Toronto Public Library Upcoming Events

Posted on May 30, 2012


Parkdale Library – (1303 Queen Street West, 416-393-7686):

Peer Tutoring Club – Reading Room – Fri, June 1 – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

In the Peer Tutoring Club, youth get help with their home work assignments or any other academic assistance from their volunteer peers tutors and the youth worker. In partnership with the Parkdale Community Information Centre.


Friday Movie Night at Parkdale – Auditorium – Fri, June 1st – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Parkdale Library will be holding Movie Nights! Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen.


The Purple Pirate – Auditorium – Sat Jun 02  – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a special story time featuring a puppet show by Applefun Puppetry called The Purple Pirate. Kids will get to meet the puppets after the show and make a paper puppet of their own to take home.



High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-393-7671):

Saturday Writers – Community Room – Sat Jun 02 – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, poetry, essays welcome.

96 Ritchie Ave. Habitat For Humanity Home, Volunteer Opprotunities, and an Update From Loblaws on Pedestrian Access

Posted on May 30, 2012

Pedestrian Walkway Update:

I have been in contact with the representative from Loblaws regarding the construction of a pedestrian walkway and watermain changes for the 96 Ritchie site.  I am told the work on these two issues should commence any day now.  Mario Fatica the Loblaws representative states,

“Regarding the walkway… confirms our intent to have the walkway constructed prior to Habitat commencing construction… we continue to work at implementing the pedestrian walkway at the end of Ritchie Avenue. I am working with our contractor and our subtrades to complete this work expeditiously… the intent has always been to have the new pedestrian access available prior to Habitat construction commencing. Should we be delayed in any way I will update all parties immediately and we will consider implementing a temporary solution in order to achieve the objectives of all parties.”



Groundbreaking Ceremony:

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Habitat For Humanity Toronto Groundbreaking Ceremony for the 96 Ritchie Ave build. And a big welcome to the Sinato family, we are looking forward to having you as a member of our great Ward 14 community!

If you would like to learn more about our newest neighbours please see: Sinato Family.

More pictures are available from today’s event at: Gord.Perks


Volunteer Opportunities:

Anytime now  the Ritchie site should be posted, “on the Online Scheudling System at and volunteers will be able to sign up for shifts. Build shifts are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis. If neighbours are interested in volunteering, please tell them to check back frequently to ensure they are able to secure a spot – they go fast!

Volunteers are at core of everything we do – it would be impossible for us to succeed without the support of people like you!

Build Site Volunteering

Our build sites are open from Monday to Saturday and shifts run from 8:00AM – 4:00PM. We request that all volunteers complete a full day shift. There are no qualifications required to volunteer with us other than having an open mind and an enthusiastic attitude! We provide all the tools and equipment necessary on-site (do not bring personal tools) and also provide hard hats and steel-toed boots. You are welcome to bring your own hard hat and boots, but please ensure that any steel-toed boots are CSA-certified (look for the green triangle).

*If you have a combination of construction experience, team leadership skills and regular availability, please contact Pat Laforet, Director of Build Site Experience at: with a detailed explanation.

Please note: you will need to create an account with us in order to sign up for shifts. Volunteer opportunities are available on a first-come first-serve basis. If a volunteer cancels his/her shift, a spot will open up on the online scheduler. If the date you would like to volunteer is full, please keep checking back!”



Pedestrian Walkway To Loblaws Update:


One of the main issues that arose from community meetings was pedestrian access to the Loblaws site.  At the meeting Loblaws committed to installing a scissor ramp at Herman Ave.  After investigating further over the winter, we’re told that Loblaws has decided to repair the stairs at Herman Ave and put a pedestrian walkway at the end of Ritchie Ave.  Further we have just been informed by Loblaws that they,

“Are not proceeding with the ramp at the end of Herman Avenue as proposed at our information meetings with the residents last year. The proposal to create a pedestrian ramp at this location became significantly complex. There is a significant grade difference from Herman Avenue to our parking lot grade. At the time we believed based on some sketches we created with our architect and engineers that a simple switch back ramp could be constructed. But as we went into design and had our contractors price the work accordingly the scope of the project exceeded our expectations. The existing retaining wall at the end of Herman Avenue would likely require reconstruction or we would have to design the ramp so it was constructed further into our site. This created essentially a tunnel affect with retaining walls at all sides prior to getting to the ramp. Not a design that would be pedestrian friendly.”

