Staying Safe During Extreme Heat



I hope you’re staying safe during this week’s extreme heat event. I also encourage you to check in on neighbours and loved ones who may be vulnerable.

Many residents in our city live in buildings without adequate air cooling and can experience dangerously high temperatures in their homes, which poses significant health risks. Without access to adequate cooling, vulnerable populations such as infants, seniors, those with certain health conditions, and people who work or spend a lot of time outdoors are particularly at risk.  

To help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents during the summer season, the City of Toronto activates its Heat Relief Strategy from May 15 to September 30 each year. A key part of the strategy is the Heat Relief Network where people can access Cool Spaces across the city including libraries, community centres and pools, to seek relief from summer heat. The Heat Relief Network is active throughout the summer, including days when a Heat Warning is not issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

On June 15, 10 wading pools and 10 outdoor pools also opened ahead of schedule to provide residents with more options for staying cool during hot weather. During active Heat Warnings such as the one issued this week, the City will also be extending pool hours until 11:45 p.m. at certain outdoor pools, including Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool in our ward. For up-to-date information on pool hours, locations and regular operating hours, please refer to the City’s Drop-in Swimming & Water Play webpage.

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with Cool Spaces near you through this interactive map, and learn more about staying healthy in hot weather here.

As Toronto experiences hotter days and longer heat episodes due to the impacts of climate change, we must support each other in staying safe.




  • Construction Notice - Jane Station On-Grade Paving Rehabilitation - Bus Loop Closed
  • Beaty Avenue Parkette Playground Improvements

  • Kick off summer at the JRA SummerFest!

  • Message from Parkdale People's Economy: 'Shape the Future of Parkdale: Join Our FIRST Working Group on June 26!'

  • New resources to help prevent evictions in Toronto  

  • Reminder: Community Consultations on the Avenues Policy Review initiative


Construction Notice - Jane Station On-Grade Paving Rehabilitation - Bus Loop Closed

As part of the State of Good Repair Program, from mid-July 2024 to early 2025, TTC will improve the Jane Station bus loop by installing new concrete to replace sections of damaged asphalt. The work is required to preserve the structure of the bus loop. During construction, the bus loop at Jane Station will be closed, and all routes servicing the bus loop will be diverted to nearby subway stations while continuing to serve Jane Station on-street.

Please see the below notice for more information on the service changes that will be implemented at Jane and Runnymede Stations.

More information on service impacts is available here: Jane Station construction (


Beaty Avenue Parkette Playground Improvements

Parkdale's Beaty Avenue Parkette playground is getting an upgrade! Take a short family-friendly survey to see playground design options and share your thoughts. If you have kids at home, we encourage you to take the survey together.

The project team will use this community feedback to develop the final playground design.

Learn more about this project here.



Kick off summer at the JRA SummerFest

Saturday June 22nd, 12-8PM

Malta Park: 3179 Dundas St West

Join the Junction Residents Association for a day of summer fun.

The JRA SummerFest is a FREE summer event hosted by the JRA and open to everyone in the neighbourhood.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 22 (12-8pm) in Malta Park (3179 Dundas Street W) and features; BBQ, giveaway draws, Hula-Hoop Zone, children's activities, wandering magician (12:30-3:30pm), face painting (12:00-4:00pm), Codezilla STEM and Tech activities (12:00-4:00 pm), and a music festival program celebrating local musicians will take place throughout the day on the main stage.


Message from Parkdale People's Economy: 'Shape the Future of Parkdale: Join Our FIRST Working Group on June 26!'

Please see the below message from the Parkdale People's Economy.

Dear Community Partners and Community Members,

Since the launch of the 2024 Parkdale Community Planning Study, PPE has been strategizing on how to implement the Working Groups so that community agencies and community members can bring the directions of the study to life. We would like to formally invite you to the 2024 Parkdale Community Planning Study Working Group #1. 

  • Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2024
  • Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
  • Location: PARC Drop-In, 1499 Queen Street West
  • RSVP here

Why Attend? 

  • Contribute your expertise: Your insights and experiences are invaluable in shaping effective strategies to addressing racial, economic, and climate justice.
  • Make an impact: Help translate the study's directions into actionable plans that benefit our community.
  • Connect and collaborate: Network with other passionate community members and community agencies.
  • Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments by Working for Change. There will be translation services (Mandarin, Tamil, Tagalog, Tibetan), and childminding services. 

The Working Groups are intended to meet bi-monthly. They will choose actions and strategies to execute the directions of the Community Plan. The Working Groups are crucial in translating the theoretical aspects of the Plan into practical, real-world applications, effectively turning aspirations into tangible outcomes. 

Email Miru Yogarajah at [email protected] if you have any accommodation requests or questions.

Learn more about the Planning Study:


New resources to help prevent evictions in Toronto

In response to the rising number of evictions due to renovations (or “renovictions”) in Toronto, the City has created new tools and resources to assist residents.

These include a new online tool that helps renters identify their situation and find relevant resources and an updated version of Preventing Evictions in Toronto: A handbook for renters, which provides information about the eviction process and aims to help renters find support. More information is available on the City’s Understand & Fight Evictions webpage. 

Reminder: Community Consultations on the Avenues Policy Review initiative

You are invited by the City Planning Division to join virtual Community Consultation Meetings on Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30am or Thursday, July 4 at 6:00pm (to register click either link). The purpose of this meeting is to consult with residents and businesses in Toronto and East York on the Avenues Policy Review initiative, which is one part of the Housing Action Plan (HAP).

For more information about this and similar initiatives, please visit the project webpage.

Please also consider completing this short survey to share your thoughts on this initiative directly with staff and help inform the discussion during the upcoming meetings.

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Councillor Gord Perks · 100 Queen St W, Suite A14, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
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