Queen Street West Restaurant Study

Posted on June 24, 2011

“Queen Street W. Restaurant Study” Community Consultation Meeting
Tuesday, June 28, 2011  from   7:00 – 9:00 PM  in the    May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue.

Study Area
The study area covers the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Intent of the Study
City Council has requested the City Planning Division to conduct a planning study to review the impact of restaurants (and similar uses) for the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. The study will examine possible changes to the Zoning By-law to mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area.

Purpose of the Meeting
This meeting will provide an opportunity for City staff to inform the community of the direction of the study and allow the community to have input on this project.

If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still make your views known by sending a fax (416) 392-1330 or by writing to Gregg Lintern, Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District, City Planning Division, 100 Queen Street West, Floor 18, East Tower, Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

If you would like further information about the proposal, please contact Dan Nicholson, Planner, at (416) 397-4077, or by e-mail at dnichol2@toronto.ca.

You may also contact my office at (416) 392-7919 or by e-mail at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Notice to correspondents:
Personal information received at the community consultation meeting or contained in your correspondence to the City, is collected under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Planning Act, and the City of Toronto Municipal Code.  The City collects this information to enable it to make an informed decision on the relevant issue(s).  Individuals who submit correspondence should be aware that any personal information in their communication will become part of the public record.  The City will make it available to the public, unless the individual expressly requests the City to remove the personal information.  Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the Planner listed above.

Compliance with City Council policy respecting Notice may result in you receiving duplicate notices.

Attendant Care Services can be made available with some advance notice.

Parkdale Bazaar

Posted on June 24, 2011

Parkdale Community Development Group (PCDG) welcomes you to the Parkdale Bazaar, located at the Parkdale Town Square (intersection of Queen West and Cowan Avenue).

The first Parkdale Bazaar of 2011 will be held on Saturday June 25th from 11am to 5pm. Please see the Parkdale Bazaar media release


Recruitment Notice

Posted on June 24, 2011

Recruitment is underway for public appointments to City tribunals and boards of directors.

Click here for more information on the recruitment: Notice to Interested Persons

For more information, please contact the Appointments Team via e-mail at: appoint@toronto.ca


City Council Highlights

Posted on June 24, 2011

City Council meeting of June 14 and 15, 2011                  

Council Highlights provides informal summaries of some of the decisions made by Toronto City Council at its business meetings. The City Clerk’s Office provides full and authoritative documentation of all of Council’s business and decisions, available online at http://www.toronto.ca/council.

24 and 48 hour parking permits now available
City council established such a permit at its May 17 meeting in order to accommodate 24- and 48-hour temporary overnight on-street parking permits for visitors, The introduction of these permits will allow overnight and weekend visitors to park on streets designated under the permit parking program starting July 1.

The fee for a 24-hour temporary parking permit has been set at $8 and the 48-hour permit at $12.

Toronto Community Housing – sale of houses
Council authorized the sale by Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) of 22 of its houses on the open market and directed TCHC to invest the proceeds into the renovation of some of its other social housing units in Toronto. TCHC will honour commitments made to tenants who live in the 22 houses and will relocate households affected to other suitable units in the TCHC portfolio.

New board for TCHC
Council appointed a new board of directors for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. The board is made up of City Councillors Norm Kelly, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio and John Parker (who is the Mayor’s designate), along with seven community members and two tenant-elected representatives of TCHC. The board serves for a two-year term that began June 15.

Toronto’s ash tree infestation
Council approved a plan for informing residents – and agreed to request financial assistance from the federal and provincial governments – with regard to the Emerald Ash Borer infestation and the resulting loss of the tree canopy in Toronto. The City will use various means to inform the public about the problem and will expedite property owners’ removal of infested ash trees from their properties. More information: http://www.toronto.ca/trees/eab.htm

Paid-duty policing
Council adopted recommendations made by the Auditor General with the intention of reducing the City’s annual expenditures on paid-duty policing for works projects and special events. City divisions, agencies, boards, commissions and corporations spend millions of dollars annually for paid-duty services. Among its actions, Council directed Transportation Services to develop a new policy for traffic control at City construction sites and called for changes to the paid-duty requirements that are tied to special event permits.

Toronto bid for 2017 Police and Fire Games
Council authorized a City bid for Toronto to host the 2017 World Police and Fire Games, conditional upon the Province of Ontario confirming it will contribute $6 million if the bid is successful. The games are typically a 10-day event attracting about 12,000 competitors in more than 50 sports.

