The Cressy Courier: May Council highlights, Pride Month, and more!

Dear friend -- 

Summer is approaching, and there are many exciting parks projects, events, and public consultations on the horizon in our dynamic Ward 20 communities.

Construction is entering the third phase for the Grange Park revitalization, our new Brunswick-College parkette is finally being built, and the Signy Eaton fountain is being installed in Clarence Square. ‎We're finalizing dates for construction to start this summer in Bellevue Square Park and Margaret Fairley Park. And, after working together with local stakeholders, the new Huron Street Playground design is nearly finished and construction will begin this Fall!

Stay tuned for additional park revitalization updates for Stadium Road Park and Rees Street Playground, and more exciting initiatives in the fall.

We also have a range of public consultations coming up in June and July. We're hosting public meetings regarding a new heritage protection and planning framework for the King-Spadina‎ neighbourhood, a proposed block plan on Bloor Streetsplash pad enhancements in Alexandra Park, the proposed run-up noise enclosure for the Island Airport, and many more.

Of course, the summer-event season is also well underway. There are many upcoming community events across our neighbourhoods that are worth a visit - from our Layers of Rush Lane event this weekend to the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (formerly the Harbourfront Community Centre) festival to Seaton Village's spectacular Open Tuning Festival. Put on your sunscreen and come on out to one of these events (or the countless others) to explore our local treasures and meet your neighbours from North to South.

I hope to see you in the neighbourhood soon.

Take care,

Joe

May Council Highlights

In addition to the approval of our pilot bike lane project on Bloor Street, here are additional details on important items we considered at the May meeting of City Council

Social procurement   

Council approved a Toronto social procurement program, with the aim of increasing competition and diversity in the City's supply chain as well as for leveraging employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities through City procurement for people experiencing economic disadvantage, including those in equity-seeking communities. The program is expected to shift the City's procurement culture and make a positive impact on Council's poverty-reduction goals.

Assistance for Ecuador   

Council adopted a motion concerning the recent earthquake that devastated Ecuador, killing and injuring thousands of people and destroying or damaging buildings and infrastructure. In addition to urging the Canadian government to expand its relief effort, Council approved direct involvement by the City of Toronto, including support for local fundraising and an offer of technical expertise from City divisions such as Toronto Water.

Investment in local child care      

Council voted in support of funding the creation of 464 new child care spaces in 10 locations, consistent with Children's Services' capital strategy for 2015-19. Since the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Ontario began in 2010, the Children’s Services division has been working with the province, families, school boards and service providers to realize the vision of an integrated early-years system in Toronto schools for children four to 12 years of age.

Door-to-door sales   

Council voted to ask the Province of Ontario to immediately ban the practice of door-to-door sales involving the sale or lease of water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, water filtration systems and other services/products sold by the home-services sector. Many Torontonians have reported experiencing aggressive door-to-door sales tactics, sometimes by people who misrepresent themselves as government officials or utility inspectors to gain entry to the home.

Toronto Licensing Tribunal proceedings    

Council adopted a motion asking for a report on providing opportunities for direct community input – in a less restricted way than presently allowed – in matters that are before the Toronto Licensing Tribunal. Staff are to report the findings to the Executive Committee later this year.

Standards for maximum indoor temperature  

Council supported asking the Province of Ontario to cover the costs of Toronto's public consultations on the implementation of maximum indoor temperature standards for rental multi-unit residential buildings. A health report says new evidence indicates exposure to temperatures above 26 degrees Celsius is associated with increased premature mortality and emergency medical services calls.


Pride Month Flag Raising



On Tuesday, May 31st, I was proud to join Mayor Tory and my Council colleagues to raise the Rainbow Flag at City Hall commemorating the start of a month-long celebration of Pride in Toronto. This year, a Trans Rights Flag was also raised simultaneously on Queen Street to recognize the work being done to advance Trans rights and the struggle that our Trans neighbours still face.

Toronto is hosting its first ever Pride Month this year, which promises to be a month of celebration, conversation, and learning. Visit the Pride Toronto website to learn about all the events happening around the city, which will, of course, be topped off by the Pride Parade on July 3.


Compost Days Continue!

Compost Days in Ward 20 aren't over yet! If you haven't already had a chance to drop by for some free compost, I hope you'll be able to join us at one of our upcoming events!


Last Sunday at Compost Day in the East Annex!

Sunday, June 12

St. Andrew's Playground (10:00am - 12:00pm)
450 Adelaide Street West (in the parking lot at Adelaide and Maud)

Little Norway Park (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
659 Queens Quay West (by the 90-degree bend on Little Norway Crescent)

Saturday, June 18

Heydon Park Secondary School (10:00am - 12:00pm)
70 D'Arcy Street (in the school parking lot)

Taddle Creek Park (1:00pm - 3:00pm)
40 Bedford Road (in the northeast corner of the park)


Alexandra Park Wading Pool - Splash Pad Conversion

There are some exciting improvements coming to Alexandra Park!

The old wading pool is getting spruced up by way of a new Splash Pad conversion. Come down to the Scadding Court Community Centre, from 12:00 to 2:00pm on June 11th, and check out some of the design proposals. Along with staff from the Parks Department, we are looking to get feedback from residents in the neighbourhood as we move towards the final design.

For more information, see the meeting flyer here.

In related neighbourhood news, folks from the Toronto Skateboarding Committee and StreetArt Toronto will be working on a bunch of new murals for the DunBat skatepark. With a little help from some local graffiti artists, youth from the Oaisis Skateboard School will be painting the new pieces over the weekend. Swing by to check out the process behind what are sure to be new masterpieces in the neighbourhood. To find out more information, contact StreetArt Toronto at streetart@toronto.ca.


Re-discover a local gem - Layers of Rush Lane



Join my office, local residents and local businesses this Saturday to re-discover a local treasure and explore Rush Lane.

Over the past number of weeks we have been working closely with the Wellington Place Neighbourhood Association, the Garment District Neighbourhood Association, the Queen West BIA, as well as many of enthusiastic residents, to re-imagine our relationship to what is already so much more than just your average alleyway. The result is our multi-faceted activation: The Layers of Rush Lane. Just south of Queen, running east-west from Spadina to Portland, Rush Lane is a hidden gem within the neighbourhood. An event we have worked in conjunction with 100in1Day, we have planned an afternoon full of live music, art, activities and walking tours, through which we will explore some of the influences, past, present and future, which have contributed to making Queen West what it is today

100in1Day
 is a day full of urban interventions by folks from communities all across our City. The idea is not simply to envision ways to make the city better but to make it a reality through pop up activations in neighbourhoods throughout the whole city. Queen West is a special neighbourhood in Toronto, and a special part of our Ward 20 community; a creative hotspot that has been a hub for home grown arts and culture throughout the decades 

Join us this Saturday, June 4th, from 12:00 to 4:00, and explore the Layers of Rush Lane!  


YouthTO Portal Launch



As the City's Youth Equity Advocate, I was proud to help launch the new YouthTO Portal, a new website to help youth access City services, on May 9

YouthTO at http://www.toronto.ca/youth provides one-stop access to information about services, health resources, employment, volunteer, recreation and cultural opportunities for youth. A feature of YouthTO is an interactive map that will help youth – Toronto young people in their teens and twenties – locate programs and services within communities.

To complement YouthTO, new data is available on the Wellbeing Toronto web page at http://www.toronto.ca/wellbeing, enabling users to map locations of programs and services for youth across 24 categories alongside demographic and economic indicators for Toronto's neighbourhoods.

Initiated as part of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy and funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, YouthTO was developed in consultation with youth and with content from City divisions and Findhelp/211.


Brunswick-College Parkette - construction underway!

If you have been around the corner of College and Brunswick lately, you may have noticed that construction of the Brunswick-College Parkette has begun!

As part of this revitalization, the new parkette will include decorative pavers, seating areas, and improved planting. We are also working with the Harbord Village Residents' Association to find a new name for this parkette that is a better tribute to the nearby neighbourhood -- stay tuned for more information on that!

The construction work is proceeding as scheduled and should be complete by Fall of this year. Please contact my office if you have any questions about this parkette revitalization.


