The Junction Farmers Market is back again this year!

Posted on May 17, 2013

The Junction Farmers Market is back again this year!
 Based on the area’s high demand for fresh local food and the overwhelming success of the Junction Farmers Market during its inaugural season in 2012, the market is back this year at a new, and improved, location: the Junction Train Platform at 2960 Dundas Street West, Toronto.
As an incorporated non-profit organization, the Junction Farmers Market is completely independent and self-sustaining. Our goal is to provide a forum in the community for residents to come and foster relationships with the producers of their food.
All vendors at the market are local farmers or artisans who make products from locally-sourced ingredients. There are no re-sellers at the market – meaning, no produce or prepared foods sold at the market can originate from the Ontario Food Terminal or any other retail outlet.
The guiding principle of the Junction Farmers Market is to create a diverse and vibrant space where community members can gather to find healthy, local and ecologically sustainable food.
We love fresh food and we love knowing where it comes from. We hope you agree and we look forwarding to seeing you every Saturday morning from May 25th until November 9th!
You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Toronto City Council – Transit

Posted on May 10, 2013

 

Friends,

Toronto Council let you down this week. The Province of Ontario is considering a substantial transit expansion program. The Province invited us to tell them what kind of taxes we felt would be appropriate. This was an important opportunity, but we missed it.

While Council voted to support expanding transit we did not support any specific way to pay for that transit. Council also voted to ask the province to add new transit projects to the planned expansion (again without supporting any way to pay for them).

Worse still, Council voted to give the Province contradictory advice on how to replace the aging Scarborough Rapid Transit (SRT). Council told the province that it should be replaced with a Subway and we also asked the province to stick to our previous agreement to replace the SRT with light rail transit. Obviously, we don’t want a light rail system and a subway at the same time. We do have rules in our procedures by-law to prevent us taking contradictory positions. In fact, Council was warned by the City Manager about this. However, the Speaker permitted it anyway.

There were other mistakes, miscues and miscalculations. It was the worst Council meeting in my six years on Council.

There were some of us who fought for a sane, consistent, pro-transit policy. I was very proud of about a dozen of my colleagues who fought the majority, spoke with reason and passion about transit and the need to pay for it. I was proud to vote with them. I also fought for progressive taxation – that is taxes whereby wealthier people pay more than people who are struggling to make ends meet.

I’m sad to say that both the Mayor and the Chair of the TTC voted against naming specific taxes, and supported sending contradictory advice about what to do in Scarborough. You and the City deserve better leadership than that.

I’ve said often on this blog that we need a more robust conversation about the kind of City we want and how to govern it. I have to tell you that this month that conversation did not take place at City Hall. I urge you again to spend some time talking to neighbours, friends, family and co-workers about our City. And, I’ll make this offer again, if you want to talk with me about the City please be in touch.

Gord

 

 

Coucillor Gord Perks

Ward 14

Ward 14 Community Compost Days!

Posted on May 6, 2013

Councillor Gord Perks invites you to Ward 14 Community Compost Days:

 

Tuesday May 14

Sorauren Park
12pm – 8pm
(or until supplies last)

 

Masaryk-Cowan Community Center
2pm- 8pm
(or until supplies last)

 

Saturday May 18

Indian Road Crescent Junior Public School
12pm-8pm
(or until supplies last)

 

Please remember to bring your own shovels and containers to collect your free compost!

Arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Contact Councillor Perks’ office at 416-392-7919 or by email at councillor_perks@toronto.ca

 

Cunningham Avenue Greening

Posted on May 6, 2013

On Saturday April 27th, a group of neighbours, led by Michele Bakic, have come together to make their street a little greener. The Friends of Cunningham worked tirelessly to transplant trees and shrubs from the gardens of 17 and 19 Cunningham; two houses that are being re-developed, to the city space on the north side of Cunningham.

New plant beds were created and the plants that would have been lost have been replanted on Cunningham for the neighborhood to enjoy.

Thank you to everyone involved for all the hard work!

Public consultations on Toronto's development charges

Posted on May 6, 2013

The City of Toronto is seeking input to update its development charge rates and policies as required under the Development Charges Act.

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.

A comprehensive background study determines the maximum development charge rates that can be levied under provincially legislated rules. Draft rates have now been completed and have been released for consultation.

The City is seeking input from the public on the draft rates and on related policies, such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions.

What do you want the City to consider? Learn about the issues, provide your views and feedback, and join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

May 9 – Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
May 13 – Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Registration is requested. Please email devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending.

Following the consultation process, the City will release a final background study and draft bylaw for consideration at an upcoming Executive Committee meeting this summer.

More information about the City of Toronto’s 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/finance/dev_charges_bylaw_review/2013.htm.