With regards to Herman Ave. Loblaws has stated, “The existing stair at the end of Herman Avenue will be reconstructed as we committed.”

Further, “In lieu of the ramp at the end of Herman Avenue we are prepared to construct an at grade walkway at the end of Ritchie Avenue. We currently own all the land at the end of Ritchie Avenue (dead end street). At our public information meetings there was considerable discussion by the community to create an at grade walkway at the end of Ritchie Avenue to replace the existing pedestrian walkway that currently exists on the lands provided to Habitat for Humanity. It was our decision to pursue the Herman Avenue ramp. This option has now been discarded and we will proceed with the at grade option as noted at the end of Ritchie Avenue.

They are proposing,  “to create an opening in the chain link fenced area at the end of Ritchie aligning with the existing municipal sidewalk. A new 1.5 m asphalt walkway will be constructed on our lands. We have setback the walkway 15m from the last home on Ritchie for separation purposes. The walkway would then align with our asphalt parking area. We would relocate parking and create a striped pedestrian walkway to the front of the store. In addition we would implement signage “watch for pedestrians”for the crossing that aligns with the sidewalk fronting our store.”

Loblaws believes, “this proposal will be welcomed by the community and encompasses the spirit of our prior proposal. In addition it has the benefit of being at grade and will assist seniors, mom’s with strollers and customers with buggies for their groceries,”  and that the, “intent is to construct the walkway prior to the construction of the Habitat home.”

Finally, in regards to some concerns raised by the community and our office, Loblaws has confirmed that they,  “have no intentions of pursuing the opening of Ritchie Avenue for vehicular or truck access to our site. We are appropriately serviced by access from Dundas and seek no additional access to our site.”


We will be in discussion with Loblaws and Habitat to try and ensure that the pedestrian walkway is finished prior to construction on the 96 Ritchie Ave build site.  If you have further questions or concerns please email my office at  If you have specific thoughts you would like to share with Loblaws please contact


To see the current pedestrian walkway proposal please click: ritchiewalkwaytoloblaws


Volunteers Needed For The Friends of High Park Zoo Garage Sale

Posted on May 30, 2012




Friends of High Park Zoo needs volunteers for the Garage Sale and for activities at the Zoo every Saturday and Sunday till the end of June, hours at the Zoo are 10-4. If you can help email:


June 2/3 9.00 am to 3.00pm. Pacific / Glenlake

  • Due to budget cuts High Park Zoo is scheduled to close at the end of June

  • A non profit group “Friends of High Park Zoo” was  formed in April  to bring awareness to the community and raise funds to convince City Council that the Zoo should not be shut down.

  • In April the Honey Foundation offered a matching donation up to $50,000.00  for monies raised  by June 15th., currently at $43,000.00.

  • At least $114,000.00 is required to cover the costs of keeping the Zoo open till December in order to obtain sustainable funding

  • Friends of High Park Zoo are running various activities to raise funds


One of these activities is a GIANT GARAGE SALE on Saturday and Sunday June 2nd.and 3rd.

Should you wish to participate you can bring items to 148 Pacific to be sold or you can do your own Garage Sale and donate the profits to the cause.

Donate on line to: and get a tax receipt for donations of over $10.00.

Should you wish to have your own Garage Sale we can provide a “SAVE THE ZOO”sign…

BASED AT 148 PACIFIC  Avenue – contact Diane at

The Four Villages Community Health Centre’s Annual General Meeting

Posted on May 30, 2012


The Four Villages Community Health Centre’s  will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1700 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor, Vilnius Manor.

For information on how to confirm your attendance by Friday, June 8, 2012 please see: Poster – June 2012



Give Me Liberty, the Liberty Village annual After Work Party

Posted on May 30, 2012




The 9th annual Liberty Village Afterwork Party is Thursday June 7, 4pm to 10pm on Fraser Ave. north of Liberty St.


