Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home – Free Screening at the Revue

Posted on December 6, 2007

Please join me for the free screening of Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2pm at the Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue. This documentary traces the experience of the McDonald family, who kept their garbage for three months, and the impact our garbage generating habits have on the environment.

I am pleased to be part of a panel after the screening to answer questions alongside the filmmaker Andrew Nisker, and two members of the McDonald family. I look forward to a lively discussion on the McDonald family’s experiment!

To find out more about the film, please see attached flyer or visit or


Stories, Song and Dance in Parkdale

Posted on December 6, 2007

On December 15th I will be co-hosting an event with Parkdale Project Read called ‘Stories, Song and Dance’ in the Parkdale Community. It is my great pleasure to welcome featured storytellers Dr. Rita Cox, former head librarian at the Parkdale Library from 1974 to 1995; and Cheryl Thornton, creator of “Creativity of Life” an interactive multicultural storytelling program.

This will be an afternoon of fun with the family, with opportunities to mingle with neighbours and friends, do arts and crafts, learn about services in Parkdale, eat tasty snacks and leave with free children’s books!

Please see the attached flyer for more details. Stories, Song and Dance will take place at the Parkdale Public Library on Saturday December 15th, 1pm-4pm in the auditorium A and B.


The Colour of Poverty Campaign Workshop

Posted on December 6, 2007

As some of you may be aware, I have advocated at the Board of Health that the health needs of racialised communities, including the needs associated with the impacts of race-based discrimination, poverty and other health determinants, should be considered when health policies, priorities and programs are developed. This issue is a growing one.

I encourage all of you to attend this free workshop hosted by the St. Joseph‘s Community Engagement and Urban Health Department to discuss this and other related topics in the health promotion field.

The Colour of Poverty Campaign Workshop
Thursday December 13th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Education Centre, St. Joseph‘s Health Centre
30 The Queensway (main intersection Roncesvalles and The Queensway)

Please see attached for more details.


PARC to receive Access Award!

Posted on December 6, 2007

Congratulations to the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre who will receive the Access Award for Disability Issues at the Human Rights Day Awards presentation this coming Monday December 10th, 530pm in Council Chambers at City Hall.

PARC will be recognized for their on-going advocacy efforts and support services to psychiatric survivors and marginalized persons and to support independent living. I am honored to be presenting this award to PARC’s board and committee members, and encourage all of you to come out and show your support!

Holiday Events in Ward 14

Posted on December 6, 2007

A Christmas Wonderland at the Centre – Sponsored by Bloor By The Park BIA
A Christmas Party
Saturday December 22nd, 1558 Bloor St. W (1/2 block west of Dundas West Subway Station) 11am-4pm
Holiday family fun with DJ Andy Kruk. Be entertained by Christmas Elvis between 2 & 3:30pm.
Win prizes and enjoy cookies, apple cider and hot chocolate.

Winter Soltice at Grafton!
Join the Grafton community gardeners on Wednesday, December 19th at 5:30pm at the Grafton Community Garden (Roncesvalles, just north of Queen) to celebrate the Winter Soltice.

Hand Made Gift Sale
Poor John’s Café, 1610 Queen St. W. is hosting a Hand Made Gift Sale on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30-8:30pm. Some proceeds will go towards supporting the West End Flower Fairies.

December 2007