Climate Actions and Priorities Public Meeting

Posted on September 30, 2019

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to share their ideas on actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. Input from residents will help to inform the 2021 to 2023 implementation plan for the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy. The plan will be presented to Council in the spring of 2020.

Four public meetings will take place on the following dates and locations in October:

  • Tuesday, October 8 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Warden Hilltop Community Centre, 25 Mendelssohn St.
  • Thursday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 308/309 at Metro Hall, 55 John St.

Toronto residents can register to attend a meeting at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmentally-friendly-city-initiatives/transformto/transformto-climate-action-strategy/community-engagement/.

The public can also provide input by completing a survey or by hosting their own community conversation. The online survey and resources to support community-hosted conversations will be available on October 7 at the community engagement web link above.

At its meeting this week, Toronto City Council will consider declaring a climate emergency and adopting a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target for Toronto. The City’s current long-term target is an 80 per cent reduction by 2050, based on 1990 levels.

Residents can sign up for e-updates on the TransformTO strategy using the link above and can obtain more information about the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy at http://www.toronto.ca/transformto.

Heritage Grant Program 2019

Posted on September 27, 2019

Heritage Grant 2019 Program: Not-for-Profit Organizations 

Toronto’s inaugural Not-for-Profit Recognition Day on October 2, 2019 celebrates the important contribution that non-profit community organizations make to our city and communities.

Not-for-profit organizations that own or operate out of heritage house-form buildings designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act are encouraged to apply the Toronto Heritage Grant Program.  Applications are due on November 1st, 2019.

The identification and conservation of cultural heritage resources is an integral component of good planning, contributing to long term economic prosperity, environmental sustainability through adaptive re-use, a sense of place, and healthy and equitable communities.

City Planning (Heritage Preservation Services) administers the Toronto Heritage Grant Program that provides matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

The City continues to strengthen its collaborative, interdependent relationship with the not-for-profit sector to achieve shared city-building goals.

In April 2019, Council amended the grant eligibility requirements as set out in the Terms and Conditions so that any tax-exempt designated heritage properties including a house-form building may be eligible for a grant equivalent to 50% of the cost of eligible conservation work, with no limit.

The matching grant can assist in the conservation of historic windows and doors, the repair of front porches and steps, or the conservation of exterior walls and slate roofs of properties that are under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/heritage-preservation/tax-rebates-grants/heritage-grant-program/

For more information,  contact Alex Corey, Senior Heritage Planner (Acting), at Alex.Corey@toronto.ca

New Wheelchair Accessible Swing at Budapest Park

Posted on September 27, 2019

We are happy to announce that the City’s first wheelchair accessible swing has been installed at Budapest Park! Go out and enjoy it today!

Fall is a Great Time to Plant

Posted on September 27, 2019

Fall is a Great Time to Plant

Did you know that fall is a great time to plant? Temperatures are cooler and trees are beginning to go into dormancy for winter. When trees are dormant, they experience less transplant shock and settle nicely into their new homes! Local non-profit LEAF is planting native trees and shrubs this fall through their subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program, available to houses, multi-units and business/industrial properties. For more information, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.

Why Plant Native?

The term “native species” refers to vegetation that grew naturally in southern Ontario prior to European settlement. There are many benefits to planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, such as:

  • Growing the urban forest while preserving its natural biodiversity
  • Providing essential food and shelter to pollinators, songbirds and other wildlife
  • Require less care to grow and thrive when planted as they are well adapted to the environmental conditions found here
  • Once established, are able to stay healthy with little watering and without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides

Choosing to plant native? Local non-profit LEAF offers over 50 native tree and shrub species at subsidized rates for private property owners through the Backyard Tree Planting Program. The program includes a personalized consultation with a certified arborist to ensure you’re planting the right species for the environmental conditions on your property. For more information, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.

High Park Nature Centre Events

Posted on September 25, 2019

Family Nature Walks

Title: All You Need Is Bugs
Date: October 5th, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Suggested Donation: $2 – $5
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Autumn butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets and blister beetles, oh my! High Park is a haven for so many creepy crawlies and fantastic fliers. Come explore the amazing world of bugs and learn facts such as what makes an insect different from a bug. You’ll discover some of the reasons why bugs are so incredible, how important they are to the ecosystem, as well as have a chance to see some up close and personal.

This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!
This is a drop-in event.
For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Title: Meandering Mindfully in Nature
Date: October 19th, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Suggested Donation: $2 – $5
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Come on out for an autumn walk, explore what it means to be mindful in nature, stretch into animal forms and experience a sit spot.
This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!
This is a drop-in event.
For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

 

Title: Seedy Mentors
Date: Seedy Mentors
Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Suggested Donation: $2 – $5
Ages: All Ages

Event Description Wind dancers, hitchhikers, and over winterers. This Family Nature walk will be all about the amazing, diverse and genius ways that plants and trees spread their seeds! We’ll even explore ways that seeds can be our teachers, providing valuable lessons about how to spend our energy, and how to work with others!

