Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) – Deadline for applications: Friday September 20th

Posted on September 16, 2013

The aim of the Youth in Policing Initiative is to promote youth participation in and exposure to the work environment through diverse, educational, and productive work assignments.

This program also enhances the link between the police and the neighbourhoods we serve. This initiative gives young people an opportunity to develop job skills while fostering positive partnerships with the Toronto Police Service.


For more information:

Community Health and Wellbeing Week

Posted on September 16, 2013





The Four Villages Community Centre is organizing 3 events: Wellness Walk with Nordic Poles, Snack and Dance, and Dancing in the Street (almost!)


Click here for the event flyer: Community Health Week Flyer

High Park Stewards session – September 22

Posted on September 16, 2013

Fun in the High Park Nursery
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
In front of the Grenadier Restaurant (centre of High Park), 200 Parkside
Drive, Toronto, ON

We’ll be doing a bit of everything in the nursery: seed collecting,
transplanting, weeding, digging, planting… This will be one of our few
trips to the Native Plant Nursery, a non-public area that is one of the
most beautiful places in the park.

We can collect seeds from a number of plants, such as Cardinal flower,
Blue lobelia, Harebell, milkweed, and bottlebrush and Indian grasses.
Black-eyed Susan, cup plant, woodland sunflower, Verbena, and many
others are still blooming. Bumblebees are enjoying goldenrod and a wide
variety of asters.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30am and we will go
together from there. There is restricted access via a gate so please be
on time. We meet rain or shine, but not during lightning storms.

Please wear long pants, long sleeves. Wear shoes and socks, not sandals.
Bring water, a hat, sunblock, and a snack to keep your energy up. Gloves
and tools will be provided.


Illuminated and Electronic Sign Study

Posted on September 16, 2013

Earlier this year, the Sign Bylaw Unit in consultation with Transportation Services and City Planning initiated a comprehensive research project to review sign regulations related to electronic and illuminated signs and billboards. This review included a planning and design review, an update of traffic safety implications, and a poll to assess public opinion in Toronto towards electronic and illuminated signs.

Based on the planning and design review, potential changes to Toronto’s sign regulations were introduced at the September 12th meeting of the Planning and Growth Management Committee.

A copy of the Planning and Design Review is available for your review here.

A copy of the Ipsos Reid Public Opinion Poll on Electronic and Illuminated Signs is available here.

We have also set up a web page where more information will be made available as this process moves forward. The website is

As part of this review process, we will be holding a series of public information and consultation sessions throughout the city. Public information sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, September 23, 2013, North York Civic Centre

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, Etobicoke Civic Centre

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Toronto City Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2013, Scarborough Civic Centre

Each session will have an information presentation at 7:30 p.m. Interested parties will also be able to speak one-on-one with staff and ask any questions or provide feedback and ideas.

Comments can also be sent directly to

A copy of the Press Release that was sent out on the morning of September 13th is available here if you would like to pass it along to any residents or businesses in your ward.

Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to meet and discuss this matter further or would like any information or updates as this process moves forward.



Ted Van Vliet

Manager, Sign By-law Unit
Toronto Building
1st Floor, East Tower
Toronto City Hall
Phone: 416-392-4235

The Parkdale Village BIA is Seeking an Assistant Coordinator

Posted on September 16, 2013



“The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) represents over 240 businesses and restaurants in Parkdale Village along Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue, providing diverse retail shopping opportunities and excellent entertainment venues. Our dining establishments reflect the character of Toronto, in that you can find food from every corner of the planet here: from Tibet to the Caribbean to Vietnam to Indian and more. We have a thriving vintage and antique shopping district in our west end that anchors our sense of history, and there are several galleries in Parkdale that display the amazing talents of the many artists who live in the neighbourhood.”

Please click here for a link to the job posting:

Job Description – Parkdale Village BIA Assistant Coordinator

September 2013