Clean Train Coalition General Meeting: July 18th, 2012

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

 

Get your datebook!  July 18th is the next Clean Train General Meeting

 

“The Clean Train Coalition is holding a general meeting on Wednesday July 18th at Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road just west of Symington. The meeting will take place in the main hall/sanctuary, starting at 7pm sharp.

 

Our discussion will include setting up a formal Board of Directors for CTC, planning ways  to reach Premier McGuinty on rail service electrification,  building  support for the Clean Train movement in communities along the line, and getting the resources we need for taking action.

 

With the recent World Health Organization announcement that reclassifies diesel exhaust as a carcinogen, it is even more urgent that Metrolinx’s plans get changed and  the Air Rail Link be built as electric from the start of service.

 

This needs your help to make it happen, and we need communities along the corridor to work together.

 

Join us!  Be part of the solution! Clean Trains are possible!

Where: Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road

When: Wednesday July 18th, 7pm

 

About the Clean Train Coalition

 

The Clean Train Coalition is a voluntary organization of concerned citizens and people who live and work in communities located along the Georgetown South rail corridor running northwest from Toronto’s downtown. It was formed in April 2009 in response to plans by Metrolinx for the Georgetown South Service Expansion and the Air rail Link between Union Station and Pearson Airport.

 

We believe that public health, the urban environment and vibrant neighbourhoods all depend on smart investment in public transit infrastructure.”

 

 

For more information about the Clean Train Coalition and the health impacts of diesel trains please see: http://www.cleantrain.ca/

 

Ward 14 Weekend Events Reminder

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

It going to be another hot weekend in Toronto, before you plan to go out please take a look at some tips to how to beat the heat in Ward 14

 

Weekend Events:


Saturday, July 14, 2012:

  • The Great Escape Bed Push Parade and Party, to learn more see: More Information

 

Saturday, July 14, 2012:

  • Health and Wellness Expo at Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, to learn more see: More Information

 

Saturday, July 14, 2012:

 

Sunday, July 15, 2012:

  • Colborne Lodge – Garden Voices of Ontario Historic Gardens “Posies, Picnics, and Papillons”, to learn more see: More Information

 

 

 

Reminder: Extreme Heat Alert

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

Dr. Barbara Yeffe, Toronto’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, has upgraded the Heat Alert to an Extreme Heat Alert for today, July 13th, 2012.

 

City cooling centres will be open and more information can be found at Toronto Heat Alert News Release July 13, 2012

 

As well, take a look at a previous Park Post entry with links to interactive maps for Ward 14 pools and splash pads and other important information to beat the heat at: Ward 14 Heat Alert Tips

 

 

If you are planning on being outside this weekend bring plenty of water, sun protections, and check up on your friends and neighbours…

West End Food Co-Op: Door Will Open Event and More…

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

The West End Food Co-op is inviting everyone to join in a celebration of community and get a sneak peek of the Food Hub’s eco-friendly renovations!

“West End Food Co-op will be hosting Doors Open WEFC as an Open House to show our community what we’re so excited about – our soon-to-be-open Local-Food Grocery Store and Community Kitchen in the ground level of the Parkdale Community Health Centre.

If you love the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, you’ll also love getting to shop every day and get local foods right in your neighbourhood! Come take a look at what we’ve been working so hard to get off the ground, and learn about how you can make the difference in making it happen.

Join us from 12-4pm for some light snacks from The Co-op Kitchen, check out the Food Hub, and help support us in our endeavours to open our doors this September. We will have a Bonds Info Table with everything you’ll need to solidify your support with a bond purchase!

We’ve raised $45,000 in just 3 months from bond purchases alone, and only have $20,000 more to go until we can bring fresh, healthy, local food to Parkdale. This is a chance to see for yourself exactly what you will be investing in – a place to feel empowered about your food choices.

Hope to see you there!”

 

 

If you would like to purchase a bond or find out other ways you can contribute to getting the Food Hub open please see: http://westendfood.coop/contribute

 

 

July 18th Raspberry Jam Workshop

 

“Learn to make Raspberry Jam with expert canners James and Heather!

James Partanen and Heather Kilner, both expert canners with many years of experience, will be leading you through a delicious recipe and an in-depth discussion about canning and preserving. This will be a great way to learn new skills or brush up on old ones.

We will be canning delicious Raspberry Jam using raspberries  from one of our local farmers.

