Queen Street West Planning Study Report at TEYCC – March 12, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street and will be submitting a report to Toronto and East York Community Council on March 12, 2020.

This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposed to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.

This policy is intended to:

  • guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
  • conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
  • provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.

The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.

The Staff report will be available on line at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1925#Meeting-2020.TE14. Additional materials relating to the Study, as presented to the community in October 2019, can be accessed at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/west-queen-west-parkdale-main-street-hcd-plan/meetings-events-west-queen-west-hcd-plan/

Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and TEYCC in the fall of 2020. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.

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

The item will be heard at 10 AM or as soon as possible thereafter on March 12, 2020 in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. You are invited to attend the public meeting to speak to this item or submit written comment. Please contact the City Clerk at teycc@toronto.ca to request to be added to the speakers list and/or to provide your comments.

Notice_Public-Meeting-Queen Street West Study


Funding Opportunity – High Park-Western Beaches – Deadline March 31, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

Are you a REGISTERED CHARITY, NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL hosting free activities in support of social, environmental and recreation initiatives in High Park and Western Beaches that needs funding?

Grants up to $3,000 are available to support Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) objectives of environmental stewardship, promote activity, social well-being and/or other as outlined in PFR Parks Plan.

The Application Form is attached. Please note this form is now digitally fillable!

  • Deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.
  • To submit applications and for information and assistance, please reply to highparkwesternbeachesfund@toronto.ca.

Marlena Muller
Parks and Recreation

City of Toronto

High Park Office, 416-392-0019


Seniors’ Housing Forum – March 11, 2020

Posted on February 27, 2020

Join Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 10 am – 3 pm at CSI (192 Spadina Ave) for a forum to engage senior tenants on topics including eviction prevention, aging in place, human rights in housing, accommodations for disability, and housing laws generally. Register at seniorhousingforum.eventbrite.ca . Contact Carly Bowie at Carly@EqualityRights.org or 416-944-0087 ext. 6.

Upcoming Friends of High Park Zoo events have been postponed or cancelled

Posted on February 27, 2020

March 28 – CANCELLED

This Earth Hour, connect with the Earth and your community. Come together and join the Friends of High Park Zoo & Green 13 for a walk through the High Park Zoo. Meet up at the Grenadier Restaurant at 8pm.

March 29 – update – deferred till early summer

Magic-a-Roo & a Bite for the Zoo. Raffle & Snacks from 1-3pm. Gambit Magician show at 2pm. Happening at High Park Brewery (839 Runnymede Road).

Applications Open for Parkdale BIA ‘Community Festival and Event fund’

Posted on February 27, 2020

The BIA has opened its ‘Community Festival & Event fund’ which supports local events by providing funding, access to event equipment, helping navigate city application processes or permits. If you have a local activity or event within the BIA that you would like to submit, please read the Request for Funding Guideline Form & email details to director@parkdalevillagebia.com .


March Events at Lambton House – Heritage Talk & Spring Equinox

Posted on February 27, 2020

March 12

French-on-French-on-French Heritage Talk @ Lambton House (Free)

“It’s a laughable day in the neighbourhood …” Hear Margot French take us through her eponymous neighbourhood just up the hill from Lambton House and under the railway tracks to French Avenue. A retired medical laboratory scientist and educator, now artist, Margot will share her light-hearted perspective of growing up in York from her book, “French-on-French-on-French.” Doors open at 7:00pm. Talk at 7:30pm. Refreshments. Donations appreciated.

March 21

Celebrate Spring Equinox with Celtic Songs and Poems @ Lambton House (Free)

Jane Drake with Colleen and David Lynch invite you to celebrate the Spring Equinox at Lambton House. This is a family friendly and alcohol free event. Refreshments. Donations appreciated. Doors open at 1:30pm.Celebration between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Lambton House is located at 4066 Old Dundas Street. They can be reached at 416-767-5472  .

1375 Queen Street West Presentation

Posted on February 27, 2020


Skale Developments held a pre-application meeting on February 25, 2020. Their proposed plans are for an 8-storey rental building at 1375 Queen Street West. Currently, the site is a vacant lot located on the south east corner of Queen and Close.

Please see below for the developer’s presentation at their pre-application meeting.

To provide any comments on this development or for any questions, contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

To contact the developer directly, call them at 416-710-9898.

1375 pre-application presentation

1488 Queen Street West Presentation

Posted on February 25, 2020


The owners of the property at 1488 Queen Street West are looking to redevelop this property. Their proposal is to add a 6-storey building with residential units and ground-floor retail.

Please see below for the presentation by the developer at their pre-application meeting on February 20, 2020

To provide any comments on this development or for any questions, contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

To contact the developer directly, email them at 1488queenwest@gmail.com .


Volunteer Opportunity: “Clearing the Air on Idling” – Greenest City

Posted on February 18, 2020

Are you passionate about tackling climate change? Are you interested in learning how to engage with the public when addressing issues like these? Get involved!



Seedy Saturday at Parkdale – February 29, 2020

Posted on February 18, 2020

Demonstrations, Vendors, Seed Exchange, Local Food, Live Music & More!

Seedy Saturday is an internationally recognized, locally organized event to resist the large mega companies ‘ownership’ of seeds and reclaim the rights and responsibilities to save, share and plant seeds for food and medicine.

Volunteer opportunity:

Any time from 9:30 – 5:30, to help with set up, clean up, registration, floating, seed packing etc.

Please email chimu@greenestcity.ca if you are able to help out.

February 2020