Next meeting – Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on November 7, 2008

Please find attached the invite for the next public meeting for the Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study, to be held on Tuesday November 18th 2008 starting at 7:00 p.m at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 1701 Bloor Street West. This is a public meeting so all are welcome to participate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office, or you can call Senior Planner Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or by email at

A copy of the invite will be posted under the “What’s New” section on the web page for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study –

Please forward widely!


Community Consultation notices, 69 Wilson Park Ave., 54A Galley Ave., 157 Cowan Ave

Posted on November 7, 2008

Please find attached the community consultation notices for the above noted properties, as part of the Parkdale Pilot Project. The meeting will be held on:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Open House (6:00 p.m.)
Presentation (6:45 p.m.)
Masaryk Cowan Community Centre, Room AR 1
220 Cowan Avenue

This will give you an opportunity to ask questions and provide any comments or feedback on these applications. I have also included a link (below) which gives some detailed history of the Parkdale Pilot Project should you wish to know more.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office, or you can also contact Kevin Edwards, City Planner by phone at 416-392-1306 or by email at





Recent Achievements for the Environment

Posted on November 7, 2008

Local Food Procurement Policy

I have been fighting for two years to get local food purchased by the City and this month the Local Food Procurement Policy was approved unanimously at Council. The report recommends that the Toronto Environmental office investigate the mechanisms required to achieve a purchasing target of 50 % local food and that Children’s Services immediately undertake a pilot project whereby 40% of the food purchased, at 37 city run daycare facilities, be grown in the Greater Toronto Area, the Greenbelt of Ontario and other regions of Ontario. This program will be progressively expanded to include seniors’ facilities and homeless shelters.

The approval of the Local Food Procurement Policy helps reduce greenhouse gas and smog emission and supports our local farmers while providing delicious food options!

Community Right to Know

The Environmental Reporting, Disclosure and Innovation report will be presented to the next Board of Health meeting on November 17th.

The proposed program would require local businesses and City operations to track and publicly report their use and release of 25 hazardous substances. The tailor made Toronto program was designed to suit the unique needs of our city while drawing on the academic and practical experience of industry and community experts. The Environmental Reporting, Disclosure and Innovation report would not duplicate existing federal and provincial reporting programs, but provide important information not captured through the National Pollutant Release Inventory.

Once the program is operational Public Health will provide resources and tools for businesses and residents to track the use and release of toxic chemicals, making Toronto communities safer for everyone.

For more information, visit or call 416-338-7974.

In store packaging

I am excited to share that a report, reaffirming the City’s commitment to achieving our 70% waste diversion (by focusing on disposable hot drink cups, plastic retail shopping bags and plastic take-out food packaging) ,will be heard at Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Nov. 12th.

The innovative report recommends that retailer’s offer customers a reusable alternative or a financial incentive to make positive environmental choices, in and effort to reduce the use of single-use container packaging. Further, by June 2009 retailer-supplied single-use containers must be compatible with Toronto’s recycling program and by December 2009 all containers not compatible with the City’s recycling program will be banned.

This is an exciting new policy that targets the manufactures of non recyclable packaging and rewards the consumer for their waste diversion efforts.

Introducing Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Fee Program

Posted on November 7, 2008

This week marks the start date for the City’s new Solid Waste Management Fee Program for households receiving curb side garbage collection service (fees were effective this past July 1st for multi-unit residential buildings). The new billing practice charges residents for the amount of garbage they set out for collection in their new grey Garbage Bins. All garbage must be set out in Garbage Bins or tagged with a City bag tag to receive collection (one tag per garbage bag). There continues to be no charge to pick up Blue Bin recyclables, Green Bin organics and leaf and yard waste.

The City of Toronto is now sending one Utility Bill that includes separate charges for water billing and Solid Waste Management Fees. The new Utility Bill will go out according to the current water billing schedule. Residents can expect to see their fee and appropriate rebate (equal to the average amount collected through the tax bill) pro-rated over the year.

The revenue generated by the fees will fund significant new diversion initiatives designed to drive the City’s overall diversion rate to 70 per cent. Some of these new initiatives include bringing Green Bin organics collection to apartments and condominiums, introducing new recycling materials and creating a new curbside reuse/recycling program for household durable goods such as mattresses, furniture and electronics. Once fully established, the new bin-based system for both garbage and recycling will make collection more efficient across the whole city. Just several months after switching from blue/grey boxes to Blue Bins, Toronto neighbourhoods improved their recycling rates by 10 to 15 per cent.

In late October, all residents were mailed five free yellow garbage bag tags to be used for overflow garbage. Residents should call 416-392-BINS (2467), if five days prior to their next scheduled garbage pick-up day, they don’t have either a Garbage Bin or bag tags.

For more details about the Fees/Utility Bills, visit

For more details about the new Bins Program, bag tags and Target70 Plan, visit

Items of Interest

Posted on November 7, 2008

Bike lane on Annette approved at Council!

I have always advocated for a continuous bike lane on Annette. This year, I ensured that the portion running through my ward was a proper lane.

As many of you know, the bike lane portion in Ward 13 was turned down at the October meeting of Public Works and Infrastructure Committee in favour of “sharrows”as an alternative. Many of you wrote to my office stating your objections to this proposed solution. You wanted a proper bike lane, and I agreed. I am happy to say that through the work of myself and my colleagues, a continuous bike lane was approved at this month’s City Council meeting.

I want to say thank you for writing to my office with your support. With your help, I worked with Cycling Committee chair Councillors Heaps, key members of Council and our Mayor to drive this important initiative.

Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to Greenest City and Culture link – Live Green Toronto grant recipients

Fourteen community groups receive funds to help ‘green’ Toronto

Mayor David Miller announced the recipients of the 2008 Live Green Toronto funds designed to help residents – through their neighbourhood and community groups – take action on climate change.

Almost $700,000 was awarded to 14 groups for a variety of community-based projects, which include renewable energy initiatives, local food production, green roofs and more. A total of 50 applications were originally submitted.

“Live Green Toronto is all about engaging the people of Toronto in taking action on climate change and improving the sustainability and liveability of our great city,”said Mayor Miller. “These funds are designed to help people take collective action to reduce emissions and help spread the live green message through the neighbourhoods and communities of Toronto. I thank each of you for your leadership and commitment to making Toronto the greenest and most liveable city it can be.”

For 2008, City Council approved funding of $200,000 for the Community Investment Program to build capacity within local communities and neighbourhoods to identify, develop and initiate actions that will reduce greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions; and $500,000 for the Capital Projects Fund to help implement capital asset projects that result in significant reductions in emissions, which the local community has identified and is engaged in supporting.

The funds are a component of the City’s Live Green Toronto program, which was launched last year to engage the public in taking action on climate change at home, work and on the road. In addition to the funding programs, Live Green Toronto offers a one-stop website with rebates, tips and resources to help Torontonians live green, and Community Animators who will work with neighbourhood and community groups starting in December to help them turn their green ideas into actions that make a difference in the fight on climate change.

Recipients of the Community Investment Program funds are: Harbord Village Residents’ Association; Laurier Avenue Residents supported by the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents’ Association; Greenest City; The Toronto United Church Council; Green Here; Culture Link; Not Far From the Tree; and Black Creek Conservation Project of Toronto.

November 2008