Reminder! the Toronto Virtual Seedy is this Saturday February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 25, 2021

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going virtual!

Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.

Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)

No sign up required ! Visit ongoing and day of www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  seedysaturdaysto@gmail.com  And like our event page for updates  https://www.facebook.com/events/879640102868936

Final Staff Report for the 2946-2968 Dundas Street West zoning application

Posted on February 11, 2021

On Wednesday, February 24 the Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing the Final Staff Report on the zoning bylaw amendment for 2946-2968 Dundas Street West (the properties on the north-east corner of Dundas and Pacific). This application proposes to construct an 8-storey mixed-use building with 120 dwelling units, including 8 rental replacement units, 1,973 square metres of retail space and 1,660 square metres of office space.

Following a review of the application as well as two community meetings, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application. Councillor Perks supports the recommendations made by staff.

The full report is available here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.9

At the same meeting, Councillor will be reviewing Heritage Toronto’s recommendation that 2946 Dundas Street West (the William Rowntree Block) be added to the Heritage Registry, to protect the buildings façade.

The full report on the Heritage designation is available here:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.19

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. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive


Should you have any questions or comments you would like to share, please do not hesitate to contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Call for applications: Healthy Communities Initiative – Apply starting Feb 9

Posted on February 11, 2021

Eligibility 

A broad range of organizations including local governments, charities, Indigenous communities and nonprofits are all welcome to apply for funding. For the full list of eligible organizations please see the Applicant Guide.

Funding can be used for adapting public spaces, or for programming or services that respond to COVID-19 and serve the public or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Projects funded as part of the Healthy Communities Initiative will:

  • respond to identified needs arising from impacts of COVID-19;
  • create and adapt public spaces, and programming and services for public spaces in the public interest;
  • Demonstrate consideration of and connections with the community;
  • serve and be accessible to the public and/or a community disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 (more information in the Applicant Guide); and,
  • fall within the three Healthy Communities Initiative theme areas (more information in the Applicant Guide).

Examples of eligible projects include pop-up bike paths, community gardens, art installations or Wi-Fi hot spots. A comprehensive list of examples can be found in the Applicant Guide.

Upcoming events:

Applications deadline:

Organizations can apply to the Healthy Communities Initiative until March 9, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST.

Visit healthycommunitiesinitiative.ca to find out more about how to apply, explore resources for applicants and sign up for community mobilization sessions.

To learn more about the Healthy Communities Initiative, visit canadahealthycommunitiesinitiative.ca

Resist renovictions workshop hosted by Toronto ACORN

Posted on February 11, 2021

Toronto ACORN is hosting a resist renovictions workshop on Monday Feb. 22nd at 6PM. 

They will cover details around renovictions, what to look out for, how tenants can protect themselves and how to get organized in their buildings to fight back against them. There will be time for questions and discussion afterward.

Those who are interested will need to register beforehand using this link: bit.ly/ResistRenovictionsWorkshop 

You also contact ACORN to RSVP by emailing torontoadmin@acorncanada.org or by calling 416 461 9233.

Save the Date! the Toronto Virtual Seedy Saturday is on Sat February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 11, 2021

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going virtual!

Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.

Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)

No sign up required ! Visit ongoing and day of www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  seedysaturdaysto@gmail.com  And like our event page for updates  https://www.facebook.com/events/879640102868936

Preventing Frozen Water Services

Posted on February 11, 2021

With forecasted nighttime temperatures dropping well below minus 10 degrees Celsius for the next week, Toronto Water would like to remind residents to take the necessary precautions to prevent their home water pipes from freezing. Frozen water pipes can lead to significant property damage should they burst, resulting in no water for several days, depending on the severity of the repairs.

Take steps to protect your water pipes from freezing: www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes.

 

Round Two of the TO360 local map consultation will be live from February 5 to 26, 2021.

Posted on February 11, 2021

TO360 is the pedestrian wayfinding system that is a central to the City’s ambition to make Toronto a more walkable, welcoming, and understandable place for residents and visitors. TO360 provides consistent wayfinding information through a unified signage and mapping system delivered by the City and project partners.

The City’s Transportation Services has prepared some draft wayfinding maps for St. Clair West and Etobicoke Centre and is looking for feedback from people in Ward 4 (Parkdale-High Park) who are passionate about their neighbourhood and who want to make walking in their community better.

Go to www.to360survey.com to learn more about TO360 and the ways to get involved!

REMINDER: Budget Town Hall is on Monday!

Posted on February 3, 2021

Creating a Better Path Forward:

The 2021 Proposed City Budget

COVID-10 continues to devastate our families, our communities, and our city. The pandemic reveals deep structural problems in our society.

