Friends of the High Park Zoo – Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on March 22, 2013

 

 

Search for Easter Eggs….
Come to High Park Zoo, search for Easter Eggs between 11-3pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th… and March 29th. 30th and 31st. Bring them to the Llama Pen and enter a draw for a Chocolate Easter Bunny, to be drawn on March 31st. at 2.30pm.

To find out  more about the friends of the high park zoo please see:

http://www.highparkzoo.ca/index.php

 

 

A Message From Councillor Perks – 'Managing Construction Disruptions' Report

Posted on March 18, 2013

 

Friends,

 

I wanted to make sure you saw this report: PWI 21.5 “Managing Construction Disruptions” (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.PW21.5).

 

After the Roncesvalles reconstruction project, a number of your neighbours and I met a couple of times with City staff. Those conversations contributed to the conclusions of this staff report. The report outlines 12 strategies to improve the way we do major construction projects.

 

You might remember that one of the big problems on Roncesvalles was a gas main being too close to the streetcar track. That was one of the main causes for the project going over deadline. As a result of our experiences on Roncesvalles, the staff are recommending an improved standard for Subsurface Utility Engineering that will be implemented for all projects that have an underground construction component.

 

Staff are also recommending, for large infrastructure projects like the Roncesvalles reconstruction, that there be a system of Milestone Payments, where no payment is made until the contractor reaches a defined milestone and/or substantial performance; this is to encourage contractors to finish projects in a more timely matter.

 

Also, the Liquidated Damages for delayed work will be dramatically increased and calculated to reflect genuine pre-estimate of the costs of the time delays.

 

A system of Contractor Prequalification and Contractor Performance Evaluation will be established to improve accountability and work quality.  The Contractor Prequalification process outlines that contractors must, “demonstrate they have the necessary capacity and expertise to perform work before they can submit a bid. It minimizes risk of under-performing contactors by screening out unqualified contractors.”  Further, in addition continuing project management oversight, the Contractor Performance Evaluation tool provide an official record for Determining, “whether a contractor has demonstrated the necessary workmanship, performance, expertise and capabilities on City of Toronto projects to bid future work.”

 

Another important feature is an approach to improve the Third Party Claims Handling Process for residents directly impacted by the construction.  City Staff and the City’s Insurance Adjustor will be giving specified time frames to respond to claim submission and act on a claim. The contractor will need to acknowledge the claim within 5 working days, and respond to the claim within 25 working days. Only if the insurance company seeks further information will any further extension be permitted.  In order to do this, third party claims will be included in the General Conditions of contracts which will allow the City to hold back monies payable to the contractor until there is proof that they have responded to a claim. Further, contractors will provide monthly updates on the status of all third party claims received until the claims are resolved.

 

In all, the twelve strategies outlined in the report are a significant improvement to not only the way the City of Toronto and its contractors do business, but importantly how residents and communities are affected by construction.  I would like to ask you to take a moment and read the Staff Report and let me know if you have any additional thoughts or questions.

 

Sincerely,
Gord

 

Councillor Gord Perks

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

416-392-7919

councillor_perks@toronto.ca

www.gordperks.ca

A Message From Councillor Perks – ‘Managing Construction Disruptions’ Report

Posted on March 18, 2013

 

Friends,

 

I wanted to make sure you saw this report: PWI 21.5 “Managing Construction Disruptions” (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.PW21.5).

 

After the Roncesvalles reconstruction project, a number of your neighbours and I met a couple of times with City staff. Those conversations contributed to the conclusions of this staff report. The report outlines 12 strategies to improve the way we do major construction projects.

 

You might remember that one of the big problems on Roncesvalles was a gas main being too close to the streetcar track. That was one of the main causes for the project going over deadline. As a result of our experiences on Roncesvalles, the staff are recommending an improved standard for Subsurface Utility Engineering that will be implemented for all projects that have an underground construction component.

