Helping Toronto ditch single use plastics !

Posted on April 14, 2021

We all have a responsibility to help reduce the single-use plastics that are damaging our world. Join us for a conversation about what our local governments, businesses and even individuals can do to play their part.

Councillor Gord Perks and Parkdale High-Park 4 Climate Action present a Ward 4 virtual
town hall and discussion on April 20.

Panelists for the event will include

  • Councillor Gord Perks
  • Emily Alfred, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Tina Soldovieri, Roncy Reduces
  • Dipesh Shah, Canary and Fox
  • and Adrianna Couto, Inwit

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 6:30 -8pm

Please register to join the event: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8ca40b447fdafc2a0b533b7d5b3cd3b9

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Public Art pre-qualification now posted for stations including Keele

Posted on April 8, 2021

Art is an important component of major station upgrades (including the Easier Access and Second Exit construction improvement projects). The Pre-Qualification of artists for TTC’s Public Art competition is now open for submissions! The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is looking to pre-qualify Artists to create integrated artworks for seven subway stations that are part of TTC’s Easier Access & Second Exit Project: Bay, Castle Frank, Christie, Donlands, Keele, Lansdowne and Spadina Stations. The competition closes on May 6, 2021.

Review the bid document here.

Learn more about the TTC Public Art Program here.

Virtual Community Consultation Meeting – 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

Posted on April 8, 2021

City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on a Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendment application for property located at 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue.

This application, at the north/west corner of Queen and Brock, proposes a new 9-storey mixed-use building with commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 117 dwelling units on the upper floors. It 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.

The property is currently occupied by five buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue. Four two and three-storey mixed-use buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue and one two-storey semi-detached building on Brock Avenue..

Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-163442.pdf

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

How to participate:
A link to the meeting is available online at www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations. Participants will be able to join the meeting either by phone or online as of 5:45 PM on the day of the meeting.

Note: Participants by phone will not be able to ask live questions during the meeting. Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff or the Councillor’s Office.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Patrick Miller, City Planner, patrick.miller@toronto.ca and Councillor Perks’ Office, councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

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*Reminder* King – Queen – The Queensway – Roncesvalles Reconstruction: Sewer, Watermain, TTC Streetcar Track Replacement and Intersection Improvements

Posted on April 1, 2021

This joint project by TTC, Transportation Services and Water is the result of many years of work by the community.

In addition to state of good repair work on the aging sewer and TTC tracks around the intersection, the following will also be taking place:

  • Relocation of the eastbound centre platform streetcar stop to the far side of the intersection
  • Normalization of the intersection by removing the right turn lane from Queensway to King Street West
  • Creation of additional green space at the parkette located at Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge
  • Modification / construction of street car platforms at Glendale avenue

On April 5th there will be closures at this intersection. The initial closure date was pushed back as to not close the intersection in the middle of the week to then stop work over the holidays.

The following links provide more information about this work and the details for the weekly virtual trailer drop-in sessions:

toronto.ca/kqqr

https://bit.ly/2OhsCrw

Please do not hesitate to call or email the office if you have any questions about this construction work.

An Update on 1540-1550 Bloor Street West development application

Posted on April 1, 2021

The April 8, 2021 City Council Meeting will be reviewing a Staff Report titled 1540-1550 Bloor Street West – Zoning Amendment – Request for Direction for Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Hearing.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.CC31.10

The application was originally submitted in 2019 proposing a 25-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses on the ground floor and residential uses above at the N/W corner of Bloor and Dundas Sts West.

The application is currently under appeal at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

In December 2020, City Council directed the City Solicitor, together with City Planning staff and other appropriate staff to attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing to oppose the Zoning By-law Amendment at 1540-1550 Bloor Street West in its current form.

This Staff Report at Council is in response to a Revised Proposal submitted by the applicant in March 2021. The revised proposal includes increasing the height of the building from 25 to 27 stories, while decreasing the tower floorplates on upper floor, amongst other changes.

The Revised Proposal is available online at the City’s Application Information Centre.

The Staff Report that summaries changes to the proposal is available on p 4

https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-165280.pdf

Some of the information on this file is subject to solicitor-client privilege and is confidential.

My office will provide links to and share any public information as it becomes available.

Gord

Bloor Street Bridge under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express

Posted on April 1, 2021

The City of Toronto is planning to rehabilitate the Bloor Street Bridge under Metrolinx Rail at UP Express in Spring 2021. 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.

Please see the notice below for further details. For any questions or concerns feel free to contact our office or the Field Ambassador, Maria Lippa at 437-317-1465, BloorRail@morrisonhershfield.com

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Call to Artists: Pride Toronto is looking EOI for Pride 2021.

Posted on April 1, 2021

Pride Toronto is looking to work with a minimum of four (4) installation artists to create visual programming during the 2021 Pride Festival. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm EST, March 31, 2021.

Please see this 3-page document below for more information.

 

Physical Install_ Call to Artists (002)

 

Howard Park Tennis Club Driveway Improvements in High Park

Posted on March 31, 2021

The City will be undertaking construction and repairs by the Howard Park Tennis Club in High Park. The scope of work includes replacing the existing dilapidated timber retaining wall with a new pre cast stone retaining wall, and replacing the existing unit paver driveway, new concrete steps and handrails.

Work is scheduled to commence starting April 5th and is expected to be completed during the summer of 2021.

Below is a map of the location of the work.

High Park_Howard Tennis Club Driveway Closure_Graphic

 

Apartment Buildings: New bylaw requirements from April 1

Posted on March 25, 2021

Amendments to the Apartment Buildings bylaw are coming into effect starting April 1, 2021. All RentSafeTO apartment building owners and operators will be required to:

  • Post information about waste management on the tenant notification board.  Building owners/operators need to post information on garbage, recycling and, if applicable, organics, such as accepted items and location of collection bins.
  • Develop and maintain the capital plan for each apartment buildings using a template provided by the City. The Capital Plan Template will be provided by the City as of April 1 and will be available at the RentSafeTO for Building Owners webpage.
  • Provide a valid email address to the City and keep all contact information on file up to date. Moving forward, the City will provide written communication and notices related to properties via email. To receive these communications, building owners/operators need to provide and keep up to date valid email addresses through the RentSafeTO registration and renewal portal.

More information is available at toronto.ca/RentSafeTO.

 

Toronto ACORN virtual tenant rights information session – March 27 & 29

Posted on March 25, 2021

Toronto ACORN is hosting a virtual tenant rights information session on Saturday March 27 at 2PM, as well as a virtual resist renovictions workshop on Monday March 29th at 6PM.

We will cover details around renovictions, rent increases, evictions, maintenance and repair issues, and more.

There will be time for questions and discussion afterward. We will also have an information flyer to send to those who attended with more resources and links to topics covered.

Those who are interested will need to register beforehand using this link:  bit.ly/TenantsRightsInfoSessions for the session on Saturday and bit.ly/ResistRenovictionsWorkshop for the session on Monday.

There are also event pages on Facebook:
Tenant Information Session – https://www.facebook.com/events/843308743194706

Resist Renovictions – https://www.facebook.com/events/263297812115963

Those who are interested can RSVP by emailing torontoadmin@acorncanada.org or by calling 416 461 9233.

 

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