Lansdowne/Bloor Overnight Work – March 22-24 & March 26

Posted on March 21, 2016

Metrolinx / GO Transit will be conducting overnight work near the Lansdowne Avenue bridge to prepare for the upcoming bridge spans replacement. The work will take place from Tuesday, March 22 to Thursday March 24 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. They do not expect this work to be noisy.
 
Starting at midnight on Saturday, March 26 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, Metrolinx will be replacing rail approximately between Lansdowne Avenue and Bloor Street. There may be some noise associated with this work.
 
This work can only be completed overnight when there is minimal train activity.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about this work, please do not hesitate to contact Metrolinx at 416-581-1300 or gts@gotransit.com

Lansdowne/Bloor Overnight Work – March 22-24 & March 26

Posted on March 21, 2016

Metrolinx / GO Transit will be conducting overnight work near the Lansdowne Avenue bridge to prepare for the upcoming bridge spans replacement. The work will take place from Tuesday, March 22 to Thursday March 24 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. They do not expect this work to be noisy.
 
Starting at midnight on Saturday, March 26 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, Metrolinx will be replacing rail approximately between Lansdowne Avenue and Bloor Street. There may be some noise associated with this work.
 
This work can only be completed overnight when there is minimal train activity.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about this work, please do not hesitate to contact Metrolinx at 416-581-1300 or gts@gotransit.com

PCLS Strategic Planning roundtable – Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22

Posted on March 17, 2016

Parkdale Community Legal Services is currently developing a 3 year strategic plan. As part of the process, we’re looking for input from community members and organizations. We want to clarify the future role of PCLS and its relationship with our community. To achieve this, we’re hosting two roundtable discussions next week. If you are able to make it to either of these meetings please let me know as soon as possible. We value your input about how we can serve the community better.

Dates:

  • Monday, March 21

Time: 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM (pizza will be served at 6:15)

  • Tuesday, March 22

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM (snacks will be served at 3:45)

Where: Parkdale Community Legal Service, 1266 Queen Street West

Format: An informal facilitated discussion

Your host: Since 1971, Parkdale Community Legal Services has delivered poverty law services to low-income residents of Parkdale. We cover a wide variety of subject areas, including social assistance, workers’ rights, tenants’ rights, immigration law, mental health law, and domestic violence issues.

Your moderator: Over the last ten years Alan Kay of the Glasgow Group has hosted a Roundtable discussion series bringing together like-minded sta

keholders to share their knowledge, ideas and insights about complex issues. These discussions provide insights that are amplified with clarity.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742683695964186/

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PCLS Strategic Planning roundtable – Monday, March 21 & Tuesday, March 22

Posted on March 17, 2016

Parkdale Community Legal Services is currently developing a 3 year strategic plan. As part of the process, we’re looking for input from community members and organizations. We want to clarify the future role of PCLS and its relationship with our community. To achieve this, we’re hosting two roundtable discussions next week. If you are able to make it to either of these meetings please let me know as soon as possible. We value your input about how we can serve the community better.

Dates:

  • Monday, March 21

Time: 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM (pizza will be served at 6:15)

  • Tuesday, March 22

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM (snacks will be served at 3:45)

Where: Parkdale Community Legal Service, 1266 Queen Street West

Format: An informal facilitated discussion

Your host: Since 1971, Parkdale Community Legal Services has delivered poverty law services to low-income residents of Parkdale. We cover a wide variety of subject areas, including social assistance, workers’ rights, tenants’ rights, immigration law, mental health law, and domestic violence issues.

Your moderator: Over the last ten years Alan Kay of the Glasgow Group has hosted a Roundtable discussion series bringing together like-minded sta

keholders to share their knowledge, ideas and insights about complex issues. These discussions provide insights that are amplified with clarity.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1742683695964186/

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emPATH: An Art Exploration with PARC, Celebrating Parkdale. Friday March 18th & Saturday March 19th

Posted on March 17, 2016

emPATH: An Art Exploration with PARC, Celebrating Parkdale.

Parkdale is changing a lot. And quickly.
For those of us who call Parkdale home, it’s hard not to notice these changes.
The places where we live are becoming expensive homes, apartments, and condos.
The places where we go are becoming designer boutiques and fine dining restaurants.
Many of our friends are being forced to leave. Maybe we are being forced to leave too.
What do these changes in the neighbourhood mean to you?
How do they make you feel?
On March 18th and 19th, PARC is celebrating its 36th anniversary, and we invite you to
experience em|PATH: a creative exploration of how neighbourhood changes are being felt by community members. Join us for an exhibition, art sale, community meal, live performances, and walking tours of neighbourhood locations that are important to the PARC community – and maybe to you.
Experience the stories, creativity, and resilience of Parkdale!

Friday, March 18th, 2016
5:00 – 10:00 pm
PARC, 1499 Queen St. W.
5:00 pm: Community Walking Tour
6:30 pm: PARC Anniversary and Community Feast
7:30 pm: Circle of Light Performance
and Storytelling
8:00 pm: Zephie James Band: The Road to Soul

Saturday March 19th, 2016
3:00 – 9:00 pm
Greenest City, 201 Cowan Ave.
(Church of Epiphany & St. Mark, south entrance)
3:00 pm : Community Walking Tour

PARC, 1499 Queen St. W.
4:00 – 9:00 pm : Exhibition and Art Sale
6:00 pm : Community Walking Tour
7:00 pm : Live Music and Performances
This exhibition is a part of the Myseum Intersections Festival.
http://www.parc.on.ca
http://myseumoftoronto.com/event/empath

Shopping carts by MABELLEarts; worm sculpture by Tyde Cambridge, a PARC member. Photo: Adam Krawesky

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emPATH: An Art Exploration with PARC, Celebrating Parkdale. Friday March 18th & Saturday March 19th

Posted on March 17, 2016

emPATH: An Art Exploration with PARC, Celebrating Parkdale.

