New 24-hour service for women in Parkdale, December 29 th , 2017 to April 15th, 2018

Posted on December 11, 2017




I am pleased to announce that a new program, providing 24 hour services for women experiencing homelessness who need warm and safe refuge from Toronto’s winter weather will be opening at the Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark’s, 201 Cowan Avenue, just south of Queen St West.


This service is part of the City of Toronto’s 24-hour Winter Respite Services. It will offer a place to sleep, warm food and drinks, referrals to community services, and housing assistance to up to 21 women.

The service will begin December 20th with an overnight services from 7 PM to 7 AM for women, the 24-hour service will start no later than December 29th.

The Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports will be operating this program for the first year. The Salvation Army has a long history of providing supports for vulnerable populations and were chosen by the City to run this 24-hour service for Women in Parkdale.

I will be co-hosting a Community Drop-in early in the New Year with the Salvation Army staff. This will be an opportunity to meet staff and ask questions. Details on date and location will be provided once confirmed.


In the meantime, the Salvation Army has provided the following contact information:


Main number for the site will be 416-901-8314.


If you have specific concerns or suggestions, or if you would like to make donations or volunteer at the drop-in, please contact Stewart King, Program Manager, , 647-302-5752.


As always, I and my staff are available to hear from you at 416-392-7919,



TrashTalk: Holiday Waste Guide

Posted on December 11, 2017

Add More Blue & Green to your Holidays

‘Tis the season for great food and getting together with friends and relatives. It is also a time when we create a lot of waste.

Did you know that 46% of what is found in the Garbage should have been put in the Green Bin (organic waste) or Blue Bin (recycling)? This is a missed opportunity to recover valuable resources and minimize what is sent to landfill. Learn how to properly sort these common holiday items.

Plastic plates & cups – Hosting a party? It’s best to use reusable dinnerware to reduce waste, but if you are using disposable plastic plates and cups, make sure you rinse them and put in the Blue Bin. Note – black plastics go in the Garbage.

Gift wrap & cards – Who doesn’t love a beautifully wrapped gift? After carefully unwrapping, reuse the wrapping paper for a future gift. If it cannot be reused, put paper gift wrap and cards in the Blue Bin. Foil wrap goes in the Garbage.

Ribbons & bows – The best thing to do with ribbons and bows is to save and reuse them for your next special occasion. If they’re not reusable, place them in the Garbage.

Cakes, cookies and clementines – It’s the season for goodies. Food waste such as fruit peels go in the Green Bin, while wooden fruit crates go in the Garbage. Empty cookie tins are great for reuse, but otherwise go in the Blue Bin.

Take-out food containers – Bringing food to a holiday potluck? Use reusable containers. If you must bring food in a take-out container, be sure to put it in the Blue Bin (though if the container or tray is black, place it in the Garbage.)

For more information on how to sort holiday waste, call 311 or visit

Steps to Justice: Your guide to law in Ontario

Posted on December 11, 2017

Community Legal Education Ontario is excited to announce the launch of Steps to Justice Steps to Justice is a new website that gives reliable, step-by-step information on common legal problems related to social assistance, criminal, employment, housing and other areas of law. You can learn more about this project in this video .

Steps to Justice:

  • helps people to understand their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
  • includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
  • gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
  • allows organizations to embed its content on their own websites for free so your clients can access legal information without leaving your website.


Please contact if you are interested in hosting an interactive workshop on Steps to Justice. Our workshops are designed for front-line workers and cover the following topics:

  • Brief overview of CLEO
  • The difference between legal information and legal advice
  • Using CLEO’s new website, Steps to Justice, to find legal information
  • Finding legal information using case scenarios
December 2017