High Park Invasive Species Removal

Posted on July 12, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. Weeding is as important as planting, and equally rewarding. Once the invasive species are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. The Boulevard Beds group will work on our demonstration garden.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

July 23rd 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

Approved Lane Name – “St. Francis Lane”

Posted on July 11, 2017

By-law #668-2017 was adopted on June 13, 2017 to identify the public lane north of Queen Street West, extending easterly from Brock Avenue, as “St. Francis Lane.” This comes in celebration of the 30th anniversary of St. Francis Table. Installation of the lane name sign should be completed in 8-10 weeks.

Sister Cities Toronto and Chicago Partnering to Create Street Art

Posted on July 11, 2017

The City of Toronto and the City of Chicago are participating in a cultural exchange that will result in a street art project in both cities to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and the “Year of Public Art” that is taking place in Chicago.

The joint initiative will involve a Chicago artist creating a piece of street art in Toronto while a Toronto artist does the same thing in Chicago.

“This venture is an exciting project for both cities. It will promote and increase awareness of street art and its role in enhancing the vitality of our streetscapes,” said Mayor John Tory. “Street art that is seen on a daily basis can trigger beautification, social transformation and economic benefits.”

“Public art transforms a place from being a mere place, to a place of joy,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park). “I am thrilled that our neighbourhood gateway to the lake is becoming an important piece of public art.”

The new Toronto artwork will be created on the Roncesvalles Foot Bridge that connects west-end communities to the waterfront. Chicago-based abstract artist Justus Roe will transform the popular pedestrian and cycling thoroughfare in collaboration with the STEPS Initiative, an award-winning, Toronto-based public arts organization. Roe will arrive on July 13 and will work most days with assistants until the mural is completed before the end of July.

STEPS will also be engaging the wider community in the project through a series of community painting days, as well as providing opportunities for local emerging artists and Parkdale youth.

The announcement about a Toronto artist travelling to Chicago will be made soon.

The Toronto project is being co-ordinated by the City’s StART program with support from the Economic Development and Culture Division. StART, launched in 2012 as a program of Transportation Services’ Public Realm Section, is an innovative, public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city’s visual landscape and reduce graffiti vandalism.

Have Your Say! Protecting Toronto’s Pollinators

Posted on July 6, 2017

The City is inviting residents to share their views on a proposed strategy to protect Toronto’s bees and other pollinators. The purpose of the strategy is to identify actions that can be taken by the City and the community to protect, enhance and create habitat for Toronto’s pollinators. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators. Some species are in decline. Learn more and share your views.

Greenest City

Posted on July 6, 2017

Our Ward is home to many great local organizations that do wonderful work to bring vibrancy and create community in our neighbourhoods. Among them is Greenest City, a local charitable NGO that focuses on urban agriculture, environmental education, community engagement, and growing a green economy. They have found themselves in an opportune situation where a recent partnership has led to a donation matching agreement. Every dollar donated to Greenest City will be now be matched by their partner. This is truly an exciting occasion; find out more about this great community organization here: greenestcity.ca

Women Paint

Posted on July 4, 2017

With support from the City of Toronto Transportation Services Divisions’ StreetARToronto program, a talented mix of emerging and established Toronto-based artists will transform the laneway that runs north behind 1468-1486 Queen Street West — between Lansdowne Avenue and MacDonell Avenue — into an outdoor art gallery. Working side by side, the collective of all female artists will paint approximately 2,000 square feet of murals that respond to the theme of “Intersectional Feminism: Representing Diverse Experiences”.

As a closing celebration, community members, mural enthusiasts and interested Torontonians are invited to meet the artists and be inspired by the murals on Sunday, July 16 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

StreetARToronto (StART) is supporting this project in partnership with the Toronto Police Service 11 Division through the StreetARToronto Toronto Police Service Partnership Program. StART is a pro-active program that develops, supports, promotes and increases awareness of street art and its unique role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while also counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. StART’s mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art while embracing the City’s motto “Diversity our Strength”.

Find information on the Facebook page here.

Click here for the full press release: http://gordperks.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Women-Paint-press-release.pdf

 

High Park Invasive Species Removal

Posted on July 4, 2017

The High Park Stewards want to make sure that the native plants in High Park have a fighting chance to grow by removing the invasive species that compete for space and resources. Weeding is as important as planting, and equally rewarding. Once the invasive species are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. The Boulevard Beds group will work on our demonstration garden.

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am and go to the site from there to work until 12:30. For your protection, (heat, insects and skin irritants for some) please dress with long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. They will supply tools and gloves. Everyone is welcome.

July 9th 2017, 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM
Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

Temporary Parking Restrictions for Subway Closure on Line 2, July 15/16

Posted on July 4, 2017

On July 15/16, Line 2 will be closed between Jane and Ossington stations for scheduled maintenance work. A shuttle bus will operate on Bloor Street between the two stations. This particular closure is the only one scheduled for Line 2 this year. For a complete schedule, please see: http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/index.jsp.

To effectively and safely move our thousands of customers and to keep roads moving generally for all, the TTC is planning parking restrictions on Bloor Street between Jane and Ossington from approximately Saturday 3:30 a.m. to Monday 12:01 a.m. In Ward 14 in particular, the parking restrictions would be from Keele to Dundas West. TTC recognizes the importance of on-street parking for BIAs/businesses, but temporarily restricting parking is vital to provide transit reliability during this closure. See attached image for clarification.

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