Category Archives: Local Interest

Environment Day (Reuse/Recycle/Dispose) – Apr. 28

Bring used or unwanted household items to the Community Environment Day event at Sorauren Park (along Wabash Ave.) South of Dundas St. W.

Pickup free compost, Kitchen Container ($5 each)

Donate School materials, Sporting goods, Books, Eyeglasses, Small household items, Textiles in good condition and Non-perishable foods.

Click HERE for more details.

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: 289 Sorauren Ave. (Sorauren Park)

Earth Hour Candlelight Walk – Mar. 24

TWO VILLAGES MEET – Parkdale Village and Roncesvalles Village

Annual Candlelight Walk in support of Climate Action. Show how we come together and help each other cope with blackouts and extreme weather.

GATHER 8:15  WALK 8:30

PARKDALE START: Parkdale Library – Queen and Cowan

RONCESVALLES START: Peace Garden – Roncesvalles and Dundas

END: Queensway Intersection – Queen/King/Roncesvalles

BRING YOUR OWN CANDLE AND MUG FOR HOT CHOCOLATE

CANCEL IF RAIN

Affordable Housing Options Info Session by PRA & PNLT – Mar. 14

Options for new affordable housing in Parkdale

Please join us for a Panel Discussion on the options for creating new affordable housing in Parkdale.

Toronto is experiencing a housing affordability crisis. Rents are skyrocketing, pricing low and middle income people our of their communities, while home-ownership is increasingly unattainable for the majority of Torontonians.

In Parkdale and beyond residents have demanded “affordable housing now!” This begs the question what options do we have for creating more affordable housing in Parkdale?

Panelists will provide an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of some of these options including: Cooperative Housing, Affordable Home Ownership, inclusionary zoning, non-profit rental housing and Community Land Trusts.
We will also discuss possible solutions.

Speakers:
Mercedes Sharp – Parkdale People’s Economy – What is affordable?
Anjala Kulasegaram – Cooperative Housing Federation of Toronto
ArtScape – Affordable Housing Ownership For Artists
Cheri DiNovo – Inclusionary Zoning – How will it create affordable housing for Parkdale

This information session is jointly presented by the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust. You can register HERE.
Date: Wed., March 14th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Avenue, May Robinson Auditorium

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)

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…

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.)