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April 10, 2015

  1. City Council Highlights - March 31 to April 2, 2015
  2. Have Your Say: Toronto's Noise Bylaws and April 15 Poverty Reduction Initiatives
  3. 480 Yonge Street Community Consultation - April 22
  4. 100th Anniversary of Canada's First Major WWI Engagement - April 24 
  5. 10 St. Mary Street Community Consultation - April 28
  6. Toronto's Rooming House Policy Community Consultation - April 30
  7. Ward 27 Community Clean-Up Days
  8. Save the Date for Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam's Salon Night - May 28
 

1. City Council Highlights - March 31 to April 2, 2015
 
Modernizing City By-Laws and Policies to Make Toronto More Accessible (MM5.16)
City Council voted to adopt this motion by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Shelley Carroll, that directs City staff to report back in 2015 on aligning Toronto's built environment designs for public spaces with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Ontario Building Code with any changes that are needed. This motion intends to harmonize the City of Toronto's policies and by-laws to improve barrier-free access and movement. This item can be seen here.

Request for Report on Options to Improve Transit Commission Project Delivery (EX4.17)
City Council voted to have the City Manager report to Executive Committee on April 22, 2015 with options for improved project delivery, procurement, and project management for the Scarborough Subway Extension. This motion followed concerns regarding cost-overruns and delays in construction on the Vaughan extension of the University-Spadina subway line. The item can be seen here.

Expropriation of 303, 309, and 311 George Street for the Redevelopment of Seaton House (GM2.11)
City Council voted to adopt the recommendations of the Government Management Committee. This grants authority for the three properties to be integrated into the redevelopment of Seaton House and the revitalization of the George Street neighbourhood. The item can be seen here.

Request for Direction Report - 81 Wellesley Street East (TE4.9)
City Council voted to authorize the City Solicity, together with Planning staff, to oppose the development proposal at 81 Wellesley Street East, as it has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Planning staff have reported to Council that the proposal represents an over-development of the site that does not fit within its existing and planned context. The item can be seen here.
 


2. Have Your Say: Toronto's Noise Bylaws and Poverty Reduction Initiatives - April

Noise Bylaw Review

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has been advocating for residents in Ward 27 on noise issues for several years. After two letters to the City’s Licensing and Standards Committee, a survey was approved to inform improvements to the City’s noise bylaws.

The Municipal Code 591 Survey is being conducted to gather information about the opinions of Torontonians on noise bylaws and the impact of noise within their communities. This information will be considered in the Noise Bylaw Review. For more information about the review, please visit www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay.

To complete the survey, please click here. Please complete the survey by April 24, 2015.


Povery Reduction Consultations

Councillor Wong-Tam and Deputy Mayor McConnell will host a Community Conversation with a focus on Toronto’s Downtown East to help inform the City’s Poverty Reduction initiatives. 
 
Toronto's Downtown East has unique characteristics and needs – local residents are strongly encouraged to attend this important session and provide your input. 
 
Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: John Innes Community Centre Gym

For information on accommodation, child-care or to register please contact call 416-392-7903 or email councillor_wongtam@toronto.ca.

 
3. 480 Yonge Street Community Consultation - April 22

This is the official community consultation meeting being held for the rezoning application submitted for 480 Yonge Street. Area residents and members of the public are invited to provide their feedback for consideration by the developer and City staff in evaluating the proposal.

The proposal is for a 45-storey mixed-use residential building, including a 3-storey commercial base. The site includes the listed heritage building at 480 Yonge Street and Old Fire Hall No.3, which includes an iconic clock tower at 494 Yonge Street.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: YMCA Auditorium, 20 Grosvenor Street

If you are unable to attend the public consultation, you may contact the Senior Planner for the file, Sarah Henstock, at shensto@toronto.ca. The preliminary report for the site can be read online here.



4. 100th Anniversary of Canada's First Major WWI Engagement - April 24

The 48th Highlanders of Canada invite members of the public to attend a ceremonial service to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Canada's first major engagement of the Great War, Canada's "Baptism of Fire" - 2nd Ypres, 22-24 April, 1915.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Memorial, Queen's Park (North end)


5. 10 St Mary Street Public Consultation - April 28

This community consultation meeting is being held for the rezoning application submitted for 10 St Mary Street. Area residents and members of the public are invited to provide their feedback for consideration by the developer and City staff in evaluating two potential building designs.

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: St. Basil's Parish, 50 St. Joseph Street


6.
Toronto's Rooming House Policy Community Consultation - April 30

The City is presently carrying out a rooming house policy review and residents are invited to provide their feedback. A copy of the review consultation flyer be found here. One consultation is taking place at the edge of Ward 27:

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wellesley Community Centre, Room A - 495 Sherbourne Street

Another consultation being held nearby is as follows:

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lillian H. Smith Library, Auditorium - 239 College Street
 


7. Ward 27 Community Clean-Up Days

The snow is gone (hopefully) and that means it’s time for Toronto’s annual spring clean-up!
Led by the City of Toronto's Live Green Toronto team, the Clean Toronto Together campaign is a weekend celebration that brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to remove litter and keep our city clean and green.

This year, the Clean-Up is taking place from Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 19th.

Clean-ups are being organized across the Ward, and I encourage you to grab a pair of garden gloves and meet your neighbours while tidying our streets.
Notable clean-ups include:
 
  • O’Keefe Lane (Yonge & Gerrard): Friday, April 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., with the Downtown-Yonge BIA
  • Craigleigh Gardens: Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. with the Rosedale Residents’ Association
  • Rosedale Park, Chorley Park, and Whitney Parkette: Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. with the North Rosedale Residents’ Association
  • Ramsden Park and Jesse Ketchup Public School: Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 a.m. with ABC Residents’ Association
For more information, or to register a community clean-up for your neighbourhood, please visit the Community Clean-Up website here.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

8. Save the Date for Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam's Salon Night - May 28

Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for a night of lively discussion and light refreshments on Thursday, May 28th, 2015. All are welcome to meet the Councillor and other Ward 27 residents, businesses and communities Via Vai.

Guest speakers will be announced soon!

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Via Vai 45 Grosvenor Street (the south-west corner of Grosvenor St. & Bay St.)
Accessibility: the location is fully accessible
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