Jamie Bell Adventure Playground

Posted on March 22, 2012



As stated previously, if you are a Ward 14 resident and would like to help rebuild the Jamie Bell Playground in High Park, please contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call at (416) 392-7919.  We are in correspondence with Councillor Doucette for the rebuilding effort and will pass on more information as it becomes available.


In the meantime,  you can donate to the Toronto Parks and Tree Foundation for the rebuilding effort at: Jamie Bell Playground Donations and if you have a little more to spare the High Park Zoo: High Park Zoo Donations


Finally, the Toronto Police Service’s Division 11 have issued a public appeal for witnesses and suspect ID for arson of children’s playground in High Park on March 17, 2012.  The have released a informational video which can be seen at:  Toronto Police Jamie Bell Playground Video



Seedy Saturday at Masayrk-Cowan Park

Posted on March 22, 2012

On Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 11AM to 4PM, the Toronto Community Garden Network and  local partners will be hosting the first annual West End  Seedy Saturday at Masayrk-Cowan Park (220 Cowan Ave).


Along with great displays, there will be educational workshops including:

11:30 – 12:00 – How to Grow Your Own Sprouts at Home

  • Presenters: Amy Burry & Robert Elliot, Queen West Community Health Centre Community Garden
  • This interactive workshop will cover growing sprouts from soil (sunflower seeds) and growing sprouts using a rinsing method. Participants will bring home a sprouting kit and some sprouts to finish growing at home.

12:15 – 12:45 – Seed Starting Basics

  • Presented by Greenest City
  • Put the seeds in your hands to good use, with the practical information you’ll need to give it a try, without having to spend a lot of money. We’ll warn you of common mistakes to avoid and get you excited about turning your windowsill into a greenhouse.


1:00 – 1:45 – Growing Tips: 10 great veggies

  • Presenter: Farmer Bob Baloch of fresh veggies
  • Learn more about successfully growing 10 great crops with advice for planting in small spaces and getting an early start.
  • Carrot, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fenugreek, Garlic, Okra, Potato, Swiss Chard & Tomato


2:00 – 2:45 – Talking Dirty: an in depth look at soil

  • Presenter: Farmer John Slack, Golden Innisfree Farms
  • This informative talk with explore local soil characteristics, how to evaluate soil quality and gardening practices that will enhance natural soil development.


3:00 – 3:45 – Eat Off Your Balcony! An introduction to edibles in containers

  • Presenter: Lara Lucretia, educator/ artist /activist
  • This conversational session will focus on basic methods and troubleshooting for home-grown (and organic!) container gardens. Brought to you by the author of An Illustrated Guide to Growing Food On Your Balcony, this workshop has a focus on container gardening with accessible, affordable and recycled supplies.



To learn more about Seedy Saturday and the event please see:

Seedy Saturday Event Information


3rd Annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk in Roncy!

Posted on March 22, 2012



Roncesvalles’ 3rd Annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk is on Saturday March 31st.

The candlelight walk is expected to start just outside the Revue Cinema around 8:15P.M., passing through the Roncesvalles Village, to the foot of King/Queen/Roncesvalles. The even will go on unless there is heavy rain.

Please bring a recycled container to carry a candle on the walk as only a limited amount of candles will be available.

Toronto Youth Cabinet 2012 Election

Posted on March 22, 2012


TYC Update:

“Our leadership was informed of the status of the ongoing Local 79 contract negotiations.  As a result, we have decided to postpone our leadership elections.  Notice of leadership elections will be circulated when rescheduled. We invite anyone who is interested in getting involved, to join our network: http://www.thetyc.ca/?page_id=1037

Our next membership meeting will take place on Thursday April 5th 2012 at 6pm (pending possible labour disruption)

Our next project meeting will be will be meeting tonight at 6:00pm at TYC office City Hall East Tower 15th Floor”



The Toronto Youth Cabinet is holding its next election on April 21st, 2012. We would like to request your help spreading the word throughout the city so we may attract as many candidates and new members for the TYC as possible. It is our hope to increase membership throughout Toronto in order to improve the Cabinet’s representation and gain a greater perspective of youth issues. For a detailed list of Executive positions, our electoral protocol and nomination form please visit our website at: www.thetyc.ca.



The TYC is resurrecting its Community Councils as well in the different quadrants of the City. The purpose of the TYC Community Councils is not to only increase our membership and proportional representation but to increase the avenues for which the TYC can learn about issues affecting youth unique to their area and/or throughout Toronto. It is our hope that the various Community Councils will help support the TYC Councils by occasionally connecting with TYC members within their respective quadrants of the City.


The TYC Community Council will consist of existing TYC members as ward representatives, youth-led organization representatives and any young person who lives, works or plays within the quadrant area and is passionate about getting involved.


A member of a TYC Community Council has the opportunity to:


  • Attend quarterly meetings in their community to discuss issues impacting youth in their area and/or throughout Toronto
  • Attend monthly update meetings with the TYC Executive Council on a rotational basis either in person or via Skype
  • Connect with other youth serving organizations within their quadrant to gain greater perspective and support
  • Increase avenues for greater connection between the TYC and their community members


If you know of any youth who would be interested in joining the TYC and/or a TYC Community Council please feel free to forward this information; membership is open for any youth (13 to 24 years of age) who lives, works or plays in the City of Toronto and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people.


Any member who has attended at least one TYC meeting is eligible to run for the TYC Executive Council. Our next election will be held April 21st, 2012 at City Hall. Notice of interest to run and confirmation of attendance for the election is due April 15th, 2012 Candidates must attend one of the Candidate Orientation Sessions either on April 5th or 16th on the 15th floor, East Tower, City Hall.


Please send all forms, confirmations and inquiries to Paul Martin, the Coordinator of the TYC at: pmartin1@toronto.ca or Danika Syrja-McNally at: dsyrjam@toronto.ca.


For forms and flyer see: City Council TYC Election

March 2012