Notice of Public Meeting: Queen Street West Restaurant Study

You are invited to attend a public meeting to make your views known regarding the proposal to amend the Zoning By-law with respect to implementing additional restrictions on restaurants and related uses on Queen Street West, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street in Ward 14 in order to mitigate land use conflicts between restaurants and the adjacent neighbouthood.

The public meeting is being held by the Toronto and East York Community Council, on Tuesday June 18th, 2013, 10:00am in the Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. The Applicant: City of Tooronto is requesting to Amend the Zoning By-law Application No. 11 232412 STE 14 OZ

Detailed information regarding the proposal are available by clicking here, additionally, background information and material and a copy of the propoed Zoning By-law Amendment, may be obtained by contacting Dan Nicholson, Planner at 416-397-4077, or by email ar [email protected] or Joanne Kimont, Planner at 416-392-7216 or by email at [email protected] 


If you wish to submit written comments, please forward them to the City Clerk, attention: Rosalind Dyers, Administrator, Toronto and East York Community Council, City Hall, 2nd Floor West, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2, or by Fax: 416-397-0111, or by email to [email protected]

To view past media reports related to the Moratorium/ Interim Control By-law please view the following: The Grid, November Consultation Meeting, City Council consideration, Blog.  


Parkdale Village Businesses Embracing Retail Technology

Big changes sometimes come in small packages.

Or, at least, so is the case with Square Inc., the plug-in point-of-sale technology invented by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Easily attached to an iPhone, iPad or Android handheld device, Square allows customers to pay for items using their credit card – and lets businesses avoid paying hefting fees associated with traditional POS systems like Moneris, which is actually owned by BMO and RBC. (Square does charge a 2.75 percent processing fee per transaction, though, but this works out to be quite minimal and affordable in comparison.)

Square came to Canada less than a year ago, but it’s already changing the face of Main Street retail.

Take Parkdale’s Crown Flora Studio, for example. Co-owner Adam Mallory was recently interviewed by the Toronto Star on his experience with the miniature POS system. Read full story here >

And Crown Flora isn’t the only local business embracing this convenient new retail technology; Shawn Skeir Gallery is also a fan.

“Square lets me conduct sales both in my gallery and in my studio,” says Skeir. “My customers appreciate the option of paying with credit, and I have been able to take advantages of sales that maybe I would have missed without [the technology].”


Recently, at the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) Annual General Meeting held at Scotia Plaza, Executive Director John Kiru shared trends and activity in Main Street retail. Although big box retail is taking considerable revenues away from small business, it’s important for consumers to remember that shopping local has a ripple effect. For every dollar spent on Main Streets, 67 cents goes back into the community, versus only 53 cents with big box (which are most often foreign-owned).

It is retail technologies like Square that are indirectly benefiting communities such as Parkdale by helping its small business owners not miss out on credit purchase opportunities.

A great way to learn more about the retail industry’s latest trends and innovative technologies is STORE 2013: The Evolution of Retail, taking place at Toronto Congress Centre on June 4th and 5th. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Retail Council of Canada offers this informative conference to more than 300 business attendees for networking, education and advancement. Due to popular demand, grocery-specific content and an independent retailers section have been added.

For more information please visit

Kick off CONTACT Photography Festival this weekend in Parkdale Village!

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CONTACT Photography Festival & Parkdale Village BIA 

– The Parkdale Village BIA invites visitors to explore an exhibition of student work within nine venues along Queen Street West May 4th from 6:00pm –

Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario (May 1, 2013) The Parkdale Village BIA is delighted to present the photographic work of over thirty Parkdale Collegiate Institute students at the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In a collaborative effort between the Parkdale Village BIA, PCI and under the mentorship of artist Jonathan Groeneweg, students were asked to interpret through photography the theme ‘Field of Vision’, and what it represents within their community.

Over the course of six weeks and with the guidance of PCI teachers, the students had the opportunity to use point and shoot as well as digital cameras; they learned the principles and history of photography, and a new element to this year’s project included introducing PCI students to guest speakers, such as camera collectors and artists who shared their photographic work and inspiration.

Their results will be displayed throughout May within nine Parkdale Village venues along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street, they include; Go Lounge (1718 Queen St. W.), My Roll Life (1714 Queen St. W.), Chartreuse Style (1692 Queen St. W.), West End Comics (1590 Queen St. W.), Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre (1499 Queen St. W.), Boutique Café (1542 Queen St. W.), Ground Level Café (1496 Queen St. W.), Common Sort (1414 Queen St. W.), West End Food Coop 91229 Queen St. W.).

Visitors are encouraged to explore Parkdale Village Saturday May 4th from 6:00pm to kick off the Festival and celebrate the student’s achievements by visiting all the exhibits!

Additionally, we encourage you to discover the other exhibits within Parkdale Village throughout May, including Mark Christopher Gallery (1594 Queen St. W.), Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen St. W.), Shopgirls Gallery Boutique (1342 Queen St. W.), Goodfellas Gallery (1266 Queen St. W.), & Parkdale Community Health Centre (1229 Queen St. W.).

A special thank you to The Baitshop for generously printing the photographs. 

For Inquiries:                                                                                             [email protected]    416.536.6918