News and Events in Ward 21
Save the Date: Ward 21's Annual Environment Day
As of this week spring is finally here, and you know what that means, Ward 21's Annual Environment Day is right around the corner. Save the date and join me at the Artscape Wychwood Barns for a day filled with environmentally focused fun. Residents will be able to participate in family activities, connect with eco-vendors, learn about green initiatives taking place at the City and in our local schools, try their hand at arts and crafts, face-painting and more. For the first year ever, we will also have shredding services on-site, as well as a drop-off area to dispose of hazardous electronic waste and recycling. Get ready for our most lively environment day yet!
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: The Artscape Wychwood Barns (and along Wychwood Avenue)
New Murals Debut at Sagatay
Last month Sagatay hosted an event to share two new works which will animate their site. Funded through the Ontario Arts Council, the works were produced by Paula Gonzalez-Ossa, with support from the brothers at Sagatay. Sagatay's courtyard now sports murals on each wall (north, south, east, and west) depicting the Medicines and Teachings. See one of the images (on the right) depicting an eagle on the eastern wall. Other images include a bear, wolves and traditional medicine.
Hillcrest Community Centre Programs and Services Survey
Hillcrest Community Centre wants to hear from you. Share your ideas on how to improve and expand programs in the Hillcrest community! Visit toronto.ca/haveyoursay to complete an online survey. You can also complete a survey in-person, by visiting at: Hillcrest Community Centre, located at 1339 Bathurst Street. They're open Monday-Friday 3:30 to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.
In Our Parks
Community Clean Up Day in our Ravines
That time of year is here again: Community Clean Up Day is almost upon us. Come out and join me as I work with residents to clean up our ravines. We will be hosting cleanups in 4 community parks including the Kay Gardner Beltline, Cedarvale Park, Hillcrest Park and the Nordheimer Ravine. Lets all do our part to keep ward 21 green and clean! Hope to see you there.
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Start times vary per location, see start times below)
Kay Gardner Beltline Trail
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
(Meet at Old Park Rd. entrance) Cedarvale Park
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
(Meet at the bottom of the
Glen Cedar footbridge
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
(Meet at the corner of
Hillcrest and Christie) Nordheimer Ravine
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
(Meet at the stairs, corner of St. Clair Ave. W. and Wells Hill Ave.)
Friends of Cedarvale Planting Day
Looking to nurture your green thumb? Join Friends of Cedarvale for their annual tree planting day on Saturday, April 29 from 10am to noon. As part of their planting activities they will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Green Neighbours 21 (GN21),a grassroots, action-oriented group of residents working together to respond to climate change and other environmental issues in our local community, so come out to celebrate our newest neighbours (the trees) and GN21.
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cedarvale Community Children's Garden
The Cedarvale Community Children's Garden is preparing for a new season of growing activities. If you are a parent looking to grow some veggies with your kids, or a resident who is just passionate about gardening, this may be a great opportunity for you! To find out more information contact Melana at [email protected]
Watermain rehabilitation is expected to start on Heath Street near Lower Village Gate this week. For more information, please see the work notice here.
Watermain Cleaning & Reclining - on Kendall Ave., Macpherson Ave., & Dartnell Rd.
The City of Toronto will be cleaning and structurally re-lining the water main in your area beginning in April. During this process, the City will also replace the City-owned portion of any substandard water service pipes. To learn more about this work, read the notice.
Committee of Adjustment Applications Process
Effective January 16, 2017, all Minor Variance and Consent applications will be accepted in digital format or in-person at any Toronto Building Customer Service Counter. Harmonizing the application intake process across the city is a necessary step, as we move toward a paperless submission process to enhance customer service. The next step is to offer an email option for application submission, currently anticipated to be rolled out by the end of March. For further information: www.toronto.ca/developing-toronto
390 Spadina Road Update
There were a number of residents who attended the OMB pre-hearing, on March 1. In addition to the City, The South Forest Hill Residents Association (SFHRA) was well represented and was able to secure "party" status which will allow them to share evidence and materials in the ongoing proceedings.
