20 Minute Make Over – April 22, 2009

Posted on March 20, 2009

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with spring clean-up events

Warm weather is fast-approaching and snow banks are melting to reveal a winter’s worth of debris and litter. Here’s our chance to get involved and help clean-up Toronto.

The City’s annual spring clean-up events are a great way to get together with friends, neighbours and co-workers to reduce everyday litter. We have a shared responsibility to keep our communities green. What better way to turn your green ideas into action than to get involved and reduce litter.

It doesn’t take much time to make a difference – participate in the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover and help clean a public place for 20 minutes on Friday, April 24 at 2 p.m. While you can still get your free Makeover supplies (small and large lime green litter collection bags and gloves) from any Toronto Pizza Pizza location, City Community Centre or Civic Centre, this year, consider reusing a grocery-size plastic bag from home to collect your litter.

Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day is the next day, Saturday, April 25. Get together with family, friends and neighbours and clean a public space that is important to you – it could be a park, local street or even a river bank. Glad and Pitch-In Canada provide free bags for the City to distribute. Register to receive your litter collection bag.

We ask groups to register, from April 1-17, so the City can coordinate where collection crews can find and haul away the litter bags. You can register for either event or get more information at toronto.ca/litter. If the internet is not an option, call 416-392-7899.

Keeping Toronto green, clean and beautiful is up to all of us!

Earth Hour is coming!

Posted on March 20, 2009

Toronto is once again proud to be the lead Canadian city commemorating Earth Hour 2009 – a global lights out event to support action on climate change. Earth Hour has captured the imagination of people all over the world. More cities across Canada and across the world are signing on every day.

This year, we are hoping to make Earth Hour bigger with more engagement and we need your help to make it happen.

At 8:30 p.m. on March 28, the world will turn off its lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to show it’s possible to take action on climate change.

Last year, World Wildlife Fund Canada pioneered Earth Hour globally and it was a huge success! More than 30 countries participated. In Canada, about 10 million Canadians participated in more than 150 cities across the country.

In Toronto, thousands of homes and businesses across the city switched off their lights and Toronto’s electricity demand dropped a remarkable 8.7% during Earth Hour.

Toronto is once again a lead partner City, working with World Wildlife Fund Canada and the Toronto Star to make Earth Hour a success.

It’s easy to participate. Just sign up and turn off your lights from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. wherever you are.

Torontonians can also join the celebration with a free concert at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, starting at 7 p.m. The family-oriented, all-ages concert will feature Suzie McNeil, Crash Parallel, Karl Wolf, The Matt York Band, and Samba Squad.

Be one of the millions in the dark!

See attached flyer: 28778-wwf-gen-wwf-can-tor.pdf

Meeting notices, Parkdale Pilot Project

Posted on March 13, 2009

Please find attached the community consultation notices for 70 Melbourne Avenue and 155 Cowan Avenue, as part of the Parkdale Pilot Project. The meeting will be held on:

Tuesday March 24th, 2009

Open House (6:00 p.m.)

Presentation (6:45 p.m.)

Mazaryk Cowan Community Centre, Room AR2

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 cdunn@toronto.ca.

Jameson Reconstruction – Updated Notice

Posted on March 13, 2009

I am pleased to announce that the sidewalks will also be re-done and, thanks to my office, a new exciting community art project will be incorporated to revitalize the Jameson Avenue streetscape. I have been working diligently with the City’s Clean and Beautiful Secretariat to ensure that this streetscape receives some attention and that funding is allocated for a community-focused project. I will be providing details of this project at a later date.

Please find attached an updated Jameson Avenue reconstruction notice. I understand that this notice is being circulated this week or early next week. The attached flyer is in the process of being distributed to residents on Jameson Avenue, Springhurst Avenue from Cowan Avenue to King Street, Dunn Avenue, Close Avenue, Dowling Avenue, Maynard Avenue, Leopold Street and Laxton Avenue earlier this week.

The notice that will be delivered does contain a small error – the date says that the work will be taking place in 2008, not in 2009. I don’t think this should cause too big a problem and not worth reprinting well over 500 notices.

Please circulate this corrected notice to all concerned.

City Staff have been working with my office on the details of the Jameson Avenue Reconstruction over the past few months: the scope of work involved, the length of the project and my request for clear communication to the residents affected.

Please note that pedestrian access to the waterfront will not be affected during this entire construction period.