“Fraser Avenue north of Liberty Street will be transformed into one very large outdoor summer patio.  Meet your talented Liberty Village neighbours; enjoy the food specialties from the many LV restaurants (priced very affordably at $5 or less); quench your thirst with Mill Street Beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverages; visit local businesses as they peddle their wares, and more! ”


For more information on this event please see: Give Me Liberty



Upcoming Roncesvalles Village Historical Society Meeting

Posted on May 30, 2012



Interested in the history or the Roncesvalles neighbourhood? The next RVHS meeting is at 6:30 pm on June 7 at the High Park library branch.


As well,  the City of Toronto has great archival photos scanned for you to look through, to see some great photos of Roncesvalles in the past please visit and search: City of Toronto Archival Photos


Roncy Rocks! 2012 – Still Time To Submit Submissions For Juried Art Show

Posted on May 30, 2012



Fast approaching, Roncy Rocks! is the annual day-long celebration of art, music and culture in Roncesvalles Village. On Saturday June 16 2012, between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


There is still time and room for submissions to the Roncy Rocks! juried art show and sale. Local visual artists, sculptors, painters, and photographers are invited to make a submission to participate.

Artist registration for Roncy Rocks! ranges from $35 to $55 for a 10 by 10 foot booth, depending on location (there are number of “art zones” on the street).


For more information on the festival or how to enter the art show please see: Roncy Rocks! Artists Wanted



Open File Toronto – Better Know a Ward: Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14

Posted on May 30, 2012


In his ongoing series for Open File Toronto, David Hinds took a look at Ward 14 and asked me some great questions about Ward 14 and politics in Toronto.  Take a look at: Better Know A Ward – Ward 14 Councillor Perks Parkdale-High Park



Ward 14 Up Coming Events Reminder

Posted on May 25, 2012



There is a lot going on in Ward 14 this weekend and in the upcoming week.  Here is a brief list if you’re looking great events and informative gatherings to attend:


  • Doors Open Toronto 2012 – Saturday May 26th & Sunday May 27th – More Information


  • Coperincus Lodge Ladies Spring Yard Sale – Saturday May 26th – 9:00AM – 2:00PM – More Information


  • Cowan Ave Street Sale – Saturday May 26th – 8:00AM – 3:00PM – More Information


  • Outdoor Kids Arts Show and Bake Sale For High Park Zoo – Saturday May 26th – 12:00 – 3:00 PM  –  More Information


  • Bike Month Group Commute and Pancake Breakfast – Monday May 28th – 7:00 AM – More Information


  • I AM Parkdale – PCI Fundraising Art Show – Monday May 28th – 6:00 – 10:00 PM – More Information


  • A Healthy Society Book Launch – Monday May 28th – 7 PM – More Information


  • 2803 Dundas St. West Proposed Development Community Consultation – Tuesday May 29th – 7:00PM – 9:00PM – More Information


  • 96 Ritchie Ave Habitat For Humanity Ground Breaking – Wednesday May 30th – 10Am – More Information



Parkdale Bazaar and Junction Flea Market Call For Vendors

Posted on May 25, 2012






Looking to be a vendor at the parkdale bazaar this summer:


“Parkdale Bazaar
We are gearing up for this year’s Bazaar Season and we would like to take the opportunity to offer you a table at our “Summer Kick Off”Bazaar on Saturday, June 23rd. Registration cost for our bazaars is $27 (tax included). Fee includes 72″ x 30″ (6 feet x 2.5) table and chair. 

The Parkdale Bazaars will see approximately 400-500 people between 11 am to 6 pm. This is a great way to promote your product/service and interact with the community.

We have attached an application for you to fill out. We sincerely hope you consider joining us for a great day celebrating art, community and culture.

In order for us to reserve spaces we need to hear back from you by June 10th.

For any other questions or concerns please contact Alisa Simon, Logistics Coordinator, 416-516-8301”


To see the Parkdale Bazaar Vendor Package Visit: Vendor Package



The newly created Junction Flea Market is also looking for vendors:

“We are looking for independent vendors who sell vintage collectibles, clothing, records, toys, books , handmade items and food  vendors. Maybe you don’t fit into any of these categories but you have something amazing that human beings need to know about! Please email for more information.”


To learn more about the Junction Flea Market visit:  Junction Flea Market



May 2012