Not Just Tourists Toronto

Posted on January 29, 2016

Not Just Tourists Toronto is running a Suitcase Donation Drive (full-size suitcases in good condition to pack medical supplies for medical clinics in developing countries).
Drop off location:
Emmanuel-Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright Avenue, Toronto, ON M6R 1L3

NJTT is also looking for travellers going on vacation to developing countries to take a suitcase. It is considered humanitarian aid and is usually exempt from airline baggage fees.

For more information please visit:


Ward 13 and Ward 14 Community Budget Meeting – Wednesday, February 10th

Posted on January 29, 2016

You are invited to participate in a Ward 13 and Ward 14 round table discussion on the 2016 City of Toronto Budget.

This evening is an opportunity to examine the City Budget with your neighbours and begin a conversation about delivering and funding services with the 2016 City Budget.

Wednesday, February 10th 7PM–8:30PM
Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School
1515 Bloor St W, 3rd Floor Staff Room

For more information contact:

Ward 14 – Councillor Perks’ Office
416 392 7919

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Thank you

Posted on January 29, 2016

Thank you to all who attended the Ward 13/Ward 14 Climate Change Meeting Wednesday night.

All comments shared are being submitted to the City Environment and Energy Office.

If you were unable to attend or have not yet shared your comments, we encourage you to complete the TransformTO workbook at: to join us in this important conversation.ClimateChange

Financial relief for Toronto Community Housing RGI households who pay their own electric heating costs

Posted on January 28, 2016

In October 2015, Toronto Community Housing’s Board of Directors approved a total of $1.2 million in financial relief for rent-geared-to-income households who pay their own electric heating costs.
Approximately 1,200 households are eligible to receive financial support for the 2015/2016 heating season. Relief payments will be calculated based on estimated electric heat usage for the number of bedrooms for each unit, and the building’s age and type. The measure is being funded from Toronto Community Housing’s operating budget.
All eligible households are located within Wards 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30 and 32.
For more information please call the Client Care Centre 416.981.5500.
Further, Toronto Community Housing residents may be eligible for the new Ontario Electricity Support Program.
This is another program that helps with hydro bills. It is offered through the Ontario Energy Board, not through Toronto Community Housing.
The program provides financial support for low-income households that pay their own hydro bills. There is an increased credit amount for low-income households who also have electric heating.
Residents must apply to participate in this program. If approved, you will be enrolled for two years.
For more information about the Ontario Electricity Support Program, visit or call 1-855-831-8151.


Project Update: St. Clair Avenue West Area Transportation Master Plan

Posted on January 28, 2016

Project updates will be published at key points during the Environmental Assessment process to keep you informed about how the study is progressing and upcoming consultation opportunities.

• Public Consultation: On December 2, 2015, the project team held the first public meeting for the St. Clair Avenue West Area Transportation Master Plan to present the alternative solutions and evaluation criteria, respond to comments and questions, and receive feedback. The event was well attended and valuable feedback was received during the comment period. The project team would like to thank everyone for their participation. A report summarizing public consultation feedback, and all public meeting materials, are now available on the project website under the ‘Consultation’ tab

• Alternative 6: A small number of other suggestions for Alternative 6 were received at the first public meeting and during the comment period. These were reviewed in terms of the project mandate (expanding east/west transportation capacity) as well as feasibility and potential impacts. Suggestions received that were variations of Alternatives 1 through 5 are already under consideration.

The westerly extension of Davenport Road to West Toronto Street has been identified as Alternative 6 based on the key study goal of increasing east/west transportation capacity, reducing some congestion along St. Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road, and to accommodate continued growth in the area. More information on Alternative 6 will be available at the next public meeting, and published to the project website in advance of this date. Property owners potentially affected by Alternative 6 have been mailed notification letters.

• Next Steps: Using the evaluation criteria presented and feedback received during the comment period, the Project Team is in the process of completing a preliminary evaluation of the Alternative Solutions.

A second public meeting will take place in March 2016 to present the results of the evaluation, preferred solutions, and construction staging. More information about this meeting will be posted on the project website and sent via email over the coming weeks.

Following the second public meeting, and feedback received during the comment period, the evaluation of Alternative Solutions will be finalized and the recommended Alternative Solution(s) will be presented to City Council later in 2016.

For more information and all public materials visit:

Budget Committee 2016

Posted on January 28, 2016

Earlier this week, I addressed the City’s Budget Committee regarding their 2016 budget.

