Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Events In Ward 14

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

Parkdale Public Library Upcoming Events

(1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6 416-393-7686)

 

English Can Be Fun:

Thu Jul 12, Fri Jul 13, Wed Jul 18, Thu Jul 19, Fri Jul 20, Wed Jul 25, Thu Jul 26, Fri Jul 27, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Parkdale Program Room

Free Summer ESL program for children

Help your child get ready for school this fall:
* A free four-week program
* For newcomer children aged 7 to 10
* Taught by professional, qualified ESL teachers
* Learn to use the library

 

Peer Tutoring Club:

Every Friday, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Parkdale Reading Roomb, 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 Library:

Every Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

Parkdale Library will be holding Movie Nights! Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen. For more information, call 416-393-7686.

 

Summer Sing-Along Concert!:

Wed July 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

Named “Toronto’s #1 children’s entertainer” by City Parent Magazine, Rob Joy will be bringing his Summer Sing-Along Concert to Parkdale Library! Drop-in. For groups of 10 or more, please pre-register by phoning the Children’s Department at 416-393-7686.

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing and Face Painting:

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

Join us outside for sidewalk chalk drawing and face painting! For groups of 10 or more please phone the Children’s department at 416-393-7686.

 

For more information on the Parkdale Library please see: Parkdale Library

 

 

 

High Park Library
(228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2L7  416-393-7671)

 

Summer Reading Club:

Tue Jul 17,  Tue, Jul 24, and Tue, Jul 31, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. High Park Community Room

Imagination is the name of the game. Open to members of the Summer Reading Club

 

Stories In The Park:

Thu Jul 12, Thu Jul 19, and Thu Jul 26, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Meet at the High Park Community Room

Join us for 45 minutes of stories, music, finger plays and other interactive fun. Bring your own blanket. If it rains the program will not be offered.

 

Saturday Writers:

Every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. High Park Community Room

Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, Poetry, essays welcome.

 

For more information on the High Park Library please see: High Park Library

 

 

 

MAD Pride: The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party

Come out this Saturday, July 14, 2012, for The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party. Join myself, MPP Cheri DiNovo, and MP Peggy Nash along with great members of the Parkdale-High Park community!

2:30pm to 3:30pm: Parade
3:30pm to 5pm: Party

Start: CAMH 1001 Queen Street W.
Meet outside at the corner of Queen/Shaw.
End: PARC 1499 Queen Street W.

This parade from 1001 Queen Street W. (CAMH) to 1499 Queen Street W. (PARC) signifies our escape from asylums back into the community. Join us for some speeches, drumming, and a march/roll down the sidewalks of Queen Street W. Bring your costumes, pajamas, hats, mad gear, placards, signs, banners, instruments, children, family, friends – and yourself! There will be food and fun when we arrive at our final destination.
For information on MADPride week events please see:

http://www.madprideto.com/events.html

 

What is Mad Pride:

Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, folks the world has labelled “mentally ill” and those in solidarity with us.

Mad Pride is about:

  • remembering and participating in mad history
  • challenging discrimination
  • advocating for rights
  • affirming mad identities
  • developing and empowering mad communities
  • having fun!

Our lives and contributions are valuable and need celebration!

All events are FREE.

 

MAD? What’s In A Word?

Similar to how LGBTQ communities are reclaiming the word “queer” Mad Pride activists seek to reclaim language that has been used against us such as “mad”, “nutter”, “crazy”, “lunatic”, “maniac”, and “psycho”.

Reclaiming language is political and challenges discrimination. Mad Pride participants use and refuse a variety of labels. We choose “mad”as an umbrella term.

For more information:

Reid, J. (2009). Student placement – learning at the Empowerment Council. Empowerment Report: The Newsletter of the Empowerment Council, 1(2), pp. 4.

 

Pride Really?

There have been multiple approaches to challenging discrimination against people with disabilities/disabled people including Pride. These started gaining ground in North America during the 1970s thanks to groups in the disability rights movement and other social movements.