 

Staff are also recommending, for large infrastructure projects like the Roncesvalles reconstruction, that there be a system of Milestone Payments, where no payment is made until the contractor reaches a defined milestone and/or substantial performance; this is to encourage contractors to finish projects in a more timely matter.

 

Also, the Liquidated Damages for delayed work will be dramatically increased and calculated to reflect genuine pre-estimate of the costs of the time delays.

 

A system of Contractor Prequalification and Contractor Performance Evaluation will be established to improve accountability and work quality.  The Contractor Prequalification process outlines that contractors must, “demonstrate they have the necessary capacity and expertise to perform work before they can submit a bid. It minimizes risk of under-performing contactors by screening out unqualified contractors.”  Further, in addition continuing project management oversight, the Contractor Performance Evaluation tool provide an official record for Determining, “whether a contractor has demonstrated the necessary workmanship, performance, expertise and capabilities on City of Toronto projects to bid future work.”

 

Another important feature is an approach to improve the Third Party Claims Handling Process for residents directly impacted by the construction.  City Staff and the City’s Insurance Adjustor will be giving specified time frames to respond to claim submission and act on a claim. The contractor will need to acknowledge the claim within 5 working days, and respond to the claim within 25 working days. Only if the insurance company seeks further information will any further extension be permitted.  In order to do this, third party claims will be included in the General Conditions of contracts which will allow the City to hold back monies payable to the contractor until there is proof that they have responded to a claim. Further, contractors will provide monthly updates on the status of all third party claims received until the claims are resolved.

 

In all, the twelve strategies outlined in the report are a significant improvement to not only the way the City of Toronto and its contractors do business, but importantly how residents and communities are affected by construction.  I would like to ask you to take a moment and read the Staff Report and let me know if you have any additional thoughts or questions.

 

Sincerely,
Gord

 

Councillor Gord Perks

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

416-392-7919

councillor_perks@toronto.ca

www.gordperks.ca

2376 and 2388 Dundas Street West – OMB Hearing

Posted on March 15, 2013

Dear Friend,

I am writing to update you on the 2376 and 2388 Dundas Street West development application.

The owner of the site at 2376 and 2388 Dundas Street West has appealed its zoning amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board (the “OMB”.  City Council has directed the City Solicitor to oppose the appeal at the OMB hearing.

The OMB has now scheduled a one day prehearing conference for Thursday, April 4th at 10 AM.  The purpose of the prehearing is to set a date for the actual hearing of the appeal and to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the OMB you should attend the April 4, 2013 prehearing conference and obtain permission to speak either as a party or as a participant at the OMB hearing that is to be set for a later date.  The prehearing will be held at 655 Bay Street, (Bay and Elm), 16th floor.  If you have concerns, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

If you are interested in attending the OMB prehearing but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance.  You may also contact the OMB Case Coordinator, Ms. Sandra Chan, by phone at (416) 326-6776 or by e-mail at sandra.chan@ontario.ca.

The owner’s application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-law to permit the construction of a new 8-storey mixed-use building fronting on Dundas Street West with a 23-storey tower on the eastern portion of the site adjacent to the rail corridor.

The built form provisions of the City’s Zoning By-law were amended for this area in December 2009 by By-law No. 1222-2009, (the “Avenue By-law”) which resulted from the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study.  In their report to City Council on this appeal, City planning staff advised that the proposed development is not consistent with the built form provisions of the Avenue Study which recommended a mid-rise built form.  These mid-rise recommendations were incorporated into the Avenue By-law.  City planning staff also advised that introducing a tall building on the site would set a negative precedent for future development that would undermine the vision for this area as established by Council’s approval of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study and as set out in the Avenue By-law.  This means that approval of the 23-storey tower as proposed may open the door to similar tower proposals to the north, south and west of the subject site, including the Loblaws/Zellers site at 2280 Dundas Street West.

The proposed development would also include a total of 375 residential units and 466 square metres of retail uses.  Two levels of below-grade parking are proposed with 242 parking spaces.  Two hundred and eighty-eight bicycle parking spaces are proposed.  Vehicular access will be provided from a driveway off Dundas Street West along the northern boundary of the site.

