Join Councillor Perks on Tuesday, March 1st at 6:00 PM for a virtual/telephone information session for seniors and their caregivers!
In collaboration with the City of Toronto Senior Services & Long-Term Care Division, Councillor Perks will be hosting a webinar to provide seniors and caregivers information on services available in Ward 4 and across the City. Learn about dental care for low-income seniors, deferring your property taxes, HomeShare (student tenant) program, food access programs, caregiver supports, and much more! This event is open to any interested individuals!
Are you feeling a little disconnected from nature and the ecosystem you live within? Over at Mission Green Toronto, they feel the solution is improving green spaces within the city. They are a group of local youth who are determined to grow tree canopy cover in Parkdale.
Trees are indicators of a healthy ecosystem. Trees help absorb stormwater runoff and carbon and; provide green spaces for humans and critters in an urban environment. Having trees in a community has been proven to increase the quality of life on both an environmental and social dimension and; also property value. Trees help liven up that grey urban landscape.
Mission Green Toronto will be offering free tree-planting opportunities to Parkdalians, which includes the following services:
• Helping you decide which species is appropriate for the land (front, side, backyard, etc.)
• Host virtual town halls during the week of February 20th to help answer any questions or concerns
• Deliver, plant and watch the tree grow into strong community landmarks with your help
If you are interested in having a free tree planted on your front or backyard, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to them at: email@example.com.
You can now get a FREErapid testing kit for at-home use. Ontario will be distributing 5.5 million rapid antigen tests each week for eight weeks through pharmacy and grocery locations across the province, as well as through community partners in vulnerable communities. Here is a list of everywhere you can get free rapid tests. Use the search bar for a major street or store near you > https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use#locations.
We are extremely concerned to hear of at least the third major fire on Laxton Avenue in Parkdale within a 1 year period.
Laxton Avenue is a small street — approximately 210 meters long — south of Queen St. W. that runs east-west between Dowling Avenue and Jameson Avenue. There is a mix of houses on the street and low-to-mid rise apartment buildings.
In May 2021, there was a fire at the rooming house at 9 Laxton Avenue. Then on 2 December 2021, there was a fire at the Native Family Services residence at the northeast corner of Laxton Avenue and Dowling Avenue. Now, last night (17 January 2022), there was a fire at 4 Laxton Avenue. This is concerning for such a small street.
There have also been several major fires elsewhere in Parkdale, including the January 2021 fire which displaced 12 men from a rooming house at 24 Callender Street; several apartment building fires on and near Jameson Avenue; and a significant fire at the southwest corner of Dowling Avenue and King Street West in December 2019.
What is being done in terms of promoting fire prevention and fire safety in Parkdale?
City Council approved to lease the site at 11 Brock Ave. (at Noble St.) to a non-profit housing provider, yet to be determined, to develop and operate 40 affordable and supportive rental homes in a new 4-storey building.
The City and CreateTO have done additional due-diligence work on the site and they are now ready to proceed with the demolition of the existing building. Site activity will begin including construction crew and equipment on-site and installation of fencing mid-January.
On Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00 pm Councillor Perks will be hosting a virtualTown Hall on the 2022 Budget. He will be going over what is proposed, what is not, and how you can be involved. To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/Budgettownhall
As 2021 comes to an end, we want to thank you so much for supporting your community. This New Year’s Eve, the Executive from your Parkdale Residents Association wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy 2022. May it be a wonderful year for you.
We encourage you to give back to the community in any way that you can – whether it is donating non-perishable goods, volunteering in the community, or doing a good deed.
We wanted to share with you some of our highlights from 2021 that help build community…
Parkdale Hub Project (Queen W. & Cowan), West Queen West Area Study (Bathurst to Roncy), Parkdale Main Street Heritage District Study, new condo/rental developments along Queen West, King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection construction, Wabash Community Rec Centre development (Sorauren Park), Exhibition Place Master Plan, Ontario Place re-development, Laneway housing, greening Parkdale, affordable housing.
On December 14, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries is partnering with Infrastructure Ontario to host a virtual technical information session to share more information with the public on areas of work required to prepare the site for redevelopment.
At this upcoming Site Preparation Technical Information Session, the public will learn more about site preparation work that the province will be undertaking, including:
Environmental due diligence and approvals
Utility and site servicing replacement
Repairs to the Pods and Cinesphere
Design of the public realm
If you would like to join the Ministry’s event, here are the details: Date: December 14, 2021
Starting the week of November 8, Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Ave. will reopen to through traffic at the intersection of King Street West, The Queensway, Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Ave. (KQQR). Once reopened, King Street West will close from Queen Street West to Wilson Park Road to allow for Stage 2 construction work. Travel lanes will continue to be reduced on The Queensway from the KQQR intersection to Parkside Drive; however, a minimum of one shared travel lane in each direction will be maintained at all times.
You are invited to join Greenest City’s annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 17th in the Milky Way Community Garden (87 Milky Way – behind the Parkdale Library). The event starts at 3 PM. You can find out the itinerary for the day HERE.
For years, the Harvest Festival has been a way for Greenest City to gather with neighbours, partners, friends, families and otherwise plant-obsessed Autumn frolickers to celebrate the season and offer gratitude for all of the energy and inspiration gleaned from this vibrant community. As with most community events in recent times, this will be a little different than in previous years to ensure that everyone is following COVID safety guidelines.
To maintain safety, they are asking that folks bring their masks and maintain social distance. They will have a limited capacity at the event to ensure that they are not overcapacity.