The Mad Pride approach:

  • celebrates mad identities, communities, and cultures including our individual and collective strengths
  • confronts the shame we are made to feel about our psychiatric histories and experiences of madness
  • resists the oppression we encounter within aspects of psychiatric/mental health systems and society
  • reminds us and others that as mad people we have rights to be ourselves – just like everyone else

 

To learn more about MAD Pride please see their website at: http://www.madprideto.com/index.html

 

 

Parkdale Summer Splash Bazaar

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

Summer Splash Bazaar

Join us for a celebration of Summer 2012 with a Kids Art Zone, face painting, along with 25+ of local artisan and vintage vendors.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

11:00am to 5:00pm

Queen St. West and Cowan Ave

 

 

The Spirit of the Parkdale Bazaar is a great example of the prominent fringe culture in Parkdale, and local interest in recycled, repurposed and home-grown living.

 

Parkdale Community Development Group (PCDG) works with other community groups and develops and delivers projects that aim to improve the health of the Parkdale community, and to nourish the cultural and artistic landscape that it’s known for.

 

To learn more about this great event and the amazing organization behind it please see: Parkdale Community Development Group – Parkdale Bazaar

 

Public Information Meetings: Review of Toronto Water's Capital Program and Funding Sources – New Session Added

Posted on July 11, 2012

UPDATE:

Two new sessions have been added in August:

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber150

Borough Dr.(North-west corner of McCowan Rd. and Ellesmere Rd.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber5100

Yonge St. (Yonge St. five blocks north of Sheppard Ave.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To see a .pdf copy of the presentation beforehand visit: A Discussion of Challenges: Water Rate Pricing Structures and Capital Funding Deficiencies


To learn more about Toronto Water rates visit:  www.toronto.ca/finance/waterrates.htm

 

 

In 2006, City Council adopted a long-term infrastructure renewal plan for Toronto Water concurrently with a funding strategy of increasing water rates 9% per year over nine years, ending in 2014. In 2008, City Council also revised the previous seven-block volume based water rate structure by adopting a single rate for all users.

Since adopting the infrastructure renewal plan, it has been revised periodically due to changing factors affecting the total revenue collected for Toronto Water and emerging priorities in capital spending.

At its meeting in November 2011, City Council directed staff to consult with the City’s major stakeholders on funding options to address the deficiency of the long-term infrastructure renewal plan.

The City is now reviewing Toronto Water’s Capital Program and funding sources and is interested in engaging stakeholders and the public to identify issues and develop alternatives to the current funding strategy.

Residents and businesses are invited to attend one of the following public meetings:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
East York Civic Centre, Committee Room A
850 Coxwell Avenue (North-West corner of Coxwell Avenue and Mortimer Avenue)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Etobicoke Civic Centre, Meeting Room 1
399 The West Mall (South-East corner of Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A report on the feedback from the stakeholders’ consultation will be presented to the Executive Committee in September 2012.

 

More information is available on www.toronto.ca/finance/waterrates.htm

 

 

Public Information Meetings: Review of Toronto Water’s Capital Program and Funding Sources – New Session Added

Posted on July 11, 2012

UPDATE:

Two new sessions have been added in August:

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber150

Borough Dr.(North-west corner of McCowan Rd. and Ellesmere Rd.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber5100

Yonge St. (Yonge St. five blocks north of Sheppard Ave.

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To see a .pdf copy of the presentation beforehand visit: A Discussion of Challenges: Water Rate Pricing Structures and Capital Funding Deficiencies


To learn more about Toronto Water rates visit:  www.toronto.ca/finance/waterrates.htm

 

 

In 2006, City Council adopted a long-term infrastructure renewal plan for Toronto Water concurrently with a funding strategy of increasing water rates 9% per year over nine years, ending in 2014. In 2008, City Council also revised the previous seven-block volume based water rate structure by adopting a single rate for all users.

Since adopting the infrastructure renewal plan, it has been revised periodically due to changing factors affecting the total revenue collected for Toronto Water and emerging priorities in capital spending.

At its meeting in November 2011, City Council directed staff to consult with the City’s major stakeholders on funding options to address the deficiency of the long-term infrastructure renewal plan.

The City is now reviewing Toronto Water’s Capital Program and funding sources and is interested in engaging stakeholders and the public to identify issues and develop alternatives to the current funding strategy.

Residents and businesses are invited to attend one of the following public meetings:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
East York Civic Centre, Committee Room A
850 Coxwell Avenue (North-West corner of Coxwell Avenue and Mortimer Avenue)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Etobicoke Civic Centre, Meeting Room 1
399 The West Mall (South-East corner of Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A report on the feedback from the stakeholders’ consultation will be presented to the Executive Committee in September 2012.

