Housing announcements, Council updates, and community events! - Davenport Community Briefing - July 21st

Dear neighbours,

Over the past few days, we have been experiencing very warm conditions in the City.  Our City's Public Health staff advise that we all take precautions while these conditions last.  The City has responded with measures that are implemented during such situations including extending the hours of many swimming pools across the City.  Updates can be found at this link. Please do check on vulnerable friends and neighbours during these heat emergencies.  The City has a Heat Alert Strategy and details can be found here.

This past weekend our Davenport community was full of excitement as the BIG on Bloor Fest and Toronto International Brazilfest took place. It was great to see so many community members enjoying these events in person once again following several years of pandemic restrictions. I welcomed the opportunity to meet with so many community members and friends over the weekend at these events.

As you may know from my previous e-newsletters and flyers, this Friday I will be co-hosting our Davenport Movie Night at Earlscourt Park with Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416. We will be watching the hit Disney movie Encanto, so I encourage you to come by and say hello and of course enjoy the movie! Residents are encouraged to begin arriving at 8:00 p.m., and the movie will begin at sundown.

I know many residents will also be glad to learn that Summerlicious will be returning this August 12th to 28th! As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, at Summerlicious you'll be able to explore the best of what our City's restaurants have to offer - some of the best food from around the world! Click here to learn more

This week is the last City Council meeting of the term, and as a result, the agenda is large in advance of the coming break. Among the items at this City Council was the issue of development charges, which is a funding tool that municipalities use to support growth-related capital projects.  When development takes place there are many costs associated with creating the infrastructure to support them. As City Council debated a motion to increase development charges, I moved an amendment at City Council yesterday that would exempt development charges for second, third, and fourth residential dwelling units constructed on a single lot, encouraging more of the low density housing that our City needs. I'm glad to report that my amendment was passed by City Council.

At this meeting, I also moved a number of motions including directing City staff to undertake a heritage evaluation of St. Anne's Church and the Parish Hall (651 Dufferin Street), located at 270 Gladstone Avenue, and a motion supporting affordable homes within a development on Campbell Avenue, amongst others.  I would encourage you to review what was on the agenda at this week's meeting and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  You can see the full agenda here.

Lastly, there are a few of notices I want to alert members to. Today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Metrolinx's Community Engagement Team will be holding a Davenport Guideway/Greenway pop-up at the Bloor/Gladstone Library. Then, next week on Monday and Wednesday, Hydro One will be holding an open-house regarding the West Toronto Transmission Line Relocation Project. I have also provided a local road resurfacing pre-construction notice below which will take place on Ernest Avenue and St. Clarens Avenue from Dupont Street to Wallace Avenue.

As always please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of any assistance. You can contact my office by email at [email protected]  or by phone at 416.392.7012.

In community,

Ana

Announced 22 New Affordable & Supportive Homes in Scarborough

Last Thursday, I joined Mayor John Tory, Councillor Jennifer McKelvie, and Member of Parliament Gary Anandasangaree to officially open 22 new affordable and supportive homes in Scarborough.

These homes will soon be joined by an additional 64 units of modular housing, supporting seniors, youth, and people experiencing homelessness. Once the modular housing building is completed, these two buildings together will have a total of 86 new, safe, affordable, and supportive homes.

Residents of both buildings will have access to 24/7 on-site staffing, health care services, as well as community development programs, provided by the charitable organization Fred Victor. The City was able to acquire this property with capital funding received from the Federal government through Phase One of the Rapid Housing Strategy.

We cannot solve the housing crisis alone, and the Federal government have been strong partners of the City of Toronto with regard to housing. So I am thankful to Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion for his continued support in our efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing, and eliminate homelessness in our City.

You can learn more about this announcement here


Announced the Opening of 24 Affordable & Supportive Homes in Downtown Toronto

Today Mayor John Tory, Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister Marci Ien, Councillor Robin Buxton Potts, and I announced the opening of 24 affordable & supportive homes at 292-296 Parliament.

These homes will be dedicated to people who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, including families and older adults. These homes will also include 24/7 supports including mental health supports, meal programs, and on-site services. This project will ensure that some of the most vulnerable in our City have a place to call home. It will provide stability, and the supports needed to end the cycle of homelessness. You can click here to learn more.


Motion to Exempt Duplexes, Triplexes, and Fourplexes from Development Charges Approved at City Council

Development charges are a funding tool that municipalities use to support growth-related capital projects. As more housing gets built in our City, we want to ensure that our growing neighborhoods have the necessary infrastructure to support this growth. As a result, development charges are levied by the City in order to fund things like park improvements, transit improvements, libraries, police, fire, and paramedic services, pedestrian infrastructure, and more. Development charges are a necessary component of ensuring we can support our growing city..

Following the Executive Committee's approval of changes to the development charges process, I received community feedback regarding this from residents expressing concern that these increases would negatively impact the supply of the affordable and missing middle housing that our City needs.

As a result, to ensure encourage the development of missing middle housing, during this week's City Council meeting, I proposed an amendment to the motion that would exempt development charges for second, third, and fourth residential dwelling units constructed on a single lot. This amendment means that development charges would no longer be applied to duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes across the City.

