Multi-residential recycling calendars now available

Posted on January 8, 2010

In December, Solid Waste Management Services (SWMS) delivered over 500,000 recycling calendars to all apartments and condo units. With half of Toronto‘s residents living in this type of housing, it is important that they receive waste diversion information, especially if we expect to improve on the current 15 per cent diversion rate for multi-residential units.
The 2010 Recycling Calendar also provides an opportunity to promote a new outreach program for apartments and condos called the 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer Program which uses local volunteers to help residents Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3Rs) more of their garbage. Overall, the calendar also contains a lot of useful recycling information, even for those in single-family homes.
For your reference, I have attached a PDF of the calendar: Apartment Solid Waste Calendar.
If you require a hard copy of the calendar, please do not hesitate to contact 311 via email at or by calling 311 directly, and request a copy be mailed to you.

Lower rents for 128,000 Toronto households

Posted on January 8, 2010

A record number of Toronto tenant households are receiving notices of an automatic rent reduction this week. Tenants should check their daily mail, and act on this valuable information.

Addressed to the “Current Tenant,”clearly marked “Rent Reduction Notice Enclosed,”and in an envelope with the City of Toronto logo, these letters contain all the customized information a tenant requires to start paying a lower rent as early as December 31, 2009.

More than 128,500 households are eligible for a rent reduction under provincial legislation because the property tax on their buildings has been lowered by at least 2.49 per cent during 2009. This compares to about 330 units that were eligible for an automatic rent reduction in 2008.

Although most rent reductions may be small ($144 a year, for example, on a $1,200 monthly rent in a building where property taxes declined 5 per cent), residents are encouraged to reduce their rents according to the information enclosed in the customized package and to inform their landlords of their intention to do so. Municipalities were required to send notices about the tax decrease and rent reduction to landlords of affected buildings by September 15 and to tenants by December 15. All information on the notices is based on assessment information provided by Municipal Property Assessment Corp., an independent organization established by the provincial government.

A key reason for the record number of households eligible for rent reductions in 2009 is City Council’s 2005 decision to gradually reduce the proportion of overall property taxes paid by businesses, including multi-residential dwellings, compared to those paid by residential property tax payers, as part of the Enhancing Toronto’s Business Climate Strategy. 2009 was also an assessment year and market values have changed.

Tenants of buildings with more than six units generally pay about 20 per cent of their rent toward property taxes, so if taxes go down, they are entitled to reduce their rent by 20 per cent of the reduction. For buildings with six or fewer units, the percentage is 15. All rules are established by the province.

The rent reduction provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act apply only to private rental buildings occupied as residences before November 1, 1991. Newer apartment buildings are not covered. A number of other restrictions apply.
If a household does not receive the rent reduction notice from the City, it is not entitled to automatically reduce the rents. Tenants in buildings with property tax reductions of less than 2.49 per cent may be eligible for a rent reduction if they make an application to the Landlord and Tenant Board. The website has more information, as well as a link to a newly developed web-database that provides information about property taxes for all rental residential buildings in Toronto.

Tenants are urged to contact the City-funded Tenant Hotline if they have remaining questions. Service is available in a number of languages at 416-921-9494. Amounts paid by landlords for solid waste management are not considered in the calculation of the rent reduction notice, as this is not permitted under the legislation. Indeed, landlords may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an above-guideline rent increase to recover any extraordinary operating cost that may result from municipal charges such as garbage fees. Tenants receiving notices are entitled to the full rent reduction set out in the notice sent out by the City, but this reduction could be affected should a decision of the Landlord and Tenant Board later order a variance in the reduction.

The Landlord and Tenant Board has a telephone information line (416-645-8080) for inquiries, including those about the rules for calculating rent reductions and for above-guideline rent increase applications, as well as exemptions and rent reduction procedures for people living in buildings with tax reductions of less than 2.49 per cent. The Board’s website is

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.

Parkdale Resident's Association (PRA) meeting

Posted on January 8, 2010

PRA MEETING, JAN. 14, 2009

All Parkdale residents are invited to the upcoming Parkdale Residents Association meeting, Thursday, January 14th, at the May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Ave., starting at 7 PM.

The speaker will be Victor Willis, Executive Director of the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre. Victor will talk about what PARC does and about Edmond Place, the supportive housing that is being built next door to PARC.

We will also consider what the PRA can accomplish in 2010 and ask for your suggestions.

If you have any questions or comments about the PRA, please OR call 416-533-0044.

Parkdale Resident’s Association (PRA) meeting

Posted on January 8, 2010

PRA MEETING, JAN. 14, 2009

All Parkdale residents are invited to the upcoming Parkdale Residents Association meeting, Thursday, January 14th, at the May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Ave., starting at 7 PM.

The speaker will be Victor Willis, Executive Director of the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre. Victor will talk about what PARC does and about Edmond Place, the supportive housing that is being built next door to PARC.

We will also consider what the PRA can accomplish in 2010 and ask for your suggestions.

If you have any questions or comments about the PRA, please OR call 416-533-0044.

