Toronto Police Division 11 Open House

Posted on May 15, 2012



Join the Toronto Police for a fun and informative day at the magnificent new #11 Division.  Our Police Week open house will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the visitors’ parking lot and front lobby of the station.

On hand will be:

  • Emergency Task Force
  • Mounted Unit/ Police Dog Services
  • Marine Unit
  • ATV’s / Prisoner wagon
  • Sweeper car (which detects stolen vehicles)
  • Blinky / Police Mascot Pat Troll
  • Car seat clinic inspections/Bicycle safety clinic
  • Go Transit Police on transit safety
  • Rollover machine (simulates the affects during a rollover accident)

11 Division is located at 2054 Davenport Road. 416-808-1108


Ritchie Ave. Parkette Community Meeting

Posted on May 15, 2012

Ritchie Ave. Parkette  Community Meeting


Interested in helping facilitate community led improvements to Ritchie Ave. Parkette? Please join me and City of Toronto Parks Staff for a visioning meeting.  Come share your ideas, suggestions, and creative thoughts to help guide future enhancements.


When: May 22nd, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

In the case of heavy rain the meeting will take place May 23rd, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Ritchie Ave. Parkette (77 Ritchie Ave).  Please see map on backside for more details.

Who: Councillor Gord Perks, Ray Stukas (Manager, Parks Toronto & East York District), and Friends of Ritchie Parkette.



To View The Map Online Please Visit: Map

To See The Event Flyer Visit: Ritchie Parkette Community Meeting

Toronto Public Space Initiative – Parks, People, and Participation Research Project

Posted on May 15, 2012



The Toronto Public Space Initiative’s Community Engagement Research Division is collaborating with York University’s City Institute, York University’s Visible City Project, and Osgoode Law School’s Critical Research Laboratory, to conduct research into various park governance and community engagement models utilized locally and internationally.

Report One of this project titled Parks, People, and Participation has been released and can be accessed here: Parks, People, and Participation . The report was a collaborative work involving TPSI, the City Institute, and the Visible City Project and sets out the value of municipal parks and community engagement, as well as the direction of further research.

Part Two of the research project will involve the original collaborators as well as Osgoode Hall Law School’s Critical Research Laboratory.

Significant preliminary findings suggest that:

â–ª  Parks play an important aesthetic, ecological, social, and economic function in a municipality

â–ª  Community engagement in parks may enhance, and add to, the social and economic value of parks with enhanced health outcomes, decreased crime, improved civic engagement, community bonding and bridging, as well as economic benefits, particularly through the generation of social capital

â–ª  Certain alternative governance models for parks appear to offer potential financial efficacy and community engagement benefits

â–ª  The Public, Non-Profit model appears to be an optimal model from a financial efficacy, community engagement, and general good governance perspective, utilizing government ownership of park land with some degree of non-profit and volunteer stewardship and management


To learn more about the Parks, People, and Participation Project visit: TPSI Research Project or find out about the Toronto Public Space Initiative please see: TPSI


Jamie Bell Playground Community Meeting

Posted on May 15, 2012


While just outside of Ward 14 many of us use High Park and have expressed a desire to help with the community rebuild of the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground.  Councillor Doucette will be holdings a community meeting on Thursday May 17th, 2012 at the Humberside Collegiate Institute Lismer Hall (280 Quebec Ave) from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.   If you would like to volunteer or have further questions please contact Councillor Doucette at and to take a look at the event flyer please see: jamie bell playground meeting




Toronto Sports Council Permit Fee Meeting

Posted on May 15, 2012


“The City proposes to charge new fees for children and youth in 2013.

City Council has asked City staff to consult with the sports community about opportunities to address the issues and concerns that have been raised related to new permit fees. Following our meeting, City staff will report to the Executive Committee with a plan on how to address concerns raised about the implementation of new permit fees in 2013.

The meeting this Saturday is your opportunity to provide the City with advice on the issues identified during the discussion around new permit fees.

Date: Saturday May 12th, 2012

Time: 1-3 pm
Where: Agricola Finnish Lutheran Church – 25 Old York Mills Road (right on the Yonge subway line)
Who: EVERYONE IS WELCOME: All field/box/diamond permit holders, and anyone involved in organized sports in Toronto (parents, coaches, volunteers).

Some of the issues for discussion:
– How the City should value the contributions and improvements to fields by leagues and clubs
– The type of system used to offer relief to those having financial difficulty paying for sport field permits
– New policies for rain outs and block bookings


SPREAD THE WORD. We would like to ensure that we hear from many different sports and all levels of play.”

