Items of Interest

Posted on October 16, 2009

POWER Jobs and Internships as part of POWER Basketball

Please pass the word to as many people as

possible that we are looking for Part-time and Full-time jobs and

internships for children aged 14 to 20 years. The jobs could include

waiters/servers, grocery store clerks, admin interns, tutors, etc.

The goal is to equip youth with skills, to offer them some money and

to mentor them for future success. Also, we are looking for career

driven internships (ie. software companies, manufacturers, graphic

design, community organizations, etc.).

Attached you will find an overview of the program. Please feel free to forward the message to others.

power-jobs-and-internships.pdf

Metrolinx – Response from CTA regarding Noise and Vibration

Posted on October 9, 2009

I have attached the decision from the Canadian Transportation Agency regarding the complaints received by the West Toronto Diamond residents on noise and vibration caused by the Metrolinx grade separation project.

The CTA agreed with the City of Toronto and local residents that the noise and vibration was unreasonable and that proper mitigation measures have yet to be put in place.

The CTA has given GO Transit 14 days to advise why it should not be required to implement the proposed mitigation measures – folks will get 5 days to comment on their submission prior to the CTA releasing their final recommendations.

Risk Management Workshop for Licenced Establishments in Toronto

Posted on October 9, 2009

As Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy I wanted to share the attached information regarding

Risk Management Workshop for Licenced Establishments in Toronto.

Feel free to circulate to any interested parties.

bar-policy-brochure-october-2009.doc

Keele Station Bridge Repairs

Posted on October 9, 2009

The Keele Trestle Bridge which carries the Bloor subway line over Indian Road and the Keele Station parking lot at the east end of Keele Station requires emergency strengthening. This work resulted from a recent consultant report that identified deficiencies in the bridge structure.

The immediate concerns have been alleviated through a slow order to reduce the speed of trains while crossing the bridge and removal of ballast from the bridge deck to reduce loading. Work is required to be carried out as soon as possible in order to strengthen the bridge before the winter season.

In general, work will consist of the construction of four new piers to support the bridge deck, which will be located in the parking lot. This work necessitates the full closure of the parking lot from October 13th to the middle of December 2009 and partial closure until early January 2010. While the project is scheduled for completion in January 2010, any asphalt resurfacing of the commuter parking lot will be conducted in the spring. The east entrance to the Keele Station will also be closed for the same time period (October 13th to mid December) and an alternate temporary emergency exit will be constructed.

To get the work done as quickly as possible, the contractor will be working extended hours throughout the week until completion. The majority of the work will be carried out during regular daytime shifts, however, there will be some night time work involving jacking operations to transfer loading from the bridge onto the new piers and other work as required will be carried out at night when subway is not in service (2 a.m. to 5 a.m. typically).

The egress routing from outside of the emergency exit of the Toronto Lithuanian Senior Citizens Building will be altered for the same time period. Additional lighting and security cameras will be installed in the outside passageway.

A notice regarding this project has been distributed to the surrounding community prior to any work beginning.

If you have any questions, please contact my Assistant Meri Newton, mnewton@toronto.ca or 416-338-5178.

Congratulations to Greenest City and Power Basketball on their two successful events

Posted on October 9, 2009

Food, Earth and Culture Festival

Last weekend, I had the honour of kicking off the third annual festival for Greenest City, celebrating food, earth and culture. Moreover, the event was also in celebration of Parkdale’s new rainwater harvesting system which will save the City money and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This was a very timely event as the City is producing a new strategy for food and health and Parkdale is a perfect model of what makes Toronto a great city for its people.

It was also a great pleasure meeting Carolyn, who is Greenest City’s new Executive Director. Carolyn has over seven years of experience organizations around the Greater Toronto Area and Calgary, developing and managing regional programs with a focus on community development through greening and gardening projects. I look forward to seeing what great ideas Carolyn will bring to Greenest City!

 

Parkdale Basketball Mini College

Parkdale Basketball extended their program this fall to include a one day mini-college that was held on September 26, 2009. The objective of the event was to broaden the experience and education of disadvantaged youth, empowering them to lead more fulfilling lives.

