383 Sorauren – Proposed Development Update

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to come out to the community consultation City Planning held on February 11th/13, for the proposed development at 383 Sorauren.  We had another great turnout with important insights, thoughts and concerns shared by our community.

 

To see a copy of Planning Staff’s preliminary report, along with notes from the first meeting please visit the earlier Park Post article at:

https://gordperks.ca/2013/01/25/community-consultation-meeting-for-383-sorauren-ave/

 

As well, to download a .pdf copy of the developer presentation please visit:  https://www.wetransfer.com/downloads/f57ae135206380f1fe7b8210839bb87720130211205249/d1b093adede5705a486ad8c2ac0c497e20130211205249/dccb0d#

If you have any problems downloading the .pdf (38.61mb) please feel free to contact my office or if you would like to share your comments with us.  As well, if you would like to share your comments with the City Planner on the file, you can email Thomas Rees at trees2@toronto.ca .  During the meeting the community decided that they would like to establish a working group to try and work with the developers to make changes to what they are proposing.  I will keep you notified of any developments with the working group’s results as they progress.

 

High Park Nature Centre – Backyard Bird Feeding 101

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

Setting up feeders in your yard is a wonderful way to help our feathered friends. This workshop will guide you in getting started. Learn the foods attract certain birds, how to deal with hungry squirrels, the different styles of feeders and some tips on turning your yard into a habitat. Find out how you can participate in Project FeederWatch, a citizen science program that gathers important bird population data with your help. We will spend some time outside to practice identifying birds at our feeder station with seasoned bird experts to help and answer questions.

Presenters:
Jim Mackiewicz of Wild Birds Unlimited
Emily Rondel of Bird Studies Canada

 

Date and Time:
Sunday, February 17, 2013
10:00 AM – 1:00 pm

Cost:
$10 / person
Ages 12 and above

Location:
High Park Nature Centre
440 Parkside Drive
At the intersection of Parkside Drive & Indian Valley Crescent

 

To register for the event please see:

http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/ai1ec_event/backyard-bird-feeding-101/?instance_id=3595

City of Toronto – Live Green – Public Consultations For The Proposed Energy Retrofit Program

Posted on February 15, 2013

“In July 2012, City Council adopted a motion directing the City Manager to prepare a proposal for a pilot energy efficiency program for residential property owners.
You are invited to attend an upcoming consultation event to learn more about the pilot proposal.  Each event will include a presentation by City staff, facilitated discussion and an interactive workshop. Your input will help inform a staff report for consideration by Executive Committee in the spring of 2013. 
South Event
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308
North Event
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge

Blues For Edmond – A Benefit Concert For PARC

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

 

“The tragic death of Edmond Yu compelled PARC to ensure all people with mental illness have a place they
know they belong. Your support is needed so we can continue our important work.

For 32 years Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre has opened doors to anyone needing a hot meal and a safe place to gather. And today PARC is so much more. It’s a community where people rebuild their lives.

With the construction of Edmond Place, PARC turned a burned-out rooming house into 29 units of quality, supportive housing. Our kitchen serves 9,500 healthy meals every month and we are a launch point for a host of creative, recreation and wellness programming. From music to knitting, hockey to yoga – it all happens at PARC.

Your support is needed. Join us for a night of great music with people like you who believe we must ensure
what happened to Edmond Yu never happens again.

For advance tickets call: Geoff Gans @ PARC (416) 537-2262 ext. 244”

 

To learn more about PARC please see:  http://parc.on.ca/

City of Toronto – Spaces Still Available In City of Toronto's March Break Camps

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

Spaces still available in City of Toronto’s March Break camps

The City of Toronto will offer high-quality camps for the March Break that provide a fun, safe and exciting experience for everyone at reasonable prices.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation camps are available for the week of March 11 to 15 for three to 15 year olds. The camps offer a wide range of activities and adventures.

City of Toronto museums present day camps and drop-ins that run from March 9 to 17. More information about costs, locations and camp details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation offers a variety of activity and specialty camps in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents are invited to sign up for ski and snowboarding camp at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park. Artists can unleash their creativity at the Barbara Frum fine art camp. Participants can flip and tumble away their March Break at Northview Heights Secondary Schools’ gymnastic camp. Other options include dance camp at Cedarbrook Community Centre, cheerleading camp at James S. Bell Community Centre, or swim camp at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre.

Activity camps are designed to give children a fun-filled, action-packed, safe camp experience. Over the course of the camp session, campers will be involved in arts and crafts, games, sports, special events, outdoor activities and local trips.