Review of winter transportation services
Council directed staff to review the City’s cost of providing winter maintenance services, which include clearing snow from residential windrows, bike lanes, trail paths and transit lanes. Another focus is updating the City’s long-term strategy for snow disposal operations.

Support for hospitality initiative
Council agreed to encourage City divisions and agencies to support a hospitality promotion program called We’ve Been Expecting You, which involves participation by the public and the private sectors alike. The three main streams of activity consist of training for front-line staff, more help for visitors seeking information about the city, and resident participation in this welcome-to-Toronto initiative.

Competitive kite flying in parks
Council supported a recommendation to prohibit from City parks any kites with strings made of hazardous materials, and to prohibit competitive kite flying in parks that have significant bird activity. Council also agreed to encourage the federal government to ban the importation of kite string that is chemically treated or contains glass fragments. The City will allow competitive kite flying activities that are arranged through the Parks, Forestry and Recreation permit process.

Whistle blower protection
Council adopted a Whistle Blower Protection Policy that clarifies the protection from reprisal that is provided to City employees who report fraud or other wrongdoing. The policy complements mechanisms already in place for reporting fraud to the Auditor General for investigation. The new policy protects City of Toronto employees from reprisal when they report fraudulent activity or wasteful work practices.

Management of Casa Loma
Council confirmed the termination of an agreement between the City of Toronto and the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma for the management of Casa Loma. The City will set up a corporation to operate Casa Loma until the City establishes a long-term strategy for the castle. Current staff at Casa Loma will be transitioned to the new corporation. The City owns Casa Loma, which the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma managed for the past 74 years.

Sale of shark fin products
Council referred to the Licensing and Standards Committee a motion from a Council member concerning the sale of shark fin products in Toronto. The motion requests the introduction of a bylaw that would prohibit the possession, sale and consumption of shark fin products in this city.

Animal hoarding
Council referred to Executive Committee a motion from a Council member about the practice of collecting or “hoarding” a large number of animals/pets, usually cats – generally by people who are unable to care for them properly. The motion calls for City inspections staff to report properties that show signs of animal hoarding to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Toronto’s Animal Services for investigation.

Strategic Communications produces and distributes the Council Highlights summary for readers’ convenience after each regular meeting of City Council. Previous editions of Council Highlights are available online atwww.toronto.ca/council_highlights.

Formal documentation of Council’s decisions: http://www.toronto.ca/council

Questions about Council business: email clerk@toronto.ca or phone 416-392-8016



Two pieces of bad news, and a sign of hope

Posted on June 24, 2011


I want to share two pieces of bad news and one hopeful sign.

At City Council this month Toronto suffered a major setback. Council voted to sell 22 houses owned by Toronto Community Housing Corporation. The rationale offered was using proceeds from the sale to pay for necessary repairs to other TCHC buildings. TCHC has a very large backlog of necessary repairs largely because the federal and provincial governments downloaded social housing on the City without providing the funds for upkeep.

Also, Mayor Ford has mused about selling another 900 TCHC owned homes to fund the City. This points to the very dangerous prospect of Toronto becoming unaffordable for people with lower incomes. Already the waiting list for housing is 7 years. If we sell housing units, the wait will become longer and we will have a profound housing crisis in Toronto.

Ultimately, we will need a national housing strategy that helps repair and maintain affordable housing in our major Cities. Canada is the only developed nation without such a strategy. If you are interested in housing policy, the best Toronto resource is the Wellesly Institute: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/policy-fields/affordable-housing/

Another setback for liveability came at the June 23rd meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. In a debate on the City’s bike plan, a majority of the members backed eliminating existing bike lanes on Pharmacy, Birchmount and Jarvis. This means that 2011 will be the first year we ever made Toronto’s bike network smaller. As a member of the committee I fought these changes but lost. The Toronto Cyclist Union http://bikeunion.to/ has vowed to fight these cuts which come to Council July 12th.

The hopeful sign came from Ward 14:  together with Councillors Bailao and Doucette, I hosted a west-end community meeting to discuss the Mayor’s “Core Service Review.” A majority of those in attendance were from Ward 14 (of course). Overwhelmingly, community members spoke out against cutting or privatizing public services. This mirrors feedback from other community meetings. Council is expected to consider the results of the review in September. Special meeting of Committees of Council will occur in July to look at some specific services. I will keep you informed of dates and locations where you can speak up.



June 2011