The organization also has other programs like Power Basketball, which aims to present inner-city youth with an opportunity to advance their basketball skills, further their education and position themselves for a job and career.

I am proud of the success of this new youth programs in South Parkdale!

For more information, contact:

Bruce Whitaker T: 416-737-3339

E: bruce@bar5w.com

Items of Interest

Posted on October 9, 2009

GreenSceneZToronto Video Challenge

GreenSceneZToronto, a video challenge designed to give Toronto‘s youth an opportunity to express their passion for the environment and help inspire Torontonians to live green, is now being launched for its second year. Please help us to get the word out to your young constituents.

Youth in grades 7 through 12 at Toronto schools are invited to submit their idea for a 30-second ‘live green’ video on a storyboard; no previous video or filmmaking experience is required. Six winning teams will have the opportunity to work with professional filmmakers at Planet in Focus to turn their great green message into a 30-second video.

Winning videos will premiere at the 2010 Green Toronto Awards and be featured on the Live Green Toronto website at livegreentoronto.ca for all of Toronto to see.

The deadline to enter is December 18, 2009, and details and entry forms are available at livegreentoronto.ca. Winners must be available to attend a video production camp during March Break, from March 15-19, 2010.

Allstream Centre Open House October 25th from 1-3pm

 

Come discover the transformation of the historic Automotive Building into

a world class conference facility – Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place

allstreamcentreopen-house-oct25.pdf

Clean Train Rally At Sorauren Park

Posted on October 5, 2009

On Saturday, September 26th, over 1000 people attended Sorauren Park Rally in support of electrification of the Georgetown corridor.

Several key people spoke at the event, including Dr David McKeweon, Medical Officer of Health about the health risks relating to diesel trains. Some of you may have received a leaflet in your mailboxes or read some recent press concerning the Medical Officer of Health’s revised opinion. To be clear, in his statement to the Minister of the Environment dated September 16, 2009, the Medical Officer of health said “I remain concerned about the air quality impacts and increased health risks predicted for the immediately adjacent communities as a result of the proposed diesel expansion.” Dr. McKeown further stated “In my view, electrification is the option that most clearly addresses the air quality and health impacts predicted from the proposed project for populations adjacent to the line.”

Please, take 5 minutes to call or email:

Dalton McGuinty
Tel: (416) 325-1941
dalton.mcguinty@ontario.ca, dmcguinty.mpp@liberal.ola.org, dmcguinty.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment
Tel: (416) 314-6790
minister.moe@ontario.ca

Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation
Tel: (416) 327-9200
minister@mto.gov.on.ca

George Smitherman
Tel: (416) 327-6758
gsmitherman.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Please visit www.cleantrain.ca for more information.

Keele Station Repairs

Posted on October 5, 2009

The Keele Trestle Bridge which carries the Bloor subway line over Indian Road and the Keele Station parking lot at the east end of Keele Station requires emergency strengthening. This work resulted from a recent consultant report that identified deficiencies in the bridge structure.

The immediate concerns have been alleviated through a slow order to reduce the speed of trains while crossing the bridge and removal of ballast from the bridge deck to reduce loading. Work is required to be carried out as soon as possible in order to strengthen the bridge before the winter season.

In general, work will consist of the construction of four new piers to support the bridge deck, which will be located in the parking lot. This work necessitates the full closure of the parking lot from October 5th to the middle of December 2009 and partial closure until early January 2010. While the project is scheduled for completion in January 2010, any asphalt resurfacing of the commuter parking lot will be conducted in the spring. The east entrance to the Keele Station will also be closed for the same time period (October 5th to mid December) and an alternate temporary emergency exit will be constructed.

To get the work done as quickly as possible, the contractor will be working extended hours throughout the week until completion. The majority of the work will be carried out during regular daytime shifts, however, there will be some night time work involving jacking operations to transfer loading from the bridge onto the new piers and other work as required will be carried out at night when subway is not in service (2 a.m. to 5 a.m. typically). Any planned night time work will be coordinated to ensure proper notification is forward to Councillor’s office ahead of time.

