Public Forum – proposed Metrolinx Expansion

Posted on March 5, 2010

This forum is an opportunity for public discussion of the proposed Metrolinx expansion of the Georgetown South transit line and the rail link from Union Station to Pearson.

Can you help spread the word on this important event please, and consider attending it yourself? We are cranking up the campaign to electrify the GO and Air rail Link service expansions on the Georgetown rail corridor by the Pan Am Games. Key decisions will be made on it this year.



City of Toronto Eco-Roof Incentive Program

Posted on March 5, 2010

Toronto’s Eco-Roof Incentive Program now open

The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its Eco-Roof Incentive Program, an initiative designed to promote the use of green and cool roofs on Toronto’s industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, and to help Toronto’s business community take action on climate change.

Eligible projects include:

  • Any green or cool roof on an existing industrial, commercial or institutional building.
  • Any above grade green roof on a new industrial building with a gross floor area (GFA) of 10,000 m2 (107,600 sq ft) or greater.
  • Any green roof on a new institutional or commercial building with a GFA of less than 2,000 m2 (21,528 sq ft).

Projects must be above grade; parking garages and at-grade roofs are ineligible.

Owners who install a green roof, which supports vegetation, can apply for a grant of $50 per square metre up to $100,000. Cool roofs, which feature a membrane or coating to reflect the sun’s rays, are eligible for $2-5 per square metre up to $50,000.

The benefits of green and cool roofs are many. Both reduce urban heat and associated energy use. Green roofs also help manage stormwater, enhance biodiversity, improve air quality and beautify Toronto.

Applications will be accepted online until April 1, 2010. A second round of funding will be available in the fall.

For more information, visit

The West End Food Co-op is looking to get more member-volunteers

Posted on March 5, 2010

Are you interested in becoming involved with the West End Food Co-op?

Are you keen to give your time and energy to a dynamic, growing and innovative community organization?

Are you excited to utilize your skills and learn new ones?

Then considering volunteering with WEFC!

The West End Food Co-op is looking to get more member-volunteers onboard, and expand the capacity of our current team of Directors and volunteers. If interested, please check out the Volunteer section on our website, or you can contact Gwen Yorston, WEFC Volunteer Coordinator:

If you would like to support WEFC, but are unable to make the time commitment, you can always purchase a membership or a community bond. Click here for further information.


Reminder: March 11th PRA Meeting

Posted on March 5, 2010

The Parkdale Residents’ Association invites you to join them on March 11th for a general meeting. The agenda will include:

* “A Parkdale Village Walk: A Sense of History and Community,”a

walking tour being created by the PRA, will be previewed. The walk

will debut on May 1st as a Jane’s Walk. Please add your suggestion

to help make the walk a success.

* The new book, “Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in

Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood, 1875-2002”by Carolyn Whitzman,

will be reviewed.

* There will be an update on the Dufferin Jog and more…

March 2010