City Hall Update

Posted on October 31, 2013

Dear Friends,

Today the Chief of Police confirmed the existence of a video which we have been told involves the Mayor doing and saying things that no elected official should. Additionally, a series of very disturbing documents have been released. This is sad and worrying. I wanted to write to you to share a few thoughts.

First, Toronto is a wonderful City today, and it will still be a wonderful City tomorrow. Toronto, the home we share, is also a place we can make better if we work together. I have spent much of the day talking with colleagues and that idea of working together for a better City is broadly shared.

Second, I want to reassure you that the governance of the City goes on. I have tremendous confidence in our public service and know that the good work they do every day will continue. Also, we have very robust procedures and laws for continuing to govern whatever course Mayor Ford takes. The business of the City will continue.

Finally, elected office is an enormous privilege and a profound responsibility. Acting dishonestly and divisively is damaging to everyone in the City. I hope the Mayor keeps that in mind as he decides what to do next.

If you have thoughts or concerns I and my staff are, as always, available.



Dufferin Street Bridge Update: Construction

Posted on October 31, 2013

Please share with your neighbours.


Residents of Parkdale,

I would like provide an update on the temporary Dufferin Bridge construction.

The City has awarded the construction contract, and construction will begin as early as tomorrow, November 1st. Initially the projected time frame for this work was 18 months from the initial closure, but I am pleased to say that the projected opening of the bridge is now expected to be late February 2014. When the temporary bridge opens, the “no left” turn off Liberty Street onto Dufferin Street will be lifted.

I would also like to inform you that, in order to complete this project in the above time frame, the Lakeshore West rail corridor under the bridge will be closed November 30th and December 1st to demolish the existing structure.

The permanent bridge is still on the books for reconstruction in 2016.

I appreciate your patience and cooperation during this construction period. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact my office.



Metro Morning interview – October 28th, 2013

Posted on October 28, 2013


“Running For Mayor”


The countdown has begun to the next municipal election October 27th, 2014. Matt Galloway spoke with Toronto city councillors Gord Perks and Jaye Robinson.

Dundas West Station -TTC Streetcar Overhead Power-Line Work

Posted on October 25, 2013

On October 30, 2013 there will be 6 to 8 Weeks of night work.


Beginning October 30, 2013 and continuing for approximately six to eight weeks, weather permitting, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) electrical crews will be upgrading the streetcar overhead power line infrastructure at the Dundas West Station streetcar platform loop.
The upgrade is necessary to accommodate the next generation of streetcars that will join the TTC’s fleet of service vehicles. Over the past year, electrical crews have been upgrading the overhead wire system along streetcar routes in the TTC network.


Night Work Hours
Due to the complexity of this work and complete this overhead work in a safe manner, work will take place between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.


See attached PDF for full details:
Overhead PowerLine work Dundas West Station_1

Non-Residential information sessions on waste diversion

Posted on October 25, 2013

Free important October information sessions for Non-Residential customers on waste diversion and proposed 2014 fees.


There will now be four free information sessions, one in each of the following locations: Downtown Toronto Community; Scarborough Community; North York Community and Etobicoke Community (Monday, November 4, 2013: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Etobicoke Civic Centre in the Council Chamber -399 The West Mall)

Non-Residential organizations may attend any of these free sessions, which will provide for a chance to prepare for the proposed re-introduction of solid waste management fees on January 1, 2014 and learn new strategies to increase diversion, including the opportunity to see and order new smaller garbage bins.

Attendees will also learn about the Special Category Reduced Rate Program and how to assess your organization’s eligibility for the Program. In addition to getting help from the City, you can network with and learn from other organizations on how they’ve successfully reduced their garbage.



Pumpkins and Sorauren!

Posted on October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Sale Saturday Oct. 26

Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – noon, Sorauren Fieldhouse

Get your Halloween pumpkins and support this annual fundraiser for the Wabash Building Society… all funds devoted to park development including the new Town Square! Full story here.

Pumpkin Parade Nov. 1 evening

Friday evening, Nov. 1, Sorauren Park
The original Pumpkin Parade returns to Sorauren Park! From witches and cats, to politicians and world events, the artful jack-o-lanterns represent the spirit of Halloween and also the spirit of the times. Come one and all (and bring your creation). Works best when pumpkins are lined up on one side of the pathway only (rather than both sides or doubling-up), to get the longest parade and easiest viewing. Gets rolling after dinner time.

Joe Shuster Way Closed, North of King Street W

Posted on October 24, 2013

This closure is due to the construction at 1100 King Street W.

It will re-open on November 20, 2013.
There will be access from Dufferin Street.


Please see the attached notice of construction:
LINK LINE_2 – Joe Shuster Way closure

High Park Stewards Session – October 27th

Posted on October 23, 2013

High Park Buckthorn Busting
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

In front of the Grenadier Restaurant (centre of High Park), 200 Parkside
Drive, Toronto, ON

Lots of people are needed to help remove buckthorn, a highly invasive shrub that competes with native plants. It produces many seeds early in the season that are highly viable and germinate quickly.

Meet the High Park Stewards in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30am. They meet rain or shine, but not during lightning storms.

Gloves and tools will be provided.

For more information:

October 2013