Davenport Community Briefing - December 2nd

Dear Neighbours,

Local Updates & Local Public Meetings

Davenport Holiday Community Skating Party... and Vaccine Clinic! (December 5th)

On Sunday December 5th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, come enjoy the holiday music, hot drinks, and festive spirit at our Holiday Community Skating Party at Earlscourt Park Skating Rink!

We also have received a big surprise -- this event will happen alongside a Kids Vaccination Clinic at the JJP Community Centre from 10:30am-5:00pm! Santa and his team have brought vaccines for all eligible individuals, whether you are a kid aged 5-11 years old, or an adult who is eligible for your 1st, 2nd, or booster dose. Come out for this exciting walk-in clinic, visit Santa, and get vaccinated before you skate!

In the spirit of the Holiday Season, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to our local food bank at Oasis Dufferin Community Centre.

RSVP at www.anabailao.com/holiday_community_skate 

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics (Kids Age 5-11, Booster Shots & 1st/Second Doses!)

Aside from our Community Vaccination Clinic at the Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre this Sunday, over the next few weeks, a number of walk-in and booked vaccination clinics will be coming right here to our community in Davenport! Now that everyone aged 5 years and older is eligible to be vaccinated, these clinics can take place just in time for our upcoming holiday celebrations.

Eligibility for booster doses is currently as follows:

  • Vulnerable Adults (65+) in Congregate Settings
  • Older Adults (70+) in the community
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis Adults
  • Health Care Workers and Essential Caregivers who have direct in-person contact with patients
  • Anyone who got a complete vaccination series of a viral vector vaccine (e.g., two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of Janssen)

Chronological order of these clinics, followed by their posters:

  • Dec 3rd - 12:00pm-3:30pm - 1st/2nd Dose (age 12+) - South Asian Women's Centre (800 Lansdowne Ave Unit 1)
  • Dec 3rd - 10:00am - 5:00pm - 1st/2nd & Booster Dose - York-Fairbank Centre for Seniors (2213 Dufferin St)
  • Dec 4th - 9:00am - 4:00pm - 1st/2nd & Booster Dose - York-Fairbank Centre for Seniors (2213 Dufferin St)
  • Dec 7th - 3:30pm - 8:00pm - Kids 5-11 Years Old - Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd)
  • Dec 9th - 10:00am - 3:30pm - 1st/2nd & Booster Dose - Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd)
  • Dec 12th - 10:00am - 6:00pm - Kids 5-11 Years Old - City of Toronto Toronto Kids Vaccine Day (Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay St)
  • Dec 14th - 3:30pm - 8:00pm - Kids 5-11 Years Old - Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd)
  • Dec 16th - 10:00am - 3:30pm - 1st/2nd & Booster Dose - Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd)
  • Dec 17th - 12:00pm-3:30pm - 1st/2nd Dose (age 12+) - South Asian Women's Centre (800 Lansdowne Ave Unit 1)

To book with Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre, please visit here

Keele - St. Clair Local Area Study

The November 25th Planning and Housing Committee agenda saw long-awaited draft Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study report discussed. Once finalized, this plan will guide growth and development in the area for decades into the future. The goal is to develop a complete community that includes employment/jobs, more housing, parks, daycares, agency spaces and other social and physical infrastructure that growing communities need. These improvements will track closely along with the planned transportation infrastructure improvements approved through the St. Clair Avenue West Area Transportation Master Plan. To inform this important work, Virtual Community Consultation Meetings were held in 2020-2021. A final community consultation meeting will take place in early February. For details about the study and to keep tabs on upcoming meetings, visit toronto.ca/keelestclair. For the full report, see here.


Creation of the Cultural Districts Program - Little Jamaica

In order to best maintain and evolve Toronto’s identity and international reputation as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, City Council approved the creation of a Cultural Districts Program in Toronto at its November 2021 meeting. A Cultural Districts Program allows for more flexibility and opportunities for the City to engage in economic and cultural initiatives that can help communities thrive. The creation of a city-wide Cultural Districts Program follows multiple 2020 and 2021 Councillor motions endorsed by City Council calling for recommendations and plans for the City of Toronto to provide ongoing support for multiple cultural communities and their businesses.

