The Cressy Courier - Addressing gun violence, new and revitalized parks, and much more

Dear neighbours,

It's been four years since you elected me to represent Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina on City Council. It has been both an exhilarating and, at times, exhausting experience. I've loved every minute of it.

However, by now, I'm sure most of you have heard the news that broke late on Thursday evening. Doug Ford has single-handedly decided to reduce the size of City Council from 47 to 25 Councillors – in the middle of an election period – without any consultation with the public, or discussion with City staff.

This decision is only going to hurt the 2.9 million residents who call our city home. It will mean fewer opportunities for residents to work with their local Councillor to improve their parks, shape local developments, or create safer streets. It will mean Councillors will not be available to local residents. And, it means critical issues like local development won't get the attention they deserve. It will mean residents won't get the local representation they deserve.

I am completely opposed to this betrayal of our democracy. During our emergency debate at City Council on Monday, I moved a motion that City Council endorsed, to formally express our opposition to this plan to the Province. City Council also voted to pursue every legal avenue to fight this unilateral change, and to hold an emergency meeting on August 20th to review legal advice.

Residents of our city decided what they wanted their City Council to look like. After a lengthy public consultation process, residents clearly supported moving to 47 Wards to accommodate significant population growth. Residents supported 47 wards, while rejecting the idea that reducing the number of local representatives would be good for our city.

Toronto soundly rejected Doug Ford as Mayor in 2014, and again as Premier in 2018 when over 70% of the City voted against him. He has now unilaterally decided to destabilize our local democracy and make changes to try and control Toronto from Queen's Park.

Please join us in making our voices heard, and standing up against this unacceptable move:

Take a minute to add your name and send a strong message to stop Ford: https://www.progresstoronto.ca/stopford.

Despite Doug Ford’s attack on our city, last week we finished our last full City Council meeting of the term. I’m incredibly proud of a number of the new initiatives that we passed, including the creation of a new park in King-Spadina, a one-year demolition freeze on commercial buildings in Kensington Market, a proposed handgun ban in the City of Toronto, and more. You can read more about these new initiatives and many more in the updates below.

Over the coming weeks, I will be continuing to fight against the unilateral decision by Doug Ford to take representation away from the residents of our City. Although this will be my last email newsletter (due to City rules outlined below), please continue to visit my website for regular updates.

Take care,

Joe


Reminder- 2018 Municipal Election Communication Rules for City Councillors

As I mentioned in my last email update, there is a municipal election coming up this fall on October 22, 2018. Despite the recent attempts by Doug Ford to interfere with our local democracy, we are still subject to the rules set out before this announcement was made last week.

These rules stipulate that City Councillors are not permitted to send out communications to constituents after August 1st. Thus, this is the final email newsletter I am able to send out before this fall’s election. There is the potential I will be permitted to communicate again, due to the recent uncertainty. If that changes, I will be back in touch.

The recently amended Municipal Elections Act, 1996 ("Act") now requires municipalities to establish rules and procedures with respect to the use of municipal resources during the election period. To preserve the public trust and integrity of the elections process, the City’s Policy sets out provisions that address: (1) access to City facilities during an election period, (2) access to City resources during an election period, (3) access to City information during an election period, (4) attendance at City events during an election period, and (5) restrictions to services provided to Members of City Council beginning August 1 of an election year.

These rules stipulate that City Councillors are not permitted to send out communications to constituents after August 1st. These rules were recommended by City staff, as required by provincial legislation, and approved by City Council, in order to ensure that City resources are not used for election purposes.

This means that my office is not permitted to send out information in e-newsletters, or print newsletters, after this date. If there is an emergency, my office is permitted to communicate with constituents regarding this emergency. However, after August 1st, regular e-mail newsletters are not permitted.

Here are additional details with respect to these rules:

  • After August 1st, City Councillors are not permitted to:
    • Send out email newsletters or print newsletters
    • Host or organize meetings or events

Councillors are permitted to continue to post information on their websites - so please continue to visit joecressy.com for updates.

