Walk Toronto’s Right to Walk TO – March 26, 2019

Posted on March 7, 2019

Walk Toronto is hosting Right to Walk TO, a panel discussion that explores walking – the love of it, our need for it, and its meaning – through a justice and equity lens, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7–9 pm.

This event is a love letter to walking, as well as a critical look at the walking experience our city creates, from different perspectives.

Please join us at Innis Town Hall, Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

ASL-English interpretation will be provided. Childminding will be available upon request.

This event is sponsored by University of Toronto Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto School of Cities, public space workshop, and Spacing.

For more details and to register, please visit our Eventbrite page:


Heritage Talk @ Lambton House – Recent Archaeological Projects – March 14, 2019

Posted on March 6, 2019

This Heritage Talk is hosted by Heritage York and will take place at Lambton House on March 14, 2019. The talk by Dena Doroszenko, Senior Archaeologist with Ontario Heritage Trust, will focus on several recent projects:

1) The Spadina Museum archaeology program in Toronto;

2) Archaeology at the Niagara Apothecary, Niagara-on-the-Lake and

3) Archaeological and archival research of the Ashbridge Estate, Toronto.

These projects demonstrate the variety of fieldwork that takes place across the province which includes public archaeology, research and mitigating restoration work.

Green 13 presents: Sea of Life – Free Screening and Discussion – March 13, 2019

Posted on March 6, 2019

FREE Screening & Discussion

Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm

Jane/Dundas Library (620 Jane Street)

Sea of Life leads audiences through the stunning world of coral reefs int the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.

View the trailer: https://vimeo.com/183917517

Read more: http://green13toronto.org/event/sea-life-free-screening-and-discussion


High Park Nature Centre Presents: Family Nature Walks

Posted on March 5, 2019

Time Travelling in High Parks on March 23, 2019 – 1:30 – 3pm

Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Walks are led by our amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers and the High Park Eagles Youth.

Please remember to dress for the weather. Breathable layers and shoes that are good for trail walking (such as hiking boots with tread) are recommended. Kindly note, Family Nature Walks take place on wooded trails that are not stroller or wheelchair accessible.

A letter from Councillor Perks – New Men’s Shelter – 2299 Dundas St. West

Posted on March 4, 2019


RE: New Men’s Shelter

2299 Dundas St. West, at Bloor St. West

More than 8,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the city. City Council has responded by directing staff to search for properties to expand the shelter system in response to this urgent situation. Since last year, City staff have been working hard to add 1000 new shelter beds by the end of 2020 in neighbourhoods across Toronto as well as to find locations to accommodate the planned revitalization of homeless services on George Street. New programs have already opened in the downtown as well as in North Etobicoke, the Annex, Leslieville and Scarborough.

Many factors are considered by City staff when siting a new location for a municipal shelter, including size, building condition and configuration, zoning requirements that permit municipal shelter use and proximity to services such as public transit.

As you may have heard, the City of Toronto has entered into an agreement to purchase the property at 2299 Dundas St. West and after conducting careful due diligence, the sale of the building will close on March 13th 2019.

Because of the urgent need for services, extensive renovations will begin very quickly after taking possession so that the new program can open in the Spring of 2020. In the coming months, those renovations will add smaller more private rooms, pet-friendly spaces, technological supports, recreational spaces, space for healthcare and case management, a more attractive architectural design and more.

In addition, a new shelter service model will be implemented at 2299 Dundas St. West with a focus on providing the residents with a pathway to permanent housing. Working with dedicated housing case workers on service plans that focus on health, recreation and employment, people will have the tools necessary to find housing.

Working with my office, a comprehensive community engagement process will unfold in the coming months with City staff providing information and seeking feedback through various communication channels.   Stay tuned for more details. To sign-up for ongoing updates, please contact my office directly at 416-392-7919, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .


Gord Perks

City Councillor

Ward 4, Parkdale-High Park

Swansea Town Hall Community Centre – Seeking New Board Members

Posted on February 27, 2019

Swansea Town Hall is a locally based organization that promotes community building. They enable a variety of activities and services for all ages by offering welcoming, accessible and affordable space; hosting public services and providing community programming.

More information and the application can be found at http://swanseatownhall.ca/sth/?p=2093 . The application deadline is March 18th, 2019

March Break – Girls Who Code Club at Parkdale Centre for Innovation

Posted on February 26, 2019

Parkdale Centre is excited to launch a chapter of “Girls Who Code” Club in Parkdale, grades 6 – 12! These clubs are a fun, supportive place for girls to get together and learn computer science by building a project they care about. The first meetings are scheduled this March Break Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-2 pm.

There are scholarships available for Parkdale families and newcomers! To find more information or to register visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/march-break-girls-who-code-club-tickets-57217325561 .

16th Annual Clean Toronto Together – Registration Opens March 1

Posted on February 25, 2019

Toronto’s annual spring cleanup will take place on April 26-28, 2019. Join 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups for the 16th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces. Save the dates:

  • Community Cleanup Days: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28
  • Corporate 20-Minute Makeover and School Cleanups: Friday, April 26

All participants – including community, corporate, school, and councillor-led groups – must register their cleanups. The City will arrange special litter collections (April 26-28) for registered cleanups, subject to approval. Registration also prevents multiple groups from cleaning the same space.

Registration opens March 1st. Find more information on this program here

March Break Family skate at Coca-Cola Coliseum

Posted on February 21, 2019

Free Family Skate at Coca-Cola Coliseum, 45 Manitoba Drive, Exhibition Place on March 11, 12, 13, & 15 from 2:30 – 5pm. Children 12 years and under are required to wear a CSA approved helmet. Skate rentals and sharpening are not available.

Coca-Cola March Break 2019

Public consultation on Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw – February 28, 2019

Posted on February 21, 2019

The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw and wants to hear from residents. The aim of the review is to discuss potential improvements to the bylaw to ensure that clothing drop boxes remain safe and maintained.

The public is invited to attend a consultation on Thursday, February 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., in Committee Room 3, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Feedback may also be sent by email to mlsfeedback@toronto.ca.

Clothing drop boxes play an important role in the city, helping to divert items from landfill and raise money for charity. Under the current bylaw, clothing drop box operators who are not registered as a charitable or not-for-profit organization are required to obtain a clothing drop box licence. Additionally, all clothing drop boxes must display a permit. The City has issued close to 500 clothing drop box permits. A maximum of two clothing drop boxes are allowed per location.

Feedback from this consultation will be used to inform a report to General Government and Licensing Committee in the second quarter of 2019.

To learn more about the review, visit http://ow.ly/SqGe30nItzE.


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