383 Sorauren Ave – Pre-Application Community Consultation Meeting

Posted on August 28, 2012


On Monday, September 10th, 2012 there will be a pre-application community meeting taking place at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church.  The meeting will run from 7:00PM – 9:00 PM.


I have asked the developers to provide a presentation, to answer questions about their development plans, and talk with the community about suggestions or concerns they may have.


Make sure to attend and find out more information.  This meeting is a great opportunity to contribute ideas, express concerns and have questions answered by the developers and City planning staff.


To see a .pdf of the event flyer clcik: 383 Sorauren Community Meeting Notice


Roncesvalles Polish Festival: Volunteers Still Needed and Road Closure Notices

Posted on August 28, 2012

The Roncesvalles Polish Festival is almost here!

 “Every year the Roncesvalles Polish Festival needs a great number of volunteers to keep it running smoothly. It’s easy and fun! We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for September 2012.”

For more information on how to help out and volunteer at this great event see:  http://polishfestival.ca/volunteer

If you would like to learn about road closures and changes for this weekend in the surrounding streets please see:  polishfestival.2012.roadclosure




Finalists Announced for 2012 Toronto Book Awards

Posted on August 28, 2012






The finalists have been announced for 2012 Toronto Book Awards, and our Ward 14 -Jane’s Walk Roncesvalles – walk leader Andrew J. Borkowski has made the shortlist!


“The City of Toronto, together with the Toronto Public Library, today named the five finalists for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.

The finalists are:
• Dave Bidini for his biography, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972, published by McClelland & Stewart
• Andrew J. Borkowski for his collection of short stories, Copernicus Avenue, published by Cormorant Books Inc.
• Farzana Doctor for her novel, Six Metres of Pavement, published by Dundurn Press
• Michele Landsberg for her collection of columns, Writing the Revolution, published by Second Story Press
• Suzanne Robertson, for her collection of poetry, Paramita, Little Black, published by Guernica Editions

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money.

“I want to congratulate this year’s Toronto Book Awards finalists” said Mayor Rob Ford. “These wonderful books truly reflect the diverse and unique aspects of our great city.”

“The Toronto Book Awards shortlist is always such an interesting snapshot of our city,”said City Librarian Jane Pyper. “And this year’s mix of genres – poetry, essays, biography, short stories and a novel – also shows what a range of fine writers Toronto boasts. Congratulations to all the finalists.”

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library are inviting Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto”with many opportunities for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books.

The shortlisted authors will read from their books at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair. The event takes place on Sunday, September 23 in the City of Toronto tent at Queen’s Park North. This year, five authors from Diaspora Dialogues will join the program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto’s diverse artistic and literary culture.

The shortlisted authors will also do a reading at the Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville Branch at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3. The winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 11 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Members of the public are encouraged to come out and enjoy at the evening awards celebration, hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway.

The 2012 Toronto Book Awards Committee is made up of volunteer members Michael Booth, Julia Chan, Tina Edan, Diane Spivak, and Kristine Thornley. For more information about the awards, reading events and what the jury members said about the shortlisted books, visit http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards.

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 33 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. For all the latest buzz about the library follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.”


Toronto EMS Wellness Clinic at CNE

Posted on August 28, 2012



“EMS units to host community wellness clinic at the CNE on Thursday

Thursday, August 30 is EMS Day at the Canadian National Exhibition. Paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers from Toronto, York, Rama, Durham and Halton Emergency Medical Services, along with Simcoe and Peel Paramedic Services, will host a community wellness clinic on the CNE grounds (at the west corner of the Food Building) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Paramedics will provide blood pressure checks and demonstrate first aid – including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automatic external defibrillator. Emergency medical vehicles will be on display and available for tours.

A parade marking EMS Day at the CNE will start at the Princes’ Gates at 6 p.m., ending at the Ricoh Coliseum.

For all 18 days of the fair, Toronto EMS paramedics are on site providing emergency medical care to visitors.

First-aid clinics are located at the Better Living Centre (northwest corner) and Salon 105, Hall A of the Direct Energy Centre.

At EMS Station 35, located on the CNE grounds at 265 Manitoba Dr., Toronto EMS paramedics and the Downsview Medical Venturers are available daily to speak with visitors and hand out stickers and “tattoos” to children.”

City of Toronto – Fall/Winter 2012/13 – Toronto Fun Parks and Recreation Guide

Posted on August 28, 2012



Registration for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 programs begins at 7:00am on the following dates:

  • Etobicoke York District – Saturday, September 8
  • Scarborough District – Sunday, September 9
  • North York District – Tuesday, September 11
  • Toronto & East York District – Wednesday, September 12
To learn more about the great programs please see:

The Toronto Youth Cabinet: New Member Recruiting Meeting (Open Public Invitation)

Posted on August 24, 2012




What is the Toronto Youth Cabinet?

The Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) is the official advisory body to Toronto City Council for youth. We are a youth-driven advocacy organization which strives to improve the quality of life for Toronto’s 400,000 young people. Working together with City Councilors and through fostering partnerships among youth organizations, the Cabinet is dedicated to providing the youth of Toronto with a forum in which they are able to build an equitable, accessible City.

Who Can Join?

The TYC is open to ALL youth between the AGES OF13-24 who currently live, work, play, or learn in the City of Toronto. New members are always welcome and membership is FREE!!

Toronto City Hall: Committee Room # 4
100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

*Food & Tokens will be Provided*

Making Space for Culture: Public Consultations Fall 2012

Posted on August 24, 2012


In the 2011 report, Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto, the City of Toronto identified its role in supplying “affordable, sustainable cultural space”for use by cultural industries, not-for-profit organizations and community groups.

