Councillor Perks will be at the next TWBCA meeting – January 15th, 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014

The West Bend Community Association will hold its monthly meeting on:

Wednesday January 15th at Indian Road Crescent Public School, located at Indian Rd Crescent and Humberside Ave, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor. Guest speaker is Ward 14 Councillor Gord Perks.

Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in High Park-Parkdale and across the city.

Toronto Water provides information about frozen pipes

Posted on January 8, 2014

Toronto Water has put together a web page with the following tips for residents about frozen pipes( ):

Frozen Water Pipes

If you turn on your taps and have no water, the pipes in your home may be frozen. You may want to contact a licensed plumber for assistance. Here are some steps to take if you want to try and thaw the pipe yourself and precautions you should be aware of to protect your home:


  • Do not use a torch with an open flame to thaw pipes, as this is a fire hazard.
  • Ensure you know the location of your master water shut-off valve. The frozen pipe may be broken and when the water in it thaws it will leak. If the pipe is broken, you will need to shut off the water in your house until the pipe is repaired.

Steps to thaw a frozen pipe

  • Turn on a tap in the basement, preferably the cold water faucet in the laundry room.
  • Use a blow dryer to warm the suspected frozen pipe for one or two hours. Check blow dryer regularly to ensure it does not overheat.
  • Place a warm towel or rag around the suspected frozen pipe.
  • Depending on the outside temperature and the extent of freezing within the pipe, the thawing process could take between one and six hours.
  • If these steps do not resolve the problem, contact a licensed plumber.

How to avoid frozen pipes

  • If the temperature drops to well below freezing, consider leaving a tap open enough for a trickle of water to flow so there is some movement in water pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing.
  • If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, you can shut off the main service valve in your basement and open all taps to drain the water out of your plumbing lines to prevent them from freezing.
  • If your water pipes are attached to an uninsulated outside wall, remove the clamp from the pipes and gently pull the pipes away from the wall and wrap with insulation.
  • Insulate all exposed outside water pipes with specially designed foam pipe covers, available at building supply or home improvement stores.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Commercial water customers need to prepare for cold nights as well. Protect fire lines by wrapping all lines exposed to cold temperatures.
You can also find this information on the Toronto Water home page:

High Park Stewards – January 12, 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014


Eco-Schools and Environmental Stewards, The Next Generation

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Erin Wood, EcoSchools Specialist at the Toronto District School Board,
will outline the key components of the EcoSchools program and
environmental initiatives that are being undertaken at the board.

Roberto LiVolsi, teacher at Mountview Alternative School, will describe
how staff, parents and students are working together to raise awareness
of environmental issues. They see the future as full of great
opportunities for students.

The Howard Park Tennis Club is at the first light south of Bloor. It’s
the brown building in the back. Please enter via the ground level door.

For more information:

383 Sorauren Avenue update – January 8th, 2014

Posted on January 8, 2014


As you probably remember the development proposal for 383 Sorauren was scheduled to go to the Ontario Municipal Board earlier this week.

At the last minute the developer approached the City with concessions. In particular, they agreed to reduce the height of the front of the building, by incorporating a “Stepback” of 3 metres between the 6th and 7th floors, and an additional stepback of 3 metres between the 7th and 8th floors. (there are 2 additional floors that will be stepbacked even further and will not be visible from street level.) I should note that the open brick frame will remain as an architectural feature. The developer also agreed to increase parking, most importantly visitor parking. Given that these proposals meet the top two goals of community members who worked on the proposal, and meets the City’s technical requirements for how a building of this size looks and feels at street level, staff settled the matter without a hearing.

The settlement results in the approval of a 10 storey residential building, consisting of 145 units, 224 square metres of indoor amenity space, and 301 square metres of outdoor amenity space. A total of 113 vehicle parking spaces (including 19 visitor parking spaces), and 154 bicycle parking spaces will be provided as part of the development.

Section 37 benefits have been negotiated in the form of cash contributions towards the Sorauren-Wabash Community Centre, and an ongoing fund for affordable rental housing in Ward 14.

An informational Settlement Report, outlining the details of the settlement, will be considered by Toronto and East York Community Council in the near future. The Report will be sent out for your information once available.

Community members were very engaged in the process to find an acceptable proposal at this site. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community. I particularly want to thank the community members who came to the OMB for the day and bore witness to the final negotiations.


January 2014