High Park Stewards Presentation: Restoration in the Age of Climate Change and Invading Worms

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

Restoration in the Age of Climate Change and Invading Worms, with Dale Leadbeater

Sunday January 27, 2013, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
(The first light S. of Bloor from Keele. It’s the brown building in the
back. Please enter via the bottom door.)

Ecologist Dale Leadbeater brings years of experience when she speaks of  best practices for ecological restoration. Our tools include prescribed burns, invasive plant species control, and plantings that range from wildflowers, sedges and grasses to shrubs and trees. We target  historical ecosystems as goals for restoration.

But the key is “sustainability”. All too often, restoration projects struggle and fail due to an inadequate understanding of the ecology of soil. How do we account for its role?

For more information:
http://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

High Park Nature Centre – Upcoming Events

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

 

Bugs On Ice – Family Nature Walk:

Bring your magnifying glass as we discover how bugs survive through the winter as we hike the trails. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary.

WHEN:
January 26, 2013
 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
WHERE:
High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Drive
COST:
$2 / person or donate-what-you-can
CONTACT:
416-392-1748 x2E-mail

All Family Nature Walks are sponsored by Toronto Field Naturalists.  For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

 

Urban Wilderness Poetry Workshop:

Nature poetry may not be what you think it is. It might be a reverent ode to a fox. But it might also be something altogether unexpected. Come hunt the wild woods in the heart of the city for poetic inspiration. Local poet Anita Lahey will introduce you to some great poems on the natural world by living Canadian poets. You’ll soak up the winter wonderland in High Park, explore some trails, and write some of your own verse.

WHEN:

January 27, 2013
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE:
High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Drive
We regret that this event is not wheelchair accessible.
COST:
$10 / person
Ages 12 and above
CONTACT:
416-392-1748 x2E-mail

To Register

http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/

 

“The High Park Nature Centre is a non-profit organization that instills awareness, understanding and respect for nature through hands-on outdoor environmental education.  Our year round programs connect urban children, youth and families with the nature in their city and involve them in the protection and stewardship of Toronto’s largest green space, High Park.”

Have Your Say About Health Care – Town Hall Discussion – February 3rd/13

Posted on January 25, 2013


Have Your Say About Health Care!

How well is our health care system serving Canadians? How does it need to improve? What’s the best way to proceed?

Join Peggy Nash, MP, Parkdale-High Park and Opposition Finance Critic, for a Town Hall discussion on these issues.  Peggy will be joined by:

  • Libby Davies, MP, Vancouver East, Official Opposition Health Critic
  •  Michael Rachlis, MD, Health Policy Analyst
  • Natalie Mehra, Director, Ontario Health Coalition
  • Carla Ribeiro, Executive Director, Parkdale Community Health Centre

Sunday, February 3, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm at Parkdale Public Library, 1303 Queen Street West

 

Everyone welcome!

City of Toronto's Website Ranked One Of The World's Top Municipal Government Sites

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

City of Toronto’s website ranked one of the world’s top municipal government sites

Toronto is one of the top three cities in the world with respect to municipal government websites, according to a global survey.

The survey of municipal government websites was conducted jointly by the E-Governance Institute in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and the Department of Political Science at Kent State University. The City of Toronto’s website was ranked first in content and second overall behind the website of Seoul, South Korea.

“The City of Toronto is truly dedicated to providing excellent customer service along with transparency and accountability,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “For example, we’ve made it easy to access City Hall by visiting our website that provides information about municipal programs, services, initiatives, online payment options, and online public feedback opportunities.”

“The survey evaluated global municipal government websites in the categories of citizen and social engagement, content, privacy, services and usability,” said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of Toronto’s Government Management Committee. “We ranked first in content, third in usability and fifth in services. We will consistently strive to maintain the best level of content and we have plans underway to make improvements in the other areas.”

The Rutgers-Newark/Kent State Global E-Governance Survey:

http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/images/stories/documents/EGov/Digital_Governance_in_Municipalities_Worldwide_2011-12.pdf

Toronto consistently ranks well in international studies. More information about Toronto’s rankings is available at http://www.toronto.ca/progress/world_rankings.htm.

City of Toronto’s Website Ranked One Of The World’s Top Municipal Government Sites

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

City of Toronto’s website ranked one of the world’s top municipal government sites

Toronto is one of the top three cities in the world with respect to municipal government websites, according to a global survey.

The survey of municipal government websites was conducted jointly by the E-Governance Institute in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and the Department of Political Science at Kent State University. The City of Toronto’s website was ranked first in content and second overall behind the website of Seoul, South Korea.

“The City of Toronto is truly dedicated to providing excellent customer service along with transparency and accountability,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “For example, we’ve made it easy to access City Hall by visiting our website that provides information about municipal programs, services, initiatives, online payment options, and online public feedback opportunities.”

“The survey evaluated global municipal government websites in the categories of citizen and social engagement, content, privacy, services and usability,” said Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East), Chair of Toronto’s Government Management Committee. “We ranked first in content, third in usability and fifth in services. We will consistently strive to maintain the best level of content and we have plans underway to make improvements in the other areas.”

