TTC Service Animated

Posted on March 27, 2009

Here is a fun link that was recently shared with me and I thought that it might be of interest to Ward 14 transit enthusiasts.


Roncesvalles Environmental Assessment

Posted on March 27, 2009

I would like to thank all those who were able to attend the Roncesvalles Environmental Assessment meeting on Monday March 23rd. If you did not attend but would like to review the presentation, the boards and submits comments please visit:

All comment sheets must be returned by Thursday April 9, 2009 to be included in staff’s final report.

Ward 14 Community Environment Day!

Posted on March 27, 2009

I am very excited to host my Third Annual Ward 14 Community Environment Day on Saturday April 18th from 10 am to 2pm. The main staging area will be on Wabash Avenue.

More compost sites!

Due to popular demand, I have arranged for three extra compost locations and the compost is FREE and available for pick up as of 10am on Saturday April 18th :

Baird Park, south east corner

Masaryk Cowan Community Centre, end of driveway

25 West Lodge (off of Seaforth Avenue)

In addition, April 17th is the City of Toronto’s Annual Community Clean up. Please don’t forget to register your event or group by April 11 by going online at or calling 416-392-7899.

Registration allows City staff to arrange special same-day litter pick-up. The City encourages participants to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

I look forward to seeing you.

Parkdale Pilot Project – Community Consultation

Posted on March 27, 2009

Please find attached the community consultation notices for 1470 King St. W and 192 Dowling Avenue, as part of the Parkdale Pilot Project. The meeting will be held on:

Wednesday April 8, 2009
Open House (6:00 p.m.)
Presentation (6:45 p.m.)
Masaryk Cowan Community Centre, Room AR 2
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 Chris Dunn, City Planner by phone at 416-397-4077 or by email at



Roncesvalles-Borehole Drilling this weekend

Posted on March 27, 2009

The City of Toronto is undertaking watermain and sanitary sewer replacement on Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen
Street West to Boustead Avenue, with construction anticipated to begin in late June or early July 2009.

As part of the design process, geotechnical investigations, including drilling for borehole samples, are required to
determine the subsurface and soil conditions.

The City and TTC have coordinated the work to try to minimize disruptions to traffic and streetcar service. To that
end, the borehole drilling within the streetcar track allowance on Roncesvalles Avenue has been scheduled for the
following dates:
• 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday, March 28, 2009
• 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 29, 2009

Other Considerations:
TTC will replace streetcar service with bus service for the times listed above.
To accommodate the work crews and equipment involved in the work, lane restrictions will be instituted along
Roncesvalles Avenue. In order to maintain traffic in both the northbound and southbound directions, the two curb
lanes will have to be made available to traffic.

Parking will not be available along Roncesvalles Avenue for some of the time that the geotechnical activities
are ongoing. Parking will be progressively made available as work crews complete their work in each
section of Roncesvalles Avenue.

To help the work progress as smoothly and as quickly as possible, we ask that you refrain from parking along
Roncesvalles Avenue close to or during the time that drilling activities are ongoing. Vehicles found to be parked on
Roncesvalles Avenue and blocking traffic operations will be towed to nearby sidestreets. Please note that these
vehicles will be removed from Roncesvalles Avenue only for the purposes of facilitating the geotechnical work and
maintaining traffic operations; these vehicles will not be ticketed. Paid duty police officers will be on site to monitor
any towing operations.

The borehole locations are as follows: Queen, Grafton, Marion, Galley, Garden, Wright, Constance, Grenadier, Geoffrey, Fermanagh, Neepawa, Howard Pk. Ritchie and Boustead.

TTC construction at the Roncesvalles Yard this weekend

Posted on March 27, 2009

The attached notice is forwarded for your information and reference.

The notice is being distributed this morning to residents and businesses in the immediate area of the TTC Roncesvalles Yard.



Earth Hour Reminder

Posted on March 27, 2009

Celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday March 28th !

The City of Toronto is hosting a concert that will get underway at 7:00 p.m. and run to 9:30 p.m at Nathan Phillips Square. The countdown to “Lights Out” will be at 8:30 p.m.

