2-6 Howard Park Avenue–Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application

Posted on June 17, 2021

The Preliminary Planning Report on 2-6 Howard Park Avenue will be heard at Toronto East York Community Council on June 24, 2021. The application proposes a 10-storey mixed use building, with retail at grade and 128 residential units

The Preliminary Staff Report is available for review at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-167874.pdf

The Preliminary Staff Report provides information and identifies a preliminary set of issues regarding the application located at 2-6 Howard Park Avenue.

A Community Consultation Meeting is recommended on the Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application. The meeting will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development. Once the Community Meeting is scheduled, the details will be shared broadly with the community.

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, cc: councillor_perks@toronto.ca. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

Office of Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 4

1360 Queen St. West – 2 Staff Reports at TEYCC on June 24th

Posted on June 17, 2021

The June 24, 2021 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be reviewing two Staff reports: the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Applications Request for Direction Report, and Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 1354, 1358, and 1360 Queen Street West Staff Report.

The Request for Directions report: recommends that City Council direct the City Solicitor, together with appropriate staff, to attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing to oppose the Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment Application for this site in its current form.


This application, currently under appeal at LPAT, located at the N/W corner of Queen St West and Brock Avenue proposes a new nine-storey mixed-use building with  117 new residential units and approximately 447.6 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor and 91.2 square metres on the ground floor for a proposed community space.

The full report is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-167578.pdf

The report lists staff concerns with this application including the built form, massing and design of the proposal. Other issues to be resolved include issues related to the proposed demolition of the listed heritage building at 1354-1356 Queen Street West and addressing the transportation and traffic impacts that will be created by this development, including the provision of an appropriate parking supply.

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.

The Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – 1354, 1358, and 1360 Queen Street West Report: recommends that City Council state its intention to designate the properties at 1354 (including active entrances 2, 4 and 6 Brock Avenue and 1356 Queen Street West), 1358, and 1360 Queen Street West under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for their cultural heritage value for their design and physical, historical and associative and contextual values.


The full report is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-167842.pdf

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.

Both items are scheduled for June 24th  at or soon after 10:30 AM.

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 and cc: councillor_perks@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
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 4


Supporting Local Businesses During KQQR Construction

Posted on June 17, 2021

Construction has started at the King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles Intersection, however Parkdale Village and Roncesvalles Village are open for business! Shop local and support small businesses.




City’s outdoor pools will begin to open this weekend

Posted on June 10, 2021

Ten City of Toronto outdoor pools will open early on Saturday, June 12, as the City moves into Step One of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. An online reservation system will allow Toronto residents to reserve 45-minute swim sessions in advance. Reservations can be made beginning 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 10.

The 10 outdoor pools that will open on June 12 are:

  • Alex Duff – 779 Crawford St.
  • Monarch Park Pool – 115 Felstead Ave.
  • Heron Park CC – 292 Manse Rd.
  • Grandravine CC – 23 Grandravine Dr.
  • McGregor CC – 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Parkway Forest CC – 59 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Pine Point – 15 Grierson Rd.
  • Riverdale Park – 550 Broadview Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder – 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • West Mall – 380 The West Mall

These locations will remain open until and including Labour Day, Monday, September 6, and will close for the season at 5 p.m. on that day. The remaining outdoor pools will open for the season on June 19, go to full hours when school is out on June 30, and remain open until Sunday, September 5.

Around 1,950 people – mostly young people – will be working to keep our outdoor pools running throughout the summer.

The City’s wading pools will operate from Wednesday, June 30 to Sunday, September 5. Hours of operation and swim times vary by location and can be reviewed online

Reservations for 45-minute outdoor swim sessions must be made in advance online . Through the system residents can:

  • Log in using existing family and client numbers
  • Create an account online for themselves and members of their family (first- time users)
  • Book leisure swims and lane swims up to one week in advance, one activity per day, per person
  • Cancel a reservation up to one day before the activity is scheduled. Same day cancellations can be made by calling 416-396-7378 and selecting option 1

Blocks of new swim reservation spots are released Thursdays at 8 a.m. for the following Monday to Sunday. A select number of spaces at each outdoor pool location will be held back to ensure swimming remains accessible to people with limited access to the internet. These spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Like last summer, the capacity at outdoor pools will be reduced to 25 per cent to ensure adequate space for physical distancing. Staff have worked closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) to meet guidelines to ensure people can swim safely at outdoor pools. Patrons visiting the City’s outdoor pools will be required to sign in and provide their first name and an email or phone number to facilitate TPH contact tracing should it be required.

Supervision and/or swimming ability requirements are in place for children under 10 years of age at all City outdoor pools. Leisure swimming is free for all ages. Outdoor lane swim is also free and is open to swimmers seven years and older for swimming continuous lengths or widths. Caregivers are reminded to supervise children at all times.

The City began opening its splash pads on May 22, following changes to the Province’s orders allowing select outdoor recreation amenities to operate. Splash pad locations across Toronto will remain open until Sunday, September 19.

