All posts by Ric Amis

Community Consultation 1354-1360 Queen St. W. – June 6

KingSett Captial REIT plans a new 9-storey mixed-use building, including 117 new residential units, with retail/commercial at grade at 1354-1360 Queen St W was submitted to the City in 2020 and then appealed at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) formerly Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

The property is currently occupied by five buildings along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue. There are four two-storey retail and a three-storey mixed-use building along Queen Street West and Brock Avenue and one two-storey semi-detached building on Brock Avenue – 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue

City Council has directed the City Solicitor, together with City Planning staff, and other appropriate City staff, to attend the OLT in opposition to the proposed development.  

Further, the applicant has made a settlement offer to resolve the Appeal.   A Request of Directions Report to City Council will be prepared for the July 2022 City Council meeting with recommendations on the city’s response to the settlement offer. Prior to that report coming to City Council, Councillor Perks is holding a Virtual Community meeting to review the Settlement offer with the community.

Over seven years of Community meetings, Planning, Heritage and City Councillors’ involvement went into updating the current 14m (3-storey) height limit along Queen West to 20m (6-storeys). This developer is discounting all this public work. This property also sits to the North of Parkdale Village Town Square and the proposed Parkdale Hub project (at Queen & Cowan – Public Library, Community Centre, 1313 Queen, Green P parking).

Join a City Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to have an opportunity to review the original application against the settlement offer. City Planning and Heritage staff will be in attendance.

Date: Monday, June 6, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 PM
Place: Register for Webex event >

Community Meeting 340-376R Dufferin St. & 2 Melbourne Ave. – June 7

You are invited to attend a virtual community meeting to review Hullmark’s preliminary thoughts for a mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Dufferin Street and Melbourne Avenue (340-376R Dufferin Street and 2 Melbourne Avenue, collectively known as the ‘Radiator Complex’).

Hullmark will introduce a range of new uses and amenities to the site, including a new publicly accessible courtyard, community garden, and maker spaces. They look forward to hearing your thoughts about the long-term plans for the future of this site –

Pre-application Community Consultation Meeting – Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 6:30 PM (Virtual Meeting – Register here –

VOTE in the ADVANCE POLLS – May 19 to 28

The advance polls are open! Did you make your plan to vote?

Our advance polling locations in Parkdale–High Park are the following:



LITHUANIAN HOUSE @ 1573 BLOOR Street West – 10 AM to 8 PM


Candidate Name and Political Party

AGDUK, GUNES Communist

BARDEESY, KARIM Ontario Liberal Party

FREJLICH, MONIKA PC Party of Ontario



MACKLEM, PATRICK Green Party of Ontario

PESKETT, CRAIG Ontario Party


Webinars and Discounts on New Induction Stoves and Pedal Assist EBikes

Our neighbours at the Harbord Villiage Residents Association Net Zero Committee have the following:


The Net Zero committee has launched the Best Buy induction stove bulk buy, a money-saving program to green your home.

Free Induction Stoves Bulk Buy webinar: Tues., May 24 at 7 pm

Join the webinar to find out why induction stoves make as much sense for your kitchen as for the environment. Learn all about the Best Buy bulk buy details

Register for the webinar HERE


In partnership with neighbourhood bike shops, the Net Zero committee has launched an e-bike promotion

Free E-Bike Promotion webinar: Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm

Whether you are interested in retrofitting your current bike, renting an e-bike, or buying your own, join the webinar to learn about the options and promotion details.

Register for the webinar HERE

Free Yoga in Bandshell Park!

Exhibition Place has partnered with 10XTO and Hotel X Toronto to provide FREE Community Yoga classes for community members.

Every Wednesday from May 25th – June 29th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Bandshell Park – 100 Prince Edward Island Crescent.
View the schedule below & remember to bring your yoga mat!

Sign up HERE.

Apply Now: Parkdale Community Gardens

There are 7+ community and pollinator gardens in Parkdale.

The following community gardens currently have plots available for Parkdale community members:

• Melbourne Parkette Garden

• Bonnie Storr

• St Joe’s Community

• West Lodge Community

You can learn about more community gardens in Parkdale on the Co-Design Parkdale map (, which has more details about each garden. Toggle on the right bar where it says Community Gardens, and they will appear on the map. If you are a gardener in Parkdale and would like to connect with other gardeners, please contact

Cultural Districts Program Survey

In response to community-based advocacy, the City of Toronto is moving ahead with the creation of a Cultural Districts Program. By bringing together resources, policy and new approaches, the Cultural Districts Program is intended to maintain the local culture of Toronto’s unique and vibrant communities while welcoming new community members and cultural expressions. Please take this brief Cultural Districts Program Citywide Survey and let them know what your priorities are for equitable and vibrant cultural districts like Parkdale.

CNE’s Invasion Redux Exhibition – April 21 – May 29

Renowned Ukrainian artists, Mykola Zhuravel and Daria Tishchenko Zhuravel witnessed firsthand the turmoil and uprising that led to the ouster of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich during the 2014 Revolution, and the ongoing political tensions that have reached a boiling point with Russia’s hostile attack on Ukraine.

The multi-media exhibition poignantly transforms their memories of the uprising and its aftermath into vivid abstract portrayals – artworks, sculpture, photography and film – that encapsulate what it is like to live in the shadow of a hostile giant.

Throughout the Toronto exhibition, both Mykola Zhuravel and Daria Tishchenko Zhuravel will be working as Artists in Residence at the CNE’s Withrow Common Gallery. Guests can observe “art-in-the-making” as the two artists work on pieces.

Date: April 21 to May 29, 2022
Time: Thursdays & Fridays: 6 pm to 9 pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 12 pm to 5 pm
Location: 200 Princes’ Blvd., Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place

Tickets are pay what you can on Thursdays and Fridays and $15 + HST on Saturdays and Sundays. Net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the UN Refugee Agency (Canada): Ukraine Emergency. Tickets are available HERE or in person at the gallery.  

Invasion Redux will be featured as a part of Doors Open Toronto with free admission on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.