European Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray within our ward

Posted on May 16, 2019

European gypsy moth (EGM) is a defoliating insect that can severely weaken or kill trees. It is a major pest in North America.

In conjunction with various ground-based methods of control, the City of Toronto will be conducting an aerial spray this spring. The spray is to help manage high levels of European gypsy moth caterpillars that are expected in certain areas of the city and prevent severe canopy damage and tree loss.  The spray dates are yet to be determined but are set to occur sometime between May 16 and June 15, 2019.  The spray dates are dependent upon weather conditions at the time and insect/leaf development. View the Public Notice of Pesticide Use For The Control of Gypsy Moth regarding the aerial spray program and the map of the areas that will be affected by aerial spraying operations Opens in new window

City of Toronto Gypsy Moth Aerial Spray Presentation:

For more information visit 

Final Compost Day – May 25th, 2019

Posted on May 16, 2019

The May 25th Compost Day will be at Indian Rd Public School, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, where free leaf compost will be available from 10:00 am, while supplies last. Compost will also be available at the next Community Environment Day on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at Sorauren Park.

Our office can be reached at 416-392-7919 or via email at .

Tree Planting Program – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests

Posted on May 13, 2019

Private Property Tree Planting Program – Get Advice, Planting Help and Instructions for Aftercare!

LEAF offers a Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program which helps you enjoy the many benefits of trees by planting the right tree in the right place. You will get an arborist consultation at your property, a 5 to 8 foot native tree and full planting service, all for $150-$220 (approximately half the full cost!). Houses, multi-units and business/industrial properties all qualify. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.

LEAF offers Native Shrub Bundles to beautify your yard and attract pollinators and songbirds. For approximately $100, you will get four native shrubs (for the price of three), free delivery right to your door, species fact sheets, mulch and a planting and care guide.


  • Native Bee
  • Edible
  • Songbird
  • Small Yard
  • Privacy

Supplies are limited so bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit  LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust – Annual Members Meeting & Potluck – May 25, 2019

Posted on May 13, 2019



WHEN: Saturday May 25, 2019. 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Milky Way Garden. *In case of rain, Church of the Epiphany and St Mark @ 201 Cowan Ave.
RSVP  & Download AGM Notice

Join us on Saturday May 25th 2019 for the Annual Members Meeting & Potluck!  We’ve had a hugely successful year and we want to celebrate with you!

The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and participate in decision making. This year members will have the opportunity to:

  • Vote on PNLT’s next acquisition priority – Over the past three years, we have built our local capacity to preserve rooming houses. We plan to continue this important work, but we also want to respond to other community needs and visions. Come help us decide together what to work on next.
  • Vote on proposed By-law AmendmentView Amendment and or View Current By-laws.
  • Vote to elect 7-8 new members to serve on the board of directors, our decision-making body.

* To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering in advance or at registration on the day. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale.  Sign up online at PNLT.CA.

Please bring photo ID.

If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors please submit a nomination here, or contact

RSVP  & Download AGM Notice

Junction Farmers’ Market every Saturday, starting May 25, 2019

Posted on May 9, 2019

The Junction Farmers’ Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, support local food growers and produces, and promote access to healthy food for all.

Visit the market, every Saturday 9am – 1pm, from May 25 to November 2nd at 2960 Dundas St W.

Cuts to Public Health

Posted on May 7, 2019


Last month the Government of Ontario announced cuts to Public Health funding across the province. We are just now learning the full impact of these changes on our neighbourhoods and communities. In Ward 4 alone, the province’s cuts will impact: student nutrition programs, food inspections and infection prevention in long-term care facilities, school based immunization programs, child care safety inspections, dental clinics, restaurant inspections, sexual health clinics, skin cancer prevention programs and many more. There is a total of 104 programs at risk in Ward 4, I have attached the full list.

The provincial cuts to public health are due to changes in provincial-municipal cost-sharing. In mid-April, without notice, the public health cost sharing model was altered to reduce provincial funding, back dated to April 1, 2019. This is a $64 million retroactive cut to Toronto Public Health’s 2019 budget, which the City has not budgeted for. If the province’s changes to cost sharing move forward, this will mean a $1 billion funding cut to Toronto Public Health’s budget over the next ten years.

Our public health programs keep our communities healthy, contribute to everyday wellness and save lives. This cut to public health funding impacts everyone in Toronto. We need to visit, call, and write to the Premier and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to tell them to stop these cuts.

Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and supporting the health of our communities.


Tell the Premier and his Minister to stop the cuts to public health:

Premier Doug Ford
Constituency office: 823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Tel: 416-745-2859

Christine Elliot, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Constituency Office: Unit 22, 16635 Yonge St. Newmarket, ON L3X 1V6

Toll Free   800-211-1881
Tel   905-853-9889

Tell your MPP that you support the fight against this attack on our communities:

Bhutila Karpoche
Constituency office: 2849 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Tel: 416-763-5630

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High Park Stewards May 12 and 26 Garlic Mustard Removal and Boulevard Beds

Posted on May 7, 2019

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


Meet us in front of the Grenadier Cafe at 10:30 am. Note that cars may not be allowed in the park if the cherry blossoms are in bloom.

For more information:

U of T Conference about the Housing Action Plan – May 11, 2019

Posted on May 7, 2019

The City of Toronto is preparing a Housing Plan for the coming decade. As Toronto’s housing crisis deepens and the past decade’s housing plan draws to a close, what lessons need to be learned?

This action-oriented conference brings together prominent scholars, Councillors, planners, and activists to weigh in on and debate the initiatives Toronto could advance right now to protect and expand our endangered supply of affordable housing.

Register for this free conference here, because space is limited:

Runnymede Healthcare Centre

Posted on May 6, 2019

Runnymede Healthcare Centre held a meeting on April 25th to show their proposed plans to the neighbourhood. The meeting gathered approximately 70 attendees who voiced their concerns about the building’s height, the parking situation in the area, greenery in the proposal, and the construction process. Below is a copy of the presentation that was given by the applicant at the meeting.

As this was a pre-application meeting, there will be at least one more community meeting held in the future to discuss this proposal. Information about any future meetings will be posted on this website. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this development please contact my office at


Ford Government Makes Major Changes to Planning Rules

Posted on May 6, 2019


Late last week the Government of Ontario announced major changes to planning law in Ontario. These changes reinstate the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules and put more power in the hands of developers and their lobbyists. This enables developers to go around local government and communities and put proposals which we haven’t even seen in front of the OMB.

The changes also remove some development charges, and change the rules for other community benefits which keep our communities liveable, sustainable, and safe. The funds gathered through these mechanisms build our streets and community centres, put trees in the ground, and put parks in our neighbourhoods. Funding for these services will now fall onto the city’s back, instead of the developers.

Additionally, the plan removes rent control on new housing, eliminating the safety of knowing how much your next rent cheque will cost each month if you live in a new building. No one should live with that uncertainty.

The proposed changes impact 13 different laws and runs 90 pages in length. They will also require extensive new regulations. We can be sure there will be more surprises.

We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to determine local planning decisions. We need to visit, call, and write to the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and tell them to stop this legislation. Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and these unwanted changes.


Tell the Premier and his Minister that this is not the future you want for your neighbourhood:

Premier Doug Ford
Constituency office: 823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Tel: 416-745-2859

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Constituency office: Suite 101 – 100 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5J9
Toll Free: 1-800-267-4408
Tel: 613-342-9522

Tell your MPP that you support the fight against this attack on our communities:

Bhutila Karpoche
Constituency office: 2849 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Tel: 416-763-5630

May 2019