New Housing, Community Benefits, and Upcoming Events! - Davenport Community Briefing - June 16

Dear neighbours,

I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather and the return of so many festivals, events and outdoor activities.  With the official start of Summer on June 21st there will be many opportunities to enjoy our community and a wide variety of events across the City.

I would like to thank everyone who came out to the return of the in-person Portugal Day Parade last Saturday on Dundas Street West in our Davenport community.  I was pleased to join with many of you as we celebrated the rich heritage of our Portuguese-Canadian community with all residents of the Davenport community and people from across the City. 

This coming weekend, on June 18th and 19th at Fort York, there will be an Indigenous Arts Festival as part of celebrations for National Indigenous Peoples Month. The festival is free of charge and will be a community-focused event with traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, artisan and culinary experiences of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living across Turtle Island and Indigenous Communities around the world.  More details can be found at this link.

I would also remind everyone that registration is continuing for the City's summer programming at locations around our community and across Toronto.  There is a large number of different programs for residents of all ages that are being offered and further information as well as registration details can be viewed at this link.

This year Luminato, Toronto's Arts Festival, runs from June 9th to June 19th and is a wonderful celebration of the arts in our City.  Luminato is dedicated to performance, media and visual arts and it, provides artistic programming that cuts across traditional art-form boundaries.  Details on the festival can be found at this link.

This week, Toronto City Council met to review an important agenda including an update on Metrolinx (provincial transit agency) projects underway across the City.   These include the Ontario Line (OL), Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE), Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE) and Yonge North Subway Extension (YNSE) projects.

I also moved a motion with respect to 32 Lisgar Street, a community media arts space that was secured through the planning process to benefit our local community and the broader media arts community across the City.  This motion authorizes City staff to issue a Request for Expressions of Interest to identify a long term tenant to operate the media arts centre.  It also facilitates the short-term use of the site by non-profit arts and cultural organizations and others while the REOI process is underway. 

City Council also voted to continue ActiveTO along Lakeshore Blvd West as a special event following a review and recommendations from staff.  Further details can be found in this newsletter.

Finally, this evening we are expecting an announcement from FIFA regarding 2026 World Cup host cities.  Toronto is one of the cities vying for host designation and again further details are in this enewsletter.

More details on this week's Council meeting can be found at this link

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

 

Portugal Day Parade Returns to Davenport In-Person

I was pleased to join with many of you from the Davenport community, and from across our City, for the return of the annual Portugal Day Parade along Dundas Street West last weekend! It was a wonderful day full of celebration and cultural expression.

I would like to thank all the organizers who worked very hard to bring the Parade together and in particular the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.


Registrations for City Summer Programs Underway

The City of Toronto began registrations for the wide variety of summer programs available to residents of all ages this summer. From baseball to bocce to swimming to computer labs, there is something for everyone in what the City has to offer this summer.

Also, note that registration for CampTO is also open. Information on the programs and how to register can be found at this


ActiveTO to continue on Lake Shore Boulevard West as Special Event

On Wednesday, Toronto City Council accepted City of Toronto staff recommendations to treat ActiveTO major road closures on Lake Shore Boulevard West as limited special events that are to be planned and advertised in advance, rather than operated as regular recurring weekend events. 

As the City staff report noted, in identifying dates for any future ActiveTO closures on Lake Shore Boulevard West, officials will take into consideration the number and location of planned street events on that weekend, construction impacts on parallel corridors, access to adjacent venues and impacts to traffic. Staff will also consider coordinating with other event organizers, such as was done this year with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Additionally, Transportation Services is continuing ActiveTO programming on Bayview Avenue and The Meadoway throughout the summer of 2022. 

ActiveTO was introduced in May 2020 as a quick-start COVID-19 response program. It was designed to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall well-being of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines. More details can be found in this link.


