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11th Annual Pumpkin Sale and 1st Ever Haunted House – benefiting Sorauren Park

Saturday October 20th 9 am- noon
All proceeds from the sale (there is no cost recovery as Chander donates the pumpkins etc) will be donated to the Friends of Sorauren Park and their fundraising towards the renovation of the CG Williams Children’s Parquette (south side of Wabash Avenue).  This year for the first time ever there will be having a haunted house, courtesy of Scooter Girl.  Over the past 10 years through the generosity of local residents we have raised in excess of $25,000.00 for park improvements.  Please come out on the 20th to get your pumpkin and support Sorauren Park.  Event will be held rain or shine!

SORAUREN PARK MOVIE NIGHT – Last movie of the season

Saturday, September 22: MOANA (G, 2016)
Special fundraiser for Charles G. Williams Playground renovation (“Sorauren playground”)
Movie starts: 7:30 p.m. Pizza Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

** Greenest City Meeting.
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** Greenest City wants Parkdale/Roncesvalles to become Canada’s Greenest Neighbourhood

Having an energy efficient home is not only better for the environment, but it can save you thousands of dollars in heating costs.
The city of Toronto has incentives (https://greenestcity.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=25b51c0adb5a6bb746a8af509&id=d41d73229a&e=fc94dfee16) you can use to improve the efficiency of your home.

Join Greenest City to learn more.

We’re having TWO workshops in the next month:

Monday, August 20
High Park Library
6:30 pm to 8 pm

Wednesday, September 19
201 Cowan Ave (https://maps.google.com/?q=201+Cowan+Ave&entry=gmail&source=g)
Basement of Epiphany and St Marks
6:30 to 8 pm

Wabash Community Centre | Public Consultation Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The City of Toronto is building a new Community Centre on Wabash Avenue, located just east of the fieldhouse in Sorauren Park on the site of the old Linseed Factory.

This is very exciting.

Please join local residents for a meeting with community members and City of Toronto Parks staff to discuss the Wabash Community Centre.

Community input is essential when deciding how best to improve public spaces and this meeting will serve as a great opportunity to hear from you.

This will be the first of many community consultations.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School
1515 Bloor Street West, Staff Room, Rm. 331

TTC RIDER SURVEY INFORMATION SESSIONS

“TTC Service Planning staff will be out at subway stations in the Junction area, this week and next week, to share with the public our transit network plan for the neighbourhood.

This plan addresses prevalent concerns from the community that we have heard in the past. They include:

*       Continuous service on Dundas West from Dundas West Station to Kipling Station
*       Continuous service on St. Clair West from Gunn’s Loop to Scarlett Road
*       All day everyday service on Parkside Drive, by extending 80 Queensway to Keele Station during all service periods.”

This week’s consultation schedule for your information:

Tue, May 15 (Today)
15:00-19:00 |   Dundas West Wed, May 16
7:00-11:00               | Runnymede
11:00-15:00              | Gunn’s Loop

Thu, May 17
7:00-11:00 | Dundas West
11:00-15:00 | Gunn’s Loop
15:00-19:00 | Runnymede

Fri, May 18
7:00-11:00 | Runnymede
11:00-15:00 | Gunn’s Loop

More information is available on our website at http://www.ttc.ca/TTC_Surveys/Junction_Area_Survey.jsp

PUBLIC FORUM REGARDING CANNABIS LEGALIZATION

Dear Parkdale-High Park residents,
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Join me and special guest Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Justice and Health, for a discussion on the legalization of cannabis in Canada next Thursday, May 17! Please see the event details below:
* Location: Runnymede United Church (https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/”/runnymede+united+church/data=!4m5!4m4!1m0!1m2!1m1!1s0x882b368520e1561d:0x55bded5e390178a0?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQw8matfvaAhWC_YMKHZ41BIQQ9RcIngEwDg) , 432 Runnymede Road, Toronto, ON M6S 2Y8
* Date: Thursday, May 17, 2017
* Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Please register here (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/town-hall-on-cannabis-legalization-with-special-guest-bill-blair-mp-tickets-45916241715) , as space is limited.

Yours truly,

Arif Virani, MP
Parkdale-High Park
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Heritage (Multiculturalism)

ENVIRONMENT DAY

Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 10am – 2pm, come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave, south of Dundas Street West to celebrate our annual Environment Day.

