My New website has been launched

Posted on March 20, 2008

Please visit to check it out.

I hope you will find it very informative, easy to navigate, and fun! My blog posting that you receive weekly will continue to be sent out from my office, with a new title “The Park Post”. You can now also view the weekly postings through this link on my wesbite home page.

Bloor Visioning Session #3 – Final meeting!

Posted on March 20, 2008

I want to remind everyone that the final meeting in the Bloor Visioning series will take place on Wednesday March 26th, 630pm, at the Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West.

This meeting will bring together comments, questions and concerns of the last two meetings (January 16th and March 5th) and give the City’s Planning Department an opportunity to present their draft recommendations to members of the community. This is the last meeting in the series, so I strongly encourage you all to attend and hear how your contributions have shaped this vision.

I have attached the meeting notice for more information.

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for coming out to our meetings. Your dedication and creativity have helped the City and my office in so many ways (including the advocacy needed to get an approved 2008 Avenue Study!)

I look forward to seeing all of you on March 26th.


Dufferin Jog Design Charette working group

Posted on March 20, 2008

I am pleased to say that I have had two successful working group meetings this month and plan on wrapping up our design consultation by the end of the month. Councillor Giambrone and I have pulled together a very thoughtful group of residents, business owner, community group representatives and artists to advise on the design process. Currently we are looking at ways to improve lighting, the pedestrian interface, art space, green space and heritage.

At City Hall, Councillor Giambrone and I have been meeting with staff and are working towards incorporating as many of the community’s ideas as possible into this project.

Thank you for your input throughout this consultation process. Attached are the meeting minutes from our first gather and I will be posting complete documentation next week.



Meetings and Upcoming Events

Posted on March 20, 2008

City of Toronto’s Annual Spring Clean up!

Please mark your calendars, our two annual spring April clean-up events are coming up.

Friday, April 18 @ 2:00 p.m. – The 20-Minute Toronto Makeover

Sat., April 19 – Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day

The City encourages groups and organizations to register between late March and April 11. To register: Go online to

If the Internet isn’t an option, call 416-392-7899

We know many of you personally participate and also encourage many others within your Wards to form groups to register for either/both events. It’s great when we walk the talk and demonstrate our own slogan that “Keeping Toronto clean and beautiful is up to all of us!”

Attached is an update on both events, a prepared story you may use in a constituent newsletter, email distribution or mailout, along with the appropriate graphic icons. Watch for more detailed information on our website closer to the end of March (registration begins late March through to April 11). If you have any remaining questions, please contact me directly (see details below).

For more details on the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover visit:

Keep up with the latest news on these events as the websites are updated regularly starting late March.

For the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover, please contact Pat Barrett,

Tel: 416-392-4716, Email: for more information.

For Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day, please contact Steve Johnston,

Tel: 416-392-4391, Email: for more information.

Earth Hour – Lights out for 60 minutes

What are you planning to do on March 29, 2008 from 8:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.? It can’t be as important as joining with your friends and neighbours and turning off all your lights! By turning off your lights for 60 minutes, you will be making a powerful, world-wide statement that you want to help save our planet. The World Wildlife Fund has joined with The Toronto Star and the City of Toronto to bring Earth Hour to Canada. You can register your participation at . The web site allows you to sign up for Earth Hour 2008, get involved to increase the impact of the event and identify other ways that you can save energy. Useful ideas include taking transit more, riding your bike or walking more, getting rid of the beer fridge, hanging out your laundry on a clothes line rather than using a dryer, eating less meat, and many more. Once you have signed up to participate, you will receive useful tools and tips to help you get more involved. Be sure to turn off your lights at 8:00 p.m. on March 29!

Please see attached poster: earthhour_poster.pdf

Western Waterfront Master Plan Meeting

Please be advised that the next PUBLIC OPEN HO– USE AND MEETING regarding the WESTERN WATERFRONT MASTER PLAN is set for April 3rd, and will be held at the Swansea Town Hall, in the Council Chamber.

Public consultation is an important part of this Master Plan study. The purpose of this Public Open House is to re-introduce the project team, provide background information, describe key precedents, introduce preliminary options and seek input from the public. Anyone with an interest in the study is invited to attend and participate.

Please forward this message to anyone else you may know would like to participate to attend the Public Open House and Meeting.

Please see attached:



Parkdale Community Information Centre – Annual General Meeting

PCIC invites you to join them on April 1st for their AGM.

Please see attached flyer for more information:


Parks and Trees Foundation deadline

Posted on March 20, 2008

Parks and Trees foundation grant deadline is approaching, please refer to attached application for granting guidelines.



March 2008