For a long time Fern Avenue Public School has been trying to manage cars obstructing the Right of Way during pick up and drop off hours. Recently I met with staff, the school Principal and a representative from the Student Advisory Council to discuss the installation of bollards along the length of the sidewalk in front of the school. I am pleased to say that the bollards have been installed and the school, parents and teachers are happy that access to the school and safety for the community has been restored.
TTC has confirmed that: Full service will resume Saturday December 15 2007 at 5:00 am.
Vehicle access will also be restored.
One-time funding has been made available by Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to seven drop-in centres for extended hours during the winter months. This funding is to ensure that people who are homeless have more options to get out of the cold, use washrooms, have a hot meal and get help to stay at a shelter or move into housing.
This program was approved by Council at its meeting of November 19 and 20, 2007. The report link is http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/cd/reports/2007-11-05-cd10-cr.pdf
The Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, located at 1499 Queen St. West, will be open for the following times (in addition to their regular hours) between December 14, 2007 and March 31, 2008:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays from December 16, 2007 to March 30, 2008 inclusive,
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 25, 2007 and
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 26, 2007, January 1, 2008 and February 18, 2008.
Extending hours at drop-in centres during the winter months is part of the City’s winter plan. The City has provided funding for this purpose for the past three seasons. Each year, agencies that provide drop-in services are invited to participate through a request for proposals process.
An event to raise money and awareness for THE PARKDALE FOOD BANK
Sunday December 16 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.@ the Cadillac Lounge(1296 Queen W.)
p.w.y.c.! ($5 suggested – more is welcome!)
ALL MONEY GOES TO THE FOOD BANK!For more information visit: http://www.parkdalerevolutionaryorchestra.com/
It was recently brought to my attention by the Sunnyside Residents Association and the Roncesvalles Village BIA that Karl’s Butcher, on Roncesvalles, will be closing. It is my understanding that under the province’s Food Safety and Quality Act (this came into effect in 2005) Karl’s Butcher qualifies as a “meat processing plant”and is required to spend $200,000 in renovations to legalize store operations. The community has approached our Member of Provincial Parliament, Cheri DiNovo, and she and her staff are working diligently on this file.
I encourage individuals to write directly to The Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to voice our discontent. Go to: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/comment.html for an email form that makes it easy to send a comment or a blast.