No Prescribed Burn for High Park in Spring 2019

Posted on April 12, 2019

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.

City of Toronto Retail Main Streets Survey

Posted on April 4, 2019

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!



ENAGB – Indigenous Language Program for Families with Young Children

Posted on April 2, 2019

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.

E-Waste Collection at Jane/Dundas Library – April 6, 2019

Posted on April 1, 2019

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.

Plan your route to see the High Park Cherry Blossoms – Vehicles will not be permitted

Posted on March 29, 2019

*Please share with your neighbours*

Every year tens of thousands of people visit High Park to take part in what has become a rite of Spring in Toronto: viewing the blossoming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

This year, the City at the request of Toronto Police Services, will prohibit vehicle access to and parking in High Park during the peak cherry blossom bloom days. This is to ensure public safety in High Park during the festival.

To address traffic and congestion challenges in communities around High Park, I have worked with City staff, Toronto Police Services and the TTC to introduce changes to the Operational Plan for the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The following steps will be taken to help minimize the impact of traffic and congestions in the area:

– The City as well as my office will release information that alert visitors of the park closure to vehicles and highlight the best TTC options for getting to the park

– There will be a significant increase in the number of Parking Enforcement Unit officers (PEOs) assigned to the event. In the past, the PEOs concentrated on parking problems inside High Park. This year, they will be patrolling the streets around the Park. PEOs will be on bicycles and in vehicles to respond effectively to parking complaints. . The PEOs will ticket vehicles found to be violation. They will also have the ability to tow vehicles when necessary.

For residents in the community, you can also file a complaint with Parking Enforcement if any vehicles are blocking your driveway or are parked illegally. Complaints can be made by phone at 416-808-2222 or online by visiting

Many of these changes are being introduced for the very first time this year. As a result, there will be important lessons learned that can help inform our efforts in the future.

I will be meeting with Toronto Police and Transportation after the festival to discuss improvements for next year. Please share any feedback or suggestions you have with me.

You can reach me at and at 416-392-7919.


Upcoming Events at the High Park Nature Centre!

Posted on March 28, 2019

The location of all the following events is High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive).

Family Nature Walks

Title: Savannah Stewards

Date: April 13th 2019

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee/Suggested Donation: Suggested $2-$5

Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Join us to explore the endangered Black Oak Savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn how Indigenous Peoples were involved in the creation and maintenance of the Savannah and how the city currently continues to restore High Park’s Savannah through yearly burns. We’ll also explore the beautiful species native to this special habitat.

Title: Signs of Spring

Date: April 27th 2019

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee/Suggested Donation: Suggested $2-$5

Ages: All Ages

Event Description: I saw the sign…of spring in High Park – and it opened up my eyes! Come join us and count the signs of spring on a hike through Toronto’s biggest park.

Special Events

Title: Earth Hour Event

Date: March 30th

Time: 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Fee: $20 / person (adults and children ages 3 and above). Children under 3 are free.

Ages: All Ages

Event Description Join us for a lights out event at the High Park Nature Centre! We’ll begin the event with candle dipping and lantern making. The lanterns will light our way through the trails as we learn about the impacts of climate change on the animals and plants of High Park. We will end the hike with a campfire and s’mores.

This is a family event; great for all ages!

We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.


Title: Caregivers in Nature: A Hands-on Workshop for Family Caregivers

Date: April 25th

Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Fee: Regular: $50
Seniors: $35 (60+ years)
Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops..

Event Description We invite caregivers for seniors to spend a rejuvenating half-day at the High Park Nature Centre exploring simple techniques for connecting with nature to promote health and well-being. Led by horticultural therapist Emma Rooney, this workshop will look at the barriers that seniors face getting outdoors and offer tips to help make nature more accessible to everyone, including those living with dementia. You’ll get a chance to test out a variety of activities—a sensory walk, bird watching, nature journaling, gardening for wildlife, soundscape mapping, and nature-inspired art—meant to orient participants to the season and their place in the local environment. Whether you’re a family member or someone who works/volunteers with seniors, plan to leave this workshop with a jar full of meaningful ideas to add nature to your caregiving routine. At the end of the session, we’ll have a chance to continue our group sharing over a light lunch of homemade soup.
We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Title: Teachers in Nature

Date: April 28th

Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Fee: Regular: $60 Seniors: $44 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops.

Event Description Geared towards teachers, this workshop will explore interactive methods and activities to help get students out into nature in their local ecology. This workshop hopes to aid teachers in incorporating nature and outdoor time into their classrooms. Led by Jon Hayes and Clarissa Cremin-Endes of the High Park Nature Centre, this workshop will include time for discussion, and will address the advantages, as well as obstacles to getting students out in nature in an urban setting. The workshop will involve time indoors to explore theory on the subject, hands on activities and outdoor time on the trails of High Park to practice new skills in nature.
We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
P: (416) 392-1748

Toronto Police Service – Youth Fall After-School Employment Opportunity

Posted on March 28, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Toronto Police Service is now hiring youth 15-18 years old for our 2019 Fall Youth in Policing program. Students will work 6 hours each week and will receive 7 hours of mandatory training one Saturday each month.  The rate of pay will be $14/hour and the program will run from August 28, 2019  to December 21, 2019.  Placements are all across the City of Toronto at various Toronto Police Service Divisions and two Specialized Units.

Students can apply online at . The deadline to apply is April 25, 2019.

Youth in Policing Job Ad 2019- Fall Program

Notice of Temporary Closure – Parkdale Public Library

Posted on March 26, 2019

Parkdale Branch will be closed as of Monday, April 8th, 2019 for Renovation

The small renovation to the main floor will include:

  • Relocation of the Music Instrument Lending Library
  • Reconfiguration of the adult computer area to allow more space per workstation
  • New mobile shelving in the teen and children’s area
  • New carpet

The book drop will be closed.  Musical instruments can be returned to the High Park Library where customers can borrow musical instruments that have been returned.

All other Library materials may be returned to any Toronto Public Library branch.

High Park Library will be open Sundays from April 14 – June 23, 2019.

During the closure call Answerline at 416-393-7131 for more information.

To find a list of major branch renovations, visit 


What’s On at the Library – March Break Programs

Posted on March 6, 2019

Looking for something to do during March Break? The library offers a slew of special activities for kids, teens, and the whole family.

Highlights include magic and science camps as well as puppet shows and robotics for kids. And dozens of hands-on workshops exclusively for teens including sushi making, hip hop and photography classes.

To find events happening in the libraries in our ward click here. For events happening in libraries across the City, click here.

Biodiversity in the City – Upcoming Consultation Events

Posted on February 21, 2019

City Planning in collaboration with Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Environment and Energy, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are inviting public comments on the draft Biodiversity Strategy at the 3 upcoming public consultation events identified below. More details can be found on the website and links to Facebook event invitations.

Tuesday, February 26 Scarborough Civic Centre 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday February 28 Humber Arboretum 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. presentation at 6:30 (there will also  be an outdoors walk at 4:30)

Saturday March 2 Royal Ontario Museum 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  presentations at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


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