News and Upcoming Events
- Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
- City Council Highlights
- City of Toronto's Long-Term Financial Plan Consultation Continues
- Stormwater Charge: Final Stakeholder Consultation
- Short-term Rental Consultation (AirBnB)
- Survey on Laneway Suites in Toronto
- 363-391 Yonge Street and 3 Gerrard Street East Public Consultation
- 280-290 Jarvis Street and 319-323 Jarvis Street Public Consultation
- Save the Date: 183-189 Avenue Road Public Consultation
- Ward 27 Development Map
- 11th Annual Jane's Walk Festival
- Save the Date: Church-Wellesley Village Safety Walk
- Save the Date: McGill Granby Neighbourhood Safety Meeting and Walk
- Clean Toronto Together
- Nominate a Ward 27 Park for a Ping Pong Table
1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
Last week, City Council voted to proceed with further designs on the Scarborough Subway Extension. I continue to be disappointed by the direction City Council is taking with regards to investing in new transit for Scarborough.
When City Council asked staff in July, 2016 to proceed with a plan to replace our aging Scarborough RT, it was presented as a package with multiple components. Instead of spending over $3 billion on a three- or four-stop subway extension to replace the RT, a plan was brought forward by staff to study a one stop subway station at Scarborough Town Centre and pair it with a 17-stop extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT that would extend east and then north to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. At the time, council was told that the savings from removing two or three subways stations from the plans would provide for a substantial down payment on the LRT extension.
A year later, $3.35 billion of the $3.56 billion funding commitment from all three levels of government for this network has been directed by City Council towards adding this single subway station, and staff have warned us that future costs could rise by as much as 50%. No funding has been dedicated towards the LRT extension, joining the list of unfunded transit projects, which include the Relief Line between Pape and Queen subway stations.
Scarborough's transit needs are so much greater than providing transit to the downtown. The 2011 Transportation Tomorrow survey showed that 48% of transit trips that begin in Scarborough, end in Scarborough. This compares to only 23% of trips that end in our downtown. A modern LRT that runs deep into Scarborough would represent a critical addition to the city's transit network and do far more to meet the actual needs of local residents than the one-stop subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre. Indeed, a recent study from Ryerson University indicated that the eight minutes on average that would be saved travelling between Scarborough Town Centre and Kennedy Station with a one-stop subway would be largely negated by the additional time residents would spend on a bus to get the Scarborough Town Centre.
I have heard from many of you that have serious concerns about the runaway costs of a transit project that will not improve service. I continue to oppose the Scarborough Subway Extension. I cannot support paying billions of dollars for a one-stop, 6km subway extension that will generate a mere 2,300 new daily riders and will not serve the actual transit needs of Scarborough. It is critical that City Council not let future funding for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT extension be jeopardized in the event that billions more need to be shovelled towards the subway extension.
I remain yours in service,
2. City Council Highlights
Scarborough Subway Extension
City Council voted to approve the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) on Line 2 from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Centre. This decision was made in spite of rising costs (currently estimated at $3.35 billion) and limited committed funding. All three levels of government have committed a total of $3.56 billion for transit in Scarborough. While the Eglinton East LRT will also be reported on in future SSE reports, it is not immediately clear how the network will be afforded or funds found for other city-wide needs.
City Council also voted against undertaking a business case analysis of the subway extension plan against the still in effect signed 2012 Scarborough LRT Master Agreement with Metrolinx.
Apartment Building By-Law
City Council voted to approve an apartment buildings registry that establishes minimum response times and standards for recording tenant issues. Among other items, this will mandate that operators respond to urgent service requests or security concerns within 24 hours, notify tenants of utility and service disruptions, inspect buildings for pests monthly and respond to specific pest complaints within 72 hours and establishes fines for operators that refuse to comply with the newly established standards.
In response to a report from the Acting Medical Officer of Health, City Council voted to update the Municipal Alcohol Policy to recognize the possible health impacts of mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol. Event organizers will now be required to be familiar with Health Canada's cautions around mixing and be requested not to sell energy drinks with alcohol.
Update on the Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020
Since 2014, over 24,000 residents, 1,700 stakeholders, and 21 City Divisions and Agencies have engaged in coordinated service planning and delivery in 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). City Council received an update that detailed the work being done through the program to enhance food security, job training and youth mentorship programs, community resource sharing and first aid training.
Speeding in School Zones
City Council passed a motion requesting the Province of Ontario to double fines for speeding in school zones, on residential streets and around playgrounds and daycare centres.