While the City’s beaches have remained open for essential exercise, lifeguards were stationed at the City’s designated swimming beaches starting on June 5 to supervise swimming zones. Lifeguard supervision of the swim zones at the City’s designated swimming beaches will wrap up on September 12.

More information on about swimming in the city is available here

Register for CampTO programs

Posted on June 10, 2021

Registration Summer CampTO is currently open. Summer CampTO programming will be offered across Toronto from Monday, July 5 to Friday, August 27, following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that summer day camps can operate during Step 1 of reopening.

CampTO will run for eight weeks for children between the ages of four and 12, at approximately 160 locations across the city. The City of Toronto will offer traditional day camp experiences, including dance, drama, music, arts and crafts, and active games. Adapted and inclusive programs for participants with disabilities will also be available. New this year, the City will introduce CampTO Plus, in-person specialty camps at community centres and museums, which will offer specialized programs in areas such as French immersion, arts, creative writing, nature and science.

The City’s Parks Forestry and Recreation Division will work closely with Toronto Public Health over the course of the summer season to ensure an effective COVID-19 response. All summer CampTO programs will follow provincial health guidelines for day camps. These guidelines include physical distancing, daily health screening, wearing masks, cohorting, and enhanced facility cleaning. Each camp group will stay together for the entire week and will not interact with other camper groups. Caregivers will receive a phone call prior to camp start to review procedures and do a pre-camp health check. CampTO campers and staff are expected to wear cloth face coverings or masks both indoors and out. Campers will be required to bring two to three clean face coverings or masks to camp each day.

In addition to in-person camps offered at City locations, CampTO Virtual will also be available. These 45-minute-long live and interactive workshops will be available to campers age four to 12, with interactive games and creative programming. Programs will also be available for people living with disabilities.

In total, this summer the City will offer more than 35,000 spaces for CampTO, including adapted programs, virtual workshops and CampTO Plus.

The quickest and easiest way to register for Summer CampTO and CampTO Virtual is online here . Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378. Although Civic Centres remain closed to the public to reduce the spread of COVID-19, five Community Centre locations will be open on Tuesday, June 8 for in-person registration support. Wi-Fi will be available, and staff will be on site to assist with the registration process. Residents may bring their own devices to in-person registration sites; however, staff will register those without their own devices. Locations and hours are available here

Residents who require help preparing for registration, can call 416-396-7378 Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents need a family and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling 416-396-7378.

Information on free programs and subsidies for recreation programs is available on the Free & Lower-Cost Recreation Options webpage .

More information about Summer CampTO is available on the CampTO webpage

City launches ParkFitTO – outdoor fitness programming

Posted on June 10, 2021

ParkFitTO will offer outdoor drop-in fitness workouts as well as weekly outdoor group fitness and walking programs. In order to facilitate drop-in workouts, a number of the City’s recreation centres will move fitness centre and weight room equipment outdoors into parks and other spaces adjacent to community centres.

ParkFitTO will operate from June 14 until September and will follow public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of participants. ParkFitTO provides both free and affordable paid options for individual and instructional group fitness.

Outdoor group fitness and walk-fit classes

Starting on June 8, residents will be able to register for group fitness and walk-fit classes, with programs starting on June 21. Outdoor group fitness classes are registered programs for one hour each week for a four-week period. Participants must be 13 years or older and each class is limited to 10 people. These programs will be continuous throughout the summer.

Outdoor group fitness classes include:

  • Outdoor walk-fit programs, in which instructors lead participants on pre-determined routes through neighbourhoods and parks. This program is free of charge, and there are more than 1,500 spaces available for booking at 32 locations across the city.
  • Fee-based group fitness classes include Zumba and Zumba Gold, Cardio High/Low, Cardio Dance and Cardio HIIT, Gentle Fit, Stretch and Tone, Run Fit and Boot Camp and are delivered by qualified staff. There are 2,350 spaces available for registration at 23 locations across the city.

The quickest and easiest way to register for outdoor group fitness and walk-fit classes is online at https://efun.toronto.ca/TorontoFun/Start/Start.asp. In addition, phone registration will be available at 416-396-7378.

Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling 416-396-7378. Residents can also call this number Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for help preparing for registration.

Outdoor drop-in fitness workouts
Starting on June 10, residents age 16 and up can reserve a free 45-minute outdoor fitness workout, with up to 10 participants per location. Approximately 1,500 spaces will be available weekly for reservations at 12 locations across the city. Program tip sheets will be available for those looking to do self-guided workouts.

More information about ParkFitTO is available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/fitness-programs/parkfitto/.

Outdoor fitness permits for businesses

In recognition of the increased need for access to outdoor space, essential fresh air and exercise, and to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19, commercial permits for private businesses who want to offer outdoor fitness, yoga or martial arts classes in park spaces will be available free of charge this summer, subject to Council approval this week.

Beginning today, the City will accept requests for permits from June 14 through to October 3. Applications received on or before June 9 will be reviewed and processed by end of day on June 11 with the earliest possible start date. Applications received after June 9 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a target of two to three business days for processing.

