Toronto Public Library February & March Events

Posted on January 30, 2018


Here are the February-March events happening at Parkdale and High Park branches of the Toronto Public Library:

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for the Toronto Public Library’s e-newsletter:


TrashTalk: Community Grants and Waste Wizard

Posted on January 29, 2018

Have an innovative idea to reduce waste in your community?

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based efforts to reduce residential waste and increase participation in Toronto’s waste diversion programs. Priority for funding will be given to projects that reduce waste in apartments and condos. Examples of projects that could be eligible include waste education and engagement programs and initiatives that align with Toronto’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, such as the repair, exchange, swapping and sharing of goods. Applications close February 23, 2018. For more information and to submit an Expression of Interest visit

Know Before You Throw! Ask the Waste Wizard
Don’t know what to do with your old skates or plastic takeout containers? Unsure whether a certain item or type of packaging goes in the Blue Bin (recycling)? Not entirely clear on what is considered Green Bin (organics) material? When in doubt, ask the Waste Wizard, the City of Toronto’s online search tool that provides information on how to properly dispose of over 2,000 items. It’s quick and easy to use. Simply go to and type in the item you’re wondering about.

Free Sewing Classes for Women in Parkdale Area

Posted on January 18, 2018

Free Sewing Classes for Women in the Parkdale Area, run by local sewer, designers, team leaders and volunteers.  Individuals will learn to use a sewing machine, basic sewing skills which include machine skills, zippers, hand sewing, patterns, etc.


Classes begin on January 27 for 7 weeks.  They will be held in the Parkdale Public Library and there is childcare if needed.

There is an application process – you can go to the Parkdale Public Library and pick up an application, fill one out here, or come to Greenest City at 201 Cowan on Wednesday, January 10 or Thursday, January 11 from 1pm – 2pm to get a paper application and get support in filling out the application.

EMAIL or call Angela at 647 438 0038 for questions.

We are looking for volunteers!

This is a partnership between Greenest City, Parkdale Public Library and local sewer/artist Helen Melbourned

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective

Posted on January 18, 2018

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Speaker: Ellen Schwartzel; Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Ellen will share how Ontarians can use the Environmental Bill of Rights to strengthen environmental laws and policies, including protecting natural heritage. Biodiversity highlights from the Commissioner’s recently released report –- especially the province’s track record on species at risk and protected areas –- will also feature in her talk.

This is an opportunity to discuss issues and strategies for protecting nature in both urban and rural areas.

Note: The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislature who reports on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issues. The ECO is the province’s environmental watchdog and champion of Ontarians’ environmental rights.

For more information:

41 Wabash Pre-Application Meeting on January 29, 2018

Posted on January 16, 2018

The developer of 41 Wabash Avenue, Curated Properties, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

General Purpose Room, Fern Avenue School

128 Fern Avenue

Monday, January 29, 2018

7-9 PM

The developer is proposing a 4 storey mixed-use development with townhouse and office uses. Details will be available at the community meeting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at

41 Wabash Pre-Application Meeting Notice



Ward 13 & 14 Community Budget Meeting – Thursday, January 25th

Posted on January 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

You are invited to the Ward 13 & 14 Community Meeting on the City of Toronto 2018 City Budget. It is being held on Thursday, January 25th, from 7-9 pm at Bishop Morrocco/Thomas Merton School (1515 Bloor St. W).

This evening is an opportunity to examine the 2018 City Budget and to have a discussion including how we raise revenue, how we manage our finances, and how we invest in our City.

2018 Community Budget Meeting1



Transit day of action on January 30, 2018

Posted on January 15, 2018

Are you sick of being sardined?

Join transit day of action on Tuesday, January 30.

We’re calling on John Tory and City Council to fund 2-hour fares, better TTC service to fix overcrowding, and the promised low-income Fair Pass in the 2018 City Budget.

This is a crucial time to take action for better transit, before Council votes on Feb. 12 and 13 on the last budget before the election.

Join TTCriders as we hand out flyers and talk to thousands of transit riders impacted by overcrowding, unreliable service, and unaffordable fares.

Can you help us reach more riders? 

  • Sign up to join a January 30 canvass near you or start your own.
  • Join our phone bank on January 23 to mobilize riders for the transit day of action.
  • Send a message to your councillor asking them to fairly fund the TTC.

There are 1.8 million transit riders in Toronto. Let’s work together to win better transit.

Shelagh Pizey-Allen – TTCriders

6 Noble Street: Update on OMB Pre-Hearing

Posted on January 13, 2018


The first OMB pre-hearing conference on the 6 Noble Street development application was held on December12th, 2017.

The developer advised that they have submitted a Settlement Offer to the City with revision to the original application.

The Settlement Offer is now posted on line at:

Of note, revisions include the height of the building which has been reduced from 14 storeys (51.3 m including mechanical penthouse) to 8 storeys (32.3 m including mechanical penthouse); and no non-residential uses are proposed. The non-residential gross floor area and the live-work units have been replaced with townhouse units.

City Planning along with a number of City departments will now review the Settlement Offer and provide their feedback.

My office will organize a meeting in 2018 to review the Settlement Offer with the community. City Planning staff and the developer will be invited to attend this meeting.

City Planning staff will then provide their recommendations on the Settlement Offer. If they recommend approval of the Settlement Offer, a report will be submitted to the February 21st Toronto and East York Community Council. If they do not recommend approval of the settlement offer, City Staff will attend the next pre-hearing scheduled for May 22 at 10 AM at the OMB, 655 Bay St, 16th floor.

Please watch for Community Meeting Notice early in 2018. As always, my office is available to answer questions and hear your concerns.

Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

January 2018