This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!

This is a drop-in event.

For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Special Events

Title: Nuit Blanche Star Party
Date: October 6
Time: 8:00 – 9:30pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: Free/ $2-5 suggested donation
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Celebrate Nuit Blanche by gazing at the rings of Saturn while it sits just above the upper right edge of the Moon. We may also get to see the moons of Jupiter! The International Space Station will join the party as it crosses part of the sky at 8:47pm.

Please note this event depends on sky conditions and will be cancelled with of a cloudy or overcast sky. Please visit our website on the day of the event to see if it is running.

This is a drop-in event.

Title: Halloween Howl
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 6pm-7:45pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $15/person or 20% off for 3 or more tickets purchased together
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows!

Title: Halloween Howl (18+)
Date: October 25, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $15/person or 20% off for 3 or more tickets purchased together
Ages: 18+

Event Description: This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows!

Title: Halloween Howl
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: 6pm-7:45pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $15/person or 20% off for 3 or more tickets purchased together
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and much more. Enjoy the night by warming up around a campfire and roasting marshmallows!

Title: Pumpkin Float
Date: October 27
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee: $3 per pumpkin
Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Carve a pumpkin and set it afloat with other ghoulish gourds! Meet at the wading pool in the northwest corner of High Park, just west of the main entrance to High Park at Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue.

Adult Workshops

Title: Fantastic Fungal Friends – Mushrooms and other fungi of High Park
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee/Suggested Donation: Regular: $48 Seniors: $36 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops
Ages: 18+

Event Description: Are you interested in learning about the fantastic world of fungi but not sure where to start? Join High Park Nature Centre naturalist Kami Valkova this fall for a workshop that will introduce you to the world of mycology! In this workshop we will explore: The basics of fungal identification using field guides and hand lenses, The important ecological roles that fungi play in woodland ecosystems, Some of the many species of fungi that can be found in High Park. We will begin indoors for an introduction, then head outside for a guided hike through High Park! We will search for fungi, practice our ID skills, and delve into the connection between fungi and the rest of the forest. The hike will be approximately 2 hours long, and of moderate difficulty. Please note that this is not a foraging workshop. We will not be collecting or consuming any fungi on our hike.

Title: Nurturing Through Nature: A Workshop for Early Childhood Educators
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 12:30-4:30pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Fee/Suggested Donation: Regular: $48 Seniors: $36 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops
Ages: 18+

Event Description: Geared towards early childhood educators, this workshop will explore interactive methods and activities to help get toddlers and pre-schoolers out into nature in their local ecology. This workshop hopes to aid educators in incorporating nature and outdoor time into their programming.
You will:
– Learn practical tips for engaging children from 6 months – 5 years in nature-based experiences that are relevant for a wide range of outdoor spaces (daycare yards, school yards, local parks, etc.)
– Be empowered to address obstacles to getting preschoolers out in nature in an urban setting.
– Explore theory about outdoor education and engage in meaningful discussions on this topic with a group of your peers, facilitated by the workshop leaders.
– Participate in relevant hands-on activities you’ll be able to use in your practice.
– Spend outdoor time on the trails of High Park to practice new skills in nature.
What to bring:
– A notebook and pen or pencil
– Warm clothing layers, depending on the weather
– Comfortable shoes or boots
– Your enthusiasm for nature!

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
E: naturecentre@highpark.org
P: (416) 392-1748
https://highparknaturecentre.com/2/adult-workshops

340-376R Dufferin St & 2 Melbourne Ave Community Meeting

Posted on September 23, 2019

A pre-application community meeting is being held to discuss plans by applicant Hullmark to amend the zoning bylaw. The proposal does not contain any changes to the current built form.

You are invited to attend this meeting to learn about the proposal details before a formal proposal is submitted. The meeting will include a presentation given by the applicant, as well as a Q&A session chaired by Councillor Perks.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Auditorium, Lower Level
Parkdale Public Library
1303 Queen St W

340 Dufferin St - Meeting Notice

High Park Tenants’ Association Bake Sale

Posted on September 23, 2019

The High Park Tenants’ Association is having a Bake Sale! Come out and enjoy the treats while supporting your local tenants’ association.

