August 2019

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Community health and safety has been top of mind for many of our Ward 13 neighbourhoods this summer. Toronto has seen an unprecedented number of shootings, some of them in our own communities. Meanwhile, the growing crises of mental health, addictions, and homelessness have become increasingly apparent downtown and beyond. This has exposed far too many people to new trauma. It illustrates the cycle of despair that leaves vulnerable and marginalized populations without the resources they need to build better lives and escape violence.

In my last e-newsletter, I highlighted the new Five-Year Downtown East Action Plan that starts to build a roadmap to addressing many of the systemic failures contributing to violence and insecurity in our communities. The work grew out of my 2017 Healthy Neighbourhood Summit that identified the fractured community safety structures and inadequate social supports. This fall, I will be coming back to our Ward 13 communities for a new set of Healthy Neighbourhoods meetings to share the work that is underway, hear what your immediate and evolving needs are, and to ensure that the highest levels of City staff understand the challenges we are addressing.

Ward 13 has been leading the city in transforming how we do community-based policing. The dedicated Neighbourhood Officer program in Regent Park and Moss Park have expanded to the Church-Wellesley Village, St. James Town, Cabbagetown South and now Downtown Yonge. This program sees officers out of their vehicles, patrolling the communities on foot and bikes, and developing direct relationships with residents, businesses, and visitors. Not only does this help the officers become deeply aware of the nuances and challenges in the community, they have proven to have a much stronger understanding of the needs and circumstances of vulnerable residents. This is an effective model of community policing, one that I want to expand to all of Ward 13.

While Toronto has many resources, Municipal Governments are not responsible for, or equipped to address, the crises of mental health and addictions. This is why I specifically gave direction in the Five-Year Downtown East Action Plan for a table to be convened with the Federal and Provincial governments to identify the actions they need to undertake. Last week, I met with the Mayor, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Eileen de Villa, and divisional leads to map out the next steps and to develop a transparent set of measures and reports that will hold each order of government accountable. This is not a matter of assigning blame, but of getting beyond vague funding announcements and down to the specifics of what programs, services, and work will be done to provide our residents and communities with the health and safety outcomes they deserve.

There is much more happening in Ward 13, and I encourage you to read on below for more of the great work and events taking place. I look forward to connecting with you at any number of our upcoming community meetings and receiving your thoughts, comments, and concerns.

Yours in service,

Kristyn Wong-Tam 


Table of Contents

1. Cabbagetown South: Safety & Heritage Conservation 

2. Church-Wellesley: Safety Town Hall Highlights

3. Corktown: Farmer's Market & Business Improvement Area

4. Garden District: George Street Revitalization Project

5. McGill-Granby: Joseph Sheard Parkette

6. Statement on McGill Parkette

7. Regent Park: GrowTO Fair

8. St. Lawrence: David Crombie Park Public Consultation

9. Sign Up for Dog Off-Leash Updates

10. Sign Up for City & Community Council Updates

11. 33 Sherbourne and 176-178 Front Street East Community Consultation

12. Neighborhood Grants Applications Now Open!

13. Priority Retail Streets Zoning By-Law

14. Community Spotlight: The First Open Streets of 2019, A Big Success!

15. In the Community

16. How to Report

17. New Community Resources Webpage

18. Development Map

19. TDSB Trustee Update from Chris Moise


1. Cabbagetown South: Safety & Heritage Conservation 

Addressing Neighbourhood Health & Safety

The health and safety of the new Ward 13 - Toronto Centre residents are top priorities that I have been working tirelessly to address with all divisions at the City of Toronto.

My staff and I regularly attend meetings at the Community Police Liaison Committee, the Sherbourne-Dundas Safety Network and other events related to community health and safety in the neighbourhood. I also meet on a monthly basis with the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association Board; over the summer we have been meeting more frequently.

Local resident concerns are valid and I will continue to advocate for the health and safety for all residents, as well as work to address systemic gaps that have failed to support the city’s most vulnerable people. 

Last month, City Council adopted my landmark Five-Year Action Plan for the Downtown East, which set comprehensive targets and strategies to enhance city services exclusively from Bay Street to Bayview Avenue, Bloor Street to the waterfront, representing all of Ward 13 - Toronto Centre.

