Toronto 2015 Community Budget Meeting

A Community Budget Meeting with Councillor Gord Perks and Councillor Sarah Doucette .

You are invited to participate in a Ward 14 and Ward 13 round table discussion on the 2015 City of Toronto Budget. This evening is an opportunity to examine the City Budget with your neighbours and begin a conversation about delivering and funding services with the 2015 City Budget.

Date: Thursday, January 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1515 Bloor St. W., 3rd Floor Staff Room – Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School

Pan Am / ParaPan Am Games and Traffic/Transportation

The Pan/ParaPan Am Games are only 6 months away. What’s going to happen in our little corner of the City and what is the impact on our daily lives?

The Pan AM Games take place from July 10 to 26. The ParaPan Am Games are Aug. 7 to 14.
The Games are expected to draw 7,500 athletes, 23,000 volunteers, 4,000 members of the media and 1.4-million spectators.

There will be road closures to CNE/Exhibition grounds, Lakeshore Blvd., Queensway, Ellis Avenue, Parkside Drive to name a few. In some situations you will not have access to the street or to homes on the street.

Here is some reading material from The Star, GlobalNews and Hamilton Spectator. The Toronto Police have a document titled Road Event Road Closures that outlines in more detail the where and when. You can contact them at for more information.

Education Town Hall Meeting – Parkdale–High Park

Interested in public education issues at the elementary level? As Parkdale grows, so does the TDSB student enrollment. Here from quest speakers about how the TDSB is adapting with redevelopment intensification and what are some possible changes that may come as our community grows.

• What are enrollment numbers at the different schools?
• How are decisions made to accommodate growth?
• How is funding allocated and where does it come from?

Families and community members living in the catchment areas of Fern Ave. PS, Garden Ave. PS, Howard Jr. PS, Parkdale PS, Queen Victoria PS are encouraged to attend and bring questions on public education issues.

Join Provincial MPP Cheri DiNovo, MPP Peter Tubans, TDSB Ward 7 Trustee Robin Pilkey and Krista Wylie with Fix our Schools.

Date: Thursday, January 22nd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St. W. (at Cowan Ave.) – Parkdale Library Auditorium

Upgrades to Albert Crosland Parkette

You are invited to a community meeting to discuss concept designs for Albert Crosland Parkette on Fuller Avenue just North of Queens Street. Join Toronto City Parks staff, Councilor Gord Perks and your neighbours in helping to make this parkette a more welcoming place for residents.

Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. – May Robinson auditorium

West Queen West Planning Study – Walking Tour ON AGAIN!

City Planning staff are conducting a study of Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. Join your neighbours for a walking tour of Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue.

Let City Planning staff hear your thoughts and ideas during the walk through our neighbourhood. This will help inform the direction and objectives for the study. Please come out and join your neighbours.

Date: Saturday, November 8th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Parkdale Amphitheatre, northwest corner of Queen Street West and
Dufferin Street

For more information click here.

Ward 14 Candidates for Councillor & School Trustees • VOTE! •

October 27th is election day in Toronto. Below is a list of all the candidates running in Parkdale/High Park area. For more information on voters registration, advance voting, polling station locations and more information on each individual candidate click here.

Ward 14  Parkdale/High Park – candidates for Councillor are:

Charmain Emerson
Tim Kirby
Gus Koutroumanos
Andreas Marouchos

Gord Perks
Jimmy Talpa

Toronto District School Board – Parkdale/High Park – Candidates

English Public School Board
Gordon Foster
Jeffrey Freeman
Jim Henderson
Noel Kent
Robin Pikey
Marcela Saitua

Linda Torry

English Catholic School Board
Edith Pearson,
Barbara Poplawski

Ralph Tassone

French Public School Board
Jean-Francois L’Heureux

French Catholic School Board
Nathalie Bedros,
Marie Fontin

Robert Siani

Ward 14 – Councillor & Trustee Debate

The Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA) is holding a Ward 14 Councillor and School Trustee debate. The RMRA’s meeting is divided into 2 halves.

The 1st half will be a debate for the Councillor candidates (4) who they have been able to contact and invite. The debate will run from 7 to 8 PM

The 2nd half will be a debate for the Public (5) and Catholic (1) trustee candidates who they have been able to contact and invite.

There are important education issues that need attention, that is why they are having the trustee candidates included in their debate program. It will begin at 8 PM so that people may also attend the boundary meeting at Garden PS starting at 6:30 PM – click here for more info. That meeting ends at 7:30 PM allowing enough time to move over to Fern PS and the RMRA debate.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
7:00 — 9:00 PM
Fern Public School  (in the cafeteria)
128 Fern Avenue

2014 Municipal Election – Mayoral Candidates Town Hall

Please join us on Wednesday, October 15th for a Town Hall meeting of the leading candidates for Mayor of Toronto.  The PRA will be co-hosting this event along with the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) and the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA).

Olivia ChowJohn Tory, Doug Ford and Ari Goldkind will be in attendance.

The event will be a town hall format rather than a debate:

5:30 PM – pre-candidate civic engagement “how-to”, for those in the community who are new to the municipal election process.

6:00 – 8:00 PM – Mayoral Candidates Town Hall – each candidate will in turn have 20 minutes to present their platforms and take questions from the audience.

Please note the event location:  PARC, 1499 Queen Street West