Celebrate Environment Day Inside the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse!

Posted on April 11, 2008

Please join me at the Open House for the new Sorauren Park Fieldhouse! City staff, community members and my office has been working very hard to get this site ready for tours of the new facility. See how the inside has been transformed, learn more about programming and meeting space, sign up to be a volunteer at the spring planting/landscaping day and get involved in other park events. For information about Sorauren Park activities and the Fieldhouse visit: www.SoraurenPark.com or please contact my office.

Date: Saturday, April 19

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: 50 Wabash Ave. (south of Dundas Street West, west of Lansdowne Avenue)

The open house coincides with my annual Environment Day on Wabash Avenue, right outside the Fieldhouse. Come by, meet your neighbours, drop off hazardous materials and old electronics for proper disposal; pick up free compost; and learn more about City environmental initiatives.

New this year!

Due to popular demand, I have arranged for three extra compost locations: Baird Park, Masaryk Cowan Community Centre and 25 West Lodge (off of Seaforth Avenue). The compost is free and will be available for pick up as of 10am on Saturday April 19th .

In addition, April 19th is the City of Toronto’s Annual Community Clean up. Please don’t for get to register by April 11 by going online at http://www.toronto.ca/litter/clean-up/signup.htm or calling 416-392-7899.

I look forward to seeing you all.

See attached flyers for details on both events.



1540 Bloor Street West Community Consultation Meeting

Posted on April 11, 2008

I would like to thank all of you who attended the 1540 Bloor Street West community consultation meeting on Tuesday April 8th, 2008 at the Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West. Over two hundred of you (!) came out to show support for the neighbourhood, many with comments, questions and concerns regarding the proposed development at the northwest corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West.

I especially want to thank the Friends of Dundas and Bloor, the ad hoc committee that was formed after I held a community pre-consulation for this site in May of last year. Their work to date has been a huge asset for the community, for the City’s Planning department, and my office. If you would like to find out more about their amazing contributions, please visit their website at www.dundasandbloor.ca

I have attached a record of comments and questions that arose at the meeting, as well as responses from the developer’s team (Tas DesignBuild), the City’s Planning Depart, staff from Traffic Planning from the City, and myself.Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Bike lane on Annette/Dupont!

Posted on April 11, 2008

I am pleased to announce that plans are moving forward to put bike lanes on Annettte Street between Keele Street and the railway corridor east of Dundas Street West. Please be advised that this will not affect on street parking in the section between Ward 14 boundaries.

I am attaching a PDF map of the proposed bike lane (Ward 14 is in yellow, the red dots near the top of the ward represent where the bike lane will be implemented).

I am also attaching a PDF version of the public notice. If you have any questions or comments about the proposed bike lane, please contact Peter de Groot, Transportation Services at bikeplan@toronto.ca, or feel free to contact my office.



Thank you to all those who participate in Earth Hour this year!

Posted on April 11, 2008

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bloor by Park BIA , the Liberty Village BIA, the Parkdale Village BIA, the Roncesvalles BIA, the Parkdale RA, the Roncesvalles Macdonell RA, Sunnyside CA, the West Bend RA, and all other Parkdale High Park residents, social service agencies and businesses who participated in Earth Hour. Earth Hour was a great success.

It was reported that consumption was down approximately 5.2% across the province. In fact, Toronto’s electricity demand dropped 8.7% during Earth Hour.

Tens of thousands of Torontonians participated in this worldwide event. Hopefully, this large participation will further increase awareness of the importance of conserving energy in our daily activities.

Items of Interest

Posted on April 11, 2008

Toronto Mayor David Miller launches online petition for Canada-wide handgun ban

Toronto Mayor David Miller today launched a campaign to have handguns banned in Canada.

The campaign’s centre-piece is an online petition posted on the City’s website (www.toronto.ca/handgunban) which will enable Canadians from coast to coast to coast to join the call for a Canada-wide handgun ban. A print-friendly version of the petition is also available on the website for individuals and groups that wish to canvas their neighbourhoods and workplaces.

Mayor Miller is also reaching out broadly though the Internet. A short video-clip of the Mayor stating the urgency of this action is posted on the City’s website and on YouTube.com seeking public support for the ban. A Facebook group has also been started.

“Toronto continues to face unacceptable incidents of gun violence,” said Mayor Miller. “These cannot be fully addressed without a total ban on handguns. Handguns are designed for one purpose and that is to kill people and have no place in our society. Statistics show that in jurisdictions with gun bans, supply is limited and shootings are less common.

“I call on Canadians, and especially Torontonians, to add their names to the petition and tell the federal government no more lives should be lost in this way.”

Ward 14 Capital Works Project to start in May 2008
Road Reconstruction / Resurfacing and Watermain Replacement will be undertaken on the following streets: Dorval Road, Edna Avenue, Ritchie Avenue, Parkway Avenue, Maple Grove Avenue and Strickland Avenue

Please see attached notice:

Four Villages Community Health Centre
Please find attached a bulletin intended to help spread the word to residents about the new satellite community health centre that Four Villages is opening up in 2009 (same notice – different languages).







