Ward 4 and City of Toronto News

In the April 12, 2019 edition: * Spring 2019 Newsletter from Councillor Gord Perks * Community Consultation Meeting – 299 Glenlake Avenue – April 23, 2019 * Take Steps to #TransformTO – May 6 – 20, 2019 * No Prescribed Burn for High Park in Spring 2019 * Green 13 Presents: Introduction to Project Drawdown – May 15, 2019 * Cycle Toronto hosts Bloor Bike Lane Extension Meeting – April 16, 2019

** Spring 2019 Newsletter from Councillor Gord Perks ———————————————————— Published on Apr 12, 2019 04:04 pm Scroll through the eight pages of our annual spring newsletter to find information on a variety of community-wide issues, updates on parks and transportation projects as well development and planning files. For any comments or questions, our office can be reached at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or 416-392-7919. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6ab6f1588e&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Community Consultation Meeting – 299 Glenlake Avenue – April 23, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 12, 2019 04:00 pm Planning application for: 299 GLENLAKE AVENUE The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application ask questions and share your comments. Details are as follows: Date: April 23, 2019 Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Place: Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=21a37d14bb&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Take Steps to #TransformTO – May 6 – 20, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 12, 2019 12:23 pm Spring is here Toronto, so let’s step outside to #TransformTO! From May 6 – 20, challenge yourself to walk more to support a healthier and greener Toronto. Walking is a clean, green, and healthy way to get around Toronto and a great way to support the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. To reduce community-wide greenhouse […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3f14fb8bfb&e=382fa4aa2e)

** No Prescribed Burn for High Park in Spring 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 12, 2019 11:22 am Urban Forestry has been using fire as part of its natural area management program for black oak savannah habitats for over 20 years in three city parks: High Park, Lambton Park, and South Humber Park. Black oak savannah is a rare vegetation community that is at risk of extinction throughout North America. Fire sustains these […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dfbbb09598&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Green 13 Presents: Introduction to Project Drawdown – May 15, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 08, 2019 01:59 pm Introduction to Project Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7 pm Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room, 95 Lavinia Avenue Members of DRAWDOWN TORONTO will present “100 scientifically proven solutions to reverse global warming”, based on the book edited by Paul Hawken. Please register through eventbrite: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=5d8d6dd483&e=382fa4aa2e Facebook: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=37a0d13ab5&e=382fa4aa2e Hosted by […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=27e179f690&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Cycle Toronto hosts Bloor Bike Lane Extension Meeting – April 16, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 08, 2019 10:03 am WHEN WILL THE BLOOR BIKE LANE BE EXTENDED TO HIGH PARK? COME FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING. 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 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=825784ae72&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Hold the Date: Green 13 Event May 15: Drawdowns: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming

Introduction to Project Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming
Wednesday, May 15, 2019  7 pm
Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room, 95 Lavinia Avenue
Members of DRAWDOWN TORONTO will present "100 scientifically proven solutions to reverse global warming", based on the book edited by Paul Hawken. Please register through eventbrite:
Suggested donation $5 at the door. Proceeds go to Drawdown Toronto. 

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In the April 04, 2019 edition: * City of Toronto Retail Main Streets Survey * Upcoming Housing Rights Workshop with CERA – April 11th, 2019 * Runnymede Healthcare Centre Community Meeting – April 25, 2019 * Annette Street Public Library – Upcoming Events * Join the High Park Stewards for a walking tour of Restoration and Prescribed Burn sites in High Park – April 19, 2019 * Community Environment Day – April 27, 2019 and Compost Days * Anishinaabe Inaakonigewin: Indigenous Governance, Laws and Lifeways – April 8, 2019 * ENAGB – Indigenous Language Program for Families with Young Children * E-Waste Collection at Jane/Dundas Library – April 6, 2019 * HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan – Public Consultation Meetings * Reminder: Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019 * Plan your route to see the High Park Cherry Blossoms – Vehicles will not be permitted