Kensington Market HCD Study - Boundary Expansion

On May 10th, the Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) approved my request to expand the study boundaries of the Kensington Market Heritage Conservation District (HCD).

This expansion allows us the ability to study all properties within the boundaries of College-Spadina-Dundas-Bathurst. This will ensure that all significant residential and business properties in the Market are included in the HCD Study and considered in the overall heritage character of the area.

To read my letter to TEYCC, please click here. You can also read MetroNews' coverage of the Study here.

We are also holding a public meeting to discuss the initial findings in the HCD Study and get your feedback. The meeting will be on June 21st from 6:00-8:30pm at St. Stephen's Community House (91 Bellevue Avenue). Please contact my office for more information.


College-Bathurst Construction

From June 20 to July 22, there will be work done to replace the streetcar tracks at College and Bathurst. As a result, this intersection will be closed from June 20th to July 11th.

This work will include: replacing the concrete and installing new track, repairing the sidewalk for accessibility purposes, removing the eastbound streetcar platform and repairing the westbound streetcar platform, and more.

The 511 Bathurst streetcar and 506/306 College/Carlton streetcar service will be affected. The attached notice has information on the service changes and diversions planned. Please visit www.ttc.ca for up-to-date information about service changes.

We have been working hard with City staff on a safe cycling detour during this work. Confirmed information regarding the detour route will be posted on my website in the coming days.

Please see the pre-construction notice for full details. A full construction notice will be circulated and distributed prior to the commencement of construction so stay tuned for that.


Bloor Street Block Plan

Over the past year, I have been working with City Planning, Urban Design, Heritage and representatives from the Annex Residents’ Association, Harbord Village Residents’ Association and the Huron Sussex Residents’ Organization on a vision for the Bloor Corridor on the North side of Bloor St., between Walmer Rd and St. George.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming June 23rd Community Meeting where City Planning, Urban Design and Heritage Staff will be presenting the work so far and looking to the community for comments, feedback and advice on how we can create a vision for the future of this stretch of Bloor St.


Huron Street Playground

I am excited to report that the Huron St. Playground Improvement Project is another step closer to being ready for construction in September 2016! We shared the design concept that was put together in consultation with the Annex Residents’ Association, neighbours who joined us at a community meeting and students from Huron St. Junior Public School, and received helpful feedback to complete and finalize the design.

The Landscape Architect, Forest and Field, is now in the process of preparing the construction documents. I can’t wait to see the impact the new playground equipment, improved park access and overall sprucing up of this space will have in the community!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact my office at 416-392-4044 or councillor_cressy@toronto.ca.


Bike Share expansion in Ward 20!



We are happy to announce that up to 12 new Bike Share stations will be coming to Ward 20 this year. As we work together to encourage cycling through safe facilities, expanding access to our Bike Share program is a critical part.  Staff are working install many by July 1, and we are very excited to see the program expand farther across our downtown communities.  Stay tuned for confirmed locations!


Honest Ed's/Mirvish Village - Community Consultation June 13

City Planning is holding a community consultation meeting on the revised proposal for development on the Honest Ed's/Mirvish Village site, on Monday June 13, 6:30-9pm at the Bickford Centre.

The City has received a revised application from Westbank to amend the Official Plan and Zoning by-laws to redevelop a number of properties bordered by Bloor Street, Bathurst Street, Lennox Street, and Markham Street. The proposed development includes a number of mid-rise and tall buildings, ranging in height from 29-storeys at the southwest corner of Bathurst Street and Bloor Street West, to 6 and 7 storeys to the south and west, respectively. A number of potential heritage buildings fronting both sides of Markham street are proposed to be retained, while others are proposed to be removed.  

The revised proposal comprises a total of 928 residential units in 65,174 square metres of residential floor area, and 15,992 square metres of new non-residential uses. Vehicle access is proposed from Lennox Street, and vehicle parking (541 spaces) is proposed in 5 levels of underground parking. A total of 911 bike parking spaces are proposed. .