Specialty camps are geared for children who want to develop or fine-tune their skills in specialized areas of interest. Skilled and experienced instructors provide the instructional programs. All of these programs are complemented with a full line up of traditional camp activities. Areas of interest include, for example, gymnastics, hockey, snowboarding, swimming, visual arts, cooking, science, dance, computers and tennis.

Children can also take part in week-long camps and daily family drop-ins at Toronto’s museums.

Day camps with extended hours are available at Gibson House Museum, Montgomery’s Inn and Scarborough Museum. Children can creatively explore Toronto’s history through fun-filled activities including historic cooking, traditional games, crafts and nature exploration. All camps require pre-registration.

Families can also drop in for tours and special programming at Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens.

 

 

 

City of Toronto – Spaces Still Available In City of Toronto’s March Break Camps

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

Spaces still available in City of Toronto’s March Break camps

The City of Toronto will offer high-quality camps for the March Break that provide a fun, safe and exciting experience for everyone at reasonable prices.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation camps are available for the week of March 11 to 15 for three to 15 year olds. The camps offer a wide range of activities and adventures.

City of Toronto museums present day camps and drop-ins that run from March 9 to 17. More information about costs, locations and camp details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation offers a variety of activity and specialty camps in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents are invited to sign up for ski and snowboarding camp at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park. Artists can unleash their creativity at the Barbara Frum fine art camp. Participants can flip and tumble away their March Break at Northview Heights Secondary Schools’ gymnastic camp. Other options include dance camp at Cedarbrook Community Centre, cheerleading camp at James S. Bell Community Centre, or swim camp at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre.

Activity camps are designed to give children a fun-filled, action-packed, safe camp experience. Over the course of the camp session, campers will be involved in arts and crafts, games, sports, special events, outdoor activities and local trips.

Specialty camps are geared for children who want to develop or fine-tune their skills in specialized areas of interest. Skilled and experienced instructors provide the instructional programs. All of these programs are complemented with a full line up of traditional camp activities. Areas of interest include, for example, gymnastics, hockey, snowboarding, swimming, visual arts, cooking, science, dance, computers and tennis.

Children can also take part in week-long camps and daily family drop-ins at Toronto’s museums.

Day camps with extended hours are available at Gibson House Museum, Montgomery’s Inn and Scarborough Museum. Children can creatively explore Toronto’s history through fun-filled activities including historic cooking, traditional games, crafts and nature exploration. All camps require pre-registration.

Families can also drop in for tours and special programming at Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens.

 

 

 

City of Toronto – Activities For A Fun Family Day on February 18

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy this year’s Family Day on Monday, February 18 by making the most of the City’s recreational activities, museums and other attractions.

City of Toronto municipal childcare centres, libraries and some community recreation centres will be closed on the Family Day holiday. The Toronto Zoo will be open. All City of Toronto emergency services and 24-hour operations will continue to be provided.

Details about Family Day recreational activities and museum programming follow.

Outdoor skating
Family Day schedules for outdoor rinks and select indoor rinks vary and are available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skating or by calling 311. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under six years of age, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. There is no charge for public skating at indoor or outdoor rinks.

Shinny hockey
Supervised shinny hockey is available free of charge for different ages and skill levels. Family Day schedules vary at each facility and some programs are gender-specific. Schedule details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skating/dropin/hockey and by calling 311.

CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for all shinny hockey participants and full face masks are also mandatory for all participants under the age of 19. The use of neck and mouth guards is strongly recommended, along with other protective equipment. Participants must have their own gloves and stick.

Skiing and snowboarding
Both of Toronto’s ski and snowboard centres will be open for public skiing and snowboarding on Family Day. Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from noon to 9:30 p.m. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (416-394-8754) is located at 256 Centennial Park Rd., inside Centennial Park. The Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre (416-395-7931) is located at 4169 Bathurst St., inside Earl Bales Park.

At Earl Bales, a $2.3-million investment is improving the customer experience. Participants are reaching the top of the hills faster this season with a new four-person chairlift. Indoors, rental equipment and lift passes are available for purchase all day.

The two ski and snowboard centres offer “Adults Pay, Kids Play” from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Adults pay $23.25, and up to two children under 18 years of age can ski or snowboard for free (rentals not included).

For the beginner aged eight and older, a two-hour group Introduction to Skiing and Snow Boarding lesson is available for $44. The lesson involves an instructor with a group of four to six participants. Each person receives a lift pass, rental equipment and a lesson with a certified instructor. Registration for the lesson can be made in advance by calling the preferred location to check on openings.

