Jameson Street Warming – Lasting Impressions

Posted on November 20, 2009

On Friday October 30th, Mayor David Miller joined myself, Toronto Poet Laureate Dionne Brand, artist Jim Bravo, photographer Kate Young, Mural Routes Executive Director Karin Eaton, and Jameson Avenue area residents to view “Impressions” a new outdoor street photo gallery featuring the faces and places of Jameson Avenue.Created by artist Jim Bravo and photographer and Jameson Avenue resident Kate Young, “Impressions”installed over 560 photographs – 8 photographs on each of over 70 tree planters – along Jameson Avenue from Queen Street West to Springhurst Avenue. Residents along this culturally and economically diverse street overwhelmed the artists with their support and enthusiasm for the project by posing for over 250 passport-style photographs which were mixed with an equal number of contemporary and archival images of the street.Dionne Brand’s poem, written especially for Jameson Avenue, is attached.After reading the poem a resident from the neighbourhood approached Dionne Brand and said, “That was good, you got everything but you forgot the pigeons.” Ms Brand replied to her, “You know, you’re right, I did, didn’t I!” Then the resident said ‘Oh well you can’t be expected to remember everything, I guess, but you forgot the pigeons.” Ms Brand had to chuckle quietly because the woman was so earnest. So, when she returned home she wrote her a line about the pigeons and inserted it into the poem.

If you have the chance, walk along Jameson Avenue and meet its residents both inside the buildings and outside on the planters – they are truly beautiful.

 

 

Dionne Brand’s Poem:

microsoft-word-jameson.pdf

 

The Power to Live Green

Posted on November 20, 2009

Residents of Ward 14, get ready for a greener and healthier Toronto. On November 2, 2009 I and other members of the executive committee approved the “Power to Live Green”strategy that will help to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a long standing advocate of improved environmental practices I am pleased to have played a role in this initiative which will help Toronto reach its goal of 80% lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“The Power to Live Green”is an energy plan that will save money, create jobs and improve the air that we breathe. By embracing three core principles of; greater energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, maximizing renewable energy generation, and smartly distributing energy for heating and cooling, Toronto is set to become one of Canada’s first low carbon cities. Through these three principles we aim to make our existing energy infrastructure more efficient in order to save you money and improve the quality of your environment. This will help both residents and businesses to lower their carbon footprint.

I am happy to have assisted in the formulation of this strategy and I look forward to my constituents enjoying the benefits of cleaner air and more efficient energy use.

To learn more about the City’s environmental work, and what your can do NOW to help make a difference, visit livegreentoronto.ca.

Dufferin and Queen – Street Closure

Posted on November 20, 2009

Continuing work associated with the elimination of the Dufferin “jog” (combined routing of Peel St., Gladstone Ave., Queen St. to continue southbound on Dufferin St.) will require the closure of Queen St. W. to all traffic between the Dufferin St. and Gladstone Ave. intersections, commencing at 12:01 a.m. on November 21st until 5:00 a.m. on November 23rd. The nature of the work to be conducted involves the elevating of the existing bridge structures to accommodate the alignment of the new roadway being constructed. The closure of the intersection will require the diverting of buses operating on the 29-329 Dufferin route and streetcars operating on the 501-301 Queen route. In an attempt to provide some service for Queen St. W., west of Dufferin St., a bus shuttle service will be scheduled.

Staff have advised that during the closure, pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be maintained on Queen Street West and barricades and pay-duty police will be provided at Dufferin St. and at Gladstone Ave.

Toronto Public Health vaccination clinics will open to general public

Posted on November 20, 2009

Starting Wednesday, November 18th, Toronto Public Health will offer H1N1 vaccine to the general public.

The flu virus is still circulating in Toronto, and vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and your family. Flu shots are available at Toronto Public Health clinics and at many doctors’ offices.

More than 400,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed to health care providers in Toronto, and approximately 85,000 people have been vaccinated at the Toronto Public Health clinics. All 10 clinics are open Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A complete list of clinics is available at http://www.toronto.ca/health or by calling 311.

Fort York Visitors' Centre Design Competition – Open House

Posted on November 20, 2009

Please be advised that staff is hosting an Open House for the Fort York Visitors Centre from Friday to Sunday, December 4 to 6, from noon to 6 pm.

On Sunday from 3 to 5 pm light refreshments will be available in the member’s lounge for you and your neighbours. After the Open House feel free to enjoy the Cavalcade of Lights and skating at Nathan Phillips Square as well as the Community Folk Art Council “Christmas Around the World” exhibition in the Rotunda.

See attached notice for more details:

communityinvite_dec6-09.doc

Fort York Visitors’ Centre Design Competition – Open House

Posted on November 20, 2009

Please be advised that staff is hosting an Open House for the Fort York Visitors Centre from Friday to Sunday, December 4 to 6, from noon to 6 pm.

On Sunday from 3 to 5 pm light refreshments will be available in the member’s lounge for you and your neighbours. After the Open House feel free to enjoy the Cavalcade of Lights and skating at Nathan Phillips Square as well as the Community Folk Art Council “Christmas Around the World” exhibition in the Rotunda.

See attached notice for more details:

communityinvite_dec6-09.doc

Items of Interest

Posted on November 20, 2009

Grafton Community Garden 3rd Annual Winter Solstice Candle Lighting

Wednesday December 15th at 5:30

West End Flower Fairies invite you to join them for this celebration – feel free to bring a mug and cookies to share !

CultureLink HOST Volunteer Training Session- Building Welcoming Community: Monday, November 30th, 2009

For more information see attached flyer:

welcoming-community-training-series-no-1.pdf

11 Division – Hat and Mitten drive

The Community Police Liaison Committee of 11 Division of the Toronto Police Service is seeking donations of new or clean and usable hats, mittens, gloves and scarves to keep

your less fortunate neighbours warm this winter. They will be distributed by social in the area served by 11 Division.

For more information see attached flyer:

hats-mits-gloves-scarves-final.pdf

City Historic Sites Celebrate the Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Children Offered Free Admission to City Historic Sites to Celebrate the Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

On Saturday, November 21, the City’s historic sites will offer free admission to children (12 years and under) in honour of the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child. Take the family to one of these great museums (does not include specially-ticketed events or pre-registered programs). Visit the website for details: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/rightsofthechild.htm

Colborne Lodge

1 Colborne Lodge Dr. (just north of the Queensway), limited free parking, 416-392-6916

Fort York National Historic Site

100 Garrison Rd. (north of Fort York Boulevard), free parking, 416-392-6907

Gibson House Museum

5172 Yonge St. (north of the North York Centre Subway), limited free parking, 416-395-7432

Mackenzie House

82 Bond St. (two blocks east of Eaton Centre, south of Dundas), paid parking, 416-392-6915

Montgomery’s Inn

4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington), free parking, 416-394-8113

Scarborough Museum

1007 Brimley Rd. (in Thomson Memorial Park), free parking, 416-338-8807

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens

285 Spadina Rd. (next door to Casa Loma), paid parking next door at Casa Loma, 416-392-6910

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre

67 Pottery Rd. (bottom of Pottery Road, west of Broadview), free parking, 416-396-2819

“As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child it remains important that we listen to children and their ideas for making Toronto a more liveable place for them,” said Mayor David Miller. “By building on our past accomplishments and celebrating our history, we can build an even better city for future generations.”

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