No date has been set for the OMB hearing itself, however a second pre-hearing date has been set for August 8th to review any revisions to the Developer's plan and determine next steps. This meeting will also allow parties to call upon experts to present evidence. The City Solicitor and Planner will attend this meeting, along with any other identified party groups. SFHRA are raising funds to allow them to hire experts to participate in this process. They currently have a goal to raise $65,000 to support them in their advocacy efforts. Please see the links below to find out more on how you can support their work:
1. ONLINE- click on the link which will take you to their GoFundMe page:
2. Drop off a cheque made out to South Forest Hill Residents Association at 350 Lonsdale Rd (Attn: Mona Kronberg)
For information email the SFHRA at [email protected]
11 Shallmar Boulevard Update
An application was made for 11 Shallmar Boulevard to remove parking space and add 6 new residential dwelling spaces, as well as add an amenity space. Due to the limited number of available parking spaces within the building and in the surrounding area, a number of residents strongly opposed this application. For that reason, I too along with the City Planner refused this proposal. It was subsequently also refused at the Committee of Adjustment hearing on March 8. Although I am happy to support property management and residents to revise this proposal to ensure that the issues with this application are addressed, I expect this application will go to the OMB.
Cedarvale Station Open House and Work Update
Join Crosstown staff, and my office at the upcoming Community Open House for the Cedarvale Station. For more information on the event, please see the flyer attached. Work on the Cedarvale station section of the Crosstown is scheduled to begin as early as March 27, 2017. If you are not able to attend the meeting, but would like an update read the most recent Crosstown news update here.
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Cedarvale Community School, 145 Ava Road
The St. Clair West Station main entrance escalator will be out of service for repairs from mid-March until mid-May of this year. More information is available here.
There will be two Downsview to St. George subway closures next month, on the weekends of April 8-9 and April 29-30. For more information on these and other scheduled TTC closures, view the website.
News from City Hall
Board of Health Updates
Board of Health Approves Overdose Action Plan
On March 20, the Board of Health endorsed Toronto Public Health's report, Overdose Action Plan: Prevention and Response. The report identified ten key actions that will contribute to harm reduction in the context of the growing opioid overdose crisis in Toronto and across Canada. The Board also requested further actions and legislative changes on the part of the provincial and federal governments which will better enable TPH to implement these needed harm reduction initiatives
Multi-residential Landlord Licensing
On March 28, City Council will vote on whether to approve multi-residential landlord licensing. A reform that has been years in the making, these new regulations will increase the responsibility of landlords and increase and protect tenant rights. Some of the changes that would come into place if the by-law is passed are: (1) Landlords would need to have a process to receive and track tenant requests, ensuring there is a traceable paper trail; (2) Landlords would need to maintain a notification board in an accessible location where they communicate issues such as repairs, provide emergency contact info and indicate where the nearest air-conditioned building is located; (3) Building common areas must be inspected for cleanliness daily (4) Landlords aren’t allowed to rent a unit to a new tenant if the owner is aware there are pests. Pest records would also have to be made available to prospective tenants upon request; (5) Landlords would need to advise tenants of repairs with adequate notice.
Regulation on Short-Term Rentals
Toronto is facing a rental housing crisis, with a limited number of rental units available to meet the demand of our growing City. Short-term rentals, such as AirBnB have been thought to increase pressure on the City's housing market and decrease our limited supply. To respond to this concern the City of Toronto is exploring regulation on this issue. Residents are invited to share their views on the regulation of short-term accommodation rentals, at both the meeting dates (listed above) and through an online survey. The survey will be live on March 28, and can be accessed here. A staff report with recommendations is expected to go to the City's Executive Committee for consideration in June.
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
Location: Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W
*This session will also be lived streamed here.
Storm Water Consultations
The City of Toronto is considering the implementation of a storm water charge to help fund the costs of maintenance and infrastructure improvements needed to our storm and sewer systems. For a more detailed understanding of the issue under consideration, you can review this chart. As part of this process the City is holding public consultations on April 4 (see flyer for details), along with the launch of an online survey set to close on April 7.
