Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home – Free Screening at the Revue

Posted on December 6, 2007

Please join me for the free screening of Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2pm at the Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue. This documentary traces the experience of the McDonald family, who kept their garbage for three months, and the impact our garbage generating habits have on the environment.

I am pleased to be part of a panel after the screening to answer questions alongside the filmmaker Andrew Nisker, and two members of the McDonald family. I look forward to a lively discussion on the McDonald family’s experiment!

To find out more about the film, please see attached flyer or visit www.garbagerevolution.com or www.revuecinema.ca

garbage-at-the-revue-cinema.pdf

Stories, Song and Dance in Parkdale

Posted on December 6, 2007

On December 15th I will be co-hosting an event with Parkdale Project Read called ‘Stories, Song and Dance’ in the Parkdale Community. It is my great pleasure to welcome featured storytellers Dr. Rita Cox, former head librarian at the Parkdale Library from 1974 to 1995; and Cheryl Thornton, creator of “Creativity of Life” an interactive multicultural storytelling program.

This will be an afternoon of fun with the family, with opportunities to mingle with neighbours and friends, do arts and crafts, learn about services in Parkdale, eat tasty snacks and leave with free children’s books!

Please see the attached flyer for more details. Stories, Song and Dance will take place at the Parkdale Public Library on Saturday December 15th, 1pm-4pm in the auditorium A and B.

storytelling-event-flyer.pdf

The Colour of Poverty Campaign Workshop

Posted on December 6, 2007

As some of you may be aware, I have advocated at the Board of Health that the health needs of racialised communities, including the needs associated with the impacts of race-based discrimination, poverty and other health determinants, should be considered when health policies, priorities and programs are developed. This issue is a growing one.

I encourage all of you to attend this free workshop hosted by the St. Joseph‘s Community Engagement and Urban Health Department to discuss this and other related topics in the health promotion field.

The Colour of Poverty Campaign Workshop
Thursday December 13th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Education Centre, St. Joseph‘s Health Centre
30 The Queensway (main intersection Roncesvalles and The Queensway)

Please see attached for more details.

speaker_series_workshop_december-13th.pdf

PARC to receive Access Award!

Posted on December 6, 2007

Congratulations to the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre who will receive the Access Award for Disability Issues at the Human Rights Day Awards presentation this coming Monday December 10th, 530pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

PARC will be recognized for their on-going advocacy efforts and support services to psychiatric survivors and marginalized persons and to support independent living. I am honored to be presenting this award to PARC’s board and committee members, and encourage all of you to come out and show your support!

Holiday Events in Ward 14

Posted on December 6, 2007

A Christmas Wonderland at the Centre – Sponsored by Bloor By The Park BIA
A Christmas Party
Saturday December 22nd, 1558 Bloor St. W (1/2 block west of Dundas West Subway Station) 11am-4pm
Holiday family fun with DJ Andy Kruk. Be entertained by Christmas Elvis between 2 & 3:30pm.
Win prizes and enjoy cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate.

Winter Soltice at Grafton!
Join the Grafton community gardeners on Wednesday, December 19th at 5:30pm at the Grafton Community Garden (Roncesvalles, just north of Queen) to celebrate the Winter Soltice.

Hand Made Gift Sale
Poor John’s Café, 1610 Queen St. W. is hosting a Hand Made Gift Sale on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30-8:30pm. Some proceeds will go towards supporting the West End Flower Fairies.

Save our Parkdale Food bank

Posted on December 1, 2007

The St. Phillips Centre Food Bank will be closing their doors on December 20th because they can no longer afford to operate.

I have been working with the community and volunteers to raise funds and awareness about the loss of this vital service. MP Peggy Nash, MPP Cheri DiNovo and I have committed together $2000.00 to kick start the St. Phillips Pantry fundraising campaign.

As you know, this food bank is a lifeline for many residents, providing over 1200 food orders per month to persons and families living in Parkdale. Please take a moment to consider what the loss of a service like this will do to our community this winter. Community organizers from the St. Phillips Centre Food Bank are asking for emergency support to keep the food bank operational.

