Ditching single use plastics townhall video recording is now available

Posted on April 29, 2021

We all have a responsibility to help reduce the single-use plastics that are damaging our world. Join us for a conversation about what our local governments, businesses and even individuals can do to play their part.

On April 20, Councillor Gord Perks and Parkdale High-Park 4 Climate Action presented a Ward 4 virtual
town hall and discussion.

Panelists for the event included

  • Councillor Gord Perks
  • Emily Alfred, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Tina Soldovieri, Roncy Reduces
  • Dipesh Shah, Canary and Fox
  • and Adrianna Couto, Inwit

Here is the recording of the town hall –

Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial – Virtual Public Information Event

Posted on April 29, 2021

The City of Toronto has recently concluded a trial to test the use of smaller sidewalk snow plows. The goal of the trial was to determine whether sidewalk snow clearing could be expanded to include areas of the city that do not currently receive mechanical clearing as part of the City’s winter maintenance program.

More information is available at toronto.ca/sidewalktrial

You can also learn more about the trial by attending a virtual public information event.

Event Details

Monday, May 10; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Focus areas:

  • Parkdale-High Park
  • York South-Weston
  • Davenport

Meeting access code: 133 155 7578

Register here for the event.


Join the public consultations on Multi-Tenant houses

Posted on April 29, 2021

Multi-tenant houses are an important part of Toronto’s affordable rental housing stock, providing single-room accommodation to diverse communities including students, seniors, new immigrants and residents with low to moderate income.

The existing zoning and licensing regulations for multi-tenant houses have not been updated since amalgamation of the former municipalities in 1998 and as a result, are inconsistent.

The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to enable regulatory oversight that will support safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across Toronto.

The City of Toronto is inviting members of the public to provide feedback on the proposed regulatory and compliance framework for multi-tenant houses, commonly known as rooming houses.

The public can provide feedback on the proposed framework by attending a virtual meeting on May 4 or 11, or by answering a questionnaire online or by phone.

The City is also inviting community organizations to host their own virtual consultation to collect feedback. Eligible groups can submit a simple proposal to apply for a grant to help cover the costs of the consultation. The deadline to apply for a grant is April 30, and a Do- it-Yourself Meeting Toolkit will be available for download online in the coming week.

The City will also be hosting workshops to get feedback from key stakeholder groups, such as tenants, owners and operators of multi-tenant houses, post-secondary schools and students, area residents groups and housing-related agencies and organizations.

For more details on how to get involved and the proposed regulatory and compliance framework, visit www.toronto.ca/MTHreview.

Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Board of Director Nominations

Posted on April 29, 2021

Nominations due Sunday May 16, 2021

Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) is seeking inspired and motivated volunteer board members to oversee the activities of the organization for 2021 and 2022. 

Although High Park Zoo is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, they are moving forward with the Master Plan Zoo renovations. Recently, High Park Zoo has been awarded $2.6M in capital funding from the Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to complete major infrastructure improvements. With other exciting projects on the horizon in greening the Zoo, public art, education, community outreach, partnerships, fundraising and charitable status, the Board is busier than ever!

In 2021, the Board is seeking candidates with experience in the areas of Graphic Design, Financial Acumen, Grant Writing, Development and Project Management (Construction), and Legal and Governance Matters to help realise FHPZ’s Master Plan, Fundraising and Community Outreach goals. Priority areas are explained in greater detail in the Experience section on our website.

If you are eligible and believe you align with the Vision, Mission and Values of FHPZ and have the passion and experience to be an effective Board member, please apply by submitting your resume and a cover letter by Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. References may be requested.

All applications must be submitted electronically to: info@highparkzoo.ca

For eligibility and additional details, please visit our website.

Mental Health Event hosted by Windermere United Church

Posted on April 22, 2021

ANXIETY – Friend or Foe?

Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. Free Online Event, hosted by Windermere United Church

Join Andrew Poulos, M. Ed., for a conversation on understanding and addressing anxiety. Andrew is a Registered Psychotherapist who helps students and adults actively manage mental health challenges. In this one-hour conversation, Andrew will unpack anxiety, how it affects us, and share practical tools for its management.

