West End Food Co-Op – Meet Your Maker: City Seed Farm Presentation

Posted on November 16, 2012


Come and learn from backyard farmers City Seed how they got started in their business with tips and tricks for anyone interested in doing so too.

Wednesday November 21st at 5pm, come and meet Toronto backyard farmers Erica Lemieux and Nicci Iaizzo of City Seed Farms.  They’ll tell you how they got started in their urban agricultural business, what it’s like to grow, harvest, and sell at the market, and will be available for any questions you may have.

West End Food Co-Op

1229 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K1L2

For more information about the store or events see:  http://westendfood.coop/  




As well, don’t forget the newly opened West End Food Co-op is one of six finalists in Ontario for the National Co-op Challenge.  Take a minute to find out more information and to vote while there is still time at:  https://gordperks.ca/2012/10/26/5111/




Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Ward 14 Events

Posted on November 16, 2012


Parkdale Public Library

(1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6, 416-393-7686)


Toy Theatre Workshop – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sat Nov 17, 2012, Parkdale Program Room

“From story idea to show time with Ann Powell of Puppetmongers Theatre. Transform ordinary cardboard boxes into magnificent miniature theatres. For children 9 to 12. Materials supplied. Space is limited. Register at the branch or call 416-393-7686.”


Map Family Saturdays At Parkdale Branch – Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Parkdale Program Room.

“Learn how cloth is made with staff from the Textile Museum of Canada. Make a bookmark to take home with you.” 


For more information on the Parkdale branch please see:




High Park Public Library

(228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2L7,  416-393-7671)


Saturday Writers – 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Nov, 24, 2012, High Park Community Room

“Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, poetry, essays welcome.”


Book Discussion – Nov 21, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. -High Park Community Room

“Lively discussion of selected books.”


Card Making For Children – Tue Dec 04, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room


For more information on the High Park Branch please see:




Santa In The Junction – December 1st/2012

Posted on November 16, 2012


“The Junction is Your Holiday Destination on Saturday December 1st

The Junction BIA is delighted to invite you to our annual ‘Santa in The Junction’ event. Please join us in the Junction neighbourhood for a full day of Christmas themed activities on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM.

The major attractions include meeting Santa and his elves, strolling through the Junction to discover interactive window displays featuring more than 50 young dancers, listening to Mrs. Claus reading holiday tales, taking part in craft workshops in the Elf Village, finding some unique gifts, all while enjoying some hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and other take-away treats prepared by Junction businesses along Dundas Street West at Keele Street.

Join us, as we celebrate Santa’s Visit in the Junction with workshops, presentations, holiday promotions and treats. Be sure not to miss the Strolling Carolers, Children’s Choirs, a Toy Drive, Live Music Performances at participating businesses and more.

We are also excited to share with you that the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making its only Toronto stop in The Junction at 5.30 PM (750 Runnymede Rd.). The CP Holiday Train will be travelling across the U.S and Canada to help raise awareness in the fight against hunger, and will be collecting non-perishable goods for the cause.

Start off the holiday season right, and join us in the Junction for a magical fun filled day of Christmas themed activities enjoyable for the entire family. Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to visit Santa in the Junction on Saturday December 1st!

Please visit our website thejunctionbia.ca for event information details and updates.

Happy Holidays!

When:        December 1st, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where:        Various venues along Dundas Street West, between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue

Who:           The Junction BIA (Business Improvement Area)

For more information about the Junction BIA and this event, visit: www.thejunctionbia.ca


Toronto Cavalcade of Light – Kick Off This Saturday

Posted on November 16, 2012


 “Toronto kicks off holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights on Saturday
The Cavalcade of Lights event on Saturday, November 17 will feature the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, musical performances, a spectacular fireworks show and a dance party. It all takes place at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Saturday night schedule
7 p.m. – Welcoming remarks and a holiday musical medley led by Justin Abedin accompanied by Toya Alexis, Chad Doucette, Kathryn Rose and Kibwe Thomas

7:15 p.m. – First lighting of the Cavalcade of Lights display and Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, sponsored by Great Gulf

7:20 p.m. – Musical performances by Alyssa Reid, Sean Jones and Suzie McNeil

8 p.m. – Spectacular fireworks display by Circus Orange

8:15 p.m. – The Sno-Ball, sponsored by Timothy’s World Coffee, will feature a concert by recording artists Dragonette, a flame and pyrotechnic performance by Circus Orange and an open-air dance party with JJ Rock. Attendees will also be able to visit the 100th Grey Cup Festival tent, official partner of the event, and have photographs taken with the Grey Cup.

The outdoor skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square will be open as of December 1, weather permitting. There will be no skating during Cavalcade of Lights November 17. Schedule information about City of Toronto outdoor rinks is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skating.

More information about the Cavalcade of Lights is available at http://www.toronto.ca/cavalcade and by calling 311.”


Toronto Public Health – Think Before You Drink Alcohol Guidelines

Posted on November 16, 2012



Think before you drink – alcohol guidelines help reduce health risk

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is promoting its new alcohol awareness campaign “Number and Size Matter” at the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo this weekend (November 15 to 18). TPH’s campaign focuses on education about Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.

‘Our new campaign is another tool to help residents of Toronto make informed decisions about consuming alcohol,’ said Jann Houston, TPH’s Director of Healthy Communities. ‘If you are going to drink, these recommendations will help you to make healthier choices and reduce your long-term health risks associated with alcohol.’

