Last week, we learned the Provincial Government's intention to cut $1 billion from Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years. This budget impact is to take effect immediately and is a direct attack on Toronto.
All Torontonians depend on Toronto Public Health services. Toronto Public Health investigates 50,000 cases and 300 outbreaks of communicable diseases per year. They vaccinate 53,000 students, provide 224,000 dental screenings for children and conduct 32,500 food premise inspections.
This news undermines an indisputable body of evidence that suggests the best way to improve the health of Ontarians is to invest more in public health services, not less.
Toronto is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Communities across the Downtown East are feeling the impact of chronic underinvestment in public health services, mental health and addiction services, and overdose prevention services. Full implementation of the Enhanced 5-Year Downtown East Action Plan depends on Toronto Public Health services, along with our provincial counterparts stepping up, not backing out. The Provincial budget cut puts this work in jeopardy.
Premier Ford's slash and burn of Ontario's vital public services has gone too far. On May 1st at 12:00 pm, wherever you are, walk, roll and stroll out. Take a photo, make a video, post on social media. Send a clear message to the Premier that we will not back down. We will continue to mobilize and defend the health and well-being of all residents.
Print this poster (PDF 8.5x14) and display in your window, circulate on local community boards, post at your place of work - wherever you can get the message out. Share widely on social media and use the hashtag #ResistFordCuts. We will not back down!
Yours in community service,
Table of Contents
1. Yonge Street Environmental Assessment
Yonge Street is Toronto’s “main street.” It is a vibrant area where thousands of people visit, live, work, play and learn. In the heart of Yonge Street, between Queen Street and College/Carlton Street, the sidewalks are filled with the highest pedestrian volumes in Canada, at all hours of the day and throughout all seasons of the year.
This study will develop and review design options intended to improve streetscaping and increase pedestrian space, along with other possibilities to improve the way people move through and enjoy Yonge Street between Queen Street and College/Carlton Street.
This study will be carried out as a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA).
The opinions and input of all road users, local property representatives and other stakeholders will play an important role in forming the Study’s recommendations. The City of Toronto wants to hear from you!
An online survey will be available May 1st. There will also be a Public Information Open House on May 9th, from 4-8pm at 475 Yonge Street, the Courtyard Marriott. Learn more and participate.
2. King Street Pilot Project is Permanent!
Last week, City Council voted 23-3 to make the historic King Street pilot project permanent. The King Street pilot project benefits have been widely studied and are numerous: faster, more predictable transit times, increased ridership by 16% and 25% more customers per hour, per service.
Council decided to make the features of the King Street Transit Pilot project permanent, with King Street between Bathurst and Jarvis Streets operating as a corridor that gives public transit priority over private vehicles. Ridership on the TTC's 504 King streetcar during the recent two-year pilot rose significantly, to about 84,000 riders a day, and efficiency increased. Statistics have indicated a minimal impact on vehicle travel times on streets paralleling or intersecting with King Street. The repositioned transit stops on King will be kept in place and improvements will be made to street furniture and patios along the corridor. Seeing the positive outcomes of this initiative has been truly inspiring!
3. Transit Town Hall: Stop TTC Delays: Wednesday, May 1
In recent weeks, Premier Doug Ford has made a number of major announcements impacting transit planning in Toronto, including a new subway plan and funding changes in the Provincial Budget. For residents who have been waiting for years to see critical lines built, like the Relief Line and Waterfront East, these changes may be bringing us back to square one. Much information is missing, from the proposed technology of the new Ontario Line to the Province's willingness to invest in increased capacity at Yonge-Bloor Station. The Budget also cancels much of the Province's funding commitments to help maintain TTC infrastructure in a state of good repair – an urgent priority that requires billions in the next few years just to maintain existing operations.
Working with my colleagues at Council to prevent further delays to Toronto's transit plans is among my top priorities as we negotiate with the Province over the coming weeks and months. Toronto's transit plans have been cancelled and reworked too many times by politicians who mistake maps for evidence-based decision making.
Join Councillors Joe Cressy, Mike Layton, and myself for a transit town hall on the status of the subway upload and newly proposed plans from the Province. With tens of millions spent and years invested in developing Toronto's transit plan, these changes risk a complete reset and could cost transit riders years. This town hall will be an opportunity for residents to hear from their downtown Councillors, experts and advocates, provide feedback on these developing issues, and learn how to mobilize for the transit investments you need to see now.
