Metrolinx Accessibility Public Meetings Reminder

Posted on October 27, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

Once again, Metrolinx will be hosting its annual series of public meetings across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area about accessibility.

They want to hear from members of the public about the accessibility of GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, and their new and upcoming Rapid Transit services and projects.

Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Metro Hall
55 John Street, Toronto
Rooms 308 & 309 (third floor)

At each in-person meeting, participants will have an opportunity to:

  • learn about past, current and future accessibility activities at Metrolinx and its operating divisions and business units;
  • discuss and provide input to accessibility initiatives through round table sessions; and
  • interact directly with Metrolinx staff involved with accessibility projects.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, real-time captioning and attendant services will be provided at the in-person meetings. Alternative formats and other accommodations will be made available upon request.

To help them prepare for the meetings, they are asking anyone who is interested in attending to register in advance, via email at, or by calling 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY teletypewriters only). As part of the registration, they ask that participants please identify which meeting they plan to attend, what accommodations they may require (if any) to participate fully in the meeting, and which two topic areas you are most interested in discussing at the meeting (GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, Light Rail Transit/Bus Rapid Transit, municipal transit).

The Accessibility Public Meetings webpage ( includes additional information about the meetings.

For more information, or to provide input, please contact the Accessibility Team via email at, or by phone at 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY teletypewriters only).

Picturing the City Reminder

Posted on October 27, 2016

Just a friendly reminder of this enthralling discussing of photography in the city.

What role does photography play in shaping our perceptions of the city?

Join photographers Dwayne Sybbliss and Yasin “Yescene” Osman, along with Cynthia Roberts and Norma Garcia of She Moves Group as they reflect on their experiences documenting today’s Toronto. Moderated by Colin Boyd Shafer.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Parkdale Library
1303 Queen St W

Picturing the City

Toronto Pumpkin Parades

Posted on October 27, 2016

Next Tuesday, 34 parks across Toronto will glow orange as local residents bid a final farewell to their jack-o-lanterns with a community Pumpkin Parade.

A Toronto tradition since the first pumpkin parade was organized in Sorauren Park in 2004, the parades are now hosted in parks across the city from Terraview Park in Scarborough to Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The idea has spread to other cities, including Montreal and New York City.

“Pumpkin parades are among the most anticipated events in Toronto’s parks,” said Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “It is so heartwarming to visit a pumpkin parade and to see communities come together in their public spaces.”

The pumpkin parades are organized by community organizations, Business Improvement Areas and City councillors with permits from Parks, Forestry and Recreation. The City’s Solid Waste Management division provides disposal bins to the organizers to make cleanup of the pumpkins quick and easy after the event. This measure ensures pumpkins are picked up and taken to the City’s organics processing facility to be broken down and returned to park lands and gardens as compost.

“Our parks are our common grounds, the spaces where we can come together to meet our neighbours, to get active and to participate in the life of our city,” said Janie Romoff, General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “Our staff are proud to support local community organizations in offering programming and events in parks like pumpkin parades and other events that help to define and build neighbourhood communities.”

A map of all 34 pumpkin parades, including hours and links for more information, is available at

October 2016