West End Food Co-op Grand Opening!

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

 

 

6th October 2012 9:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
1229 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K1L2
Canada

Toronto Animal Services – Public Consultations on Proposed Amendments to Chapter 349

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

Municipal Licensing and Standards is proposing a series of amendments to Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349 Animals By-law. We are hoping to receive feedback on several proposed changes, as well as to increase awareness about several Toronto Animal Services (TAS) programs, services and activities.

 

Three consultations will be held:

· Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chambers, Monday, October 15, 2012, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm;

· Metro Hall, Rm 310, Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm;

· North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, Thursday, October 18, 2012, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

 

ASL interpreters and personal support workers will be present; please advise if other accommodation is required.

Thank you to those who provided input for Survey # 1. Your input is being analyzed and will be discussed in the upcoming Staff Report. We invite you to provide us with further input by completing Survey # 2 online before October 22, 2012, at: http://www.toronto.ca/animal_services/animals_bylaw.htm

You are also invited to submit any additional suggestions to Fiona Venedam at fvenedam@toronto.ca.  For more information, please contact Lan Vo at 416-392-0856 or lvo@toronto.ca.

 

 

Toronto Public Library – 'Check Out a Human Book & Get Inspired'

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

Library hosts its third Human Library program this October

TORONTO (Wednesday, October 3, 2012) –Toronto Public Library will be hosting its popular Human Library again this year at three branches across the city. Human “books”can be checked out for a half hour one-on-one conversation, allowing borrowers to walk in someone else’s shoes and learn something new.

The Human Library will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Toronto Reference and North York Central libraries, as well as at Parkdale Branch. In celebration of Small Business Month, this year’s collection has a special emphasis on entrepreneurs, featuring a half dozen energetic, creative and successful business people, including the library’s first ever Entrepreneur in Residence. Other human books this year include titles on such wide-ranging topics as dumpster diving, police and social media, Toronto transit, peacekeeping, food trucks in Toronto, community engagement and more.

Starting October 6, Human books can be placed on hold using your Toronto Public Library card by calling or coming into one of the host branches. Spots may also be available the day of the event but people are encouraged to place a hold on their favourite book early to avoid disappointment.

What:                          Human Library
Date:                           Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time:                          Noon – 5:00 pm
Location:                    Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St, north of Bloor)
North York Central (5120 Yonge St, north of Sheppard)                         

Time:                          1:00-4:00 pm
Location:                    Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen St W, west of Dufferin)

To browse the collection at each of the branches, visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/humanlibrary

Toronto Public Library – ‘Check Out a Human Book & Get Inspired’

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

Library hosts its third Human Library program this October

TORONTO (Wednesday, October 3, 2012) –Toronto Public Library will be hosting its popular Human Library again this year at three branches across the city. Human “books”can be checked out for a half hour one-on-one conversation, allowing borrowers to walk in someone else’s shoes and learn something new.

The Human Library will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Toronto Reference and North York Central libraries, as well as at Parkdale Branch. In celebration of Small Business Month, this year’s collection has a special emphasis on entrepreneurs, featuring a half dozen energetic, creative and successful business people, including the library’s first ever Entrepreneur in Residence. Other human books this year include titles on such wide-ranging topics as dumpster diving, police and social media, Toronto transit, peacekeeping, food trucks in Toronto, community engagement and more.

Starting October 6, Human books can be placed on hold using your Toronto Public Library card by calling or coming into one of the host branches. Spots may also be available the day of the event but people are encouraged to place a hold on their favourite book early to avoid disappointment.

What:                          Human Library
Date:                           Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time:                          Noon – 5:00 pm
Location:                    Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St, north of Bloor)
North York Central (5120 Yonge St, north of Sheppard)                         

Time:                          1:00-4:00 pm
Location:                    Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen St W, west of Dufferin)

To browse the collection at each of the branches, visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/humanlibrary

Petition Against A Toronto Mega-Casino

Posted on October 4, 2012

Hello,

 

Toronto and East York Community Council wants to hear from residents about their views on the potential location of a Casino in downtown Toronto. There are a number of impacts to locating a Casino in an established community.

Please plan to attend the upcoming public consultation:

Date: Wednesday October 10, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Queen Street West

To read the report follow this link:
http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2012.TE18.55To register to speak, please contact the Clerk:

Ros Dyers
2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
email: teycc@toronto.ca
phone: 416-392-7033

I hope to see you on the 10th.