The proposal also includes a pedestrian walkway at the southern edge of the site to provide a connection to the Bloor GO Transit / Airport Rail Link (ARL) Station.

Councillor Gord Perks

Clean Toronto Together program begins in April

Posted on March 15, 2013

 

 

Clean Toronto Together program begins in April

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The warm weather is fast-approaching, revealing a winter’s worth of debris and litter. This is our opportunity to get involved and help keep Toronto clean.

 

Students and businesses are invited to participate in the Corporate and School Clean-up Day on Friday, April 19.  Make the area near your school or business shine.

 

It only takes minutes to make a difference. The event takes place on Saturday, April 20 (the alternative date if your group prefers or if the weather doesn’t cooperate is Sunday, April 21).  Get together with family, friends and neighbours and clean a public space that is important to you – it could be a park or a local street.

 

Participating groups can pick up their GLAD garbage and recycling bags at Toronto Community Centres, Civic Centres, and participating Pizza Pizza locations starting April 2 while supplies last.

 

We ask groups to register before April 15 so the City can coordinate where City crews can pick up the collected litter.  You can register for your clean up event or get more information at toronto.ca/cleantoronto. If the internet is not an option, call 311.

 

And don’t forget, if you see graffiti vandalism or illegal postering, report it by calling 311.

 

For information about the clean-up events, visit toronto.ca/cleantoronto.

 

Let’s all Clean Toronto Together.

 

As well, if you’re in the Roncesvalles Area and want to get involved with a great group of residents who volunteer countless hours making our community more vibrant and clean, check out Roncy Works and their many initiatives at:

 http://roncesvallesrenewed.org/

Ward 14 Community Environment Day – April 6th/13

Posted on March 15, 2013

 

 

 

It is that time of year again, mark your calendars!

Councillor Gord Perks and the City of Toronto are holding a Community Environment Day on Saturday, April 6th,2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pmSorauren Park, along Wabash  Avenue (for a map to the park see: Soruaren Park – Ward 14)

The days activities include:

 

  • Free compost (limited supply, so come early)

  • Drop off old materials for recycling such as small electronics and household hazardous waste.

 

  • Pick up or exchange of green bins and kitchen containers.

 

  • Donation of supplies for schools and Goodwill.

 

  • Information booths and more.

 

See the flyer at the top of the page for more details or feel free to contact our office.

Live Green Toronto Awards Now Open for Public Voting

Posted on March 15, 2013

 

 

 

Public voting begins today to determine the winners of the City of Toronto’s 2013 Live Green Toronto Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate the residents, groups and businesses that contribute to the greening of Toronto.

Fifteen finalists – three in each award category – were selected by a panel of independent judges. The winners will now be determined by popular vote. Award categories include youth, individual, group, small business and corporation.

The winner in each award category will receive $2,500 courtesy of award sponsors, and a chance to tell their great, green story on CP24, Exclusive Television Partner of Live Green Toronto. Other sponsors include Loblaw Companies Limited, the Toronto Star, Metro News, Toronto Hydro and the City’s Economic Development and Culture division.

The public is encouraged to view the finalists’ videos and vote for their favourites at
http://awards.livegreentoronto.ca/.

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 19. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

Live Green Toronto is a City of Toronto program that promotes and supports the greening of our city through programs, events, grants and a one-stop website that helps residents and businesses take action to reduce emissions, protect our climate and clean our air. For more information, visit livegreentoronto.ca.

 

Roncesvalles Ave. Hosting WFF Toronto Earth Hour Event – March 23/13

Posted on March 8, 2013

 

Toronto Earth Hour Event

Join the Earth Hour community celebration on Saturday, March 23 at 8:00pm in Roncesvalles Village.

Celebrate Earth Hour with Music and Candlelight!

Join WWF’s Earth Hour celebrations from 8:00pm to 9:30pm in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village for a free outdoor concert for all ages. The lineup for the evening includes musical performances by SPLASH, Lucas Stagg Band and Liam Titcomb.

