City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review

Posted on January 22, 2019

City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review

The City of Toronto is inviting residents to public consultation sessions on the noise bylaw review. The review aims to introduce updates that reflect Toronto’s growth and vibrancy, while enhancing noise standards that protect residents.

At the public consultation sessions, staff will present and seek feedback on developing updates to the bylaw. Feedback will be used to recommend updates to the bylaw in a report going to Council in spring 2019.

There will be five public consultation sessions, each focusing on a particular area of the bylaw.

  • Power equipment (such as leaf and snow blowers, and restrictions on time of use)North York Civic Centre, Members’ Lounge, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Monday, January 28, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Motor vehicles (such as vehicle noise on highways and private property)Metro Hall, Room 310, 55 John St.
  • Tuesday, January 29, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Amplified sound (such as music from bars, and decibel limits)Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W.
  • Wednesday, January 30, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Construction noise (such as restrictions on time and noise management)Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park Lounge, 585 Dundas St. E.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • General noise (such as playing instruments and residential noise)The Garage, 720 Bathurst St.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Feedback can also be emailed to mlsfeedback@toronto.ca.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for e-updates on the Noise Bylaw Review at http://bit.ly/2H1CL7v.

More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/noisebylawreview.

Toronto Police Services – Community Survey – available online until February 10, 2019

Posted on January 22, 2019

Community Survey

Open invitation to members of the community.

If you live or work within the geographic boundaries of 11 Division, as defined and served by the Toronto Police Service, I am requesting your assistance to complete a brief crime, disorder and public safety survey.

Your opinion is important to help us to better provide the policing services that you need.

The geographic boundaries of 11 Division are:
– (To the North) St. Clair Avenue West
– (To the South) Toronto shoreline
– (To the West) Humber River
– (To the East) Dufferin Street south to Queen St., West to Roncesvalles; South from Roncesvalles to the shoreline

It is a Goal for 11 Division and the Toronto Police Service to:

“Improve the quality of life within the community by reducing crime, disorder and enhancing public safety”.

The survey is designed to identify the crime, disorder and public safety issues that should be given special attention to improve the quality of life for the community that is served by members of 11 Division.

The issues listed on the survey are representative of typical crime, disorder and public safety problems experienced in many communities across the city. These issues experienced by themselves or collectively can have a negative impact on the quality of life in the community.

For your convenience, the survey will be available online until February 10, 2019.

Survey Link: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/d11/

Thank you,

Heinz Kuck
District Superintendent
11 / 22 Division

Electronic Waste Collection – Annette Public Library – January 26th, 2019

Posted on January 21, 2019

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am – 2pm, you can dispose your electronic waste outside Annette Public Library – 145 Annette Street.

Find the list of accepted items here.

High Park Nature Centre- Family Nature Walks

Posted on January 17, 2019

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 their amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers and the High Park Eagles Youth.

The meet up spot is 375 Colborne Lodge Drive at 1:30 pm.

Swansea Historical Society will host author Gregory Klages, February 6, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019

Swansea Historical Society hopes to see you at the Swansea Town Hall on February 6, 7:30 pm where the featured speaker will be Gregory Klages, author of “The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson”.  In 1917, shortly before his 40th birthday, the renowned Canadian landscape artist, Tom Thomson, died under mysterious circumstances in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park.  Was it accidental, or was he a murder victim?  Author Gregory Klages will talk about Tom Thomson and the various theories that have been proposed to explain Thomson’s untimely death. Visitors Welcome!  Light Refreshments!

Please see below for the Swansea Historical Society Newsletter for February 2019.

SHS Newsletter - Feb 2019

Join the High Park Stewards for Urban Birds and Citizen Science – January 27, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019

Join the High Park Stewards and Emily Rondel for a presentation and discussion on Urban birds and citizen science and what we can do to help them survive and thrive.

Presentation is at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, HOWARD PARK TENNIS CLUB, 430 Parkside Drive.

More information can be found here.

Urban Birds and Citizen Science - Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, Jan. 27 
as  Emily Rondel shows us how to help birds in the city thrive and contribute to citizen science data collection.
Howard Park Tennis Club.  430 Parkside Dr.
10:30 to 12:30.
www.highparknature.org
stewards@highparknature.org

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust is seeking Anti-Oppression & Equity Training Facilitators – deadline Januaray 25th, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

Request For Proposals: Anti-Oppression & Equity Training Facilitators

PNLT seeks experienced facilitators and or adult educators to provide Anti-Oppression and Equity focused workshops for staff, Board members and community members. The intention is for these workshops to lay the groundwork for an organizational commitment to adopting an Anti-Oppression framework across all organizational activities.

