Call for applications: Healthy Communities Initiative – Apply starting Feb 9

Posted on February 11, 2021


A broad range of organizations including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits are all welcome to apply for funding. For the full list of eligible organizations please see the Applicant Guide.

Funding can be used for adapting public spaces, or for programming or services that respond to COVID-19 and serve the public or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Projects funded as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative will:

  • respond to identified needs arising from impacts of COVID-19;
  • create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces in the public interest;
  • Demonstrate consideration of and connections with the community;
  • serve and be accessible to the public and/or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (more information in the Applicant Guide); and,
  • fall within the three Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas (more information in the Applicant Guide).

Examples of eligible projects include pop-up bike paths, community gardens, art installations or Wi-Fi hot spots. A comprehensive list of examples can be found in the Applicant Guide.

Upcoming events:

Applications deadline:

Organizations can apply to the Healthy Communities Initiative until March 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST.

Visit to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions.

To learn more about the Healthy Communities Initiative, visit

Resist renovictions workshop hosted by Toronto ACORN

Posted on February 11, 2021

Toronto ACORN is hosting a resist renovictions workshop on Monday Feb. 22nd at 6PM. 

They will cover details around renovictions, what to look out for, how tenants can protect themselves and how to get organized in their buildings to fight back against them. There will be time for questions and discussion afterward.

Those who are interested will need to register beforehand using this link: 

You also contact ACORN to RSVP by emailing or by calling 416 461 9233.

Save the Date! the Toronto Virtual Seedy Saturday is on Sat February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 11, 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  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  And like our event page for updates

Ice Skating on Grenadier Pond

Posted on February 11, 2021

The City of Toronto is operating a ice monitoring program this winter at Grenadier Pond in High Park. All park users should abide by the rules of the program.

The monitoring period is Jan 2nd – to Feb 28th. Monitoring takes place daily, 7 days a week.

Based on the measurement/ice conditions, the appropriate coloured flag is changed by the contractor.

The skating conditions are communicated by the flag system, described on the sign.  Red – indicating ice is not safe, Yellow – indicate skate at own risk.

Parks receives a daily report on the conditions and updates the information on the City Website:

Please check the ice conditions before you plan your trip to skate at Grenadier pond.

Preventing Frozen Water Services

Posted on February 11, 2021

With forecasted nighttime temperatures dropping well below minus 10 degrees Celsius for the next week, Toronto Water would like to remind residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent their home water pipes from freezing. Frozen water pipes can lead to significant property damage should they burst, resulting in no water for several days, depending on the severity of the repairs.

Take steps to protect your water pipes from freezing:


Round Two of the TO360 local map consultation will be live from February 5 to 26, 2021.

Posted on February 11, 2021

TO360 is the pedestrian wayfinding system that is a central to the City’s ambition to make Toronto a more walkable, welcoming, and understandable place for residents and visitors. TO360 provides consistent wayfinding information through a unified signage and mapping system delivered by the City and project partners.

The City’s Transportation Services has prepared some draft wayfinding maps for St. Clair West and Etobicoke Centre and is looking for feedback from people in Ward 4 (Parkdale-High Park) who are passionate about their neighbourhood and who want to make walking in their community better.

Go to to learn more about TO360 and the ways to get involved!

Community Consultation Meeting on Development in Proximity to Rail

Posted on February 4, 2021

The City is looking for input on the proposed draft Official Plan Amendment and zoning approach to establish a city-wide approach to public safety for new development of sensitive or high occupancy land uses in proximity to rail infrastructure. 

The meeting is on February 10, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Here’s how to participate:

Join by phone:

Before the meeting: Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff.
To join the meeting – call 416-9156530 and when prompted enter 177 033 2158 as Meeting ID Number.  Participants by phone will be able to ask live questions during the meeting by dialing *3.

Join Online:

Join via the following link:

You can also access the event link by visiting the City Planning Consultations webpage at:


Rail Safety Consultation Notice Feb 10

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

Posted on February 3, 2021

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated various infrastructure upgrades in the area of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR). This includes the intersection at KQQR and roadway on The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, as well as Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West and rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge.

Beginning February 12, 2021, work crews will begin advanced preparation work on The Queensway and KQQR intersection, ahead of the closure of the KQQR intersection scheduled for March 31, 2021.

A follow-up notice will be issued ahead of the KQQR intersection closure.

Please see the 4-page construction notice below and visit for more information.


REMINDER: Budget Town Hall is on Monday!

Posted on February 3, 2021

Creating a Better Path Forward:

The 2021 Proposed City Budget

COVID-10 continues to devastate our families, our communities, and our city. The pandemic reveals deep structural problems in our society.

The City of Toronto must focus on how we respond and recover in a way that makes Toronto a more fair and inclusive place to live. The proposed 2021 City Budget falls short.

Join me, community leaders, and your Parkdale-High Park neighbours on Monday, February 8, to examine the proposed budget, and discuss what we can do to improve our City and ensures no one is left behind.

Join us Monday, February 8 at 7:00 pm
Register at
to join in the conversation

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Councillor Perks by email at or by phone at 416-392-7919 .

February 2021