Roma Activist Wins Diamond Jubilee Medal

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

The incredibly hard working Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre (located in Ward 14 at Suite G20 – 2340 Dundas Street West), Ms. Gina Csanyi-Robah, is one of the winners of this year’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

To read a recent article about Ms. Csanyi-Robah please see: Roma activist wins Diamond Jubilee medal

 

The Roma Community Centre (RCC) which has operated since September 1997,

“is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping newly arrived and Canadian Roma. It is the only organization in Canada specifically for the Roma community. Large numbers of Roma refugees have sought asylum in Canada from Eastern European nations where they continue to face persecution and systemic discrimination. The RCC came into being to serve both the needs of this new, ethnospecific group of Czech-Roma refugees as well as Roma in general in the Greater Toronto Area. The RCC has now created a structure that assists Roma refugees from many countries to integrate more easily into Canadian society. We continue to work to raise awareness about the issues that lead the Roma to seek asylum in Canada and to change attitudes towards them through advocacy and educational programs.

The RCC operates in two main areas: social settlement and public education and awareness.  “The RCC’s social settlement program works in partnership with CultureLink in the Parkdale area of Toronto. This is where Roma can obtain information, advice and support related to the settlement process, as well as translation services. The RCC also operates a “Roma Youth Program” at CultureLink, designed to assist young Roma between the ages of 16 and 24 to meet, to socialise and to access educational and employment programs available to them as part of the refugee and immigrant community in Toronto. We also help Roma refugees and immigrants obtain lawyers under legal aid and assist them in the process of applying for refugee status. We liase with social agencies such as the Metro Shelters Committee (who house refugees when they arrive) and with agencies that work with refugees as they move through the system to become landed immigrants. We also serve as a source of information about Roma and provide speakers at seminars, workshops and meetings. At a practical level, we try to help Roma refugees with translation and interpreting. We help them finding housing and with the day-to-day problems that confront them. But without any funding in this area, we must rely on volunteers and social agencies which can only sometimes offer help.

Our “Public Education & Awareness Program” is part of our advocacy work. It is aimed both at the Roma themselves and at the Canadian public in general – to present an unbiased image of who the Roma are, their history and culture, their experiences living as a diaspora community and the issues and discrimination that they face in their home countries. Our goal is to destroy the negative stereotype of the “Gypsy” and to replace it with a genuine understanding of the Roma as a legitimate ethnic minority with their own origins, history, culture and language. The RCC has successfully created an educational program at the junior and high school levels and has extended this to the university level. We hold press conferences concerning Roma issues in Canada and abroad. During our first few years, we published a quarterly magazine, Romano Lil , aimed at both the Roma themselves and Canadians in general.”

 

For more information on the RCC or public education please visit: http://www.romatoronto.org/index.html


Maytree Event to Explain Recent Changes to Immigration and Refugee System

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

Maytree Event to Explain Recent Changes to Immigration and Refugee System

“Recent changes to the immigration and refugee program are fast, furious — and confusing. The federal government has made a number of policy announcements which are changing the way newcomers are selected and welcomed to the country.

What do the changes mean for newcomers to Canada? For people working in the settlement sector? What can we expect the impact to be on the economy and society more generally?

Join Naomi Alboim, Senior Fellow at Maytree and Professor at Queen’s University and Peter Showler the Director of the Refugee Forum for a discussion on recent changes to immigration and refugee policy. This event will be held at:

2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

June 20, 2012

Arts and Letters Club

14 Elm Street Toronto, ON
M5G 1G7

As tickets are limited for this event please RVSP at: Event Registration

To learn about the Maytree Foundation please see: Maytree About

 

 

Great Changes Coming To The Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) And The 'Open Up Parkdale' Campaign

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

Some big news has come out regarding great new changes coming to the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) and the beginning of the ‘Open Up Parkdale’ campaign.

 

From a great article about PARC in Inside Toronto:

 

An attractive handmade metal sign for the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) has been buried in the basement of the building for years, but now it is the showpiece of a plan to revitalize the entire building at 1499 Queen Street West.

Currently there are a series of banners on the large building, which could give the mistaken impression that PARC and its tenants are pop-up organizations or not permanent, said Lisa Dooher, the new director of Resource Development at PARC.

Thanks in part to an Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Capital Fund grant and an ambitious fundraising plan, not only will the sign get hung, but the entrance to the building will be opened up and the interior will be renovated to improve accessibility, safety and comfort for PARC, its members and the other tenants of the building.

