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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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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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In the February 08, 2019 edition: * A message from Councillor Perks * Share your thoughts on the Budget at our Community Budget Meeting – February 28, 2019 * Runnymede Station Art Installation is now complete * Share your views at the Ontario Place Subcommittee Meeting – March 5, 2019 * Parkdale People’s Economy: Working Group Meeting – February 11, 2019 * Public Consultation to review the 41 Wabash Zoning Amendment Application * City of Toronto issues its 2019 interim property tax bills * For residents near High Park, Humber and in Swansea – Sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto * Queen’s York Rangers’ Simcoe Seminar @ Lambton House – February 12, 2019 * Residents invited to join discussion about Toronto’s 2019 budget * Upcoming Community Consultations on Transportation Policies * Take Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes

** A message from Councillor Perks ———————————————————— Published on Feb 08, 2019 10:00 am Toronto Council is gearing up to set its budget for the coming year. Last Monday we got a draft proposed budget from City Staff you can find the overview presentation and the background documents here: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=51afed6527&e=382fa4aa2e I have begun to work through the hundreds of pages of details to see what the impacts on all […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ab654525d0&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Share your thoughts on the Budget at our Community Budget Meeting – February 28, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 08, 2019 09:50 am Friends, Ward 4 Community Budget Meeting is happening on Thursday, February 28th, 7pm – 8:30pm at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School located at 1515 Bloor Street West (near Dundas West Station) in the 3rd Floor Staff Room. *Accessible entrance is on the south side of the building on Dundas St West* For any questions or concerns, contact […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=2409b0b361&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Runnymede Station Art Installation is now complete ———————————————————— Published on Feb 07, 2019 05:34 pm Art is an important component of major station upgrades (including the Easier Access and Second Exit construction improvement projects). On June 5, 2017, TTC unveiled art concepts for 7 stations that are either under construction or scheduled for construction in the near future. The art installations at Runnymede Station are up. Elicser Elliot worked on these pieces titled Anonymous […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a1bc3d6c86&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Share your views at the Ontario Place Subcommittee Meeting – March 5, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 06, 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=aebb77ff70&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parkdale People’s Economy: Working Group Meeting – February 11, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 06, 2019 12:15 pm Join us for our first Community Working Group Meeting of the year! On Monday, February 11th from 6-8PM, the Parkdale People’s Economy will bring together our working groups for an evening of community visioning and collaboration! The gathering will provide a space for community members to work on collectively advancing the Parkdale Community Plan and learn about new initiatives from […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=9b2a1f52b0&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Public Consultation to review the 41 Wabash Zoning Amendment Application ———————————————————— Published on Feb 06, 2019 12:13 pm City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 41 Wabash Zoning Amendment application. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Details are as follows: Date: February 21, 2019 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM Place: Gymnasium, St Vincent De Paul School (116 Fermanagh Avenue) The application […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=2df490d73d&e=382fa4aa2e)

** City of Toronto issues its 2019 interim property tax bills ———————————————————— Published on Feb 06, 2019 11:23 am The City of Toronto has issued its 2019 interim property tax bills – the first of two tax bills mailed annually. The 2019 final tax bill will be mailed in May. Payment due dates for the interim tax bills under the three-instalment plan are March 1, April 1 and May 1. For property owners enrolled […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dd24b7c67b&e=382fa4aa2e)

** For residents near High Park, Humber and in Swansea – Sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto ———————————————————— Published on Feb 06, 2019 11:21 am Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during this time of year. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt after dusk or before dawn. Residents should follow these steps to minimize negative encounters with coyotes: • Avoid feeding them. […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ec7c63e129&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Queen’s York Rangers’ Simcoe Seminar @ Lambton House – February 12, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Feb 06, 2019 11:15 am On February 12, 2019, at 7pm Heritage York will be hosting a panel discussion titled, “Will the Afghan conflict end?”. Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, LCol Phil Halton and Captain Chris Wattie will be speaking at Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street). Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=cade6b487c&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Residents invited to join discussion about Toronto’s 2019 budget ———————————————————— Published on Feb 01, 2019 02:42 pm The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear public presentations on the staff-recommended 2019 budget beginning next week. Members of the public can make a deputation at budget sub-committee meetings on February 7 and 11 at four locations across the city. Torontonians who want to share their views on the budget are asked to register […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4b4fda4322&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Upcoming Community Consultations on Transportation Policies ———————————————————— Published on Jan 31, 2019 03:36 pm As part of the Official Plan Review, the City Planning Division is undertaking a review of the transportation policies related to transit, cycling, street related maps and schedules, and automated vehicles and shared mobility services found in the Official Plan. This is the second phase of the transportation component of the Official Plan Review, the […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=191270c2aa&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Take Steps to Prevent Frozen Pipes ———————————————————— Published on Jan 28, 2019 03:18 pm The pipes in your home can freeze in cold weather. This can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst, leading to expensive property damage. Take steps to protect your pipes from freezing and learn what to do if they freeze at gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a7be936eef&e=382fa4aa2e . Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e19a9c93c1&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the January 24, 2019 edition: * Grenadier Pond Ice Monitoring Program * Parkdale Residents Association and Parkdale People’s Economy deputes at the Executive Committee on Housing Now Initiative – January 23, 2019 * Special Heritage Talk – Tuesday, February 12, 2019 * Upcoming Public Appointment Opportunities * City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review * Toronto Police Services – Community Survey – available online until February 10, 2019 * Electronic Waste Collection – Annette Public Library – January 26th, 2019