** City of Toronto Retail Main Streets Survey ———————————————————— Published on Apr 04, 2019 03:11 pm 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. Resident Survey Business Survey The survey will give the City a deeper understanding of the current economic, policy and regulatory environment […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=502f7b850a&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Upcoming Housing Rights Workshop with CERA – April 11th, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 04, 2019 10:22 am 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 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=22ed736c9b&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Runnymede Healthcare Centre Community Meeting – April 25, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 03, 2019 04:07 pm 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 6:30pm-8:00pm Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room 95 Lavinia Ave Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ff1b614e69&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Annette Street Public Library – Upcoming Events ———————————————————— Published on Apr 03, 2019 02:54 pm 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 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=8e08dc1dba&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Join the High Park Stewards for a walking tour of Restoration and Prescribed Burn sites in High Park – April 19, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 03, 2019 01:28 pm 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). Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=5b5eabe860&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Community Environment Day – April 27, 2019 and Compost Days ———————————————————— Published on Apr 02, 2019 04:18 pm 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 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=df0f90897f&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Anishinaabe Inaakonigewin: Indigenous Governance, Laws and Lifeways – April 8, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 02, 2019 03:53 pm 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, […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=298bac4866&e=382fa4aa2e)

** ENAGB – Indigenous Language Program for Families with Young Children ———————————————————— Published on Apr 02, 2019 03:01 pm 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 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7c63895177&e=382fa4aa2e)

** E-Waste Collection at Jane/Dundas Library – April 6, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 01, 2019 03:05 pm On Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11am – 3pm, you can dispose your electronic waste outside Jane/Dundas Public Library – 620 Jane Street. Find the list of accepted items here. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b30655c98f&e=382fa4aa2e)

** HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan – Public Consultation Meetings ———————————————————— Published on Apr 01, 2019 02:42 pm Share your ideas with us at an upcoming public meeting and help us find the right solutions for housing Toronto! Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dcffa23fed&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Reminder: Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Apr 01, 2019 10:52 am The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village! If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to info@parkdalevillagebia.com along with your resume, listing any […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7d693175cc&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Plan your route to see the High Park Cherry Blossoms – Vehicles will not be permitted ———————————————————— Published on Mar 29, 2019 02:42 pm *Please share with your neighbours* Every year tens of thousands of people visit High Park to take part in what has become a rite of Spring in Toronto: viewing the blossoming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees. This year, the City at the request of Toronto Police Services, will prohibit vehicle access to and parking in High […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=578c9d55d8&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the March 21, 2019 edition: * Heritage Talk at Lambton House – Live in Harmony with Earth – April 11, 2019 * Meeting Location Change -Development Application – 299 Glenlake Avenue at Pacific Avenue * Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair – March 23, 2019 * Community Consultation Meeting – Bloor West Village Heritage Conservation District Study – April 3, 2019 * Swansea Historical Society Newsletter – April 2019

