Wabash Green Feasibility Study

Posted on May 29, 2009

We are nearing the end of the Wabash Green Feasibility study. The final public meeting will be held on June 23rd from 7:30-9:30 at the Wabash fieldhouse.

Please follow this link to view the concept plans for the proposed recreation centre and the proposed site concept plan for the integration of the Wabash site with Sorauren Park. You can click on the feedback form and email or fax your comments to Diane Stevenson by June 5, 2009.


The Wabash information is situated below the golf photograph on this page. (See the photo of #40 Wabash Avenue).

West End Bikeways Update

Posted on May 29, 2009

Staff plans to submit the first batch of proposed bike lanes for 2009 to the Public Works Committee June meeting. The report will include the contra-flow and regular bike lanes from the WEBways project, including the following in (or on the border of) Ward 14:

  • Under the bridge on Lansdowne (north of Rideau) – bike lane
  • Under the bridge on Brock (south of Florence) – bike lane
  • Fermanagh (Sorauren to Roncesvalles) – contra-flow bike lane

Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) Action Plan 2010-2020

Posted on May 29, 2009

The opportunity for every resident to obtain safe, secure affordable housing throughout Toronto would be recognized under a proposed new Toronto Housing Charter, a key component of the Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) Action Plan 2010-2020 introduced today by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Chair, Affordable Housing Committee.

The Toronto Housing Charter – Opportunity for All would be the first of its kind in Canada. The Charter is designed to guide City Council and staff in their efforts to assist those who often face challenges finding affordable housing, from newcomers and single parents to seniors and those with disabilities. It states that all residents have the right to equal treatment in housing without discrimination as provided by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

“One of the best ways of providing opportunity for all is to make sure people have access to affordable housing across Toronto,”said Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, Chair, Affordable Housing Committee. “In putting forward this plan, we are also supporting job creation, a greener city, healthy and productive residents and a better future for us all.”

HOT contains 67 recommended actions to be undertaken by the City of Toronto and the federal and provincial governments. It calls for new investment of $484 million annually for the next 10 years to help 257,700 households struggling with high housing costs or inadequate accommodation. More than 60,000 jobs would be created or preserved over the next decade with the full implementation of HOT.


Live Green Toronto can help you turn your green ideas into action

Posted on May 29, 2009

Live Green Toronto is a City of Toronto program to engage communities wishing to take action to green their neighbourhoods. The goal is to help make Toronto’s air cleaner, our neighbourhoods greener, and to do our part to address climate change and its effects.

Martina Rowley is the Community Animator for our ward and the rest of the Toronto & East York Community Council district. Martina is available to work with you to ‘facilitate’ the launch of green project(s) in your neighbourhood. This includes working with all types of community-based groups and businesses. Martina will connect you and your community with resources through: free workshops; printed and online information (available only in English but later in other languages); providing assistance in determining and refining project ideas; connecting you with expert advice, service and material providers; giving guidance to your volunteers; and assisting you in finding funding for your projects.

In the long-term, we will all work together to identify a Live Green Toronto vision for our community.

For more information, or to get started with a neighbourhood project, contact:

Martina Rowley

E-mail: mrowley@toronto.ca

Phone: 647-208-1810

Web: www.livegreentoronto.ca

TDS co-hosting risk management workshop for licenced establishments

Posted on May 29, 2009

The Toronto Drug Strategy is co-hosting a risk management workshop for licenced establishments. I have circulated the attached flyer to our Ward 14 BIAs, but please feel free to distribute to other interested parties.



Wangari Muriuki, Excutive Assistant

Posted on May 22, 2009

Please join me in welcoming Wangari Muriuki, my new Executive Assistant. Please do not hesitate to stop by Suite A14 to wish her congratulations in this new position. Wangari has had many years of experience working with Street Health and was recently appointed as a citizen member to the Board of Health, however once Wangari accepted the position of Executive Assistant in my office she resigned from the Board.

Wangari brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Ward 14 and the City and I am happy that she has become a part of our team.

Items of Interest

Posted on May 22, 2009


Street Sale and Kid’s Fair

Saturday May 30

(rain date May 31)

All day – or while the good stuff lasts!

Come and check out Parkdale’s greatest annual treasure trove

Please see attached flyer for more information: yardsale.jpg

St. Joseph’s Health Centre invites you Celebrate Safe Kids Week

May 25 – 29

“Kids Summer Safety: What Families Need to Know”

See attached flyer for more information:


Doors Open Toronto celebrates its 10th anniversary by opening 175 doors

This weekend, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, Doors Open Toronto invites residents and visitors to explore up to 175 buildings from heritage landmarks to modern structures, including the 1850s Don Jail and a restored five-pin bowling alley. Many of the buildings are not usually open to the public, and admission to all buildings is free.

Dates: Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24

Times: Most buildings are open on one or both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with exceptions. Please confirm times for each venue. No pre-registration or tickets are required.


