Environmental Educator – Urban Agriculture Student Summer Job Position

Posted on May 28, 2015

Job Description

The Environmental Educator will work with Greenest City’s staff and volunteers to operate the weekly Parkdale Community Good Food Market and support a positive and productive growing season by supporting volunteers in Greenest City’s three existing gardens, and 2 new gardens! The position involves both regular garden maintenance activities and organic gardening education for community gardeners of all ages and levels of experience.

Application deadline: Friday June 5, 2015 at 12pm (noon) EST

Full posting here:

Environmental Educator – Urban Agriculture summer student 2015

Development at 422-430 Roncesvalles Ave

Posted on May 28, 2015


As you may already know, a pre-application meeting for the development at 422-430 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue was held on Tuesday April 7th, 2015.

The meeting was suggested by Councillor Perks to allow the developer to review their proposed plans with the community and to hear the community’s comments and concerns with the development of this site.

During the meeting the developer showed plans for an 8-storey brick residential building with ground floor retail. The entrance/exit is proposed off of Howard Park Avenue. The underground portion would accommodate parking for 90 spaces and loading /unloading facilities.

The community raised concerns about the height of the building, the impact of shadow on neighbouring properties, the route for garbage and service trucks, and noise from vents. General concerns about the impact of the development on area traffic and on parking spaces in the area were also raised.

There were also specific concerns raised about the impact of the proposed development on back lots of Roncesvalles Avenue properties. The developer has agreed to meet with those property owners separately.

Councillor Perks shared his concern that the proposal does not respect the guideline for height of mid-rise buildings on an Avenue with a character designation.

The applicant has now heard from the community and they have asked for some time to review community comments before they proceed. The formal application to the City has not yet been filed. To view the presentation from the pre-application community meeting, visit: https://secureservercdn.net/

Please feel free to contact our office if you require any further information or wish to comment.



FMTA Tenant Assembly – Saturday, June 6th 2PM

Posted on May 28, 2015

This years assembly will extend an invitation to all our Tenant Association members and friends to come out and discuss how to affect polticial change!  A number of City Councillors have also been invited.

The assembly will be a discussion for issues that affect tenants in all of Ontario, including issues unique to our tenant association members.  We’re looking to make plans of action to get the rights tenants deserve.  Less talk, more rock!

Bring your tenant issues and we will collaborate on how we can position ourselves with the politicians who make decisions on our behalf.

Find out what the Federation has done in 2014/15 as well as what we’ve got planned for 2015/16.

All active members of the FMTA are welcome to attend the AGM, while all tenant advocates are able to attend the tenant assembly!

Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please email fmta@torontotenants.orgposter colour

COWANATION Street Sale – Saturday, May 30th

Posted on May 27, 2015

via Parkdale Residents Association

“Cowan Avenue closes off from King St. south to Springhurst Ave. to traffic from 8 AM to 3 PM so people can stroll the sidewalks and avenue for this annual Parkdale street sale of goods used, new, antique, vintage, household, yard, and whatchamacallits.”

Greenest City Rain Barrel Fundraising Sale

Posted on May 27, 2015

rainbarrelRainBarrel.ca is pleased to partner with Greenest City with funds raised going towards helping with Greenest City’s operational costs, as well as some of the programming costs for Greenest City’s Urban Agriculture, Community Engagement and Education initiatives.

The rain barrel sale, distribution and pickup is scheduled for Monday, June 1st, 2015 and will take place from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 50 Wabash Avenue (Sorauren Farmers’ Market),  Toronto, ON M6R 1N2. Only rain barrels ordered in advance are guaranteed to be available.

Prices begin at $55 per barrel. A variety of optional items including flexible downspout pipes, downspout diverters, rain barrel stands, dispensing hose and additional lengths of overflow hose can also be purchased. Please bring your receipt to the sale event to claim your products.

Email Kent Colbourne at kent@greenestcity.ca or call 647-438-0038 for information not available on the website or if you need assistance with online ordering.

Councillor Gord Perks – Spring 2015 – Ward 14, Parkdale – High Park Newsletter

Posted on May 26, 2015

Please feel free to share this with your neighbours.

You will find information about Ward 14 Green Spaces, Construction Projects, Development Updates and some of the relevant Road Closures for the Pan Am & Parapan Am Games.

Councillor Gord Perks – Spring 2015 – Ward 14, Parkdale – High Park Newsletter


Update on the Junction bus stop: Dundas at Jerome

Posted on May 22, 2015

Last week it was brought to our attention that the TTC would be removing both the north and south bound bus stops at Dundas and Jerome.

The TTC has now confirmed that they will NOT be moving the SOUTHBOUND stop (the stop towards Dundas West station).

The southbound stop will remain.