 

More information is available on www.toronto.ca/finance/waterrates.htm

 

 

Toronto Public Health: Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus In Toronto

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

Toronto Public Health (TPH) received a laboratory report today indicating that mosquitoes in Toronto have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first WNV positive result for Toronto this year.

“This finding of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus is earlier in the season than previous years. It is a good reminder for the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites, and to reduce mosquito breeding grounds by draining standing water around your home,”said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health. TPH has 43 mosquito traps throughout the city and sends mosquitoes for laboratory testing every week.

Larvicides are placed in roadside catch basins throughout the city to reduce the mosquito population.

The West Nile Virus was first discovered in Toronto in 2001, and in 2002 there were 163 known cases and 11 deaths. There have been no deaths in Toronto from WNV since 2005. In 2011, TPH reported 76 positive mosquito batches and 28 human cases of illness reported due to the virus. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reported 71 human cases in Ontario in 2011.

Although the risk of becoming infected is low, protection against mosquito bites can lower this risk further. The following measures are recommended:

● Use mosquito repellent approved by Health Canada.

● Wear light-coloured clothing and cover up when in areas where mosquitoes are present.

● Take extra precautions, especially in early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active.

● Remove standing water around your home and property.

 

For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/health/westnile or call 416-338-7600.

 

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Opens Its New Patient Care Wing

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

 

 

On July 15, St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s new Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) Patient Care Wing will be opened officially for patient care!!!

 

This brand new, spacious, four-storey building offers 130,000 square feet of brand new care space for our patients and their families. This is the first new building for St. Joe’s in over 30 years and marks a major milestone for our community.

 

The new wing will be home to our state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, expanded Family Birthing Centre (to accommodate up to 4,000 births a year – 1,000 more than we can now) and a new Paediatrics Unit to care for kids of all ages. Also housed in the new wing is our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and three new adult inpatient areas with a total of 92 beds.

 

The completion of the new patient care wing builds on St. Joe’s commitment to enhance the health of communities we serve. With a state-of-the-art facility and the dedication of our staff, physicians and volunteers, we can continue in our tradition of delivering compassionate, patient and family-centred care – for the communities we care for today and for generations of families to come.

 

For the latest information on the new wing and the services that have moved, please visit www.stjoe.on.ca.

 

 

Weekend Events With Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

Weekend Events With Road Closures In Toronto

 

“Two special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.  Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.  In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

 

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets/.

 

In addition, the City recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The new site can be accessed by clicking on http://www.toronto.ca/inview.

 

Bloor West Village BIA Festival- Saturday closures: A series of road closures involving local roads running off Bloor Street will take place to accommodate this event on Saturday, July 14 from 7 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The closures will affect Windermere Avenue, Armadale Avenue, Beresford Avenue, Kennedy Avenue and Glendonwynne Road.

 

Church Street Village Fair – Sunday closure: Church Street from Alexander Street to the south side of Wellesley Street East will be closed in both directions from Sunday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. to Monday, July 16 at 12:30 a.m. to accommodate the Church Street Village Fair. Wellesley Street will be open during the event.

 

7th Annual Live Green Toronto Festival

Posted on July 11, 2012

Reminder: Toronto’s largest celebration of all things green will bring hundreds of green products and services, live music, local foods, buskers and more to the streets at Yonge-Dundas Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get your green on at the Live Green Toronto Festival!

“What do you get when you mix hundreds of green products and services with live music and great local foods – and invite everyone in Toronto?  The Live Green Toronto Festival!

The 7th annual celebration of all things green – the Live Green Toronto Festival – will take place on Saturday, July 21 (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) at Yonge-Dundas Square.  Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Toronto’s largest outdoor green festival brings hundreds of green products and services, live music, local foods, and more to the streets of Toronto every year!  Stroll through the exhibits, sample locally grown foods, check out the Kids’ Zone, and catch some of Canada’s hottest musical acts on the Main Stage.

A detailed flyer and more information is available on the City’s website at www.livegreentoronto.ca.

 

 

 

Repairs To Unit Pavers On Roncesvalles Ave.

Posted on July 11, 2012

 

Please see the following notice from City of Toronto Technical Services regarding repairs to pavers on Roncesvalles Ave.  To view a pdf. version of the notice please see:

Public Notice – Unit Paver Repair

 

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