His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Toronto

Posted on October 29, 2007

Please join me in welcoming the Dalai Lama to Toronto! His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and a Nobel Peace Prize recipient will be visiting Toronto during the week of October 29th 2007. To commemorate his visit, to honour his work and to recognize the over 4000 Tibetans living in South Parkdale I have been working with MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri Di Novo to name a greenspace in Ward 14 in his honour. It has been proposed that the HOPE community garden (adjacent to Mazaryk Cowan Community Centre) take on his Holiness’ name. Parks has agreed to support this request and will provide us with a plaque to be erected at the park in the coming weeks. Details of the unveiling will be posted on my blog.

15th annual Children's Halloween party at Masaryk

Posted on October 29, 2007

This Halloween I have the honour of presenting children, aged 0 -13 years old, with my “Best Costume award”trophies. Join me on Wednesday October 31st from 4 to 6pm at Mazaryk Cowan for this scary event! Looking forward to seeing you there!

15th annual Children’s Halloween party at Masaryk

Posted on October 29, 2007

This Halloween I have the honour of presenting children, aged 0 -13 years old, with my “Best Costume award”trophies. Join me on Wednesday October 31st from 4 to 6pm at Mazaryk Cowan for this scary event! Looking forward to seeing you there!

JobStart – Career Action for Newcomers

Posted on October 29, 2007

At the most recent meeting of the Parkdale Roundtable my staff met with JobStart. This is a great free job search program that can help internationally trained professionals realize their employment goals. This flexible program will enhance skills, which include, but are not limited to effective cover letter and resume writing, interview practice and coaching, networking opportunities, cold calling experience, business communication and exposure to Canadian workplace culture. JobStart also provides guidance through the accreditation process and job search workshops to facilitate placements and/or employment. I look forward to working with JobStart and connecting them with newcomers of Ward 14. To find out more, please visit http://www.jobstart-cawl.org

Vote for Fair Taxes on October 22nd

Posted on October 20, 2007

Let’s face facts. Most of the City’s budget is allocated to legislatively required services, many of which were downloaded by the province. The budget we control at our sole discretion is roughly $1.5 billion. Our projected funding shortfall is over $0.4 billion. The shortfall grows with inflation, property taxes do not. Our choices will be deep cuts to the kinds of services you and I believe make Toronto liveable, or property tax increases in the 20% range.

I have no desire to reduce the levels of public services in Toronto. If fact, there are some areas: recreation, transit and public health where I believe we must expand services. We have a shortfall that I believe is short term. I want to be certain that we manage the short term problem so that it doesn’t become a long term problem.

City Council will debate the new taxes on Monday October 22nd. Please join the Mayor, myself and other Torontonians in a show of support for our City’s future. We will gather at 8:30 am in Nathan Phillips Square before proceeding to Council to hear this important debate.

Positive responses I have recieved from Ward 14 residents regarding the proposed Revenue Tools

Posted on October 20, 2007

“I have never been more worried about the state of my city and its future. I don’t see closing libraries and community centres as a solution to the current budget crisis. I believe there has to be away of mobilizing the citizenry rather than alienating them. What’s at stake is huge. To protect my city, I support the land transfer tax as an immediate solution to Toronto’s financial crisis. (I have argued in its favour with a Toronto Sun columnist!)”Catherine Bush, Ward 14 Resident

“We need to use the tools we have. The voices on council who scream taxation from one side of their mouth and from the other side of their mouth about not cutting services are the same voices who have hobbled Toronto’s development since the beginning of its history.” Jowi TaylorRoncesvalles Resident

Bollards on the Martin Goodman Trail

Posted on October 20, 2007

As you are aware, the Martin Goodman Trail is a multi use trail (pedestrian, cyclists, rollerblades, scooters, etc) as well as vehicular traffic (patrons for the Boulevard Club, Palais Royale, deliveries, etc), that runs along the waterfront, fronting the Palais Royale, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Boulevard Club. An on site visit was conducted to discuss the on going issue of the intersection of this multi used trail. At this site visit, many things were noted. Vehicular traffic accessing the Boulevard Club from the east bound Lakeshore Blvd, would “gun” it when a opening appeared in the westbound lanes of the Lakeshore Blvd to make the crossing safely. Often, the drivers would not pay attention to the users of the trail and this has caused some very near misses. The cyclists traveling westbound on the MGT, in excess of the posted speed limit of 20km per hour, would not pay attention to the fact that a driveway was present and again, near misses would transpire. Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure as well as Parks, Forestry and Recreation as well as the Manager of the Boulevard Club attended the meeting. It was decided that the current markings for both the users of the trail and vehicular traffic were very confusing. The pavement markings are one step in the process. A stop sign has been adjusted at the Boulevard Club, and soon traffic signs will be installed on the Lake Shore alerting vehicular traffic to the users along the Martin Goodman Trail. Cross hatching, like what is painted in the intersection of Bay and King, have been painted in the cross over of the Boulevard Club entrance and the Martin Goodman Trail in an effort to alert vehicular traffic not to block this section. Also, bollards have been replaced to the east and west of the Boulevard Club entrance, and additional bollards have been off set for added safety. Again the focus of present and future measures will be safety. This situation will be monitored and any future improvements will take into consideration all users of the trail. The most important factor to keep in mind when looking at possible solutions is safety. Pavement markings will also be painted on the MGT in front of the Palais Royale to alert the users of the trail of potential multi-use traffic. The Palais Royale currently uses temporary stanchions when they hold events to have their patrons exit the facility in a safe manor without impeding on the users of the trail. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Meri Newton in my office. You can reach her at 416-338-5178 or via email at mnewton@toronto.ca.

Rotary TV Auction- donate a product or service

Posted on October 20, 2007

The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is hosting its 20th Annual TV Auction on Saturday, November 24, 2007 on Rogers Community 10 from 10 am-Midnight.

The club has raised over $150,000 from previous auctions for community projects such as the Redwood Shelter for Victims of Family Violence (a priority project of our club since its inception), The Parkdale Breakfast Program and Pia Bouman Dance School (bursaries for talented students with limited means) to name a few.

To donate new products or services or more information about the TV Auction please contact Carmel Kidd, ckidd@trebnet.com or Scott Bartle, 416-710-4383.

Gay West Community Network is looking for volunteers

Posted on October 20, 2007

The Gay West Community Network is the first independently run Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community Centre in the City of Toronto with a street office in the west-end. They are looking for a few more talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our outreach, programs, queer festivals and opening a street office. Applications will be welcomed from all sections of the LGBTTIQ community including Queer Youth, Ethnic Minorities and People with Disabilities. For more information call or write Michael Par̩ at gaywest_toronto@yahoo.ca Р416-551-1709. (Monday to Sunday, 9 am to 9 pm).

1638 Bloor Street West

Posted on October 12, 2007

I am holding a community pre-consultation meeting with the developer for 1638-1650 Bloor Street West. The meeting will take place on Tuesday October 16th, 2007, 6:30pm at the Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor Street West. Please see the attached flyer for more details. The purpose of this meeting is to present a working draft of the avenue segment study for this site. A formal application for the site has not been filed with the City. It is the developer’s intention to present their study to date, to receive comments and suggestions.

An open house will take place at 6:30pm where community members will have an opportunity to review the avenue segment study boards and ask one-on-one questions of the developer and his team. A formal presentation will begin at 7:30pm.


October 2007