Welcome to Rita Cox Park!

Posted on October 17, 2008

Please find attached the flyer invitation for the opening of Rita Cox Park next Wednesday October 22nd, 630pm at 14 Machells Avenue (see map on flyer for exact location).

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Cox on an event that I put together to promote literacy in Parkdale. Parkdale Project Read and my office co-hosted “Stories, Song and Dance”in December of 2007, which included story-telling sessions with Dr. Cox and Cheryl Thornton. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Cox’s wonderful energy and her obvious dedication to Parkdale.

This is a rain or shine event, so please bring umbrellas if necessary!

Feel free to distribute widely. I do hope all of you can come out to celebrate Dr. Cox and her wonderful contributions to communities across Toronto.


Ward 14 Tree Advisory Committee

Posted on October 17, 2008

Over the last two years I have worked with a number of small community groups to maintain and/or expand the tree canopy. Currently, Ward 14 residents are actively engaged in ongoing tree watering in the West Bend, looking for planting opportunities on Cowan Ave and the RMRA has undertaking the huge task of developing a tree planting plan to use as a model for ccommunity-based initiatives, in response to the City of Toronto‘s Change is in the Air document.

I believe that the survival of the urban forest is vital for both our community and the environment. The continued support from Ward 14 residents to become more actively engaged in community planting projects has inspired me to start a Ward 14 Tree Advisory Committee.

I would like to invite all residents interested in the urban forest to meet with me, Urban Forestry and a representative from the RMRA to begin a conversation on how we can work together to keep the Parkdale – High Park canopy strong for generations to come.

Our first meeting will be held on October 23rd at 6:30pm at the High Park Public Library, 228 Roncesvalles.

I hope you will join me in this very important initiative.

New West-End Bikeways Project!

Posted on October 17, 2008

Please be advised that the City’s Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure Unit is working on a new project in Ward 14, in partnership with the Toronto Cyclists Union. The West-end Bikeways project will address the current “black hole” in the bikeway network in the downtown west-side (from south of Bloor to the Gardiner, and from Keele/Parkside to Bathurst).

As part of the project, this unit is calling on cyclists in the area to send in their ideas for ‘quick fix’ bikeways in the study area that can be implemented in 2009-10. Please see attached for the Call for Submissions and Study Area Map.

After the submission deadline on November 5th, all submissions will be reviewed by City of Toronto Transportation Services and the Toronto Cyclists Union in cooperation with the west end community – including my office.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact my office. I look forward to working with you as the project moves forward.


1638 Bloor Street West Design Workshop meeting minutes

Posted on October 17, 2008

Please find attached the minutes for the above noted meeting, held on October 15th, 7pm at Indian Road Junior Crescent Public School.

All of you who are currently on my mailing list for this site should have received the notice of the meeting sent out from my office. I understand that City Planning also had the notice distributed via mail to properties 120m outside of this address.

Please be advised that, as this was an official City of Toronto City Planning meeting, Kevin Edwards prepared these minutes. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to connect with him directly at kedward@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-392-1306. You can also contact my office.


Fall Flu Clinics

Posted on October 17, 2008

Toronto Public Health’s flu vaccination clinics will open on Monday, October 27 and Toronto Public Health has asked us to provide you with advance notice of the following flu clinics being held at City Hall:

Thursday, November 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Information about other clinics across the city is available at:


October 2008