Should they have any questions about the project, please contact Dan Chiu, P. Eng., Project Engineer at 416-392-1798 or my office at 416-392-7919.


Reminder – Final LAC meeting, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on March 13, 2009

Please be advised that the final Local Advisory Committee meeting has been confirmed for:

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ukrainian Hall, 1604 Bloor Street West

As was noted earlier, the public are welcomed to attend the LAC meetings and observe the LAC discussions. To ensure a focused discussion that will provide an opportunity to review the materials to date and provide opportunities for feedback as we move forward (see page 6 of the Avenue Study terms of reference), we ask that members not appointed to the Local Advisory Committee reserve their comments for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study public meetings, or convey them to Senior Planner Corwin Cambray if you have not yet done so. Corwin can be reached at ccambra@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-397-0244.

Roncesvalles Environmental Assessment – FINAL PUBLIC MEETING

Posted on March 13, 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


Front Street Extension update

Posted on March 13, 2009

Please be advised that there were no appeals to the City Council’s Official Plan Amendment to delete the Front Street Extension from Schedule 2 of the City’s Official Plan.

As of March 5, 2009 the Front Street Extension is no longer in the City’s Official Plan.

Items of Interest

Posted on March 13, 2009

Project Zero
Fire inspectors will go door to door in the community ensuring that there are working smoke alarms on every level and at least one carbon monoxide alarm in every home visited, and that homeowners are provided with the necessary information to help keep their homes and families safe.

In Ontario, it is the law that every dwelling unit must have a properly maintained smoke alarm installed on every level of the home and in sleeping areas. Smoke alarms, when properly installed and maintained, provide the early warning that is needed to safely escape from a house fire. Where homeowners have already complied with the law by installing smoke alarms on every storey of their home, the alarms will be tested to ensure they are working properly.

Those who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation that must be complied with within seven days. To ensure the home occupants are protected during that time Fire Services staff will install smoke alarms. Teams of fire inspectors, who will be in uniform and carrying proper identification, will begin the inspections in the area bounded by Dovercourt Road and Jefferson Avenue to the east, Bloor Street West to the north, Colborne Lodge Road to the west, and Lake Shore Boulevard to the south. This area was identified as having the most number of fires, fire deaths and fire related injuries in 2008.

The inspection staff will also emphasize the need for home escape planning and practice. It is common for children and seniors to be disoriented when they hear an alarm sounding in the middle of the night. Planning and practicing escapes reduce that problem and ensure that people are better prepared when a fire happens. The inspectors will provide materials to assist residents in the escape plan process.

For further information, please visit the following Toronto Fire Links:

Project Zero- Safety and Fire Prevention:

Project Zero Video:


LEAF – Urban Forest Orientation Session

Thursday March 19, 2009, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location:High Park Library, Community Room (main floor), 228 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

TTC Directions: Take the 504 streetcar from Dundas West Subway Station and get off at Fern Ave.

Parking: There is paid meter parking and limited 1 hour parking on side streets

This session will provide ideas, information and contacts for individuals and groups who want to get involved in tree planting and care as well as tree protection in their own neighbourhoods. If you want to find out more about what urban forestry programs, services and resources exist across the city, or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, this event is for you! There will also be time to network with others in attendance. Meet people who are involved in interesting projects and campaigns and find out where you can fit in! Share your ideas on how to protect and improve Toronto’s urban forest. Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended but not required. Call 416-413-9244 x 14 or register online here.

LEAF – Backyard Trees planting opportunity

If there was one thing you could do this spring that would help you save money, improve your quality of life, and mitigate the effects of climate change, all from your own backyard, would you do it? If the answer is yes, then get ready to plant a tree. Here are three reasons why this simple act is so good at giving back.

Live smart. Trees are one green fix that helps you save the green stuff! Mature trees can reduce air conditioning costs because of shade, and can have a positive effect on real estate values, with leafy neighbourhoods being more desirable places to live.

Live happy. Trees reduce noise pollution by acting as a sound barrier. Native trees and shrubs will thrive in Toronto’s climate and provide nourishment for butterflies and songbirds.

Live healthy. Trees and shrubs absorb carbon dioxide and filter other air pollutants that are harmful to human health. Their leaves also intercept rainfall, reducing transportation and treatment for our storm water infrastructure. That saves tax dollars!

