Raising Our Voice: Organizing During the Global Pandemic
With new information coming out daily, it is difficult to know where to turn to make sure our views are heard on how we can rebuild a fairer, more just Toronto.
As the City prepares to release its 2021 budget in early January, every voice is critical to make sure the issues we care about are acted upon as we move forward. Housing, the environment, public transportation, and child care will all be up for debate as the City tries to find a path forward. By working together we can strengthen our voice to ensure no one is left behind.
Join me as I welcome both local and city-wide leaders and activists to discuss how we organize in these unprecedented times.
WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2020
TIME: 6:30 pm
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Councillor Perks by email at email@example.com or by phone at 416-392-7919.
The City will be hosting a virtual community meeting to discuss planned park improvements to Melbourne Avenue Parkette (located near King St W and Dufferin St). 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, new accessible surfacing, a water bottle filling station and other improvements. Councillor Gord Perks will be in attendance.
Tuesday November 17th 2020 – 6:30-8:00pm
Please register in advance to receive the instructions for joining the meeting.
For more information on the project, please visit: www.toronto.ca/MelbourneImprovements
The following attachment provides the design options that were presented by Parks Staff:Melbourne Ave Parkette Concept Design_Public Meeting Nov 17
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.
Thursday November 5th – 6:30 -8:30pm
Please register in advance to receive the instructions for joining the meeting.
The City is using the online tool Webex to support virtual public meetings, consultations and other engagement activities. The instructions outlined here are for Webex Events and will help residents join and participate in these City engagement activities.
If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in a City online event, please let the organizing staff know as soon as possible to ensure they can work with you to determine a suitable accommodation.
For more information on navigating Webex, please visit https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/public-consultations/participate-in-virtual-engagement-events/
While our city, along with the rest of the world, faces this difficult time, I have been comforted by the outpouring of help and support our Parkdale – High Park community has shared with each other. Seeing residents provide a helping hand to their neighbours, supporting our local restaurants and businesses, and donate meals to our health care workers has been heartwarming. I feel it is more important than ever that we come together, not only to get through this pandemic, but to rebuild a stronger, more just society for all residents of Toronto.
Next Tuesday, June 2nd I will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss both the current recovery efforts, and what we as a society can do moving forward. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and questions. As this will be our first virtual Town Hall, I am sure there will be some bumps in the road, but by working together our community can take an active role defining what type of city emerges from the recovery effort.
To help start the process, please email a question with the subject line, “Town Hall” in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or by replying to this email. Please include your name, and what neighbourhood you live in. I hope to see you on Tuesday, June 2 at facebook.com/GordPerks
Those that do not have facebook accounts can still view the live video by visiting facebook.com/GordPerks. Please provide your questions and comments in advance.
City Planning have concluded the Planning Study of Queen St. West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street and will be submitting a report to Toronto and East York Community Council on March 12, 2020.
This Staff report summarizes the study, and proposed to amend the Official Plan by adopting ‘Site and Area Specific Policy 566’ for the properties fronting Queen Street West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Bathurst Street.
This policy is intended to:
- guide the height, form and characteristics of new development to ensure it responds appropriately to the existing and planned context of the study and adjacent areas;
- conserve and enhance the cultural heritage value and function of Queen St as a commercial main street; and
- provide appropriate transition to adjacent low-rise neighbourhoods.
The proposed amendments to the Official Plan will also inform civic investment and improvements to transportation infrastructure, public open spaces and community facilities within this area.
The Staff report will be available on line at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1925#Meeting-2020.TE14. Additional materials relating to the Study, as presented to the community in October 2019, can be accessed at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/planning-studies-initiatives/west-queen-west-parkdale-main-street-hcd-plan/meetings-events-west-queen-west-hcd-plan/
Please note that the Parkdale Main Street and West Queen West Heritage Conservation District Plans are scheduled to be presented to Toronto Preservation Board (TPB) and TEYCC in the fall of 2020. My office will keep you up-to-date as it moves forward.
Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates this main street.
The item will be heard at 10 AM or as soon as possible thereafter on March 12, 2020 in Committee Room #1, 2nd floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West. You are invited to attend the public meeting to speak to this item or submit written comment. Please contact the City Clerk at email@example.com to request to be added to the speakers list and/or to provide your comments.Notice_Public-Meeting-Queen Street West Study
Join Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 10 am – 3 pm at CSI (192 Spadina Ave) for a forum to engage senior tenants on topics including eviction prevention, aging in place, human rights in housing, accommodations for disability, and housing laws generally. Register at seniorhousingforum.eventbrite.ca . Contact Carly Bowie at Carly@EqualityRights.org or 416-944-0087 ext. 6.
The City of Toronto has finalized the design details for extending the West Toronto Railpath multi-use trail south from Dundas Street West at Sterling Road to Abell Street at Sudbury Street. Join us to review the final design elements (i.e. bridges, landscaping, community connections) and learn more about the project and timelines. Further details below as well as on toronto.ca/westrailpath
The public consultation is on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 185 Sterling Road (south of Bloor St. W)WTRE Notice Feb 26 Final
Skale Developments is holding a public consultation meeting where you can learn more about their proposed plans for an 8-storey rental building at 1375 Queen Street West. Currently, the site is a vacant lot located on the south east corner of Queen and Close. Further details will be available at the community meeting. Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.
Details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Place: Parkdale Library Auditorium, 1303 Queen Street West1375 Queen St W Meeting Notice
The Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) is looking to hear public opinion on Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s proposal for a new 200-bed long-term care home on their property at 625 Runnymede Road. It is important to note that this is not part of the discussion currently underway with the City on the proposed building to accommodate these beds, but is rather a discussion with the Province on Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s ability to host such a home.
A public meeting will be taking place at the Annette Street Library (145 Annette Street) on February 21, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Written statements can also be submitted to LTCHomes.Licensing@ontario.ca until February 21 (please quote project #20-047).
For more information on the provincial process, please visit this link. For information or to provide comments on the proposed building form currently under review by the City Planning, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do, please contact my office, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or City Planner Kirk Hatcher, email@example.com.