Mad Pride Culture Night – Friday, July 10th

Posted on June 30, 2015

Free…All Welcome

Friday July 10th, 2015

5PM – 9PM

May Robinson Auditorium
20 Westlodge Ave
East of Lansdowne, North of Queen St

Community Meal
Book Launch
Two Plays
Open Stage
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Streetcar platform yellow edge tile replacement at Dundas West Station

Posted on June 29, 2015

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Dates: June 29 to July 5, 2015
Hours: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
* Timelines / content are subject to change.
Work description and purpose
TTC will be replacing the yellow edge tiles on the 504 King streetcar platform at Dundas West Station. The existing conditions of these tiles are poor and require full replacement to ensure the safety of all TTC customers.
Yellow edge tiles are installed along subway and streetcar platforms to assist customers who are visually impaired.
A variety of handheld power tools such as concrete chippers will be used to remove the existing tiles which are embedded into the platform. A small compressor will be used to power these tools.
The use of disruptive tools will be limited to the hours of 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Work hours
– Work during weekdays will generally take place between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. however disruptive work will be limited to 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
– Weekend work may occur throughout the day based on the progress of the tile replacement.
TTC service
During work hours, the streetcar platform for the 504 King service will be closed for safety. Customers will be required to board the 504 King streetcar on the 505 Dundas platform. Wayfinding signage and a station supervisor will be present to assist customers.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve transit in Toronto.
TTC contacts
– Diego Sinagoga, Community Liaison, 416-393-2197;
– Customer Service, 416-393-3030 (daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed holidays) or @TTChelps
– TTY Line: 416-481-2523 (Daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except statutory holidays)
– Route/Schedules/Fares: 416-393-4636 (INFO) and

Friend or Foe: The Intriguing World of Weeds

Posted on June 29, 2015

Fact: Weeds, those pariahs of the plant world, are actually quite fascinating. This workshop will consider weeds from an uncommon perspective – that of a naturalist. We will consider what weeds are, look at their amazing survival skills, ponder some of the behaviours that have gained them a bad rep, and celebrate the ways many weeds can be used. By the end of this workshop you might even gain some respect for these botanical outcasts. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years.

This is the third of four workshops in our new ‘Botanical Series’. The workshops can be taken separately.

At this workshop, you will:

· learn what a weed is (there are many definitions)

· identify dozens of weed species found in High Park

· discover what makes weeds so successful

· find out how weeds get here & how they spread

· learn about the detrimental effects of weeds

· learn some uses for weeds (edible, medicinal, etc.)

This workshop will take place entirely outdoors on High Park trails that are considered moderate in length and terrain.

To register for this workshop click here: Or call 416-392-1748.


West Lodge Park Community Garden Opening and Planting – *Rescheduled to Tuesday, July 7th*

Posted on June 24, 2015

West Lodge Park Community Gardens

Greenest City photo

Photo by Greenest City

Due to rain, the community garden opening and planting session HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to next Tuesday JULY 7th from 3pm to 7pm!

All are welcome to participate in the initial planting.

The group is also looking for people who are interested in participating in the garden long-term and for those that may want to have a plot.

There are 22 raised beds at West Lodge Park.

Priority for plots will be given to: people without access to space themselves, those in the West Lodge Buildings and those that live in the Parkdale area close to the garden.

The West Lodge Community Garden Group is asking for a $5 contribution towards the park. If not, please contribute what you can.

Happy Gardening!

High Park Stewards – Sunday, June 28th

Posted on June 23, 2015

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High Park Restoration Site Maintenance

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Grenadier Restaurant, Colbourne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Maintenance, aka “weeding,” is as important as planting and equally rewarding. Once the weeds are removed, the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty, and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am, and we will direct you to the site. Tools, vests, and gloves will be provided.

For more information:

Summer Activities for Newcomer Youth

Posted on June 23, 2015

The Newcomer Youth Program at West Neighbourhood House, formerly St. Christopher House, is organizing fun and exciting summer activities (July 6 – August 21) for newcomer youth between the ages of 13 to 24, including a Camping Trip for first time campers in August (Aug 18-19 Awenda Provincial Park).

(July 6 – August 21)

Monday: Board Games Club 1-4PM
Newcomer Youth Space – 1499 Queen St W

Wednesday: Indoor Basketball 2-5PM
Queen Victoria PS – 100 Close Ave

Thursday: Girls’ Sports Program 2-5PM
Queen Victoria PS – 100 Close Ave

Friday: Explore the city with field trips and events. Eg: visits to Evergreen Brickworks, Woodbine Beach, ceramics workshop, hiking, festivals and more. Register for details.

