Learn about the Toronto Archive’s online resources

Posted on March 4, 2021

Back Lane Studios offers a free Zoom workshop Thursday, March 11, 11 a.m.

Did you ever wonder about a building’s history?  Or who used to live in your house?  Maybe you’d like to find out when something was built or what was on a site now occupied by a condo?  During this free workshop on Zoom, Jessica Algie, from the Toronto Archives, will show us how to dig into the city’s past by tapping into directories, insurance maps, photo archives, old newspaper files and other online databases.  As a case study, she’ll show how she used these resources to explore the history of a building on Roncesvalles Avenue that used to be a dairy.

Please reserve your spot for this free Zoom event on Eventbrite: researchingtorontohistory.eventbrite.com

About the Presenter:  Jessica has worked in the history field at the City of Toronto for the past 16 years.  She began at Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens as a day-camp counselor, and later as an interpreter and program officer.  Jessica joined the City of Toronto Archives in 2013, where she works to help people access the City’s wonderful archival collections through tours and exhibitions.  Although the archives are currently closed because of Covid, many of its research resources can be accessed online.


Safe TO Survey Launch

Posted on March 4, 2021

What are your Community Safety and Wellbeing Priorities?

 The City of Toronto is currently in the process of developing an updated Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan called Safe TO.

When the Safe TO plan is complete it will guide how social systems that serve Torontonians such as community services, healthcare systems, justice systems and police work together to meet community needs by changing how we think about safety.

The City wants to understand your priorities for Safe TO

Complete the online survey before March 15, 2021

Community Resource – 10: A Guide for Community Based COVID 19 Recovery

Posted on March 4, 2021

The team at Tamarack have been walking alongside communities from coast to coast to coast and they have seen something remarkable: Despite obstacles, despite limited resources, despite ridiculously tired people, communities can get stuff done.

A curated collection of 10 Really Good Ideas, 10 Inspiring Stories, and 10 Useful Resources designed to support changemakers  to work at the community scale to get stuff done. As an organization, Tamarack have spent many hours considering why and how cities and communities have become such a force in community change, especially now during COVID-19. With an eye to the future, this guide captures this momentum, attempting to do so in practical and useful ways.

For the full PDF Guide Click Here: Tamarack 10 – A Guide for a Community-Based Covid-19 Recovery 2020 FINAL.pdf (tamarackcommunity.ca)

Community Engagement Opportunity – new shelters and other services for people experiencing homelessness

Posted on March 4, 2021

The City is currently undertaking a third-party review of its community engagement process for new shelter and other services for people experiencing homelessness. This review will identify what currently works well and what can be improved.

The City wants to hear from a range of perspectives: residents who are new to this issue, residents who have participated in an engagement around a new shelter or live near a site, as well as residents who have participated as representatives of local neighbourhood groups.

There are two ways you can provide input into the Community Engagement Review:

  1. Participate in an anonymous online survey
  2. Participate in a virtual focus group

This is an opportunity to influence the way the City engages residents about an issue important to our city.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities to add your voice to the Community Engagement Review, please visit the Welcoming New Shelters web page for more information and instructions on how to participate.

If you have any questions about the Community Engagement Review or how to participate, please contact Amber Krogel, one of the consultants supporting the Community Engagement Review, at amber@bgmstrategygroup.com.

March 2021