Western Waterfront Public Art / Interactive Sculpture

Posted on June 29, 2012

 

The artist collective Interactive Arts is creating a new public art piece to be displayed on the Humber Pedestrian Bridge for two months this summer.

“We are so excited to share with you a new public art piece that will be displayed on the Humber Pedestrian Bridge for two months this summer.

Inspired by the bridge and the surrounding waterfront, this project is part of a unique initiative to bring large scale art, created by a shared community effort, to the city of Toronto. The sculpture is a grassroots effort, being created by volunteer artists along with interactive arts as a gift to our city.

Overnight, two 18 foot long dancing creatures will appear on the Humber Bridge suspended 20 feet above the pedestrian walkway.  The creatures will have a glass like appearance and at night they will seem to communicate with each other and their surroundings using bio-luminescence.”

 

If you are interested to donate or find out more please visit: Interactive Arts Humber Bridge Public Art Project

 

 

Fireworks Safety During Canada Day

Posted on June 29, 2012

 

 

Fireworks safety during Canada Day celebrations in Toronto

The City of Toronto’s Fire Services reminds residents that safety precautions are important when using fireworks and sparklers at Canada Day celebrations this weekend.

“Fireworks can be dangerous – they have the potential to cause serious injury,”said Acting Fire Chief Ron Jenkins. “Responsible adults must supervise fireworks displays. If you plan to host your own display, please take the time to plan, prepare, prevent and protect.”

Toronto Fire Services would prefer to have families visit a public fireworks display in the community that is conducted by a professional fireworks display company. The following list of safety tips elaborating on the advice to “plan, prepare, prevent and protect” are for residents who intend to hold their own fireworks displays at home.

Plan the display:

– Fireworks displays are allowed without a permit only on designated holidays.

– Purchase fireworks from a retailer displaying a valid, City-issued fireworks vendor permit.

– Always read and follow the label directions on fireworks.

Prepare for a safe event:

– Fireworks and sparklers should be safely stored and kept out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard or drawer.

– Ensure that fireworks can be discharged a safe distance away from combustible materials, including buildings and trees.

– Before being lit, fireworks should be buried at least half their length down into a bucket of sand or earth. If portable firing bases are not available, plant the fireworks directly into the ground, making sure each piece is firmly supported before igniting.

– Always have water on hand from a garden hose – as well as a bucket of water in which to soak the fireworks after fired.

Prevent burns:

– Sparklers should only be used outdoors – never indoors.

– After use, sparklers should be doused with water or allowed to cool in a safe place away from children. The ends of sparklers continue to stay hot for some time and can easily burn a child’s skin, clothing or nearby combustible material.

– Children should never be permitted to light fireworks. Adults must be responsible for handling all fireworks materials while spectators watch from a safe distance.- Fireworks are not meant to be hand-held.

– If someone is burned, immediately run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes as preliminary treatment.

Protect everyone participating/attending:

– Only one adult should ignite the fireworks.

– Only one fireworks item should be lit at a time.

– Light the fireworks at arm’s length, then stand back and keep your face turned away. If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to re-light it. Let it sit in the base for 10 to 15 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.

– The adult igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of his or her body extended over the firework.

– People who have fireworks should never throw or point fireworks at other people, carry fireworks in their pockets, discharge fireworks from metal or glass containers, or discharge fireworks indoors.

 

Note: City parks may not be used for personal fireworks displays.

The City’s fireworks bylaw is a further source of information for those considering fireworks displays: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/bylaws.htm

More fire-related safety tips: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention

 

 

Dufferin Street Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Reconstruction

Posted on June 29, 2012

 

 

Dufferin Street Watermain, Road Work and TTC Track Reconstruction

Start Date: July 3, 2012 Timelines subject to change due to unforeseen events

End Date: December 2012 Content is accurate and current at time of printing

 

Beginning on July 3, the City of Toronto -Technical Services and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) willundertake major construction work on Dufferin Street from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue. Aprevious public notice was distributed in early April 2012. The work will involve; reconstruction of watermain,streetcar tracks, road, curb and sidewalk areas, traffic signals, and streetscape (e.g. construction of sign wall,seat wall and banner pole).Construction NotificationThe project is being scheduled and staged in a manner to minimize disruption to the general traffic and transitservice during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Construction on this project will be suspended duringthe CNE. Project updates will be provided as required.

General Timeline:

Phase 1: Watermain work begins between King Street and Queen Street with some sidewalk work.

Phase 2: Track reconstruction including road work begins between Springhurst Avenue and Queen Street.Remaining watermain work begins between King Street and Springhurst Avenue.