Last week, the City announced that we would be moving forward with our creation of a Cultural Districts Program, beginning with the partnership between the City of Toronto and Jay Pitter Placemaking to lead the new Cultural Districts Program proposal and the Little Jamaica master planning process. 

An award-winning placemaker whose practice mitigates growing divides in cities across North America, Pitter spearheads institutional city-building projects specializing in public space design and policy, forgotten densities, mobility equity, gender-responsive design, transformative public engagement and healing fraught sites. Her multidisciplinary approach, at the nexus of urban design and social equity, translates community insights and aspirations into the built environment. While she leads a diverse portfolio of work, her contributions to Black placemaking in both Canada and the U.S. are substantive, including her work on transforming Confederate monument sites in the southern U.S., multiple collaborations in Detroit and teaching an urban policy course titled “Engaging Black People and Power”, spurred by the murder of George Floyd.

Jay Pitter is an incredibly accomplished individual and city-builder, and I am excited to work with her to develop a plan for Little Jamaica to help sustain the local Jamaican-Caribbean community through more affordable housing options; and to guide future growth and transit development to support the cultural district and commercial retail businesses on main streets, while using an equity lens that protects its Jamaican-Caribbean identity.

More information on the City’s Cultural Districts Program is available here.

Additional information about Little Jamaica is available here.

321 Dovercourt Road Modular Housing - What does modular supportive housing look like?

The City recently released a video of what modular supportive housing in the City of Toronto can look like -- with an example of the first modular supportive housing building that is located in our own Davenport community! The three-storey modular building includes 44 studio apartments, common rooms, a dining room, program space and administrative offices. This modular building is designed to support people who are exiting homelessness by providing affordable homes with support services. The building opened on January 28, 2021, approximately nine months after being approved by City Council.

Watch the newly-released video here.

Applications Open for Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program

Last week, the City announced that applications will be open for the Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program until Monday February 28th, 2022.

The Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program offers matching funding of 50 per cent to commercial business operators and owners of storefronts that are vacant (or, in certain limited circumstances, at risk of becoming vacant) to undertake interior improvements, assisting businesses to re-lease space impacted by COVID-19. Improvements to meet health regulations and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) compliance are also included.

Expenses eligible for funding include structural upgrades, interior light fixtures, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), plumbing, electrical, interior painting, flooring/ceiling/walls, permanently-affixed counters, merchandise displays and accessibility improvements, among others.

The maximum grant available is $20,000. Further funding of up to $4,000, for a total maximum grant of $24,000, is available for upgrades to meet accessibility standards. Additional funding of $20,000 ($4,000 per additional unit, for up to five units) is available for multi-unit properties.

Applications are now open. Learn more and apply.

Read more information about the Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program and other Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiatives.

Residential On-Street Parking Renewal

Residential on-street parking permits expired November 30th. Renew online using your licence plate number. For changes to your info, please call the Permit Parking office. Hours: 8:30am - 4:15pm, Monday to Friday. Visit http://toronto.ca/parking for more information

Community Notices & Consultations

640 Lansdowne Avenue: Magellan Long-Term Care Home & Affordable Housing Consultation (TONIGHT - December 2nd)

Join us at the Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the development proposal, which will include presentations, and a Question and Answer portion providing local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The City has received an application to amend the Zoning Bylaw to permit the construction of a 7-storey mixed-use building containing 57 affordable rental dwelling units, 256 long-term beds, and non-residential uses on the ground floor fronting Lansdowne Avenue.

Date: Thursday, December 2nd 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm

Information can be found at www.toronto.ca/640LansdowneAve

SmartTrack Virtual Open House - Bloor-Lansdowne Station (December 9th)

Metrolinx will be hosting a Virtual Open House for residents to learn more about the future Bloor-Lansdowne GO Station. Representatives from Metrolinx and the City of Toronto will give a short presentation and be able to answer questions you may have. If you are unable to attend the Virtual Open House, questions may be submitted in advance on the registration page. This station will also provide connections to the West Toronto Railpath, as well as a connection north to the new Davenport Guideway. 

