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Dear Neighbour,

If you are busy planning your garden, make sure you mark your calendar with one of the 8 local compost days my office has organized. Come by with a shovel, a bucket, or a wheel barrel and take home some free compost. We will also be doing a park clean up at each of the compost days. Please bring family and friends and help us clean up our green spaces. I will bring the bags and gloves!

The warmer weather has allowed the City to begin repainting the faded bike lanes on Shaw Street and we will see a new contra-flow bike lane installed on Argyle Street soon. While the City has already filled 150,000 potholes we know the job is not done yet. Please help us by calling or sending an email to 311 to report a pothole or for other road repair needs.

Our neighbourhood continues to be busy with development application meetings. Listed below are public meeting notices for development applications at 171 East Liberty Street and 99 Atlantic Avenue.

Many of you have contacted my office about the AGCO's decision to no longer enforce conditions on liquor licences. At our April meeting, City Council passed several motions challenging the AGCO on this position. Below you will also see a letter I wrote to Ontario's Attorney General, which was co-signed by 32 City Councillors, requesting immediate action be taken to fix the liquor licensing process and to continue enforcement of existing conditions on licences.

As always, please call or email to let me know if you have any concerns, issues or ideas. I'd love to hear from you.
 
In community,


Mike Layton
City Councillor
Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina

In this newsletter:

Ward 19 Community Environment Day and Local Compost Days


Ward 19's Community Environment Day will take place on Thursday, May 22 at Fred Hamilton Park between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

As well, my office will be holding 8 Compost Days to help all of the gardeners in the ward prepare for the growing season. This compost comes from your leaf and yard waste that the City collects as part of the waste reduction and recycling program.

I will provide the compost, rubber gloves, and garbage bags for anyone who would like to help me collect garbage left over from the winter thaw that has collected on the ground.

Please remember to bring your own shovels and containers to collect your free compost. 

Trinity Bellwoods Park (map)
Saturday, April 26 - 9:00 a.m.
On the north side of the park, east of Crawford Street

Dewson Junior and Senior Public School (map)
Sunday, April 27 - 9:00 a.m.
In the parking lot off of Dewson Street

Christie Pits (map)
Sunday, May 4 - 9:00 a.m.
At the Alex Duff Pool Building parking lot

Senhor Santo Christo Catholic School (map)
Sunday, May 4 - 11:30 a.m.
In the parking lot off of Humbert Street

Stanley Park North (map)
Sunday, May 11 - 9:00 a.m.
At the entrace off of Walnut Avenue, north of King Street

Healy Willan Park (map)
Sunday, May 11 - 11:30 a.m.
At the corner of Ulster Street and Euclid Avenue

Essex Junior and Senior Public School (map)
Sunday, May 24 - 9:00 a.m.
In the front of the school, beside the lay-by on Essex Street

Pierra Elliot Trudeau Public School (map)
Sunday, May 24 - 11:30 a.m.
In the parking lot off of Grace Street

Have questions about our Compost Days? Contact Marco Bianchi in my office at mbianch@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4009.

For more information you can visit www.toronto.ca/compost.

Public Meeting: 171 East Liberty Planning Application

You are invited to attend a community consultation meeting to discuss the planning application for 171 East Liberty Street.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m
Where: The Brazen Head, 4th floor – 165 East Liberty Street (map)

Lifetime Developments, Toronto City Planning, and my office are hosting an information session to provide an update on the Lifetime Developments proposal for the east end of 171 East Liberty. There will be a presentation of the revised development plan and an opportunity for questions. This is a follow-up to the previous meeting on this proposal which took place on May 6, 2013.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:

For more information contact Graig Uens, Planner at (416) 397-4647 or guens@toronto.ca.

Download the Meeting Notice and Flyer here.

Public Meeting: 99 Atlantic Avenue & 40 Hanna Avenue Planning Application

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application ask questions and share your comments.

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1 Snooker Street (map).

Proposal
An application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit two new buildings within the existing surface parking lot areas, including an 8-storey office building with retail and service commercial uses at grade and a 2 storey building with retail and service commercial uses. Proposed renovations and adaptive reuse of the existing buildings on the property for office uses with retail and services commercial use at the lower levels. The proposal includes 212 below-grade parking spaces.

To speak to the planner directly, contact Aviva Pelt, at 416-392-0877 or apelt@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.

Download the Community Notice here.

