Yes In My Backyard Festival (YIMBY)

Posted on February 5, 2013



The ‘Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) festival’, being hosted by the Centre for City Ecology.  The festival is being held On Saturday, February 16th, 2013. This year, the festival will be held in the Bram & Bruma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. At YIMBY, community groups from across Toronto showcase their achievements and accomplishments to educate policy makers and each other about the unique issues that face Toronto communities. YIMBY provides a space for residents to meet politicians and politicians to meet community groups in the spirit of people coming together for positive change. It is a celebration of grassroots, community-driven initiatives that have improved neighbourhoods and the city overall. There is no cost for entrance. It is a family-friendly event with activities for children available as well.

To see the groups involved in this years YIMBY community marketplace, or just learn more, please visit:


Colborne Lodge – Registration for High Park Summer Discovery Camps and Family Walk

Posted on February 5, 2013


“Registration for Colborne Lodge’s summer camp programs opens on Tuesday, February 19th, at 9:30 a.m.   Call the Lodge at 416-392-6916 to register.  Payment is required to confirm a registration, we accept the major credit cards over the phone. See below for camp dates and times. We will send another notice out the week before the February 19th.  Feel free to share this with your friends and acquaintances.

Come to the park this Saturday when we join in on the Nature Centre’s Family Nature Walk.  Learn about some of the winter activities enjoyed in the park in the past and present.  Staff will show some great archival photos.  Check the Nature Centre website for more info:

High Park Junior Discovery Camp

Tuesday to Friday, July 2 to 5, Aug 6 to 9 – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Children 5 to 6 years are introduced to a camp environment during this half-day program based at Colborne Lodge in High Park.  Children enjoy crafts, games, nature activities, a visit to the High Park Zoo and Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, and cooking historic recipes inside Colborne Lodge.  $70 for 4 mornings.

High Park Discovery Camp for 7 – 11 years

Monday to Friday, July 8 to 12, July 15 to 19, Aug 12 – 16, Aug 19 – 22

 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Campers experience the many natural and historic wonders of High Park.  Indoor and outdoor explorations include crafts, lawn games, nature activities, hikes to park attractions, and cooking historic recipes inside Colborne Lodge.  $175 per week.

After hours care available to 5:30 p.m., $13/week

High Park Discovery Camp for 7 – 9 years

Monday to Friday, July 22 to 26, July 29 – Aug 3

 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Campers experience the many natural and historic wonders of High Park.  Indoor and outdoor explorations include crafts, lawn games, nature activities, hikes to park attractions, and cooking historic recipes inside Colborne Lodge.  $175 per week.

After hours care available to 5:30 p.m., $13/week

Colborne Lodge, City of Toronto Museums
Phone: 416-392-6916
Fax: 416-392-0375

Toronto Public Health Achieves Baby-Friendly Initiative Designation

Posted on February 5, 2013



Toronto Public Health (TPH) is pleased to receive the prestigious Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) designation and urges other health care institutions to also seek the designation.

“On behalf of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, it is a privilege to award Toronto Public Health the Baby-Friendly designation,” said Kathy Venter, Chair, Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC). “As a model for community health services in Ontario, we urge TPH to continue to implement the global criteria as it joins the ranks of Baby-Friendly designated facilities in the world.”

The BFI is a worldwide program of the World Health Organization and UNICEF. In Canada, the BFI designation is awarded by the BCC to hospitals and community health services that put policies in place to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. These practices strengthen mother-baby and family relationships for all babies, not only those who are breastfed.

TPH is the largest community health service in Canada to receive this prominent award as well as the first designated public health facility in Ontario with a Baby-Friendly hospital within its service area, Toronto East General Hospital.

This designation ensures that Toronto residents continue to receive high quality infant feeding services from TPH staff. Families who have questions about infant feeding can call 416-338-7600 to receive telephone counselling and referrals to local breastfeeding clinics and parenting programs.

A formal presentation, awarding the BFI designation to Toronto Public Health, will be made to the Board of Health by a member of the BCC on February 11. More information is available at

City of Toronto – Condo Consultation

Posted on February 5, 2013


“The City of Toronto is conducting a consultation with condominium occupants. We want to find out about issues and problems with the way people are living in Condos. The purpose of this consultation is to engage with condo residents, condo boards, businesses located in condo buildings, property managers, City staff and others to identify possible changes to City policies related to condo living in Toronto. We are already aware of some issues that have been raised, such as:

Access to parks and dog parks;
Recreational and community amenities;
Parking , bike parking and visitor parking; and
Childcare options in the neighborhood.

The consultation will focus on:

1. Identifying the issues that condo residents are currently experiencing;
2. Developing a set of ideas to help the City of Toronto address these issues.

The City of Toronto is, “hosting four public meetings where you can learn more about this study and share your thoughts. The meetings will begin with a brief overview presentation from the project team, followed by discussion to identify the issues and ideas to address them. The meeting time and venues are provided below. We will also be launching a survey in March 2013 – keep an eye on the project website (below) for updates.
All Public Meetings are from 7-9 pm

Tues Feb 12, 2013
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
(At Yonge and Bloor)

Visit the project website for updates at:



February 2013