High Park Nature – High Park's Hidden River

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

Once again, the folks at the High Park Nature have put out great document to better our environmental education of High Park and the need for park stewardship.   Check out their family nature walks, history events, and much more at: http://www.highparknature.org

 

 

As well another group, high park nature centre, offers family nature walks, mentorship programs and much more, find out whats on at:

http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/whats-on/?doing_wp_cron=1354213340.3426210880279541015625

 

 

In High Parks Nature’s new document ‘High Park’s Hidden River’,  you get a chance to learn about the Laurentian River that runs under the park, aquifers, artisan wells, entombed sewers, lost creeks, and more.  Take a look at the .pdf here:  High Park’s Hidden Waters

 

 

High Park Nature – High Park’s Hidden River

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

Once again, the folks at the High Park Nature have put out great document to better our environmental education of High Park and the need for park stewardship.   Check out their family nature walks, history events, and much more at: http://www.highparknature.org

 

 

As well another group, high park nature centre, offers family nature walks, mentorship programs and much more, find out whats on at:

http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/whats-on/?doing_wp_cron=1354213340.3426210880279541015625

 

 

In High Parks Nature’s new document ‘High Park’s Hidden River’,  you get a chance to learn about the Laurentian River that runs under the park, aquifers, artisan wells, entombed sewers, lost creeks, and more.  Take a look at the .pdf here:  High Park’s Hidden Waters

 

 

4 Villages Community Health Centre: Journeys To Health -Places Of Wellness

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

 

 

To learn more about 4 Villages Community Health Centre visit:

http://www.4villageschc.ca/

 

To find out other events or programs please see the calendar at:

http://www.4villageschc.ca/documents/Calendar.pdf

 

Toronto Public Library – Save Our Ash Trees Event

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

The Toronto Public Library Annette Street Branch (just on the other side of the Ward 14 boundary in Ward 13) will be holding a holding an open public event on saving our ash trees from the emerald ash borer.  The event will take place on December 3rd, 2012, from 6:30-8:15pm and everyone is welcome.  See the flyer below for more details.

 

 

 

Parkdale Bazaar – Winter Bazaar December 1st/12

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

Please join us at St. John’s Church at 186 Cowan Ave. for our winter installment of the Parkdale Bazaar. We will have ugly sweaters, raffles, cider, a holiday portrait setup and much more!

“The Spirit of the Parkdale Bazaar is a great example of the prominent fringe culture in Parkdale, and local interest in recycled, repurposed and home-grown living.

Parkdale Community Development Group (PCDG) works with other community groups and develops and delivers projects that aim to improve the health of the Parkdale community, and to nourish the cultural and artistic landscape that it’s known for.”

To learn more about this great event and the amazing organization behind it please see: Parkdale Community Development Group – Parkdale Bazaar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toronto's New Poet Laureate: George Elliott Clarke

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

Council appoints George Elliott Clarke Toronto’s new Poet Laureate

‘Respected Toronto-based poet, dramatist, novelist and professor George Elliott Clarke has been appointed by City Council as Toronto’s fourth Poet Laureate.

Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1960, Mr. Clarke is a seventh-generation Canadian of African-American and Mi’kmaq Amerindian heritage. He earned a BA Honours in English from the University of Waterloo (1984), an MA in English from Dalhousie University (1989) and a PhD in English from Queen’s University (1993). Clarke now lives in Toronto and began teaching Canadian and African diasporic literature in 1999 at University of Toronto, where he is currently the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature.

Among Clarke’s many honours are the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-08), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), and eight honorary doctorates.

Clarke has been instrumental in promoting the work of writers of African descent. In 2002 he published Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature and he has just published a second volume, Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature. More information about his works is available at

http://canadian-writers.athabascau.ca/english/writers/geclarke/geclarke.php.

“I look forward to the stimulating challenge of imagining words of beauty and emotion that might possibly mirror and echo the multicultural mosaic that is Toronto the Great,” said Clarke. “Our greatness is our global community – a mix of mixtures of peoples that is found nowhere else in the world and that represents a dynamic, attractive and inspiring cosmopolitanism. The post of Poet Laureate is a magical public offering, and I am humbled to follow in the brilliant wake of Dionne Brand, Pier Giorgio di Cicco and Dennis Lee.”

Clarke will receive an annual honorarium of $10,000 for three years to serve as Toronto’s literary ambassador championing local literary arts and wordsmiths. He will also create a literary legacy project for the people of Toronto.

The position of Toronto’s Poet Laureate was initiated in 2001, with Dennis Lee serving as Canada’s first municipal Poet Laureate. Lee embarked on an ambitious program that saw the 2008 unveiling of a monument at Queen’s Park of contemporary poet Al Purdy.

Pier Giorgio di Cicco became the second Poet Laureate in 2004. He used the role to influence municipal policy in issues that address the urban aesthetic and its relationship to liveable and sustainable cities.

Dionne Brand was named Toronto’s third Poet Laureate in 2009. She dedicated herself to promoting poetry in the public realm with the website http://www.poetryispublic.ca/ and with temporary and permanent poetry displays in branches of the Toronto Public Library.

Clarke was nominated by a selection committee that included Brand, Joanna Poblocka (Executive Director, League of Canadian Poets), Lillian Necakov-Avalos (Branch Head, Toronto Public Library), Andrew McAlorum (General Editor, Canadian Poetry Online), and Marc Glassman (Director, This Is Not A Reading Series). The selection committee relied on its expertise and consultation with the community to select a candidate.