We are currently seeking facilitators for the following workshops:

1) Anti-Oppression 101 – Introduction

2) Anti-Oppression frameworks for organizations

3) Interrupting Unconscious Bias

4) Anti-Racism with focus on Anti-Black Racism Training

5) Building Solidarity with Indigenous Communities

Initial workshop summaries and PNLT’s rationale for hosting each workshop can be found within the RFP Application Form

How to apply:

Candidates are invited to apply to facilitate one or multiple workshops (max. 3), depending on their expertise/experience/area of focus. Facilitators must be willing and able to cater workshops to PNLT’s unique needs. To apply please fill out and submit the RFP Application Form and supporting material to info@pnlt.ca with the title “RFP Submission”.

RFP Application (word doc)

● CV / Resume

● A sample of relevant workshop curriculum

All proposals must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 25th, 2019.

Special thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Maytree Foundation for the generous support for this project.

Round 4 of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Grants Selection Session – January 30, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

A process to identify the Round 4 Neighbourhood Grant applications that will be recommended for funding will take place on Wednesday, January 30th 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Parkdale Adult Recreation Centre (PARC) (1499 Queen St. W, 2nd Floor). There are 4 applications that were received and screened eligible for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Of the 4 applications screened eligible the total amount is $5925. A total of $5,000 is available to the neighbourhood. Attached are summaries of the 4 applicants, please review.

The recommendation process being proposed is as follows:

  • The goal would be to recommend  applications deemed eligible if members agree that the proposed activities meet the criteria outlined below
  • At least one group member from each group must attend the meeting to present their proposal. If no group member is in attendance, their application will not be considered for funding
  • Decision making by majority and among residents only; Group members of applications cannot participate in any vote related to their application
  • Each group will have 5-10 minutes to present their proposed project: project description, who the event targets, how event aligns with South Parkdale TSNS priorities, amount of funds requested and how funds will be used
  • Group members will then be asked to answer the following questions: (10 min per group):

o   Will the target group be interested in the activity/event?

o   Does the activity/event bring together a diverse group of people from the neighbourhood?

o   Does the activity/event align with one of the priorities of the TSNS 2020 Theme Area (i.e., healthy lives, social development, economic opportunities, participation in civic decision making, physical surroundings)?

o   Does the group have a good plan for the activity/event that they will be able to execute?

o   Is the budget clear? Does it make sense for the activity/event?

  • If members are satisfied with the responses, a decision can be taken by residents (without conflict of interest) as to whether each application should be recommended.
  • A scoring tool will be used to assess each application based on questions above. A decision will be taken among residents (without conflict of interest) based on the results of the scoring tool as to which applications received should be recommended for funding.

If you have any suggestions or concerns re: the process that is being proposed, please Contact Rebecca Bassey by January 23rd , 2018 at Rebecca.Bassey@toronto.ca .

Applications now accepted in City of Toronto program offering community grants for innovative ideas to reduce waste – deadline March 1, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s 2019 Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs.

The Waste Reduction Community Grants Program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support grassroots initiatives that reduce waste. The program launched last year and awarded more than $116,000 toward ideas that included the development of signage and programing for tenants of a downtown building, establishment of a sharing library for special event materials for the community, educational training on reducing textile waste and making sustainable fashion choices, and a program aimed at reducing lunch packaging in schools.

Initiatives eligible for funding include those that promote waste reduction and reuse, increase waste management education and engagement, and align with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. Priority will be placed on initiatives that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, and involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Groups eligible to apply for funding include resident, tenant, neighbourhood and business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations and school groups, clubs and councils.

March 1 is the deadline to submit an expression of interest.

More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, the 2018 recipients and the application process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastegrants.

More information about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy.

The Sunnyside Historical Society – Murder at the CNE – January 12th, 2019

Posted on January 3, 2019

As part of the Sunnyside Historical Society’s True Crime series, author and crime specialist, Nate Hendley, will be exploring the true events of 1956 at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West) on January 12th, 2019 at 2pm.

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