You will learn about the theory and practice of preserving, gain hands-on experience using a hot water bath canner, and leave with some jars of delicious preserves.

The workshop will be held in the training kitchen at FoodShare, 90 Croatia Street (steps south of Bloor Street on Brock Avenue.)  Enter off of Brock Avenue, head downstairs and turn right.

The workshop will run from 6:00-9:00 with  registration starting at 5:45. The total cost for the workshop is $45 for West End Food Co-op members or $50 for non-members (which includes the cost of a lifetime membership). Payment can be made in person at the workshop.

If you register and find yourself unable to attend for any reason please let us know as soon as possible. Please be aware that we are a small organization running workshops on a cost-recovery basis and purchasing ingredients in advance from local farmers. Cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged a $25 cancellation fee to cover ingredient, material, and labour costs. If you have any questions about the workshop please don’t hesitate to contact james (at) westendfood.coop.

To register please see: http://westendfood.coop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=170

 

 

Parkdale Food Network, PARC, and Maytree Foundation: Civic Engagement and Food Security Workshop

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

The Parkdale Food Network, in association with PARC and Building Blocks is holding a meeting on Civic Engagement and Food Security funded by Maytree Foundation. The meeting will take place Monday July 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM-3:30 PM and is open to PARC members.

 

To learn more about PARC please see: http://parc.on.ca/ and the Maytree Foundation at: http://maytree.com/

 

 

High Park's Jamie Bell Adventure Playground To Reopen To Public Today

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

Once again, thanks to Councillor Sarah Doucette and all the community volunteers and sponsors who have worked tirelessly to get out of Parkdale-High Parks rebuilt!

 

 

“One of Toronto’s most well-known playgrounds – Jamie Bell Adventure Playground – will officially reopen with a ribbon-cutting event at 2 p.m. today.

Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) will be joined by Mike Holmes, community supporters and sponsor representatives to officially reopen the playground.

‘The inspiration for this playground originally came from the community who designed and built it, and now that inspiration has become so much more,” said Councillor Doucette. “This rebuild is an amazing example of how the public and private sectors can collaborate with the community to create something of value and wonder for everyone in this city.’

Efforts to rebuild this local treasure began immediately after the fire, when the community and corporate sponsors responded with concern and offers of help to Councillor Doucette and City staff. The playground’s redesign and construction was then led by Holmes and landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. Volunteers of all ages mulched, painted and provided artistic elements for the playground during a community build day attended by more than 800 people on July 7. The entire rebuild project was filmed for a fall 2012 episode of “Holmes Makes it Right” on HGTV Canada.

Launched in 1998, the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground (located at 1873 Bloor St. W. in High Park) is a family meeting place that was inspired and built by the imagination and creativity of the local community and its children. A fire at the playground on March 17 destroyed a large portion of the popular structure.”

 

*Image Sources: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photopia/sets/72157630471765594/

 

 

 

High Park’s Jamie Bell Adventure Playground To Reopen To Public Today

Posted on July 13, 2012

 

 

Once again, thanks to Councillor Sarah Doucette and all the community volunteers and sponsors who have worked tirelessly to get out of Parkdale-High Parks rebuilt!

 

 

“One of Toronto’s most well-known playgrounds – Jamie Bell Adventure Playground – will officially reopen with a ribbon-cutting event at 2 p.m. today.

Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) will be joined by Mike Holmes, community supporters and sponsor representatives to officially reopen the playground.

‘The inspiration for this playground originally came from the community who designed and built it, and now that inspiration has become so much more,” said Councillor Doucette. “This rebuild is an amazing example of how the public and private sectors can collaborate with the community to create something of value and wonder for everyone in this city.’

Efforts to rebuild this local treasure began immediately after the fire, when the community and corporate sponsors responded with concern and offers of help to Councillor Doucette and City staff. The playground’s redesign and construction was then led by Holmes and landscape architect Janet Rosenberg. Volunteers of all ages mulched, painted and provided artistic elements for the playground during a community build day attended by more than 800 people on July 7. The entire rebuild project was filmed for a fall 2012 episode of “Holmes Makes it Right” on HGTV Canada.

Launched in 1998, the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground (located at 1873 Bloor St. W. in High Park) is a family meeting place that was inspired and built by the imagination and creativity of the local community and its children. A fire at the playground on March 17 destroyed a large portion of the popular structure.”

 

*Image Sources: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photopia/sets/72157630471765594/

 

 

 

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