The West End Food Co-Op has some great upcoming events at their community cannery
Wed Nov 28th: The Cannery– Pear Chutney Workshop. Learn about canning while making Pear Chutney with local low-spray pears.
Sat Dec 1st: The Cannery– Pumpkin Jam Workshop. Join us on a Saturday afternoon to learn about canning while making delicious pumpkin jam.
Thu Dec 6th: The Cannery– Mincemeat Workshop. Learn to make delicious (meat-free) mincemeat in time for the Holiday Season!
Tue Dec 11th: Raw Vegan Nut-Free Dessert Workshop: – an evening with Doug McNish from 7-9pm
Register at: http://westendfood.coop/cannery
“The Community Cannery hosts a wide variety of workshops that teach hands-on fresh food preservation skills. We announce the upcoming workshops in our weekly e-newsletter, and you can sign up for them online. These popular workshops are held year-round, using produce from our producer-members and local farmers who vend at the Sorauren Farmers’ Market. There are also workshops provided to our community partners and other community organizations.
The Community Cannery also runs a Community Supported Orchard (CSO) program. The CSO program works much like a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, where participants purchase shares at the start of the season, when typically farmers need the most support, and then benefit from receiving regular deliveries of produce. In the CSO program, participants pay for their share at the beginning of the season, and come to the Cannery to preserve fresh, local produce and take home their canned goods every few weeks.”
“The West End Food Co-op is a multi-stakeholder co-operative that includes eaters, producers, workers, and community partners. We aim to provide viable food security initiatives that are specific to the needs of our west end communities. Examples of these kinds of initiatives include the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, our Community Cannery, Food Mapping Project, and our latest endeavour of opening a Food Hub in the Parkdale CHC.
West End Food Co-op connects local farmers to local eaters, and produces self-sustaining initiatives that work for the community. Our co-op is working to increase markets for local, sustainable farmers and artisan producers; a fair, democratic, and meaningful workplace for our workers; an inspiring, community-driven, and welcoming place to shop, learn and connect for eaters; and a resource and valuable partner to work with community groups in Parkdale and across Toronto to improve food security and access to good, healthy, real food in our neighbourhood and beyond.
We aim to provide the means for people to make empowering food choices, and have access to fresh, healthy foods.”
To learn more see: http://westendfood.coop/content/frequently-asked-questions
The new multi-bike parking ‘Hi-Roller’ pilot project has three sites in Ward 14!
The Hi Roller adds an extra bend to a rolling-style rack providing a much greater degree of bicycle support than its purely vertical counterpart. This rack uses thick pipe construction and allows for one of the wheels and frame to be secured using a u-style bike lock. These multi-bike parking racks increase bike parking capacity on the City Streets.
On Monday, November 19th, 2012, a pre-application community meeting was held regarding a proposed development for 422-430 Roncesvalles, 76 Howard Park. While we are still at the very preliminary stages of the process, I had asked developers to meet with the community prior to their mandated meeting to gain insight into the area and hear residents concerns. Please find the presentation from the developers and meeting minutes below.
Developer Presentation (due to the size of the file see the download link): https://www.dropbox.com/s/mg6d3bm4idilypu/121115%20Community%20MTG.PDF
To see the flyer for the event see: https://gordperks.ca/2012/11/07/422-430-roncesvalles-pre-application-community-consultation-meeting/
Reports and Position Statement November 2012
Toronto Public Health released three reports that discuss the public health implications of hosting a casino in Toronto.
- Summarizes research and policy recommendations related to the health impacts of gambling
- Presents findings from key informant interviews with other Canadian public health units, addiction research agencies and community service providers
- Outlines current research on the public health impacts of gambling
- Written with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario
- Highlights the impacts of problem gambling and gambling expansion.
- Provides policy recommendations to address the negative impacts on health related to gambling.
To get help with problem gambling visit the website for the Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline or call 1-888-230-2505.
“Metrolinx, offers support for local projects related to transit and transportation through its Community Partnerships Program.
This program is designed to support community-based initiatives, led by non-profit organizations, in areas where transportation improvement projects funded by Metrolinx are underway. We are specifically looking for projects that promote pedestrian, cycling and transit-friendly communities, including education, beautification and safety initiatives.
Funding of up to $1,000 per project is available, and each round of the program will focus on a different geographic area.
In this round of the Community Partnerships Program, we are exclusively inviting applications for projects located along GO Transit’s Union Station and Lakeshore West rail corridors in Toronto and south Mississauga, from Cherry St. in Toronto in the east to the Peel/Halton border in the west. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2012.
