Metrolinx – Community Partnerships Program

Posted on November 21, 2012







“Metrolinx, offers support for local projects related to transit and transportation through its Community Partnerships Program.


This program is designed to support community-based initiatives, led by non-profit organizations, in areas where transportation improvement projects funded by Metrolinx are underway. We are specifically looking for projects that promote pedestrian, cycling and transit-friendly communities, including education, beautification and safety initiatives.


Funding of up to $1,000 per project is available, and each round of the program will focus on a different geographic area.


In this round of the Community Partnerships Program, we are exclusively inviting applications for projects located along GO Transit’s Union Station and Lakeshore West rail corridors in Toronto and south Mississauga, from Cherry St. in Toronto in the east to the Peel/Halton border in the west. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2012.


The focus area contains the following Metrolinx/GO Transit facilities and projects:

  • The Union Station Rail Corridor
  • The GO Transit Union Station Revitalization project
  • The GO Lakeshore West rail corridor within the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel
  • Exhibition, Mimico, Long Branch, Port Credit and Clarkson GO Stations
  • GO Transit’s Willowbrook rail maintenance facility


For more information about what types of projects and applicants are eligible for support, please visit:  and choose Community Partnerships.”



Queen Street West Restaurant Study – Community Consultation Meeting

Posted on November 21, 2012


An Invitation from Councillor Perks

Councillor Gord Perks would like to invite you to a Community Consultation Meeting regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study.

Toronto City Planning has been conducting a 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.

Over the past few years, this section of Queen Street West has seen an increase in restaurant/bar type uses replacing a broad range of commercial uses. Community concerns of noise, vandalism, garbage and congestion problems have also increased.

In August 2010, in response to these concerns, Councillor Perks moved a motion that City Planning be directed to undertake a study of this section of Queen Street to determine if any additional zoning is required to mitigate negative impacts associated with restaurants and bars on the surrounding area. That study is well underway.

Further, at the October 30/31, 2012 Toronto Council Meeting, on the advice of both City Planning and City Legal staff, Councillor Perks introduced an Interim Control By-law at City Council, to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street.

Prohibiting the establishment of new restaurants and second floor expansions within this study area for a one year period allows City Planning the opportunity to study which of the existing provisions ought to be changed in order to help alleviate the concerns related to land use issues.

The City is holding another Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study and the Interim Control By-law. The meeting will include information on the purpose and findings of research undertaken by planning staff, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and share your comments.

The meeting will be held Monday, November 26th, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the May Robinson Auditorium (20 West Lodge Avenue). Please flyer below for more information, including further details about the study.

Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor, Suite A14
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
To see a .pdf of the flyer: QueenWestRestaurantStudyNotcieNovember26

What To Do With The Last Of The Leaves And Getting Ready For Winter Season

Posted on November 21, 2012



Leaf and yard waste collection is picked up every other week, on garbage collection day, from mid-March into December.

For more information on how to participate in the City’s yard waste collection service, see your local collection calendar. Here are some helpful reminders (PDF) about how to participate in yard waste collection. The City has a policy regarding approved containers to use for curbside collection of leaves and yard waste. If you want to use kraft paper yard waste bags, or learn more about suitable bags see Frequently asked questions: All about kraft bags.



City of Toronto getting ready for winter season

“Toronto received a break from mother nature last winter but the City of Toronto has not let down its guard as it gets ready to tackle snow and ice this winter.

Winter is also high season for watermain breaks. Cold weather and rapid swings between periods of thaw and freezing put pipes under stress. Crews are ready to respond to minor and severe breaks 24/7.

As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its salt trucks to the expressways and the main roads. After that, the salt trucks move to the local roads. If the City receives 2.5 centimetres of snow, the plows are sent to the expressways. When the snow reaches five centimetres, the plows go to the main roads and plowing continues for the duration of the storm.

When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres, plows will be sent to the local roads.

The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres (five centimetres in January and February) of snow has fallen. In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place.

More information about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto, including a map of where the service takes place, is available at

The City of Toronto’s levels of service for snow clearing meet those set by the Province of Ontario for municipalities and road authorities. These levels of service were adopted by Toronto City Council in 2009.

The public can help the City’s efforts in clearing snow by doing a few simple things such as not pushing snow back onto the road after clearing snow from their sidewalks and driveways, avoiding parking on city streets to help the plows do their work, and taking public transit whenever possible. The public is also reminded to clear snow from around hydrants after a snowfall.

In 2012/13, the City will again concentrate on an improved level of service for sidewalk snow clearing. That includes increasing service on main streets with high pedestrian volumes and frequent transit stops, streamlining the service so that it follows closely behind roadway plowing, and enhancing service to prevent ice build-up on sidewalks in prolonged cold periods.

Transportation Services continues to reduce salt use as part of its Salt Management Plan. The City of Toronto has improved its fleet of salt spreading trucks, provided better training for staff who operate salt trucks, as well as improving salt storage and handling techniques.

Residents who have questions about snow clearing efforts or watermain breaks in their area can call the City at 311. Anyone who spots a watermain break is also encouraged to call 311.
Besides snow and cold weather, there are numerous causes of watermain breaks and the City of Toronto is taking steps to address the ongoing problem, currently spending $86 million to improve the watermain distribution system.

Toronto Water is dealing with aging infrastructure and through the capital infrastructure renewal program, approximately 50 to 60 kilometres of watermain pipes are being replaced annually. In addition, three rehabilitation programs continue: cathodic protection of watermain pipes, cleaning and cement mortar lining, and structural lining.

Response crews are available 24/7 to locate, assess and repair watermain breaks in order to restore service as quickly as possible.

More information about watermain breaks can be viewed in a brief video at

More details about the City of Toronto’s overall winter operations are available at”



November 2012