Numerous locations; highlights include:

o BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – last year’s most popular site

o Art Deco gem the Carlu at College Park

o pre-1834 sites such as Fort York National Historic Site, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and Campbell House

o Union Station, the site of readings, performances and spontaneous theatre presented by Diaspora Dialogues

o Drake Hotel, with intimate readings by authors in a newly restored suite

Visit www.toronto.ca/doorsopen for a full list of buildings. The Doors Open Toronto weekend information headquarters is located at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (Doors Open Toronto hotline 416-397-5023, only on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

In addition to the building tours, Doors Open Toronto is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the finale of Lit City – Toronto Stories, Toronto Settings. About 40 venues are hosting Lit City readings and events. Visit www.toronto.ca/doorsopen for details.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by the Toronto Star.

Media sponsor: CBC; program sponsor: Woodcliffe

Toronto is Canada‘s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto‘s incorporation as a city. Toronto‘s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Water-efficient lawns and gardens

Toronto Water is hosting seminars at selected stores across the city on the topic of water-efficient gardening. You can learn how to create a beautiful outdoor space while saving water. Toronto residents can sign up for a free WaterSaver lawn and garden consultation while there. Details: http://www.toronto.ca/watereff/

Hundreds of events highlight Bike Month 2009

Bike Month 2009, featuring more than 150 events and activities that promote cycling in the community, will take place in Toronto from May 25 to June 25. Whether it’s a bike tour, an art exhibit or the thrilling Toronto Criterium bike races, Bike Month offers something for everyone.

“Bike Month is a celebration of the culture of cycling in the City of Toronto,”said Mayor David Miller. “As we continue to improve our cycling infrastructure by adding to our bikeway network, I encourage Torontonians to consider biking as a healthy, viable transportation alternative.”o:p>

Again this year, the official launch of Bike Month is the marquee event – the 20th annual Group Commute through the streets of Toronto, on Monday, May 25. Cyclists will converge from various points around the city and meet at Yonge and Bloor for a mass group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Once there, participants will enjoy music, open air booths, demos and a free pancake breakfast. The City’s new pedal-powered EcoCabs, which are sponsored by the City’s Live Green Toronto program will also be on site offering free rides. The event at Nathan Phillips Square begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Riding a bike promotes a healthy lifestyle, helps the environment since biking produces zero harmful emissions that lead to climate change and it reduces our dependence on vehicular traffic,”said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee.

Other major events during Bike Month include the following:

• Wednesday, May 27 – Bikeway Network event. The City of Toronto will be outlining cycling infrastructure plans for 2009 and beyond.

• Thursday, May 28 – Toronto Bike Policy Summit. Presentations will feature international and Canadian best practices that address the value of cycling for transportation, health, tourism, recreation, economic development, energy conservation and the environment.

• Friday, May 29 – The Toronto Criterium at St. Lawrence Market. The City of Toronto, Transportation Services, is partnering with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and ZM Cycle Fitness Ltd. to present a bike race in the St. Lawrence Market area.

For more information about any Bike Month activities, call the City Cycling office at 416-392-7592 or visit www.toronto.ca/cycling/events.

Roncesvalles EA unanimous approval at Public Works and Infrastructure

Posted on May 8, 2009

The Roncesvalles Environmental Assessment was approved unanimously at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting this week. Attached is the report for your review. This report will go to Council in June. If City Council endorses the recommendations of this Study, the Project File will be forwarded to the Province for review.


I look forward to working with you on the detailed design work in the coming months. If you would like to be included in our email contact list please send your information to Amy Johnston at ajohnston@toronto.ca.

Meeting notes, April 27th meeting, Parkdale Pilot Project

Posted on May 8, 2009

Attached are the summary notes for the above noted meeting to discuss for 59 Wilson Park Rd., 21 Thorburn Ave., 5 Glenavon Rd., 2 Elm Grove Ave., 2 Spencer Ave., and 8 Spencer Ave. These notes were prepared by community planner Christopher Dunn, who can be reached at cdunn@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-397-4077 should you have any questions.

Next steps: The Parkdale Housing Committee will review these properties at its meeting on May 6th. For those properties which receive approval by the committee, they will be presented to the Toronto and East York Community Council meeting on Tuesday June 23rd, 2009, and to the July 6th meeting of Council if passed at TEYCC.

If you wish to comment on any of these properties at Toronto and East York Community Council I will be sending posting this information as soon as it becomes available.


Public Art Competition Open House at Gallery 1313

Posted on May 8, 2009

The City of Toronto will host an Open House at Gallery 1313 to exhibit submissions for the second phase of a public art competition. Councillors Perks and Giambrone will join City staff and the public to view the proposals by four short listed artists, Vera Frenkel (Toronto), Isabelle Hayeur (Montreal), Luis Jacob (Toronto) and Ken Lum (Vancouver) whose conceptual designs for the public art work proposed for the Dufferin Underpass will go to the Jury on May 22nd.

Date: Wednesday, May 13

Time: 5 – 8 PM Open House

Location: Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West

Light refreshments will be served.

The outdoor public art work or art work series was commissioned by Toronto Cultural Services. It was requested that the conceptual proposals address, from both a historical and contemporary perspective, the unique social and cultural characteristics of Parkdale and West Queen West, two vibrant neighbourhoods that have a rich and colourful shared history. The artists were also asked to take into account the nature of the railway underpass as an industrial structure that functions as an architectonic yet transitory public space that is experienced at various speeds by pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and passengers on public transit.

The public is encouraged to leave comments about the exhibited submissions.

May 2009