Roncesvalles Village Historical Society Meeting

Posted on March 30, 2012



Live in Ward 14 and want to learn about the history of the Roncesvalles area? Make sure to attend the next Roncesvalles Village Historical Society meeting on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm at the High Park Library branch.

For more information on the RVHS please see: Roncesvalles Historical Society



Town Hall Meeting On New Sports Field Fees

Posted on March 30, 2012


The 2012 City Budget contained many new permit fees for recreation and parks programs.  Included is a new fee for City sports fields for children and youth teams.  Until this year, fees were charged only to players 18 years and older.  The City failed to consult or notify the leagues prior to registration for the 2012 season. Many are concerned, myself included, that the increased costs will affect families’ ability to participate in soccer, baseball and other sports. Although City Council unanimously approved a motion directing City staff to report back April 10 on how the City can provide repayment plans or other kinds of relief for the new fees, the problem isn’t solved.  Because public deputations or statements aren’t allowed at the regular City Council meetings, a Town Hall meeting is being held on Tuesday, April 3/2012 to hear from parents, coaches, players and others who will be impacted by these new fees.  The Town Hall will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Queen Street West, and begin at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome.
At the insistence of City Councillors, Parks, Forestry and Recreation is also considering changing the permit “turn-back”time to mid-May, consulting on the “rain date”protocol, developing standards for field maintenance, recognizing the in-kind and capital cost contributions made by associations, and consulting on the fee structure for 2013.
Signatures are being collected in an online petition by the Toronto Sports Council: Petition

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 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:

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:



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: or Danika Syrja-McNally at:


For forms and flyer see: City Council TYC Election

24 Hour High Park Burn Notice

Posted on March 20, 2012

Urban Forestry services will be conducting the prescribed burn in High Park Wednesday March 21 starting at 12:30 and lasting approximately 2 hours.
Staff will be temporarily blocking access to park roadways as required should smoke create periods of reduced visibility.
There will be a media briefing in the parking lot of the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park immediately before the burn begins.  The time for this will tentatively be set for 12:00 but this will be dependant on fog lifting.

See flyer for more information:  HP 24HR BURN NOTICE to Local Residents2012


Update On The Jamie Bell Playground Fire In High Park

Posted on March 17, 2012




As some of you are already aware, last night Toronto Police and Firefighters were called to the Jamie Bell Playground in High Park shortly before 3 a.m. and found the volunteer built children’s playground on fire.  The damage to the playground is extensive and Police are appealing to the public for information on the arson suspects responsible for setting the fire.

This playground (which lies just beyond our Ward 14 boundary) has been a favourite place for children not only in Wards 13 and 14, but around the city to come play, imagine and learn.  While I am saddened by this unfortunate event, I know our community will come together to rebuild this important feature of the neighbourhood.

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 or call at (416) 392-7919.  We will be in correspondence with Councillor Doucette for the rebuilding effort and will pass on more information as it becomes available.


Parkdale Community Health Centre LGBTQ Group

Posted on March 12, 2012


The Parkdale Community Health Centre invites you to an LGBTQ peer-support group to meet and talk with other folks living in the Parkdale area.  For more information and dates see the flyer: LGBTQ Flyer

Call For Nominations For The SPT 2012 Board of Directors

Posted on March 12, 2012


Social Planning Toronto (SPT) is seeking nominations for its 15-person volunteer Board of Directors elected by individual community and organizational membership at the Annual General Membership Meeting (AGM). The SPT’s Annual General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th at the Central YMCA – 80 Grosvenor St. in Toronto. There will be 5 vacancies on the Board of Directors.  This is a call for nominations to fill these vacancies at the AGM.

Nomination form for 2012

Call for nominations 2012



March 2012