When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 6:00 PM
Where: Metro Hall, Rotunda, 55 John Street
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/532342013960100/
4. Golden Eagle Landing Opens at 63-65 Homewood Avenue
For over 30 years, Native Men's Residence (Na-Me-Res) has offered a range of housing and services to Indigenous men. Following the acquisition of 63-65 Homewood Avenue by the City, Na-Me-Res will be operating the property and providing 16 new, self-contained, deeply affordable rental units to their clients.
After extensive renovations to the former bed and breakfast on the site, I was proud to be present for the naming ceremony of 63-65 Homewood Avenue. The new home was given the name "Golden Eagle Landing," which signifies that this building will be more than a new home. It will be a place of safety and refuge, where the men will be loved and embraced.
5. David Crombie Park Revitalization
The David Crombie Park Revitalization Design project has developed a comprehensive conceptual design and implementation plan for improvements to the park to meet the current and future needs of the community. The design will evolve through consultation with residents, the public and other stakeholders.
Three concept designs have been prepared with different elements in each one. Check them out, and have your say! You can take the survey online.
6. Environment Day A Success!
Thank you to residents and community members who joined us this past Saturday for our first Community Environment Day in Ward 13. I am always touched by the generosity and participation of our diverse communities.
Thank you to the all community groups and organizations who participated, including Friends of Allan Gardens, MPP Suze Morrison, TCDSB Trustee Norman Di Pasquale, Toronto Community Housing, and staff from City of Toronto divisions 311, Solid Waste and Toronto Water. We are grateful to have the support of Toronto Centre Cyclists and Bikesauce, who held a tune-up station for the community for free and Toronto Public Library for hosting story time. Thank you to Out of This World Cafe for a delicious community lunch!
7. RECAP: Regent Park Spring Community Update Meeting (TCHC)
On April 10, our office co-hosted the Regent Park Spring Community Update meeting alongside Toronto Community Housing to provide community members with an update on the ongoing development in Regent Park, the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Phase 4 and 5, and the Social Development Plan (SDP). Staff and representatives from various TCHC divisions such as Relocation and the Community Safety Unit were on hand to support residents and answer questions.
The final two buildings in Phase 3, 365 Parliament St and 295 Gerrard St (Block 1), are now underway. Demolition is projected to be completed in June, with the construction of the adjacent road, Dreamer's Way, occurring from June – November. For a comprehensive breakdown of the progress of the Revitalization of Regent Park, please visit TCHC's website: https://www.torontohousing.ca/capital-initiatives/revitalization/Regent-Park/Pages/Progress-of-Regent-Park.aspx.
TCHC has finalized the RFP and the three shortlisted developers are Capital Developments, The Daniels Corporation, and Tridel Builders Inc. The community will have the opportunity to participate in a developer partner presentation & RFP evaluation. We anticipate the presentation to occur in late summer or early fall. Please stay tuned for the finalized dates!
8. HousingTO Consultation 2020-2030 Action Plan
The City believes all Torontonians should have safe, secure, affordable and well-maintained homes where they can realize their full potential. Over the next year, the City will be working with all housing stakeholders and the public to develop a comprehensive solutions-based plan to address housing and homelessness challenges over the next decade. This information will help shape the City's 10-year housing plan.
The public engagement process is launched and we want to hear from you! The city is holding a public meeting for residents to ask questions and to share your ideas to help shape the City’s 10-year housing plan.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Metro Hall, 55 John St.
The City will also offer four TCHC-specific consultations at the following times and locations:
Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cedarbrae Manor, 65 Greencrest Circuit
Tuesday, May 14 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Champlain Apartments, 495 Wilson Ave.
Thursday, May 16 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Senator David A. Croll Apartments, 341 Bloor St. W.
Tuesday, May 21 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Senator David A. Croll Apartments, 341 Bloor St. W.
The city has also put an online questionnaire for residents. The questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will ask you questions about your current housing concerns, future housing needs, and your ideas and advice to improve housing in Toronto.
This is an anonymous questionnaire. Please do not provide any personal information in your responses.
