Blues For Edmond – A Benefit Concert For PARC

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

 

“The tragic death of Edmond Yu compelled PARC to ensure all people with mental illness have a place they
know they belong. Your support is needed so we can continue our important work.

For 32 years Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre has opened doors to anyone needing a hot meal and a safe place to gather. And today PARC is so much more. It’s a community where people rebuild their lives.

With the construction of Edmond Place, PARC turned a burned-out rooming house into 29 units of quality, supportive housing. Our kitchen serves 9,500 healthy meals every month and we are a launch point for a host of creative, recreation and wellness programming. From music to knitting, hockey to yoga – it all happens at PARC.

Your support is needed. Join us for a night of great music with people like you who believe we must ensure
what happened to Edmond Yu never happens again.

For advance tickets call: Geoff Gans @ PARC (416) 537-2262 ext. 244”

 

To learn more about PARC please see:  http://parc.on.ca/

City of Toronto – Spaces Still Available In City of Toronto's March Break Camps

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

Spaces still available in City of Toronto’s March Break camps

The City of Toronto will offer high-quality camps for the March Break that provide a fun, safe and exciting experience for everyone at reasonable prices.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation camps are available for the week of March 11 to 15 for three to 15 year olds. The camps offer a wide range of activities and adventures.

City of Toronto museums present day camps and drop-ins that run from March 9 to 17. More information about costs, locations and camp details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation offers a variety of activity and specialty camps in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents are invited to sign up for ski and snowboarding camp at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park. Artists can unleash their creativity at the Barbara Frum fine art camp. Participants can flip and tumble away their March Break at Northview Heights Secondary Schools’ gymnastic camp. Other options include dance camp at Cedarbrook Community Centre, cheerleading camp at James S. Bell Community Centre, or swim camp at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre.

Activity camps are designed to give children a fun-filled, action-packed, safe camp experience. Over the course of the camp session, campers will be involved in arts and crafts, games, sports, special events, outdoor activities and local trips.

Specialty camps are geared for children who want to develop or fine-tune their skills in specialized areas of interest. Skilled and experienced instructors provide the instructional programs. All of these programs are complemented with a full line up of traditional camp activities. Areas of interest include, for example, gymnastics, hockey, snowboarding, swimming, visual arts, cooking, science, dance, computers and tennis.

Children can also take part in week-long camps and daily family drop-ins at Toronto’s museums.

Day camps with extended hours are available at Gibson House Museum, Montgomery’s Inn and Scarborough Museum. Children can creatively explore Toronto’s history through fun-filled activities including historic cooking, traditional games, crafts and nature exploration. All camps require pre-registration.

Families can also drop in for tours and special programming at Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens.

 

 

 

City of Toronto – Spaces Still Available In City of Toronto’s March Break Camps

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

Spaces still available in City of Toronto’s March Break camps

The City of Toronto will offer high-quality camps for the March Break that provide a fun, safe and exciting experience for everyone at reasonable prices.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation camps are available for the week of March 11 to 15 for three to 15 year olds. The camps offer a wide range of activities and adventures.

City of Toronto museums present day camps and drop-ins that run from March 9 to 17. More information about costs, locations and camp details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

Parks, Forestry and Recreation offers a variety of activity and specialty camps in neighbourhoods across the city. Residents are invited to sign up for ski and snowboarding camp at Earl Bales Park and Centennial Park. Artists can unleash their creativity at the Barbara Frum fine art camp. Participants can flip and tumble away their March Break at Northview Heights Secondary Schools’ gymnastic camp. Other options include dance camp at Cedarbrook Community Centre, cheerleading camp at James S. Bell Community Centre, or swim camp at Mary McCormick Recreation Centre.

Activity camps are designed to give children a fun-filled, action-packed, safe camp experience. Over the course of the camp session, campers will be involved in arts and crafts, games, sports, special events, outdoor activities and local trips.

Specialty camps are geared for children who want to develop or fine-tune their skills in specialized areas of interest. Skilled and experienced instructors provide the instructional programs. All of these programs are complemented with a full line up of traditional camp activities. Areas of interest include, for example, gymnastics, hockey, snowboarding, swimming, visual arts, cooking, science, dance, computers and tennis.

Children can also take part in week-long camps and daily family drop-ins at Toronto’s museums.