** Grenadier Pond Ice Monitoring Program ———————————————————— Published on Jan 24, 2019 12:57 pm The ice monitoring program started on Jan 1, 2019. Ice thickness is measured on a daily basis. To check the flag status, visit Find an Outdoor Rink and scroll to the bottom of the page. Grenadier Pond in High Park has been a recreational skating surface since the early days of Toronto but temperature changes, water currents, salt run-off […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e9984a4043&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parkdale Residents Association and Parkdale People’s Economy deputes at the Executive Committee on Housing Now Initiative – January 23, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Jan 24, 2019 12:14 pm On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Judith Penfold representing Parkdale Residents Association and Mercedes Sharpe Zayas and Ana Teresa Portillo from Parkdale People’s Economy’s deputed on the Housing Now Initiative at the Executive Committee. They echo the voices of many in Parkdale and across the City. Watch the videos below to hear their demands. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e6608136d8&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Special Heritage Talk – Tuesday, February 12, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Jan 23, 2019 04:26 pm HERITAGE TALK Tuesday, 12 February – 7:00 p.m. Simcoe Seminar – Conflict in Afghanstan; Will it Ever End Join panel discussion speakers – Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, LCol Phil Halton, Captain Chris Wattie Doors open @ 6:00 p.m. Seminar begins @ 7:00 Lambton House – 4066 Old Dundas Street Come join us as we present […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b3cd1fb47b&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Upcoming Public Appointment Opportunities ———————————————————— Published on Jan 23, 2019 01:21 pm Do you want to make a difference in your city? Toronto residents are needed to serve on a range of City boards, committees, and tribunals. Whether you are just starting your board journey or you are an experienced director, there’s an opportunity for you! Board members provide oversight of their agency or corporation, bring […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3c45ff9e09&e=382fa4aa2e)

** City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review ———————————————————— Published on Jan 22, 2019 12:30 pm City of Toronto invites residents to consultations on noise bylaw review The City of Toronto is inviting residents to public consultation sessions on the noise bylaw review. The review aims to introduce updates that reflect Toronto’s growth and vibrancy, while enhancing noise standards that protect residents. At the public consultation sessions, staff will present and […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7a0a7b9fd4&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Toronto Police Services – Community Survey – available online until February 10, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Jan 22, 2019 12:28 pm Community Survey Open invitation to members of the community. If you live or work within the geographic boundaries of 11 Division, as defined and served by the Toronto Police Service, I am requesting your assistance to complete a brief crime, disorder and public safety survey. Your opinion is important to help us to better provide […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0ea5205b55&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Electronic Waste Collection – Annette Public Library – January 26th, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Jan 21, 2019 11:28 am On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am – 2pm, you can dispose your electronic waste outside Annette Public Library – 145 Annette Street. Find the list of accepted items here. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=18a9494fc1&e=382fa4aa2e)

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In the January 17, 2019 edition: * High Park Nature Centre- Family Nature Walks * Swansea Historical Society will host author Gregory Klages, February 6, 2019 * Join the High Park Stewards for Urban Birds and Citizen Science – January 27, 2019