The City of Toronto must focus on how we respond and recover in a way that makes Toronto a more fair and inclusive place to live. The proposed 2021 City Budget falls short.

Join me, community leaders, and your Parkdale-High Park neighbours on Monday, February 8, to examine the proposed budget, and discuss what we can do to improve our City and ensures no one is left behind.


Join us Monday, February 8 at 7:00 pm
Register at https://bit.ly/3prGZas
to join in the conversation


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Councillor Perks by email at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-392-7919 .

My thoughts on the proposed 2021 City Budget

Posted on January 28, 2021


On Monday, February 8 at 7:00 pm I will be discussing the budget with a group of community leaders.
To attend, register at https://bit.ly/3prGZas


The ongoing, global pandemic has exposed the deep inequalities in our City.

As we prepare the City’s 2021 budget, Toronto is in a position to make a historic new pact with the federal and provincial governments to use the recovery from COVID to achieve a strong, sustainable, and inclusive Toronto. Our habit of thinking small may cause us to miss the moment and make the City’s problems worse. It is time for Toronto to act; together we must push for change.

For a decade Toronto’s budgets have emphasized keeping property taxes low. This was a choice not to invest in services that would have made Toronto a fairer city. When the Pandemic hit, the people those budgets left behind paid the highest price. Black, Indigenous and racialized Torontonians have been much more likely to contract COVID. Women have been hit harder economically. People with low incomes have been hit with higher COVID rates and more devastating economic consequences. The number of people without a home has skyrocketed.

This should be the moment when Toronto changes course. It should be the year when we realize that the consequences of inequality are devastating and we start investing in that fairer Toronto. The budget that is on its way to Council for 2021 does not help our neighbours. Instead of “building back better”, Toronto is about to build back the same flawed system, but with even less money. It’s unacceptable, and Torontonians must take this moment to come together to fight for a fairer City.

Twenty-seven of our city’s daycare centres have permanently closed, with over forty more still unsure of their future. We are currently not housing 6000 people in Toronto. The TTC tells us that the proposed budget does not provide for buying the buses, streetcars and subway trains we will need to bring service back up to pre-pandemic levels. This budget will cause us to fall behind on implementing our climate plan. Despite promises made last summer, we will not see any meaningful steps toward replacing policing with services that solve problems in more just ways.

The only path out is to get financial help from the federal and provincial governments. The budget assumes we will receive $1.6 Billion in emergency pandemic funding, half of what is currently being offered. We are simply assuming the rest will come. Here is the critical issue and opportunity. By publicly assuming that Ottawa and Queen’s Park will give us money they haven’t yet committed, Toronto is putting the ball in their court. We are saying that if they don’t come up with that money, they own the consequences. This is not the case, we, the residents of Toronto, will all own the consequences.

If we are willing to create political pressure on those governments to build back a little worse, why are we not willing to put pressure on them to build a future that includes everyone? If we want women to be able to get back to work we need childcare. If we want to eliminate homelessness we need to buy vacant hotel and apartment units for housing. If we want to stop climate change we need to invest in climate mitigating housing and transportation systems. If we want to get around a crowded City we need buses, streetcars and subway trains. If we want to create an economy which does not act as a structure for reinforcing racism we need to invest in ways that create real equality.

Economists everywhere are saying that governments should use their central banks to prevent a deep post-COVID depression. Even the International Monetary Fund, which has for decades been the tool for imposing austerity on struggling economies, has talked about the need for governments to invest and stimulate a strong recovery.

It will benefit Ottawa and Queen’s Park if we make a real ask of them. At present the federal government is investing record amounts to support people who cannot work. That obligation does not end when everyone is vaccinated. If women cannot get to work because the child care system collapsed in 2021, it will cost all levels of government. If we still have huge numbers of people without homes, it will cost all levels of government. If Black, Indigenous and racialized Torontonians are still shut out of economic opportunity, it will cost all levels of government. If people can’t get to work because of a shrunken TTC, and we don’t meet our climate targets, it will cost all levels of government.

As a City, we must take action if we want the economy to rebound in a strong, sustainable and inclusive way. We must tell the governments who have the fiscal capacity what it will cost them to make it happen, and demand they do it.  The proposed 2021 City budget does not build towards these goals, so we must work together for a change.

Gord

Close Avenue Parkette – Final Design

Posted on December 8, 2020

On November 5th, Councillor Perks and Park Staff held a virtual meeting to discuss proposed designs for a new playground at Close Avenue Parkette (King St W. and Close Ave). Staff shared different design options and gathered community feedback to finalize a design.

 

The following attachment is the final design for Close Ave Parkette. If you have any questions or comments, please send us an email at councillor_perks@toronto.ca

Close Ave Parkette-Preferred Concept Plan

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