Fare Gate Construction – Dundas West Station

Posted on September 5, 2017

As part of the TTC’s continuing modernization efforts, the turnstiles at Dundas West Station will be replaced with new paddle-style fare gates.

Construction is scheduled to start on Sept 7 and will last until the end of November to complete. The collector booth and fare line into the station will be closed as of Sept. 8. Customers will be unable to purchase TTC fares from the collector booth at the station until the end of November. A temporary entrance into the station will be set up through the bus bay where a station collector will be available to collect fares.

Customers can access the TTC Pass Vending Machine inside the entrance to the station to purchase a Metropass.

A PRESTO card reader will be available beside the station collector during the construction. To purchase a PRESTO card visit the Gateway Newstand in Dundas West Station or visit prestocard.ca.

To learn more about PRESTO visit ttc.ca/presto.

Public Input Invited on the Holiday Shopping Bylaw

Posted on September 5, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards is reviewing the Holiday Shopping Bylaw. On April 26, 2017, City Council received a report on the first phase of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw review. As part of the second phase of this review, Council directed staff to conduct additional public consultations on the impact of allowing grocery stores and others that sell prepared meals to be open on public holidays. There are nine public holidays including: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A public meeting is being held to provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed changes. It will be held at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, North York Memorial Community Hall, Rooms Gold A & B, 5100 Yonge Street.

A report on Holiday Shopping is expected at the October 20, 2017 Licensing and Standards Committee meeting.

Short Term Rental Regulation Consultations

Posted on September 5, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning staff are holding a series of open houses on the proposed regulations for short term rentals. The term “short-term rental” describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. 28 days or less). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO, and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Four open houses are being held to provide an opportunity for residents to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed rules. The proposed regulations are to:

  1. Allow anyone to offer a short-term rental in their home.
  2. Require anyone operating a short-term rental to register with the City and include the City-issued registration number in all advertisements.
  3. Require any short-term rental company (like Airbnb, VRBO or FlipKey) to be licensed by the City and only advertise short-term rentals with valid City-issued registration numbers.

The open houses will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a short presentation at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The open houses will be held on:

  • Wednesday, September 6, City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
  • Monday, September 11, North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Wednesday, September 13, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom, 399 the West Mall
  • Tuesday, September 19, Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

Short Term Rental Survey

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations. The survey will be available until September 19 and can be found at: toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

Reports on Short Term Rentals are expected in November at the Planning and Growth Committee and Licensing and Standards Committee.

TIFF Festival Street Road Closure, Streetcar Route and Event Information

Posted on September 5, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

The City of Toronto is a proud partner in the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TIFF reaches more than 450,000 film lovers annually through film screenings, industry programming and free Festival Street events.

This year, TIFF will host its fourth annual Festival Street initiative. Events on the King Street West pedestrian promenade, the site of Festival Street, will run from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10.

The Festival Street events will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Spadina and University Avenues from 5 a.m. on September 7 until 5 a.m. on September 11. The road closure will also require changes to the 504 King, 514 Cherry and 304 King (night) streetcar services. John Street between King Street and Wellington Street will also be closed during the five-day period.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are working with TIFF to ensure Festival Street is enjoyed with a minimum of inconvenience to those travelling in this area of the city. Toronto Police will be positioned at key intersections to assist with traffic flow and TTC ambassadors will be available to help customers.

People who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events in general should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. The City’s web-based map to help residents make travel plans can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

More information about the TTC’s service changes for Festival Street is available at http://www.ttc.ca/.

More information about TIFF Festival Street and its events is also available at http://www.tiff.net.

High Park Stewards Fall Planting

Posted on September 5, 2017

Join the High Park Steward as they plant a variety of native plants that thrive in the park’s black oak savannah! The Boulevard Beds group will also work to improve the demonstration garden.

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road

Late summer is perfect for viewing native species like goldenrods, asters, and native grasses. It is also a great time for planting native perennials, like smooth rose, cylindrical blazing star, cup plant, Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susan, butterfly milkweed, harebell, wild bergamot, sky-blue aster, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia; grasses, like Indian, bottlebrush, little and big bluestem, Canada wild rye; and shrubs, like wild raspberry.

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

September 2017