Nominations Open for Toronto’s Annual Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards

Posted on May 31, 2017

Residents are encouraged to submit nominations for the City of Toronto’s 2017 Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards – the City’s highest honour to recognize people or programs that have made a difference in Toronto by working to eliminate discrimination and break down barriers to equality.

“We want to celebrate the residents and services that are helping to build an inclusive city,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to submit worthy nominations for these awards.”

Nominees must be Toronto residents, groups or programs. It is easy to submit a nomination with both online and mail-in options. More information, including past recipients, is available at The deadline for nominations is Thursday, August 31 at 4 p.m.

The five AEHR Awards are: Indigenous Affairs Award; Access Award on Disability Issues; Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women; Pride Award for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Two-Spirit Issues; and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award.

Nominations are made by the public and recipients are selected by a panel of community members with expertise and knowledge of issues pertinent to the awards. Recipients will be announced in the fall and an awards ceremony will take place at City Hall in December.

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Posted on May 30, 2017

Toronto is home to more than 65,000 newcomer youth. Opportunities like afterschool programs, arts and music, and sports are essential for ensuring successful settlement in Canada. Social Planning Toronto will be hosting an afternoon of drop-in activities, keynote speakers, and opportunities to learn from and work with others to address this important issue.

The forum takes place on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers and Members Lounge, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with opening remarks at 1:00 p.m. Please see attached flyer for more information. Register and find out more online here:

Newcomer Youth Recreation Forum

Gender and Cycling Talk at Parkdale Library

Posted on May 30, 2017

The Toronto cycling community comes together this Bike Month for a panel and group ride exploring the history and contribution of women cycling and activism in Toronto.

Taking the Lane: Gender and Cycling in Toronto will take place on June 15 at the Parkdale Library from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.


– Alex Legum of Charlie’s FreeWheels
– Katie Whitman Community Cycling Champion and researcher
– Lavinia Tanzim of Bad Girls Bike Club
– Sivia Vijenthira of Spacing Magazine
– Moderated by Tammy Thorne of Dandyhorse Magazine.

The panel event aims to highlight that many women, women identifying, and gender nonconforming people in the city do not feel comfortable cycling due to unsafe streets (a lack of infrastructure) coupled with a lack of outreach at every age.

The conversation will seek to unpack our city’s cycling past, where we need to go and who is missing from the conversation. But most importantly we want to discuss how we can reduce the problem of gender inequity on the streets and confirm that it is a legitimate issue and conversation we need to be having. Ample bike parking is available and light refreshments will be served.

Panel @ Parkdale Library June 15 at 6pm
Facebook event can be found here.

Toronto Residents Invited to Share Their Views on Multi-Tenant Houses

Posted on May 30, 2017

The City of Toronto is holding a series of public consultation meetings on proposed regulations for multi-tenant houses – commonly referred to as rooming houses.

Two different sets of meetings will be held. The first set of meetings will be held in five “pilot” areas where multi-tenant houses currently are not permitted, while the second set will take place in areas of the city where multi-tenant houses are permitted.

City Council endorsed a three-year pilot project last fall to introduce a temporary zoning bylaw to allow multi-tenant houses in five areas of the city where they currently are not permitted.

The area boundaries for the pilot project are:

  • Highway 401, Morrish Road, Military Trail (Wards 43, 44)
  • Finch Avenue West, Martin Grove Road, Humber College Boulevard (Ward 1)
  • Finch Avenue West, Assiniboine Road, Black Creek Drive, Keele Street (Ward 8)
  • Finch Avenue East, Leslie Street, Highway 404, Fairview Mall Drive (Ward 33)
  • Steeles Avenue, Highway 404, Highway 401, Markham Road (Wards 39, 40, 41)

At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:

  • how multi-tenant houses should be zoned
  • the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home, and
  • what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (such as site plan, waste management plan and parking plan).

Public consultation meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in pilot areas where multi-tenant homes are not permitted. Dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, June 6, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room HW305, 1265 Military Trail
  • Wednesday, June 7, James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, Cafeteria, 1440 Finch Ave. W.
  • Monday, June 12, Oriole Community Centre, Multipurpose Room B, 2975 Don Mills Rd.
  • Tuesday, June 13, Stephen Leacock Community Recreation Centre, 2520 Birchmount Rd.
  • Thursday, June 15, Elmbank Community Centre, Gym, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Wednesday, June 21, L’Amoreaux Community Recreation Centre, Main Floor, 2000 McNicoll Ave.

