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

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 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.

Project Zero: fire inspectors begin door-to-door campaign

Posted on May 8, 2009

Last week Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart along with teams of fire inspectors – in uniform and carrying proper identification – took to the streets in the city’s west end Tuesday to begin a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm inspection program.

The inspection began at 201 Westminster Ave., but inspections were also conducted on Geoffrey Street and Grenadier Road.

As a response to the many residential fire fatalities in Toronto this year, Toronto Fire Services launched Project Zero, the first program of its kind in the city. Fire inspectors will go door-to-door ensuring that

– there are working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas

– there is at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed in every home equipped with fuel burning appliances

– homeowners are provided with the necessary information to help keep their homes and families safe by having and practicing a home escape plan.

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. As a part of Project Zero, homeowners who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation and must comply within seven days.

Project Zero is supported by Enbridge Gas Distribution, which has donated $20,000 toward the purchase of 550 combination carbon monoxide/smoke alarms

Please take a moment to make sure that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are properly maintained.

Items of Interest

Posted on May 8, 2009

Grafton Spring Garden OpeningJoin neighbours and friends at the Grafton Spring Garden Opening and planting event on

May 20th 6pm – Grafton Park (Roncesvalles and Grafton – just north of Queen)

Bazaar and White Elephant Sale

The Ukrainian Cultural Centre at 1604 Bloor Street West is having a Bazaar and White Elephant Sale on Saturday May 30, 2009. This is an event that we would like the community to participate and would appreciate it if you could announce it in The Park Post.

Attached is a copy of a Poster for this event that details information.


Horticultural Society Plant Fair This Sunday!

See attached flyer:


Parkdale Spring Fling

There are only seven weeks until the Parkdale Spring Fling!

Whether it’s large or small, whether it lasts for 10 minutes or

all day, your organization, groups within your organization, and

the individuals you serve are invited to put on your own event.

You may sing or dance, have an information booth, stand on a

soapbox and harangue the government, display art work, etc.

The Fling is growing. Parkdalians are planning a ball hockey

tournament, PLEDC is coordinating a giant Parkdale Community

Yard Sale, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre is looking for bands

for the Spring Fling Swing Dance, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre

is offering wall space for Parkdale artists to display their work.

Many more events are being planned.

The brief instructions are at

For more information call Clair at 416-534-9139

May 2009