As we settle into 2019 I want to start by wishing you and your family a very happy new year! It was great to see so many of you at the numerous gatherings and events across our community and I want to wish you all the very best!
Over the holidays and the past month, I have been engaging with various BIAs, community groups and residents and I want to thank those of you who have have welcomed me into your homes and into the community. I look forward to working with everyone in the months ahead to address the issues we discussed and how we can improve our community. In order to respond to our larger Ward and constituency, I have also been hiring new staff in my office to help serve you more efficiently and effectively. As always you can reach my office at anytime at 416-392-7012 or at [email protected]
Over the coming month, there are a number of important community meetings which I hope you can attend including two meetings to discuss development in January. On Monday January 21st from 630-830pm at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W), the owners of Dufferin Mall are holding a meeting to discuss the potential for future development on the mall site. On Monday January 28th the owners of 861 St. Clair Ave W will be holding a meeting to share details of their proposed development from 6pm to 8pm at Oakwood Collegiate Institute (991 St Clair Ave W) to hear feedback from residents. I hope you can attend.
The City of Toronto is also holding a meeting to hear from residents on potential improvements in Dufferin Grove Park. The City has identified important state of good repair work needed for the clubhouse and rink area and is taking this opportunity to discuss with the community how we can make these facilities work better for the various organizations, groups and residents who use the park. The meeting will take place on February 6, 2019 at St Wenceslaus Church (496 Gladstone Ave) with an open house session from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and a meeting from 6:30pm to 8pm. I will be there along with City staff and the architecture team who will be able to answer any questions you may have about the project. I hope you can join us as we start this exciting work.
Ward 9 – Davenport
Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner Improvements Meeting
Dufferin Grove Park is unique in our city for its incredible community involvement and mix of community and cultural programming. With the high usage and engagement of the community in the park, the City has identified a need to carry out work at park's the aging clubhouse an rink facilities to ensure these facilities are in a state of good repair. The need for this work was made clear earlier this winter with the delay in the opening of the ice rink due to the mechanical difficulties the City experienced.
Given the need to carry out this work, the City is also taking the opportunity to address the needs of the various park users and groups who use the facilities to see how they can work better for the community. On February 6th from 5:30pm to 8pm the City will be holding a public open house and meeting at St Wenceslaus Church at 496 Gladstone Ave to hear from residents on the sorts of improvements that should be made.
I hope that you are able to attend and share your thoughts on this important project and I look forward to seeing you there. If you are not able to attend, you can find more information about the project at https://www.dufferingrove-northwestrevitalization.ca/ and share your comments by emailing them here.
Dufferin Mall Redevelopment Open House
The owners of the Dufferin Mall (Primaris Management Inc.) are currently exploring opportunities to redevelop the surface parking lots at the north part of the mall, where the Beer Store, Penningtons, and Taco Bell/KFC are currently located. Primaris would like to invite you their first public open house on January 21, 2019 from 6:30pm to 830pm at Bloor CI (1141 Bloor St W) to learn about and provide feedback on their early ideas for the site and to share your thoughts on how the site should change.
The future redevelopment of this portion of the site is intended by Primaris to:
- Introduce new uses to the site, including purpose-built rental housing;
- Enhance the existing mall;
- Create a better pedestrian experience along Dufferin and Croatia streets through improved streetscaping and new retail;
- Provide new park space to complement Dufferin Grove;
- Replace the existing surface parking with below-grade parking.
861 St Clair Ave W Development Meeting
The property owners of 861 St Clair Ave W have submitted a Site Plan Approval application to the city to construct a 10-storey mixed use project with 80 residential units and street level retail and 75 underground parking spaces. The owners are holding a community meeting on January 28, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at Oakwood Collegiate Institute (991 St Clair Ave W) a to discuss their development proposal with the community. I encourage you to attend the meeting to learn more about the proposal and to share your feedback and I hope to see you there.
Improving Pedestrian Safety in Davenport
Improving pedestrian safety is key to achieving the Vision Zero goals of eliminating injuries on our roads and I am happy to share that the City of Toronto recently accelerated and completed installation of Leading Pedestrian Interval signals at the following intersections in our community: Bloor St & Brock Ave, Davenport Rd & Laughton Ave and at Davenport Rd & Symington.
These signals provide an advance walk signal for pedestrian in the light cycle to ensure they can safely cross the intersection, reduce conflict with turning vehicles and improve visibility with motorists. The signals were installed as a result of the acceleration of Vision Zero Funding in 2018 that I voted to approve at City Council. One death on our streets is too many and I am committed to working with residents to implement additional strategies to achieve our Vision Zero goals.
1474 St Clair Ave W Development Proposal Submitted
A development Application has been submitted for 1474 St Clair Ave W (northeast corner at McRoberts Ave). The developers are proposing an 8-storey building with 55 residential units, with grade-level residential units townhouse and 21 parking spaces. You can find more information on this project and any questions you may have by contacting the City Planner responsible for the project, Olivia Antonel, at 416-394-6008 or at [email protected]
Coffee With A Cop! - Monday January 21, 2019 from 4:30pm to 6pm at Mulu Bakery (1893 Eglinton Ave W)
Come out for coffee and treats with our local Toronto Police Officers from 13 Division! Thank you to the Fairbank Village BIA for organizing this event to help build community relationships with our local police. You can find out more by clicking here.