** Heritage Talk at Lambton House – Live in Harmony with Earth – April 11, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 21, 2019 03:53 pm Learning to live in harmony with the earth’s capacity” Heritage Talk with Sunday Harrison, M.E.S. Dipl LA and founder and Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids, a school gardening program in its 20th year. She contributes to knowledge-building in urban gardening, including green roofs, food gardening, landscaping with native plants, organic pest control, composting […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=259360d4eb&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Meeting Location Change -Development Application – 299 Glenlake Avenue at Pacific Avenue ———————————————————— Published on Mar 21, 2019 11:45 am An application has been submitted to the City proposing to amend the Zoning By-law at 299 Glenlake Avenue to permit an 11-storey infill apartment building (37.3 m in height, including mechanical penthouse) with 123 residential rental units situated to the north of the existing tower and fronting Glenlake Avenue. A preliminary report on this application […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4672cb630e&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair – March 23, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 19, 2019 02:58 pm Saturday March 23, 2019 from 11am to 4pm Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Av. Toronto – Parkdale, ON Join Greenest City and Toronto Urban Growers at Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair event this March 23rd. Parkdale is a diverse community and our Seedy Saturday will celebrate that – join us to buy and exchange […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=fbb1a22ee9&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Community Consultation Meeting – Bloor West Village Heritage Conservation District Study – April 3, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 18, 2019 02:59 pm City Planning is holding an Open House on the Bloor West Village Heritage Conservation District Study (HCD) Study. Findings from the HCD study will be presented and community members are welcome to provide feedback. Details as follows: Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm Place: High Park Nature Centre 375 Colborne Lodge Drive, […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3b85c19ccb&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Swansea Historical Society Newsletter – April 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 18, 2019 02:06 pm Swansea Historical Society Newsletter for April 2019 is now available below. On April 3rd, author Kelly Mathews is returning as a featured speaker. Visitors are welcome. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=88da28c39b&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the March 14, 2019 edition: * Development Application – 299 Glenlake Avenue at Pacific Avenue * Apply now to use the City’s Home Energy Loan Program * Heritage York @ Lambton House Up-coming Events * High Park Stewards Presentation – Water-Loving Native Plants: Stories of Ecological Restoration – March 24 * Reminder: Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019

** Development Application – 299 Glenlake Avenue at Pacific Avenue ———————————————————— Published on Mar 14, 2019 11:45 am An application has been submitted to the City proposing to amend the Zoning By-law at 299 Glenlake Avenue to permit an 11-storey infill apartment building (37.3 m in height, including mechanical penthouse) with 123 residential rental units situated to the north of the existing tower and fronting Glenlake Avenue. A preliminary report on this application […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=1c18153084&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Apply now to use the City’s Home Energy Loan Program ———————————————————— Published on Mar 14, 2019 11:27 am Thinking about renovating? HELP is here! The City’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offers competitive fixed rate loans of up to $75,000 to homeowners interested in improving the energy and water efficiency of their homes. The funds can be used to upgrade your furnace and insulation, install high-efficiency water heaters, windows, doors, and even install solar panels on your roof! […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=fa55af69f0&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Heritage York @ Lambton House Up-coming Events ———————————————————— Published on Mar 14, 2019 10:28 am March 2019 Thursday, 14 March Heritage Talk – Recent Archaeological Projects of the Ontario Heritage Trust with Senior Archaeologist Dena Doroszenko Doors will open at 7:00, talk will begin at 7:30 No cover. A free-will donation will be greatly appreciated Tuesday, 26 March – 7:00 p.m. Simcoe Seminar – Conflict in Afghanstan; Will it Ever […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=daab441dd4&e=382fa4aa2e)

** High Park Stewards Presentation – Water-Loving Native Plants: Stories of Ecological Restoration – March 24 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 14, 2019 10:14 am Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON Speaker: Janice Keil, a director of the North American Native Plant Society, and passionate environmentalist An agricultural acreage in the Land Between (Northumberland County) is home to an ongoing marsh restoration experiment: to assess the impact of the […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3f9f4b6781&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Reminder: Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 11, 2019 10:52 am The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village! If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to info@parkdalevillagebia.com along with your resume, listing any […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a1170a6035&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the March 07, 2019 edition: * Earth Hour Walk through High Park Zoo – March 30, 2019 * Public Art Competition for Scarlett Road Bridge – March 11, 2019 * PollinateTO Community Grants * Walk Toronto’s Right to Walk TO – March 26, 2019 * Heritage Talk @ Lambton House – Recent Archaeological Projects – March 14, 2019 * What’s On at the Library – March Break Programs * Green 13 presents: Sea of Life – Free Screening and Discussion – March 13, 2019 * High Park Nature Centre Presents: Family Nature Walks * A letter from Councillor Perks – New Men’s Shelter – 2299 Dundas St. West