King Liberty Pedestrian/Cyclist LInk

Posted on January 8, 2010

Study Overview
The City of Toronto has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study to determine possible locations for the construction of a pedestrian/cyclist link through the CN/CP railway corridor between
Atlantic Avenue and Strachan Avenue
, along with a workplan for achieving this pedestrian/cyclist link. The link is to be accessible to all pedestrians and cyclists. A pedestrian/cyclist link would result in an enhanced pedestrian and cyclist environment, allowing for improved access between the communities north and south of the CN/CP railway tracks.
The study area is bounded by Queen StreetWest to the north, CN railway corridor to the south,
Strachan Avenue to the east and Atlantic Avenue
to the west.

Public Consultation
Two Public Information Centres (PICs) are planned for this study. The first
PIC is tentatively scheduled for early March 2010. At the PICs staff will be available to answer your questions and concerns, and receive your comments. More information will be made available closer to the date of the first PIC.

We would like to hear from you:
Public consultation is an important part of this study. If you would like more information, or would like to be placed on the study mailing list, please contact:

Cheryl Dow
Public Consultation Coordinator, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 19th Floor, 55 John St. Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Tel: 416- 392-4312 Fax: 416-392-2974 TTY: 416-397-0831

King Liberty Notice

Live With Culture

Posted on January 8, 2010 relaunched as an online platform for Toronto cultural dialogue
The City of Toronto’s has relaunched as a blog with a cause. The goal is to create a city-wide conversation about culture in Toronto by featuring a constantly changing cast of culture workers – from the subway busker to the opera diva, from the puppet maker to the National Ballet’s shoe manager.
Singers, dancers, artists, production people, box office ticket sellers – all will have a voice on These personal stories are central to establishing as the ultimate insider’s guide to the Toronto cultural scene. The homepage is framed by city scenes culled from a selection of Toronto photo blogs.
The site includes a sidebar with links to news stories about
Toronto culture appearing in media locally and around the world. also features a scrollable list of daily arts events from
Live With Culture stories are grouped by category (architecture, art, dance, design, family, festivals, film, museums, music, reading, street culture and theatre). Recent posts have looked at long-running indie music showcase Elvis Monday, an art tour of West Queen West with journalist Betty Ann Jordan and a discussion of whether skateboard culture is actually culture. Organizations and individuals within Toronto‘s cultural industry are being approached to contribute to the site as guest bloggers.
Toronto’s creative industries are growing faster than any other employment sector; 133,000 Torontonians now work in the culture and creative industries. provides a window to the exciting and challenging world of making a living in the city’s cultural community. is a legacy project of the 2005/06 TO Live With Culture campaign, which was a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s arts and cultural communities. From September 2005 to December 2006, Live With Culture showcased the vibrant, diverse cultural activities happening in the city every day.
Originally conceived as an event listing portal – the result of collaboration between the City of Toronto‘s Cultural Services division and the Toronto Arts Council Foundation – the site has relaunched to reflect the new demands and interests of Web 2.0 users and the new realities of Toronto‘s cultural industry.

Live Green Toronto Grant

Posted on January 8, 2010

Live Green Toronto Grant The City of Toronto through the Live Green Toronto Program is providing human and financial resources to strengthen and enhance the ability of Toronto’s neighbourhoods and community groups to undertake collective action on climate change, clean air and sustainable energy use. Eligible organizations include resident associations, community groups and charitable or environmental not-for-profit groups. Live Green Toronto Community Investment Program grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects that reduce emissions, clean our air and help us adapt to climate change. Live Green grants are also available for capital projects, such as infrastructure on buildings and facilities which help reduce greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions.
Application DeadlineLetter of Interest is due February 1st, 2010. Funding rounds are held in the Spring and in the Fall.
Grant Information SessionsWe extend an invitation to all interested parties to join us at one of the following information sessions to learn more about the grants and how to apply:
1) North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3 – 5100 Yonge Street: Monday, January 11, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
2) Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers – 399 The West Mall: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
3) Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2 – 100 Queen Street West: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
4) Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Rooms 1 and 2 – 150 Borough Drive: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Green Toronto Awards

Posted on January 8, 2010

Green Toronto Awards: Call for nominations 2010

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Green Toronto Awards, the City of Toronto’s environmental awards of excellence. The City of Toronto, in partnership with Green Living, invites residents to nominate local individuals, companies and organizations leading the way to a greener Toronto.

A winner in each of nine categories will receive an award and $5,000 to donate to a registered charity of their choice:

• New category for 2010 – Local Food – leadership in creating, managing and promoting local food.

• Community Projects – volunteers in action to green our neighbourhoods.

• Energy Conservation – systems and technologies which reduce and conserve energy.

• Environmental Awareness – leadership in raising eco-awareness.

• Green Design – leadership in innovative and sustainable green design and architecture.

• Green Roof – leadership in green roof and living wall projects.

• Leadership – individual leadership which transforms our environment.

• Water Efficiency – leadership in managing and reducing water use.

• Youth – Toronto youth (18 and under) leading by example.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 12, 2010.
Nominations may be submitted online at

GTA 2010 Nomination Poster

Growing Up on Roncesvalles

Posted on January 8, 2010

Growing Up on Roncesvalles
(Before it was funky!)

a free talk by
writer and editor
Andrew J. Borkowski
High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles AvenueJanuary 12, 2010 from 6 pm to 8 pm. part of a regular meeting of the
Roncesvalles Village Historical Society.

Please refer to to contact the RVHS


Growing up on Roncesvalles

January 2010