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** New pedestrian railings on Parkside Drive ———————————————————— Published on Jul 10, 2018 04:46 pm The City installed new pedestrian railings along Parkside Drive under The Queensway overpass. These barriers were put in to increase safety. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=cc41b228e9&e=382fa4aa2e)

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View this email in your browser (us3.campaign-archive.com/?e=382fa4aa2e&u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=fd9bdd2143) In the July 05, 2018 edition: * Traffic Lights at King and Close activated. * High Park Stewards invite you to Weed Whacking and Boulevard Beds – July 8 * Canada’s New Youth Policy: Toronto Consultation

** Traffic Lights at King and Close activated. ———————————————————— Published on Jul 05, 2018 04:12 pm The Traffic Lights at King Street West and Close Avenue are now activated! This is great news. A request to review the King and Close intersection to Transportation Services to review the pedestrian crossing at King and Close. After completing their study, Transportation Staff recommended that the existing Pedestrian Cross Over (PXO) be removed and […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3c38287d16&e=382fa4aa2e)

** High Park Stewards invite you to Weed Whacking and Boulevard Beds – July 8 ———————————————————— Published on Jul 05, 2018 02:52 pm You are invited by the High Park Stewards to Weed Whacking and Boulevard Beds – July 8. Please meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. We will work until 12:30. For your protection, please dress as in long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4b342c0f06&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Canada’s New Youth Policy: Toronto Consultation ———————————————————— Published on Jul 05, 2018 02:15 pm On July 7th a cross-country, youth-led, and youth-organized consultation on Canada’s new Youth Policy will be coming to Toronto, and we want to hear from youth about their concerns, ideas, and priorities for the future! Details are as follows: Date: Saturday, July 7 Time: 2:00-4:00 Location: Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers The purpose of this […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=849209308f&e=382fa4aa2e)

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3 Condo Developments before Community Council on July 4th could radically change the character of The Junction

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URGENT! 3 Condos before Community Council on July 4th could radically change the character of The Junction

 
You should be aware that 3 Condo developments are before Community Council on July 4th; one in Etobicoke and two in Toronto-East York, as well as one before OMB on the 3rd on Keele at Vine.
 
You may also know that The Junction Historical Conservation District has been approved for study and has been moved to the top of the list due to the number of intensification projects that are being proposed.  Dundas West, between Humberside and Runnymede is a designated Character Area, one of the last mostly intact Character Areas left in Toronto, and as such it is “protected” with a set of guidelines for proposed developments.  One guideline is the limit of six storeys.  The proposed condos are 8-9 storeys PLUS additional storeys for “rooftop amenities” and elevator machine rooms.  The typical height for buildings along Dundas is 3 storeys with a few 1 and 2 storey buildings thrown in.  8 or 9 storeys will dwarf the neighbouring builds, many of which are designated for their Historical significance. 
 
Proposed buildings are supposed to fit in to the fabric of their surroundings.  The proposed condos are mostly glass and ignoring the setback above 3 storeys. The developers in their rush to get these projects through council have incomplete proposals and in cases misleading information.  Junction House touts itself as being in The Junction Triangle, an area East of the tracks, not in The Junction.  It also intends to have a large neon billboard on the roof, “The Junction House, Gateway to the Junction”.
 
We know intensification is necessary and inevitable, but it should not be at any cost.
 
Please help save the Heritage value of our neighbourhood and the walk-ability of Dundas Street by asking Council to DEFER any decisions made on these intensification projects until a Historical study can be completed.  As it stands, each project is being judged in a vacuum without the combined effect of all projects together.  Our schools are full.  Our traffic is gridlocked at rush hour.  These issues need to be considered.  If passed, the precedence will be set and the many other projects that are being proposed will be rubber stamped.
 
PLEASE FIND ATTACHED THREE LETTERS TO THE COMMUNITY COUNCILS ASKING FOR DEFERRALS.  Please copy each into separate emails and fill in the email address and subject line from the letters.  Feel free to add any personal feels you may have or write your own, add your name and address and send to the respective councils before the 3rd of July.  By clicking on the links separately attached, you may sign up to speak at the council meeting.
Letter 1.         Letter 2.          Letter 3.

Project Details
 

Thank you for your help to save the character of our neighbourhood.
 
Jim Baxter
Director, The Junction HCD
WBCA member

1.  T&EYCC agenda at 10:00 is the Active Green + Ross property at 2639 Dundas Street Westhttp://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.TE34.8

2.  T&EYCC agenda at 11:30 is the Junction House project at 2706-2730 Dundas Street Westhttp://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.TE34.23

The T&EYCC meeting is in Committee Room 1 on the second floor of City Hall (100 Queen Street West).