Among many other actions, the work I have done on the Five-Year Downtown East Action Plan for Ward 13 - Toronto Centre directs city divisions to:

  • Establish a safety network for Dundas and Sherbourne, with specific outcome measures that include increased timely and appropriate responses to local concerns.
  • Collect sharps and drug use supplies and facilitate safe disposal
  • Substantially increase the frequency of alley, parks and laneway cleaning
  • Request that the Toronto Police Services Board review the current response to safety and noise concerns in the Sherbourne Corridor and Moss Park areas and identify resource requirements to respond
  • Enhance street outreach worker numbers to encourage vulnerable populations to access safe, supportive services
  • Priority laneways receiving cleaning three times per day
  • Enhanced coordination of street outreach efforts
  • Additional staff to provide enhanced harm reduction outreach
  • Improve metrics on crime, social disorder, and quality of life as tracked by Toronto Police
  • Offer planned recreation programs and leagues to individuals living in shelters or are affected by homelessness

In addition, our local Toronto Police 51 Division is receiving 22 of the new officers and I expect to see more later this year. Arrests are being made daily, targeting violent drug dealers and those who are victimizing neighbours and service users alike. Sadly, when turned over to Justices of the Peace, they appear to be routinely discharged and return to the community with few conditions placed on them.  

It’s clear that the systems are failing and a dramatic service re-modelling is needed to ensure that vulnerable populations, including those living with serious mental health and addictions challenges, are not discharged without the accompanying housing, medical or addictions supports they need. The current cycle of “catch and release” is expensive and ineffective and it must be interrupted. A new model of community health and safety must be considered, one that includes comprehensive health including mental health services and restorative justice.

Our municipal efforts are essential in promoting community health and safety but their success will be limited without additional support from other government partners. Like many other cities across Canada, Toronto is gripped by three major crises involving the lack of adequate affordable housing, mental health services and addiction recovery programs. These are all complex inter-governmental and cross-sectoral systems that go beyond the purview of any city government and will require provincial and federal leadership with sustained funding. 

I recognized that much more needs to be done to create healthy, safe, inclusive neighbourhoods that work for everyone. I have repeatedly raised the concerns of our local residents to the Office of the Mayor and the top city officials, including the City Manager. They support the recommendations in the Downtown East Five-Year Action Plan and I believe they will assist us in obtaining all necessary funding in the upcoming 2020 and beyond city budgets. This is a significant and historic achievement, one that will make a difference for downtown east communities in the long-term that have historically been challenged by poverty and violence for years. 

Toronto is doing much within its jurisdiction to address these complex issues and now we need both the Provincial and Federal governments to develop and fund their own five-year action plans for cities. There will be no long-term solution until mental health services, addictions treatment, and other provincial and federal responsibilities are fully funded and coordinated to eliminate structural gaps to provide those with acute needs a pathway to recovery. This is the path forward not just for Toronto but all cities across the country, provinces and territories. 

Cities need all government partners to come to the table immediately. While millions have been promised, we are not seeing crisis response programs and recovery or rehabilitation beds available to those looking for a way out. This is essential in addressing the complexity of the issues facing the Downtown East. 

To achieve this essential partnership, Toronto City Council supported my motion in the Five-Year Action Plan to convene a table with all three levels of government to look review the structural gaps that are failing Toronto residents and to develop immediate solutions. 

My staff and I will continue to work hard with all community and government partners. We understand that our successes are inter-connected and linked together. No one person or community can do this work alone and we remain committed to working with all stakeholders to constructively find long-term solutions to systemic challenges. We commit to you that we won’t rest until this happens. 

The Sherbourne-Dundas Community Safety Network

With my support, the City of Toronto's Community Crisis Response Program has been facilitating monthly safety network meetings with residents, service agencies, businesses, the Toronto Police, Toronto Community Housing, and MPP Morrison’s office.

The purpose of the network is to respond to community needs and initiate an intervention response; to provide necessary services required as a result of a critical incident. More specifically, to coordinate the delivery of services to the neighbourhood from city divisions and community service providers, restoring neighbourhood safety, security, well-being and a sense of community.

