Community Legal Education Ontario is excited to announce the launch of Steps to Justice http://www.stepstojustice.ca/. Steps to Justice is a new website that gives reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems related to social assistance, criminal, employment, housing and other areas of law. You can learn more about this project in this video .
Steps to Justice:
- helps people to understand their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
- includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
- gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
- has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
- allows organizations to embed its content on their own websites for free so your clients can access legal information without leaving your website.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting an interactive workshop on Steps to Justice. Our workshops are designed for front-line workers and cover the following topics:
- Brief overview of CLEO
- The difference between legal information and legal advice
- Using CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice, to find legal information
- Finding legal information using case scenarios
On November 24th, at City hall, Greenest City’s H.O.P.E (Healthy Organics Parkdale Edibles) Garden was awarded the first prize at City of Toronto’s Garden Contest!
Proud of our community members who are building healthier and more sustainable communities and growing as gardeners and leaders!
Toronto Drop-In Network is a community of 56 drop-in centres throughout Toronto
The Winter Holiday list of drop-in hours, meal times, and special holiday meals are up. The list can also be accessed here http://tdin.ca/resource.php?id=542
Please share with other community members.
Councillor Gord Perks interview with Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway on new developments and affordable housing.
November 14, 2017 – Councillor Gord Perks regarding 1182 & 1221 King Street West Development at Toronto-East York Community Council
The developer of 2720 Dundas St West has applied to the City of Toronto for a Zoning By-law Amendment to build a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area containing 173 dwelling units, a below grade parking lot with 93 parking spaces and additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.
Please see below:2720 Dundas Community Meeting
Stay Warm This Winter for Less
Tired of a cold, drafty home and high energy bills – HELP is here!
Through the City of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), you can get a low-interest loan to cover the cost of a new high-efficiency furnace, new windows, doors, insulation and more. And if you want to go the extra mile, the loan can also cover the cost of solar rooftop panels, solar hot water heaters, and geothermal heating and cooling!
The great thing about Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program, is that at the same time that you make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills, you’ll also be reducing the emissions that contribute to climate change.
Low-interest rates and great terms
In addition to offering low-interest rates (starting at 2%), and repayment terms of up to 15 years, you can repay the loan at any time without penalty. And if you sell your home and don’t want to pay off the loan, the new homeowner can assume the payments. Sound too good to be true? It’s not!
Save energy, money and more!
The results are impressive. On average, HELP participants::
reduce their home energy use by 30%;
save over $560 per year on their energy bills; and
You can get a loan of up to $75,000 for your improvements. The process begins with an easy online application. The HELP team will then connect you with a Registered Energy Advisor, help you access the incentives provided by the utility companies, and do what they can to make the process smooth and seamless.
Here’s what one HELP participant had to say about their experience retrofitting their Scarborough home:
“We wanted to make our home more energy efficient and HELP was a fit for our needs. The renovations would add value to our property. It was an easy experience for us and we are very appreciative!”
The City’s HELP team is available to support you throughout the process. Ready to get started? Have a few questions? We’d love to hear from you.
Contact us at 416-392-1826 or learn more at toronto.ca/home-energy-loan
Greenbelt in Toronto: Ravines, Water, and Smart Growth
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON
12 years after its creation, Ontario’s Greenbelt is growing to include urban river valleys across the region. In Toronto, these include the Don, Humber, and Rouge Rivers, and Morningside and Etobicoke Creeks. These green-blue corridors provide critical connections for water and wildlife, and between urban and rural residents.
They will become increasingly important places as our region attempts to cope with the impacts of climate change while accommodating an estimated 2.8 million new residents by 2031. Join the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as we try to unravel what all this means for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.
Due the development happening on the east side of the railways near Wallace Avenue, the Wallace Avenue Pedestrain Bridge will be temporarily closed while its replacement is under construction.
Closure Start Date: March 20, 2017
Closure End Date: March 28, 2017
Please note that alternative routes at Dupont St and Bloor St are available during this temporary closure.
We thank you for your patience during this time.
Councillor Gord Perks
The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy Family Day on Monday, February 20 by taking advantage of City-run recreation facilities and historic attractions. Seven of the City’s 10 historic sites will offer events, activities and tours on Family Day. Programming highlights for the open sites are listed below. Regular admission fees apply except for Historic Zion Schoolhouse. Times and activity details will vary by location. More information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.
