Canada Day Celebrations and Parkdale-High Park Family Picnic

Posted on June 21, 2012






Come celebrate our country and community at High Park on Canada Day!  Myself and Councillor Sarah Doucette have been asked by our local Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash to MC-ing the event. There will be activities for kids, and an opportunity to meet local community groups, neighbours and your local representatives.

When: July 1 2012, 11am-1pm

Where: High Park, Picnic area south west of Bloor and High Park entrance

*TTC: High Park Subway Station, use High Park exit*
Some of our fabulous community groups and organizations present include: The Clean Trains Coalition,  Frontier College, The Toronto Environmental Alliance,  Cycle Toronto, Parkdale Community Foodbank, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Green 13, West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club, Save The High Park Zoo, and more.  This is a great chance to find out more about these organizations who do so much to improve our community and find out how to volunteer and get involved.

As well, there will be musical performances and a cultural presentation by the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario.

Finally free food will be provided while supplies last so make sure to come out early!



If you havn’t had your fill of Canada Day yet after coming to High Park,  make sure to check out,

Canada Day at Fort York National Historic Site

A Celebrate Canada Event

Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Canada and commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at Fort York. Don’t miss the Fort York Guard’s demonstrations of period soldiering, musket firing, artillery and music. Tour the Soldiers’ Barracks, Officers’ Quarters and historic kitchen. While here, be sure to take part in the walking tour, Toronto’s Changing Lakefront, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy family fun brought to you by Bunch Family/Rec Room! Kids will sing and dance to music from 1812, take part in a storytelling scavenger hunt and write a letter to kids in 2212. For hands-on fun, Rani Sanderson will host a kite making workshop and kids can make a Canada Day button to take home. Admission is free.”



Now if you’re are still in the mood for more great Canada Day celebrations after coming by High Park and Fort York, make your way down to Mel Lastman Square.

“Toronto residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Canada’s 145th birthday at Mel Lastman Square on Sunday, July 1, at an evening of festivities presented by Timothy’s World Coffee.
Musical performances and a spectacular fireworks display will animate the Square from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Early arrivals can enjoy musical and dance performances celebrating Canada’s cultural diversity beginning at 5 p.m.
The featured musical performers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. Toronto-native rock soul singer Saidah Baba Talibah kicks off the evening with an electrifying performance.  The Slakadeliqs led by JUNO award-winning producer Slakah the Beatchild will showcase songs from their recent album The Other Side of Tomorrow, influenced by classic rock, reggae and pop and nominated for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize. The band will be joined by Justin Nozuka for this special high energy Canada Day performance.
The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music from Canadian artists. A detailed schedule for the Canada Day celebrations is available at”


Jamie Bell Playground Community Rebuild – July 7th 2012

Posted on June 21, 2012



July 7th is going to be a busy day! Make sure to swing by the Ward 14 Environment Day (Environment Day Details) and also go lend a hand at the community rebuild of the Jamie Bell Playground.  While just across the street in Ward 13, the playground has been an important spot for Ward 14 families (and families across the city for that matter) to take their children to play, discover and learn – so make sure you bring your work gloves to lend a hand.

Please see the following message from Councillor Doucette who has worked tirelessly to make sure solid planning and oversight has occurred so the playground gets rebuilt properly this year.

“As you know, a fire at the playground on March 17 destroyed a large portion of the structure.  Since then, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff have worked with the community, my office, and donors such as Canadian Tire, Lowe’s, TD Canada Trust, Mike Holmes’ Make it Right and Janet Rosenberg Landscape Architects to develop and design a new castle playground structure to replace the portion that was destroyed.  I am also very pleased to be working with our Community Volunteer Co-ordinator, Robin Sorys, in organizing your participation at the event.


The Community Build Day is Saturday, July 7 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.). We have divided the day into shifts:

Shift A               9 am – 11 am

Shift B               11 am – 1 pm – at 12 noon we will be unveiling the castle

Shift C               1 pm – 3 pm

Shift D               3 pm to 5 pm or when finished – the ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches will take place at 5 pm (Then back to work if construction is not finished!)


If you are able to join us at any of these times:

  • ·         Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 27 to by cutting and pasting this section into your email with your answers beside each question.
  • ·         Please tell us how many will be coming to volunteer: how many children (under 16) and how many adults
  • ·         Tell us which shift you would like to volunteer for A, B, C or D.
  • ·         Please also indicate if you have any skills that may help us place you at work areas.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy the day:

  • ·         If you wish to volunteer on the playground site you must wear closed toed shoes as no open-toed shoes will be allowed.
  • ·         There will be limited parking so we encourage everyone to walk, bike or take TTC.  If you do drive please enter off Parkside Drive.  Volunteers who have registered will be given priority for parking near the site.  Other parking can be found throughout the park and along Lake Shore Blvd W.
  • ·         The City’s H2O TO GO will be on site so bring your reusable water bottles, they’ll be easy to refill.
  • ·         There will also be children’s activities and a barbecue throughout the day.
  • ·         The City as well as the producers of Mike Holmes’ Make it Right have requested that clothing with logos not be worn that day.  We will be providing t-shirts – hopefully for everyone and that’s why we need to know who is attending.  They also suggest not wearing white that day.

