Pesticide Treatment at High Park

Posted on December 5, 2019

Urban Forestry will be carrying out management of invasive trees, shrubs and vines in High Park over the winter months.

Various sections of the natural areas in High Park are managed for invasive trees, shrubs and vines.  Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of December to March. A triclopyr-based pesticide (Garlon RTU) is being used to control these invasive species. Pesticide signs will be posted 24 hours prior to any treatment taking place and will delineate the border of the site being managed at that time.

The invasive species being treated includes Norway Maple and Common Buckthorn, these species impact native plants and habitat by:

• crowding out and shading native vegetation and young trees

• encouraging soil erosion due to lack of ground cover

Application is done by licensed city staff, and additional information signage will be posted along with the standard warning signage.  Warning signage is posted 24 hours before treatment and is removed 48 hours following treatment, according to Ministry of Environment guidelines.

Please see the Fact Sheet below for more information.

FACTSHEET Norway Maple Common Buckthorn_

Information on City’s Snow Clearing Services

Posted on December 5, 2019

The City’s Levels of Winter Maintenance Service Highlights

Road Category When does the City start plowing? How many hours after the snow stops falling will it take to clear?
Expressways 2.5 cm to 5.0 cm 2-3 hours
Arterial roads and streetcar routes 5.0 cm 6-8 hours
Collector roads, bus routes and local streets with Hills 5.0 cm – 8.0 cm 8-10 hours
All other local streets 8.0 cm 14-16 hours

Business and property owners are responsible for ensuring that all ice and snow is cleared on sidewalks, driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps and landings within 12 hours of snowfall to provide safe access for people and vehicles. Clearing the ice and snow from the sidewalk in front of your home or business will make it safer for everyone. Failure to do so can result in fines. Please contact 311 to report property owner who did not clear their sidewalk.

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home. The service does not include driveways or walkways leading to homes. All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service. 

If you have friends, neighbours or relatives who are seniors (65 years of age +) and are in need of aid for snow removal please contact 311 (or call Councillor Perks office 416 392 7919 or email: councillor_perks@toronto.ca) for options.

Registration for City’s winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps begins this weekend

Posted on December 5, 2019

Registration for City of Toronto winter swim and skate programs and March Break camps will take place on Saturday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 10. The City is Toronto is the largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests, with more than one million recreation program hours offered annually.

Available programs include beginner skate and preschool swim, lifesaving classes, as well as adapted and inclusive programs for people with special needs/disabilities. March break camps range from activity and adventure camps to specialty camps including drama, music and sports.

Residents can prepare for registration with extended customer service hours at 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on December 5, 6 and 9.

Registering online at https://efun.toronto.ca/ is the fastest and easiest way to register. Registration starts at 7 a.m. for these districts:

  • Saturday, December 7 – Etobicoke/York and Scarborough
  • Tuesday, December 10 – North York, Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York

Due to ward realignments, the registration day for some locations has changed. Affected locations can be found at: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/districtchanges.html#

Residents can get tips for registration, browse available programs, create wish lists and learn more about available programs at https://www.toronto.ca/rec. Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

1521 Queen St W Development Application

Posted on December 4, 2019

An application has been submitted to the City for a proposed rezoning at 1521 Queen St W. The applicant’s proposal is for a 25.9m 8-storey mixed-use building (plus a 5m mechanical penthouse) with 78 residential units, 72 bike parking spaces, and 3 car-share spaces. More detailed information about the proposal can be found here.

A pre-application community meeting was previously held in July 2019, details of which can be found here: gordperks.ca/location/1521-queen-street-west.

A community meeting will be held in the coming months to discuss this proposal with the community, gather further feedback, and provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions of the applicant, City Planning, and Councillor Perks.

My thoughts on the plan to increase property taxes

Posted on December 4, 2019

Today our Mayor proposed a plan to increase property taxes substantially over the next several years. It’s the right thing to do. Many people have been arguing for this since the Mayor first took office. He has not been kind to us.

What happened?

First, we have been honest. It has been obvious that our transit system is in decline because of under-spending, and that we need public investment to solve the housing crisis. In the long run honesty is the best approach to civic life.

Second, we have not allowed constant attacks on our ideas and integrity to silence us. It’s no fun being attacked but it’s something we have to stand up to in the current vicious political climate. When we are demonized for telling the truth, it shows we are getting somewhere.

Third, and most important, by speaking up we have gradually persuaded Torontonians that we face a stark choice, increase taxes or cut services. Together we created a social movement that grew and grew until it forced the Mayor to come down on our side.

If you have ever told anyone that you would rather pay more taxes than watch the City decline, today is your victory. Be proud, you’ve changed the way the Mayor thinks and put the City on a better path.

Now, on to the next struggle.

Gord

Update on Short Term Rental Regulations

Posted on December 3, 2019

On December 7, 2017, and January 31, 2018, City Council approved regulations for short-term rentals in Toronto. The new rules, which require short-term rental companies to obtain a licence and short-term rental operators to register with the City and pay a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) of 4 per cent, were set to come into effect on June 1, 2018. However, the City’s zoning bylaw amendments to permit short-term rentals as a use were appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

On November 18, 2019 the LPAT issued a ruling that dismissed the appeals and upheld City Council’s adopted zoning bylaw amendments for short-term rentals. The short-term rental zoning bylaw amendments are now in force. The amendments permit short-term rentals, (any rental that is less than 28 consecutive days), across the city in principal residences. Within their principal residence, people can rent up to three rooms or their entire home.

With this decision, the Licensing and Registration Of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw has also come into force. The City is moving forward with the implementation of the bylaw, as adopted by City Council. Once the licence and registration system is built, short-term rental companies will be required to obtain a licence and operators will be required to register with the City and pay the MAT of 4 per cent.

More information on City’s short-term rentals is available at  toronto.ca/shorttermrentals 

Public consultation on digital technologies and data governance in Toronto

Posted on December 3, 2019

The City of Toronto is developing a Digital Infrastructure Plan to help guide decisions on how Toronto will evaluate and regulate digital technologies and data use for City services and other proposals.

Digital technologies – including “smart city technologies” – are bringing Toronto new benefits and ways of working to create an efficient, connected community. They are also associated with a number of broader public issues including privacy, transparency, accountability, public ownership, equity and protection of the public interest.

At this phase of consultation, the public is invited to learn more about digital technologies and to provide input on guiding principles and policies that will inform the City’s Digital Infrastructure Plan.

Public events

The public can attend and provide feedback at one of the upcoming sessions:

      December 7 – McGregor Park Community Centre (2231 Lawrence Ave E.), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      December 9 – Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber (100 Queen St W.), 6:30 to 9 p.m.

      December 12 – North York Central Library (5120 Yonge St.), 1:30 to 4 p.m.

The December 9 meeting will be livestreamed on the City’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto.

Online engagement
An online consultation survey will be available at
https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/#item/746 starting December 7 until December 19. Those unable to attend a consultation can email input or questions to digitalfeedback@toronto.ca.

The Digital Infrastructure Plan will be developed through further consultations and opportunities for public participation in 2020. To sign up to be notified about upcoming consultations, and for more information about the City’s work on smart cities, visit
https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/smart-cityto/
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The consultation supports Toronto City Council’s direction to develop a City-wide policy framework and governance model associated with digital infrastructure and a work plan for implementation. It is also aligned with Council’s direction to sign on to the declaration of Cities Coalition for Digital Rights.

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