Community update: spring events, and more!

Dear neighbour,

Last week, I hosted a public consultation meeting to discuss a development application for 316 Bloor Street West. Hundreds of people were in attendance and raised many concerns related to the scale of development in our neighbourhoods.

Downtown Toronto is the heart of our city. All of Toronto wins when the downtown does well. However, for those of us who live here, we must do a better job of building neighbourhoods, rather than simply adding density and building condos.

Over the last 20 years we've witnessed transformational change in the downtown. Despite this tremendous growth, we have not adequately invested in the vital community services that make a neighbourhood liveable like community centres, libraries, affordable child care, and parks. In fact, we are so far behind that we don't have solid information on which services are most oversubscribed in each neighbourhood. But we are finally working to catch up now.

Density is not something to be afraid of, if we're planning for a mixture of housing options and building the physical and social infrastructure to support it. Over the next few years, we at City Hall plan to change our planning framework to do just that. During the last term of Council, a motion was passed instructing planning staff to conduct a comprehensive study of the downtown to answer two critical questions: how much development can downtown handle? And, what infrastructure (both social and physical infrastructure) is needed to handle it? These are critical questions that we must answer in order to move forward. 

The 5 year study, entitled TOcore, is now 50% complete. The intention is to develop a new master plan for the downtown and to put forward specific Official Plan and by-law amendments to regulate and mandate more equitable and liveable development. Whether it is a downtown parks strategy or a downtown community services and facilities study - these plans will guide any future growth, development, and public investment.

If you have any questions, please send me an email at councillor_cressy@toronto.ca, or call my office at 416-392-4044.

Sincerely,

Joe

Spring is in the Air - Community Clean-up Days, Compost Days and Community Environment Day!

Get ready to ring in Spring with your community at our upcoming events to green our parks, our communities and our City!

Community Clean-Up Days

The City of Toronto's annual community clean-up campaign - Clean Toronto Together (CTT) - returns this April 18th and 19th! The spring clean-up brings together thousands of Toronto residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups to remove litter and keep our city clean and green. In 2014, the CTT campaign held 589 community events, engaged over 70,000 participants, and collected an estimated 35 tonnes of recycling and litter.

Led by the Environment & Energy Division's Live Green Toronto team, the CTT campaign is a collaborative effort actively supported by several City Divisions including: Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Solid Waste Management, Transportation Services and many more.

For 2015, the dates are as follows:

Corporate & School 20-Minute Makeover
Friday, April 17 at 2 pm

Community Clean-up Days
Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19

The Community Clean-up Days are an opportunity for individuals, groups, associations and organizations to clean up a park, laneway or other public space in their neighbourhood.

As in previous years, Live Green Toronto will support these efforts by providing black litter bags and blue recycling bags (sponsored by GLAD), coordinating waste removal and actively participating at events.

For more information or to register your community event, click here.

Community Compost Days

This Spring, I am hosting a series of 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.

Please remember to bring your own shovels and containers to collect your free compost.  For more information about compost, you can visit www.toronto.ca/compost. 

Stay tuned for the date of the compost event in your neighbourhood and make sure to come out for some free compost to help you in your garden this Spring!

Community Environment Day

We are happy to announce this year's Ward 20 Community Environment Day, taking place on Saturday May 9th, 10am-2pm at Central Technical School.  Community Environment Day is a safe way to dispose of household hazardous waste and other items that can be tough to properly dispose of.  You can also pick up free compost.  Ward 20's Environment Day also features many local organizations and associations that come out to let you know what they are working on and how you can get involved.

We will be distributing more information soon, but please let us know if you have any questions.


College-Spadina Intersection Closure

Reminder that the intersection of College-Spadina will be closed until April 27 for necessary streetcar track work. Businesses will remain open during this time and I encourage everyone to continue supporting these local entrepreneurs.

Our office is currently working with City Staff to identify alternative routes for cyclists and we will keep you updated on the status of this.

During this time, the 510 Spadina and 506/306 Carlton routes will be rerouted. Click here for a map outlining TTC vehicle diversions.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we complete this work. Please contact my office at councillor_cressy@toronto.ca or 416-392-4044 if you have any questions or concerns about the closure.


Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

Thank you to everyone who attended the first meeting of the Subcommittee on Climate Mitigation and Adaptation. It was great to hear from some of the 300+ people who came down to City Hall on March 2 to move Toronto forward on this issue.

I heard so many great suggestions on how the City can improve its efforts to address climate change, and I look forward to incorporating this feedback into future work on this issue. Click here to read a summary of the verbal and written suggestions put forth to the Committee.

I encourage everyone to take a look, and add your voice to the next Subcommittee meeting -- stay tuned for future meeting dates!


Toronto Port Authority - Public Meeting on Environmental Assessment

Date: Saturday, April 11th

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (222 Bremner Blvd), South Building Room 714 

The Toronto Port Authority is holding a public meeting on the Design and Scope of their Environmental Assessment related to the proposed expansion of the Island Airport to include the operation of jets, this coming Saturday April 11th. The format of the meeting will mirror the Saturday January 24th session, with breakout stations for different EA topics.

We must protect our Waterfront and stand up for ongoing Waterfront revitalization. Toronto's Waterfront is incompatible with jets and the expansion of the Island Airport would damage the character of our neighbourhoods, our environment, and future initiatives in this vital part of our city.  

I look forward to seeing many of you this Saturday.

Market 707 - New shipping container barbershop

Calling all barbers!

Market 707, the unique shipping container marketplace at Scadding Court, is opening a barbershop and is looking for barbers. Off the Grid Cuts is opening soon and will be an exciting addition to an already thriving marketplace filled with local entrepreneurs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.joecressy.com/market_707_calling_all_barbers.