Letter to the Attorney General Requesting the Province Uphold and Enforce Conditions on Liquor Licences

Earlier this year, without warning, the AGCO informed the City of Toronto that it would no longer enforce some of the conditions placed on liquor licenses. In response to this, Toronto City Council has passed motions challenging the Ministry and the AGCO on this position, and directed City staff to take steps to build a stronger licensing and enforcement process to protect neighbourhoods from restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that do not respect City by-laws and the conditions on their AGCO licences. The decisions of Council and the staff report can be found here.

Furthermore, on April 10, I submitted a letter, signed by 32 of my Council colleagues, to the Attorney General recommending:

1) As an immediate step, continue to enforce existing conditions on AGCO licences.

2) To avoid delays in new licence applications, continue to accept the addition of conditions agreed upon by applicants, municipalities, and communities.

3) In partnership with the City of Toronto, direct the AGCO to work with Toronto’s Licensing and Standards department on how to address issues relating to liquor licensing including, if necessary, proposals for changes to the Liquor Licensing Act to address the needs of municipalities.

See the full letter including recommendations here.

My Motions at City Council Regarding the City's New Street Vending Rules

At our April meeting, City Council approved new rules for street vending that will take effect May 15. The resulting city-wide bylaw will achieve a balance in addressing the City’s need to manage competing uses of streets and sidewalks while responding to popular demand for greater access to street foods. There will no longer be any restrictions on the types of food sold from carts or trucks as long as health regulations are met. The new rules expand vending locations beyond private property and special events to include streets and commercial parking lots.

At the meeting I moved two motions outlined below:

1. That City Council not permit mobile vending within the boundaries of a Business Improvement Area, or within 50 metres of the boundary of a Business Improvement Area, during a special event organized by the Business Improvement Area, unless invited by the Business Improvement Area.

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the appropriate City divisions, to report to the Licensing and Standards Committee on possible waste reduction and collection policies that could be included as part of street food vending permits.

More information on Council decisions and the staff report can be found here.

Dufferin Street Bridge Open to Vehicular Traffic

On Friday, April 11 the Dufferin Street Bridge over the Metrolinx/GO Transit Rail Corridor re-opened to vehicular traffic. The bridge has been closed to traffic since last June to ensure public safety.

It was scheduled for replacement, but as a result of inspections done in 2013, the City made the decision to expedite the closure and install temporary bridges before the construction of a permanent bridge.

The temporary bridges will remain open to traffic until the permanent bridge is completed in 2019.

Strachan Avenue Northbound Lane Closure

The notice below is from Metrolinx:

What we are doing?

  • From April 9 until the 25, the Strachan Ave. northbound lane will be closed to vehicular and cycling traffic from East Liberty St. to Douro/Wellington Streets.
  • For updates on the closure, visit www.gotransit.com/gts or follow @GTS_Project on twitter.
  • This closure is required to complete utility work and sewer work to complete the permanent bridge over the lowered rail corridor.

How this will affect you? 

  • From April 9 to 25, there will be no northbound traffic permitted on Strachan Ave. from East Liberty St. to Douro/Wellington Streets.
  • Pedestrians will still be able to use the west sidewalk.
  • East Liberty St. eastbound and westbound traffic flow will be maintained, however there will be no left turn onto northbound Strachan Avenue from East Liberty St.
  • During the closure, Wellington St. eastbound will be closed between Strachan Ave. and Stafford St. Traffic on Douro St. will be maintained in both directions on Douro St.
  • Inbound Quality Meat Packers trucks will travel north on Bathurst St. and west on Wellington St. to the facility. Outbound trucks will continue to use their regular route.
  • Regular work hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. These hours maybe extended to complete in order to reopen the road as soon as possible. If necessary, work on Sundays will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you for your patience.

Download the Public Notice here.

Your Strachan Community Relations team is Mandeep, Carmen, Salza, and Robert
901 King Street West ● 416-581-1300
gts@gotransit.com â— www.gotransit.com/gts â— @GTS_Project

Construction Update: Sewer Work on King Street West

The City of Toronto is currently performing repair and maintenance work on the sanitary trunk sewer under King Street West, known as the “High Level Interceptor”. This project is part of the Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation Program.

This work was initially scheduled to be finished in October 2013. Due to further unforeseen circumstances, the projected completion date has been pushed back to June 2014.

Work Hours
Work will typically take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, with work after hours and on weekends as required.