I'm glad to report that this amendment to the motion was passed by City Council on Tuesday, which I'm confident will help to encourage the development of missing middle housing across Toronto.


BIG On Bloor Fest a Big Success

The BIG on Bloor Festival took place this past weekend, and was a BIG (pun intended) success! Bloor Street was full of street vendors, art installations, and live music. Congratulations to the Bloor Improvement Group for organizing this great community event.

As a part of the opening ceremony, the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, Building a Better Bloor Dufferin, & Bread & Bricks Davenport West Social Justice Group were all recognized for their incredible service to the community.


More Community Support for Bloor Dufferin

While at the BIG on Bloor Festival this past Saturday, it was great to see fundraising for Habitat for Humanity GTA and the community spaces secured through the Bloor Dufferin development. 

Artists Radha Pithadia and Moe Pramanick were also on site, painting an art piece and picnic table that will be donated to the new community hub and future local park at Bloor Dufferin. 

Celebrating the Brazilian Community at the Toronto International Brazilfest

On Saturday, I stopped by Toronto International Brazilfest to celebrate with the Brazilian community! Earlscourt Park was full of games, vendors, and artistic performances celebrating Brazilian culture, and it was great to see the community come out to celebrate.

While there, I presented Itabras Entertainment Productions Inc with a scroll from the Mayor and I, recognizing the success of their 17th annual Brazifest, and celebrating their contributions to our community and City.


City of Toronto Inviting the Public To Provide Feedback on Public Engagement

 

The City's public engagement process is an important way of ensuring that residents feedback and concerns are heard as we work together to improve our City.

To support more meaningful and inclusive opportunity for public engagement, the City is reviewing its public engagement activities. Whether you regularly participate in engagement activities, or you never have, the City wants to hear from you!

The City has launched an online survey which will be open until August 31st at 5:00 p.m., where you can share your experience and feedback on the City's public engagement activities. Click here to learn more.


Deadline to Submit Expressions of Interest for 32 Lisgar Media Space Extended to August 12

The 32 Lisgar Media Arts Centre is a cultural space in our Davenport community secured during the development process! This 30,284 square foot facility was negotiated through Section 37 benefits for our local community and Toronto's media arts sector more broadly.

The City has extended the deadline for organizations to submit a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) to operate this new facility to August 12th. You can learn more and see the REOI here.  During the process of selecting a long-term operator the City's Economic and Community Development Division will work to support interim uses by community arts groups.


West Toronto Transmission Line Relocation Open Houses on July 25th and 27th

In order to support Metrolinx's GO Expansion program, Hydro One has identified areas where the proposed railway expansion will conflict with existing overhead powerlines. These power lines provide a vital supply of electricity to the City of Toronto. As a result, they must be relocated to accommodate Metrolinx's proposed work.

In advance of the project beginning, Hydro One will host two Community Open Houses for residents to learn more about the West Toronto Transmission Line Relocation Project. These Open Houses will ensure community members can learn more about this project, provide technical information to residents, and receive community feedback.

Hydro One will be hosting two Community Open Houses next week . The first Open House will take place on Monday July 25th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Toronto Public Library Dufferin/St. Clair branch (1625 Dufferin Street).

The second Open House will take place on Wednesday July 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 75 (1-A Ramsden Road).

I encourage you to participate if you are in the affected area. You can click here to read the full notice on my website.


Davenport Diamond Community Pop-Up at Bloor/Gladstone Library Today from 3 pm - 5 pm

Metrolinx's Community Engagement Team will be holding a Davenport Guideway/Greenway pop-up at the Bloor/Gladstone Library today from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Local Road Resurfacing Pre-Construction Notice for Review - Ernest Ave, and St. Clarens Ave from Dupont St to Wallace Ave

The City of Toronto will be resurfacing Ernest Avenue and St. Clarens Avenue from Dupont Street to Wallace Avenue. Construction is expected to begin late summer 2022, and be completed by summer 2023, and will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This work is necessary in order to resurface sections of damaged road and sidewalk, and to bring them into a state of good repair.


Davenport Movie Night at Earlscourt Park on July 22nd


I am hosting my last Davenport Movie Night as your City Councillor, co-hosted with Toronto Civic Employees Union Local 416, on July 22nd at the north-west corner of Earlscourt Park at 8:00 p.m. where we will watch the Disney hit movie Encanto!

I have enjoyed hosting these events for our community. I hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of fun!


Summerlicious Returning from August 12th to 28th 

Great news! Summerlicious is returning from August 12th to 28th! You can explore the best of what Toronto's cuisine has to offer, featuring delicious food from around the world. More details about Summerlicious can be found here.


Indigenous Food Market Continuing Every Wednesday Until September 28th

The Indigenous Food Market takes place at Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Rd.) every Wednesday from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., from July 13 to Sept 28.

Come by to enjoy delicious Indigenous food! The Indigenous Food Market also features Indigenous vendors, artisans, special performances, and more. Click here for more information. 


Dufferin Grove Summer Update Flyer

Dufferin Grove Park is set to be full of activity this summer with fun events and activities as the City releases the Dufferin Grove Summer Update. This flyer, which you may start to see around the community provides a list of some of the upcoming community programs that will be taking place.

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