For more information, click here.


Protecting Kensington Market – Heritage Demolition Restriction passed by City Council

Kensington Market is a jewel in the heart of our city – we have to do everything we can to protect it, while we plan for the ongoing change that's so critical to the history of Kensington. This is why I am happy to let you know that last week, City Council approved my motion calling for a demolition freeze of commercial and mixed-use buildings in Kensington Market, a designated National Historic Site.

This is a significant step in our work to protect one of the most important neighbourhoods in our city. Recommended by City Planning staff, the now-approved Heritage Study Area By-law puts a one-year freeze on the demolition of properties in commercial and mixed-use areas, while City staff continue the ongoing work to complete the Kensington Market Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan. Requests for residential demolitions are already subject to restrictions, as per City policy. However, they will be carefully monitored and reviewed to ensure residential heritage is also protected during the ongoing HCD Plan work.

In 2015, City staff began work on the Kensington Market HCD Study, to determine the merits of developing an HCD Plan in the neighbourhood. After 2 years of work and significant community consultation, the Toronto Preservation Board endorsed staff recommendations that the area merits designation, and that an HCD Plan should be prepared, in September 2017.

However, commercial and mixed use properties located within the study area that have not been listed or designated under the Ontario Heritage Act are at greater risk of demolition than residential properties, as the City cannot deny or withhold a demolition permit where the applicant has complied with all applicable law. Under section 40.1 of the Ontario Heritage Act, municipalities have the option to enact a HCD Study Area By-law to maintain the stability and integrity of the area while the study is being undertaken.

An HCD study area by-law will protect the integrity of the district and provide necessary stability for the Council-authorized and prioritized Kensington Market Neighbourhood HCD Study while Staff complete the HCD Plan. At present, staff are conducting additional policy research and analysis of the study area and heritage planning best practices from around the globe in order to inform a "made in Kensington" district approach. The study area's complexity, including its identified tangible and intangible cultural heritage values and heritage attributes requires careful consideration.


Addressing gun violence - Banning handguns in the City of Toronto

Our city is still reeling and collectively grieving after the senseless act of violence on The Danforth just over a week ago. As we come together to mourn and remember those affected, we must commit to tackling gun violence.

We need a comprehensive plan that includes investing, not cutting, mental health supports for those in our community. We also need stricter gun control - Toronto streets are no place for handguns. I was proud to move a motion that City Council endorsed calling on the Province and Federal government to ban the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition in Toronto, which the Federal government has recently indicated it will closely review.

As we work to protect and comfort neighbours in the immediate aftermath of violence, our work to build stronger neighbourhoods long term must remain our focus. Youth employment, strong mentorship, social development plans - all are part of building strong and safe neighbourhoods. My motion at the July Board of Health meeting to significantly increase investment in our Youth Violence Prevention Plan, Community Crisis Response Program, and Community Crisis Response Fund was approved, and given final approval at last week’s City Council meeting.

In addition, I was pleased to vote in favour of proposed $30 million investment into community violence prevention programs, including expanding the Pre-Charge diversion (piloted in Ward 20), additional youth mentorship, and more.

We need a comprehensive plan to combat the root causes of violence in our communities, in addition to getting handguns out of Toronto. Our work last week was an important step in that direction.


Bellevue Square Park - Official Opening


This past weekend, I was thrilled to host the official opening of the newly revitalized Bellevue Square Park. Located in the heart of Kensington Market, Bellevue Square is an important community gathering space, and will be enjoyed for years to come.

I would like to thank all of the community members who joined us on Saturday, and who put in many hours over the years to bring this project to life. This park is truly an example of community collaboration and what can be achieved when residents are able to work with their local representatives to design the kind of park and neighbourhood that they want and deserve.


Traffic Signals at Queen & McCaul - Approved!

I am pleased to let you know that my motion to install traffic signals at the intersection of Queen and McCaul was approved at City Council last week. After hearing concerns about pedestrian safety at the intersection, I directed staff to undertake a study of the area. Due to the heavy pedestrian traffic, they recommended the installation of traffic lights at the intersection.