The Rutgers-Newark/Kent State Global E-Governance Survey:

http://spaa.newark.rutgers.edu/images/stories/documents/EGov/Digital_Governance_in_Municipalities_Worldwide_2011-12.pdf

Toronto consistently ranks well in international studies. More information about Toronto’s rankings is available at http://www.toronto.ca/progress/world_rankings.htm.

Employment Lands Open Houses – Draft Official Plan Policies

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

At its meeting on November 27, 2012, City Council directed Planning staff to obtain feedback from Torontonians, members of the business community and other stakeholders on the draft policiesdesignations, and mapping for Toronto’s employment lands as well as the existing requests/applications for the conversion of employment lands to non-employment uses.  To learn more about Toronto’s employment lands, including staff and consultant reports, please visit the documents page.

To learn more see: http://www.toronto.ca/opreview/employment/

 

 

2013 Live Green Toronto Awards Open For Entries

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

2013 Live Green Toronto Awards open for entries

Nominations open today for the City’s Live Green Toronto Awards.

With video entries and the chance to vote for your favourites online, the Live Green Toronto Awards make it easy for everyone to participate in the search for Toronto’s greenest youth, individual, group, small business and corporation.

Entrants submit a short video, up to 90 seconds in length, and tell their green story in 500 words or less.

The public will have two opportunities to vote for their favourites: votes cast in the first round will help the judges determine the finalists. Votes cast in the second round will determine the winners.

Winners will receive a Live Green Toronto Award, $2,500 courtesy of award sponsors and a chance to share their story on CP24, the exclusive television partner of Live Green Toronto.

Award categories open for entries
• Youth: 24 years and younger
• Individual: 25 years and older
• Group: team, community group, non-profit organization
• Small Business: for-profit business, up to 50 employees
• Corporation: for-profit business, more than 50 employees.

Key dates
• January 21: Entries and online voting opens
• March 3: Entries and first-round voting closes
• March 15: Finalists announced by judges
• March 15: Voting: second-round opens
• April 19: Voting: second round closes
• April 22: Winners announced.

Entry deadline: 11:59 p.m. on March 3, 2013
To enter, vote and learn more, visit http://www.livegreentoronto.ca.

About Live Green Toronto
Live Green Toronto is a City of Toronto program that promotes and supports the greening of our city through programs, events, grants and a one-stop website with resources, tips and tools to help residents and businesses take action to reduce emissions, protect our climate and clean our air.

For more information, visit http://www.livegreentoronto.ca.

 

 

Statutory Public Meeting of Draft City-Wide Zoning Bylaw

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

Zoning affects every property in the city. The zoning bylaw regulates the use of land and buildings as well as their height, size, and location. With 43 different zoning bylaws inherited from the six pre-amalgamation municipalities, the City of Toronto is now in the final stages of a multi-year harmonization process.

A statutory open house will be held February 6, where everyone is welcome to attend to provide final comments on the draft bylaw and hear a presentation by staff.

The latest draft of the city-wide zoning bylaw, dated November 8, 2012, goes before the Planning and Growth Management Committee at a special statutory public meeting on February 13. If the Committee recommends approval, a final draft of the bylaw will proceed to City Council for enactment. The latest draft of the zoning bylaw is available on the Clerk’s website (item PG19.12):

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=5685#Meeting-2012.PG19.

The draft city-wide zoning bylaw is also available on interactive maps. You can quickly find the zoning of a property by searching by address on these maps. To find links to the interactive map and for more information on the progress of the zoning bylaw, please visit:

http://www.toronto.ca/zoning

 

Parkdale Residents Association AGM and Panel Discussion

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

 

Please join us on Wednesday, February 13th for the Parkdale Residents Association Annual General Meeting.  The meeting will be held from 7-9 pm at May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue.

We’ll attend to the dry but necessary bits of AGM business quickly (President’s Message, Treasurer’s Report, Nomination and Election of Officers). This will be followed by some regular committee updates, and then we’ll launch right into a panel discussion on the Queen Street Restaurant Study

If you’ve been thinking of getting more involved in your community, if you’d like to know more about what’s going on, this is a great opportunity to connect with some of your community-minded neighbours.  While you’re at it, you can join the PRA as a member for the nominal annual membership amount of $20 (waged) or $5 (unwaged).  We’d love to have your input, your energy and your ideas.

To learn more about the Parkdale Residents Association please see:

http://parkdale.to/content/about-us

 

 

 

Colborne Lodge Upcoming Event

Posted on January 25, 2013

 

High Park History – A Family Nature Walk

Saturday, February 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Restaurant


High Park has a fascinating history – both human and natural. Staff from Colborne Lodge join the High Park Nature Centre staff to bring you entertaining stories of the people and happenings of the park from long ago. Supported by Toronto Field Naturalists. For information visit www.highparknaturecentre.com or call 416-392-1748 ext. 2.

Colborne Lodge

South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive. Limited free parking
416-392-6916
clodge@toronto.ca

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