Bloor-Lansdowne: Thursday December 9th, 6:30pm-8:00pm - https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/SmartTrack/Bloor-Lansdowne-Dec9


Metrolinx: Davenport Diamond Guideway Virtual Open House (December 13th)

Join the community on Monday December 13th from 6:30 to 8:00pm for a live Virtual Open House to learn more about the design work on the Davenport Diamond Greenway! The virtual open house opened as of November 29th, and questions can be asked in advance at the registration link found here: https://www.metrolinxengage.com/en/DavenportGreenway/Dec13

261 Nairn Avenue Park Survey (Until December 17th)

The site at 261 Nairn Avenue was recently converted into parkland and we have an opportunity to thoughtfully design a space that meets the needs of the diverse local communities for years to come.

Over the last few months, City staff has been engaged community members to understand their vision for the park through a survey that received responses from 2,803 people and on site pop-up that drew about 300 people. To read the engagement report visit toronto.ca/261Nairnpark

Following the Community Consultation on November 30th, we are asking residents to provide their feedback on proposed design features and concept designs. Visit here for the survey.


Upcoming Local Events:

Toronto Miracle Food Drive (Register TODAY!)

On Dec 4th at 10:00 AM, residents of Toronto are invited to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute them to people in need in the community.

Please register your intent to donate no later than December 2nd so that our volunteers can plan their pick-up routes.

These unique times we have been going through in this pandemic are the most difficult that many of us have ever faced. Now is the time to find the hero in each of us and protect our community’s most vulnerable people.

For more information & registration, visit https://www.torontomiracle.org/


Northcliffe Village Residents' Association presents the 5th Annual Winterfest! (December 11th)

On Saturday December 11th at 6:00pm, join the Ontario School of Ballet and the Northcliffe Village Residents' Association for Winterfest at Santa Chiara Parkette! This event will include festive dance performances, carol singing, a tree lighting, hot drinks, and more!

Standard COVID-19 Protocols will be in place. Attendees must wear a mask and will be asked for their contact information.

Charitable Sock Vending Machine - A Way to Give Back @ Dufferin Mall

A local organization - Sock Footage - has installed a unique vending machine full of colourful socks at Dufferin Mall. This machine is stationed against a pillar near the Winners store for a full year. What makes this special is that when you buy a pair of novelty socks (with fun, wacky designs and images), a second pair of grey cotton socks will drop simultaneously and free of charge for you to donate to someone less fortunate. A plexiglass bin is affixed to the side of the vending machine to facilitate any on-site donations, but the concept is based on the honour system, so consumers have the option to take away their free pair of socks to donate directly to someone in need. 

Socks are the most needed, but least donated items to shelters for those experiencing homelessness. This machine helps to fill this need, particularly in the midst of this pandemic where vulnerable people have been severely impacted.

Sock footage has chosen to partner with Sistering, a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.

The Turtle Project - A Celebration of Inner Strength (December 3rd)

The Turtle Project is an evening of live entertainment and the pinnacle fundraising event for the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation. Inspired by Anne Marie’s character and in remembrance of her spirit, The Turtle Project will be held on December 3rd each year. It will be a culmination of the foundation’s fundraising and awareness efforts while commemorating Anne Marie’s birthday each year.

The Anne Marie D'Amico Foundation has committed to raise $1M for the North York Women's Shelter and I am honoured and pleased to support their efforts.

For more information about this event, The Turtle Project, and the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation, visit their website here


City Updates and Consultations

Planning & Housing Committee Updates

In addition to the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan yearly progress update that I discussed last week, a number of very important items were discussed and approved at the November 25th Planning and Housing Committee. 

