Conservation Efforts in High Park



Yesterday, I attended an on-site meeting in High Park with staff from the City's Parks and Urban Forestry divisions. It was a great opportunity for me to see the important work taking place in the park to protect this environmentally sensitive area. I truly appreciate all of the important work City staff are conducting to protect and increase the biodiversity that exists within the Park.

Urban Forestry staff have been leading conservation efforts within the park to protect the Black Oak savannah which is a globally rare and threatened ecosystem. In Toronto, Black Oak savannah remnants can be found in South Humber Park, Lambton Park and High Park – much of which is located in our ward. High Park contains approximately 29 hectares of fragmented savannah and oak woodland, and is the most significant area of remnant prairie and savannah plant communities in the Toronto region. This unique environment supports a diversity of flora and fauna and has one of the highest diversity count of Ontario's ecosystems. Staff have been working for many years to protect this environment and focus on restoration efforts through activities which include planting and prescribed burns.

A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire. Fire-dependent ecosystems, such as Black Oak savannahs, contain rare native prairie plants that respond positively to burning and grow more vigorously. These burns are a part of the City’s long-term management plan to restore and protect rare Black Oak woodlands and savannahs in Toronto. You can learn more about this here:

My office will continue to work closely with staff to look at how we can improve our efforts to protect and restore the natural spaces in High Park, while engaging the wider community in supporting this work.



Transportation Updates

   - Bloor West Complete Street Extension

   - TTC Route Changes due to Ukrainian and Polish Festivals

   - Service Change - 501 Queen Street Car

Apply for the new Housing Rights Advisory Committee

PollinateTO Grants now open

Reminder Community Environment Day

Bloor West Complete Street Extension

Work completed this week (September 11 - 13): 

  • Removal of existing pavement markings and installation of some of the new pavement markings between Old Mill Drive and Prince Edward Drive. 

Work scheduled for the remainder of this week (September 14 - 15): 

  • On September 14th and 15th, removal of existing pavement and installation of new pavement markings to reconfigure the road will take place from Prince Edward Drive to Aberfoyle Crescent. 
  • Ongoing signage installation along the corridor to support the Complete Street design. 

Work scheduled for the following week (week of September 18, 2023)

  • Removing existing pavement and installing new pavement markings to reconfigure the road from Runnymede Road to Old Mill Drive. 
  • Ongoing signage installation along the corridor to support the Complete Street design. 

*Work will take place both during the day and at night, weather permitting, and is scheduled to avoid conflicts with street festivals and other construction in the roadway.

For more project details, please visit:  

TTC Route Changes this weekend

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

5 a.m., September 16, 2023 – 11:59 p.m. September 17, 2023

Route affected: 504A King & 304 King Night Bus

  • No service on Roncesvalles Avenue between Boustead Avenue and Queen Street West.
  • 504A King streetcars will divert around the festival both ways via Dundas Street West and Bathurst Street.  
  • 504B King streetcars will continue to route to Roncesvalles Avenue due to work at Dufferin Gate Loop.
  • 504 King replacement buses will operate between Dundas West Station and King/Triller via Dundas Street West, Lansdowne Avenue and Queen Street West.
  • 304 King night service will divert around the festival both ways via Dundas Street West, Lansdowne Avenue and Queen Street.

Maintained service/no change:

  • 505 Dundas streetcars continue to operate regular routing to/from Dundas West Station.
  • 506 Carlton streetcars continue to operate to Dundas West Station.

Ukrainian Festival

9 a. m., September 15, 2023 to 11:59 p. m., September 17, 2023

Routes affected: 26 Dupont, 35 Jane, 935 Jane Express, 55 Warren Park, 300 Bloor – Danforth

26 Dupont, 35 Jane, 55 Warren Park, 935 Jane Express buses:

  • Northbound buses when leaving the station will turn north on Armadale Avenue, west on Weatherell Street and north on Jane Street to regular routing.
  • Southbound buses maintain regular routing to Jane Station.

300 Bloor-Danforth buses: 

  • Buses will divert both ways via Jane Street, Annette Street, and High Park Avenue to regular routing.

501 Queen Temporary Route Change

Due to Toronto Hydro work, effective September 13, 2023 to September 22, 2023, 501 Queen streetcars will divert both ways, via King Street and Shaw Street

501L Queen and 501B Queen will become a single bus replacement service, 501 Queen, operating between Long Branch Loop and Broadview Avenue.

Transfer points:

Westbound buses: Queen Street, east of Shaw Street.

Eastbound buses: Queen Street, west of Roncesvalles Avenue.

Eastbound streetcars: Queen Street, east of Shaw Street at Strachan Avenue.

Map of route diversion

Apply for the new Housing Rights Advisory Committee

Are you passionate about housing in #CityofTO and committed to advancing the right to adequate housing? Help shape your city by joining the new Housing Rights Advisory Committee. 

The HRAC is a new Council Advisory Body that will provide advice to 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

The deadline to apply is Oct. 13. Learn more:

 PollinateTO Grant applications are now open

Applications are now open for the City of Toronto’s PollinateTO Grants program. Through the program, the City offers grants of up to $5,000 to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. A priority will be placed on funding projects in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Projects eligible for funding include those that create new pollinator habitat in green spaces, such as schoolyards and parks, and those that expand existing gardens with pollinator-friendly plants. Projects that create pollinator pathways (multiple gardens on a residential street) are also eligible for funding. Projects must be visible to the public and educate and/or engage the community.

Community groups, not-for-profit organizations, student groups, parent councils, Indigenous groups and other resident-led groups are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 25.

Interested residents are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, September 19 or Wednesday, October 4, to learn more about the grants and applications process. More information is available on the PollinateTO Grants webpage:

Community Environment Day - September 23



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