As well, please take a moment to sign the petition to say NO to a mega-casino in Toronto. Please share the petition with your friends, family and neighbours.
Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

Colborne Lodge: Haunted High Park Tours and High Park Nature Centre Family Nature Walk

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

Haunted High Park


Part of the City of Toronto’s October is History Month commemoration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial

Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about High Park’s legendary connection to the War of 1812, and other legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park. Period refreshments included.

Separate tours for families and adults only
Adults 18 years and over:
Thursday, October 25 & Sunday, October 28 at 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Friday, October 26 at 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $17.50 plus tax.
Families, Children: (Not recommended for children under 8 yrs. of age)
Saturday, October 20 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, October 27 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Adults: $12.50 plus tax, Children $7.50 plus tax.

 

Colborne Lodge

South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive. Limited free parking
416-392-6916
clodge@toronto.ca

 

 

As well,

“The Lodge is joining forces with our friends at the High Park Nature Centre to conduct one of their popular Family Nature Walks on Sat, Oct 20th.  High Park has a fascinating human and natural history, and experts from the Lodge and the Nature Centre will tell you stories of the people and happenings in the park in the past.  This event is great for all ages.
Cost $2 per person, or donate what you can.
1 – 3 p.m., meet at the benches just south of the Grenadier Restaurant. “

 

Social Planning Toronto – Commitment2Community Campaign

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

“It’s time to gear up for the 2013 City Budget process.  As many of you know, Social Planning Toronto plays a lead role in the “Commitment2Community Campaign, which works to make sure that City Council understands the vital role of the city’s investment in community supports and services.   While we won impressive victories last year in preserving many important city and community services, we know we will face many of the same challenges – and new ones – as Council drafts its budget for 2013.  We need your continued involvement to make sure that this year’s city budget reflects the city we want!

On October 11th, the “Countdown”to the city budget vote begins in earnest – only 100 days until the final vote.  Join us for the kick-off to the 2013 “Commitment to Community”Campaign, at the “Wolf and Firkin”(43 Elm St) from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

You can register at http://countdown2citybudget.eventbrite.ca, or by calling Krittika Ghosh, C2C Organizer, at kghosh@socialplanningtoronto.org or 416-351-0095 x 227.  A copy of the event flyer, with more details, is attached.  Please pass this information on to your friends, family and others you feel would be interested.

Thanks for your continued ‘commitment to community.’”

 

Strengthening Families Prevention Program

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

“Strengthening Families Program, a prevention program for children aged  7-11 and their families offered at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

 

Strengthening Families for the Future is a prevention program for families with children between the ages of seven and 11 who may be at risk for substance use problems, depression, violence, delinquency and school failure. Strengthening Families is effective because it involves the whole family. The goals of the program are to:

  • reduce children’s or adolescents’ intention to use alcohol and/or other drugs, and reduce other behaviour problems
  • increase children’s resilience and life skills
  • increase positive and effective parenting
  • increase family communication.

Home Safe Toronto – CIHR and Skyworks Public Event

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

Putting a roof over inadequate housing: Home Safe Toronto Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
The Royal Theatre, 608 College Street, Toronto ON
Please RSVP to ipph-ispp@uottawa.ca

“Please join us to watch inspiring clips from the SkyWorks documentary Home Safe Toronto which delves into the lives of some of Toronto’s families who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, put food on their plates, and stay healthy.

Following the film segments, take part in an interactive discussion with researchers about the evidence on inadequate housing, health outcomes, and food insecurity and hear from participants featured in the film.

This free event is hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health in partnership with SkyWorks Charitable Foundation.

Experts

Dr. Stephen Hwang
Research Scientist, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
Professor, University of Toronto

Ms. Colleen Richards
Participant, Home Safe Toronto

Ms. Rene Adams
Participant, Home Safe Toronto

Moderator

Mr. Michael Shapcott
Director, Housing and Innovation, Wellesley Institute

 

To view a .pdf version of the flyer see:  Home Safe Flyer

Toronto Public Health – Built Environment & Human Health & Heath Equity

Posted on October 4, 2012

 

 

  • The built environment means the buildings, transportation systems, energy systems, open space, and agricultural lands that make up and support our communities.
  • Street design, bike lanes and sidewalks; housing types and neighbourhood design; patterns of development; the provision of trees, parks, green space and recreational facilities; and the location of jobs, schools and services are all important components of the built environment.
  • The built environment can have a significant impact on human health because it can influence people’s levels of physical activity; the safety of travel; the quality of outdoor air; access to jobs and services; and opportunities for social interaction and recreation.

 

If you want to learn more about studies, resources and consultation please see:  http://www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/built_environment.htm

 

 

 

 

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