Restaurant Study Reminder

A friendly reminder regarding the status or the Queen Street West Restaurant Study/ Interim Control Bylaw/ Moratorium; In July 2014, City Council approved lifting the Interim Control Bylaw and gave direction to begin enforcing the Queen West Restaurant Bylaw, including the concentration cap.

The Queen West Restaurant Bylaw places a concentration on bars, restaurants and eating establishments on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Ave and Dufferin St. This area of Queen Street West is divided into four sections where there is a concentration of 25% of properties as eating establishments in each section.

As the AGCO Liquor Licence sales permit requires food be served in order to sell liquor, a municipal food licence is required. The Queen West Restaurant bylaw limits the concentration of food licences in two segments of Queen West that have reached capacity.

The Queen West Restaurant Bylaw will be reviewed by city staff in 2016. As with the development of the bylaw, there will be an opportunity for community input in the review. Further, a task force on Liquor Licence issues has been established by City Council  to provide advice to staff on the City’s role in liquor licensing.

The Staff Report, with specifics, is available on-line at .

To view past related articles and notices, click here

For more details, please email [email protected]

Good Food Market: Call for Vendors

The Parkdale Village BIA is happy to announce that we are participating in the summer series of the Parkdale Good Food Market taking place every Wednesday from 3:00pm – 7:00pm in Masaryk Park, just south of Queen St. W on Cowan Ave.

This sponsorship includes a 10×10 booth space for our BIA members to use for free! Each week the space can be used/shared by 1-2 Parkdale BIA business members to introduce the community to their products, the use of space will be first come first served with some guidelines. If you are interested in taking part, contact us today! (416) 536-6918 or email

Good Food Market Promo PicAbout the Good Food Markets: The Parkdale Community Good Food Market brings people together in Masaryk Park for learning, kids activities, delicious food, and healthy affordable fresh fruit and vegetables! Brought to you by Greenest City, with the support of Parkdale Food Network, Parkdale Village BIA, and Toronto Public Health.
Every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm in Masaryk Park, from July 8, 2015 through to September.
Every week there will be tasty prepared food, fresh produce, kids activities, a featured local business, information about urban agriculture, health and other community happenings, and more.

Good Food Market - 2015

July Newsletter: Pan Am, Annual General Meeting & Events

70e8f3fc-3a71-4f34-848b-f8df9c969243Our July Newsletter is out and covers items such as:

  • Pan Am torch visited Parkdale Village on July 9
  • The Parkdale Village BIA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on Thursday October  8, save the date!
  • Reminder the summer series of Good Food Markets takes place every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Masaryk Park, just south of Queen St. W on Cowan Ave. If you are a BIA member contact us today to learn how you can participate in the market for free!
  • Join us at our monthly Board Meeting which generally take place the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm at the PVBIA office, if you would like to attend please contact the Executive Director to confirm schedule.
  • Unfortunately, due to permitting issues and summer staff transitions the scheduled July 18 Sidewalk Sale has been cancelled. For more information about Parkdale Village BIA events click here. If you have questions, comments, ideas or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact our office (416) 536-6918 or via email 
  • Welcome back from parental leave Executive Director Anna Bartula and thank you Project Manager Andrea Switzer for all your hard work over the past year
  • The Facebook Small Business Boost Bus Tour was in Parkdale. Stay tuned for next month’s BIA Facebook contest, you could be one of five lucky shop owners to win a $100 gift card to boost your Facebook advertising!
  • The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan for growing, connecting and renewing Toronto’s cycling network. Lend your support and tell the City what you think
  • Welcome new Members: Miss Thing’s, Mojo’s Cycle & Ravi Soups

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Pan Am Coming to Parkdale!

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch is making its way across the country in a 41-day journey that began in Canada May 30. The flame was initially lit in a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico before it travelled to Canada and represents the spirit of the games and is a symbol that unites the 41 Pan American Sports Organizations (PASO) member nations. The torch relay will end on July 10.

In between that time the torch will pass through 130 communities and of those 130 communities residents of Roncesvalles Village and Parkdale had the once in a lifetime chance to see the torch pass through their neighborhood.


On July 9, day 40 of the relay, the torch came cross Bloor Street West and head south on Roncesvalles Avenue between 10:30 a.m. and ten after noon. From there the torch made its way west on Queen Street stopping at the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where the organization’s president and CEO, Dr. Catherine Zahn will be a torchbearer.

At 1001 Queen St. W., there was a small celebration as the torch then continued its journey along Queen West passing Trinity-Bellwoods Park, then north on McCaul Street and west along Dundas Street, north on Augusta Avenue and west on College Street until it stops at The Toronto West End YMCA by 1:40 p.m. For full article, click here

1020x350-soccer-banner-apr-9_forwebRoad Closures: Please be advised of temporary traffic changes, including parking changes, in Ward 14 during the PanAm/Parapan Games. These are in addition to the road closures previously announced in my newsletter (click here to read).

Dufferin St (July 11 – July 26) No parking on Dufferin St. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26. No parking on Dufferin St (west side) between King St. and Queen St. from July 11 to July 26. No standing on Dufferin St. (west side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26.

Manitoba Dr (July 4 to July 26) Manitoba Dr. will be closed from Saskatchewan Rd. to Strachan Ave. from July 4 to July 26

Ontario Dr (July 4 to July 26) Ontario Dr. will be one-way northbound between Lake Shore Blvd. and Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26.

Springhurst Ave (July 11 to July 26) No standing on Springhurst Ave. (north side) between Jameson Ave. and Dufferin St. from July 11 to July 26. No standing on Springhurst Ave (south side) between Dunn Ave and Spencer Ave. from July 11 to July 26. Springhurst Ave will be one-way westbound between Dufferin St. and Tyndall Ave. from July 11 to July 26. No left turn from westbound Springhurst Ave. onto Jameson Ave. from July 11 to July 26

Strachan Ave (July 4 to July 26) No right turn from southbound Strachan Ave. onto Manitoba Dr. from July 4 to July 26. Strachan Ave southbound will be closed between Lake Shore Blvd. and Fleet St. from July 4 to July 26.

Tyndall Ave (July 11 to July 26) No standing on Tyndall Ave. (east side) between Springhurst Ave. and Thorburn Ave. from July 11 to July 26

In addition to traffic changes near Pan Am Park (Exhibition Place Grounds), some traffic restrictions will be in place for road race events near Exhibition Place and High Park. Find out more about the road race routes and traffic restrictions at or by visiting

The City of Toronto has revamped its website with a new road restrictions map that will provide real-time information on roadwork and other activities that are taking place on city streets. Residents will have the opportunity to look at the impacts of the road restrictions and see the level of severity – ranging from major to moderate to minor – as they prepare to travel.

The map can be accessed at

There will also be temporary public transit changes. Traffic restrictions will result in temporary diversions on some TTC routes, including Route 172 Cherry St., Route 29 Dufferin and Route 329 Dufferin. Be sure to visit regularly for the latest information.

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