High Park Garlic Mustard Busting

Posted on May 23, 2017

The High Park Stewards have been removing garlic mustard from the park for many years. We notice a real positive effect from our work, but there is still lots to do. As many people as possible are needed, as there is no end of this invasive species in High Park.

Sunday, May 28, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

The Boulevard Beds group will also be working on our demonstration gardens on the perimeter of the Grenadier Restaurant. A few people are needed to join them.

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

For more information:

May 25th Compost Day

Posted on May 17, 2017


Mark your calendars!

Come join us for our annual Compost Day taking place at the northeast corner of Wabash and Macdonell on Thursday, May 25th at 4 PM.

Just in time for the gardening season, compost will be available for pickup at the location free of charge and while supplies last, so be sure to arrive early with your shovel and containers!

We hope to see you there.


Toronto Drop-In Network Victoria Day

Posted on May 15, 2017

Hi everyone,

The Victoria Day Holiday meal list (a list of drop-in hours and meal times) for Monday, May 22nd can be downloaded via this link:http://tdin.ca/res_documents/Victoria%20Day%202017%20drop-in%20hours%20and%20meal%20times.pdf

The list is also posted on the TDIN website here: http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=493

Please share this information with anyone who might need to know where to access free meals and daytime shelter during the Victoria Day holiday.

Victoria Day 2017 drop-in hours and meal times

Wayang Kulit / Javanese Puppet Show

Posted on May 10, 2017

In partnership with the Indonesian Consulate General, a shadow puppet Wayang Kulit show will be held at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St W) on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00pm.

Renowned for its elaborate puppets and complex music style this form of storytelling originated on the island of Java, Indonesia. Wayang is a Javanese word for shadow puppet theatre, sometimes the puppet itself is referred to as Wayang. UNESCO designated Wayang Kulit, the best known of the Indonesian Wayang, as a masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2003. In return for the acknowledgement, UNESCO required Indonesians to preserve their heritage.

May 20th Compost Day

Posted on May 9, 2017


Mark your calendars!

Come join us for our annual Compost Day taking place at Indian Road Crescent Junior Public School (285 Indian Rd. Crescent), on Saturday, May 20th at 10 AM.

Just in time for the gardening season, free compost will be available for pickup by the parking lot located north of the school, while supplies last.

Be sure to arrive early with your shovel and containers!

We hope to see you there,

May 18th Compost Day

Posted on May 9, 2017


Mark your calendars!

Come join us for our annual Compost Day taking place at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue, south of Queen St. W.) on Thursday, May 18th at 4PM.

Just in time for the gardening season, compost will be available for pickup at the location free of charge and while supplies last, so be sure to arrive early with your shovel and containers!

We hope to see you there.


Spring into Parkdale Reminder

Posted on May 3, 2017

Just a friendly reminder of this upcoming event:

The Annual Spring into Parkdale sidewalk festival is taking place on Saturday May 13th this year!

The excitement starts at 11am, with the sidewalk portion ending at 6pm and a Night Market staying open until 10pm. Stalls from local shops and interesting guests will fill the street, accompanied by a craft zone for children, live music, tulip giveaways, and more!

Find more information here: http://parkdalevillagebia.com/tag/spring-into-parkdale/

Dowling Cycling Route: Public Drop-In Event 2

Posted on April 25, 2017


You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parkdale Public Library – Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West (at Cowan)


This proposed cycling route was identified as part of the City’s Cycling Network Plan, which presents a vision for how we may connect Toronto’s cycling routes.  The plan was approved in principle by Council on June 9, 2016 with the understanding that each route recommended in the plan would require further consultation to inform design option and to evaluate potential parking and traffic impacts.

In response to feedback received at the first public open house in September 2016, and through emails and phone calls, the City is now proposing a revised design for the cycling route. Past notices and materials from the first Drop-In Event public consultation events are available online at: www.toronto.ca/yellow-bicycle-lanes. Potential measures for the Dowling Cycling Route could include bike lanes, traffic calming measures, cycling wayfinding and new or modified traffic signals.

On May 14 and 15, 2016, crews demolished the Dowling Avenue Bridge over the Gardiner Expressway and a temporary crossing for bicycles and pedestrians has been installed.  The City is presently in conversation with Metrolinx, regarding a study for the design and construction of a permanent structure.

Presently, Dowling Avenue between King St. West and Queen St. West carries traffic one-way northbound and so the feasibility of introducing a southbound “contra-flow” bicycle lane is being evaluated.  This proposal would allow for lawful two-way cycling travel, however due to the narrow width of this roadway the introduction of a bike lane would require the displacement of approximately 32 on-street parking spaces.

Transportation Services is undertaking a parking survey of the area, to measure the overall parking supply availability, and would appreciate your feedback as part of this process.

Next Steps

Following the consultation period, staff will use feedback to inform preferred design solutions and report to City council in 2017.  The target implementation period of this project is 2017-2018.


If you are unable to attend the public event, you can still get involved by reviewing the information available online and contacting Transportation Services:

Transportation Services
Cycling Infrastructure & Programs
100 Queen St W, City Hall,
22nd Floor East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Phone: 416-397-4849
Fax: 416-392-4808
E-mail: ddunn.ca

If more information is required, you can reach my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or 416-392-7919.

Look forward to seeing you at the open house on Wednesday, May 17th, at Parkdale Public Library.


Shhh Volume 2, Musical Programming at Parkdale Library

Posted on April 18, 2017

Raw Materials is thrilled to announce the second instalment of ‘SHHHHH’, an annual event consisting of diverse musical programming at the Parkdale Public Library. The performances will be spread over two days, all free and accessible to the general public. May 5th’s sets will take place on the main floor of the library 7pm-8pm, while May 6th’s will happen in the basement auditorium 1pm-5pm / accessible by stairs or elevator.

Find more details, such as a list of performers, here: http://www.blogto.com/events/shhhh-vol-2/

Reminder: Environment Day Saturday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Posted on April 18, 2017

Just a friendly reminder of this upcoming event:

Saturday, April 22 | 10am-2pm
Sorauren Park | Along Wabash Ave. | south of Dundas St. W

Come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave south of Dundas St W and join in to Reuse, Recycle, and Safely Dispose!

Bring used or unwanted electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, unused medications, batteries, propane tanks, and oils to be safely removed.

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and video tapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

Green Bin exchanges will not be available at Community Environment Days events due to the coming new style of Green Bin.

Donate to schools for reuse:
• Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
• Children’s books, musical instruments
• CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
• Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
• Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
• Corks, cork boards, clipboards
• Dress up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)

Donate for reuse:
• Sporting goods (skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
• Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
• Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
• Small household items (dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
• Textiles in good condition (clothing, linens, etc.)
• Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

All donated items must be in very good condition.

Leaf compost* (limited to one cubic metre per household) is available for pickup as well. While supplies last.

Environment Day 2017


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