Parkdale Roncesvalles Earth Hour Walks

Posted on March 21, 2017

The annual candlelight walk is a symbolic gesture in support of climate action. This year two village walks, one west along Queen St. and one south down Roncesvalles Ave. will converge at the intersection of King, Queen, and Roncesvalles.

The walk is supported by the Greenest City, the Parkdale Village BIA, the Roncesvalles Village BIA, RoncyWorks, and Climate Action Canada.

Councillor Gord Perks, MPP Cheri Di Novo and MP Arif Virani have confirmed they will be in attendance and are invited to address the crowd briefly.

GOAL – this year, Earth Hour 2017 Walk will be used to kickstart a deeper commitment to local action with the founding of Green14, a green neighbours group for Ward 14. Green Neighbours groups have been set up in several other City of Toronto wards for the purpose of education and engaging residents about climate action strategies.

Saturday, March 25th
Gather: 8:15 pm, Walks start at 8:30 sharp

  1. Parkdale Library – Queen West and Cowan
  2. Roncesvalles Dundas Peace Garden

Walks end as two groups of walkers meet

  1. Queen West, King West, Roncesvalles, Queensway intersection

Bring your own candle. The walk will be cancelled if it rains.

To follow any updated notices:

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Karyn Klaire Koski, Community Earth Hours Leader, at and 416-801-0103

Upcoming High Park Nature Events

Posted on March 20, 2017

Gardening with Native Plants
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Acclaimed author and native plant advocate Lorraine Johnson will present ways to connect  gardens with High Park by growing native plants, and best practices for successful gardening.

Lorraine Johnson is the author of numerous books on environmental issues and gardening. Former president of the North American Native Plant Society, her areas of expertise include gardening with native plants, urban agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and urban forest protection.

For more information:

Upcoming Consultations and Survey on Short-term Rentals

Posted on March 20, 2017

Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey.

The term “short-term rental” typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO, and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.

Online Survey

The survey will be launched on March 28 and will be found at:

Public Meetings

Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be live-streamed)

A final report, with recommendations is expected at Executive Committee in June.

For more info please contact: Amy Buitenhuis, Senior Policy and Research Officer, 2-5129,

Open Call for Jane’s Walk Leaders

Posted on March 14, 2017

The Jane’s Walk Festival is happening on May 5th, 6th, & 7th!

If you have a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood, then Jane’s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation in your community!

Jane’s Walk is a global movement of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. In 2016, over 7,000 people attended 226 walks in 37 GTA Wards. Organizing a Jane’s Walk is easy. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places, people and ideas you want to hear and talk about, and then posting it online at Learn more at

Stakeholder Consultation – Stormwater Charge

Posted on March 14, 2017

In December 2015, Toronto City Council directed staff to develop an implementation plan for a stormwater charge (SWC) as a cost recovery model to fund the costs of Toronto’s stormwater management program, which is currently funded entirely from the water rate. You can access that Council agenda item, including the staff report, “Funding Options for Paying for Toronto Water’s Stormwater Management Capital Program”, here:

In October 2016, City staff engaged interested stakeholders on the refined geographic analysis required for the stormwater charge, various rate options, potential impacts on different types of water customers, and a preliminary incentive program.

Based on your feedback and other considerations, staff have further refined the stormwater charge proposal, and we would again like to seek your valuable feedback. We invite you to attend the following stakeholder consultation meeting on the proposed stormwater charge:

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Committee Room 4, 2nd floor

I also encourage you to make a written submission on this matter. Please note that in order to be considered during the preparation of the final report for May 2017, your written submission must be provided to Kurtis Elton (Metro Hall, 18th floor, 55 John St, Toronto ON M5V 3C6 or by email to no later than April 21, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Adir Gupta, Manager, Financial Policy, at 416-392-8071 or

West Neighbourhood House Youth March Break Events

Posted on March 13, 2017

West Neighbourhood House – Newcomer Youth Program (NYP) is offering exciting activities for March Break! The activities are open to youth between the ages of 13-24. Check out the flyer for more information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Yathu at 416-206-8041 or

Monday March 13th – FILM IN A DAY WORKSHOP @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Tuesday March 14th – G1 DRIVING WORKSHOP @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
3:00PM – 5:00PM

Wednesday March 15th – BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT @ Alexander Muir Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Thursday March 16th – ZUMBA + SPORTS DAY @ Alexander Muir Public School, 108 Gladstone Ave.
1:00PM – 5:00PM

Friday March 17th – HARBOURFRONT SKATING @ Newcomer Youth Space, 1499 Queen St. West, 2nd floor
12:00PM – 4:00PM

Art Fair and Variety Show PARC Fundraiser

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre is hosting a fundraiser Art Fair and Variety show!

Come out to 151 Glenlake Ave on April 29th and enjoy the community festivities. The $10 ticket covers entrance into the art fair which runs 12pm-6pm, finger food, and the Variety Show, which starts at 6:30pm. There will be a cash bar, food, and desserts available while you peruse the original art and take in the performances!

All proceeds go to PARC

Milky Way Garden Community Visioning Workshop

Posted on March 9, 2017

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust intends to purchase the Milky Way Garden, a 7000 sq ft green space, to transform it into a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale.

They are holding a Visioning Workshop where participants will be guided through the visioning process to define objectives as they relate to the redesign on 87 Milky Way into a community space for urban agriculture.

Monday, March 13th, 2017
6 – 8 pm, Parkdale Library Auditorium

Tibetan translation will be provided. Please contact through the link below for additional translation needs.

To RSVP email or call 647-438-0038

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

Posted on March 9, 2017

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event!

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!

LEAF is working in partnership with the City of Toronto to provide assistance to 3 community groups interested in starting an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program in their local park (which engages volunteers to water and care for newly planted trees).

The program matches 4 young women (aged 18-24), trained and mentored by LEAF, with each of the 3 selected community groups. They spend the spring and summer helping the community kick start an Adopt-a-Park-Tree program. The goal is to have the community set up to continue the program on their own for years to come.

They are currently accepting applications from both community groups and youth until March 31st. Find program details and application links HERE.

Anyone interested is encouraged to join the public information session on Saturday March 18th at Metro Hall.

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.

421 Roncesvalles Ave Re-Zoning Application

Posted on March 6, 2017

Friends, please share with your neighbours:

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue Re-Zoning Application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date:            March 21, 2017
Time:            7-9 PM
Place:           St. Casimir’s Parish Hall – 156 Roncesvalles Avenue

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow the redevelopment the site with a seven-storey building containing retail and office uses with a height of 26.1 metres. The existing building will be maintained and while no vehicular parking spaces are being proposed, 38 bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please forward your comments to Joanna Kimont, City Planner, and/or Councillor Gord Perks, .

Also, mark your calendars: City Planning staff are organizing the next Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study Community Meeting to take place on Monday, April 24th. Information on location and time will be shared once confirmed.



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