Survey: City of Toronto – Community-Based Crisis Response

Posted on October 29, 2020

The City of Toronto has launched a survey to understand the public’s priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. This survey is anonymous, takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and asks for the general public’s (including service providers) thoughts on the key components of a community-based crisis response program, such as how to access it, who responds, how personal information is used and a complaints process. Input will be used, along with research from other cities, to consider made-in-Toronto options. Deadline for responses is November 9, 2020


1540 – 1550 Bloor St W Development Update: LPAT Case Management Conference

Posted on October 29, 2020

I am writing to update you on the first video Case Management Conference held today at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for 1540-1550 Bloor Street West development application. This application, at the N/W corner of Bloor and Dundas Sts West, proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow a 25-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses on the ground floor and residential uses above.

The owner of the site at 1540-1550 Bloor Street West has appealed its Zoning Amendment application to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), formerly called the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A Case Management conference was held today by video.

The outcome of the Case Management Conference was the scheduling of the next Case Management Conference- February 10, 2021 and a 10-day hearing July 5-16th, 2021.

A City Solicitor attended the conference to advise that City Planning staff will submit a Request for Directions Report with recommendations to December Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC). The Directions Report will be based on a an evaluation of the application by City Planning staff including input received from the community at a pre-application and a virtual community meeting, as well as communications by email and phone.

My office will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.

Notice of Intention to Designate 41 Wabash Avenue under Ontario Heritage Act

Posted on October 29, 2020

Decision Body

City Council


Take notice that Toronto City Council intends to designate the lands and building known municipally as 41 Wabash Avenue under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The property at 41 Wabash Avenue is worthy of designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value, and meets Ontario Regulation 9/06, the provincial criteria prescribed for municipal designation under all three categories of design-physical, historical-associative and contextual value.


Located on the south side of Wabash Avenue, east of Sorauren Avenue, the property at 41 Wabash Avenue is a two-and-a-half storey rectangular-plan, brick-clad volume constructed for the National Equipment Company Ltd. in 1912 in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value

The building, originally known as the National Equipment Company Ltd. and more recently known as J. S. Addison Plumbing, has physical and design value as a representative of an early twentieth-century, industrial warehouse typology.  This is evident in its location on the north edge of the property with no set back, the simple block massing, brick cladding and regular distribution of window openings which is interrupted to accommodate functional requirements such as loading bays and entrances.  Although an industrial form, the building has architectural refinement in the raising of the parapet into a broad pediment on its principal (north) elevation facing Wabash Avenue and in the arrangement of the window openings in a classical manner which features hierarchy and symmetry presented in the double width of the central window aligned with the pediment and flanked by two windows, half its width on either side at both upper levels.

The building has historic value as it is associated with the industrial development of area which was encouraged by location of the railways to the east of this section of the Roncesvalles neighbourhood.  The purchase and development of the property at 41 Wabash Avenue in 1911 by the National Equipment Company followed several other industries which located between Sorauren Avenue and the railway line in the triangular area just south of Dundas Street West including the Canada Linseed Oil Mills Ltd on the north side of Wabash Avenue. These industries provided employment for the Roncesvalles neighbourhood to the west and south and to Brockton village to the east.

Contextually, with its century-old materials, composition and form, this industrial block has heritage value as it maintains the industrial character of this eastern section of the historic Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Located to the south-east of Dundas Street West and the railway lines, the neighbourhood has had a continuous mix of low-rise industrial and residential buildings for over 110 years.  The addition of Sorauren Park and the smaller Charles G. Williams Park has added important amenity to the area which will be enhanced by the adaptive re-use of the Canada Linseed Oil building on the north side of Wabash Avenue as a community centre.  The integration of heritage and its adaptive re-use will build on and enhance the richness and variety of the sense of place in this historic and evolving neighbourhood.

