HPTA offers Community News and Events to inform our members. 

(HPTA does not necessarily endorse or support the initiatives posted.)

Vegan Bake Sale for Vertica Tenants

A vegan bake sale will be open to all Vertica tenants in the lobby of 66 Pacific Avenue, on Monday April 24th from 4 to 6 pm.

All proceeds support Dogs of the Ganges, an organization that helps care for street dogs in India. For more information look for the poster in your building lobby.

Community Environment Day

Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto by bringing your unused and unwanted household items (including hazardous waste) to our local Community Environment Day. Our local event is Saturday, April 22nd at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park.

Click here to read a flyer with more information.

Cheri DiNovo’s Latest Newsletter

Make sure to take note of the upcoming OMB Town Hall!

Community Office: 2849 Dundas Street West | 416-763-5630 | Email: dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca

New Year, Renewed Focus

Dear Friends,

Let’s talk. The media these days seems to be full of bad news, and I know this is already a difficult time of year for many.  What you need to know is that our community is strong, and that it is never too late to fight for justice and advocate for those who need us. My office is always happy to help when we can, and I am always fighting for you at Queen’s Park and in our neighbourhoods.  Keep up the good work, and be kind to yourself and others.

As always,


Community Meeting:  OMB Community Consultation

Time and again the unelected OMB has disregarded city planners and the concerns of local residents, and imposed decisions that favour deep-pocketed developers. For over a decade, the government has promised to reform the OMB with no action. Finally, now, the Ontario government is reviewing the OMB and needs to hear from you.

I will be hosting a community meeting to address this issue on March 9th, 2017, at Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton school (corner of Dundas West and Bloor West).  This event is open to the public and all are welcome.  I hope to see you there.

Please RSVP as soon as possible, as seating will be limited.

Guys Can Cook! Celebration

Thank you so much to The Four Villages for inviting me to the end-of-project celebration of the Guys Can Cook initiative. This initiative invited youth in our priority neighbourhoods to learn about nutrition, as well as develop culinary and employment skills alongside respected professionals in this field.
This is yet another way in which The Four Villages is bettering our community every single day.

High Park Stewards 20th Anniversary

Congratulations to High Park Stewards for celebrating 20 wonderful years.  High Park Stewards is a vital and beloved organization, bringing together volunteers who donate their time to protect our beautiful High Park.

Working for you at Queen’s Park

As you know, the Legislature was prorogued in September, and as such any and all Bills still on the table at that time officially died.  I have been working hard for you to introduce and re-introduce some very important Bills in the House.  Here are the Bills I have put forward so far this session:

Bill 40, Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016

It has been proven that the number of dog bites has not gone down since Breed-Specific Legislation came into place. I will not give up the fight to repeal this ineffective and unwarranted legislation.  If we truly want to reduce dog bites in Ontario, we must focus on the deed, not the breed.

Bill 48, Peter Kormos Act (Repealing the Safe Streets Act), 2016

In honour of the late Peter Kormos, who was a champion for those less fortunate, I will continue fighting to repeal the Safe Streets Act, a discriminatory piece of legislation which criminalizes those living in poverty.

Bill 55, Remembrance Week Act, 2016

Success!  I was honoured to co-sponsor this tri-party Bill, which proclaims Remembrance Week and provides for the observance of Remembrance Day.  This Bill became law in November 2016.

Bill 61, Respect for Municipalities Act (City of Toronto), 2016

I will continue fighting for this Bill to give Torontonians more of a say in developments that are proposed in our neighbourhoods.  Please attend my Community Meeting on this issue!

Bill 74, Trans Day of Remembrance Act, 2016

As a 40+ year activist for LGBTQ rights, I introduced this Bill to proclaim November 20 in each year as the Trans Day of Remembrance, a day to mourn and honour the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten and gives trans people and their allies a chance to stand together in vigil. The Trans Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to raise public awareness of hate crimes committed against trans people.

In addition, last session I introduced Cy and Ruby’s Actto amend the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and other Acts with respect to parental recognition, specifically in the interest of creating equality for LGBTQ parents.  I was relieved and delighted that the government finally decided to adopt the majority of my Bill into the All Families Are Equal Act, which became law in November 2016.