Day camps with extended hours are available at Gibson House Museum, Montgomery’s Inn and Scarborough Museum. Children can creatively explore Toronto’s history through fun-filled activities including historic cooking, traditional games, crafts and nature exploration. All camps require pre-registration.

Families can also drop in for tours and special programming at Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens.

 

 

 

City of Toronto – Activities For A Fun Family Day on February 18

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

The City of Toronto encourages residents to enjoy this year’s Family Day on Monday, February 18 by making the most of the City’s recreational activities, museums and other attractions.

City of Toronto municipal childcare centres, libraries and some community recreation centres will be closed on the Family Day holiday. The Toronto Zoo will be open. All City of Toronto emergency services and 24-hour operations will continue to be provided.

Details about Family Day recreational activities and museum programming follow.

Outdoor skating
Family Day schedules for outdoor rinks and select indoor rinks vary and are available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skating or by calling 311. CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for children under six years of age, and are recommended for skaters of all ages. There is no charge for public skating at indoor or outdoor rinks.

Shinny hockey
Supervised shinny hockey is available free of charge for different ages and skill levels. Family Day schedules vary at each facility and some programs are gender-specific. Schedule details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skating/dropin/hockey and by calling 311.

CSA-approved hockey helmets are mandatory for all shinny hockey participants and full face masks are also mandatory for all participants under the age of 19. The use of neck and mouth guards is strongly recommended, along with other protective equipment. Participants must have their own gloves and stick.

Skiing and snowboarding
Both of Toronto’s ski and snowboard centres will be open for public skiing and snowboarding on Family Day. Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from noon to 9:30 p.m. Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre (416-394-8754) is located at 256 Centennial Park Rd., inside Centennial Park. The Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre (416-395-7931) is located at 4169 Bathurst St., inside Earl Bales Park.

At Earl Bales, a $2.3-million investment is improving the customer experience. Participants are reaching the top of the hills faster this season with a new four-person chairlift. Indoors, rental equipment and lift passes are available for purchase all day.

The two ski and snowboard centres offer “Adults Pay, Kids Play” from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Adults pay $23.25, and up to two children under 18 years of age can ski or snowboard for free (rentals not included).

For the beginner aged eight and older, a two-hour group Introduction to Skiing and Snow Boarding lesson is available for $44. The lesson involves an instructor with a group of four to six participants. Each person receives a lift pass, rental equipment and a lesson with a certified instructor. Registration for the lesson can be made in advance by calling the preferred location to check on openings.

The use of a recognized ski or snowboard helmet for lessons is required and is strongly recommended for other participants.

For information about the Toronto Ski and Snowboard Centres, call 311 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks/skiing.

Swimming
Make a splash at one of 10 City-run indoor pools open between 2 and 5 p.m. Regular admission fees will apply on Family Day: child, youth and older adult $1, adult $2 and family $5.50. A list of locations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/swimming.

Riverdale Farm
Animal lovers are invited to visit the cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm cats at Riverdale Farm on Family Day. In addition, the farm will offer indoor board games, sewing craft with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild, and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers. Drop-in activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The farm, located at 201 Winchester St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and activities are free. More information about the farm is available by calling 416-392-6794 or visiting http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/riverdale_farm.htm.

High Park Zoo
Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep. The zoo is open daily year round from 7 a.m. to dusk, including on Family Day. For more information, call 311 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/parks/zoo/high_park.htm.

Shared Path walk
The Shared Path – the newest of the City of Toronto’s Discovery Walks – includes 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River. The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions. Maps are available to download at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/discover.htm.

Most of the City’s recreation centres will be closed on Family Day. Exceptions are those that are designated swimming or skating locations for their district. Details: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/familyday.htm

Museums
Events and activities at seven of the City of Toronto museums offer Torontonians a historic, cultural, educational and fun way to celebrate Family Day.

Selected details are provided below. More detailed Family Day information can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/familyday.htm.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Blvd.)
Families can explore Toronto’s history while visiting the Fort’s historic kitchen and sampling some traditional baking from the hearth. Regular admission applies: adults $7.96, seniors $3.81, youth $4.87, children $3.76 (plus tax), children five years and under are free. Family Day hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse (1091 Finch Ave. E.)
At the one-room Zion Schoolhouse in North York, visitors can explore everything paper and pop-up. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Family Day hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mackenzie House (82 Bond St.)
In celebration of Black History Month, visitors will be able to learn more about the early black community in Toronto, including newspapers of the day. Mike Ford, formerly of Moxy Früvous, will share his songs and children can try illumination – colouring previously drawn and printed pictures. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors $3.54, youth $2.62, children $2.65 (plus tax). Admissions is free for children four and under. Family Day opening hours: noon to 5 p.m.