3.  EYCC agenda at 14:00 is the revised redevelopment proposal for the properties on the northwest corner of Pacific Avenue at 2978-2988 Dundas Street West and 406-408 Pacific Avenuehttp://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.EY32.2 

The EYCC meeting is in the Etobicoke Civic Centre (399 The West Mall, main floor council chambers).

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View this email in your browser (us3.campaign-archive.com/?e=382fa4aa2e&u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ceb2f01b61) In the June 28, 2018 edition: * Momo Crawl T.O. 2018 – July 29, 1-5pm * Temporary traffic and parking amendments during CNE * Wabash Community Centre Public Information Meeting : July 10 * Vision Zero: Launch of 2018 Senior Safety Zones * Councillor Perks in the media on Rooming House Pilot Project

** Momo Crawl T.O. 2018 – July 29, 1-5pm ———————————————————— Published on Jun 28, 2018 12:20 pm Momo Crawl TO is back to Little Tibet, Parkdale and it’s bigger and better than ever! This July 29th in Little Tibet (Parkdale), Students for a Free Tibet Canada is pleased to host you Toronto foodies on a steamy savoury crawl for the top momos. More info on the event here: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=eb8176a16e&e=382fa4aa2e Purchase a passport here: www.SFTCanada.org/momocrawlto Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c6b811a2fa&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Temporary traffic and parking amendments during CNE ———————————————————— Published on Jun 28, 2018 11:49 am Dear Friend, Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 17 to September 3, 2018. These temporary changes are introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). This year, TEYCC is scheduled for Wednesday, […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=98861cccc1&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Wabash Community Centre Public Information Meeting : July 10 ———————————————————— Published on Jun 28, 2018 11:17 am You are invited to come and learn more about the upcoming plans for the new community centre and to:  – review the project background and potential programming;  – review timelines;  – review next steps Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=88538940af&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Vision Zero: Launch of 2018 Senior Safety Zones ———————————————————— Published on Jun 26, 2018 12:20 pm In the past few years, older adults have made up over 80% of all pedestrian fatalities in the City. Over the coming months, the surrounding areas designated as Senior Safety Zones will be retrofitted with new safety signs, enhanced pavement markings, and extended pedestrian walk times at traffic signals. The list of locations was determined through data analysis […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=75cf32f981&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Councillor Perks in the media on Rooming House Pilot Project ———————————————————— Published on Jun 26, 2018 11:30 am Read the Toronto Star article here: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=17edff1554&e=382fa4aa2e Listen to The Exchange with Matt Gurney on Global News Radio 640 Toronto here: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=70a94f4759&e=382fa4aa2e Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ab05e13609&e=382fa4aa2e)

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View this email in your browser (us3.campaign-archive.com/?e=382fa4aa2e&u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7a6ad30b05) In the June 21, 2018 edition: * Toronto Teams Up with Jack Armstrong to Remind Residents to Recycle Right * Green Bin Pilot in City Parks * Keep track of your water use this summer * Public Consultation – New SmartTrack Stations * Zero Waste Community Action Planning for Parkdale – June 19, 2018 * Parkdale People’s Economy Working Groups – June 18, 2018

** Toronto Teams Up with Jack Armstrong to Remind Residents to Recycle Right ———————————————————— Published on Jun 21, 2018 03:37 pm The City of Toronto and Jack Armstrong team up to remind you to Recycle Right! Check out the video gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=16b6d4edc1&e=382fa4aa2e Help keep your neighbourhood clean! Don’t let your Garbage, Recycling or Green Bins overflow. Get more tips on how to properly set out your waste bins at: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=93be2d744b&e=382fa4aa2e Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=40eafc9e44&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Green Bin Pilot in City Parks ———————————————————— Published on Jun 18, 2018 05:14 pm Solid Waste Management, in consultation with Parks, Forestry and Recreation and ML&S, have placed Green Bins in 20 City parks with off-leash areas. The pilot began in May and will be running until the fall. Once the pilot concludes, City staff will look into extending to all parks with off-leash areas. The full list of […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a701375624&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Keep track of your water use this summer ———————————————————— Published on Jun 18, 2018 04:12 pm With summer almost here and warmer weather on the way, the City of Toronto is reminding residents that they can track their water use online with MyWaterToronto, the City of Toronto’s online water use tool. Use the tool to track your water use by day, week, month or year, to better understand your water use […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=8e496987ee&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Public Consultation – New SmartTrack Stations ———————————————————— Published on Jun 15, 2018 04:17 pm An update on the work underway, including environmental studies, for the new SmartTrack/GO stations. Anyone can participate in the online town halls by visiting smarttrack.to/townhall or calling 800-457-6180. During the online town halls, participants will have the opportunity to ask the Project Team questions live via an online interface or their phone. For those unable […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=cb8a404cb7&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Zero Waste Community Action Planning for Parkdale – June 19, 2018 ———————————————————— Published on Jun 15, 2018 04:10 pm Connect and get involved with organizations and neighbours to reduce waste in Parkdale! Date: Tue Jun 19, 2018 Event time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Location: Auditorium @ Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St W @ Cowan Ave, M6K 1L6. *For people who live or work in Parkdale* Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=076c3e5600&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parkdale People’s Economy Working Groups – June 18, 2018 ———————————————————— Published on Jun 15, 2018 04:06 pm On Monday, June 18, 2018, the Parkdale People’s Economy will be bringing together working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration! The gathering will provide a space for community members to learn about the Parkdale Community Plan, move forward our priority actions for 2018, and review the Community Benefits Framework. We will be providing […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c1c9bc667d&e=382fa4aa2e)

