Changes to Holiday Shopping Regulations

Under the City of Toronto, Municipal Code Chapter 510, Holiday Shopping, retail stores are required to be closed on the following nine public holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

The (Ontario) Retail Business Holidays Act (RBHA), which governs jurisdictions outside the City of Toronto, has similar requirements. Both the City’s Municipal Code and Provincial Statue provide numerous exemptions by type and size of store, as well as exemptions for designated areas within a municipality. Some Councils have exempted their entire municipality from the requirements of the RBHA. It should be noted that subject to proclamation, the RBHA is slated to be amended. These amendments will bring the retail shopping provisions applicable to other areas of the province more in line with the provisions currently applicable to the City of Toronto.

Toronto City Council considered the topic of holiday shopping in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In the consultations for all of these reviews, there has been a consensus that the existing regime of regulations, exemptions and exceptions creates an unlevel and often confusing playing field. The purpose of this review is to develop a fair and equitable solution. Under the guidance of the Economic Development Subcommittee on Holiday Shopping, this review incorporates the most comprehensive consultation of holiday shopping conducted by the City of Toronto to date. A report from the Subcommittee on Holiday Shopping has also been submitted to this meeting of the Economic Development Committee.

Consultations took place through stakeholder meetings, telephone poll, online survey, email submission, and public meetings between November 2011 and July 2012. The consultations provided a forum for a frank and respectful exchange of views among all stakeholders, many with strongly held views. Although there was no consensus among the stakeholders, the consultations were successful in soliciting input and produced a better understanding and appreciation of the range of perspectives on this topic. Through the consultations, staff heard from all the stakeholders identified by City Council including Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s), community groups, members of Council, the Workers Action Centre, legal clinics and others who represent employees.

Staff also conducted an extensive review of holiday shopping regulations in other jurisdictions. This is the first time information on holiday shopping in southern Ontario has been compiled. There are 81 municipalities in southern Ontario that permit holiday shopping. More than 60% of municipalities in southern Ontario with a holiday shopping exemption apply the exemption to the entire city, and at least 90% of retail business establishments are open on following four days: Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day. The number of municipalities that permit shopping on public  holidays is increasing.

This report takes into consideration the views held by all stakeholders on this topic and recommends amendments to the existing by-law in order to establish a more fair and equitable solution. The recommendation would require retailers to remain closed on five of the public holidays: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, and give retail operators the choice to open on the remaining four holidays: Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day between the
hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

We’re Hiring! – Assistant Coordinator

Position:  Assistant Coordinator, Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA)

Employment Terms:  Part-Time, hourly

Start Date:  November 2012

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) represents over 240 businesses and restaurants in Parkdale Village along Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue, providing diverse retail shopping opportunities and excellent entertainment venues. Our dining establishments reflect the character of Toronto, in that you can find food from every corner of the planet here: from Tibet to the Caribbean to Vietnam to Indian and more. We have a thriving vintage and antique shopping district in our west end that anchors our sense of history, and there are several galleries in Parkdale that display the amazing talents of the many artists who live in the neighbourhood.

Overview of Position:

The Assistant Coordinator position is responsible for supporting the PVBIA streetscape and marketing programs and all related administrative duties.

This position reports to the PVBIA Executive Director and works closely with the PVBIA Board, Members, third parties, external suppliers, community leaders, residents and volunteers.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administrative support including but not limited to filing, fielding calls, research, sourcing, customer service, general inquiries, bookkeeping etc.
  • Events logistic coordination and execution such as sourcing vendors, booking equipment, scheduling volunteers, talent coordination, audio video set up, venue co-ordination, etc.
  • Social media writing and activation such as website and Facebook updates, Twitter,             Instagram, blogging, etc.
  • Meeting coordination such as sourcing venue, catering, printing materials and minute/note taking, etc.
  • Fielding and fulfilling inquiries and/or requests from PVBIA members
  • Maintain documents such as critical paths, event briefs, expense forms and invoices
  • Liaise with volunteers, committees as well as other staff and suppliers to plan and execute events
  • Researching and database management
  • Staying current on new developments in the community
  • Manage other areas and initiatives as directed

Experience and Competencies Required: 

  • Relevant Post-Secondary Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Proven ability to balance multiple assignments and tasks simultaneously.
  • Outstanding organizational and planning skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including staff, volunteers, community groups, sponsors and members.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as needed (particularly at event time).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required for media and marketing writing (press releases, media advisories, etc.)
  • Experience with grant writing an asset.
  • Social media savvy.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Outlook.
  • Experience working with or volunteering for another BIA an asset.
  • Experience supporting events an asset.
  • Knowledge of Parkdale Village community and businesses an asset.
  • A passion for community and non-profit organizations an asset.


Deadline for applications is Nov 9th or till filled

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Resume highlighting projects you have worked on
  • Cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements of the job, listing two (2) references and three (3) things you enjoy about Parkdale Village


Hiring Committee

Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

1313 Queen Street West

Toronto, ON.  M6K 1L8, or email to

[email protected]


AGCO Liquor Licence Application: The Pinball Cafe, 1662 Queen St West

The Pinball Cafe, located at 1662 Queen St West has applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for a liquor licence for an establishment with 57 seats.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to <[email protected]>.  As the placard on the property has been advertising this application since October 19, 2012,  the deadline for submissions is November 17, 2012.  Please copy your submission to Councillor Gord Perks at <[email protected]>.

Councillor Perks will meet with the applicant to review the list of conditions (below), that the community has developed over the last few years in response to past AGCO applications in Parkdale.