** Earth Hour Walk through High Park Zoo – March 30, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 07, 2019 03:09 pm Friends of High Park Zoo and Green 13 are hosting Earth Hour Walk on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Meet up is at the Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Dr.) at 8:30pm. Hot Chocolate will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring lanterns. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b9a9b2946b&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Public Art Competition for Scarlett Road Bridge – March 11, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 07, 2019 02:32 pm Drop in from 3 – 8pm on March 11, 2019 at the Cooper Mills Townhomes gymnasium to view, discuss and comment, on the five short-listed artists’ proposals for the redesigned Scarlett Road Bridge. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=64e83f6dd5&e=382fa4aa2e)

** PollinateTO Community Grants ———————————————————— Published on Mar 07, 2019 01:57 pm The City has just launched the PollinateTO Community Grants. Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. Now you can help protect them! Eligible groups can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to support community-led projects that: create pollinator gardens and rain gardens on public and private lands, including […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=60aeb4665b&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Walk Toronto’s Right to Walk TO – March 26, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 07, 2019 01:40 pm Walk Toronto is hosting Right to Walk TO, a panel discussion that explores walking – the love of it, our need for it, and its meaning – through a justice and equity lens, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7–9 pm. This event is a love letter to walking, as well as a critical look at the walking experience […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3c08f8839b&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Heritage Talk @ Lambton House – Recent Archaeological Projects – March 14, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 06, 2019 04:39 pm This Heritage Talk is hosted by Heritage York and will take place at Lambton House on March 14, 2019. The talk by Dena Doroszenko, Senior Archaeologist with Ontario Heritage Trust, will focus on several recent projects: 1) The Spadina Museum archaeology program in Toronto; 2) Archaeology at the Niagara Apothecary, Niagara-on-the-Lake and 3) Archaeological and […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6a5bdc8338&e=382fa4aa2e)

** What’s On at the Library – March Break Programs ———————————————————— Published on Mar 06, 2019 04:29 pm Looking for something to do during March Break? The library offers a slew of special activities for kids, teens, and the whole family. Highlights include magic and science camps as well as puppet shows and robotics for kids. And dozens of hands-on workshops exclusively for teens including sushi making, hip hop and photography classes. To […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4eab46dbff&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Green 13 presents: Sea of Life – Free Screening and Discussion – March 13, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Mar 06, 2019 12:34 pm FREE Screening & Discussion Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm Jane/Dundas Library (620 Jane Street) Sea of Life leads audiences through the stunning world of coral reefs int the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs. […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e0f8ac41bf&e=382fa4aa2e)

** High Park Nature Centre Presents: Family Nature Walks ———————————————————— Published on Mar 05, 2019 12:22 pm Time Travelling in High Parks on March 23, 2019 – 1:30 – 3pm Get outside and explore nature in High Park with your whole family! Grandparents, parents, teens, children and babies alike will love this chance to discover the natural wonders in High Park’s incredible savannahs, woodlands and wetlands. Walks are led by our amazing […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f8e53f1957&e=382fa4aa2e)

** A letter from Councillor Perks – New Men’s Shelter – 2299 Dundas St. West ———————————————————— Published on Mar 04, 2019 11:00 am Friends, RE: New Men’s Shelter 2299 Dundas St. West, at Bloor St. West More than 8,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the city. City Council has responded by directing staff to search for properties to expand the shelter system in response to this urgent situation. Since last year, City staff have been […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=062e7e1c51&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the February 28, 2019 edition: * Swansea Town Hall Community Centre – Seeking New Board Members * March Break – Girls Who Code Club at Parkdale Centre for Innovation * Share your views at the Ontario Place Subcommittee Meeting – March 5, 2019 * Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019 * 16th Annual Clean Toronto Together – Registration Opens March 1

