406-410 Keele Street Public Consultation: May 26

Posted on May 20, 2021

The public consultation for the proposed development at 406-410 Keele Street will be taking place on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 pm.  To register please visit this link.

The site previously was approved for a 5 storey, 30 unit apartment building. While the property owners are now applying for a building with the same height and massing as before, the following changes are being proposed:

– The number of dwelling units have increased from 30 to 64

– The overall residential gross floor area has increased from 4,222 square metres to 4,471 square metres

– Common indoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a room on the first floor with kitchen and washroom

– Common outdoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a dog relief area, a roof top terrace with storage room, and a terrace off the indoor amenity space

– The floor area above the 5th floor has increased

– The number of parking spaces has increased from 31 to 32

– A type ‘C’ loading space is now proposed

– curb-side garbage pick-up is no longer being proposed

If you cannot attend the meeting, and wish to submit your comments, please contact City Planner Catherine Jung (Catherine.Jung@toronto.ca) and my office.

Parkdale Community Hub – Virtual Community Meeting

Posted on May 19, 2021

The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years in order to maintain current service delivery levels. This project provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.

During Phase 1 of the project in 2018 and 2019, the City of Toronto and CreateTO engaged the local community to develop a preferred massing concept for the site. Now, as part of Phase 2 of the project, the team will share and seek feedback on a preliminary design concept for the Parkdale Hub, answer questions and provide more information on the next steps in the process.

Join us on Thursday May 27th at 6:30pm for the virtual community meeting.

Meeting Details:

When: Thursday, May 27th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Online and by phone

Meeting Registration: https://swerhuninc.webex.com/swerhuninc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e32d4457fd01dfa24952a918546f9fe98

More information about the project, and details about how to join and participate in the public meeting, can be found on the project website (www.parkdalehub.ca).

*REMINDER* Share your feedback on Garden Suites

Posted on May 5, 2021

The City of Toronto is developing regulations to allow residents to build garden suites on residential properties in the city.

A garden suite is a housing unit, usually located in the backyard of an existing house, but separate and detached from the main house. Garden suites, like laneway suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit.

The City is gathering input from the public and industry stakeholders about how to best allow the construction of garden suites in Toronto. As part of the City’s work developing appropriate regulations for garden suites, matters related to privacy, shadowing, parking requirements, and protecting trees and green spaces are among those being considered.

Public input from current and potential future residents of low-rise neighborhoods, as well as from other stakeholders, is important to better understand these and other matters.

The public can learn more, ask questions, and provide their input on garden suites by attending a virtual meeting or taking an online survey. The following three identical virtual meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 839 0853
  • Wednesday, May 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 604 7460
  • Thursday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 919 6218

Participants must register in advance to attend one of the virtual meetings. To register, visit the “Meetings & Events” section at www.toronto.ca/gardensuites. The public can also attend these meetings by phone by calling 416-915-6530 and using the call-in access code for one of the meetings.

The results of this study and public input will inform regulations and recommendations to City Council to permit garden suites across the city.

The Garden Suites study is one of several studies that the City is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative.

The initiative is to facilitate more low-rise housing in residential neighbourhoods to meet the needs of our growing city.

The City is working to expand housing forms in Toronto, ranging from duplexes to low-rise walk-up apartments. All these housing types can be found in many parts of Toronto today; however, there are currently limitations on where they can be newly built. The initiative is one solution among a range of City initiatives to increase housing choice and access and create a more equitable, sustainable city.

Junction & Runnymede North Town Hall

Posted on May 5, 2021

Join me on Monday, May 17 at 6:00pm as we discuss what is happening in the Junction and Runnymede North community

To attend please register at: bit.ly/2QIMKUl

Dear friends and neighbours,

Despite the hardships our city, world, and community currently face, the Junction community is continuing to grow.  New developments have been proposed, transportation changes are coming into effect, and our parks and gathering spaces are playing new roles as we look towards our post-COVID future.

Throughout the City, communities are working together to bring new ideas to the table. Our own Junction Residents Association has reformed and expanded, and are looking to play a leading role in the future of our community.

