October 31, 2017



Upcoming Events

October 31, 2017

  1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
  2. Kristyn in the Community
  3. 46th Annual Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive: Volunteers Wanted!
  4. Save the Date: 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street Public Meeting
  5. Learn about Ward 27 Development
  6. Get on the Fence at Church Street Junior Public School
  7. George Street Revitalization Moving Forward
  8. Got a Question? Consult the New Ward 27 Constituency FAQ!
  9. Community Spotlight: Casey House

1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam


No matter what your background, occupation, family or living situation is, everyone deserves a healthy and safe neighbourhood to live in. You deserve beautiful parks that you can linger in, clean streets with flourishing businesses to meet your daily needs and to feel safe as you work, study, play or just hang out in your neighbourhood.

Over the past year I have been working closely with resident associations, business improvement areas, community agencies, police divisions and city divisions to address downtown safety concerns across Ward 27. These efforts have educated hundreds of residents on how to properly report issues, improved lighting and cleaned up problem addresses and brought more attention plus resources to our neighbourhoods.

We have seen initial success from these efforts. Last week, I met with the Church-Wellesley Village BIA, the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, the 519, Progress Place, Parks staff, Mayor's staff and 51 Division to review enhanced neighbourhood safety measures. I am pleased to announce that 51 Division will be deploying four new Neighbourhood Officers to the Church Wellesley Village and St. James Town starting November 6, 2017. Following on the positive work done earlier this fall with foot patrol officers being deployed in the Church Wellesley Village, these dedicated staff resources will improve community-based policing and enhance safety in this vibrant, inclusive neighbourhood.

Please join me, Toronto Police Services, City Divisions, Community Safety Experts, local BIAs and your neighbours on November 15, 2017 for our Healthy Neighbourhoods Summit at Covenant House. Facilitated roundtable discussions will provide an opportunity for you to voice concerns and identify possible solutions that will help support your community. I plan to use this work to advocate for downtown services through the 2018 City Budget process. I hope to work with all community partners to ensure downtown Toronto has the wrap-around services and safety resources we need to holistically address the wide range of health and safety challenges our city is confronted with.

I look forward to seeing you at the Healthy Neighbourhoods Summit. Please RSVP at http://ward27news.ca/summit/

On a very special note, the witching hour approaches where tonight, ghouls, witches and goblins will descend on our neighbourhoods looking for the only thing that will satisfy their bloodlust: candy. I urge drivers to be extra careful as they travel this evening and keep a watchful eye out for trick-or-treaters. For parents, Toronto Paramedic Services and Toronto Fire Services have released a list of safety tips to ensure your children a safe and bountiful Halloween. And for everyone looking to party, the Church Wellesley Village is once again hosting thousands for Halloween on Church Street. Come join us for a scary good time!

I remain yours in service,



2. Kristyn in the Community

Ontario Municipal Board Reform


At the FoNTRA forum with Councillor Josh Matlow on Ontario Municipal Board reform. Speaking to the need for accountability and best outcome for Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017.

Vigil for Safer Streets


The community comes together to honour victims of road violence at the Vigil for Safe Streets. Powerful calls to action. We cannot wait any longer. Demonstrating the need for my motion to advance the Road Safety Plan.

Gord Downie Tribute at Nathan Phillips Square


Canada's rock poet Gord Downie leaves a legacy. Absolutely awe-inspiring to witness Toronto Sings For Gord. Thrilled to have worked with Councillor Mike Layton to put this event together.

ACORN Press Conference


Joining ACORN Toronto in the call for truly affordable $10/day childcare. Proud to support this new provincial campaign and to advance equity for women and families in Toronto.

Casey House


Congratulations to Casey House on launching their new hospital and expanded programs. Very pleased to be an early and ongoing supporter of this important community health institution.

Kaboom Diversity Park Revamp


Thank you Index Exchange, Kaboom, Parks staff and community volunteers for giving the downtown Diversity Garden a fresh new look! It was a great day of park building together.

Bloor East Neighbourhood Association Annual General Meeting


Many thanks to the Bloor East Neighbourhood Association for the invitation to speak at your AGM. Fantastic program and turnout.

Happy 100th Anniversary to CUPE Local 416


Standing with colleagues and friends from Local 416 as they raise their union flag to mark 100 years of city building. Thank you for your dedicated service to the City of Toronto.

3. 46th Annual Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive: Volunteers Wanted!