Habitat For Humanity – Ground Breaking at 96 Ritchie

Posted on May 15, 2012



To learn more about Habitat For Humanity Toronto or how to volunteer please see: Habitat Volunteer





Housing Allowance Program Update

Posted on May 15, 2012




Housing Allowance Program Update


The Housing Allowance Program is a temporary housing program designed to assist families and individuals for up to a maximum of five years.  It provides a temporary allowance of up to $550 a month to make rent more affordable.  Eligible households found homes in privately owned buildings and the allowance was paid directly to the landlord.  Under this program, 1,300 families and individuals were assisted.  Participating in this program did not affect the household’s Housing Connections application.  Participants kept their place on the waiting list for subsidized housing while they participated in the program.

Some of the participants have now reached their five years in the program. Once a family has participated in the program for five years, they are no longer eligible to receive the allowance.  Housing Connections has sent out letters to notify these participants that they will no longer be eligible for the monthly allowance. We have also notified the landlords where they are currently housed.

What will change?

These participants will be responsible for the full market rent of their unit based on the effective date in the letter.

Who does this change affect?

Only the Housing Allowance Program participants that have reached the five-year maximum for the program are affected. There are a number of participants who will continue to receive their monthly allowance, because they have not reached the five-year maximum. The program is set to end in March 2013.

What stays the same?

Under the Residential Tenancies Act, participants can stay in their units and pay the full market rent. If they decide to move out of their unit, they are still required to give 60 days’ notice to their landlord.

How to get help paying rent

These households will receive an application (from the City of Toronto) for the new Short-term Rent Support Program in the next few days. They should complete and submit this application as soon as possible. If they are eligible, they will receive a housing allowance paid directly to them, not to the landlord.

Keeping their subsidized housing application up to date

Households should always ensure that their Housing Connections application is up to date and that their contact information is correct. Please see attached for the ways to contact Housing Connections.


If you are looking for a way to contact Housing Connections or to find out if you are eligible for a subsidy please see: Ways to Contact Housing Connections


Parkdale Village Community Open House and Historical Walk

Posted on May 15, 2012




“On Saturday, June 2nd, there will be a “Parkdale Village Community Open House” at the new Parkdale Amphitheatre on the corner of Queen St W. and Dufferin, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come rain or shine!

The Open House offers the chance to meet many Parkdale community organizations in one place. A wide variety of groups will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Organizations taking part include the Parkdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library, St. Francis Table, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Greenest City, Parkdale Community Information Centre, and Gallery 1313.

Vendors from the Sorauren Farmer’s Market will offer food. Local musicians and other performers will entertain. People will be invited to visit the soon-to-be-opened West End Food Co-op across the street.

The event will be preceded by a “Parkdale Village Historical Walk,”focusing on Queen Street and the surrounding neighbourhood. The walk, led by historian Roger Riendeau, will leave the Amphitheatre at 11 a.m. and return there by noon, in time for the Open House.

The Open House is sponsored by the Parkdale Residents Association, the Parkdale Village BIA, the West End Food Co-op, the Parkdale Community Development Group, and the Parkdale News.

Please drop in on June 2nd. Please tell your friends and neighbours about the Parkdale Village Community Open House.”

To see the event flyer click: Parkdale OpenHouse Flyer

For more information please see: Parkdale News Openhouse

To see the facebook event visit: Facebook Event



Parkdale and High Park Library Upcoming Events

Posted on May 15, 2012



Our two libraries in Ward 14 have some great events coming up, make sure to swing by and check them out (along with a book or two).


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

Peer Tutoring Club – Reading Room – Fri, May 18 – 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, May 18 – 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.


Saturday Stories – Children’s Book Area – Sat, May 19 – 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

A program for the whole family. Rhymes, songs and stories. Saturdays, ongoing.


To find out about events at the Parkdale Library please see:  Parkdale Library Events



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

Toddler Time – Community Room – Thu, May 17 – 10:00 a.m. -10:50 a.m.

Stories, songs and rhymes for children 19 months to 3 years with their parents or caregivers. Registration on April 2 beginning at 9am


To find out about events at the High Park Library please see:  High Park Library Events



Greenest City Upcoming Events and More

Posted on May 15, 2012



2012 Work Parties:

Tuesdays, 5-7pm
HOPE Garden, Masaryk Park

Join your fellow gardeners to work on your plot!

Youth Garden Drop-ins:

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm, beginning May 23
Youth Garden, Dunn Parkette

Youth Garden Drop-ins are the place for youth ages 15-24 to learn about growing your own food in the city while working in Greenest City’s Youth Garden.

Greenest City Annual General Meeting:

Tuesday, June 12th, 6:30 pm
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue

The Annual General Meeting is where we celebrate Greenest City’s successes of the past year and plan for the future. Meet Greenest City’s Board of Directors. Open to the public.


As well there are currently volunteer and employment opportunities (Community Gardens Coordinator deadline May 23, Youth Green Squad Coordinator deadline May 25). For more information please see: Greenest City Participate


May 2012