Sorauren Park Fieldhouse – Official Opening!

Posted on May 9, 2008

The Sorauren Park Fieldhouse was officially opened May 5 with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by approximately 600 residents.

In attendance was Mayor David Miller, Ward, Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash and MPP Cheri DiNovo as well as myself. Parks, Forestry and Recreation General Manager Brenda Librecz was master of ceremonies for an event that featured short speeches by me, Mayor Miller, and Wabash Building Society chairperson Doug Bennet.

The new washrooms got their first serious work-out and came through beautifully! (Though they still need signs on the doors.) Residents also got a chance to see the beautiful new kitchen donated by Aya Kitchens. The Fieldhouse isn’t completely finished — it still needs floors, paint, and other details — but the washrooms will be open during the sports season to start.

Please visit to find out how you can volunteer or offer free materials and/or services.

The new Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market had a booth at the event to promote its upcoming inaugural season, starting with “mini-markets”on May 12 and 19, and the full market on May 26.

A sold-out BBQ hosted by Mitzi’s Café, the start of the soccer season, and perfect weather made the evening a memorable affair.

70 % Waste Diversion

Posted on May 9, 2008

The City of Toronto has launched a new automated collection service across Toronto that involves providing all houses, receiving curb side collection, with new Blue Bins for recycling and Garbage Bins by the end of 2008. The City is targeting 70% waste diversion from landfill by 2010. These new Blue Bins and Garbage Bins, which replace current containers, are two of the tools that will help us reach our diversion goal.

Ward 14 residents will (if they have not already) be receiving their new Blue Bins over the course of the next week and Garbage Bins will be rolling out later this summer.

If, after you have tried your new Blue Bin for several collection cycles, you decide you need to upgrade or downsize (currently there are three bin sizes – medium, large and extra large) please call Customer Service at 416-392-BINS (2467).

Every household is allowed one free exchange prior to November 1, 2008.

Here is some information on the new Garbage Bin roll out.

You will be receiving a Garbage Bin order package in the mail asking you to select a new Garbage Bin for your household. Need help deciding which bin is right for you? Visit a display to see the different sizes of Garbage Bins available and to talk to City of Toronto staff.

Events in Ward 14:

Monday June 2nd, 2008

2pm – 8pm

Parkdale Public Library

1303 Queen Street West at Cowan Avenue

Thursday June 5th, 2008

2pm – 8pm

High Park Public Library

228 Roncesvalles Avenue at Wright Avenue

Saturday June 7th, 2008

10am – 4pm

Baird Park Lawn Bowling Club

203 Keele Street @ Humberside Avenue

Guest Speaker Gord Perks – Senior’s Advisory Council

Posted on May 9, 2008

On Friday May 23rd I will be a guest Speaker at the Senior’s Advisory Council. The Four Villages Community Health Centre is looking for older adults to identify seniors’ needs, advocate for better services and give feedback on service delivery

Please join me from 2-4 pm at 1700 Bloor Street West (3rd Floor Hall, Vilnius Manor) on May 24th to discuss these important issues.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Toronto residents embrace natural approach to lawn care

Posted on May 9, 2008

Toronto Public Health is joining forces with major home and garden retailers to help residents follow Toronto’s pesticide bylaw. Starting this coming weekend, experts from Toronto Public Health will be on-site at various Canadian Tire and Home Depot stores and Humber and Sheridan nurseries to provide tips on using natural products to protect lawns from weeds and pests and the safe disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Toronto’s pesticide bylaw is working,”said Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown. “Since the bylaw was passed in 2004, residents are using fewer pesticides and more natural alternatives.”Dr. McKeown released a report last year showing that by the second year of the bylaw, Toronto homeowners reported 35 per cent less pesticide use.

Pesticide bylaw presentations

Saturday, May 10 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Canadian Tire (Keele St. and St. Clair Ave. W.)

Saturday, May 10 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Canadian Tire (Leslie St. and Sheppard Ave. E.)

Saturday, May 17 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Home Depot Gerrard Square (1000 Gerrard St. E.)

Sunday, May 18 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Home Depot Leaside (101 Wickstead Ave.)

