Bridge on Dufferin Street over Rail Corridor to be Closed

Posted on May 31, 2013

Councillor Perks was advised within the last hour that the Dufferin Street Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on June 12, 2013. The bridge will remain open for pedestrian and cyclists.

The Dufferin Street Bridge is south of Springhurst Avenue and goes over the GO Transit/Metrolinx Rail Corridor.

The bridge was scheduled for replacement in 2016 but as a result of recent inspections the City has made the decision to close and replace the existing structure sooner.

The reconstruction will include the installation of a temporary bridge in advance of the full reconstruction being completed. The temporary bridge will be open to vehicular traffic. More information on the opening of the temporary bridge will be available in late June.

Our office will provide more information as it becomes available.

For the official news release, please click here: Dufferin Street Bridge


Public Open House: Union Pearson Express Electrification Environmental Assessment

Posted on May 24, 2013


Just wanted to keep you informed about the Union Pearson Express Electrification Environmental Assessment – Public Open House.


“We are writing to provide you with a brief update on the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) Electrification project as well as to inform you of the upcoming Public Open Houses (see below) being held as part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process.  In addition to this email update, we would be happy to meet with you in person to further discuss the project, if you wish.


Metrolinx completed the GO Electrification Study in December 2010, which examined electrification of the entire GO Transit rail system as a future alternative to diesel trains currently in service.  Based on the findings of this study, Metrolinx initiated the Environmental Assessment (EA) for Electrification of the Union Pearson (UP) Express service from Union Station to Pearson International Airport.  This involves electrification of approximately 25km of track along the Union Station Rail corridor and Kitchener rail corridor, beginning west of the Union Station train shed to Highway 427, where the route then follows the new UP Express spur link into Terminal 1 at Pearson Airport.  The map below shows the EA study area, including proposed locations for traction power facilities and a maintenance facility, as well as a section within the Lakeshore West GO Transit rail corridor where a low voltage electrical feeder line is proposed.


The scope of the project includes development of performance standards for electrification, engineering design of the electrical power supply and distribution for the UP Express service, and completion of an EA study to assess the potential effects of converting the UP Express service from diesel to electric power.


Electrification of the UP Express will necessitate new electrical connection facilities as part of the power supply component of the project, which will be provided by Hydro One.  As a result, Metrolinx and Hydro One are proposing to carry out an integrated EA process to satisfy the requirements of O. Reg. 231/08 – Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) and Hydro One’s Class EA for Minor Transmission Facilities.


As part of the EA process, Metrolinx is holding a series of Public Open Houses to share a project update, and seek feedback on the following:


  • Overview of Conceptual Design for UP Express Electrification:
    • Traction power supply
    • Traction power distribution
    • Maintenance requirements
  • Overview of EA Studies
  • Next Steps

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the Open House:


Tuesday, June 4, 2013Pearson International AirportViscount Station6100 Viscount Road, Mississauga ONTime: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Monday, June 10, 2013Metro HallRoom 31455 John Street   
Toronto, ONTime: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2013Mimico Presbyterian Church119 Mimico Ave.Etobicoke, ONTime: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Wednesday, June 12, 2013Weston Legion1050 Weston Rd.Toronto, ONTime: 6:30pm – 8:30pm


For additional information on this project, please visit: Please contact me if you have questions or would like to schedule a briefing. ”





Karen Pitre

Executive Director, Electrification


20 Bay St., Suite 600

Toronto, Ontario  M5J 2W3

Phone:  (416) 874-5910




Survey: Off-leash hours within City of Toronto Parks

Posted on May 17, 2013

On November 9, 2012, the Parks and Environment Committee requested that Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in consultation with Municipal Licencing & Standards, investigate the feasibility of enacting off-leash hours in parks within the City of Toronto and report back to Parks and Environment Committee.


As a result, the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division is conducting public opinion research on the issue of enacting dogs off-leash courtesy hours in City of Toronto parks.


All residents of the City of Toronto are invited to participate in the survey which should take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete.  The online survey provides residents with an opportunity to provide their input regarding dogs off-leash areas and proposed amendments to the People, Parks and Dogs Off Leash Policy in a confidential and safe manner.

We are asking that you share the following link with your constituents and encourage residents of the City of Toronto to participate.  The survey will be available until May 31st, 2013.

Hosting A Community Arts Event

Posted on May 17, 2013

Great collaboration!

Michael Burtt, Artistic Director at Making Room, teamed up with the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre to host and arts event in Budapest Park to connect Parkdale residents to Lake Ontario.

The Toronto International Film Festival is seeking Volunteers!

Posted on May 17, 2013


TIFF is looking for volunteers to be part of the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival®, running from September 5 to 15, 2013. Selected volunteers will provide assistance and support on a variety of tasks, welcoming thousands of festival-goers from around the world that come to Toronto to celebrate the best in film. Interested participants can apply online at Applicants must meet the minimum age requirement of 18 years old.


Please see the attached press release for more information. If you have any questions, please contact David Carey at: 

Sincerely,Victoria Kakol

Co-Op Student

Government & Foundation Relations

Keeping Ward 14 Green

Posted on May 17, 2013

Keeping Ward 14 Green!



  • Reduce cooling and heating costs.
  • Filter air pollution
  • Generate oxygen, absorbs harmful pollutants
  • Cool streets and provide shade in summer and protect us from winds in the winter
  • Reduces storm water run-off and the cost of water treatment
  • Provide habitat for birds and other fauna

Help Keep our Urban forest growing.

1)      Request a free tree. City of Toronto plants trees on city street allowances fronting residential properties  free of charge To order call 311 or download the city’s brochure at

2)      Plant a tree in your backyard. Toronto’s local non-profit group LEAF offer residents subsidized backyard tree planting. Information is available on-line at

3)      Talk to your neighbours. Canvass your street with information on tree planting.  Our office can provide you with information and applications to share with your neighbours.


