Virtual Community Meeting – Close Ave Parkette Improvements

Posted on October 23, 2020

The City will be hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss planned park improvements to Close Avenue Parkette (located at King St W and Close Ave). This meeting is an opportunity to hear about potential design proposals and for the community to provide feedback on what improvements they would most like to see in the park. The current plan involves upgrading playground equipment, converting the existing wading pool into a splash pad and other park improvements.

Councillor Gord Perks will be in attendance.

Event Details:

Thursday November 5th – 6:30 -8:30pm

WebEx Registration:

Please register in advance to receive the instructions for joining the meeting.

Bloor West Bikeway Construction Update

Posted on October 22, 2020

Project Wide:

  • The Bloor West Bikeway construction is almost complete! Some changes to concrete curbs, bollards, signage, bike parking and pavement markings are still underway.
  • Accessible loading platforms, to make it easier for Wheel Trans and accessible taxis to pick-up and drop-off passengers, are being installed in October.
  • CaféTO installations are planned for removal in November.

Indian Road to Symington Avenue:

  • Bikeway installation has been delayed due to infrastructure upgrades by Toronto Hydro, and road closures elsewhere such as Howard Park Ave that have rerouted buses through the Dundas and Bloor intersection.

Indian Road to Dundas Street West:

  • Bikeway installation is planned for October and November after pavement restoration by Toronto Hydro work is complete. Physical separation is planned for November and December after the pavement markings are installed.

Dundas Street West to Symington Avenue:

  • Toronto Hydro continues to replace their infrastructure underneath the road.  It is expected that this segment will see bikeway pavement markings installed in late November or early December after Toronto Hydro work is complete.
  • The rail bridge is scheduled for rehabilitation in 2021. The work will likely require lane restrictions during construction so physical separation for people cycling will be installed after this work is complete.

Traffic signals and signal timing:

  • Intersection and traffic signal upgrades are planned at the Runnymede Road, Clendenan Avenue, Keele Street, Dundas Street, Dufferin Street and Dovercourt Road intersections to improve safety between people cycling and motorists.
  • Some intersection signage improvements is planned at the Indian Road, Lansdowne Avenue, Brock Avenue and Ossington Avenue intersections to further highlight the new turning restrictions.
  • Traffic signals will be synchronized to facilitate traffic flow on Bloor Street West once all traffic signals are installed.
  • These improvements are planned for installation in November-January.

Please refer to the website, under the “Construction Update” tab to find the latest updates on the timeline.

Free online screening of ‘2040’ still available as part of Green 13 EcoFair

Posted on October 22, 2020

Read more about EcoFair 2020 Toronto further below.

Green 13 is a member of Green Neighbours’ Network, and has organized the first free online film screening of this year’s fast-approaching EcoFair, of the film 2040. Watch the trailer here. Subscribe here for updates from EcoFair, as Eventbrite registration will be required for the free online events.  Once Eventbrite registrations have been set up, you will then be able to register via the EcoFair website for the free online screening of 2040  (free Vimeo On Demand rental), to be available from 8am October 15 – midnight November 8th, 2020. 

In addition, Green 13 has pulled together several self-guided “ecotours” for the west end area. Learn more as the ecotours are finalized and posted here

Virtual Pumpking Carving Contest hosted by Romero House

Posted on October 22, 2020

Romero House is hosting a virtual pumpkin carving contest!

Please see the graphic below for more details & submit your pumpkin photo at by Thursday, October 29th.

Voting and pumpkin photo gallery viewing will take place on Friday October 30th through the Romero House Facebook page so stay tuned for that post!

There will be prizes! All are welcome to participate, however please note you can have only 1 pumpkin submission per person.

For each pumpkin submitted, please include the name of the artist. These photos and first names will be included in the Facebook photo album! 

See you soon and Happy Halloween!

College-Dundas St Construction Notice – October 28 – November 2, 2020

Posted on October 21, 2020

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will renew aging streetcar tracks, resurface the road and repair sidewalks at the intersection of College Street and Dundas Street West, to west of Sterling Road. In addition crews will implement intersection and cycling infrastructure improvements and reconstruct Lumbervale Avenue and St. Helens Avenue from College Street to Lumbervale. This work is the last of three track replacement projects in recent years required for the Lansdowne/Dundas/College triangle. 

A full closure of the Dundas Street West and Sterling Road intersection is required starting at 5 a.m., Wednesday, October 28 to Monday November 2.  After the Sterling Road work is complete the intersection at College Street and Dundas Street West intersection will be fully closed from November 16 to late December. 

Flip through the document below for more information.

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City Manager’s Report, Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto, to go to Executive Committee October 21

Posted on October 15, 2020

On October 21, a report from Toronto City Manager Chris Murray will go before the City’s Executive Committee. The report outlines the City Manager’s recommendations to best position Toronto for recovery from COVID-19 and its profound health, economic, equity, social and financial impacts on the city.

