Toronto Island Park to Reopen on Monday, July 31

Posted on July 27, 2017

Toronto Island Park, including Centre Island, Centreville Theme Park, Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point, will reopen to the public on Monday, July 31.

The regular summer ferry schedule will resume on Monday, with the first ferry departing from the mainland for Ward’s Island at 6:30 a.m. and the first ferry departing from the mainland for Centre Island at 8 a.m. City of Toronto recreation programs will also resume on Monday.

All beaches on the island will be open with lifeguards on duty, however, portions of some beaches will be in a reduced state. Signs will clearly indicate areas that are closed to the public. Olympic Island remains closed to the public due to high water levels.

“I know that for many Torontonians summer isn’t complete without a visit to the Toronto Islands, which is why I’m so pleased that the park is being reopened for residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Mayor John Tory. “I want to thank City staff for their tireless and ongoing commitment to preserving and restoring the island park and to residents for their patience throughout this unprecedented event.”

Online ticket sales for the ferry will resume on Friday, July 28 at Island visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid ticket kiosk lines. Staffing levels will be increased at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to provide quicker service and help visitors navigate their way from ticketing to boarding. Visitors are encouraged to check @TorontoPFR on Twitter throughout opening weekend for updates on wait times and ferry schedules. The peak period for lineups is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Businesses on the island are expected to resume normal business operations on Monday. Centreville Theme Park will be open. Details are available at

Island park permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. City staff are working with permit holders to provide any available options for rescheduling or relocating their events if affected by the parts of the park that remain closed. Permits that cannot be rescheduled or relocated will be refunded through the usual processes. Permit holders should call 311 for assistance.

Further information about the flooding and status of other waterfront areas, including the Scarborough Bluffs and mainland beaches, is available at

Members of the public are reminded that other areas of the city continue to experience flooding impacts and are asked to remain cautious in areas with flooding. People should pay close attention to all safety information and to updates on flooding conditions along the city’s waterfront areas.

Significant erosion in the Scarborough Bluffs area has resulted in numerous landslides and an increased risk to public safety in this area. Access to the shoreline is absolutely restricted.

3rd Annual Momo Crawl

Posted on July 25, 2017

The 3rd annual Momo Crawl is coming up on the 30th of July, 2017! Participants with the purchase of a ‘Momo Passport’ will get to try 10 different momos, which are Tibetan and Nepali dumplings, from up to 11 participating Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants.

It is held by Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) Canada, a non-profit grassroots organization made up of students, activists, and young people from all over the world who support the Tibetan freedom movement while working in solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet.

Exhibition Place Board of Governors July 27, 2017 Meeting Public Agenda Available

Posted on July 25, 2017

Please be advised that the Agenda for the July 27, 2017 Board meeting is now available on the Exhibition Place Website “About, BOG, Schedules and Reports, July 27, 2017”.  A link can be found to its location online below:

Masaryk Cowan Facility Upgrades & Temporary Closure

Posted on July 25, 2017

Exciting news, Masaryk Cowan Community Centre is getting a few facility upgrades! Some fresh coats of paint, a new weight room floor, and overall facility cleaning will all be coming soon!

Because of these upgrades the facility will be closed from September 4 – September 10, 2017.

We appreciate your patience as we conduct these necessary upgrades.

An Update on the RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards Program

Posted on July 25, 2017

The RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standard Program took effect on July 1, 2017 and applies to all residential rental apartment buildings that are three or more storeys tall and have 10 or more apartment units.

The online registration system for building owners is live, as of July 21, 2017.

Next week, building owners will begin to receive a letter, with a unique Login and password that will allow them to set up an account, and register their buildings with the City. They will also receive a copy of the RentSafeTO: Building Owner Handbook that walks them through the new program.

If residents or building owners have questions, concerns or comments, they can go to:, e-mail or call 416-396-7228, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Short-Term Rental Survey Available Online

Posted on July 25, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about proposed rules and regulations for short-term rentals (such as Airbnb) via an online survey.