As OCAD University expands their campus beyond their main building at 100 McCaul Street, this will greatly improve safety for students and faculty as they travel to and from their classes, studios and galleries.


Terry Fox Legacy Art Project

Installing art in our public spaces is a great way of building identity and a sense of community in our neighbourhoods. Over the past year, my office has been working with the Terry Fox Legacy Art Project to find suitable public space to facilitate a donation of public art honouring the memory of Terry Fox. Last week City Council approved my motion to select a portion of City parkland on the waterfront for a new Terry Fox monument.

It is my hope that with the erection of this memorial in Terry's honour, his legacy and Toronto's contributions to innovative cancer research in his name, will continue to change the face of cancer research around the globe.


Youth Resources Fair in CityPlace

Ensuring that we are building stronger, safer neighbourhoods as a community is a critical part of our focus to address recent incidents in the downtown. Youth employment, strong mentorship, social development plans - all are part of building strong and safe neighbourhoods.

Over the past few months my office has been working with the CityPlace Residents Association (CPRA) and local school board Trustee Ausma Malik to organize a Youth Resources Fair to connect young people in our communities to development programs, career opportunities, training and apprenticeships.

A couple of weeks ago we were happy to be able to deliver this event at 150 Dan Leckie Way alongside partners from the Toronto Youth Cabinet, Toronto Employment & Social Services, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Youth Partnerships & Employment and St. Stephen's Community House. If you would like more information about this event or the training and employment services these organizations offer, please contact my office.


Hydro Block Playground Celebration

 

After years of work, it was great to join residents to celebrate the brand new playground located in the heart of the Hydro Block community. Residents worked together to decide how they wanted Section 37 community benefit funds to be used, and to design their new playground. A dynamic downtown TCHC community, Hydro Block is a model of strong community building.


Supporting new affordable housing for Indigenous Seniors

Building affordable housing throughout our communities is one of my top priorities in our work together. We must ensure that our communities are welcoming, and affordable, for everyone.

I am delighted that at last week’s City Council meeting, we secured $700,000 for 24 new units of affordable housing for Indigenous Seniors at Wigwamen, at 14 Spadina Road in the Annex. In addition to the $400,000 already secured, I am proud to now have committed $1.1 million for this critical expansion.


Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Park and Public Realm Improvements Update


Last year City Council approved the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan. It is a huge win for the community's vision instead of outside interests. The Neighbourhood Plan protects Bathurst Quay and it formally set in motion the steps necessary to achieve our long term goals for the neighbourhood:

  1. Creating new high-quality parks and improving our existing public spaces;
  2. Enhancing our community facilities including building a new public aquatic centre;
  3. Re-energizing the Canada Malting Silos with a focus on arts, culture, open space, and community uses; and
  4. Shifting airport traffic to public transit, walking, and cycling while relocating the remaining vehicle traffic to an underground drop-off loop.

Near-Term Public Realm Improvements

On November 25, 2017, I hosted a community consultation meeting with City staff to provide updates and discuss parks and public realm improvements in Bathurst Quay. It included an update about the ongoing work to improve Coronation Park, a discussion of evolving plans for the Stadium Road Parks (north and south), and sharing the latest detailed designs for the new public space surrounding the Canada Malting Silos.

In case you couldn't join us, you can download an update on Coronation Park here and the presentation panels for the Public Realm Improvements here.

Six key improvements are in motion right now:

  1. Revitalizing the Administration Building, in partnership with the Ireland Park Foundation (see more below)
  2. Building a new Pedestrian Plaza and Path to the Water's Edge – detailed design work in late 2018, with construction complete by 2020
  3. Rehabilitating the Western Channel Dockwall – construction planned for 2019
  4. Rationalizing and Reducing Space Occupied by Traffic and Parking – construction to shrink the taxi corral beginning later this year
  5. Improving Eireann Quay for Pedestrians – detailed design work in late 2018, with construction complete by 2020
  6. Bringing Life Back to the Canada Malting Silos – conditions assessment work underway

A public update meeting on all this work is being organized by City Planning staff for this coming November. You will receive notice of the meeting if you are on the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan contact list. To sign up for notification, please email Senior Planner Sue Mcalpine, Community Planning, at Susan.Mcalpine@toronto.ca.

