A Message from Councillor Perks on the Martin Goodman Trail

Posted on June 2, 2017

Friends,

Many of you have taken the time to write or call me about the tragic loss of Xavier Morgan. Thank you. It’s often not easy to speak up and I appreciate that you did.

City staff have responded to your words and conducted a safety review and action plan to make this section of the Trail safer. Most important, they will be installing a safety barrier that will run for a third of a kilometre, roughly from the Legion to Boulevard Club.

This is a good step in a bad circumstance. I think we need to continue to look for improvements

Those of you who have been involved in planning improvements for the Martin Goodman Trail and the Western Waterfront over the years will know that improving safe access to, and use of the waterfront by cyclists and pedestrians is a long-standing goal in the community.  We have been successful in implementing several steps, but so much more needs to be done.

I look forward to working with you to keep making progress.

Please see the News Release below.

Gord

Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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News Release

June 2, 2017

City of Toronto announces improvements for portion of the Martin Goodman Trail

The City of Toronto is implementing improvements to increase safety and comfort for trail users along a section of the Martin Goodman Trail where a cycling fatality occurred last week. Barrier fencing will be erected along the section of the trail where it runs adjacent to the roadway between 1395 and 1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W. The 366 metres of fencing will provide additional separation, beyond the raised curb, between trail users and motorists on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

“The City of Toronto is concerned about the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “This barrier fencing, along with other measures, will provide additional security for cyclists and pedestrians along this section and remind motorists of the many users of the trail. Temporary barrier fencing was installed today and will be replaced by permanent fencing as soon as it can be procured.”

Following an onsite investigation carried out by City staff earlier this week, other recommendations to be implemented in the area include improvements to signage and pavement markings for both trail users and drivers.

“This terrible loss reminds us that we must do better,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park). “These first steps will help. We have more work to do to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians are always safe.”

Transportation Services is also continuing to examine other trail locations across the city that are adjacent to major roadways to see if any modifications would be beneficial.

As part of the city’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the city is committed to ensuring the safety of all road users, especially our most vulnerable road users such as children and seniors. The plan includes 40 engineering, enforcement education, and technology-related measures that will help to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on our transportation network.

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Posted on May 30, 2017

Toronto is home to more than 65,000 newcomer youth. Opportunities like afterschool programs, arts and music, and sports are essential for ensuring successful settlement in Canada. Social Planning Toronto will be hosting an afternoon of drop-in activities, keynote speakers, and opportunities to learn from and work with others to address this important issue.

The forum takes place on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers and Members Lounge, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with opening remarks at 1:00 p.m. Please see attached flyer for more information. Register and find out more online here: http://www.socialplanningtoronto.org/newyouthrec

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Gender and Cycling Talk at Parkdale Library

Posted on May 30, 2017

The Toronto cycling community comes together this Bike Month for a panel and group ride exploring the history and contribution of women cycling and activism in Toronto.

Taking the Lane: Gender and Cycling in Toronto will take place on June 15 at the Parkdale Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Featuring:

– Alex Legum of Charlie’s FreeWheels
– Katie Whitman Community Cycling Champion and researcher
– Lavinia Tanzim of Bad Girls Bike Club
– Sivia Vijenthira of Spacing Magazine
– Moderated by Tammy Thorne of Dandyhorse Magazine.

The panel event aims to highlight that many women, women identifying, and gender nonconforming people in the city do not feel comfortable cycling due to unsafe streets (a lack of infrastructure) coupled with a lack of outreach at every age.

The conversation will seek to unpack our city’s cycling past, where we need to go and who is missing from the conversation. But most importantly we want to discuss how we can reduce the problem of gender inequity on the streets and confirm that it is a legitimate issue and conversation we need to be having. Ample bike parking is available and light refreshments will be served.

Panel @ Parkdale Library June 15 at 6pm
Facebook event can be found here.

Regarding Yesterday’s Tragedy on the Martin Goodman Trail

Posted on May 25, 2017

Friends,

Yesterday a little boy was killed when he fell off his bicycle and into traffic. This happened along the Martin Goodman Trail near Lakeshore and Jameson Ave. I have spoken to City staff who have agree to urgently look into the possibility of installing additional safety measures.

