Call for Volunteers – Spring Festival 2018

Posted on February 28, 2018

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to along with your resume and list any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 30 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3) to six (6+) hour shifts, scheduled between 8:00am & 11:00pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival

The Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area (PVBIA) invites you to Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018!

Time to shake off those winter blues and visit Parkdale Village’s Queen Street West this spring for a weekend filled with sidewalk sale deals and free fun for the family.

Come out and meet shop owners, crafters, artists and community groups that make up our thriving neighbourhood!  Throughout the day enjoy some special attractions such as live performances, free craft workshops, Markets and surprise giveaways!


Posted on February 28, 2018

A message from Greenest City. Please share with your neighbours.

Hey Greenest City supporters!

Seedy Saturday Parkdale is fast approaching – this Saturday March 3rd 11:00 -4:00pm, at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church!

We are still in need of volunteers for set up, kids’ activities, tabling support, take down and photography!

If you are interested in community events, gardening/urban agriculture, or want to check out some of our amazing kitchen garden workshops THIS IS THE EVENT FOR YOU!

Please fill out this form or get in touch by responding to this email. We are ideally looking for 3 hour commitments between 9am-5pm, but would be thrilled with whatever time you are willing to give!

If you’re unable to volunteer, we hope you’ll still swing by Seedy Saturday between 11:00 – 4:00! And be sure to share our Facebook event page and keep checking the site for updates!

Looking forward to our best Seedy Saturday Parkdale yet!
For more details, contact Molly Fremes at

See you March 3rd! 

March Break Family Skate at Ricoh Coliseum

Posted on February 27, 2018

City of Toronto invites you to free Family Skating at Ricoh Coliseum (45 Manitoba Drive), located on the grounds of the Exhibition Place from March 13 – March 16, 2018, 1:30 – 4:30 pm. More details are below.


City of Toronto – Community Funding Announcement- Deadline May 4, 2018

Posted on February 22, 2018


 Funding Opportunity – Neighbourhood Grants Program – Deadline May 4, 2018

Are you a RESIDENT-LED GROUP with a great event idea that needs funding?

Grants of $1,000 – $3,000 are available to activate your neighbourhood and advance the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020).

What is the Neighbourhood Grants Program?

The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between July 15 and December 31, 2018.

 A maximum of $5,000 will be available in each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas or 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods).

 Visit the Neighbourhood Grants web page for more details and to find out if you’re eligible to apply:

 See the list of 39 identified neighbourhoods under the Eligible Neighbourhoods tab.

  • Download a working document of sample application questions (in Word doc) to help you kick start your planning!
  • Find contacts of your local Community Development Officer for questions, list of eligible and ineligible expenses, guidelines for your mentor, etc.
  • The Online Application Form will be open starting April 3rd.
  • Deadline for applications is May 4, 2018.

If your group is eligible, you are strongly encouraged to attend a Neighbourhood Grant Planning Session to be held in March and/or April.

Check out the list of meetings for your local Neighbourhood Grant Planning session.

Councillor Perks at City Council on Toronto Hydro Inquiry, Affordable Housing and Car-Share Pilot

Posted on February 15, 2018


January 31st & February 1st, 2018: Councillor Gord Perks at City Council on Toronto Hydro Inquiry, Affordable Housing & Shelter, and Car-Share Pilot.

Councillor Perks on Toronto Hydro Inquiry

Councillor Perks on Affordable Housing and Shelter

Councillor Perks on Car-Share Pilot

Meeting Minutes are available at

In the Zone: Your Garden Can Help Native Species Thrive

Posted on February 15, 2018

In the Zone: Your Garden Can Help Native Species Thrive
Sunday, February 25, 2
018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON 

Speaker: Peter Ewins; Lead Specialist, Species Conservation at World Wildlife Fund Canada

 For gardeners in Canada’s Carolinian zone, “In the Zone” provides tools to gradually transform backyards into woodland, water, and wildflower gardens for native wildlife. Learn about this program’s free resources and connect with its community of gardeners.

For more information:


2280 Dundas West: December 2017 Presentation

Posted on February 14, 2018


Choice Properties REIT, the owner of the Loblaw site at 2280 Dundas St West, the south-east corner of Dundas Street West and Bloor Street West, is looking to submit an application to redevelop the site with a mixed-use development including residential, commercial, employment and community uses, a City park, new streets and potential relocation of the high school.

In order to understand what the community envisions for this site before the application is formally submitted, City Planning staff, together with my office, hosted round table discussions which focussed on key themes such as Built Form and Use, Public Realm and Sustainability.

Below is the December 11 & 12, 2017 Planning staff presentation.

Loblaws site - City Presentation - December 2017 (002)


Answers to brainstorming questions can be sent to by March 9th, 2018. Please contact my office at if you would like a copy of the brainstorming questions document.


February 2018