Pesticide Treatment for Dog Strangling Vine in High Park

Posted on June 26, 2019

Urban Forestry will be initiating their annual management plan of Dog Strangling Vine in High Park beginning in July.

Dog-strangling vine is a herbaceous weed that forms dense colonies. Dog-strangling vine impacts native plants and habitat by:

  • crowding out and smothering native vegetation and young trees
  • decreasing survival of monarch butterfly larvae by mimicking native milkweeds
  • increasing selective grazing on remaining native vegetation by deer and other browsing animals
  • decreasing abundance of insects and pollinators
  • reducing habitat for grassland birds.

Various sections of the Natural areas in High Park are managed for Dog Strangling Vine on a cyclical basis.  Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of early July to end of August.

Although the pesticide being applied (glyphosate) has a low acute toxicity for people and animals, it is wise to reduce your and your pet’s exposure. Please see the attached document for more information.

The pesticide treatment area is marked with signs at every entry point around its edge. Warning signage will be posted 24 hours before treatment and be removed 48 hours following treatment.

Invasive Plant Control-DSV_

Staycation Sundays at Colborne Lodge kicks off on July 7, 2019

Posted on June 26, 2019

The HMCS YORK brass quintet will kick-off the opening weekend of Staycation Sundays on Sunday, July 7 at noon with an outdoor concert on the veranda of Colborne Lodge in High Park (south end).

Honouring a tradition of brass ensembles in public parks, this talented group of naval reservists will be sporting “summer white dress” in a garden setting.  The quintet’s repertoire includes classical music, old favourites, jazz and Broadway tunes.

Two sets will be performed:  noon to 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Refreshing shrub (a traditional summer fruit drink) will be served. Picnickers welcome. Croquet games.

Congratulations to Ward 4 PollinateTO Grant Recipients!

Posted on June 20, 2019

Through the new PollinateTO grants program, the City is funding pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.

Thirty-seven applications were selected to receive funding from among 151 applications submitted.

These five projects have been approved in Ward 4 –

King George Junior Public School Parent Council, King George Pollinator Garden

The King George Garden Committee is proposing a pollinator teaching garden at King George Junior Public School. The garden will space for students to engage in active learning about biodiversity, ecology, and stewardship. The garden will also be presented as a demonstration garden that encourages residents in the area to consider how their plant choices and gardening practices affect native pollinator species.

Ravina Community Garden, Ravina Community Garden Pollinator Project

The Ravina Community Garden will transform an existing lawn bowling club space and create an experience for community members to directly engage with the plant and wildlife growing in the garden. The project proposes the creation of a stone wall for cavity nesting native pollinators. There will be educational opportunities for members of this intergenerational community garden to learn through hands-on experience of creating the garden.

Runnymede Public School Council Yard Committee, Pollinator Garden Refresh

The Runnymede Public School Yard Committee is a group of parent volunteers that work with teachers and students at Runnymede Public School to enhance and maintain the extensive nature garden that is on the school property. Working with the school’s Green Teacher, students would plant pollinator plants in the already defined pollinator garden at the school. Students and the larger community would learn about the benefits of pollinators.

The Argonaut Rowing Club, Argonaut Growing Club Pollinator Project

The Argonaut Rowing Club is proposing a pollinator garden near the Martin Goodman trail. The project will create plant identifiers and signage that is easily visible from the Martin Goodman trail. The project is supported by a dedicated gardener and team of volunteers.

Windermere United Church and Friends, Pollinator Project

The project will create a pollinator garden at the front entrance of Windermere United Church. The project will engage children from the church school, community cooking class, the on-site daycare (Windermere Kids) and the Swansea School of Dance, as well as many other groups that use the church building during the week.

More details on PollinateTO community grants here https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmental-grants-incentives/pollinateto-community-grants/ 

In total, more than 9,500 square metres of pollinator habitat will be created through the grants!

Have Your Say in the City’s Electric Mobility Strategy

Posted on June 20, 2019

Join the conversation at Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 310 on June 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or participate in a survey starting June 24 to share your ideas to reduce GHG emissions and TransformTO.

Vehicles are the source of over one-third of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Switching passenger, freight and transit vehicles from gasoline and diesel to electric and other low-carbon fuels is a central part of the City’s plan to reduce GHG emissions 80 per cent by 2050. The transition to electric and other low-carbon fuels will also significantly reduce local air pollutants that affect the health of Toronto residents.

