High Park Nature Centre- Family Nature Walks

Posted on January 17, 2019

Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Walks are led by their amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers and the High Park Eagles Youth.

The meet up spot is 375 Colborne Lodge Drive at 1:30 pm.

Swansea Historical Society will host author Gregory Klages, February 6, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019

Swansea Historical Society hopes to see you at the Swansea Town Hall on February 6, 7:30 pm where the featured speaker will be Gregory Klages, author of “The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson”.  In 1917, shortly before his 40th birthday, the renowned Canadian landscape artist, Tom Thomson, died under mysterious circumstances in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park.  Was it accidental, or was he a murder victim?  Author Gregory Klages will talk about Tom Thomson and the various theories that have been proposed to explain Thomson’s untimely death. Visitors Welcome!  Light Refreshments!

Please see below for the Swansea Historical Society Newsletter for February 2019.

SHS Newsletter - Feb 2019

Join the High Park Stewards for Urban Birds and Citizen Science – January 27, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019

Join the High Park Stewards and Emily Rondel for a presentation and discussion on Urban birds and citizen science and what we can do to help them survive and thrive.

Presentation is at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, HOWARD PARK TENNIS CLUB, 430 Parkside Drive.

More information can be found here.

Urban Birds and Citizen Science - Join the High Park Stewards on Sunday, Jan. 27 
as  Emily Rondel shows us how to help birds in the city thrive and contribute to citizen science data collection.
Howard Park Tennis Club.  430 Parkside Dr.
10:30 to 12:30.

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust is seeking Anti-Oppression & Equity Training Facilitators – deadline Januaray 25th, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

Request For Proposals: Anti-Oppression & Equity Training Facilitators

PNLT seeks experienced facilitators and or adult educators to provide Anti-Oppression and Equity focused workshops for staff, Board members and community members. The intention is for these workshops to lay the groundwork for an organizational commitment to adopting an Anti-Oppression framework across all organizational activities.

We are currently seeking facilitators for the following workshops:

1) Anti-Oppression 101 – Introduction

2) Anti-Oppression frameworks for organizations

3) Interrupting Unconscious Bias

4) Anti-Racism with focus on Anti-Black Racism Training

5) Building Solidarity with Indigenous Communities

Initial workshop summaries and PNLT’s rationale for hosting each workshop can be found within the RFP Application Form

How to apply:

Candidates are invited to apply to facilitate one or multiple workshops (max. 3), depending on their expertise/experience/area of focus. Facilitators must be willing and able to cater workshops to PNLT’s unique needs. To apply please fill out and submit the RFP Application Form and supporting material to info@pnlt.ca with the title “RFP Submission”.

RFP Application (word doc)

● CV / Resume

● A sample of relevant workshop curriculum

All proposals must be received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 25th, 2019.

Special thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Maytree Foundation for the generous support for this project.

Round 4 of the Parkdale Neighbourhood Grants Selection Session – January 30, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

A process to identify the Round 4 Neighbourhood Grant applications that will be recommended for funding will take place on Wednesday, January 30th 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Parkdale Adult Recreation Centre (PARC) (1499 Queen St. W, 2nd Floor). There are 4 applications that were received and screened eligible for the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Of the 4 applications screened eligible the total amount is $5925. A total of $5,000 is available to the neighbourhood. Attached are summaries of the 4 applicants, please review.

The recommendation process being proposed is as follows:

  • The goal would be to recommend  applications deemed eligible if members agree that the proposed activities meet the criteria outlined below
  • At least one group member from each group must attend the meeting to present their proposal. If no group member is in attendance, their application will not be considered for funding
  • Decision making by majority and among residents only; Group members of applications cannot participate in any vote related to their application
  • Each group will have 5-10 minutes to present their proposed project: project description, who the event targets, how event aligns with South Parkdale TSNS priorities, amount of funds requested and how funds will be used
  • Group members will then be asked to answer the following questions: (10 min per group):

o   Will the target group be interested in the activity/event?

o   Does the activity/event bring together a diverse group of people from the neighbourhood?

o   Does the activity/event align with one of the priorities of the TSNS 2020 Theme Area (i.e., healthy lives, social development, economic opportunities, participation in civic decision making, physical surroundings)?

o   Does the group have a good plan for the activity/event that they will be able to execute?

o   Is the budget clear? Does it make sense for the activity/event?

  • If members are satisfied with the responses, a decision can be taken by residents (without conflict of interest) as to whether each application should be recommended.
  • A scoring tool will be used to assess each application based on questions above. A decision will be taken among residents (without conflict of interest) based on the results of the scoring tool as to which applications received should be recommended for funding.

If you have any suggestions or concerns re: the process that is being proposed, please Contact Rebecca Bassey by January 23rd , 2018 at Rebecca.Bassey@toronto.ca .

Toronto Police Service- Youth Summer Employment Opportunity – deadline February 4, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

The Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services is now accepting applications for the 2019 Youth in Policing Initiative Summer Program.

Applications now accepted in City of Toronto program offering community grants for innovative ideas to reduce waste – deadline March 1, 2019

Posted on January 10, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s 2019 Waste Reduction Community Grants Program. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and/or increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs.

The Waste Reduction Community Grants Program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support grassroots initiatives that reduce waste. The program launched last year and awarded more than $116,000 toward ideas that included the development of signage and programing for tenants of a downtown building, establishment of a sharing library for special event materials for the community, educational training on reducing textile waste and making sustainable fashion choices, and a program aimed at reducing lunch packaging in schools.

Initiatives eligible for funding include those that promote waste reduction and reuse, increase waste management education and engagement, and align with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. Priority will be placed on initiatives that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, and involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Groups eligible to apply for funding include resident, tenant, neighbourhood and business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations and school groups, clubs and councils.

March 1 is the deadline to submit an expression of interest.

More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, the 2018 recipients and the application process is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastegrants.

More information about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wastestrategy.

The Sunnyside Historical Society – Murder at the CNE – January 12th, 2019

Posted on January 3, 2019

As part of the Sunnyside Historical Society’s True Crime series, author and crime specialist, Nate Hendley, will be exploring the true events of 1956 at Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West) on January 12th, 2019 at 2pm.

What’s On in our Ward’s Library Branches – January to March

Posted on January 3, 2019

Click here to find out about events happening at library branches in our ward from January to March.

Libraries in our ward are Annette Street, High Park, Jane/Dundas, Parkdale, Runnymede and Swansea Memorial.

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest library news and upcoming programs by signing up for the What’s On at the Library enewsletter: http://tpl.ca/e-news .

What’s Up With the Humber River?

Posted on January 3, 2019

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a heritage river by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. This exhibition looks at how humans have used and impacted the Humber River for over 11,000 years. The exhibit will be open Sundays 12:30 – 4pm from January – July 2019 at Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas St.).

Heritage York will host it’s annual Howland Lecture at Lambton House on Thursday, January 10, 2019 with speakers Heather Marshall from Toronto Environmental Alliance and Councillor Gord Perks titled, “It’s up to us: Taking Action to Protect the Humber”. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

January 2019