Parkdale Community Hub Meeting Presentation and Public Survey

Posted on May 22, 2018


The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community.

In 2017, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

On Wednesday May 18th we had our first public community meeting about the Parkdale Hub.



Presentation slides:

Parkdale Hub Community Information Meeting Presentation - May 16 2018





Chelsea Avenue Playground is Open!

Posted on May 17, 2018

Chelsea Park re-opened Wednesday afternoon.

Our office was told that an hour after it opened the playground was full of kids!

The scope of work included removal of the old playground & installation of new playground, upgrades to the existing wading pool, a new walkway, benches, picnic tables and a water bottle filling station.

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Community Dialogue: A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

Posted on May 9, 2018

The number of people dying from opioid poisonings in Toronto continue to rise. Preliminary estimates from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario show there were 187 deaths in Toronto from May to July 2017; double for the same period in 2016.


Around the world, governments are considering different approaches to drugs. Some countries are decriminalizing drug use and possession while others are legalizing and regulating drugs. Change is happening in Canada too. It will soon be legal for adults to purchase cannabis for personal use. In the midst of the current opioid poisoning crisis, some health officials and others are also calling for a new approach to other drugs.


How could we change our approach to drugs? What would a public health approach to drugs look like for Canada?


Toronto Public Health wants to hear from you on this important topic for our community.


To learn more, including how to register for a community dialogue session and to fill out our online survey, please visit the Community Dialogue website.

Reminder: Spring Into Parkdale this Saturday May 12th, 2018

Posted on May 9, 2018

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on May 12th, 2018!

Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.

Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood! Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!

Saturday May 5th – Jane’s Walk and Community Forum | Parkdale People’s Economy, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Toronto Public Library, and Canadian Film Centre

Posted on May 4, 2018

This Saturday, May 5, 2018, join the Parkdale People’s Economy, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Toronto Public Library, and Canadian Film Centre on a Jane’s Walk and Public Panel – (dis)Placed in Parkdale: Gentrification & Community – for On Civil Society!


12:00PM-2:00PM:       Jane’s Walk – Voices of Resilience: Claiming Places in Parkdale – Meet at Parkdale Project Read (1209 King St W)

Join the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust in learning how to preserve, protect and build a just, healthy and inclusive neighbourhood. See Parkdale through the eyes of diverse residents and organizations in pursuit of equitable development. Speakers will share stories of building participatory strategies in response to the pressures of displacement. Glimpse the future of a site of conflict and of community empowerment through Augmented Reality technology presented by the Canadian Film Centre. The walk will be supported with live Tibetan translation.


2:00PM-2:30PM:          Break and Gallery Tour – Parkdale Library Auditorium (1303 Queen St W)


2:30PM-5:00PM:          Public Panel Discussion – Democratizing the Economy in Toronto – Parkdale Library Auditorium (1303 Queen St W)


As part of On Civil Society, the Toronto Public Library will be hosting a public panel on Democratizing the Economy in Toronto. The panel will feature:

  • Mercedes Sharpe Zayas – Parkdale People’s Economy
  • Cutty Duncan – Formerly Social Planning Toronto
  • Wayne Chu – City of Toronto
  • Katharine Rankin – University of Toronto


Light refreshments, childcare, and Tibetan translation provided during the public panel.

The Parkdale Community Hub Project- Information Meeting | Wednesday May 16, 2018

Posted on April 30, 2018

Great news for Parkdale Community!




The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community.

In 2017, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.


A community hub for Parkdale.


There are currently multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/ Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.  All of the facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years.  There is also pressure for a range of increased programing and services in the area, designated by City Council as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area.


Communications with inter-divisional agencies and organizations currently occupying space in the City-owned buildings within the study area blocks has started. It is now time for broader community consultation.

The Parkdale Community Hub Project- Information Meeting

6-8 PM, Wednesday May 16, 2018

Auditorium, Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St West at Cowan Avenue

At this meeting, City staff will introduce the Parkdale Community Hub project, provide an overview of our work and consultation to-date, present a set of principles to guide any changes to the intersection, and give a brief update on area planning and heritage work. Your comments are important in guiding the next steps in the Parkdale Community Hub project.


This work will only succeed with community participation.


I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. See you on the 16th.  Gord



Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14


Queen West Restaurant Bylaw Update

Posted on April 27, 2018


In 2013, Toronto City Council passed the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw that limited the concentration of bars and restaurants on Queen Street between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. It also put some fairly standard restrictions on the size and operation of these venues.


The bylaw came from five years of work in our community to find a balance between different interests in Queen Street West’s future.


The purpose was to alleviate some of the issues created by restaurants that morph into late night drinking establishments. Some of the issues experienced by your neighbours include: excessive noise, public drunkenness, crowded sidewalks, garbage, traffic, and parking issues.


Additionally, one of the intentions of the Queen West Restaurant By-law was also to alleviate concerns that restaurants were pushing out other types of commercial uses which support the daily lives of the people living in the surrounding residential neighbourhood (i.e. services, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).


A three year review was written in to the bylaw.


City staff have completed their review of the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw. It will be deliberated at Toronto and East York Community Council Agenda on May 2nd.


The review has determined that the By-laws generally met their intended objectives of limiting the number of eating establishments and helped mitigate some of the land use conflicts between this use and the surrounding residential neighbourhood.


It recommends amending the bylaw to delete the performance standard restricting the maximum permitted concentration of eating establishments to no more than 25% of the properties along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.


The other performance standards of the By-laws, including maximum restaurant gross floor area of 200 square metres, restricting the use to the ground floor, limitations on accessory uses and prohibiting restaurant patios from locating  in the rear yard or on the rooftop, would remain.

I am satisfied with the recommendations however, I would ask that you review the report and share your comments prior to Toronto East York Community Council on May 2nd. I also welcome you to participate in the TEYCC meeting on May 2nd. The item will be heard on or soon after 11:00 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. Information on participation is available on-line at .

Reminder: Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting – May 3rd, 2018

Posted on April 26, 2018

Exhibition Place will be hosting its annual Community Liaison Consultation Meeting.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Enercare Centre, Salon 110


For more information click here.

If you are unable to attend, please let me know if you have any questions/concerns I can bring to their attention. You can reach me at  or by phone at 416-392-7919.

Get Involved in the Parkdale People’s Economy Working Group

Posted on April 23, 2018

Parkdale People’s Economy will be hosting a community meeting at PARC (1499 Queen Street West) next Monday April 30th from 6PM – 8PM.

The meeting is a chance for community members to get involved in one of their seven different Working Groups and help advance the Parkdale Community Plan.

Join your neighbours and local community organizations to advance neighbourhood planning in Parkdale!

  • Work together to build a healthy and just neighbourhood
  • Share your thoughts and expertise about your community
  • Learn more about working groups, resident grants, and
    community activities happening in Parkdale

Free food, childcare, and translation services!
TTC tickets will be provided upon request.
Please RSVP to and specify if you
require any special accommodations.


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Environment Day & Compost Pick-Up – April 28, 2018

Posted on April 18, 2018


The City’s annual Community Environment Day is back! It will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 10am – 2pm at Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave, south of Dundas Street West.

As well on April 28th, at 10am, compost will be available to be picked up, free of charge and while supplies last, at 2 locations – Sorauren Park and 285 Indian Rd. Crescent.

For further information please see the flyer below or contact our office at .

Environment Day Flyer


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