9. Walk, Bike or Drive to the City's Transportation Policy Consultations
As part of the Official Plan Review, the City Planning Division is undertaking a review of the transportation policies related to transit, cycling, street related maps and schedules, and automated vehicles and shared mobility services found in the Official Plan. This is the second phase of the transportation component of the Official Plan Review, the first phase of which concluded in 2014.
City Planning staff are undertaking city-wide consultations on proposed draft transportation policies Four public meetings will be held from May 1, 2019, to May 7, 2019, as follows:
Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street
Committee Room 3
Thursday, May 2 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Monday, May 6 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Committee Room 1
Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
55 John Street
Following these meetings, a proposed Official Plan Amendment will be finalized, incorporating the feedback staff receive, and presented to a public open house, the details of which are as follows:
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
55 John Street
10. Queen-River Secondary Plan Public Consultation
Join us for a community consultation meeting where you can learn more about the Queen-River Secondary Plan proposal, ask questions and share your comments.
Queen-River Secondary Plan includes: 83-125 River Street, 1-11 Mark Street, 16-18 Defries Street and 2-10 Labatt Avenue
Monday, April 29, 2019, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Regent Park Community Centre
402 Shuter Street
Banquet Hall B
With regard for the Queen-River Secondary Plan that is currently under appeal to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT), the purpose of this meeting is to discuss the possibility of changing a planned land use designation for the properties at 83-125 River Street, 1-11 Mark Street, 16-18 Defries Street and 2-10 Labatt Avenue and discuss a preliminary development concept for these lands.
The lands are currently planned to be designated Neighbourhoods in the Queen-River Secondary Plan but City staff are considering the possibility of redesignating the lands to Mixed Use Areas through the LPAT appeal process, which would potentially allow for mid-rise development and one or two towers.
To speak to the planner directly, contact Thomas Rees, at 416-392-1791 or email@example.com. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St West, Floor 18E, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2
11. 193-201 Church Street and 90-104 Queen Street East Consultations
The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about these applications, ask questions and share your comments. Details are as follows:
Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
200 Victoria Street
Rehearsal Hall 3
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: 193-201 Church Street 37-storey residential tower which would contain 478 dwelling units with a total gross floor area of 31,200 m2.
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM: 90-104 Queen East 34-storey mixed-use tower which would contain 356 dwelling units with a total gross floor area of 23,848 m2.
To speak to the planner directly, contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412 or Derek.Waltho@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.
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.
Public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible. Other reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice. The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
12. Community Spotlight: Cabbagetown Youth Centre
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre is celebrating its 45th anniversary! The Youth Centre offers a range of activities, from sports and exercise programs to culinary and art clubs.
For residents who would like to learn more, the Youth Centre will be holding an Open House:
Cabbagetown Youth Centre Open House
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
2 Lancaster Avenue, Toronto
13. In the Community
Pleased to join Minister Bill Morneau plus others for the unveiling of the Equity Coin, marking 1969 as the beginning of decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. There's still more work ahead and we commit to doing it together. In love + community.
Proud to join representatives from the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto at the #LeftOutTO launch. A campaign to raise awareness about the barriers that 400,000 people living with disabilities face in Toronto. Toronto For All strives to start conversations in changing minds & hearts.
Great to have my good friend Kathy out here for Environment Day! She is a tireless advocate for equality and the environment! Thank you to everyone who joined on this rainy Sunday in full Environment Day spirit!
Proud to present the Indigenous Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneur to Minister Carolyn Bennett. It'll be the largest Indigenous biz incubator in the world. Gratefulness for the community support and that from Toronto's Aboriginal Affairs & Economic Development offices.
Congratulations to the exceptional leaders who selflessly volunteer thousands of hours to Long-Term Care Homes including Fudger House's Neil Milne (represented by Neil Mudde). You make Toronto a better city and truly deserve the Excellence in Volunteering Awards.
The St. James Town Children's Choir performs in the beautiful Children's Conservatory at Allan Gardens. This community choir enriches the lives of everyone it touches through choral and instrumental music. It's beautiful and heartwarming in every possible way.
14. Report to 311
311 provides residents, businesses and visitors with easy access to non-emergency City services, programs and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can offer assistance in more than 180 languages. 311 investigates issues related to waste collection, graffiti removal, litter, road issues, sidewalks, water problems, trees, animals, property issues, winter maintenance, and more! Call 311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a service request. Visit the 311 website here.