To support the transition towards electric vehicles (EV), the City is working towards a number of objectives including:

  • co-develop, with key stakeholders, an Electric Mobility Strategy for Toronto
  • understand and address the barriers for EV adoption
  • establish a robust network of EV charging infrastructure
  • improve access and affordability of electric transportation to advance social equity
  • improve public health
  • support local innovation and create economic opportunities
  • explore how electric vehicles could enhance community resilience

More info available at  https://bit.ly/2ECzs2W

Blue Bin inspections resumed for 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The wrong items in recycling – otherwise known as contamination – continues to be a major issue is costing the City millions annually in additional processing costs.

Over the past several years, in an effort to reduce contamination, the City has done extensive public education and implemented a wide array of programs, initiatives, and services, including inspections of single-family residential Blue Bins.

Blue Bin inspections started back up this spring and will continue throughout 2019. When significant contamination is found, the Bin will be stickered, pushed back from the curb and not collected. A sorting Guide and Notice indicating why the Bin was not collected and instructing the resident to remove the contamination before the next recycling collection day will be left in the homeowner’s mailbox.

For information on the appropriate bins for waste, visit the Waste Wizard online at toronto.ca/wastewizard or on the TOwaste app. Residents can also visit toronto.ca/recycleright to get recycling tips and learn what does and does not go in the Blue Bin.

 

 

Exhibition Place Master Plan – Community Consultation Meeting – June 25

Posted on June 18, 2019

Friends,

City staff are beginning a community engagement exercise as part of the Exhibition Place Master Plan.

The initial Community Consultation Meeting/Open House has been scheduled for Tuesday June 25th from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the Master Plan exercise to the community and to begin engaging the public. Staff are still gathering information for the analysis phase of the work. This is a great opportunity for you to speak directly with City Planning staff about the Master Plan for Exhibition Place Grounds.

I hope to see you on the 25th.

Gord

Recipe for Community program in Parkdale – Community Conversation on June 26, 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The Recipe for Community program is coming to Parkdale this year to support resident-inspired and resident-led initiatives in community engagement, skills buildings, food and nutrition and enhanced outdoor green spaces.

There will be a Community Conversation to provide ideas and feedback. Details are provided below:

Date:                     Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Time:                    6PM – 8PM

Location:             Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue – Gymnasium)

Recipe - Parkdale - Community Conversation June 26 2019

Summer Solstice Road Closure Notice – Dundas Street West – June 22, 2019

Posted on June 18, 2019

The Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival will result in the full road closure on Dundas St. W. from 2:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 until 4:00 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The area affected is from the east side of High Park Avenue to the west side of Keele Street, and from the east side of Keele St. to the west side of Indian Grove. Keele St. will remain open to traffic.

As a result of this road closure, the entrances onto Dundas St. W. from Pacific Ave., Medland St., Mavety St., Keele St., Heintzman St., and Indian Grove will be blocked off between 5:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019 and 2:00 AM on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Any vehicle parked within this public road closure during this time will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Event Purpose: The Junction 8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival is an event celebrating the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. It showcases neighbourhood businesses by inviting both local residents and visitors to explore The Junction. This beloved community event includes live music, an art market, food + craft vendors, street performers, and lots of fun for the whole family!  We hope you will join us!

Event Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019

We hope this information is helpful and we invite you to join us at the festival. Please feel free to contact The Junction BIA office at operations@torontojunction.ca if you have any further questions or concerns.

High Park Invasive Species Removal / Boulevard Beds Maintenance

Posted on June 13, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; repeats July 14, July 28, Aug 11
Grenadier Cafe, 200 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON 

Maintenance, a.k.a. “weeding,” is as important as planting and equally rewarding. Once the weeds are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

The High Park Stewards will be working in their restoration sites, weeding and monitoring the growth of native plants. The targeted invasive species in High Park include garlic mustard, hedge parsley, Himalayan Balsam, Oriental Bittersweet, ragweed, sweet white clover, Queen Anne’s Lace, motherwort, and burdock. It is amazing how the group can make a real difference in one morning!

The Boulevard Beds group will be updating their demonstration garden, near the Grenadier Cafe.

Meet them in front of the Grenadier Cafe at 10:30 am, and go to the site together. All tools will be provided.

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

My Local Government Resource

Posted on June 13, 2019

The City of Toronto provides services that have a direct impact on your daily life and sometimes it is not clear how government works, where to find information, or how to express your opinion.

My Local Government, It’s For Me is a great place to start if you would like to learn about your local government, the decision making process, and how to get involved. Information is available in English and 24 additional languages that will help you become informed, have your say, and serve your city. This initiative started in 2016 as a response to residents’ requests on how they can get involved in their local government.

Find out more through the menu above under the City Hall tab at My Local Government or by going to www.toronto.ca/mylocalgovernment.

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