My statement on the abuse women face in politics

I made a statement in the Legislature about how women who work in the political sphere face incredible amounts of abuse and sexism.  This statement was inspired by Sandra Jansen, who addressed this issue in the Alberta Legislature. This sort of abuse is commonplace and is never, ever acceptable.  This is just another reminder that we must continue to fight for equality.

3 Women on CIUT 89.5 FM

My radio show, 3 Women, airs Mondays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on CIUT 89.5 FM. It’s all about women and their perspective on the topics of today.  My show has had an incredible history of fascinating, intelligent women offering up their time to be guests on the show.  Tune in to CIUT 89.5 FM at 4:00 pm Mondays, and make sure you have your phone handy, because we welcome questions via phone or social media.

This week’s show was all about the Women’s March in Washington and across the globe.  It is such an important thing to be able to hear women’s voices on a truly independent radio station.

Same updates and content, no friend limits.  Cheri DiNovo has a Facebook fan page!
I’ve reached my friend limit on my “friend” page, but you can join me on my fan page here: My Facebook Page
I look forward to seeing you there!

ALSO:  Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@CheriDiNovo) and Instagram! @Cheri.DiNovo

Upcoming Screening Under the Stars

Minto is kindly hosting an outdoor movie night both for their own tenants, as well as tenants in neighbouring buildings. Everyone is welcome!




Town Hall Meeting on the 2016 City Budget

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School, 1515 Bloor St. West at Dundas St. West

Councillors Doucette and Perks co-host a town hall meeting for residents to learn what is in the proposed 2016 City Budget. Share your ideas about the City’s financial plans with the Councillors and your neighbours. Please RSVP here.


Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Rousseau Room, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.

Parkdale–High Park residents are invited to share their budget priorities with MP Arif Virani as the federal government prepares its first budget.
RSVP to arif.virani.c1@parl.gc.ca


OMB Approves Development on Grenadier Square Property

We regret to share the news that after more than 11 months of deliberation the OMB has rendered a decision in favour of the developer, High Park Bayview Inc. to construct two 25 storey buildings, where the existing townhouses are at 51-77 Quebec Ave and 40-66 High Park Ave.

The High Park Coalition Community group:

encourages you not to give up and to continue to try and stop future developments like this by supporting MPP Cheri DiNovo’s work to abolish the OMB who almost always sides with developers.

The group has asked people to express outrage at the decision to: Councillor Sarah Doucette: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca 416-392-4072; to Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat: jkeesma@toronto.ca 416-392-8772; and to MPP Cheri DiNovo: dinovoc-qp@ndp.on.ca 416-763-5630


Opportunity to Provide Input on Mid-Rise Building Guidelines: April 24th

 Toronto is holding an open house to provide comments and questions regarding the Mid Rise Guidelines Performance Standards. If you can’t attend you can also provide input by filling out a survey:  click here for the survey

Date:  Friday, April 24th

Time:  1pm to 4pm

Location:  City Hall, Second Floor, Meeting Room B (access through Reception A)



Bloor West Residents’ Associations Achieves Improvements for Development at 2265 Bloor Street West

 Congratulations to the Save Our Village group which mediated a settlement for a development at Bloor and Durie, which was approved by the OMB on April 7th. The group worked hard, with help from Councillor Doucette, to get developers to reduce the height of the building, change parking access and more. Click here to read more details about their achievements, which can inspire us all to continue fighting for responsible development in our community.



Reminder: Public Meeting March 24th

Please join City Planning Staff and Councillor Doucette for a discussion on the planning context of Bloor Street West and tools we can use to help direct growth sensitively, sustainably, and collaboratively.

Date:  Tuesday, March 24th

Time:  7pm – 9pm

Location:  Humberside CI cafeteria (280 Quebec Ave, basement)

2015-03-24 Bloor Street West Public Planning Meeting Poster-page-001


From the Runnymede United Church:
Pancake Dinner 432 Runnymede Road (between Bloor and Annette) February 17th, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Adults $8, Children under 10 $6, family of 4 $25, family of 5 $30. Breakfast for dinner: pancakes, sausages, fruit, and dessert. For family and neighbours to enjoy some pancakes together.



