Overnight road closures on Dupont St. between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue

Posted on March 31, 2022

This work is happening just outside of Ward 4 and could have an impact on area residents.

To complete the girder erection of the west side of the Dupont Street bridge, there will be overnight full road closure between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue. Dupont Street will be fully closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, April 4 to Sunday, April 17, 2022.

Clean Together Toronto 2022

Posted on March 31, 2022

The City of Toronto’s 2022 Clean Toronto Together campaign is back this year! Residents, schools, businesses and community groups are encouraged to take part in the annual spring cleanup from Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24.

Participants are asked to register their cleanups online at www.livegreentoronto.ca. Registration helps the City to arrange special litter pickups, avoid duplicate cleanups and measure results. The deadline to register is Friday, April 15.

More information is available on the Clean Toronto Together webpage: www.toronto.ca/cleantorontotogether.ca.

Cherry Blossom Season in High Park

Posted on March 31, 2022

For the first time since 2019, High Park welcomes the public back to view the Cherry Blossoms in person. The blossoms typically last between four to 10 days, depending on weather conditions, and peak bloom typically occurs in late April or early May.

Vehicle access and parking will be restricted from High Park for the duration of the peak bloom, with the exception of TTC wheel-trans vehicles. High Park will continue to be closed to vehicle traffic on weekends and public holidays.

During the past 2 years, a Bloom Cam provided real-time 24/7 footage for the public to experience the bloom from home.
The Bloom Cam will operate again this year for the public to enjoy the blossoms online. When available, a link to its broadcast will be posted on the City’s social channels, as well as on the cherry blossom webpage.

More information, including locations, virtual tours and accessibility information is available on the City’s cherry blossom webpage.

New Pedestrian and Cyclist Reporting Centre

Posted on March 24, 2022

A kiosk in the main lobby of the Traffic Services Station at 9 Hanna Avenue serves as the new Collision Reporting Centre for cyclists and pedestrians.

Individuals involved in a collision where no one needs immediate medical attention can report to this centre.

The kiosk will be open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. It will not be available to drivers.

Pedestrians and cyclists may commence their reports online via the following link but the report must be finalized at a Reporting Centre:pedcyclist.accsupport.com/home.

More information on how to report collisions could be found here: www.torontopolice.on.ca/traffic/inacollision.php

Jameson Pedestrian Bridge Closure

Posted on March 24, 2022

The Jameson Pedestrian Bridge will be closed March 30-31 for the public art geo study for Art Over Bridges.

The bridge will be closed from 7am for four-to-six hours each day, and will be open/accessible at all other times on both days.

TCHC Service Hub Openings 

Posted on March 24, 2022

Image 1: Opening Ceremony of the Hub at 245 Dunn Ave.

Image 2: Opening Ceremony of the Hub at 4020 Dundas St. W

Toronto Community Housing Tenant Service Hubs are where TCH staff deliver the services and supports that tenants need to have successful tenancies, directly in their communities, close to where they live.  Tenants also have the option of
emailing or calling their Tenant Services Coordinator or the Client Care Centre at 416-981-5500 or help@torontohousing.ca.

Learn more about tenant service hubs here.

Accessible Housing Town Hall

Posted on March 24, 2022

Along with the Accessible Housing Network and the City’s Housing Secretariat, I would like to extend an invitation to a virtual town hall on housing accessibility.  More than 22% of Canadians have a disability and town halls like this are an opportunity for us to collectively learn and share our experiences.

When: April 14th at 6pm
Register: bit.ly/AHN2022

I hope you will be part of this conversation.

 

An Update on 1660 Bloor St West

Posted on March 24, 2022

The Committee of Adjustment reviewed the 1660 Bloor St West application on March 2, 2022. The application proposes a 13-storey mixed-use building with 171 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor Street.

The Committee of Adjustment refused the application. The full Notice of Decision can be found here

That decision has now been appealed to the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB).

Councillor Perks Office will share information/dates of hearing as specifics are shared.

Previous correspondence on this application from February 8, 2022:
The owner of 1660 Bloor St West is proposing to build a 13-storey mixed-use building with 171 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor Street.
A virtual community meeting to review application was held in July 2021.

This application falls within the area of the Bloor Dundas Avenue Planning Report and therefore requires a Site Plan Application and a Committee of Adjustment variance. Two concurrent applications are in process.

A Site Plan application has been submitted to the City of Toronto and a minor variance application has been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment.

The Site Plan application is under review by City Planning staff. Information on the application is available on the Application Information Centre at https://secure.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

The Committee of Adjustment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

Community members have an opportunity to comment on the application at the virtual Committee of Adjustment hearing. The Public Notice, with details on how to view and/or participate, is attached. Note that the deadline for comments is no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

As a member of Toronto City Council, Councillor Perks appoints citizens to the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on minor variances based on their review of application and city staff information. As such, and on the advice of the Integrity Commissioner, Councillor Perks cannot attempt to influence a member’s decision on an application.  He can, when requested, ask City Staff to review an application and provide their professional comment to Committee of Adjustment.

 

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The City of Toronto is planning to undertake a prescribed (controlled) burn in High Park in early spring 2022.

Posted on March 17, 2022

 

City staff and burn consultants are monitoring the weather and on-site ground conditions to determine the date for the prescribed burn. Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, an updated notice will be posted in the park and the City’s website will be updated to notify the public, a minimum of 24 hours before ignition. Red shaded areas on the map show the planned burn zones in High Park. During the implementation of the burn, access will be temporarily restricted in areas near the burn site. The Park will be closed to vehicular traffic to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of The City’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Prior to European settlement, controlled burns were used by Indigenous Peoples to manage and maintain this fire-dependent ecosystem. Fire-dependent ecosystems like black oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning and grow more vigorously than
they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise and dissipate with minimal impact to nearby neighbourhoods. It is possible however that weather conditions could change and smoke from burning vegetation may blow into residential areas beside the park.

Individuals with asthma and high sensitivity to poison ivy should limit their exposure by staying inside and keeping their windows closed. Some individuals may choose to leave the park during the burn if they are concerned about any potential sensitivity to smoke.

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