West Lodge Community Gardeners Event! – Sunday, September 25th

Posted on September 21, 2016

Come join the West Lodge Community Gardeners
for an afternoon of free activities!



Youth In Policing Winter Program

Posted on September 20, 2016


It’s that time again! We are currently recruiting for our 2017 Youth In Policing Winter Program. Attached is a copy of the current job ad for you to distribute to your students. Students can find more information and the application by going online at www.torontopolice.on.ca/yipi.


In order to spread awareness about the program we do provide presentations during high school assemblies, set up lunch and learns and present to various community groups. This year we will also be conducting a virtual information session. This can we watched at facebook.com/tpsyouthinpolicing on Monday, September 19th at 5:00 p.m.


Please let us know if this is something you are interested in. Keep in mind the deadline is Monday, September 19th, 2016.


Following is some general information about our programs:


The Youth in Policing is a joint partnership between the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Service Board and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.  The program is a paid position and employs students between the ages of 15-18 years within priority identified neighbourhoods.


The youth work within our various units and divisions.  While at work youth have the opportunity to see daily police operations from an internal perspective, interact with police officers on a personal level and gain hands on job experience.  Students are also taken on tours to various police facilities, namely the Marine Unit, Mounted Unit, The Police Dog Services etc.


There are three Youth in Policing Programs that run throughout the year; summer, fall and winter. The programs run as follows:


  • Summer Program – July to August
  • Fall Program – September to December
  • Winter Program – January to April


The Summer Program runs throughout the summer months during the day from Monday – Friday and students work a 35 hour week.  The Fall and Winter Programs are part-time after-school programs that include evenings and some weekend work and students work 6 hours per week.


Thank you,



Dowling Cycling Route Public Open House – September 22, 2016

Posted on September 16, 2016

We invite you to a Public Open House, to discuss a proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail. The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Date:Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium 1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)

Please see the attached PDF for more details:


What do kids have to say to adults about climate change?

Posted on September 16, 2016

Check out my interview with Sophia about Climate Change:

“What do kids have to say to adults about climate change? All 8 episodes of Climate Talks are now online at www.climatetalks.ca

Climate Talks is created by Madeleine Co. and commissioned by the Ryerson Image Centre in conjunction with their exhibition, The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video.”

Poverty Reduction Strategy: inviting residents for designing a Lived Experience Advisory Group

Posted on September 16, 2016

Dear Friends,

City Council is committed to reducing poverty in Toronto. Because of this, Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) was passed unanimously by council in November 2015.

Staff from the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office are inviting residents who have lived experience with the conditions and impact of poverty to provide critical input and help decide on the design of a Lived Experience Advisory Group to support the PRS. This input will shape what LEAG should look like with regards to meetings, membership, communications, and supports.

Please join City Staff on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre. The day will be interactive and exciting where participants will design a key part of the PRS Implementation and Accountability Structure. Food, transportation, and childcare will be available.

If you wish to register, please follow the Eventbrite link at: http://prs-leag.eventbrite.ca

Also, please see the atttached PDFs for more information:


Thank you for your support,

Gord Perks

City Councillor,

Ward 14 – Parkdale-High Park



Transportation Tomorrow Survey 2016 Announcement

Posted on September 16, 2016

Dear Friends,

This is to advise you that the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS) is being conducted in your community on behalf of municipal and provincial governments. The Transportation Tomorrow Survey is an important source of information to support planning for transportation infrastructure and transit services across the region.

The survey, conducted between September and December of 2016, will collect information on the daily travel habits of selected households as well as some basic household demographic information. All information collected will be kept confidential and cannot be traced to an individual household.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Wehkind, Program Manager, Transportation Planning, at 416-392-8572. You may also visit the TTS website at: www.TTS2016.ca


Gord Perks

City Councillor,
Ward 14 – Parkdale-High Park


Dufferin St Full Road and Sidewalk Closure at Queen Street West – Update and Community Meeting September 29th

Posted on September 16, 2016

Metrolinx will be hosting their second drop-in session at the Carnaby Condominium located at 10 Minowan Miikan Lane (formerly 11 Peel Avenue) on September 29, 2016 from 5 to 7p.m. Representatives from Metrolinx will be there to answer any questions you may have about the project.

Please see the attached for full details:



Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) – Info Session / Volunteer Training

Posted on September 16, 2016


Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) will be hosting an information session for community groups, volunteers and anyone helping out at the upcoming Tree For Me events. It would be great to have representatives from each community group to ensure a smooth, successful event. Don’t worry, it will be short! Maximum of 2 hours.


Topics to be covered are:

  1. TPTF, the Every Tree Counts Campaign and why Tree For Me is working with community groups to engage residents in tree planting
  2. Tree For Me event logistics: We’ll go over how the set-up and flow will work, the check-in process, handing out trees, registering walk-ups, tear down and what to do with leftover trees.
  3. Workshop information
  4. Plans for promoting events.
  5. Long-term engagement strategies.


Please share with the rest of your community group.

Please RSVP, indicating which session you would like to attend:

  1. Thursday, September 22nd, 6-8pm @ The High Park Nature Centre
  2. Sunday, September 25th, 10am-12pm @ The High Park Nature Centre. 


Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Police Oversight Public Consultations

Posted on September 16, 2016


The Independent Police Oversight Review kicks off the public consultations today, Wednesday, September 14th at the Jamaican Canadian Association. The Review team has been tasked with answering many important questions about police oversight, including:


  • Should the SIU reports be public?


  • Should the SIU release past reports?


  • Should the SIU release the names of officers who are under investigation?


  • Should the oversight bodies collect race-based and other demographic statistics?


  • Should retired officers investigate officers?

For more information on our public consultations, please see our press release at http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/independent-police-oversight-reviewer-announces-public-consultations-593085601.html or follow us on Twitter<https://twitter.com/iporeview> or Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/IPOReview/>.



Keeping Toronto Students Healthy – Information about Toronto Public Health's Role in Assessing Student Immunizations

Posted on September 16, 2016



To control and prevent the spread of infectious diseases, Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires parents to provide Toronto Public Health (TPH) with proof of their child’s immunization against nine diseases (diphtheria, measles, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus, chickenpox, meningococcal, pertussis and varicella).
The role of TPH in this program is to ensure high vaccine coverage rates through enforcement of the ISPA legislation and ultimately to protect everyone from these diseases. Toronto Public Health works with families to ensure children are up to date.

Students without the required vaccines will receive a letter from TPH asking for updated immunization information. To avoid school suspension, it is the parent’s responsibility to update their child’s immunization record or provide a valid exemption form to TPH. All the vaccines required for school attendance are publicly funded.


If you received a letter from Toronto Public Health, it means your child has missed some vaccines or you need to report the information to Toronto Public Health.

Call Toronto Public Health at 416-392-1250 or visit toronto.ca/health for more information.





September 2016