** Swansea Town Hall Community Centre – Seeking New Board Members ———————————————————— Published on Feb 27, 2019 01:25 pm Swansea Town Hall is a locally based organization that promotes community building. They enable a variety of activities and services for all ages by offering welcoming, accessible and affordable space; hosting public services and providing community programming. More information and the application can be found at gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c7fb0c1ace&e=382fa4aa2e . The application deadline is March 18th, 2019 Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=eb45046a50&e=382fa4aa2e)

** March Break – Girls Who Code Club at Parkdale Centre for Innovation ———————————————————— Published on Feb 26, 2019 04:54 pm Parkdale Centre is excited to launch a chapter of “Girls Who Code” Club in Parkdale, grades 6 – 12! These clubs are a fun, supportive place for girls to get together and learn computer science by building a project they care about. The first meetings are scheduled this March Break Monday, Wednesday and Friday from […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b55c25c7a1&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Share your views at the Ontario Place Subcommittee Meeting – March 5, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 26, 2019 02:41 pm Ontario Place is a critical part of our City and our Province. Recently, the Provincial Government announced the dissolution of the governing body of Ontario Place and indicated their intention to move forward with a future redevelopment of the Ontario Place lands. Any potential changes to Ontario Place must be made in the public interest […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=165a5087fe&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 25, 2019 10:52 am The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village! If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to info@parkdalevillagebia.com along with your resume, listing any […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=446ae35d36&e=382fa4aa2e)

** 16th Annual Clean Toronto Together – Registration Opens March 1 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 25, 2019 10:35 am Toronto’s annual spring cleanup will take place on April 26-28, 2019. Join 200,000 residents, students, businesses, organizations and community groups for the 16th annual city-wide cleanup of public spaces. Save the dates: Community Cleanup Days: Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 Corporate 20-Minute Makeover and School Cleanups: Friday, April 26 All participants – including […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ee667a9697&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the February 21, 2019 edition: * March Break Family skate at Coca-Cola Coliseum * Biodiversity in the City – Upcoming Consultation Events * Public consultation on Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw – February 28, 2019 * Parkdale Library Building Improvement – Community Open House – March 7, 2019 * Green 13 presents: Sea of Life – Free Screening and Discussion – March 13, 2019 * Events at Lambton House – The PandaBand Pub Night – March 1 & Queen’s York Rangers’ Simcoe Seminar – March 26, 2019 * TTC Open House: The Junction Area Study – February 20, 2019

** March Break Family skate at Coca-Cola Coliseum ———————————————————— Published on Feb 21, 2019 04:40 pm Free Family Skate at Coca-Cola Coliseum, 45 Manitoba Drive, Exhibition Place on March 11, 12, 13, & 15 from 2:30 – 5pm. Children 12 years and under are required to wear a CSA approved helmet. Skate rentals and sharpening are not available. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0f9a0b4002&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Biodiversity in the City – Upcoming Consultation Events ———————————————————— Published on Feb 21, 2019 03:21 pm City Planning in collaboration with Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Environment and Energy, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are inviting public comments on the draft Biodiversity Strategy at the 3 upcoming public consultation events identified below. More details can be found on the website and links to Facebook event invitations. gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dd038b4a62&e=382fa4aa2e Tuesday, February 26 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6fa854072d&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Public consultation on Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw – February 28, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 21, 2019 03:01 pm The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the Clothing Drop Boxes Bylaw and wants to hear from residents. The aim of the review is to discuss potential improvements to the bylaw to ensure that clothing drop boxes remain safe and maintained. The public is invited to attend a consultation on Thursday, February 28 from 6 […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a42e246050&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parkdale Library Building Improvement – Community Open House – March 7, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 19, 2019 03:46 pm Parkdale Library has been a valued part of our community for over 50 years; well loved, well used. Now it’s time to refresh and renew. Parkdale Library will be closing for approximately 3 months to redesign and revitalize the main floor. This includes enhancements to the Musical Instrument Lending Library, added flexibility to deliver programs, […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=18d1190b75&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Green 13 presents: Sea of Life – Free Screening and Discussion – March 13, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 19, 2019 12:34 pm FREE Screening & Discussion Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm Jane/Dundas Library (620 Jane Street) Sea of Life leads audiences through the stunning world of coral reefs int the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs. […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7859b85fcb&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Events at Lambton House – The PandaBand Pub Night – March 1 & Queen’s York Rangers’ Simcoe Seminar – March 26, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 19, 2019 11:15 am The PandaBand Pub Night@Lambton House (No Cover) March 1, 2019 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street) Enjoy the live music of The PandaBand who play a happy mix of classic rock, folk and pop tunes. While listening to some great music in historic Lambton House, guests can also feast on roast […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=89f0e0a33a&e=382fa4aa2e)