Our City continues to move forward on addressing housing affordability challenges by approving a number of tools that we can use. There is no one solution to fix every housing challenge, and the approval of a variety of tools -- whether these are modular homes, multiplex houses, the "missing middle", garden suites, or others -- will allow us to meet our housing affordability challenges in ways that are flexible, accelerated and innovative.

One of these tools is the approval of Multiplex Housing across the City - something that is currently not permitted by outdated zoning regulations. By expanding the housing options in our neighbourhoods, we allow ourselves to find the "missing middle" between our neighbourhood homes and tall towers. This meeting saw the approval of public consultations moving forward with the goal of approving multiplex homes across the City. Further reports, with recommended policies will be coming back to the Committee in the second quarter of 2022, and I am eagerly awaiting these recommendations and consultations.

The Committee also discussed changes to parking requirements for new developments. Currently,every development in Toronto is required to construct and provide a minimum number of parking spaces. City Planning staff have recommended that we move towards a model that will see the removal of parking minimums for new developments. To be clear, this does not mean that buildings will not be allowed to build parking, nor will it necessarily mean that there will be an increased demand for street parking availability. This move simply allows the City to remove a layer of bureaucracy that forces housing developers to apply for exemptions to the parking minimum requirements - delaying projects and utilizing critical staff hours as a result. Parking spaces add significant costs and construction delays to any new development, which in turn creates a more expensive unit for those renting or purchasing in Toronto. This move is a good step forward, and I'm looking forward to feedback to further improve this policy going forward.

Laneway suites also received a review and series of recommendations. The Changing Lanes report and review of the laneway suites program is an important step to ensure that all tools in our housing toolbox are able to be used in the most effective way possible. A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located in its own building, often in the back yard, on a lot adjacent to a public laneway. Laneway suites provide an additional form of low-rise housing within the City's neighbourhoods and are part of complete communities. They provide more opportunities for people to live close to where they work, shop, and play and, can help make the city's urban lanes more green, liveable, and safe. Laneway suites contribute to increasing the supply of rental housing and provide additional housing options for a variety of household configurations, and people in different stages of life. Because of this, we need to ensure that laneway suites are able to be built in neighbourhoods across Toronto, and regular reviews will continue to ensure that our programs are the best they can be.

Lastly, the Committee also received a report on the Neighbourhood Change and Intensification Bulletin.  The Neighbourhood Change and Intensification Bulletin examines growth and change within lands designated as Neighbourhoods. The results of this research provide a broad understanding of demographic characteristics across Toronto's low rise neighbourhoods and have helped inform the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative, an ongoing study exploring new policy approaches that could increase housing diversity in lands designated as Neighbourhoods. The work provides a critical input into the broader consideration about how neighbourhoods can play a role in serving goals around housing diversity and inclusion, regional growth management, and adapting the city to climate change. We must continue to study our city and our communities to ensure that housing diversity and inclusivity is achieved. By ensuring expanded housing options in neighbourhoods, we also commit to healthier, more inclusive, more environmentally sustainable, and more affordable housing for all Torontonians.

TransformTO Net Zero Strategy 

An important report was considered at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee today. In response to the Toronto City Council's Climate Emergency Declaration, the City has developed the Transform TO Net Zero Strategy.

The staff report, Net Zero Strategy and attachments has been posted publicly on the IEC webpage since November 25. 

This report and strategy have been developed to respond to Council’s 2019 climate emergency declaration and commitment to accelerate climate actions that will put Toronto on a path to achieving net zero by 2050, or sooner. The report and strategy build on the initial TransformTO plan, updated technical modelling, international best practices, and the results of public consultations held between 2018 and 2021 , to realign the existing climate strategy with the new net zero target . The updated strategy includes climate actions in key sectors such as buildings, energy, transportation, sustainable consumption and waste, natural systems and equitable decision making.

For more information on the history of TransformTO, previous public consultations, and the City's Greenhouse Gas Inventory, please visit toronto.ca/transformto.

Toronto Sport Leadership Program

Are you interested in becoming a Lifeguard, Sports Coach, Camp Leader, Rink Guard or more?

