Update on War Resister Kimberly Rivera

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 

Friends,
Many of us are heartbroken that our dear friend Kim Rivera was expelled from Canada by our federal government. We will miss Kim’s wonderful family and her cheer and courage. Kim’s decision to refuse to fight in Iraq was moral and brave. She faces difficult consequences for her courage and I’m sure you join me in hoping for the best for her and family.
Gord

Parkdale Village BIA – AGM and Leitmotif Route for Nuit Blanche

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 

The Parkdale Village BIA Annual General Meeting is fast approaching! It will be taking place on October 15th at 7pm, at St John’s Cathedral at 186 Cowan Ave. If you are a member of the BIA, please attend. For more information, contact us at 416.536.6918 or at info@parkdalevillagebia.com

 

If you’re thinking about planning your route for Nuit Blanche  the Parkdale Village offers plenty to see from Roncesvalles to Dufferin!

 

 

 

2012 Toronto Book Awards finalists and Diaspora Dialogues at Word On the Street

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 

2012 Toronto Book Awards finalists and Diaspora Dialogues at Word On the Street

The five finalists for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards will read in the City of Toronto tent at the Word On the Street Book and Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 23. The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Once again this year, authors from Diaspora Dialogues join the reading program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto’s diverse artistic and literary culture.

The free event will be held at Queen’s Park North from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedule of readings:

2012 Toronto Book Awards Tent – Sunday, September 23

11:30 a.m. – Dave Bidini, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the World in 1972, McClelland & Stewart
Noon – Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books
12:30 p.m. – Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press
1:00 p.m. – Michele Landsberg, Writing the Revolution, Second Story Press
1:30 p.m. – Suzanne Robertson, Paramita, Little Black, Guernica Editions
2:00 p.m. – Diaspora Dialogues authors, hosted by Andrew J. Borkowski:
• Terri Favro
• Dorianne Emmerton
• Irfan Ali
• Lillian Allen
• Heather Birrell
3:30 p.m. – Dave Bidini, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the World in 1972, McClelland & Stewart
4:00 p.m. – Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books
4:30 p.m. – Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press
5:00 p.m. – Michele Landsberg, Writing the Revolution, Second Story Press
5:30 p.m. – Suzanne Robertson, Paramita, Little Black, Guernica Editions

The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is inviting Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto”with different ways to explore this year’s shortlisted books. A group reading and book-signing event will take place 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 Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon. Members of the public are encouraged to come out and enjoy the evening awards celebration, hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway. To learn more about the shortlisted books and reading events, 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 torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. For all the latest buzz about the library follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

 

 

Toronto Roma Community Centre "Meet Your Neighbours" – Community Event at Westlodge – Saturday September 22, 2012

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 
The Roma Community Centre would like to invite you to a community gathering in West Lodge Park, 165 Lansdowne Ave on September 22nd, 2012 from 1-4 PM.  
 
The “Meet your Neighbours’ event will bring together neighbours, local community agencies and service providers, and local police officers to get to know each other better. There will be tables set up with agencies, flyers, pamphlets or other information regarding their organization to share with the community. Neighbourhood political representatives, City Councillor Gord Perks, MP Peggy Nash, and MPP Cheri DiNovo will also be in attendance.
 
 
This will be a family event with music, sweets and refreshments, and activities for kids. Roma youth will be challenging the neighbourhood police (Division 11) officers to a friendly soccer match!
 
 
As well, this will be an important opportunity to discuss and share thoughts on the revitalization of West Lodge Park.
 
 
Everyone is welcome to come. If you have any questions please contact Gina Csanyi-Robah, Roma Community Centre gina@romatoronto.org.

 
 
To view a .pdf copy of the flyer see:  Roma Day Westlodge Flyer With Map

 

Toronto Roma Community Centre “Meet Your Neighbours” – Community Event at Westlodge – Saturday September 22, 2012

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 
The Roma Community Centre would like to invite you to a community gathering in West Lodge Park, 165 Lansdowne Ave on September 22nd, 2012 from 1-4 PM.  
 
The “Meet your Neighbours’ event will bring together neighbours, local community agencies and service providers, and local police officers to get to know each other better. There will be tables set up with agencies, flyers, pamphlets or other information regarding their organization to share with the community. Neighbourhood political representatives, City Councillor Gord Perks, MP Peggy Nash, and MPP Cheri DiNovo will also be in attendance.
 
