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Wednesday, Feb 2, a day Mr perks can think about a run for mayor

Today, Wednesday, February 21. The Toronto East Council  meets today. There  is just not much on the agenda concerning Ward 14. There is of course the usual endorsement of events for spirits and beer licensing, and action slides though every council riding on oil.

 

There is a Business Improvement Area Boards of Management addition for Ward 14, but again that rides on oil too.

 

So Perks really needn’t be there, sitting ,as the other wards deal with local issues. He will already be up on most of the issues anyway, he is quite informed on most city happenings.

 

The cities best interest will be served if he, mindfully studies a run for mayor and how good his mayorship could be.

 

Why? He has a belief that the city should be livable for all and a will to work to this end. He has a great knowledge of how the gearing of the city works. When Sarah Doucette City Councilor, for Ward 13 as a new councilor she stated how much she relied on Mr Perks knowledge. A well chosen road which has benefited Ward 13.

 

Listening to him speak, you get a very definite opinion that he has ideas about how to finance the city operations and create a better city for everyone.

 

However, there are probably two big issues, and maybe a mayorial work load that he may consider  reduce his family time.

 

There two are thoughtful conjectures, based on a year long following of Mr Perks efforts, actions and opinions.

 

1. He enjoys and serves the city well as a councillor and wants to continue that for a long time. Yet the mayors job runs two terms, after which he would want to return to his councilor position. He would need to know if the people of Toronto would support this.

 

2. The Toronto Voters, ugh! They would have to make a choice for better goverment, servised by a mayor elected on the proof of a good goverence history, where thought and unbised decisiions are made by the mayor. Where council can strike a new model of finance for city. More on that in post in the next few days.

 

To achieve this much more of the people of the city have get involved for the short election period.

 

Toronto can currently be viewed a stagnant city, the Oct 2018 election can change that.

Village Players Preview Performance of Tainted Justice

 

All text the groups,

About the play…

Drawn from facts surrounding a real murder mystery on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – with flashbacks to the Klondike – Tainted Justice is a compelling drama by the author of Ravenscroft (a hit of our 2008-9 season.)
Pearl, a troubled young woman, is haunted by doubts about who actually murdered her father in the dark woods by the cranberry bogs at twilight one August evening in 1913. Her cousin, an eccentric attorney obsessed with seeing Buster Keaton movies, defended the accused murderer. Her uncle, who loves mine shafts, was the accused man’s friend. Her mother is a beautiful and enigmatic woman from whom she has become painfully estranged. The accused murderer is a charming liar who is fascinated by antique doorknobs and insists that he once nearly married Emily Bronte in Moose Jaw.
As Pearl confronts these people, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a dark labyrinth of desire, lies and ambiguous betrayals. By turns funny, haunting, and frightening, this intricately plotted investigation into what can truly be known about other people and their motives weaves memory, testimony, and scenes of twisted confrontation into a compelling tapestry of darkness and light.

“Lures you into its web of intrigue with the appeal of a finely crafted mystery.”
~ Los Angeles Times

Join the High Park Community Alliance and the Bloor West Village Residents’ Association for an exciting joint community fundraising event!

Getting your tckets from High Park Community Alliance, info below

We’re selling tickets for:

The Village Players
Preview Performance of Tainted Justice
$20.00 ($4.00 off the regular adult ticket price)

Which takes place on:
Thursday March 1st
8:00PM
2190 Bloor Street West

“By turns funny, haunting, and frightening, this compelling drama lures you into its web of intrigue with the appeal of a finely crafted mystery.”

Click here to watch the director of Tainted Justice, Victoria Shepherd, provide an overview of the play.

With generous donations from community members, HPCA has already raised more than $20,000. But now that the long OMB process has begun, we need to increase our fundraising revenue. We hope to sell enough tickets to this event to help cover our OMB prehearing legal fees.

GWL and Minto’s Ontario Municipal Board prehearings took place on January 31st and February 8th. The second round of prehearings have been scheduled for August 14th and September 6th. To effectively challenge these proposals, we’ll also have to hire planning and design professionals.

So even if you can’t attend the dress rehearsal, please buy a ticket anyway and gift it to a friend!

Best of all, we can personally deliver the tickets right to your door!
Please spread the word to friends and neighbours who might also be likely to support HPCA.

