Black History Month Celebration in Ward 4

Posted on January 30, 2020

Sunday, February 16 at Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street)

Sundays@Lambton House with Rosemary Sadlier & Emancipation Day Talk (Free)

Doors Open at 12:30pm. Talk on Emancipation Day at 2:00pm. Refreshments. Donations appreciated.

Rosemary Sadlier was president of the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) from 1993 to 2015. As president, she contributed to the recognition of Black history through education, research and outreach programs. Rosemary’s advocacy was significant to the Canadian government’s 1995 decision to make the celebration of Black History Month a national annual event in February.

An Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies received Royal Assent on 28 August 1833 and took effect 1 August 1834. In 2008 Ontario designated August 1st as Emancipation Day marking the end of slavery in the British Empire.

Sunday, February 16 and 23, 2 to 3 p.m. at Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Drive)

Girl Power’D: A Live Performance

Girl Power’D teaches creativity, confidence and self-expression through an understanding of heritage for girls five to 16 years old who identify as Black. With a focus on cultural dance led by community elders, the program includes live drumming, African dancing, and Dunham style technique. Join us for a free performance celebrating where these talented young performers have come from and be inspired by the creative future they are cultivating for their peers.

Sunday, February 16, 1-5pm at Masaryk-Cowan Community Center (220 Cowan Avenue)

Black History Month: Celebration of Arts, Entertainment and Culture.

Events at Parkdale Public Library 

February 7th, 7-8 pm

Live in the Library: Steelpan with Suzette Vidal

Innovative steelpan artist-educator Suzette Vidale incorporates her Trinidadian roots and the rich and vibrant cultures of Toronto into her diverse repertoire.

March 31st, 6:30-8pm

A Fly in a Pail of Milk – The Herb Carnegie Story

Bernice Carnegie, award winning author/Life Enrichment speaker, shares stories of her remarkable father Herb Carnegie. Considered the first Black Canadian Hockey star, Carnegie moved into a 32 year career with Investors Group, winning a few Canadian golfing Championships along the way, then founded the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, to empower and mentor youth. There are many take-always from the Carnegie story – the most important is how to write your own story of success.

More information on scheduled events is available at www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.

Statement from Toronto Public Health on novel coronavirus

Posted on January 30, 2020

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a public health emergency of international concern. This type of emergency describes an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk through the international spread of disease.

At this time the situation in Toronto has not changed and the risk to our community remains low. I will let you know directly if this changes. Upon the first reports of 2019-nCoV in China, Toronto Public Health experts and our provincial and federal health partners implemented response protocols and outbreak preparedness measures. These efforts are ongoing and we continually look for opportunities to refine and strengthen our response. The declaration of this public health emergency of international concern has little impact on our daily operations.

My team continues to work around the clock with our local partners including hospitals, airports and community agencies on this important work. We have followed up with all known contacts for suspected cases of 2019-nCoV in Toronto. We are actively monitoring the situation in collaboration with our provincial and national health colleagues. We continue to share updates and facts to the public as quickly as possible.  At this time, I also want to remind the public to seek credible, evidence-based sources of information.

Our Novel Coronavirus web page and the Toronto Public Health Twitter account, @TOPublicHealth, are updated regularly with up-to-date information for Toronto residents and visitors. We also continue to operate our hotline for those with questions about this virus to connect with a health professional. I encourage people who have questions to contact us at 416-338-7600.

Winter sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto

Posted on January 30, 2020

Toronto residents who live near ravines, forests and large parks – typical coyote habitats – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year.

Residents can expect to see coyotes more often in winter for the following reasons:

  • It is easier to spot coyotes in parks and ravines in the winter because they are not hidden by foliage.
  • Coyotes are wary by nature and are more comfortable roaming in residential neighbourhoods when fewer people are outside.
  • The months of January and February are mating season for coyotes, which means coyotes are more active during this time, making them more visible.

Coyotes have become a natural part of the urban landscape in Toronto and are an important part of the ecosystem, as they control rodent and rabbit populations. They thrive in urban areas because of the abundance of food and shelter available to them.

Most interactions with coyotes in Toronto are the result of a nearby, regular food source, especially intentional feeding by people, or the presence of a dog.

Coyotes can behave in a defensive manner around dogs, often interpreted as aggression. Coyotes are naturally timid, but they will defend their territory and their family group, including their pups. For this reason, interactions between a dog and coyote can be scary, but there are simple ways to avoid conflict:

  • Do not feed coyotes, either deliberately or inadvertently. Ensure all food you may have with you (human snacks or dog treats) are packed away securely.
  • Keep your dog close to you and on a leash, especially in areas where coyotes are known to live.
  • Don’t walk your dog in ravine habitats, especially in the spring when coyotes have pups.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what your dog is doing.
  • Don’t let your dog chase or play with a coyote.

The City of Toronto has a coyote response strategy that it follows when dealing with coyotes that includes public education, a bylaw that prohibits feeding of wildlife, and criteria for the removal of coyotes, if necessary. An attack or bite on another animal is not grounds for removal, as this is normal coyote behaviour.

Where a coyote is injured or sick, Toronto Animal Services will investigate to determine whether the coyote can recover on its own or be captured and brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the coyote will be located back into the area from which it was captured when it has recovered.

Residents who see someone feeding a coyote should contact 311, as it is against City bylaws. For more information or to report a coyote sighting, residents can visit the web page at http://www.toronto.ca/coyote or call 311.

