Community Consultation Reminder – 1540 Bloor St. West

Posted on May 2, 2007

This is just a reminder that I am holding a pre Community Consultation with the potential developers of 1540 Bloor St. West at the Ukranian Hall, 1604 Bloor St W, on Wednesday May 2nd at 7pm.

Tas DesignBuild met with me to discuss their preliminary plans for this site on April 18th, 2007. In this meeting, I asked the developers to hold off on filing a formal application with the City until the surrounding community has had a chance to meet with them, and give their feedback. As I said in this meeting, I feel it is very important that the community has an opportunity to discuss their ideas, concerns and suggestions about the plans before the application is submitted, so that the developers have a chance to re-evaluate their plans accordingly. Tas DesignBuild has been very cooperative in this matter.

Please be advised that light refreshments will be served.

City of Toronto and Clinton Climate Initiative invite environmental minds to plan for an energy efficient City Hall

Posted on May 2, 2007

Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and representatives from the Clinton Climate Initiative, Plant Architect, Toronto Hydro Energy Services and other experts will meet on Wednesday to discuss sustainability and energy efficiency at City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.The Sustainability Charrette will bring together environmental minds from all over to discuss opportunities to make City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square a showcase for energy efficiency and sustainability.

Media are invited to attend at 8:30 a.m. to see presentations from:

• Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone

• Plant Architect & Shore Tilbe Irwin – the winner of the Nathan Phillips Square design competition

• Toronto Hydro Energy Services.

Date: Wednesday, May 2 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.Location: Members’ Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Toronto for All – Committee to hear from the public on income security

Posted on May 2, 2007

The City of Toronto’s Community Development and Recreation Committee is moving forward on its Social Inclusion agenda – to build a “Toronto for All.”

People require sufficient income to cover basic living costs, the ability to pay for safe and healthy housing and access to healthy food. But there is a growing sense that wages and social programs are not providing income security for Toronto’s poor.

Issues affecting income security for Toronto’s residents include:

• recent federal and provincial initiatives like the Ontario Child Benefit, National Child Benefit, and Working Income Tax Benefit

• social assistance rates

• access to Employment Insurance

• increases to the minimum wage in Ontario

• dental and drug benefits

• food security.

The Community Development and Recreation Committee wants to hear directly from the public and community groups. To provide an overview of the issues, the following invited speakers will present their views and comments prior to the public’s participation:

• Jehad Aliweiwi, Executive Director, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

• Hugh Mackenzie, Research Associate, University of Toronto Centre for Urban Studies and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

• Finn Poschmann, Director of Research, C.D. Howe Institute.

Date: Thursday, May 3

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.

More information: Cheryl MacDonald, Social Development, Finance and Administration Division, 416-397-4494

May 2007