Bike Month Group Commute and Pancake Breakfast – Monday, May 28, 2012

Posted on May 22, 2012




May 28th. 2012. 7a.m- 10 a.m. Commuters from around the City meet to ride together from start points and converge at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30a.m. City start points are staffed with ride coordinators and a Police escort. Riders will receive a free Bike Month t-shirt as well as complimentary breakfast at City Hall (while supplies last). This event is organised by the City of Toronto and the Cycle Toronto.

The ride leaves from various start locations at 7:00a.m and meets at Yonge and Bloor for 7:30a.m. From there the ride heads to Nathan Phillips Square for 8:00a.m to enjoy a complimentary pancake breakfast and other festivities.


Group Commute Start Locations:

City Start Points:

  • 7 am Bloor and High Park
  • 7 am Yonge and Lawrence
  • 7 am Danforth and Woodbine
  • 7:30 am Bloor and Yonge
  • 8 am Arrive at City Hall





  • The Toronto Cyclists Union also have some great information about Bike Month events and happenings, see:  Bike Union Bike Month





Jamie Bell Playground Update and Rebuild Date

Posted on May 22, 2012




A community rebuild date has been set for Jamie Bell Adventure Playground on Saturday, July 7, 2012.  The rebuild will be led by Mike Holmes and staff from the Holmes Makes it Right show on HGTV Canada, and will be designed by acclaimed landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. Community residents and participating sponsors will assist in completing the playground rebuild. The entire rebuild process is being filmed for a fall 2012 episode of Holmes Makes it Right. Donations can still be made at

For more information please see the message below from Councillor Doucette who has been working tirelessly to get the rebuild underway or contact her office directly at

“Update: May 18, 2012 – The community meeting on May 17th to address the rebuild of the Jamie Bell Playground was a great success. It was a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to meet with city staff, and the various partners on this project, to discuss the plans for the new playground and truly capture the vision this community has for the rebuild. It was family-oriented and emphasized the importance of the volunteers.

An exciting new partnership was announced with Mike Holmes and his new show Holmes Makes It Right! He made it clear that the rebuild would address safety, accessibility, drainage, and would respect the special environment that exists in the ravine where the park resides. Mr. Holmes asked for the input of the community, especially the children, and promised that their ideas would be incorporated into the plan.  Also at the meeting was Robin Sorys who will be returning to her role of Community Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Janet Rosenberg, a top landscape architect, will be one of the leaders on this project.  She shared ideas that honour the original vision and design of the castle structure, while adding new and exciting elements that will really make it a joy for all children to play on. The design she presented is based on the original structure, the input the community shared with the Parks Department and my office, and follows the City’s safety standards. Janet also announced the exciting news that the community rebuild will take place on Saturday, July 7.

The sponsorship for this project has been outstanding with Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, TD Bank, and many other corporate and private sponsors, all stepping up to help in the aftermath of the fire. In addition to this, individual donations from residents and fans of the playground have been unbelievable.   Just recently, the Sprott Family Foundation offered to match dollar for dollar, donations to the rebuild up to $30,000, and these donations can be made through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation website.

In addition to all that, City staff has been in touch with Landscape Ontario Executive Director, Tony Di Giovanni, in recent days.  He is still more than willing, as he always has been, to work with us at the end of the season to enhance the surrounding area in a way that protects the natural ravine environment.”


Ward 14 Weekend Events Reminder

Posted on May 18, 2012





  • Parkdale and High Park Library are holding Peer Tutoring Club, Friday Movie Night In Parkdale, Saturday Stories, and Toddler Time.  To find out when and where see: TPL Events


  • Dufferin Underpass Art Installation, ‘Spirits of the Grotto’, May 18th, 5:00 – 5:30 pm, Dufferin Amphitheatre (parkette), 1266 Queen Street West.  To learn more see: Dufferin Public Art Installation


  • The Toronto Police 11 Division open house will be taking place on May 19th, 2012 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  There will be many displays and demonstrations, see: 11 Division Open House




City of Toronto Long Weekend Family Events

Posted on May 18, 2012



The City of Toronto encourages local residents to make the most of Victoria Day on Monday, May 21 by taking advantage of the City’s attractions and recreational activities including: Victoria Day Fireworks,  Golf, Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Riverdale Farm, Far Enough Farm, Toronto Island Park, Greenhouses, Fort York, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum Historic House & Gardens, Colborne Lodge, and The High Park Zoo (remember you can donate to help save the zoo).


For more information and details see: City of Toronto Family Events



As well there are wonderful discovery walks taking place around Toronto (including one in High Park just outside Ward 14).

“Discovery Walks is a program of self guided walks that link city ravines, parks gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Informative signage will help you experience an area’s heritage and environment.”

To see the list of walks please visit: Discovery Walks

To see the .pdf for the Western Ravines and Beaches walk (in High Park) visit: Western Ravines and Beaches PDF




Second Chance Book Drive

Posted on May 18, 2012





Rick Gosling, President of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation and of The Children’s Breakfast Club, is delighted to announce the launch of a Book Drive in support of the libraries established by these foundations.

We are honored and privileged to have the support and assistance of Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Service and of Jamaal Magloire of the Toronto Raptors as we endeavor to collect 20,000 new or gently-used books to distribute to the libraries.

