Category Archives: Meetings

All-Candidates Meeting – May 30

The Parkdale Residents Association is hosting a Provincial All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from all the political parties running candidates for election in the Parkdale-High Park riding. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in the Ontario Legislature.

Date: Wednesay, May 30th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 250 Dunn Ave. (Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church)

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

What’s in it for Parkdale? WORKSHOP – Oct. 27

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Join us for a panel discussion and workshop on the ways in which residents can influence the development process. Presented by a collaboration between the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust and Parkdale Residents Association.

Big development is coming to Parkdale. In the past year, 4 large condo buildings (totaling over 900 luxury units) have been proposed in Parkdale. While residents demand affordable housing and community spaces, these projects offer zero community benefits! This begs the question: what’s in it for Parkdale? How can we assure low-income and vulnerable community members are beneficiaries rather than the victims of neighbourhood development?
Speakers include community leaders from Kensington Market, Ossington and West Queen West, who have successfully fought and won community benefits for their neighbourhoods.

Guest Speakers:

Dominique Russell – Friends of Kensington – http://friendsofkensingtonmarket.ca/
Michelle Gay – Active 18 – http://www.active18.net/
Charles Campbell – Active 18 – http://www.active18.net/
Steven Wood – Active 18 – http://www.active18.net/

Jessica Wilson and Benj Hellie – Ossington Community Association – https://ossingtoncommunity.wordpress.com/

Date: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. South Entrance (Church of the Epiphany & St. Mark)

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-in-it-for-parkdale-a-workshop-on-how-residents-can-influence-big-development-tickets-28507163694

PRA Information Session – Dec. 15th

We’re having a meeting to discuss the future of the Parkdale Resident’s Association (PRA).  In particular we are holding this meeting for anyone interested in joining the PRA executive committee.  If you are passionate about civic engagement, and are interested in helping steer the future of our neighbourhood, we are hoping that you will join us in this informational session.  We are hoping to increase our influence in how our neighbourhood is shaped and need new members.  We meet once a month.

There is a lot happening in our village. Do you have any ideas about how Parkdale should be shaped?  Consider volunteering with us.  Some of the ongoing topics in our village are:
  • Open Space & Parks
  • Cycling & Transportation
  • Affordable Housing
  • Historical preservation & Architecture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Public safety
Lots is happening, be a part of transforming Parkdale into a better place for you and your neighbours. On the agenda is updates on the:
  • Queen West Street Study (PRA Study + update)
  • Results – Parkdale Neighbourhood Survey
  • Exhibition Place (AKA CNE grounds) & Muzik
  • UofT students parks space study – Parkdale

This is an opportunity for you to get involved and contribute to making Parkdale a better place to live / work.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15th
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave., May Robinson Auditorium

Federal All Candidates Meeting – Sept. 29th

HOW WILL YOU VOTE?

Come meet the Federal candidates running in the Parkdale–High Park riding. This is your opportunity to question the candidates on matters that are important to you AND hear their vision for our community.

Federal election day is on Monday, October 19th, 2015. Advance polling runs from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th. Click here for voter information.

Date: Tuesday, September 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Avenue – Fern Avenue Public School

Co-Hosted by the Roncesvalles Macdonnell Residents Association and the Parkdale Residents Association 

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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

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

West Queen West Study – Roncy to Bathurst

City Planning staff are undertaking a study to review the built form standards and heritage character of the properties on both sides of Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Avenue  to Bathurst Street. The study will also look at transit capacity and parking in the vicinity of the study area, focus on understanding the character of the street and creating a vision for future development.

Please join local residents for this public meeting where you can learn more about this study, ask questions, and share your comments and ideas.

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
6:30 — 9:00 PM
Parkdale Library Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West

Ontario Election: Parkdale All-Candidates Debate – Wednesday May 28th

Meet the candidates running for office to represent you in the Ontario Legislature and hear about their party platforms.

  • Cheri DiNovo – Ontario NDP/NPD (www.reelectcheri.ca)
  • Jamie Ellerton – PC Party of Ontario (www.Ellerton.ca)     Note:  Declined the invitation
  • Nancy Leblanc – Ontario Liberal Party (www.nancyleblanc.ca)
  • Timothy Rudkins – Green Party of Ontario (www.rudkins.ca)

Please join us at our next residents association general meeting on
Wednesday, May 28th from 7-9 pm,
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue.