March 2017 E-Newsletter

Dear neighbours,

Happy Spring! With spring weather on the horizon, our parks are set to welcome you for a new season of fun and activity. I am hosting my annual Ward 18 Easter Egg hunt on Saturday April 15, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm at Dufferin Grove Park and I hope you and your family can attend! In addition to hunting for easter eggs and chocolates, we will have face-painting, dancing, arts & crafts and more! In order to ensure that we have enough treats for everyone, I am asking that you pre-register by clicking here or the link below and let us know how many children will be participating in the egg hunt in the "How many other people are you bringing" box in the registration form. I hope to see you and your family there!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WARD 18 EASTER EGG HUNT

Earlier this month, we celebrated International Women's Day in recognition of the advancements and achievements women have made across the world. As your Toronto City Councillor, I am honoured to work daily with so many strong, talented and enthusiastic women, many of whom I am happy to called my close friends and neighbours. While we have made important progress across our society to advance fairness and equity for all, there remains work to be done and I will continue to join with you, our community and all who fight for women's rights and equity across the globe.

I also joined with students at St. Sebastian Elementary School to hear their ideas for how a community hub at Bloor and Dufferin could serve our community and future generations. You can view their passionate ideas for a vibrant community landmark by clicking here. Thank you to all the students and staff for sharing your enthusiasm and passion with me! The developers of the Bloor-Dufferin Redevelopment site are holding a pre-application open house on April 13, 2017 between 4pm and 8pm at Bloor CI to discuss their ideas for the site and I encourage you to attend and share your input with them.

There are several other meetings and events coming up this month including a Galleria Mall Public Consultation Community Meeting, taking place on Thursday March 23, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St), a community consultation for a townhouse development proposal at 1025 Dupont, a Bloordale Dance Party and more! I hope you can attend and I look forward to seeing you at some of these meetings, events and at our annual Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt! 

Sincerely,

 

Ana Bailão
City Councillor
Ward 18, Davenport

Local Updates

Bloor Dufferin Community Hub Survey and Meeting Summaries

As you may be aware, on December 8, 2016, the Province of Ontario announced $20M in funding to support a new high school and a community hub at the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Redevelopment Site. To support the community to identify priorities and goals for a Community Hub, the City and Province invited community based organizations to form an independent, voluntary, and time limited "Community Hub Visioning Group". The Visioning Group was established to meet the following objectives:

  1. Ensure that community groups are meaningfully engaged in the planning for a potential Bloor-Dufferin community hub; and
  2. Develop a vision and governance and service framework for a potential community hub at Bloor-Dufferin.

The Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub Visioning Group process is being run by an independent facilitator and is being supported by City and Provincial staff. I am pleased to share with you three important pieces of information in this community update:

  • Visioning Group Community Survey (Open until March 25, 2017)
  • Meeting Summary from the February 6, 2017 Public Information Session
  • Visioning Group Meeting Summaries

I look forward to sharing more information with you as I receive it from the Visioning Group. To read my previous updates on the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands, please click here.

I am also asking that you "save the date" for a pre-application community open house meeting that is being organized by the developer of this site that will take place on Thursday April 13, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm at Bloor CI (1141 Bloor St W). This meeting will focus on the future mixed use development of the entire site and I will be sharing more details as they become available.

Community Survey Open Until March 25, 2017

The Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub Visioning Group will work from February-April 2017 to prepare a preliminary Vision for the Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub. This is intended to include: identifying priority community needs and interests; a proposed focus for the hub, programming options and a proposed governance model. The Vision will be based on community feedback collected from prior meetings, new community and stakeholder consultations, and research about hubs in other places.

To gather more input, the Visioning Group is asking for your participation in an online community survey. The survey will be open until March 25, 2017. I encourage you to participate as soon as possible. To fill out the survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HubVisioning

Public Information Session Meeting Summary

At my urging, the City of Toronto hosted a public information session on February 6, 2017 to discuss next steps for envisioning a Community Hub for the Bloor-Dufferin Revitalization Site. The meeting was a great opportunity to hear about the process, next steps for developing a community hub vision for Bloor-Dufferin, how the local community can be engaged, and to receive initial ideas from residents about how the community hub and how it should work. City staff have prepared a summary of the meeting that you can download by clicking here.

Visioning Group Meeting Summaries

Please click the titles below to download the meeting summaries from the February 7 and 21, 2017 Visioning Group meetings:

February 7, 2017 Visioning Group Meeting Summary and Terms of Reference

February 21, 2017 Visioning Group Meeting Summary, Development and Planning Presentations to the Visioning Group

Please click the titles below to download the meeting summaries from the March 7, 2017 Visioning Group meeting:

March 7, 2017 Visioning Group Meeting Summary

March 7, 2017 Visioning Group Meeting Background Materials

640 Lansdowne Update 

Last November, I hosted a community meeting to discuss our community's vision and priorities for the vacant TTC lands at 640 Lansdowne Ave. As you may know, the 1/3rd of the site closest to Lansdowne Ave is zoned for mixed use development while the remaining 2/3rds are zoned for employment uses.

At the community meeting and in other communications from residents, I have heard from many of you that our neighbourhood would like to see:

  1. Low to Mid-Rise Seniors Housing on the Mixed-Use Lands
  2. Green Space for a Park on a Portion of the Employment Lands
  3. Support Services for Seniors and/or Artist Spaces on the Employment Lands

I have listened to the community and these suggestions will form the basis of the City's approach to these lands with respect to future development. I will be ensuring that there will be plenty of public consultation in the future and will work hard to ensure that any development fits within the character and addresses the needs of our community.

What’s On at Library Branches in Our Ward

To help keep you informed about what’s going on at library branches in your ward, Toronto Public Library has created a quarterly list of upcoming events at Bloor/Gladstone and Perth/Dupont Branches in Ward 18. To view the list of events coming up this April - June, 2017, please click here.

Events

Galleria Mall Public Consultation Community Meeting - Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St) - Thursday March 23, 2017 from 6:30pm

The City of Toronto is holding a statutory public consultation community meeting on March 23, 2017 beginning at 6:30pm at the Galleria Mall (1245 Dupont St) to discuss the redevelopment application proposal submitted for the Galleria Mall. This marks the beginning of community consultations through the formal application review process which is conducted and overseen by City staff. This is the start of a long conversation regarding this proposal and I am sure there will be numerous opportunities to participate and share your input so that your voice is heard on this important matter. 

Dandelion Co-op Dance Party - Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Rd) - Saturday March 25, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm

Dandelion Co-op Daycare is holding a dance party in support of their non-profit childcare services!

1025 Dupont Planning Application Community Consultation Meeting - Casa Do Alentejo (1130 Dupont St) - April 6, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

The City of Toronto is hosting a community meeting to discuss the development application submission for 1025 Dupont St. The applicant is proposing to construct seven 4-storey townhouse units on the currently vacant lot. You can learn more about this application and view the architectural plans by clicking here.

Bloordale Dance Party - Bar Neon (1226 Bloor St W) - Saturday April 8, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm

Bloordale CIA is hosting a kids' dance party on Saturday, April 8 from 1 pm - 5 pm at Bar Neon. Drink and food specials! Door prizes for the kids! Dance contests for great prizes from The Emerson, Dead Dog Records, Yoga Yoga and the Bloordale BIA!

Still only $2 entry for the kids (includes a juice box) and parents/caregivers get in free! Do you have a song request? Email BloordaleCIA@gmail.com!

Bloor Dufferin Pre-Application Open House - Thursday April 13, 2017 drop in between 4pm and 8pm

The purchasers of the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands, Capital Developments and Metropia are in the early stages of planning for the revitalization of the southwest block of Bloor & Dufferin. They are hosting a drop-in Open House on Thursday April 13, 2017 between 4pm and 8pm in the Cafeteria at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W) to introduce themselves, meet with you, share their initial thinking for the site and to listen to your ideas. 

Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt 2017 - Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St) - Saturday April 15, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm

With the trees budding and April flowers sprouting, its time to get ready for the my annual Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt! This is a great family oriented event where I encourage you to bring your kids to hunt for easter eggs in the park. With chocolates, arts & crafts, dancing face painting and more, this year's egg-citing Hunt is a great way shake off the winter chills and have some fun the kids. In order to ensure that we have enough treats for everyone, I am asking that you register by clicking here, or the link below, and letting us know how many children will be attending with you in the "How many other people are you bringing" box in the registration form. I hope to see you and your family there!

PLEASE REGISTER HERE FOR WARD 18 EASTER EGG HUNT

City Updates

Laneway Suites Consultation Summary Report Released

I have been working with my colleague, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York), Evergreen, and Lanescape to advance the idea of building laneway suites in Toronto. Over the fall and winter, we held three public consultations and hosted an online survey to discuss the opportunities and viability for laneway suites in Toronto. The team findings from the three meetings we held have been released and demonstrate that residents across the city are interested in seeing how laneway suites could be part of Toronto’s future.

Over 400 people in Ward 18 and across the city participated through the in-person and interactive consultation meetings. The goals of the consultations were to discuss the potential for laneway suites locally, explain the provincial and municipal policy context, and collect community input regarding the uses of laneways and design considerations for what laneway suites could look like in Toronto.

Participants identified a number of important ideas related to sustainable design, reducing red-tape, flexible design guidelines, parking considerations and integration with public realm. Residents also raised several questions that the team is working hard to address. The team is also working with City Divisions to discuss technical requirements and are meeting with City Councillors in the Toronto and East York District to seek additional feedback before bringing forward a report and performance standards to the Toronto and East York Community Council this spring/summer. 

In addition to the meeting we held in Ward 18 in November, meetings were hosted in Ward 32 and at a citywide conversation held at the Evergreen Brick Works. You can view the detailed findings in the report which can be downloaded at: https://www.evergreen.ca/our-impact/cityworks/housing/laneway-suites/.

The online survey has thus far received over 2,000 responses and is still open for Torontonians to provide their feedback on laneway suites. If you haven't yet had and opportunity to complete it, I encourage you to share your feedback at http://www.lanescape.ca/survey.

Residential Infill Strategy Update

I am pleased to share the City of Toronto has launched a new website that provides easy to follow resources for anyone engaged in renovating or constructing a home in an established neighbourhood: toronto.ca/infill. Residents are encouraged to visit the site and download the Good Neighbour Guide for Residential Infill Construction. The guide outlines requirements and best practices, as well as communication tips to help everyone involved move smoothly through the project.

News Clippings

Toronto councillors call for province to protect tenants from rent increases - Metronews 

Can anything be done to cool Toronto's hot rental market? - CBC News

TTC taking all streetcars off Queen St. for the summer - Toronto Star

Not-for-profit group helps people achieve home-ownership despite record prices - City News

Laneway living gets a new push in Toronto - Toronto Star

Renovation options revealed for field house at MacGregor Playground - Bloor West Villager

Code Red: U of T planning laneway homes pilot project by next year - Metronews

Toronto pioneer mostly forgotten - Toronto Star

Toronto has outgrown provincial oversight: Opinion - Toronto Star

No Fixed Address: These are the stories that defined renting in Toronto - CBC News

Public Mostly Enthusiastic for Laneway Housing in Toronto - Urban Toronto

Public consultations reveal support for permitting laneway housing - CP24

Code Red: Toronto residents want more laneway suites, survey shows - Metronews

Laneway housing a step closer to reality after community consultations - CBC News

Why fixing housing is the best medicine: Ana Bailao - Metronews

Public Consultations

Upcoming consultations and survey on short-term rentals (Airbnb)

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey. The term "short-term rental" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

An online survey will be launched on March 28 and will be able to be found at: www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

Public Meetings
Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be livestreamed)

Stormwater Charge: Residential Public Consultation Meetings

Residential public consultations for the stormwater charge are ongoing to April 4, with the online survey set to
close on April 7.

City staff will host five more formal presentations and a few more informal pop-ups across the city. The
formal presentations will allow staff to share detailed information on the proposal and will be followed
by a Q&A with subject matter experts. The pop-up sessions are direct community outreach that will
create further awareness of the stormwater charge and encourage the public to visit the website to
learn more and provide feedback. You can find these session dates and locations here, which include:

  • Monday, March 20, East York Civic Centre
  • Thursday, March 23, Etobicoke Civic Centre
  • Tuesday, March 28, York Civic Centre
  • Thursday, March 30, Metro Hall, Rotunda (4-9 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, April 4, North York Civic Centre

Events start at 6 p.m. (except where noted otherwise) and presentations begin at 7 p.m.

More information is available at toronto.ca/stormwatercharge including:

  • Full details and information about the proposed stormwater charge
  • An online survey to allow for public feedback
  • Examples of how the proposed stormwater charge could impact water bills
  • A full list of the categories and tiers for the proposed
  • A full listing of the public consultation dates and location

Survey for next Toronto Seniors Strategy extended - open until April 15, 2017

The City of Toronto and community partners would like your input into the development of the next Toronto Seniors Strategy – Version 2.0" – to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city.

To provide input, please complete the online survey at: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/tss/

City of Toronto consulting with public to review tow truck regulations

The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of tow truck regulations to address a number of issues raised by the industry, stakeholders and the public. The review includes an examination of towing and storage rates, driver service, charging and billing practices, towing practices and consumer protection related to the industry. The public is invited to attend a consultation meeting to review and comment on proposed changes to the tow truck bylaw. Staff are expected to report on the consultation findings to the Licensing and Standards Committee in June 2017. 

Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Rooms 308/309  

For more information about the review, visit http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

Important Notices

Open Call for Jane's Walk Leaders - May 5th, 6th, & 7th Jane's Walk Festival

If you have a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood, then Jane’s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation in your community!

Jane’s Walk is a global movement of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. Organizing a Jane’s Walk is easy. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places, people and ideas you want to hear and talk about, and then posting it online at janeswalk.org/toronto. Learn more at www.janeswalk.org

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