Toronto's longest running Nutcracker takes the stage in Parkdale

Posted on November 13, 2015

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This December, Pia Bouman’s School of Ballet and Creative Movement will host Toronto’s longest standing performance of the Nutcracker. This massive community production  comes together with nearly 100 children dancers and 80 local volunteers. For three decades,  it has been a beloved tradition and festive celebration for the Parkdale community. Notable Toronto names have participated in past shows and there are even some families with 3 generations involved!

 

DATES/TIMES:

  • December 17 at 7:30 PM
  • December 18 at 7:30 PM
  • December 19 at 2:00 PM
  • December 20 at 2:00 PM

 

LOCATION:

  • Lismer Hall, Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue Toronto

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Toronto’s longest running Nutcracker takes the stage in Parkdale

Posted on November 13, 2015

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This December, Pia Bouman’s School of Ballet and Creative Movement will host Toronto’s longest standing performance of the Nutcracker. This massive community production  comes together with nearly 100 children dancers and 80 local volunteers. For three decades,  it has been a beloved tradition and festive celebration for the Parkdale community. Notable Toronto names have participated in past shows and there are even some families with 3 generations involved!

 

DATES/TIMES:

  • December 17 at 7:30 PM
  • December 18 at 7:30 PM
  • December 19 at 2:00 PM
  • December 20 at 2:00 PM

 

LOCATION:

  • Lismer Hall, Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue Toronto

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The West Bend Community Association meeting – Wednesday November 18, 2015

Posted on November 13, 2015

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he Next West Bend Community Association meeting will be on  November 18, 2015 at 7.00PM at Indian Road Crescent Public School, in the Teachers Lounge, 2nd floor.

Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in Ward 14 High Park-Parkdale and across the city”.

 

 

Reminder: The Ontario Electricity Support Program is now accepting

Posted on November 13, 2015

An Ontario program started to take applications in October 2015 called Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) to give some relief to individuals and families with high electricity bills.

The program is for eligible low-income households across the province to receive a credit on their electricity bills in 2016.

To qualify for this credit is depends on the amount of people living in your home and the combined annual income. In order to get approved you must apply on the Ontario Energy Board website and follow the instructions.

Once you do get approval it will automatically be reduced from your bill as soon as six to eight weeks later. You must re-apply every two years to continue to get the credit.

There are higher levels of assistance for electrically heated homes or where there is a reliance on medical devices using a lot of power.

http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/en/ontario-electricity-support-program/


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City of Toronto working on a Tree Planting Strategy

Posted on November 13, 2015

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division, in consultation with Toronto Water, Transportation Services, City Planning and Economic Development and Culture, will develop a Tree Planting Strategy to inspire action to reach the City’s target of 40 per cent tree canopy cover over the next 30 to 40 years. The development of the strategy will also involve consultation with residents, the public, internal and external stakeholders and community partners.

Toronto currently has 26.6 per to 28 per cent tree canopy cover, representing 10.2 million trees. About 40 per cent of these trees are on City lands, with the remaining 60 per cent on private lands. The City will work with community stakeholders to develop a planting strategy that focuses on increasing tree planting and stewardship on private lands.

 

“I am committed to strengthening our tree canopy. Toronto’s urban forest enhances the quality of life for all of us,” said Mayor John Tory. “These consultations and strategy will give us a long-term plan to expand our tree canopy throughout the city.”

“The City is committed to stewardship of our urban forest on both public and private lands,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre), Toronto’s Tree Advocate. “A Tree Planting Strategy will help to protect, maintain and expand this vital green infrastructure.”

“Trees provide important environmental, social, and economic benefits to our city,” said Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “I encourage everyone to provide input into the development of this strategy and help us meet our tree canopy goals.”

The public is invited to provide input through an online survey at http://bit.ly/1GIWkLr or by attending one of the upcoming public meetings:

  • Monday, November 16, Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 150 Borough Dr., 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 399 The West Mall, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, November 30, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W., 6:30 to 9 p.m.