“For me, I’m more excited about that sign than anything else,” Dooher said. “That banner outside says it is the 25th anniversary and we just celebrated our 32 anniversary.”

PARC has operated a drop-in centre on the first floor of 1499 Queen St. W. for more than 30 years. The second floor houses awkwardly configured offices for PARC staff and support organizations and affordable housing on the third floor. Also operating out of the building, providing a broad range of essential social services to adults, families and seniors are: Creating Together, St. Christopher’s House, Working for Change and Community Resources Connections of Toronto (CRCT).

PARC has operated a drop-in centre on the first floor of 1499 Queen St. W. for more than 30 years. The second floor houses awkwardly configured offices for PARC staff and support organizations and affordable housing on the third floor. Also operating out of the building, providing a broad range of essential social services to adults, families and seniors are: Creating Together, St. Christopher’s House, Working for Change and Community Resources Connections of Toronto (CRCT).

But according to Dooher, the real estate and square footage isn’t being optimized and the layout is confusing.

“The plan is to create a hub for everyone who comes in and uses the space,” Dooher said.

The renovation project is aimed at creating a barrier-free and safer community environment for the 100,000 visitors to the building every year.

“What we want to do is make better use of the shared space and take more advantage of the real estate,” Dooher said. “Everyone in the building is really like minded in what we do and we should be working together on offering those services.”

This renovation project got its start after Creating Together, a family resource centre on the first floor, applied for and was awarded a $226,000 grant from Trillium. As is sometimes the case with Trillium grants, PARC and their partner organizations need to raise enough money to match the grant. They must do this fundraising and complete the renovation by Dec. 31.

The fundraising effort has been titled ‘Open Up Parkdale’ and Dooher said PARC is branching out with its fundraising by approaching larger corporations for backing and collaborating with third-party organizations who will do fundraising events like concerts and galas with PARC as the benefactor.

Donations can also be made on the Canada Helps website.

This is just the first phase of what Dooher said she expects to be a three-phase renovation. Dooher said in the next few weeks the plans for the renovation and the phases will be complete.

“The first aspect of this is really all about accessibility,” she said. “And building on the awareness about what we do here.”

 

If you would like to donate to PARC please see: PARC How To Give

If you would like to find out more information or how to volunteer please see: PARC

 

Stay tuned for more information about the fundraising campaign…

Great Changes Coming To The Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) And The ‘Open Up Parkdale’ Campaign

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

Some big news has come out regarding great new changes coming to the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) and the beginning of the ‘Open Up Parkdale’ campaign.

 

From a great article about PARC in Inside Toronto:

 

An attractive handmade metal sign for the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) has been buried in the basement of the building for years, but now it is the showpiece of a plan to revitalize the entire building at 1499 Queen Street West.

Currently there are a series of banners on the large building, which could give the mistaken impression that PARC and its tenants are pop-up organizations or not permanent, said Lisa Dooher, the new director of Resource Development at PARC.

Thanks in part to an Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Capital Fund grant and an ambitious fundraising plan, not only will the sign get hung, but the entrance to the building will be opened up and the interior will be renovated to improve accessibility, safety and comfort for PARC, its members and the other tenants of the building.

“For me, I’m more excited about that sign than anything else,” Dooher said. “That banner outside says it is the 25th anniversary and we just celebrated our 32 anniversary.”

PARC has operated a drop-in centre on the first floor of 1499 Queen St. W. for more than 30 years. The second floor houses awkwardly configured offices for PARC staff and support organizations and affordable housing on the third floor. Also operating out of the building, providing a broad range of essential social services to adults, families and seniors are: Creating Together, St. Christopher’s House, Working for Change and Community Resources Connections of Toronto (CRCT).

PARC has operated a drop-in centre on the first floor of 1499 Queen St. W. for more than 30 years. The second floor houses awkwardly configured offices for PARC staff and support organizations and affordable housing on the third floor. Also operating out of the building, providing a broad range of essential social services to adults, families and seniors are: Creating Together, St. Christopher’s House, Working for Change and Community Resources Connections of Toronto (CRCT).

But according to Dooher, the real estate and square footage isn’t being optimized and the layout is confusing.

“The plan is to create a hub for everyone who comes in and uses the space,” Dooher said.

The renovation project is aimed at creating a barrier-free and safer community environment for the 100,000 visitors to the building every year.