Finally, please carefully review the attached documents which are the Personal Release for the TV production and the Volunteer Placement Agreement Release and Waiver. Print off and sign both for each person volunteering and bring the forms with you to be handed in at the registration table when you arrive. Please remember that registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Form 1: Volunteer Placement Agreement

Form 2: Personal Release Public Agreement

Thanks again for your generosity and community spirit!  We look forward to seeing you on July 7.”



Looking forward to seeing everyone out!



City of Toronto Archives – New Exhibit: Picturing Immigrants in the Ward

Posted on June 21, 2012



The City of Toronto Archives has a new free exhibit opening that will run from June 22 until May 2013.

Featuring historical photographs of the Ward, this new exhibition looks at how photography shaped ideas about Central and Eastern European immigrants in early 20th-century Toronto.

By juxtaposing the historical photographs with new work by contemporary photographer Susan Dobson, the exhibition also reflects on how the Ward district has changed over the course of a century.

For more information on the exhibit please see:




LEAF: Residential Tree Benefit Estimator and How To Help Your Trees In The Heat

Posted on June 21, 2012




LEAF  (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of the urban forest) has a great tool for you to estimate your energy savings and other environmental benefits provided by your existing trees.  The ‘Residential Tree Benefits Estimator’ can also help you decide where to plant new trees around your home/yard.

To estimate the benefits of your trees please see:


AS well, LEAF has put out a media release about the current heat wave putting Toronto trees at risk.

This week’s extreme heat is putting urban trees under stress and at risk due to drought, says urban forest advocates at LEAF (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests).  They are calling on residents to help the trees that shade their homes and neighbourhoods by giving them a much needed drink of water!

‘Urban trees offer great benefits during the hot summer months, reducing the need for air conditioning and lessening the strain on our electric grid.  Unfortunately, due to increased levels of stress, they are much more vulnerable than they appear,’ says Janet McKay, Executive Director, LEAF. “Often by the time the effects of drought become noticeable, it’s too late…


To read the rest of the release and find out ways to protect your trees from the heat please see: LEAF – Heat Wave Media Release





West Bend Community Association – Railside Gardens Clean-Up

Posted on June 21, 2012



Come out and join the West Bend Community Association (WBCA) on Sunday June 24th, 2012 at 10:00AM to, “rake leaves, deadhead last year’s blooms, clean up litter, weed and prune along the length of the Railside gardens on Dundas St West between Glenlake and Humberside Avenues.” The WBCA will meet at at Dundas and Jerome St.  Make sure to bring work gloves, fan rakes, brooms, pruning shears, spades and something to quench your thirst.  All community members are welcome to come out and lend a hand

For more information on the WBCA please see:



City of Toronto Road Restrictions Map and Festival/Event Calendar

Posted on June 21, 2012



The City has developed a website to help you find the best routes around the city and avoid disruptions. Use the new Road Restrictions map (Beta) to find out about road construction projects and road closures in Toronto.  Please see: Road Restrictions Map

If you’re planning on getting around the city (especially on weekends) use the Festivals and Events Calendar to see various special events planned for this summer.



City of Toronto ChemTrac

Posted on June 21, 2012



ChemTRAC is a Toronto Public Health program that collects data each year from local businesses and institutions on 25 Priority Substances that are commonly used or released, and exist in our environment at levels of concern for health. Evidence links these substances to short-term health effects like respiratory problems, and longer term impacts such as cancer.

The health of the public can be affected by environmental factors including chemicals that pollute the air, water and land. Exposure to chemicals can occur in homes, workplaces and outside.

Smog-forming pollutants and other chemical substances come from different sources. Some come from sources outside the city, others from inside the city itself. Making electricity, heating buildings, driving cars and commercial and industrial activities are all contributors to pollution. Air quality mostly depends on what sources exist in neighbourhoods and how weather patterns carry pollutants in the air.

The program requires local facilities to annually track and report on the use and release of priority substances as per the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure (PDF) (Municipal Code Chapter 423).

ChemTRAC also supports local facilities with green business practice strategies and provides the public with information on the key chemicals in their community.



Using the searchable map, enter an address or postal code and the map will automatically re-centre on the neighbourhood. The blue icons represent facilities that have reported to ChemTRAC in the most recent year.  To see the map and disclosure reports of facilities reporting use and release of priority substances please visitChemTrac Neighbourhood Disclosure Map


To learn more about the program and for contact information please visit: Chemtrac FAQ and Contact Info


Information for businesses are available in the following languages: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu at: ChemTrac Information For Businesses



June 2012