More information about the Tree Planting Strategy is available at http://ow.ly/UibNp.

From Visions to Actions for building community wealth in Parkdale – November 23, 26 & 28

Posted on November 13, 2015

Join participatory planning workshop to create a Parkdale Neighbourhood Plan!

Parkdale is one of the few remaining socially, economically and culturally mixed neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. However, Parkdale is changing rapidly under huge pressures from real estate reinvestment. This change raise a question of diversity, inclusivity and affordability, values that lie at the heart of Parkdale.

This is why a collaborative group of community agencies, groups and residents have been initiating community-based planning initiative in Parkdale, called Parkdale Community Economic Development Planning project. The goal of the project is to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Parkdale, one that can help guide neighbourhood change according to long-term community needs and goals for building shared community wealth.

PCED team has been conducting an extensive community engagement and consultation process – such as Parkdale Wellbeing Indicator workshop and Community Needs & Assets Mapping workshop. These participatory processes have helped us hear and identify key visions, priorities, and directions for the future of Parkdale that we want to create together.

As the next step, we would like to discuss how we can move from “collective visions” that we have identified to “community actions” that we can work on together. The session focuses on discussing concrete goals and actions in a range of areas such as:

  • affordable housing,

  • community-based financing

  • participatory local decision-making

  • decent work

  • health and food security

  • cultural development

Please join us to be part of community-based planning process in Parkdale! We would like to hear new ideas and good practices that you have for Parkdale. We will also discuss ideas for emerging initiatives such as Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Co-op Cred program, and others.

We have the following three dates and times for this round of participatory workshop.

  • November 23 Monday 6:00-8:30 at Bonar Parkdale (250 Dunn Ave)

  • November 26 Thursday 2:00-4:30 at Bonar Parkdale (250 Dunn Ave)

  • November 28 Saturday 1:30-4:00 at Parkdale Public Library Auditorium

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/from-visions-to-actions-for-building-community-wealth-in-parkdale-tickets-19324078840?aff=efbnreg

From Visions to Actions for building community wealth in Parkdale – November 23, 26 & 28

Posted on November 13, 2015

Join participatory planning workshop to create a Parkdale Neighbourhood Plan!

Parkdale is one of the few remaining socially, economically and culturally mixed neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto. However, Parkdale is changing rapidly under huge pressures from real estate reinvestment. This change raise a question of diversity, inclusivity and affordability, values that lie at the heart of Parkdale.

This is why a collaborative group of community agencies, groups and residents have been initiating community-based planning initiative in Parkdale, called Parkdale Community Economic Development Planning project. The goal of the project is to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Parkdale, one that can help guide neighbourhood change according to long-term community needs and goals for building shared community wealth.

PCED team has been conducting an extensive community engagement and consultation process – such as Parkdale Wellbeing Indicator workshop and Community Needs & Assets Mapping workshop. These participatory processes have helped us hear and identify key visions, priorities, and directions for the future of Parkdale that we want to create together.

As the next step, we would like to discuss how we can move from “collective visions” that we have identified to “community actions” that we can work on together. The session focuses on discussing concrete goals and actions in a range of areas such as:

  • affordable housing,

  • community-based financing

  • participatory local decision-making

  • decent work

  • health and food security

  • cultural development

Please join us to be part of community-based planning process in Parkdale! We would like to hear new ideas and good practices that you have for Parkdale. We will also discuss ideas for emerging initiatives such as Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Co-op Cred program, and others.

We have the following three dates and times for this round of participatory workshop.

  • November 23 Monday 6:00-8:30 at Bonar Parkdale (250 Dunn Ave)

  • November 26 Thursday 2:00-4:30 at Bonar Parkdale (250 Dunn Ave)

  • November 28 Saturday 1:30-4:00 at Parkdale Public Library Auditorium

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/from-visions-to-actions-for-building-community-wealth-in-parkdale-tickets-19324078840?aff=efbnreg

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