Make sure to come out to some the great events happening in Ward 14 this weekend.
- Parkdale Village Community Open House and Historical Walk – Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 12pm – 4pm. To learn more see: More Information
- West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club Centennial Celebration – Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 10am – 3pm. To learn more see: More Information
- Dog Education Day Baird Park – Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 10am – 3pm. To learn more see: More Information
- Junction Farmers Market Grand Opening (just outside ward 14) – Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 8:30am – 12:30pm. To learn more see: More Information
- Friends of High Park Zoo Garage Sale Fundraiser (also just outside ward 14) – To Learn more see: More Information
Council has unanimously called on Federal government not to strip health care from some refugee claimants, see: HL14.1 . Make sure to come out on Monday, June 18, 2012, for the National Day of Action and send a message to Parliament.
As a committee member of the Toronto Board of Health, I feel it is important to share some information and background regarding changes to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) which will have a substantial and negative impact on Toronto.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has funded the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) since 1957 to provide temporary health-care coverage to eligible protected persons, refugee claimants and rejected refugee claimants who do not qualify for provincial or territorial health insurance plans. Changes to the federal regulations governing the IFHP, which will take effect on June 30, 2012 will greatly reduce or eliminate health care coverage for refugees.
Central to the changes are the following measures:
1. Dental, vision and pharmacy care coverage will be eliminated for all refugees;
2. Protected persons and refugee claimants from non-Designated Countries of Origin will only be provided health coverage for urgent and essential health services, or for conditions deemed to pose a risk to public health or public safety;
3. Refugee claimants from Designated Countries of Origin and rejected refugee claimants will only be eligible for health coverage needed to prevent or treat a disease posing a risk to public health or a condition of public safety;
4. Applicants for Pre-Removal Risk Assessment who have not previously made a refugee claim will receive no medical benefits.
The Toronto Medical Officer of Health has recommended that the Toronto Board of Health call on the federal government to reinstate the IFHP to maintain interim support for refugee and refugee claimant health care needs.
This week at the Toronto Board of Health Committee we recommended that:
1. City Council urge the Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism to reinstate the Interim Federal Health Program so as to maintain interim support for refugee and refugee claimants health care needs.
2. City Council request the Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism consult with provinces, municipalities, public health units, and refugee networks and agencies across Canada on any future changes to the Interim Federal Health Program.
3. City Council direct that the report (May 17, 2012) fom the Medical Officer of Health be forwarded to the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and urge the Public Health Agency of Canada to take a leadership role in developing national and local strategies that maintain and improve refugee health.
4. City Council direct that the report (May 17, 2012) from the Medical Officer of Health be sent to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Ontario, all boards of health in Ontario, the Ontario Public Health Association, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Urban Public Health Network, the Directors of Education of the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire de districtcatholique Centre-Sud urging them to also advocate to the federal Minister of Health for reinstatement of the Interim Federal Health Program.
Please see the following invitation from Doctors for Refugee Care:
Invitation to participate in a National Day of Action for Refugee Health Care
Our campaign to challenge proposed changes to the Interim Federal Health (IFH) program and protect important health care services for refugees continues!
The Day of Action is scheduled for Monday, June 18th with events taking place in a number of cities throughout Canada. In fact, we are anticipating actions in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, and Montreal. The Toronto event will begin at 1pm in front of the regional office for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (which houses an IFH office) at 25 St. Clair Avenue East.
We have chosen this date as it is expected the week of the 18th will be the last week the House of Commons sits before rising for the summer break. The changes to the IFH program are set to take effect on June 30th. We are hopeful that a series of well attended events across the country will sharpen the political debate on Parliament Hill and spur the opposition parties to engage more specifically on this issue. With World Refugee Day following two days later, we expect public attention and momentum to build throughout the week…
This event will be open to all supporters of protecting health care for refugees.
