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

May 2017