2012 City of Toronto Budget – Community Meeting

Posted on November 25, 2011



I would like to invite you to join myself and Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13) to a community round table discussion on the 2012 City of Toronto Budget. This event is an important opportunity to workshop with fellow residents and community leaders about how to protect and build the essential services which make Toronto great. We will be discussing issues and city services important to you and your community, as well as the impact the 2012 Budget will play in delivering and funding these services.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor Street West), in the 3rd floor staff room.


Seating is limited. Please register at Councillor Perks’ Office  You can do this by either e-mailing  councillor_perks@toronto.ca or calling 416-392-7919 to reserve your space.


Looking forward to seeing you on December 6th,


Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park



P.S.    If you are planning on making a deputation to the Budget Committee, please note the meeting has just been resheduled to December 7th, 2011 at City Hall, Committee Room 1, 9:30am. To provide feedback/make a deputation at this meeting, register by contacting buc@toronto.ca or 416-392-7340 with your name and address.







Reminder: 24-66 Howard Park Ave Community Consultation This Monday

Posted on November 25, 2011


Just wanted to give everyone a reminder to come out to the community consultation meeting held by City planning staff and the property developers for 24-66 Howard Park Ave.  The meeting details are as follow:

Nov28th Howard Park Development Notice Flyer

Meeting Date: November 28, 2011

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Meeting Location: High Park Baptist Church

9 Hewitt Avenue (Hewitt and Roncesvalles)


See you there.

Ward 14 TTC Service Changes

Posted on November 24, 2011

In an effort to meet Mayor Rob Ford’s demand of 10% cuts to all City departments, the TTC has unveiled thier full list of service changes.


In Ward 14 we stand to lose 118 Vehicle Hours Per weeks.


Here is a quick breakdown of some of the route reductions Ward 14 residents will face: Ward 14 Transit Cuts


Update: As some people have been having problems opening the document I have added some other formats.

Ward 14 Transit Cuts .pdf

Ward 14 Transit Cuts .doc

Ward 14 Transit Cuts .docx

Ward 14 Transit Cuts .xlsx




More information and discussions to come in the near future…

Queen Street West Road Closure November 26 to 28 and December 3 to 5

Posted on November 24, 2011

Between November 26-28 and December 3-5, Mertolinx will be installing two new bridge spans to the east of Queen St. West bridge (at Queen and Dufferin streets).  We are told the work involves erecting the new bridge spans and securing them in place.


Queen St. will be closed to vehical traffic and TTC service will be re-routed.


Pedestrian access will be maintained but interrupted when the spans are being lifted into space.


Attacked is a flyer Metrolinx has been distributing in the surrounding community:  Queen Dufferin Bridge

Downspout Disconnection Deadline Media Release

Posted on November 18, 2011

“The first downspout disconnection deadline on November 20.

The deadline for property owners in Toronto’s central area to disconnect their downspouts from the sewer system is this Sunday, November 20.  Downspout disconnection is an important step to reduce the risk of basement flooding and release of polluted rainwater into local waterways.

Downspout disconnection is mandatory across the City of Toronto but deadlines for compliance are being phased in between November 2011 and December 2016. This first deadline applies to houses in the central Phase 1 area of the city where stormwater and sanitary sewage are combined into a single pipe.  Downspouts, before they are disconnected, carry rainwater directly into the sewer system, which can overflow causing flooded basements and polluted waterways.  Disconnected downspouts, directed onto a lawn or garden, allow rainwater to percolate into the ground naturally.

During the summer, Phase 1 property owners received an information package notifying them of the need to comply with the bylaw. More information, including a map of the three phases, disconnection tips, Frequently Asked Questions, a video, and the Exemption Application, is available on the Toronto Water website at http://www.toronto.ca/water.

Disconnection in the Phase 2 area is required by December 3, 2013 and in the Phase 3 area by December 3, 2016.

Bylaw exemption
Property owners who have considered all their options and find that disconnection is not technically feasible or could create a hazardous condition can apply to the City for an exemption by completing a Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Exemption Application.

Financial assistance
Financial assistance is available to reimburse the costs of labour and/or materials for performing downspout disconnection work, up to a maximum of $500, for low-income seniors or low-income persons with a disability who meet the criteria.

Property owners can disconnect their downspouts on their own or hire a City-licensed and experienced eavestrough contractor to do the work. Overall, downspouts must be disconnected safely and properly.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “

1566 Queen St West OMB Decision

Posted on November 18, 2011

Please find an attached copy of the OMB decision for Parts and Labour’s appeal of the City’s denial of  rooftop patio application at 1566 Queen St West.
The OMB dismissed the appeal.


See: 1566 Queen St. West OMB Decision


Address Correction For The November 28th Community Meeting

Posted on November 15, 2011

Hello everyone,

It was just brought to my attention that the notice distributed by City Planning for the community meeting being held with the developers of 24-66 Howard Park  has the wrong address for the High Park Baptist Church.  It should read 9 Hewitt Avenue not 91.

Meeting Date: November 28, 2011

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Meeting Location: High Park Baptist Church

9 Hewitt Avenue (Hewitt and Roncesvalles)

Sorry if there was any confusion and please let your neighbours know.

Community Consultation Meeting For The 24 – 66 Howard Park Avenue Development

Posted on November 14, 2011




Make sure you come out to the community consultation meeting held by City planning staff and the property developers for 24-66 Howard Park Ave.  The meeting details are as follow:


Meeting Date: November 28, 2011

Meeting Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Meeting Location: High Park Baptist Church

9 Hewitt Avenue (Hewitt and Roncesvalles)


For more information about the site, the proposal, and for contact information please see:

Howard Park Development Notice – November 28th Meeting


To view the staff report from City planning see:

Howard Park City Staff Report


If you would like to see the presentation the design architects  (RAW Design):

Howard Park Developers Presentation


Municipal Property Assessment

Posted on November 14, 2011

On November 2, 2011, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) will begin delivering Property Assessments Notices to property taxpayers across the province.


The next province-wide Assessment Update will take place in 2012.

In the meantime, changes to properties continue to take place. New homes are constructed, owners renovate, additions are built and properties change use.  MPAC is legislated to update this information even during a year when a province-wide Assessment update will not take place.

Some of the most common reasons you may receive a Property Assessment Notice are as follows:

  • Change to property Ownership or Legal Description;
  • Change to the property’s value, reflecting a change to the property. For example, additions, new structures, removal or destructions of existing structures etc.

Phase-in Program

To provide an additional level of property tax stability and predictability, if your property tax value does increase, it will do so incrementally over four years through the ‘phase-in program’. The phase-in program does not apply to decreases in assessed value. The change in assessed value and the phased-in assessment values for the 2009 to 2012 property tax years are listed on your notice.

Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant

If you are 64 or older and you own a home, you could qualify to get up to $500 to help with the cost of your property taxes.            A brochure describing the new Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant will be included with your Property Assessment Notice.

Request for Reconsideration (RfR)

If you feel your assessed value is not correct, MPAC will review it free of charge.  The deadline to file your (RfR) is April 2, 2012.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Property Assessment Notice you may contact MPAC’S websit at www.mpac.ca or MPAC 1 866 296-MPAC (6722)


November 2011