If you would like to receive email updates or meeting invitations, contact Stephanie Mazerolle at stephanie.mazerolle@toronto.ca

Dan Harrison Community Complex

In April 2019, City Council supported my motion directing staff to address the long-standing complex challenges at the Dan Harrison Community Complex in the Five-Year Downtown East Action Plan and the Tenants First reports and to develop a timeline for implementation and full costing for the renewed comprehensive strategy.

I am pleased to report that things are on-track and moving forward. Staff are expected to report back at the October 15, 2019 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee. Over the next few months, major security infrastructure upgrades are currently underway at Dan Harrison including repair and installation of additional security cameras both indoors and outdoors, exterior and underground parking garage lighting enhancements, lobby reconstruction, and installation of double maglocks on exterior doors.

Heritage Conservation District (HCD)

The Toronto Preservation Board has endorsed the recommendation to proceed with developing the Cabbagetown Southwest HCD. Staff are defining the scope of work and timeline for the next phase and will provide an update in Fall 2019.

Get Involved

If you haven’t already, I would recommend joining the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association or at least signing up for their updates. Since January I have been meeting monthly, more often over these summer months, with the Board of the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association and together we have been tackling the health and safety issues that residents and service users are facing. They have been great champions and represent the neighbourhood well.

 


2. Church-Wellesley: Safety Town Hall Highlights

Community Safety Meeting Highlights

In response to the recent surge in break-ins and violence experienced by the community, on August 8th, I facilitated an emergency community safety meeting hosted by Progress Place in collaboration with Glad Day Bookshop, CWBIA, CWNA, and Toronto Police.

Suggestions from the community included:

  • Starting a Neighbourhood/Vertical Watch programs (like the ones many of us remember growing up)
  • Providing the community with skill building training for de-escalation and intervention techniques
  • Organizing Community Support/Safety Walks
  • Attending Community Police Liaison Committee Meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at 51 Division Headquarters (51 Parliament Street)
  • Participating in the upcoming Meet Your Neighbours event hosted by the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association

The meeting was also live streamed and the video has been posted on Facebook.

 

Community Support Walk

Church-Wellesley Community Safety Network

The City of Toronto's Community Crisis Response Program (CCRP), with my support has been facilitating monthly safety network meetings with residents, the 519, Progress Place, Grace Church, Church Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area, CWNA, Toronto Police, and MPP Morrison’s office.

The purpose of the network is to respond to community needs and initiate interventions; to provide necessary services required as a result of a critical incident. The network coordinates the delivery of services to the neighbourhood from city divisions and community service providers, restoring neighbourhood safety, security, well-being and a sense of community.

If you would like to receive email updates or meeting invitations, contact Stephanie Mazerolle at stephanie.mazerolle@toronto.ca

Neighbourhood Master Plan Updates

In tandem with YongeTOmorrow, the process for the Church Street redesign is finally moving forward after many years of planning and consultations. The Church Wellesley Village BIA, Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, the 519 Community Centre, and my office are working towards finalizing plans that will see Church Street and connecting side streets completely reconstructed.

Get Involved

The Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association (CWNA) works very hard to ensure the community is informed and engaged and builds bridges between residents, elected officials, businesses, and developers. The CWNA has been instrumental in improving the neighbourhood parks and public spaces, making our streets safer, and to preserve the neighbourhood’s character and heritage. Learn more and get involved at www.cwna.ca

 


3. Corktown: Farmer's Market & Business Improvement Area

Underpass Farmer's Market

Join residents of Corktown every Thursday night until October for the Underpass Farmer's Market. This is an opportunity to bring the community together, hear some local musicians and enjoy local produce. For more information on the Underpass Farmer's Market

Corktown Business Improvement Area

Corktown Business Residents Association is looking to develop another city-sanctioned Business Improvement Area (BIA). A BIA is made up of commercial and industrial property owners and their non-residential tenants who join together under a volunteer Board of Management (BIA Board) to carry out improvements and promote economic development within their designated area. More information on BIAs 

To get more information about the development of a BIA in Corktown, you can email info@corktown.ca.

