Upcoming Community Consultations on Transportation Policies

Posted on January 31, 2019

As part of the Official Plan Review, the City Planning Division is undertaking a review of the transportation policies related to transit, cycling, street related maps and schedules, and automated vehicles and shared mobility services found in the Official Plan. This is the second phase of the transportation component of the Official Plan Review, the first phase of which concluded in 2014. This review was directed by Planning and Growth Management Committee (PGMC) at its meeting of July 5, 2018 http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.PG31.10.

City Planning staff are undertaking city-wide consultations on proposed draft transportation policies. Four public meetings will be held from February 11, 2019 to February 19, 2019 as follows:

All meetings will be held from 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Mon. Feb. 11, 2019 in the cafeteria of Etobicoke Collegiate Institute (86 Montgomery Road).

Tues. Feb. 12, 2019 in Room 308 of Metro Hall (55 John Street)

Wed. Feb. 13, 2019 in Committee Room 1 of Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive)

Tues. Feb. 19, 2019 in Committee Room 3 of North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)

Feedback from the consultations will be incorporated into proposed draft policy changes which will be presented to Planning and Housing Committee on April 4. Pending Committee approval, a further round of public consultation will be conducted in Q2 2019. This phase of the Review is anticipated to be complete in early Q3.

To learn more about the Official Plan Review, please visit www.toronto.ca/opreview.

Take Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted on January 28, 2019

The pipes in your home can freeze in cold weather. This can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. Take steps to protect your pipes from freezing and learn what to do if they freeze at http://www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes .

Grenadier Pond Ice Monitoring Program

Posted on January 24, 2019

The ice monitoring program started on Jan 1, 2019. Ice thickness is measured on a daily basis. To check the flag status, visit Find an Outdoor Rink and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Grenadier Pond in High Park has been a recreational skating surface since the early days of Toronto but temperature changes, water currents, salt run-off and other factors can make it dangerous.

For 12 weeks in winter, the City will monitor ice thickness and place a flag at the pond:

  • red flag: not safe
  • yellow flag: use at your own risk
A red flag with the text Not Safe.
A yellow flag with the text Use at Your Own Risk.


Since this is a not a skating program, no ice clearing or maintenance is done.

Tips for a successful day at Grenadier Pond:

  • Check online before heading out – we inspect daily and post either a red or yellow flag at the pond
  • Dress warmly. It’s cold by the lakefront, especially when windy
  • There’s no clubhouse or place to lock up your belongings, so don’t bring anything valuable you can’t carry on your person
  • If you’re intending to skate, bring proper safety equipment like helmets, knee and elbow pads. There are no skate trainers available at the pond.
  • Please take care of our fragile ecosystem by staying within the designated area and keeping dogs off the pond The remaining wetlands at the Grenadier pond are a locally significant lakefront marsh. Please stay within the allowed boundaries.

More info on Public & Leisure Skating can be found at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/skating-winter-sports/public-leisure-skating/ .

Special Heritage Talk – Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Posted on January 23, 2019


Tuesday, 12 February – 7:00 p.m.

Simcoe Seminar – Conflict in Afghanstan; Will it Ever End

Join panel discussion speakers –

Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, LCol Phil Halton, Captain Chris Wattie

Doors open @ 6:00 p.m.

Seminar begins @ 7:00

Lambton House – 4066 Old Dundas Street

Come join us as we present the Queen’s York Rangers’ Simcoe Seminar at the Lambton House for the first time. Join panelists Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, LCol Phil Halton, author of This Shall Be a House of Peace and Captain Chris Wattie, author of Contact Charlie, as they discuss this important topic.

No. Cover. A free-will donation will be greatly appreciated


Public consultation on Toronto sidewalk cafés and marketing displays – January 31, 2019

Posted on January 23, 2019

Public consultation on Toronto sidewalk cafés and marketing displays

The City of Toronto is hosting a public consultation to obtain input on the Sidewalk Cafés and Marketing Displays Bylaw Review. The review aims to harmonize existing bylaws so that consistent standards are applied across the city.

