Free Sewing Classes for Women in Parkdale Area

Posted on January 18, 2018

Free Sewing Classes for Women in the Parkdale Area, run by local sewer, designers, team leaders and volunteers.  Individuals will learn to use a sewing machine, basic sewing skills which include machine skills, zippers, hand sewing, patterns, etc.


Classes begin on January 27 for 7 weeks.  They will be held in the Parkdale Public Library and there is childcare if needed.

There is an application process – you can go to the Parkdale Public Library and pick up an application, fill one out here, or come to Greenest City at 201 Cowan on Wednesday, January 10 or Thursday, January 11 from 1pm – 2pm to get a paper application and get support in filling out the application.

EMAIL or call Angela at 647 438 0038 for questions.

We are looking for volunteers!

This is a partnership between Greenest City, Parkdale Public Library and local sewer/artist Helen Melbourned

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective

Posted on January 18, 2018

Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario: the Environmental Commissioner’s Perspective
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Speaker: Ellen Schwartzel; Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Ellen will share how Ontarians can use the Environmental Bill of Rights to strengthen environmental laws and policies, including protecting natural heritage. Biodiversity highlights from the Commissioner’s recently released report –- especially the province’s track record on species at risk and protected areas –- will also feature in her talk.

This is an opportunity to discuss issues and strategies for protecting nature in both urban and rural areas.

Note: The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is an independent officer of the Legislature who reports on government progress on climate change, energy and other environmental issues. The ECO is the province’s environmental watchdog and champion of Ontarians’ environmental rights.

For more information:

41 Wabash Pre-Application Meeting on January 29, 2018

Posted on January 16, 2018

The developer of 41 Wabash Avenue, Curated Properties, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

General Purpose Room, Fern Avenue School

128 Fern Avenue

Monday, January 29, 2018

7-9 PM

The developer is proposing a 4 storey mixed-use development with townhouse and office uses. Details will be available at the community meeting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at

41 Wabash Pre-Application Meeting Notice



Family Literacy Month: Drag Queen Storytime

Posted on January 10, 2018

On Saturday, January 27, 2018, Parkdale Library will be hosting Drag Queen Storytimes to celebrate Family Literacy Month. This is a program aimed at teaching children about diversity in gender and gender expression.

Drag Queen Storytime Poster

Holiday activities for youth

Posted on December 12, 2017

The Newcomer Youth Program has exciting activities during the holidays for youth ages 13 to 24.  Please help share it with youth and contacts that you know may benefit from these activities.  Registration is still open for Muay Thai, Paint lounge and Snow tubing.

For more information, please contact the staff listed on the flyers:

Muay Thai
Newcomer Youth Leadership Program
Open to Newcomer Youth ages 13-24
Please bring your Permanent Resident (PR) number, if applicable.
Fee: $5
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 (Part 1)
& Friday, December 29, 2017 (Part 2)
Yasmin: 416-206-8043
Tenzin: 416-936-4004
Registration is on December 16, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Newcomer Youth Space


Freestyle Painting at the Paint Lounge
Find your inner artist and paint your own canvas in an art studio!

Fee: $5
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Meet at the Newcomer Youth Space,
1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
at 12:30 pm

Contact Jovie to register: 647-268-4417

Free refreshments will be provided


Snow Tubing Trip

Fee: $15
Friday, January 5, 2018
Please bring your Permanent Resident (PR) number, if applicable
Meet at the Newcomer Youth Space at
1499 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor at
8:00 AM

Registration is on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 10 am to 12 pm, at the Newcomer Youth Space


Holiday Calendar



YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival December 9, 2017

Posted on November 30, 2017


YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival 2017

Saturday, December 9th – 12-4pm

Metro Hall Rotunda

55 John Street

Free and open to the public |


The annual YIMBY Festival provides a social space for people and groups involved in grassroots, locally ­driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine their future city. This free, one­-day event invites community groups and non-profits from across Toronto to educate residents, politicians, policy makers, and each other through informal table discussions and presentations. YIMBY provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, residents to meet politicians, and politicians to meet community groups in the spirit of people coming together for positive change.


This year’s YIMBY festival will welcome 100 Toronto-­based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, equity, neighbourhood improvement, environmental action, arts and culture, economic development, and more.


Throughout the day, visitors can connect with organizations at informational displays and take in programming by YIMBY participants who will share samples their current work, ongoing strategies, and new ideas for positive change in Toronto’s neighborhoods.

Inspirations Studio’s Holiday Pottery Sale & Studio Fundraiser

Posted on November 28, 2017

Inspirations Studio‘s Holiday Pottery Sale & Studio Fundraiser

December 1st – 3rd, 2017 at 2480 Dundas West


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