Melbourne Parkette Consultation and Community Meeting

Posted on March 30, 2012

 

On Monday, April 2nd, 2012 feel free to come to a community meeting regarding the installation of a community garden at Melbourne Parkette.


The meeting will take place from 7:00-8:30 PM at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Ave).

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Karen Duffy at 416-338-5174, by email at duffyk@toronto.ca.

 

To see the flyer please visit: Melbourne Parkette notice of meeting

 

PARC and Design Hope Toronto's 7th Annual Art Auction

Posted on March 30, 2012

Make sure to come out to Design Hope Toronto’s seventh annual art auction is happening on Friday, April 13/2012.


Twenty-six astounding works of art will be up for auction and raffle at St. John’s Parish Hall, 186 Cowan Avenue, with all proceeds going to the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC).

Admission is by donation, and the catered event will also include music and door prizes. The CBC’s Marcia Young will be hosting, with Bill Kime of Waddington’s returning as auctioneer.

PARC is a social service agency that helps people who have struggled with poverty, homelessness and mental health ailments. PARC recently developed Edmond Place, a supportive housing complex with 29 units of permanent and affordable housing.
Design Hope Toronto is completely volunteer-driven and since 2005, they have raised over $80,000 for Toronto’s homeless while promoting local artists.

 

For more information about this event visit:  design hope
For more information on PARC please visit:  parc

 

PARC and Design Hope Toronto’s 7th Annual Art Auction

Posted on March 30, 2012

Make sure to come out to Design Hope Toronto’s seventh annual art auction is happening on Friday, April 13/2012.


Twenty-six astounding works of art will be up for auction and raffle at St. John’s Parish Hall, 186 Cowan Avenue, with all proceeds going to the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC).

Admission is by donation, and the catered event will also include music and door prizes. The CBC’s Marcia Young will be hosting, with Bill Kime of Waddington’s returning as auctioneer.

PARC is a social service agency that helps people who have struggled with poverty, homelessness and mental health ailments. PARC recently developed Edmond Place, a supportive housing complex with 29 units of permanent and affordable housing.
Design Hope Toronto is completely volunteer-driven and since 2005, they have raised over $80,000 for Toronto’s homeless while promoting local artists.

 

For more information about this event visit:  design hope
For more information on PARC please visit:  parc

 

West Bend Community Association Upcoming Events

Posted on March 30, 2012

 

 

If you are a member of the West Bend are please take note of these upcoming events and get involved with your great community association.

 

1.    On April 18th at the West Bend Community Association monthly meeting (held at 7.00pm at Indian Rd Crescent Public School in the upstairs teachers lounge) there will be a presentation by Sherri Rousell, the director of the federal Keele Correctional Centre, . Ms. Rousell will discuss the Centre’s goals and operations and answer questions from residents.The Keele site’s role is to assist offenders to safely reintegrate back into the community.
2.    On May 16th at the West Bend Community Association monthly meeting there will be a presentation by Metrolinx concerning their noise and vibration studies along the Georgetown corridor.

To learn more about the WBCA please visit: West Bend Community Association

Toronto Park People's Second Toronto Park Summit

Posted on March 30, 2012

 

“The Summit will bring together park advocates, community groups, parks staff, city councillors, concerned Torontonians and park experts from across North America to generate ideas and create a road map for better parks in Toronto. The event builds on the success of last year’s sold out Summit.

The Summit takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Avenue) on Saturday May 12 from 1:00 – 5:30 pm. The theme of this year’s Park Summit is Citizen Engagement in Our Parks. There will be panels, presentations and discussions sharing ideas on how we can better bring community energy, ideas and funding into our parks. Ideas generated at the Summit will be pulled together into a solutions paper to be released in June by Park People. Our keynote speaker is Robert Hammond, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line in New York. Robert will tell his inspiring story of how two average residents became motivated to preserve and redevelop a community space. Their energy galvanized a community and lead to the creation of the High Line, now one of the most inspiring public parks in the world drawing millions of tourists and revitalizing an entire neighbourhood. The first three hours of the Summit are for presentations and discussions with the final 90 minutes for a reception. Further details on the Summit are on the www.parkpeople.ca website.”


Toronto Park People’s Second Toronto Park Summit

Posted on March 30, 2012

 

“The Summit will bring together park advocates, community groups, parks staff, city councillors, concerned Torontonians and park experts from across North America to generate ideas and create a road map for better parks in Toronto. The event builds on the success of last year’s sold out Summit.

The Summit takes place at the Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Avenue) on Saturday May 12 from 1:00 – 5:30 pm. The theme of this year’s Park Summit is Citizen Engagement in Our Parks. There will be panels, presentations and discussions sharing ideas on how we can better bring community energy, ideas and funding into our parks. Ideas generated at the Summit will be pulled together into a solutions paper to be released in June by Park People. Our keynote speaker is Robert Hammond, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line in New York. Robert will tell his inspiring story of how two average residents became motivated to preserve and redevelop a community space. Their energy galvanized a community and lead to the creation of the High Line, now one of the most inspiring public parks in the world drawing millions of tourists and revitalizing an entire neighbourhood. The first three hours of the Summit are for presentations and discussions with the final 90 minutes for a reception. Further details on the Summit are on the www.parkpeople.ca website.”


