Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam January 2018 Newsletter

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam | News and Upcoming Events
January 17, 2018

  1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
  2. Open Letter to Address Toronto's Shelter Crisis
  3. January 18: Town Hall on Gender-Responsive Budgeting
  4. Smart Cites Challenge Public Consultation: Innovation and the Indigenous District
  5. Small Business Property Taxes - Important Dates
  6. 155 Wellesley Street East Development Consultation
  7. 572 Church Street and 100 Wellesley Street East Public Consultations
  8. Learn about Ward 27 Development
  9. Winter Readiness

1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam

Dear friend,

I hope you have had a healthy and happy start to 2018. As we work to advance many important issues across the ward.

This Thursday, I will be hosting my 2018 Town Hall on Gender-Responsive Budgeting, which will include a fireside chat with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and a panel discussion with policy experts and service providers. Toronto’s budget is a key tool, necessary to advance gender equity by thinking about how spending and revenues impacts Toronto’s families – and especially women, girls, including those with complex, intersecting identities, and gender-diverse members of equity-seeking groups. Gender equity acknowledges and analyses the underlying root causes that different groups of people face based on their social, cultural and economic identities and seeks to redress these through allocation of public resources.  Better budgets equal better services for ALL residents, and a more responsible budget.

Next week, I am excited to host a Smart Cities Challenge public consultation on Innovation and the Indigenous District at MaRS Discovery District. This extraordinary initiative will be the catalyst for a future Indigenous District, an international visitor destination anchored with Indigenous cultural and entrepreneurial ingenuity both traditional and contemporary‎ in its pursuits and anchored. The vision of the Indigenous District runs along Dundas Street East, which will be anchored with the development of a 16,000 square feet Indigenous business incubator in the Downtown East.

Our work on small business property taxes continue. The City's tax policy staff have finished their report on smart tax regulations to protect small businesses. On January 24, their report will be voted on by the City's Executive Committee at City Hall. If adopted, their recommendations would implement a 10% tax increase cap for all commercial property tax increases, as of 2018. This Friday, I will be hosting a meeting at City Hall for interested business and property owners on next steps and important actions you can take.

I remain yours in service,

 

 

2. Open Letter to Address Toronto's Shelter Crisis

 

I have been working with Councillors Cressy and Fletcher on finding a way forward to address the Toronto shelter crisis. Yesterday, we announced with supporters including Mayor Tory that we will be advancing critical measures needed to stem the growing shelter demand. 

At today's meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, I will table a motion that will ask City Council to introduce many immediate actions including the creation of 1000 plus new permanent shelter beds into the system by the end of 2018 and to extend the winter emergency measures beyond their original closing of April 15 until these beds are officially in operation.

The shelter crisis has shown City Council that it is imperative that we work together to ensure that our shelter system provides a safe, stable place that all residents can access when needed. Read the full letter here.

 

3. January 18: Town Hall on Gender-Responsive Budgeting

On Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm, I will be hosting a special Town Hall on Gender-Responsive Budgeting with expert panelists, and facilitated round-table discussions on how to achieve gender equity in Toronto's city budget. By placing a gender equity lens over the city budgets, we can ensure resources are more fairly allocated to serve ALL residents. Better budgets equal better services.

I am also pleased to announce a special guest of the town hall, Federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, who will join me for a fireside chat to share how the federal government has prioritized gender-responsive budgeting in their 2018 Budget. I look forward to seeing you there. RSVP to reserve your spot.

Cities across the world have created different forms of gender-responsive budgeting with the purpose of advancing gender equity. Even the 2016 federal budget contained a historic Gender Statement outlining the main challenges and economic inequalities facing Canadian women. It's time for Toronto City Council to put any talk of equity and diversity into action.

 

What: Town Hall on Gender-Responsive Budgeting
When: Thursday, January 18 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 519 Community Centre, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 519 Church St. Toronto, Ontario

Light refreshments will be served. ASL interpretation and child-minding will be available.

 

4. Smart Cites Challenge Public Consultation: Innovation and the Indigenous District

 

Infrastructure Canada has announced a $50 million prize for Smart Cities Initiatives that will improve the liveability of cities. We think that an Indigenous District in the heart of the Downtown East is the ideal, made-in-Toronto submission for this exciting competition. With one of the largest and fastest growing Indigenous populations in Canada, right here in Toronto, we have the opportunity to dramatically shift the urban conversation as it relates to reconciliation, entrepreneurship and social innovation. We are currently developing a 16,000 square feet Indigenous business incubator in the Downtown East.


