City-lead Round Table discussion about Loblaw Site, 2280 Dundas St W.

Posted on November 22, 2017

Monday December 11th is now full, please register for Tuesday, December 12th at

Please Share With Your Neighbours

Choice Properties REIT, the owner of the Loblaw site at 2280 Dundas St West, the south-east corner of Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West, is looking to submit an application to redevelop the site with a mixed-use development including residential, commercial, employment and community uses, a City park, new streets and potential relocation of the high school.

In order to understand what the community envisions for this site before the application is formally submitted, City Planning staff, together with my office, are hosting round table discussions which will focus on key themes such as Built Form and Use, Public Realm and Sustainability.

The City-lead Round Table Discussions will take place:

7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Secondary School,

1515 Bloor Street West (corner of Bloor St West/Dundas St West)

If you are unable to attend the Community Meeting but are interested in further information, please contact City Planners Aviva Pelt, or Joanna Kimont, or my office at


6 Noble Street , OMB Pre-hearing – December 12, 2017

Posted on November 22, 2017


6 Noble Street 

OMB Pre-Hearing

 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10 AM

Ontario Municipal Board, 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street

(2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.).

 I have an important update on the 6 Noble St. development application.

The developer of 6 Noble St. originally proposed a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

As you might know, the developer appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board. A pre-hearing conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 10 AM.   The purpose of the pre-hearing is to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the OMB Hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.  If you have concerns with the development proposal, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

City Planning staff and the developer have also continued to work to find a suitable proposal for the site.  The ‘without prejudice’ discussions between City staff and the developer allows for exploration of possible changes that might result in an agreement without offers or counter offers being made public. I am not involved in these discussions.

City Legal have informed me that the developer will be making a revised ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer very soon. A ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer will be a public document. If available, it will be shared at the December 12th pre-hearing.

It is my practice to share details of any ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer prior to it being considered by City Council either through email or, if time permits, at a community meeting.

At this time, the developer has agreed not to seek a Hearing date at the pre-hearing conference. Instead, they will seek a second pre-hearing in April, 2018 which could be converted into a settlement hearing if a settlement is reached.

It is important that anyone with an interest in this matter attend the OMB pre-hearing on Tuesday Dec 12th, notwithstanding the fact that no Hearing date is to be scheduled. This will allow community members to be made parties or participants and be a part of any proceeding should a settlement fail to occur.

Information on party/participant status is available at: 

If you are interested in attending the OMB prehearing but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance.   I will be available to meet at 9:30 AM outside of the prehearing conference room at the OMB to review the process of the OMB prehearing. Please contact my office if you are interested.



Gord Perks

City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Toronto Drop-In Network’s 2017/2018 Winter Holiday Meal List

Posted on November 22, 2017

Toronto Drop-In Network is a community of 56 drop-in centres throughout Toronto

The Winter Holiday list of drop-in hours, meal times, and special holiday meals are up. The list can also be accessed here

Please share with other community members.


Registration for City of Toronto’s winter swim and skate programs and March break camps starts this coming weekend

Posted on November 22, 2017

The City of Toronto offers a wide range of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Registration for winter swim and skate programs and March break camps starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday, December 2 for Etobicoke York and Scarborough districts and Tuesday, December 5 for North York and Toronto and East York districts.

Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. Over the past year, the City has worked to improve the registration experience by increasing server capacity by 25 per cent so that more people can access the system online. The City has also introduced clearer navigation and planning tools online, and has extended customer service hours and added more staff to provide in-person support.

Upgrades to the online registration system require users to update their web browsers. Residents should test their browsers by visiting before registration day and updating their browsers if required.

How to register

Step 1: Get account numbers

Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the Customer Service Call Centre at 416-338-4386 or speaking with staff at a City community centre.

On November 30, December 1 and December 4, call centre hours have been extended from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to assist with account information and any other questions related to registration.

Step 2: Choose programs

Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at or in the printed FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide. Many community centres also offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults.

Step 3: Register

Registration starts at 7 a.m., so residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready. There are four ways to register:

  1. Online at – the easiest and fastest way to register
  2. By touchtone phone – following the prompts at 416-338-0000
  3. By telephone with customer service assistance at 416-338-4386
  4. In person at select locations listed on in the FUN Guide.

Welcome Policy yearly credit

The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker.

Older adult discounts

Older adults (60 and older) receive a 50 per cent discount off the regular price of adult recreation programs.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto is honouring Canada’s 150th birthday with “TO Canada with Love,” a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

Get a Free Tree!

Posted on November 22, 2017


Get a free tree                    

The leaves are falling but spring is not that far away. Act now to have a free tree planted in front of your house next spring. The City will deliver, plant and prune it at no cost to you. You just add water.

The City will supply and plant a free tree on the City-owned portion of your yard between the sidewalk and your property line (usually the first several feet from the sidewalk). You will be offered a choice of 18 species of native trees including maples, tulip trees, and oaks. You can choose from 4 species native to North America and 14 imports from Europe or Asia, including the freeman maple that is quite common in the area (It turns brilliant red in the fall).

All you have to do

Simply telephone 311 during business hours and make a request. You can also go online anytime at Under the column “Residents” , click on “Parks”. At the bottom of the Parks page, click on “Request a tree”. The application form is on this page. Click on Request service online and provide the required information. The every tree counts brochure in on the right side of this page. Clicking on it will list the colour and characteristics of each tree — –to assist you in making your selection.

For more information about ways that you can get involved in making the West Bend area a better place to live, contact or visit the website at


Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust Launches the Preserve and Protect Fund for Affordable Housing

Posted on November 22, 2017

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust will purchase and protect affordable housing in Parkdale under a unique non-profit community ownership model. Their goal is to raise $50,000 towards their first affordable housing project.

“You love Parkdale because of its diversity. You love the vibrant local businesses, the fact that it’s home to newcomers, psychiatric survivors, and other marginalized communities, the diversity and richness that comes with being in an urban community.

With your support, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust purchases and protects land in a community ownership model. Imagine having stable affordable housing, community gardens and green space and affordable space for local non-profit organizations. Together we can preserve the character of Parkdale and protect its residents.”

Support the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust today

New 24-hour Winter Respite Service for Women in Parkdale

Posted on November 22, 2017

I am pleased to welcome a new program, providing 24 hour services for women experiencing homelessness who need warm and safe refuge from Toronto’s winter weather at the Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark’s, 201 Cowan Avenue, just south of Queen St West.

You are invited to a Community Open House to welcome the program, meet staff and ask any questions you may have.

Community Open House

Thursday, January 11, 2017

6 – 8 PM

Sanctuary Space, Church of Epiphany and St. Mark’s

201 Cowan Avenue, south of Queen St West

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Donations or volunteers to the program are welcome. Please contact Stewart King, Program Manager, directly at, 647-302-5752.


November 2017