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.


Reminder! the Toronto Virtual Seedy is this Saturday February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 25, 2021

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going virtual!

Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.

Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)

No sign up required ! Visit ongoing and day of www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  seedysaturdaysto@gmail.com  And like our event page for updates  https://www.facebook.com/events/879640102868936

Join Windermere United Church for A History In Song – Canadian Black History

Posted on February 25, 2021

Sunday March 7th at 10:30am – A History In Song – Canadian Black History

Journey with Windermere United Church through 400 years of Canadian History, told through story and song. Uncover Canada’s history of racial struggle and division, while celebrating the successes of the heroes of Canadian Black history, from Viola Desmond to Desmond Cole. With Special Guest Vocalist, Evangelia Kambites.

To register to participate and watch via Zoom, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/UDeoFajAT2jseare8

Or you can watch the livestream via our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/WindermereUC

High Park-Western Beached Funding Opportunity

Posted on February 18, 2021

The High Park-Western Beaches Fund program will make available up to $3,000 to Registered Charities, Not-for-Profit groups or individuals (not commercial) that host free activities (programs, events) between June 2021 and January 2022 in support of social, environmental and recreation initiatives in High Park and Western Beaches.  Interest groups can submit their application. The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. The application is available below. To submit applications and for information and assistance, please reply to highparkwesternbeachesfund@toronto.ca.

2021 High Park-Western Beaches Fund- Application Form

FMTA Virtual Tenant School

Posted on January 28, 2021

Federation of Metro Tenants Associations is hosting free legal workshops or tenants via Zoom.


You do not have to attend every workshop.

To register and receive your Zoom invite, go to

https://forms.gle/KSPhnanN3cy5RYKW7 for the online registration form or contact Joeita Gupta at joeita@torontotenants.org or 416-413-9442. For more information: www.torontotenants.org . Register now!

PollinateTO Community Grants deadline extended

Posted on January 7, 2021

The application deadline for the PollinateTO Community Grants has been extended from January 8 to January 18, 2021.

Through its PollinateTO grants program, the City funds pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.

Up to $5,000 per project is available.

Are you interested in gardening and protecting pollinators? Would you like to:

  • Create pollinator gardens or rain gardens in your neighbourhood or at your school?
  • Enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants?

If you answered yes to any of the above, please apply to PollinateTO for funding to support your idea!

All resident-led groups are encouraged to apply. More information is available on the City website.

The deadline to apply is January 8, 2021.

Junction Residents Association presents ‘Joy in the Junction’

Posted on December 10, 2020

Enjoy the sounds of the season with the Junction’s ‘Travelling Carolers’ and support The Sharing Place all from your front porch!

Groups of carolers (4 to 8 people) will be strolling through your neighbourhood singing some of your favourite Christmas/Winter songs on December 19, 20 and 21 between 6 and 7 pm. (Carolers will be masked and socially distanced).

If you would like to donate a gift card, tape this flyer to your mailbox, leave your porch light on and place the gift card in an envelope in your mailbox. One of our carolers will collect your donation from your mailbox.
Suggestions for gift cards include grocery stores, chain coffee shops, or discount box stores.

You may also choose to donate online directly to one of the following local non-profit organizations:

Feed It Forward
Stone Soup Network
The Four Villages
The Period Purse
The Sharing Place
The Stop Community Food Centre

Please visit the JRA website www.torontojra.com to learn more.

Junction Residents Association’s supports Toronto Miracle

Posted on December 3, 2020

There’s a city-wide food drive (Toronto Miracle) happening on Saturday December 5. The general premise is to invite every household to donate 1 non-perishable food item (please check to ensure the donation is not expired). The Junction Residents Association will be promoting and helping to organize a Junction-wide effort in support of Toronto Miracle.

Given the limited time we have to organize, we are asking residents to volunteer to be a Community Captain for their street by signing up using the following portal Volunteer | Toronto Miracle | December 5th Food Drive  Once you have signed up, please email us at junctionra@gmail.com so we can partner with you to arrange local drop off locations, organize pick up routes, support the health & safety plan and collaborate with local food organizations. You will essentially be responsible for inviting neighbours who live on your street and we will support you with everything else.

The JRA also needs volunteer drivers to pick up donations. Please contact us at junctionra@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out.

If you are not able to volunteer to be a Community Captain at this time but would like to donate food, please visit Donate | Toronto Miracle | December 5th Food Drive to do so. Please email us at junctionra@gmail.com we will arrange to pick it up.”


BWV BIA is hosting Santa in the Village Presents Crusing Clause!

Posted on November 26, 2020

Bloor West Village Businesses are teaming up with Santa and local food banks to support “Neighbours Helping Neighbours.” Neighbours Helping Neighbours is an outreach initiative in Bloor West Village.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, these community members have spearheaded the Neighborhood Pods’ creation. They are receiving charitable donations to fund the community’s needs during these unprecedented times, and Santa and his elves are here to help! 

On Sunday, November 29th, from 11 am to 4 pm, Santa and his Elves will be cruising the neighbourhood collecting food donations for our local food banks. Windermere United Church Food Bank, The Sharing Place Food Bank and Bloor West “Loaves and Fishes” Food Bank Operated out of St. Pius X Parish.

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FMTA Virtual Tenant School – Nov 28 & 29

Posted on November 25, 2020

Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations’ is hosting Virtual Tenant School.

These are free legal workshops for tenants via Zoom taught by staff from community legal clinics and the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations

Date: Saturday, November 28 & Sunday, November 29

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

To register and receive your Zoom invite, visit https://forms.gle/KSPhnanN3cy5RYKW7 for the online registration form or contact Joeita Gupta at joeita@torontotenants.org or 416-413-9442.

More information: www.torontotenants.org Register now!

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