We want your feedback and hope you can join us for a special presentation and public consultation to learn more about the Indigenous District and the #SmartCityTO Challenge. RSVP to reserve your spot.

What: Smart Cities Challenge: The Indigenous Innovation District
When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.
Where: MaRS Discovery District, Room CR3, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

This extraordinary initiative will be the catalyst for a future Indigenous District, an international visitor destination anchored with Indigenous cultural and entrepreneurial ingenuity both traditional and contemporary‎ in its pursuits. We will leverage and utilize data, technology and community strengths to uplift and bring Toronto another step closer to being a truly inclusive Smart City.


Supported by Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Indigenous PlaceMaking Council, Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Council, MaRS Discovery District, and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.


5. Small Business Property Tax Update - Important Dates

Good news! The City's tax policy staff have finished their report on smart tax regulations to protect small businesses. On January 24, their report will be voted on by the City's Executive Committee at City Hall. If adopted, their recommendations would implement a 10% tax increase cap for all commercial property tax increases, as of 2018. Further study is ongoing for the creation of a new small business tax class and further protections would be proposed before year end.

The full report can be read found on the Executive Committee Agenda here.

Example Yonge Street Property:

 

We need your help to make sure these recommendations are adopted!

To be sure that small business and property owners' voices are heard, you need to let Executive Committee know how important these recommendations are for your livelihood, the integrity of the neighbourhood, and stopping taxes from ruining small businesses.

To depute at City Hall on the item on January 24, email the Clerk, Josephine Archbold at exc@toronto.ca or submit a letter to the same email address, referring to the agenda item EX30.5.

Councillor Wong-Tam will also be hosting a meeting for interested business and property owners:

When: Friday, January 19, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Where: City Hall, Committee Room 4, 100 Queen Street W.

Make sure your voice is heard. This is small business and property owners' best chance at protecting themselves from massive tax hikes under the Province's Current Value Assessment process.

For more information, contact: Tristan Downe-Dewdney, Advisor, Planning Policy & Communications to Councillor Wong-Tam at Tristan.Downe-Dewdney@toronto.ca.

 

6. 155 Wellesley Street East Development Consultation

Applications for Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment have been submitted for the lands located at 155 Wellesley Street East. The applications propose the conversion of the first two storeys of an existing 18- storey, 116 unit residential rental apartment building to permit a two-storey medical facility and retail pharmacy. The proposed medical facility measures two-storeys in height and has a gross floor area of 2,137.5 square metres (23,000 square feet). The proposed retail pharmacy measures one-storey in height and has a gross floor area of 181.6 square metres (1,954 square feet).

 

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report here.

What: 155 Wellesley Street East Development Consultation
When: January 30, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne Street, Room A

To speak to the planner directly, contact Jason Brander, at (416) 338-2577 or Jason.Brander@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.

 

7. 572 Church Street and 100 Wellesley Street East Public Consultations

A joint meeting for both development applications will be held to solicit community feedback.

The application for 572 Church Street seeks to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit a 16-storey (55 metres, including mechanical penthouse) mixed use building, the building is stepped back at the 5th floor to create a 4-storey street wall. A total of 98 dwelling units above 285 square metres of retail at grade, result in a total gross floor area of 7,489 square metres. More information can be found in the Preliminary Planning Report here.

The application for 100 Wellesley Street East proposes to construct a 10-storey (36 metres, including mechanical penthouse) infill building along Jarvis Street in a 'U' shape extending along Wellesley Street East to the south and Cawthra Square to the north. Along Wellesley Street East, the building steps down to a 7-storey building to the west and along Cawthra Square the addition steps down to a 6-storey addition to the west. The existing 28-storey rental apartment building containing 427 rental units on the site will be retained. The proposed infill building would be integrated and connected into the existing rental apartment building on site. The proposed infill would require the demolition of 3 existing rental units and reconfiguration of another 23 units. It is also proposed to develop 8 3-storey townhouses along Cawthra Square, immediately east of Barbara Hall Park. In total, 128 new rental residential units are proposed. The proposal, as submitted, it not supportable by staff and additional information can be found in the Preliminary Report here.

What: Community Consultation on 572 Church Street and 100 Wellesley Street East
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Where: Holiday Inn, 30 Carlton Street, Wellesley Room

 

8. Learn more about Ward 27 developments

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 Edward LaRusic at edward.larusic@toronto.ca.

