Final Public Casino Consultation

Posted on January 18, 2013




The final public casino consultation will take place this Saturday at:

Saturday January 19
Bluma Appel Salon at Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You do not need to register for this event and it is open to anyone


Important Note:

If you have not been able to make it out to a casino consultation in person, but would like to give your feedback, please complete the online survey before January 25th/13 at:


Your input will go to the City’s General Manager’s office and the results of the surveys will be used when he updates the executive committee. Please pass this link on to you friends, family, neighbours.



Lastly, if you want to learn more about the consultation process there is information from the City at  and there is also 3 reports from Toronto Public Health on the serious impacts of gambling which can be found on a previous Park Post article at   There is also substantial information from a group of concerned citizens at:



Toronto Public Health – Health Care for Newcomers

Posted on January 18, 2013



Toronto Public Health wants you to stay healthy. These free health services are available to you and your family no matter how long you’ve been in Canada. You don’t need a health card to use the following free services:

Dental Care

If you cannot afford to pay for dental care, you may be eligible for free dental care. To find out if you are eligible, call 311 and ask for a dental appointment. Interpretation provided.

Advice for Pregnant and New Mothers

Having a baby and raising children isn’t easy. Get advice on the phone about: having a healthy pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding, child growth and behaviour, toilet training and other questions. Call 416 338-7600 and ask for new parent advice. Interpretation provided.

Vaccination Services for Children

Did you know every time your child receives a vaccination you need to report it to Toronto Public Health? Doctors do not report vaccinations. Your children may be suspended from school, if they have an incomplete record or do not have a valid exemption on file. Toronto Public Health can translate your immunization record. Free immunizations are available if you don’t have a health card.

Healthy Eating

Preparing healthy food in a new country can be challenging. Contact us to get advice about children’s nutrition, shopping for groceries, community gardens, cooking programs and healthy low cost meals from many cultures. Call 416-338-7600 and ask for healthy eating advice or cooking programs. Interpretation provided.

Family Planning and Sexual Health

Toronto Public Health Clinics provide free and anonymous advice about sexual health issues. The clinics also provide confidential services such as:

  • free or low cost birth control
  • pregnancy tests and options
  • free testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • free testing for HIV

For more information call 416 392 2437. Interpretation provided.


To learn more about health care for newcomers please see:


and to watch a great video about these services see:




PARC – Community Food Flow Project

Posted on January 18, 2013


Congratulations to PARC who have received an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to conduct a two-year community food assessment study for Parkdale!

We are thrilled to announce that PARC, as a lead organization of a collaborative grant, was awarded the grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to conduct a two-year community food assessment study “Community Food Flow”– how food gets to Toronto’s neighbourhoods, particularly to populations with food access challenges – and to incubate pilot projects to create more effective and sustainable flows of healthy food to all communities.

By developing a better understanding of existing food distribution networks, the Community Food Flow project aims to create a strong network of distributors and community members with experience in developing innovations around food distribution and addressing together problems of gaps and inefficiencies in community food flows, particularly to food insecure groups. The project explores all sources of food for food insecure groups, and will therefore be able to accurately identify the bottlenecks in the community food system.

The project uses a community food assessment approach that will rely on an innovative combination of partner collaboration and community-based research to ensure maximum participation by stakeholders most affected by food insecurity. This project unites collaborators and partners across the city and with stakeholders from production, distribution and consumption sectors to explore and improve community food flow.

From early next year, we will begin to roll out assessment in Parkdale in partnership with partners in the area. The Parkdale project will build on the existing Parkdale Food Network’ and other collaborations to depict a detailed map and assess food flows in the Parkdale area.”


To learn more about the amazing people and clients at PARC please visit:

PARC – Book With US – Andrew J. Borkowski

Posted on January 18, 2013

Book with Us

For a reading adventure celebrating the richness and diversity of our neighbourhood

with the author, Andrew J. Borkowski

Coppernicus Avenue

Winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award



“Set primarily in the fictional neighbourhood of Copernicus Avenue, Andrew Borkowski’s debut collection of short stories is a daring, modern take on life in Toronto’s Polish community in the years following World War II. Copernicus Avenue captures with bold and striking prose, the spirit of a people who have traveled to a new land, not to escape old grudges and atrocities, but to conquer them

Andrew J. Borkowski is a journalist and author. Over a thirty-year career, he has published articles in the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Forum, Quill & Quire, and the Los Angeles Times.


WHEN: Monday, January 21  at 7:00 pm

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

PWYC: $10.00 Suggested
Learn about the services that PARC provides

Next in the series: Monday March 18, 2013 – Union Station, Joe Fiorito”



To learn more about the amazing people and clients at PARC please visit:

Junction BIA – Toronto Design Offsite Festival – Junction Kick-Off Weekend

Posted on January 18, 2013



January 19th – 20th is looking to be a great Weekend in the Junction, as we host Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO)- Junction Kick-Off Weekend.

During the kick- off event and throughout Toronto Design Offsite Festival ( Jan. 21-27th) attendees can visit 10 events and exhibitions at the following Junction BIA businesses: ARTiculations, East of Keele, Forever Interiors, Latitude 44 Gallery, Mjolk, Opticianado, Post + Beam Reclamation, Smash and The Hair Lounge. In addition, an installation titled The Warm-Up: Fire-Building in the Junction will be set up at the Junction Train platform, especially for the TO DO Junction Kick-Off Weekend.

TO DO is an independent and not-for-profit Toronto festival that has had immense growth since its young beginnings. The festival aims to provide exposure for local and national designers and to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design. Attendees can expect to view workshops, talks, exhibitions, installations and more.

Make sure to join us in the Junction on January 19th and 20th as we Kick-Off TO DO!

For more information about TO DO Junction Weekend Kick-Off, visit:  Or Email:

January 2013