Parkdale is changing a lot. And quickly.
For those of us who call Parkdale home, it’s hard not to notice these changes.
The places where we live are becoming expensive homes, apartments, and condos.
The places where we go are becoming designer boutiques and fine dining restaurants.
Many of our friends are being forced to leave. Maybe we are being forced to leave too.
What do these changes in the neighbourhood mean to you?
How do they make you feel?
On March 18th and 19th, PARC is celebrating its 36th anniversary, and we invite you to
experience em|PATH: a creative exploration of how neighbourhood changes are being felt by community members. Join us for an exhibition, art sale, community meal, live performances, and walking tours of neighbourhood locations that are important to the PARC community – and maybe to you.
Experience the stories, creativity, and resilience of Parkdale!

Friday, March 18th, 2016
5:00 – 10:00 pm
PARC, 1499 Queen St. W.
5:00 pm: Community Walking Tour
6:30 pm: PARC Anniversary and Community Feast
7:30 pm: Circle of Light Performance
and Storytelling
8:00 pm: Zephie James Band: The Road to Soul

Saturday March 19th, 2016
3:00 – 9:00 pm
Greenest City, 201 Cowan Ave.
(Church of Epiphany & St. Mark, south entrance)
3:00 pm : Community Walking Tour

PARC, 1499 Queen St. W.
4:00 – 9:00 pm : Exhibition and Art Sale
6:00 pm : Community Walking Tour
7:00 pm : Live Music and Performances
This exhibition is a part of the Myseum Intersections Festival.
http://www.parc.on.ca
http://myseumoftoronto.com/event/empath

Shopping carts by MABELLEarts; worm sculpture by Tyde Cambridge, a PARC member. Photo: Adam Krawesky

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505 Dundas service changes and overnight work Date: March 21 to May 2, 2016

Posted on March 17, 2016

Dundas West Station – 505 streetcar track closure

505 Dundas service changes and overnight work
Date: March 21 to May 2, 2016

Work description and purpose
From March 21 to May 2, the south streetcar track at Dundas West Station will be closed to accommodate underground water main work, requiring 505 Dundas streetcars to temporarily divert.
This work is part of the overall upgrades at the adjacent storage yard for subways. Upgrades include rehabilitating the pipes and the sprinkler system in order to ensure safety. The yard will be used to store additional subway cars.

Work activities at Dundas West Station
A high-pressured vacuum system will be used to excavate down to the underground water main. To ensure customer safety, work will take place overnight for approximately three nights (March 21, 22 and 23).

TTC service (5 a.m. on March 21 to 5 a.m. on May 2)
Starting at 5 a.m. on March 21, 505 Dundas streetcars will not enter Dundas West Station.
• 505 Dundas streetcars will operate both ways between High Park Loop (on Parkside Drive) to regular routing on Dundas Street (see map).
• 504/304 King streetcar service to Dundas West Station will be maintained.
• Customers can transfer between 504/304 and 505 streetcars at the intersection of Howard Park Avenue and Roncesvalles
Avenue. Proof-of-payment, such as a paper transfer, will be required.

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2016 Nominations for the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards – Deadline Monday, May 2, 2016

Posted on March 16, 2016

Do you know someone or a community group who is making a difference in Toronto by reducing barriers to civic participation? Celebrate their accomplishments – nominate them for an award.

The City’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards recognize significant efforts of Toronto residents who are working to build a city in which all residents are full and equal participants in the social, cultural, economic, recreational and political life of the city. Each year, the City celebrates the contributions made by nominated residents or groups at an awards ceremony held in December.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, May 2, 2016.
Nominees must be residents of the City of Toronto.

To nominate and for more information including past recipients:www.toronto.ca/civicawards

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Notice to Local Residents – High Park Controlled Burn

Posted on March 2, 2016

City of Toronto Urban Forestry is planning to undertake a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in High Park in early spring 2016. Weather and onsite ground conditions are currently being monitored by City staff and burn consultants to determine the appropriate time window for a prescribed burn.

Once ideal weather conditions are achieved and a burn date has been selected, a News Release will be issued to notify the public 24 – 48 hours before ignition. Stippled areas on the map indicate the planned burn zones in High Park. During the implementation of the burn, access may be temporarily restricted in areas near burn sites to ensure the safety of park users.

Prescribed burns are part of Urban Forestry’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare Black Oak woodlands and savannahs. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Fire-dependent
ecosystems, like Black Oak savannahs, contain prairie plants that respond positively to prescribed burning, and grow more vigorously than they would in the absence of fire.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will rise and not negatively affect surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible, however, that weather conditions could change and smoke from burning vegetation could impact residential areas near the park. It is recommended that all residents close windows or leave the immediate area at the time of the burn to avoid any potential sensitivity to the smoke.

The 2016 burn will be the 13th prescribed burn in High Park. It follows on the tremendous success of the Black Oak woodland and savannah restoration programs which Urban Forestry began in 2000 in High Park, Lambton Park, and South Humber Park.

For more information about the prescribed burn program and ongoing urban forest management, please visit www.toronto.ca/trees, or call 311.

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