PollinateTO recipients and Compost Days

Posted on April 21, 2022

This week, the City announced the recipients of the PollinateTO community grants. Through the grants, the City provides funding of up to $5,000 per project for community-led initiatives that create or expand pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto.

I am happy to share that this grant was awarded to several projects in Ward 4. The list of recipients include:

  • HPAS Garden Stewards (Annette Street Primary School & High Park Alternative School)
  • Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School Garden Committee
  • The Junction BIA
  • West Bend Green Community

The funded projects will serve as pollinator pathways and also engage and educate the community through a variety of measures.

More information about the grant recipients and their projects is available on the City’s PollinateTO Grants webpage.

The City is also hosting compost days where free compost will be available for pick up. The compost is created from yard waste and organic material collected at the curb throughout Toronto.

Ward 4 Compost Days:

April 28th at 2:00pm at Masaryk Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave)

April 30th, at 10:00am along Wabash Ave.

May 7th at 10:00am at King George Junior Public School (25 Rexford Rd)

A reminder to please bring your own shovel and containers to pick up compost.

Plant a Tree with LEAF

Posted on April 14, 2022

Planting a new tree can provide shade, enhance local biodiversity, improve air quality and even alleviate stress! Take advantage of the Backyard Tree Planting Program from non-profit LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests). LEAF offers over 50 native tree and shrub species for residential, multi-unit and commercial properties. Choose from Full-Service or Do-It-Yourself options and receive a consultation with a certified arborist to find the right tree for your space, as well as tree care instructions. Learn more and apply at: www.yourleaf.org.

Road Closures Ahead – Exhibition Place + Toronto Marathon

Posted on April 14, 2022

Exhibition Place – April 16th

Please see the below message that we received from Exhibition Place:

There will be road closures on Saturday April 16th around the Exhibition Place for the the TFC Match at BMO Field.

Please see the Road Closure Plan here:

This plan will impact Vehicle Traffic at Exhibition Place; however, Pedestrians & Cyclists will experience minimal delays.

We are told to expect Traffic Congestion in and around Exhibition Place.

Toronto Marathon – May 1st

Please be advised that the Toronto Marathon will be taking place Sunday May 1st beginning at 7:30am.

The event will affect a small portion of Ward 4. The Lake Shore Blvd W east bound curb lane from Humber River to Remembrance Dr. will be closed from 8:30am and is expected to reopen by 3:00pm.

For full event and road closure details please see the notice here

Basement flooding prevention projects along the Humber River  (Etienne Brule & Warren Park)

Posted on April 14, 2022

Currently the area surrounding Etienne Brule Park is undergoing basement flooding prevention upgrades. This work includes sanitary and storm sewer upgrades on Old Mill Drive and Catherine Street.

Work began on September 13, 2021 with a planned end date of August 2022. As part of this work the City’s contractor is working at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Old Mill Drive on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from March 12, 2022 to April 30, 2022. Previous to this work, Sanitary Main Replacement in Etienne Brule Park and Home Smith Park was conducted from January 2021 to January 2022 to replace the sanitary forcemain which transports the wastewater from lower to high elevation.

To the north the ongoing Warren Park Sewage Pumping Station construction work to repair and replace the aging infrastructure is still taking place. Construction began Summer 2021 and is expected to end in Spring 2024.

The City of Toronto is now undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to explore opportunities to improve the reliability of the aging sanitary forcemain that serves the Warren Park Sewage Pumping Station. Early discussions with the community will be critical to identify ways to reduce the impacts of this project on adjacent property owners and park users.

Please join Councillor Perks and city staff for a virtual public meeting for this project on April 28, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. For information on joining this meeting, please email councillor_perks@toronto.ca  . You can also register at www.toronto.ca/warrenparkstudy

Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catch basins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. During heavy rain, the sewers can become overloaded and it’s important for homeowners to take steps to help protect their homes from basement flooding. For basement flooding prevention tips, City subsidies and related programs and services from the City of Toronto, please visit toronto.ca/basementflooding.

Not Down the Drain: Putting the wrong things in your pipes like grease, wipes
& dental floss, can cause basement flooding, pollute our streams, rivers & the Lake,
as well as clog City pipes. Find out more at toronto.ca/notdownthedrain

Update on 1521 Queen St W

Posted on April 14, 2022

The application at 1521 Queen St West was originally submitted to the City in 2019, then scheduled for an appeal hearing at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) in 2020. In the meantime, the parties to the appeal, including the applicant, the City, and the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land trust, engaged in without prejudice settlement discussions which resulted in the applicant making a settlement offer to resolve the Appeal.

The City Solicitor submitted a Request for Direction Report for 1521 Queen Street West to the March, 2022 City Council meeting.  The report approved by City Council recommended that City Council adopt recommendations contained in a Confidential Attachment and authorize the public release of specific confidential recommendations. That information is now available.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2022.CC41.11 , scroll down to background information.