Heritage Attributes

The heritage attributes of the property at 41 Wabash Avenue are:

–   The setback, placement and orientation of the industrial warehouse building on the south side of Wabash Avenue

–   The scale, form and massing of the two-and-a-half-storey building including the raised parapet with it gable form on the north elevation

–   The materials including the brick cladding, the stone lintels over the loading bays, the bush-hammered stone sills, the stone blocks set as the top masonry course beneath the top of the windows on the north elevation, and projecting wood window hoods over the second storey windows on the north elevation

–   On the north elevation the arrangement of openings including the wide window openings flanked by two narrower windows at the upper levels, the door at grade and the adjacent opening presumably originally used for loading and now filled in with blocks

–   On the west elevation, at all three levels, the three pairs of long narrow window openings with segmental-arched headers towards the south end (one of the openings has been extended to floor level) and the loading dock opening at the lower level at the north end (filled in) with a single narrow, segmental-arched headed opening above at the upper level

–   The brick clad east elevation and remaining visible window openings

The rear, metal-clad, single-storey addition is not included in the heritage attributes. The south elevation is not included in the heritage attributes as it has been overclad in metal siding.

Notice of an objection to the proposed designations may be served on the City Clerk, Attention:  Ellen Devlin, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2, within thirty days of October 27, 2020, which is November 26, 2020. The notice of objection must set out the reason(s) for the objection and all relevant facts.

For More Information Contact

Toronto and East York Community Council
Phone: 416-392-7033
Fax: 416-397-0111

Additional Information

Background Information

Notice of Intention to Designate – 41 Wabash Avenue – View


2020.TE13.6 – Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register and Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, Alterations to a Heritage Property and Authority to Enter into a Heritage Easement Agreement – 41 Wabash Avenue

2020.PB13.2 – Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register and Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, Alterations to a Heritage Property and Authority to Enter into a Heritage Easement Agreement – 41 Wabash Avenue

TTC newsletter: updates for our ward

Posted on October 29, 2020

Read the newsletter below for the October 2020 issue of TTC updates in Parkdale-High Park.

Ward 4 Councillor Perks TTC Update_2020-10

Join Sorauren Park’s virtual #PumpkinParade2020

Posted on October 29, 2020

Carve your pumpkin and join the Sorauren Park #PumpkinParade2020 global event!

Here’s how it works: Instead of bringing your jack-o-lantern to the park on November 1, take a picture of your handiwork and post it on social media starting at 6 pm on November 1. Use the hashtag #PumpkinParade2020 and also tag @SoraurenParks.

Friends of Sorauren Park social media moderators will share, retweet, repost to a global audience. We’ll create the world’s greatest gallery of pumpkin art.

No special carving experience necessary. All jack-o-lanterns most welcome (and feel free to include the creators in the frame.) Pumpkin democracy in action!

A Message from Gord – October 29, 2020

Posted on October 29, 2020

As we head into a hard fall and winter because of the pandemic, I wanted to share a couple of quick thoughts on some opportunities that lie ahead of us to fix some of the deep problems the pandemic has revealed.

You have probably heard the phrase build back better. To me it means that we are in a moment of enormous change, and if we are honest with ourselves and find enough courage we can make changes that make our society more inclusive, and do a better job of sharing the wealth and opportunity that many of us benefit from, but many of us are excluded from.

At Council this month we considered a report on how to recover from the pandemic. I felt it contained two serious flaws.

First, the report acknowledged that the pandemic disproportionately effected Black and Indigenous Torontonians, people with low incomes, and women. It also said that building back better meant improving the public services that address these inequities. However, that was listed along with dozens of other tasks and no priority was given to achieving a more equitable society.

Second, Council decided to give authority to the Mayor and the public service to conduct closed door negotiations with other governments on which services should be funded by whom and to what extent they should be funded going forward. Making change on this scale behind closed doors is exactly the wrong approach to addressing the needs of people who are excluded and marginalized.

In Parkdale High Park we work differently. I was able to get Council to adopt a few reports that highlight that difference. In one we approved a review of a local program which helped the Parkdale Landtrust to buy a roominghouse from a private owner. We thus ensured that the tenants did not lose their homes, and that management of the homes would be put in local hands. The report found the program to be such a success that it gave direction to the staff to take a similar approach across the City.

In the other report we agreed to an arrangement to build housing near the University Health Network long term care facility in south Parkdale. The housing will be for people who are chronically in and out of hospital. The goal is to have a full system of supports to deeply improve health. Importantly, tenants who live on the site will both be given a central voice in designing the project and how their own landlord/tenant relationship will be structured.