At 10am, compost will be available to pick up, free of charge and while supplies last, at 2 locations – Sorauren Park and 285 Indian Rd. Crescent.

Please see attached flyers for more details.

For further information on this or any other Ward 14 or city-related matter, contact the councllor at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

2280 DUNDAS ST WEST – LOBLAWS DEVELOPMENT SITE

The developers for 2280 Dundas Street West – Loblaw site will be holding two community events in the month of April.

1. Pre-Application Meeting for 2280 Dundas Street West – Loblaw site.

Choice Properties will be holding a pre-application meeting for 2280 Dundas St. West- Loblaw site.

This will be an opportunity to review details of proposed plans for the site. A Question and Answer session will follow.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

Date:     Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Time:    7 – 9 PM
Place:    Auditorium, Bishop Morrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School , 1515 Bloor St West.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

2. Community Drop-In

Choice Properties will be hosting a Community Drop-In Session to review the proposed plans for the site in an informal setting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

Date:     Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Time:    11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Place:    Community Idea Centre, 2280 Dundas St West

If you are unable to attend the Drop-in and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email nbeuglet@brookpooni.com .

RONCESVALLES REFUGEE RELIEF

RRR is raising money to sponsor a third family.  To do so we are holding another wonderful community event.  The theme of the evening is Food Binds; in most cultures coming together involves food.  We will be having an oyster bar provided by De La Mer, tasty appetizers made by The Cookery, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings from My Olive and more.  There will also be homemade middle eastern delicacies made by three Syrian women who will be in attendance.

Tickets are $80.00 and include food, music, silent auction and a drink.

To purchase tickets, please visit our website at https://www.roncyrefugeerelief.org/rrr-great-food-event.html <https://www.roncyrefugeerelief.org/rrr-great-food-event.html>

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Gallery 345
345 Sorauren Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M6R 2G5

Re: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue:
Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Update and
Demolition of a Designated Heritage Property- Toronto Preservation Board Notification

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Update
As the applicant has now submitted an applied to demolish the heritage building at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, the City has requested a new prehearing date to allow for time to review the request to demolition and provide comment.

The next prehearing is scheduled for October 10th. My office will provide a reminder closer to the date.

If you have questions or concerns about the OMB prehearing, please contact Kimberly Livingstone, OMB Case Coordinator, (416) 326-6773, Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca or Joanna Kimont, City of Toronto Planner, 416-392- 0481, joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Demolition of a Designated Heritage Property-Toronto Preservation Board Meeting
The Toronto Preservation Board will consider the request to demolish the heritage property at 421 Roncesvalles Ave at its meeting scheduled for Thursday March 22, 2018 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Committee Room #3, 2nd Floor at 9:30 AM.

The City Planning Staff Report recommends refusal of the application to demolish the heritage structure on the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

Link to Agenda: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1029#Meeting-2017.PB32

You may recall that the Toronto Heritage Preservation Board have previously approved City Planning’s Staff Report to refuse the request to alter the heritage property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

Toronto Preservation Board meetings are open to the public, and you or your representatives are welcome to speak or write in to this body.

Comments can be submitted on-line through the “Submit Comments” button at the top of the page of the Agenda Item.
You can also appear before the Toronto Preservation Board and share your comments with board members directly, register through the “Request to Speak” button at the top of the page of the Agenda Item.  This online button will be removed by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Alternatively, you can register to speak by contacting the City Clerk’s staff with your name, address, phone number and the item on which you would like to depute or make a presentation. Contact City Clerks at:  416-392-7033, 416-397-0111  (fax), teycc@toronto.ca

You must register by 12:00 noon on the day before the meeting; however you can also register in the meeting room before the meeting starts.

Please feel free to contact Councillor Perk’s office if you have any questions or to provide comment.

Councillor Gord Perks  Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
(t) 416-392-7919 (f) 416-392-0398 www.gordperks.ca

421 Roncesvalles Avenue
Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing
March 14, 2018

Update on  421 Roncesvalles Avenue development application.

The applicant has applied to construct a 26.1 metres tall (30 metres including mechanical penthouse) seven storey commercial and office building at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

The property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) is on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

Further, City Council have approved City Planning’s Staff Report that refuses the development application stating that the building will alter the two storey designated heritage building in a manner that would not conserve the cultural heritage values, attributes and character of the property.

