Full Service Backyard Tree Planting Program

Posted on September 13, 2011

LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest.  The Backyard Tree Planting Program offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost. Their certified arborists will help you make an educated decision about the type of tree that best suits your property, and where it should be planted.

For more information see attached pdf. LEAF Flyer

or visit  www.yourleaf.org or call 416.413.9244.


Emerald Ash Borer

Posted on September 13, 2011

Just a reminder that this week and next week there will be  5 public information / consultation meetings within the communities presently affected by the Emerald Ash Borer.
Urban Forestry staff will be presenting information about what the City of Toronto is doing to manage the impact of EAB on the Urban Forest.
The meeting in Ward 14 will be held from 7 to 9 pm on  September 22, 2011, at Masaryk Cowan Community Recreation Centre (220 Cowan Ave.).
For more information and other meeting locations see the attached flyer: EAB flyer meeting notice final

Important Information On Service Cuts

Posted on September 13, 2011

Toronto needs us. Everywhere I go, your neighbours tell me how worried they are by the Mayor’s erratic and destructive approach to government.


  • You can speak out against the cuts by making a deputation to the Executive Committee on Monday, September 19th at 9:30 AM.

  • We hope many of you can make it down to speak. Alternately you can submit written comments. The Committee Administrator, Frances Pritchard 416-392-6627,  exc@toronto.ca to will be able to assist you in arranging a deputation or filing written comments.
  • One Toronto is hosting a free breakfast at Holy Trinity Church, 10 Trinity Square, behind the Eaton Centre, before the Executive Meeting, Sept 19th from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Please RSVP moy office at 416-3927919 if you are interested in attending, invitation attached.  Champions of Toronto Breakfast Flyer – Sept 19 11
  • We all need to be part of the larger conversation about what kind of City we want to have. If you belong to any community association, parent group, congregation, or a sports club see if you can raise the topic. I would be happy to come and make a presentation and answer questions. Also, please consider having a few friends over to your home for a conversation about the City. Again, I will make myself available.

Gord Perks

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park




Report Summary:


Who do the cuts hurt most directly?

1. Children, Seniors and Struggling Families
a) Children


  • Eliminating or reducing Dental Health—Investing in Families
  • Eliminate Christmas Bureau

Outsource or eliminate zoos and farms

  • Reducing Library Services
  • Close museums with least attendance
  • Toronto Zoo
  • Reduce grass cutting in parks, except sports fields

b) Struggling families


  • Rolling back TTC service improvements; also eliminate Blue Night Network or make it a premium service
  • Reduce new affordable housing
  • Reduce the number of subsidized child care spaces through attrition
  • Sell Long Term Care homes
  • Eliminate 4 free garbage bag tags
  • Reduce snow clearing in parks (dog owners)
    • Reduce Child Care funding and subsidies
    • “Transferring” child-care centres to community or private operators
    • Terminate community based child care programs
    • Transfer Long Term Care homes to non-profits

2. Business

  • Reducing business services
  • Reducing staff support to BIAs
  • Eliminate building and zoning information available to public by writing and phone, migrating it to the web
  • Reducing Sectors and Trade development


3. The poor and disadvantaged

  • Eliminate Hardship Fund
  • Reduce new affordable housing
  • Develop individual plans for Wheel-Trans users to use conventional system
  • Eliminate Christmas Bureau
  • Rolling back TTC service improvements; also eliminate Blue Night Network or make it a premium service


4. The suburbs

  • Eliminate windrow clearing
  • Review option to sell or lease TTC and TPA parking lots and garages


5. Cultural communities and arts

  • Reduce CPIP to legal obligations, eliminate where City funding is less than 5% of program or less than $10,000
  • Close museums with least attendance
  • Options to cover the city’s administrative costs for Percent for Public Art Program
  • Reducing Heritage grants and tax rebates
    • Toronto Centre for the Arts
    • Hummingbird Centre
    • St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
    • Heritage Toronto

6. The environment

  • Eliminate environment days
  • Change of timeframe for achieving Tree Canopy goals
  • TAF and TEO: Consolidate and reduce environmental services, focusing on regulatory requirements, city’s interests, and greatest ROI


7. Everyone

  • Reduce snow clearing to minimum required levels
  • Reduce mechanical and manual street sweeping
  • Eliminating horticultural activities
  • Eliminate Neighbourhood Improvement Program for 44 wards
  • Closing some library branches
  • Police budget savings, including hiring of new officers
  • Less proactive planning review process
  • Reducing level of proactive MLS investigations and enforcement
    • Eliminating inspection and enforcement of illegal signs
    • Eliminate EMS community medicine activities
    • Outsource EMS non-emergency transfers
    • Reducing range of medical calls to which Toronto Fire responds



Proposed 2012 Dufferin St Construction

Posted on September 13, 2011

City staff is working on design proposals for construction on Dufferin St. from Springhurst Ave to Queen St. West.

Design and Construction – Linear Infrastructure, TTC, and Special projects are initiating detailed design for the 2012 Capital Works Programs with construction (pending budget approval) to begin in March 2012.

The projects scope will reconstruction the track, road, sidewalks, and watermain.

I would like to be able to provide some community input from residents on the design of the project.  If you have some concern or suggestions please email my office:  councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call:(416) 392-7919

Sidewalk Repairs on Queen St. West

Posted on September 13, 2011

Starting next week sidewalk repairs will begin on Queen St W from Roncesvalles to Dufferin. Utility cuts, tripping hazzards will be repaired. It will be a 6 week project starting at Roncesvalles and Queen, south side over to Dufferin, then north side Dufferin to Roncesvalles. The City was waiting for Roncesvalles and King to be finished before starting this project.

September 2011