Doug Ford’s subway takeover plan is the biggest threat to affordable, quality public transit that we’ve ever seen. His plan opens the TTC up to privatization, higher fares, and a loss of democratic control. So why have negotiations over our transit system been happening behind closed doors?
This week, Mayor John Tory has the chance to stand up for residents and riders. He can either leave decisions over the future of our subway behind closed doors, or open up the process by holding public consultations and launching a needed information campaign to tell the public about the risks.
On Thursday morning, Tory’s Executive Committee will vote on whether to launch announcements in subway stations, ads on buses, streetcars, and subways, and public consultations across the city. It is urgent that they inform us about the risks and take the conversations about the future of our subway system out of the backrooms.
There is no time to lose. Act now to demand that Mayor Tory stand up for our public transit system: http://www.ttcriders.ca/call-mayor-tory-stand-up-for-our-subway/
We’ll be at the Thursday morning meeting to show the Executive Committee that we demand transparency and a strong stance against Ford’s subway takeover. Before the meeting, we plan to spell out a giant “S-O-S” (for “Save Our Subway”) in Nathan Philips Square at 9am. Will you join us?
RSVP to join us this Thursday March 21: https://act.ttcriders.ca/exec_cmttee_our_subway
Share the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1987851924842004/
Thank you for taking action with us to keep transit public and affordable.
Shelagh Pizey-Allen, TTCriders
P.S. Please sign this important petition from our friends at Progress Toronto, which gets sent to the Executive Committee, Mayor, and your Councillor. Progress Toronto is also holding phone banks tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday to call Councillors and make sure they stand strong against Ford.
P.P.S. Another city-wide Day of Action is around the corner! Sign up here to adopt a station near you on the morning of March 27th.
The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village!
If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your resume, listing any relevant past volunteer experience.
Up to 40 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3), six (6) and eight (8+) hour shifts, scheduled between 7:00am & 11:45pm.
Duties may include:
- Night Market support
- Photo Booth Assistant
- Sound Equipment Support
- Booth set up and tear down (must be able to repeatedly lift 40 pounds)
- Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
- Craft Workshops
- Face Painting
- Cleanup/hospitality crew
- Survey Outreach
Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.
Friends of High Park Zoo and Green 13 are hosting Earth Hour Walk on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Meet up is at the Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Dr.) at 8:30pm. Hot Chocolate will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring lanterns.
Drop in from 3 – 8pm on March 11, 2019 at the Cooper Mills Townhomes gymnasium to view, discuss and comment, on the five short-listed artists’ proposals for the redesigned Scarlett Road Bridge.
The City has just launched the PollinateTO Community Grants. Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. Now you can help protect them!
Eligible groups can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support community-led projects that:
- create pollinator gardens and rain gardens on public and private lands, including residential streets, neighbourhoods and school yards
- enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants
Community groups, not-for-profit organizations, student groups, parent councils and other resident-led groups are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for applications is May 1. To learn more and apply, visit www.livegreentoronto.ca
Walk Toronto is hosting Right to Walk TO, a panel discussion that explores walking – the love of it, our need for it, and its meaning – through a justice and equity lens, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7–9 pm.
This event is a love letter to walking, as well as a critical look at the walking experience our city creates, from different perspectives.
Please join us at Innis Town Hall, Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
ASL-English interpretation will be provided. Childminding will be available upon request.
This event is sponsored by University of Toronto Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto School of Cities, public space workshop, and Spacing.
For more details and to register, please visit our Eventbrite page:
This Heritage Talk is hosted by Heritage York and will take place at Lambton House on March 14, 2019. The talk by Dena Doroszenko, Senior Archaeologist with Ontario Heritage Trust, will focus on several recent projects:
1) The Spadina Museum archaeology program in Toronto;
2) Archaeology at the Niagara Apothecary, Niagara-on-the-Lake and
3) Archaeological and archival research of the Ashbridge Estate, Toronto.
These projects demonstrate the variety of fieldwork that takes place across the province which includes public archaeology, research and mitigating restoration work.
Looking for something to do during March Break? The library offers a slew of special activities for kids, teens, and the whole family.
Highlights include magic and science camps as well as puppet shows and robotics for kids. And dozens of hands-on workshops exclusively for teens including sushi making, hip hop and photography classes.
FREE Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
Jane/Dundas Library (620 Jane Street)
Sea of Life leads audiences through the stunning world of coral reefs int the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.
View the trailer: https://vimeo.com/183917517
Time Travelling in High Parks on March 23, 2019 – 1:30 – 3pm
Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Walks are led by our amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers and the High Park Eagles Youth.
Please remember to dress for the weather. Breathable layers and shoes that are good for trail walking (such as hiking boots with tread) are recommended. Kindly note, Family Nature Walks take place on wooded trails that are not stroller or wheelchair accessible.