Earth Hour In Roncesvalles Village

Posted on March 23, 2015

Join us on Saturday March 28 for an annual tradition: the Earth Hour candlelight walk down Roncesvalles Avenue!

We will meet at the corner of Dundas and Roncesvalles at 8:30 PM and will be walking south to Queen Street.

Please bring your own candle and lantern!

Before, during or after the walk, enjoy the rest of the evening by candlelight in one of our participating restaurants or cafés.

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge

Posted on March 18, 2015

Saturdays  March 21, March 28 & April 4 and Sundays, March 22 & April 5

12 to 4 p.m.

Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot eggs hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission. Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

High Park Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your Easter basket and join in this annual community event hosted by Colborne Lodge.  Children enjoy egg hunts  on the grounds of the High Park Children’s Garden and colour eggs using natural dyes inside historic Colborne Lodge. $3 for egg hunts and $1 for egg dyeing.  Registration not required.

Times for the Easter Egg Hunt

For children 5 years and under: 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00

For children 6 years and up: 11:30. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30

For all age groups: 3:00

Please note that Colborne Lodge Drive between The Queensway and south of the Grenadier Restaurant will be closed to vehicular traffic on the day of the Easter Egg Hunt. 

UP Express Service Testing Continues With Overnight Trials Beginning March 30

Posted on March 18, 2015

What GO Transit are doing
• Beginning March 30, UP Express trains will be operating intermittently overnight to get ready for service launch.
• Trains will be tested every 15 minutes along the corridor from Union Station to Pearson Airport from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
• Testing will take place Monday to Friday and will be intermittent pending weather and testing conditions.
• There will be no testing on Good Friday, April 3. • Following the overnight service testing, daytime simulated service testing begins April 13.
• As with the overnight service testing, trains will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday from Union Station to Pearson Airport.

How this will affect you

• Residents may hear the trains operating in the rail corridor.
• When UP Express daytime weekday service testing begins on April 13, any remaining GTS construction (e.g. noise walls) will be limited to occasional evenings and weekends.
• Reminder that train time is any time so please be safe and remember not to trespass onto the rail tracks.

Your Strachan Community Relations team is Mandeep, Carmen and Salza
901 King Street West ● 416-581-1300 ● ● @GTS_Project

LEAF and City of Toronto launch Maple Leaf Forever Online Auction

Posted on March 18, 2015

LEAF is working with the City of Toronto, the Green Living Show and Ontario Wood on a design exhibition and auction. Unique designs, submitted through a competitive process and selected by a panel of judges, are being crafted by local artists using wood from the Maple Leaf Forever Tree.  A portion of the proceeds for this project will support LEAF’s urban forestry initiatives.

Visit their online auction to view each item, learn about the designers and place your bids! You can place online bids anytime from now until the auction closes.  Photos will be updated as the designers’ work progresses. The pieces will also be exhibited at the Green Living Show(March 27-29, 2015), where you can see them in person.  You can also place online bids right at the exhibit (using your smartphone or their iPad). The online auction closes at exactly the same time that the Green Living Show closes – March 29, 2015 at 5:00pm.

West Queen West Planning Study – Movement Issues Meeting – March 30, 2015

Posted on March 16, 2015


Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue

City Planning staff are continuing a study to review the policy context, built form standards and heritage character of the properties on both sides of Queen Street West from Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. The study will also look at movement in the corridor, focus on understanding the character of the street and creating a vision for future development.

Please join us for a presentation and open house which will focus on movement – transit, walking, traffic, parking and cycling – in the corridor. Staff from the TTC, the Toronto Parking Authority, Transportation Services and Toronto Cycling will be on hand to share information and take your questions and comments. Feedback received at this meeting will be vital to understanding movement issues in the corridor and to help staff develop recommendations for City Council.

Date: March 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Place: Senhor Santo Cristo Catholic School – Gymnasium, 30 Humbert Street

To speak to the planner directly, contact Avery Carr, at 416-392-0423 or . You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2. To provide comments online, use the link below.

You may also contact Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, at (416) 392-7919.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to be included in notifications, please email your name and full mailing address to Colleen Auld at

Notice to correspondents:
Personal information received at community consultation meetings or contained in correspondence with the City is collected under sections 8 and 136 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 specifically for creating a public record of information potentially relevant to making an informed decision. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the Planner listed above.

Compliance with City Council policy respecting Notice may result in you receiving duplicate notices.
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West Bend Community Association Meeting – March 25th, 2015

Posted on March 12, 2015


Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in Ward 14 High Park-Parkdale and across the city.

The West Bend Community Association will hold its monthly meeting on:

Wednesday March 25th

Indian Road Crescent Public School (Indian Rd Crescent and Humberside Ave)

Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor

7:00PM to 9:PM

Guest speaker is Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo.

2015 City of Toronto Budget Motion

Posted on March 11, 2015

Yesterday at City Council I presented a motion to address the pressures in our City budget.

NOW ON-LINE: Bloor-Perth Underpass Art Project Public Consultation

Posted on March 9, 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the consultation with the shortlisted artists. If you weren’t able to attend, it’s not too late to give us your feedback.

The concepts are now available online at

Help choose the art by sending in your feedback on each of the concepts to by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Please use the questions below to help guide you when writing your feedback for each artist:

  • What most interests you, intrigues you, or otherwise engages you about this work?
  • Is the artist’s vision clear to you? If not, what would help make it so?
  • In what ways might this artwork enhance or speak to your experience of your neighbourhood?
  • What, if any, is the unique ability of this work to continue to engage passersby over time?

March Break Skate at Ricoh Coliseum

Posted on March 9, 2015

Families are invited for free skating sessions March 16 to 19 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

You will need your own skating gear, as Ricoh Coliseum does not rent equipment.

Children 12 years and under are required to wear a CSA-approved helmet. Family skate sessions are first-come, first-served. No more than 250 people are permitted on the ice at any time.

A liability waiver will be available at the Coliseum and must be signed upon entry by a parent or caregiver 18 years or older. The entrance is next to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, off Nunavut Road. More information is available by calling 311.

March 2015