New Website Coming Soon!

Posted on March 14, 2008

I am very excited to announce that I am going to launch my new website on March 19th! In a continued effort to save paper and keep residents involved in Ward wide activities, I will continue to post my weekly blog, which is mailed to subscribers directly.

I hope the new website will be an accessible tool, providing Ward 14 residents the opportunity to further connect to me and the City. I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Ryerson Students look at the benefits of green space

Posted on March 14, 2008

Last weekend I met with third year nursing students from Ryerson University interested in the benefits that green space can have upon the health of a community. Recognizing the important role green space plays on community health they have created a green space declaration (please see attached). The formal declaration is intended to help community members approach gatekeepers as they try to maintain and elevate their social, psychological, and physical well-being.



Youth Photo Competition

Posted on March 14, 2008

The City of Toronto and The City of Milan, as part of their twin cities relationship are pleased to launch the Mobile City Toronto Milan- Youth Photography Contest. The contest is open to all youth ages 16 to 22 years in the twin cities. (See attached flyer) From now to May 15, youth contestants are invited to share their dreams and insights about urban life through the creation of digital photographs. Entrants are required to post a suite of 3 (minimum)-5 (maximum) pictures along with a short artist statement which illustrate urban life in their respective cities.

The photos will then be adjudicated by a jury from each city. Commentary on this exciting project is invited and encouraged to help bring Toronto and Milan closer together. In preparation for the project, Toronto Culture and community arts partners are supporting digital photography programs and drop-in sessions in the City’s priority neighbourhoods to ensure all youth have access and opportunity to enter the contest.

Ten photographers from each city will be selected to have their work presented in a public exhibition, win a trip to the ‘twin’ city and have a chance for further education in photography and learn about the art and culture of each others city in the summer of 2008. A book will be published that will document the experience, showcase their work and capture the cultural exchange of award winners.

For more information please contact: Nadira Pattison, Manager Arts Services, at (416) 338-1263 or


Congratulations Phil Sarazen, PARC, PVBIA and PLEDC!

Posted on March 14, 2008

Last Saturday our artistic Parkdale bike racks were highlighted in the Globe and Mail

Following is a copy of the article:


March 8, 2008

Artistic bike racks bursting with humour have become quirky additions to the Parkdale stretch of Queen Street West. First installed in April 2007, they are the brainchild of artist Phil Sarazen. Inspired by the City of Toronto’s hunt for new street furniture ideas, he asked members of the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, a community centre for psychiatric survivors and socially isolated people, to design sculptures that were then welded by people at the Meeting Place, a drop-in centre operated by St. Christopher House.”Many, if not most, of the artists involved have had their fair share of life struggles,” said PARC program director Bob Rose. “Maybe that informed some of the designs. Many have a sense of whimsy and hope. There’s an eloquence that comes [after struggles] that you sometimes don’t find so easily in the rest of the world.”

Upcoming Events and Meeting

Posted on March 14, 2008

Community Forum on the National Anti Drug Strategy

As co chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy I would like to invite you attend the Community Forum on the National Anti-Drug Strategy to discuss the implications of the National Anti-Drug Strategy. Please join me and members of the Drug Strategy Implementation Panel on Wednesday March 26, 2008 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Toronto City Hall (Council Chambers) See attached Flyer for more information.


Tree Tenders Volunteer Training Sessions Supported by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund

LEAF is offering an 11 hour training program for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you are undertaking a tree-related project in your community this summer, or if you simply love Toronto’s trees and want to help care for them, this course is for you! On-line registration is now open at

Topics to be covered include: Tree biology, Tree and shrub identification, The roles of soil and climate, Tree establishment, Tree care and maintenance, Identifying and managing tree stresses, Recognizing health or disease issues.

Resources and handouts will be provided. Resource manuals will be available for sale, but are not mandatory. Instructors for the program are: Todd Irvine, Education and Outreach Coordinator, LEAF, ISA certified arborist Wendy Strickland, City Forestry, ISA certified arborist Janet McKay, Executive Director, LEAF

Location Riverdale Library, 370 Broadview Ave, Toronto (corner of Broadview Ave and Gerrard St)

Dates and Times

Tuesday April 15th, 5:30 to 8:15 pm

Tuesday April 22nd, 5:30 to 8:15 pm

Saturday, April 26th, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Cost $35 plus GST for all three sessions ($36.75 total) Space is limited. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. For a detailed program, and to register online, visit

March 2008