Local Produce


 4. Garden District: George Street Revitalization

When complete, the new facility on George Street will include a 100 bed emergency men's shelter, a transitional living program with 130 beds, a 378 bed long-term care home, 21 units of affordable housing and a community hub.

This hub will be an accessible community meeting place for people to come together to build community, with shared resources and integrated services between multiple providers, and in partnership with the residents and the communities being served.

George Street Revitalization

I have worked to ensure that the George Street Revitalization will also include a significant public art component, focussed on Indigenous placemaking, and developed with leading contemporary Indigenous artists.  Another art component will commemorate the Fegan Boys and the British Home Children; destitute orphans who were brought to Canada, and stayed briefly at 295 George St. before being distributed across the country, often as farm labourers.

Streetscape improvements along George Street, from Gerrard to Dundas and the  George Street Revitalization is a key component of the City's Downtown East Revitalization Plan.

Seaton House is slated to be fully decommissioned in spring 2021, with construction commencing in fall 2021.  Completion is projected for winter 2024. To learn more about the project, visit the update on our website.


5. McGill-Granby: Joseph Sheard Parkette

Joseph Sheard Parkette Complete!

Joseph Sheard ParketteRenovations at Joseph Sheard parkette are now complete, and the park has re-opened to the public.  Upgrades included new paving, new horticultural beds, new sod and improved lighting. 

Stakeholder consultations for the improvements took place in late 2017 through early 2018, with input regarding crime prevention design provided by Toronto Police Services.  From there, Parks staff proceeded through the design phase, holding an open house, to gather public feedback. Construction commenced  in late April 2019, with work concluding in early August, 2019.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Parks staff, for their hard work; our community partners, who participated in the stakeholder consultations; and the wider community who came out to offer feedback at the public open house. 


6. Statement on McGill Parkette

The month of August has left two young women sexually assaulted in McGill Parkette. Residents should know that the Toronto Police and Parks Ambassador staff are patrolling McGill Parkette several times a day, making frequent arrests, issuing tickets and responding quickly to calls for service. Community Crisis Response and Streets to Homes staff are engaging with homeless youth in and around the parkette to alert them to the danger, and to steer them towards services and helping programs. 

You have my commitment that the City will continue to make this parkette a top priority and work to prevent future violence. Over the years, my office has received numerous complaints about McGill Parkette.  Three years ago, I worked with the Downtown Yonge BIA to commission a McGill parkette redesign proposal. The intention was to create a public space that the community could enjoy and use safely. I was, and remain, committed to funding the renovations through city resources.  Despite multiple requests from myself and broad support from the community to renovate the park, Artis REIT/Marwest Group refused to give the City permission to renovate the park. 

McGill ParketteThis August I have been meeting weekly with all neighbourhood stakeholders to plan and implement new safety strategies for this parkette.  The City, Toronto Police, and our community partners are mobilized to capacity, but again one key piece is still missing. The parkette must be redesigned for any of these efforts to create lasting change.  The local property managers for Artis REIT have been in attendance at every meeting, and my office has reached out to their Winnipeg headquarters several times. There is no reason they cannot now work with the City to improve this privately owned public space. 

I believe that some of these horrific incidents in McGill parkette were preventable. McGill Parkette will be a public park for at least another 16 years.  The owners must recognize the gravity of what can occur when a park is left unsafe and without major improvements, for years on end. Currently, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Police Services, Community Crisis Response, Streets to Homes, Covenant House, the Downtown Yonge BIA, and the McGill-Granby Village Residents Association are ready to improve safety, but we need everyone at the table, to move forward. Instead of stonewalling the City and prioritizing corporate greed over the safety of the community, including that of their own commercial tenants, Artis REIT and Marwest Group could step up and be a community partner for positive change.