A New Arts and Cultural Hub on the Waterfront

I am thrilled that our plan to revitalize the Administration Building in Bathurst Quay, in partnership with the Ireland Park Foundation, was approved by Council in June. This new partnership will transform the Administrative Building into an arts and cultural hub that celebrates Irish Canadian heritage and speaks to the contribution of immigrants and newcomers to our city.

The Ireland Park Foundation are a non-profit arts, culture and heritage organization with an established partnership with the City of Toronto to program cultural events and improve public open spaces within the City. As part of its mission to "celebrate the story of Irish people in Canada", in 2007 the Foundation constructed Ireland Park immediately adjacent to the Administration Building, which will soon serve as an interpretive centre for the park.

I look forward to working with the Ireland Park Foundation to further reanimate this stretch of the Waterfront and the Bathurst Quay neighbourhood.

Waterfront School Playground Funding Secured

Over the past year I have been working closely with the Waterfront School community, School Board Trustee Ausma Malik, and City staff to update and integrate the Waterfront School Playground Master Plan into our Bathurst Quay short-term construction plans. This coordination will help to accelerate work, minimize construction disruption for the community, and reduce costs.

I am pleased to announce that $400,000 of City funding has been secured for the first set of Master Plan priority upgrades, using the community benefits funds from a local development project. We are in active discussions with potential funding partners to increase the budget and expand the scope of upgrades even further.

Improvements to the Waterfront School playground are long overdue. The original Master Plan was developed a number of years ago but then put on hold while we all focused on fighting the proposal to fly jets from the island airport. Updating the Playground Master Plan and securing $400,000 for the work is a major step forward together. Tens of thousands of residents in Bathurst Quay, CityPlace, Fort York, and King-Spadina are just a short walk away from the Waterfront School, and the improved playground will help families with young children choose to continue to stay in the neighbourhood.

Detailed design of the playground upgrades will take place this fall, fully integrated into the work on the wider open space and streetscape improvements on Eireann Quay and beside the Silos. The list of upgrades for the playground will be finalized in the coming months through conversations with the school community and neighbours. The playground will be open to the public outside school hours, on weekends, and every summer.


Two New Parks in the Entertainment District!

Last week, City Council approved major steps forward to create two new public parks in the Entertainment District. Both efforts have been tangled up in LPAT (formerly OMB) appeals and confidential real estate matters, so I am excited to finally be able to share this news with you.

I brought a motion to Council to allocate funding to transform the parking lot at the corner of Spadina and Adelaide into a new public park. The parking lot is currently owned and operated by the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), and it is 1,358 square metres in size -- about one third of an acre.

The funding comes from a local development approval that was required to provide cash to the City in lieu of a postage-stamp sized park on the development site. Discussions are underway between the TPA and nearby developments to relocate the existing 35 surface spaces underground.

Last week we also advanced the effort to create a brand new public park behind 401 Richmond, in the private parking lots and lanes in the lot bounded by Spadina, Peter, Adelaide, and Richmond (the “SPAR Block”). At the public meetings for two development applications on Peter Street, you may have heard Margie Zeidler -- owner of the creative hub 401 Richmond -- speak about her very generous offer to make the land behind 401 Richmond available to the City for a new public park. Margie and I have been working hard together to make this spectacular opportunity a reality. By coordinating the two development applications with our intention to build a new public park, we have been able to expand and enhance the open space available inside the block, while also ensuring that the operations for 401 Richmond are not interrupted.

Some details of the arrangements to create the new park are still confidential because of an ongoing LPAT hearing, and there is still more work ahead over the summer to finalize everything, but we are well on our way together to create a new park behind 401 Richmond.

