TOcore - Tall Buildings Setbacks Public Consultation Meeting


As part of the TOcore study, City Planning is hosting a community consultation meeting on the Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendments regarding tall building setbacks. This community consultation will present the Official Plan Amendment policies and Zoning Bylaw Amendments that will set out required setbacks from property lines, as well as between two or more towers on a single site.

Appropriate separation distances between towers minimizes negative impacts on the public realm and neighbouring properties, such as adverse shadowing, pedestrian-level wind and blockage of sky view. A presentation will be given followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308

The June 2016 Toronto and East York Community Council report is available at the following link:

For more information contact:

George Pantazis


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Lower Yonge Precinct Update


Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are jointly undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) and Public Realm Concept Study for the Lower Yonge Precinct Area. They invite you to attend a Public Information Centre (PIC) to provide feedback on the development of this EA. 

At this PIC, they will be providing an overview of the new transportation infrastructure alternative designs and an update on the development of the Public Realm Concept. A construction update for the York/Bay/Yonge Ramp Removal Project will also be available. They welcome your participation and ideas to help shape the future of the Lower Yonge Precinct. Feedback forms will be provided at the PIC and will also be available on the websites noted below.

Meeting Details

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time:  Drop-in and View Displays from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location:  Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre - Gymnasium, (formerly Harbourfront Community Centre), 627 Queens Quay West (at Bathurst Street)
Map:  Click here.
Transit: Take the 511 Bathurst streetcar south to Fleet Street. Walk south to Queens Quay and   east to the main entrance of the community centre. OR: take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar from Union Station to Queens Quay West at Dan Leckie Way West Side. Cross to the south side of Queens Quay and then walk west to the main entrance of the neighbourhood centre. Please use the TTC trip planner for additional options.
Accessibility: Barrier-free access to the neighbourhood centre is through the main entrance at   the northwest corner of the building. 

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Walk for Scleroderma - Hard Word, Harder Disease


On June 4th, I'm Walking in the Park 5KM with my partner Sonia Mota in support of Sonia's mother Maria Mota.

Maria is truly an amazing woman, her smile can always cheer up a dull day and she always wants to do more to make the members of her family happy.

Although Maria looks feisty and full of passion, inside she has a debilitating disease.  It’s not obvious to the casual observer but Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease where your body's immune system attacks its own tissues creating excessive collagen. This can make your skin hard and often results in cold fingers; but it can become much worse.  This hardening can also inflict your major organs including your heart, lungs and kidneys. This means Maria gets short of breath after only a short walk and sometimes needs help with the simplest tasks we take for granted such as getting dressed or taking a shower. It can also drastically reduce life expectancy.

For this walk, Maria is struggling with some hip trouble and may not be able to fully take part, so we are very keen to make sure we complete the walk on her behalf.

You can donate directly through my link here.

Maria, Sonia and I would really appreciate your support, to help raise awareness, increase education, and conduct vital research.  I am asking if 10 friends will each donate just $20 to help move the fight forward.

As you know 5KM is not a big sacrifice for me, but for Maria your support means a whole lot more.

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Toronto Ward Boundary Review - Released


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review final report has been released. you can find it here.

A ward boundary review seeks to achieve effective representation throughout the municipality. Factors such as the number of people in each ward, geographic communities of interest, future growth, coherent boundaries, the capacity of councillors to represent their constituents and ward history need to be balanced. Any new ward structure can be implemented in the next municipal election.

The executive summary states:

The report presents a recommendation for new wards for Toronto that achieves the principle of effective representation, can be implemented for the 2018 municipal election and will last until the 2030 municipal election.

Toronto’s current ward structure, developed approximately 15 years ago, has become unbalanced. This impacts voter parity (similar but not identical population numbers among wards) not just at election time, but every time City Council votes. 

The recommended ward structure is based on Option 1: Minimal Change1. This option emerged as the preferred option based on feedback received from Members of Council and the public during the project’s civic engagement and public consultation process. Many of the responses also suggested refinements to the Option 1 ward boundaries. The TWBR has examined these refinements, as well as suggested refinements to other options and to existing wards, if they were relevant to Option 1.

The recommended ward structure has attempted to incorporate as many of those refinements as possible. Refinements that upset voter parity or negatively affect any other component of effective representation were not incorporated. 

