First Meeting of City Council’s Special Committee on Governance on February 21, 2019

Posted on February 14, 2019

I sit on City Council’s Special Committee on Governance. On February 21, we will be having our first meeting. I invite you to share you views about the impact of Council reduction and provide suggestions on governing Toronto with a smaller Council.

To find out more, and sign up to speak or submit comments in writing, visit:

Toronto – Earth Hour Leader launching campaign to bring Earth Hour Celebrations indoors in 2019

Posted on February 12, 2019

Parkdale High Park’s Earth Hour Team is promoting multiple anticipated events throughout Ward 4, in attempts to expand public awareness, coax new participation and stay warm – because we’re experiencing unpredictable freezing temperatures.

Spreading the word now, will give individual businesses, organizations and groups plenty of time to plan for Earth Hour on Saturday March 30th 2019. Many cafes, restaurants and bars along Roncesvalles and at the foot of Queen Street West have supported the annual event by dimming down and welcoming patrons. Efforts are now being planned to expand throughout the entire Ward, encouraging participation in Bloor West Village, The Junction, Swansea, The West Bend, Bloor by the Park and Baby Point. The Goal is to unite Toronto’s Ward 4 to show that they can represent Canada as the citizens that support Global Climate Action strategies.

For more information, visit .

High Park Stewards presents Design Inspired by Nature – February 24, 2019

Posted on February 11, 2019

High Park Stewards will host the second winter speaker series presentation, Design Inspired by Nature, with Jonas Spring on February 24, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive.

Learn about how to use ecological references as practical tools in urban planting design. For more information visit

For residents near High Park, Humber and in Swansea – Sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto

Posted on February 6, 2019

Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn.

Residents should follow these steps to minimize negative encounters with coyotes:

• Avoid feeding them. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes is detrimental and can create problems for the neighbourhood.

• Avoid feeding pets outdoors.

• Ensure that all household garbage is inaccessible to animals.

• Place garbage out on the morning of the scheduled pickup, rather than the night before.

• Always supervise pets – keep dogs on a leash and keep cats indoors or supervised when outside.

 The City has a coyote response strategy that it follows when dealing with coyotes, and  includes public education, a bylaw that prohibits feeding of wildlife, and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary. An attack or bite on another animal is not grounds for removal, as this is normal coyote behaviour.

Where a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.

Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and are an important part of the ecosystem as they control rodent and rabbit populations. They thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.

For more information, residents can visit or call 311.

Grenadier Pond Ice Monitoring Program

Posted on January 24, 2019

The ice monitoring program started on Jan 1, 2019. Ice thickness is measured on a daily basis. To check the flag status, visit Find an Outdoor Rink and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Grenadier Pond in High Park has been a recreational skating surface since the early days of Toronto but temperature changes, water currents, salt run-off and other factors can make it dangerous.

For 12 weeks in winter, the City will monitor ice thickness and place a flag at the pond:

  • red flag: not safe
  • yellow flag: use at your own risk
A red flag with the text Not Safe.
A yellow flag with the text Use at Your Own Risk.


Since this is a not a skating program, no ice clearing or maintenance is done.

Tips for a successful day at Grenadier Pond:

  • Check online before heading out – we inspect daily and post either a red or yellow flag at the pond
  • Dress warmly. It’s cold by the lakefront, especially when windy
  • There’s no clubhouse or place to lock up your belongings, so don’t bring anything valuable you can’t carry on your person
  • If you’re intending to skate, bring proper safety equipment like helmets, knee and elbow pads. There are no skate trainers available at the pond.
  • Please take care of our fragile ecosystem by staying within the designated area and keeping dogs off the pond The remaining wetlands at the Grenadier pond are a locally significant lakefront marsh. Please stay within the allowed boundaries.

More info on Public & Leisure Skating can be found at .

Electronic Waste Collection – Annette Public Library – January 26th, 2019

Posted on January 21, 2019

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am – 2pm, you can dispose your electronic waste outside Annette Public Library – 145 Annette Street.

Find the list of accepted items here.

Toronto Police Service- Youth Summer Employment Opportunity – deadline February 4, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

The Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services is now accepting applications for the 2019 Youth in Policing Initiative Summer Program.

Applications now accepted in City of Toronto program offering community grants for innovative ideas to reduce waste – deadline March 1, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s 2019 Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs.

The Waste Reduction Community Grants Program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support grassroots initiatives that reduce waste. The program launched last year and awarded more than $116,000 toward ideas that included the development of signage and programing for tenants of a downtown building, establishment of a sharing library for special event materials for the community, educational training on reducing textile waste and making sustainable fashion choices, and a program aimed at reducing lunch packaging in schools.

Initiatives eligible for funding include those that promote waste reduction and reuse, increase waste management education and engagement, and align with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. Priority will be placed on initiatives that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, and involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Groups eligible to apply for funding include resident, tenant, neighbourhood and business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations and school groups, clubs and councils.

March 1 is the deadline to submit an expression of interest.

More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, the 2018 recipients and the application process is available at

More information about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy is available at

What’s Up With the Humber River?

Posted on January 3, 2019

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a heritage river by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. This exhibition looks at how humans have used and impacted the Humber River for over 11,000 years. The exhibit will be open Sundays 12:30 – 4pm from January – July 2019 at Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas St.).

Heritage York will host it’s annual Howland Lecture at Lambton House on Thursday, January 10, 2019 with speakers Heather Marshall from Toronto Environmental Alliance and Councillor Gord Perks titled, “It’s up to us: Taking Action to Protect the Humber”. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Holiday Greetings from Councillor Perks

Posted on December 20, 2018

Best Wishes for the holidays and the coming new year.


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