For too long, development has not been accompanied by the growth in services and park space needed to make our downtown neighbourhoods liveable. These two new parks in the heart of the Entertainment District are a crucial step in our work to catch up and build the greenspace our communities need.


Sgt. Ryan Russell Park: Updated Design Review


I am excited to present the updated design for the coming revitalization of Sgt Ryan Russell Parkette! On June 18, we hosted a public consultation to review two design concepts for Sgt Ryan Russell Parkette. We heard from a variety of users on how they envision the new space - from new lighting on the pathway, to fresh playground equipment, we confirmed our collective vision to maintain the playground space, while enhancing the overall parkette experience. Further, the Russell family reviewed the design concepts and is happy the playground will be enhanced, as Sgt Ryan Russell loved spending time with his son in the park.

Please review the updated design concept and let me know what you think! Share your comments by emailing me at councillor_cressy@toronto.ca or by calling my office at 416-392-4044.


John Street Precinct Plan - Unlocking Opportunities for new Community Services and Facilities


After four years of hard work, for the first time since the 1970s we have a new master plan for downtown Toronto: TOcore. It's a plan to build a more liveable and sustainable downtown for the next 25 years. Each of the components of TOcore – the Downtown Secondary Plan and the five Infrastructure Strategies – will help manage and guide growth and development, while ensuring that growth is accompanied by investment in all the necessary community services and facilities that support healthy neighbourhoods, households, and individuals.

It is now time to take the good work completed by TOcore and knit that together with local plans and initiatives. In the precinct around John Street and Richmond Street, there are a number of planning initiatives and public projects in various stages of completion, all in a context of rapid privately-driven intensification. A precinct planning process will build on the foundation of TOcore to connect all these efforts and ensure that they inform one another, so we are making effective plans for how the area grows, and how we prioritize and deliver community services and facilities. Local community participation will be an important central component of delivering a good precinct plan.

The proposed precinct plan will be generally bounded by Adelaide Street West to the south, Peter Street to the west, Duncan Street to the east, and Stephanie Street to the north. This encompasses many of the few remaining large sites in the area that are anticipated to be subject to development applications in the near future, existing City services such as Harrison Pool and the Adelaide Fire Hall, and most of the John Street Cultural Corridor project.

As part of the John Street Precinct Plan, City Council has directed that there be a close review of the city-building opportunities on the site of the Adelaide Fire Hall. It is a very large piece of public property in a rapidly-growing area. While Fire Services must be able to operate continuously and without interruption, there may still be a way to unlock the potential of the property to achieve goals such as new community facilities or new affordable housing. There will be a report back to City Council in the spring of 2019.


Remaking Spadina: A street, not an expressway

In Ward 20, many of our neighbourhoods have grown up around the infrastructure of previous eras. Our youngest neighbourhoods -- places like King-Spadina, CityPlace, and the Waterfront -- were once industrial area or transportation corridors. And older neighbourhoods like the Annex still bear scars from past battles over different visions for the future of downtown. There are too many locations where our streets are designed as highways to move as many cars and fast as possible, when instead we need urban streets that are safe for everyone and help to build a local sense of place.

Spadina is a perfect example. At the north end, residents of the Annex organized to fight and stop the Spadina Expressway from tearing through the neighbourhood a generation ago. And they won. But Spadina Road nonetheless encourages fast traffic with wide lanes and too few pedestrian crossings. To the south, below Front Street, the area used to be industrial and Spadina Avenue is practically a ramp to and from the Gardiner Expressway. Tens of thousands of new residents have moved into CityPlace and the Waterfront in recent years, but traffic is heavy and there are few safe crossings of Spadina for pedestrians.

In the south - towards a new Spadina Avenue

On Spadina Avenue, four key improvements are in the works. Just last week, City Council finally (after multiple attempts) approved the installation of a full set of pedestrian crossings at the intersections of Spadina and Front, and Spadina and Bremner. When these missing pedestrian crossings are installed, it will no longer be necessary to cross the intersection three times just to get to the opposite side. This will require new pedestrian crossing signals and painted markings, some curb modifications, and a full re-evaluation of the traffic signal phasing programs at both intersections. When Transportation Services finishes drafting their workplan for the coming year, we will know the timeline for installation.