Waste Reduction Community Grants – Deadline March 9, 2019

Posted on January 23, 2020

Applications now being accepted for City of Toronto’s waste reduction community grants

The City of Toronto is now accepting applications for its waste reduction community grants. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-based projects that reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs such as Blue Bin recycling and Green Bin organics.

The Waste Reduction Community Grants program, launched in 2018, has awarded more than $188,000 in funding. The program is part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy, which identifies the need to support community, grassroots initiatives that reduce or divert waste from landfill. The program also supports the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy and targets for greenhouse gas reduction.

Priority for funding will be given to ideas that promote waste reduction in apartment buildings and condominiums, or that involve multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Groups should be incorporated non-profit organizations or could partner with one. Eligible groups include resident, tenant and neighbourhood associations, condominium and apartment boards, business associations, service clubs, community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs and councils.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest application for a 2020 grant is March 9.

More information about the Waste Reduction Community Grants, past funding 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.

 

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Posted on January 16, 2020

Ontario Line Project – Public Open House

Posted on January 16, 2020

On June 4, 2019, the Ontario Government passed the “Getting Ontario Moving Act,” which assigns responsibility for planning some rapid transit in Toronto to the Province of Ontario. As a result, the Relief Line project has now been replaced by the Ontario Line project. With this change, Metrolinx will lead a renewed consultation and exploration process, which will also include additional Environmental Assessment work. As this new process gets underway, we
hope that you will continue to participate in engagement opportunities.

Metrolinx is hosting four public open houses to introduce the Ontario Line later this month. Fifteen potential stations are proposed between Ontario Place and Ontario Science Centre, with links to GO Transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and TTC Lines 1 and 2. The objective of the information sessions will be to provide the public with an overview of the project, the process, and information on future engagement opportunities.

The information sessions will be hosted in the last two weeks of January. The same information will be available at each event. Each event will be from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Public Open Houses:

Thursday, January 23rd at Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Rd)

Monday, January 27th at Ryerson University, Tecumseh Auditorium (55 Gould St)

Tuesday, January 28th at Metropolitan Community Church (115 Simpson Ave)

Wednesday, January 29th at Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 201 ABC (105 Princes’ Blvd)

If you have any questions about the meetings or the project, please contact Metrolinx directly at OntarioLine@metrolinx.com.

$5,000 Grant Towards Your Retail Business with Parkdale BIA

Posted on January 10, 2020

The Starter Company Retail Accelerator Program is aimed at helping main street retail businesses with training to assist them further with operations and marketing their business.  The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant of $5,000 towards growing small/medium retail businesses within the Parkdale BIA and City of Toronto. Apply Today!

PARKDALE BIA BUSINESS TRAINING DATES;

Find more information on the grant here.

Grenadier Pond Update

Posted on January 9, 2020

Hello,

As you may have heard in the news, the City has stopped monitoring the ice on Grenadier Pond. For the last couple of years the City ran this program to advise people of the degree of risk of skating on the Pond. The decision to stop the program was made during the 2019 budget, shortly after the last election. City staff did not highlight the change and Council was not aware of it when we approved the budget.

Many people skate on ice that forms over open water at locations across the city. The City does not permit this, it is unsafe. We have studied it closely and find we cannot offer safe skating. Four years ago Council directed staff to try to provide safer skating at Grenadier Pond. We found that the program was not successful for two reasons: cost and safety.

In each of the two full years of operation (2017 and 2018) there were 17 days when the ice was rated “skate at your own risk”.  The rest were rated “dangerous”. There are no circumstances where the ice would be rated “safe”. The program cost $166,000 per year. In other words each “skate at your own risk” day cost approximately $10,000, making it by far the most expensive skating program in the City.

Further, skaters on the pond regularly did not stay within the monitored area, and put themselves at risk of personal injury due to thin and/or uneven ice.

Given the extraordinary cost and the fact that people were still in danger, I am forced to agree with staff that the program should be discontinued.

I want to say a word about the process. I have told City staff in no uncertain terms that this is not the way decisions to cancel a public service should be taken. You and I should have been presented with staff’s reasoning and given a chance to discuss it together.

Going forward, I must encourage you not to skate on Grenadier Pond. Toronto offers many places to skate indoors and outdoors.  Several outdoor options are near Grenadier Pond, including High Park, Rennie and Sorauren Park. More information about city rinks, including service alerts, hours and location, can be found here: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/outdoor-rinks/index.html

Gord

 

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted on January 7, 2020

Cold weather can cause your water pipes to freeze, resulting in no water & expensive property damage. Take steps to protect your water pipes from freezing: www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes

Services for Seniors

Posted on January 7, 2020

City of Toronto offers various resources to meet the needs of the growing population of seniors and older adults living in Toronto. Seniors over the age of 65 or residents with a physical disability can register for sidewalk snow removal program.

The City’s FUN GUIDE for Older Adults provides information on recreation programs available in the City. In our Ward, programs are available at Annette CRC, Masaryk-Cowan CRC and Swansea CRC.

In 2019, City of Toronto launched the HomeShare Program which matches adults 55 and over wishing to share a spare room in their home with university and college students seeking affordable housing.

The City also offers Low-Income Seniors and Low-Income Persons Living with a Disability a Property Tax and Water Relief Program.

Find a complete list of seniors’ services on the City’s website .

The digital copy of the Safe Seniors Calendar is available online.

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