I invite you to join me, and our friends at the JRA on May 17 for my next Virtual Town Hall. These rotating Town Halls are your chance to address what is happening in the community, and what changes you would like to see as we move forward.

Best regards,


Ditching single use plastics townhall video recording is now available

Posted on April 29, 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.

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

Panelists for the event included

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

Here is the recording of the town hall –

Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial – Virtual Public Information Event

Posted on April 29, 2021

The City of Toronto has recently concluded a trial to test the use of smaller sidewalk snow plows. The goal of the trial was to determine whether sidewalk snow clearing could be expanded to include areas of the city that do not currently receive mechanical clearing as part of the City’s winter maintenance program.

More information is available at toronto.ca/sidewalktrial

You can also learn more about the trial by attending a virtual public information event.

Event Details

Monday, May 10; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Focus areas:

  • Parkdale-High Park
  • York South-Weston
  • Davenport

Meeting access code: 133 155 7578

Register here for the event.


Join the public consultations on Multi-Tenant houses

Posted on April 29, 2021

Multi-tenant houses are an important part of Toronto’s affordable rental housing stock, providing single-room accommodation to diverse communities including students, seniors, new immigrants and residents with low to moderate income.

The existing zoning and licensing regulations for multi-tenant houses have not been updated since amalgamation of the former municipalities in 1998 and as a result, are inconsistent.

The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to enable regulatory oversight that will support safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across Toronto.

The City of Toronto is inviting members of the public to provide feedback on the proposed regulatory and compliance framework for multi-tenant houses, commonly known as rooming houses.

The public can provide feedback on the proposed framework by attending a virtual meeting on May 4 or 11, or by answering a questionnaire online or by phone.

The City is also inviting community organizations to host their own virtual consultation to collect feedback. Eligible groups can submit a simple proposal to apply for a grant to help cover the costs of the consultation. The deadline to apply for a grant is April 30, and a Do- it-Yourself Meeting Toolkit will be available for download online in the coming week.

The City will also be hosting workshops to get feedback from key stakeholder groups, such as tenants, owners and operators of multi-tenant houses, post-secondary schools and students, area residents groups and housing-related agencies and organizations.

For more details on how to get involved and the proposed regulatory and compliance framework, visit www.toronto.ca/MTHreview.

Garden Suites Community Consultation Meetings

Posted on April 22, 2021

The Garden Suites Study is one of several studies that the City Planning Division is undertaking to expand housing options in Neighbourhoods as part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program (EHON website), endorsed by City Council in July 2020.

Public engagement on Garden Suites is currently underway with the Garden + Suites Survey and a series of virtual community consultation meetings where residents can learn more, ask questions, and share comments about Garden Suites. Details below.

Meeting Details:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, May 12, 2021; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 13, 2021; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

These meetings will be Online and phone-in only. To join pre-registration is required at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

Additional information about the Garden + Suites study is available at the study website.

West Toronto Ontario Health Team – COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

Posted on March 18, 2021

The West Toronto Ontario Health Team (OHT), in collaboration with Toronto Public Health,  will be presenting a one hour Zoom Town Hall meeting on March 24, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines. Our speakers are recognized members of the medical community; Dr. Mark Downing, Associate Medical Director, Infection Control at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health.

West Toronto OHT Vaccine Town Hall

March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Register here: http://bit.ly/WTOHTVaccine

WTOHT Vaccine Town Hall flyer - March 24

Community Consultation Meeting on Development in Proximity to Rail

Posted on February 4, 2021

The City is looking for input on the proposed draft Official Plan Amendment and zoning approach to establish a city-wide approach to public safety for new development of sensitive or high occupancy land uses in proximity to rail infrastructure. 

The meeting is on February 10, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Here’s how to participate:

Join by phone:

Before the meeting: Submit your comments in advance by contacting the City Planning Staff.
To join the meeting – call 416-9156530 and when prompted enter 177 033 2158 as Meeting ID Number.  Participants by phone will be able to ask live questions during the meeting by dialing *3.

Join Online:

Join via the following link:    https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=e41d93ca37a46c73d04e376905dbb9d76

You can also access the event link by visiting the City Planning Consultations webpage at:  http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations


Rail Safety Consultation Notice Feb 10
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