(August 18 – 19, Awenda Provincial Park)
2 Days, 1 Night

$25 to register
Registration Day
Saturday, June 27 10AM – 1PM
Bring completed registration & $25 fee to:
West Neighbourhood House
1499 Queen St W, 2nd Floor

To register or for more information contact:
Yathu: 416 206 8041

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Ravine Strategy Open House – June 25th

Posted on June 17, 2015

Date:         June 25, 2015
Time:        6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
                 Staff presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Metro Hall, Rooms 308/309
                55 John St. (John Street and King Street West, near
St. Andrew Subway Station)

Parks, Forestry and Recreation, together with City Planning and Toronto Water, will be developing a Ravine Strategy to guide the future use, management, enhancement and protection of Toronto’s ravine system. The strategy will include a shared vision for the ravine system and a set of principles to guide related policies, investments and stewardship.

The strategy will be developed in consultation with Economic Development and Culture and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and be supported by input from stakeholders, the public and an advisory group made up of internal and external stakeholders.

There is an opportunity for the public to share their views on ravines and the vision for their future at the Ravine Strategy Public Open House taking place at Metro Hall in Room 308/309 on June 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (staff presentation starts at 7 p.m.).

The public can also provide input through an online survey available at until July 24.

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Reminder: 30 km/h Speed Limit on Local Roads at Community Council Special Meeting – Monday, June 22nd

Posted on June 17, 2015

Traffic safety and speed issues are a serious concern in our neighbourhoods. Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) has called a special meeting to consider a staff report on reducing the speed limit on all local roads (TEYCC neighbourhoods) to 30 km/h.

The meeting will be held Monday June 22, 6 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall,

I encourage all of you to attend or write to Community Council to share your views on the item.

Please share with your neighbours.

City of Toronto engages public in its downtown study, ‘TOcore’

Posted on June 17, 2015

News Release

June 17, 2015

City of Toronto engages public in its downtown study, ‘TOcore’

The City of Toronto is conducting a study that looks at how downtown Toronto should grow in the decades ahead, including the physical and social infrastructure that will be needed to keep it a great place to live, work, learn and play.

“TOcore is the first comprehensive review of planning, infrastructure and livability in downtown in more than 40 years,” said Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning. “Planning properly in the core of the city is critical to the viability of the entire city and region.”

TOcore is a three-year inter-divisional study, led by the City Planning Division, and includes Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Economic Development and Culture; Transportation Services; Toronto Water; Social Development, Finance and Administration, Children’s Services, the Environment & Energy Office, Shelter, Support & Housing, Toronto Public Health, and Toronto Employment & Social Services, in addition to the many agencies and organizations that serve and support the downtown core.

Members of the public are invited to join the conversation and provide City staff with their input on this study. Three community consultation meetings, organized by ward, are scheduled this month. Each meeting will begin with an open house at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7 p.m., and will end with comments and a question period where the public can interact with City staff around a series of information boards.

Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, June 18, Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne St.
  • Tuesday, June 23, Metro Hall, 55 John St. (Room 308)
  • Monday, June 29, Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis St.

This first round of public engagement is aimed at raising awareness of the TOcore study and its objectives, seeking input on key trends at play, and gaining an understanding of issues to be tackled.

The study will result in a renewed plan for the downtown core. It will also develop a series of hard and soft infrastructure strategies for parks and public spaces, walking and cycling networks, surface transit, community facilities, water and wastewater systems, and energy. The study is currently in its first phase.

The study area is bordered by Bathurst in the west, the Don River in the east, the lake to the south and Rosedale Valley Road and Davenport in the north.

Downtown Toronto is growing rapidly – four times faster than the city as a whole.  This growth reflects downtown’s success in attracting residents seeking livable, mixed-use neighbourhoods close to employment opportunities. The TOcore study will help to ensure the long-term viability of downtown as a place to live, work, learn and play.

Downtown Toronto is the region’s premier and most accessible employment centre. It is also a hub for culture, entertainment, shopping, higher learning, research, health care and government. With over 480,000 jobs, 225,000 residents, plus post-secondary students, shoppers and those seeking entertainment, more than 830,000 people are in the downtown core over the course of an average day.

Over the summer and fall, City staff will be organizing pop-up consultations at various locations across downtown including¬ in parks, at festivals and in the underground PATH. The schedule of dates, times and locations for pop-up consultations is available at

Those unable to attend the consultations in person can review materials and provide feedback on the City’s website at

On Twitter, follow @CityPlanTO and use #TOcore to keep up to date on this and other projects.

The next round of engagement will commence in the fall, and is intended to hear public feedback on study priorities.

June 2015