To you and yours…

Posted on December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays

Wesołych świąt (WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT)



Maligayang Pasko!

Chúc Mng Ng y L

Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, ParkdaleHighPark

Stories, Song and Dance – A Success!

Posted on December 20, 2007

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“Stories, Song and Dance,”co hosted by Parkdale Project Read on Saturday December 15th was a huge success. Despite the inclement weather, just over 70 people turned out and received over 100 free children’s books, which consisted of an assortment of multicultural stories and dictionaries to take home.

A big thank you goes out to Dr. Rita Cox, former head librarian of Parkdale Branch Library (1974 to 1995!), and Cheryl Thornton, creator of “Creativity for Life,”an interactive storytelling program (see pictures above). Cheryl and Rita dazzled families with their theatrical, multicultural storytelling. Children were invited to participate in the stories, as they sang along with musical instruments and put on fun costumes!

During the event, families were able to choose from a variety of delicious Tibetan and Jamaican cuisine, and thanks to my staff, children had their faces painted and did arts and crafts. At the end of the event, I was honoured to presented gifts to both Cheryl Thornton and Dr. Rita Cox for their wonderful support and storytelling magic.

I look forward to doing this again next year!

Waterfront West Streetcar EA Meeting dates

Posted on December 20, 2007

Two public meeting dates have been confirmed for the Waterfront West Streetcar EA process.
I hope you can join me to discuss this EA at one or both of these dates:

Wed. January 23, 2008
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Open House
7:30 p.m. – Presentation followed by Q&A
Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church – 250 Dunn Avenue

Thurs. January 24, 2008
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Open House
7:30 p.m. – Presentation followed by Q&A
Queen Elizabeth Building Fountain Room @ Exhibition Place
QE building is located west of BMO Field

Hope to see you there!

Christmas Party with Bloor By the Park BIA

Posted on December 20, 2007

A Christmas Wonderland at the Centre – Sponsored by Bloor By The Park BIA
A Christmas Party
Saturday December 22nd, 1558 Bloor St. W (1/2 block west of Dundas West Subway Station) 11am-4pm
Holiday family fun with DJ Andy Kruk. Be entertained by Christmas Elvis between 2 & 3:30pm.
Win prizes and enjoy cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate.

PLEDC Christmas Tree Ornaments on sale

Posted on December 20, 2007

“Yuletide in Muddy York” The First Annual Toronto Christmas Tree Ornament

The Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation (PLEDC) is pleased to announce its First Annual Toronto Christmas Tree Ornament, a living icon of Toronto’s past and a symbol of hope for its future. Yuletide in York is the first in what will become an annual drive to raise funds for economic and employment initiatives in the Parkdale/Liberty communities in downtown Toronto. Every year, Toronto-based artists will compete to have their art commemorated in pewter to ornament Christmas trees all over the GTA.

Other PLEDC community development and mobilization projects include: artisans markets, community murals, forums on gentrification, all candidates’ debates, memorial art showings, job fairs, and newcomer fairs. PLEDC is even starting up its own employment agency to help people in need find suitable employment. PLEDC also provides extensive volunteer opportunities to local residents and newcomers to Canada who are looking to broaden their horizons with practical on-the-job experience.

This year’s featured artist is Amita Sen Gupta, graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, whose work has been exhibited all over Toronto and in Europe. Amita’s work focuses primarily on object and emotion; the idea that matter holds memory. Her depiction of a Victorian house pays homage to heritage, family, friends and the home. “Yuletide in Muddy York” retails at $9.99 with all proceeds going to fund community initiatives in Parkdale. For a list of retailers where it is available, please visit

PLEDC is an award winning not-for-profit community organization that encourages economic and employment initiatives in the Parkdale and Liberty areas of Toronto. PLEDC works to create a vibrant, safe, caring and healthy community that celebrates and enables its diverse residents and businesses. Limited Edition of 2000: Get them while they last!!!!

Buy Online Now: Also Available at our Office at 1313 Queen Street West.

Fern Public School get Bollards!

Posted on December 14, 2007

For a long time Fern Avenue Public School has been trying to manage cars obstructing the Right of Way during pick up and drop off hours. Recently I met with staff, the school Principal and a representative from the Student Advisory Council to discuss the installation of bollards along the length of the sidewalk in front of the school. I am pleased to say that the bollards have been installed and the school, parents and teachers are happy that access to the school and safety for the community has been restored.

Dundas Street West Streetcar Track Reconstruction Update

Posted on December 14, 2007

TTC has confirmed that: Full service will resume Saturday December 15 2007 at 5:00 am.

Vehicle access will also be restored.

Extending the Hours of Drop-in Services at Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre for the 2007-08 Winter Season

Posted on December 14, 2007

One-time funding has been made available by Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to seven drop-in centres for extended hours during the winter months. This funding is to ensure that people who are homeless have more options to get out of the cold, use washrooms, have a hot meal and get help to stay at a shelter or move into housing.

This program was approved by Council at its meeting of November 19 and 20, 2007. The report link is

The Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, located at 1499 Queen St. West, will be open for the following times (in addition to their regular hours) between December 14, 2007 and March 31, 2008:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays from December 16, 2007 to March 30, 2008 inclusive,

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 25, 2007 and

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 26, 2007, January 1, 2008 and February 18, 2008.

Extending hours at drop-in centres during the winter months is part of the City’s winter plan. The City has provided funding for this purpose for the past three seasons. Each year, agencies that provide drop-in services are invited to participate through a request for proposals process.


Posted on December 14, 2007

An event to raise money and awareness for THE PARKDALE FOOD BANK

Sunday December 16 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.@ the Cadillac Lounge(1296 Queen W.)

p.w.y.c.! ($5 suggested – more is welcome!)

ALL MONEY GOES TO THE FOOD BANK!For more information visit:

Karl’s Butcher is closing

Posted on December 14, 2007

It was recently brought to my attention by the Sunnyside Residents Association and the Roncesvalles Village BIA that Karl’s Butcher, on Roncesvalles, will be closing. It is my understanding that under the province’s Food Safety and Quality Act (this came into effect in 2005) Karl’s Butcher qualifies as a “meat processing plant”and is required to spend $200,000 in renovations to legalize store operations. The community has approached our Member of Provincial Parliament, Cheri DiNovo, and she and her staff are working diligently on this file.

I encourage individuals to write directly to The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to voice our discontent. Go to: for an email form that makes it easy to send a comment or a blast.

December 2007