Public consultation meetings taking place in areas where multi-tenant homes are permitted include the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, June 14, Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room, 870 Queen St. E., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20, Lillian H. Smith Library, Auditorium, 239 College St., 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22, Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch,1303 Queen St. W.,                  6 to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, Wellesley Community Centre, Room A, 495 Sherbourne St., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.

Staff of Municipal Licensing & Standards and City Planning expect to report on findings from the consultations this fall.

More information and the survey are available at

Regarding Yesterday’s Tragedy on the Martin Goodman Trail

Posted on May 25, 2017


Yesterday a little boy was killed when he fell off his bicycle and into traffic. This happened along the Martin Goodman Trail near Lakeshore and Jameson Ave. I have spoken to City staff who have agree to urgently look into the possibility of installing additional safety measures.

Terrible news like this shocks us all. I will keep you informed about any new safety measures.



Bloor-Dundas Proposal Meeting

Posted on May 24, 2017


I would like to inform you of a meeting about a proposed redevelopment at the southeast corner of Bloor and Dundas, at 2280 Dundas St W. At my request the developer has agreed to have this meeting before designing their full proposal, which gives us a chance to shape their application. This will be the first of several meetings over the coming months.

Many of you were part of a previous conversation about the potential for this site, creating a community framework during the preparation of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study in 2009, which can be found here: The Bloor-Dundas area is detailed under “Opportunity Site 8” and may contain useful insight for this upcoming meeting.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Informational Board Viewing
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Address by Councillor Perks
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Question Period
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Informational Board Reviewing

Meeting Location: 2280 Dundas St W, in the former Zellers space

Please see attachment for further details.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, are interested in providing comment, in receiving more detailed information, or being informed of upcoming meetings please email me at and City Planners Joanna Kimont and Aviva Pelt through

This will be a very important conversation for all of us, I hope to see you on June 14th.

Councillor Gord Perks

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High Park Garlic Mustard Busting

Posted on May 23, 2017

The High Park Stewards have been removing garlic mustard from the park for many years. We notice a real positive effect from our work, but there is still lots to do. As many people as possible are needed, as there is no end of this invasive species in High Park.

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

The Boulevard Beds group will also be working on our demonstration gardens on the perimeter of the Grenadier Restaurant. A few people are needed to join them.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

For more information:

New Community Projects & Events Grant Program

Posted on May 23, 2017

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework. The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development. Applications for Community Projects and Events Grants is now open with $1 M in grant funding will be allocated.

More information can be found online here.

Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).
Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form.

Community Events Grant Goals

Community Events Grants help organizations create a neighbourhood event or activity that brings different groups of people together to –

  • Make their neighbourhood better
  • Keep people active, or
  • Help residents learn skills and build leadership.

One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018. Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding. Open to neighbourhoods across the city

Community Projects Grant Goals

 Community Project grants will help community organizations develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that they can –

  • Increase their organization’s impact by doing things better
  • Increase community impact by working with others
  • Diversify who they serve and strengthen access and equity.

One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017. Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project. Please feel free to forward to your community networks.

Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics starting May 25th!

  • Details on Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics (targeted to small organizations) will begin starting May 25th.
  • The Community Projects & Events web page lists the dates/locations.

King Street Pilot – Phase 2 Online Survey

Posted on May 23, 2017

The City of Toronto invites you to take the Phase 2 online survey for the King St Pilot Study!

The King Street Pilot Study is about testing out how to redesign King Street to achieve three broad city-building objectives: moving people on transit more efficiently, improving public space, and supporting business and economic prosperity.

In this online survey, the City wants to hear your feedback about the proposed pilot design being considered between Bathurst Street and Jarvis Street:

Please click on the link to the survey below. It should take about 10 minutes to complete and will be live until June 10th:

Thank you for participating in this important initiative. If you have any questions, please contact:

David J Hunter, P. Eng
Sr. Transportation Planner
City Planning Division, City of Toronto

West End Food Co-op Board Election

Posted on May 23, 2017

The West End Food Co-op is seeking nominations for several seats on their board. The election will be held at the June 28th Annual General Meeting, just over a month away. A comprehensive candidate package is attached below. Please share this call with your neighbours. Any questions can be directed to the committee at

West End Food Coop Board - AGM 2017
May 2017