October 7th, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
In the lobby of 111 Pacific Ave

Learn more about the High Park Tenants’ Association at www.HPTA.ca

Program Lineup Announced for The Big Draw Festival

Posted on September 20, 2019

The Big Draw Festival at Toronto’s History Museums announced its program lineup for Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. The weekend celebration of drawing, mark-making and artistic inspiration features more than 50 free art projects and workshops over two days across 10 city-wide historic sites.

All activities, unless otherwise noted, will take place Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public are encouraged to bring their own art supplies, however, each museum will have an “all-you-can-art” supply buffet with free materials to support all activities. With both outdoor and indoor activities offered, the event will keep participants drawing all weekend long, rain or shine. The weekend will also be an opportunity to explore all 10 Toronto History Museums’ interiors, courtyards and gardens to learn more about Toronto’s many stories.

 Participants can put their personal touch on a collective work of art inspired by the neighbourhoods around the Toronto History Museums as part of many community mural art projects taking place during The Big Draw weekend.

Program highlights

  • Colborne Lodge will present hourly botanical artistry workshops called Still Life in Gardens with artist Katherine S. Brown on Saturday and a cyanotype workshop on Sunday with artist Marjan Verstappen.
  • Fort York National Historic Site will feature Shadow Story Boxes led by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, which includes making a miniature shadow-puppet story box, and an introductory drawing class with Sam Horne in basic drawing techniques.
  • Gibson House will present a “Take It Outside” art and storytelling zone: produced by spoken word artist and storyteller Patrick de Belen. Activities include ‘zine and chapbook making with BAM!Toronto Youth Poetry Slam, a writing and sharing circle with poet Thunderclaw Robinson, graffiti mural painting with artist Rowell Solar and a selfie photo-booth with UG Productions.
  • Mackenzie House will print-making using the 1845 printing press and a Creative Works studio workshop in still life drawing, while also giving visitors an opportunity to learn about the healing power of artistic expression.
  • Market Gallery will feature mural making with StreetARToronto and AKIN Collective, and visitors on Sunday will be guided by one of the City’s artist ambassadors and use the City of Toronto’s Fine Art Collection as inspiration.
  • Montgomery’s Inn will feature the creation of a stained-glass nature mural with Arts Etobicoke and artist Sladana Zivkovic, and a “historic” graffiti wall where participants can leave their mark. 
  • Scarborough Museum will offer the community an opportunity to learn the basics of cross-stitching and leather-stamping techniques, and will unveil “Equal Night: All is in Balance,” the second outdoor painting in a series by Indigenous artist Catherine Tammaro.
  • Spadina Museum will present botanical art taking inspiration from Spadina’s gardens and blind-contour drawing, where participants learn to sketch the outline of a subject without looking at the paper. 
  • Todmorden Mills will feature woodland-style art workshops with Anishinaabe artist Mike Ormsby on Saturday and hand-drawn animation techniques with artist Cristal Buemi on Sunday. 
  • Zion Schoolhouse will feature VIBE artists helping visitors develop graffiti skills and also learn chalk-art techniques.

Full program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/TheBigDraw.

On-Street Permit Parking – 2nd Community Consultation Meeting

Posted on September 20, 2019

You are invited to a Ward 4 On-street Permit Parking 2nd Community Consultation Meeting with City of Toronto Transportation Staff and City Councillor Gord Perks. Join City staff and Councillor Perks to learn about the City Permit Parking Program and review the proposed area permit parking boundaries.

September 24th, 2019
7:00 – 8:30PM
St. Pius X Catholic School
71 Jane St, Toronto

September 2019 Permit Parking Community Meeting

Become a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer in Your Building

Posted on September 18, 2019

Did you know the City has a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer program? It engages residents in apartment buildings, condominiums and co-ops to become waste educators and help promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) in their buildings. 3Rs Ambassador Volunteers are trained by the City on how to properly recycle and reduce waste going to landfill.  Help your building get more involved in the 3Rs and become a 3Rs Volunteer Ambassador today by signing up at Toronto.ca/3Rs.

Here are some easy ways to reduce the amount of waste your building sends to landfill right now:

1) No black bags: Do not put recyclable materials in black plastic garbage bags. Put items for recycling in loose or in a clear bag.

2) Freeze food scraps: Over 50% of your waste is organic and could be composted. Avoid smells by putting a bag in the freezer to store food scraps until you can dispose of them properly.

3) Refuse & reduce: Do you really need that pamphlet? Free keychain? Or extra ketchup package? Saying “no” to items you don’t need helps keep waste out of landfill.

4) Paper plates, towels and napkins: Can go in organic waste collection if they do not have chemicals or make up on them.

5) Donate items for reuse: Give clothing, books, toys and more a new life by donating them. For a map of non-profit organizations in Toronto that accept items for donation, visit toronto.ca/reuseit or download the TOwaste app.

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