In addition, detailed design of a signalized pedestrian crossing of Lake Shore Boulevard on the west side of Spadina is almost complete. Construction will start in a few weeks' time, subject to sorting out some final details with Enbridge to avoid a gas main that runs through the intersection. Once installed, you will be able to walk down the west side of Spadina Avenue all the way to the waterfront.

Transportation Services staff are in the middle of a pedestrian safety study of the east side of Spadina Avenue where it meets the off-ramp from the Gardiner. A physical reconfiguration of this ramp into a regular "T" intersection would be ideal, but if it is technically feasible it may still take time to fund and build, so we also need to have near-term options to make this crossing safer for everyone.

In the north - building a new Spadina Road

On Spadina Road, City Council has approved three important improvements, to increase safety and remake Spadina Road as a neighbourhood street. As the downtown continues to grow, increasing numbers of pedestrians use Spadina every day. This means that the already limited space is ever shrinking.

First, I worked with Transportation Services staff to narrow vehicle lanes on Spadina Rd between Bloor and Dupont, and the eventual expansion of sidewalks and public realm beautification along the stretch, once a capital program is realized. The first step is to reduce the vehicle lanes down to the City’s standard and paint buffers between the lanes and the sidewalk. Once a capital program is in place, the curbs will be moved to the buffered lines and built out, expanding pedestrian space and allowing for right-of-way improvements in the public realm. More space means more opportunities.

In addition, City Council approved two new Traffic Control Signals: one between Bloor and Lowther, across from Wigwamen Terrace, and another at Spadina Crescent and Russell St, to allow for safe navigation to the newly renovated 1 Spadina Crescent, the new John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design building. After feedback from neighbours and a review from City staff, it was noted that pedestrians were already attempting to cross at these locations, albeit unsafely. These two new Traffic Control Signals will allow pedestrians to safely reach their destinations.

Together, we can continue to reimagine corridors like Spadina, to truly rebuild our streets for people.


Defending our Neighbourhoods from new Diesel Generator Pollution

We received notice in the spring of two proposals to operate existing backup diesel generators on a regular basis in Ward 20 neighbourhoods. At 220 Simcoe Street, Bell Canada proposes to operate three generators to provide up to 3.755 megawatts of electricity, and at 120 Pearl Street, Enwave Energy Corporation proposes to operate one generator to provide up to 2.250 megawatts of electricity. At both locations, the generators would be run during periods of peak electricity demand. These proposals trigger environmental screening processes under the Environmental Assessment Act.

This is a concern for air quality in the vicinity of each site, and may also have implications for a much wider area. During periods of peak electricity demand, the weather is often extremely hot and humid, and air quality can already be a challenge for vulnerable individuals. Diesel combustion tends to produce higher levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Toronto Public Health estimated in 2014 that air pollution was responsible for 1,300 premature deaths and 3,550 hospitalizations each year in Toronto.

I brought a motion to City Council last week, which was approved, to request that the Medical Officer of Health review these proposals and make formal submissions on behalf of the City of Toronto to each environmental screening process. It is vitally important to ensure that a public health lens is applied to these proposal, and to defend the health of our communities.


Public Realm Partnership around Rogers Centre Approved

The City of Toronto and Rogers Centre will partner to improve the plaza and boulevard along Bremner Boulevard on the west side of the stadium. The plaza is a publicly-accessible but privately owned space and the boulevard is owned by the City, so it makes sense to work together and ensure that the design and construction are seamless. Coordination also allows for vehicular safety barriers to be installed in a way that is effective but also attractive and unobtrusive.

As a condition of the partnership, approved by City Council last week, Rogers Centre will host a public meeting to share draft plans for your review and comment prior to any design approvals or construction.


