West-end Heat Registry pilot at Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre

Posted on August 1, 2008

The West End Heat Registry and Heat Response Network became active this year. The registry was developed in response to deputations to the Board of Health on the illnesses and deaths that have occurred in extreme heat conditions, particularly residents at risk in marginalized housing. A number of recommendations came out of the Board of Health and, as a result of motions that I passed, include a recommendation for a local heat registry. The city, through its Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, has provided the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre with a small amount of money to develop the registry.

I encourage all of you to take a look at the following two links to find out more about this very important initiative:


Click on this link and scroll down to the “Heat Busters”video


Budapest Park re-opened after July 8 flood

Posted on August 1, 2008

The City of Toronto has re-opened Budapest Park and the surrounding area in the Lakeshore Boulevard West/Parkside Drive community. The area was fenced off for almost three weeks to allow for clean-up efforts after the July 8 storm.

The storm caused sewer surcharging and excessive flooding and damage in the area from Sunnyside Pool west to the Palais Royale. City crews conducted a thorough clean-up including debris removal, removal of the damaged boardwalk, replacement of sand in the playground and the beach as required, as well as disinfection of the playground equipment, wading pool and picnic tables.

The extensive clean-up project involved City staff from Toronto Water, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Toronto Public Health, with support from the City’s Transportation Services.

Some work related to the clean-up project may still be needed (e.g. removal of fencing, etc.), but residents can be assured they can return to the park and take full advantage of the amenities. Additionally, re-construction to re-build the boardwalk and level the sand in the beach area will continue.

Parkdale community rally for Corey Glass and U.S. Iraq War Resisters

Posted on August 1, 2008

On July 3rd I attended the Parkdale Community rally for Corey Glass. Please see the attached video clip to hear moving speeches from all levels of government.

Caribana Parade

Posted on August 1, 2008

Please note the following road closure for the Caribana parade:

Lakeshore Boulevard West from Strachan Avenue to Colborne Lodge Drive will be closed in both directions from Saturday, August 2 at 1:30 a.m. to Sunday, August 3 at 6 a.m.

For more information about other closures, check with Transportation Services’ Road Info line at 416-599-9090 or visit the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/transportation.

Fundraiser for Edmund Place!

Posted on August 1, 2008

Edmund’s Place is sponsoring their second annual fundraising boat cruise on Wednesday August 20, 2008 at 6:00. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of music, dancing, great food and, at the same time, support affordable housing!

To order tickets, call 416-537-2262 ex. 244 or email at edmondplacecruise@parc.on.ca. Or you can pick up your favourite reading material and a ticket at Another Story Book Shop at 315 Roncesvalles, open 7 days a week or call 416-462-1104.

Location: Pier 29, 261 Queen’s Quay (East of Sherbourne)

August 20, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. sharp return at 10:30 p.m.

Ticket price: $75.00

Please see the attached flyer for more information


August 2008