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Public Consultation: Vacant Homes Tax

The City of Toronto is asking residents if they think the City should pursue a tax on vacant homes in Toronto. A vacant homes tax is one of a number of initiatives the City is considering to address housing availability and affordability in Toronto. Vacant homes represent a potential source of readily available housing and a tax may encourage owners to rent out vacant units.

The City will also be conducting a public opinion poll to ask residents their thoughts on the potential tax. Staff are expected to report on findings from the consultations later this year.

Residents can share their views on a potential vacant homes tax by completing an online survey at

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Arts In The Parks: K Funk and Lady Ree

K Funk and Lady Ree will present an absolute beginner ukulele and singing workshop in Amos Waites Park. Led by the infamous singing ukulele ladies of Toronto’s TTC Subway, K Funk and Lady Ree, 30 free ukuleles will be provided or participants can bring their own.

K Funk and Lady Ree (also known as individual performing artists Kristin Fung and Sheree Spencer) are the infamous singing ukulele ladies of Toronto’s TTC subway. With infectious cheer and friendly acoustic sounds of the soul, the duet performs in 25 different subway stations in Toronto and has taught more than 200 people in Toronto to Bermuda ages 5 to 65 how to play the ukulele in their free workshop series, Uke Can Sing. K Funk and Lady Ree have performed for Mayor John Tory, Toronto Affordable Housing Office, Tropicana Ltd., Farm to Fork On Common Ground Festival, Living City Health, and have been featured in TV documentaries with CBC News and Rogers TV.

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Walk The 6 West: History of the Humber

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Walk the Six West: History on the Humber

On August 5, step into Canadian history along the banks of the Humber River.

Heritage York, in collaboration with partner organizations Swansea Historical Society, West Toronto Junction Historical Society, Etobicoke Historical Society, York Pioneer and Historical Society, and Sunnyside Historical Society, with financial support provided by the Government of Ontario through its Ontario 150 Community Celebration Grant, is pleased to announce the upcoming event, Walk the Six West: History on the Humber.

Join us on Saturday August 5 as we mark Ontario’s 150th anniversary with this FREE and unique outdoor theatrical experience in Étienne Brûlé Park. Walk the paths along the historic Humber River as you encounter many extraordinary Ontarians from our diverse past, hearing them recount and relive their personal stories — and the impact their lives had on the province and country that we all share today.

Join us to hear stories of Ontario history as told by the likes of

Poet and Performer Pauline Johnson
Painter Tom Thomson
Freedom seeker Joshua Glover
Photographer Geraldine Moodie
Father of Confederation Sir William Pearce Howland

Plus a trio of local characters from the Junction

Mrs. Brown

Anne Leung

A.B. Rice

Featuring performances by:

Ars Musica

Cheri Maracle

Mixed Company Theatre

Neil Ross

Sara Moyle

For additional information, including where to register for your free tickets, please visit or call (647) 675-1792.

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Arts In The Parks Urbanvessel presents On the Brink

Urbanvessel presents On the Brink, a dance and musical performance celebrating the importance of water in Amos Waites Park. Come explore and learn about our lake shore through citizen science with hands-on art-making in partnership with Great Lakes Commons.


July 81:00 PM (Workshop)

Sept 15, 16  8:00 PM (Performances)

Urbanvessel Performing Arts creates new performance works through interdisciplinary collaboration. Rooted in music and sound, the power of the human voice is at the centre of our creative process. Led by Artistic Director Juliet Palmer and drawing upon the diverse talents of our collaborators, Urbanvessel fuses sound, music, text, imagery and movement. Urbanvessel shares knowledge through community outreach and engagement.

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Canada Days at Humber Bay Park West

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at Canada Days at Humber Bay Park West!

The family-friendly event features two stages with a full line-up of exciting performances by award-winning local, national and international artists creating contemporary music influenced by the cultures and communities of the Etobicoke area – Ukrainian, Polish, Filipino, South-Asian, Somali and more.

A hospitality area offering food and beverage will be available for the public throughout the day.

Site-specific dance and multi-arts performances on the water and throughout the green space will highlight the event's location at the mouth of Mimico Creek. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at 10:55 pm. 

Canada Days is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada. 

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Community Consultation: Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

The City of Toronto is holding four public consultation meetings to assist with updating its Multi-Year Accessibility Plan. The plan outlines the City's strategy to prevent and remove barriers and meet requirements under the standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).


The City would like to understand the barriers faced by people with disabilities and gather suggestions on what can be done differently to reduce the impact of those barriers. At the meetings, participants will learn about the City's accessibility framework and recent accomplishments, and its approach to identifying, removing and preventing barriers. Participants will be asked for their input and experiences with various types of barriers including attitudinal, systemic, communication and technology, and physical barriers in facilities and public spaces.

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Public Meeting: Toronto's new Fire Code re-inspection fees

Toronto Fire Services (TFS) will host a series of public meetings to provide property owners with an overview of a new re-inspection process and associated fees.

Starting July 1, TFS will institute a fee for service related to the re-inspection of properties to confirm the status of previously noted fire safety hazards that were identified during the initial inspection. The introduction of these fees will end the current practice whereby TFS covers all costs associated with re-inspections, which are required when Ontario Fire Code violations are identified.

Property owners are responsible for maintaining buildings that meet the Ontario Fire Code. Taking immediate action to have building deficiencies rectified will increase life safety and will result in fewer Ontario Fire Code violations.  

New fee information can be found at:

TFS encourages property owners to attend one of the following public meetings:

·         Wednesday, June 21, Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 150 Borough Dr. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m.    

·         Thursday, June 22, Fire Services Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m.

·         Monday, June 26, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 399 The West Mall. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Meeting will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

·         Tuesday, June 27, Metro Hall, Room 310, 55 John St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m.

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