The public is invited to attend the consultation on Thursday, January 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Committee Room 4 at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen St. W.).

At the consultation, participants will have the opportunity to provide their input on proposed regulations, including updated fees, accessibility issues and new standards for marketing displays and sidewalk cafés (for example, curbside and parklet cafés).

The proposed regulations have been informed by earlier, extensive consultations with the public and stakeholders. Since 2014, input has been collected from more than 30 consultations and public meetings, two online surveys, and an on-site survey that collected information at sidewalk cafés and marketing display locations.

Input obtained from this final consultation will be used to inform the harmonized bylaw that City Council will consider this spring.

More information about the Sidewalk Cafés and Marketing Displays Review is available at https://bit.ly/2WaQc8z.


Upcoming Public Appointment Opportunities

Posted on January 23, 2019


Do you want to make a difference in your city?

Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards, committees, and tribunals. Whether you are just starting your board journey or you are an experienced director, there’s an opportunity for you!

Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring a community perspective, and help to reflect the needs and interests of Torontonians. This is a great opportunity to participate in local decision making, expand your network and make a difference in your community.

In 2019, the City of Toronto will be recruiting for more than 300 public member positions across over 50 boards. Bring your skills and experience to the table.

To learn more about these opportunities and to apply online, visit toronto.ca/ServeYourCity.

Sign up for the public appointments e-updates to receive information about application deadlines, vacancies, and new opportunities to join a City board, committee or tribunal.

City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review

Posted on January 22, 2019

City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to public consultation sessions on the noise bylaw review. The review aims to introduce updates that reflect Toronto’s growth and vibrancy, while enhancing noise standards that protect residents.

At the public consultation sessions, staff will present and seek feedback on developing updates to the bylaw. Feedback will be used to recommend updates to the bylaw in a report going to Council in spring 2019.

There will be five public consultation sessions, each focusing on a particular area of the bylaw.

  • Power equipment (such as leaf and snow blowers, and restrictions on time of use)North York Civic Centre, Members’ Lounge, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Monday, January 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Motor vehicles (such as vehicle noise on highways and private property)Metro Hall, Room 310, 55 John St.
  • Tuesday, January 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Amplified sound (such as music from bars, and decibel limits)Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W.
  • Wednesday, January 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Construction noise (such as restrictions on time and noise management)Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park Lounge, 585 Dundas St. E.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • General noise (such as playing instruments and residential noise)The Garage, 720 Bathurst St.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Feedback can also be emailed to mlsfeedback@toronto.ca.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for e-updates on the Noise Bylaw Review at http://bit.ly/2H1CL7v.

More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/noisebylawreview.

Toronto Police Services – Community Survey – available online until February 10, 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019

Community Survey

Open invitation to members of the community.

If you live or work within the geographic boundaries of 11 Division, as defined and served by the Toronto Police Service, I am requesting your assistance to complete a brief crime, disorder and public safety survey.

Your opinion is important to help us to better provide the policing services that you need.

The geographic boundaries of 11 Division are:
– (To the North) St. Clair Avenue West
– (To the South) Toronto shoreline
– (To the West) Humber River
– (To the East) Dufferin Street south to Queen St., West to Roncesvalles; South from Roncesvalles to the shoreline

It is a Goal for 11 Division and the Toronto Police Service to:

“Improve the quality of life within the community by reducing crime, disorder and enhancing public safety”.

The survey is designed to identify the crime, disorder and public safety issues that should be given special attention to improve the quality of life for the community that is served by members of 11 Division.

The issues listed on the survey are representative of typical crime, disorder and public safety problems experienced in many communities across the city. These issues experienced by themselves or collectively can have a negative impact on the quality of life in the community.

For your convenience, the survey will be available online until February 10, 2019.

Survey Link: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d11/

Thank you,

Heinz Kuck
District Superintendent
11 / 22 Division

Electronic Waste Collection – Annette Public Library – January 26th, 2019

Posted on January 21, 2019

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am – 2pm, you can dispose your electronic waste outside Annette Public Library – 145 Annette Street.

Find the list of accepted items here.

January 2019