Intersection Improvements at Indian Road and High Park Boulevard

Posted on June 12, 2017

The City of Toronto will be improving the intersection at Indian Road and High Park Blvd to improve pedestrian safety at this intersection by raising the elevation of the intersection to reduce the driving speed, adding zebra cross lines, and tactile plates at the curb corners.

The work is part of the Council-approved 2017 Capital Works Program to renew aging city roads and sidewalk for current and future needs.

Expected Start Date: Summer, 2017
Expected End Date: Fall 2017

Pre-Construction Notice - Indian Road and High Park Intersection

Public Meetings for GO Rail Network Electrification

Posted on June 12, 2017

To address the urgent transit needs of the GTHA, the Province of Ontario committed to implement Regional Express Rail and make other improvements to the GO system. A major step to providing more convenient and frequent travel options is the electrification of the Metrolinx GO train lines. By 2025, they plan to have electrified trains running every 15 minutes or better, all day and in both directions, within the most heavily travelled sections of the GO network.

Building on the first and second rounds of public consultation meetings held in February/March 2016 and November 2016, Metrolinx and Hydro One are now formally commencing the Transit Project Assessment Process. A third round of public consultation is planned for June/July 2017 (details below) and will present the findings of the technical/environmental studies (posted online at undertaken for the GO Rail Network Electrification Project. Members of the public, government agencies, Indigenous communities, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in the process and/or contact the project team directly with feedback or questions. A discussion guide will be posted online at prior to the meetings to provide key information.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. / Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Metro Hall
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

GO Electrification June 14 2017

Toronto Pearson Community Outreach

Posted on June 7, 2017

This spring and summer, Toronto Pearson is launching a series of initiatives to talk to local communities about the airport’s growth and the impact of its operations, so it can better understand the concerns and priorities of its neighbours as it plans for the airport’s future.

Tuesday, June 20
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Ismaili Centre
49 Wynford Drive
North York, Ontario M3C 1K1

Tuesday, July 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mississauga Living Art Centre
4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

Wednesday, June 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 4B6

More details on the workshops can be found here. You can also join the conversation by completing Toronto Pearson’s online survey on Noise Fairness and Airport Growth.

2017 CNE Traffic and Parking Measures

Posted on June 7, 2017


Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 18 to September 4, 2017. These changes will be introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th.

The complete list of yearly changes that will be introduced at TEYCC is available online at:


Following CNE 2016, a review with community members and City Staff suggested further changes to continue to improve traffic operation and pedestrian safety.

The following are new changes recommended by Transportation Staff and are included in the above links:

 ‘No Stopping’ signage on:

  • Thorburn, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin;
  • Temple, north side, between Tyndall and Dufferin; and
  • Tyndall, both sides, between Springhurst and Thorburn.

’24 hour Permit Parking’ signage on:

  • Springhurst between Jameson and Dufferin, north side.

Community members also raised concerns with the number of Temporary Parking Permits issued on local South Parkdale streets during the CNE.

In light of this, Permit Parking staff will conduct a pilot project this year which temporarily restricts the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the 2017 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued — with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number — at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:

  • CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex” with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;
  • City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King  intersection) to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets, and instead direct them to parking lots with directions to parking lots;
  • City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement, and City Bylaw enforcement staff have been asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement have been asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;
  • Toronto Police have been reminded of ongoing safety concerns during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst, from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;
  • CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have questions or comments about this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter.


Gord Perks
City Councillor

Public Input on Guidelines, Rules, and Fees for Sidewalk Cafés and Displays

Posted on June 6, 2017

The City of Toronto is reviewing application and permit fees, as well as the bylaws that govern sidewalk cafés and displays operating on the public right-of-way/sidewalks. The review includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for people with disabilities, and how those requirements will affect existing holders of café and marketing permits.

Fees proposed earlier this year have been revised after the City received input from the restaurant industry and other stakeholders. The revised proposal will result in a modest fee increase for most permit holders, while some will see their permit fees lowered.

Two public meetings will be held to give residents and businesses an opportunity to view the proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed fees.

Public meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.

Livestreaming of the June 13 meeting will be available at

For residents unable to attend the meeting, input can be provided at

A report recommending a revised sidewalk café bylaw, updated guidelines and fees is expected to be submitted to a joint meeting of the Licensing and Standards and Public Works Committees this fall.

Street Lighting Improvements on Bloor St from Keele St to Dundas St W

Posted on June 5, 2017

The City of Toronto and the Bloor by the Park Business Improvement Area (BIA) is installing pedestrian lighting and underground infrastructure for future Wi-Fi system on Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street West. This work will improve the quality of the sidewalk and street environment. The lighting improvements include 19 pedestrian light poles.

Expected Start Date: June 12, 2017
Expected End Date: October 10, 2017

Construction Notice 2 - BBTB

Toronto Drop-In Network Spring/Summer List

Posted on June 5, 2017

Hi everyone,

The Toronto Drop-In Network Spring/Summer list (a list of drop-in hours and meal times) for the coming months can be downloaded via this link:

Please share this information with anyone who might need to know where to access free meals and daytime shelter.

High Park Stewards Spring Planting

Posted on June 5, 2017

Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, June 11 for their annual spring planting at one of the High Park restoration sites. They hope to plant over one thousand forbs, grasses, and shrubs, so lots of hands are needed!

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

They request that any participants bring signed waivers.

More information can be found online at

Concerns can be directed towards

Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge Street Art Meeting

Posted on June 5, 2017

The STEPS Initiative, in cooperation with Street Art Toronto, will be hosting a community information session on June 12th at the Parkdale Public Library (1303 Queen St W) from 6-7pm to provide local community members and stakeholders with some information about the project, artist, design, and opportunities for engagement. Come out and shape your neighbourhood!


Toronto Accessibility Plan Update – Public Consultation Opportunities

Posted on June 5, 2017

The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public. The City would like to understand the source of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what we could do differently to reduce the impact of that barrier. All feedback, from people with disabilities, disability advocates and the general public, is welcome.

Individuals can participate by attending one of the following public consultation sessions at Civic Centres across the city (registration is required) or by completing the online survey at The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

Public consultations – City of Toronto Multi-year Accessibility Plan

Each consultation will include:

  • an overview of the City’s Accessibility Framework;
  • the City’s approach to identify barriers, and plan for their prevention and removal; and
  • group discussions on key barriers.


Monday, June 12, 6 – 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street (SE corner of King St. and John St.)
Register for the downtown consultation

Wednesday, June 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive (McCowan Road and Ellesmere Road)
Register for the east consultation

Thursday June 22, 6 – 8 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall (Burnhamthorpe Road and The West Mall)
Register for the west consultation

Wednesday June 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Avenue)
Register for the north consultation

Each location has accessible facilities and washrooms. Please register in advance, and let us know if you require any accommodation. For more information, please contact Nicole Cormier at or 416-397-5251.

June 2017