A message from Councillor Gord Perks

Posted on July 31, 2018

On late Thursday evening we learned the City of Toronto was being attacked by Premier Ford. He has single-handedly decided to reduce the size of council from 47 to 25 Councillors in the middle of the election period (which began May 1st) . Our clerk has raised concerns that this will cause serious problems.

On Sunday, I wrote a twitter essay on this very topic,


At council yesterday I spoke about it,

Today I signed the Progress Toronto petition and urge you to do the same. Please take a moment to add your name,  https://www.progresstoronto.ca/stopford.

More information will be coming in the next week or so. I will be in touch.



Final e-newsletter

Posted on July 31, 2018

Hello Friends,

I am running as candidate in the upcoming municipal election on October 22, 2018. As per the Office of Integrity Commissioner’s Code of Conduct, starting August 1st, 2018, I will not be able to send out councillor related newsletters or updates.

This is my last councillor e-newsletter.

As usual, my office is here to assist with any concerns or issues you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please continue to email councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call the office at 416-392-7919. You can also visit my website at gordperks.ca



Parkdale Rooming House Pilot Project

Posted on July 31, 2018

City Council has approved the creation of a City fund to protect deeply affordable housing. This Parkdale-specific pilot project will help social housing providers purchase rooming houses and stop them from being converted away from affordable housing.

The full report can be found at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.EX36.38

Parkdale Hub

Posted on July 31, 2018

The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. The goal of the hub is to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

There are multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.

All of the buildings require significant state of good repair investments over the next 10 years. An inter-divisional agency table, including City divisions and agencies, has been formed to begin coordinating the inventory.

Community engagement began in 2018 and will continue into 2019.

New BikeSpace app helps cyclists report bicycle parking issues

Posted on July 31, 2018

The City of Toronto has partnered with Civic Tech Toronto and Code for Canada to develop a free, community-built web app called BikeSpace, designed to collect data from cyclists to help City staff, businesses and property managers improve bicycle parking facilities.

Using the BikeSpace app, cyclists can highlight areas where new bike parking is needed and report broken and full bike racks, as well as spots occupied by abandoned bikes. This simple web app is quick and easy to use, builds a public map of bicycle parking problems in Toronto and creates a data-driven picture to help bring about improvements. The web app is available at https://app.bikespace.ca/.

BikeSpace will not collect data on its users or create profiles of them. The app will only collect data that users provide about bike parking issues to inform those who install and improve bike parking.

For more information about the BikeSpace web app and the project team, visit http://www.bikespace.ca.


Polish Festival – September 15th and 16th, 2018

Posted on July 31, 2018

The 2018 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto’s best neighbourhood, Roncesvalles Village! will be taking place September 15th and 16th, 2018.

Now entering its fourteenth year, the Festival adds an old world charm to today’s Roncesvalles Village, well-known as one of Toronto’s most vibrant, diverse and creative communities.

Enjoy great local and international music, including Polish folklore, Polka and Euro dance bands, and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages. Saturday night enjoy the ever-popular Disco Polo Party. Come out and sample fantastic cuisine from over 40 renowned restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros, along Roncesvalles, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more!

For more information visit: https://polishfestival.ca/


Wabash Community Centre Public Information Meeting Minutes

Posted on July 31, 2018

On July 10, 2018, the City held a public information meeting on the upcoming plans for the new community centre and to:

 – review the project background and potential programming;

 – review timelines;

 – review next steps

Please see below for the meeting minutes:

WABASH_ Public Information Meeting Minutes_FINAL


If you have any questions on this matter or any other City related matters, please contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca


Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study

Posted on July 25, 2018

Toronto City Council has approved the Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen St. West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas St West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue

This Staff report summarizes the study, initiated in 2015 which reviewed the built form and physical character of the area and recommends approval of Urban Design Guidelines for the Study Area.

The Guidelines seek to:

– Guide and manage moderate, incremental development;

– Respect and reinforce the existing mixed-use character of the Study Area;

– Encourage a sense of place, by promoting well-designed built form and by conserving features and cultural heritage resources that help define local character;

– Achieve appropriate transition between new development and adjacent Neighbourhoods and Parks and Open Spaces; and,

– Promote a vibrant, animated and safe public realm.

The complete report is available online at https://bit.ly/2tHej1e .

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and Planners in Public spaces events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates our main streets.

New Traffic Lights

Posted on July 25, 2018

After review, Transportation Staff recommended that the existing Pedestrian Cross Over (PXO) at King Street West and Close Avenue be removed and changed to traffic lights (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE24.56).

he traffic lights were activated this month.

There will also be new traffic lights at Dundas Street West and Ritchie Avenue which are anticipated to be activated at the beginning of August (http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE23.88).

Update on 2639 Dundas St West

Posted on July 25, 2018

Toronto City Council, at the July Council Meeting, approved the 2639 Dundas St West Rezoning Application that proposes an 8-storey residential building with 107 units, 47 vehicle parking spaces and 192 bicycle parking spaces at 2639 Dundas Street West, the site currently occupied by Active Green and Ross.

The full report is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2KneTIH

July 2018