The building massing and height varies across the site with a maximum height of 29 storeys on the east mid-block side fronting Bathurst Street. The application proposes a minimum of 900 square metres of on-site parkland. Both Markham Street, which intersects the east and west blocks and the north-south laneway east of Markham Street, connecting Bloor Street West and Lennox Street, are proposed to remain in City ownership.

The application documents can be found on the City Planning website here.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact my office or the City Planner working on the file: Graig Uens, 416-397-4647 or guens@toronto.ca.


Community Market at The Well



I was happy to partner with Scadding Court Community Centre to launch newest community market is now open at the corner of Front and Spadina! It operates 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Stop by soon for a unique food and retail experience that is creating affordable business options for our community and transforming vacant land.


Twilight Lane

Last month, it was my pleasure to move approval at Community Council for the renaming of a public lane at Richmond and Simcoe to recognize the "Twilight Zone" nightclub that used to be located nearby. The Twilight Zone opened in 1981 and is remembered as the first large-scale venue that was welcoming to a multi-ethnic and diverse population.

A petition in support of naming a public lane after the Twilight Zone was signed by 422 people, and I also received letters of support from the area residents association and BIA. Stay tuned for more information about a fun public event to officially unveil the new street signs later this summer!

To learn more about the history of Twilight Zone, check out the Now Toronto article here.


Grange Park revitalization project update



You can already start to see the Grange Park Revitalization taking shape -- the new south walkway is now open and it looks great!  Benches and picnic tables will be moved to this area very soon.  The landscaped areas adjacent to the south walkway (trees and new sod) will remain behind construction fencing for another 3-4 weeks to enable their full rooting.   

The temporary park area on Beverley Street is now closed to become part of the construction zone.  All other areas of Grange Park will remain closed for construction activity.

Work will continue in the following areas:

  • The foundation is being prepared for the ramp and decorative water feature on the north side of the park
  • The pipes for the new water features are being installed
  • Construction is continuing for the new utility building at the south-east corner of the park.
  • Cement curbs for the pathways are continuing to be poured

To see the full revitalization plans, and to sign up for weekly construction updates, visit the Grange Park website at www.grangeparktoronto.ca.


Newcomer Day at City Hall

As one of the City's Newcomer Advocates, I was proud to MC the Newcomer Day celebration in Nathan Phillips Square. Newcomers welcoming newcomers is the story of our City and our communities. 

I joined Mayor John Tory, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Senator Ratna Omidvar, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University, as we celebrated the new neighbours that join our City every year. One of the many highlights of the day was a citizenship ceremony for 60 candidates who took the Oath of Citizenship in the City Hall Council Chamber

Our City of Toronto Newcomer Office works hard throughout the year promoting the inclusion and prosperity of Newcomers to our City – check out their exceptional work here


Public Art in TTC Stations

The TTC is looking to pre-qualify artists to create integrated artworks for seven subway stations that are part of the TTC’s Easier Access & Second Exit programmeChester, King, Runnymede, Sherbourne, St. Patrick, Wilson and Woodbine. Artists will develop an artwork or artworks for specific locations within the stations.

The Artist’s Scope of Work will include all stages of the development and installation of the artwork, from conception to completion, including but not limited to:

•Working with the project team to achieve an accepted concept within the schedule set for the project;

•Conducting technical research and providing samples of the proposed technique of integrating the artwork into the station;

•Working with the TTC’s art consultant and the station project team to present the concept to both public and TTC events, as required;

•Working with the project team to address maintenance requirements for the artwork; and

•Providing all materials, labour and services for the design, construction and installation of their artwork.

For more information, please contact Mary Bertoli, Senior Contract Administrator at mary.bertoli@ttc.ca.


Signy Eaton Fountain Coming to Clarence Square

Work continues in Clarence Square to prepare a foundation for the Signy Eaton Fountain. Safety fencing has been put up to protect park users but the park and off-leash area are still open.

Installing the Signy Eaton Fountain is the second phase of Clarence Square's revitalization. It is consistent with the heritage design of the park, which included a central fountain until the 1920s.


Island Airport Run-up Enclosure - Public Meeting June 28

On June 28, join myself, City staff, and Councillor McConnell at a community meeting on the application for a Ground Run-Up Enclosure at the Island Airport.

