Garbage is changing

Posted on May 30, 2008

This is a reminder that you will be receiving the Garbage Bin Order Packages (i.e. brochure and Garbage Bin order card) starting June 2, 2008. As indicated in the brochure and on the order card, residents can order by phone, on-line or by mail. The Garbage Bin order deadline is June 19, 2008. Garbage Bin deliveries will take place between mid-August and end of September 2008.

Need help deciding which bin is right for you? Visit a display to see the different sizes of Garbage Bins available and to talk to City of Toronto staff, for 6 hours each day to answer any questions you might have.

Events in Ward 14:

Monday June 2nd, 2008

2pm – 8pm

Parkdale Public Library

1303 Queen Street West at Cowan Avenue

Gord will be there from 6pm-730pm

Thursday June 5th, 2008

2pm – 8pm

High Park Public Library

228 Roncesvalles Avenue at Wright Avenue

Gord will be there from 430pm-6pm

Saturday June 7th, 2008

10am – 4pm

Baird Park Lawn Bowling Club

203 Keele Street @ Humberside Avenue

Gord will be there from 2pm-4pm


Bin Sizes: garbage-bin-illustrations-all-sizes.pdf

Brochure: d2-sf-garbage-bin-brochure.pdf


Jameson Pedestrian Bridge – Opportunity for Comments

Posted on May 30, 2008

Please find attached a copy of the letter that I have submitted to the June 4th, 2008 meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. The agenda is listed here:

and the item in question is number 16.6 (in conjunction with the Toronto Pedestrian Committee’s request). If you would like to make any comments on this item, please write to the Committee administrator Rosalind Dyers at You can request to depute in person on this item, or submit written comments.

Rosalind can also be reached at 416-392-8018.

Parkdale Sports Day!

Posted on May 30, 2008

On Saturday May 31st I will be co-hosting a “Parkdale Sports Day,”with the Parkdale Intercultural Association. All children and youth of South Parkdale are invited to come out and play soccer, get your faces painted, run through obstacle courses and enjoy other fun activities!

Free health information and exciting take home items will also be available. Light refreshments will also be served.

Please see attached flyer for more details.



Community Gardening in Ward 14

Posted on May 30, 2008

The spring is here and our Parkdale – High Park community gardeners have begun to embrace the planting season! As you know, I have worked with both the West End Flower Fairies and the Greenest City to help create two of Ward 14’s first community gardens. Every Wednesday night residents from Parkdale and the Roncesvalles area meet at both the Grafton and Masaryk Cowan gardens to plant, eat and socialize.

I encourage you to check out the website event calendar for more details. If you and your neighbours are interested in knowing more about community gardening please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to seeing you all out this planting season!

Items of Interest

Posted on May 30, 2008

Western Beaches Master Plan – Notice of Community Advisory Groups Meeting #2- Charette

This Saturday, at 9am, planningAlliance is hosting the second charette meeting at St. Joe’s Hospital. The City of Toronto is undertaking a study to create a Master Plan for the Western Waterfront. The Master Plan will guide decision making within the area by recommending the type and location of park facilities that meet a range of community needs, as well as improvements to the transportation, transit and pedestrian links with surrounding neighbourhoods.

Please see attached flyer notice-of-cag-_2-charette-_-sent.pdf

Riding your bike helps your health and the environment

The City of Toronto is hosting Bike Month in May, a month-long series of events and activities that celebrate the growing biking community in our City.

Cycling is a great way to get around the City. And, when you bike, you are doing a number of positive things for you and your community.

You are helping in the efforts to stem climate change by helping to reduce the harmful emissions in our air and you are assisting the community by reducing our dependence on vehicular traffic. That helps reduce traffic congestion.

And then, there’s the effect on you. Cycling is a positive physical activity that leads to a healthy lifestyle and healthy communities.

It’s a combination that just can’t be beat!

Don’t forget, one of the major highlights of Bike Month is the Toronto Criterium – a high speed circuit bike race on Friday, May 30th. Riders will compete for $20,000 in prizes on a course near the St. Lawrence Market. Come out and watch the action. There will also be a bike expo on site.

Join in the fun. Join bike Week 2008. From film screenings to art exhibits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Go to for a list of these special activities.

Construction Notice – Close Ave

Posted on May 23, 2008

Attached is construction notice that I have forwarded the the area residents’ association and staff have confirmed that notices have also been hand-delivered in the area affected by the construction.


Western Waterfront Master Plan – Community Advisory Group

Posted on May 23, 2008

The next Meeting will be held at St. Joseph’s Health Centre on Saturday May 31st between 9am and 1pm.

Hope to see you there.