Montgomery’s Inn (4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Avenue)
Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop at 2 p.m. and then host an Irish ceilidh gathering at 4 p.m. Resident storyteller Nan Brien will share tales at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Cooks in the historic kitchen will prepare tasty treats over the fire. Regular admission applies: adults $5.71, seniors and youth $2.86, children $1.90 (plus tax). Family Day hours: 1 to 5 p.m.

Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd.)
Families can join fun activities such as pioneer crafts, a scavenger hunt and wood stove baking. Hot chocolate will be available. Admission is pay what you can. Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Rd.)
At Spadina Museum, hands-on tours will give visitors opportunities to experience the luxurious world of the Austin children and the working-class lives of the chauffeur’s children. Families can engage in toys, games, school lessons and more. Kid’s Life tours will start at 12:15, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. Regular admission applies, with children five and under having free admission. Family Day hours: noon to 5 p.m.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site (bottom of Pottery Road)
Families can take tours to learn about owls, explore 19th-century historic homes and sample tasty treats prepared on the open hearth. Guests can make their own owl-theme crafts. Admission fees: adults $5.31, children $2, students/seniors $3 (plus taxes). Family Day hours: noon to 4 p.m.

The City of Toronto operates 10 historic museums that work collectively to inspire passion for the city. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/familyday.htm
or you can follow the museums at http://www.facebook.com/historictoronto and on Twitter @TOhistoricsites.

Other municipal facilities/services
The Toronto Zoo will be open as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18. More information about activities at the zoo is available at http://www.torontozoo.com.

The TTC will provide holiday service on most of its routes on February 18. More information is available at http://www.ttc.ca.

 

 

 

City of Toronto – Re-scheduling Of Public Meeting On Draft City-Wide Zoning Bylaw

Posted on February 15, 2013

 

 

Re-scheduling of public meeting on draft city-wide zoning bylaw

The statutory open house and the statutory public meeting for Toronto’s city-wide zoning bylaw have been rescheduled.

The open house will now be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the rotunda at Metro Hall, 55 John St. The open house was originally scheduled for – February 6 – at Metro Hall.

The statutory public meeting will be held Wednesday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. This meeting was originally scheduled for February 13.

The latest draft of the city-wide zoning bylaw, dated November 8, 2012, will go before the Planning and Growth Management Committee at the special statutory public meeting scheduled for March 6. If the committee recommends approval, a final draft of the bylaw will proceed to City Council for consideration/enactment. The latest draft of the zoning bylaw is available on the Clerk’s website: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&meetingId=5699#Meeting-2013.PG21

The draft city-wide zoning bylaw is also available on a series of interactive maps. You can quickly find the zoning of a property by searching by address on the maps. Links to the interactive map and more information on the progress of the zoning bylaw are available at http://www.toronto.ca/zoning.

 

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:

http://yimbytoronto.org/

 

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:

http://www.highparknaturecentre.com/ai1ec_event/high-park-history-hike/?instance_id=3449

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
E-mail: clodge@toronto.ca

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 athttp://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.HL19.3

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

Central
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:

http://www.toronto.ca/planning/condo_consultation.htm

 

 

City of Toronto – Taxicab Industry Review Survey

Posted on February 1, 2013

 

 

Taxicab Industry Review launches survey for taxicab riders

The City of Toronto has launched an online survey to gather information from taxicab passengers. The results will be used as part of an analysis of the appropriate number of taxicabs in the city.

The survey looks to gain information about how often people use taxicabs, when and where people usually get taxicabs and how long people typically wait for their ride.

The information collected will feed into Toronto’s ongoing Taxicab Industry Review.

Toronto taxicab riders are encouraged to take part in improving Toronto’s taxicab industry by participating in the online survey at

http://www.torontotaxistudy.com.

The survey is being conducted by Taxi Research Partners. This research firm was hired by the City to produce an independent report that will examine the appropriate number of taxicabs and its economic impacts, including the potential for changes to Toronto’s taxicab fare system.

To be kept up to date on the review and other upcoming consultation opportunities, please sign up for the Taxicab Industry Review mailing list at

http://www.toronto.ca/taxireview.

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