Christmas can be a tough time of year for some residents, especially those struggling to provide food for themselves and their family. Last year, churches in Rosedale, Moore Park and Leaside collected approximately 16,000 food items and over $3,000 in donations for local food banks and agencies.

This year, the Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive once again needs your help in providing support to some of our most vulnerable residents. They are looking for 300 volunteers to support their efforts on Saturday, November 18 and 25, to knock on doors, collect gifts and sort donations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Community hours are available for high school students!

What: Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive
When: Saturday, November 18 and 25, 2017, 9:30am to 2:00pm.
Where: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (78 Clifton Road)

To learn more, please contact the Campaign Chair, Brian Kearney, at 416-972-0585 or by e-mail at [email protected].

4. Save the Date: 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street Public Meeting


Diamondcorp has applied for Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications for 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street. The amendments are to allow an 8-storey (35 metre) building and a 26-storey (97.3 metre) building with a total of 182 rental dwelling units, 3,085 square metres of non-residential floor area, and 164 vehicle parking spaces within an underground garage.

While Diamondcorp has not made a resubmission to the city, it is expected that revised plans will be shown at the public meeting.

What: Community Consultation on 5 Scrivener Square and 8-10 Price Street.
When: Monday, November 27, 2017, 7pm to 9pm (time to be confirmed)
Where: Stone Church, 45 Davenport Road

A preliminary report went to the October 17, 2017 meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council. For more information and to read the preliminary report, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE27.40

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=4171457&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

If you have questions or comments about this application, please contact the city planner in charge of this file:

Kevin Friedrich
(416) 338-5740
[email protected]

5. Learn about Ward 27 Development


Councillor Wong-Tam wants you 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 is 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

6. Get on the Fence at Church Street Junior Public School


In partnership with the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board is undertaking the replacement of fencing at the Church Street Junior Public School along Church Street. Community members are invited to participate in an open house to learn about the new fence's design and artistic elements. The project will be incorporating both lighting and graffiti resistant surfaces to improve visibility and support its longevity.

What: Church Street Junior Public School Fence Project
When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 6pm to 7pm.
Where: Church Street Junior Public School (83 Alexander Street)

This is a follow-up to an open house that was held on October 12. To see the panels shown at the October 12 open house, please click here.

7. George Street Revitalization Moving Forward


On November 7, the revitalization of George Street moves forward at City Council, with a recommendation to approve a new building at 295-349 George Street. The project is commonly known as the George Street Revitalization project, and involves a number of properties, including Seaton House. Councillor Wong-Tam has been a key supporter of this community renewal project since she was elected in 2010.

Seaton House has a long history with the city, but the 634 bed men's shelter is struggling to properly maintain and care for the residents it currently houses. The current building does not properly serve the residents who reside there, nor the community. The application proposes to construct a new building that will provide 378 long term care beds, 130 transitional assisted living beds for men and women, 100 emergency shelter beds for men, 21 affordable housing units and a 4,000 m2 community service hub.

This proposal would integrate the majority of heritage designated properties, and set the new building behind the exterior portions of the retained heritage buildings. The community service hub will provide a range of social services in one convenient location. Future work on George Street Revitalization will include a redesign of the streetscape to create a more beautiful, inviting, and safer street.

To read the final staff report, please click here.

8. Got a Question? Consult the New Ward 27 Constituency FAQ!

Do you want to report discarded needles but don't know how? Are you interested in implementing permit parking on your street but don't know where to start? Have you received a notice for a zoning by-law amendment in your area and want to know what comes next?

You can visit the Ward 27 Constituency Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to learn the answers to the above questions and many more common questions the office receives. The FAQ will be periodically updated with new questions.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the FAQ, please contact [email protected]

To visit the Ward 27 Constituency FAQ, please visit: http://www.ward27news.ca/faq

9. Community Spotlight: Casey House


Casey House is Canada's first, and only, stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS.  Founded by a group of volunteers in 1988, they have provided patient care in a stigma-free, non-judgemental setting for nearly 30 years. This past month, Casey House announced the grand opening of their new, updated facility located at 119 Isabella St.  Councillor Wong-Tam proudly contributed section 37 funds toward this successful endeavour.

Casey House caregivers collaborate as an inter-professional team to provide compassionate, supportive care that is client-centered, holistic and culturally sensitive.  Their new facility has doubled their capacity, allowing for new programs and initiatives.  In addition to meeting the medical needs of patients, Casey House provides inpatient and day health programs, community care and outreach, social community programming and research and education.  Their model of care provides an example to the world.

You can find out more about Casey House by visiting their website at https://www.caseyhouse.com/

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