** TTC Open House: The Junction Area Study – February 20, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 15, 2019 04:19 pm The TTC and Councillor Perks invite you to a public open house to learn more about the Junction Area Bus Study. Venue: West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St West) Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm We are proposing changes to the bus network in The Junction to improve customer travel […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4e0d230688&e=382fa4aa2e)

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West Bend Community Association Newsletter – February 2019

Spring is just around the corner!

Hello West Benders,

Have a great Family Day!  Hope you enjoy the long weekend.

Special thanks to all our neighbours who I have seen on the streets with hammers and crow-bars, working to keep those sidewalks clear.  For many local residents, the sidewalks are their only way to get around; so thank you for helping us all get safely to school, to work, to run errands, and to visit our local businesses.  We would not want to see anybody needlessly fall and get hurt!

We have a guest presenting to us at our regular meeting this week.  The property owner is interested in developing a purpose built rental building on the north-west corner of Bloor and Indian Road.  They would like to discuss their plans with the community and the West Bend Community Association is pleased to host them.

An official application to the City has not yet been made for this site, so this offer to discuss the proposal with the community is most appreciated.  There are indications a development application for the Giraffe site is also pending.  Stay tuned for further details on that site too.

In other updates, West Bend Green Community has been incorporated and will be applying to the CRA for charitable organization status.  This will be useful for fundraising purposes and when applying for grants — such as the City of Toronto Live Green Grants for which applications are due soon (see below).

And with Spring just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about our gardens!  The West Bend Community Association has assumed responsibility for completing the Railside Garden.  We have a budget for the bigger work, and we use volunteers for the ‘fun stuff’.  If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, reply to this newsletter and/or show up for our meeting on Wednesday!

In this Newsletter:

  • WBCA Meeting this Wednesday, February 20th
  • Live Green Grant deadline for expressions of interest March 1st.

 

West Bend Community Association – February Meeting
Wednesday, February 20th @7:00pm
Indian Road Crescent Public School, 2nd floor staff room

Everybody is always welcome to our monthly meetings.  It is the perfect opportunity to find out about (or tell others about) issues affecting our community, to get involved in local activities, and just to get to know more of your neighbours.  We meet on the third Wednesday of the month from September to May, at 7pm in the second floor staff room at Indian Road Crescent Public School.  We hope to see you there.

This month’s agenda includes:
-development presentation for 1660 Bloor
-Railside Gardens project planning
-West Bend Green Community inaugural board meeting

City of Toronto – Live Green Grants

The City of Toronto is currently offering up to $25,000 to help residents make a difference in their own communities – please take a look below.
 
On behalf of Live Green Toronto, I am pleased to inform you that the second round of the City’s Waste Reduction Community Grants program (www.toronto.ca/wastegrants) is currently underway.
 
Grants up to as much as $25,000 are available to support innovative Toronto-based projects that reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City’s waste diversion programs.
 
With a priority on investing in actions that address multi-residential buildings, multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, eligible projects could include:
 

  • initiatives that support reuse and reduction;
  • waste education and engagement initiatives; and/or
  • other initiatives that align with the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy such as the repairing, exchanging, swapping and sharing of goods

Learn more about applying for the grant.

