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 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:

1638 Bloor Design Workshop

Posted on October 10, 2008

Please find attached the City Planning invitation to attend a design workshop for the above noted site, to be held at the Indian Rd Crescent Junior Public School staffroom, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, on Wednesday October 15th at 7pm.

Please be advised that City Planning is still in negotiations with the developer but has confirmed that this design meeting needs to happen before any revised plans are introduced.

I understand that City Planning has done a mailout and that folks within 120m of the development area should be receiving a flyer as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions.



Revised construction schedule, Jameson Reconstruction

Posted on October 10, 2008

Please be advised that my office met with City staff on site last week and have confirmed the following:

The installation of the watermain from Springhurst Avenue to King Street West is installed and the contractor is installing the water services to each building now. After, that part of the distribution system will be chlorinated and put into service hopefully by the end of October 2008.

As for the watermain from King Street to Queen Street, it is expected to start at the beginning of November 2008 and weather permitting, it may be completed this year. Please note that chlorination of the watermain system can be very difficult in the freezing weather and may have to be delayed until around March/April 2009 before the system is put to use. The project will be shut down during the winter season and after that the road, sidewalk reconstruction and streetscaping works will start by the end of April/ beginning of May 2008. The whole project is expected to be completed by July 2009.

As I understand it, the reasons for the change in schedule were: some unexpected underground obstructions were encountered resulting in extra work, additional investigation had to be carried out because of conflicting information between field observations and drawing notes and some activities took longer to accomplish because of safety concerns.

I have asked that a new construction notice to notify the residents on Jameson regarding the revised schedule be sent out as soon as possible and that another one also be sent out prior to the start of the construction in spring 2009.

I have confirmed that the entire Jameson Avenue, from Springhurst to Queen in both directions, will be open during the winter months when construction is not happening. Again, I have also been advised that pedestrian access to the waterfront will also not be compromised.

Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market Potluck Dinner

Posted on October 10, 2008


This Monday I had the pleasure of joining MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo at the annual Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market potluck dinner. Friends, families and park users came to shop, eat and enjoy each other’s company on a chilly fall evening. I also sampled some delicious market fare while visiting with many of you.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to get out the browse the local and organic fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods you have until October 27th of this year to gather up some goodies of your own. So, bundle up next Monday evening and enjoy Ward 14’s Farmers’ Market!

Nuit Blanche in Ward 14 a HUGE success!

Posted on October 10, 2008

For the second year, Nuit Blanche has come to Parkdale/Liberty Village. This year Nuit Blanche in the Ward was host to many amazing multi sensory exhibits from fire filled windows, to fighting mascots, to contemporary Canadian fashion, to photography, animation, to audio installations and so much more. This was an amazing night of multi media art and an exciting opportunity for us to share our communites with residents from Toronto and abroad.

You should also know that I chatted with many people in and out of the ward who said that the installations in Parkdale and Liberty Village were some of their favourites. What good news!

Although the contemporary art installations are formally over, the ‘Stereoscope’ by Blinkenlights, the world’s largest interactive computer screen, at City Hall will continue to run every night until Sunday, October 12 at 7 a.m.

To play games on City Hall’s East tower, participants can call:

Invaders: 647-259-8560

Mole: 647-259-8543

Breakout: 647-259-8563

To play games on City Hall’s West tower, participants can call:

Tetris: 647-258-1674

Pong: 647-259-8559

Snake: 647-259-8557

I hope you all had a safe and memorable experience this year and Nuit Blanche and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Items of Interest

Posted on October 10, 2008

Optician of the Year awarded to Parkdale BIA member!
I would like to extend warm congratulations to Dr. Belle Tumbokon, a long time Parkdale Business Improvement Area Board member and most recently the recipient of the annual Optician of the Year Award!
Dr. Tumbokon has been the owner of Belle Optical, 1388 Queen St. West, for 30 years.
I am pleased to announce the launch of GreenSceneZToronto, a video challenge designed to give Toronto’s youth an opportunity to express their passion for the environment and help inspire Torontonians to live green.

Youth in grades 7 through 12 at Toronto schools are invited to submit their idea for a 30-second ‘live green’ video on a storyboard; no previous video or filmmaking experience is required. Six winning teams will have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers at Planet in Focus to turn their great green message into a 30-second video.
Winning videos will premiere at the 2009 Green Toronto Awards and be featured on the Live Green Toronto website at for all of Toronto to see.
The deadline to enter is December 15, 2008, and details and entry forms are available at Winners must be available to attend a video production camp during March Break, from March 16 – 20, 2009.
Live Green Toronto Scavenger Hunt

The Live Green Toronto Scavenger Hunt is an initiative of Live Green Toronto, which is designed to engage and inspire all Torontonians in taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, be more energy efficient and combat climate change. The City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan targets an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

For more details visit: Live Green Toronto at and Toronto Walking Festival at

1638 Bloor and Giraffe signage – October 7th meeting, Toronto and East York Community Council

Posted on October 2, 2008

Please be advised that the application for 1638-1650 Bloor Street West will be brought forward to the Tuesday October 7th, 2008 meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council.

The item # for this report is TE 19.16 and the staff report can be found at

I have spoken extensively with the City’s Planning department and understand that a supplementary report will be coming forward as well. This report will detail Planning’s comments as well as comments and concerns that you raised at the community pre-consultation as well as the public meetings for the Avenue Segment study and the development proposal. I also understand that report will be supplementary (meaning not meeting to clerk’s deadlines for the official agenda) because of continuing conversations between the developer’s team and the City’s Planning department up until last week.

As soon as this report is finalized I will be sending an electronic version to all of you.

Also, a reminder that at this same meeting, a sign variance report for 1540 Bloor St. West (“Giraffe”) will be going forward. This will be item number TE 19.2

As you are aware, these are very large fascia signs and they cover every window on the East and south elevation of the building. Moreover, the signs are installed without a sign permit. Please be advised that I will be speaking against these signs.

Please note that if you wish to depute on either of these, you must use an item number. To depute, please contact Acting Administrator Frances Pritchard at 416-392-033 or by email at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Nuit Blanche back for a third year!

Posted on October 2, 2008

Recognized as a signature event of the City of Toronto, I am pleased that Nuit Blanche’s Zone C, which includes Parkdale and Liberty Village, will be host to 28 independent artists and 2 curated Exhibitions during this year’s all night celebration.

Join me on this unique sleepless night of activity to celebrate the City and your community, transformed by art. A special congratulations goes to businesses, residents and stakeholders in Parkdale and Liberty Village for working together to create such dynamic pieces in your neighbourhoods. I look forward to visiting them all!

For more information and to plan your route in advance please visit:

October 2008