Canada Day, New Affordable Housing, and Festivals! - Davenport Community Briefing - June 30

Dear neighbours,

I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weather and all the summer activities so far. Although summer began official on June 21, the Canada Day weekend for many of us feels like the true beginning of the summer months.

Tomorrow is of course Canada Day which is the 155th anniversary of our country. I hope all of you have a wonderful Canada Day weekend and have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends as well as reflecting on the history of Canada and also taking time to reflect on Indigenous people and the challenges that they have faced historically and in more recent times.

A number of Canada Day celebrations will be taking place across our City tomorrow, including a fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay at 10:00 p.m., and celebrations at Mel Lastman Square. You can find a list of the different events that will be taking place here.

I know that many residents will be glad to learn that the Big on Bloor festival will be returning this year on July 16th and 17th between Lansdowne Avenue and Dufferin Street! As one of the biggest festivals in our City, Big on Bloor is a much celebrated community attraction that in previous years has drawn up to 100,000 participants. It's return this year will be a big boost to the Bloordale community, and will support many local small businesses and vendors. The organizers of Big on Bloor are seeking volunteers, so if you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, be sure to visit this link to sign up.

I also want to let residents know that our Davenport community secured some important wins during yesterday's Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting! We secured authorization for a pedestrian crossover on Rogers Road, and new traffic control signals at Bloor Street West and Perth Avenue. Both these measures, which will go to City Council for final approval on July 19th, will help improve safety. The TEYCC meeting has a quite large agenda and has continued into today as it is the last of this term of Council.

TEYCC also approved zoning by-law amendment applications to two separate proposed developments, which would bring a combined 78 affordable rental units, as well as 256 non-profit long-term care beds for seniors. I have provided more information on these below.

Finally, this morning the City announced StrollTO, a program that now offers translation into 104 languages through Google Translate, as well as free general admission to 10 Toronto History Museum sites. Stroll is a City-led initiative offers free self-guided walking itineraries in more than 140 neighbourhoods across the City. More information 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

Canada Day celebrations across Toronto tomorrow

In celebration of our nation's 155th birthday, a number of Canada Day celebrations will be taking place across Toronto tomorrow! The City has planned Canada Day celebrations for Mel Lastman Square which will include live music, dance performances, and activities featuring Davenport's very own Muse Arts!

Firework celebrations will also be taking place tomorrow, with the City's annual Canada Day firework display taking place at Ashbridges Bay at 10:00 p.m. There will also be a firework display beginning at 10:00 p.m. at Stan Wadlow Park, and Milliken Park.

You can find more information about the different events that will be taking place here.


Big On Bloor Festival Returning On July 16th and 17th, Volunteers Requested

The Big on Bloor festival is returning this year! On July 16th and 17th, Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne will see a pedestrian takeover, as the Bloordale community becomes transformed with outdoor displays, art installations, small business vendors, and much more! 

The Big On Bloor is one of the largest annual events in our community, and previous years, has drawn up to 100,000 people!

As you can imagine, this is a big undertaking, and the BIG Improvement Group is looking for volunteers who can help! If you or someone you know would be able to volunteer, please be sure to go to bigonbloorfestival.com/sign-up/ .


Toronto Animal Services' Mobile Chip Truck Returning This Summer

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) Chip Truck is returning thus summer for the first time since 2019! The Chip Truck provides low-cost microchips, rabies vaccines, and pet licensing supports in neighbourhoods across Toronto. This provides pet owners with the opportunity to ensure that they are in line with provincial regulations.

The costs for microchips and rabies vaccines are $15 per cat and $25 per dog, and some residents may qualify for reduced or waived fees depending on their income. 

Registration is not required, and services are made available on a first-come first-serve basis, but residents are required to have completed Chip Truck form. More information can be found here.


City Launches Single-use Waste Reduction Program for Businesses

The City has launched it's single-use waste reduction program for businesses, which is the first stage of the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy. The program will provide businesses with information and examples on simple, voluntary actions that they can take to to eliminate the unnecessary use of single-use items.

The second stage, which the City is preparing, will involved proposing mandator measures that will restrict single-use and takeaway items.

You can learn more about the single-use waste reduction program here.


 

City Launches StrollTO Program To Improve Accessibility for all Residents

Today, the City launched the StrollTO program, which offers self-guided walking itineraries in over 140 neighourhoods in Toronto. To improve the accessibility of this program and to ensure more residents in our City can enjoy this program, the City will offer translation services in 104 languages through Google Translate, as well as free admissions to 10 Toronto History Museums!

Click here to learn more.


TEYCC Approves Installation of Pedestrian Crossover on Rogers Road

Today, Toronto East York Community Council authorized the installation of a pedestrian crossover on Rogers Road and Prospect Cemetery. Residents from the North Corso Italia neighbourhood brought forward a concern about their not being a protected crossing on Rogers Road in the vicinity of the Prospect Cemetery.

During the pandemic, Prospect Cemetery became a popular destination for residents by providing the space to be physically active while contributing to overall health and wellbeing. Transportation Services has reviewed the need for pedestrian crossing protection.

Based on the assessment undertaken, Transportation Services is recommending the installation of a pedestrian crossover (PXO) at the subject location. The pedestrian crossover (PXO) will provide enhanced safety for vulnerable road users. It will next be considered by City Council on July 19, 2022.


New Traffic Control Signals at Bloor Street West & Perth Avenue approved by TEYCC

There is a lot of development occurring in the Junction Triangle Neighbourhood, specifically 1423-1437 Bloor Street West and 278 Sterling Road.

Working with Transportation Services and in response to hearing from residents, there is a need for the installation of a traffic control signal at the intersection of Perth Avenue and Bloor Street West and this motion, as well as authorizing this traffic signal, ensures that there is coordination with the adjacent development sites that are moving forward as well as ensuring that this installation is planned in relation to any roadway and infrastructure improvements.

Yesterday, these recommendations put forward by City of Toronto staff were moved and adopted at Toronto East York Community Council. It will next be considered by City Council on July 19, 2022.


640 Lansdowne Zoning By-law Amendment Application Approved at TEYCC

During yesterday's TEYCC meeting, the committee approved the zoning by-law amendment application for the proposed long-term care home at 640 Lansdowne! This development will include 256 long-term care beds for seniors, and will also include 57 affordable rental units, as well as non-residential space on the ground floor.

Not only will this development meet the City's affordable housing objectives, of ensuring more affordable housing for seniors, but this project will also provide safe and affordable housing for a range of tenants in our City.

This will now need to be approved by the full City Council on July 19th.


316-336 Campbell Ave By-law Amendment Application Approved at TEYCC

TEYCC has also approved the zoning by-law amendment application for the development at 316-336 Campbell Avenue. This project proposes to build a development which would include 21 new affordable rental units. These units will be owned by the Community Affordable Housing Solutions Land Trust and will operate as co-op.

Along with the previously mentioned project at 640 Lansdowne, this project will proceed to the July 19th City Council meeting for final approval.


Theatre Direct Movie Night at Earlscourt Park Today at 7:00 p.m.

Theatre Direct will be hosting their free Emerging Arts Film Screening today at Earlscourt Park!

From 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., residents will be able to come and enjoy movies from upcoming artists.


Annual Regal Heights Residents Association Canada Day Parade Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

The Regal Heights Residents Association will be hosting their annual Canada Day Neighbourhood Parade tomorrow at 11:00 a.m!

Click here for details!


MixTO Festival Back from July 7th to July 10th

The MixTO Festival is back! From July 7th to 10th, you can enjoy live music, good food, and fun! Check the details here.


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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