March 6, 2017

The community is invited to attend Exhibition Place Public Consultation Session to review the Draft Strategic Plan 2017-2019 that the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has developed. This is Parkdale’s opportunity to have input into how Exhibition Place will develop over the next few years.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend and if you require free parking to

If you are unable to attend either session Exhibition Place welcomes your feedback. Please send all comments to – all commentary will be read and taken into consideration.

Find the Strategic Plan 2017-2019 (DRAFT version) here.
Find the HLTA presentation presented to the Board of Governors in January, here.

Date: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Beanfield Centre, Room 200, Exhibition Place (former Automotive Building)

Upcoming Local Library Events

Posted on March 6, 2017

Your local libraries have some fun and exciting events upcoming, check them out below:

Bestselling local author Eva Stachniak will discuss & read from her new novel The Chosen Maiden on Wed Mar 15, 2017 from 7 – 8pm at the High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Avenue).

Wondering what to read next? Join us for a cup of tea and a discover the story behind the creation of some of the world’s most famous novels. Wed. March 22 from 2 to 3pm at the High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Avenue).

March Break events for the whole family at the High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Avenue)

Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals 2017

Posted on February 27, 2017

Parkdale artists are invited to submit a request for application to paint one of eight Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Parkdale as part of the 2017 Bell Box Murals Project.
Murals will be painted May 1 – 8, 2017.

Applicants will be sent more details of the submission process. Artists will be chosen based on their connection to the community, experience painting on outdoor surfaces, concept for the mural and a portfolio of past work.

For submission details contact:

The DEADLINE for submitting an application request is 5:00pm, Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals 2017 are a partnership between The Parkdale Village BIA, the Bell Box Murals Project, and Bell Canada.
Paint donated by Benjamin Moore Paint.

LEAF Backyard Tree Planting & Native Shrub Bundles

Posted on February 22, 2017

LEAF’s subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program helps you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information visit LEAF.


This spring, beautify your yard with a LEAF Native Shrub Bundle.


  • Native Bee– pre-determined shrubs designed to provide habitat and food for native bees year round
  • Edible– shrubs of your choice to best suit your taste buds


  • Four lovely native shrubs for the price of three
  • Free delivery right to your door
  • Specific shrub fact sheet to help acheive your garden goals
  • Mulch and an illustrated planting and care guide

Supplies are limited, and bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit LEAF.


Upcoming Events
For event details, visit the LEAF website.

March 18, 2017
Information Session – Adopt-a-Park-Tree and Young Urban Forest Leaders Programs
10:00am – 12:00pm | Metro Hall (Room 308)

April 27, 2017
Training – Toronto Volunteer Orientation
6:00pm – 7:30pm | Lillian H. Smith Library (Auditorium BC)

May 9, 2017
Multi-Day Course: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program
Class dates: May 9th, May 11th May 13th & May 16th  | St Mathew’s Club House, Riverdale Park East

May 28, 2017
Workshop: Drawing Native Plants with Alan Li
1:00 to 4:00 pm | LEAF Learning Garden, Artscape Wychwood Barns

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street

Posted on February 22, 2017

33 Acres Brewing Company, 376R Dufferin Street, will be holding a pre-hearing meeting to discuss their Committee of Adjustment application.

The applicant is proposing to renovate the existing one-storey industrial building to include a craft brewery, retail store, restaurant, and associated outdoor patio. These uses are currently not permitted at 376R Dufferin Street.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7pm, Meeting Room A, Parkdale Public Library – 1303 Queen Street W.

Details regarding the proposed renovation will be available at the Community Meeting.

The Committee of Adjustment application is available on-line by searching the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment – Application Information Centre. The Committee of Adjustment hearing date is set for March 29th.

Councillor Gord Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

For more information, or should you have questions and are unable to attend, please contact Joshua Michnik via email:

High Park Stewards – Biological Controls for Invasive Species

Posted on February 21, 2017

The High Park Stewards spend the majority of their time removing invasive species such as garlic mustard, hedge parsley, common buckthorn, and a host of others. Biological controls would make this task so much easier. What is possible now? What is likely in the future?

W.D. (Bill) McIlveen has been involved in Ontario’s ecological land classification, rare and introduced species studies, terrestrial toxicology projects, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Ontario Tree Atlas. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he served on the executive of the Field Botanists of Ontario and the Toronto Entomological Association, among other organizations. He is currently working on a new and comprehensive Flora of Halton.

Howard Park Tennis Club. 430 Parkside Dr. 10:30am to 12:30pm.

See and the links in this invite for more details and photos.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue Community Meeting

Posted on February 21, 2017


On Wednesday, February 22nd, a Request for Direction Report: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, prepared by City Planning staff, will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). Information on this request can be found here:

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey bank building with a 7-storey office retail building that retains the original bank facade. The building has a proposed height of 26.1 metres (30.1 to the top of the mechanical penthouse).

Information on the application is available on-line at:, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

City Planning will be holding the Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm at St. Casimir’s Parish Hall at 156 Roncesvalles Ave.



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