For more information and to view the map, please visit http://www.ward27news.ca/development.

 

9. Winter readiness

 

It’s that time of the year again – winter! If you need more information about the city's plans for snow clearing, please visit www.toronto.ca/transportation.

To learn more about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto and to view a map of the areas where the service is provided, please visit www.toronto.ca/transportation/snow/sidewalks.

The City of Toronto has created a webpage that enables residents to see the location of city plows, sidewalk plows and salt trucks and when their street was serviced by the city's winter operations crews. The webpage can be accessed at www.toronto.ca/plowTO.

 

I remain yours in service,

 

Kristyn

Councillor Wong-Tam

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Kristyn Wong-Tam Ward 27 News

  1. Dear Friends
  2. Council Highlights
  3. Community Environment Day 2017
  4. Avenue Road Traffic Safety
  5. University of Toronto Secondary Plan Consultation – Monday, May 8
  6. Development Map
  7. 11th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival: Tracing the Indigenous Roots of the Garden District
  8. Save the Date: McGill Granby Neighbourhood Safety Walk
  9. 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

1. Dear Friends

A huge victory was achieved last week. City Council almost unanimously voted in support of a 10-year strategy to build and strengthen the City's Child Care system by nearly doubling the number of spaces and reducing fees for all families. 

Under the Child Care Growth Strategy, the City envisions that 50 per cent of all children aged 0 to 4 will be able to find a space within a licensed child care facility. Council's direction now is to work with the provincial and federal governments to create 30,000 new spaces, provide subsidies for 40 to 50 per cent of all spaces and reduce fees by 25 to 40 per cent by 2026. Council also committed to funding 20 per cent of child care operating costs and to spend $1.4 billion on new child care capital costs within that ten-year period. This is the first strategy of its kind for Toronto to proactively consider the current and future child care needs of our City.

However, while we should applaud City Council for this support, more work must be done. There are 18,000 children on the affordable childcare waitlist today and that number will continue to grow. The majority of the new spaces—25,000 of them—also won't be created until after 2020. The economic and social benefits of child care are well documented. This is an important step towards revolutionizing our child care system and I look forward to seeing our federal and provincial partners support this plan. 

While we celebrated moving forward with a new Child Care strategy, City Council also voted to close 134 affordable housing units in the North West of the City. This closure will involve the uprooting of families and seniors from their homes and community because the City failed in its responsibilities as a landlord.  With over $2.6B in capital repairs needed to maintain the current stock and insufficient funding from the Provincial and Federal governments, there are 7,500 more units at risk of closure. 

This is completely unacceptable. 

In the recent Provincial Budget, no new funding to help repair Toronto Community Housing's crumbling homes was announced. As the City develops its Long-Term Fiscal Plan, maintaining and building our affordable housing MUST be a priority. I am committed to working with my Council colleagues to develop solutions and to prevent the further decay of our homes.

I remain yours in service,
Kristyn

2. Council Highlights

Crime and Evictions for Cause in Toronto Community Housing

City Council voted to request the Province of Ontario make amendments to the Housing Services Act. The request calls for giving housing providers discretion to refuse rehousing tenants who have been evicted for serious criminal activity. This change is intended to address chronic issues of safety in Toronto Community Housing facilities where current laws are exposing tenants to unfair risks.

Preventing Bid Rigging in Toronto

City Council voted to implement stronger tracking, training, quality control, and reporting throughout several City departments to address concerns of bid rigging, low quality work, and oversight concerns. Recent reviews of possible outside contractor bid-rigging on road repairs by Toronto's Auditor General resulted in a Police investigation, which is underway.

Shark Fin Ban Motion

City Council supported a motion by Councillor Wong-Tam expressing support for the Government of Canada for Bill S238, The Ban of Shark Fin Importation Act and requesting that a similar ban be considered within the Province of Ontario. Over 10,000 signatures were attached to a petition calling for the ban and the motion comes at a critical time, as a new bill has been presented to ban the importation of shark fins at the Federal level.

Heritage Preservation

City Council supported a motion by Councillors Wong-Tam and Mihevc directing the Chief Planner and senior staff to report on the feasibility and cost of a heritage listing program. The listing program would provide an opportunity for a 'sweep' of Toronto's buildings and the listing of properties with potential heritage value, drawing on the input of resident and neighbourhood groups and preventing development until more thorough studies can be undertaken. Currently, many sites become subject to re-zoning before a heritage appraisal has taken place. Similar motions were also introduced by Councillor Fragedakis, Nunziata, Shiner, and Mayor John Tory.