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Notice to Members: Filming At Queen & Dufferin Today

This is to notify our members that there will be a short film being produced today at the amphitheatre at the north west corner of Queen Street West and Dufferin Street.  Filming should take approximately 5 hours.  Two production vehicles will be parked in NO STOPPING or NO STANDING AREAS under PDO supervision.

All business / delivery / driveway/ pedestrian / handicapped / TTC / traffic /emergency vehicle accesses to be maintained.If problems occur at this filming location between the hours of 0700 and 1500 (Mon-Fri) call P.C. Michael Mead, Film Liaison Officer, at 416-808-5082. At all other times call Eric Jensen, Manager TFTO 416-697-0257 or 416-808-2222 (TIPS switchboard).


Notice to Members re: Toronto Public Health Scam

We have been alerted to a scam targeting businesses in Toronto by a member of the Roncesvalles .

A person or company posing as the Toronto Public Health department is calling businesses stating that they are obliged to purchase a first aid kit from them.

In this instance staff received two calls, the first saying that they had to purchase a first aid kit, a second from the “shipping department” asking to confirm the business address (which they declined to do.)

The callers refused to supply a name or phone number.  City staff have confirmed that this is a scam.

Please be wary, alert your staff, and do not fall for this scam.

The Parkdale BIA & TD Green Streets Garden Ceremony

Our gorgeous new plaque at the Elm Grove garden – plaque holder by Phil Sarazen; Graphic Design by Joel Hentges; Text by Ellie Anglin

Ribbon Cutting by Tenzin Tekan on behalf of Peggy Nash, MP Parkdale High Park; John Doherty, Chair, Parkdale BIA; Cheng Wang, TD Bank; Gord Perks, Councillor Ward 14; Ed Borczon, Tree Canada

Planting the Roots for a Greener Parkdale

 TD Green Streets awards the Parkdale Village BIA with $15,000 for tree planting initiative –

Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario (October 17, 2012) – The Parkdale Village BIA is pleased to announce it has been selected by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada to receive a $15,000 grant from the TD Green Streets program for its 2012 urban reforestation program. 75 applications were submitted to the 2012 TD Green Streets program, and the Parkdale Village BIA represents one of 21 municipalities selected to receive a grant.

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Notification of Filming in Parkdale, October 17 – 19, 2012




To the Residents of the Queen St and Brock St area,

Please accept this letter as an introduction to ‘Rookie Blue’, a television series in its fourth year of production for Global/ ABC.

We would like to film scenes in the area of Queen St West and Brock St as follows:

  • Wed Oct 17, from approximately 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM:

Exterior and interior scenes: Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W and 1302 Queen St West.

During these scenes we may require traffic stoppages on Queen St, lasting no longer than three minutes per occasion, with the assistance of the Toronto Police Service.

  • Thur Oct 18, Fri Oct 19, from approximately 7:00 AM to midnight:

Exterior and interior scenes: Neubacher /Shor Contemporary, 5 Brock St off the alley. Again, we may require traffic stoppages during filming in the alley between Brock St and Noble St with help from the Toronto Police Service.

To facilitate this we would like to clear the following areas for production vehicles and clear for picture:

  • Queen St, north side, from Noble St to Brock St, clearing from 6:00 PM Tue Oct 16.
  • Queen St, south side, from Gwynne Ave to Elm Grove Ave, clearing from 9:00 AM Oct 17

*Please note: Queen St parking will be released by 11:00 PM Wed Oct 17

  • Noble St, south and west side, from Brock St to Queen St, monitoring from Mon Oct 15 at 8:00AM and clearing from Tue Oct 16.

*Please note: We will only clear the required spots necessary for our production vehicles. All other space will be left free to the neighbourhood.

  • Strickland Ave, west side, from Noble St to five parking spots north of Noble St, monitoring from Mon Oct 15 at 8:00 AM and clearing from Tue Oct 16.
  • Private lots in the area.

All vehicles will leave the area prior to 10:00 AM Sat Oct 20

*Permit parkers unable to find parking are asked to park in area lots. Please submit valid receipts to a member of the location dept. for reimbursement.

We realize that we are guests in your neighbourhood and hope to complete our work with as little inconvenience as possible. Please contact us at our production office with any questions.

Andrew O’Sullivan                     John Mendes

Location Manager                      Asst Location Manager

c.c. Toronto Film and Television Office

5101 Orbitor Drive, Mississauga ON L4W 5R8  Tel: 905-206-1477 // Fax: 905-206-1434

The Parkdale BIA Invites Community Members To The TD Green Streets Garden Celebration and Tour!

On Wednesday October 17th at 12pm, the Parkdale Village BIA (PVBIA) will celebrate its Urban Garden Development Project with the launch of its reinvigorated community gardens, historical plaques and a cheque presentation and ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of all six gardens along Queen Street West within Parkdale Village.

The Parkdale Village BIA represents one of 21 communities selected from across the country to receive a 2012 TD Green Streets grant to support expansion of their downtown urban reforestation program.

Please meet us at the Elm Grove Garden, located on the south west corner of Queen Street West and Elm Grove Avenue.  Here we will celebrate the launch of our reinvigorated community gardens and historical plaques with a ribbon cutting, comments from Councillor Gord Perks, the BIA, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada. This ceremony will be followed by a brief tour of the other revamped gardens within Parkdale Village.


About TD Green Streets: TD Green Streets is a national program that supports innovative practices in municipal forestry. Through this unique program, communities across Canada are eligible to receive matching grants of up to $15,000 to support local forestry projects. TD Green Streets is open to Canadian municipalities, Aboriginal communities and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information about TD Green Streets visit