The Toronto Star has more coverage here:


High Park Zoo Master Plan Meeting – Thursday, January 28

Posted on January 26, 2016

This Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:30 to 8:30 PM
High Park Forest School, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive

High Park Zoo Master Plan Final Presentation
One of North America’s oldest zoos, High Park Zoo, is planning a facelift and we want you to be a part of it.

For over 120 years, the free admission High Park Zoo has been one of the jewels of Toronto. As part of the development of a new Master Plan for High Park Zoo, Friends of High Park Zoo, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, invite members of the public to share their ideas and visions for High Park Zoo.

The Final Public Meeting will focus on presenting the final Master Plan Concept. The Master Plan Concept is the result of input and consultation with the public, government stakeholders and industry experts. It represents a vision for improving the visitor experience, enhancing educational opportunities, increasing accessibility, operations and making the zoo a better place for people and its animal residents.

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SPIDER Open Dialogue on Vulnerability: Youth Mental Health – Making the Connection

Posted on January 26, 2016

SPIDER Open Dialogue on Vulnerability: Youth Mental Health – Making the Connection
WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2016 (from 9 – 12:30)
COST: Free!
WHERE: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers| 5100 Yonge Street
The Specialized Program for Interdivisional Enhanced Response (SPIDER) to Vulnerability welcomes you to “The Open Dialogue on Vulnerability in Toronto” series. It aims to increase awareness about situations impacting vulnerable Torontonians, the programs and services available, build networks across the service system and create opportunities for operation and systemic level innovation.
The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) seeks to support youth (aged 13-29) who are most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime (MVP), by building supportive systems; taking steps to better coordinate youth service delivery in Toronto, and building youth resiliency; by identifying specific service enhancements directed at those youth who are most vulnerable to involvement in serious violence and crime.
In the spring of 2014, TYES embarked on a pilot project that took a peer support approach to addressing trauma in the Rexdale and Jane & Finch areas. Of the 74 youth who participated in the workshop series, many reported having experienced a traumatic event that continues to affect their resiliency and increase their vulnerability to involvement in violence and crime. This event explores innovations, gaps and next steps for service provision to vulnerable youth experiencing mental health challenges.
Please contact Lavinia Corriero Yong-Ping at (416) 397 9970 or with questions, comments or ideas about future topics and facilitators.

Minutes from 422-430 Roncesvalles and 76 Howard Park community meeting

Posted on January 25, 2016

City Planning are currently reviewing the application. Once their report is completed and public, our office will share with the community.

Application documents available on-line at:…/…

422- 436 Roncesvalles Ave & 76 Howard Park Ave
Community Meeting: January 11, 2016

Following the Presentation from City Planning and Presentation from Developer, the following comments/concerns were shared by community members.

• Building height: Building must support the character of the village
Midrise building is needed, this is taller than what city allows and it does
not respect the Character designation of the street
Townhomes are tall-4 storeys

• Can application be held while Dundas / Roncesvalles Planning Study is underway: no

• Too many units

• Shade-concern with impact of shade a building this size would create

• Privacy-overlook into Hewitt Avenue properties

• Setback-of both building and townhomes are a concern. The City needs to protect neighbourhoods setbacks and green space not shade and wind tunnels. Wind study can be requested.

• Landscape plan: trees

• Traffic flow- concern of cars travelling on Hewitt to exit from lane.- Planning: current application does not show lane continuing through to Hewitt,
TTC will be required to review for comments on streetcar flow, may require a right turn in – right turnout

• Parking units: Concern that the number of vehicles will exceed the spots available (99 units /75 spots) City standards: bike parking, visitor parking, auto share

• Mechanical noise: concern that noise from mechanical will impact on neighbours

• Community amenities: concern with impact of new neighbours, vehicles, dogs on Howard School lands

• Service access: solid waste will review application, city requires that service vehicles not reverse off of the site.

• Mature trees: 5 private trees may be impacted by this application

• There are access issues for properties on Roncesvalles- private issue, however, Planning will need evidence that all outstanding legal issues with neighbours are resolved

• Noise from demolition will continue for 1 ½ to 2 weeks

• There will be a Construction Management Plan to lay out a complaints process and management plan for build once an application is approved.

Community asked if they support application: NO,
if they feel that a few things need to be changed to move forward: NO.
Clear message from community that they do not support the application.

Councillor Perks does not support the application in its current form.

Parkdale in Maisonneuve Magazine

Posted on January 22, 2016

“You want to live in a place where anybody from any walk of life can live”

Recently spoke with Maisonneuve Magazine about Parkdale.

January 2016