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Town Hall on Indigenous Reconciliation – Jan. 18

Our Federal MP Arif Virani is holding a Town Hall meeting to discuss nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples. Arif will be assisting the Minister of Heritage in his role as Parliamentary Secretary with one key part of reconciliation – working to co-develop Canada’s first-ever Indigenous Languages Legislation with Indigenous partners. Come out to learn more about nation building.

Date: Thurs., Jan. 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: 214 Wright Ave.  (Roncesvalles United Church)

6 Noble Street Development Community Meeting – Jan. 22

The developer of 6 Noble St. has submitted a settlement proposal to the City of Toronto with revisions to the original application. City Planning along with a number of City departments will now review the Settlement Offer and provide their feedback.

Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting to review the revisions to the original application with community members. 

Of note, revisions include the height of the building which has been reduced from 14-storeys (51.3 m including mechanical penthouse) to 8-storeys (32.3 m including mechanical penthouse); no non-residential uses are proposed. The non-residential gross floor area and the live-work units have been replaced with townhouse units. This ZERO non-residential space means no accomodation for Pia Bouman School.

Date: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen St West (Parkdale Library, basement auditorium)

 

 

New 24-hour Winter Respite Service for Women in Parkdale

A new program, providing 24 hour services for women experiencing homelessness who need warm and safe refuge from Toronto’s winter weather opens in Parkdale at the Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark’s, 201 Cowan Avenue, just south of Queen St West.

You are invited to a Community Open House to welcome the program, meet staff and ask any questions you may have.

Donations or volunteers to the program are welcome. Please contact Stewart King, Program Manager, directly at stewart_king@can.salvationarmy.org,  647-302-5752.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: 201 Cowan Avenue, south of Queen St West (Sanctuary Space, Church of Epiphany and St. Mark’s)

Co-Ownership Housing Workshop – Jan. 25

Co-buying is becoming an increasingly common means of accessing the real estate market for those who might otherwise not be able to afford a house of their own. A house co-purchased with friends, acquaintances or family members can have segregated living spaces with all the privacy of apartment style living. Others might structure their co‑ownership with communal living ideals in mind – complete with shared household responsibilities. No matter how you do it, there are many considerations that go into co-buying a home.

Join a discussion on what it takes to make housing co-ownership work.
Register for FREEHERE.

Panellists:
Safia J. Lakhani and Lauren Blumas
Lawyers, Iler Campbell LLP
Lesli Gaynor
Sales Representative with the Fridman Team
Forest Hill Real Estate Inc.
Lesley Tenaglia
Mortgage Agent – License # M10002427
Ultimate Mortgage and Finance Solutions Inc.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Place: 720 Bathurst St. Ground Floor (CSI Annes “The Garage”)

Sign Petition To Make South Parkdale Streets Safer

Over the last 10 years there have been 9 pedestrian and cyclists hit by cars on King Street between Dowling and Dufferin. These numbers include 3 deaths.

It has been almost 2 months since the cyclist tragedy at King and Cowan. A number of community members have been reaching out to councilors (Gord Perks), the Toronto Police Service, family and friends to work on ideas on how to make our streets safer for everyone in the future. It was suggested to start a petition to show local residents support for these changes. We can never allow a tragedy like this happen again in our neighbourhood.

Please share widely from the Change.org site.

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-s-office-city-of-toronto-mak…

Dundas & Roncesvalles Planning Study Consultation – Dec. 4

City Planning staff are conducting a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue. City Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvements. Here is a link to review the past staff presentation of the Planning study: https://goo.gl/q2u6NS

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to councillor_perks@toronto.ca and Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: 116 Fermanagh Avenue, St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium)

6 Noble St. OMB Hearing – Dec. 12

The developer of 6 Noble St. originally proposed a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

As you might know, the developer appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A pre-hearing conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 10 AM.   The purpose of the pre-hearing is to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the OMB Hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.  If you have concerns with the development proposal, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

City Planning staff and the developer have also continued to work to find a suitable proposal for the site.  The ‘without prejudice’ discussions between City staff and the developer allows for exploration of possible changes that might result in an agreement without offers or counter offers being made public. I am not involved in these discussions.

City Legal were informed that the developer will be making a revised ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer very soon. A ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer will be a public document. If available, it will be shared at the December 12th pre-hearing.

It is the Councillor’s practice to share details of any ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer prior to it being considered by City Council either through email or, if time permits, at a community meeting.

At this time, the developer has agreed not to seek a Hearing date at the pre-hearing conference. Instead, they will seek a second pre-hearing in April, 2018 which could be converted into a settlement hearing if a settlement is reached.

It is important that anyone with an interest in this matter attend the OMB pre-hearing on Tuesday Dec 12th, notwithstanding the fact that no Hearing date is to be scheduled. This will allow community members to be made parties or participants and be a part of any proceeding should a settlement fail to occur.

For more information please contract Councillor Perks office – Meri.Newton@toronto.ca.

Date: December 12th
Time: 10:00 AM
Place: OMB, 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street (2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.)

Parkdale’s Pia Bouman School 32nd Nutcracker – Dec. 15-17

Parkdale’s Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement presents their 32nd annual Nutcracker, Dec 15-17. This Nutcracker has an all-children cast & is wonderful for families. It’s also the main fundraiser for their bursary program for children that wouldn’t otherwise be able to take dance lessons.

Tickets are available at piaboumanschool.org/nutcracker.

Date: December 15 to 17th
Time: Afternoon and Evening performances
Place: 280 Quebec Ave. (Humberside Collegiate Institute – Lismer Hall)

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City screening at Revue – Nov. 29

Jane Jacobs has inspired more than one generation to take action in defence of the neighbourhoods they value.  See the origin story of the activist who later came to Toronto and whose work here is honored every year in scores of Jane’s Walks.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City will be screened on Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 PM at the Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles
You can view the Citizen Jane trailer here

A portion of the proceeds benefit the High Park Community Alliance, which faces an OMB hearing over proposals to add six new towers and 1700 units to a two-block area that is already one of Toronto’s most densely populated neighbourhoods.

To buy tickets online for this exciting community event, please click on the link below:
https://citizenjanehpca.eventbrite.ca
Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.

Look forward to seeing you there!
www.highparkcommunityalliance.com