For more information:

Contact Councillor Gord Perks’s Office
(416) 392-7919


Council Highlights: Toronto City Council meeting of May 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013


Toronto City Council meeting of May 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2013

Council Highlights is an informal summary of decisions made by Toronto City Council. The City Clerk provides the formal documentation at


Funding for transit expansion   

Council debated the matter of transit funding in order to provide input to Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario when considering an investment strategy for Toronto regional transportation in June. Council adopted some of the many motions presented at the meeting, agreeing to indicate general support for regional transportation expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and to support the Province’s the use of dedicated revenues to fund the Metrolinx transportation plan (the Big Move) and related operating costs. Council also adopted a series of implementation principles as the basis of its support for potential new GTHA taxes and fees related to the Big Move plan, and specified the kinds of taxes, tolls and levies Council would not endorse as revenue tools for the Big Move.


Porter Airlines operations      

Council debated and voted on a series of motions addressing a request from Porter Airlines for an exemption to the ban on commercial jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Council directed the City Manager to report to the July 3 meeting of the Executive Committee with advice on Porter’s request to amend the Tripartite Agreement governing Billy Bishop Airport and related matters concerning Porter’s request. The City Manager’s report is to include an analysis of jet use in other waterfront cities.


Maintenance of the Gardiner Expressway

Council approved a revised plan for the F.G. Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Project, with the deck replacement to start at the west end instead of the east end of the elevated expressway. The change to phasing of the maintenance project is tied to the recent decision to resume an Environmental Assessment to determine the future of the easterly 2.4-kilometre segment of the Gardiner between Jarvis Street and Don Roadway.


Nathan Phillips Square revitalization

Council agreed to re-establish the Nathan Phillips Square Community Advisory Committee to provide input on the opening of the relocated Peace Garden and the possible establishment of a restaurant on the square. Council asked the City Manager to report back on a review of bylaws governing Nathan Phillips Square, with the intention of achieving the vision for the square’s revitalization, effective management and future programming.


Bike station at City Hall
Council directed Transportation Services to proceed with building a bike parking station at Nathan Phillips Square and to look into opportunities to offset the financial cost to the City. The Toronto Parking Authority has been directed that any revenue decrease resulting from the installation of the Nathan Philips Square bike station in the municipal parking garage under the square be absorbed within the parking authority’s annual operating budget. Council also directed staff to examine options for increasing the number of paid parking spaces in the parking garage to generate more revenues.


Design guidelines for tall buildings   

Council adopted the updated Tall Building Design Guidelines for use in the evaluation of all new and current tall building development applications across Toronto. Updates to the guidelines include clear language and layout, strengthened connections to Official Plan policy, and emphasis on design excellence, heritage conservation and sustainable design.


Air conditioning of apartments  

Council adopted a motion to direct staff to report on the possibility of amending the Municipal Code to require Toronto landlords to turn on their apartment building air conditioning systems by May 16 and keep them on until September 30 so as to maintain an indoor temperature no higher than 26 degrees. Currently, the City requires air conditioning to operate from June 2 to September 14. Toronto’s weather is sometimes hot in the periods before and after those dates.


Toronto Seniors Strategy

Council approved the Toronto Seniors Strategy designed to address the needs of an aging population and make Toronto more age-friendly through services provided by City divisions, agencies and corporations. The strategy includes a plan to ensure timely implementation and clear lines of accountability. Forecasts estimate that by 2030, about 20 per cent of Toronto’s population will be 65 years of age or older, compared with about 14 per cent at present.


Five-year plan for Toronto’s parks

Council adopted the City of Toronto Parks Plan, which will guide the City’s delivery of parks services over the next five years. The plan aims to connect residents with parks, make progress on greening and environmental sustainability, improve the quality of parks, and strengthen the parks system as a legacy for Toronto.


Parking ticket grace period   

Council decided to ask the Toronto Police Services Board to amend its guidelines for parking enforcement to allow a 10-minute grace period for police staff issuing parking tickets for parking meter and pay-and-display offences (excluding in rush-hour periods) when the paid parking period has elapsed. Council directed that other City agencies’ municipal law enforcement officers are also to allow for that 10-minute grace period. For residential areas where on-street permit parking is in effect, Council amended the parking ticket cancellation guidelines for the mid-month changeover day. There will be a grace period between 9 p.m. of one day to 12:01 p.m. of the next day at the time when parking alternates from one side of the street to the other.


Social procurement framework

Council adopted a Toronto Social Procurement Framework for using the City’s collective buying power to maximize its economic, workforce and social development goals. Each year, the City of Toronto spends about $1.5 billion on goods and services obtained through competitive, transparent procurement processes. The framework will guide the City’s social procurement from 2013 to 2015 with a view to developing an evidence-based Toronto social procurement policy.



Health services for medically uninsured residents    

Council voted to ask the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to take steps to address a gap between the demand for and the availability of essential medical services for medically uninsured Toronto residents. Among the steps requested is an increase in provincial funding to Local Health Integration Networks so they can provide additional resources to community health centres for treating residents who are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Council also requested the federal government to reinstate benefits covered under the former Interim Federal Health Plan for refugees and refugee claimants.





Volume 16   Issue 3
Council Highlights, a summary of selected decisions made by Toronto City Council, is produced by Strategic Communications.
Formal documentation of Councils decisions:
Questions about Council meetings and decisions: or 416-392-8016
Information about distribution of this summary:
The Council Highlights summary is also made available as a podcast shortly after the email distribution of Council Highlights:



May 2013