Buy tickets online through Eventbrite
Or contact us directly at: highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com
To receive updates, become a member or donate, please visit: highparkcommunityalliance.com

Self-service libraries in Langyuan Vintage residential community

Self-service libraries in Langyuan Vintage residential community in Chaoyang district of Beijing is open to the public 24/7 . PHOTOS BY WANG JING / CHINA DAILY Thursday, February 15,

 

Self-service libraries pop up around Beijing’s Chaoyang district

The government of Beijing’s Chaoyang district had opened eight self-service libraries by the end of last year, forming the largest group of such public libraries in the capital city. The eight libraries, which are mainly located in Cha-oyang’s commercial and cultural zones, have entered Beijing’s public library service system. Readers can borrow books from and read books in these libraries for free. They are able to return their borrowed books at any of the eight libraries, as well as other public libraries in the district.

Living infrastructure

Link to full article here

Living green walls’ lined with trees and bushes could help reduce toxic pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide on major commuter routes
Birmingham Conservatives habe outlined plans for the installation of green walls
Structures lined with trees and bushes would deliver greener air to the city
It is estimated that 900 deaths a year in Birmingham are linked to air pollution
By Harry Pettit For Mailonline

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5385375/Green-walls-absorb-pollution-UK-commuter-routes.html#ixzz57bL4SPSq
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731 Runnymede Road

2018 City Budget
Last week the 2018 City Budget passed at Council. It was truly a mixed bag with both highs and lows. There were some great things passed, including the acceleration of the increase in shelter beds, the 2 hour transfer for TTC riders, increased funding for the Parks Ambassador Program, and the fully funded staff request for TransformTO (Toronto’s climate change action plan). While I fully support all of these initiatives, I am disappointed that Council funded this budget by using up our reserves. It’s clear that this budget was produced to be a good news budget, going into the fall election. While taxes were kept low and services were increased, we have spent our reserve funding, and left the City on a rocky financial footing that will not have to be examined until December 2018, when the election has passed. This concern is exacerbated by the cooling housing market, which will decrease the amount raised by the land transfer tax. Growing Toronto is important, and something I fully support, but doing so on the back of the future is not the way to build, or govern, our city.

731 Runnymede Road
Last week we also had the final meeting of the Community Liaison Committee for the future shelter at 731 Runnymede Road. After months of input and hard work, architectural plans have been submitted, and building permits will soon be granted. Work is expected to take place throughout the spring and summer, with the shelter opening this fall.

In April a meeting will be held for the new Embrace Committee, which will work to integrate the shelter with the greater community. Please watch my newsletter for further updates if you would like to get involved.

2639 Dundas Street West – Zoning Amendment Application

2639 Dundas Street West – Zoning Amendment Application – Preliminary Report
Origin
(January 31, 2018) Report from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District
Recommendations
The City Planning Division recommends that:

1. Staff be directed to schedule a community consultation meeting for the lands at 2639 Dundas Street West together with the Ward Councillor.

2. Notice for the community consultation meeting be given to landowners and residents within 120 metres of the site.

3. Notice for the public meeting under the Planning Act be given according to the regulations of the Planning Act.
Summary
This application proposes an 8-storey (26.9 metres, including mechanical penthouse) residential building at 2639 Dundas Street West. The proposed development includes 110 units within 8,680 square metres of residential gross floor area. A total of 47 vehicle parking spaces and 178 bicycle parking spaces will be provided within two levels of underground parking accessed from Dundas Street West.

This report provides preliminary information on the application and seeks Community Council’s direction on its further processing and the community consultation process.

A community consultation meeting is anticipated to be held in the first quarter of 2018. The final report is targeted for the first quarter of 2019, subject to any required information being provided by the applicant in a timely manner.
Financial Impact
The recommendations in this report have no financial impact.
Background Information
(January 31, 2018) Report and attachments 1-10 from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District – 2639 Dundas Street West – Zoning Amendment Application – Preliminary Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-112504.pdf

Health benefits of regular cycling

 

 

TWO STUDIES in Denmark and Sweden have underlined the health benefits of regular cycling – particularly among the over-50s. The studies show that it reduces your risk of developing high blood pres- sure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, as well as becoming obese. The Danish study concluded that cyclists aged 50-70 were 11-18 percent less likely to develop heart disease. The Swedish study found that cyclists aged 43-53 were 39 percent less libel to become obese and 18 less likely to develop pre-diabetes.