The focus area contains the following Metrolinx/GO Transit facilities and projects:
- The Union Station Rail Corridor
- The GO Transit Union Station Revitalization project
- The GO Lakeshore West rail corridor within the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel
- Exhibition, Mimico, Long Branch, Port Credit and Clarkson GO Stations
- GO Transit’s Willowbrook rail maintenance facility
For more information about what types of projects and applicants are eligible for support, please visit: http://www.metrolinx.com/partnerships and choose Community Partnerships.”
Councillor Gord Perks would like to invite you to a Community Consultation Meeting regarding the Queen Street West Restaurant Study.
Toronto City Planning has been conducting a study to review the impact of restaurants (and similar uses) for the lands on and flanking Queen Street West, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.
Over the past few years, this section of Queen Street West has seen an increase in restaurant/bar type uses replacing a broad range of commercial uses. Community concerns of noise, vandalism, garbage and congestion problems have also increased.
Further, at the October 30/31, 2012 Toronto Council Meeting, on the advice of both City Planning and City Legal staff, Councillor Perks introduced an Interim Control By-law at City Council, to prohibit new restaurants and second floor expansions on Queen St West between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street.
Prohibiting the establishment of new restaurants and second floor expansions within this study area for a one year period allows City Planning the opportunity to study which of the existing provisions ought to be changed in order to help alleviate the concerns related to land use issues.
The meeting will be held Monday, November 26th, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the May Robinson Auditorium (20 West Lodge Avenue). Please flyer below for more information, including further details about the study.
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park
100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor, Suite A14
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
Leaf and yard waste collection is picked up every other week, on garbage collection day, from mid-March into December.
For more information on how to participate in the City’s yard waste collection service, see your local collection calendar. Here are some helpful reminders (PDF) about how to participate in yard waste collection. The City has a policy regarding approved containers to use for curbside collection of leaves and yard waste. If you want to use kraft paper yard waste bags, or learn more about suitable bags see Frequently asked questions: All about kraft bags.
City of Toronto getting ready for winter season
“Toronto received a break from mother nature last winter but the City of Toronto has not let down its guard as it gets ready to tackle snow and ice this winter.
Winter is also high season for watermain breaks. Cold weather and rapid swings between periods of thaw and freezing put pipes under stress. Crews are ready to respond to minor and severe breaks 24/7.
As soon as the snow begins, Transportation Services sends out its salt trucks to the expressways and the main roads. After that, the salt trucks move to the local roads. If the City receives 2.5 centimetres of snow, the plows are sent to the expressways. When the snow reaches five centimetres, the plows go to the main roads and plowing continues for the duration of the storm.
When the snow stops and if the snow accumulation reaches eight centimetres, plows will be sent to the local roads.
The City will clear snow from sidewalks on local roads where it is mechanically possible to do so after eight centimetres (five centimetres in January and February) of snow has fallen. In the central core of the city, property owners are required to clear their sidewalks of snow 12 hours after a storm has taken place.
More information about sidewalk snow clearing in Toronto, including a map of where the service takes place, is available at
The City of Toronto’s levels of service for snow clearing meet those set by the Province of Ontario for municipalities and road authorities. These levels of service were adopted by Toronto City Council in 2009.
The public can help the City’s efforts in clearing snow by doing a few simple things such as not pushing snow back onto the road after clearing snow from their sidewalks and driveways, avoiding parking on city streets to help the plows do their work, and taking public transit whenever possible. The public is also reminded to clear snow from around hydrants after a snowfall.
In 2012/13, the City will again concentrate on an improved level of service for sidewalk snow clearing. That includes increasing service on main streets with high pedestrian volumes and frequent transit stops, streamlining the service so that it follows closely behind roadway plowing, and enhancing service to prevent ice build-up on sidewalks in prolonged cold periods.
Transportation Services continues to reduce salt use as part of its Salt Management Plan. The City of Toronto has improved its fleet of salt spreading trucks, provided better training for staff who operate salt trucks, as well as improving salt storage and handling techniques.
Residents who have questions about snow clearing efforts or watermain breaks in their area can call the City at 311. Anyone who spots a watermain break is also encouraged to call 311.
Besides snow and cold weather, there are numerous causes of watermain breaks and the City of Toronto is taking steps to address the ongoing problem, currently spending $86 million to improve the watermain distribution system.
Toronto Water is dealing with aging infrastructure and through the capital infrastructure renewal program, approximately 50 to 60 kilometres of watermain pipes are being replaced annually. In addition, three rehabilitation programs continue: cathodic protection of watermain pipes, cleaning and cement mortar lining, and structural lining.
Response crews are available 24/7 to locate, assess and repair watermain breaks in order to restore service as quickly as possible.
More information about watermain breaks can be viewed in a brief video at
More details about the City of Toronto’s overall winter operations are available at http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/.”
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/