Parkdale Sports Day a Big Success!

Posted on June 13, 2008

On Saturday May 31st, I co-hosted Parkdale Sports Day with Parkdale Intercultural Association at the Queen Victoria Public School baseball diamond field, 100 Close Avenue. Despite the warnings for inclement weather, the event was a great success! Over 50 people attended and many youth participated in an assortment of sports and activities which included: soccer, obstacle courses, skipping, limbo, hoola hooping and face painting! It was truly a great day.

I would like to give a special thanks to the Parkdale Intercultural Association for working with my office to plan this event. Many thanks as well to all the organizations that helped to make this event possible. You donated your time and efforts to support our event and the children and young adults in the Parkdale community. Your generosity is most appreciated.

Another big thank you goes out City Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, especially those from Parkdale Community Centre and Sorauren Park, for your coaching skills and help with community building exercises. I would also like to thank St Joseph’s Health Centre, OPHEA and The Heart and Stroke Foundation for providing us with free health information to distribute to the families that attended.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next Parkdale Sports Day!

Reminder – Lamport re-opens on June 17th!

Posted on June 13, 2008

Just a reminder that I will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours on June 17th at Lamport Stadium (1151 King St W) beginning at 7:00pm. Please join us for light refreshments and cheer on the Toronto Women’s Field Hockey Team.

See attached flyer for further details and see you on the field!


Support the Handgun Ban

Posted on June 13, 2008


As of this week, there are over 49,000 signatures on the Mayor’s petition to ban handguns. With a little extra push, we’ll break 50,000 over the weekend.

If you haven’t signed the petition, please do. If you have, but your kids, parents, neighbours or friends still haven’t, now’s the time to ask them. Please spend a few moments this weekend to sign the petition.


Items of Interest

Posted on June 13, 2008

Beat the Heat Tips

Between May 15 and September 30, Toronto‘s Medical Officer of Health may issue Heat or Extreme Heat Alerts.

During a Heat Alert, please call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness. Other at risk groups include people with chronic illnesses, including mental illness, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.

Beat the Heat by taking these precautions:

Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices

Go to air conditioned places, including shopping malls, libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood

Stay out of the blazing sun or heat

Reduce strenuous physical outdoor activity, especially between 11 am and 4 pm

Never leave a senior, child or pet unattended in a car


During an Extreme Heat Alert visit one of the seven City Cooling Centres to cool down

For more information on How to Beat the Heat visit or call Toronto Health Connections at 416-338-7600.

Last Chance: Tell Premier McGuinty you want a strong pesticide ban

This is your last chance to support a strong Ontario pesticide ban — that will be a model for every province in the country.

The pesticide ban will be coming to a final vote very shortly. It’s crucial the Premier hears from you. Otherwise the only voice he will hear is the chemical industry’s.

Please take a minute to send Premier McGuinty a one-line e-mail, as follows:

Dear Premier,

Please pass a strong pesticide ban that includes golf courses and allows cities to pass stricter pesticide bylaws if they wish.

Thank you,

[name, title]

The Premier’s e-mail is:


Jameson Bridge and Construction Projects across the City

Posted on June 6, 2008

I have some good news about the Jameson pedestrian bridge. This week, after many conversations with senior City staff, they have renegotiated the arrangement with the contractor to accelerate the construction schedule. The bridge will now reopen to pedestrian traffic on July 18th (as opposed to late August/early September). This will cut the length of time the bridge is closed almost in half.

Also, the series of motions that I brought to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee regarding the Jameson bridge closure passed in their June 4th meeting. From now on, before proceeding with construction projects that impede pedestrian Waterfront access, City staff will have to go through a series of steps including consultation with Waterfront WWMP staff and my office. This will allow for adequate time to consult with the community. My motion to change the process for notification of all construction projects also passed. See attached letter for details.

I want to thank all of you for sending me your comments and for working with me on this issue. I have said before this experience should remind us all to work very hard to get a great waterfront access plan through the Western Waterfront planning process. If you aren’t already involved please take a moment to browse the City webpage on this project:

Letter to Public Works and Infrastructure Committee :


Bloor Street West Avenue Study Underway!

Posted on June 6, 2008

The process for the Bloor Avenue study is underway. The consultant has been hired for the above noted study (Brook Mcilroy, ) and I met with them last week to finalise the process as well as the meeting dates with the Local Advisory Committee and the public.

To review, the Avenue Study will examine the areas on Bloor between Keele Street and Dundas Street West, and Dundas Street West from Boustead Avenue to Glenlake Avenue and discuss the parametres for future developments in the area. Some of you may be aware of the proposed developments at the corner of Bloor and Dundas, as well as at Bloor Street West and Indian Rd. and the Bloor Visioning Sessions that were sparked by these proposals (in particular the 1540 Bloor Street West development). Much of the work we have done to date will help to inform the Avenue Study as it moves forward.