Register to participate in the conversation by Zoom here: https://forms.gle/XKZ53o5stuxRmEGq7

Or watch as we broadcast the event live at Facebook.com/WindermereUC

Garden Suites Community Consultation Meetings

Posted on April 22, 2021

The Garden Suites Study is one of several studies that the City Planning Division is undertaking to expand housing options in Neighbourhoods as part of the Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods (EHON) work program (EHON website), endorsed by City Council in July 2020.

Public engagement on Garden Suites is currently underway with the Garden + Suites Survey and a series of virtual community consultation meetings where residents can learn more, ask questions, and share comments about Garden Suites. Details below.

Meeting Details:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, May 12, 2021; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thursday, May 13, 2021; 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

These meetings will be Online and phone-in only. To join pre-registration is required at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

Additional information about the Garden + Suites study is available at the study website.

High Park Zoo Events! – ZOOVIEWS on May 1 and May 15.

Posted on April 22, 2021


ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo’s live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert!

Join on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00pm EST, along with animal expert Dr. Taylor Chastain Griffin to learn more about llamas. Please visit our website (www.highparkzoo.ca/events) for Zoom meeting details.

This talk will be about the general effects of animal-assisted interventions on human health and well-being, as well as animal-related engagement. There will be a specific focus on llamas.


ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo’s live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert!

Join on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00am EST, along with animal expert Dr. Emilio A. Herrera Perez to learn more about capybaras.  Please visit our website (www.highparkzoo.ca/events) for Zoom meeting details.

This talk will be about the capybara – its size, some general characteristics such as precociality, diet and social system.

Lansdowne Underpass Art Project Call for Community Feedback

Posted on April 22, 2021

Call for Community Feedback
The City of Toronto, StreetARToronto invites you to share feedback on the Design Concepts for the Lansdowne Underpass Art Project.

To share your feedback, please visit https://s.cotsurvey.chkmkt.com/LansdowneUP

About this Project
The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project, will transform the east side of the Lansdowne Underpass, south of Dundas Street West with a collection of murals that share first person perspective stories that speak to the rich ongoing history of the site as home to many diverse plant and animal species and cultural communities, beginning with the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Turtle Island. The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project aims to create a collaborative artwork that honours this site by telling stories of those who have and continue to live on, play on, build community on, struggle on, learn from, grow in, paint, immigrate to, contribute to, and tend to this land.

The Lansdowne Underpass Art Project aspires to include works that represent the diverse cultures, languages and heritage of street, mural and graffiti artists from the communities that have settled in what is now Ward 4 and Ward 9 over the centuries. The project aims to create an artwork that shares knowledge across communities and celebrates people coming together through compassion, cooperation, a shared sense of belonging and pride of place.


Greenest City is hiring a Full time Urban Agriculture Coordinator

Posted on April 22, 2021

Greenest City builds healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods through education and empowerment to preserve, protect and improve the environment. They are dedicated to growing good food, sharing good food and connecting people with community and the environment.

How to apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Angela ElzingaCheng at angela@greenestcity.ca. Please put: Urban Agriculture Application in subject line. Deadline for applications: Friday, April 23, 2021

2021 Greenest City Urban Agriculture Coordinator.docx

Tenant Information Session and Resist Renovictions Workshop – Invite for Tenant

Posted on April 22, 2021

Toronto ACORN will be hosting virtual tenant rights information session on Saturday April 24 at 2PM, as well as a virtual resist renovictions workshop on Monday April  26th at 6PM.

They will cover details around renovictions, rent increases, evictions, maintenance and repair issues, and more.

There will be time for questions and discussion afterward. They will also have an information flyer to send to those who attended with more resources and links to topics covered.

Those who are interested will need to register beforehand using this link:  bit.ly/TenantsRightsInfoSessions for the session on Saturday and bit.ly/ResistRenovictionsWorkshop for the session on Monday.

There are also event pages on Facebook:

Tenant Information Session – https://www.facebook.com/events/134926171932149

Resist Renovictions – https://www.facebook.com/events/462070788403064

Those who are interested can RSVP by emailing torontoadmin@acorncanada.org or by calling 416 461 9233.

April 2021