Potential Rooming House Property Acquisition and Modernization in Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Posted on May 24, 2018

Friends,

I am happy to announce that City Council supported my motion to make it possible for a non-profit housing provider to buy a rooming house in Parkdale. Here is a link to that motion http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.MM41.8 .

The motion directs the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the June 25th Affordable Housing Committee meeting on the due diligence process necessary to support the purchase, renovation and future operation of an existing rooming house in Ward 14, by an experienced non-profit organization through leveraging $1.5 million in available Ward 14 Section 37 funds and other federal and provincial funding sources, and to seek authority to undertake a pilot project through a competitive proposal call process in 2018.

This is great news.

I will be sending a further update as this important work makes its way through the Affordable Housing Committee.

Gord

Short Term Car Rental Update

Posted on May 24, 2018

Let me start by saying I am fully supportive of short term car rental as an integral part of our transportation network.

Councillor Layton moved a motion requesting that the City begin looking at how we could help to expand short term car rental by allowing on-street permits where capacity existed. I supported that motion.

In April, when the issue came to City Council, I voted in support of the staff recommendations and against a more restrictive approach. Unfortunately, the more restrictive regulations passed.

When Car2Go shared their news today, a motion was drafted asking for City staff to further consult with the short term car rental industry and to report back at the June 26 meeting of City Council on recommended changes to improve the viability of the Free-Floating Short Term car rental pilot. I will be supporting this motion.

While I do not believe we should be giving special privileges to any specific short term car rental company at the expense of residents, we do have a responsibility as a City to figure out how to ensure there is a balance between the short term car rental economy and residents.

I am encouraged to hear that a second short term car rental company is planning to expand to Toronto. Communauto, a Canadian short term car rental company in cities across Canada, announced today that they are working on a plan to move to the Toronto market.

I hope this helps to explain my position, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any follow-up questions.

Gord

High Park Boulevard Beds and Garlic Mustard Busting

Posted on May 24, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help the High Park Stewards with one of two activities. (May is a busy month!) We need to (1) redesign the boulevard beds next to the Grenadier Restaurant, by rebuilding the fencing and replanting; (2) remove garlic mustard, a notoriously invasive species, from an area of the park.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. We will work until 12:30 pm. All tools will be provided.

For more information:
http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

 

E-Waste Collection Event | Parkdale Library – Saturday June 9th, 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018

Inorganic Market Event

Parkdale Library – June 9, 2018

1303 Queen Street West

Time: 11am-3pm

About: The Inorganic Market®, through public events and education, provides the opportunity for individuals to make a change at the community level and be positively engaged with the problem of e-waste. It is owned by the not-for-profit, SELF Solutions Lab. All collected material is sent to ADL Process for responsible recycling and disposal. All proceeds support the Inorganic Market’s efforts. More information and a list of accepted items can be found at inorganicmarket.ca or https://www.facebook.com/inorganicmarket/

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