WaBASH Fall Festival is This Weekend

Posted on September 21, 2017

Bring your family, friends and neighbours to the party in the park! The bash on Wabash!

The Friends of Sorauren Park and its partners present The WaBASH Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 4–10pm at the park, 50 Wabash Avenue.

  • Great live music
  • Delicious food from local vendors including pizza from the park’s new community bake oven
  • Fun-filled Kids Zone including story telling with great local authors
  • Pup Show for dogs and their owners
  • Outdoor movies featuring classic Canadian shorts and the Oscar-nominated Fly Away Home… the final outdoor movies of the year.

Visit the WaBASH event web page for full event programming and updates.

Invictus Games Events at High Park

Posted on September 21, 2017

The Invictus Games are coming to Toronto and with it some exciting events. The Cycling Time Trial event is Tuesday September 26, 9:00 am to 2:15 am and the Criterium event takes place Wednesday September 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free and no tickets are required so stop by and watch! More information is available on the Invictus Games website.

As a result of the events the following roads will be closed to vehicle and bicycle traffic on the following dates:

September 22 from 12:01am to 12:00pm (ALL roads within High Park)

September 25 from 12:01am to 12:00pm (West Rd, Spring Rd, Centre Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)

September 26 from 12:01am to 3:00pm (West Rd, Spring Rd, Centre Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)

September 27 from 12:01am to 5:30pm (West Rd, Colborne Lodge Dr North of Centre Road)

 

Off-leash dog walking will not be permitted on Spring Rd. during event times.

Dogs must on a leash at all times during events.

Consider using the TTC, cycling, or walking to the park on these days.

Adopt-a-Street-Tree Info Session Oct 10th

Posted on September 19, 2017

City of Toronto and LEAF have been working to establish a more collaborative approach to commercial street tree stewardship in Toronto, enabling communities to take action and directly help the urban forest flourish.

Join us on October 10th at the Gladstone Library from 6:30pm to 8:00pm to learn more about the successes and challenges of commercial street tree stewardship and find available resources to help start a tree care project in your own community.

To learn more and to register for this free event check out LEAF’s website.

High Park Seed Collecting

Posted on September 19, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help collect native plant seeds to be used in next year’s plantings at the High Park Stewards’ restoration sites. Candidates include native grasses, such as Canada wild rye; little and big bluestem; and Indian, bottlebrush, and panic grass. There are also wildflowers, such as cardinal flower, harebell, milkweed, black-eyed Susan, cup plant, woodland sunflower, and many others.

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

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

Queen Street West Restaurant Study

Posted on September 14, 2017

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this study, ask questions, and share your comments.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue

In 2013 City of Toronto Planning staff completed a study of restaurants and related uses along Queen Street West between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue and the impact that these were having on other commercial uses along Queen Street West as well as on the surrounding residential uses north and south of the street.

Upon completion of the Study, City Council passed By-laws 1049-2013 and 1050-2013 placing certain restrictions on restaurants such as limiting their size and location within a building. Additionally, these By-laws placed a maximum on the number of restaurants permitted to be located in Areas A-D (as found on the map on the opposite side of this page) limiting the concentration of restaurants to no more than 25% of the properties within each of these areas.

City Council directed City staff to evaluate the impact of this concentration provision and to report back to City Council before the end of 2017. The purpose of this Community Consultation meeting is to present some preliminary findings related to this concentration provision and to obtain feedback from the Community.

To help complete the required analysis, the City retained the services of consultation firm Three Sixty Collective who will present their preliminary findings and will be available to respond to questions.

To speak to the planner directly, contact Joanna Kimont at (416) 392-7216 or joanna.kimont@toronto.ca. You may also mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may contact my office at (416) 392-7919.

Chelsea Park Playground Construction Commencement

Posted on September 14, 2017

Construction for the Chelsea Park Playground project is scheduled to commence on September 25! We anticipate construction to be ongoing throughout the remainder of the 2017 construction season, but our goal is to have the park ready prior to the 2018 swimming season.

The scope of work includes removal of existing playground & installation of new playground, upgrades to the existing wading pool, a new walkway, benches, picnic tables and a water bottle filling station.

Economic Development and Culture Public Consultation

Posted on September 14, 2017

The Economic Development and Culture Division is developing a new, integrated Divisional Strategy to further the vision and goals of the City. Their two current strategies, Collaborating for Competitiveness (2013) and Creative Capital Gains (2011) have guided EDC’s strategic focus over the last six years. During that time, EDC has made great progress implementing the recommended actions and identifying lessons learned.

The Division is now undertaking a review of current activities – consulting key stakeholders as part of the process – to develop a new, integrated Economic Development and Culture Divisional Strategy to further the vision and goals of the City as set out in the above strategies.

The purpose of the new Divisional Strategy is to develop a framework of focus and establish Divisional priorities over the next five years (2018-2022), drawing a link between culture and economic development. It will include actionable recommendations for the EDC Division and will seek to advance inclusive economic and cultural opportunities across Toronto.

Public Consultations for the new Strategy begin next week and will be held across multiple locations.

Full Details and registration information are available here.

Thursday September 14
7 pm – 9 pm,
Assembly Hall, Performance Hall,
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Tuesday September 19
9 am – 11 am,
North York Civic Centre, Burgundy Room,
5100 Yonge Street

Saturday September 23
2 pm – 4 pm,
Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda,
150 Borough Drive

Wednesday September 27
9 am – 11 am,
Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon,
789 Yonge Street

The Division has created a Conversation Guide that highlights key emerging economic and cultural trends and challenges facing Toronto and it is now posted online. You can respond to the Conversation Guide by completing an online survey or providing a written submission by October 9, 2017.

The Conversation Guide and survey are available here.

Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting

Posted on September 14, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the Exhibition Place Community Liaison Consultation Meeting. Councillor Grimes and Councillor Layton will co-host this meeting that gives nearby residents the opportunity to speak to any concerns they might have, ask questions about Exhibition Place, and discuss any issues.

Tuesday, September 19
Beanfield Centre, Room 203
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to obtain event details and where to RSVP.

Additionally, if you are interested in subscribing for monthly updates on events and happenings on the Exhibition Place grounds, please click here.

West Neighbourhood House Fall Programming

Posted on September 12, 2017

West Neighbourhood House has lots of new programs starting this fall, from silks screening to mentorship programs to indoor soccer! Look at the flyer below or follow this link to find more information.

NYP Program Fall Flyer - 2017

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust Job Opening

Posted on September 7, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this ongoing opportunity:

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust is hiring a full-time Affordable Housing Development Manager to lead acquisition and development planning for affordable housing projects! We are building our team to increase our local capacity to respond to the need for affordable housing preservation in Parkdale. Please see attached a job posting and/or download it from this link or view the posting on Charity Village.. The extended deadline for submission is September 15th, 2017.

The ideal candidate will be an early or mid-career professional with a background in affordable housing development, a strong commitment to neighbourhood inclusiveness, social equity, and eagerness to contribute to both affordable housing preservation and community-based land use management models. A strong capacity for real estate business planning, financing and project management is a must.

PNLT is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity-seeking groups. We seek to foster a workplace that reflects the diversity of the community we serve. SPECIAL NOTE: In the case an early career practitioner is selected, PNLT will provide opportunities for job shadowing and mentoring from senior professionals in Toronto’s social housing sector.

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