Please click the link below for details!

High Park Splash Pad Open House



The Education Town Hall planned by Cheri DiNovo in January 2015 has been postponed.  When date and times are available they will be posted on this page.



These items are from Sarah Doucette’s newsletter. If you would like to receive Sarah Doucette’s newsletter, please sign-up here electronic newsletter.

Getting ready for the Pan Am Games

This summer the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games are coming to Toronto and Ward 13 will be hosting parts of the marathon and road cycling events. Click here to download a list of road closures.

Recruitment underway for summer recreation jobs

The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation is now looking for qualified candidates for 2015 summer recreation positions. The types of recreation positions available include aquatic instructors, lifeguards, music, art and dance instructors, fitness centre staff, special needs program staff, sports instructors, camp counsellors, facility staff and more. Those who are interested in applying are asked to create a profile and apply online at www.toronto.ca/recjobs. Completed online applications must be received by February 3, 2015 before 11:59 p.m. Successful candidates will be required to undergo a vulnerable-sector police reference check.

Public Appointments Opportunities

Tenants are encouraged to serve on Boards so renters’ voices can be heard.

The City needs local residents to serve on high-profile, challenging, and exciting boards of directors for City agencies and corporations. Being on a City board is a unique opportunity to contribute to your community, collaborate with others, and gain valuable skills and experience by helping to support public services. The City is accepting applications from Toronto residents for a range of board positions. Apply now at toronto.ca/ServeYourCity to be considered when the selection process starts in January 2015.

Draw the Lines: The Toronto Ward Boundary Review

The Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards. This review is being undertaken to ensure that each person in Toronto is fairly represented at City Council.   The Review will look at the number of people living in each ward, as well as other factors such as geographic communities of interest and neighbourhoods, major physical and natural boundaries and population trends, to ‘draw the lines’ among Toronto’s wards. To attend a community meeting, or to learn more, please visit www.drawthelines.ca

Town Hall Meeting on Education (the Toronto District School Board)

Cheri DiNovo, MPP Parkdale-High Park, will hold a town hall meeting on Education (with specific information regarding the TDSB) on January 15, 2015 at the Parkdale Library Auditorium (1303 Queen Street West, 416-393-7686) from 6:30 – 9:00pm.

For more information, contact Cheri DiNovo, MPP Parkdale-High Park

416-763-5630  cheridinovo.ca |  Email: dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca


The Bloor/Durie Development Proposal

The Bloor West Residents Association is appealing the Bloor/Durie development proposal and is looking for help! They will be fighting this development at the OMB on January 6th and need members of the community to register as participants and make a case for why this is overdevelopment in Bloor West Village. The more people that apply as participants, the stronger their case will be. Applications need to be submitted by December 1st so please get in touch with them for more information if you are able to help. For more information visit http://saveourvillage.ca/2265-bloor-street-west-going-to-omb-jan-6th/.


An Important Message from the High Park Coalition

Please upload the file.  An Important Message From the High Park Coalition

For more information, go to their website. High Park Coalition


Updates on New Developments from Sarah Doucette’s Website

Please upload the file. Updates on New Developments

For more information, go to Sarah Doucette’s website.  councillor_doucette@toronto.ca


New Development in Bloor West Village.

Please upload the file.  New development in Bloor West Village


 A Garden Party by the High Park Coalition

The High Park Coalition is organizing a garden party fundraiser on August 23rd.

Please click this link for a formal invitation and to purchase tickets online highparkcoalition.ca.

Or RSVP by August 15th to info@highparkcoalition.ca to purchase a ticket ($75).


