Congratulations To The Parkdale Village BIA

Posted on November 14, 2011

Congratulations to the Parkdale Village BIA who picked up the ‘Small Budget, Big Impact’ award for their decorative bike racks at the TABIA awards!

Thanks To Everyone Who Came Out To Protect Our Libraries Last Night

Posted on November 8, 2011




Thanks you to the approximately 200! resident who came out last night to the Parkdale Public Library to express their concerns about library cuts and service reductions.

As well (for clarification), thank you to Councillor Doucette who requested at the October 17th/2011 TPL Board meeting that “public consultations on proposed service reductions include consultation meetings at the local library branches.” Finally, thank you to Anne Bailey, the Director of Branch Libraries, who provided a presentation and answered questions.

If you would like a copy of the presentation see: Parkdale High Park Library Presentation


As a result of the Mayor’s call for a 10% reduction in the Toronto Public Library operating budget, what is being proposed is a 13 hour reduction at Parkdale Public Library Branch each week from 69 to 56 hrs/wk, and a 6 hour reduction at the High Park Public Library branch each week from 62 to 56 hrs/wk.  These service reductions would create additional closures at the Parkdale Public Library (closed Monday and Thursday Mornings, Friday evenings, and Closed all of Sunday) and at the High Park Public Library (closed Monday and Thursday mornings).

If there was one clear message from the community it was that a library is so much more than simply a library. Our libraries are community hubs providing more than just books but classes, youth programs, computer access, community meeting space, settlement services and all of the things that make a neighbourhood work.


Please make sure to take the time to participate in the Toronto Public Library Survey: library survey

and to see some pictures of the great turnout: event photos



Gord Perks

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park





Lets Beat The Flu

Posted on November 3, 2011


Toronto Public Health’s ‘Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program’ will be holding community flu clinics as part of the Influenza Immunization Campaign.

Free flu shots will be available at multiple locations from October 27 to December 10 and then from January 16 to January 19.


For more information visit:

For a schedule of dates and times please see the attached .pdf:  Flu Shots Schedule



Community Library Meeting Reminder

Posted on November 3, 2011


Hello Friends,
I Just wanted to send out a reminder to Ward 14 residents about our upcoming meeting regarding the proposed library reductions. These reductions will have an adverse effect on our Public Library system – a system that has seen growing demand and must be protected.
The suggested service reductions that would affect Ward 14 residents include:

  • Fewer new titles and copies of books, audiobooks, DVDs and magazines available in library branches; and reduced open hours:
  • Parkdale Public Library Branch: a 13 hour reduction each week from 69 to 56 hrs/wk,
  • High Park Public Library: a 6 hour reduction each week from 62 to 56 hrs/wk.

Please come out to share your comments/concerns about library cuts, and stories about how the library enriches your life and your community.


Monday November 7, 2011, 7 PM

Parkdale Library Branch

1303 Queen Street West

All are welcome!

If you would like a hard copy of this invitation please see:  Library Meeting Flyer
Gord Perks

Toronto City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park



Toronto Park People Community Meeting

Posted on November 3, 2011


Toronto Park People are having a community gathering at the Sorauren Park Fieldhouse (50 Wabash Avenue) to meet and connect with “park people” in Ward 14 and around the city.


Everyone is invited to come out Tuesday November 8 at 6:30pm to discuss ideas on how to protect, build, and sustain parks given the city’s current situation and the new Parks Plan consultation.


The evening will start off with the Sorauren Park Advisory Committee giving a talk on the great projects and activities they’ve brought to their local park. The highlight will be discussing their plans for a great new town square in their park.  Further,  Park People has prepared a list of draft ideas that they would like to present and discuss with people who care about our parks. This is an opportunity to give feedback and provide input into an important report to be released in the coming weeks.


For more information about the event and Park People see: Park People – November 8th Event



November 2011