The past decade has seen major public and private investment in larger anchor cultural facilities (Four Seasons Centre, ROM, AGO, National Ballet School, TIFF Bell Lightbox, etc.), but the upgrade and/or development of facilities for small and mid-size organizations and community cultural groups is a critical next step to ensure a vibrant cultural community. In particular, there is a need to develop and enhance cultural spaces in neighborhoods throughout the City to ensure that all Torontonians have access to spaces to learn, play, practice, and engage with arts and culture of all forms.

To secure space for the arts from the ground up, the cultural community must be proactive, identifying potential partners in health, social services or sports when they are in the planning stages of projects such as community hubs and recreation centres.

To help guide future potential investment when opportunities arise, Toronto’s Cultural Services has embarked on a ward-by-ward consultation and planning process to determine local priorities. Lord Cultural Resources and Robert Millward (R.E. Millward & Associates) have been engaged to work with the City to undertake this project. Steering committee members include Susan Wright (Toronto Arts Council), Heather Mathis (Toronto Public Library), Peter Langdon (City Planning), Cheryl MacDonald (Parks, Forestry and Recreation) and Elena Bird (Economic Development).

Twenty ward consultations will be conducted in 2012 with the remaining 24 wards being surveyed in 2013 and beyond. Ten sessions were held in the spring with 10 more to follow in October (see schedule below). An online survey is being conducted as part of the consultation process, dubbed Making Space for Culture: Ward Planning for Vibrant, Sustainable Cultural Infrastructure. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and join us at any of the consultations below.



Oct. 1, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 19, MOCCA (952 Queen Street West)
Oct. 4, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 28, Young People’s Theatre (165 Front Street East)
Oct. 4, 6 – 8 pm Ward 15, Oakwood Library (341 Oakwood Avenue)
Oct. 9, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 20, Lillian H. Smith Library Auditorium (239 College Street)
Oct. 11, 6 – 8 pm Ward 23, North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)
Oct. 15, 10 am – 12 pm Ward 18, Bloor-Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor Street West)
Oct. 16, 6 – 8 pm Ward 11, Urban Arts (19 John Street)
Oct. 17, 6 – 8 pm Ward 32, Beaches Recreation Centre (6 Williamson Road)
Oct. 18, 6 – 8 pm Ward 21, Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue)
Oct. 24, 6 – 8 pm Ward 35, Warden Hilltop Community Centre (25 Mendelssohn Street)

For further information please contact us at makingspace@toronto.ca or phone (416) 392-7367.

For additional information about Creative Placemaking visit the Artscape DIY website.

For additional information about Growing Toronto’s Cultural Sector download the report, From the Ground Up.




Sorauren Farmers' Market Community Harvest Party

Posted on August 24, 2012


“Join us for a community celebration of the harvest season with delicious local food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, a live puppet show, tomato tasting, and more!

3-7pm at the Sorauren Farmers’ Market.  Everyone welcome!


3rd September 2012 3:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market
Sorauren & Wabash Avenues


Phone: 416.533.6363
Email: info@westendfood.coop
For more info on the great folks at the West End Food Co-op please see:  http://westendfood.coop/


Sorauren Farmers’ Market Community Harvest Party

Posted on August 24, 2012


“Join us for a community celebration of the harvest season with delicious local food, live entertainment, kids’ activities, a live puppet show, tomato tasting, and more!

3-7pm at the Sorauren Farmers’ Market.  Everyone welcome!


3rd September 2012 3:00 PM   through   7:00 PM
Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market
Sorauren & Wabash Avenues


Phone: 416.533.6363
Email: info@westendfood.coop
For more info on the great folks at the West End Food Co-op please see:  http://westendfood.coop/


Inaugural 'Railpath Community Run' on the West Toronto Railpath

Posted on August 24, 2012



What is the Railpath?

The West Toronto Railpath offers residents in west end of Toronto a public space in which to escape from the city. This 2.1 km path is a space used by runners, cyclists and walkers alike, for leisure, commuting and training.

What is the Event?

To celebrate this space, and promote health within our communities on September 30th, 2012 a community run/walk will be held on the West Toronto Railpath. The charitable partner for the event will be The Stop Community Food Centre.

This event has a unique format that differentiates it from other local running events. Instead of a set distance (such as 5km), this is a timed lap-based event. In 45 minutes, participants will complete as many laps of the 2.1 km stretch as possible. This is great to practice your speedwork as a competitive runner, or not be overwhelmed by needing to complete a big distance as a new runner or casual walker. There is something for everyone, and you decide what that is for you! Registration is available online here.

To learn more see: http://railpathcommunityrun.wordpress.com/




Also, the Bloor West Villager has a new article on the event:

“The railpath community run is intended to bring the community together in a “wonderful”public space while raising funds for The Stop Community Food Centre.

“The Stop not only serves the entire city, but specifically our area,”said McCormick. “The railpath almost ends at the Stop’s doorstep. What a great proximity. People in the neighbourhood that the railpath runs through rely on The Stop.”

Organized and run by local community volunteers and sponsored by the community, the event is unique in format. The railpath run will be a time trial rather than a set distance. Participants will loop the path as many times as they can within a 45-minute time period.

Registration is $20. For those who register before Sept. 7, they will receive a T-shirt. Participation shoe-tag medals will be awarded. Official chip timing will be provided to participants every one kilometre along the course. Prizes will be award for best times in the competitive wave and both waves will have draw prizes as well.”

To read the article see:  http://www.zuza.com/news-story/1309334-run-along-the-railpath-to-support-the-stop/


Finally if you would like to learn more about the West Toronto Railpath please see:

Friends of West Toronto Rail Path –  http://railpath.wordpress.com/


August 2012