** High Park Nature Centre- Family Nature Walks ———————————————————— Published on Jan 17, 2019 02:11 pm 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 their amazing nature interpreters, as well as the High Park Rangers and the High Park […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a07645ff5f&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Swansea Historical Society will host author Gregory Klages, February 6, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Jan 17, 2019 02:07 pm Swansea Historical Society hopes to see you at the Swansea Town Hall on February 6, 7:30 pm where the featured speaker will be Gregory Klages, author of “The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson”. In 1917, shortly before his 40th birthday, the renowned Canadian landscape artist, Tom Thomson, died under mysterious circumstances in Canoe Lake, Algonquin […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=fc3c3d05a8&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Join the High Park Stewards for Urban Birds and Citizen Science – January 27, 2019 ———————————————————— Published on Jan 17, 2019 02:02 pm Join the High Park Stewards and Emily Rondel for a presentation and discussion on Urban birds and citizen science and what we can do to help them survive and thrive. Presentation is at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, HOWARD PARK TENNIS CLUB, 430 Parkside Drive. More information can be found here. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dbaa0fed08&e=382fa4aa2e)

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West Bend Community Association Newsleter – January 20199

Happy New Year!
** Happy New Year! ————————————————————
Hello West Benders,
It looks like 2019 is going to be a busy one. Watch for a new development proposal for the Giraffe site – another tower nearly 30 storeys tall. Construction is likely to begin on at least two other condominium buildings this year near Dundas and Annette as work continues on the tall towers by the Freshco. Plans for the Loblaw’s site will continue to be developed — hopefully with plenty of input from the community.
We expect continued uncertainty in how the City of Toronto is governed within the Province of Ontario; including the proposed uploading of the TTC subway. That will have a an impact on how the subway system serves the residents of the West Bend. And don’t forget that we have a Federal election coming up this fall – so make sure you let our candidates know what you want from them!
It may not be so easy to imagine right now with the cold weather outside, but gardening season is just three months away! We have a lot of opportunity (and budget!) to complete a significant overhaul of the Railside Gardens. Sign up for our gardens mailing list if you are interested. Visit our website at thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=894fdbee7d&e=f9d0e74817 enter your email address in the space down the right side, and be sure to select the checkbox beside “Gardens”!
There are back-to-back events concerning the environment this week. Green 13 is hosting a free screening and discussion session the day before our MP hosts an Environment Town Hall in Swansea. If you are not planning to come to the West Bend Association meeting Wednesday, the Town Hall would be a worthwhile alternative!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2019!
In this Newsletter: * WBCA meeting this Wednesday – Jan 16 * Green 13 presentation -Jan 15 * Environment Town Hall – Jan 16
============================================================ West Bend January Meeting Wednesday, January 16th @7:00pm 2nd floor staff room, Indian Road Crescent Public School
Our regular monthly meeting is where we gather to discuss the general business of the Community Association. It is an opportunity to meet your neighbours, raise issues of interest, and discuss things going on in the West Bend. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Environment Town Hall Wednesday, January 16th @7:00pm Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room
Our MP, Arif Virani, will be hosting a town hall on Wednesday with a special focus on climate change and putting a price on carbon pollution.
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Space is limited so please RSVP!
Why should we care? A free screening and discussion hosted by Green 13 Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:30 pm Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor St. W. ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=d7ee5d0425&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=ce276c64f8&e=f9d0e74817)
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Dire reports have been coming out over the past weeks on climate destabilization: • IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5o C ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=4b429ba379&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=0f02b78438&e=f9d0e74817)
• Lancet Countdown 2018 Report: Briefing for Canadian Policymakers ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=1ef6d4b831&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=545b7aa19d&e=f9d0e74817)
• Fourth National Climate Assessment (U.S.) ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=ac049e3e75&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=02b1c3efe2&e=f9d0e74817)
• World Health Organization’s COP24 Special Report on Health and Climate Change ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=195038a4a8&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=7394d6b539&e=f9d0e74817)
• In the works (IPCC): The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate • In the works (IPCC): Special Report on Climate Change and Land …
In preparation for the town hall on climate change and pricing carbon pollution, to be hosted by our MP Arif Virani the following evening, (January 16), you are welcome to join Green 13 the evening of Tues. Jan. 15 as we watch and discuss:
• Greta Thunberg’s school strike for climate – save the world by changing the rules – and how young people around the world are joining in. ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=c5ac001f88&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=d3a704b12c&e=f9d0e74817) (11 min.) ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=f650937207&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=45780d9cea&e=f9d0e74817) (18 min.) and ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=c27a3c6159&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=d00f67d23b&e=f9d0e74817) (20 min.) Fridays for Future: Canadian youth on climate strike ** thewestbend.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a0ae2229a6ff6dfaffbff4c28&id=909fb636e9&e=f9d0e74817 (thewestbend.us3.list-manag

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