City of Toronto hosting public consultations on a proposed local appeal body for Committee of Adjustment decisions

Posted on February 21, 2014

News Release

City of Toronto hosting public consultations on a proposed local appeal body for Committee of Adjustment decisions

The City of Toronto is holding public consultations to speak with Torontonians about the establishment and implementation of a local appeal body that would hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions.

The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a local appeal body to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions on both minor variances and consent applications.

The Planning and Growth Management Committee recently asked the Chief Planner to initiate a public consultation process on the implementation of a local appeal body. A staff report on the results of the public consultation, including recommendations on implementation, is expected to be considered by the spring.

Each meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. A staff presentation will take place at 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period and a facilitated discussion. Meeting dates and locations:
February 18, Etobicoke Civic Centre, meeting rooms 1 and 2, 399 The West Mall
February 24, York Civic Centre, council chamber, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.
March 3, North York Civic Centre, council chamber, 5100 Yonge St.
March 5, Scarborough Civic Centre, rotunda,150 Borough Dr.
March 17, Metro Hall, rooms 308 and 309, 55 John St.

More information is available at

383 Sorauren Avenue update – February 2014

Posted on February 21, 2014

Friends, the Staff Report detailing the OMB settlement for 383 Sorauren Avenue will be presented at the Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) Meeting on February 25th.
The report lays out the revisions to the height and density of the building structure, increase in visitor parking and Section 37 Community Benefits. The report is now available on-line at .
TEYCC will hear this review and vote on this Staff Report on February 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM. I will be supporting the Staff report. You have an opportunity to depute at this meeting.
Please contact Rosalind Dyers, Committee Administrator, 416-392-7033, if you wish to comment on this item.
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.
Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High ParkToronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor, Suite A14
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2

Volunteer opportunity at High Park community celebration

Posted on February 19, 2014

Join the volunteer team for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Howard Memorial Gates at the Parkside Drive entrance to High Park.  The event is being held Sunday, March 23 and volunteers are needed to assist with serving food, welcoming and directing visitors; and safety along the parade route.  Various shifts throughout the day.

Volunteers under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.  High school students can apply the hours to community service credit.

An orientation session will be held at Colborne Lodge on Sat, March 1 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. For more information or to RSVP for the orientation, email or phone 416-392-6916 and ask for Cheryl or Philip.

The event is co-hosted by Colborne Lodge and Councillor Sarah Doucette along with a great team of High Park and community-based groups.

Colborne Lodge is located on Colborne Lodge Drive at the south end of High Park.

High Park Stewards session: Using Permaculture Principles in the Community – February 23, 2014

Posted on February 18, 2014

Feb 23rd - Permaculture High Park Stewards Session

Using Permaculture Principles in the Community
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

How can permaculture’s nature‑based approach inform us as individuals
and environmental stewards? Learn key permaculture principles and how
they can be used to engage people for environmental, social and personal

Permaculture can be understood as planning, designing, building (or
co‑creating) sustainable systems involving food, water, buildings,
transportation, and cities ‑‑ and how all those systems work together in

Jane Hayes, Masters in Environmental Studies (York U), Director, Garden
Jane. Her current work includes working with garden communities of all
ages, teaching permaculture design, and growing the scope of urban
agriculture in the GTA. Her accomplishments include establishing the
City of Toronto Children’s Garden Program and High Park Children’s Garden.

For more information:

Reminder: Ontario Place Park and Trail Survey – February 21st Deadline

Posted on February 18, 2014

As mentioned in a previous blog post, you may complete a survey for the park and trail at Ontario Place.

Your park. Your ideas.

See the proposed design for the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place! They would like your feedback on the newly unveiled concept.


Participate in their online survey and tell us what you think of the concept design for the new park and trail. The survey closes on February 21, 2014.


The urban park and waterfront trail marks the first step of revitalization for Ontario Place and is a key part of the new vision that will transform approximately 7.5 acres of the east island into a vibrant green space and waterfront destination.


Help spread the word and post this tweet to your followers:


Share your ideas for a new park and trail at #OntarioPlace and complete the online survey! Deadline is Feb. 21.


You can also join the conversation using their hashtag #OntarioPlace or follow them at @ExploreON.

West Bend Community Association monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday February 19th at 7.00 pm

Posted on February 18, 2014

The next West Bend Community Association monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday February 19th at 7.00 pm. Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in High Park-Parkdale and across the city! We meet at Indian Road Crescent School, located at Indian Rd Crescent and Humberside Ave, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the upstairs Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor.

City of Toronto offers activities for a fun-filled Family Day

Posted on February 12, 2014

The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy Family Day on Monday, February 17 by taking advantage of a wide array of recreational activities, museums and other attractions.