Items of Interest

Posted on May 23, 2008

Building Equitable Partnerships – Symposium 2008 – Call for Presenters

Reducing Health Disparities through Collaborative Action between Diverse Communities, Mental Health & Addictions Service Providers and Policy Makers

For more information please see attached flyer: call-for-presenters.pdf

Gallery 1313 Fundraiser

REVELRY III is an art auction with the works of over 25 artists going on the block May 26 7-11 . Auctioneer Perry Tung courtesy of Ritchies Auction House. Guest MC Russell Smith. Silent Auction Items for bid as well from Cowbell Restaurant , The Drake Hotel , Dufflets Pastries, The Gladstone Hotel , Toronto Image Works , Crumbler Canada , Woolfitts Art Supply and others 1313 Queen St. West 416-536-6778 Admission $10

Come Out and Support Gallery 1313


The Garden Party @ Redeemer Lutheran

By the Community …. For the Community

Redeemer Lutheran Church is a small church at 1691 Bloor street in High Park. The congregation is diverse and dispersed with only a few living in the neighbourhood of the church. Four years ago the congregation decided that the property could be used to plant a garden which could provide food for the community. This was a perfect opportunity to engage the community in the neighbourhood of the church. With this vision, a community vegetable garden was started with volunteers from within Redeemer and it’s neighbourhood to produce food for The Stop Community Food Centre.

Like most things that grow, the garden plot has taken on a life of its own and last year the volunteers were able to double their donation to The Stop with over 400 pounds of produce for their kitchen. Last year, we were particularly proud of our tomatoes, red peppers, butternut squash and kale vegetable donations.

A committee of 6 to 8 loyal community volunteers has been meeting regularly, since the fall of 2007, to plan an even better garden for 2008. We decided to broaden our appeal and call for even more community volunteers with a new name “The Garden Party @ Redeemer Lutheran” After all, the fun of our community vegetable garden is the perennial garden parties which take place during the summer and early fall. To-date, we have increased the number of garden party people who contribute their time, interest and abilities to around 20 people.

Last year, our garden grew substantially with the removal of many tree stumps which resulted in the creation of a large and new squash patch. At the end of October, a couple of days were devoted to removing many tall shrub trees in order to gift the garden with more natural light for growing. In February, The Stops’ urban agricultural coordinator, joined us to share vegetables planting ideas for their kitchen. The Stop assists us with young seedlings and access to their donations of fertilizer and top-soil.

In spring of this year, Downtown Lumber – Home Building Centre (Home Hardware) donated wood for the construction of wood frames to prevent soil erosion, hold moisture and allow for a longer growing season. As well, the City of Toronto is providing the vegetable garden with much needed compost to improve our healthy, albeit sandy soil, and give it a better chance to retain moisture. or the long-term, we have made a commitment to create our own compost by working with a local restaurant, the Lunch Box, and one of their employees who has volunteered to collect kitchen cuttings and oversee the creation of good quality compost.

While Redeemer Lutheran shares their land their land for growing, they are unable to fund the project. As such the garden is dependent on donations from the community and volunteers who have been working in the garden. A need exists for donations of gardening tools (wheel barrel, pitch fork, spade, and rake) new wood for a compost and soil amendments such a bone, kelp or sea meal. Any and all donations will enable our volunteers to learn more about vegetable gardening while growing healthy vegetables.

If you would like to join, donate or hear more about our community vegetable garden, please contact the amazing Audrey Yates at 647.340.0069.

Green Toronto Festival this weekend!

What happens when you mix hundreds of green products and services with live bands and local foods – and invite everyone in Toronto? The 2008 Green Toronto Festival!

Toronto’s third annual celebration of all things green — the Green Toronto Festival — will take place on Friday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square.

More than 100 exhibitors of green products and services will display items to help Torontonians live green at home, work and on the road — including environmentally friendly fashions, solar power, low emission vehicles, green roofs, biodegradable packaging, organic foods and more. Stroll through the exhibits, sample locally grown foods, and catch some of Toronto’s hottest musical acts.

Friday is “kids’ day” with a special focus on green events and activities for children, teachers and parents including performances by children’s entertainers Chris McKhool and Juno award winner Jen Gould.

On Saturday, enjoy a dazzling musical line-up including Chantal Kreviazuk, David Usher and Kardinal Offishall and join Mayor Miller in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bicycle bell ensemble at 12 noon. Yonge Street will be closed to traffic from Dundas Street to Queen Street.

A detailed program and list of exhibitors is attached, and more information is available on the City’s website at

Toronto Bike Week Begins!

From bike tours to movie screenings to the return of competitive cycling in downtown Toronto, more than 150 events promoting cycling in the city will take place during Bike Month 2008, from May 26 to June 20.

The official launch of Bike Month is once again the marquee event – the nineteenth annual Group Commute through the streets of Toronto on Monday, May 26. Cyclists will converge from various points around the city and meet at Yonge and Bloor for a mass group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Once there, participants will enjoy music, open air booths, demos and a free pancake breakfast. The event at Nathan Phillips Square begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Torontonians are continuing to embrace the bicycle as a great alternative method of transportation,”said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee. “Over the past five years, the number of trips made by bicycle in the City of Toronto has almost doubled.

“Aside from the obvious health benefits, cycling produces zero emissions contributing to a cleaner environment for the entire population,”added Councillor Heaps.