Seniors Strategy Survey
The City of Toronto and community partners would like your input on the next Toronto Seniors Strategy – Version 2.0" – to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city. To provide input, please complete the online survey at http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/tss/. The survey is available in English as well as the top ten languages spoken by seniors in the Toronto. The survey will be open until April 15, 2017.
City Council Highlights
Updates from the Community
Tarragon Theatre Presents: Millenial Malcontent
Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of The Millennial Malcontent, a fun exploration of the social posing, sexual exploration and emotional minefield of the Millennial generation. Loosely adapted from restoration comedy The Provoked Wife by Sir John Vanbrugh, the production is on stage from April 9, 2017. For more information visit: www.tarragontheatre.com/the-millennial-malcontent/
Ward 21 Welcomes its Very First Tool Library to the Neighbourhood
The Repair Café Toronto, the Toronto Tool Library & Sharing Depot will be moving into the Sam’s Hardware spot on St. Clair! The Repair Café will be open to help you fix small appliances and home electronics every Sunday, from 12 - 4 p.m. Drop by their Open House this weekend - March 25 & 26. The Tool Library will host their official Launch Party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both this Saturday and Sunday. The Repair Café will also be on-site, with a few fixers to help you repair small appliances and household electronics.
For more information about this great event, read the poster below or visit repaircafetoronto.ca or Repair Café Toronto on Facebook, and Toronto Tool Library
Updates from the Friends of Cedarvale
Friends of Cedarvale will ring in the spring season with 3 events in April. You can catch them at my Community Cleanup Day (on April 23), and our annual Ward 21 Environment Day (on April 30). They will also be hosting their annual Planting day in Cedarvale Park on April 29. See more details here.
As the planting season ramps up, Friends of Cedarvale is also looking for local residents to join their Steering Committee to help support and guide their annual activities, partnerships and communications. If you are interested in learning more, contact John Cummings here.
The Toronto Local Immigration Partnership is Hosting an Event for Newcomers
Do you know a newcomer who is looking to find information about local programs and services, health resources, language classes and employment supports? The West Toronto Local Immigration Department will be hosting an event this Sunday, March 26 at the Darul Arqam Islamic Centre to connect recent immigrants and refugees to services. Translation services will be available, so please share widely folks! See the flyer for additional details.
Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Darul Arqam Islamic Centre, 585 Trethewey Drive, Toronto M6M 4B8
Registration for St. Stephens House Connections Program is Now Open
St. Stephen's house is launching the next series of their 18-week skill training and co-op placement program, Connections. If you are interested in learning more or registering to participate, you can review program information on their flyer here.
Jane's Walk is Recruiting Walk Leaders for Ward 21
This year Jane's Walk takes place over the weekend of May 5, 6, 7. Jane’s Walk is a global festival of free, community led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their communities and connect with neighbours. In 2016, over 7,000 people attended 226 walks in 37 GTA Wards.
A Jane’s Walk is a great opportunity to spark community conversations in your ward. How can you get involved? With that in mind I encourage you to take the plunge and become a walk leader in our community. Find out more information by visiting: janeswalk.org/toronto.
LEAF Activities in Our Ward
Connect with LEAF this growing season and find out about their various planting initiatives. This year they have a Backyard Tree Planting Program and a Native Shrub Bundle Program. Supplies are limited, and bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so get connected to ensure you don't miss out! For more information on these wonderful initiatives [email protected] or attend one of their upcoming events:
April 27, 2017
Training - Toronto Volunteer Orientationhttp://www.yourleaf.org/order-native-shrubs
6:00pm - 7:30pm | Lillian H. Smith Library (Auditorium BC)
May 9, 2017
Multi-Day Course: Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Program
Class dates: May 9th, May 11th May 13th & May 16th | St Mathew’s Club House, Riverdale Park East
May 28, 2017
Workshop: Drawing Native Plants with Alan Li
1:00 to 4:00 pm | LEAF Learning Garden, Artscape Wychwood Barns
Goodlife Fitness Marathon runs through Ward 21
The annual GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon will run through our neighbourhood on Sunday, May 7, 2017, as such there will be some minor road closures on this date to accommodate the run route. Please see the notice attached for more details on the times and the locations of the street closures.