'Butting In To Butt Out' Roncesvalles

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

Curious about those blue ‘please butt in’ cans that have appeared on Roncesvalles? The great folks who volunteer with Roncesvalles Renewed (a group that includes local residents, business owners, local institutions and political representatives),  have decided to create a social experiment to see if they can reduce the amount of cigarette butts on the street and in the beautiful planters on Roncesvalles.  Please see this article ( Butting Out Roncesvalles) to learn more about the iniative and find out how you can get involved with Roncesvalles Renewed.

‘Butting In To Butt Out’ Roncesvalles

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

Curious about those blue ‘please butt in’ cans that have appeared on Roncesvalles? The great folks who volunteer with Roncesvalles Renewed (a group that includes local residents, business owners, local institutions and political representatives),  have decided to create a social experiment to see if they can reduce the amount of cigarette butts on the street and in the beautiful planters on Roncesvalles.  Please see this article ( Butting Out Roncesvalles) to learn more about the iniative and find out how you can get involved with Roncesvalles Renewed.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation Volunteer Initiatives

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

If you are looking for a way to get involved or are a youth looking to fulfill some of your placement hours, there are great city wide initiatives to be had.

 

To Learn more please visit:  City of Toronto Volunteer engagement

Tightrope Books and Friends All Day Reading To Save The High Park Zoo & Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

Looking for something to do this Sunday? Come out for an all-day literary zoo to help save the High Park Zoo! Tightrope Books and friends will be holding all day readings to raise funds for the zoo, right across from the park at Cafe Novo (just outside of Ward 14 at 1986 Bloor St. West). The start time for the event is *1PM* (fyi, the poster time is incorrect)

Readers include Myna Wallin, Heather J Wood, Danila Botha, Samantha Bernstein, Nathaniel G. Moore, Liz Worth, Spencer Gordon, Mike Spry, Karen Correia Da Silva, Tara Michelle Ziniuk, Sandra Kasturi, Royston Tester, Dayle Furlong, Sue Bowness, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Robin Akimbo and more!

 

As well, the “Friends of High Park Zoo” needs volunteers this weekend between 10.00am and 4.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, to help with the children’s activities  and to distribute leaflets in the park areas.  If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Friends of the High Park Zoo please see: Volunteer


Finally, with the news that your donations will be matched, now is a great time to make another donation at:  HP Zoo Donations

 

 

 

 

 

Tightrope Books and Friends All Day Reading To Save The High Park Zoo & Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

Looking for something to do this Sunday? Come out for an all-day literary zoo to help save the High Park Zoo! Tightrope Books and friends will be holding all day readings to raise funds for the zoo, right across from the park at Cafe Novo (just outside of Ward 14 at 1986 Bloor St. West). The start time for the event is *1PM* (fyi, the poster time is incorrect)

Readers include Myna Wallin, Heather J Wood, Danila Botha, Samantha Bernstein, Nathaniel G. Moore, Liz Worth, Spencer Gordon, Mike Spry, Karen Correia Da Silva, Tara Michelle Ziniuk, Sandra Kasturi, Royston Tester, Dayle Furlong, Sue Bowness, Karleen Pendleton Jimenez, Robin Akimbo and more!

 

As well, the “Friends of High Park Zoo” needs volunteers this weekend between 10.00am and 4.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, to help with the children’s activities  and to distribute leaflets in the park areas.  If you are interested in volunteering or want to learn more about Friends of the High Park Zoo please see: Volunteer


Finally, with the news that your donations will be matched, now is a great time to make another donation at:  HP Zoo Donations

 

 

 

 

 

RVHS Presents: Roncesvalles Village Jane's Walk & More

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

 

On this guided walk of Roncesvalles Avenue, author Andrew J. Borkowski visits sites that inspired scenes, stories, and characters from his acclaimed 2011 short story collection, Copernicus Avenue, capturing the experience of Polish refugees and their descendants who settled in the area following WWII. Animators from the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society explore the legacy of John Howard, offer tales of the notorious Boyd Gang, and explain how a street in British North America came to be named after a remote gorge in northern Spain.

