Items of Interest

Posted on February 19, 2010


George Brown College is currently offering Occupational-Specific Language Training (OSP) for newcomers. Training is available for the following sectors:

    • Construction
    • Business
    • Nursing

The courses are designed to help newcomers to understand workplace in Ontario, develop strong communication skills and interact effectively with supervisor, colleges, and clients.The candidates must be permanent resident or protected persons who have intermediate level of English (Canadian Language Benchmarks 6 to 8). For more information contact:
Chi Diep
416-415-5000 ext. 6457
Web site:

Community Meeting Notice – 35 Wabash Avenue

Posted on February 12, 2010

Please be advised that a community meeting for the subject property has been scheduled for Thursday February 18th, at 6:00 p.m.

This meeting will take place at the Parkdale Community Recreation Centre: Room 108, 75 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, ON.

Please see attached flyer for details.


Community Meeting Notice: CITY BUDGET

Posted on February 12, 2010

Please be advised that a community meeting to discuss the City Budget has been scheduled for Friday February 19th, at 6:00 p.m.

This meeting will take place at the Bishop Marrocco Catholic Secondary School: Auditorium, 1515 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON.

City Staff from Finance will also be giving a presentation on the subject.

Please see attached flyer for details.


Parkdale Ranks High in Percentage of Artists in Our Community

Posted on February 12, 2010

A new study, Mapping Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada’s Large Cities, mapped and measured artists and cultural workers in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver in 2006. The total number of artists and cultural workers (48 different occupations) in Toronto was 82,600 in the Statistics Canada 2006 census, or 5.9 per cent of the overall labour force. Toronto‘s average concentration of artists is 1.6 per cent, the Canadian average is 0.8 per cent, and Toronto’s average concentration of cultural workers is 5.9 per cent. The Canadian average is 3.3 per cent. Parkdale has 6.0 per cent of its labour force in arts occupations. This concentration is about seven times the national average. The highest ranked neighbourhood in 2006 was Parkdale, which was originally ranked sixth in the 2001 census.


To view the full report visit

Martin Goodman Trail cleared for cyclist this winter

Posted on February 12, 2010

To make things easier for cyclists this year, the City is improving its service levels for cyclists. In addition to providing more attention to clearing snow from bike lanes, the City is also clearing sections of the Martin Goodman Trail to help cyclists get around during the winter season.


Happy winter cycling!

Items of Interest

Posted on February 12, 2010

West End Food Co-op

The West End Food Co-op welcomes you to a night of entertainment and great prizes at this month’s Sorauren Farmer’s Market and WEFC SILENT AUCTION. The market and auction will take place at the Sorauren Fieldhouse, Monday February 15th from 3-7 p.m.

Join us to bid on exciting prizes that include: local/organic food gift baskets; art and photography; handmade crafts; massages and reiki treatments; gift certificates from local businesses; preserving workshops; and other unique items. Stay tuned to to see the updated list of sponsors!


POWER JOB – Employing Youth in Parkdale

Power Job aims is to place 100% of students looking for summer jobs with summer jobs. It is not only about youth earning money but more importantly gaining experience. Learning new skills boosts self esteem which is exactly what our youth need. Our team will coach all students on how to be successful employees during their summer work. We also look to get feedback from employers during and at the end of the summer. What we now need are local companies willing to hire. Once we know of a company’s needs, we will provide them with three resumes with youth suitable to the job.

Please see flyer for more information power-youth-job-bank.pdf

Roncesvalles – Construction Update

Posted on February 5, 2010

Watermain and sewer replacement continues on Roncesvalles Avenue between Fermanagh and Boustead. Comer, the contractor south of Fermanagh has completed their portion of this contract and Varcon, the contractor to the north, is scheduled to finish in March. The Project Engineer has advised that this delay will not affect the second contract. Streetscape, track and road work will begin in June and is scheduled to finish in late fall 2010 – Public notice will be circulated to folks shortly.

My office is in regular contact with the Project Engineer and we are making every effort to expedite the work. Unfortunately, Varcon and Comer are working off service information that is over 100 years old. As a result the locations of the sanitary services have to be field verified and for many locations there are multiple service connections, not all of which are active. For each location the contractors have to go into the buildings and determine where the discharge comes out to determine which services are live and therefore need to be replaced.

Varcon has 4 crews working right now and at points have split one crew into two, making five crews to speed up the servicing.

Servicing will be completed from Fermanagh Avenue to Marmaduke Street over the next month or so. After that time, the only outstanding work will be watermain connections within this section. Connections are localized to the various quadrants at intersection and each connection should take approximately half a day to complete.

The sanitary services from Howard Park Avenue to Boustead Avenue need to be replaced from north to south as the west sewer is being abandoned, but flow still needs to be maintained until the last service is transferred.

The last section of work will be from Marmaduke Street to Howard Park Avenue.

Please be advised that as part of this project some trees on Roncesvalles will have to be removed. Forestry has recently granted authority for the removal of the tree at 373 Roncesvalles Avenue to replace the sanitary service. 373 Roncesvalles is within the block from Grenadier Road to Neepawa Avenue. This block has the stepped sidewalk, which will be replaced with a parking lay-by with the upcoming surface works contract. Forestry will be replacing trees, in more optimal planting conditions, along Roncesvalles as part of the next contract.

In order to construct the lay-by, all the trees / planters in the block will require removal.

I thank all the business owners on Roncesvalles and residents in the neighbourhood for their patience over the last number of months. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Dufferin Jog Update

Posted on February 5, 2010


The contractors are in the process of dismantling the northern wall, as seen in the picture, the majority of the work should be complete this week. Most of the work is being done behind tarps and hoarding along Queen.

Below is a good article from the Torontoist – the pictures (prepared by Delcan) in the article give folks a sense of what the underpass will look like when it is complete.

Hidden Exposures: Informing pregnant women and families about harmful environmental exposures

Posted on February 5, 2010

This resource was published December 2009 by the Toronto Public Health as part of a fact sheet series to help service providers inform pregnant women and families about the most harmful environmental substances and how they may affect the fetus, infants and young children. The series includes numerous tips for pregnant women and families to take action to reduce exposure to lead and mercury and the chemicals found in pesticides, cleaning products, plastics, paint, personal care products and the air.

To view this factsheet, please click here:

The factsheet is also available at


Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study

Posted on February 5, 2010

City Planning is undertaking an Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (authorized by Council 2007) which is intended to help urbanize our Avenues. This study builds on and learns from Avenue Studies already completed, and will identify the historic, cultural and built form characteristics of Avenues not yet studied. It is generating Performance Standards which will inform new zoning and design guidelines for mid-rise buildings.

The Study Area is outlined in the attached map. It generally includes all Avenues that have not yet been studied. Avenues that are part of a Secondary Plan area or have been subject to a completed or ongoing Avenue Study, Revitalization Study or Planning Study are not included.

Four public consultation meetings will be held – one in each of the districts. Please see the attached flyer for dates and times.


February 2010