“What we want to do is make better use of the shared space and take more advantage of the real estate,” Dooher said. “Everyone in the building is really like minded in what we do and we should be working together on offering those services.”

This renovation project got its start after Creating Together, a family resource centre on the first floor, applied for and was awarded a $226,000 grant from Trillium. As is sometimes the case with Trillium grants, PARC and their partner organizations need to raise enough money to match the grant. They must do this fundraising and complete the renovation by Dec. 31.

The fundraising effort has been titled ‘Open Up Parkdale’ and Dooher said PARC is branching out with its fundraising by approaching larger corporations for backing and collaborating with third-party organizations who will do fundraising events like concerts and galas with PARC as the benefactor.

Donations can also be made on the Canada Helps website.

This is just the first phase of what Dooher said she expects to be a three-phase renovation. Dooher said in the next few weeks the plans for the renovation and the phases will be complete.

“The first aspect of this is really all about accessibility,” she said. “And building on the awareness about what we do here.”

 

If you would like to donate to PARC please see: PARC How To Give

If you would like to find out more information or how to volunteer please see: PARC

 

Stay tuned for more information about the fundraising campaign…

Free Screenings By Local Filmmakers During Roncy Rocks! and Coming Up At The Revue Cinema

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

***Swing by the Revue Cinema on Saturday, June 15th, during Roncy Rocks! and see free screening of short films by local filmmakers as well as films featuring Roncesvalles Village.***

 

 

Looking to sit back, relax and watch a good movie?

 

Take a look at what is playing at the Revue Cinema in the coming weeks at: http://revuecinema.ca/movies/what%E2%80%99s-playing

 

The Revue Cinema is a incorporated non-profit cinema that has been located at 400 Roncesvalles since 1912.  While closed in 2006, with the help of The Revue Film Society, formed by residents and cinephiles upset that their much-loved cinema was closing, raised close to $130,000 to support a rescue effort.  Further, in 2006, at the urging of the Revue Film Society, the Toronto Preservation Board recognized the heritage value of elements of the Revue’s façade, recommending historic designation. The building is described as having classical Edwardian details, typical of  the World War 1 era.   With the hard work of volunteers and the support of the great Ward 14 community the Revue continues to offer unique programming in the heart of Roncesvalles.

 

If you are looking for more information on the Revue Cinema or Film Society, or would like to purchase a membership or donate, please see: Revue Cinema

 

 

 

Clean Air Commute 2012

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

“Celebrating its 20th year, Pollution Probe’s Clean Air Commute (CAC) is a week-long friendly competition (June 18-24) among workplaces that encourages workplace commuters to choose more sustainable modes of transportation – rather than driving to work alone. The goal is to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and in doing so, promote employee health and happiness. Last year approximately 19,000 employees from 189 workplaces participated, preventing the release of more than 480 tonnes of air pollutants over one week!”

As well, Clean Air Commute will be hosting a variety of clinics including: bicycling rules of the road, make the move: staying physically active at work, glide on a segway, tips for setting up a successful office carpool, managing stress related to driving and long commutes, biking in the city, eco driver, walking, bike repair/bike maintenance, car sharing, zumaround e-scooterbike, virtual training implementations: preparing for success, and how to change hearts, minds and actions.

 

For more information on Clean Air Commute or to sign up please see: CAC 2012


 

Roncy Rocks! This Weekend

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

Don’t forget Roncy Rocks! is this weekend. “Roncy Rocks! is a one-day celebration of the great music, art and culture of Roncesvalles Village. With music on four stages, a juried art show and sale, original films at the Revue Cinema and much much more, this will be a rockin’ good day of music and art on Roncesvalles!”

To find out more information on Roncy Rocks including the list of performers, artists and activities please see: http://roncyrocks.com/

 

Parkdale and High Park Public Library Upcoming Events

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

Parkdale Public Library Upcoming Events:

 

 

Summer Reading Club Launch:


“Beat the rush and come in to pick up your very own poster and activity booklet for 2012’s TD Summer Reading Club. Walk home with a balloon animal made just for you! Drop-in.”

Wed Jul 04, 2012

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

90 mins

Parkdale Auditorium

For more information please see: Summer Reading Club Launch

 

Jamaica 50 Literature Series: Fred Kennedy:

 

“As part of the Jamaica 50 literature series, this event will feature Jamaican-born educator Fred Kennedy, author of “Daddy Sharpe”. “Daddy Sharpe” is a narrative of the life and adventures of National Hero of Jamaica, Hon. Samuel Sharpe (1801-1832).

