On Wednesday May 9th, my staff and I had the pleasure of visiting Liberty Village. On a tour led by Lynn Clay, Executive Director of LVBIA, we explored this unique mixed use neighbourhood. The walk allowed us to not only become more familiar with the industrial space in Ward 14, but it also gave us an opportunity to explore some historical landmarks, including the Carpet Factory and Lamport Stadium.
I look forward to working with the LVBIA and local residents to make Liberty Village not only a vibrant place to work, but a safe and accessible place to live.
On the night of Wednesday May 9th, I organized and lead a “Community Audit” of Close Springhurst Parkette and Close Avenue Parkette. I felt it was important to bring together City staff, Police, local residents, the superintendent of 22 Close Avenue, members of the Parkdale Residents Association, the Principal and representatives of a parents group for Queen Victoria Public School, Toronto Hydro, and design consultants to talk about how we can improve the use and accessibility of the two parkettes. First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who took time out to attend and share their thoughts and ideas (and what a great turnout it was!) A number of concerns came up with respect to park design, lighting and visibility in the park, and I am happy to report that through our discussion we came up with some viable solutions to address some of these issues. In the long term, I will continue to work with residents, with City Parks Forestry and Recreation, with Toronto Police, with Queen Victoria Public School and with the Toronto District School Board to enhance these two important spaces in the Parkdale community.
On Environment Day I joined the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario to clean up the waterfront. The 200 participants and I walked from the Palais Royale to the Humber River; the group collected over 300 bags of garbage. At the end of the walk the participants were met by MP Peggy Nash who hosted a pizza lunch. Thank you all for your hard work!