“Family Day is a great opportunity to participate in programs and activities being offered throughout the city,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “Go for a skate, play some shinny or visit one of our museums. There is something for everyone in Toronto on Family Day.”

Outdoor skating
Family Day schedules for outdoor rinks and select indoor rinks vary and are available at or by calling 311. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor or outdoor rinks. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under the age of six, and are recommended for skaters of all ages.

Shinny hockey
Supervised shinny hockey is available free of charge for various ages and skill levels. Family Day schedules for each city facility are available at or by calling 311. Some programs are gender specific. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory; full face masks are mandatory for participants under the age of 18. Neck and mouth guards are strongly recommended, along with other protective equipment. Participants must have their own gloves and stick.

Skiing and snowboarding 
Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre, located at 256 Centennial Park Rd., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre, located at 4169 Bathurst St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Rental equipment and lift passes are available for purchase. Families can take advantage of the “Adults Pay, Kids Play” offer from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Adults pay $24 each and up to two children under 18 years of age can ski or snowboard for free (rentals not included).

The use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet is required for lessons and strongly recommended for other participants. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Make a splash at one of 10 City-run indoor pools open from 2 to 5 p.m. on February 17. Regular admission fees will apply: adult $2; child, youth and seniors $1 each; families $5.50. A list of locations is available at

Riverdale Farm
The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families are invited to visit the cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm cats. The farm is located at 201 Winchester St. and will offer indoor board games, sewing crafts with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. On Family Day drop-in activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free. More information is available at or by calling 311.

High Park Zoo 
Toronto’s oldest zoo is celebrating 120 years. Located on Deer Pen Rd., the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year round from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at or by calling 311.

Shared Path walk
The Shared Path, the newest of the City’s Discovery Walks, includes 15 km of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. More information is available at

The Discovery Walks program is 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available at

Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort’s historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a memorable visit. Kids can participate in an 1812 drill class, officers’ sword drill and some old-fashioned games. Admission for adults is $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, and children $3.76 (plus taxes). Free admission for children five and under. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
Visitors can explore everything paper and pop-up at this one-room schoolhouse in North York. From Victorian times to modern day, see how paper and imagination can transform and delight. Everything paper includes silhouettes, paper-cut-outs, pop-up books, optical toys and paper dolls. Special guest Foldit Creations will lead origami lessons. Children can make a pop-up card to take home. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
In celebration of Black History Month, visitors will learn about the early black community in Toronto. Visitors can take home an important piece of journalism history by printing a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary’s newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Children can try illumination (colouring previously drawn and printed pictures), which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Admission for adults is $6.19, seniors and youth $3.54, children $2.65 (plus taxes). Free admission for children four and under. Open from noon to 5 p.m.

Montgomerys Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)
Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and Irish ceilidh from 2 to 3:30 p.m.Resident storyteller Nan Brien will share tales at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats over the fire. Admission for adults is $5.71, seniors and youth $2.86, children $1.90 (plus taxes). Open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
From Saturday through to Family Day, families can go on a scavenger hunt, try a craft, sample baked goodies and hot chocolate. Admission is pay what you can. Open from noon to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
Visitors can experience the privileged world of the Austin children and the working-class lives of the chauffeur’s children who lived at Spadina House. Families can participate in games, school lessons and more. Tours take place at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.96, seniors and youth $5.75, children $4.87 (plus taxes). Free admission for children five and under. Open from noon to 5 p.m.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
Families can learn about owls, explore 19th century historic homes, sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth and make owl-themed crafts. Admission for adults is $5.31, seniors and youth $3, children $2 (plus taxes). Open from noon to 4 p.m.

The City of Toronto operates 10 historic museums. More information is available at or you can follow the museums at and on Twitter @TOhistoricsites.

Other municipal facilities/services
City of Toronto-operated Child Care Centres and Children’s Services’ district offices are closed. Toronto Home Child Care Agency providers will offer service as usual.

All Toronto Public Libraries will be closed.

Some community recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Closure notices have been circulated in advance at those locations and will be posted at each site. Residents should call their local centre ahead of time to confirm if they will be open.

All City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate normally.

The Toronto Zoo will be open as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 17. More information about activities at the zoo is available at

The TTC will be operating its holiday schedule on Monday, February 17. The holiday schedule has the same operating times as on a Sunday, with an earlier start time of 6 a.m. Any routes that do not normally operate on a Sunday will not operate on February 17. More information is available at

The Bloor-Danforth line will be closed from Warden to Kennedy stations from Saturday, February 15 to Monday, February 17 for scheduled track construction. Shuttle buses will operate between Warden and Kennedy stations with staff on hand to offer assistance. Customers requiring an accessible connection must exit at Victoria Park or Kennedy stations, where a Wheel-Trans vehicle will be available. Regular subway service will resume on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 a.m. More information is available at

February 2014