Reminder! the Toronto Virtual Seedy is this Saturday February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 25, 2021

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going virtual!

Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.

Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)

No sign up required ! Visit ongoing and day of www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  seedysaturdaysto@gmail.com  And like our event page for updates  https://www.facebook.com/events/879640102868936

Join Windermere United Church for A History In Song – Canadian Black History

Posted on February 25, 2021

Sunday March 7th at 10:30am – A History In Song – Canadian Black History

Journey with Windermere United Church through 400 years of Canadian History, told through story and song. Uncover Canada’s history of racial struggle and division, while celebrating the successes of the heroes of Canadian Black history, from Viola Desmond to Desmond Cole. With Special Guest Vocalist, Evangelia Kambites.

To register to participate and watch via Zoom, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/UDeoFajAT2jseare8

Or you can watch the livestream via our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/WindermereUC

West Neighbourhood House is planning for the future and needs your help!

Posted on February 25, 2021

West Neighbourhood House has been working to support the community in Toronto’s west end for more than 100 years. Now they want to look to the future and think about how to prepare for the challenges our community will face.

To make long-term plans that will help prepare for an uncertain future, they want to start by listening to our community. To do that, they’re working with Mass LBP to take on the Community Check-In Project. It will use the experiences and insights of members of the community to build the House’s long-term vision, strategy, and services.

They are gathering feedback from:

  • A small working group of West Neighbourhood House staff;
  • 80 interviews with volunteers, participants, clients, and members of the broader community; and
  • A community reference panel of randomly selected volunteers from the community.

To express interest in being interviewed or serving on the panel, follow the link to the survey here.

1521 Queen Street West at Toronto East York Community Council

Posted on February 18, 2021

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing Staff Report: TE23.26 1521 Queen Street West- Zoning By-law Amendment Application – Request for Direction.

This application, originally submitted to the city in November 2019 was appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in November 2020. It proposes an 8-storey building with 78 new residential units, approximately 300 square metres of retail space on the ground floor, and 3 car-share spaces with no other vehicle parking.

The Report to TEYCC recommends that the City Solicitor, together with City Planning staff, and other appropriate City staff, attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing in opposition to the proposed development.  The report identifies significant concerns with the built form, massing and design of the proposal. Further, issues on rental housing replacement transportation and traffic impacts and the inclusion of amenity space for future residents need to be resolved.

The full report is available on-line at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.26

I will be supporting the staff recommendation. I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: councillor_perks@toronto.ca , 416-392-7919.

Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email teycc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue

Posted on February 18, 2021

The Preliminary Staff Report on the rezoning application of 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue will be considered at Toronto and East York Community Council on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.39

The application proposes to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit a new nine-storey mixed use building which would include 117 new residential dwelling units, 538.8 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor and 91.2 square metres for a proposed community space. The application propose to include 38 resident parking spaces and 0 visitor parking spaces. A total of 118 bicycle parking spaces are also proposed. Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

The Preliminary Staff Report provides information and identifies a preliminary set of issues regarding the application and recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning staff will notify neighbouring residents when a meeting date and virtual format is secured. As we did for the pre-application meeting in September, 2020, my office will provide general notice throughout Ward 4.

Please feel free to contact my office or City Planner Patrick Miller, Patrick.Miller@toronto.ca ,

to share your comments on this application.

To depute on this item on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC), please contact TEYCC clerk at email: teycc@toronto.ca, phone: 416-392-7033, fax: 416-397-0111.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

High Park-Western Beached Funding Opportunity

Posted on February 18, 2021

The High Park-Western Beaches Fund program will make available up to $3,000 to Registered Charities, Not-for-Profit groups or individuals (not commercial) that host free activities (programs, events) between June 2021 and January 2022 in support of social, environmental and recreation initiatives in High Park and Western Beaches.  Interest groups can submit their application. The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. The application is available below. To submit applications and for information and assistance, please reply to highparkwesternbeachesfund@toronto.ca.