Terrible news like this shocks us all. I will keep you informed about any new safety measures.

Yours,

Gord

Bloor-Dundas Proposal Meeting

Posted on May 24, 2017

Friends,

I would like to inform you of a meeting about a proposed redevelopment at the southeast corner of Bloor and Dundas, at 2280 Dundas St W. At my request the developer has agreed to have this meeting before designing their full proposal, which gives us a chance to shape their application. This will be the first of several meetings over the coming months.

Many of you were part of a previous conversation about the potential for this site, creating a community framework during the preparation of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study in 2009, which can be found here: https://www1.toronto.ca/city_of_toronto/city_planning/community_planning/files/pdf/bloordundas_final_rep_full.pdf. The Bloor-Dundas area is detailed under “Opportunity Site 8” and may contain useful insight for this upcoming meeting.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Informational Board Viewing
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Address by Councillor Perks
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Question Period
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Informational Board Reviewing

Meeting Location: 2280 Dundas St W, in the former Zellers space

Please see attachment for further details.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, are interested in providing comment, in receiving more detailed information, or being informed of upcoming meetings please email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and City Planners Joanna Kimont and Aviva Pelt through Joanna.Kimont@toronto.ca.

This will be a very important conversation for all of us, I hope to see you on June 14th.

Councillor Gord Perks

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High Park Garlic Mustard Busting

Posted on May 23, 2017

The High Park Stewards have been removing garlic mustard from the park for many years. We notice a real positive effect from our work, but there is still lots to do. As many people as possible are needed, as there is no end of this invasive species in High Park.

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

The Boulevard Beds group will also be working on our demonstration gardens on the perimeter of the Grenadier Restaurant. A few people are needed to join them.

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

For more information:
http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

New Community Projects & Events Grant Program

Posted on May 23, 2017

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework. The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development. Applications for Community Projects and Events Grants is now open with $1 M in grant funding will be allocated.

More information can be found online here.

Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).
Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form.

Community Events Grant Goals

Community Events Grants help organizations create a neighbourhood event or activity that brings different groups of people together to –

  • Make their neighbourhood better
  • Keep people active, or
  • Help residents learn skills and build leadership.

One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018. Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding. Open to neighbourhoods across the city

Community Projects Grant Goals

 Community Project grants will help community organizations develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that they can –

  • Increase their organization’s impact by doing things better
  • Increase community impact by working with others
  • Diversify who they serve and strengthen access and equity.

One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017. Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project. Please feel free to forward to your community networks.

Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics starting May 25th!

  • Details on Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics (targeted to small organizations) will begin starting May 25th.
  • The Community Projects & Events web page lists the dates/locations.

West End Food Co-op Board Election

Posted on May 23, 2017

The West End Food Co-op is seeking nominations for several seats on their board. The election will be held at the June 28th Annual General Meeting, just over a month away. A comprehensive candidate package is attached below. Please share this call with your neighbours. Any questions can be directed to the committee at agm@westendfood.coop.

West End Food Coop Board - AGM 2017

May 25th Compost Day

Posted on May 17, 2017

Friends,

Mark your calendars!

Come join us for our annual Compost Day taking place at the northeast corner of Wabash and Macdonell on Thursday, May 25th at 4 PM.

Just in time for the gardening season, compost will be available for pickup at the location free of charge and while supplies last, so be sure to arrive early with your shovel and containers!

We hope to see you there.

Regards,
Gord

Toronto Drop-In Network Victoria Day

Posted on May 15, 2017

Hi everyone,

The Victoria Day Holiday meal list (a list of drop-in hours and meal times) for Monday, May 22nd can be downloaded via this link:http://tdin.ca/res_documents/Victoria%20Day%202017%20drop-in%20hours%20and%20meal%20times.pdf

The list is also posted on the TDIN website here: http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=493

Please share this information with anyone who might need to know where to access free meals and daytime shelter during the Victoria Day holiday.

Victoria Day 2017 drop-in hours and meal times

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