Gord Perks, on how to stop Toronto from becoming ‘playground for the rich’,

Toronto Star Article.

City to strategize on how to stop Toronto from becoming ‘playground for the rich’
Faced with crisis around affordability of rental housing, staff will develop plan to stop what one councillor called the “Manhattanization” of Toronto.

Link here

High Park Community Alliance update

 

 

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Congratulations everyone on an impressive turnout at the GWL Ontario Municipal Board prehearing that took place this past Wednesday, January 31st! So many concerned community members attended that they had to move us to a bigger courtroom! We definitely made an impression! The second GWL prehearing has been scheduled for August 14th…so please stay tuned for updates.

Since GWL and Minto’s development applications are being considered separately, it’s just as important everyone also attend the:

Minto OMB prehearing
Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 10:00AM
655 Bay Street, 16th Floor

Please arrive at 9:15AM and sign up with HPCA. The prehearing should wrap up by noon. If you’re interested, you can register to receive notifications, or become a “party or participant”. This is your opportunity to show the OMB and the developers that you are concerned about what happens in our neighbourhood!

Ian Flett, speaking here about the importance of attending the prehearing, will once again represent HPCA and members from the Executive will be in attendance as well.
However, if you absolutely cannot attend, email highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com AND Graham.Frank@ontario.ca with your name, address and contact information to state your interest to be listed as a participant. HPCA’s lawyer will ask the OMB panel to consider your request, but please be advised that only those who attend in person are guaranteed to be listed as participants.

To receive updates or donate, please visit: highparkcommunityalliance.com

Email us at highparkcommunityalliance@gmail.com to become a member of HPCA.

Thank you and we hope to see you at the OMB!

Greenest City fundraiser Parkdale

 

 

Enjoy the goodness of food prepared by Parkdale chefs in the intimate setting of the Tempered Room, steps away from Greenest City.

Greenest City teaches children and youth to grow, cook, eat! healthy food. Growing the Future focuses on food skills, stewardship and food growing. Youth leaders are trained and through paid employment – facilitate the children’s programming. Watch this animated video created by the youth mentors to learn about the impact for them.

A night out with good friends, good food and a great cause. Buy a ticket HERE

Date: Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Place: 1374 Queen Street West (The Tempered Room)

Saferail special comedy fundraiser

 

…..on March 20th at 3030, to be hosted by local celebrity Steve Patterson.

We are just working on our creative, and wanted to know what your deadline is for your March newsletters/papers.

Keep it Safe!
Safe Rail Communities

 

saferail.ca

 

We will also be launching our Rail Emergency Preparedness Toolkit (funded in part by Transport Canada) on April 21st, and would like to ask for your support in promoting this as well, once we have the creative ready. Please let us know what this deadline would be as well.

Thanks so much,
Patricia Lai
Co-founder

Greenest City Fundraiser

Greenest City Fundraiser
Enjoy the goodness of food prepared by Parkdale chefs in the intimate setting of the Tempered Room, steps away from Greenest City.

buy a ticket link below

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Wednesday, March 21, 6pm – 10pm

A night out with good friends, good food and a great cause.

City of Toronto modernization initiatives.

November 22, 2016

The City of Toronto is launching several modernization initiatives to improve service to the public while producing substantial cost savings.

Service Modernization Project

 

Following an extensive internal review, the City of Toronto will introduce a new service delivery model that incorporates three high-level objectives:

  • Migrating more service to digital channels via the City’s website, which is being optimized as part of a Web Revitalization Project.
  • Creating five common service hubs located at corporate civic centres for efficient and effective counter service delivery
  • Expanding self serve and assisted service to support residents who do not have a computer at home or who wish to continue to visit a City facility.

 

The benefits of the proposed model include:

  • Cost savings associated with offering services on the most efficient channels. It currently costs the City $23 for every in-person service, $16 for every phone interaction and $2 for every web interaction.
  • Improved customer convenience and choice.
  • Improved access for people with disabilities and the opportunity to bring services closer to vulnerable populations across the City by removing the need to visit a City facility.
  • Consistent wayfinding and communications.
  • Consistent service delivery platform with effective and co-ordinated service delivery.