Our goal is develop a love of books in children and youth who have not had the opportunity to develop a passion for reading. Each of us may have read a book which we enjoyed so much that we did not want to finish reading it or we have read a book which had a great impact on our lives – or even helped to change our lives. These are the books we would like to add to our library collection.

The books can be dropped off at any Toronto Police Division location from May 13 to June 2, 2012.

Any assistance you can offer to us by promoting the Book Drive and distributing the attached posterthrough your contacts would be very much appreciated.

Give a book. Be the difference.


For further information, please contact::

Alexandra Fraser

905 474-8054

Queer West Arts Festival and Pride Week Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on May 18, 2012


Call-out for Arts Festival Volunteers Aug 10 to 18, 2012

The Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Running Aug 10 to 18, 2012) is currently seeking dynamic, enthusiastic people all ages who are interested in the arts, Toronto’s cultural life, queer issues, politics, social and political activism, and event planning. If any of this lies within your interests, please consider joining our group. We are committed to diversity and in particular aim for a mix of professionals, artists and community members. Interested individuals should send a paragraph outlining their background, their reasons for wanting to be involved, and their skills Contact Matthew Drobnich

Call Out for Live Performers Friday August 17 @ Mizti’s Sister in Parkdale

Think you’ve got what it takes to thrill the masses in Queer Toronto? Or maybe you’ve got a favourite local band or know of a drag queen/king, dancer, comedian, community group or theatrical troupe you would like to recommend? Either way, The Toronto Queer West Arts Collective is interested in what may have to offer us? We will NOT be paying for your travel costs, accommodations or extra equipment you may need. We are especially looking for new talent that has never performed at a festival before and is looking for publicity, rather getting paid the going rate. We have introduced many new artists to to the scene that worked for Door or in some cases for free. Capacity 200 and 40 on the patio Set times 35/40 minutes show starts at 8 pm. This location has been booked and confirmed

Deadline to apply to be a entertainer in Toronto Queer Arts Festival is June 30, 2012. The sooner the better for us and you.

Queer West Arts Collective is looking for a good mix of new upbeat acts that will have broad appeal to the diverse segments of our community for out Alterna-Queer Music Night – showcases alternative artists that support the underground music scene of punk, industrial, electro, reggae, indie, hip hop, spank rock, new wave and no wave. Performers will be asked to submit descriptions of their acts, website URLs, or other promotional materials (pictures, pdfs, videos, music samples, etc.) to be considered by the four-member committee. The committee will select performers based on type of act, performance quality and audience appeal. Contact Matthew Drobnich

To get involved with Queer West visit:

Queer West

Queer West Facebook

Pride Week is June 22nd – July 1st, 2012

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Together with the thousands of individuals, community groups, businesses and participating sponsors, we are proud to celebrate the lives and stories of Toronto’s Queer Communities. Pride Week features 10 days of world class arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans March, Family programming, Blackness Yes and Youth and much more. Returning for our 30th celebration, we invite you to volunteer at Pride Weekend 2012, from Friday June 29th to Sunday July 1st.


Why Volunteer?

Contribute to the success of Toronto’s annual Pride Week Festival

  • Learn about the Queer Community
  • Gain transferrable skills that add to your abilities
  • Meet new people
  • Lend your talents to one of Canada’s most influential cultural festival
  • Work in a supportive and collaborative environment
  • Receive mentoring from core staff that have valuable experience
  • Get involved and give back
  • Because Volunteers Make Pride Happen!


For more information please see: Make Pride Happen

Diaspora Dialogues – Open Call for Revamped 2012 Mentoring Program

Posted on May 18, 2012


“Diaspora Dialogues is excited to announce a revamping of its mentoring programs into one comprehensive program to focus on the creation of long-form manuscripts. This new program will offer emerging writers greater in-depth opportunity to hone their craft and ready a book-length project for publication.

Our “Writer’s Residencies”will provide each writer with a specialized professional development program, as well as targeted introductions to agents and/or publishers.

DD is inviting submissions of original full-length novels or collections of short stories up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages; or full-length poetry manuscripts of up to 25 poems (no more than 50 pages maximum) from emerging writers.

Deadline is June 15, 2012.”

For more information on how to apply, guidelines and submissions please see: DD Revamps Mentoring Programs  And Issues 2012 Open Call for Submissions



“Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and drama that reflect the complexity of the city, as seen through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. We use art and ideas to explore questions of our connected humanity, and our programs and events help encourage the creation of a literature – and audience – that is vibrant and inclusive.

Toronto—the world within one city—has tremendous stories to tell. Diaspora Dialogues is committed to bringing these stories to both the domestic and international stage.”


Presentation to May 16 Public Works & Infrastructure Committee – Gardiner Expressway

Posted on May 16, 2012



With recent problems of concrete falling off the Gardiner Expressway (see: News), the executive director of City of Toronto Technical Services made a presentation today to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the problem.  For those people interested in the presentation you can view a copy here: Gardiner Expressway – PWI – May 16



Presentation to May 16 Public Works & Infrastructure Committee – Gardiner Expressway

Posted on May 16, 2012



With recent problems of concrete falling off the Gardiner Expressway (see: News), the executive director of City of Toronto Technical Services made a presentation today to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on the problem.  For those people interested in the presentation you can view a copy here: Gardiner Expressway – PWI – May 16



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


May 2012