-Doctors for Refugee Care”
- To see the Toronto Board of Health committee reccomendations and background documents please visit: Toronto BOH HL 14.1
- To learn more about Canadian Doctors For Refugee Care see: http://www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/
- Another organization, Canadian Doctors For Medicare also has important information and links regarding these cuts at: CDM – Refugee Health Care Cuts Hurt Us All
- If you would like to sign a petition to tell the Federal Government to stop the cuts for refugees in Canada see: Petition
- Finally, the Wellesly Institute has two recent articles on the cuts:
Save $75 on a Riversafe RainBarrel at Evergreen Garden Market
Evergreen Garden Market, Toronto’s social enterprise garden centre dedicated to sustainable gardening practices, is collaborating with RiverSides, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating RiverSafe communities, to offer you this great green deal on a RiverSafe RainBarrel.
The RiverSafe Rainbarrel system normally retails for $275. Evergreen Garden Market is retailing it to the public for $225. Live Green Toronto Membership Card holders get an additional $25 off the price and pay only $200. That’s a total saving of $75!
RiverSafe RainBarrels are custom designed for maximum durability and ease of use all year long. This tough recycled 500L barrel resists fading, warping and cracks. It holds over 2 times the capacity of most other rain barrels on the market. It is a safe, closed design with mosquito proof filters and a unique inflow, outflow, and diverter valve system.
Available in black, tan and green.
Evergreen Garden Market: Open Monday through Friday 10 to 6, Saturday 8 to 5, Sunday 10 to 5. Call ahead at 416-596-0404 to reserve your rain barrel today. Sale on while supplies last.
Located within the Don Valley at Evergreen Brick Works, Evergreen Garden Market is very aware of the effects storm water has on the urban watershed. The RiverSafe Rainbarrel system is a superior option for Toronto home-owners looking to disconnect their downspouts from the storm sewer system.
Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) has launched its tenant consultations for the development of the 2013-2015 strategic plan.
“From June 4 – 14, 2012, Toronto Community Housing will host ten tenant consultations across Toronto. These meetings are focused on tenant ideas, comments and input. The meetings build on issues raised in the recent TCHC Board Town Halls and the tenant satisfaction survey. As with every strategic planning process, our goal is to receive input and ideas about key actions we need to undertake in order to address the issues for social housing in Toronto during the next three years. This feedback will be used to develop the TCHC 2013-2015 Community Management Plan.
Below are the scheduled dates, times and locations for each tenant consultation.
Monday June 4th – 10am – 12pm
Location: 1775 Eglinton Avenue West
Monday June 4th- 6pm – 8pm
Location: 246 Sackville Street
Tuesday June 5th – 6pm – 8pm
Location: 65 Greencrest Circuit.
Wednesday June 6th – 6pm – 8pm
Location: 1386 Victoria Park Avenue
Thursday June 7th – 6pm – 8pm
Location: 5 Replin Road
Monday June 11th – 6pm – 8pm
Location: 2195 Jane Street
Tuesday June 12th – 10am to noon
Location: 145 Strathmore Blvd.
Tuesday June 12th –6pm – 8pm
Location: 121 Kendleton Drive
Wednesday June 13th – 6pm – 8pm
Location: 55 Rankin Crescent
Thursday June 14th – 6pm – 8pm
Location: 20 Gordonridge Place.
For more information on the consultations please see: TCHC Consultations
I encourage everyone in Ward 14 to help us defend Toronto’s urban forest and strengthen it for future generations.
LEAF’s EAB Ambassador Training Sessions
It is critical that we act now to inform our friends and neighbours about the anticipated effects of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Toronto. LEAF is working hard to spread the word but we can’t do it alone – we need volunteers to become EAB ambassadors! Help us spread the word about treatment options for ash trees not yet infested, replanting programs and more.
Attend one our EAB Ambassador training sessions
(free of charge and open to the public):
Saturday, June 16, 2012
10:00am to 2:00pm (bring your lunch)
Palmerston Library Theatre (downstairs), 560 Palmerston Ave, Toronto, M6G 2P7
Click Here to register for the June 16th session at Palmerston Library
Saturday, July 28, 2012
10:00am to 2:00pm (bring your lunch)
Scarborough Civic Centre (committee room 1), 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough, M1P 4N7
Click Here to register for the July 28th session at Scarborough Civic Centre
For more information, please visit http://www.yourleaf.org/become-eab-ambassador
Emerald Ash Borer
As many of you know, The City of Toronto’s Live Green program has awarded a grant to the Sorauren Park Town Square project through its 2012 Capital Projects Fund.