If you have an idea that would qualify, the West Bend Community Association would like to help you! Bring your idea to the group and we will work together to make a different in our community!

But hurry! The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest  is March 1, 2019.

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Ward 4 and City of Toronto News

In the February 14, 2019 edition: * First Meeting of City Council’s Special Committee on Governance on February 21, 2019 * Enjoy City-run recreation programs and activities on Family Day * Annette Street Library Book Club – February 19 * 1660 Bloor Street West Development Community Meeting – February 20, 2019 * Ontario Place Family Day Weekend FREE – February 15-18 * Notice of Meeting for the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place – February 19, 2019 * Toronto – Earth Hour Leader launching campaign to bring Earth Hour Celebrations indoors in 2019 * High Park Stewards presents Design Inspired by Nature – February 24, 2019

** First Meeting of City Council’s Special Committee on Governance on February 21, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 14, 2019 04:05 pm I sit on City Council’s Special Committee on Governance. On February 21, we will be having our first meeting. I invite you to share you views about the impact of Council reduction and provide suggestions on governing Toronto with a smaller Council. To find out more, and sign up to speak or submit comments in […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=88e0e98f7d&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Enjoy City-run recreation programs and activities on Family Day ———————————————————— Published on Feb 14, 2019 04:04 pm Enjoy Family Day on February 18 by taking advantage of City-run recreation programs and activities, or by visiting one of the City’s museums or historic sites. In Ward 4, Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre will be hosting a Family Day: International Fun and Games program from 10am – 3pm. Outdoor Public Skating at High Park and Rennie Park will […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dc1e772b32&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Annette Street Library Book Club – February 19 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 14, 2019 04:03 pm Come out and meet other book lovers and discuss the book of the month in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 19 from 7-8 pm at the Annette Street Library. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f7bb4f1970&e=382fa4aa2e)

** 1660 Bloor Street West Development Community Meeting – February 20, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 14, 2019 03:53 pm Friends, A proposal has been put forward for a development at 1660 Bloor St W. The current plan is for a building matching the height of 1642 Bloor St W, at 38m. The developer is continuing to discuss this proposal with City Planners. To share their current plans with the community, the developer will be […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0fefed9f0e&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Ontario Place Family Day Weekend FREE – February 15-18 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 14, 2019 03:36 pm This Family Day weekend, explore Ontario Place, Toronto’s winter oasis on the waterfront and create new memories to last a lifetime. In addition to their regular winter program and renowned Winter Light Exhibition, they are excited to host back-to-back DJ Skate Parties with DJ Fawn Big Canoe and DJ Shane Mackinnon, a YMCA Kids Winter […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=22b44ab151&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Notice of Meeting for the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place – February 19, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 14, 2019 11:53 am A meeting of the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has been scheduled 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Exhibition Place, Beanfield Centre, Room 205 A/B, 100 Princes’ Blvd. The agenda for this meeting has been posted and is available here. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=85f7399719&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Toronto – Earth Hour Leader launching campaign to bring Earth Hour Celebrations indoors in 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 12, 2019 04:42 pm Parkdale High Park’s Earth Hour Team is promoting multiple anticipated events throughout Ward 4, in attempts to expand public awareness, coax new participation and stay warm – because we’re experiencing unpredictable freezing temperatures. Spreading the word now, will give individual businesses, organizations and groups plenty of time to plan for Earth Hour on Saturday March […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=aa67d16744&e=382fa4aa2e)

** High Park Stewards presents Design Inspired by Nature – February 24, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 11, 2019 04:39 pm High Park Stewards will host the second winter speaker series presentation, Design Inspired by Nature, with Jonas Spring on February 24, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive. Learn about how to use ecological references as practical tools in urban planting design. For more information visit gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=20da48fe81&e=382fa4aa2e Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4371217058&e=382fa4aa2e)

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