Permits will be issued for open green spaces in parks, and approval for permit requests will depend on proximity to environmentally sensitive areas, sports fields, gardens, conflicts with other permitted or programmed areas and other site-specific considerations. Permit holders will be required to comply with current provincial restrictions, including gathering limits and restrictions around amplified sound. In Step 1, there will be a maximum of 10 participants, including an instructor. Typically, these permits are issued at a cost of $47.06 per hour. Interested businesses can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or 416-396-7378.


Permanent supportive housing proposed for 150 Dunn Ave.

Posted on June 4, 2021

I am so pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will be building supportive housing at 150 Dunn Avenue, on the University Health Network (UHN) site. The new building will provide warm, safe homes with supports for approximately 51 people, including women, Indigenous residents, racialized people, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This project is delivered in partnership with all levels of government, the University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT). The support services model for this site will be developed by UHN’s Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine, the City of Toronto and community partners. It will incorporate a range of health and social services to be delivered onsite.

The new homes will be studio apartments each with a kitchen and a bathroom, using modular building construction

Providing residents with good quality, affordable housing is the cornerstone of vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods. Bringing people inside means there are fewer people outside struggling to survive. When a person chooses to live in homes with supports, they:

  •      have a warm, safe place to permanently call home.
  •      can access the necessities of life such as food, washrooms and laundry.
  •      can begin to heal from the damage caused by living outside.
  •      strengthen community connections.

Neighbours are invited to join us for a virtual Community Meeting on June 16, 2021 at 7 pm to learn more about these new homes with supports. The link for this session is: www.toronto.ca/150Dunn

A postcard and fact sheet with more information on this proposal were delivered to neighbours near 150 Dunn Avenue. Both are also available below for your reference. All of this information is also available at www.toronto.ca/150Dunn

I am happy to continue to share updates on this this exciting build as it moves forward.



150 Dunn - postcard
150 Dunn Ave- Fact Sheet

Bloor Street West Bridge Rehabilitation under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express

Posted on June 1, 2021

The Bloor Street West Bridge Rehabilitation under the Metrolinx Rail is set to start on June 7th and will continue until December 2021.

The City of Toronto will rehabilitate the Bloor Street West Bridge under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express. This work will ensure that the bridge meets today’s standards and remains safe for vehicles and pedestrians into the future. The project is part of the Council-approved 2021 Capital Works Program.

This section of Bloor Street West will be reduced to one lane in each direction during all phases of work.

If you have questions about this construction project, please contact the Field Ambassador, Maria Lippa, 437-317-1465, BloorRail@morrisonhershfield.com

Please see the below for more information.


Public Consultation for Review of Parking Requirements for New Developments

Posted on May 27, 2021

Requirements for automobile and bike parking in newly erected or enlarged buildings are identified in the city-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013. On January 19, 2021, Planning and Housing Committee (PH20.4) asked staff to review these requirements to better align them with the objectives of the City’s Official Plan. The Review is guided by the principle that parking standards should allow only the maximum amount of automobile parking reasonably required for a given use and minimums should be avoided except where necessary to ensure equitable access, such as for accessible parking or in areas which would be difficult to serve with transit.

The City will be hosting a series of online public consultation meetings starting June 1 to gather feedback that will inform recommendations for revised parking standards.

To learn more about the process or to participate in the consultations, visit the City’s webpage

Report on Sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods will be at Council in June

Posted on May 27, 2021

The City of Toronto’s Infrastructure & Environment Committee today approved the proposed plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods in the city starting this upcoming 2021-22 winter season. City Council will consider the report at its meeting of June 8 to 9.

Following a successful snow clearing trial program over each of the last two winters, City staff recommended the expansion of the service to improve safety for residents in winter, provide more equitable snow clearing service to all areas of the city, and support improved accessibility.

The Committee also requested that City staff explore the use of the new winter maintenance equipment, purchased as part of the recent Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial, on other active transportation infrastructure to see whether it meets operational requirements. Specifically, trials would occur on multi-use pathways and on bike lanes currently without physical separation, which could be serviced with the new equipment.

If the plan is approved by Council, all homes in the city would receive winter snow clearing service on their sidewalks. This would mean that more than 103,000 households would be added to the program — 91 per cent of city sidewalks would receive mechanical sidewalk snow clearing and, due to sidewalk obstructions and narrow spaces, nine per cent would be manually cleared. This compares to approximately 85 per cent of sidewalks in the city currently cleared by sidewalk plows, with approximately 15 per cent not cleared by plows.

The budget-conscious proposal calls for the City to purchase new equipment, including the necessary smaller sidewalk plows, to expand the service beyond the more than 6,000 kilometres of sidewalks which currently receive the service to all 7,300 kilometres of sidewalks in Toronto. The proposed investment would make Toronto only the third major winter city in North America, along with Montreal and Ottawa, to employ a city-wide sidewalk snow clearing program.

The Mechanical Sidewalk Winter Maintenance Trial report is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.IE22.13

More information on the sidewalk trial, including a public presentation, is available at: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/road-maintenance/winter-maintenance/sidewalk-snow-clearing-trial/


June 2021