If you are interested in making a donation please make cheques payable to:

St. Francis Table – subject: Save our Parkdale Food bank

Cheques can be dropped off at St. Francis Table, 1322 Queen St. West

For more information call: 416-532-4172

Community update meeting, 194 Dowling Avenue

Posted on December 1, 2007

The edmondPlace Community Liaison Committee is holding their Community Update on the evening of Wednesday December 12th from 6-9 pm at the Parkdale Activity – Recreation Centre – 1499 Queen Street West.

Come and learn about:

· The edmondPlace Community Liaison Committee

· A presentation from Toronto Heritage on the merits of the designation of 1495 Queen Street West as a heritage property.

· The development team

· The Innovative design

· When things will be happening

· How you can help

· Ask your questions

The edmondPlace Community Liaison Committee wants to give you as much information as possible about this exciting project. They look forward to sharing thoughts and feelings about the transformation of this neglected and derelict building into a remarkable community asset. Please feel free to contact them at: edmondplace@parc.on.ca or (416) 537-2262 extension: 194

Update on Lamport Stadium!

Posted on December 1, 2007

Lamport Stadium, located at 11 King Street West, is currently having new turf installed. I am happy to report that the installation should be complete by end of year, despite weather conditions. Community groups and sports club will once again be able to use this facility in the Spring of 2008! I have attached some pictures to show the scope of the project.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the future of Lamport, please send me email. You can reach me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Stories, Song and Dance in Parkdale!

Posted on December 1, 2007

On December 15th I will be co-hosting an event with Parkdale Project Read called ‘Stories, Song and Dance’ in the Parkdale Community. It is my great pleasure to welcome featured storytellers Dr. Rita Cox, former head librarian at the Parkdale Library from 1974 to 1995; and Cheryl Thornton, creator of “Creativity of Life” an interactive multicultural storytelling program.

This will be an afternoon of fun with the family, with opportunities to mingle with neighbours and friends, do arts and crafts, learn about services in Parkdale, eat tasty snacks and leave with free children’s books! Please see the attached flyer for more details. Stories, Song and Dance will take place at the Parkdale Public Library on Saturday December 15th, 1pm-4pm in the auditorium A and B.

storytelling-event-flyer.pdf

Events in Ward 14 this weekend

Posted on December 1, 2007

Point Zero, BIG IT UP, and RAISINS Sample Sale:

Saturday Dec. 2, 9am- 4pm….Products for Men, Ladies and kids. Cash only. 99 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 416-597-1007 Tashodi Bath and Body sample sale & “meet ‘n greet”, Thursday Dec. 6, 11 to 6pm… Tashodi is a new line of organic, fair-trade products, featuring everything from glossy lip balms to luxurious bath soaks, using ingredients straight from nature. Visit to learn more of this Globally Conscience Self-Indulgence! The Toronto Carpet Factory, 1179a King St. W, Suite 011 (basement level) www.tashodi.ca

A Christmas Wonderland at the Centre – Sponsored by Bloor By The Park BIA

DECEMBER 8 at 1558 Bloor St. W. (1/2 block west of Dundas West subway station)

11am – 2pm Santa’s Decorating WorkshopMany different activities for the kids.

2pm – 4pm Christmas Movies

“Yuletide in Muddy YorkThe First Annual Toronto Christmas Tree Ornament

The Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation (PLEDC) is pleased to announce its First Annual Toronto Christmas Tree Ornament, a living icon of Toronto’s past and a symbol of hope for its future. Yuletide in York is the first in what will become an annual drive to raise funds for economic and employment initiatives in the Parkdale/Liberty communities in downtown Toronto. Every year, Toronto-based artists will compete to have their art commemorated in pewter to ornament Christmas trees all over the GTA.

“Yuletide in Muddy York” retails at $9.99 with all proceeds going to fund community initiatives in Parkdale. For a list of retailers where it is available, please visit www.parkdaleliberty.com Limited Edition of 2000: Get them while they last!!!!

Buy Online Now: http://www.parkdaleliberty.com/projects/christmas_ornaments.html Also Available at our Office at 1313 Queen Street West.

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