High Park Coalition is holding a garage sale
Saturday, July 5th the High Park Coalition is holding a garage sale to raise funds for the fight against the Grenadier Square Development at the OMB. Details are below. We hope you can make it out!
Saturday, July 5th
9 am to 2 pm at 50 Quebec Avenue
The High Park Coalition (HPC) (the community group against the proposal to build two condominium towers on High Park and Quebec avenues) is having a garage sale on Saturday, July 5th. The purpose is to raise money to fight the proposed Grenadier development at the OMB.
The Junction Farmers Market

The Junction Farmers Market wants you to know the following:  JUNCTION NIGHT MARKET Saturday, July 12, 2014 7:00 – 11:00 pm On Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas St. West A community Night Market showcasing local food and drink in the Junction! Featuring prepared food vendors from our weekly farmers’ market, local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Food and Drink tickets – $5 each

All the proceeds go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through the Junction Farmers Market Food Voucher Program in partnership with Four Villages Community Health Centre. Tickets available on site. More info: info@junctionmarket.ca


From Sarah Doucette’s Newsletter – Friday May 9, 2014 Public consultation on response to the 2013 storms and future weather emergencies

The City is looking for public input on the City’s response to the July 2013 flood and the December 2013 ice storm. From May 9 to May 30, residents are invited to tell the City what worked well in their neighbourhoods, what needs improving, and how the City can support its residents in future weather emergencies.

The City has scheduled four public information and consultation sessions at City civic centres and has launched a consultation website. website =======================================================================

Cheri DiNovo Launches Petition for Better Protection of High Park

Our MPP, Cheri DiNovo, is asking the Ministry of the Environment to ensure stronger protection of High Park and the rare oak savannah. Please sign her petition at the link below:



Community Allotment Garden

A group of local residents are working on getting a community allotment garden set up at Ravina Gardens (the site of the old lawn bowling club behind Humberside Collegiate).

They are looking for people to get involved helping with preparing a budget, writing allotment membership agreements, and more. If you’re interested in helping to get this great project off the ground, OR, if you would just like to join their email list so you can stay up to date on the progress, email ravinacommunitygarden@gmail.com.


Upcoming Film Screenings

The local environmental group, Green 13, is hosting several upcoming screening of documentaries on climate change and more. Visit their events calendar for details at the website below: http://www.green13toronto.org/calendar-node-field-date/month


Share Your Thoughts on Ontario’s Common Ground Survey

A local community group has submitted an idea to the Ontario government’s “Common Ground” survey. The group is proposing a ban on Above Guidelines Rent Increases. You can vote for their idea, or submit your own ideas, at http://commonground.ideascale.com/.


Get an Update on the Grenadier Square Redevelopment

The High Park Coalition is inviting you to attend an important information meeting this Tuesday September 17th at 7pm at 50 Quebec Avenue. At the meeting they will be discussing the following:

  • The new design being proposed for Grenadier Square by the developer
  • An update about the development application and next steps for the Fall
  • Recruiting new volunteers to help us create community awareness and raise money to support the fight.

Email info@highparkcoalition.ca to RSVP for the meeting.



Public Consultation re: Community Mural

Generation Image Makers has been provided with a grant from the City of Toronto to create a mural on the TTC underpass at Clendenan Avenue and Bloor. They have begun to compose preliminary designs and sketches and the community has opportunity to provide feedback at a community consultation at the Runnymede Library on Wednesday, July 10th from 6 to 8 pm.


Share Your Photos of Your Western Views

Are you at risk of losing your sunset views due to the proposed development at Grenadier Square? This week, the High Park Coalition Facebook Page is asking residents to post photos of what they risk losing if the development is approved.

The more photos posted, the more evidence to share with city staff and councillors about the potential impact on quality of life.



Free Screening of Food Inc.

Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 pm,  The Runnymede Library will be holding a free screening of Food Inc. Food Inc. is an Oscar-nominated documentary that discusses North American food supply topics: profit, health, farmers,  workers, the environment, and animals.


Junction Farmers’ Market Now Open!

Every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at the Junction Train Platform (on Dundas, just east of Pacific Avenue). For more information visit http://junctionmarket.ca


Junction Farmers’ Market Opening Soon!

The Junction Farmers’ Market opens up Saturday, May 25th. It will be open every Saturday until from November from 9 am to 1 pm at the Junction Train Platform (on Dundas, just east of Pacific Avenue). Find more info on their website at http://junctionmarket.ca/.


Screening of Il Giardino

The Annette Street Library will hold a screening of the documentary film Il Giardino, a loving look at how newcomers to Toronto sustain their connection to the Old World and green the urban landscape.