 

The City projects savings of approximately $8 million beginning in 2021 from moving services from primarily traditional channels (telephone and counter) to digital channels. Through the creation of two new service hubs in 2017, short-term potential cost savings and cost avoidance for 2016-2017 are approximately $1.1 million.

 

City staff will bring forward a report on this strategy to Government Management Committee and City Council in the first quarter of 2017.

Office Modernization Program

 

The Office Modernization Program (OMP)began with three pilot projects that aim to change work habits and improve staff engagement, productivity and collaboration while modernizing technology in the work environment. The program optimizes the City’s real estate portfolio with the aim of achieving cost savings and reducing environmental impacts by collapsing leases and avoiding entering into new leases.

 

The three pilot projects include:

  • Metro Hall, 15th floor (completed)
  • Metro Hall, 2nd floor (completed)
  • North York Civic Centre, 1st floor (construction to begin in January 2017 with completion by May 2017)

 

The benefits of the OMP include:

  • Modern and collaborative work environments
  • Reduction of the City’s office footprint and real estate costs
  • Attracting and retaining talent by improving employee satisfaction and productivity
  • Reducing energy consumption and environmental impacts by supporting a smaller footprint and paperless business practices.

 

Through this project, the City aims to realize cost savings of approximately $4 to $6 million annually through the collapse of 15 other city leases that expire between 2015 and 2020.

 

As a result of space savings generated by the first two pilot projects (Metro Hall 15th and 2nd floors), the City has already saved approximately $1 million annually in gross lease costs by collapsing two leased locations and repatriating those workspaces into City-owned space.

 

The pilot projects at Metro Hall have resulted in a 40% improvement in employee satisfaction and reduced per employee office space from approximately 170 sf to approximately 130 sf.

 

A staff report on the Office Modernization Project will be presented to the Government Management Committee and City Council in the spring of 2017.

 

City-wide Real Estate Program

 

At the direction of Council, the City retained third-party expertise to conduct a review of the City’s current real estate operating model and provide recommendations for improvement. The subsequent staff report to City Council, which recommended consolidating all real estate entities into a centralized service delivery model, was approved by Toronto City Council on July 12, 2016.

 

 

By moving to a centralized operating model, the City of Toronto will:

  • Make strategic and informed decisions that promote city-building, enhanced asset management and City-wide objectives
  • Maximize the value of the City’s land and property assets and find savings through co-location and joint ventures
  • Reduce the City’s state of good repair backlog
  • Create more mixed-use developments that bring important services closer to residents.
  • Develop improved technology platforms and streamline work and approval processes
  • Integrate modernized approaches to space planning to allow for enhanced staff productivity and efficiency.
  • Provide better solutions through proactive engagement with all stakeholders, including Council, employees and the community.

The City-wide Real Estate Review estimates there is approximately $30 to $60 million of savings (five to 10 per cent) in the $600-million cumulative operating budget of all real estate and facilities management operations (excluding Toronto Community Housing and Parks, Forestry and Recreation) once changes are fully implemented.

 

In addition, the City would generate revenues estimated at five to 10 per cent of the portfolio value, excluding parkland. This would be achieved through a combination of process improvements, efficiencies in procurement and capital project delivery, improved asset management and utilization, alternative service delivery and portfolio optimization initiatives.

 

The transition to a centralized model is expected to take two to four years. Immediate next steps include conducting a series of visioning sessions and workshops with key stakeholders, development of a transition strategy and bringing forward a staff report to Executive Committee and City Council in the second quarter of 2017 requesting the adoption of a transition strategy.

 

Media contact: Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8889,

natasha.hindsfitzsimmins@toronto.ca

Toronto Local Appeal Body and Bloor West Village Heritage Conservation District

All text Sarah Doucette

 

Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) Information Session – Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Please join me in learning about the new Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB), at an Information Session on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Ave) from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Ian Lord, Chair of the TLAB will be there to present about the new process and answer questions.

Bloor West Village Heritage Conservation District Study Open House – Thursday, February 15, 2018
On Thursday, February 15 Heritage Services will be hosting an open house looking at the potential for a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) in Bloor West Village. The event is taking place at the Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Road) between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Drop by to learn about the study and share your insights and thoughts on the Bloor West neighbourhood, ask questions and participate in the process.