New Housing Opportunities at 389 Church Street

City Council voted to support the creation of new housing opportunities at 389 Church Street by entering into agreements with Toronto Community Housing Corporation to fund the pre-development work needed to convert 389 Church Street into self-contained affordable rental housing. $8.8 million in funding is being reallocated to plan and implement the necessary renovations for this important work.

Assisting Affordable Rental Homes at 257 Dundas Street East

City Council voted to support the 33 new affordable housing units being developed at 257 Dundas Street East by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust by exempting the units from municipal taxes. The property, leased from Toronto Community Housing for a term of 49 years, is being developed to provide wraparound supports for homeless LGBT2S youth.

Investment in Casey House

City Council supported a motion by Councillor Wong-Tam to direct $500,000 in funding to Casey House for essential renovations. Casey House, founded in 1988 by June Callwood, is a leading support and program provider for people living with HIV. The renovations will allow for more specialized services to be provided and the introduction of a day program.

3. Community Environment Day 2017

The City of Toronto has launched its 26th season of Community Environment Days, held annually between April and October. These events, hosted by local councillors, help residents do their part in creating a cleaner, greener and more livable city. 

Community Environment Days allow residents to correctly and safely dispose of household items that do not belong in the City's Blue Bin and Green Bin diversion programs, such as household hazardous waste, home healthcare waste and electronic waste. The events also provide an opportunity to bring specific items for donation and reuse. Free compost is available for pickup at the events (with a maximum of about an average car trunk load per household), and residents are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to a food bank.

Attendees can also learn about new waste diversion initiatives that are being planned as part of the City Council-approved Long-Term Waste Management Strategy.

What: Ward 27 Community Environment Day
When: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 10am to 2pm
Where: Allan Gardens

Community Environment Days are a partnership between Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Water, Environment and Energy, and Orange Drop (Ontario's Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste program). 

4. Avenue Road Traffic Safety

In recent months, local residents have reached out with concerns regarding pedestrian and motorist safety on Avenue Rd. between Pears Avenue and Marlborough Avenue. Residents have expressed that they frequently observe cars speeding in the area. In addition to narrow sidewalk widths on Avenue Road, this has created a condition that has left residents and their families feeling unsafe. 

At the April 4th meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council, Councillor Wong-Tam introduced a motion asking that Transportation Services conduct a Safety Review of Avenue Road, from Pears Avenue to Marlborough Avenue. This comprehensive review will provide a more thorough understanding of the traffic safety conditions affecting this area, and how they may be remedied. 

Transportation Services staff are expected to report back, to the September 6th meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council, with their recommendations for safety improvements.

5. University of Toronto Secondary Plan Consultation – Monday, May 8

Planning staff are holding a second meeting in a series on a new plan for the University of Toronto St George Campus and surrounding area, including Queen's Park and other Provincial government lands. This meeting will focus on heritage, the network of open spaces and how people move around (especially pedestrians and cyclists). The University will provide an overview of the proposal and City Planning staff will provide some preliminary comments. There will then be a chance for you to break into small roundtable groups to provide comments and present your ideas. City and University staff will be available to answer questions and hear your input.

What: University of Toronto Secondary Plan Meeting
When: Monday, May 8, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
Where: 10 King's College Road – Room 3201 (Stanford Fleming Building)

The University of Toronto has submitted an Official Plan Amendment application to establish a new University of Toronto St. George Campus Secondary Plan that would replace the existing Secondary Plan for the area. The purpose of the Secondary Plan is to provide a policy framework to manage change and guide new development in the area.

For information on the proposal, please click here.

City Planner Contact - Paul Johnson, 416-397-0259, Paul.M.Johnson@toronto.ca

6. Development Map
Want 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 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 edward.larusic@toronto.ca.

For more information and to view the map, please visit http://www.ward27news.ca/development

7. 11th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival: Tracing the Indigenous Roots of the Garden District

Jane’s Walk is a global festival of free, community led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their communities and connect with neighbours. In 2016, over 7,000 people attended 226 walks across the GTA!

Dundas Street has a little-known but fully distinct Indigenous history. Join Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and the Indigenous Place Making Council for a guided walk of the area known as the Garden District and Downtown East.