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View this email in your browser (us3.campaign-archive.com/?e=382fa4aa2e&u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6ba1948fea) In the May 24, 2018 edition: * Potential Rooming House Property Acquisition and Modernization in Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park * Short Term Car Rental Update * High Park Boulevard Beds and Garlic Mustard Busting * Parkdale Community Hub Meeting Presentation and Public Survey * High Park Native Plant Sale

** Potential Rooming House Property Acquisition and Modernization in Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park ———————————————————— Published on May 24, 2018 07:29 pm Friends, I am happy to announce that City Council supported my motion to make it possible for a non-profit housing provider to buy a rooming house in Parkdale. Here is a link to that motion gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=26914db69d&e=382fa4aa2e . The motion directs the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to the June 25th Affordable Housing Committee meeting […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=69853e4457&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Short Term Car Rental Update ———————————————————— Published on May 24, 2018 03:10 pm Let me start by saying I am fully supportive of short term car rental as an integral part of our transportation network. Councillor Layton moved a motion requesting that the City begin looking at how we could help to expand short term car rental by allowing on-street permits where capacity existed. I supported that motion. […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a4882df0a8&e=382fa4aa2e)

** High Park Boulevard Beds and Garlic Mustard Busting ———————————————————— Published on May 24, 2018 02:34 pm Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON Help the High Park Stewards with one of two activities. (May is a busy month!) We need to (1) redesign the boulevard beds next to the Grenadier Restaurant, by rebuilding the fencing and replanting; (2) remove garlic […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=63431b8ccf&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parkdale Community Hub Meeting Presentation and Public Survey ———————————————————— Published on May 22, 2018 02:03 pm Background The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community. In 2017, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=fca30dec91&e=382fa4aa2e)

** High Park Native Plant Sale ———————————————————— Published on May 17, 2018 08:15 pm Sunday, May 20, 2018, 11 am – 2 pm In front of the High Park Greenhouse (south of Grenadier Restaurant, off of Centre Road) Use native plants in your garden and help native species thrive! This plant sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewards and native plant restoration in High Park. It will […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=299f23b5bd&e=382fa4aa2e)

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** Chelsea Avenue Playground is Open! ———————————————————— Published on May 17, 2018 07:32 pm Chelsea Park re-opened Wednesday afternoon. Our office was told that an hour after it opened the playground was full of kids! The scope of work included removal of the old playground & installation of new playground, upgrades to the existing wading pool, a new walkway, benches, picnic tables and a water bottle filling station. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4dc078b5d3&e=382fa4aa2e)

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The West Bend Community Association May 2018 Newsletter

Have a Spectacular Spring!

Hello West Benders,

Our final meeting of the season is this week, before a summer ‘break’ that won’t be all that quiet.

We hope you will all get out and vote for our new MPP this June 7th.  We have no less than six candidates seeking to represent us at Queen’s Park, and we are situated in a hotly contested ‘ward to watch’.  Even more than usual; your vote counts!

As much as the party leaders get all the attention, we do not get to directly vote for a Premier.  We get only one vote and it is for a candidate to represent our interests right here in the West Bend, as an important part of Parkdale – High Park.  The seat is currently open and no one candidate is looking like an obvious winner.  Take some time to get to know our candidates — maybe even meet them in person at an upcoming event or all-candidates debate (see below).  Find out where the candidates stand on issues that are important to you — and let them know what you believe in too! 