More information about the Toronto Poet Laureate and its program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culture/poet_laureate.htm.

 

 

Toronto’s New Poet Laureate: George Elliott Clarke

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

Council appoints George Elliott Clarke Toronto’s new Poet Laureate

‘Respected Toronto-based poet, dramatist, novelist and professor George Elliott Clarke has been appointed by City Council as Toronto’s fourth Poet Laureate.

Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1960, Mr. Clarke is a seventh-generation Canadian of African-American and Mi’kmaq Amerindian heritage. He earned a BA Honours in English from the University of Waterloo (1984), an MA in English from Dalhousie University (1989) and a PhD in English from Queen’s University (1993). Clarke now lives in Toronto and began teaching Canadian and African diasporic literature in 1999 at University of Toronto, where he is currently the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature.

Among Clarke’s many honours are the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-08), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), appointment to the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer (2008), and eight honorary doctorates.

Clarke has been instrumental in promoting the work of writers of African descent. In 2002 he published Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature and he has just published a second volume, Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature. More information about his works is available at

http://canadian-writers.athabascau.ca/english/writers/geclarke/geclarke.php.

“I look forward to the stimulating challenge of imagining words of beauty and emotion that might possibly mirror and echo the multicultural mosaic that is Toronto the Great,” said Clarke. “Our greatness is our global community – a mix of mixtures of peoples that is found nowhere else in the world and that represents a dynamic, attractive and inspiring cosmopolitanism. The post of Poet Laureate is a magical public offering, and I am humbled to follow in the brilliant wake of Dionne Brand, Pier Giorgio di Cicco and Dennis Lee.”

Clarke will receive an annual honorarium of $10,000 for three years to serve as Toronto’s literary ambassador championing local literary arts and wordsmiths. He will also create a literary legacy project for the people of Toronto.

The position of Toronto’s Poet Laureate was initiated in 2001, with Dennis Lee serving as Canada’s first municipal Poet Laureate. Lee embarked on an ambitious program that saw the 2008 unveiling of a monument at Queen’s Park of contemporary poet Al Purdy.

Pier Giorgio di Cicco became the second Poet Laureate in 2004. He used the role to influence municipal policy in issues that address the urban aesthetic and its relationship to liveable and sustainable cities.

Dionne Brand was named Toronto’s third Poet Laureate in 2009. She dedicated herself to promoting poetry in the public realm with the website http://www.poetryispublic.ca/ and with temporary and permanent poetry displays in branches of the Toronto Public Library.

Clarke was nominated by a selection committee that included Brand, Joanna Poblocka (Executive Director, League of Canadian Poets), Lillian Necakov-Avalos (Branch Head, Toronto Public Library), Andrew McAlorum (General Editor, Canadian Poetry Online), and Marc Glassman (Director, This Is Not A Reading Series). The selection committee relied on its expertise and consultation with the community to select a candidate.

More information about the Toronto Poet Laureate and its program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culture/poet_laureate.htm.

 

 

Queen Street West Restaurant Study – Meeting Presentation

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

City Planning staff’s presentation from the November 26th, 2012, community meeting regarding The Queen Street West Restaurant Study is now available.

To see a .pdf copy of the presentation please click: Queen Street West Restaurant Study

 

To see the original meeting notice please visit:

http://gordperks.ca/2012/11/21/queen-street-west-restaurant-study-community-consultation-meeting/

 

 

Important Metrolinx/GO Transit Meeting – Bloor Go Station and Rail Corridor

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

 

On Monday, December 10th, 2012, from 6:30-8:30 Metrolinx/GO Transit will be holding a public meeting at Lithuanian House (1573 Bloor Street West).

 

Metrolinx/GO Transit staff will provide an overview of the ‘Mobility Hub Study’ that was done for the Bloor Go Station area and give information about the construction that will be taking place at the station between now and 2015.

 

If you have any questions contact Dina Graser, Director, Community and Stakeholder Relations, Metrolinx,Tel:  416-874-5950,  dina.graser@metrolinx.com

 

To see a .pdf copy of their notice click:  Metrolinx/Go – Bloor Community Notice – December2012

 

 

City Of Toronto T.O. INview Website Update For 2013

Posted on November 29, 2012

 

 

“The City of Toronto has added 2013 information to its website for the public to get a preliminary look at planned capital construction work taking place across the city.

T.O. INview – short for Toronto Infrastructure Viewer – enables viewers to quickly determine what work is planned in their community and get a sense of its likely impact locally.

The map highlights scheduled infrastructure construction being carried out by City divisions, including Transportation Services, Toronto Water and City Planning, as well as by transit authorities and utility companies.

New for 2013 and available now is information from Economic Development and Culture and Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in addition to details about cycling infrastructure proposed by Transportation Services.

T.O. INview provides details about the type of work planned, such as road resurfacing or watermain reconstruction, and is designed to improve the co-ordination of projects – with the goal of more efficient capital spending and greater convenience for the public.

T.O. INview can be accessed at http://www.toronto.ca/inview.

T.O. INview features planned road work but not emergency/short-term work. That kind of information is available athttp://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets, the City’s road restrictions web page, which is a source of information about short-term construction work as well as special events affecting Toronto roads.”

 

 

 

 

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