What: Jane's Walk: Tracing the Indigenous Roots of the Garden District
Where: Good Earth Coffeehouse at 198 Jarvis Street (at Dundas)
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1pm

8. Save the Date: McGill Granby Neighbourhood Safety Walk

Councillor Wong-Tam will join Toronto Police, City staff and community members on May 9th for a walk of the McGill-Granby area. The walk will begin at Covenant House then tour the neighbourhood to identify further opportunities for improvement within the community. All neighbourhood business operators and residents are welcome to attend.

What: McGill Granby Neighbourhood Safety Walk
Where: Covenant House, 21 McGill Street, meet at front doors
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 9. 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions

Toronto has been named the host of the 7th Parliament of the World's Religions in 2018, a multi-faith gathering to engage in issues such as climate change, poverty, and violence.

More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.

The first Parliament of Religions was held in Chicago in 1893, and more than 80 nations have hosted the event since. This is the first time Canada has hosted. The event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in November, 2018.


Councillor Wong-Tam
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Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 · 100 Queen St W, Suite A5, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam: June 2017 Newsletter

  1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam
  2. May 2017 Council Highlights
  3. 33rd Annual AIDS Candlelight Vigil: June 20, 2017
  4. Life, Loss, Light – We Remember Orlando: June 12, 2017
  5. Pride Month 2017 is here!
  6. TreeHouse (202 Jarvis) Community Information Session – Monday, June 5, 2017
  7. Village Fest is Coming! – June 17th & 18th in the Church-Wellesley Village
  8. Church-Wellesley Village Safety Meeting – June 15, 2017
  9. June is Seniors Month!
  10. Join us on June 18th for the Ward 27 Environment Day and Lunch!!
  11. Join us for a Public Consultation on the 88 Queen Street East Development
  12. Join us for a Public Consultation on the Village of Yorkville Zoning By-Law Amendment
  13. Learn about Ward 27 Development - *New Ward 27 Development Map
  14. The City of Toronto wants to hear from you about Accessibility
  15. Have Your Say About Multi-Tenant House (Rooming Houses)
  16. Making Space for Sidewalk Cafes - Public Consultation June 13 + 20

1. Welcome Letter from Councillor Wong-Tam

Dear Friends,

The provincial government recently announced reforms to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Since 2012, I have advocated for removing Toronto from the purview of the OMB, and had high hopes we might see some serious changes to truly give municipalities a greater say in the planning process. Unfortunately, these changes will not go far enough to protect Toronto's planning decisions.

The new “Local Planning Appeal Tribunal” is quite literally the Ontario Municipal Board with a new name. Some of the proposed changes are positive, such as the creation of a new organization to help residents with planning appeals. However, at the end of the day the proposed changes will permit a single unelected member of the tribunal to decide whether a private zoning by-law amendment is "good planning" with little to no deference to the decision of the municipality.

Toronto does not need the OMB, no matter what the province chooses to call it. We have engaged, informed residents and a professional, accredited planning department that advises City Council on planning applications. What we need is the opportunity to own the decisions we make without the threat of an appeal.

This is a 100-year opportunity to see real fixes to our land use planning here in Toronto. I urge you to contact the Province and demand that the OMB implements real change, not a name change.

I remain yours in service,

Kristyn

2. May 2017 Council Highlights

Subway Relief Line and Yonge Extension

City Council voted to advance with the planning and design of both the Yonge Subway Extension and the Relief Line project. Councillor Wong-Tam successfully moved a motion directing staff ensure their work advances in accordance with the Relief Line as the city's number one transit priority.

An additional motion was passed for a 2019 report evaluating and prioritizing the full range of transit expansion projects, including the Relief Line, the Yonge-Bloor Interchange, automatic train control, as well as additional stops for the Regional Express Rail program.

Vacant Commercial and Industrial Tax Rebate

City Council voted in favour of phasing out the vacant commercial tax rebate program by July 1, 2018. This program provides property owners with a tax rebate for vacant and unused commercial-zoned spaces in their buildings and has been the subject of public debate recently. Council's direction requires the Province to adopt the necessary amendments for the phase-out to come into effect.

Rental Affordability in Toronto

City Council voted in support of a range of affordable rent initiatives, including the creation of a report to protect single room occupancy units, and reports on an affordable housing inclusionary policy and the Ontario Fair Housing Plan. Council also gave direction for staff to increase the stock of affordable and accessible housing in the non-profit and private sector, as well as a suite of requests to the Province for cooperation on tenant advocacy and access to resources.

2018 Budget Process

The 2018 Budget directions include a zero percent increase over the 2017 Net Operating Budget and a status quo 10-Year Capital Budget and Plan based on the City's current debt limits.