The Toronto Sports Leadership Program (TSLP) is dedicated to providing youth with the resources they need and provide FREE certifications for the streams listed below! You who register will be trained in the stream of their choice including;
• First Aid
• Principles of Healthy Childhood Development
• Coaching Certification Level 1
• Other job specific certificates

The TSLP team is currently collecting the names of interested youth for the STREAMS throughout November and December 2021. Training is scheduled to take place in early 2022. To join in on upcoming Information Sessions online, please email [email protected] for dates, times, and further information. 


Property Standards Bylaw Review - Public Survey (Until December 20th)

The City of Toronto is reviewing the property standards bylaw to ensure that all properties are safe and well maintained and that the rules under the bylaw are clear and consistent. Take the survey to share your opinions, ideas and concerns.  Your feedback will be used to help inform a staff report that is expected at the Planning and Housing Committee in early 2022. Phase 2 of the property standards review will address long-term directives and will aim to align regulations with City strategies such as the Resilience Strategy, Biodiversity Strategy and Toronto Green Standard.

For more information on the Property Standards Bylaw & Review, visit here

Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods Public Survey - (Until December 31st)

From now and until December 31st 2021, the City is looking for your feedback on expanding permissions for multiplexes across the city. Fill out a short survey and have your say!

Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods is a City of Toronto initiative I have supported to facilitate more low-rise housing in residential neighbourhoods to meet the needs of our growing city. The City is working to expand opportunities for “missing middle” housing forms in Toronto, ranging from duplexes to low-rise walk-up apartments. All of these housing types can be found in many parts of Toronto today, but they are also limited in where they can be newly built. Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods is one solution among a range of City initiatives to increase housing choice and access and create a more equitable, sustainable city.


Davenport Construction Notices

Metrolinx: Bloor Street W - Temporary South Sidewalk Removal and Closure & North/South Bridge Abutment Construction (November 2021-May 2022)

Metrolinx is removing the temporary sidewalk on the south side of Bloor Street West. During the removal, the south sidewalk will be closed, while the north sidewalk will be open for pedestrians. Traffic will be shifted north and remain open in both directions. Drivers and cyclists will share the road. Once the removal of the temporary south sidewalk is complete, Metrolinx will start to build up the north and south bridge abutments (concrete bridge ends) that we previously demolished, beginning with the pile caps which form the base for the abutments. During the construction of the abutments, the south sidewalk will remain closed, while the north sidewalk will be open for pedestrians. By late December, the traffic and bicycle lanes will be restored, and drivers and cyclists will no longer be asked to share the road.


North sidewalk temporary fencing and cleanup: November 24-30, 2021.
North sidewalk open for use: December 1, 2021.
Temporary south sidewalk removal: December 1 to 14, 2021.
South sidewalk closure and bridge abutment construction: December 1, 2021 to May 1, 2022.
Traffic and bicycle lanes restored: December 25, 2021.

Metrolinx: Traffic Configuration Change at Fairbank Station (November 29th to December 31st)

As early as Monday November 29, 2021, a new traffic configuration will be implemented at Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street. Traffic on Dufferin Street will shift to the centre of the road and construction will move to the east and west lanes. Traffic on Eglinton Avenue West will remain in the centre lanes. One lane of through traffic in each direction will be maintained on Eglinton Avenue West and Dufferin Street. All turns at the intersection will remain prohibited. This traffic configuration is expected to remain in place through December 2021.

Metrolinx: Antler Street - New Duct Bank Installation for Future Power Feed to the Davenport Diamond Guideway (November 29th to December 20th)

To provide future power feed to the Davenport Diamond Guideway, Metrolinx must install an underground duct bank on the south side of Antler Street, along the north side of Campbell Park. The work involves excavating and installing the new duct bank. It will take crews approximately two to three weeks to complete, and road occupancy will be required for construction equipment and to accommodate the build. This is new infrastructure, not a relocation. There will not be any power outages.



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