McEwan House Investment
City Council passed a motion by Councillor Wong-Tam directing $110,000 towards capital improvements at McEwan House, operated by LOFT Community Services at 20-22 Dundonald Street. These improvements will help McEwan House continue to support men and women experiencing HIV/AIDS, mental health and addiction issues. The funds will provide for site upgrades, including improved accessibility work.
257 Dundas Street East (LGBTQI2S Youth Shelter Investment)
City Council passed a motion by Councillor Wong-Tam directing $300,000 to Egale Human Rights Trust to help renovate and retrofit the TCHC property at 257 Dundas Street for the creation of a 30 bed affordable housing facility for LGBTQ2S homeless youth.
291 George Street Investigation
City Council passed a motion by Councillor Wong-Tam requesting the Chief Coroner's office initiate an inquest into the February 9, 2017 death of Vernon Belanger to determine what services or actions could be in place to support vulnerable tenants recovering form illness or injury. The fire at 291 George Street displaced many residents and seriously impacted their lives. This motion intends to identify how such tragic loss of life and costly and disruptive incidents can be prevented in the future.
3. City of Toronto's Long-Term Financial Plan Consultation Continues
The City of Toronto is launching Phase 2 of its public consultation on the renewal of its Long-Term Financial Plan.
The first consultation, which took place last fall, focused on how the City manages expenses, raises revenue and could maximize its assets. The City heard about the need to balance the priorities and budgets while also supporting the most vulnerable Torontonians. The public was also clear about keeping the City's commitments to innovation, economic health, infrastructure investments and the environment while finding ways to pay for them. The City also heard about the need for information that helps the public understand and contribute to the City's budgets, plans and decision making.
For the second phase of consultation, the City is inviting members of the public to City Hall for a conversation about how it makes decisions and balances priorities that have a long-term financial impact.
What: Long-Term Financial Plan Consultation, Phase Two
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1pm to 5pm. Open house will begin at 12:30pm.
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
This is an opportunity for the public to:
- debate how City Hall can balance both its books and its long-term priorities;
- collaborate with community organizations, other members of the public and the City; and
- create a financial path that brings us closer to the city we want.
The findings from the consultation process will provide advice for Council and the City Manager as the City sets out to develop its Long-Term Financial Plan. The plan will guide financial decision-making over the long term and put Toronto on a path to financial sustainability. It will also help address structural financial issues as expenditures continue to rise faster than revenues, and help ensure that the City continues to run well, spends public money wisely and delivers the programs and services residents need and want over the long term.
More information about the workshops and discussions is available at http://www.investinginTO.ca/. The workshops will be available via webcast for those who wish to participate online. An online survey will also be open from April 22 to May 14. The public is also invited to participate in the conversation on social media, using the hashtag #InvestinginTO.
4. Stormwater Charge: Final Stakeholder Consultation
Stormwater—rain and melted snow—can have a tremendous impact on our infrastructure. Non-permeable surfaces can cause significant stress on storm drains, impact water quality and flood basements. Ensuring proper management of stormwater is critical in adverting significant damage in the event of an extreme weather event.
Currently, stormwater management is charged through the city's water rate, representing about 20% of the total water rate charge. The city is consulting on charging a separate rate based on the size of and amount of hard space on an individual property, resulting in some water bills going up and some going down. This would ultimately charge property owners' different rates depending on their property's impact on stormwater infrastructure, provide more transparency and create dedicated funding to service and build new stormwater infrastructure.
City staff has held several meetings and informal pop-ups across the city to create awareness and to obtain feedback. You can provide feedback at the final stakeholder public consultation.
What: Stormwater Charge Final Stakeholder Public Consultation
When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 9:30am to 11:30am
Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Meeting Room 308, 3rd floor
More information is available at toronto.ca/stormwatercharge including:
- Full details and information about the proposed stormwater charge
- Examples of how the proposed stormwater charge could impact water bills
- A full list of the categories and tiers for the proposed stormwater charge
5. Short-term Rental Consultation (AirBnB)
The rise of technological platforms like AirBnB that allow owners to rent out private real estate for short periods of time, usually no more than a week, has created numerous unexpected consequences. In 2015, nearly 9,460 AirBnB units, in whole or in part, were rented out in Toronto, despite short-term rentals being prohibited in many low-rise and condominium units. The random nature of the "sharing" or "gig" economy has made it difficult to enforce this activity.
In order to regulate short-term rentals, the Municipal Licensing and Standards division has begun consultation. Residents and stakeholders have identified four key areas of concern relating to short-term rentals: impacts on neighbourhoods; impacts on housing affordability; impacts on tourism; and impacts on taxation.