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Cooper Koo Cherry YMCA - Open for Tours


Starting May 15th doors are open at the Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA for centre tours and #HealthyHour classes every day. So drop by and check out the new YMCA Centre of Community located right in the heart of our neighbourhood.

Free Daily Programs: 

From May 15th to May 27th they will offer a free program for the community. That’s one free program every day! Try out cyclefit, yoga, family gym time and more! Click here to check out daily program activities or stop by between 10am – 6pm for a tour and to set up your membership.

Community Festival:

On Sat May 28th and Sun May 29th they will host a free community festival from 10am – 6pm each day. The centre will be open for all ages. A Family Carnival, BBQ, DJ, Ribbon Cutting, classes, door prizes, promotions and more. Click here to see the breakdown of the day. 

Want to Volunteer?

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Waterfront Transit Reset - Upcoming Consultations

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Transportation on the waterfront needs a new vision.  Led by the TTC and Waterfront Toronto, a new plan is being created for a comprehensive waterfront transit network. This is your opportunity to get involved.

Project Background


This phase 1 study is being undertaken by the City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission and Waterfront Toronto in order to help establish a vision and plan for a comprehensive waterfront transit network.

As you are aware, Toronto’s waterfront is currently undergoing a significant transformation, with rapid residential, commercial and recreational growth in many areas along the water’s edge. In the past, transit planning along the waterfront has been incremental.  This has resulted in a plan that is not integrated or comprehensive and cannot respond to the current and future anticipated demand for transit along much of the waterfront.

During this study, They will be reviewing existing waterfront transit, previously planned transit initiatives, and current and future transit needs. A range of transit alternatives will be developed and evaluated to help determine a preferred east-west waterfront transit solution that will integrate north/south transit and active transportation, linking people from across the City to the waterfront and its nearby destinations and attractions.

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Toronto Ward Boundary Review - Final Report


The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) Final Report will be released on May 16, 2016. The report will provide a recommendation for new wards for the City of Toronto. It will be posted to the City of Toronto’s website with the Executive Committee agenda after 12:00 PM, and may be accessed here.

The recommended ward structure meets the tests of effective representation and can be implemented for the 2018 municipal election (lasting until the 2030 municipal election).

public information session will be held at 1:30PM on the day of the release (May 16) at City Hall in Committee Room #2. It will be broadcast live on the GetInvolvedTO Civic Engagement YouTube page.

The TWBR consultant team will be present for the Executive Committee's consideration of the Final Report on May 24, 2016. Toronto City Council will subsequently consider the report and make a final determination on any changes to Toronto's ward boundaries. The Executive Committee and/or City Council may defer consideration of the matter to a subsequent meeting.

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Distillery District - Heritage Conservation District Study


The public is invited to the first Community Consultation meeting for the Distillery District Heritage Conservation District Study


Date:    Thursday May 19, 2016

Time:    6:30pm – 8:30pm

Place:   Young Centre for the Performing Arts

(Kevin and Roger Garland Cabaret)

50 Tank House Lane Toronto, Ontario

This Community Consultation meeting is intended to introduce the community to the Distillery District Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study, to learn what an HCD is, to describe the research completed to date, and to provide an opportunity for community input on the area's heritage value.

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:30-7:00pm, followed by a project presentation by the consultant, Taylor Hazell Architects. Heritage Preservation Services staff will be available to answer questions.

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St. Lawrence Seniors Group - Activities


Did you know the St. Lawrence neighbourhood has a Seniors group?

Learn about their many activities from Book Club to Line Dancing, Exercise Class to Social Club.

See below for specific activities, or for more information, please send an email to:

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Under Gardiner - Public Meeting


You are invited to attend the first public meeting for Project: Under Gardiner and the related Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. This public meeting on Thursday April 7th will tell you more about the project and its objectives. A series of early designs will be presented for public comment and feedback.

The Project
Waterfront Toronto and the City of Toronto are developing 4 hectares (10 acres) of new public space on underused land under the Gardiner Expressway. The space will connect seven neighbourhoods with a new 1.75-kilometre multi-use trail and spaces for cultural programming between west of Strachan Avenue and Spadina Avenue.

How to Participate 
You can attend the upcoming public meeting. The presentation and display boards will also be made available online for viewing and public comment the week of April 11, 2016. Subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates on when and where these materials will be available: 

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