Other major events during Bike Month include:

• Saturday, May 24 – Trailhead Grand Opening. The City of Toronto is working to foster the sustainable use of off-road trails in the Crothers Woods area.

• Monday, May 26 – TTC Bike Racks on Buses Media Event. The TTC will be announcing new routes for TTC bus routes with the bike racks on board. A TTC bus will be on display at Nathan Phillips Square for the public to try out the bus bike rack.

• Friday, May 30 – The Toronto Criterium at St. Lawrence Market. The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division, is partnering with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and ZM Cycle Fitness Ltd. to present a bike race in the St. Lawrence Market area.

For more information about Bike Month activities, call 416-392-7592 or visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Filming at various locations in Ward 14

2295 Dundas St W, June 6th

Please be advised that Body Machine Prods Inc, will be filming a portion of their TV Special The Body Machine at 2295 Dundas St W btw Roncesvalles Av & Bloor St W. The location manager for this production is Karen Perez. The contact telephone number is 416-948-3817.

The scene involves:

Interior/exterior filming

Filming will take place on:

June 6th, 7A-11P

Production vehicles will be parked on:

Dundas St W N-S Leg S/s btw Roncesvalles Av & Bloor St W

The production company will notify all affected residents / businesses in advance of filming

Allan Lamport Stadium – June 6 to Oct 24 – Please be advised that Rogers Cable Communications Inc, 855 York Mills Rd, Toronto, Ontario M3B 1Z1, 416-466-6637, will be filming soccer games for television at Allan Lamport Stadium .

The location manager for this production is Willy Jong; the contact telephone number is
The scene involves: cast & crew of 16, camera handheld or on tripod

Filming will take place on:

1400-2359 June 6,13,27, July 11, 18, Aug 15, Sep 12, 26, Oct 24

Production vehicles will be parked on:
Where available and permitted

The production company will be notifying all affected residents/businesses in advance of filming.

Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto are having their Annual Garden Tour

Greetings Gardeners!

This is to remind you that the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto are having their Annual Garden Tour on:

Sunday, June 8th

10 AM to 4 PM

The tour will take place in the area bounded by Dundas Street West to the north, Fermanagh Avenue to the south, Roncesvalles Avenue to the west and Sorauren Avenue to the east. Most of the gardens are on the side streets running between Roncesvalles and Sorauren.

Advance tickets are available now at Another Story Bookstore located at 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. Remaining tickets will be available on the day of the tour at the south end of Sorauren Park, at the corner of Sorauren and Wabash Avenues. Tickets are $15 and go to support our local public garden initiatives.

Please see attached flyer and If you have any questions about this year’s Tour, please email either or


Lamport Update!

Posted on May 16, 2008


I am pleased to announce that Lamport Stadium has been revitalized with both new turf and new fencing. The installation of the turf and the painting of the lines are now complete.

I am thrilled that Lamport Stadium will once again be a City run facility that can be enjoyed by both participants and spectators.

Jameson Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Posted on May 16, 2008

Many of you have written to me sharing your concern regarding pedestrian access to the waterfront during construction of the Jameson Avenue Bridge Reconstruction (May to November 2008).

Like you I am very frustrated with the lack of pedestrian access to the waterfront from Parkdale. As you are aware, the roadway and pedestrian infrastructure environment presents several logistical problems.

With regards to the bridge reconstruction, rescheduling to later in the year provides a very narrow window of opportunity to complete the project before the onset of winter, potentially resulting in full closure of the bridge over the winter and possibly into the spring if the project cannot be completed. Given the possibility of bad weather in the late fall this is a very real risk.

Installation of temporary traffic signals anywhere in proximity to the bridge is extremely unsafe due to the number of FG Gardiner Expressway ramps and criss-crossing of traffic in the area. lt might be possible to install temporary signals near Dowling Avenue but this is not an ideal location since there is turning traffic from Dowling Avenue onto westbound Lake Shore to be considered, along with six lanes of traffic and an uphill grade approaching eastbound on Lake Shore. In addition, there is no direct pedestrian access to Dowling Avenue from the Jameson/Springhurst area. Pedestrians would have to walk to King Street then west to Dowling before walking south to Lake Shore (a distance of about a kilometre). This is similar to the distance required in walking to Dufferin Street. Finally, Dowling Avenue presents many installation problems, including pole locations to support the signals, and the need for controller equipment including pedestrian call buttons. Assuming funds for the installation can be secured, installation would take several weeks. Given the time involved, bridge work will be nearly completed before the signals could be installed (under current scheduling of the bridge work).

Erecting a temporary bridge would cost over $200,000.00 and this would also require constructing a sidewalk to access the bridge. Further a temporary bridge would only have stairs, creating difficulty for cyclists and persons with strollers. Again installation time must be considered which impacts on current scheduling.

I urge you to visit the Western Waterfront Master Plan,, which will be addressing this very issue, and voice your concern. Although the input period for the initial public consultation is complete there will be further public input sought over the coming months in regards to the WWMP. Dates of these public information/consultations will be posted on this website, as soon as they become available.

May 2008