Cycle Toronto hosts Bloor Bike Lane Extension Meeting – April 16, 2019

Posted on April 8, 2019


Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor Street West – near Dufferin Subway)

The existing Bloor bike lanes from Avenue Road to Shaw Street ARE a great success. Ridership SURGED to make Bloor Toronto’s second busiest bike route, collisions have DROPPED, and sales have gone up. Wouldn’t it be great if the Bloor bike lanes were extended west to High Park, including connections to the West Toronto Railpath? COME learn about the history, the business case, the view from council, and what you can do to help make the BLOOR BIKE LANE EXTENSION a reality.


City of Toronto Retail Main Streets Survey

Posted on April 4, 2019

The City of Toronto has launched a study of the current state and future of Toronto’s retail main streets.

The first phase of this work is an online survey of residents and businesses.


The survey will give the City a deeper understanding of the current economic, policy and regulatory environment in which main street businesses operate, the key issues they face and the types of supports that would be most helpful to them.

We invite you to participate and have your say!



Upcoming Housing Rights Workshop with CERA – April 11th, 2019

Posted on April 4, 2019

Members of the Parkdale People’s Economy Affordable Housing Working Group is organizing a workshop with CERA on housing rights. Topics will include: * Advocating for disability-related accommodations in housing; * Eviction prevention strategies; * Addressing discrimination and harassment; * Ontario’s new Standard Lease; * Impacts of The Rental Fairness Act (2017); * Impacts of housing unaffordability. The workshop will be on the second floor of PARC on April 11th from 6:30pm-8pm. Attendance is free, and snacks and Tibetan translation will be provided.


Runnymede Healthcare Centre Community Meeting – April 25, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019

Runnymede Healthcare Centre is having a Community Meeting to discuss a proposal to build a 200-bed long-term care home adjacent to their existing facility. Come out, see what they are proposing, and take part in the discussion.

Thursday, April 25


Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room

95 Lavinia Ave

RunnymedeCommunity meeting notice

Annette Street Public Library – Upcoming Events

Posted on April 3, 2019

Monday, April 15, 1 pm – Celebrate Poetry Month with Glen Downie

Glen Downie won the Toronto Book Award for his verse poetry collection Loyalty Management. He has also published prose poems (Local news, Left for Right), found poems (Monkey Soap) and a collection of prose poems and found images (Democratic Beauties). He labours under the delusion that every month is poetry month.

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, – Birding 101

Birding is fun, easy, and can be done anywhere. Learn everything you need to know to get started, from choosing binoculars and field guides, to where and when to bird in your neighbourhood, and what birds you are likely to find in the city.

Presented by Monika Croydon, a local bird enthusiast and a member of the Toronto Ornithological Club.

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, downstairs – The Science Behind SIU

Drop in. No registeration required. First come, first served.

Police shooting.   Pursuit that ends in a motor vehicle collision. Use of force during a struggle and arrest. If any of these incidents ends with serious injury or death, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) starts an investigation to determine if the officers involved acted criminally. As part of these investigations, the SIU assigns and dispatches forensic investigators, who measure, photograph, collect, and analyze evidence from the scenes of these incidents.

A member of the SIU will explain the science behind investigations, how evidence is collected and what can be learned from what’s collected. Presented as part of Toronto Public Library’s Civil Society program series.

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Zalika Reid-Benta discusses her novel Frying Plantain

Zalika Reid-Benta, Frying Plantain which publishes on June 4, 2019. George Elliot Clark has called Zalika Reid-Benta “a writer to watch”. Frying Plantain is a rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds. Zalika Reid-Benta artfully depicts the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation Canadians and first-generation cultural expectations.

Join the High Park Stewards for a walking tour of Restoration and Prescribed Burn sites in High Park – April 14, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019

On April 14 at 10:30 am join High Park Stewards for a walking tour of our Restoration sites and a discussion of prescribed burns as a habitat management tool led by Jaclyn Scobie, Park Program Officer, Urban Forestry. Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Drive).



Public invited to the City of Toronto’s Special Committee on Governance – April 12, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019

The City of Toronto’s Special Committee on Governance will hold its second meeting at 9:30 a.m. on April 12, in Committee Room 1 at City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend.

At this meeting, Professor Gabriel Eidelman, Director of the Urban Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, will present findings from the University of Toronto’s 2017 City Hall Task Force, which made recommendations to improve City Council’s core decision-making processes and procedures.

A staff report will recommend a work plan for the committee and a public engagement strategy for the coming year. The report also includes a summary of the public input the committee received on the City’s governance structure, and preliminary research at its first meeting on February 21.

The Special Committee on Governance was established by City Council with a mandate to consider the impacts on the City’s governance structure and processes arising from the reduced size of Council and to make recommendations to City Council on any further changes to its governance structure.

More information about the Special Committee on Governance and how to register to speak or make a submission to the next meeting is available at:

Community Environment Day – April 27, 2019 and Compost Days

Posted on April 2, 2019

The City’s annual Community Environment Day is back! It will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, from 10am – 2pm at Sir Casmir Gzowski Park (1751 Lake Shore Blvd. W.)

There will also be 3 compost days in our ward, where free leaf compost will be available from 10:00 am, while supplies last.

April 20th, 2019 at Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue

April 27th, 2019  at Runnymede Public School, 357 Runnymede Road

May 25th, 2019 at Indian Rd Public School, 285 Indian Rd Crescent

For further information, please see the flyer below and visit

Our office can be reached at 416-392-7919 or via email at .


Anishinaabe Inaakonigewin: Indigenous Governance, Laws and Lifeways – April 8, 2019

Posted on April 2, 2019

How might Indigenous governance systems contribute to changing our relationships with each other and to the land and waters?

Join us for an evening of learning and conversations featuring Indigenous knowledge keepers on Indigenous Law and knowledge systems, including Lee Maracle, Dawnis Kennedy, Sylvia Plain, Valarie Waboose, and others, on Indigenous governance in the city, and our shared responsibility to care for the land and waters.

Date: April 8, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 8 pm

Location: Toronto City Hall (Council Chamber) – 100 Queen St. West

This FREE event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

ENAGB – Indigenous Language Program for Families with Young Children

Posted on April 2, 2019

From January to December 2019, Toronto Public Library is hosting ENAGB Indigenous language classes at four branches (Danforth/Coxwell, Gerrard/Ashdale, Malvern and  Mount Dennis). These classes, specifically structured to provide support to all families who are expecting or have children under six years of age, have been designed and are being delivered by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

The purpose of the program is to support language preservation and revitalization, and to provide a safe learning environment for Indigenous families and a learning opportunity for non-Indigenous families. It is funded through a federal grant and is part of a national strategy to preserve Indigenous languages. The Library’s role is to provide a safe and welcoming space for communities to learn. Four Indigenous languages (Inuktitut, Cree, Ojibway and Mohawk) are taught in weekly, 30-minute sessions. Pronounced “Enag-Bee”, ENAGB is an acronym based on Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig, which means “a place for healing our youth”; and Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying, which means, “where did we come from?”.

Each branch offers classes in Inuktitut, Cree, Ojibwe and/or Mohawk. No registration required for Inuktitut, Cree and Ojibwe. Please register with the branch for Mohawk.

April 2019