You can participate in the consultation in several ways:
- Tweet on social media your thoughts on short-term rentals using the hashtags #ShortTermRentals and #CityofTO
- Full out a survey on short-term rentals at toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay; survey will be available until April 17, 2017.
- Send your comments or input directly to Municipal Licensing and Standards at [email protected]
- Attend an upcoming public meeting
What: Short Term Rental Consultations
When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Committee Room 2
This meeting will also be livestreamed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A
6. Survey on Laneway Suites in Toronto
Laneway suites are small, detached dwelling units, typically located at the rear of a residential property adjacent to a laneway. Laneway suites usually cannot be severed or strata-titled and would be serviced (water, sewer, electricity, gas, etc.) through the main house.
They have the potential to reshape our thinking about secondary suites, looking beyond the traditional basement apartment as a way to provide extra income or as a place where adult children, empty nesters and care-takers can live close to family support networks in a multi-generational setting. In addition to making our laneways safer with 'eyes on the laneway', they can create more active, useful spaces in our urban fabric.
Currently, laneway suites are not allowed under the existing zoning by-law, are only considered on a case-by-case basis, and are hindered by excessive red tape and unnecessary costs. Municipalities across Canada, including Vancouver, Ottawa and Regina have already introduced laneway suites.
The city is working to advance the dialogue around 'laneway suites' in the City of Toronto and need your input. To provide your feedback, please fill out the survey at: http://www.lanescape.ca/survey
7. 363-391 Yonge Street and 3 Gerrard Street East Public Consultation
Cresford Developments seeks to amend the official plan and zoning by-law to permit an 98-storey mixed-use development. The proposal entails 76,870 m2 of residential GFA and 20,516 m2 non-residential GFA including both office and retail space. A total of 957 residential units are proposed.
Rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and architectsAlliance
The original application for this site was for a 73 and 62 storey tower inclusive of an 11-storey podium. The original concept was presented at a community meeting on June 23, 2015. Following that meeting, this site was sold to Cresford. As this new 98-storey concept differs significantly, our office asked that it be presented to the public at a new meeting. Please join our office and city planning at the upcoming community consultation on this application.
What: Community Consultation on 363-391 Yonge Street
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm.
Where: The Panteges Hotel, 200 Victoria St, Floor 3, Rehearsal Hall #3
A preliminary report on the former application was presented to Toronto and East York Community Council at its June 16, 2015 meeting. For more information and to read the preliminary staff report, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE7.58
For more information about the new application and to read the applicants new planning rationale report, shadow studies, and more, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3735334&isCofASearch=false
If you have questions or comments about this application, please contact our office or the city planner in charge of this file:
8. 280-290 Jarvis Street and 319-323 Jarvis Street Public Consultation
Antorisa Investments Ltd. seeks to amend the official plan and zoning by-law to permit a 10-storey building fronting onto Jarvis Street connected to a 25-storey tower fronting onto Mutual Street at 280-290 Jarvis Street, 102-110 Gerrard Street East and 189-193 Mutual Street. A total of 306 residential units are proposed. There are existing heritage buildings on site that are proposed to be shifted and integrated into the proposal. The application does not include 278 Jarvis Street (Harvey's).
Down the street, Centre Court Developments seeks to amend the Zoning By-law to permit redevelopment of 319- 323 Jarvis Street for a 50-storey mixed-use building with retail uses at grade and 506 dwelling units. Please join our office and city planning at the upcoming community consultations on both of these applications.
Left: rendering of 280-290 Jarvis Street by Gianonne Petricone Associates; Right: rendering of 319-323 Jarvis Street by Page + Steele / IBI Group
What: Community Consultation on 280-290 Jarvis Street and 319-323 Jarvis Street
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017.
6:00-7:25 pm for 280-290 Jarvis application
7:35-9:00 pm for 319-323 Jarvis application
Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel (300 Jarvis Street), Metro Room
For more information about the 280-290 Jarvis Street application and to read the applicants planning rationale report, shadow studies, and more, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4086224&isCofASearch=false
If you have questions or comments about the 280-290 Jarvis Street application, please contact the city planner in charge of this file:
For more information about the 319- 323 Jarvis application and to read the applicants planning rationale report, shadow studies, and more, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4106364&isCofASearch=false
If you have questions or comments about the 319- 323 Jarvis application, please contact the city planner in charge of this file:
9. Save the Date: 183-189 Avenue Road Public Consultation
BBB Architects seeks to amend the zoning by-law to permit an 11-storey mixed-use building with 443 m² of at-grade retail and 7,118 m² of residential floor resulting in a total density of 6.45 times the area of the lot. The proposal includes 23 dwelling units and 41 parking spaces within a 2 level underground parking garage. Please join our office and city planning at the upcoming community consultation on this application.
