St. Joseph's Health Centre Update

Posted on September 15, 2011

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Our Lady of Mercy Patient Care Wing scheduled for early 2012. The hospital’s new wing will give our community 130,000 square feet in 4-storeies of new patient care space.

 

 

It will be home to a new state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a new Paediatric Unit, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and an expanded Family Birthing Centre, and three relocated inpatient areas housing a total of 92 beds.

 

Right now construction is progressing well and people driving by the site will see there is on-gong landscaping and other exterior work like driveways and sidewalks being completed on the grounds. Sod has been laid on the west and north sides of the building, and shrubs, small trees and perennials have been planted as well. The surface parking and drop-off area was recently completed with curbs, asphalt, and line painting.  Shortly, the community will see pedestrian walkways being installed on the grounds from both Sunnyside Avenue and Parkdale Road. The interior finishing of the building continues to progress on all floor levels.

 

For the last several months the Health Centre has been planning the move of patients and services into the new wing. Over the next few months, a profile of each team that will be moving into the new building will be posted on the Health Centre’s website.

 

As the move approaches in early 2012, further information will be circulated to Health Centre’s partners and the local community. The Redevelopment section of the website will continue to be a prime source of information, housing monthly construction updates, weekly photos and fast facts, along with the team profiles.

Please visit the website at: www.stjoe.on.ca/about/redevelopment/news.php.

For more information on this exciting redevelopment project contact the Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Department for St. Joseph’s Health Centre at 416-530-6389.

 

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Update

Posted on September 15, 2011

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Our Lady of Mercy Patient Care Wing scheduled for early 2012. The hospital’s new wing will give our community 130,000 square feet in 4-storeies of new patient care space.

 

 

It will be home to a new state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a new Paediatric Unit, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, and an expanded Family Birthing Centre, and three relocated inpatient areas housing a total of 92 beds.

 

Right now construction is progressing well and people driving by the site will see there is on-gong landscaping and other exterior work like driveways and sidewalks being completed on the grounds. Sod has been laid on the west and north sides of the building, and shrubs, small trees and perennials have been planted as well. The surface parking and drop-off area was recently completed with curbs, asphalt, and line painting.  Shortly, the community will see pedestrian walkways being installed on the grounds from both Sunnyside Avenue and Parkdale Road. The interior finishing of the building continues to progress on all floor levels.

 

For the last several months the Health Centre has been planning the move of patients and services into the new wing. Over the next few months, a profile of each team that will be moving into the new building will be posted on the Health Centre’s website.

 

As the move approaches in early 2012, further information will be circulated to Health Centre’s partners and the local community. The Redevelopment section of the website will continue to be a prime source of information, housing monthly construction updates, weekly photos and fast facts, along with the team profiles.

Please visit the website at: www.stjoe.on.ca/about/redevelopment/news.php.

For more information on this exciting redevelopment project contact the Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Department for St. Joseph’s Health Centre at 416-530-6389.

 

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.

Use of Streets and Sidewalks Bylaw

Posted on September 8, 2011

In July, City Council approved the consultation process to amend the City’s current “Use of Streets and Sidewalks” Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 743).
What the amendments do is harmonize existing legislation from the former municipalities – the legislation that continues to govern activities in the public right of way e.g. permits for street events, banners on light poles, temporary light and street decorations, excavating in streets.
A series of citywide public meetings is scheduled in September.  Please see attached background information:
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Urban Vegetable Garden Tour

Posted on September 8, 2011

The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto’s first Urban Vegetable Garden Tour will take place in High Park Parkdale, a self-guided garden tour of 15 eclectic urban vegetable gardens and a free talk by noted author and urban farmer Lorraine Johnson at 2:00 at the High Park Baptist Church at Roncesvalles and Hewitt, plus mini-presentations by gardeners. Gardens range from community gardens, allotments, a rooftop container garden over a three-car garage, compact backyard container gardens, educational kids’ gardens, and a hockey rink that converts to a veg garden in the summer. Tickets available at Mabel’s, Another Story Bookshop, The Flower Room, Sweet Pea’s, $10 (cash only), $5 for students and seniors.
Date: 11 September 2011
Time: 10AM to 4PM
Location: High Park/Roncesvalles/Parkdale

 

 

OMB Hearing For 1566 Queen St. W. (Parts & Labour)

Posted on September 8, 2011

The C of A decision on March 9th/2011 (to refuse a proposal from 1566 Queen St. W. to create a rooftop patio to be used in conjunction with the existing restaurant located in the one-storey building) has been appealed Parts and Labour to the Ontario Municipal Board for Toronto and East York District.  A hearing will take place before the OMB on October 19th/2011.  The city will be present and represent by legal.

For more information on appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board please visit the OMB website: http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/english/home.html

For more information on the hearing see: August 2011_1

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