In March of this year, Councillor McConnell and I sent a letter to the Toronto Port Authority regarding the outstanding request for the construction of a Ground Run-Up Enclosure (GRE) at the Island Airport.  This GRE was also formally requested by the City in 2013 to help mitigate the noise impacts of airport operations on the local neighbourhood. 

A GRE is an open-air, acoustically engineered structure used to dampen the noise produced by engine maintenance run-up inspections. The City of Toronto is undertaking a technical review of the GRE, and invites you to attend a community consultation meeting on June 28, 2016 to learn more about the proposed design, construction and operation of this noise management facility.

Meeting information:

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Presentation at 7:30pm)
Place: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre – Dance Studio (you can view the meeting flyer here)

In addition to the June 28, 2016 community meeting, the City is working with the Port Authority on a June 23, 2016 drop-in site meeting (6:30pm-7:30pm at BBTCA Terminal Building, Room LC02) to get a closer look at the proposed GRE location, and to speak with representatives from the Port Authority. Please contact Angela Homewood (ahomewood@portstoronto.com) of PortsToronto for further site meeting details.

You may also view a more detailed description of the GRE facility and related technical materialshere.

To speak with City staff directly, contact Bryan Bowen at 416-338-4842 or bbowen@toronto.ca


Annex Family Festival

Sunday, June 26th is the date for the 20th Anniversary of the Annex Family Festival, one of the City’s most vibrant, diverse and well-attended street festivals. It attracts over 20,000 people each year and is a celebration of this unique community, local business and residents who call this area home.

This year’s festival will feature live music, entertainment, theatre performances, a Children’s Village and over 100 vendors and local businesses. Presented by the Bloor Annex BIA and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, this one-day festival is always a highlight of my year and I look forward to seeing you all there!

For more information, you can contact the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at info@mnjcc.org and the Bloor Annex BIA at bloorannexbiacoord@gmail.com


Open Tuning Festival

The 3rd Annual Open Tuning Festival is coming to Seaton Village June 11th from 2:00pm – 10:00pm! Performances will take place at over 15 venues across Seaton Village and will be host to over 90 different acts in a variety of settings. It is a free music festival, driven solely by volunteers and completely without paid advertising, corporate sponsorship or compensation.

It is a fantastic opportunity to experience performances from local artists from all genres, ages and levels of experience. The performances will be happening at unique venues including front porches, alleyways, parks, garages and street corners throughout the neighbourhood.

The festival is currently looking for more volunteers to help with a range of activities. If you are interested, here is a link to their volunteer signup sheet.

If you would like more information on the festival and a look at the schedule of acts, visit their website here: https://opentuningfestival.wordpress.com/   


Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre - new name and 25th Anniversary Community Fun Fest

Harbourfront Community Centre is now known as Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre! A new neighbourhood identity is emerging on the waterfront, and this fantastic institution has made the change to better reflect the current reality. Over the past 25 years, this centre has grown alongside the neighbourhood providing a broad range of quality programs and services that support the needs of local residents. I'm proud of their community service and look forward to working together in the years ahead.

Help Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre celebrate 25 years at the corner of Queens Quay and Eireann Quay by joining the Community Fun Fest on Saturday, June 18, from 11:30 to 2:30. There will be free activities for kids of all ages, adults, and seniors.

For more information about the Fun Fest and all the other great services and programs at Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/waterfrontnc/.


TOCore: Downtown Stories



When we think about how to best guide the future of Downtown, it’s important that we consider the diversity of people that live, work, learn, play and invest in the core.

To help the City think through and understand these diverse communities and their needs, City Planning created a set of profiles that reflect a mix of people that we know live in Toronto. Some live Downtown, some visit, some work in the core and some avoid it -- they're called the TOcore Avatars.

The TOCore Avatars are not based on real people– they are based on demographic data from the census and elsewhere, with stories that were created to help explain how they relate to downtown. Any similarities to real people are entirely coincidental. 

These Avatars are meant to help you reflect on your own downtown experience.