The survey can be found at and is available until August 18.

Additional stakeholder and public consultation meetings will be held in the fall. A final report is
expected to be at Executive Committee in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Notice of Provincial Public Consultations: Consumer Protection Act and Payday Loans Act

Posted on July 25, 2017

The Province of Ontario governs pay day lenders and alternative financial services such as cheque-cashing, instalment loans and rent-to-own services.

In April, Ontario Bill 59 (Putting Consumers First Act) received Royal Assent, providing municipalities with additional tools to license and regulate payday lenders. It is expected to come into force in early 2018, following additional consultations on the newly proposed regulations.

Highlights include:
– decreasing the maximum cost of borrowing from $21 to $18 per $100 borrowed; and
– amending the City of Toronto Act to permit the City to prohibit the operation of an office or limit the number of offices that may operate in a defined area.

Last week, the Province released its consultation paper entitled “Strengthening Protection for Consumers of Alternative Financial Services – Phase One” and is now looking for input in developing regulations for payday lenders and alternative financial services (i.e. cheque-cashing, instalment loans, and rent-to-own services). The Province is accepting input until August 21, 2017.

Key issues being consulted on include:
– limiting amount of payday loans to 40% of borrower’s net pay
– requiring payday lenders to disclose annual percentage rate of loan
– requiring six-day waiting period between payday loans
– exempting credit unions from the requirements for the Payday Loans Act; and
– changing advertising requirements to support consumer decision-making

About the consultations and how to provide feedback
We want to ensure that the interest of Torontonians are taken into account as the Province seeks input on proposed regulatory changes to payday lending and alternative financial services.

This notice is being sent to encourage you and your constituents to participate in the provincial consultations.

The following has been taken from the Province’s website:

Input can be provided in the following ways until August 21, 2017:

1. Regulatory registry email link titled “Comment on this proposal via email” at the bottom of the regulatory registry page for this consultation.
2. Email your comments to with “Consumer financial protection regulations – phase 1” as a subject line.
3. Mail completed consultations to:
ATTN: Consumer Financial Protection regulations
Consumer Policy and Liaison Branch
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
56 Wellesley Street West – 6th Floor, Toronto, ON, M7A 1C1

If you have questions about this consultation, email

Sewer Inspection on Parkside Dr at the Gardiner

Posted on July 20, 2017

The City of Toronto will be conducting a condition assessment and inspection of the sewer system on Parkside Drive, from The Queensway to F. G. Gardiner Expressway East on the dates specified above. This project, which is part of the Council-approved 2016 Capital Works Program, will help improve local sewer collection system. Inspections will take place from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am, Monday to Friday.

Contract: 16TW-OS-23CWD
Construction Window: July 24 – August 18, 2017
Anticipated Construction Duration: 5 days

W14 - Parkside Dr (The Queensway - F G Gardiner Xy E) Jul 24

Sister Cities Mural Launch

Posted on July 20, 2017

The STEPS Initiative is thrilled to be animating one of Toronto’s busiest connections to the waterfront as part of an international cultural exchange between the City of Toronto and the City of Chicago, (sister cities since 1991) as part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program.

Chicago artist, Justus Roe, his local Public Art Assistants, as well as members of the Parkdale – High Park community have been hard at work transforming the Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and the “Year of Public Art” taking place in Chicago.

They look forward to celebrating the completion of this new work with you – and ask that you RSVP by Monday, July 24th for this community event if you wish to attend! Click here to RSVP.

Join them for “Building Bridges of Flavour”, a locally inspired menu of refreshments, along with local musicians, artist Justus Roe, and Mayor John Tory.

The venue is served by the Queen, King, and Roncesvalles Streetcars, as well as the Martin Goodman Trail. It is wheelchair accessible, with free on-site parking.

Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd W
Thursday, July 27th, 5pm – 8pm

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Community Engagement Council

Posted on July 13, 2017

St. Joseph’s Community Engagement Council is currently looking for new members! Please check out the flyer below.

July 2017