Although City Planning Staff and the applicant continue to work to find agreement, the applicant has appealed the Zoning Amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The OMB has now scheduled a one day prehearing conference on
Wednesday, March 14th
10 AM
Ontario Municipal Board,
16th Floor, 655 Bay Street
(2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.)

The purpose of the prehearing is to set a date for the actual hearing of the appeal and to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the OMB you should attend the March 14th prehearing conference and obtain permission to speak either as a party or as a participant at the OMB hearing that is to be set for a later date. Information on party/participant status is available at http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/omb/a-case-before-the-board/can-participate-hearing/participant/ .  If you have concerns with this development application, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

If you have questions or concerns about the OMB prehearing, please contact Kimberly Livingstone, OMB Case Coordinator, (416) 326-6773, Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca or Joanna Kimont, City of Toronto Planner, 416-392- 0481, joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Councillor Perks can be available to meet at 9:30 AM outside of the prehearing conference room on March 14th to review the process of the OMB prehearing. Please contact my office if you will be attending the prehearing.

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Loblaws Redevelopment (Dundas/Bloor)

Choice Properties REIT, the owner of the Loblaw site at 2280 Dundas St West, the south-east corner of Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West, is looking to submit an application to redevelop the site with a mixed-use development including residential, commercial, employment and community uses, a City park, new streets and potential relocation of the high school.

In order to understand what the community envisions for this site before the application is formally submitted, City Planning staff, together with my office, hosted round table discussions which focussed on key themes such as Built Form and Use, Public Realm and Sustainability.

The December 11 & 12, 2017 Planning staff presentation can be found here: https://goo.gl/oLhKfQ .

Attached is the brainstorming questions booklet. Answers to brainstorming questions can be sent to Joanna_Kimont@toronto.ca by March 9th, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Councillor Perk’s  office at 416-392-7919 or councillor_perks@toronto.ca .

Wabash Community Centre Update

Community Centre budget increases by $6 million
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City Council votes February 12 on updated Wabash Centre budget

More planning details on the Wabash Community Centre (https://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/) have been released by the City as part of the 2018 Capital Budget process (https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/budget-finances/city-budget/) .

And a hint that a pool may be included in the planning discussions was released earlier in the City?s new Facilities Master Plan (https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/accountability-operations-customer-service/long-term-vision-plans-and-strategies/parks-forestry-recreation/parks-and-recreation-facilities-master-plan/) .

The Parks, Forestry and Recreation Capital Budget document, which every year must be approved by City Council (the next vote is February 12), recommends a $6 million increase in the project?s overall budget, from $34 million (approved last year) to $40 million, flowing over five years from now till 2022. The extra funding was added ?to account for program requirements and recent costs for construction.?

The budget recommends $413,000 in 2018 spending, primarily on preliminary design work, following a modest $30,000 expenditure in 2017.

In a related development, in November Council passed the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (FMP), a document that analyzes current facilities, identifies gaps and trends, and lays the groundwork for the next 20 years of investment for the growing and changing city.

The FMP recommended that indoor pools be including in planning for 15 new or replacement community centres over the next 20 years. Wabash was on the list.

The new community centre will be located in Sorauren Park at the site of the old linseed oil mill. The non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park (https://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/about/) (incorporated as the Wabash Building Society) plans to hold community consultations in 2018 regarding design and construction plans for the new centre, which has been the subject of discussions for more than 25 years. (https://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/history/)

Sign up for the Sorauren Park News e-newsletter, (https://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/newsletter/) or follow SoraurenPark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and meeting notices.

The 2018 Capital Budget plan for Council consideration includes a section on the Wabash Community Centre. Visit the Wabash Community Centre website (https://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/) for the full text.

Pre-application Meeting to Discuss Proposed Plans

The developer of 41 Wabash Avenue, Curated Properties, will be holding a
pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

General Purpose Room, Fern Avenue School
128 Fern Avenue
Monday, January 29, 2018
7-9 PM

The developer is proposing a 4 storey mixed-use development with townhouse
and office uses. Details will be available at the community meeting.

City Planning staff and I will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing
comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email my councillor Perk’s office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.”

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