Community Consultation Meeting For 383 Sorauren Ave

Posted on January 25, 2013



Please make sure you come out to the important community consultation meeting that will be held by City planning staff and the property developers for the proposed development at 383 Sorauren Ave.  The meeting details are as follow:


Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue


To see a copy of the preliminary report with background information please see:


A copy of the flyer for the meeting can be found at:

Community Meeting Notice Feb 11 13


For the meeting minutes from the pre-application meeting held on September 10th/12 visit:


And finally to see a copy of the developer’s presentation from the September 10th/12 meeting visit:


To speak to the Planner directly, contact Thomas Rees, at 416-392-0758 or

As well, my office is happy to help with any question or hear your concerns at (416) 392-7919 or




GO/Metrolinx – Georgetown South Project – Noise Wall Community Advisory Committee

Posted on January 25, 2013

The Provincial agency GO (‘a division of Metrolinx’) is forming Noise Wall Community Advisory Committees,

“to help integrate the planned noise walls into the surrounding community.  We are recruiting residents, and community groups who are interested in participating in one of nine community advisory committees that will help guide the design of these noise walls in their neighbourhoods.  We will be finalizing the committee membership after February 18 (publicized deadline) and expect to launch the committees in early spring.

The noise wall committees in your jurisdiction covers the areas between Queen and Lansdowne; Lansdowne and Dundas; Dundas and Bloor; and Bloor and Dupont. “

It is very important that we have our strong community groups and knowledgeable residents apply to be on the advisory committee in our area .  For more information or to apply please contact the GO/Metrolinx Office  at 416-581-1300 or email


For a .pdf copy of the above notice click:

Noise Wall Recruitment Advertisement


Recruitment for Citizen Appointments – Build Toronto Board of Directors

Posted on January 25, 2013


Recruitment is underway for 7 citizen positions on the Build Toronto Board of Directors. A copy of the newspaper ad for this opportunity is attached. Applications may be submitted until 4:30 pm, Monday, February 11, 2013. Please feel free to circulate this information in your communities and constituency newsletters.
Further information and the application form are available at
Information about Build Toronto is available at





































Final Public Casino Consultation

Posted on January 18, 2013




The final public casino consultation will take place this Saturday at:

Saturday January 19
Bluma Appel Salon at Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You do not need to register for this event and it is open to anyone


Important Note:

If you have not been able to make it out to a casino consultation in person, but would like to give your feedback, please complete the online survey before January 25th/13 at:


Your input will go to the City’s General Manager’s office and the results of the surveys will be used when he updates the executive committee. Please pass this link on to you friends, family, neighbours.



Lastly, if you want to learn more about the consultation process there is information from the City at  and there is also 3 reports from Toronto Public Health on the serious impacts of gambling which can be found on a previous Park Post article at   There is also substantial information from a group of concerned citizens at:



Toronto Public Health – Health Care for Newcomers

Posted on January 18, 2013



Toronto Public Health wants you to stay healthy. These free health services are available to you and your family no matter how long you’ve been in Canada. You don’t need a health card to use the following free services:

Dental Care

If you cannot afford to pay for dental care, you may be eligible for free dental care. To find out if you are eligible, call 311 and ask for a dental appointment. Interpretation provided.

Advice for Pregnant and New Mothers

Having a baby and raising children isn’t easy. Get advice on the phone about: having a healthy pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding, child growth and behaviour, toilet training and other questions. Call 416 338-7600 and ask for new parent advice. Interpretation provided.

Vaccination Services for Children

Did you know every time your child receives a vaccination you need to report it to Toronto Public Health? Doctors do not report vaccinations. Your children may be suspended from school, if they have an incomplete record or do not have a valid exemption on file. Toronto Public Health can translate your immunization record. Free immunizations are available if you don’t have a health card.

Healthy Eating

Preparing healthy food in a new country can be challenging. Contact us to get advice about children’s nutrition, shopping for groceries, community gardens, cooking programs and healthy low cost meals from many cultures. Call 416-338-7600 and ask for healthy eating advice or cooking programs. Interpretation provided.

Family Planning and Sexual Health

Toronto Public Health Clinics provide free and anonymous advice about sexual health issues. The clinics also provide confidential services such as:

  • free or low cost birth control
  • pregnancy tests and options
  • free testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • free testing for HIV

For more information call 416 392 2437. Interpretation provided.


To learn more about health care for newcomers please see:


and to watch a great video about these services see:




PARC – Community Food Flow Project

Posted on January 18, 2013


Congratulations to PARC who have received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to conduct a two-year community food assessment study for Parkdale!

We are thrilled to announce that PARC, as a lead organization of a collaborative grant, was awarded the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to conduct a two-year community food assessment study “Community Food Flow”– how food gets to Toronto’s neighbourhoods, particularly to populations with food access challenges – and to incubate pilot projects to create more effective and sustainable flows of healthy food to all communities.

By developing a better understanding of existing food distribution networks, the Community Food Flow project aims to create a strong network of distributors and community members with experience in developing innovations around food distribution and addressing together problems of gaps and inefficiencies in community food flows, particularly to food insecure groups. The project explores all sources of food for food insecure groups, and will therefore be able to accurately identify the bottlenecks in the community food system.

The project uses a community food assessment approach that will rely on an innovative combination of partner collaboration and community-based research to ensure maximum participation by stakeholders most affected by food insecurity. This project unites collaborators and partners across the city and with stakeholders from production, distribution and consumption sectors to explore and improve community food flow.

From early next year, we will begin to roll out assessment in Parkdale in partnership with partners in the area. The Parkdale project will build on the existing Parkdale Food Network’ and other collaborations to depict a detailed map and assess food flows in the Parkdale area.”


To learn more about the amazing people and clients at PARC please visit:

PARC – Book With US – Andrew J. Borkowski

Posted on January 18, 2013

Book with Us

For a reading adventure celebrating the richness and diversity of our neighbourhood

with the author, Andrew J. Borkowski

Coppernicus Avenue

Winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award



“Set primarily in the fictional neighbourhood of Copernicus Avenue, Andrew Borkowski’s debut collection of short stories is a daring, modern take on life in Toronto’s Polish community in the years following World War II. Copernicus Avenue captures with bold and striking prose, the spirit of a people who have traveled to a new land, not to escape old grudges and atrocities, but to conquer them

Andrew J. Borkowski is a journalist and author. Over a thirty-year career, he has published articles in the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, and the Los Angeles Times.


WHEN: Monday, January 21  at 7:00 pm

WHERE: PARC 1499 Queen St. W. (at Sorauren)

PWYC: $10.00 Suggested
Learn about the services that PARC provides

Next in the series: Monday March 18, 2013 – Union Station, Joe Fiorito”



To learn more about the amazing people and clients at PARC please visit:

Junction BIA – Toronto Design Offsite Festival – Junction Kick-Off Weekend

Posted on January 18, 2013



January 19th – 20th is looking to be a great Weekend in the Junction, as we host Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)- Junction Kick-Off Weekend.

During the kick- off event and throughout Toronto Design Offsite Festival ( Jan. 21-27th) attendees can visit 10 events and exhibitions at the following Junction BIA businesses: ARTiculations, East of Keele, Forever Interiors, Latitude 44 Gallery, Mjolk, Opticianado, Post + Beam Reclamation, Smash and The Hair Lounge. In addition, an installation titled The Warm-Up: Fire-Building in the Junction will be set up at the Junction Train platform, especially for the TO DO Junction Kick-Off Weekend.

TO DO is an independent and not-for-profit Toronto festival that has had immense growth since its young beginnings. The festival aims to provide exposure for local and national designers and to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design. Attendees can expect to view workshops, talks, exhibitions, installations and more.

Make sure to join us in the Junction on January 19th and 20th as we Kick-Off TO DO!

For more information about TO DO Junction Weekend Kick-Off, visit:  Or Email:

A Message From Councillor Perks – 2013 Budget Update

Posted on January 16, 2013





For the second straight year Torontonians have spoken up to improve and reshape Toronto’s City Budget.


Together we protected our firefighting and ambulance services, our environmental programs that fight climate change, and our community grants that are so important for building strong neighbourhoods.


We overturned a plan to slow library collections purchases, moved Council to restore free adult recreation programs in low income neighbourhoods, and we dramatically improved school nutrition programs.


I heard you loud and clear. Through phone calls and emails to my office, conversations on the street and your participation at Committee and Community meetings, you spoke up for Toronto. Voices in Toronto to protect our public service are strong and growing. I have to report, though, that we have more to do.


We must continue to speak up and demand that Toronto City Council budgets as if it believes in a better future for the City.


This budget does not provide any relief to the terrible overcrowding on the TTC. In fact, the 2013 and 2012 budgets are the only two years since 1997 which have lowered TTC service standards. Unbelievably, the City also imposed a fare increase: making riders pay more for less. I did move a motion to reduce transit overcrowding. Unfortunately it was defeated.


The story for affordable housing is also concerning. Earlier this term, the Mayor launched an effort to sell off affordable housing. This at a time when we set new records for the number of people waiting for affordable housing, and when we are $751 million behind on repairs. In light of all this, the current budget does absolutely nothing to improve housing. A motion to inject much needed funding for repairs was defeated.


Although Toronto’s roads consistently rate better than the provincial average and although City staff did not ask for extra investment, the current budget invests massively in road repair. I supported taking some of that money to address the housing repair backlog but that motion also lost.


I have heard you say that you want a City with good housing, great services, and reliable transit.


We are going to have to work hard to get our message through. Fortunately, the last two years have taught us the when we are motivated Torontonians can overcome.




Councillor Gord Perks

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park




West Toronto Diamond Construction Update – Closure of Old Weston/Junction Road Rail Crossing

Posted on January 11, 2013



West Toronto Diamond Construction Update: Closure of Old Weston/Junction Road Rail Crossing

January 26 – Summer 2013

What we are doing
• To prepare for the bridge installations, we need to access the underground work tunnels which are below Old Weston/Junction Road.
• Underground work includes building the bridge foundation to prepare for the bridge slide installation.

How will this affect you
• This work requires a full road closure. Pedestrian access will also be closed during this time.

Public Meeting
Please join us to learn more about the progress we have made and what will take place in 2013.
Date: Thursday, February 21
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 110 Franklin Avenue

Please visit for updates or please call Kelly at 416-604-9582 for more information

January 2013