Public Meeting – Off leash area at Sorauren Park

Posted on October 16, 2009

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Staff are hosting a public information update meeting.

An area of Sorauren Park has been assessed for its suitability for dogs’ off-leash activities and staff would like to review the proposed area, receive comments/input from the public and discuss next steps.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Please see attached notice for more information:


Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre recommended for Toronto Heritage Grant Program

Posted on October 16, 2009


Congratulations to Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) for being recommended for a 2009 Toronto Heritage Grant Program. PARC was recommended to be awarded up to $25,000 for masonry and cast stone conservation for the property at 194 Dowling Avenue known as Edmond Place. This project was chosen by an independent selection committee composed of an architectural historian and a heritage building specialist. We look forward to seeing the completion of this exciting project in 2011.

City launches Home Energy Assistance Toronto, a way to insulate your home and your wallet

Posted on October 16, 2009


There has never been a better time to upgrade the insulation in your home!

On October 14, 2009, The City of Toronto launched Home Energy Assistance Toronto (HEAT), a new incentive program offering residents up to $1,000 when they upgrade their home insulation.

Home Energy Assistance Toronto is open to homeowners of low-rise residential properties including single detached, semi-detached, attached (i.e. row houses) and small multi-unit buildings (three storeys or less and maximum footprint of 600 square metres).

HEAT is a partnership with Federal ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes. To be eligible, homeowners must follow the steps outlined by the Federal program. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit

In total, ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes offers residents up to $5,000 in home efficiency grants. Ontario’s Home Energy Savings Program then matches these grants for another $5,000 (maximum). When combined with HEAT, this means that homeowners can now access up to $11,000 in total grants when they upgrade their home insulation, and also implement other important energy efficient upgrades.

The amounts specifically related to HEAT by area of insulation include:


• Up to $200 from the City of Toronto

• Up to $1,500 in Federal and Provincial grants


• Up to $500 from the City of Toronto

• Up to $3,750 in Federal and Provincial grants


• Up to $300 from the City of Toronto

• Up to $2,500 in Federal and Provincial grants

Visit for more information on the recommended insulation measures for each area of the home.

But hurry, this program is on for a limited time only!

HEAT funds are only available to residents who complete their home renovations between August 6, 2009 and March 2012.

For more information on HEAT and other City of Toronto environmental programs, visit

Items of Interest

Posted on October 16, 2009

POWER Jobs and Internships as part of POWER Basketball

Please pass the word to as many people as

possible that we are looking for Part-time and Full-time jobs and

internships for children aged 14 to 20 years. The jobs could include

waiters/servers, grocery store clerks, admin interns, tutors, etc.

The goal is to equip youth with skills, to offer them some money and

to mentor them for future success. Also, we are looking for career

driven internships (ie. software companies, manufacturers, graphic

design, community organizations, etc.).

Attached you will find an overview of the program. Please feel free to forward the message to others.


October 2009