 


7. Regent Park: Grow TO Fair

Celebrate Toronto-grown food and the people who grow it! Join our friends from GrowTO in Regent Park, 620 Dundas Street East, on September 14, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event will include the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture contest, GrowTO Rice Festival, Storytelling teepee and garden tours. GrowTO is part of a 9 day city-wide event celebrating Toronto Urban Agriculture Week 2019. This family- friendly event is free! Brought to you by Toronto Urban Growers, CRC Regent Park Community

Food Centre and Toronto Council Fire. I hope to see you there!
For more information on Urban Agriculture Week

Grow TO Fair


8. St. Lawrence: David Crombie Public Consultation

The City of Toronto invites you to learn more about proposed improvements to David Crombie Park. Staff are hosting a public information workshop to:

  • Present Preferred Concept Plan
  • Receive public input
  • Discuss next steps.

The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. Toronto thrives on your great ideas and actions. We invite you to get involved.

David Crombie Park

What: David Crombie Park Revitalization Public Information Workshop
When: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM OR 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: St. Lawrence Community Centre, Multi-Use Room (230 The Esplanade)

Please choose a session that best suits your schedule. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register for this event .

ASL interpreters may be provided, if available. Please contact 311 in advance of this meeting if interpreter is needed.

For more information about this project, email Nancy Chater at nchater@toronto.ca or call 416-338-5237.


9. Sign Up for Dog-Off Leash Area Updates

Dog Park

City parks are the extended "green living rooms" of Toronto families. Across the city, neighbours come out with their children and dogs to enjoy the many attributes offered to us from the special green living rooms.

In suitably-sized parks you will find, Dog Off-Leash Areas or "DOLAs" as they are affectionately called – each one unique and built at different times throughout the decades.  Some are now 20 years old and in need of revitalization.

Park Managers are currently in the process of conducting a comprehensive review of all DOLAs in the city. Their timely report is essential in guiding us into the next phase of investments for an important asset in many of Toronto's parks.

As the Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, I have asked staff to create a strategy to improve accessibility in DOLAs for everyone, especially those living with disabilities. City Council is expected to receive the final report from staff this fall.

While we await these reports which will help set the direction for the long-term capital plans for DOLAs in parks, I believe it is important that we engage everyone who uses any of Ward 13's five DOLAs in a meaningful way and on an ongoing basis.

Sign-up to begin receiving DOLA-specific updates and to receive invitations to meetings and public consultations.

Sign Up for DOLA Updates


10. Sign Up for City & Community Council Updates

Interested in knowing what is on the agenda for City Council and the Toronto and East York Community Council which will have impacts on your local neighbourhoods? Update your subscription preferences to receive these special updates.


11. 33 Sherbourne Street and 176-178 Front Street East Community Consultation

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting for a development application at 33 Sherbourne Street and 176-178 Front Street East. This proposal seeks to amend the Zoning By-law to permit a 37-storey mixed-use building containing 439 residential units, 1,427 square metres of retail space, 91 vehicular parking spaces and 440 bicycle parking spaces. 

33 Sherbourne East

You are invited to attend where you can learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments. The City of Toronto holds public consultations as one way to engage residents in the life of their city. We invite you to get involved.

What: 33 Sherbourne St. and 176-178 Front St. E. Community Consultation 

When: Monday, September 9, 2019, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: George Brown College, Room 128 (200 King St. E.)

View the City Staff Preliminary Report

View the applicant submitted documentation 

To speak to the planner directly, contact Henry Tang, at (416) 392-7572 or Henry.Tang@toronto.ca . You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto ON, M5H 2N2.

Click for more information 

Notice to correspondents:

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

Our public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible. Other reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice. Please contact Henry Tang, at (416) 392-7572, Henry.Tang@toronto.ca with your request. The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to insure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.


12. Neighbourhood Grant Applications Now Open!

NeighbourhoodsAre you a resident-led group with a great event idea that needs funding? Grants of $1,000 - $3,000 are available to activate your neighbourhood and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020).

What is the Neighbourhood Grants Program?
The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between March 16th –September 15th, 2020.

A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods). Click here to see the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods.

Review the Grant Guidelines to find out if you're eligible to apply! Visit our Neighbourhood Grants web page for more details. A link to the online application form and a list of sample application questions are available to help you kick start your planning!

Deadline for applications is October 22, 2019.

