Neighborhood Updates: Happy Hooker Liquor License Application; and Committee of Adjustment Meeting for 964 Queen St. W

Dundas West Liquor License Application

The Happy Hooker (fish sandwich and taco shop on Dundas West) has applied for a Liquor License. If you have any concerns or objections, please contact Ashley DeSilva in Mike Layton’s office by emailing her at

Public Hearings for 964 Queen W on December 11, 2013

964 Queen Street West has filed for a variance with the city’s committee of adjustment department. If the changes affect you, be sure to attend the public hearing on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2pm (Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2). Please see the specific notice below for more details.

PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION: To alter a three-storey mixed use residential building, currently, containing three residential units, by constructing a four storey rear addition; including, the addition of a fourth residential unit.
MEETING DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, M5H 2N2

964 Queen St W Notice
964 Queen St W Plans

Toronto Vital Signs: 2013 Report

vital_signs_Toronto_reportClick here to read Toronto’s 2013 Report and learn how Toronto measures up on factors such as housing, employment, safety, transportation and health and wellness.

Vital Signs reports are conducted in collaboration with community organizations across the country. The reports aim to measure the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action.


Street Art Update: Dundas West Murals

Through the leadership of CAVE (Communities Advancing Valued Environments) and local artist Angel Carrillo the garages of the houses between 941-993 Dundas Street West have had graffiti removed and replaced with beautiful murals. The murals were painted by local  at-risk youth and helped to frame graffiti as an accepted form of contemporary art.

This project has beautified and personalized the public façades of the laneway facing the park. It’s a wonderful addition that encourages community pride and cohesion.

On a related note, Well known artist Elicser and Movember have added a new mural to our ward along Dundas Street West at Beatrice (picture below). Find out more about Movember by clicking here.

Protecting the Character of Queen West

queen_westCouncillors Layton, Perks and Bailão have initiated a Planning Study along Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The Study is being initiated to address community concerns regarding the loss of buildings with heritage attributes, transit capacity, insufficient parking, and protecting the character of the street.

The letter, submitted to the Council by the Councillors, is available to read here [pdf].

The motion will be moved forward at the October 16 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting the Chief Planner and Executive Director of City Planning to:

  1. Undertake a review of the policy context, built-form and heritage value of the properties on Queen Street West, between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.
  2. Consult Transportation Services, the Toronto Transit Commission, and the Toronto Parking Authority to address concerns related to transit capacity and parking in the vicinity of the study area.
  3. Consult with the community, including residents and other stakeholder groups, together with the Ward Councillors, to understand what defines the character of the street and develop a vision for future development.
  4. Report back on the findings of the review and provide recommendations for changes, if necessary, to the planning framework for the study area.