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. CSA approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under age the age of six and are recommended for skaters of all ages. Family Day schedules are available online at http://www.toronto.ca/familyday.
The MLSE Foundation, in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, will be hosting a community event at Campbell Avenue Playground Outdoor Rink from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to celebrate the donation of skates and learn-to-skate equipment to three City of Toronto outdoor rinks. Toronto Maple Leafs alumnus Darryl Sittler will attend, along with mascots and Toronto Maple Leafs hockey development coaches. The event will also include hot chocolate, cookie decorating and giveaways.
Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open on Family Day, weather permitting. For updates and schedules, visit http://www.toronto.ca/ski.
Leisure swimming will be available at many indoor pools on Family Day. City-run leisure swims are free of charge for everyone. Family Day schedules are available online at the web link above, or by calling 311.
Select recreation facilities will offer programming for the whole family. Children accompanied by an adult can enjoy swimming, indoor/outdoor skating, yoga, Zumba®, gymnastics, sports, arts and crafts and much more. Family Day schedules for each recreation centre are available online or by calling 311.
The City’s farm at 201 Winchester St., open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features farm animals and offers various activities. Admission is free.
High Park Zoo
Toronto’s oldest zoo has been entertaining people for 120 years. The zoo, which houses domestic and exotic animals such as bison, llamas and reindeer, as well as our famous capybaras Bonnie and Clyde, is located on Deer Pen Road and is open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free.
Conservatories and Greenhouses
Residents and visitors can warm up and take in the sights and scents at Toronto’s beautiful conservatories, Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Family Day. Admission is free and the conservatories are wheelchair-accessible.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Families can visit the fort’s historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make for a memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, the officers’ sword drill, old-fashioned games and a fun-filled kids’ activity book.
Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
Families can explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse in North Toronto and take a step back in time with schoolmistress Miss Coulson. Visitors can learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate and enjoy storytelling, craft making and other activities. Donations of new or gently used children’s books will help the Children’s Book Bank provide books and literacy support to children in need in Toronto. Admission is free.
Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
Visitors can celebrate Black History Month in Toronto by learning about Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. On Family Day visitors can also enjoy performances at 1:30 and 3 p.m. by a Scottish dance troupe from the Guthrie School of Dance, who will be sharing Scottish Highland and Scottish Country dances and the history and stories that inspired them.
Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W.)
The inn will feature Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing, who will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 and 3:30 p.m. There will also be a traditional French Canadian lumberjack dancing man and visitors can learn to play the spoons with the inn’s resident fiddler at 1:30 and 3 p.m. In the afternoon, cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats alongside historic games and crafts.
Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
The museum will offer fun activities such as a scavenger hunt and a craft activity. Visitors will be able to sample baked goods and hot chocolate.
Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
A family-friendly tour includes games and hands-on fun in the historic kitchen – all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (67 Pottery Rd.)
Visitors can make crafts and tour the historic homes while viewing the first ever retrospective of acclaimed Canadian painter Helen Lucas in the Papermill Gallery.
The Toronto Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Family Day, with daily activities free with zoo admission. More information about the zoo’s indoor tropical pavilions, interactive interpretive stations and daily keeper talks is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.
Other Municipal Facilities and Services
All City of Toronto emergency and 24-hour services will operate normally on February 20. City administrative offices and service counters will be closed on Monday, re-opening on Tuesday, February 21. The major civic buildings including City Hall, Metro Hall and the civic centres will operate on a weekend schedule from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Family Day.
The TTC will operate on its holiday schedule on Family Day. All TTC routes will operate on their Sunday service schedules, but will start earlier, at approximately 6 a.m. Any routes that do not normally operate on Sundays, will not operate on the holiday. Subway service will start around 6 a.m. and will run every 4-5 minutes. More TTC information is available at http://ttc.ca/Routes/index.jsp.
City-operated child care centres and Children’s Services district offices will be closed on Monday. Toronto Home Child Care Agency providers will offer service as usual.
All Toronto Public Library branches will be closed on Family Day. Archival Services at 255 Spadina Rd. will also be closed on Monday.
Some community recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Residents can find the list of open centres online at http://www.toronto.ca/familyday or call their local centre ahead of time to check its schedule.