The report is one in a series of reports to Toronto City Council that outlines actions the City of Toronto has and will undertake to address the challenges of the pandemic, key accomplishments, findings from other jurisdictions, insights from engagements and research, and advice to Council on how the City should move towards recovery and prosperity, amidst this evolving emergency.

The report emphasizes that the City’s continued collaboration with other orders of government to effectively apply taxpayer resources and create the greatest positive impact on shared recovery goals with clear outcomes is essential to recovery. An integrated response to issues, including addressing the social determinants of health, and exploring partnerships with community agencies, academia and the private sector, is also key.

The report offers a path forward towards Toronto’s recovery that includes what the City has learned since the start of the pandemic, with insights from the Toronto Office of Recovery & Rebuild, public health data and advice, engagement findings, financial pressures and sustainability, impacts on equity, intergovernmental relationships, partnerships with the non-profit, private and academic sectors and existing plans, strategies and Council directives.

The Toronto Office of Recovery & Rebuild (TORR) has produced the COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report (appended to the City Manager’s report). The COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report outlines the results of TORR’s work and provides recommendations to the City Manager to support the recovery and rebuild of Toronto communities, organizations, partners and businesses.

TORR was established in April to coordinate a city-wide approach for recovering and rebuilding from COVID-19, informed by public health advice and best practices. The office was led by Mr. Saäd Rafi as Chief Recovery and Rebuild Officer, supported by a public health strategy led by Dr. David Mowat.

Throughout the spring and summer, TORR undertook a broad engagement of stakeholders, residents, communities, businesses, Indigenous communities and City Council members on what is needed to recover and rebuild. TORR also leveraged the subject matter, service and operational expertise from City divisions, agencies and partners.

The resulting COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report from TORR is divided into inter-connected themes including: public health considerations and actions, critical City services; climate change and resilience; equity, vulnerable communities and partnerships; government and financial renewal; business; culture; and inspire Toronto.

The COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report, as well as data from Toronto Public Health, demonstrates the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on racialized and other equity-seeking communities and the deepening concerns arising from inequalities across residents, neighbourhoods and communities. The City Manager’s report emphasizes the need for disaggregated data to inform decision-making while calling for strengthening of the City’s equity and reconciliation infrastructure to ensure this divide closes and is not deepened.

The City Manager’s report outlines how the City will continue to take action towards recovery and building a renewed Toronto in the face of unprecedented financial pressures by making difficult decisions about costs, services, service levels, capital projects, and placing staff on emergency leave, among others. It recommends continued evaluation of which services are delivered and how they are delivered, as well as continued partnerships with other governments, community, academic and business partners, while simultaneously funding the services that will be critical to public health, economic growth, and improving equity.

The report from the City Manager to the City’s Executive Committee is available online.

Toronto Heritage Grant Program – Deadline November 6th, 2020

Posted on October 15, 2020

Since 1986, the Toronto Heritage Grant Program has provided matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The Heritage Grant Program assists property owners repair and retain defining heritage attributes, including masonry, windows, doors, wood detailing, and slate roofs.

More information is available online here. Applications for this year’s Program are due November 6th, 2020.

Toronto ACORN – Above the Guideline Rent Increases (AGIs) Workshop for Tenants

Posted on October 15, 2020

Toronto ACORN is hosting a tenant rights workshop for any tenant interested in learning about above the guideline rent increase. The workshop is happening on Thursday, October 22 at 6PM.

The workshop will cover details related to above the guideline rent increases, what they mean for tenants and different resources to help. They will also have time for questions and will have a discussion after each section.

If there is anyone who may be interested in the workshop there is an event posting on Facebook:

And on Twitter :

Those who are interested can RSVP by emailing or by calling 416 461 9233.


Revitalization of the High Park North Playground is now completed

Posted on October 15, 2020

The City of Toronto had closed down the North Playground at High Park in October of 2019 for repairs and upgrades. The City was scheduled to complete the improvements to the playground area with new playground equipment and structures, and also rehabilitating the wading pool by Spring of 2020. Due to Covid-19 related delay in construction, the work was delayed. The playground revitalization is now complete.


Report impacting UHN lands at the Planning and Housing Committee

Posted on October 15, 2020

PH 17.4 Creating New Supportive Housing Opportunities in Parkdale in Partnership with the University Health Network and United Way of Greater Toronto.

The October 20th, 2020, Planning and Housing Committee will be reviewing a report impacting UHN lands at 150 Dunn Avenue (Including 74, 82, 130, 160, and 162 Dunn Avenue, 1-17 Close Avenue, and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue) .

The Report, prepared by the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, outlines a framework to begin a housing partnership and create new permanent supportive housing on the UHN site by the City of Toronto, United Way and UHN. The proposal commits to a community inclusive process.

The Staff Report is available for your review at: 

I will be reviewing the Staff Report in detail and will take into consideration comments from Housing and Planning staff, and the community. The community has been very concerned about current housing issues on this site and I will be paying close attention to those issues.

I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: , 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 Planning and Housing Committee, or submit written comment, please email . Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

Planning and Housing Committee will also be streamed live online at


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