Public Consutlation: Bylaw Harmonization and Guidelines for Sidewalk Cafés and Marketing Displays

Posted on September 18, 2015

Public input invited on bylaw harmonization and guidelines for sidewalk cafés and marketing displays in Toronto


The City of Toronto is conducting a review of the bylaws governing sidewalk cafés and marketing displays on the public right-of-way (sidewalks). The intent of the review is to harmonize the six different bylaws that currently regulate these activities as well as review permit fees.


At the same time, guidelines are being created to inform the design and layout of sidewalk cafés to ensure that cafés and sidewalks are safe and accessible.


A draft bylaw and guidelines have been developed with the help of input from a series of public consultation meetings and surveys that were conducted with stakeholders in 2014. A new bylaw will ensure that consistent standards and permit processes apply across Toronto.


Starting next week, the City is holding five information sessions to obtain input on the direction of the draft bylaw and guidelines. The session on Monday, September 21 is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All other sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m.


  • Monday, September 21: Metro Hall (Room 314)
  • Tuesday, September 29: Etobicoke Civic Centre (Main Boardroom)
  • Wednesday, October 7: East York Civic Centre (Council Chamber)
  • Wednesday, October 14: North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 1)
  • Thursday, October 15: Scarborough Civic Centre (Committee Room 1)


Background information about the review can be found at

Municipal Licensing and Standards Public Consultation: Public input invited on rules/guidelines for responsible dog ownership

Posted on September 18, 2015

Owner and two dogs walking on trail

Public input invited on rules/guidelines for responsible dog ownership


The City of Toronto is conducting a review of its Animals Bylaw to determine how the City can effectively balance, manage and address dog behaviour, owner responsibility and public safety.


Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349, Animals, outlines registration/licensing requirements and the requirement to leash dogs on public property except where permitted, such as in off-leash parks. The bylaw also covers how the City responds to dogs at large (on the loose) or dogs that have bitten people or animals.


The goal of the review is to address City Council’s direction to provide recommendations on how the City can effectively respond to incidents of dog bites and dogs that may pose a risk to public safety.


The City will hold the consultation meetings to obtain public input. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 24: Scarborough Civic Centre (Committee Room 2)
  • Monday, September 28: City Hall (Committee Room 4)
  • Thursday, October 1: North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 3)
  • Monday, October 5: Etobicoke Civic Centre (Main Boardroom)
  • Tuesday October 6: East York Civic Centre (Committee Room A)


More information about the review and current regulations, as well as a public survey, can be found at


Staff will report to the November 26 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on the findings of the consultation and possible bylaw changes.

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust – Call To Action! | Membership Drive

Posted on September 18, 2015


The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust launched a membership drive.

Please see the following links for more details:

Membership Drive


Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust – Call To Action! | Membership Drive

Posted on September 18, 2015


The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust launched a membership drive.

Please see the following links for more details:

Membership Drive


Toronto Ward Boundary Review: Attend a Public Meeting!

Posted on September 18, 2015


Toronto & East York Community Council Area Meetings


Location: Holy Rosary Church Hall

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Address: 356 St Clair Ave W, York, ON

Room: Main Floor – Room 2

Major Intersection: Bathurst St & St. Claire Ave W


Location: Metro Hall  

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Address: 55 John St, Toronto, ON  

Room: 308/309

Major Intersection: King St. W & John St.


Location: Riverdale Hub

Time: 7PM – 9PM

Address: 1326 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON

Room: 3rd Floor – South Space

Major Intersection: Gerrard St E & Greenwood Ave

422 Roncesvalles Re-Zoning Application

Posted on September 18, 2015

I have been advised through City Planning staff that a Re-Zoning application has been filed for 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue.


The site includes two commercial properties: 422 and 424 Roncesvalles Avenue and the former funeral parlor at 430-436 Roncesvalles Avenue, as well as the surface parking lot at the rear of these buildings located at 76 Howard Park Avenue.


I have a regular practice of requesting that developers meet with community members to review developers intentions and community comments prior to submitting a development application. The developer can then amend their proposal prior to their formal submission to the city. This practice has been well received and has helped to shape development in Ward 14.


This developer met with the community in April, 2015. They have now submitted an application that proposes an eight-storey mixed-use building containing 93 residential units plus six, four-storey grade-related townhouse units fronting onto the proposed private driveway off of Howard Park Avenue with 71 residential and 6 visitor parking spaces.  Total of 99 bicycle spaces.


The eight storey building will have a height of 25.7 metres to the top of the eighth floor and 29.5 including the mechanical penthouse.


The information filed with the city will be available on-line at:, Supporting Documentation.


City Planning staff are reviewing the application. A preliminary report on the zoning by-law amendment application will be submitted to Community Council in the near future.


There will be a statutory community meeting held once the city review takes place which will include an opportunity for further community input. City Planning staff and I will provide details on this meeting once information is available.



Roncesvalles Polish Festival – September 19th and 20th

Posted on September 17, 2015


Continuous Live Music on Multiple Stages, Polish Song and Dance Groups, Roncesvalles Village’s Restaurants and Merchants, Vendors, Buskers, Entertainers and Much More…

YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival – October 31st 2015

Posted on September 15, 2015


Shape My City in collaboration with Think Fresh Group and The Ryerson City Building Institute is hosting the 8th annual YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) Festival at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.


It’s a free, city-wide event highlighting community-based action and ideas.


YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival 2015

Saturday, October 31st, 11am­ – 3pm

Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University

55 Dundas Street West

Free and open to the public |


The annual YIMBY Festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally ­driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine their future city. This free, one­-day event invites community groups and not profits from across Toronto to educate residents, politicians, policy makers, and each other through informal table discussions and presentations. YIMBY provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, residents to meet politicians, and politicians to meet community groups in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.


This year’s YIMBY festival will welcome 75+ Toronto-­based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, neighborhood improvement, environmental action, arts and culture, and economic development.
Throughout the day, visitors can connect with organizations at informational displays and take in programming by YIMBY participants who will share samples their current work, ongoing strategies, and new ideas for positive change in Toronto’s neighborhoods. | @YIMBYtoronto |

YIMBY is an annual festival championing a culture of “yes” in Toronto’s neighbourhoods. |@shapemycity |

Shape My City is a platform where you can connect with people, projects and groups to share and create the cities we want to live in.

YIMBY 2015: Unity Our Strength is presented by Shape My City in collaboration with Think Fresh Group and The Ryerson City Building Institute.

September 2015