Update regarding the garbage program

Posted on October 31, 2008

Update on New Bins:

Solid Waste Managment has advised that a number of residents who ordered the Medium-size Garbage Bin will not have these bins delivered prior to November 1, 2008 (the start date for the Solid Waste fees). Due to the high number of residents City-wide who chose this size, Solid Waste Management will not be able to produce them in time for delivery by November 1st.

Residents who do not receive the medium bin by November 1st will be receiving a supply of temporary pink garbage bag tags to use until the Garbage Bins are delivered. These temporary bag tags will be mailed via Canada Post to affected residents late this week. The 10 bag tags can be used until the new Garbage Bin is delivered.

Residents in Ward 14 should have received pink Garbage Tags this week. If you did not receive either your Garbage Bin or pink Tags please contact my office and my staff will be happy to inquire

As part of the program, effective November 1, 2008 all residential curb side garbage must be placed in bins or affixed with a pink or yellow tag for collection. However, Solid Waste staff will be exercising flexibility in the coming weeks as residents become more familiar with the bin program.

To contact Solid Waste Management Services -Bin Program directly please

call 416-392-BINS or email Target70@toronto.ca.

What to do with Old Bins:

Residents who missed their pick up date for their old blue boxes may take them to Solid Waste Drop off depots. For details, please see http://www.toronto.ca/garbage/depots.htm.

MEETING REMINDER Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study – Local Advisory Committee

Posted on October 31, 2008

Wednesday, November 5

6:30 p.m.

Loyola Arrupe – Main Floor Dining Area

1709 Bloor Street West

 

Signs will be posted directing folks to the meeting area.

The public are welcomed to attend the LAC meetings and observe the LAC discussions. To ensure a focused discussion that will provide an opportunity to review the study materials to date and provide opportunities for feedback as we move, we ask that members not appointed to the Local Advisory Committee reserve their comments for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study public meetings, or submit their comments directly to City Planning lead Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or by email at ccambra@toronto.ca

Parkdale Potluck Community Cookbook – deadline extended to mid November

Posted on October 31, 2008

Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre is looking for recipe submissions.

For more information please see attached request letter.

 

microsoft-word-parkdale-potluck.pdf

Items of Interest

Posted on October 31, 2008

Instant rebate on efficient toilets

Toronto Water wants to inform City employees who live in Toronto that they and other residents can receive an instant rebate coupon if they buy a water-efficient toilet at a local Rona store November 1 or 2. Details: www.toronto.ca/wateref

Free Public Screening Home Safe Calgary – Revue Cinema

Home Safe Calgary is the first of four films in the Sky Works Home Safe Project, which will show Canadians the profound impact of poverty and homelessness on a growing number of our country’s families and children.

Please see attached flyer for more information.

revue-cinema-screening-invite.pdf

Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors, formally Four Villages Senior’s Advisory Council

Please see the attached document to find out more information on the first lecture of a series organized by 4CATS

4cats-lecture-series-2.pdf

 

Dr. Rita Cox park dedication a success!

Posted on October 24, 2008

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On Wednesday night of this week, we dedicated a new park in honour of Dr. Rita Cox, community activist, librarian and renowned storyteller. I joined Dr. Cox, City of Toronto staff, prominent Torontonians and members of the community to officially open the Rita Cox Park on Machells Ave, just north of Lamport Staduim. On such a cold, winter-like night, I was so pleased to see many people come out to support this incredible woman. Take a look at the photos I just uploaded to the website gallery!

Rita Cox is an exceptional individual who, through her love of the spoken and written word, has inspired people of all ages and has opened the literary world to her audiences. Rita’s work touches the lives of residents in the Parkdale community, especially children and newcomers to the city. Dr. Cox has pioneered and/or worked with a number of Parkdale agencies including Parkdale Project Read, Gallery 1313, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Information Centre, and Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (just to name a few!) In naming a park in her honour, we celebrate Dr. Cox’s achievements and continuing contributions to the community.

Born in Trinidad, Dr. Cox joined the Toronto Public Library as a children’s librarian in 1960. In 1972, she became the head of the Parkdale Branch, and launched literacy programs and other initiatives that promoted multiculturalism throughout Toronto. During her tenure, in 1973, Dr. Cox pioneered the library’s Black Heritage and West Indian Resource Collection, which was renamed in 1998 to the Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection. It soon became one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada. Today, it continues to be a source of pride in the community.

An active member of the Black community, Dr. Cox established Cumbayah, a festival of Black heritage and storytelling. A number of her stories have been published, including her own children’s book entitled “How Trouble Made the Monkey Eat Pepper.”A renowned storyteller who has entertained audiences worldwide, she has also maintained the Toronto Public Library’s storytelling legacy by training a whole new generation of storytellers, many of whom are current library staff.

After her retirement from the Toronto Public Library in 1995, Dr. Cox was appointed a Citizenship Court Judge by the Government of Canada.

Dr. Rita Cox has won numerous awards, including the 1986 Canadian Library Association Public Service Award and the Black Achievement Award. In 1997, Dr. Cox was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her outstanding work in storytelling and literacy. Both Wilfrid Laurier University and York University have awarded her honorary doctorates.

Rita Cox Park is located at 14 Machells Ave. and is one of the City’s 1,473 named parks operated by Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Ward 14 Tree Advocacy – on the ground and running!