 

Who: Andrew J. Borkowski, Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, Councillor Gord Perks

Time: Sunday May 6 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Walk begins at Roncesvalles & Hewitt Ave (one block north of Roncesvalles & Howard Park Ave.)

For more information see the poster above or visit: Roncesvalles Jane\’s Walk Info

 

 

There are also other great Jane’s Walk event occurring in and around Ward 14.  The include:

 

  • Core Participants Take Parkdale

Who: The participants of ‘Centre for Opportunities, Resect and Empowerment’ celebrating community and healthy living

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00 am to 12 pm

Where: Walk begins at 160 Springhurst Ave. (outside of the front door)

More information: CORE Participants Take Parkdale!

 

  • Momos and Moo-Moos: How Food Has Shaped Parkdale

Who: Ayal Dinner from the West End Food Co op and Sorauren Farmer’s Market and Chris Winter from the Conservation Council of Ontario on a culinary tour

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Walk begins at Parkdale Community Health Centre, 1229 Queen West and Gwynne

More Information: Momos And Moo-Moos How Food Has Shaped Parkdale

 

  • High Park Habitats

Who: The High Park Nature Centre explores the habitats of High Park

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Where: Walk Begins at 440 Parkside Drive

More Information: High Park habitats

 

  • Liberty Village – Change is Good?

Who: Join Jaymz Bee for a one-hour stroll around Liberty Village

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Walk begins at 8 Pardee Avenue

More Information: Liberty Village Change is Good

 

For a full list of guides and Jane’s Walk events happening throughout Toronto please see: Toronto Jane\’s Walk List
“Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work…
All Jane’s Walk tours are given and taken for free. These walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighbourhoods where they live, work or hang out. They are not always about architecture and heritage, and offer a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their neighbourhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaged and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it… 

And so, in the spirit of Jane Jacobs, you are encouraged to ‘get out and walk’, to talk about your neighbourhood, and get to know your neighbours.”

 

For more information on Jane’s Walk and tips for walkers please see: Jane\’s Walk

RVHS Presents: Roncesvalles Village Jane’s Walk & More

Posted on April 24, 2012

 

 

On this guided walk of Roncesvalles Avenue, author Andrew J. Borkowski visits sites that inspired scenes, stories, and characters from his acclaimed 2011 short story collection, Copernicus Avenue, capturing the experience of Polish refugees and their descendants who settled in the area following WWII. Animators from the Roncesvalles Village Historical Society explore the legacy of John Howard, offer tales of the notorious Boyd Gang, and explain how a street in British North America came to be named after a remote gorge in northern Spain.

 

Who: Andrew J. Borkowski, Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, Councillor Gord Perks

Time: Sunday May 6 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Location: Walk begins at Roncesvalles & Hewitt Ave (one block north of Roncesvalles & Howard Park Ave.)

For more information see the poster above or visit: Roncesvalles Jane\’s Walk Info

 

 

There are also other great Jane’s Walk event occurring in and around Ward 14.  The include:

 

  • Core Participants Take Parkdale

Who: The participants of ‘Centre for Opportunities, Resect and Empowerment’ celebrating community and healthy living

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00 am to 12 pm

Where: Walk begins at 160 Springhurst Ave. (outside of the front door)

More information: CORE Participants Take Parkdale!

 

  • Momos and Moo-Moos: How Food Has Shaped Parkdale

Who: Ayal Dinner from the West End Food Co op and Sorauren Farmer’s Market and Chris Winter from the Conservation Council of Ontario on a culinary tour

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Walk begins at Parkdale Community Health Centre, 1229 Queen West and Gwynne

More Information: Momos And Moo-Moos How Food Has Shaped Parkdale

 

  • High Park Habitats

Who: The High Park Nature Centre explores the habitats of High Park

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Where: Walk Begins at 440 Parkside Drive

More Information: High Park habitats

 

  • Liberty Village – Change is Good?

Who: Join Jaymz Bee for a one-hour stroll around Liberty Village

When: Sunday, May 6, 2012, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: Walk begins at 8 Pardee Avenue

More Information: Liberty Village Change is Good

 

For a full list of guides and Jane’s Walk events happening throughout Toronto please see: Toronto Jane\’s Walk List
“Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work…
All Jane’s Walk tours are given and taken for free. These walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighbourhoods where they live, work or hang out. They are not always about architecture and heritage, and offer a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their neighbourhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaged and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it… 

And so, in the spirit of Jane Jacobs, you are encouraged to ‘get out and walk’, to talk about your neighbourhood, and get to know your neighbours.”

