Because it all starts with a healthy meal.

Posted on December 4, 2014

This holiday season, support your neighbour by giving the gift of food.

As a friend of PARC, your support matters. This is because healthy meals do so much more than fill mouths. They begin conversations that build relationships, fight poverty and combat the stigma of mental health.

Amazingly, we do what we do using 90-97% donated foods. The amount PARC spends on purchased food fluctuates from month-to-month depending on the quality and quantity of donations from partners like Daily Bread, Second Harvest.

That is why your support is so big. Your support means more purchasing power for our kitchen. It means more of your neighbours can choose to access healthy and nutritious meals. And it means more food security in our community and less need for food charity across our city.


Want to give and get creative at the same time? Sign-up for the Inaugural Paper Planes for Parkdale Fundraiser hosted by our friends at Tucows.

Six Bench Holiday Campaign

Posted on December 3, 2014

Help furnish the Town Square!

Give the gift of contemplation this season by helping to fund six park benches for the new Sorauren Town Square.

Four benches are already funded… only two more to go, or about $3,800!

Big thanks to families and staff of Howard Public School for funding the first two benches. Another two have been funded thanks to the proceeds from the 2014 Sorauren Pumpkin Sale and other Town Square Phase 2 donors.

All donations receive a tax receipt. You can donate online or by cheque. All donations of $100 or more are recognized on the park donor wall.

Also, for $1,900, the price of one park bench, you can get the name of your loved one or organization on the plaque affixed permanently to the bench. Contact us for details.

Sorauren Park fundraising campaigns are managed by the non-profit Wabash Building Society in collaboration with the City of Toronto and the charitable Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Thanks to your support, more than $700,000 has been raised and leveraged to add the Sorauren Fieldhouse and the new Town Square (phase 1) to the park since 2006.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Regular meeting of the Wabash Building Society in support of Sorauren Park. Help us plan the 20th anniversary of Sorauren Park in 2015! All invited.


11 Division Home Security Seminar

Posted on December 3, 2014

11 Division

Home Security Seminar

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Where: St. Pius X Church, 2305 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM (Church Basement)

Crime Prevention Officers from 11 Division will be presenting valuable information on Home Security. We will show you what you can do (both high and low tech) to ensure that you minimize your risk of becoming a victim of a break & enter.

    Topics Include:

  • Securing your home for daily living
  • Securing your home before you travel
  • Using common sense to create a secure home
  • Tips on securing your home, Do’s & Don’t
  • How to prevent becoming a victim of a Break & Enter
  • CPTED ( Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Alarm systems,  motion sensor lights & various security solutions & demonstrations

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The Toronto Ward Boundary Review

Posted on December 2, 2014

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards. The Review is being done to ensure each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council.

A key focus of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review is making sure the number of people in each ward is similar to other wards in the city.

Any changes that occur as a result of the review will come into effect for the municipal election that takes place in 2018.

Complete a survey

The purpose of this survey is to ask residents and stakeholders what they think about Toronto’s current ward boundaries.

The feedback received from these questions will inform the development of several options for structuring Toronto’s wards. Once the options are developed, a second ‘round’ of consultation will occur starting in May 2015. At that time, the public and stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed ward boundary options.

The questions in this survey will also be asked at the 12 public meetings happening in December 2014 and January 2015.

The survey is also available in PDF format in English and 11 other languages:
Farsi Tamil Urdu Chinese (Simple) Chinese (Traditional) | French Italian | Portuguese Russian | Spanish | Tagalog

Attend a meeting

12 public meetings are scheduled for December 2014 and January 2015 as part of Round One of the Public Consultation process.

Meeting Dates
3 meetings are scheduled for each Community Council area:

Scarborough Community Council Area: Thursday, December 4, 2014; Saturday, December 6, 2014 and Monday, December 8, 2014.

Etobicoke Community Council Area: Wednesday, December 10, 2014; Saturday, December 13, 2014 and Monday, December 15, 2014.

Toronto & East York Area Community Council Area: Wednesday, January 7, 2015; Thursday, January 8, 2015 (Parkdale Library) and Saturday, January 10, 2015.

North York Community Council Area: Wednesday, January 14, 2015; Thursday, January 15, 2015 and Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Registration for City of Toronto winter skating and swimming lessons and March Break camps begins December 6

Posted on December 1, 2014

Registration for City of Toronto winter skating and swimming lessons and March Break camps begins December 6

The City of Toronto offers fun and affordable recreation programs for all ages, skill levels and interests. On Saturday, December 6 starting at 7 a.m., Toronto residents across the city will be able to register for winter skating and swimming lessons as well as March Break camps, including arts, sports, cooking and more.

Registration for winter general programs and ski and snowboard lessons opened for registration earlier and will continue throughout the winter.

Programs fill quickly, so residents are advised to be ready to register at about 7 a.m. on December 6 for the registrations that open that morning.

Step 1: Get family and client numbers
To sign up for recreation programs, Toronto residents will need a family number and individual client numbers for each member of the family. Before registration day, call 416-338-4386 or speak with staff at a City community and recreation centre to get these numbers.

Step 2: Choose programs
To find out about and choose programs, visit or look in the printed FUN Guide program listings found at City Hall, civic centres, community and recreation centres and libraries. Residents are encouraged to have a few program choices for each person in case the preferred program is full.

Step 3: Register early
Be sure to have all information and payment options ready. Many programs fill up quickly. The majority of registrations are processed on the first day of registration, and about 70 per cent of the total daily registrations are processed within the first hour.

There are four ways to register:
– Online: On the web at Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs.
– By phone: Touch Tone Registration (TTR) at 416-338-0000
– Operator assisted: Call 416-338-4386 to register through a customer service representative.
– In person: Register in person at select locations. A list of these locations is available at, by calling 311, or by speaking to staff at a Toronto community centre.

City of Toronto recreation programs are popular and many have waiting lists. If you are unable to attend the program you registered for, please contact your local community centre or call 416-338-4386 so the spot can be offered to someone else.

The City of Toronto offers a yearly credit called the Welcome Policy for residents with low incomes that can be used to register for any City recreation program. Anyone receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto is pre-approved to receive this credit talk to your caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at

Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming, skating, drop-in programs and more for children, youth and older adults. Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount. More information about free and low-cost program options is available at

December 2014