Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam: Newsletter for March 11 2016

March 11, 2016

  1. Introduction from Councillor Wong-Tam
  2. Heath Crescent Stairwell and Ravine Slope Update
  3. Seaton House Update
  4. College Park Update
  5. Toronto as Host City for a 2025 World Expo
  6. Upcoming Community Events
  7. Upcoming Community Consultations

Councillor Wong-Tam

1.  Welcome from Councillor Wong-Tam
Dear Constituents,
It feels like spring is in the air. Along with milder weather, much is happening across Ward 27. Not only have we concluded labour negotiations, but there are a number of upcoming events and consultations taking place over the coming weeks.
Yesterday, City Council voted to ratify the City’s negotiated contract with Local 79. As many of you are aware, Local 416 and 79 have been wrapping-up talks with the City to establish new contracts for both outdoor and indoor city workers. A temporary work-to-rule has been in effect and there was the possibility of a strike which would have disrupted regular City services, access to staff, and community consultations. With a new contract now in place, I am glad to say that we have returned to a more stable position for both City employees and residents.
Later this month, I will be hosting the second Salon 27 event at the Ryerson Student Learning Centre on March 29. This follows an excellent turn-out for our inaugural Salon 27 in 2015, where Desmond Cole spoke to important issues around carding, race and policing ahead of significant reforms at the municipal and provincial level. This month’s Salon 27 will feature the voices of inspiring women in an open and lively discussion of issues facing women in Toronto.
Please read on below for other important events and information important to our community. I look forward to hearing from you and your neighbours in the weeks ahead.

I remain yours in service,
Kristyn Wong-Tam

2. Heath Crescent Stairwell and Ravine Slope Update
On March 7, area residents met with staff from Parks Forestry & Recreation, Toronto Water, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), as well as Councillor Wong-Tam to hear the results of ongoing engineering studies on the east slope of Yellow Creek. After a storm in 2013 damaged the stairwell access to the ravine, staff undertook a slope stability study to determine what would be necessary to build a new access point at the existing location.
Staff reported that their investigation revealed significant and interrelated issues with Yellow Creek and the east ravine slope. Slope erosion, failing river bank walls, and the need to meet current safety standards will require more significant investigation. The TRCA will be leading further studies in support of ravine and waterway improvements that will prevent future erosion. The early stages of that work will provide the critical information necessary for planning a new stairwell.
If you are a resident abutting the Heath Crescent portion of the ravine or would like to be circulated on the ongoing studies related to the stairwell and area, please email my office at to be added to the emailing list and to be copied on documents sent out by City staff, as well as future meeting details.

3. Seaton House Update
After many years of consultation and planning from local residents, shelter clients and service providers, a re-zoning application for Seaton House has been submitted. This key cog in the City’s shelter support network finally has a plan for re-development and modernization.  The plan includes a new, fully integrated community hub that will encompass emergency shelter beds, a long term care facility, affordable housing, community hub and public realm improvements to George Street.  A preliminary report is on the agenda for the April 5 meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council, whose agenda can accessed here

4. College Park Update
Construction on the multi-million dollar revitalization of College Park is set to commence over the next few weeks! Beginning in 2012, the redesign process involved several community consultations and stakeholder meetings, including complex land negotiations with the abutting property owners, finally concluded this year. The final design concept for the park can be seen here. Though it has been a drawn out legal and technical process, we are very excited to see work finally begin on this signature downtown park.

 5. Toronto as Host City for a 2025 World Expo
As you may know, Councillor Wong-Tam has been involved with a campaign to see Toronto as host to a World Expo in 2025. Major World Expos are held every 5 years.  They are the world's top nation-to-nation exhibition, running for 6 months.   

In April, the Economic Development Committee will be reviewing a report on the feasibility of Toronto pursuing a bid for Expo in 2025. If you would like to learn more about this effort and about Expos, please visit and sign up for their mailing list.

6. Upcoming Community Events

Myseum Event - Wednesday, March 23
Have you ever wondered what Toronto was like 100 years ago? On the evening of Wednesday March 23rd a panel of prominent Torontonians, including Councillor Wong-Tam in taking a look back on Toronto's largest slum, the Ward as seen through the eyes of Myseum of Toronto.
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W
Accessibility: the location is fully accessible
For more details, click here.
Salon 27 - Tuesday, March 29

Join Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and a panel of four inspiring women for a night of uncensored discussion and light refreshments on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016. All are welcome to meet the Councillor and other Ward 27 residents and community members.
Panelists will include:
Caitlyn E. Kasper - Staff Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Services
Terri-Lynn Langdon - MSW, RSW, DisAbled Social Worker and Social Justice Activist
Abigail Moriah - Associate Development Manager, Regent Park Revitalization, Toronto Community Housing & Civic Action DiverseCity Fellow
Jessica Mustachi - Safety Program Coordinator, METRAC

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ryerson Student Learning Centre Amphitheatre (341 Yonge St. at Gould St.)
Accessibility: the location is fully accessible, ASL available upon request.
For more information, click here.

7. Upcoming Community Consultations
Moorevale Park Community Consultation - Monday, March 21

Area residents and park users are invited to the second community consultation on improvements for Moorevale Park. On November 19, 2015, a consultation was held for initial feedback on park priorities and needs for capital investments. Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff have been developing infrastructure and design options based on that meeting and will be looking for further feedback to create a work plan for the next few years.
Date: Monday, March 21, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Deer Park Public Library - Second Floor Meeting Room, 40 St. Clair Avenue East
Ward 27 Construction Projects Open House - Thursday, March 24

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission will be completing various construction projects along Gerrard Street and surrounding areas this spring, summer and fall. Come learn more about the work that is planned, the construction schedule and what disruptions to expect. Drop-in anytime to speak directly with project staff.  You can find more information here or contact Paul Martin, Public Consultation Coordinator at
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto Central YMCA - Grosvenor Room, 20 Grosvenor Street

11 Wellesley Street West Park Consultation - Monday, April 4
After years of advocacy alongside residents, working through the development process, and securing City funding, we are ready to hear from residents and community members about their vision for the new 1.5 acre park to be built at 11 Wellesley Street West. This represents one of the largest new green spaces secured in downtown Toronto in many years and will provide a welcome public space in a bustling neighbourhood.

Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff want to know what your priorities are. From an urban oasis and family friendly green space to naturalized landscapes and walking paths, your input will be vital to determining the final form this park takes.
Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Time: Evening (specific time to be confirmed)
Location: St. Joseph College School - 74 Wellesley Street West (to be confirmed)

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please confirm the location and start time on the Ward 27 Events Page prior to April 4. The details will be updated there, once finalized.

59-71 Mutual Street Consultation - Thursday, April 14
The application proposes to redevelop the site at 59-71 Mutual Street with a 32-storey residential tower.  The project is proposed to contain 275 dwelling units and a total gross floor area of 17,524 m2. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information here.
To speak to the planner directly, contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412 or 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

Our public meeting locations are wheelchair/mobility device accessible.  Other reasonable accommodation or assistive services for persons with disabilities may be provided with adequate notice.  Please contact Derek Waltho, at 416-392-0412, with your request.  The City of Toronto is committed to taking the necessary steps to insure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 240 Jarvis Street - International Room
Please find the event listed on the Ward 27 News website here.

Councillor Wong-Tam