Downtown East Toronto is in the midst of an overdose and housing crisis and we can see the effect on our streets and public spaces. Last summer, a one year Downtown East Action Plan, initiated by Councillors Wong-Tam and Troisi, was adopted by Council. The Plan included 36 actions to address the areas of mental health, substance abuse, housing and homelessness, public safety, economic opportunities, and parks and public realm.
On July 18, City Council approved a 5-Year Action Plan for the Downtown East that will build and expand upon the work of the 12-Month Action Plan that has been in effect since last year.
The graphic below illustrates some of the immediate actions implemented by the one year plan that will be expanded upon with the 5 Year Plan. While the Plan alone will not fix the addiction epidemic, it does rally City resources to address the complex issues of addiction and homelessness.
You are invited to attend the City of Toronto's public consultations on the following topics:
1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3
More information: www.toronto.ca/signsreview
2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Metro Hall, Room 308/309
More information: www.toronto.ca/propertystandardsreview
3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
More information: www.toronto.ca/paydayloanreview
Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reports to City Council expected at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
This summer there's a big variety of free lunchtime and evening music concerts to choose from, sponsored by the Village BIA and the Downtown Yonge BIA. So pick a date or two to relax and enjoy some alfresco tunes.
The Village Music in the Park concert series takes place 5 days a week in Barbara Hall Park until late September. Lunchtime concerts take place from Wednesday to Friday from 12:30 pm to 2;30 pm; on the weekends concerts shift to the early evening, from 7 pm - 9 pm.
The Downtown Yonge BIA's Play the Parks series is comprised of 50 concerts at seven outdoor venues, including College Park and McGill Granby Parkette. Most concerts start between 11:30 and 1 pm; others are geared to the after work crowd, starting at 5 pm. You can find the concert schedule on on the DYBIA's Play the Parks page.