Rendering by BBB Architects
What: Community Consultation on 183-189 Avenue Road
When: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time and location are to be determined and will be posted shortly at www.ward27news.com.
A preliminary report went to the April 4, 2017 Toronto East York Community Council meeting. For more information and to read the preliminary report from city staff on this application, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE23.61
For more information about the application and to read the applicants planning rationale report, shadow studies, and more, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4071527&isCofASearch=false
If you have questions or comments about this application, please contact the city planner in charge of this file:
10. Development Map
Want to learn about current and upcoming development in your neighbourhood? The Ward 27 Development Map lists every application for a zoning by-law and/or official plan amendment received within the last 5 years. You can view the status of the application, learn briefly what it's about, and find links to staff reports, applicant reports, and more. The map also includes information about local neighbourhoods, including who your Ward 27 staff contact and how to contact your local residents' association.
The development map will be regularly updated, with new applications and information when applicable. The map does not include Committee of Adjustment applications. If you see anything that you feel should be on the map, please contact [email protected]
For more information and to view the map, please visit http://www.ward27news.ca/development
11. 11th Annual Jane's Walk Festival
On May 5-7, 2017, join us for the 11th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival!
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 across the GTA!
The festival is looking for walk leaders who can share interesting perspectives and stories about their community. You can sign up or nominate someone to lead a walk at: janeswalk.org/Toronto
Tracing the Indigenous Roots of the Garden District
Dundas Street has a little-known but fully distinct Indigenous history. Join Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and the Indigenous Place Making Council for a guided walk of the area known as the Garden District and Downtown East.
What: Jane's Walk: Tracing the Indigenous Roots of the Garden District
Where: Good Earth Coffeehouse at 198 Jarvis Street (at Dundas)
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1pm
12. Save the Date: Church-Wellesley Village Safety Walk
Councillor Wong-Tam will join Toronto Police, City staff and community members on April 25 for a walk of the Church-Wellesley Village. The first of an ongoing series of regular walks through the neighbourhood, this is a great opportunity to come out, identify issues in the community, and show a strong community presence. This walk will compliment ongoing and new projects to help improve outreach, safety education, and parks programming. All are welcome.
What: Church-Wellesley Village Safety Walk
When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
A firm time and location for the walk's start will be posted shortly at www.ward27news.com.
13. Save the Date: McGill Granby Neighbourhood Safety Meeting and Walk
Councillor Wong-Tam will join Toronto Police, City staff and community members on May 9th for a walk of the McGill-Granby area. The walk will begin at Covenant House then tour the neighbourhood to identify further opportunities for improvement within the community. All neighbourhood business operators and residents are welcome to attend.
What: McGill Granby Neighbourhood Safety Meeting and Walk
Where: Covenant House, 21 McGill Street, meet at front doors
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
14. Clean Toronto Together
Clean Toronto Together is the city's annual spring cleanup, bringing residents, schools and businesses together to participate. You can join your neighbours in bringing some TLC to a park, laneway or other public space on April 22 and 23, 2017.
Litter and recycling bags will be available starting on April 3 from City Hall, Metro Hall, City of Toronto Recreation Centres and select Pizza Pizza outlets. You can sign up your group or organization and schedule garbage pick-up with the city at www.toronto.ca/cleantoronto
Bay Cloverhill Community Association
What: Mayor's Clean-up Day with the BCCA
Where: Polo I, 1055 Bay Street
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10am to 12pm
Wear: Sensible Shoes and Gloves
Sponsors and partners include GLAD Canada, Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza, Canadian Tire, CP24, Toronto Star, Metroland Media, Metro News, 93.5 The Move, Park People, Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board.
For more information, please contact Jeff McCormick, Senior Environmental Planner, at 416-392-1135 or [email protected]
15. Nominate a Ward 27 Park for a Ping Pong Table
Have dreams of being the next Zhang Yining or Ma Long, but just don't have room in your place to practice?
The Parks Department has offered to install two outdoor ping pong tables in Ward 27. These heavy duty tables are a standard size (5' by 9') would be installed with a 10' by 20' concrete pad to hold the heavy table and give players a level surface to maneuver around.
Our office is looking for feedback from residents as to which parks in Ward 27 might want one of these ping pong tables. Send us an e-mail or give our office a call by Friday, April 14 and tell us why you think your local park would love one.