1540 Bloor Street West Community Consultation

Posted on April 4, 2008

This is a reminder of the “official”community consultation meeting for the 1540 Bloor Street West site (at the northwest corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West) to be held on Tuesday April 8th, 2008, 7pm at the Lithuanian House (1573 Bloor Street West).

This is an opportunity to provide your comments and feedback on this proposal as well as to ask questions of the developer’s team. Many of you have expressed interest and/or concerns with this site since I held a community pre-consultation in May of 2007, and I encourage you to bring any further insights to this very important meeting.

Please see the attached notice for more information. You can also visit the Friends of Dundas and Bloor website at www.dundasandbloor.ca to find out about their work to date and how you can get involved.



Dufferin Jog Elimination Working Group Wrap Up

Posted on April 4, 2008

Over the course of the last 6 months, Councillor Giambrone and I have hosted 5 community meetings regarding the Dufferin Jog elimination project. As some of you may be aware, a “Dufferin Jog design working group”was formed to narrow the scope of the 5 design elements presented at the Design Charette meeting on March 1st. The group’s “mission”was to take the comments recorded from the charette meeting and apply them when deciding on how to proceed with the following elements: Wall and ceiling treatments inside the underpass, landscaping of the green spaces, the Queen St. Edge, Heritage Plaques, and Handrails.

As you know this project is going to tender very soon and construction is set to begin this August (tentative completion date June 2009).

Throughout this process the design working group, comprised of residents, business owners, artists and other stakeholders, posed key questions and made informed comments and suggestions that have contributed towards the final design. I look forward to presenting the final proposal to the community in the next month.

I have attached the minutes from the last two design working group meeting for your reference. If you have further questions don’t hesitate to contact my office.



Request for Proposals document, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on April 4, 2008

Please find attached the Request for Proposal document (No. 9118-08-7065 for the 2008 Avenue Studies) issued this week. As you will see, the study area reference map in Appendix F on page 42 has been updated to include the northwest corner of Boustead Avenue and Dundas Street West as discussed at the March 26 meeting.

The RFP document is 43 pages. Below are sections that will likely be of interest to you:

a) Section 2 Purpose – pages 4 to 5

b) Section 3 Scope of Work (including details on each of the Study’s three phases) – pages 6 to 10

c) Section 3.1 Phase I – Local Advisory Committee – page 6

d) Section 3.2 Phase II – Charrette – page 7 to 10

e) Section 3.4 Study Output – seventh bullet point – strategic transportation assessment – page 10

Section 4.4 on page 12 identifies the Schedule of Events for the RFP process with a May 12 date as the “contract start” date for the winning consulting team.

Kevin Edwards (City Planning) has also provided the material (notices, agendas, presentations, meeting notes) from the Bloor Visioning exercise. This material will be packaged for the winning consulting team along with the planning report and council resolution on the outcome of the exercise.

Should you have any comments or questions, please contact Corwin Cambray, Policy and Research, City Planning at 416-397-0244 or by email at ccambra@toronto.ca You can also contact Shana Almeida in my office at 416-338-5174 or by email at salmeida@toronto.ca

RFP 9118-08-7065.pdf

20 Minute Toronto Makeover

Posted on April 4, 2008

Last year’s 20-Minute Toronto Makeover successfully saw more than 140,000 Torontonians take a bag and glove in hand to fight litter. The fifth annual GTA-wide 20-Minute Makeover at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 18, 2008 is gearing up to be the most successful year to date.

Special litter bags and gloves for the fifth annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover are now available at participating Toronto/GTA Pizza Pizza retail outlets and Toronto’s Recreation Community Centres. Get equipped and join students, seniors, business professionals and government officials and staff in the city-wide 20-minute clean-up taking place on Friday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

Organizations and large groups must register by April 11 for either event by going online at www.toronto.ca/litter or calling 416-392-7899. Registration allows City staff to arrange special same-day litter pick-up. Individuals can place their bagged litter with their regular household garbage, although the six-bag limit still applies. The City encourages participants to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

If you are interested in participating in this great event, please also contact my office and let us know what site you plan to tackle!

Items of Interest

Posted on April 4, 2008

I am speaking at Cycling Advocacy Workshop!
Sunday April 13 –
11:00am to 4:00pm
Council Chambers,
Toronto City Hall (Queen & Bay)

Learn how to improve cycling conditions in your Ward. Become a positive force of change. Learn political process and leadership.

For more information see attached flyer.


Keele Subway – TTC Emergency Planning
Twice daily during the weeks of April 1, 22, 29, May 6, 13 and 20 at the Keele subway yard, the TTC and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) will be conducting emergency exercises to test the effectiveness of emergency planning, procedures, equipment and training.

For more information please see attached flyer.


Following are some items of interest that have been forwarded to my office from:





Toronto Rehabilitation Institute



ROOF (subsidy extended deadline to June 30, 2008)




April 2008