Motions by Councillor Wong-Tam to exempt operating and capital costs related to AODA compliance and accessibility initiatives and the City's Ravine Strategy from 2018 Budget restrictions were defeated by Council.

City Council also voted against a motions to other programs from 2018 Budget restrictions, including: poverty reduction programs, shelter services, the affordable housing implementation program, Toronto Public Health, the Student Nutrition program, staffing levels for long term care homes, and the childcare growth strategy.

Accessible Parking Permit Abuse

City Council voted in favour of requesting the Province to undertake a complete review of issues surrounding the abuse of Accessible Parking Permits and their enforcement.

Refusal of Zoning Amendment at 280-290 Jarvis Street

City Council voted in support of a staff report refusing the re-zoning application submitted at the municipal addresses 280-290 Jarvis Street, 102-110 Gerrard Street, and 189-193 Mutual Street. Planning staff found the application to be an over-development of the site that would have significant impacts on Allan Gardens.

3. 33rd Annual AIDS Candlelight Vigil: June 20, 2017
 

2016 AIDS Candlelight Vigil. Photo by Brittany Carmichael.

This will be the 33rd AIDS Candlelight Vigil, held at the AIDS memorial at Barbara Hall Park. The open community event is held to remember, honour, and celebrate those who have died of AIDS. This year's theme is "In the Spirit of Health & Wellness."

What: 2017 AIDS Candlelight Vigil
When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 9pm to 11pm
Where: Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church Street

4. Life, Loss, Light – We Remember Orlando: June 12, 2017

On June 12, 2016 LGBTQ2S communities around the globe were confronted with the realities of how violence, racism and homo/bi/transphobia remain very real experiences in our lives.  Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida became the target of hate-fueled violence resulting in the deaths of 49 people, many of whom belonging to our latinx community.

In partnership with local artist janet romero-leiva, this year’s Orlando Memorial will include the unveiling of a new community-informed art piece whose presence at The 519 will serve as an important reminder for us to strive for equity, justice and safety for our diverse LGBTQ2S community members here in Toronto and around the world.

For more information, please visit: http://www.the519.org/events/life-loss-light-we-remember-orlando

What: Life, Loss Light – We Remember Orlando - Memorial
When: Monday, June 12, 2017, 8:30pm to 10pm
Where: Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church Street

5. Pride Month 2017 is here!
 

On May 31, City Councillors and community members came together to raise the Pride Flag and kick-off Pride Month. With over 49 events running now through the end of June, there is something for everyone to participate in. The annual marches and parade will be taking place on the following dates:

Trans March: Friday, June 23, 7pm (details here)
Dyke March:  Saturday, June 24, 2pm (details here)
Pride Parade: Sunday, June 25, 2pm (details here)

For more details on programming and events, please see the Pride Month events listing page here.

6. TreeHouse (202 Jarvis) Community Information Session – Monday, June 5, 2017

Every year, during the final weekend of Pride, the 519 hosts Green Space Festival – an event featuring five signature fundraising events. One of those events, TreeHouse, is temporarily moving from the Ryerson Quad to 202 Jarvis Street for Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 1pm to 11:59pm. This event includes an outdoor show with music.

Community members living near 202 Jarvis Street are invited to a community information session on June 5 to learn about event details, share information, and address any concerns about the event.

What: TreeHouse Community Information Session
When: Monday, June 5, 2017, 6pm to 7:30pm
Where: Oakham House – 55 Gould Street; Ryerson Student Centre – Thomas Lounge

For more information, please email Will Webb at WWeb@The519.org.

7. Village Fest is Coming! – June 17th & 18th in the Church-Wellesley Village

On June 17th and 18th, VillageFest will be taking over Church Street to celebrate Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community. This year, the theme is #LOVEISLOVEISLOVE. With both daytime and nighttime programming, the Church-Wellesley BIA festival promises something exciting for everyone. Laugh with our best local drag queens, peruse through the outdoor marketplace and enjoy extended patios and check out poetry readings and discussion panels. Nuit Rose, will be programming emerging queer arts which will include the phenomenal light parade on Saturday night.

You can even help the community by participating in People With AID’s annual High Heel Strut on Sunday at 4pm (https://www.pwatoronto.org/high-heel/), or by learning more about the featured organization, Rainbow Railroad (rainbowrailroad.ca). The Church-Wellesley Village BIA will bring inclusive fun to everyone!