As part of the process (see terms of reference attached), I have selected 14 stakeholder groups that I would like to be involved in the Local Advisory Committee (LAC). This committee’s responsibility will be to work with the consultant to guide and review the study as it develops. The committee will discuss their experiences in the neighbourhood, and give the consultant feedback on how they feel the neighbourhood should develop.

The dates confirmed are:

LAC meeting: Thursday June 26th, 2008 – 630pm

Open House: Tuesday July 8th, 2008 – 630pm, Saint Joan of Arc Gymnasium, 1701 Bloor Street West (at Indian Grove)

LAC meeting: Wednesday September 3rd, 2008 – 630pm

Public Charette: Saturday September 20th, 20081pm-5pm, location TBA

I will be posting official notices as they become available through City Planning. Many of you in the areas surrounding the study site will also be receiving a hard copy invitation to the Open House and Public Charrette closer to their respective dates.


Lamport Lives! The Official Stadium reopening

Posted on June 6, 2008

Many of you have contacted my office with questions about Lamport Stadium. I am happy to report that after months of this great space being closed to the public, Lamport is now ready to host games, fans and fun!

I hope you will join me on Tuesday June 17th, 2008 at 7pm to officially re-open this great Stadium. The ribbon cutting will take place at the South Gate at 7pm, with tours beginning at 7:15pm. Come out for the ribbon cutting ceremony and get a sneak peek at the new turf and the Toronto Women’s Field Hockey team in action! Please see the attached flyer for more details.

I look forward to hosting Ward 14 sports and games days at Lamport very soon!




Construction Notice

Posted on June 6, 2008

Dorval Road, Edna Avenue, Ritchie Avenue, Parkway Avenue, Maple Grove Avenue and Strickland Avenue Road Reconstruction / Resurfacing and Watermain Replacement

Dates are subject to change depending on weather and any changes to the scope. Further public notices will be issued to residents prior to changes. Individuals with parking permits are requested to park in adjoining streets and if they are tagged, they are advised to give their Parking Infringement Notice to Ed Yathindra immediately so that it could be cancelled. Residents with driveways should contact Ed. Yathindra at 416-394-5421 to receive their temporary parking permits which allow them to park on the adjoining streets during construction.

For more information please see attached notice:


Items of Interest

Posted on June 6, 2008

Weekly Sunday Farmers Market 9am to 2pm in Liberty Village

The Farmers’ Market at Liberty Village is now open and operating weekly until Sunday November 2, in the Green P parking lot at Atlantic Ave and Liberty St. In season and Ontario grown asparagus, rhubarb, early strawberries and much more are available. MyMarket Liberty Village is committed to helping you enjoy the benefits of eating local as well as supporting farmers from Ontario’s protected Greenbelt region.

Green P parking lot at Liberty St & Atlantic Ave, Sundays, 9am to 2pm, till November 2

Fifth annual Give Me Liberty After Work Party, Thursday June 12, 4 to 10pm

From 4 to 10pm on Thursday June 12 you’ll have opportunity to meet your neighbours, celebrate the creative energy of Liberty Village, enjoy demonstrations from Liberty Village health and wellness businesses and sample the specialty foods of the local restaurants. Cold drinks…hot food…cool music!

Fraser Ave south of King St West

Liberty Market Lofts Art Festival: A Showcase of Liberty Village Artists, Saturday & Sunday June 14 & 15, noon to 5pm

An art exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and mixed media as celebration of the work of talented artisans of Liberty Village.

Liberty Market Loft Presentation Lounge, 171 East Liberty Street, Suite 140 (directly south of Dominion)


Join the Parkdale Project Read community:

Volunteers are being sought, who are committed to equality, diversity and learning, to be adult tutors in reading, writing and strengthening voice. PPR offers a 15-hour training (over four days) to prepare you: Thursday June 12 from 6 – 9, Saturday June 14 from 10 – 4, Tuesday June 17 from 6 – 9, and Thursday June 19 from 6 – 9. Contact Mary at 416-531-6308.

Annual Fun-Raising Dance: 4 out of 10 people in Ontario struggle with literacy, and yet 8 out of 10 love to dance! Plan to attend and dance to Skeets and the Clay Pigeons on Friday June 20, 8 p.m., Edward Day Gallery, 952 Queen Street West (at Shaw). Fundraiser Tickets are 2 for $30 or $20 at the door.

Parkdale Project Read 416-531-6308

Toronto Police Services $5 Car Wash, Wednesday June 25, 9am to 1pm., in support of Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit, non-government charitable organization dedicated to eradicating poverty housing in the Greater Toronto area. The “Women Build” is an opportunity for all-female crews to build homes. The home, located in the Lawrence Avenue East and Manse Road area in Scarborough is scheduled to be build during a two-week period in late September and early October.

The TPS Traffic Services Unit, located at the south end of Hanna Ave., has put a team together in support of the Women Build. The “TSV Mortar Mamas” have undertaken the task to raise $9,000.00 for their share of the funds required to provide materials for the new home. For further information or to pledge more support contact PC Lee Bishop 416- 808-1954

TPS Traffic Services, 5 Hanna Avenue, south of Liberty Street

June 2008