The non-profit, community-based Wabash Building Society (WBS), which advocates for the completion of Sorauren Avenue Park, filed the successful grant application. The Live Green Toronto grant will provide up to a maximum of $125,000 for the Town Square project, subject to the following conditions:
- $40,000 of the grant is contingent on the WBS achieving its community Purchase A Paver fundraising goal of $40,000; and
- $85,000 is contingent on the WBS securing matching funds from other funding organizations.
Thanks to strong community support, the Purchase A Paver campaign ( Donation Information Here ) is well on its way to reaching its $40,000 goal, with more than $22,500 raised to date, and pledges that will substantially increase that total. Every dollar counts!
The Sorauren Town Square project will turn vacant industrial land into an animated green space adjacent to Sorauren Avenue Park. The plan includes planting 31 new trees, adding new gardens and green spaces, and creating new community spaces for picnics, performances, the Sorauren Farmers Market and community gatherings.
Live Green Toronto is a component of the City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, an environmental framework aimed at reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The targets and recommendations were unanimously adopted by City Council in July 2007.
Live Green Toronto’s Capital Projects Fund provides partial funding to support community and neighbourhood inspired, on-the-ground, physical projects that will reduce greenhouse gas and smog causing emissions. The goal is to empower Torontonians to take action that cleans our air and reduces the emissions that contribute to climate change.
For more information on the Sorauren Park Town Square Project and the Wabash Building Society please see: http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/
For information on Live Green Toronto please see: http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen/index.htm
The City of Toronto will be holding 3 free session about dog education at Baird Park (Keele and Humberside) on June 2nd, 2012 from 10am – 3pm. Professional dog training expert Tony di Pallotta will be leading the sessions (sessions at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30).
T0 see a pdf copy of the flyer please click: Jun 02 2012 Dog Education
While it is located just outside of Ward 14, it is worth noting (and very exciting), that the Junction Farmers Market is set to start on June 2nd, 2012!
It will run through the summer and early fall in the the Green P Lot at Dundas St. and Pacific Ave. (Medland entrance) every Saturday morning, 8:30-12:30.
“Based on the area’s high demand for fresh local food, the number of new residents and families, and the overwhelming success of the Junction Farm Fest in the summer of 2011, a group of local residents have come together to organize the Junction Farmers Market.
As an incorporated non-profit organization, the Junction Farmers Market is completely independent and self-sustaining. Our goal is to provide a forum in the community for residents to come and foster relationships with the producers of their food.
All vendors at the market are local farmers or artisans who make products from locally-sourced ingredients. There are no re-sellers at the market – meaning, no produce or prepared foods sold at the market can originate from the Ontario Food Terminal or any other retail outlet.
The guiding principle of the Junction Farmers Market is to create a diverse and vibrant space where community members can gather to find healthy, local and ecologically sustainable food.
We love fresh food and we love knowing where it comes from. We hope you agree and we look forwarding to seeing you every Saturday morning until October 13th!”
For more information see: Junction Market
And if you need another fix of fresh local food on Mondays, make sure to swing by Sorauren Park for the West-End Food Coop Sorauren Farmers’ Market. Every Monday this summer from 3PM-7Pm make sure to swing by.
For more information see: West End Food Coop Farmers Market
Presented by the Canadian Dermatology Association, Toronto Public Health will be holding a free public skin cancer screening on June 4th, 2012, at Toronto City Hall, Committee Rm 2, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen St West.
“The Canadian Dermatology Association and Toronto dermatologists are offering free, private skin cancer screening to launch National Sun Awareness Week 2012. Those at high risk for skin cancer are encouraged to come for a skin check: personal or family history of skin cancer, fair skin and a tendency to burn, many freckles or many moles, unusual moles or have seen a change in a spot or mole, outdoor worker or had a lot of sun through outdoor recreation, or frequent indoor tanner.”
For more information see: Free Skin Cancer Screening