The use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet for lessons is required and is strongly recommended for other participants.

For information about the Toronto Ski and Snowboard Centres, call 311 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks/skiing.

Swimming
Make a splash at one of 10 City-run indoor pools open between 2 and 5 p.m. Regular admission fees will apply on Family Day: child, youth and older adult $1, adult $2 and family $5.50. A list of locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/swimming.

Riverdale Farm
Animal lovers are invited to visit the cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm cats at Riverdale Farm on Family Day. In addition, the farm will offer indoor board games, sewing craft with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild, and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. Drop-in activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The farm, located at 201 Winchester St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and activities are free. More information about the farm is available by calling 416-392-6794 or visiting http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/riverdale_farm.htm.

High Park Zoo
Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year round from 7 a.m. to dusk, including on Family Day. For more information, call 311 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/high_park.htm.

Shared Path walk
The Shared Path – the newest of the City of Toronto’s Discovery Walks – includes 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available to download at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/discover.htm.

Most of the City’s recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Exceptions are those that are designated swimming or skating locations for their district. Details: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/familyday.htm

Museums
Events and activities at seven of the City of Toronto museums offer Torontonians a historic, cultural, educational and fun way to celebrate Family Day.

Selected details are provided below. More detailed Family Day information can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/familyday.htm.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Families can explore Toronto’s history while visiting the Fort’s historic kitchen and sampling some traditional baking from the hearth. Regular admission applies: adults $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, children $3.76 (plus tax), children five years and under are free. Family Day hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
At the one-room Zion Schoolhouse in North York, visitors can explore everything paper and pop-up. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Family Day hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
In celebration of Black History Month, visitors will be able to learn more about the early black community in Toronto, including newspapers of the day. Mike Ford, formerly of Moxy Früvous, will share his songs and children can try illumination – colouring previously drawn and printed pictures. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors $3.54, youth $2.62, children $2.65 (plus tax). Admissions is free for children four and under. Family Day opening hours: noon to 5 p.m.

Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue)
Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop at 2 p.m. and then host an Irish ceilidh gathering at 4 p.m. Resident storyteller Nan Brien will share tales at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats over the fire. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors and youth $2.86, children $1.90 (plus tax). Family Day hours: 1 to 5 p.m.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
Families can join fun activities such as pioneer crafts, a scavenger hunt and wood stove baking. Hot chocolate will be available. Admission is pay what you can. Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
At Spadina Museum, hands-on tours will give visitors opportunities to experience the luxurious world of the Austin children and the working-class lives of the chauffeur’s children. Families can engage in toys, games, school lessons and more. Kid’s Life tours will start at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Regular admission applies, with children five and under having free admission. Family Day hours: noon to 5 p.m.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (bottom of Pottery Road)
Families can take tours to learn about owls, explore 19th-century historic homes and sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. Guests can make their own owl-theme crafts. Admission fees: adults $5.31, children $2, students/seniors $3 (plus taxes). Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.

The City of Toronto operates 10 historic museums that work collectively to inspire passion for the city. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/familyday.htm
or you can follow the museums at http://www.facebook.com/historictoronto and on Twitter @TOhistoricsites.

Other municipal facilities/services
The Toronto Zoo will be open as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18. More information about activities at the zoo is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.

The TTC will provide holiday service on most of its routes on February 18. More information is available at http://www.ttc.ca.

 

 

 

City of Toronto – Re-scheduling Of Public Meeting On Draft City-Wide Zoning Bylaw

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

 

Re-scheduling of public meeting on draft city-wide zoning bylaw

The statutory open house and the statutory public meeting for Toronto’s city-wide zoning bylaw have been rescheduled.

The open house will now be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the rotunda at Metro Hall, 55 John St. The open house was originally scheduled for – February 6 – at Metro Hall.

The statutory public meeting will be held Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. This meeting was originally scheduled for February 13.

The latest draft of the city-wide zoning bylaw, dated November 8, 2012, will go before the Planning and Growth Management Committee at the special statutory public meeting scheduled for March 6. If the committee recommends approval, a final draft of the bylaw will proceed to City Council for consideration/enactment. The latest draft of the zoning bylaw is available on the Clerk’s website: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=5699#Meeting-2013.PG21

The draft city-wide zoning bylaw is also available on a series of interactive maps. You can quickly find the zoning of a property by searching by address on the maps. Links to the interactive map and more information on the progress of the zoning bylaw are available at http://www.toronto.ca/zoning.

 

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