Rooming House Review

The City of Toronto is beginning its community consultations as part of its review of the City's rooming houses. The meeting for Kensington Market/The Grange will be on Monday, April 13th. The review process aims to address issues related to the condition and regulation of rooming houses, and these meetings are an opportunity to hear from the local community.

Date: Monday, April 13th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Lillian Smith Library (239 College St), Auditorium

The Annex/Harbord Village community consultation will take place on Wednesday, April 29, location TBD.


Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan Meeting

City Staff will be updating the community on their progress creating the new Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan. This will include a summary of what has been heard from local residents so far, along with proposals for ways to address issues that have been raised. City Staff with expertise in parks and transportation issues will be available to answer any questions you might have. Click here for more information.

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: 6pm
Location: Harbourfront Community Centre (627 Queens Quay W), Gymnasium


John Street Revitalization Public Consultation

As part of the John Street Revitalization project, a community consultation will take place on April 28. This is an opportunity for the City to provide an update on the project's progress so far, and for the community to provide feedback and ask questions.  

Date: Tuesday, April 28th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Metro Hall (55 John St), Rotunda


Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Meetings

Madison Avenue HCD

The Annex Residents' Association recently submitted the Madison Avenue Heritage Conservation District Study & Plan to the City's Planning division.

There will be a meeting to learn more about what a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) is, the proposed boundaries of the Madison Ave HCD, and the potential benefits and implications to property owners within these boundaries.

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: University of Toronto Schools (371 Bloor St W), Room 135

Ahead of the meeting, you can download a copy of the Madison Avenue HCD Study & Plan from the Annex Residents' Association website at www.theara.org or from the City's HCD blog at www.hcdtoronto.wordpress.com. 

King-Spadina HCD

Heritage Preservation Services will be hosting two meetings to discuss Heritage Conservation District (HCD) plans that are being developed based on the King-Spadina HCD Study last year. The King-Spadina HCD area is divided roughly in half, with the "Cultural" HCD Plan on the east side and the "Commercial" HCD Plan on the west side.

"Cultural" HCD Plan Meeting
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 6:30pm

Location: Metro Hall (55 John St), Room 308/309

"Commercial" HCD Plan Meeting
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Metro Hall (55 John St), Room 308/309


Upcoming Development Consultations

Pre-application consultation - 51 Camden St. and 19 Duncan St.

Date: Tuesday, April 7th (tonight!)
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Metro Hall (55 John Street), Rm. 308/309

6pm - Presentation on 51 Camden St.
7pm - Presentation on 19 Duncan St.


Pre-application consultation - 543 Richmond St. W. and 170 Spadina Ave.

Date: Monday, May 4th
Time: TBD (evening)
Location: Metro Hall (55 John St), Rm. TBD

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings, please contact our office at 416-392-4044 or email councillor_cressy@toronto.ca to learn more. 


Joint Letter to Minister Raitt regarding Rail Safety

I, along with the Mayor and several other Councillors, have recently sent a letter to Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, regarding the necessary implementation of rail safety measures in Toronto. 

It is extremely important to address the significant increase of crude oil transportation along rail lines in the City. Without appropriate safeguards, we increase the risk associated with these potentially volatile freight trains that run in close proximity to many Toronto neighbourhoods.  

We urge the federal government to take precautionary action to protect the communities most affected by these trains. Our recommendations include: promoting communication between the rail industry and the local community, examining alternative routes that avoid high density urban communities, and accelerating the removal of trains that do not meet safety standards.

Please click here to read the full letter.

We will continue to work in collaboration with the federal government to ensure the safety of Toronto's residents.


Kaeja d'Dance - Porch View Dances

Kaeja d'Dance is looking for families/friends/roomies in Seaton Village (Bathurst-Christie/Bloor-Dupont) to be a part of the beautiful, award-winning Porch View Dances community event! Porch View Dances pairs participants with a professional choreographer to create pieces that get performed on your own front porch, balcony, driveway, or sidewalk.

Applications and more information can be found at www.kaeja.org. The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2015, and the event will run from August 19-23, 2015. No dance experience necessary!


Stay in touch with Trustee Malik

You will find below a list of events and announcements from TDSB Ward 10 Public School Trustee Ausma Malik. To keep up to date with all of Trustee Malik's events, I would encourage you to sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/9xckn.

April Ward Council

Ward Council meetings are regular monthly meeting opportunities for community members and representatives from schools and neighbourhoods across City Wards 19 & 20 to meet, discuss, share information, and raise issues of common concern with each other, TDSB staff, and the Trustee.

Date: Monday, April 13th
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Kensington Community School, 401 College St.

April Office Hours

If you have an issue you would like to discuss with the Trustee, you are invited to meet with her during Monthly Office Hours.

Date: Saturday, April 18th
Time: 10am-12pm

Please note: office hours meetings are by appointment only. Please email ausma.malik@tdsb.on.ca to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

'Why I Love My Public School' Bookmark Design Contest

All Students at TDSB Ward 10 (City Wards 19 & 20) Schools are invited to participate in Trustee Malik's Bookmark Contest!

Design a bookmark that expresses: 'Why I love my public school'

Chosen entries will be recognized the printed on bookmarks for distribution in schools across Ward! 

The contest is now open for submissions and closes on Friday, May 1st, 2015. For more information and for entry details, please visit: iHeartMyPublicSchool.tumblr.com. 


Constituency Hours!

Constituency Hours resume this Saturday, April 11.

10am-12pm at the Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas St. West) - Please call 416-392-4044 or email councillor_cressy@toronto.ca for an appointment.

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