Media contacts: Alex Mozo, Media Relations and Issues Management, Strategic Communications,

416-397-5226

amozo@toronto.ca

Public consultations on Toronto’s development charges

Posted on May 6, 2013

The City of Toronto is seeking input to update its development charge rates and policies as required under the Development Charges Act.

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.

A comprehensive background study determines the maximum development charge rates that can be levied under provincially legislated rules. Draft rates have now been completed and have been released for consultation.

The City is seeking input from the public on the draft rates and on related policies, such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions.

What do you want the City to consider? Learn about the issues, provide your views and feedback, and join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

May 9 – Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
May 13 – Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Registration is requested. Please email devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending.

Following the consultation process, the City will release a final background study and draft bylaw for consideration at an upcoming Executive Committee meeting this summer.

More information about the City of Toronto’s 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/finance/dev_charges_bylaw_review/2013.htm.

Media contacts: Alex Mozo, Media Relations and Issues Management, Strategic Communications,

416-397-5226

amozo@toronto.ca

West Toronto Community Legal Services seeks volunteers to join its board of directors

Posted on May 6, 2013

West Toronto Community Legal Services

2333 Dundas St. West, Suite 404, Toronto, Ontario  M6R 3A6

Tel:  416-531-7376     Fax:  416-531-0032

 

West Toronto Community Legal Services (WTCLS) is seeking volunteers to join its Board of Directors. We are specifically looking for individuals with experience in one or more of these areas:

 

o Accounting (CA, CGA, CMA)

o Human resources (in a unionized context)

o Legal clinic experience (board or staff)

o Not-for-profit board experience

 

Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings and should have an understanding of and commitment to the goals of legal aid clinics. Preference will be given to those who live within the clinic’s catchment area (Yonge St.toJane St., Bloor to St. Clair and further north in some areas). However, this is not a requirement.

 

Background:WTCLS provides free legal and housing services to the low-income residents ofWest Toronto. Areas of law currently practiced include social assistance, domestic violence, tenants’ rights, employment standards, immigration and human rights. WTCLS also operates the Housing Help program, which provides a range of housing and mental health support services. WTCLS is also actively engaged in a range of public legal education, law reform and community development activities.

 

Interested candidates should send their resumes to Kent Elson at KentElson@gmail.com by Friday, May 17, 2013.

 

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West Toronto Community Legal Services is funded by Legal Aid Ontario

The Homelessness Prevention Project is funded by the City of Toronto – Homeless Initiatives Fund

Public consultations on Toronto's development charges

Posted on May 6, 2013

The City of Toronto is seeking input to update its development charge rates and policies as required under the Development Charges Act.

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.

A comprehensive background study determines the maximum development charge rates that can be levied under provincially legislated rules. Draft rates have now been completed and have been released for consultation.

The City is seeking input from the public on the draft rates and on related policies, such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions.

What do you want the City to consider? Learn about the issues, provide your views and feedback, and join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

May 9 – Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
May 13 – Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Registration is requested. Please email devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending.

Following the consultation process, the City will release a final background study and draft bylaw for consideration at an upcoming Executive Committee meeting this summer.

More information about the City of Toronto’s 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/finance/dev_charges_bylaw_review/2013.htm.

Media contacts: Alex Mozo, Media Relations and Issues Management, Strategic Communications,

416-397-5226,

amozo@toronto.ca

Public consultations on Toronto’s development charges

Posted on May 6, 2013

The City of Toronto is seeking input to update its development charge rates and policies as required under the Development Charges Act.

Development charges are fees collected from developers at the time a building permit is issued. The fees help pay for the cost of infrastructure required to provide municipal services to new development, such as roads, transit, water and sewer infrastructure, community centres and fire and police facilities.

Most municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the cost of providing infrastructure to service new development is not borne by existing residents and businesses in the form of higher property taxes.

A comprehensive background study determines the maximum development charge rates that can be levied under provincially legislated rules. Draft rates have now been completed and have been released for consultation.

The City is seeking input from the public on the draft rates and on related policies, such as development charge exemptions and transition provisions.

What do you want the City to consider? Learn about the issues, provide your views and feedback, and join discussion groups on key topics at two public consultation sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

May 9 – Members Lounge, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
May 13 – Rotunda, Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Registration is requested. Please email devcharges@toronto.ca with your name, organization (if applicable) and the number of persons attending.

Following the consultation process, the City will release a final background study and draft bylaw for consideration at an upcoming Executive Committee meeting this summer.

More information about the City of Toronto’s 2013 Development Charges Bylaw Review is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/finance/dev_charges_bylaw_review/2013.htm.

Media contacts: Alex Mozo, Media Relations and Issues Management, Strategic Communications,

416-397-5226,

amozo@toronto.ca

Park People: Hosting A Community Arts Event

Posted on May 6, 2013

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.

 

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