This feedback is critical to ensuring that our vision and strategies are based on how Torontonians experience Downtown today and what they aspire to see in our Downtown of the future. For more information, and to view all the TOCore Avatars, visit the TOCore website here.

You can submit all feedback on the TOCore study to tocore@toronto.ca.


MPAC Property Value Assessment Notices

Every four years, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) conducts a province-wide Assessment Update and mails Property Assessment Notices to every property owner in Ontario. In 2016, MPAC will update the assessed values of every property in Ontario, to the legislated valuation date of January 1, 2016.

Property owners can visit aboutmyproperty.ca to learn more about residential market trends in their area and how their property was assessed. By using the Roll Number and unique Access Key on their Property Assessment Notice, you can also see the information MPAC has on file for your property and compare it to others in your area.

Property assessment information is provided to the City for property tax purposes. Property owners can also learn more about the relationship between property assessment and taxation through aboutmyproperty.ca.

If you disagree with your assessment, you can submit a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) directly through AboutMyProperty within 120 days from the Issue Date of your Property Assessment Notice.

Notices for Residential Properties in Ward 20 will be mailed out on June 1, and notices for Business Properties will be mailed out on October 18. Requests for Reconsideration must be submitted by September 29, 2016 and February 15, 2017, respectively.


Committee of Adjustment: Electronic Submissions

Beginning June 30th, 2016, all Minor Variance and Consent applications to the Committee of Adjustment must be submitted digitally in person with a re-writable DVD at the District's Committee of Adjustment application intake counter. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

This new requirement for submitting an application is part of City Planning's eService Delivery Program, which will enhance accessibility to existing Committee of Adjustment services and information. As of June 30th, 2016, application information, submission materials and decisions will be available for viewing online at www.toronto.ca/aic.

For further information on eSubmission requirements, please see the 2016 Digital Application Checklist at: www.toronto.ca/developing-toronto.


Waterfront Artisan Market: Five more weekends

Victoria Day weekend was the first installment of the Waterfront Artisan Market in HTO Park on Queens Quay, organized by the Waterfront BIA. It features a wide variety of unique art, jewellery, and artisanal gifts to browse. And more than 20 cook-on-site food vendors will tempt your taste buds.

Remaining market weekends in 2016 are: Father's Day (June 18-19), Canada Day and Redpath Waterfront Festival (July 1-3), Civic Holiday (July 30-August 1), Labour Day (September 3-5), and Thanksgiving (October 8-10).


Redpath Festival

Canada Day will be here soon and that means the Redpath Waterfront Festival returns for another year, with more music, food, nautical programs, and entertainment. Attractions include open deck tours of tall ships docked at HTO Park, The HMCS Kingston and Good Bay docked at Harbour Square Park, Canada Day festivities, and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. 

For details of all the fun, visit http://towaterfrontfest.com.  


Canada Post Review - have your say

The Federal Government has appointed an independent task force to gather information and identify options for the future of of Canada's Postal Service.

What postal issues are important to you? The Task Force wants to hear from you, whether you're worried about home delivery, keeping your local post office, or supporting services for our seniors and differently-abled neighbours.

For more information on this review, visit the Task Force website at http://www.canada.ca/canadapostreview and see the notice issued by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.


Harbourfront Centre Summer Programming

Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/ for the full lineup of festivals and other activities taking place at Harbourfront Centre this summer. Every weekend this summer includes a lakeside film screening (Wednesdays), Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays), an outdoor concert in the Toronto Music Garden, as well as a festival all weekend long.

The 2016 summer season offers new festivals along with old favourites and weekly events that showcase more than 1000 local and international artists, 11 films, and more than 40 concerts. Highlights include the celebration of Canada's 149th birthday featuring Toronto's largest fireworks display choreographed to an all-Canadian soundtrack. Harbourfront Centre has always been a bold and innovative force in Canada's cultural scene, and it's right in our back yard.


Union Station Rail Corridor - Construction Activity update

Go Transit is currently installing conduit (cable) at various locations in the area between Bathurst Street and Simcoe Street. Tracks must be taken out of service to complete this work and as a result this work can only be carried out during off-peak times, when there is less train traffic. This work will create some noise from trucks, moving of materials and equipment and possibly, some ambient light from the work site.  Due to the nature of this work a vacuum truck will be used, as this is the only method of excavating that can be used without damaging underground services.