If your group is eligible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Neighbourhood Grant Planning Session to be held in October/November. Check out the list of meetings for your local Neighbourhood Grant Planning session. If you want some extra guidance in developing your Neighbourhood Grants' application, please register for an interactive session that will explore the basics of preparing a grant application for the Neighbourhood Grants upcoming deadline. 


13. Priority Retail Streets Zoning By-Law

Church Street RetailDowntown’s network of commercial main streets is a defining feature of Toronto. The small shops, services, restaurants, cafés and bars found on the main streets serve the needs of local residents and workers, while destination retail such as the Eaton Centre and Yorkville draws visitors from around the city and region. These shopping streets contribute to Downtown’s vibrant and walkable neighbourhoods, provide employment opportunities and play a key role in animating and activating streetscapes.

The Downtown Plan designated Priority Retail Streets on those streets with a historic and emerging neighbourhood retail character. City Planning is currently undertaking an amendment to the Priority Retail Streets Zoning By-Law that will provide direction on the land use requirements for the streets identified in the Downtown Plan.

Learn more about the Priority Retail Streets Zoning By-law

City Staff will be organizing and hosting a public consultation/open house on September 5, 2019 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at Metro Hall (55 John Street, Room 310) where members of the public and/or stakeholders can inquire about and provide feedback on the Priority Retail Streets.

For additional information on the consultation processes, and on the Priority Retail Street project, please email Igor Dragovic at igor.dragovic@toronto.ca or call 416-392-7215


14. Community Spotlight: First Open Streets TO of 2019, A Big Success!

We had an awesome time at last week’s Open Streets TO - Toronto’s largest free recreation program that temporarily opens streets to people and close them to cars, allowing people to come out, walk, run, cycle, rollerblade and improve their health. Thank you to Centrecourt, 8 80 Cities, the DYBIA, the City of Toronto, Menkes, Lululemon and countless volunteers and community groups that make this event possible. 

Open Streets TOSave the Date! The final Open Streets TO of 2019 is taking place Sunday, September 15, 2019‎ from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Come enjoy family-friendly activities, exercise and dance classes, art installations, musical performances, street games, obstacle courses and more. The possibilities are nearly endless! Walk, run or stroll - all are welcome!

 Map of the Open Streets TO 2019 route


15. In the Community 

Auntie Amal's Community DayThank you to the wonderful folks in St James Town for hosting me at the Auntie Amal Community Festival. It was an honour to meet many residents, including some who came to Canada as refugees fleeing political unrest and violence in Syria. Their inspiring stories give me hope for the future.

 

King Solomon TurtleI'm proud of the City of Toronto and their work in partnership with Toronto Council Fire to support the installation of Anishnawbe artist Solomon King's turtle sculpture and Indigenous Residential School Survivors Legacy at Nathan Phillip Square. Thank you to the incredible staff and volunteers involved with this celebration.

I love Moss ParkIt was wonderful to see so many happy families at the 5th annual Moss Park Festival organized by the Neighbourhood Information Post. I'm proud to have been supporting this festival from the first year onward. Congratulations to the organizers, sponsors and volunteers on another successful event!

 

ICIE MeetingWe hosted another Indigenous Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship consultation to broad community interest. Design work led by Brook McIlroy Inc, the Economic Development Office and the City's Indigenous Affairs Staff are well underway. What started out as an idea has become a 22,000 square foot, one-of-a-kind Indeginous Business incubator.

 

Taste of Regent ParkOur Ward 13 team had an amazing time at Taste of Regent Park meeting residents and hosting a draw for three new soccer balls. The festival was filled with amazing food, an outdoor movie and community fun! Thank you to the organizers for such a wonderful event.

 

Candlelight Vigil for 650 ParliamentIt has been a year since the 650 Parliament fire, and residents are still not back in their units. On this anniversary, Mayor Tory  and I joined residents gathered together to share stories from their experiences that night. I am inspired by the remarkable perseverance and strength from this community. I will work hard to ensure that the resients are back in their homes as soon as possible.

