Choir! Choir! Choir! in partnership with the City of Toronto will host a Tribute to Gord Downie.
Join us to mark the loss of this great Canadian by filling Nathan Phillips Square with the sound of hundreds of people singing his songs. Gord Downie was a musician and activist, best known as lead singer for the Tragically Hip, one of Canada's most beloved rock bands. Downie's music and lyrics touched multiple generations of Canadians. More recently, Downie has brought awareness and action to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the responsibility of Canadians to Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.Read more →
Updated: October 24, 2017
October 23, 2017 – Councillor to meet with 51 Division, CWVBIA, and CWNA this week to discuss additional police officers in the Village.
October 17, 2017 – Councillor arranging summit to discuss proper resourcing for downtown communities – residents and business owners invited to participate. More information here.
August 21, 2017 – At request of Councillor and CWVBIA, 51 Division to provide additional foot patrol officers in the Village for several weeks.Read more →
Councillor Wong-Tam's Response to MPAC's Statement (August 31, 2017)
MPAC’s willingness to reassess the properties on Yonge Street is a welcome, but short-term solution. While MPAC states they did not consider re-development potential directly, their property valuation approach contradicts their statement. This is demonstrated by their omission of the area's full planning context in their original assessments and their insistence of starting every valuation with a highest and best use application which promotes unchecked development. Otherwise, how could they have missed the four critical planning documents that govern this portion of Yonge Street, namely, the Yonge Street Heritage Conservation District Plan, Area Specific Policy 174 and 382 and Official Plan Amendment 352 and Implementing Zoning By-laws?
The necessary change in policy goes beyond MPAC. The City must determine what kind of new classification makes sense for small, low-rise commercial buildings and then it will be up to the Province to accept that proposal and incorporate it into new law and practice for MPAC. I've created a working group with these exact stakeholders to do just this. We all need to work together to readdress the unfairness of the assessment process for the hardworking small business owners. It's the best way to keep help them and to keep our main streets vibrant.
LET'S GET FRESH!
The Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association invites you to the Nathan Phillips Square Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, July 12 to October 25, 2017!
Tickle your taste buds with fresh produce, meats, cheeses, pastries, preserves, breads, pop-sickles, wines/ciders from Ontario's best farms.
Come pick up something fresh for dinner or plan to meet a Friend for lunch. Support the direct farm industry's, on farm markets and pick your own operations! No market will be held on the following dates due to special events taking place in the Square:
- September 13
- September 20
- September 27
Queen Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street will be closed from 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 7 until 5 a.m. Monday, July 10 for the installation of a new pedestrian bridge at the Hudson Bay Company building. There will also be no access to James Street during this period.Read more →