Community Events

Layers of RushLane- 3rd Annual Party
Sunday, August 5th, 2m-8pm
@ Graffiti Alley - the laneway south of Queen St W, in between Portland and Augusta
On August 5th, join us and the Queen West BIA for the third annual party in Toronto's famed #GraffitiAlley. Layers of #RushLane is a free, pop-up laneway party complete with beer, wine, music, art, giant games, and more.

Grange Festival
Friday, August 10th, 11:30am-3:30pm
Grange Park
University Settlement's Grange Festival is a free public, outdoor fair with performances and a range of fun-filled activities for adults and children. Held in Grange Park, behind the AGO, the Grange Festival is open to all.

Chinatown Festival
August 18: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
August 19: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Location: West side of Spadina Avenue
(between St Andrew St & Sullivan St)
The Chinatown BIA’s Chinatown Festival is a free event for everyone to enjoy. Read more here:http://www.chinatownbia.com/eventsnews/toronto-chinatown-festival/

Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market (PSK)
Sunday, August 26th, 12pm-7pm
Read more about PSK here: http://www.kensingtonmarketbia.com/pedestrian-sundays-in-kensington-market.htm

Harbord Village Fall Fair
Sunday, September 9th, 12pm-6pm
Margaret Fairley Park
Organized by the Harbord Village Residents’ Association, the Fall Fair brings together Harbord Village residents for fun, music, socializing, and a silent auction. It takes full advantage of Margaret Fairley Park (Brunswick and Ulster) on the first Sunday afternoon after Labour Day.

Summer Music in the Garden concert series
June 28 - September 16, opening performance June 28th at 7pm
Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay West
The popular Summer Music in the Garden concert series returns for its 19th season by the shores of Lake Ontario. Treat yourself to 18 free concerts this summer, featuring outstanding artists and a wide range of musical styles.
Concerts take place in the Toronto Music Garden on most Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 4pm, and are approximately one hour in length. Bench seating is limited, so feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair – and don't forget your hat or umbrella and sunscreen as shade is also limited.

CITE: A Celebration of Skateboard Arts & Culture
June 30 – August 12, 2018
The Bentway (beneath the Gardiner Expressway from Strachan Ave to Bathurst Ave)
The Bentway will transform our beloved ice skating trail into a pop-up skateboard park as part of CITE: a 6-week celebration of skateboard arts and culture.

Running from June 30 to August 12, CITE will include:

  • Launch weekend celebrations (June 30 & July 1) featuring live music, a marketplace of local vendors, food & beverage delights, trick contests, and meet-the-pros opportunities
  • A sculpture garden of "skate-able" public art sculptures on The Bentway Skate Trail, open daily for public free skate
  • Recurring learn-to-skateboard clinics and creative workshops targeting youth
    And much more!

City Fest
August 18th
Canoe Landing Park
For more Information, please visit their website: https://www.parcrose.com

CityPlace Movie Nights in Canoe Landing Park
Ongoing in July to September:
July 14th 8pm, August 11th 8pm, September 15th 8pm
Canoe Landing Park
For more information, please contact cityplacera@gmail.com or vist their website at cityplacera.com

Waterfront Artisan Market
Until October 6th
Every Saturday (11am-8pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm)
HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
The Waterfront Artisan Market brings together a carefully curated mix of artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers at a unique, open-air market on Toronto’s Waterfront. It’s a great event to grab a bite to eat and shop from local vendors.


Farmers Markets are Back!

Please see below details for more information

Bloor-Borden MyMarket
June 3rd to October 28th
Every Wednesday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Parking lot at Bloor and Lippincott

John Street Farmers’ Market
June to October
Every Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: St. George-the-Martyr Anglican Church (on Grange Park)

Metro Hall "Indulge" Farmers' Market, David Pecaut Square
May 24 to October 11
Every Thursday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: David Pecaut Square/ Metro Hall, 55 John Street


Constituency Hours!

A reminder that I hold constituency hours every week.

Please call 416-392-4044 or email councillor_cressy@toronto.ca for an appointment.