Disruptions
As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, some pedestrian and traffic restrictions will be necessary:

  • King St. W. westbound curb lane closed from Sudbury St. to Stanley Terrace.
  • Sudbury St. north sidewalk closed for approximately 100m up from King St.
  • King St. north sidewalk closed, Sudbury St. to Shaw St.
  • Sudbury St. / King St. W. parkette closed

Parking will be restricted in and around the work areas.

Some trees at the intersection of King Street and Sudbury Street have been removed and will be replaced upon completion of the construction.

The construction work may cause some odours. The contractor will further notify you of any temporary disruptions. Every effort will be made to reduce the inconvenience.

TTC Streetcar Stop Out of Service
The streetcar stop at King Street and Sudbury Street on 504 transit route is temporarily out of services to accommodate this work.

For more information contact:
Jason Diceman, Public Consultation Unit at jdicema@toronto.ca.

Visit the project website at www.toronto.ca/improvements.

Download the Notice here.

Public Consultation: "Feeling Congested?"

The City is proposing draft policy amendments to the Official Plan transportation policies for public discussion and input. The draft policies are the outcome of an inter-divisional and agency review process undertaken as part of the “Feeling Congested?” initiative, which is part of the City’s Five Year Official Plan Review.

The draft transportation policy amendments are generally organized under the headings of:

  • Integration with Land Use;
  • Streets and “Complete Streets”;
  • Active Transportation;
  • Auto, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), and Parking; and,
  • Goods Movement.

Four Public Open Houses to present and discuss the draft policy changes will be held. For more information visit my website here.

Project Website: www.feelingcongested.ca
Twitter: @congestedTO
Email: feelingcongested@toronto.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/feelingcongested

Not Far From the Tree Looking for Storage Space in Ward 19

Not Far From The Tree is looking for a space to store their picking equipment in Ward 19. With the use of storage space Not Far From The Tree will be able to increase their capacity to share fruit and engage the community in the neighbourhood.

They are looking for a donated space that meets the following requirements:

  • Big enough to fit a cargo bike (9×2 feet) or a bike and trailer (5×3 feet).
  • Accessible to specially-trained staff and volunteers from 9am to 9pm, 7 days/week, June to October.
  • Lockable or allows bike to be locked to something secure (ideally using a combination lock rather than key).
  • Protected from the rain.

About Not Far From The Tree
Not Far From The Tree is a charitable project that puts Toronto’s fruit to good use by picking and sharing the bounty. When a homeowner can’t keep up with their fruit tree, we mobilize volunteers to harvest and share the fruit: 1/3 goes to the owner, 1/3 to the pickers, and 1/3 to a food bank or shelter in the neighbourhood.

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact storage@notfarfromthetree.org or (647) 774-7425.

Download the flyer here.

2014 Chief Planner Roundtables

In 2014, the City of Toronto is hosting two Chief Planner Roundtables. These Roundtables provide a public forum for Torontonians to discuss key city-building challenges, and to identify innovative “drivers for change”. The Roundtables are founded on a platform of collaborative engagement, where industry professionals, community leaders, and city staff can discuss ideas about pressing issues in an open creative environment.

Details for 2014 Roundtables are as follows:

Roundtable #1 – Planning Cities for Families
When: Thursday, April 24
Where: 100 Queen Street West, Toronto City Hall – Committee Room 1
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Roundtable #2 – Main Street Retail
When: Thursday, November 6
Where: 100 Queen Street West, Toronto City Hall – Committee Room 1
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Further information about these roundtables, including speakers and an agenda, can be found at the following website: toronto.ca/planning/chiefplannerroundtable

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to chiefplannerroundtable@toronto.ca. If you are unable to attend, you can watch it live-streamed at the above site, and monitor the conversation on twitter (#CProundtable).

Infrastructure Projects Planned for 2014-2015 on City's Website

The website of the Major Capital Infrastructure Coordination Office www.toronto.ca/mcic has been expanded to show the location and type of infrastructure that is planned for construction in 2014 and 2015. New water, sewer, transit, and transportation projects are illustrated, as well as work that will be performed by utility companies and other City divisions and external agencies.

The MCIC website also provides a new tool that generates a printable list of infrastructure projects in each ward of the City. The ward list presents major projects that are planned for construction in 2014, and is being expanded to include similar information for 2015.

These tools are used to improve the transparency of infrastructure planning in the City, which has contributed to more efficient capital expenditures and reduced inconvenience to the public.

The City has another site, www.toronto.ca/torontostreets which contains details on emergency and short term closures as well as special events.

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