The work is scheduled to take place between 8 p.m and 5 a.m. The project should be complete by mid-June.

For regular updates from Metrolinx regarding construction activities in the Union Station Rail Corridor, please email Loretta Allen (Loretta.Allen@metrolinx.com) to be added to their distribution list.


Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart - Sunday, June 5

The Gardiner Expressway will be closed between Carlaw Avenue and the Humber Bridge, and the Don Valley Parkway will be closed between Highway 401 and the Gardiner Expressway, from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 to accommodate the Ride for Heart event.

More information about the Ride for Heart is available at www.rideforheart.ca


Reminder - Watermain Replacement: Queen Street West

Beginning on Monday, May 9, the City of Toronto will replace the dual watermains that run along Queen Street West, from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue. This project will help to improve our water distribution system and reduce the risk of watermain breaks. It is also an important opportunity to replace any lead pipes that may run between the watermain and individual private properties, dating from before the mid-1950s.

Work will start in the north curb lane of Queen Street West to replace the watermain that runs under the roadbed north of the streetcar tracks. Two crews will be working between Bathurst and Spadina, starting in the middle of the work zone and moving in opposite directions. They will install a temporary watermain by-pass (which may affect water pressure to adjacent properties) and then dig a trench for the new watermain. When all the connections are completed, the roadway will be reconstructed and resurfaced. Finally, work will shift to the south curb lane of Queen Street and the process will be repeated for the remaining watermain on that side of the streetcar tracks.

This project is expected to be complete in October 2016. Sidewalk work and new streetscape improvements in partnership with the Queen Street West BIA will be completed in 2017.

For additional information, you can view the construction notice here and the our website here.


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Upcoming Development Consultations

Honest Ed's / Mirvish Village - Community Consultation
Date: Monday, June 13th, 2016
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Bickford Centre (777 Bloor Street W), Auditorium

**Details on the meeting above.

350, 370, 390 Queens Quay W - rezoning application
Date: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre 

The owner of 350, 370, 390 Queens Quay West has applied for re-zoning to permit the addition of a new 29-storey tower in place of the existing 3-storey mixed use building at 370 Queens Quay. They are also seeking to build full-height additions to the north sides of both existing 21-storey towers at 350 and 390 Queens Quay. The proposed development would added 343 new residential units to the site.

Please join us to learn more about the proposal and provide your comments. Both the applicants and City Planning staff will make presentations and take questions.

A preliminary report from City Planning staff can be reviewed here: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2016.TE16.31

Kensington Market Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study - please note the date change!
Date: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Time: Open House - 6:00pm; Presentation - 6:30pm
Location: St. Stephen's Community House (91 Bellevue Avenue)

The HCD Study consultants have begun their work documenting properties in Kensington Market and are ready to share some of their preliminary findings. Come out to this meeting to learn more about what they have found at this early stage and offer your comments and feedback.

King-Spadina East Precinct Built Form Study

Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: TBC
Location: Metro Hall (Room TBD)

An invitation to this important community update meeting will be sent via Canada Post to every household between Bathurst and University, and Queen and Front. Please watch your mailbox! When the meeting time is confirmed I will also post a reminder on my website.

King-Spadina Heritage Conservation District Plan

Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: Open House - 6:00 p.m; Presentation - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308

The City has been working toward a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plan for the King-Spadina area since May 2013. An HCD Plan will help protect and conserve the cherished heritage character of the neighbourhood to the benefit of people today and future generations. As change takes place, the HCD Plan is an important tool to ensure that it will enhance rather than detract from the uniqueness that already exists.

The first step was to complete an HCD study that included an evaluation of all 390 properties within the study area. The findings of this study were endorsed by the Toronto Preservation Board, and so City staff then went to work on developing draft policies and guidelines for the HCD Plan. At the meeting on June 23, City staff will be presenting this work and seeking community feedback.