City Council has accepted the with prejudice settlement offer dated February 28, 2022. The Settlement Proposal is for a mixed-use 8 storey building with three vehicle car share parking spaces. The Settlement offer also includes a contribution of $1,000,000.00 to the City for use in the City’s Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition (MURA) Program toward acquiring affordable housing in the Parkdale neighbourhood, and a contribution of $200,000.00 paid to the City as tenant compensation of up to $10,000.00 (Ten Thousand dollars) per eligible tenant, for the benefit of former tenants and occupants of the Subject Property as determined and as administered by the PNLT in consultation with the City. The Settlement Offer is available to review, labelled as Attachment 1, Appendix “A” in background information.

City staff will attend the OLT Settlement Hearing on May 17, 2022 in support of the approved settlement.

If you wish to observe this hearing, please contact Benjamin Waters, Case Coordinator, Planner, (437) 227-6244 or Benjamin.Waters@ontario.ca to obtain the videoconference link for hearing PL200567.

1488 Queen Street West at TEYCC

Posted on April 14, 2022

The April 21, 2022 Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing TE32.2 1488 Queen Street West – Zoning By-law Amendment Application – Final Report.

This application proposes a six-storey mixed use building at 1488 Queen Street West with 29 residential units and commercial uses at grade.

Following a review of the application and two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application as the proposal is consistent with the pattern and scale of redevelopment along Queen Street West and represents appropriate intensification on an Avenue.

The full report is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2022/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-223898.pdf

At this time, I will be supporting staff’s recommendation to approve this application.

This item will be heard on April 21st at Toronto East York Community Council. The meeting will be conducted with members participating remotely and /or in person at Toronto City Hall Council Chambers.

To speak to the Community Council, please register by e-mail to teycc@toronto.ca or by phone at

416-392-7033. Members of the public who register to speak will be provided with instructions on how to participate in the meeting.

For further information on this or any other Ward 4 or city-related matter, go to www.gordperks.ca or contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

CampTO for Summer 2022

Posted on April 8, 2022

The City of Toronto’s CampTO and Adapted CampTO is back this year with traditional and specialty programs for children ages four to 16 years. Make fun memories close to home with physical activities, arts and crafts, nature-based programs and outdoor activities in parks.

CampTO Plus is also available for children interested in a particular specialty such as arts, cooking, creative writing, drama, dance, science and sport.

Registration begins on Tuesday, April 12 and camps run from July 4 to September 2.

More information is available at toronto.ca/camps.

TTC Streetcar Track Renewal and Platform Expansion Dundas Street West Update

Posted on April 8, 2022

Timeline: April 11 to June 18, 2022

Beginning Monday, April 11 TTC and its contractor will be onsite to mobilize in preparation for the streetcar track reconstruction project at Dundas West Station.

This project will take place in multiple phases. For further details, please see the full notice here

Traffic and local access

During work inside the station

  • Traffic and local access maintained in the area.

During work on Dundas Street West, north of Bloor Street:

  •  Southbound: will be closed to traffic at Edna Avenue for up to 30 days starting May 8. Access to The Crossways’ driveway will be maintained. Advance construction traffic signage will be posted advising southbound motorists of the road closure at Edna Avenue. Other construction traffic signage will be posted in the area.
  • Northbound: will be reduced to one lane through the construction zone.
  • Parking on Dundas Street West north of Bloor Street (Taxi Stand) will be restricted.

During work on Edna Avenue

  • Edna Avenue will be closed to traffic from west of the station exit to Dundas Street West. Sidewalk access will be maintained. Access to the laneway off Edna Avenue east of Dorval Street will be maintained.

Waste collection: Follow your normal routine. Ensure your address is on your bins.


TTC Construction Update Notice - Dundas West Stn Track Renewal_April 2022

Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District – Community Consultation Meeting

Posted on April 8, 2022

City Planning is hosting a Community Consultation Meeting on April 20th at 6:00pm to seek community input and feedback on the draft Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan in advance of a staff report proceeding to the Toronto Preservation Board and Council in June.

The Parkdale Main Street District includes all properties fronting on Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Macdonell Avenue/Jameson Avenue and includes several heritage properties along Cowan Avenue. Within the boundary of the HCD there are 101 properties included on the City’s Heritage Register

Please register here for the meeting.

For more information on the HCD Plan and how to join the meeting please see the notice here: https://secureservercdn.net/

Parkdale Main Street HCD_CCM_Public Notice_Final

Our Plan Toronto – Environment and Climate Change Open House

Posted on April 8, 2022

On April 12, 2022, City Planning will be holding a city-wide virtual public Open House to hear your thoughts on the draft policy directions related to the Environment and Climate Change.

As the City moves into the final phase of engagement for the Official Plan review they will review and discuss draft policy updates that were approved for consultation by the Planning and Housing Committee on March 25th (Item PH 32.6)

Join one of the Virtual Open Houses to learn more and ask questions about the draft policies related to the Environment and Climate Change.

For more information please visit: toronto.ca/ourplan

Open House details:

Open House details:
Tuesday April 12, 2022: Afternoon (3:00pm-4:00pm) please register here 
Tuesday April 12, 2022: Evening (6:30pm-8:00pm) please register here

Both meetings will have the same content and format of a presentation followed by a Question & Answer period and a discussion with our City staff panel.



April 2022