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The historic First Parliament site holds the foundational elements of democracy and nation-building in Canada.

Located at the intersection of Front Street East and Parliament Street; bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park, this major site spans a full city block. Recognized as the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit, this site was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee) and Confederacy of the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

As we’ve seen with other historical heritage sites, the First Parliament site is now expropriated by Metrolinx to facilitate the building of the Ontario Line and future development. Transit expansion is critical, but the site must recognize the existing cultural heritage of the City of Toronto. Residents and community leaders had been engaged in the assembly of land and the design of the First Parliament Master Plan for a number of years. Building complete communities is largely a local effort, working with impacted stakeholders, business owners, and residents to create a strong and vibrant neighbourhood master plan.

To ensure the community was represented in discussions with City Staff, Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario, I hosted a First Parliament Town Hall where all divisions were represented and responded to a series of questions posed by the community. Find the answers here. This virtual town hall hosted over 400 virtual guests, and was facilitated by my office who gathered questions in advance of the meeting and coordinated responses available on the First Parliament website.

If you missed the First Parliament Town Hall you can watch it again here. <link to townhall>

While the City of Toronto is a creature of the Province and consequently subject to its whims, I have consistently championed a transparent process wherein residents are active members in an effort to help shape and create complete communities, while supporting transit expansion. Learn more about my work around the First Parliament site at FirstParliament.To.

Moss Park

COVID-19 laid bare the necessity for our park spaces and public realm. The reality of urban living is that residents have limited access to green spaces and therefore our parks are not only an asset but a requirement for residents to enjoy the benefits of nature and being outdoors to engage in social and recreational activity. Equitable access to our parks is critical for mental wellness and allows anyone access regardless of socio-economic factors.

Located at Queen and Sherbourne, bordered by Shuter Street to the north, and George Street to the east, Moss Park spans almost a full city block. This 3.4 hectare downtown park features a lit ball diamond, two tennis courts, a basketball court, a wading pool and a children's playground. It’s accessed by a diverse range of people, especially our marginalized and vulnerable populations due to its close proximity to surrounding social and health services.

Since 2015, Moss Park has been long overdue for an updated design and improvement to John Innes Community Centre. As part of this work, with the 519 and a philanthropic partner, extensive community consultations and a feasibility study were completed to design a revitalized Moss Park to better serve the community. However, after extensive analysis, the partnership came to the conclusion that the project, as envisioned, was not feasible at that time and would not move forward in its current form. However, key takeaways from the More Moss Park consultation process will be carried forward to inform this new round of work.

Concurrently at the City of Toronto works to redesign, and reinvigorate Moss Park to better serve the community, Metrolinx will be taking over a large section of the park to facilitate building the Ontario Line. The South-East corner of Moss Park will become a station along the proposed Ontario Line. The reality is that Moss Park will be home to a massive construction staging plan as the City and Metrolinx will be coordinating their activity. The timeline for construction is long-term- with construction planned for over 5 years for both projects. It's a fact that there will be a significant reduction of existing green space and the potential loss of Moss Park amenities such as the tennis and basketball court. Sadly, the reduction of park space will also mean the unfortunate loss of mature trees along Queen Street.

The community has been awaiting this much-needed change for years, and there needs to be careful coordination to ensure that the City’s work can continue alongside transit construction with minimal disruption to the surrounding community and its residents. We need to work together to ensure that a beautiful park can be redesigned in coordination with transit construction.

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