September 8th, 2012, will be the Community Build Day for the
96 Ritchie Habitat For Humanity Home!
One of the things residents had mentioned at previous meetings about this project was a way to get involved and welcome their new neighbours on Ritchie. The build will be from 8am-4pm (so a full days commitment) and lunch will be provided. As well, I hear from Habitat today that Lorena will be joining us, is looking forward to meeting her new neighbours, and swinging a few hammers.
Due to the size of the build, safety training, etc, there are only 15 spots available on the Sept 8th date. But, you can always book a shift or donate for another date if spots for the 8th become full at http://www.torontohabitat.ca/builds.html
Please see below for information and registration for the Sept 8th, 2012 Community Build:
Parkdale Public Library
- Infinite Kung Fu with WORD OUT Graphic Novelist Kagan McLeod – Wed Aug 22, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Friday Movie Nights at Parkdale – Fri Aug 17, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday Stories – Sat Aug 18, 2012 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
High Park Library
- Summer Reading Club Party – Fri Aug 24, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Saturday Writers – Sat Aug 18, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
To find out more information about the High Park Public Library see: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB049&R=LIB049
“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.
Our volunteers enhance the visitor’s experience by helping visitors navigate the Festival, providing information, or supporting the Roncesvalles Polish Festival Team, and by watching for visitor safety (ensuring the street barricades remain closed).
This is fun, easy work that can be applied to your high school community service hours.
While most of our volunteers are needed during the festival September 16th, 17th and 18th, there are also additional volunteer opportunities earlier. Below are brief descriptions of various volunteer positions.
Before the festival, we need lots of volunteers to put up posters and send notifications to households in Roncesvalles Village about the festival.
During the festival, we need a lot of people to act as festival marshals. Duties include: maintaining side street closures, providing directions and instructions, asking people to dismount from their bicycles when entering the festival route and redirecting traffic.”
To fill out your volunteer form please see: http://polishfestival.ca/volunteer
To learn more about this years festival please visit: http://polishfestival.ca/festival-2012
While just outside of Ward 14, many people might be interested in potluck being planned for Thursday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Perth Square Park on Perth Avenue, one block south of Dupont Street, adjacent the rail corridor where the provincial government is planning to run the diesel trains.
More diesel trains appear to be coming to the Junction Triangle (JT) as the provincial government rushes to build a rail link to the airport in time for the Pam Am Games in 2015. Frustrated by government’s unwillingness to address the shortcomings in their plan, Mothers of the Junction Triangle are hosting a potluck and taking their concerns directly to Premier Dalton McGuinty.
If you want to see electric trains running on the Georgetown corridor, join us in the park. There will be food, fun for the kids and a special direct line to the Premier’s office where everyone is invited to tell him what you think.
Lots of great things are happening in the Junction Triangle. Schoolyard revitalization and library expansion are underway because people are coming together with a shared purpose and aiming high. We can bring change to public transit in the same way; a shared purpose with the aim of persuading the decision-maker, Dalton McGuinty that electric rail is our choice.”
For more information see:
To read an article about the event see:
“(Toronto) The Clean Train Coalition has filed an application with the Ontario Divisional Court requesting a Judicial Review of the decision by Metrolinx to put diesel trains along the air rail link (ARL) between Union Station and Pearson airport.
The application seeks an order to quash the Metrolinx ARL diesel project on the basis that the regional transit agency unlawfully fettered its authority to consider an electric alternative to diesel by accepting instructions from the government of Ontario to construct the ARL in time for the 2015 Pan Am Games.”
To see the full news release visit:
To view a copy of the Application for Judicial Review:
“Based on the input we received from the Stage One consultation program, City staff are developing new draft Official Plan Heritage policies for members of the public to consider and provide their comments. City staff are hosting a Heritage Open House to present and meaningfully discuss the proposed draft heritage policies on September 10th.”
The Heritage Open House will take place on Monday September 10, 2012 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in Room 308-309 of Metro Hall, 55 John Street.
The proposed draft policies can be accessed at this link: http://www.toronto.ca/opreview/pdf/opreview_proposed_heritage_policy.pdf
Looking for something to do with the kids this Friday night? Grab a blanket and some snacks then head on over to a free screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox at 2803 Dundas West…
“Enjoy a free public Movie Screening under the stars…
The Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA) will host free movies under the stars this summer.
August 10th- Fantastic Mr. Fox – AUGUST 17th, 2012
Animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox by director by Wes Anderson. Rated PG.
*Screening at 9 PM – 2803 Dundas St. West (at Indian Grove) ”
“Haven’t been on a bicycle since you were 9? Hoping to brush up on your skills? Join us on August 23rd from 7:00 – 8:30pm for our interactive Street Smarts Workshop. We’ll cover the many reasons to ride, address the obstacles to riding, review safe riding techniques, rules of the road, route selection and give you all the knowledge you need to get out there!
This is a free event thanks to generous support from The Law Foundation of Ontario. Seating limited to 25 people so please RSVP by writing Fiona Jones, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com
Cycle Toronto is Toronto’s only member-based cycling advocacy organization; with over 2,400 members, we’re working to create safer streets. Learn more atbikeunion.to/about ”
As well, Cycle Toronto has a new FAQ page that might be of interest to a lot of Ward 14 Cyclists:
“Cycling is increasingly a tool used around the world to improve and augment both transportation networks and the livability of cities. Here in Toronto, decision-making with respect to cycling improvements has at times been influenced by mis-information and rhethoric. It’s time to take cycling seriously and use evidence to inform decisions. We’re happy to share with you our research on the most frequently asked questions about cycling.”
Please see: http://bikeunion.to/be-bike-savvy
“Two special events this weekend will involve a road closure. 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 athttp://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 athttp://www.toronto.ca/inview.
Bloorcourt Village Street Festival – Saturday closure
Bloor Street from Dufferin Street to Montrose Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, August 18 from 6:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. for this event. Dovercourt Road and Ossington Avenue will remain open to traffic during this event.
Midsummer Night’s Run – Saturday to Sunday closure
A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by Lake Shore Boulevard East to the north, Cherry Street to the west, Unwin Avenue to the south and Leslie Street to the east from Saturday, August 18 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 19 at 6 a.m.”
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
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Cost: $2/person, or donate-what-you-can
“Late summer is a season of plenty. Learn what is and is not edible for people and how to taste it safely. We may sample leaves, flowers, berries, seeds and many other trailside delicacies.
Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family!
No pre-registration necessary.
High Park Nature Centre
440 Parkside Drive
(Parkside Drive & Indian Valley Crescent)
For a map and directions see our Location page.
All Family Nature Walks are sponsored by Toronto Field Naturalists. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.”
Free High Park Walking Tours
“Behind the Scenes at the Greenhouse: Tour by City Staff”
When: August 19th, 2012
Time: from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Where: Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.
Walks may go on wooded trails, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
Walks are led by volunteer scientists, historians, and local naturalists who will help you to understand and explore High Park’s many significant features. Walking Tours are volunteer-led with the support of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.