High Park Stewards – Biological Controls for Invasive Species

Posted on February 21, 2017

The High Park Stewards spend the majority of their time removing invasive species such as garlic mustard, hedge parsley, common buckthorn, and a host of others. Biological controls would make this task so much easier. What is possible now? What is likely in the future?

W.D. (Bill) McIlveen has been involved in Ontario’s ecological land classification, rare and introduced species studies, terrestrial toxicology projects, the Breeding Bird Atlas, and the Ontario Tree Atlas. After a career with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, he served on the executive of the Field Botanists of Ontario and the Toronto Entomological Association, among other organizations. He is currently working on a new and comprehensive Flora of Halton.

Howard Park Tennis Club. 430 Parkside Dr. 10:30am to 12:30pm.

See www.highparknature.org and the links in this invite for more details and photos.

Toronto Drop-in Network Family Day Holiday

Posted on February 14, 2017

Hi everyone,

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

The list is also posted on the TDIN website here: http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=474

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

Adopt-a-Park-Tree Program and Young Urban Forest Leaders

Posted on February 13, 2017

Do you have an interest in helping tree thrive in your community? Join us to learn about our Young Urban Forest Leaders and how they could help you start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in your local park!

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Cost: Free

Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John Street
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

Building is wheelchair accessible. Indoor event followed by optional mini tree tour along paved and grass surfaces.

http://www.yourleaf.org/event/2017-03-18/information-session-adopt-park-tree-program-and-young-urban-forest-leaders

Parkdale Seedy Saturday

Posted on February 9, 2017

On March 4th, 2017, Parkdale Seedy Saturday will feature a community seed exchange plus local seed vendors, organizations, free garden advice and workshops at 250 Dunn Ave from 11am-3pm.

Everyone is welcome and entrance is pay-what-you-can. Light refreshments will be available by donation and the space is fully accessible. For more information, visit www.greenestcity.ca or call 647-438-0038.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1780077798919277

International Day For The Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Posted on February 1, 2017

Hosted by HFBC, 11 Division Police Station, and 11 Division CPLC.

This day commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville, South Africa peaceful demonstration against apartheid that ended with police opening fire on civilians and killing 69 people. Proclaimed in 1966 by the UN, it seeks to end racial discrimination in all its forms.

Toronto Airspace Review

Posted on January 31, 2017

It has been a few months since the last meetings and it is now time for a third round of public meetings about mitigating aviation noise.

Anyone is welcome at any meeting, you do not have to attend the one that is closest to you. The Saturday morning meeting was arranged to give those who find it difficult to attend evening meetings an opportunity to engage with this review.

In these meetings there will be a presentation on mitigation options and a discussion on these and any other ideas that might be raised. At this stage the options are certainly not finalized and they may or may not end up as recommendations in the final report; there is still an opportunity to introduce and consider additional options.

To be clear, regardless of where the meetings have been held or from which individuals are heard, the work to investigate if there are further noise reducing mitigations that could be implemented by Nav Canada will endeavour to treat the whole area equally. Rest assured that our considerations will not be focusing on how to mitigate noise in Oakville just because there have been multiple meetings around Oakville.

Wednesday 1st March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 1870 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga, L4W 0B3

Thursday 2nd March
6:30pm— 8:30pm
St. Luke’s Community Centre, 3114 Dundas St West, Oakville, L6M 4J3

Saturday 4th March
10:30am— 12:30pm
Novotel North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, North York,  M2N 6L3

11 Brock Affordable Housing Visioning Workshop

Posted on January 30, 2017

Good news! Parkdale is getting new affordable housing!

Join the community on Thursday February 9th for a Visioning Workshop focused on Affordable Housing at 11 Brock Ave. Register here.

WHEN: Thursday Feb 09, Doors at 6:30pm, Visioning Activity – 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
WHO: Parkdale Residents & Stakeholders
WHERE: 20 West Lodge Ave – May Robinson Auditorium
ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair access.
Tibetan interpretation available.

11 Brock Ave. (former LCBO) is City-Owned land that is going to become affordable housing. However, the City has not yet announced what type of affordable housing will be built, who it will serve, and how it might respond to community needs. In anticipation of this unique opportunity, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) is gathering recommendations from residents on how this project can best respond to community needs and aspirations. The focus of the conversation will be on the needs of senior housing, supportive housing and affordable family housing.

The event will commence with a short presentation by local residents about recent planning initiatives and the need for affordable housing. Residents will then have the chance to participate in break out discussion groups, where recommendations and collective visions for this site will be documented. The results of this workshop will be synthesized by PNLT and submitted to the City.

Join the conversation!

Please register here or at the door. Questions can be directed to info@pnlt.ca

57 Brock Avenue Public Meeting

Posted on January 24, 2017

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments. Details are as follows:

Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Place: Parkdale Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West

The application proposes to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2016/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-97839.pdf.

Toronto Public Health is Developing a Toronto Overdose Action Plan

Posted on January 23, 2017

Toronto Public Health is developing a Toronto Overdose Action Plan and needs your input.

  • Have you experienced an overdose?
  • Do you have service users, friends or family members who have experienced an overdose or are at risk?

Come out to learn more about the draft Action Plan, and share your ideas about what the City and other governments can do to prevent and respond to drug overdoses in our community. To register for one of the consultation sessions, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/consultation-toronto-overdose-action-plan-registration-31285927050

Monday January 30th 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Metro Central YMCA
20 Grosvenor Street, Auditorium (2nd floor)
Toronto

Tuesday January 31st 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
North York Memorial Community Hall
5110 Yonge Street, Concourse level, Burgundy Room B
North York

Thursday February 2nd 2017, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
LAMP Community Health Centre
185 Fifth Street, Community Room (upstairs)
Etobicoke

Monday February 13th 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, Committee Rooms 1 & 2
Scarborough

These events are being organized by the Toronto Drug Strategy Overdose Coordinating Committee. For more information, please email drugstrategy@toronto.ca or call 416-338-0625.

Income Education Session

Posted on January 17, 2017

The Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) will be hosting a special Income Education Session on Thursday, February 9th from 1:30 – 4:00 pm in the Community Centre at 1001 Queen Street West in Training Room A.

This session will provide information about the following supported income programs, resources, and services:
– Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
– Ontario Works (OW)
– Homeless to ODSP Project Engagement (HOPE)
– Canadian Pension Plan- Disability (CPP-D)
– Old Age Security (OAS)
– Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
– Housing Stabilization Fund (HSF)
– The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT)

All speakers will be available for a panel question and answer period. RSVP is encouraged as space is limited. To RSVP for this event and/or to submit questions ahead of time for the panel, please contact Sara Abura at sara.abura@camh.ca or ext. 33157.

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