Urban Forestry will be initiating their annual management plan of Dog Strangling Vine in High Park beginning in July.
Dog-strangling vine is a herbaceous weed that forms dense colonies. Dog-strangling vine impacts native plants and habitat by:
- crowding out and smothering native vegetation and young trees
- decreasing survival of monarch butterfly larvae by mimicking native milkweeds
- increasing selective grazing on remaining native vegetation by deer and other browsing animals
- decreasing abundance of insects and pollinators
- reducing habitat for grassland birds.
Various sections of the Natural areas in High Park are managed for Dog Strangling Vine on a cyclical basis. Treatment in these areas will take place intermittently during the period of early July to end of August.
Although the pesticide being applied (glyphosate) has a low acute toxicity for people and animals, it is wise to reduce your and your pet’s exposure. Please see the attached document for more information.
The pesticide treatment area is marked with signs at every entry point around its edge. Warning signage will be posted 24 hours before treatment and be removed 48 hours following treatment.Invasive Plant Control-DSV_
The wrong items in recycling – otherwise known as contamination – continues to be a major issue is costing the City millions annually in additional processing costs.
Over the past several years, in an effort to reduce contamination, the City has done extensive public education and implemented a wide array of programs, initiatives, and services, including inspections of single-family residential Blue Bins.
Blue Bin inspections started back up this spring and will continue throughout 2019. When significant contamination is found, the Bin will be stickered, pushed back from the curb and not collected. A sorting Guide and Notice indicating why the Bin was not collected and instructing the resident to remove the contamination before the next recycling collection day will be left in the homeowner’s mailbox.
For information on the appropriate bins for waste, visit the Waste Wizard online at toronto.ca/wastewizard or on the TOwaste app. Residents can also visit toronto.ca/recycleright to get recycling tips and learn what does and does not go in the Blue Bin.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 pm, Canadian Rivers Day Moccasin Identifier Project
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a Canadian Heritage River, Carolyn King, former Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit, will be bringing the project involving the printing of a moccasin footprint with water based paint in the vicinity of an aboriginal site to the area.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:30 pm, Heritage York History Night
Ron Fletcher, co-author of “Lacrosse: The Ancient Game” adds to the sport’s existing literature by exploring the game’s vibrant cultural and historic roots.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:00 – 2:30 pm, One Summer Walk -Our Sparkling Treasures: Walking York’s Waterway Gems
Bird’s Eye View – Humber River Crossings and other Lambton Park Stories. Hilltop and valley trail and bridge vistas frame unique perspectives on river, wildlife and human interplay. With Madeleine McDowell and Lance Gleich (Heritage York, Humber Heritage) and photographer Ann Brokelman. Begin/end at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.
Friends of Sorauren Park has secured the rights to host “Raptors viewing parties” in the Town Square for the Finals.
Watch a live broadcast of the NBA finals at the town square of Sorauren Park. Bring your own chairs + blankets! The first game is on May 30, 2019 at 9 pm.
Special thank you to the Friends of Sorauren Park for making this happen!
Private Property Tree Planting Program – Get Advice, Planting Help and Instructions for Aftercare!
LEAF offers a Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program which helps you enjoy the many benefits of trees by planting the right tree in the right place. You will get an arborist consultation at your property, a 5 to 8 foot native tree and full planting service, all for $150-$220 (approximately half the full cost!). Houses, multi-units and business/industrial properties all qualify. LEAF also has a Do-It-Yourself option, for those who like to get their hands dirty! For more information, visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.
LEAF offers Native Shrub Bundles to beautify your yard and attract pollinators and songbirds. For approximately $100, you will get four native shrubs (for the price of three), free delivery right to your door, species fact sheets, mulch and a planting and care guide.
- Native Bee
- Small Yard
Supplies are limited so bundles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To order visit LEAF or call 1-888-453-6504.
A rezoning application was originally submitted for a 6-storey building. The applicant has appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) with a hearing scheduled for Nov 18, 2019. City Planning staff and the applicant have continued to work on the proposal. The applicant has submitted revisions to their original application.
City Planning will be bringing a staff report to Toronto and East York Community Council on May 22, 2019 that recommends approval of a revised application.
A Community Meeting will be held to review the Staff Report.
Monday, May 13th, 6:30 – 8 PM
West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St West
Please see the below PDF for more information.
Urban Forestry has been using fire as part of its natural area management program for black oak savannah habitats for over 20 years in three city parks: High Park, Lambton Park, and South Humber Park. Black oak savannah is a rare vegetation community that is at risk of extinction throughout North America. Fire sustains these sites by setting back competing vegetation, enriching the soil, and promoting the growth and germination of native seed banks.
Following careful review of the proposed burn sites in High Park, it has been determined that we will not be proceeding with a burn for spring 2019. This delay will allow time for existing native plants to establish, oak regeneration and additional areas to be ready for burning.
In the beginning stages of the prescribed burn program, frequent burns were necessary to reverse the effects of the approximately 100 years of suppressed fire cycles. As the successes of the prescribed burn program continue, the frequency and interval between burns is constantly being re-evaluated and adjusted accordingly.
Restoration of natural areas is an adaptive process and prescribed burn management, in combination with native species planting and invasive species removal, will continue to be a valuable tool used in these rare habitats to ensure their longevity and proliferation. Sites will be monitored this season and plans will be developed for an anticipated burn in spring 2020.
The City of Toronto has launched a study of the current state and future of Toronto’s retail main streets.
The first phase of this work is an online survey of residents and businesses.
The survey will give the City a deeper understanding of the current economic, policy and regulatory environment in which main street businesses operate, the key issues they face and the types of supports that would be most helpful to them.
We invite you to participate and have your say!
From January to December 2019, Toronto Public Library is hosting ENAGB Indigenous language classes at four branches (Danforth/Coxwell, Gerrard/Ashdale, Malvern and Mount Dennis). These classes, specifically structured to provide support to all families who are expecting or have children under six years of age, have been designed and are being delivered by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
The purpose of the program is to support language preservation and revitalization, and to provide a safe learning environment for Indigenous families and a learning opportunity for non-Indigenous families. It is funded through a federal grant and is part of a national strategy to preserve Indigenous languages. The Library’s role is to provide a safe and welcoming space for communities to learn. Four Indigenous languages (Inuktitut, Cree, Ojibway and Mohawk) are taught in weekly, 30-minute sessions. Pronounced “Enag-Bee”, ENAGB is an acronym based on Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig, which means “a place for healing our youth”; and Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying, which means, “where did we come from?”.
Each branch offers classes in Inuktitut, Cree, Ojibwe and/or Mohawk. No registration required for Inuktitut, Cree and Ojibwe. Please register with the branch for Mohawk.
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11am – 3pm, you can dispose your electronic waste outside Jane/Dundas Public Library – 620 Jane Street.
Find the list of accepted items here.