March Break and Next Week at City Hall


As students and families take part in March Break, I hope you are finding time to connect with your loved ones and enjoy the City’s many affordable activities on offer this week.

Here at City Hall, the Committee Calendar takes a pause for March Break, however we have many significant discussions taking place next week.

In particular, I wanted to highlight that the first meeting of the Housing Rights Advisory Committee (HRAC) will be held on Monday, March 18.

HRAC is a new Council Advisory Body that will provide advice to Toronto City Council to ensure that the interests and needs of those with living or lived experience of housing precarity, discrimination and homelessness are reflected in City policies, programs and service delivery. I believe that the HRAC will play a vital role in advancing the City’s commitment to realizing the right to adequate housing in Toronto.

Alongside 11 members of the public, I will be in attendance on March 18 as the Member of City Council on this committee.  

Following this, I will also be participating in the Service Excellence Committee meeting on March 19, which looks at improving City services by leveraging 311 data, and City Council scheduled for March 20 - 22.

As always, I will keep you updated on the progress we achieve together.



- Community Consultation Meeting: 1304-1318 King St. W., 143-145 Cowan Ave. 

- City of Toronto Prescribed burn in High Park 

-  Part-time summer recreation, aquatic and museum jobs with the City of Toronto

- Parkdale Neighbouring Fund Info Session 

- West Toronto Junction Historical Study (WTJHS)

Community Consultation Meeting: 1304-1318 King St. W., 143-145 Cowan Ave. 


An Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Application has been submitted for

1304-1318 King Street West, 143-145 Cowan Avenue.

The application proposes a 21-storey mixed use building. The proposal will have 213 square metres of ground floor retail and 263 dwelling units, including 8 rental replacement units. Application Information Centre - 1304 KING ST W (

To allow you to learn more about the application, ask questions, and gather feedback, City Planning will be holding a Virtual Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 6 – 8 PM.

Register to attend the virtual community meeting at:

The meeting will include presentations from both City Planning staff and the applicant, followed by a Q&A period to allow for discussion.

To register for the meeting, visit the City Planning Engagement Website at .    More information is also available below.

Looking forward to seeing you on- line.


City of Toronto Prescribed burn in High Park

Later this month, the City of Toronto will conduct traditional and prescribed burns – used across North America – in High Park, as has happened for over two decades and as part of a long-term management plan to proactively protect rare Black Oak Savannahs. 

A traditional and prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems but does not harm larger trees. Toronto’s Official Tree, the oak tree, has particularly thick, fire-resistant bark.

The burn will take place over one day at several locations within the park and is dependent on weather conditions, which are being monitored so that the burns can take place when optimal conditions are expected. The date is selected 24 to 48 hours in advance of the burn based on the forecast.


Part-time summer recreation, aquatic and museum jobs with the City of Toronto

The City of Toronto is hiring for part-time summer recreation jobs. Warmer days are ahead, and the City offers good-paying jobs that provide strong work and community-building experience for students and residents. Candidates should apply now with a specific focus on recreation, aquatic and museum employment opportunities.


The search is on for a wide range of skilled applicants ranging from lifeguards to aquatics and fitness instructors to camp leaders and aquatic assistants – with an application deadline of March 31. The City is actively hiring with applications accepted on the City’s Recreation Jobs webpage:


Parkdale Neighbouring Fund Info Session 

West Toronto Junction Historical Study (WTJHS)

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