2012 marks 50 years of Jamaican independence. Toronto Public Library and Jamaica 50’s Art and Literature Committee celebrate with an exciting series of literary and cultural events. Wherever Jamaican writers make their home, they have contributed to world literature – Jamaican-origin writers in Canada are no exception. Join us as we showcase the creativity of Jamaican writers in this exciting series.”

Thu Jun 14, 2012

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

90 mins

Parkdale Auditorium

For more information Please See: Jamaica 50 Literature Series: Fred Kennedy

 

Batsheva Dance Company/Ohad Naharin Gaga Dance Movement Workshop:

“Come experience Gaga, a dynamic movement language used by Israel’s Batsheva dancers as the basis for their distinctive technique. Limited to: 60 library customers, aged 18 years of age or older. Registration begins May 1, 2012. Call: 416-393-7686 to register”

Sat Jun 16, 2012

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

60 mins

Parkdale

For more information please see: Batsheva Dance Company/Ohad Naharin Gaga Dance Movement Workshop

 

 

High Park Library Upcoming Events:

 

Aboriginal Artistic Expression:

“First Nations artisans have been crafting, sculpting, and painting since time immemorial. Come out and witness the creativity and imagination of an Indigenous artisan who will share their art and stories.”

Wed Jun 20, 2012

6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

75 mins

High Park Community Room

For more information see: Aboriginal Artistic Expression

 

Summer Reading Club Launch:

“Have fun at the opening day activities of the 2012 SRC. Available to all members of the Club.”

Tue Jul 10, 2012

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

75 mins

High Park Community Room

 

 

 

Toronto To Celebrate National Aboriginal Day

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

 

The 18th annual National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated across Canada on June 21. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events in Toronto from June 12 to 30.

 

 

Event: Arts and crafts fair
Date: Tuesday, June 12
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
Performance by Native Child and Family Services band Big Feather

Event: Art show
Dates: June 18 to 23
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Location: Rotunda, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
Sponsored by the Toronto District School Board Aboriginal Education Centre

Event: Sunrise ceremony and flag raising
Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Location: City Hall podium roof, 100 Queen St. W.

Event: First Nations dancing, drumming and sunset ceremony
Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 6 p.m. to sunset
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd.
More details: http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

Event: Na-Me-Res traditional powwow/community festival
Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: Wells Hill Park, 145 Hilton Ave.
More details: http://www.nameres.org

Event: Drumming/dancing interactive presentation by the Smoke Trail Singers
Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Waterside Theatre, Toronto Zoo
More details: http://www.torontozoo.com

Event: Native Canadian Centre of Toronto celebrates Aboriginal History Month
Date: Saturday, June 30
Time: Noon to 8 p.m. (Highlight: Digging Roots music performance at 7 p.m.)
Location: Yonge Dundas Square
More details: http://www.ncct.on.ca

 

 

City of Toronto Seeking Citizen Appointments to Toronto Transit Commission

Posted on June 12, 2012

 

“The City of Toronto is seeking four Toronto citizens to serve on the new board of directorsof the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
 
 
Four information sessions will be held across Toronto as follows:
 
• Monday, June 18 from 5to 7 p.m. at Toronto City Hall, Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.
• Monday, June 18 from 5 to 7p.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre, West Hallway, 399 The West Mall
• Tuesday, June 19 from5 to 7 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre, Rotunda, 150 Borough Dr.
• Tuesday, June 19from 5 to 7 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Centre Space, 5100 Yonge St.

 

Appointments to the TTC board will conform to the general eligibility requirements of the Public Appointments Policy; appointees will be interviewed by the Civic Appointments Committee and recommended for approval by City Council.

 

The four citizen appointees will serve on the board for the remainder of the current term of City Council, which ends on November 20, 2014 or until their successors are appointed. After that, future appointments will be for the full four-year term of Council. Citizens appointed to the TTC board should have directorship and executive-level experience and have experience with one or more large organizations.

 

Information about the appointments process, specific requirements and a copy of the application form are available on the City’s website at: http://www.toronto.ca/public-appointments/index.htm.

 

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, using one of thefollowing methods:• Email at: appoint@toronto.ca • Fax at: 416-392-2980• Mail or inperson at: City Clerk’s Office, Secretariat, 12th Floor, West Tower, Toronto City Hall, 100Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2

 
 



 
 

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