Clouds Over Sidra

Posted on November 23, 2016

Take part in an immersive experience by viewing the short film “Clouds Over Sidra” using virtual reality technology. United Nations Creative Director Gabo Arora, tells the story of life inside a refugee camp in Jordan through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl named Sidra, placing viewers within the centre of the camp through a 360-degree experience. The Sidra Project is a unique collaboration between the United Nations and Artscape that is designed to sustain interest and support for refugees to ensure their successful resettlement in Canada.

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There will be multiple viewings of the film between 2:30-4:30. Ages 13+.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Parkdale Library, 
1303 Queen St West

For specific times and more information please call the Parkdale Library.

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Frozen Pipe Prevention

Posted on November 23, 2016

Take Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes

The pipes in your home can freeze in cold weather. This can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. If your pipes are prone to freezing you may wish to contact a plumber for advice. Here are some other tips to protect your home:

-Know your pipes; ensure you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home and how it operates (in case your pipes burst).

-Insulate pipes; wrap foam pipe insulation around pipes most at risk, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic, and garage

-Eliminate drafts; seal air leaks in your home and garage to stop cold air from getting in. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes

-Drain and shut the outdoor water supply; outdoor faucets are the first to freeze. Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply, and let the taps drain

When the Weather Drops Well Below Zero

-Keep your pipes warm; keep areas that contain indoor pipes above 8 degrees Celsius, especially near the water meter

-Turn on the tap; for your own peace of mind, you can choose to run a pencil-thin stream of water to ensure some movement of water in the pipes. However, you will be charged for the water used if you choose this step

Snow Clearing for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Toronto

Posted on November 23, 2016

If you are a senior or disabled resident of Toronto, the City will clear snow from the sidewalk in front of your home in those areas where the service is not provided by machine.

The City of Toronto provides sidewalk snow clearing in most of Toronto, however, there are some areas where equipment is unable to clear sidewalks due to insufficient sidewalk width for the plows, lack of boulevard space for snow storage, and on-street parking. Most of these areas are in the older, central parts of the city.

A map showing the areas where the city provides mechanical sidewalk snow clearing is available at

Seniors and people with disabilities living in areas where the city does not clear sidewalks can contact the City at 311 to register for the program. The service applies to the sidewalk in front of the home only. It does not include driveways or walkways leading to homes. All participants in the program must renew annually to continue to receive the service.

31st Annual Nutcracker presented by Pia Bouman School

Posted on November 23, 2016

This December, the holiday spirit returns with Toronto’s longest-running Nutcracker performance. Presented by Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, a not-for-profit dance school in Parkdale, it brings together nearly 100 dancers ages 7 to 18 along with a community of volunteers and local dignitaries to share this holiday favourite. It is an annual tradition for many families in and beyond the Toronto area, that brings Parkdale and its surrounding communities together for an evening of dance and holiday cheer. Proceeds go to supporting the school’s programming and its bursary funds.

Lismer Hall, Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave.
December 16 at 7:30pm
December 17 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
December 18 at 1:30pm

Admission is $15 – $60, with and additional $10 for the Opening Night Show & Gala Reception for wine and finger foods.

Tickets are available online at beginning November 2. Limited seats will be available at the door.

If you have any questions the Pia Bouman School can be contacted at 416-533-3706.


November 2016