Please join Councillor Lucy Troisi and your neighbours at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre on Thursday May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
The councillor will introduce members of city staff who can address any concerns or suggestions. We will then encourage a discussion with residents about what is near and dear to Cabbagetown.
Representatives from the city will include staff from Parking, Toronto Police Services, Children's Services, Parks and Planning.
Let's get the community together!
Cabbagetown Youth Centre
2 Lancaster Ave.
Thursday May 31, 2018
Light refreshments will be served.
The intersection of Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East will be closed for TTC track renewal from May 14 - June 4. The northern limit of the construction zone has been extended north to Spruce Street after the original notices were posted. Please give yourself extra time to travel in the area. For full details of this work, including temporary TTC routing changes - please read this document.
Riverdale Farm is going to be closed for a few days to allow for some necessary repaving. The animals will be wondering where you are from Monday April 30 to Wednesday May 2.
The City of Toronto will host the #TorontoStrong Vigil on Sunday April 29 at Mel Lastman Square. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and support all those who have been affected by Monday's tragedy in Toronto.
Date: Sunday, April 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
This City-hosted vigil, organized in collaboration with community groups Faith in the City and the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, will be an interfaith demonstration of Toronto's diverse communities as well as a display of the city's resiliency.
The City of Toronto, in partnership with Toronto Foundation, has established the #TorontoStrong Fund in response to the tragic incident at Yonge and Finch on April 23, 2018. All money donated will go to supporting victims and their families, first responders and those affected by the trauma, through organizations including Victim Services Toronto and other supporting partner organizations. Learn more at:
I’m Lucy Troisi and I was born and raised in Regent Park. I attended Regent Park and
Nelson Mandela P.S. (formerly Park School) and I have lived, worked or volunteered in the
ward most of my life. The opportunity to represent the ward in which I was born and raised
is genuinely humbling. It is an honour to be your Councillor.
With the sad passing of Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell, I was honoured when City Council
elected me to complete her term. Over my 30 years on staff at City Hall, I worked closely
with Pam on many projects including the Regent Park redevelopment, Riverdale Farm and
the Wellesley Community Centre.
On May 1, 2018, the recommended Downtown Plan Official Plan Amendment (OPA) will be considered by Planning and Growth Management Committee. The Downtown OPA includes a new Downtown Plan and amendments to Section 2.2.1 and Map 6 of the Official Plan. Staff are also recommending amendments to existing Secondary Plans and Site and Area Specific Policies (SASPs) located within the Downtown area once the OPA comes into force and effect. This OPA and the infrastructure strategies that guide its implementation will set the course for Downtown Toronto over the next 25 years.
This OPA is the result of years of detailed planning analysis and engagement with stakeholders and members of the public.
The staff reports for the Downtown Plan OPA and the five infrastructure strategies are now available on the Planning and Growth Management Committee website.
The public is invited to make their views known at Planning and Growth Management Committee. If you wish to address the Planning and Growth Management Committee in person or in writing, please contact: City Clerk, Attention: Nancy Martins, Administrator, Planning and Growth Management Committee, City Hall, 10th Floor West, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2, Phone: 416-397-4579, Fax: 416 392-1879, e-mail: email@example.com. To assist with scheduling, you are requested to call the City Clerk's Office by 12:00 noon on April 30th, 2018, if you plan to make comments at the meeting.
I hope that this will help to clarify the 260 King East development application. City staff and the applicant reached an agreement within the OMB process, which City Council adopted at its meeting of March 26, 2018.
When matters are before the OMB, the parties can make without prejudice settlement offers which invoke a legal duty of confidentiality. The City Solicitor is required to report any without prejudice settlement offers to City Council. As a result of the confidential nature of without prejudice settlement offers, the community cannot be consulted absent the explicit agreement of the applicant. There has been some commentary made online that the decision went against staff advice, however City staff recommended in their report to City Council that the settlement offer be accepted.
I would like to share my views on the application for variance to accommodate a proposed 82 space private childcare facility at 459/461 Sackville St. The matter was heard at the Toronto and East York Committee of Adjustment meeting on April 11, 2018.
The application for variance for the current mixed-use property at Sackville Street and Amelia Street was a contentious one for many in the neighbourhood because it touched on issues of existing childcare availability, child safety, crowding and traffic flow. The application was defeated by unanimous vote of the committee after hearing from a number of deputants in favour and against the variance application.
I have spent my entire career working in areas that support services for children and I am in favour of affordable daycare in neighbourhoods. There were a number of reasons to support the application and these were presented to the committee, but there were also compelling reasons which prevented me from supporting this specific business at this location.
This was not simply a "For or Against Daycare" issue – it was a matter of whether a daycare of this scale could operate safely and appropriately in an urban neighbourhood. I agree with the committee's decision that the application did not meet that standard.
With a proposed maximum of 82 childcare spaces and 16 staff in a property that was not designed to be a daycare facility, many residents in the immediate area questioned the scale of the project and expressed concern for safety and traffic flow. Transportation and City Planning had required that independent studies be provided by the applicant and approved by city staff in advance of any approval but none were submitted.
I didn't agree with all of the criticisms made of this project, but there were valid reasons to be concerned. I personally canvassed many of the residents who live nearby and the overwhelming majority I spoke with opposed this application. I believe the issues of safety and impact on the community are significant.
The applicant had the opportunity to defer the application in order to obtain and provide pick-up and drop-off studies, consult further with the community, or consider changes to the size of their proposed operation but did not choose to do so.
I will support childcare spaces being located within our neighbourhoods, but only when the facilities and scale make sense and can be used safely.
Please join me on May 15 at the Wellesley Community Centre from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Remember to bring a résumé with you.
Full list of employers attending
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in learning how to apply for grants with the City of Toronto?
I am hosting a Grants Application Briefing Session on Tuesday April 10 at the Wellesley Community Centre from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please join me and representatives from the programs listed below to learn more about how you can apply.
Please RSVP to Sherry-Ann Lotz at email@example.com or (416) 392-7916.
Wellesley Community Centre (in the gymnasium)
495 Sherbourne St.
Tuesday April 10
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- Shelter Support and Housing - Homeless initiative Fund
- Toronto Arts Council ( various funding programs)
- Culture Division and possibly Enterprise fund as well
- Atmospheric Fund
- Solid Waste- new grant focused on waste reduction in multi residential units
- Toronto Public Health- Toronto Urban Health Fund
- Community Funding ( Projects and Events, Neighbourhood Grants, Identify and Impact Youth Grants)
- Transportation - StArt – street art, mural grants
More information on City of Toronto Grants, Incentives and Rebates...