Dufferin Mall Development Meeting - Monday January 21, 2019 from 6:30pm to 830pm at Bloor CI (1141 Bloor St W)
861 St Clair Ave W Development Open House - Monday January 28, 2019 from 6pm to 8pm at Oakwood Collegiate Institute (991 St Clair Ave W)
Dufferin Grove Park Northwest Corner Improvements Meeting - Wednesday February 6, 2019 from 5:30pm to 8pm at St. Wenceslaus Church (496 Gladstone Ave)
Coldest Night of the Year - Saturday February 23, 2019
Houselink's Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a family-friendly national walk-a-thon that helps you raise funds for charities that serve hungry, homeless and hurting people in your town, and in 136 communities across Canada. Everyone is welcome and CNOY is family-friendly. Walkers range in age from toddlers (with parents of course) to active seniors. You can find out more and how you can participate at https://cnoy.org/location/torontobloorcourtvillage
City of Toronto Wants to Hear Your Thoughts for the Noise Bylaw Review
The City of Toronto is reviewing the Noise Bylaw, and wants to hear from you. The current bylaw provides standards for noise, and applies to all properties in Toronto.
The review aims to introduce updates that reflect our growing and vibrant city, while enhancing the noise standards that protect the residents of Toronto. Public consultations in January – February 2019 aim to present and seek feedback on developing Noise Bylaw updates.
Your feedback will be used to recommend updates to the Noise Bylaw in a report going to Council in spring 2019. There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy.
Attend public consultations: There will be five public consultations to seek feedback on developing updates to the bylaw:
- Power Equipment (for example: leaf blowers and restrictions on time of use)
Monday January 28, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
North York Civic Centre Member’s Lounge (5100 Yonge St.)
- Motor Vehicles (such as Highway Traffic Act provisions and vehicle noise on private property)
Tuesday January 29, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Metro Hall, Room 310 (55 John St.)
- Amplified Sound (for example: music from bars and decibel limits)
Wednesday January 30, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West)
- Construction Noise (for example: restrictions on time and noise management)
Tuesday February 5, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park Lounge (585 Dundas St. East)
- General Noise (for example: playing an instrument, hosting a backyard patio dinner, etc.)
Wednesday February 6, 2019, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Garage (720 Bathurst St.)
Your feedback will be used to inform the recommendations for updates to the Noise Bylaw in a report going to Economic and Community Development Committee in April 2019. More information on the Noise Bylaw Review is available by clicking here.
2019 StreetARToronto (StART) Partnership Program Applications Now Open!
The City of Toronto is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 StreetARToronto (StART) Partnership Program are now open! Complete information and a link to the online application can be found on our website here: www.toronto.ca/streetart.
StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. An initiative of City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division, StART programs have been developed to achieve a number of Council’s strategic objectives. By reducing and replacing graffiti vandalism with colourful and vibrant art work, street art installations help maintain infrastructure in a state-of-good-repair thereby reducing maintenance costs, make our streets more inviting and safe, encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business owners and operators, artists, and arts organizations. Of note, Transportation departments across the United States are increasingly developing street art programs given their essential involvement in placemaking and activating the street. Individually and collectively, StART murals are designed to celebrate the City of Toronto motto Diversity Our Strength and foster a greater sense of belonging among all.
Akin Studio Program at MOCA Year 2: Call for Applications
Akin is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Akin Studio Program at MOCA Year 2 (2019-2020). The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019, 5:00pm. Full details can be found in the Call for Applications. Click the link to download the PDF at www.akin.art/mocacall2019
The Akin Studio Program is a unique and publicly open opportunity for art practitioners, curators and writers to lease shared studio space within The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) at 158 Sterling Road in Toronto. In addition to a one year studio space rental, selected artists will be immersed within a community of peers, offering various opportunities for engagement. Studio members will be encouraged to develop and expand their individual practices while playing a role in the artistic community within the museum itself.
Interested in applying? Join Akin on February 2, 2019 at the studios to see the space and ask questions about the program. Click here for full details.
Applications now accepted in City of Toronto program offering community grants for innovative ideas to reduce waste
Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s 2019 Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in the City's waste diversion programs.
The Waste Reduction Community Grants Program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support grassroots initiatives that reduce waste. The program launched last year and awarded more than $116,000 toward ideas that included the development of signage and programing for tenants of a downtown building, establishment of a sharing library for special event materials for the community, educational training on reducing textile waste and making sustainable fashion choices, and a program aimed at reducing lunch packaging in schools.
Initiatives eligible for funding include those that promote waste reduction and reuse, increase waste management education and engagement, and align with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. Priority will be placed on initiatives that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, and involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.
Groups eligible to apply for funding include resident, tenant, neighbourhood and business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations and school groups, clubs and councils.
March 1 is the deadline to submit an expression of interest.
More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, the 2018 recipients and the application process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastegrants.