Roncesvalles Refugee Relief Fundraiser – April 12, 2018

Posted on March 8, 2018


Roncesvalles Refugee Relief (RRR) is raising money to sponsor a third family.  To do so they are holding another wonderful community event. The theme of the evening is Food Binds; in most cultures coming together involves food.  They will be having an oyster bar provided by De La Mer, tasty appetizers made by The Cookery, olive oil and balsamic vinegar tastings from My Olive and more.  There will also be homemade middle eastern delicacies made by three Syrian women who will be in attendance.

Tickets are $80.00 and include food, music, silent auction and a drink.

To purchase tickets, please visit their website at

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gallery 345

345 Sorauren Ave

Toronto, Ontario

M6R 2G5

You can also check out their website to see how they have been supporting Government Assisted Refugees for the past two years.  GARs do not have the support of a sponsorship group to help them settle in their new life in Canada so RRR has tried to fill the that void for several families.


Call for Volunteers – Spring Festival 2018

Posted on February 28, 2018

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to along with your resume and list any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 30 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3) to six (6+) hour shifts, scheduled between 8:00am & 11:00pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018!

Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.

Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood!  Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!


Posted on February 28, 2018

A message from Greenest City. Please share with your neighbours.

Hey Greenest City supporters!

Seedy Saturday Parkdale is fast approaching – this Saturday March 3rd 11:00 -4:00pm, at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church!

We are still in need of volunteers for set up, kids’ activities, tabling support, take down and photography!

If you are interested in community events, gardening/urban agriculture, or want to check out some of our amazing kitchen garden workshops THIS IS THE EVENT FOR YOU!

Please fill out this form or get in touch by responding to this email. We are ideally looking for 3 hour commitments between 9am-5pm, but would be thrilled with whatever time you are willing to give!

If you’re unable to volunteer, we hope you’ll still swing by Seedy Saturday between 11:00 – 4:00! And be sure to share our Facebook event page and keep checking the site for updates!

Looking forward to our best Seedy Saturday Parkdale yet!
For more details, contact Molly Fremes at

See you March 3rd! 

March Break Family Skate at Ricoh Coliseum

Posted on February 27, 2018

City of Toronto invites you to free Family Skating at Ricoh Coliseum (45 Manitoba Drive), located on the grounds of the Exhibition Place from March 13 – March 16, 2018, 1:30 – 4:30 pm. More details are below.


City of Toronto – Community Funding Announcement- Deadline May 4, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018


 Funding Opportunity – Neighbourhood Grants Program – Deadline May 4, 2018

Are you a RESIDENT-LED GROUP with a great event idea that needs funding?

Grants of $1,000 – $3,000 are available to activate your neighbourhood and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020).

What is the Neighbourhood Grants Program?

The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between July 15 and December 31, 2018.

 A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods).

 Visit the Neighbourhood Grants web page for more details and to find out if you’re eligible to apply:

 See the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods under the Eligible Neighbourhoods tab.

  • Download a working document of sample application questions (in Word doc) to help you kick start your planning!
  • Find contacts of your local Community Development Officer for questions, list of eligible and ineligible expenses, guidelines for your mentor, etc.
  • The Online Application Form will be open starting April 3rd.
  • Deadline for applications is May 4, 2018.

If your group is eligible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Neighbourhood Grant Planning Session to be held in March and/or April.

Check out the list of meetings for your local Neighbourhood Grant Planning session.

In the Zone: Your Garden Can Help Native Species Thrive

Posted on February 15, 2018

In the Zone: Your Garden Can Help Native Species Thrive
Sunday, February 25, 2
018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON 

Speaker: Peter Ewins; Lead Specialist, Species Conservation at World Wildlife Fund Canada

 For gardeners in Canada’s Carolinian zone, “In the Zone” provides tools to gradually transform backyards into woodland, water, and wildflower gardens for native wildlife. Learn about this program’s free resources and connect with its community of gardeners.

For more information:


2280 Dundas West: December 2017 Presentation

Posted on February 14, 2018


Choice Properties REIT, the owner of the Loblaw site at 2280 Dundas St West, the south-east corner of Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West, is looking to submit an application to redevelop the site with a mixed-use development including residential, commercial, employment and community uses, a City park, new streets and potential relocation of the high school.

In order to understand what the community envisions for this site before the application is formally submitted, City Planning staff, together with my office, hosted round table discussions which focussed on key themes such as Built Form and Use, Public Realm and Sustainability.

Below is the December 11 & 12, 2017 Planning staff presentation.

Loblaws site - City Presentation - December 2017 (002)


Answers to brainstorming questions can be sent to by March 9th, 2018. Please contact my office at if you would like a copy of the brainstorming questions document.


Celebrate Family Day at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre

Posted on February 12, 2018

Celebrate Family Day with us! You can enjoy a variety of free outdoor and indoor activities at locations across Toronto on Monday, February 19.

City-run recreation facilities offer Family Day programming for the whole family. Activities include cooking, drumming and dance lessons, crafts and board games, and as well sports and family fitness classes. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities.

Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone.

There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor arenas and outdoor rinks.

In ward 14, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre will be offering a variety of different program opportunities for all, between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Family Day schedules are available online at, or by calling 311.

Parkland Strategy Update

Posted on February 12, 2018


Following Executive Committee’s approval of the Parkland Strategy’s Phase 1 Report on November 28, 2017, work has been underway on Phase 2 of the Parkland Strategy.  This 20-year plan will guide decision-making and prioritization of investment of Toronto’s parks, including the acquisition of new parks, improvements and connections to existing parks.

Public engagement on Phase 2 of the Parkland Strategy is kicking off with a series of self-guided Civic Centre displays highlighting the findings and analysis from the Phase 1. This will include details on how parkland provision has been calculated using the latest mapping tools and maps of parkland provision for current and future populations across the city.   The displays will be available as follows:

  • City Hall – February 6 to 9, 2018
  • Metro Hall – February 12 to 18, 2018
  • Scarborough Civic Centre – February 19 to 23, 2018
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre – February 26 to March 2, 2018
  • North York Civic Centre – March 5 to 9, 2018
  • City Hall – April 3 to 6, 2018

More information about the Parkland Strategy can be found on the project website at: and the Parkland Strategy Preliminary Report can be found here and the Parkland Strategy Primer can be found here.



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