 

Wong-Tam Family

From the earliest organizing efforts in 2012, I have been a champion of Open Streets TO. In 2014, we launched Toronto's longest, free recreation program to great acclaim. I was so happy to share the joy with the newest member of my family, my 10 week old son Kyian, this year. While he's not a proficient cyclist yet, we were able to walk together and enjoy all of the family-friendly activities, exercise and dance classes, art installations, musical performances, and more. Thank you to 8 80 Cities and their many volunteers for this wonderful event.

 


16. How to Report: Working Together for Safer Communities 

Communities across Toronto are experiencing challenges. There are a number of local resources available to help you respond to both emergency and non-emergency situations you may encounter. When you report to the proper service agency, you help improve response times and utilize local resources to better address community challenges.

How to ReportHere are helpful contacts for emergency and non-emergency situations:

Is it an emergency situation?
Call 9-1-1 (fire, medical emergency, crime in progress, etc.)

Is it an on-going issue?
Call 416-808-2222 (i.e trespassing, aggressive panhandling, etc.)

Would you like to report anonymously?
Call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS)

Have questions or concerns?
Call 3-1-1 or email 311@toronto.ca (i.e. noise, litter, construction, etc.)

See someone in distress?
Call the City of Toronto’s Streets to Homes: 416-338-4766 (or 311)

Experiencing a mental health crisis?
Call Gerstein’s Crisis Line: 416-929-5200An issue with TCHC?
Call TCHC Tenant Care: 416-9810-5500 (i.e. maintenance, security, heating, plumbing, etc.) 

Concerned about your apartment building standards?
Call RentSafeTO: 416-396-7288 (i.e. maintenance, pests, heating, plumbing, common areas, etc.)

Here is the digital PDF of our How to Report poster. You can print and post on local community message boards and make available to members of the community. Please share widely.


17. New Community Resources Webpage!

Community

We are excited to launch the community resources page! Do you want to learn more about the new noise bylaw? Are you interested in learning more about traffic calming measures? Need to learn more about the TCHC transfer process? Visit our new Community Resources webpage. 

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the FAQ, please contact lisa.hoffman@toronto.ca. To visit the Ward 13 Community Resources page, please visit:


18. Toronto Centre Development Map

As a downtown ward, provincial policy and the City’s Official Plan directs the majority of growth in Toronto to neighbourhoods like St. Lawrence and major corridors like Yonge Street and Dundas Street East. Depending on where you live, keeping track of all of the development in your neighbourhood can be a full time job. The Ward 13 Development Map will help you keep track and learn more.

The development map is updated regularly to inform you of the status of development applications, provides information on city staff reports and Local Planning Appeal Body decisions, and has links to publicly available applicant reports, including applicant planning rationales, traffic studies and sun/shadow studies.

View Development Map


19. TDSB Trustee Update from Chris Moise

Chris MoiseWelcome to the 2019/20 school year! I hope you and your family had an enjoyable and safe summer.

As your elected public School Board Trustee, it is my role to advocate for the needs of all students and parents/guardians in the Toronto District School Board. My top priority is ensuring that all students have access to the programs, opportunities and supports needed to reach their highest potential of achievement and well-being. This priority is driven by our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, which outlines our mission, values and goals in support of student success.

To read the full plan, visit click here.

Parents' involvement in their children's education and school life can also contribute to their success. There are numerous ways you can get involved, such as taking part in your local school council, volunteering to coach sports or supervising field trips. To explore these opportunities, and others, visit www.tdsb.on.ca/getinvolved. I encourage you to visit our webpage for parents, www.tdsb.on.ca/forparents, where you will find helpful resources for both parents and students, including homework tips, the school-year calendar, transportation information and updates, and supports for mental health, healthy living and bullying.

To stay informed, please sign up for my e-newsletter by emailing me at Chris.Moise@tdsb.on.ca and visit my webpage at www.tdsb.on.ca/ward10. For system-wide news about the Toronto District School Board, subscribe to TDSB Update at www.tdsb.on.ca/TDSBupdate and follow the TDSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Thank you. I look forward to working in partnership with you this year.

 

Trustee Chris Moise

Ward 10, Toronto Centre and University Rosedale

P.S.  For regular updates, follow me on facebook, instagram and Twitter at ChrismoiseTO

Phone: 416-392-7903
Constituency Office: 100 Queen St W A5, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2