Please don’t let anybody tell you who to vote for.  Make your decision for the reasons that matter to you.

You have another opportunity to have a say on an issue with long-term implications for the West Bend.  As a result of the ward boundary changes for the upcoming election, the Community Council boundaries will also be realigned.  Community Council plays an important role in local policy making as it has final decision-making power on several items.  The difference between Toronto vs. Etobicoke Community Council is why the speed of Glenlake Ave increases from 30 km/h to 40 km/h as you cross west at Keele.  Find out more at this City of Toronto site, which is seeking feedback until May 25th.  We will discuss this item at our meeting on Wednesday and solidify a position for the Association.  As it currently stands, we find more in common with and would prefer to be grouped with Toronto Downtown wards.

There will be plenty more going on in the West Bend this summer.  Buzz on the Bridge is June 2nd.  The never-to-be-missed Wanda Street Party will be June 9th.  Chelsea Playground will re-open soon afterward.  There will be plenty more work on the Railside Gardens — the irrigation system is now more than half complete and it will be planting season soon!   Update your subscription preferences to be notified of upcoming opportunities to help out.

Did you make it out to see the cherry blossoms?
 

In this Newsletter:

  • WBCA meeting this Wednesday – last one until September
  • Community Council Boundary Changes
  • Provincial Election – Get to know your candidates!
  • Buzz on the Bridge
  • Wanda Street Party

 

WBCA Monthly Meeting – May
Wednesday, May 16th @7:00pm
Staff Room, 2nd floor, Indian Road Crescent Public School

Our monthly meeting is the place to get caught up on the business of the West Bend Community Association and to play a role in steering the organization.  This will be our final meeting before the summer break.  We will reconvene in September.

Provincial All-Candidates Meetings
Tuesday, May 15th @7:00pm
Roncesvalles United Church – 214 Wright Avenue

Wednesday, May 30th @ 6:30pm
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church – 250 Dunn Avenue

Excellent opportunities to see how our candidates fare in an actual debate!  Knocking on doors is one thing, but the real work of representing us at the Provincial level requires so much more.  Here’s an opportunity to see the candidates speak and to form your own opinion of which candidate best represents your views.

Here is a poster for distribution.

Wanda Street Party
Saturday, June 9th  2pm onwards
Wanda Road – you can’t miss it!

This annual event is open to everyone and is the highlight of the West Bend Summer Street Party Circuit.  Be sure to drop by!

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In the May 11, 2018 edition:

Community Dialogue: A Public Health Approach to Drug Policy

Published on May 09, 2018 02:53 pm      
The number of people dying from opioid poisonings in Toronto continue to rise. Preliminary estimates from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario show there were 187 deaths in Toronto from May to July 2017; double for the same period in 2016. Around the world, governments are considering different approaches to drugs. Some […]
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Reminder: Spring Into Parkdale this Saturday May 12th, 2018

Published on May 09, 2018 02:01 pm      
The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to the Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market on May 12th, 2018! Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family. Come out and meet shop owners, […]
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Ward 14 is a Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods Pilot community

Published on May 09, 2018 10:48 am      
Coming soon! An exciting new project – Toronto’s Greenest Neighbourhoods – will launch later this month in three Toronto neighbourhoods, including Parkdale. Through the project, the City will engage with a local community group to help residents learn about all of the incentives and rebates available to make their homes more energy efficient. Need a […]
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Solid Waste Management Communication: Storm Related Yard Waste Collection

Published on May 08, 2018 02:25 pm      
The City is currently dealing with high volumes of yard waste due to the storm. If you have put yard waste out properly for collection and it has not been picked up, please leave it out, and the City will collect it ASAP. Thank u for your patience. More at: bit.ly/2FN9B71
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In the May 04, 2018 edition:

Saturday May 5th – Jane’s Walk and Community Forum | Parkdale People’s Economy, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Toronto Public Library, and Canadian Film Centre

Published on May 04, 2018 11:31 am      
This Saturday, May 5, 2018, join the Parkdale People’s Economy, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Toronto Public Library, and Canadian Film Centre on a Jane’s Walk and Public Panel – (dis)Placed in Parkdale: Gentrification & Community – for On Civil Society! 12:00PM-2:00PM: Jane’s Walk – Voices of Resilience: Claiming Places in Parkdale – Meet at Parkdale Project Read (1209 King St W) Join the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land […]
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The Parkdale Community Hub Project- Information Meeting | Wednesday May 16, 2018

Published on Apr 30, 2018 05:18 pm      
Great news for Parkdale Community! Friends, The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services that support the local community. In 2017, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for […]
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