Colborne Lodge February Events

Posted on January 23, 2020

Colborne Lodge has been selected as one of Toronto Spotlight attractions and is being sponsored by Tourism Toronto for the month of February. Use this voucher to receive 2-for-1 general admission during select weekends.

As part of the Toronto History Museums’ Black History Month programming, Colborne Lodge is hosting a free performance by Girl Power’D on February 16 and February 23 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Girl Power’D teaches creativity, confidence and self-expression through an understanding of heritage for girls 5-16 years old who identify as black. With a focus on cultural dance led by community elders, the program includes live drumming, African dancing, and Dunham style technique.More info here.


Update on 41 Wabash Avenue development

Posted on January 22, 2020

Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register and Intention to Designate at Toronto Preservation Board on Monday, January 27, 2020

On January 27, 2020, Toronto Preservation Board will review report from Heritage Preservation Services recommending that 41 Wabash Avenue be included on the City of Toronto Heritage Register and state an intention to designate the property for its cultural heritage value. It also recommends that City Council approve the alterations proposed for this property.

The Report is available online at:

This item will be heard on January 27, 2020 after 9:30AM in Committee Room #4, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. If you wish to attend TPB or submit written comment, please contact City Clerk, Attn: Ellen Devlin, Administrator, TPB, 416-392-7033, email

Final report to TEYCC: February 5, 2020

The February 5, 2020 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing and voting on the Final Report regarding the proposed development application at 41 Wabash Avenue.

This application proposes a change in use from industrial to residential, and construction of a four-storey rear addition, and a fourth storey addition to the existing three-storey former warehouse building.  Fifteen residential units are proposed.

The Staff report will be available online approximately 10 days prior to meeting at:

This item will be heard on February 5, 2020 after 10 AM in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. If you wish to attend TEYCC or submit written comment, please contact City Clerk, Attn: Ellen Devlin, Administrator, TEYCC, 416-392-7033, email

For further information on this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter, go to or contact my office at

High Park Zoo Fundraiser – January 24th, 2020

Posted on January 20, 2020

Join Friends of High Park Zoo on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the High Park Brewery (839 Runnymede Rd) for their Elvis with A Bite & Some Brew for the Zoo event. Music by Kevin King at 8:00 pm. Cover charge $10



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Posted on January 16, 2020

Call for Participants – Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee

Posted on January 16, 2020

The City of Toronto is establishing a Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee to work with staff to identify ways to protect affordable rental tenancies in the City. Specifically, the Committee will:

  • Inform the City’s response to illegitimate tenant evictions;
  • Inform the development of materials to educate tenants on their rights and inform landlords of their responsibilities;
  • Inform the City’s response to eviction prevention supports;
  • Suggest potential amendments to the provincial Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and changes at the Landlord Tenant Board to address illegitimate evictions; and
  • Help organize an affordable housing workshop to address the issues of security of tenure and affordable rental housing.

Membership & Meetings

This will be a committee that reports to staff with membership of up to 12 members for a one year term.

  • Balance will be struck between:
    • People with lived experience (3)
    • Tenant advocacy groups (3)
    • Landlords (3)
    • Legal clinics (3)
  • Meetings will take place monthly outside of business hours (i.e. evenings/weekends) beginning in February 2020 for a six month period.
  • Meeting frequency will be re-visited after six months against the progress made to date on key deliverables.

How to Apply

The City welcomes any individual or organization to submit their interest to serve on this advisory committee. We are asking individuals/groups to email their interest to the Housing Secretariat by Friday, January 17th, 2020. Email: with a subject heading ‘Protection of Rental Housing Advisory Committee’.

Please include your full name/organization name along with contact information. Given the limited number of spots on the advisory committee we are asking individuals to outline their lived experience with illegitimate evictions and for organizations to outline their work on this issue. Selected individuals and organizations will be informed by January 24th with a first meeting the first week of February.

Ontario Line Project – Public Open House

Posted on January 16, 2020

On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we
hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.

Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.

The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Each event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Public Open Houses:

Thursday, January 23rd at Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd)

Monday, January 27th at Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium (55 Gould St)

Tuesday, January 28th at Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Ave)

Wednesday, January 29th at Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC (105 Princes’ Blvd)

If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at

$5,000 Grant Towards Your Retail Business with Parkdale BIA

Posted on January 10, 2020

The Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program is aimed at helping main street retail businesses with training to assist them further with operations and marketing their business.  The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant of $5,000 towards growing small/medium retail businesses within the Parkdale BIA and City of Toronto. Apply Today!


Find more information on the grant here.

1296-1314 Queen St W Pre-Application Meeting

Posted on January 9, 2020

A developer is looking to apply for a rezoning of 1296-1314 Queen St W, the former site of Cadillac Lounge. A pre-application meeting will be held so that the community can have a first glimpse of what the developer might propose and offer feedback.

The proposal as it currently stands is for a 7-storey (plus mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building  with hotel suites, event space, and retail space, as well as townhouses on Noble Street. The Queen St building will contain underground parking for an as yet unspecified amount of vehicles.

The meeting will consist of a presentation from the applicant, followed by a Q&A period led by Councillor Perks. City Planning staff will be in attendance to answer questions as well.

When: Thursday, January 23 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Presentation starts at 7pm)
Where: Parkdale Library Basement Auditorium, 1303 Queen St W

Grenadier Pond Update

Posted on January 9, 2020


As you may have heard in the news, the City has stopped monitoring the ice on Grenadier Pond. For the last couple of years the City ran this program to advise people of the degree of risk of skating on the Pond. The decision to stop the program was made during the 2019 budget, shortly after the last election. City staff did not highlight the change and Council was not aware of it when we approved the budget.

Many people skate on ice that forms over open water at locations across the city. The City does not permit this, it is unsafe. We have studied it closely and find we cannot offer safe skating. Four years ago Council directed staff to try to provide safer skating at Grenadier Pond. We found that the program was not successful for two reasons: cost and safety.

In each of the two full years of operation (2017 and 2018) there were 17 days when the ice was rated “skate at your own risk”.  The rest were rated “dangerous”. There are no circumstances where the ice would be rated “safe”. The program cost $166,000 per year. In other words each “skate at your own risk” day cost approximately $10,000, making it by far the most expensive skating program in the City.

Further, skaters on the pond regularly did not stay within the monitored area, and put themselves at risk of personal injury due to thin and/or uneven ice.

Given the extraordinary cost and the fact that people were still in danger, I am forced to agree with staff that the program should be discontinued.

I want to say a word about the process. I have told City staff in no uncertain terms that this is not the way decisions to cancel a public service should be taken. You and I should have been presented with staff’s reasoning and given a chance to discuss it together.

Going forward, I must encourage you not to skate on Grenadier Pond. Toronto offers many places to skate indoors and outdoors.  Several outdoor options are near Grenadier Pond, including High Park, Rennie and Sorauren Park. More information about city rinks, including service alerts, hours and location, can be found here:



Rezoning Proposal for 1540 Bloor St W

Posted on January 8, 2020

A proposal has been submitted for a rezoning application at 1540 Bloor St W, at the northwest corner of Bloor St W and Dundas St W.

The proposal is for a 25-storey mixed-use building with retail on the ground floor and 327 residential units above. The building would include 329 bicycle parking spaces and 100 automobile parking spaces.

A public meeting held by City Planning is required for this application, where more information about this proposal will be presented. Once a date for this meeting is set it will be shared with the community. Councillor Perks, City Planning staff, and the applicant will be there to lead a question and answer period to address any questions or comments the community may have.

More information for this application can be found online here.

My office will reach out again once a date for the public meeting is set to share it with those who are interested.

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