Two Meetings to Discuss Park Misuse (This Week)

dog_bowl_squareThe use and misuse of Trinity Bellwoods Park has been an ongoing and complex issue. To further the dialogue between the park users, nearby neighbors and the city, there are two meetings that are happening this week. Both are are open to the public.


1. TBCA Bi-Monthly Meeting

**Tonight** Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7pm
Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre. (second floor hallway).


  • Laneway naming
  • New dog-watering-station in trinity bellwoods
  • Police meeting re: park missuse
  • Major redevelopment applications
  • Area studies and preserving historical spaces

2. Community Meeting on Issues in Trinity Bellwoods Park

  • Date: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Trinity Community Centre, 155 Crawford St, Toronto, ON M6J 1G3

In attendance will be Park Ambassador Troy Ford, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Councillor Layton’s Office, Permits, the Supervisor of Community Centre, representative from 14 Community Response Unit, the TBCA, and Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Some of the topics being discussed: Drinking, Animal complaints, Park Curfew, Common misuse of park.

Community Consultation: Close the Rent Control Loophole


Rosario Marchese is inviting concerned citizens to participate in an action that will target an existing loophole in the Rental Tenancies Act that allows many landlords to dramatically raise rent.

Please join Rosario Marchese to learn how you can take action to strengthen tenants’ rights and protections. We will discuss Cindy Forster’s bill to reform the Residential Tenancies Act, why individual activism is needed, and how the government’s Act falls short. And we will discuss what you can do to put real reform back on the government’s agenda.

Meeting details

  • The Trinity-Spadina Community Consultation
  • Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 (6:30-8:00pm)
  • Harbourfront Community Centre
  • Assembly Room C
  • 627 Queen’s Quay West

For more information, see Rosario’s blog posting: Close the Tenant Protection Loophole.

StART Mural Program: Financial Support to Deter Graffiti

The City of Toronto is launching a new program to help property owners who are victims of graffiti vandalism. The StART Support Mural Program will provide materials for the creation of art murals and graffiti art on walls visible from city streets that have a history of repeated graffiti vandalism.

The City will provide exterior paint in a full colour spectrum, application materials like brushes, rollers and paint trays and artistic quality spray paint, available in a variety of colours.

To participate in the StART Support Mural Program:

  • The applicant’s property must have received a minimum of one (1) Notice of Violation for Graffiti from the City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing & Standards division;
  • The proposed location for the mural must be clearly visible from a city street; and
  • The property must be located within the City of Toronto.

Property owners must hire an artist independently and pay for any other costs related to the project, like equipment rentals or permits, if they are required. The StreetARToronto Artist Directory may be a helpful tool to find an artist.

More information about StART Support, including the preliminary application form is available at:

Ward 19: Name Your Lane Project

Trinity_lanes_map_aerialThough well used, most of Toronto’s laneways don’t have a name. Ward 19 is no exception. If you have ever tried describing the location of something located in an unnamed lane, you’ll know that isn’t easy. This is especially troublesome if you need to report a fire or some other emergency taking place in a neighbourhood lane.

TBCA and Councillor Mike Layton would like to invite you to help name these lanes.

To participate: send your thoughts, ideas and comments to TBCA Chair Chris Walker or Ashley Da Silva from Councillor Layton’s officee.

To read more, see an open letter from Chris Walker and Mike Layton: Name Your Lane Project.

In the News: An article on the “Name Your Lane Project” was featured in the Toronto Star. To read the article, click here.