8. Church-Wellesley Village Safety Meeting – June 15, 2017

Following-up on January’s Village Safety meeting, four Village Safety Walks (April 24, May 4, 11, and 16) and a Village lighting audit (June 5), Councillor Wong-Tam is convening a meeting with the community to share staff updates on activities being undertaken to improve safety. Staff from Toronto Public Health, Streets to Homes, the Toronto Police Service, Community Crisis Response, Parks Forestry & Recreation, and the Parks Ambassador program are all undertaking work to improve the safety and wellbeing of the community. Community groups also undertaking work include the Church-Wellesley Village BIA, the 519, and the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association. Come find out what work is being completed and share your thoughts on how we can continue to work towards an inclusive and safe neighbourhood.

What: Church-Wellesley Village Safety Meeting
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: 519 Church Street – Room 106

9. June is Seniors Month!

Share the day with all seniors and learn what our City and the Toronto Seniors Forum has to offer. Join us here at City Hall on June 15!

What: City of Toronto Seniors Month Proclamation
When: Monday, June 15, 2017, 10am to 2pm
Where: Toronto City Hal (100 Queen Street West ), Members Lounge
Reserve your spot here.

Following the official remarks and greetings the program will continue until 1:30 p.m. with a guest speaker from Elder Abuse Ontario and a demo class by the National Ballet School "Sharing Dance with Active Seniors" followed by cutting of the Canada 150 Cake. Refreshments will be available and there will also be city service information booths set up on the perimeter.

Learn more about the Toronto Seniors Forum by clicking here.


10. Join us on June 18th for the Ward 27 Environment Day and Lunch!!
 

What: Ward 27 Community Environment Day
When: Sunday, June 18, 2017, 10am to 2pm
Where: Allan Gardens

Join Councillor Wong-Tam at beautiful Allan Gardens for a fun-filled day of activities!  Our yearly Environment Day event connects residents with City services and community organizations that are vital to creating healthy, livable neighbourhoods.

This year, our Community Environment Day is extra special as it shares the date with Father's Day. To celebrate dads, we will have an arts and crafts table for you to make creative take home gifts – bring the kids! We will be hosting a special lunch with catering services provided through Scadding Court Community Services. After our tummies our full, Building Roots and partners will show what it can be like to grow food in the City and share some tips about growing food, herbs, pollinators and medicines in containers. Throughout the day there will be live music by Toronto's International Society for Krishna Consciousness and various activities for parents and children, courtesy of the community group, Friends of Allan Gardens.

Visit any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to donate and recycle, get your kitchen compost and garbage containers, show off your crafting skills, listen to lively music and much more!

11. Join us for a Public Consultation on the 88 Queen Street East Development

What: Community Consultation on 88 Queen Street East
When: Monday, June 12, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Pantages Hotel, 200 Victoria Street, Toronto

A development proposal has been submitted for Phase 2 of the redevelopment of an entire City block bounded by Queen Street East, Mutual, Shuter and Dalhousie Street by St. Thomas Developments Inc. The Zoning Amendment for the Phase 2 portions of the development, being the mid and southern portions of the block.

The proposal is for the construction of four towers (54, 27, 28 & 28 storeys), a public park and a separate POPS (privately owned public space) featuring a mix of residential, hotel and retail uses. A total of 1,546 dwelling units are proposed. The four new buildings would be oriented along a proposed north-south midblock pedestrian connection.

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application and the proposed new park design, ask questions and share your comments.

A preliminary report went to the October 13, 2016 Toronto East York Community Council meeting. For more information and to read the preliminary report from city staff on this application, please visit: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.TE19.38

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=1325761

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

Derek Waltho
Planner
416-394-8206
dwaltho@toronto.ca



 

12. Join us for a Public Consultation on the Village of Yorkville Zoning By-Law Amendment

What: Village of Yorkville City-initiated Zoning Bylaw Amendment Consultation
When: Tuesday, June 272, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
Where: Stone Church, 45 Davenport Rd.

City Planning will be consulting with the public on proposed Zoning By-law Amendments for Village of Yorkville that would increase the minimum front setback requirement for buildings. The proposed minimum front setback would be the greater of 3.0 metres; or, where an existing building setback is greater than 3.0 metres, the average of 3.0 metres and the building's existing main front wall setback.

The intent of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendments is to preserve a key attribute of the character of the Village of Yorkville and maintain and enhance the public realm by providing sufficient space for unobstructed pedestrian walkways, informal gathering areas and pedestrian amenities, including trees, seating and other street furniture, all as incremental development occurs.