Sorauren Park News and Events

Posted on March 30, 2012

 


Feel free to come out to the monthly meeting of the Wabash Building Society where they will provide an update on the Town Square campaign, behind-the-scenes fundraising activities, discussions with Parks, Forestry & Recreation, and more! The meeting is on Thursday April 5th 2012, 7 p.m. at the Sorauren Fieldhouse.
In other news the Sorauren Park Town Square campaign is now over $17,500 thanks to many generous donors. Among the latest contributions is $1,000 from the Metrolinx (GO Transit) Community Partnership Fund. The money will be used to purchase 12 bike rings for the park expansion. Donations over $10 receive a charitable tax receipt. The money will help with the Town Square Project, to tear down the fence, the pizza oven, and other amenities.

You can now through the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation at:  Sorauren Town Square Project Donations

 

For more information on Sorauren Park and The Wabash Building Society please see:

Sorauren Park

Wabash Building Society

 




2012 Commercial Façade Improvement Program For Eligible Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)

Posted on March 30, 2012

 

If you own a business in Ward 14 and are a part of an eligible BIA, the deadline 2012 Commercial Façade Improvement Program June 29th/2012.

This program is available to owners and tenants of buildings used for commercial purposes at street level located in eligible BIAs listed above. Under the program the City funding is equal to one-half of the cost of the approved improvements to a maximum grant of $10,000 ($12,500 for a corner property). Applications for work totaling less than $5,000 are ineligible. For assistance in calculating the maximum potential funding for your project, please call 416-392-1820.

Please see:

https://wx.toronto.ca/intra/it/pubformrep.nsf/cf31a385c46c917b85257460004920a9/b2952cf5b6c7050885257593004dc392/$FILE/03-0013.pdf

High Park Zoo Community Meeting

Posted on March 30, 2012

With the High Park Zoo slated to close June, please make sure to come out to a community meeting on Monday April 9th/2012, at the Grenadier Cafe (in High Park) at 7PM.

 

The ‘Friends of High Park Zoo’ have been working tirelessly with Ward 13 Councillor Doucette and local residents to fundraise and spread awareness about this great community asset.

 

As well, you can donate to help save the High Park Zoo at: Donate To Save The High Park Zoo

 

For more information please email friendsofhighparkzoo@gmail.com or see the event flyer: Zoo Poster – April 9 Meeting Flyer
“The High Park Zoo is a popular year-round destination that has been a highlight for visitors to High Park Park for 112 years. The Zoo is free to the public and attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

The Zoo’s domestic and exotic animals offer both enjoyment and educational opportunities for people of all ages. The Zoo’s 50 animal residents include bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, sheep, yaks, emus, ducks, wallabies and capybara.

However, City Council recently adopted a change to the budget that will require the City to find alternative funding sources in order to continue to operate the High Park Zoo beyond June of 2012. By directing a donation to the Zoo through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, you can help support the continued operation of this valuable park asset and public attraction for all to enjoy!”

 

 

Roncesvalles Earth Hour Candlelight Walk

Posted on March 30, 2012

 

This Saturday March 31st is where more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide, switch off their lights, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.

 

Last year the contribution from our great community leaders and residents gained national recognition from WWF Canada  for the Roncesvalles Candlelight Walk.

 

For this years Earth Hour you are invited to gather in front of the Reveue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue) at 8:15, then commence the walk at 8:30.

 

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own candle, although some will be on hand – courtesy of the RVBIA. Please  consider using a recycled container such as a pre used glass jar or tin, as your carrier.

 

Afterwards, try to frequent one of our many supporting eateries and enjoy a little quality “Do it in the Dark”post walk celebration.

 

 

 

 

Earth Hour Candle Fire Safety:

“Toronto residents will join millions of people around the globe by switching lights off to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m.

The City of Toronto reminds everyone that fire safety must be exercised during lights-out.

While many sources of fires are on the decline, candle fires have increased dramatically during the past decade. Toronto Fire Services recommends not using candles – instead, use battery-powered flashlights.

If using candles, please follow these fire safety tips:

Always stay in the room where candles are lit.
Extinguish all candles when leaving the room, especially when going to sleep.
Dont use candles in bedrooms.
Keep candles at least one metre away from anything that can burn.
Keep candles, matches and lighters hidden and out of the reach of children and pets.
Use sturdy candle holders that wont tip or burn. Those with glass shades or chimneys are safer.
Extinguish candles when they burn to within five centimetres (two inches) of their holder.
Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of your home.
Practice your home fire escape plan.

For more information on other fire safety issues, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention or call 416-338-9050 and ask to speak to your nearest Fire Prevention Public Education Officer.

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