All posts by Ric Amis

Toronto Review of Laneway Suites – Nov. 30

The City of Toronto is undertaking an initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across Toronto and East York areas of the City.

The City is holding a community consultation meeting at City Hall where you can learn more, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 100 Queen St. W. (Council Chamber)


King/Dufferin Condos approved at TEYCC Meeting

At the recent Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting on Tuesday Councillors approved the re-zoning application of Lifetime Developments projects at King/Dufferin. The application will now go to the next meeting of full City Council for final approval. Once approved anyone objecting to this approved re-zoning application will have 30-days to object to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

Here is a link to Gord Perks interview on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway and read this article at Inside Toronto.

Neighbourhood Assembly to Oppose Luxury Condos at King/Dufferin – Nov. 9

Lifetime Developments has proposed a 14-storey and 17-storey luxury condo development at the intersection of King and Dufferin. The developer is proposing to build 703 luxury residential units and 10 retail units. Councillor Gord Perks has negotiated $1.9 million in Section 37 to be allocated towards a neighbourhood rental housing fund.  Is this enough to address our current housing crisis. In Parkdale, tenants and local businesses are being priced out. Neighbourhood inequality is growing. Members and groups in the community are outraged by this proposal, and are organizing to say NO to this development.
Join your neighbours for a neighbourhood assembly to prepare a platform, sign up for public deputations, and start a letter-writing campaign for the upcoming Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on November 14th, 2017, where City Planning is recommending to approve the rezoning application for 1182-1221 King St W. This is our chance speak as a community. 
This is not Liberty Village. This is Parkdale. Let’s unite to say “Not in our Lifetime.”

Date: Thursday, November 9th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave (Basement)

Background Information:

Community Meeting for 1182 & 1221 King St. W. – Nov. 1

This is a follow-up Community Meeting to Lifetime Developments proposed development at 2-sites kitty-corner to each other at the intersection of Dufferin Street and King Street West. Councillor Perks is holding this meeting to review the developer’s revisions to the original application and to hear from community members. Councillor Perks will be joined by City Planner Kirk Hatcher and a representative from the development team.

City Planning will be submitting their Final Report on the 1182-1221 King St. W. Rezoning Application to the November 14th meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). If you are unable to attend the Community Meeting but are interested in further information, please contact the Councillor’s office at

Date: Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 171 Dunn Avenue at King St. W., Parkdale United Church basement

Community Meeting 57 Brock Ave. Development – Oct. 23

The developer Brock Seaforth Inc. of 57-65 Brock Avenue, is submitting a settlement proposal to Toronto City Council which will be considered on November 7, 2017.

The settlement proposal makes revisions to the original application to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear of 57 Brock Avenue. Details will be available at the community meeting.
Councillor Perks, City Planner Kirk Hatcher and representatives from Brock Seaforth Inc. will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information speak to the planner directly, contact Kirk Hatcher, at (416) 392-0481 or or email Councillor Gord Perks office at

Date: Monday, October 23rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Avenue, May Robinson Auditorium

Open House for 2280 Dundas St. W. Development – Oct. 14

Choice Properties is hosting Open House #2 for the re-development of 2280 Dundas Street West (south-east corner of Bloor St. West and Dundas St. West), and the official launch of the Community Idea Centre.  These two activities, Open House #2 and launching a Community Idea Centre, are to further engage the neighbourhood residents in conversations around the future of Bloor and Dundas (current location of the LCBO, Loblaws and old Zellers).
Great to see a developer consulting with the community early in the process.

Councillor Gord Perks will be giving opening remarks at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.

Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided at this family-friendly event. Please visit the project website for more information on Open House #1 (held in July) and to stay informed:

Date: Saturday Oct. 14th 
Time: 11:30 a.m. –  2:30 p.m
Place: 2280 Dundas St. W. (by LCBO and Loblaws)

Queen Street West Restaurant By-Law Survey

The Toronto City Planning staff are currently reviewing the Queen Street West Restaurant By-law, implemented in 2013, that limits the concentration of restaurants located on Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue (Areas A, B, C at 25% & Area D at 33%). In order to determine if the by-law is working properly or having any beneficial effect, the City is conducting a survey to collect the perspectives of residents and business owners.

The purpose of this By-law was to alleviate some of the issues created by restaurants which morph into late night drinking establishments including: excessive noise, public drunkenness, crowded sidewalks, garbage, traffic, and parking issues.

Additionally, this By-law was also to alleviate concerns that restaurants were pushing out other types of commercial uses which support the daily lives of the people living in the surrounding residential neighbourhood (i.e. services, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.).

Please complete the survey online at:

The deadline for the survey is Wednesday, October 18th. For further information contact Joanna Kimont via e-mail or her office at 416-392-7919.

Toronto Waterfront Summit – Oct. 27 & 28

You’re invited to Toronto’s first Waterfront Summit! This unique event will bring together stakeholders from across our city’s waterfront – from Etobicoke to Scarborough. Together, we will hear from thought-provoking speakers and work on solutions to urgent issues facing our waterfront.

Experts and organizations ranging from community groups to governmental and business interests will share their waterfront passions, goals, and stories in panel discussions and workshops. Together, we will strive to elevate civic engagement and shape the future of our waterfront.

The Waterfront Summit will take place at the modern and sustainable George Brown College waterfront campus. A detailed agenda and workshop sign-ups will be published soon. Don’t miss out on this special event. Reserve your spot today – RSVP!

Date: Friday Oct. 27th  and Saturday Oct. 28th
Time: Fri. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Place: 51 Dockside Drive (George Brown Waterfront Campus)

Milky Way Garden Design Reveal – Oct 7

Celebrate the successful purchase of Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) & Greenest City’s first piece of community-owned land and get a first-hand look at the 3-D model design!
Enjoy delectable hot chocolate and mulled cider, local fruits of the season, $2 samosas and momos plates of food.

Tours of Greenest City’s spaces and places


Date: Saturday, Oct.. 7th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Behind the Parkdale Library and 201 Cowan Ave.