The City is holding a meeting on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study to present draft Official Plan policies. Information on the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Plans will also be provided at the Open House. We welcome your comments and there will be opportunities to ask questions of City staff.
We will discuss the results of the West Queen West & Parkdale Main Street Planning Study, which spans Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue, and provide an update on the heritage survey and HCD Plans.
Date: Thursday October 17, 2019
Time: Open House 5pm – 8pm; Presentation – 6:30pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium
STEPS.Activate: Community is back for a second year, aimed at supporting community groups, non-arts based organizations, and social service agencies in developing community-engaged, public art initiatives. The deadline to apply is November 4, 2019 by 5pm.
For more information, please visit https://stepsinitiative.com/about/opps/STEPS.Activate_ Community - 2020 Call for Applications
The High Park ZooBoo is coming up soon! Come out on October 19th from 12pm-3pm for an inflatable corn maze, mask making, pumpkin games, and more! Toronto Fire and Police will be there to let children play with a fire truck and police cruiser.
On October 18 the Toronto Ward Museum will launch Block by Block Toronto, a participatory, multimedia project that engages diverse young people in the collection and interpretation of oral histories from across the city. By training young people to interview community members about their lived experiences, the project preserves and animates stories of migration, settlement and civic life in an effort to build a more inclusive city: one story and one neighbourhood at a time.
The goal of Block by Block is to deepen relationships in and between communities through the exchange of personal stories, reflections and resources. We hope to contribute to better public understanding of settlement experiences and the roles that neighbourhoods play in those experiences through interactive programming, exhibitions, art and storytelling. We think these experiences have been underrepresented in Toronto and that there is a lot to learn from them.
The block parties will take place over the course of the next two weeks in Agincourt, Parkdale, Regent Park and Victoria Park.
The program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Inspirit Foundation and the City of Toronto.
Event: Parkdale Block Party
Date / Time: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2-5 pm
Location: Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON
The Toronto Ward Museum is leading Block by Block in partnership with nine other organizations. They are: Agincourt Community Services Association; City of Toronto Newcomer Office; OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants; Regent Park Film Festival; Ryerson University; Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre; Toronto Public Library; West Neighbourhood House; Working Women Community Centre.
This is the second round of Block by Block events. In 2017, Block by Block ran nationally, focusing on historic immigrant neighbourhoods in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Over one year the national team engaged 520 participants; recorded 30 oral histories in 3 neighbourhoods; co-created 3 local exhibitions; and co-curated an online exhibition (visited 5000+ times).
The City of Toronto has currently closed down the North Playground at High Park for repairs and upgrades. The City will be making improvements to the playground area with new playground equipment and structures, and also rehabilitating the wading pool. The work is expected to be completed for the Spring of 2020.High Park Playground Revitalization
Join the City of Toronto’s Recipe for Community Working Group, a space to facilitate resident leadership in the planning, delivery and evaluation of resident-inspired and resident-led projects and activities that strengthen community belonging and pride, and to build community skills and capacity. The table provides residents with an opportunity to submit project proposals directly to the working group. The Working Group is a community-based team comprised of staff from City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing, not for profit organizations and residents. Please contact Rolfe Santos (Rolfe.Santos@toronto.ca) to RSVP.
- Date: Wednesday, October 9th
- Time: 6:30PM-7:30PM
- Location: Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue – 2nd Floor meeting room)
Join the South Parkdale Neighbourhood Planning Table, a place-based planning approach that involves residents, community agencies, and City staff to identify local priorities, create solutions, and build partnerships to advance the Parkdale Community Planning Study! Please contact Mercedes Sharpe Zayas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to RSVP and access meeting materials.
- Date: Wednesday, October 9th
- Time: 2PM-5PM
- Location: Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St W, Basement)
The merchants of Baby Point Gates are hosting a family-friendly fall event on Oct. 26, including a sidewalk sale, and themed food & beverage. Costume attire welcome. Free carving pumpkins. Spooky selfie corner at Jane & Annette.
Location and Venue: Baby Point Gates B.I.A. area, 777 Annette St.
The 14th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city’s streets with nearly 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 300 artists starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Details about the Nuit Blanche Toronto program are available online at http://www.toronto.ca/nbto.
Navigating the Art by Neighbourhood
Following a successful expansion outside the downtown core to Scarborough in 2018, Nuit Blanche returns to Scarborough for 2019 as well as activating new neighbourhoods outside the core. Nuit Blanche art projects are grouped into nine easy-to-navigate neighbourhoods to make exploring the event more efficient. The Nuit Neighbourhoods are Scarborough (20 projects), Don Mills (four projects), Danforth East (two projects), Bloor Yorkville (nine projects), Waterfront (11 projects), Downtown (16 projects), Sterling Road (six projects), West Queen West (five projects) and Fort York (15 projects).
The Nuit Blanche Toronto website (http://www.toronto.ca/nbto) offers an interactive location-based event map, exhibition locations, project descriptions, road closure details, TTC information and more. A printed event map will be available for pickup at the main entrances of Toronto City Hall and Scarborough Civic Centre starting October 3.
Nuit Blanche Toronto audiences are welcome to stop by an Event Centre available on October 5 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to view large-scale maps and pick up a printed map, obtain information from a volunteer information ambassador, or to rest and refuel. Each of the four centres will include food vendors, washrooms and first-aid services (provided by Toronto Paramedic Services). The Event Centre locations:
- Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
- Yonge Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E.
- Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd.
- Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
In addition to the regular all-night Blue Night Network service, the TTC will be extending all-night subway service on Line 1 Yonge-University, Line 2 Bloor-Danforth and Line 3 Scarborough. Day passes purchased for use on October 5 will be valid until 7 a.m. on October 6. Access to Line 3 Scarborough will be free from 7 p.m. on October 5 to 7 a.m. on October 6 at Scarborough Centre Station.
A list of the Green P parking lots located closest to Nuit Blanche Toronto activities is available at https://parking.greenp.com/.
Roads Affected by Nuit Blanche
Partial and full road closures will be in effect due to expected event attendance and to improve free-flowing access to the art projects, giving pedestrians safe and easy access.
As a result, portions of the following streets will be closed to vehicles:
- Bay Street between Dundas Street West and Adelaide Street West from 8 a.m. Saturday, October 5 until noon on Sunday, October 6.
- Queen Street West between Yonge Street and University Avenue from 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.
- Fort York Boulevard between Ianuzzi Street and Fleet Street from 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5 to noon on Sunday, October 6.
These additional downtown road closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. on Friday, October 4 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 6:
- Bay Street between Richmond Street West and Queen Street West
- Dundas Square Street between Yonge Street and O’Keefe Lane
- Fort York Boulevard between Angelique Street and Fleet Street
The following road closures in Scarborough will be in effect from 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 5 to 10 a.m. Sunday, October 6:
- Borough Approach East between Borough Drive and Ellesmere Road
- Borough Drive between Brian Harrison Way and Town Centre Court
- Town Centre Court from south of the City of Toronto parking lot to Borough Drive
Full details about the road closures are available at http:www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.
Dawn Art Experience
People who want to avoid the crowds or who are more of an early bird than a night owl can choose a more intimate Nuit Blanche experience by attending from 4 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, October 6.
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.