West Lodge Park Improvement Update

Posted on December 12, 2008


I am pleased to share that improvements to the wading pool at West Lodge Park are currently underway. The hardscaping, including the seating wall and pathway will be finished within the week and the water chamber is scheduled for repair in January. The wading pool rehabilitation will conclude in the spring, once the wading pool resurfacing and sod replacement are complete.

Looking forward to seeing you all out, enjoying the pool, in the 2009 summer season!

PARC names the beneficiary of this year’s Design Hope Toronto 2009 Annual Event –

Posted on December 12, 2008

The fourth annual Design Hope Toronto event will take place from 7-10 pm, on Friday, February 6, 2009. Venue this year is St. John’s Parish Hall, 186 Cowan Avenue. Mark your calendars and be sure to come out to our annual auction in support of PARC/Edmond Place. This will again be a great evening of food and drink, a chance to socialize, and bid on unique artwork in support of a good cause.

Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre is a social service agency offering support to psychiatric survivors and people who are socially isolated, offering a multitude of programs and initiatives designed to build a stronger community by rebuilding lives. PARC also provides affordable housing and is raising funds to develop Edmond Place — 29 units of affordable housing specifically designed for people with mental health issues.

For more information, visit www.parc.on.ca.

1638 Bloor Street West OMB decision

Posted on December 5, 2008

Please find attached the decision document for 1638 Bloor Street West. As many of you are aware, this was a result of countless hours of my office and City Planning negotiating with the developer on how to shape this building in the best way we could. We also had several conversations with members of the community who represent residents, businesses and stakeholder groups in the area.

We accomplished such things as reducing the number of parking spots available to reinforce transit use and proximity to transit, shortening the mechanical penthouse from 4.2m to 3.2m to lessen the visual impact., re-negotiating the stepbacks to allow for appropriate neighbourhood views and much needed streetscape elements, incorporating green development standards, reinforcing a two storey base through materials to allow for viable commercial spaces on Bloor, putting in place a process whereby the community can participate in a design meeting with the developer, and securing funds for capital improvements in the neighbourhood.

I want to say that this was not an easy process, however we did accomplish many of the items that were outlined in the community meeting for this development in July of this year. We have also outlined a number of conditions to ensure that the developer follows through on this revised proposal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office or Kevin Edwards, City Planning at 416-392-1306 or by email at kedward@toronto.ca


Meeting notes, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on December 5, 2008

Please find attached notes for the November 18th, 2008 meeting held at Saint Joan of Arc Gymnasium.

The next meeting will be held in the New Year, I will be posting this information as soon as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Planner Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or by email at ccambra@toronto.ca




Western Waterfront Master Plan – Public Meeting set for December 9th

Posted on December 5, 2008

After over a year of working on and collaborating with community members, the Western Waterfront Master Plan is set to make is public appearance. The meeting is set for:

Tuesday December 9th, 2008

7 – 9pm

St Joe’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway Avenue

Please see attached notice.

This project will provide an opportunity to create a meaningful and positive relationship with our waterfront. The plan includes increasing our parks space by an incredible 28+ acres, creating one swimmable beach (with the potential for 2 more), and create additional access to the waterfront for local residents.

The WWMP represents an opportunity to change the way we currently view our waterfront. I hope to see you at the meeting and to share my excitement for the complex and dynamic plan.



Thank you for your participation in the light exchange

Posted on December 5, 2008

This year’s Parkdale Village and Roncesvalles Light Exchange was a resounding success. In total, 499 sets of efficient, energy-saving LED string lights were given out in exchange for regular, energy-wasting incandescent-bulb string lights.

I want to thank everyone who made this year’s light exchange an successful and exciting event, including all those who came by to visit us and exchange their lights.

New additions to the blue bin program

Posted on December 5, 2008

Starting December 9th, residents can add plastic grocery and retail bags and foam polystyrene packaging to their recycling.

Plastic grocery and retail bags without drawstrings, metal detailing or hard plastic handles are accepted. Remove receipts. Place all plastic bags in one grocery or retail bag and tie handles together. The following bags are not included: dry cleaning, milk (outer and inner), produce, bread, sandwich and plastic food wrap.

Foam polystyrene packaging includes foam protective packaging, foam meat trays, foam takeout food containers, foam plates, foam egg cartons and foam coffee cups. All food residue must be removed. Packing chips (e.g., “peanuts”) are not accepted in the Blue Bin.

Residents will be informed through a newspaper advertising campaign in daily, community and ethnic papers (see samples in the attached PDFs). Mall and transit shelter posters will be displayed across the city throughout the month of December. Information is also posted on: www.toronto.ca/recycle





December 2008