Pilot Projects for Legalizing Alcohol in Parks

Friends,

At the May, 2023 City Council meeting, a motion to initiate pilot projects to legalize drinking alcohol in City parks was approved.

The motion directs staff to work with City Councillors interested in hosting a pilot in their ward. Staff will consult with Councillors, provide a list of parks most suited for the pilot, and report back with a recommended approach to the Economic and Community Development Committee this July. The proposed pilot is set to run from Saturday, August 5 to Monday, October 9th, 2023

Council also requested that the report include advice from the Medical Officer of Health on any harm reduction, treatment or education programs to be in place prior to the approval and implementation of the pilots.

Too often this discussion gets lost in personal mores about alcohol. We need an approach which centres evidence and health. There are some indisputable facts. People will use alcohol. Alcohol use causes more health and social harms than all other drugs combined. Those harms are best dealt with by smart policies: treatment, education, and keeping areas of alcohol use safe.

I will be speaking with City staff in the coming days to better understand the impacts of this pilot project on our community. I would appreciate your input and feedback on what parameters or considerations you think the City needs to take. Please send your thoughts by email to [email protected].

I will continue to keep you updated as this work continues.

 

Sincerely,

Gord


In this week's newsletter:

  • Update on 1660 Bloor Street West - Construction Staging Area
  • Update on 3239-3251 Dundas Street West - Decision Report Approval
  • Update on 35, 41, 95 High Park Avenue, 66, 102-116 Pacific Avenue -  Decision Report Approval 
  • City of Toronto launches 2023 summer recreation program listings
  • The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto Plant Fair

Update on 1660 Bloor Street West - Construction Staging Area

On, May 24, 2023, Toronto East York Community Council will be reviewing the 1660 Bloor Street West - Construction Staging Area Report.

The application for a 13-storey mixed-use building with 174 units, and retail space fronting onto Bloor St was approved by the Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB), decision dated October 4, 2022. The application was originally denied by the Committee of Adjustment in March, 2022 and appealed to TLAB.

The Construction Staging Area Report details the staging and timeline during the construction process. It was recently reviewed at a Virtual Community Meeting on May 2nd, 2023

The Report is available to read at: https://secure.toronto.ca/council/agenda-item.do?item=2023.TE5.21

I will be supporting the staff recommendation. I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: [email protected] , 416-392-7919.

The item will be discussed on Wednesday, May 24th on or after 9:30 AM.

If you wish to register to speak to this item in person or virtual at Toronto and East York Community council, or if you wish to submit written comment, please email [email protected]. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive


Update on 3239-3251 Dundas Street West - Decision Report Approval

On May 24, 2023, Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing TE5.3 - 3239-3251 Dundas Street West - Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Application - Decision Report – Approval.

This application proposes an eight-storey mixed-use building with 88 dwellings units and 230 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor.

Following a review of the application, City Planning Staff recommend approval of the application as the proposal will provide a contextually appropriate Mid-Rise building that fits within the planned and existing context and appropriately transitions to lower scaled neighbourhood areas to the south of the site.

The full report is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-236358.pdf

At this time, I will be supporting staff's recommendation to approve this application.

This item will be heard on May 24th at Toronto East York Community Council. The meeting will be conducted with members participating remotely and /or in person at Toronto City Hall Council Chambers.

To speak to the Community Council, please register by e-mail to [email protected] or by phone at 416-392-7033. Members of the public who register to speak will be provided with instructions on how to participate in the meeting.


Update on 35, 41, 95 High Park Avenue, 66, 102-116 Pacific Avenue -  Decision Report Approval 

On May 24, 2023, Toronto and East York Community Council will be reviewing TE5.2 35, 41, 95 High Park Avenue, 66, 102-116 Pacific Avenue - Zoning By-law Amendment Application - Removal of Holding Symbol ("H") - Decision Report - Approval

The application includes the demolition of 20 townhouses and the construction of three buildings being 35, 11, and 30-storeys in height with 366, 103, and 294 respective dwelling units. Four existing buildings containing 201, 320, 217 and 230 dwelling units will remain on site with existing and new buildings sharing two levels of underground parking.

A Holding symbol ("H") was placed on the lands to limit the use of the lands until such time as the conditions for the removal of the "H" symbol had been fulfilled to the satisfaction of City Council. Section 7 of By-law No. 229-2023 (OLT) includes the following conditions for the removal of the Holding symbol ("H"):

(i) Submit to the Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services for review and acceptance, a revised? Functional Servicing Report to determine the storm water runoff, sanitary flow and water supply demand resulting from this development and whether there is adequate capacity in the existing municipal infrastructure to accommodate the proposed development.

(ii) Make satisfactory arrangements with Engineering and Construction Services and enter into the appropriate agreement with the City for the design and construction of any improvements to the municipal infrastructure, should it be determined that upgrades are required to the infrastructure to support this development, according to the Functional Servicing Report accepted by the Chief Engineer and Executive Director, Engineering and Construction Services.

The full report is available on-line at https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2023/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-236395.pdf

At this time, I will be supporting staff's recommendation to approve this application.

This item will be heard on May 24th at Toronto East York Community Council. The meeting will be conducted with members participating remotely and/or in person at Toronto City Hall Council Chambers.

To speak to the Community Council, please register by e-mail to [email protected] or by phone at 416-392-7033. Members of the public who register to speak will be provided with instructions on how to participate in the meeting.

 


City of Toronto launches 2023 summer recreation program listings

The City of Toronto’s summer recreation program listings are now available online to help residents plan and prepare to register next month for City-run summer programming.

Registration for City summer recreation programs opens on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7, for programs that begin on Tuesday, July 4 and run until Friday, September 1. To learn more about registration dates in their area and find program and registration information, residents can visit the City’s Summer Recreation Program webpage: www.toronto.ca/SummerRec

The quickest and easiest way to register for recreation programs is online. Registration by phone will also be available at 416-396-7378 from 7 a.m. on registration dates. For in-person registration support, five community centre locations will be open on the following dates from 7 a.m. to noon:

  • June 6
    • Driftwood Community Recreation Centre, 4401 Jane St.
    • Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.
    • Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.
  • June 7
    • Centennial Recreation Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd.
    • Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre, 29 St. Denis Dr.

Residents needing help preparing for registration can call 416-396-7378, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call centre will be open for extended hours on Monday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The call centre will also be open for extended hours on registration days (June 6, 7) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto Plant Fair

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