This Earth Hour celebration in Toronto is sure to be a fun-filled evening that everyone will cheer about. We hope to see you there!

Event Schedule

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time:  8:00 – 9:30pm

Schedule:
8:00pm  |  Earth Hour community lantern walk
8:15pm  |  Concert kick off
8:30pm  |  Lights off countdown and ceremony
8:35pm  |  Musical performances

Lantern walk location: Start at one of two meeting points (Grafton Avenue Park or Revue Cinema) and please bring your own lantern or light source. The lantern walk will conclude at Wright Ave and Roncesvalles Ave in time for the concert kickoff.

Concert location: West side of Wright Ave at Roncesvalles Ave will be closed off to traffic for the event

 

Getting there by Public Transit

Subway
Take the Bloor Subway to Dundas West Station and walk south on Roncesvalles Avenue. Continue to North gathering spot, near Revue Cinema, or South gathering spot, at Grafton Park.

Streetcar
Take the 505 Dundas or 506 College streetcar to the top of Roncesvalles and continue by foot, south to the North gathering spot, near Revue Cinema, or South gathering spot, at Grafton Park.

Or take the 501 Queen car or 504 King car to the foot of Roncesvalles Avenue, continuing north by foot, to the North gathering spot, near Revue Cinema, or South gathering spot, at Grafton Park.

For more information, please visit TTC or contact 416-393-INFO (4686).

GO Transit
Take GO Transit to Union Station. Walk North to King St.- Bay St. intersection and take the 504 King car West towards Dundas West Station. Get off at Fermanagh Ave.

 

For more information see the following groups who have been instrumental in promoting earth hour on Roncesvalles:

WWF Canada:

http://www.wwf.ca/events/earthhour/event/

Roncesvalles Village BIA:

http://www.facebook.com/roncesvallesvillage?group_id=298741496918368

Community Event Page on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/events/298741496918368/

 

Volunteer With The Toronto Public Library

Posted on March 8, 2013

 

 

You can help the Library by volunteering in a number of programs run by the Toronto Public Library. Take part in this rewarding experience and assist others in your community by volunteering today.

Limited transit fare assistance is available for library volunteers on request.

Volunteer Programs

Adult Literacy

Help English-speaking adults improve their reading, writing, and basic math skills.
Learn more about Adult Literacy

Homework Help for Teens

Give one-to-one help to students in grades 7-12. This after school program gives teens a place for them to do their homework and receive extra help in their community.
Learn more about Homework Help for Teens

After School Newcomer Hubs

Help newcomers in grades 7-10 with their homework. Subjects include math, science, English, French, and other subjects as needed.
Learn more about After School Newcomer Hubs

Leading to Reading

Adults and teens are needed to help elementary school age children who are having difficulty at their grade level, on a one-to-one basis. You help improve their reading and learning skills, sometimes assisting with homework too.
Learn more about Leading to Reading

Youth Advisory Groups (YAGs) – For Teens

Join a Youth Advisory Group at your local branch and get the community hours you need for your high school diploma.
Learn more about YAGs

Kids@Computers

Would you like to assist with computer training for children at the Library? The Kids@Computers program is seeking youth volunteers (minimum age 15) to assist in delivering computer instruction to children and their families. Learn more about the kids@computers program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2013 Kids@Computers program.

Toronto Public Health – Free Breastfeeding Services and Clinics

Posted on March 8, 2013

 

Free Breastfeeding Services

Toronto Public Health offers breastfeeding support through telephone counselling, breastfeeding clinics and at a support group.

Breastfeeding Clinics

Breastfeeding support is available through the following breastfeeding clinics. Services include breastfeeding assessment, information and follow-up care.

 

 

The Crossways Mall
Toronto Public Health (TPH)
2340 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON M6P 4B2
416-338-7600 Tuesday
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Friday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Walk-in

 

For more information please see:

http://www.toronto.ca/health/breastfeeding/free_services.htm

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