Here’s how.

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is a local, non-profit organization that can help you plant a tree in your backyard. The program is subsidized for Toronto residents, so you pay only $100 to $180 per tree which includes a 30-minute yard consultation with an arborist, a 6 to 8 foot tall tree and full planting service. Visit www.leaftoronto.org/bytp or call 416-413-9244 for more information.

Activities for Children at HOPE Garden this March Break

Join us for activities at the H.O.P.E. Community Garden

Wednesday March 18th & Friday March 20th

2 pm – 4 pm

Kids will make art, listen to stories and plant seeds.

Parents, we need you or a guardian there. But you get to RELAX, make new friends and join activities if you want.

Dress for the outdoors. Rain or shine. We’ll have yummy snacks.

Who: Children, ages 3-9 and a parent or guardian

Where: Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave. (meet in the garden)

Cost: $5 per child (includes snack for all)

Pre-Registration Required

Call 647.438.0038 (Weekdays 9-6) or Email registration@greenestcity.ca

Final LAC meeting, Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study

Posted on March 4, 2009

Review of community meetings to date:

  • 3 Local Advisory Committee meetings (including a walking tour)

Meeting 1 – Thursday, June 26, 2008

Meeting 2 – Tuesday, September 3, 2008

Meeting 3 – Wednesday, November 5, 2008

  • 1 Design Workshop

September 20, 2008

  • 3 Open House Meetings

Tuesday, July 8 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, January 26, 2009

Please be advised that the final Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meeting will be held on Wednesday March 18th, 2009. I will be sending out the location as soon as this information becomes available.

Note: The public are welcomed to attend the LAC meetings and observe the LAC discussions. To ensure a focused discussion that will provide an opportunity to review the materials to date and provide opportunities for feedback as we move forward (see page 6 of the Avenue Study terms of reference), we ask that members not appointed to the Local Advisory Committee reserve their comments for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study public meetings, or convey them to Senior Planner Corwin Cambray if you have not yet done so. Corwin can reached at ccambra@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-397-0244.


You may also want to connect with your area Resident’s Association, Business Improvement Area or community agency (see list of LAC members below) to ask that your comments be included in the LAC discussions.


LAC membership includes representation from:

  • Area Residents
  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School
  • Bloor By the Park B.I.A.
  • Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park
  • Friends of Dundas and Bloor
  • High Park Community Advisory Council
  • High Park Residents Association
  • Lithuanian Lutheran Church
  • Loblaws Properties
  • Loyola Arrupe
  • Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association
  • Roncesvalles Village B.I.A.
  • South Junction Triangle Residents Association
  • The Crossways Complex
  • Vilnius Manor
  • WestBend Community Association

Please feel free to connect with my assistant Shana Almeida (salmeida@toronto.ca) should you require further assistance in finding the appropriate area representative.


Next steps:

After the final LAC meeting, the consultants will draft a report for early spring. A final report will then be posted on the City’s dedicated website www.toronto.ca/planning/bloordundas.htm

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.


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

Noise and Vibration issues, West Toronto Diamond Rail GO project at

Posted on March 4, 2009

As many of you may be aware, GO Transit received environmental approval for the proposed grade separation of the CN Weston subdivision tracks (that carry Georgetown’s line rail traffic) and the CP North Toronto subdivision tracks. A map is attached so you can see the full scope of the work.

Over the course of the work, many residents and business owners have approached my office for help. The noise is loud and disruptive but plays a secondary role to the vibration which is preventing some residents from working, sleeping and enjoying the comfort of their homes.

City staff paid numerous visits to the site but have been told that they have no jurisdiction as the work is taking place on federal lands. I have written to MP Gerard Kennedy and suggested that his office look into regulations in the Canada Transportation Act that might apply in this case. I understand that there are some stipulations to address vibrations due to operation and construction.

MPP Cheri DiNovo held a community meeting to discuss this situation last week and I understand that she has also met with representatives of GO Transit. My office has connected with Cheri’s office to advise on what remedies we took in 2007 when work was being done on City property.

Please also see the attached letter that was sent out to residents on Hook Avenue last week. Since sending out this letter, folks from the surrounding area have also contacted my office with concerns about these vibrations. I will continue to work on municipal issues regarding this site and have asked that my staff connect with you via the Hook Avenue Pile Drivers mailing list with updated information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.




March 2009