City of Toronto Seeks Input From Toronto’s Neighbourhood Associations

City of Toronto Seeks Input From Toronto’s Neighbourhood Associations

The City of Toronto wants to explore the relationships between neighbourhood associations, and their relationships with City Council, and how they participate in local and city-wide decision-making.

If you’re a member or coordinator of a neighbourhood or resident network, association or group, the City invites you to attend an upcoming consultation as part of City Council’s Special Committee on Governance.

Neighbourhood associations are invited to:

Provide input via an online survey at toronto.ca/TOgovernance
Drop in to talk with City Staff on these dates:

North York Civic Centre – Main floor, …

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Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden is celebrating its 10th anniversary this September.

The volunteer-run and operated community garden, located at 34 Parkview Ave., was first conceptualized in 2008 through a community meeting, where the decision was made to lay the foundation for the soon-to-be neighbourhood garden in the vacant city lot next to the historic John McKenzie House, home to the Ontario Historical Society. John supported the garden from the start and was integral to the garden’s expansion in 2014.

The success of Parkview Neighbourhood Garden hasn’t been without …

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Multiculturalism Day & Canada Day Events in Mel Lastman Square

Multiculturalism Day & Canada Day Events in Mel Lastman Square

Celebrate Multiculturalism Day (June 30) and Canada Day (July 1) in Mel Lastman Square!

Multiculturalism Day will showcase the contributions of multicultural artists and communities to Canadian society through a dynamic program of contemporary music, dance and spoken word.

Admission is free!

The celebration is presented in collaboration with community partners North York Arts, Uma Nota, Small World Music, and RISE.

Mel Lastman Square Program – Multiculturalism Day (June 30)

Joining the lineup for Multiculturalism Day is the Juno Award-winning Okavango African Orchestra, featuring a cast of 9 accomplished African-born …

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Toronto Local Appeal Body Review – May 30

Toronto Local Appeal Body Review – May 30

The Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB) became effective on May 3 2017, replacing the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as the body hearing appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions relating to minor variance or severance applications. The City’s work to initiate a local appeal body that would be more concerned with local planning policies was initiated by John in 2014.

After a year of operation, the City of Toronto is conducting a review of TLAB’s Rules of Practice and Procedures. If you have any thoughts or comments you wish to share as part of …

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Cultura 2017 (July 7, 14, 21 & 28)

Cultura 2017 (July 7, 14, 21 & 28)

The Cultura Festival returns Friday July 7 for our annual outdoor summer celebration of music, food, dance and film in Mel Lastman Square.

The free festival, enjoyed by all ages, begins at 6 p.m. each Friday in July with strolling musicians, street performers, tango dancing, activities for families, and some of the city’s best food vendors serving specialities from around the world. Great music on the main stage begins at 8 p.m., followed each evening by a world-class busker and an award-winning feature film.

From its founding …

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Building & Development: Inside the War Zone

Building & Development: Inside the War Zone

Some developers no longer even feign interest in following the city’s planning rules. Far too many choose instead to submit proposals they know don’t come close to following the rules. When these proposals are rejected by city Planning staff and City Council, they appeal those decisions to the developer-friendly Ontario Municipal Board.  Here are just some of the developments and secondary plans headed there:

Sheppard West Secondary Plan
Earlier this year Council adopted a new secondary plan for Sheppard Ave. West, between Beecroft Rd. and slightly west …

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March break camps

During March break, the City of Toronto will offer free and low-cost activities at its community centres, pools, parks, ski hills and heritage sites.  More details about camps are available at http://www.toronto.ca/camps, more details about drop-in programs are available at http://toronto.ca/parks or by calling 311.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

In addition to bringing you the latest news, I also want to extend to you and your families my very best wishes for this holiday season.  No matter what your plans are, I hope you have a chance to celebrate the season and enjoy a few days with family or friends.  I look forward to continuing our work together in 2014.

Over the holidays my office will be staffed on regular work days, but not on weekends or holidays.  If you have any urgent issues, remember …

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