Doors Open Toronto 2015 – Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th

Posted on May 20, 2015

The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, offering free and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

Listed below are the Ward 14 Doors Open Toronto 2015 sites:

  • Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym
    • 29 Fraser Avenue
  • Parkdale Activity- Recreation Centre
    • 1499 Queen St. W
  • Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement
    • 6 Noble St.
  • Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple of Toronto
    • 28 Heintzman St. W
  • The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
    • 151 Glenlake Ave.
  • ZoomerMedia’s ZoomerPlex & MZTV Museum
    • 70 Jefferson Ave.

Shout Sister Choir Spring Fundraiser – Wednesday, May 27th

Posted on May 20, 2015

Shout Sister Choir – Toronto South West Choir

Spring Fundraiser Concert to benefit
Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, Lunch Outreach Program

Wednesday May 27, 2015
Emmanuel Howard Park United Church
214 Wright Ave
Tickets $10

Available from choir members or at the door.

For more information, Shout Sister Choir http://shoutsister.ca

Shout Sister Concert 2015

Public Meeting to Discuss Gardiner Expressway East – Thursday, May 21st

Posted on May 19, 2015

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This Thursday night (May 21st) at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St) there will be a public meeting regarding the Eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway. All are invited.

In June, Council will be making a decision about the Eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway. This is a key decision that the city will face in our lifetime, and will shape the city that our grandchildren will experience!

This public meeting will give Torontonians a chance to learn more aboutthe proposed options, to hear from experts Paul Bedford and Michael Kirkland, and to give residents an opportunity to weigh in on this issue. Paul Bedford is the former Chief Planner for the City of Toronto and Michael Kirkland is an architect specializing in urban design and planning.

The meeting details are as follows:
Date: Thursday May 21, 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
Hot-button issues to be discussed:
Traffic flow and travel times
Economic advantages and disadvantages
Development prospects
Long-term costs
City-building benefits and opportunities

Thanks to Councillors Joe Cressy and Joe Mihevc for co-hosting this meeting.

High Park Stewards – Garlic Mustard Busting – Sunday, May 24th

Posted on May 19, 2015

The High Park Stewards have been removing Garlic Mustard from a number of sites within the park for many years. Protocols on how best to control GM are changing all the time and we are always upgrading our skills.

We are able to notice a real positive effect from our work but there is still lots to do.

A small group will be planting in the Boulevard Beds.

As many people as possible are needed as there is no end of this plant in High Park. Celebrations Invitation

 

DATEMay 24th, 2015, 10:30am
LOCATIONMeet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

ADDRESS

We will go to our site from the Grenadier Restaurant.

Reminder: Public Consultation on Rail Safety – Thursday, May 21st

Posted on May 18, 2015

The City of Toronto is looking for public input on rail safety and proposed options for sharing information with the City, the community and railway users on railway issues.

Toronto residents are invited to provide their comments at a public meeting:

Date: Thursday, May 21
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St. (Rooms 308 and 309)

Registration for the meeting and an open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public session will begin at 7 p.m., when staff will make a formal presentation, then take questions and hear remarks from the public, and facilitate discussion on identifying and prioritizing issues. The venue is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided upon request.

Members of the public who want more information about this public meeting or who need ASL interpretation should contact the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management at oem@toronto.ca or 416-392-4554.

All residents, whether they attend the public session or not, are encouraged to fill out an online feedback form on the City’s website athttp://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/RailSafety/. All public input must be received by Monday, May 25.

Information gathered at the public meeting and through the online survey will be included in a report on rail safety and Council directions, which will be considered at a future meeting of City Council.

Horticultural Societies Plant Fair – Saturday, May 23rd

Posted on May 18, 2015

The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto will be hosting their Annual Plant and Craft Fair, on Saturday May 23 at the Parkdale Public School gyms.

The event is from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm.

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Roncesvalles – Macdonell Residents' Association Meeting: Tuesday May 26th

Posted on May 18, 2015

The Pan Am / Parapan Am Games

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents Association (RMRA) is holding a public meeting so you can hear more about how you will be impacted by the Games. Representative from TO2015 will provide tips, tools and information to help residents and local businesses get around during the Games.

The Parkdale / High Park area is located along the race routes for marathon, triathlon, cycling and race walk, which will take place in July and August. For detailed information on temporary Games-time transportation changes, as well as the race route maps, click here.

Date: Tuesday, May 26th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Ave., Fern Avenue Public School – Gym

Roncesvalles – Macdonell Residents’ Association Meeting: Tuesday May 26th

Posted on May 18, 2015

The Pan Am / Parapan Am Games

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents Association (RMRA) is holding a public meeting so you can hear more about how you will be impacted by the Games. Representative from TO2015 will provide tips, tools and information to help residents and local businesses get around during the Games.

The Parkdale / High Park area is located along the race routes for marathon, triathlon, cycling and race walk, which will take place in July and August. For detailed information on temporary Games-time transportation changes, as well as the race route maps, click here.

Date: Tuesday, May 26th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Ave., Fern Avenue Public School – Gym

The West Bend Community Association meeting – Wednesday May 20, 2015

Posted on May 14, 2015

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The Next West Bend Community Association meeting is this Wednesday May 20, 2015 at 7.00PM at Indian Road Crescent Public School, in the 2nd Floor Staff Room.

 

Sorauren Farmers’ Market Season Opener is May 18th!

Posted on May 13, 2015

I want to share some big news with you. The Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market will have its grand opening for the year on May 18th at 3 PM on the newly built Town Square. The market runs every Monday from 3 PM – to 7 PM. I hope to see you there.

We should all be proud. Over the last four years we have worked hard on a community design process and a fundraising campaign to make the Town Square available to the Farmers’ Market, community movie nights, and more. If you have an idea for a community event, let me know. You can reach me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or via telephone at 416-392-7919.

As a big supporter of the co-op movement and the Farmers’ Market I was concerned to learn that the move is having some growing pains.

It won’t surprise you that the City has more demands on its green space than it can meet. As a result, the staff who manage our parks have a permitting system in place to make sure that people have equal and fair access. One feature of the permitting system is that we try to minimize uses which have a high impact and would diminish other uses. From experience we know that uses like farmers’ markets can compact soil, destroy sod, and diminish the quality of the park. This is especially important for Sorauren Park. As you know the concrete slab that sits under the park makes drainage a serious problem and extra care needs to be taken to protect the park. Wherever possible, the City moves higher impact uses off grass and green space.

When the West End Food Co-op approached the City several years ago with the idea of a farmers’ market in Sorauren Park, City staff were concerned about the damage it would do. I worked with the Co-op and staff to develop a protocol that would allow the Co-op to operate the market.

In 2011- 13 we worked as a community to design and find funding for the Town Square. The Co-op was part of that process. We as a community came up with some great ideas to tie the Square, the famers market, the field house and the future community centre together.

When the Square opened, we worked with the Co-op to develop a transition plan to move the market to the Square. The staff person of the Co-op had direct phone and on-site meetings with City staff and my staff to plan the transition.

Now, after making that agreement the Co-op want to change it. I have offered to work with the Co-op to address any operational issues they have on the Square. I am committed to that. However, after working with the whole community and spending a lot of public and fundraised money to make the Town Square available to the market and other uses, it would be wrong to go back to the more damaging option of putting the market on the grassy area.

I look forward to hearing your ideas on how you see the Town Square being animated. Don’t forget, the Farmers’ Market runs every Monday from 3 PM to 7 PM. Hope to see you there.

Gord
SoraurenTownSquare

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