The TTC will be removing the northbound stop (the stop on the railway side of Dundas) at Jerome Avenue due to safety concerns. Throughout the years, there have been many concerns about the safety of people who use this stop as they often compete with the fast moving traffic as they jay-walk across Dundas.

In December of last year Transportation staff completed a review of this intersection after receiving a request for a crosswalk at this bus stop.  When Transportation staff review these types of requests, they consider factors such as pedestrian use, automobile use and distance to the nearest crossing, among other things. This intersection did not meet the criteria for a crosswalk.

Gardiner Express Way Decision

Posted on May 22, 2015

Gardiner Expressway Decision


The Gardiner Expressway is old and crumbling, and we must decide right away whether to rebuild or take down the easternmost section. This is a defining decision for our City. Here’s why I will be voting to take it down.

This decision will effect several facets of life in the City: public finances, transportation, our economy, our environment, and the “quality of place” for a large part of our waterfront.

Keeping the Gardiner up is very expensive, twice as expensive as taking it down. In monetary terms, keeping it up will cost $0.5 billion extra. Already the City is tight for money and we cannot presently fund many important goals (improving transit, housing and daycare to name three). The extra cost will put meeting these goals even further out of reach.

Some argue that it is worth rebuilding the Gardiner to prevent our roads from becoming congested. If that is our goal, we should spend on projects which most efficiently reduce congestion and travel times. For example we could invest in an additional 60 streetcars for $366 Million. This would improve service for the entire streetcar network by 30% in rush hour. For less money than rebuilding the Gardiner, investing in streetcars would benefit nearly ten times more people. Look here for details: Streetcar briefing

Because keeping the Gardiner up is a cost-ineffective way to tackle congestion, it is (or ought to be) a relatively low priority as a transportation project.

Thinking about the economic impact involves a few factors. First, the big difference is that 12 acres of waterfront land becomes available for development if we take the Gardiner down. There are very developed proposals to put a mix of housing (including affordable housing) and employment uses on that land. In fact, we may have final approval of this proposal in a few weeks. The City owns some of that land. It would instantly become more valuable. Also, once developed, that land will generate significant tax revenue. Finally, there will be a substantial number of new jobs once the development is complete. Jobs which otherwise would likely have gone outside the City.

The environmental impacts are quite clear. Investing in highways is more polluting than not investing in highways. Further, we are deciding whether there will be a highway for the next 100 years. From what we know about climate change, our transportation system will have to become less car focussed in that time frame.
Finally, the biggest part of the decision is the impact on a very large section of the City’s Waterfront. One way to approach thinking about the impact is to imagine whether you would consider putting a new elevated expressway up in some other part of Toronto. Think of how big an impact such a highway would have.

Let’s use Roncesvalles to give a sense of the scale. The length of the elevated section that would come down is 1.7km. Roncesvalles is 1.8km from end to end. The removal option also eliminates two on/off ramps, one is 750 m and the other is 850 m. The area effected by an elevated highway of this size is similar to what we think of as Roncesvalles Village. Surely we can agree that reclaiming an area of this size (especially near the Lake) is a worthy public goal, and that losing an area of this size to an elevated highway would be a terrible decision.

Taken all together the case for removal is much, much better than the case for rebuilding and that is why I will be voting to remove the easternmost section of the Gardiner.


Click here to read the Staff Report that will be before the June 10th Toronto City Council Meeting.


Parkdale Project Read seeks volunteers – Summer 2015 Tutor Training

Posted on May 20, 2015

Parkdale Project Read seeks dedicated volunteers to support Adult Literacy Learners develop their reading and writing skills.

Apply now: http://parkdaleprojectread.org/volunteers/


Junction bus stop: Dundas at Jerome

Posted on May 20, 2015

Last week I found out that because of the safety concerns, the TTC decided to remove both northbound and southbound bus stops on Dundas St W. at Jerome St.

I have asked the TTC for a review of the decision to remove the Southbound stop on Dundas Street West at Jerome St. and expect to have their answer within a week’s time.

For a number of years, members of the community have been concerned about the safety of people using the NORTHBOUND stop (the stop on the railway side of Dundas). People have seen a fair amount of jay-walking across Dundas from that stop. Traffic moves fast through that stretch and we were all concerned that this was an accident waiting to happen. Some time ago, I asked the City to consider putting a crosswalk in to make it safer. Transportation staff evaluate proposals like this based on a number of criteria: pedestrian use, automobile use, distance to the nearest crossing, etc..

In December of last year Transportation staff completed that review and found that this intersection did not meet any of the criteria for a crosswalk. TTC staff have since made a decision to remove both bus stops.

So you know, my position is this: I want to keep the southbound stop but the northbound stop poses safety concerns and should be removed.

Thank you to the residents of the West Bend community for contacting my office to voice your concern with removing this southbound bus stop.

I will be sure to follow-up with updates as I receive them.



May 2015