Posted on August 26, 2016

High Park Stewards Banner


Don’t worry, we still have a full working schedule in the fall.
September provides some variety:
Sept 11: Fall Planting
Sept 25: Seed Collection
October and November will be spent Buckthorn Busting
Please read below for other activities.

Instead of the usual photo of weeds, here’s one that shows why we do this.

We will be working from 10:30 to around 12:30. We work rain or shine protecting our restoration sites, but not during lightning storms. Meet us at 10:30 in front of the Grenadier Restaurant. A small group may also be working in the Boulevard Beds.

The location and the targets are TBA based on need. If possible and necessary we will be watering our new planting site. The usual suspects in August are Hedge Parsley, Tall Sweet White Clover, Ragweed and Himalayan Balsam but there are many other possibilities. Any amount of work is really useful and needed.

Get ready for fall/winter recreation program registration in Toronto

Posted on August 26, 2016

Get ready for fall/winter recreation program registration in Toronto


The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to get ready for September community recreation registration days. Registration occurs over four days in September and includes fall recreation, skating and swim programs as well as ski and some winter recreation programs. This September, over 27,000 programs are available in 248 community centres, pools and arenas.


Get Ready!

Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 in Etobicoke/York; Sunday, September 11 in Scarborough; Tuesday, September 13 in North York; and Wednesday, September 14 in Toronto and East York districts.


Planning ahead makes registration easier. Prior to registration day, residents should visit http://www.toronto.ca/torontofun to:

  • Build a list of choices (program titles and barcodes) using the website or the printed FUN Guide
  • Have your family number and client numbers ready
  • Have a payment method ready or credit on your account, if fees apply


The number of online registrations increased from 88 per cent last summer to more than 91 per cent completed this past June.


Registering online is the easiest and fastest way to plan for fall and winter recreation. In June, 72 per cent of users were able to log in to the registration system in 15 minutes or less and, on average, each registration was completed in just over seven minutes.


Those who wish to register for programs will need to set up an account. Call 416-338-4386, e-mail pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or speak with staff at a City community centre to get a family number and a client number, update your account information, put a credit on your account or request information on the Welcome Policy. Recreation staff will also be available in-person to help with accounts and recreation planning. Check at your local community centre for designated hours.


Welcome Policy yearly credit
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. People receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wp.

Free programs

Many community centres offer free recreation programs including leisure swimming and skating, and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information about free and low-cost programming options is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation.

Older adult discounts
Older adults (60+ years) who register for adult programs receive a 50 per cent discount.

Another Opportunity to Comment on the Toronto Ward Boundary Review

Posted on August 26, 2016

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) team is seeking feedback from the public, stakeholders and Members of City Council on two items outlined in the Toronto Ward Boundary Review Additional Information Report:


  • REVISED OPTION 2 which has 44 wards and incorporates the refinements suggested during the TWBR public consultation process in August – November 2015; and;
  • A WARD OPTION that is aligned, where possible, with the boundaries of the 25 federal and provincial ridings.


This information was requested by the City of Toronto Executive Committee at its meeting on May 24, 2016. Based on the input received, a TWBR Supplementary Report will be prepared and submitted to the Executive Committee meeting on October 26, 2016.



There are two ways to provide comments:

o   Sept 14th, 2016. 7-9pm. Metro Hall

o   Sept 15th, 2016. 7-9pm. Scarborough Civic Centre

o   Sept 19th, 2016. 7-9pm. North York Civic Centre

o   Sept 21st, 2016. 7-9pm. Etobicoke Civic Centre


Project Background & Timeline

From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect opinions on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report (May 2016) summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.




More information can be found at www.drawthelines.ca

Toronto Tree Bylaws – How to recognize and report contraventions of our Street Tree and Private Tree Bylaws

Posted on August 26, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:30p.m.8:30p.m.

Cost: Free
Registration Recommended

Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John St
Toronto, ONM5V 3C6

As citizens we can play an important role in helping the City of Toronto enforce our tree bylaws. Join us for a presentation and Q&A with:

Mark Ventresca, Supervisor
Arthur Beauregard, Manager
Urban Forestry Tree Protection & Plan Review
Directions, parking and accessibility info








Municipal Licensing and Standards: Responsible dog ownership information campaign launch

Posted on August 26, 2016

Municipal Licensing and Standards and Parks, Forestry and Recreation launches responsible dog owner campaign

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to be responsible pet owners and keep their dogs on a leash at all times. In addition to increased bylaw enforcement in parks, changes in shifts and “zero tolerance” for dogs off-leash, a communications campaign is being launched with Parks to educate residents about their responsibilities when having pets in the city.

Components of the campaign include: advertising in Parks Fun Guide, transit posters in TTC shelters (print and digital – see image below). Other components include: posters, Dogs Off Leash 101 public education piece, information on website, postcards and social media campaign.


A1604239_DogOwnership_poster-page-001 (2)

August 2016