The egress routing from outside of the emergency exit of the Toronto Lithuanian Senior Citizens Building will be altered for the same time period. Additional lighting and security cameras will be installed in the outside passageway.

A notice regarding this project will be distributed to the surrounding community prior to work beginning.

A new look for the Parkdale Village BIA

Posted on October 5, 2009

Message from the PVBIA:

Today, you can see that Parkdale has undergone a renaissance, a rebirth as a unique and vibrant neighbourhood that delights, that enthralls, that welcomes visitors seeking exciting and wonderful sensations.

Wander along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue. The sights and sounds will entice you to take a closer look; the tastes, aromas and touchables will make you linger and return, again and again.

The PVBIA has been working diligently over the past several months to complete a series of projects that will enhance and enliven the neighbourhood. We have been involved in streetscape changes that will beautify the area with modern feeling pedestrian scale lighting; which will increase the feeling of safety, while adding to the esthetic of the street. The first phase will include 18 lights and will be installed beginning in October. Nuit Blanche 2009 marked the third year of active involvement by the BIA and the first year we’ve had the luxury of having the services of noted curator Dave Dyment on board for this year’s installment. Dave Dyment’s “No Melatonin”will feature over twenty separate installations and performances.

Additionally the BIA has been going through a re-branding the image of the Parkdale Village to entice visitors to “Look again and see it for the first time “. Tall Poppy, a local advertising firm has been creating a series of postcards, posters, and brochures that highlight the wonderful mix of cultures and curiosities that make up our area. The first of these new brand items is a new logo for Parkdale, one that says: “It’s not business as usual on Queen West between Dufferin and Roncesvalles“. The goal was to create something that speaks to the one-of-a-kind, slightly off from the norm lifestyle that exists when you come up the hill east from Roncesvales, or travel through the underpass at Dufferin.

The PVBIA has attached this new brand image to a wonderful re-useable shopping bag that we have been giving away FREE to area residents and visitors who join our contact list. The bags are made of Jute, a high-quality natural fiber similar to Flax, Ramie or Hemp; with proceeds from its manufacturing going towards supporting Windfall Clothing an award winning charity founded in 1991 which assist homeless and emergency shelters meet their clients’ needs for new clothing. The bags were unveiled at the Queen West Art Crawl and were available on Nuit Blanche to visitors to the district.

We are extremely proud of efforts of our members and area residents who have participated on all levels of planning and implementing the current list of projects that the BIA has taken upon itself.

As Parkdale continues to grow and change over the coming months we invite all Torontonians to get to know some of the new businesses and rediscover the wonderful familiar sights, sounds, culinary tastes and aromas of our unique business district.

Please visit our website www.parkdalevillagebia.com for more information.

To see the new PVBIA logo follow this link:pvbia-logo-new.pdf

Thanks for making the Polish Festival a Success!

Posted on October 5, 2009

A message from the Roncesvalles Village BIA:

The annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival has grown to become North America‘s biggest celebration of Polish culture in what we proudly call Toronto‘s best neighbourhood! Though we faced numerous challenges this year, including a major construction project on Roncesvalles Avenue, the 2009 Roncesvalles Polish Festival was the biggest and best to date!

We were blessed by perfect weather and a large team of volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly to pull it all together and make our street welcoming to the over 200,000 visitors to our neighbourhood on September 19 and 20.

We have many people to thank, including the Festival’s patron, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, our many sponsors (including St. Stanislaus-St. Casimir’s Polish Parishes Credit Union, PMA Canada and European Fine Foods Co. Ltd.), our staff and volunteers, the businesses of Roncesvalles Village, who really got into the spirit of things, and our fantastic musical groups, dance groups, buskers and other entertainers.

This year, a special thanks goes to the City of Toronto (particularly project engineer Daphne Wee) and the contractors Varcon Construction and Comer Group, who together pulled off a minor miracle, making Roncesvalles “festival-ready” by cleaning our street, paving their work to date and transforming Roncesvalles into a very walkable and danceable street. Thank you!

Finally, a huge thanks to all of you who visited Roncesvalles Village during our festival. Please continue to visit our neighbourhood and support your local businesses!

Dziekuje bardzo (and thank you very much!)

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