Community News – November 3, 2022

I’m honoured to have been re-elected as your City Councillor for Parkdale—High Park.

Over the past couple months, I have been knocking on doors and speaking to members of our community about our collective vision for the city we want. I’m grateful for the trust which our community has once again placed in me to champion our community’s ideas and get results.

Now that the campaign is over, I’m back at City Hall and planning for the term ahead. I will be continuing our work on the issues which face our city and important local projects like the Parkdale Hub, High Park Movement Strategy, affordable housing at 11 Brock & 150 Dunn and so much more.

The first Council meeting of the new term will take place on November 23, 2022. As always, I will continue to keep you updated on the latest from City Hall with e-newsletter updates.

If you have any questions or need help, you can reach my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Sincerely,

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Update from Toronto Public Library Board
  • Automated Speed Enforcement
  • King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles Construction
  • CafeTO Survey
  • Toronto Hydro Work in High Park North
  • Solidarity with Education Workers

Update from Toronto Public Library Board

As a member of the Library Board, I moved a motion to amend the budget submission by adding $2.267 million for staffing to the base budget and $8.321 million to advance the Open Hours Plan as a service enhancement.

The community regularly demands for more staffed library open hours and I have consistently advocated for more funding to support the Open Hours Plan.

Next, the City’s Budget Committee will review the Board’s submission. Stay updated through my newsletter as I provide updates on the City’s 2023 Budget process.

Automated Speed Enforcement

The City of Toronto will be installing 25 additional automated speed enforcement devices in February 2023. In addition, most of the existing automated speed enforcement cameras will rotate to a new location.

90-day warning signs, a requirement of provincial legislation, are being installed at the new locations and will warn drivers in advance and raise awareness about the new devices prior to laying any charges.

In Parkdale—High Park, the two new locations will be Dundas Street West east of Watkinson Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue near 108 Lansdowne Ave.

The camera located on Parkside Drive south of Algonquin Ave will stay in its current place as part of ongoing work to make Parkside Drive safer.

For more information on automated speed enforcement, click here. For the full list of new automated speed enforcement device locations, click here.

King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles Construction

Stage 1 & 2 work has been completed on the KQQR project. Work on Stage 3 began in September and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

Stage 3 work is taking place on Roncesvalles Avenue, from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West. Crews are completing the following work:

  •  Watermain replacement (west side of Roncesvalles Avenue)
  •  Sewer re-lining
  •  Road reconstruction
  •  TTC track reconstruction and overhead wire installation
  •  Installation of new and/or upgrades to existing raised TTC platforms on Roncesvalles Avenue
  • (twelve locations between Queen Street West and Dundas Street West)
  •  Streetscaping


As a reminder, the project team hosts Virtual Trailer Drop-In meetings where members of the public can join, (virtually), to ask questions about the ongoing KQQR construction work. Public Consultation Unit staff and a TTC Senior Community Liaison will be present to answer questions.

  • Date: every Tuesday
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Where: login to the Virtual Trailer, or dial in by calling 416-915-6530 and enter access code 133 652 6676

CafeTO Survey

The City of Toronto launched a survey for restaurant operators, customers and the general public to provide feedback on the CaféTO program. Survey responses will help to inform proposed program guidelines and criteria going forward.

This patio season, the CaféTO program supported more than 1,200 restaurants and bars across the city with expanded outdoor dining opportunities on streets and sidewalks.

The City is currently picking up all CaféTO curb lane safety equipment (more than 80 per cent of installations have already been removed) and is on schedule to have all remaining equipment removed by Monday, November 7. All remaining businesses and business improvement areas (BIAs) have been informed of their upcoming removal dates.

Your feedback is important and will help guide the City’s plans for the future of the CaféTO program.

Take the survey

Toronto Hydro Work in High Park North

In December, Toronto Hydro will begin some work replacing electrical infrastructure in the High Park North neighbourhood on sections of Pacific Ave, Glenlake Ave, High Park Ave, and Bloor St W. This work is expected to be completed by May 2023.
Throughout the project, planned power outages may be necessary when switching from the old to new electrical system. Toronto Hydro will provide notice of any planned power outages to affected households.

Work on this project will primarily take place from Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, however, some weekend work may be required. There may be road and sidewalk restrictions within the work area. In the event of parking restrictions, advance notice will be provided by Toronto Hydro.

You can find the latest information about this project using Toronto Hydro’s Construction Map.

Solidarity with Education Workers

CUPE-OSBCU education workers have been bargaining for a new contract with the provincial government. The workers represented by CUPE-OSBCU do work that allows schools across Ontario to operate, but are some of the lowest paid workers in the education sector, making $39,000 per year on average. CUPE-OSBCU members are EAs, ECEs, office administrators, school board tradespeople, custodians, librarians and many more professions.

The provincial government has now proposed legislation which violates these workers’ Charter right to free collective bargaining and right to strike. It imposes a contract on these workers which they have not agreed to.

As a result, CUPE-OSBCU education workers across the province will be staging a walk-out on Friday to stand up for their rights and the terms they’re looking for in a new contract. In Toronto, they will be gathering at Queen’s Park to send a strong message to the government. If you’d like to stand in solidarity with them on Friday, please see the information below.

Picket Line to Support Education Workers
Friday, November 4, 2022 // 8am-3:30pm
Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St W