 

 

To see the notice, find contact information and learn more about the construction details please see: Construction Notice

Weekend Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on June 29, 2012

 

 
Weekend events with road closures in Toronto :
“A number of special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.  Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.  In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.
In addition, the City recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The new site can be accessed at www.toronto.ca/inview.
Canada Day Celebration at Queen’s ParkSunday closure:• Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Circle from College Street to Hoskin Avenue will be closed on Sunday, July 1 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Canada Day Parade in ScarboroughSunday closure:• Brimley Road will be closed from Progress Avenue to Ellesmere Road from 1 to 6 p.m. and from Ellesmere Road to Lawrence Avenue from 3 to 8 p.m.• Ellesmere Road will be closed from Midland Avenue to McCowan Road from 4 to 5 p.m.
Pride Week FestivitiesWeekend closures:• Church Street Pride Festival – June 29 to July 2Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday, June 29 at 6 p.m. to Monday, July 2 at 6 a.m.
• Pride and Remembrance Run – Saturday, June 30 Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to and including Queen’s Park Circle will be closed on Saturday, June 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
• Dyke March – Saturday, June 30March route: Starts at Church and Hayden Street, north on Church Street to Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street and east on Carlton Street to finish at  Sherbourne Avenue. Roads will be closed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (the march is from 2 to 4 p.m.).
• Pride Parade – Sunday, July 2Formation area: Rosedale Valley Road, from Bayview Avenue to Park Road. Parade route: Starts at Church Street and Bloor Street East, west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Gerrard Street, and east on Gerrard Street back to Church Street. Roads will be closed for varying periods between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (the parade is from 2 to 6 p.m.).

Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Closures

Posted on June 29, 2012

 

 

 

All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2 for Canada Day.

 

As well, the Parkdale Library will be closed on Monday July 9, 2012 for the installation of self service check out at the branch.  The work required will start on Sunday July 8 through to Monday July 9.  Normal service will resume on Tuesday July 10.

 

If you have further questions about service hours please find contact information at: TPL Contact

 

 

 

Sorauren Park Town Square Campaign Tops $40,000

Posted on June 26, 2012

 

 

Thanks to the amazing generosity of the Ward 14 Community the Sorauren Park Town Square community fundraising campaign has its initial $40,000 goal and now sits at more than $48,000 raised!

With a new matching funds grant from the City of Toronto’s “Livegreen Toronto”, every dollar in the community campaign is doubled, meaning total funds raised to date sit at more than $96,000.

“Campaign organizers at the Wabash Building Society will be setting a new target for the community campaign as donations continue to arrive. The entire Town Square construction budget is estimated at approximately $600,000, with the WBS committed to raising half the amount through various fundraising campaigns and grant requests.

All donations over $10 receive a charitable tax receipt, and donors giving $100 or more are recognized on the donor wall. Donations can be Made Online through a partnership with the Toronto Parks & Trees Foundation or By Cheque in the mail or drop-off.

A big thanks to everyone who has donated! You can Donor Wall. The donations will be put to good use next year, as phase one construction is planned to start in 2013.”

 

 

To learn more about the town square project please see: soraurenpark.wordpress.com

To find out about the wabash building society and how you can get involved please visit: http://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

West End Food Co-Op News

Posted on June 26, 2012

 

 

 

“WEFC News

  • Bond Campaign Update: We’re up to just over $40,000 and counting! We’re getting more and more bond purchases each week, and we’re past our half-way fundraising goal.  Let’s keep up this momentum!
  • Food Hub Construction Update: We still have lots of items on our Wishlist so Food Hub Wish List!  If you have a bunch of useful items that are no longer useful to you, contact wishlist@westendfood.coop to donate.
  • Seeking Newsletter Volunteer: WEFC is seeking a dedicated volunteer to be our next Newsletter Editor!  If this communications opportunity to volunteer for a non-profit co-op in the good food movement and work with a fantastic team of people sounds right up your alley, check out the posting here.  And yes, it definitely is as fun as it sounds!!”

 

 

“The West End Food Co-op is a multi-stakeholder co-operative that includes eaters, producers, workers, and community partners.  We aim to provide viable food security initiatives that are specific to the needs of our west end communities.  Examples of these kinds of initiatives include the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, our Community Cannery, Food Mapping Project, and our latest endeavour of opening a Food Hub in the Parkdale CHC.

West End Food Co-op connects local farmers to local eaters, and produces self-sustaining initiatives that work for the community.  Our co-op is working to increase markets for local, sustainable farmers and artisan producers; a fair, democratic, and meaningful workplace for our workers; an inspiring, community-driven, and welcoming place to shop, learn and connect for eaters; and a resource and valuable partner to work with community groups in Parkdale and across Toronto to improve food security and access to good, healthy, real food in our neighbourhood and beyond.

We aim to provide the means for people to make empowering food choices, and have access to fresh, healthy foods.”

 

Toronto Public Health – 2012 Peer Leadership Grant for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on June 26, 2012

 

Prevent Diabetes Now:

Diabetes is a serious disease – but it can be prevented.

Small changes towards a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay the start of type 2 diabetes if you are at risk for the disease.

Get healthier one step at a time. Be active, eat well and achieve a healthy weight.

 

 

2012 Peer Leadership Grant for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Toronto Public Health is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2012 Peer Leadership Grant for the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.