The Official Plan identifies the Village of Yorkville as an Area of Special Identity in Site and Area Specific Policy (SASP) 211. The proposed Zoning By-law Amendments would apply to properties within the Village of Yorkville fronting on Cumberland Street, Yorkville Avenue and Bellair Street, between Avenue Road and Bay Street. That includes the lands at 157-87 Cumberland St. 141-68 Yorkville Avenue, and 28—100 Bellair St. 

The need for the proposed Zoning Amendments has been identified during Phase One of the City initiated Official Plan Amendment process to develop an updated Site and Area Specific Policy (SASP) for the Bloor-Yorkville Area

For any questions please contact City Planner Oren Tamir at oren.tamir@toronto.ca

Derek Waltho
Planner
416-394-8206
dwaltho@toronto.ca



13. Learn about Ward 27 Development - *New Ward 27 Development Map

 

Want 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 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 edward.larusic@toronto.ca.

For more information and to view the map, please visit http://www.ward27news.ca/development




14. The City of Toronto wants to hear from you about Accessibility

The City of Toronto is updating its Multi-year Accessibility Plan and wants input from the public. The City would like to understand the source of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and what it could do differently to reduce the impact of that barrier. All feedback, from people with disabilities, disability advocates and the general public, is welcome. 

Individuals can participate by attending one of the following public consultation sessions at Civic Centres across the city (registration is required) or by completing the online survey. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and will be open until 5 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

Each public consultation will include:

•             an overview of the City's Accessibility Framework;
•             the City's approach to identify barriers, and plan for their prevention and removal; and
•             group discussions on key barriers.

What: Toronto Accessibility Plan Public Consultation
When: Monday, June 12, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street Toronto
Register for the downtown consultation here.

Consultation will also be held at the Scarborough Civic Centre on June 14, the Etobicoke Civic Centre on June 22, and the North York Civic Centre on June 28. Each location has accessible facilities and washrooms. Please register in advance, and let city staff know if you require any accommodation. For more information, please contact Nicole Cormier at nicole.cormier@toronto.ca or 416-397-5251.



15. Have Your Say About Multi-Tenant House (Rooming Houses) 

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning staff are holding a series of public consultation meetings on proposed regulations for multi-tenant houses – commonly referred to as rooming houses.

At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:
• proposed definitions
• the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home, and
• what licensing requirements multi-tenant operators will need to comply with (such as cleaning plan, waste management plan and parking plan).

Public consultation meetings taking place in areas where multi-tenant homes are permitted include the following dates and locations:
• Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre, Multipurpose Room, 870 Queen St. E.
• Tuesday, June 20, 6pm to 8pm, Lillian H. Smith Library, Auditorium, 239 College St.
• Thursday, June 22, 6pm to 8pm, Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen St. W.
• Tuesday, June 27, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Wellesley Community Centre, Room A, 495 Sherbourne St.

Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations. The survey is available at: toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay

For more information, please contact Mohamed Shuriye at mohamed.shuriye@toronto.ca



16. Making Space for Sidewalk Cafes - Public Consultation June 13 + 20

Municipal Licensing and Standards and Transportation Services are reviewing application and permit fees, as well as bylaws that govern sidewalk cafés and displays operating on the public right-of-way. This includes looking at the space required for walking and movement for persons with disabilities, and how this will impact existing café and marketing permit holders.

The proposed permit fees were revised following feedback received earlier this year from the restaurant industry, and from other stakeholders including City Councillors. The revised permit fee proposal that was considered in April by Licensing and Standards Committee will result in a modest increase for most permit holders, while some will see their permit fees lowered.

Two public meetings are being held to provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to view proposed changes, speak with staff, and provide feedback on the proposed fees. Information presented at these consultations will build on the recent "Framework for Harmonization" report that was considered by the Licensing and Standards Committee.

The meetings will be held on:
• Tuesday, June 13, 2pm to 4pm, City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.
• Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm to 8:30pm, North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge St.

Livestreaming of the June 13 meeting's proceedings will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A

A report recommending a revised sidewalk café bylaw, updated guidelines and fees is expected to be submitted to a joint meeting of the Licensing and Standards and Public Works Committee in fall 2017.

For more information, please contact: Hamish Goodwin at Hamish.Goodwin@toronto.ca

 

Councillor Wong-Tam
http://www.ward27news.ca/

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 · 100 Queen St W, Suite A5, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
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