Sorry about the super-long headline but it’s been a while and we have a lot to tell you!
Neighbourhood Toy Store Day
This Saturday is the annual Neighbourhood Toy Store Day celebration at Silly Goose Kids.They’ve got events, deals and prizes all day for the kiddos!
Festival of Lights
On Sunday, November 27 at 530, join DECA in the park for a tree-lighting and festive sing-along! If you would like to volunteer at this event, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Toronto has partnered with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario to sponsor the Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS). The survey, which will be mailed to randomly selected Toronto residents, takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and the results will help plan improvements to transportation facilities for all road and transit users in Toronto and across the region. Residents should watch for a survey invitation in their mailboxes and visit the website to learn more.
Property Bylaws Amendments
From the Municipal Licensing and Standards office at City of Toronto:
At its June 2022 meeting, Toronto City Council adopted amendments to three bylaws: Property Standards Bylaw, Vacant and Hazardous Properties Bylaw, and the Building Construction and Demolition Bylaw.
Enforcement of the Property Standards Bylaw
The City is currently working to establish fines for violations of the Property Standards Bylaw, which will allow bylaw enforcement officers to issue tickets when required. Information about the fines will be made available on the City’s Property Standards webpage.
Residents can contact 311 to submit a complaint about a bylaw violation. If there is a complaint or information about a possible violation, Bylaw Enforcement Officers will review the complaint and if validated, investigate, educate and/or take enforcement actions. The goal is to resolve issues and ensure that property owners/operators and occupants are following the bylaws. Each issue is addressed on a case-by-case basis to make sure reasonable, fair and appropriate actions are taken. For example, in some cases the issue may be resolved through education. In other cases, further enforcement action is required.
If a property owner/operator or occupant does not comply with the Property Standards Bylaw, they are guilty of an offence. Enforcement action may include an Order to Comply, a fine or a summons to appear before the Court. If property owners/operators do not comply, the City may carry out maintenance work to ensure compliance, with the cost of the work added to the property tax bill.
2. Changes in the Vacant-Derelict Properties Bylaw
The Vacant or Hazardous Property Bylaw, applies to all vacant buildings and hazardous properties in Toronto, including unsafe properties that pose an immediate danger to the health or safety of people. In addition to the requirements of the Property Standards Bylaw, the owner of a vacant property must protect the building against risk of fire or danger by preventing the entrance of all unauthorized persons, ensure that all materials used to secure a vacant building are compatible in colour to the exterior of the building, and disconnect utilities if the building is vacant for more than 90 days. More information is available on the City’s Property Standards webpage.
3. Changes in the Right of Entry Requirements
Right of entry is required when property owners need to enter a neighbouring property to repair their own property, as the repairs cannot be done from within the boundaries of their own property. Effective March 1, 2023, new requirements in the Building Construction and Demolition Bylaw will be in effect for right of entry. Right of entry permits will no longer be required; instead property owners will have to follow a set of rules if entering neighbouring property to conduct work.
If there is a need to access a neighbour’s property to do work on own property, property owners should first speak to their neighbours and must provide reasonable written notice to the neighbour at least 24 hours before entering. The written notice must include the description of the work being done, the date of entry and duration of the work, and the resident’s telephone number. When entering neighbour’s property, property owners should ensure that they are not creating any hazards and should restore the property to its original condition after the work is finished. Compensation needs to be provided for any damages caused by entry.
4. Guidance for Using Security Cameras on Private Property
Property owners and residents may choose to use security cameras for a number of reasons, such as identifying visitors and ensuring the security of delivered packages. However, it is important that cameras are installed and used in a way that considers the privacy of residents and neighbours.
The City does not regulate the use of security cameras on private residential properties, but there are best practices that can be considered when installing cameras on private properties. These are available on the City’s Using a Security Camera on Your Property webpage.
If you have questions, please email MLSFeedback@toronto.ca.
540 Cedarvale Modular Housing Open House
From Woodgreen Community Services:
WoodGreen Community Services is pleased to extend an invitation to our upcoming Open House at our new supportive housing project at 540 Cedarvale Ave.
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: 540 Cedarvale Avenue, East York, ON. M4C 4K8
At the Open House, you can expect to:
- Meet with WoodGreen staff who can provide you with additional information about the services offered
- Learn more about the site
- See the facility and accommodations first-hand
- Learn more about homelessness in Toronto
- Learn more about modular housing
- Interactive activity: Create welcome cards for future tenants
- Find out how you can be involved in volunteer opportunities, including our Advisory Committee.
The event is family friendly – everyone is welcome! You can find out more about 540 Cedarvale at the following webpage: www.woodgreen.org/welcome-to-540-cedarvale-ave If you have any questions, please feel free to contact email@example.com.