32 Lisgar Street Media Arts Centre

After working with City staff and stakeholders, I was pleased to move a motion at this week's Council to advance the process of identifying a permanent tenant/operator for the 32 Lisgar Media Arts Centre.
This cultural space was negotiated through Section 37 benefits (benefits secured during the planning process) for our local residential community and Toronto's media arts sector more broadly. This venue was created to provide first-class opportunities for the development and enjoyment of media arts and associated creative digital cultural uses.

It is a 30,284 square foot facility located in our West Queen West neighbourhood. The City's Economic Development and Culture Division has issues a Request for Expressions of Interest to identify an organization that can successfully operate the venue. While this process is underway for a long-term tenant the City will issue licences to short-term users for non-profit arts and culture organizations, artists and/or artist collectives and to animate the site.

It is expected that the permanent long-term tenant will be chosen by the end of the year. More details can be found at this link.


920 New Affordable Rental Homes Approved by Council Under the Open Door Program

At Toronto City Council yesterday we advanced the City's Open Door Affordable Rental Housing Program by approving a call for applications for a total of 17 projects representing approximately 920 affordable rental homes. 

Of the 17 housing projects approved 13 will be led by non-profit housing organizations and of these two will be Indigenous-led and three will create new supportive housing. These projects will provide much-needed affordable rental homes, including some deeply affordable homes.  The City’s Open Door program supports the creation of new affordable rental housing.

In the current increasingly challenging development environment created by rising interest rates and construction costs, it is critical that the City continues to support affordable housing developers by providing financial incentives and capital grants. Incentives through the program include exemptions from planning application and building permit fees, property tax waivers and fast-tracking of planning approvals. Further details can be found at this link.


Community Benefits Secured from 1319 Bloor Street Development

At this week's City Council meeting, the development proposal at 1319 Bloor Street West was reviewed.  As part of the planning process, I ensured that this development would be contributing significant community benefits.  This includes at minimum 5,000 square foot Community Agency Space that will be located on levels one and two. 

The developer will also have to provide $500,000.00 for total finishing costs of this Community Agency space.  The owner will also be required to provide and maintain 15 new affordable rental dwelling units in this development for a minimum period of ninety-nine years.  The developer will also be responsible for traffic control signals to be installed at the intersection of Bloor Street West and St. Helen's Avenue. 

The owner will also be responsible for part of the construction costs associated with the Bloor-Lansdowne GO station as well as part of the West Toronto Rail Path extension.  Additionally, this project will also include a public park that the developer must provide with a minimum size of 1,077 square metres (11,592 sq. ft).  The full report can be found at this link.


1500 St. Clair Avenue West Community Benefits Secured

This development proposal came to Council through Toronto and East York Community Council and I worked to ensure that we received significant community benefits.  Working with the Land Trust created as a result of the development planning process at the Bloor/Dufferin site we were able to secure 40 affordable housing units for this Land Trust.  There will also be a public piazza at the entrance of the development and funds will be in place to expand parks in the area of the Oakwood-St. Clair Parkland Study.  Further details can be found at this link.

Further details on the Oakwood-St. Clair Parkland study can be found at this link.


 

City of Toronto Launches Waste Reduction Program for Businesses

Yesterday, the City of Toronto outlined the role it is taking in addressing single-use waste with the launch of its latest ReduceWasteTO program – Reducing Single-Use. The new program is the first stage of the City’s Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy.

Through this program, the City will provide businesses with examples of simple actions that they can take to eliminate the unnecessary use of single-use and takeaway items. The program will also recognize and showcase the leadership of businesses already taking action to eliminate waste from single-use and takeaway items, as well as service providers with innovative business solutions or a service that is helping businesses reduce single-use waste.  More details can be found at this link as well as an online survey here.


FIFA 2026 World Cup Announcement on Thursday

With the FIFA 2026 World Cup coming to North America it is likely the FIFA is going to select up to 12 cities as host across the Canada, the United States and Mexico.  Canada is likely to receive to host city designations and Toronto is vying to be one of them.

Other cities in Canada in the running are Edmonton and Vancouver.  We are all hoping that the announcement, likely this evening, will see Toronto chosen as a host city.


Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Saturday’s Blue Jays Game

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is teaming up with the Toronto Blue Jays to hit a home run and defend the city against COVID-19. TPH is hosting a vaccination clinic at the Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees on Saturday, June 18 at Rogers Centre. The clinic is part of Team Toronto’s ongoing efforts to help residents stay up-to-date with all of their eligible doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 

This family-friendly vaccine clinic will run from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the south east side of Rogers Centre outside gates 6 and 6A on Bremner Blvd. The clinic will provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents age five and older on a walk-in basis with no health card required.

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be offered by TPH nurses who will also answer COVID-19 and vaccine-related questions.  These clinics will administer Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents age five and older on a walk-in basis with no health card required.  More information is available at this link.


Provincial Government Further Lifts Covid-19 Restrictions

The provincial government has lifted mask requirements in many settings including:

  • social gatherings and organized public events
  • exercise, fitness activities, and sport activities
  • retail settings
  • personal care services
  • restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments
  • places of worship
  • public transit

These changes mean that masks are no longer required in these settings but of course people can continue to wear them and many public health officials recommend that we continue to do so.

In some situations masks remain mandatory including:

  • long-term care homes
  • retirement homes will still require masking.
  • masking is recommended for other high-risk congregate living and acute care settings

It is also important to note that businesses and organizations can have in place their own masking requirements if they choose to do so. More details are available at this link.

Public health officials also continue to recommend that people be fully vaccinated and vaccination clinics are operating for those who wish to receive vaccinations.  


Indigenous Arts Festival – June 18th and 19th at Fort York

I would like to encourage everyone to attend the Indigenous Arts Festival this weekend (June18th and 19th) this weekend taking place at Fort York.  This is part of the celebrations across the City for National Indigenous Peoples Month.

There is no charge to attend this community-focused event which will feature traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, artisan and culinary experiences of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living across Turtle Island and Indigenous Communities around the world.  More details on the Indigenous Arts Festival can be found at this link.


Luminato Returns to Toronto June 9th to June 19th

This year Luminato, Toronto's Arts Festival, runs from June 9th to June 19th and is a wonderful celebration of the arts in our City.  Luminato is dedicated to performance, media and visual arts and it, provides artistic programming that cuts across traditional art-form boundaries.  Details on the festival can be found at this link.


EglintonTOday Complete Street Project Public Meeting On June 22

The City of Toronto is working to make travel on Eglinton Avenue safer, more inviting, and attractive for everyone. The eglintonTOday Complete Street project proposes to implement complete street features, including bikeways and public realm upgrades on Eglinton Avenue between Keele Street and Mount Pleasant Road, by reassigning the existing road space to accommodate vehicular traffic, parking, bikeways, seasonal patio extensions, art installations and other neighbourhood and cultural events. This work is being coordinated with the Eglinton Crosstown station design and construction work currently being delivered by Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency).

As part of this process, a Public Meeting on the complete street design and implementation along Eglinton Avenue will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Online event registration is recommended, and you can click here to register Information materials including the meeting presentation are also available on the project webpage as well.

You can also participate through the online public survey, which is available until July 31, 2022.


Pelham Park Gardens Summer Fest on June 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On June 25th at 11:00 a.m. the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club will be hosting their Pelham Park Gardens Summer Fest! Come and enjoy the new playground, connect with neighbours, and enjoy the warm weather!


Dovercourt Neighbourhood BBQ on June 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join us on June 25th at 1:00 p.m. for the Dovercourt Neighbourhood BBQ on June 25th at 1pm in celebration of the newly completed modular housing project at 321 Dovercourt Rd!

This will be an opportunity to connect with new members of our community, as well as to learn more about modular housing and its benefits. You'll also be able to enjoy live music and refreshments!


Next Davenport Environment Day Happening on July 16th

We have had six compost days and an Environment Day across the Davenport community this season,.

Our final Environment Day is scheduled for Saturday July 16th at Loretto College School (151 Rosemount Avenue) from 10am to 2pm.  More details on what is available at Community Environment Days can be found at this link.

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