The goal of the grant is to provide peer led health education programs to adults at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The grant:

  • provides up to a maximum of $5,000 per organization.
  • is open to community organizations in the City of Toronto, who want to provide culturally appropriate and accessible health education programs for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

All organizations who wish to apply for the grant are encouraged to complete the application (PDF). Submission instructions, eligibility criteria and other details are outlined in the application.

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please e-mail preventdiabetes@toronto.ca.


 

Live Green – Eco-Roof Incentive Program & Grants/Rebates

Posted on June 26, 2012

 

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

 

 

“Program Update: Applications for cool roof projects are now being accepted. For cool roof applications, priority will be given to cool roof projects that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. Incentives for cool roof projects will be provided until funds are exhausted. We cannot guarantee funding for your cool roof project will be available. Applications for green roofs continue to be accepted.


Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program is designed to promote the use of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s existing commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, and new commercial, industrial and institutional buildings with a gross floor area of less than of 2,000 m2. The program aims  to help Toronto’s business community take action on climate change.

The environmental benefits of eco-roofs are many. Green and cool roofs help reduce urban heat and associated energy use, which is a particular concern as global temperatures rise. Green roofs also help manage stormwater runoff (reducing the pollutants that enter our waterways), enhance biodiversity, improve air quality, and beautify our city.

An “eco-roof”may be either a “green roof”that supports vegetation, or a “cool roof”that reflects the sun’s thermal energy.

 

“Green Roof” is a roof surface that supports the growth of vegetation over a substantial portion of its area for the purpose of water or energy conservation. It is comprised of a waterproofing membrane, drainage layer, organic growing medium (soil) and vegetation. For more information on green roofs, visit www.toronto.ca/greenroofs and www.greenroofs.org.

 

 

“Cool Roof”is a roofing system with high solar reflectivity and thermal emissivity to reduce the urban heat island effect. It may be either a coating applied over an existing roof system or a new single-ply waterproofing membrane. For more general information on cool roofs, visitwww.coolroofs.org/HomeandBuildingOwnersInfo.html.

While all types of sustainable roofs are encouraged, the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program does not apply to alternative green technologies such as photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels or rainwater harvesting equipment.

Applications are currently being accepted for green and cool roof projects and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, subject to funding availability.

Applicants will be notified of their application status within six weeks of requesting a grant.”

 

Residents, Community Groups, Businesses – Grants and Rebates

Residents:

Green your life and get rewarded. See our summary of incentives and rebates for your home.

Community Groups:

Learn about Live Green Toronto funding and incentives , and other grants and funds to help you go green in your neighbourhood.

Businesses:

Need help to green your business?  Here’s a summary of incentives and rebates to help you get you started.

 

For more information on Live Green Toronto please see: Live Green

 

 

 

Live Green – Eco-Roof Incentive Program & Grants/Rebates

Posted on June 26, 2012

 

Eco-Roof Incentive Program

 

 

“Program Update: Applications for cool roof projects are now being accepted. For cool roof applications, priority will be given to cool roof projects that are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012. Incentives for cool roof projects will be provided until funds are exhausted. We cannot guarantee funding for your cool roof project will be available. Applications for green roofs continue to be accepted.


Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program is designed to promote the use of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s existing commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, and new commercial, industrial and institutional buildings with a gross floor area of less than of 2,000 m2. The program aims  to help Toronto’s business community take action on climate change.

The environmental benefits of eco-roofs are many. Green and cool roofs help reduce urban heat and associated energy use, which is a particular concern as global temperatures rise. Green roofs also help manage stormwater runoff (reducing the pollutants that enter our waterways), enhance biodiversity, improve air quality, and beautify our city.

An “eco-roof”may be either a “green roof”that supports vegetation, or a “cool roof”that reflects the sun’s thermal energy.

 

“Green Roof” is a roof surface that supports the growth of vegetation over a substantial portion of its area for the purpose of water or energy conservation. It is comprised of a waterproofing membrane, drainage layer, organic growing medium (soil) and vegetation. For more information on green roofs, visit www.toronto.ca/greenroofs and www.greenroofs.org.

 

 

“Cool Roof”is a roofing system with high solar reflectivity and thermal emissivity to reduce the urban heat island effect. It may be either a coating applied over an existing roof system or a new single-ply waterproofing membrane. For more general information on cool roofs, visitwww.coolroofs.org/HomeandBuildingOwnersInfo.html.

While all types of sustainable roofs are encouraged, the City of Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program does not apply to alternative green technologies such as photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels or rainwater harvesting equipment.

Applications are currently being accepted for green and cool roof projects and will be reviewed on a monthly basis, subject to funding availability.

Applicants will be notified of their application status within six weeks of requesting a grant.”

 

Residents, Community Groups, Businesses – Grants and Rebates

Residents:

Green your life and get rewarded. See our summary of incentives and rebates for your home.

Community Groups:

Learn about Live Green Toronto funding and incentives , and other grants and funds to help you go green in your neighbourhood.

Businesses:

Need help to green your business?  Here’s a summary of incentives and rebates to help you get you started.

 

For more information on Live Green Toronto please see: Live Green

 

 

 

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