Parkdale Project Read needs Volunteers!

Posted on October 12, 2007

Parkdale Project Read is always looking for new tutors for their literacy program. This week they are hosting tutor training on the following dates:

Saturday October 13 from 10:00 – 4:00

Tuesday October 16 from 6:00 – 9:00

Thursday October 18 from 6:00 – 9:00

Interested volunteers can contact Parkdale Project Read at 416-531-6308.

OMO Dance Company’s production of Diary of an Exile

Posted on October 12, 2007

The OMO Dance Company is pleased to announce the inaugural year of their Community Access Program which has been designed specifically to provide affordable dance programs to underserved communities.Diary of an Exile is a two-hour three-act program (including two intermissions) that was developed over a three year period (2003-06). This nine-member production (three actors and six dancers) examines man’s search for identity and belonging and was inspired by the students of Nelson Mandela Public School in Toronto who are a high risk body of children having come from broken homes, living in a depressed economic community and dealing with constant exposure to man’s destructive behavior (crime, drug use, alcoholism, etc.). On October 28th OMO Dance Company will be presenting Diary of Exile at Masaryk Cowan at 7:30pm

Parkdale Community Health Centre Holiday Event

Posted on October 12, 2007

The Parkdale Community Health Centre invites you to “Adopt a Family”this year and make the holiday season a happy one for a family in Parkdale that is economically challenged. Their goal is to help 80 families this year.

For more information contact the Parkdale Community Health Centre at 416-537-2455

Wabash Construction Begins!!

Posted on October 9, 2007

I am very pleased to announce that construction for 50 Wabash Avenue, the site for the new Wabash Fieldhouse, has begun! The construction award for this site was approved at the September meeting of the Bid Committee, and City staff met with the contractor to finalise construction details in the last week of September. Demolition is currently well underway on the ground and second floor and rough grading work is being done on the outside of the building. I will keep you updated as this construction moves forward in the upcoming months.

For more information, please visit

Community Centres Re-Open on Mondays

Posted on October 2, 2007

The debate over which services to reduce and by how much came to a head at the September Council meeting when City Council unanimously over-ruled the City Manager’s cost containment strategy in one area. We voted to reinstate Monday services in Community Centres. Community centres are wonderful spaces for Torontonians to facilitate community building and the development of physical, intellectual and social skills. I am happy to report that community centres will resume Monday operations on October 15th, 2007. Unfortunately, we still have to deal with the shortfall that lead to that service reduction.

As I have said many times, I did not run for office to cut valuable programs and services in our neighbourhoods. Through the City’s cost containment measures we have all been forced to examine what our public services mean to all of us, and how much we are willing to pay to sustain them. I believe Torontonians will support the view that we cannot lose these services permanently. I believe Torontonians will speak in favour of paying for them with the Land Transfer Tax and the Vehicle Registration Fee. I hope you share this view and encourage you to speak out, and to show your support. To find out more please visit

Western Waterfront Light Rail Transit

Posted on October 2, 2007

A few weeks ago I asked the TTC to extend the community consultation period, to allow for greater community input, when discussing the Western Waterfront Light Rail Transit Line. I am happy to announce that the extension has been granted. Another community information meeting will be held in mid to late November. When the date has been confirmed I will post it on my blog as well as forward to all the Resident’s Associations for distribution.

Meri Newton from my office attended a walkabout of the proposed Waterfront Light rail Transit Line on Tuesday September 25th. The walkabout was well attended. They started at the Dufferin Bridge and walked along the proposed northern route. Several stops were made along the way including a small detour down Jameson Avenue to look at the proposed southern route. Chris Bishop, TTC engineer, was on hand to answer any questions pertaining to the proposed lines. Thank you to the PRA and the Parkdale Waterfront Steering Committee for organizing this event.

Dundas Streetcar Rail Reconstruction

Posted on October 2, 2007

This is to advise that the TTC track work on the section of Dundas Street West from Sterling Road to Howard Park Avenue will begin October 4, 2007.

The work from Howard Park Avenue to Sorauren Avenue will be carried out in two stages. The first stage will be carried out between just west of Morrow Avenue to Sorauren Avenue from October 4, 2007 until October 26, 2007. During this time Dominion Lumber will not be able to use their yard access on Dundas Street (2032 Dundas St. West) for delivery of materials. In order for Dominion Lumber to accept deliveries and carry on their business, they will require a temporary permit to allow them to unload trailers on Morrow Avenue.

After October 26, 2007 the track work will progress across Morrow Avenue and Dominion Lumber will again have their regular Dundas Street yard access restored and the Morrow Avenue use for unloading material will no longer be required.

If you have any questions, please contact my office.

October 2007