There are many other examples I could give of the work we do in Parkdale High Park on neighbourhood building, the environment, community services, etc.. The point isn’t to make a list. The point is that we all need to keep in mind, that the pandemic will change things. If we insist on change for the better, and change that includes everyone’s voice will can do great things.
My office can always be reached at .




Virtual Community Meeting – Close Ave Parkette Improvements

Posted on October 23, 2020

The City will be hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss planned park improvements to Close Avenue Parkette (located at King St W and Close Ave). This meeting is an opportunity to hear about potential design proposals and for the community to provide feedback on what improvements they would most like to see in the park. The current plan involves upgrading playground equipment, converting the existing wading pool into a splash pad and other park improvements.

Councillor Gord Perks will be in attendance.

Event Details:

Thursday November 5th – 6:30 -8:30pm

WebEx Registration:

Please register in advance to receive the instructions for joining the meeting.

Bloor West Bikeway Construction Update

Posted on October 22, 2020

Project Wide:

  • The Bloor West Bikeway construction is almost complete! Some changes to concrete curbs, bollards, signage, bike parking and pavement markings are still underway.
  • Accessible loading platforms, to make it easier for Wheel Trans and accessible taxis to pick-up and drop-off passengers, are being installed in October.
  • CaféTO installations are planned for removal in November.

Indian Road to Symington Avenue:

  • Bikeway installation has been delayed due to infrastructure upgrades by Toronto Hydro, and road closures elsewhere such as Howard Park Ave that have rerouted buses through the Dundas and Bloor intersection.

Indian Road to Dundas Street West:

  • Bikeway installation is planned for October and November after pavement restoration by Toronto Hydro work is complete. Physical separation is planned for November and December after the pavement markings are installed.

Dundas Street West to Symington Avenue:

  • Toronto Hydro continues to replace their infrastructure underneath the road.  It is expected that this segment will see bikeway pavement markings installed in late November or early December after Toronto Hydro work is complete.
  • The rail bridge is scheduled for rehabilitation in 2021. The work will likely require lane restrictions during construction so physical separation for people cycling will be installed after this work is complete.

Traffic signals and signal timing:

  • Intersection and traffic signal upgrades are planned at the Runnymede Road, Clendenan Avenue, Keele Street, Dundas Street, Dufferin Street and Dovercourt Road intersections to improve safety between people cycling and motorists.
  • Some intersection signage improvements is planned at the Indian Road, Lansdowne Avenue, Brock Avenue and Ossington Avenue intersections to further highlight the new turning restrictions.
  • Traffic signals will be synchronized to facilitate traffic flow on Bloor Street West once all traffic signals are installed.
  • These improvements are planned for installation in November-January.

Please refer to the website, under the “Construction Update” tab to find the latest updates on the timeline.

Free online screening of ‘2040’ still available as part of Green 13 EcoFair

Posted on October 22, 2020

Read more about EcoFair 2020 Toronto further below.

Green 13 is a member of Green Neighbours’ Network, and has organized the first free online film screening of this year’s fast-approaching EcoFair, of the film 2040. Watch the trailer here. Subscribe here for updates from EcoFair, as Eventbrite registration will be required for the free online events.  Once Eventbrite registrations have been set up, you will then be able to register via the EcoFair website for the free online screening of 2040  (free Vimeo On Demand rental), to be available from 8am October 15 – midnight November 8th, 2020. 

In addition, Green 13 has pulled together several self-guided “ecotours” for the west end area. Learn more as the ecotours are finalized and posted here

Virtual Pumpking Carving Contest hosted by Romero House

Posted on October 22, 2020

Romero House is hosting a virtual pumpkin carving contest!

Please see the graphic below for more details & submit your pumpkin photo at by Thursday, October 29th.

Voting and pumpkin photo gallery viewing will take place on Friday October 30th through the Romero House Facebook page so stay tuned for that post!

There will be prizes! All are welcome to participate, however please note you can have only 1 pumpkin submission per person.

For each pumpkin submitted, please include the name of the artist. These photos and first names will be included in the Facebook photo album! 

See you soon and Happy Halloween!

October 2020