Posted on October 24, 2008

Last night I held a meeting to discuss how to increase the tree canopy in Parkdale-High Park. The meeting was attended by several residents who have been doing amazing work in their neighbourhoods to promote tree plantings and proper tree maintenance. Please see the attached brochure for more information on this exciting initiative.

Trees provide improved air quality, a cooler micro-climate, storage and recycling of rainwater, wildlife habitat, greener street connections to parks, healthy and interesting streetscapes, a renewed neighbourhood identity, increased property values and reduced energy costs.

The City of Toronto will visit your home and plant a free tree on your front property. Once an appropriate location has been determined, you usually have a choice between two or three trees. Once the selection has been made the city return to your property and plant the tree, free of charge!

If you are interested in having an inspection conducted of your front property to see if you qualify for a free tree please call 416-338-TREE (8733).

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) will pant a tree for a small fee in your backyard. Contact LEAF at 416-413-9244 or visit www.leaftoronto.org

If you would like more information on how to start a tree advocacy group in your neighbourhood, contact the RMRA Greening Committee at greening@rmra-to.org. The WBRA (West Bend Residents Association) also has some helpful tips on a water brigade that is volunteer run that goes around the neighbourhood to water newly planted trees. For information on this exciting project, contact westbend resident David White at dvdwht@sympatico.ca.


microsoft-word-free-tree-application.pdf

Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study – next meeting

Posted on October 24, 2008

Please be advised that the next meeting for the Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study is a Local Advisory Committee meeting, held on:

Wednesday, November 5
6:30 p.m.
Loyola Arrupe – Main Floor Dining Area
1709 Bloor Street West

Signs will be posted directing folks to the meeting area.

Note: The public are welcomed to attend the LAC meetings and observe the LAC discussions. To ensure a focused discussion that will provide an opportunity to review the study materials to date and provide opportunities for feedback as we move forward (see page 6 of the Avenue Study terms of reference), we ask that members not appointed to the Local Advisory Committee reserve their comments for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study public meetings, or submit their comments directly to City Planning lead Corwin Cambray at 416-397-0244 or by email at ccambra@toronto.ca

We encourage all residents, business owners and stakeholders to participate fully in the larger community meetings for the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study, because your comments, questions and concerns spark further discussion at the LAC meetings and assist with the study’s progress. You may also want to connect with your area Resident’s Association, Business Improvement Area or community agency (see list of LAC members below) to ask that your comments be included in the LAC discussions.

LAC membership includes representation from:

  • Area Residents
  • Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School
  • Bloor By the Park B.I.A.
  • Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park
  • Friends of Dundas and Bloor
  • High Park Community Advisory Council
  • High Park Residents Association
  • Lithuanian Lutheran Church
  • Loblaw Properties
  • Loyola Arrupe
  • Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents Association
  • Roncesvalles Village B.I.A.
  • South Junction Triangle Residents Association
  • The Crossways Complex
  • Vilnius Manor
  • WestBend Community Association

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Update on Garbage Bin Delivery in Ward 14

Posted on October 24, 2008

The following is an update of the Garbage Bin delivery for Wards 13, 14 and 18 (areas west of Dufferin Street, south of Bloor Street West to the Humber River).

Solid Waste Management is advising that a number of residents who ordered the Medium-size Garbage Bin will not have these bins delivered prior to November 1, 2008 (the start date for the Solid Waste fees). Due to the high number of residents City-wide who chose this size, they will not be able to produce them in time for delivery by November 1st.

Residents who do not have their bins will be receiving a supply of temporary pink garbage bag tags to use until the Garbage Bins are delivered. These temporary bag tags will be mailed via Canada Post to affected residents this week. The 10 bag tags can be used until the new Garbage Bin is delivered. Solid Waste Management has advised me to anticipate that these Garbage Bins will be delivered prior to November 30, 2008.

Welcome to Rita Cox Park!

Posted on October 17, 2008

Please find attached the flyer invitation for the opening of Rita Cox Park next Wednesday October 22nd, 630pm at 14 Machells Avenue (see map on flyer for exact location).

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Dr. Cox on an event that I put together to promote literacy in Parkdale. Parkdale Project Read and my office co-hosted “Stories, Song and Dance”in December of 2007, which included story-telling sessions with Dr. Cox and Cheryl Thornton. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Cox’s wonderful energy and her obvious dedication to Parkdale.

This is a rain or shine event, so please bring umbrellas if necessary!

Feel free to distribute widely. I do hope all of you can come out to celebrate Dr. Cox and her wonderful contributions to communities across Toronto.

ritacox_invited_flyer_1.pdf

Ward 14 Tree Advisory Committee

Posted on October 17, 2008

Over the last two years I have worked with a number of small community groups to maintain and/or expand the tree canopy. Currently, Ward 14 residents are actively engaged in ongoing tree watering in the West Bend, looking for planting opportunities on Cowan Ave and the RMRA has undertaking the huge task of developing a tree planting plan to use as a model for ccommunity-based initiatives, in response to the City of Toronto‘s Change is in the Air document.

I believe that the survival of the urban forest is vital for both our community and the environment. The continued support from Ward 14 residents to become more actively engaged in community planting projects has inspired me to start a Ward 14 Tree Advisory Committee.

I would like to invite all residents interested in the urban forest to meet with me, Urban Forestry and a representative from the RMRA to begin a conversation on how we can work together to keep the Parkdale – High Park canopy strong for generations to come.


Our first meeting will be held on October 23rd at 6:30pm at the High Park Public Library, 228 Roncesvalles.

I hope you will join me in this very important initiative.

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