 

For more information on Jane’s Walk and tips for walkers please see: Jane\’s Walk

Reminder: Planning Study for the West Side of Roncesvalles Ave

Posted on April 17, 2012

 

Friends,

Roncesvalles Ave is the heart of our area, a great destination for families, friends and businesses.  We’ve seen Roncesvalles mentioned in the New York Times, short-listed for the Greatest Neighbourhoods section of The Greatest Places in Canada Contest, and profiled in countless local media pieces.  With this great success over the last several years we’ve also seen an increasing number of applications received by City Planning to introduce non-residential business uses in the houses on the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue in an area that is currently designated a Neighbourhood in the Official Plan and zoned for Residential uses.

To protect the community’s interest in the make up and configuration of Roncesvalles Village, one of the best tools we have is to maintain updated and current planning documents.  This allows for our City Legal, Planning and Urban Design staff to have a greater leverage when they oppose development pressures and variances at the Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municiple Board.  With this meeting I have asked that the community be able to provide their input before the study is undertaken so that City Planning Staff can hear from you first on what use you would like to see on the west side of Roncesvalles Ave.

It is for this reason that I requested at Toronto and East Your Community Council in June 2012 that Toronto City Planning staff  undertake a review of the west side of Roncesvalles Ave between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.

I just wanted to clarify the purpose of the planning study for the west side of Roncesvalles Ave.  Last June I requested at Toronto and East Your Community Council ( http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2011.TE8.77 )that the  requested the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, undertake a review of the west side of Roncesvalles Ave between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.  I stated in my initial letter ( http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-38863.pdf ) that,

“This section of the street, between Marmaduke and Marion Streets is currently occupied by primarily residential uses on the west side while the east contains a mix of uses.

In order to provide a more comprehensive response to the requests for non-residential uses, it would be appropriate to review the residential designations for these lands to determine if non-residential uses should be considered and, if so, under what conditions.”

My feeling is that the residential aspect of the west side of the street is one of the unique aspects that makes Roncesvalles one of the most sought after communities to live in, in Toronto.   In order to protect character and make up of the street I feel the community has a great opportunity to share their feelings with City staff and provide direction to the report.
-Gord

PS – I hope everyone can make it out and bring their neighbours along with them.
The meeting details are as follows:
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: St. Casimir Parish Hall – 156 Roncesvalles Ave.
To see the City Planning Departments meeting flyer please visit: West Roncesvalles Study Flyer

 

 

Reminder: “Artists in the Hood” fundraiser for Sorauren Town Square May 11-13

Posted on April 17, 2012

***A quick reminder of the, ‘Artist’s in the Hood’ fundraiser this week.  As well, an article has been published in Inside Toronto which can be read at: Artists in the Hood Article ***

 

 

Time to start saving your pennies (while they’re still around). “Artists from the Hood” is a special three-day art show in the beautiful upstairs gallery space above 321 Roncesvalles (Geoffrey and Grenadier).

15% of all proceeds from the art show will be donated to the Wabash Building Society for the Sorauren Park Town Square fund.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 7 – 10 pm
Saturday, May 12, 12 – 6 pm
Sunday May 13, 12 – 4 pm

 

To see the invite and find out who which artist are involved please see: ‘Artists in the Hood Invite’

If you would like to learn more about Sorauren Park please see: Sorauren Park or find out about the Wabash Building Society see:  Wabash Building Society

 



 

 

35 Wabash Ave Development Update

Posted on April 17, 2012

 

Just wanted to update everyone on the proposed development at 35 Wabash Ave. We are told,

 

“Staff have now completed review of the applicant’s first site plan submission and as a number of revisions are still required, the applicant will be meeting over the next couple of weeks with staff to go over the required revisions.

In terms of a timeline, it all depends on when the revised plans are submitted. Once the key issues are satisfied, the zoning amendment still requires Council approval. At the earliest, the application may be before the September TEYCC.”
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