Parkdale Sports Day a Big Success!

Posted on June 13, 2008

On Saturday May 31st, I co-hosted Parkdale Sports Day with Parkdale Intercultural Association at the Queen Victoria Public School baseball diamond field, 100 Close Avenue. Despite the warnings for inclement weather, the event was a great success! Over 50 people attended and many youth participated in an assortment of sports and activities which included: soccer, obstacle courses, skipping, limbo, hoola hooping and face painting! It was truly a great day.

I would like to give a special thanks to the Parkdale Intercultural Association for working with my office to plan this event. Many thanks as well to all the organizations that helped to make this event possible. You donated your time and efforts to support our event and the children and young adults in the Parkdale community. Your generosity is most appreciated.

Another big thank you goes out City Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff, especially those from Parkdale Community Centre and Sorauren Park, for your coaching skills and help with community building exercises. I would also like to thank St Joseph’s Health Centre, OPHEA and The Heart and Stroke Foundation for providing us with free health information to distribute to the families that attended.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next Parkdale Sports Day!

Reminder – Lamport re-opens on June 17th!

Posted on June 13, 2008

Just a reminder that I will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours on June 17th at Lamport Stadium (1151 King St W) beginning at 7:00pm. Please join us for light refreshments and cheer on the Toronto Women’s Field Hockey Team.

See attached flyer for further details and see you on the field!


Support the Handgun Ban

Posted on June 13, 2008


As of this week, there are over 49,000 signatures on the Mayor’s petition to ban handguns. With a little extra push, we’ll break 50,000 over the weekend.

If you haven’t signed the petition, please do. If you have, but your kids, parents, neighbours or friends still haven’t, now’s the time to ask them. Please spend a few moments this weekend to sign the petition.


Items of Interest

Posted on June 13, 2008

Beat the Heat Tips

Between May 15 and September 30, Toronto‘s Medical Officer of Health may issue Heat or Extreme Heat Alerts.

During a Heat Alert, please call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness. Other at risk groups include people with chronic illnesses, including mental illness, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.

Beat the Heat by taking these precautions:

Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices

Go to air conditioned places, including shopping malls, libraries or community centres located in each neighbourhood

Stay out of the blazing sun or heat

Reduce strenuous physical outdoor activity, especially between 11 am and 4 pm

Never leave a senior, child or pet unattended in a car


During an Extreme Heat Alert visit one of the seven City Cooling Centres to cool down

For more information on How to Beat the Heat visit or call Toronto Health Connections at 416-338-7600.

Last Chance: Tell Premier McGuinty you want a strong pesticide ban

This is your last chance to support a strong Ontario pesticide ban — that will be a model for every province in the country.

The pesticide ban will be coming to a final vote very shortly. It’s crucial the Premier hears from you. Otherwise the only voice he will hear is the chemical industry’s.

Please take a minute to send Premier McGuinty a one-line e-mail, as follows:

Dear Premier,

Please pass a strong pesticide ban that includes golf courses and allows cities to pass stricter pesticide bylaws if they wish.

Thank you,

[name, title]

The Premier’s e-mail is:


June 2008