2021 High Park-Western Beaches Fund- Application Form

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A & Fact Sheet from Toronto Public Health

Posted on February 11, 2021

Sharing the below on behalf of Toronto Public Health

A 2-page document on COVID-19 Immunization Question and Answers:

COVID19_ImmunizationQA_Councillors_FINAL_9Feb2021

A 2-page document on COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

COVID19_Vaccine Fact Sheet_FINAL_9Feb2021

Final Staff Report for the 2946-2968 Dundas Street West zoning application

Posted on February 11, 2021

On Wednesday, February 24 the Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing the Final Staff Report on the zoning bylaw amendment for 2946-2968 Dundas Street West (the properties on the north-east corner of Dundas and Pacific). This application proposes to construct an 8-storey mixed-use building with 120 dwelling units, including 8 rental replacement units, 1,973 square metres of retail space and 1,660 square metres of office space.

Following a review of the application as well as two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application. Councillor Perks supports the recommendations made by staff.

The full report is available here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.9

At the same meeting, Councillor will be reviewing Heritage Toronto’s recommendation that 2946 Dundas Street West (the William Rowntree Block) be added to the Heritage Registry, to protect the buildings façade.

The full report on the Heritage designation is available here:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.19

Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto and East York Community council, or submit written comment, please email teycc@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive


Should you have any questions or comments you would like to share, please do not hesitate to contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

2-24 Temple Avenue Rezoning Application Update

Posted on February 11, 2021

A rezoning application has been filed by MHBC Planning Ltd proposing a 16-storey residential building with 273 dwelling unit at 2-24 Temple Avenue.

Planning staff are in the process of determining if the application is complete. When complete, a preliminary report on the zoning by-law amendment application will be prepared by City Planning staff for Community Council.

There will be community consultation in the coming months.

Information submitted  to the City by the applicant is available under ‘supporting Documents’ on the City’s Application Information Centre at

https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/application-information-centre/ .

Councillor Perks Office will continue to update the community as information becomes available.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or comments.

Councillor Perks’ Office

 

Upcoming Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR)

Posted on February 11, 2021

Since September 2020, work crews have been undertaking rehabilitation work to the underside portion of the Parkside Drive Bridge at The Queensway. The remaining work, which will begin over the next few weeks and progress over several stages until the summer of 2020 includes:

  • Topside bridge rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge at The Queensway
  • * Replacing watermain and relining of storm sewers
  • Road reconstruction and sidewalk replacement
  • Overhead wire replacement and reconstruction of the TTC track allowance and platforms
  • Relocating streetcar stops
  • Reconfiguring the KQQR intersection including: removal of the eastbound right-turn channel, removal of the center TTC platform on The Queensway, a dedicated streetcar lane, left-turn lane, through lane and right-turn lane on the eastbound approach, new raised TTC platform/bicycle facility on Queen Street West and realignment of the northbound approach on King Street West
  • Completing the Roncesvalles Avenue design from Harvard Avenue to the KQQR intersection, including streetscape improvements and two raised TTC platform/bicycle facilities at the northbound and southbound transit stops
  • Modifying the TTC platforms on Roncesvalles Avenue from Dundas Street West to Harvard Avenue so accessible streetcar ramps can operate
  • Adding dedicated eastbound left-turn lanes on The Queensway at the Sunnyside Avenue and Glendale Avenue intersections
  • Extension of the dedicated eastbound bicycle lane on The Queensway to Glendale Avenue
  • New sidewalk on south side of The Queensway at Glendale Avenue intersection for north-south pedestrian crossing on both sides of the intersection
  • Installing a new traffic control signal at the Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway intersection
  • New street lighting

Advanced works in relation to the watermain and sewer works highlighted above with an asterisk (*) will begin this Friday, February 12, 2021. This work will entail  temporary on and off single (curb side) traffic lane closures on the approaches to the KQQR intersection and will have a minimal impact to traffic flow in the area. Further details on how this work will be carried out can be found in the attached construction update #1. Kindly note that this construction update is also being sent by way of Canada Post and should have started to hit mailboxes yesterday.

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