 
This will be a family event with music, sweets and refreshments, and activities for kids. Roma youth will be challenging the neighbourhood police (Division 11) officers to a friendly soccer match!
 
 
As well, this will be an important opportunity to discuss and share thoughts on the revitalization of West Lodge Park.
 
 
Everyone is welcome to come. If you have any questions please contact Gina Csanyi-Robah, Roma Community Centre gina@romatoronto.org.

 
 
To view a .pdf copy of the flyer see:  Roma Day Westlodge Flyer With Map

 

Toronto Animal Services – Invitation To Public Consultation – Municipal Code Chapter 349

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 

“You are invited to attend a public consultation to discuss proposed amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 349 – Animals. The intent of the of the series of amendments is to clarify existing provisions, as well as to update regulations to reflect the City’s current needs.
Consultation Information:
Metro Hall, Rm 310, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
ASL and personal support workers will be present.  Please advise if other accommodation is required.
More information is available online.
You can also get involved in other ways:
Survey:
Complete the attached Word survey and return it to lvo@toronto.ca before September 28, 2012.  A PDF version of the survey is also available online which is accessible for those using readers for persons with visual impairments.
Submit Your Suggestions:
Submit your suggestions for Animal Services to Fiona Venedam fvenedam@toronto.ca or 416-338-8520.
Note:
If you would like to amend the email address on file for your pet licence please contact petlicensing@toronto.ca or call 416-338-7387(pets).”

Weekend Events With Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on September 21, 2012

 

 

September 19, 2012

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Three 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 at www.toronto.ca/inview

Saturday closure:

Tour de Black Creek Bike Race for Kids
A series of road closures will take place in the Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue area on Saturday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate this event.

Sunday Closure:

Aids Event/Walk
Church Street, from Alexander Street to Carlton Street, will be closed in both directions on Sunday, September 23 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The walk starts at 11 a.m. and there will be periodic road closures in the area bounded by Queen Street to the south, Yonge Street to the west, Charles Street to the north and Jarvis Street to the east.

Saturday and Sunday closure:

Word on the Street
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Crescent will be closed in both directions from Bloor Street to College Street from Saturday, September 22 at 4 a.m. to Sunday, September 23 at 11:59 p.m. for this event.

Reminder: Roncesvalles Polish Festival This Weekend!

Posted on September 14, 2012

 

 

If you in the Roncesvalles area make sure to swing by the 2012 Roncesvalles Polish Festival this weekend and experience amazing food, great culture and our tremendous local stores!

 

 

  • Opening Polka Party Friday Sept. 14

    Experience an Old-Fashioned Polka Dance!

    Featuring Pennsylvania’s Polka Family Band

    plus John Gora and Ed Guca!

    St. Casimir’s Church Auditorium
    156 Roncesvalles Avenue
    Friday Sept. 14, 8:00 – midnight

    $5:00 admission

  • Saturday September 15

    11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Continuous Live Music
    Polish Song and Dance Groups
    Vendors, Buskers, Entertainers and Much More

    noon: Dance Stage Opening Ceremonies at Polish Credit Union, noon
    12:30: Dozynki parade on Roncesvalles Avenue
    1:30: Official Opening Ceremonies at Wright Ave. stage

    noon – 6:00: free screenings of Polish short films at Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles)

    8:30 – 11:00 p.m. Dance Under The Stars at Wright Avenue stage

  • Sunday September 16

    Festival Hours: 11:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Continuous Live Music and Dance on Five Stages
    noon – 6:00 free Polish short films at Revue Cinema

 

 

 

 

Petition To Stop The Deportation Of Iraq War Resister Kimberly Rivera

Posted on September 14, 2012

 

Please take a minute to sign a petition to Minister Kenney to stop the deportation of Iraq War Resister and Parkdale resident Kimberly Rivera and her family.

 

 

Find the petition and more information at:

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/minister-kenney-stop-the-deportation-of-iraq-war-resister-kimberly-rivera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Upcoming Culturelink Events

Posted on September 14, 2012

Take a peak at two upcoming culture Culturelink events:

 

 

 

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