Safe Housing for All

Posted on January 18, 2008

In November a few alert residents let me know about a horrible illegal flophouse in Parkdale. Located in the basement of a storefront on Queen Street, this place charged $10 a night per person to sleep on mattresses. It lacked basic sanitation, proper heat, and lighting. I immediately brought the issue to the Ward 14 problem properties task force, which includes the police, city enforcement staff, and representatives of residents’ and business groups.

Quick action from the Police, Fire and other city staff resulted in the basement being condemned and various compliance orders for property standards violations being issued. Also, Toronto staff worked to ensure that arrangements were made to make proper shelter and housing options available for all residents onsite.

While we have worked together to get approval for four affordable housing projects in Ward 14 this year, this episode shows that we still have a housing problem, and that predatory landlords are exploiting the problem. Canada must join the rest of the developed world and develop a national housing strategy.

To read Star reporter Donovan Vincent’s account please visit:http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/295263

Meeting Reminder for 'Everybody Gets to Play"

Posted on January 18, 2008

This is just a reminder that there is a chance to make your thoughts known about the new report “Everybody Gets to Play” at the special meeting of Community Development and Recreation committee on Wednesday January 23rd, at 7pm. You can depute by contacting the committee administrator, Candy Davidovits at 416-392-8032 or by email at cdrc@toronto.ca

Meeting Reminder for ‘Everybody Gets to Play”

Posted on January 18, 2008

This is just a reminder that there is a chance to make your thoughts known about the new report “Everybody Gets to Play” at the special meeting of Community Development and Recreation committee on Wednesday January 23rd, at 7pm. You can depute by contacting the committee administrator, Candy Davidovits at 416-392-8032 or by email at cdrc@toronto.ca

Thank you for supporting Story Song and Dance

Posted on January 18, 2008

For the December 15th event titled, “Stories, Song and Dance,”I would like to extend a special thank you to Frontier College for providing such wonderful multicultural books, representing the communities of South Parkdale as well as Canadian Children’s Book Centre for their donation of Franklin books. In addition, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to: Tibet Kitchen, 1959 Café and Bar and all others for providing such yummy food and refreshments for this special occasion.

Western Waterfront LRT Community Information Sessions Meeting Reminder

Posted on January 18, 2008

Please refer to my previous posting to find full details on these information sessions.

Public Information/Discussion Centres will take place on January 23rd and 24th from 6:30-9pm.

Due to a conflict in my schedule I will only be able to attend the Community Information Session on January 24th, at the Direct energy Centre. If you have any questions regarding the potential route from Dufferin Avenue to Roncesvalles Avenue, I would be pleased to speak with you at the information session on January 24th , 2008. You can also email your concerns, suggestions or questions to councilor_perks@toronto.ca

or call 416-392-7919.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note that display boards for both studies will be available at the two Public Information Centres. The formal presentation on January 23rd, in Parkdale, will focus exclusively on the Waterfront West Streetcars EA. Please share this information with any person, group or association members who may be interested. See you there!

Community Right to Know – Public Consultation

Posted on January 18, 2008

Your voice is urgently needed to help create a safer and healthier neighbourhood. A new environmental initiative, which will track and help reduce toxic chemicals in our community, is currently being finalized. Before this happens, we need your help to make sure it’s designed to help you. Please read the attached consultation document by Toronto Public Health and answer three simple questions.

Submit your responses online to City Hall through the link:

http://www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/enviro_info.htm

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