Saturday, May 24 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Humber Nurseries (8386 Hwy 50)

Saturday, June 7 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sheridan Nurseries (784 Sheppard Ave. E.)

Saturday, June 7 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge St.)

Sunday, June 8 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sheridan Nurseries (1774 Ellesmere Rd.)

Sunday, June 8 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sheridan Nurseries (2069 Burnamthorpe Rd. E.)

Residents can also find information about the bylaw and natural products at retailers across the city, at the City’s Community Environment Days (2008 schedule available at:, online at or by calling 416-338-7600.

Items of Interest

Posted on May 9, 2008

City is seeking residents to serve on Casa Loma Board of Trustees

As part of Toronto’s ongoing commitment to civic participation, the City is seeking residents who are at least 18 years of age to serve on the Board of Trustees of Casa Loma. People with expertise in heritage buildings, Toronto history, Casa Loma community history, fundraising, finance, marketing, hospitality, event management or tourism are encouraged to apply.

“We are proud that the City’s agencies, boards and commissions reflect the diversity of Toronto’s population better than ever before,”said Councillor Janet Davis, Chair of the Civic Appointments Committee. “We continue to encourage women, youth aged 18-30, people with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, and members of racial minorities to apply to serve on City boards.”

Interested residents can obtain an application form online at, by calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338, or by visiting the City Clerk’s Secretariat office at City Hall, or the Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York Civic Centres.

Applications will also be available at two information sessions:

• Thursday, May 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Casa Loma

• Friday, May 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 4

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20.

First Annual Roncesvalles Avenue Yard Sale!

On May 31, the first Roncesvalles Avenue Yard Sale, a neighbourhood-wide event, takes place. In addition to being a new a great way to sell unused stuff, the organizers have designated the event as a fundraiser for the Wabash Building Society.

Mark this date on your calendar and tell all your family and friends. Stay tuned for further details.

Please see attached flyer flyer-3.pdf

The Parkdale Beauty Pageant Society presents
10th Annniversary Parkdale Film + Video Showcase ::: June 27-29, 2008

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ::: Deadline 30 May 2008

The 10th Anniversary Parkdale Film + Video Showcase
(formerly REHAB: Parkdale Film + Video Showcase…after 10 years we are completely REHABilitated!)
seeks new, vintage or under-appreciated short films, videos and installations made by folks living
and/or working in Parkdale. Artist fees paid, short works preferred.

[Parkdale defined as south of Dundas, east of Roncesvalles, west of Dufferin and north of the lake.]

All genres and styles considered: animation, experimental film or video, documentary,
personal diaries, narratives, music videos. First timers and emerging makers strongly encouraged!

Events in 2008 include day and evening screenings at multiple neighbourhood venues
and outdoor family screenings in the Fuller Avenue Parkette. All screenings are pay what you can!

NEW programming for 2008!
Send us your proposals for:
REside: in-house projection installations for homes on Fuller Avenue
REwind: home movie screenings from the vaults of Parkdale – bring your own home movies!
RElearn: daytime film and video workshops for children and youth

Work can be submitted to one of 3 drop off boxes:
The Film Buff Video Shop (73 Roncesvalles Avenue just North of Queen)
7-24 Movies and More (1624 Queen Street West)
Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)

Submissions should include a VHS preview tape or DVD and a completed
submission form.

Submit your submission form online!
(or print it out and include with your preview materials)

Any questions? please contact us at
REHAB c/o The Parkdale Beauty Pageant Society
169 Sorauren Avenue // Toronto // M6R 2E7

REHAB 2008 is presented with gracious support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Film locations

Please be advised that Suneeva Ltd will be filming a portion of a commercial for Run for the Cure on behalf of their client at 1434 King St W .

The location manager for this production is Ryan Barwll ; the contact telephone number is 416-477-0428

The scene involves: ext filming only on sidewalk

Filming will take place on:

1 hour of filming btw 0700-2300 May 12 (rain date May 13)

Production vehicles will be parked on:

N/s King St W btw Jameson Av & Maynard Av – excl pm rush hours

The production company will be notifying all affected residents/businesses in advance of filming.

May 2008