Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting

Posted on September 14, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting. Councillor Grimes and Councillor Layton will co-host this meeting that gives nearby residents the opportunity to speak to any concerns they might have, ask questions about Exhibition Place, and discuss any issues.

Tuesday, September 19
Beanfield Centre, Room 203
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to obtain event details and where to RSVP.

Additionally, if you are interested in subscribing for monthly updates on events and happenings on the Exhibition Place grounds, please click here.

Toronto Police 2018 Budget Community Information Session

Posted on September 12, 2017

This year, the Toronto Police Services Board’s Budget Committee has chosen to begin the 2018 Budget Process with an information session in order to improve understanding of the police budget and to present high level information about the Toronto Police 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets as well as the Parking Enforcement Unit and Police Services Board budgets.

The budget information session will include presentations and an opportunity for you to ask questions. Background materials are posted at www.tpsb.ca

Tuesday September 19, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toronto Police Headquarters
40 College Street
2nd Floor Auditorium

West Neighbourhood House Fall Programming

Posted on September 12, 2017

West Neighbourhood House has lots of new programs starting this fall, from silks screening to mentorship programs to indoor soccer! Look at the flyer below or follow this link to find more information.

NYP Program Fall Flyer - 2017

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust Job Opening

Posted on September 7, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this ongoing opportunity:

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust is hiring a full-time Affordable Housing Development Manager to lead acquisition and development planning for affordable housing projects! We are building our team to increase our local capacity to respond to the need for affordable housing preservation in Parkdale. Please see attached a job posting and/or download it from this link or view the posting on Charity Village.. The extended deadline for submission is September 15th, 2017.

The ideal candidate will be an early or mid-career professional with a background in affordable housing development, a strong commitment to neighbourhood inclusiveness, social equity, and eagerness to contribute to both affordable housing preservation and community-based land use management models. A strong capacity for real estate business planning, financing and project management is a must.

PNLT is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity-seeking groups. We seek to foster a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community we serve. SPECIAL NOTE: In the case an early career practitioner is selected, PNLT will provide opportunities for job shadowing and mentoring from senior professionals in Toronto’s social housing sector.

WaBash Call for Volunteers

Posted on September 7, 2017

Know any teenagers looking for their volunteer hours? Or perhaps you would like to get involved yourself? Friends of Sorauren Park needs extra hands at the WaBASH Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Sorauren Park.

Shifts and jobs vary. Every volunteer will be provided with an event t-shirt and light food and drink during the shift. You’ll also have lots of instruction and direction. And it’s great fun!

They need:

Set-up Volunteers (1pm-4pm) — Many volunteers needed!

Food Zone Volunteers (3pm-8:30pm)

Kids Zone Volunteers (3pm-7pm) — Many volunteers needed!

Stage Show Volunteers (2pm-8pm)

Movie Set-up and Production (6:30pm-10pm)

Tear-Down Volunteers (8pm – 12am)

Welcome Booth Volunteers (3pm- 8pm)

Runners and Event Assistants (3pm-8pm)

Event Photographers (4pm-9pm)

Sign up here.

Toronto’s Parkland Strategy Open Houses

Posted on September 7, 2017

We need your help! We’re conducting Open Houses across the city about Toronto’s Parkland Strategy. We want your input on how to grow Toronto parkland for a growing, equitable and connected city.

Join us to learn more and participate in a mix of fun, interactive activities about the Parkland Strategy.

Scarborough Civic Centre
Location: Committee Rooms 1 and 2, 150 Borough Drive
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Regent Park Community Centre
Location: Banquet Hall B, 402 Shuter Street
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Etobicoke Civic Centre
Location: Meeting Rooms 1, 2, and 3, 399 The West Mall
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lawrence Heights Community Centre
Location: Gymnasium, 5 Replin Road
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A city builds a park so that people can build community. Toronto is known for our parks and natural environment, and as Toronto grows, our parks system must grow along with it.

However, there are gaps in the system; areas in the city where more must be done. And we must reinvest and re-invigorate our existing green space.

Toronto’s parks system is much more than official city parks; it includes open spaces, conservation lands, ravines, hydro corridors, schools and other privately owned, publicly accessible lands. We need to work together to ensure a livable Toronto for today, and for future generations.

The Parkland Strategy is a 20-year plan that will guide long-term planning for new parks and expansion and improved access to existing parks.  It will aid in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city.

To learn more, and to join in the conversation, visit toronto.ca/parklandstrategy 

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.

September 2017