In the last year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, on behalf of the National Alcohol Strategy Advisory Committee, revised the drinking guidelines with the goal of reducing risk of alcohol-related injuries and chronic health conditions. The guidelines recommend the maximum number and size of alcoholic beverages that a healthy individual of legal drinking age could choose to consume.

According to the guidelines:
● Healthy women should drink no more than two standard drinks a day and no more than 10 a week.
● Healthy men should consume no more than three standard drinks a day and no more than 15 a week.
● People should plan for non-drinking days every week.

According to Statistics Canada, the per capita consumption of alcohol in Canada has risen by 14 per cent since 1996. Research has shown that the amount of alcohol consumed is related to the risk of developing many diseases such as cancers, hypertension, epilepsy, stroke and liver cirrhosis.

Toronto Public Health is also running a “Think Before You Drink” contest now through the end of 2012. It’s aimed at educating adults who choose to consume alcohol about the drinking guidelines. The contest includes a short, online quiz and a chance to win a movie pass. More information about the contest is available at http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/meg-Z/lradg/.

More information about TPH’s campaign and the drinking guidelines is available at www.toronto.ca/health/alcoholdrugs.

BOOK WITH US – PARC Invites You To A Reading And Discussion Series

Posted on November 16, 2012




Adventures in Reading, celebrating the richness and diversity of our neighbourhood


“Passionate and illuminating, What Disturbs Our Blood is a rich piece of Canadian history, an intense psychological drama, a mystery to be solved. Exploring the fine line between high achievement and madness, FitzGerald’s memoir not only confronts dark secrets, but reminds us of a golden era in our history, when our brightest minds commanded the respect of the world.

Monday, November 19 7:00 pm

WHERE:PARC 1499 Quenn St.W. (at Sorauren)

PWYC:$10.00 Suggested
Refreshments and a Tour of the PARC Facilities wil lbe offered

For more than thirty years, PARC has been at the heart of Parkdale. We are a social service agency that works with members on individual issues of poverty, mental health, addictions, homelessness, and food security.
The true meaning of PARC is reflected in our mission:
A community where people rebuild their lives.”


For more information or to learn more about PARC please see:  http://parc.on.ca/



Weekend Construction Notice For Keele/Bloor Update

Posted on November 16, 2012



“Please be advised that City contractors will be placing top asphalt along Keele Street (from Bloor Street to Glenlake Avenue, including the Bloor/Keele intersection) this Saturday, November 17, 2012 starting at approximately 4 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Contractor will be providing Paid Duty Officers to provide safety and direction of traffic/pedestrians and has been advised to notify residents of the works taking place.”
To see the original construction notice and contact information please see the previous post:

Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program

Posted on November 16, 2012



“New Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Information Cards to Hit the Streets in November

As you know, Toronto City Council approved a bylaw making it mandatory for property owners to disconnect their downspouts. Disconnecting downspout(s) from the sewer system can reduce the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.

The bylaw comes into effect across the city in three phases:
Phase 1: Combined Sewer Service Area – disconnection deadline: November 20, 2011
o Wards: 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and portions of 11, 12, 15, 16, 25, 26, 35, 36 and 37

Phase 2: Basement Flooding Study Areas – disconnection deadline: December 3, 2013
o Wards: 33 and portions of 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 33, 34, 37, 39, 40

Phase 3: All remaining parts of the City – disconnection deadline: December 3, 2016
o Wards: 2, 6, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44 and portions of 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40

In order to prepare property owners in Phase 2 and remind property owners in Phase 1, Toronto Water developed the attached information cards (see below). The cards will be delivered to all properties in Phase 2 starting this November, providing ample time for
property owners to plan for and manage disconnection.
The cards will also be used to remind property owners in Phase 1, who have not yet disconnected, about their responsibility to do so. These will be delivered on an as-required basis. ”

For more information about the Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program and
for more tips, visit: toronto.ca/water/stormwater or call 311






Friends of High Park Zoo – Santa Checks His Reindeer At The Zoo

Posted on November 16, 2012



Make sure to come out on December 2nd, 2012, and greet Santa as he checks his reindeer and more (see the above flyer for more details).


If you would like to volunteer for the event or just find out more about the friends of high park zoo please see:  http://www.highparkzoo.ca/index.php



Parkdale Community Heath Centre – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted on November 16, 2012



Trans Day of Remembrance

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
1:00pm until 3:00pm

Parkdale Community Health Centre
1229 Queen Street West at Dufferin
Venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible
We regret that we are unable to provide ASL services for this event

“Health care is a basic human right.

Trans* people continue to experience barriers and discrimination when accessing health care due to transphobia. Transphobia within the health care system can manifest as denial of services, inappropriate intake forms, health care staff lacking knowledge or skills to serve trans* clients, pathologizing of trans* clients, and more.

On Tuesday November 20th, 1-3pm, Parkdale CHC is holding a Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) panel discussion where we will explore trans* health care and the structural barriers that prevent trans* people from receiving appropriate clinical care and support. In keeping with the theme of TDOR, our panelists will discuss transphobia in relation to the determinants of health and how this directly affects the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional well being of trans* people.

Moderated by Rebecca Hammond, our speakers include Morgan Page, Syrus Marcus Ware, Yegi Dadui and a local Parkdale community member.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information please contact:
Jacub Fernandes
416-537-0275 x271 or
Connie Collinson
416-537-0275 x232”

November 2012