Last year, with your help, 18,000 Toronto residents joined in the countdown at City Hall!

Hope you join in the festivities!



Items of Interest

Posted on March 27, 2009

Painting Our Stories

Painting our Stories is looking for Parkdale/Roncesvalles residents to contribute ideas to their community mural project. See attached Flyer for more details.

Lit City Event – Celebrating Rita Cox

Malvern Branch, 30 Sewells Rd.

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m

Celebrate the launch of the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at Malvern branch, with guest of honour, Dr. Rita Cox. Featuring steel pan music by Taureen Clarke and spoken word performances by Dwayne Morgan and Malvern youth. Hosted by storyteller and author Itah Sadu. Light refreshments.

for more info

20 Minute Toronto Makeover

More than 140,000 Torontonians took a bag and glove in hand to fight litter at last years annual 20 minute clean up. The sixth annual GTA-wide 20-Minute Makeover, taking place at 2 p.m., on Friday, April 24th, 2009 is gearing up to be the most successful year to date.

Special litter bags and gloves for the sixth annual 20-Minute Toronto Makeover are now available at participating Toronto/GTA Pizza Pizza retail outlets and Toronto’s Recreation Community Centres. Get equipped and join students, seniors, business professionals and government officials and staff in the city-wide 20-minute clean-up taking place on Friday, April 24th at 2 p.m.

Organizations and large groups must register between April 1-17 by going online at or calling 416-392-7899. Registration allows City staff to arrange special same-day litter pick-up. The City encourages participants to sort recyclables into their proper containers.

Additionally, Mayor Miller is hosting his annual Community Clean-up Day on Saturday,April 25.

If you are interested in participating in this great event, please also contact my office and let us know what site you plan to tackle!

The 10th Annual Lori’s Legacy Walkathon Saturday, May 9, 2009

Lori’s Legacy Fund was established in 1996. It honours the memory of Lorna-Lynn Martin who died of cancer at the age of 35. Her parents established a memorial fund for their daughter. Since 1996, the Fund has raised almost one million dollars to enhance the healing environment at St. Joeph’s Hospital. The new facilitiy is now known as The Lorna-Lynn (Lori) Martin Chemotherapy Clinic. The Fund continues to support the Lori’s Rooms and chemotherapy clinic, and is now working with St. Joe’s to enhance the healing environment via research, education, and refurbishing Quiet Rooms for patients and families. Future plans include expanding cancer diagnostic and treatment facilities in Toronto’s West End. Parkdale/High Park residents who would like to participate in this year’s Walkathon may contact Lori’s Legacy Fund at (416) 252-7961, or visit their website at

Walk Information
Humber Bay Park West
Registration & Pre Walk Entertainment 8:30am – 9:30am
Kick Off Festivities 9:30am
Walk Starts 10:00am

MEETING REMINDER – Roncesvalles EA meeting

Posted on March 20, 2009

Please see attached notice for the Final EA Public meeting.

When: March 23rd at 6pm – 9pm (presentation at 7pm)

Where: Howard Park Public School – 30 Marmaduke Street – Gymnasium


Bloor Dundas Avenue Study Meeting Minutes and Presentation

Posted on March 20, 2009

Please find attached the meeting minutes for the final Local Advisory Committee meeting, held on Wednesday March 18th, 6:30pm at the Ukranian Hall. The presentation at this meeting will be posted on the City’s dedicated website

Should you have any further comments, please do not hesitate to send them to Senior Planner Corwin Cambray if you have not yet done so. The deadline to submit your comments is April 3, 2009. Corwin can reached at or by phone at 416-397-0244. I have cc’d Corwin in this email.

Next steps:

The consultants will now draft a report for early spring. A final report will then be posted on the City’s dedicated website:

The Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study City Planning report (including comments and feedback from City staff) will go forward to Toronto and East York Community Council at it’s May or June meeting. You will have an opportunity to make a deputation (in writing or in person) at this meeting. I will be sending out information to my mailing list on the exact date of this meeting once it has been confirmed, as well as how to register to depute. Of course, I will also be posting information on my website at

Thank you, and feel free to contact my office should you have any further question.



March 2009