For more information about the background work, please visit the City's HCD Blog: https://hcdtoronto.wordpress.com/category/king-spadina/

149-157 Bathurst Street – Community Consultation

Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308

This is a pre-application meeting to discuss a proposal for a residential re-development on Bathurst St south of Richmond St W. I ask all potential developers to meet with the community before they submit any application to the City. It is an opportunity for you to give feedback at an early stage while the proposal is most flexible.

The developer will make a presentation followed by an open Q&A session.

452-458 Richmond Street West – Community Consultation

Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308

A re-zoning application to build an 18-storey mixed-use building with commercial at the ground and basement levels and 135 residential units above has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). City Planning staff will make a presentation about the proposal and their concerns, followed by an open Q&A session.

590 King Street West – Community Consultation

Date: Monday, June 27
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308

This is a pre-application meeting to discuss a proposal for a commercial development on King St W. I ask all potential developers to meet with the community before they submit any application to the City. It is an opportunity for you to give feedback at an early stage while the proposal is most flexible.

The developer will make a presentation followed by an open Q&A session.

Island Airport Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) - Community Consultation

Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Presentation at 7:30pm)
Place: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre – Dance Studio (you can view the meeting flyer here)

 


Upcoming events

June 4th, 2016

Layers of Rush Lane (12:00 - 4:00pm)
Rush Lane (south of Queen, Spadina to Portland)

We have planned an afternoon full of live music, art, activities and walking tours, through which we will explore some of the influences, past, present and future, which have contributed to making Queen West what it is today. 

Come join us this Saturday explore the Layers of Rush Lane!  

June 11th, 2016

Alexandra Park Splash Pad Conversion Open House (12:00 - 2:00pm)
Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street W)

The Alexandra Park wading pool conversion to splash pad is scheduled to happen in the spring of 2017; this is part of the City's efforts to convert wading pools to splash pads across Toronto.

Splash pads have longer season usage, longer operating hours through the day, as compared to wading pools, and there is no need to drain/refill/purify water on a daily basis.

Our office is organizing an open house for City staff to show design concepts and get feedback from the community -- I invite you to come out to share your thoughts.

See the event flyer here for more information.

Open Tuning Festival (2:00 - 10:00pm)
Seaton Village neighbourhood

This neighbourhood event is a fantastic opportunity to experience performances from local artists from all genres, ages and levels of experience. The performances will be happening at unique venues including front porches, alleyways, parks, garages and street corners throughout the Seaton Village neighbourhood.

June 12th, 2016

NoJetsTO Annual General Meeting (2:00pm)
Radisson Queens Quay (249 Queens Quay W), Atrium Room

With airport expansion blocked, it's time to look beyond the airport in our struggle for an accessible and sustainable waterfront for all Torontonians. Join NoJetsTO to talk about the future of Toronto's waterfront.

The Annual General Meeting will feature Roland Lewis, President and CEO of New York’s Waterfront Alliance as its keynote speaker.

For all the details, visit the NoJetsTO website here.

June 18th, 2016

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre Community Fun Fest (11:30am - 2:30pm)
627 Queens Quay West

Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (formerly Harbourfront Community Centre) at the Community Fun Fest. There will be free activities for kids of all ages, adults, and seniors.

Visit their Facebook page for all the details!

June 26th, 2016

Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market

The second PSK of the year is on June 26th! Join the fun starting at 12:00pm -- there will be live musical performances and other community activities. And it's all car-free! 

Find out more on the Kensington BIA website here.

Annex Street Festival
Bloor Street W, between Bathurst and Spadina

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Annex Street Festival!

Presented by the Bloor Annex BIA and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, this year’s festival will feature live music, entertainment, theatre performances, a Children’s Village and over 100 vendors and local businesses.

Click here for more information.

July 1st, 2016

Redpath Waterfront Festival (July 1 - 3)

The Redpath Waterfront Festival returns for another year, with more music, food, nautical programs, and entertainment. Attractions include open deck tours of tall ships docked at HTO Park, The HMCS Kingston and Good Bay docked at Harbour Square Park, Canada Day festivities, and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. 

For all the details, visit their website at: http://towaterfrontfest.com.  


Constituency Hours!

A reminder that I hold constituency hours every Friday afternoon 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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