Meet gardeners and gardens in Toronto’s Little Italy. Filmmaker Karen Shenfeld will be present to discuss home and community gardening in Toronto. Tuesday, May 21st at 6:15 pm at the Annette Street Library.


Grenadier Square Development – Petition

A petition against the Grenadier Square development is circulating. Here is the link: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-grenadier-square-development-of-2-towers.html

This petition is for all stakeholders affected by the Grenadier Square Development (renters, owners, stores, etc.)


Community Consultation Meeting for the Grenadier Square Development (51-77 Quebec Avenue and 40-66 High Park Avenue Rezoning Application No. 13) 

Date: Monday, May 6, 2013 Time: 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.  Place: Humberside Collegiate Institute (Auditorium) 280 Quebec Avenue.

The HPTA strongly urges everyone to attend and to ask questions.  Be informed.  Read the documents below before the meeting (see links) to articulate your questions.

  • City Planner’s preliminary report: RATIONALE AND DRAWINGS ARE HERE.


  • The  City Web page.  ALL DOCUMENTS ARE HERE.


  • Developer’s
  • ( applicant) website. IMAGES

http://www.grenadiersquareredevelopment.com/ Contact information: Gregory Byrne, Senior Planner, Community Planning Etobicoke York District, East Section, 399 The West Mall , 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario Phone – (416)-394-823Fax – (416) 394-6063 – e-mail – gbyrne@toronto.ca


Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in 66 Pacific Avenue

The worldwide vegan bake sale takes place April 20th to 28th all around the world. 66 Pacific Avenue will have their own worldwide vegan bake sale, open to all residents of the Minto High Park Village complex, on Monday, April 22nd from 4 to 6 pm.

It’s taking place in the lobby of 66 Pacific Avenue, and Minto is providing coffee to residents too! Come by for cookies, cinnamon buns, truffles and more. All proceeds support the Toronto Vegetarian Association.


 Community Garden in Lithuania Park Looking for Leaders

Councillor Doucette is working with some local residents to get a community garden going in Lithuania Park. This would be a great addition to our community for all the green thumbs who want to go beyond container gardening on their balconies.

The garden is in the early stages at this point. If you are interested in taking a lead role in getting the garden set up and running, please get in touch with Councillor Doucette’s office.


Update from Sarah Doucette on Casinos

Our ward councillor, Sarah Doucette has provided the community with an update on Casinos (See below).  She is also seeking your opinion.  Cut-off date: April 15, 2013. Click the link to express your opinion: http://councillordoucette.squarespace.com/casino-survey/

Casino Survey:
Zone C1:
Having heard from more than 500 Ward 13 residents, I am voting against a casino anywhere downtown because of the lack of infrastructure to support the needs of a casino in the core and the decimation of business for theatres, restaurants, and hotels that will happen as a result. The area available for the traffic and parking needs of a casino is seriously insufficient. On top of that, the downtown core is densely filled with residential neighbourhoods and vibrant main streets made up of local proprietors or larger businesses catering to local needs. There is no room, need, or desire for a casino there.
Zone C2: As for the possibility of a casino at the Woodbine Racetrack, I haven’t heard from residents yet and I really do need to hear from you. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Woodbine Racetrack is located at Rexdale Blvd and Hwy 27, across the street from the Woodbine Shopping Centre.  The racetrack has been there since 1956 and the 3000 Ontario Lottery and Gaming slots have been operating since 2000.  It is located on a piece of land with room to expand and a present parking capacity of 10,500 vehicles. The current employment numbers are:  800 plus at the slots, 2500 at the racetrack stables, and another 2000 or so individuals employed by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG).
In total, WEG’s business activities, including the racetrack and slots, generate 10,000 jobs in the city. For more information, please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/casinoconsultation/ or contact my office at any time.  I am sending you this because I would like to hear from you.  So, please take a moment to tell me before April 15, 2013:


Update from Sarah Doucette on Grenadier Square Development

Our ward councillor, Sarah Doucette has provided the community with an update on the status of the Grenadier Square redevelopment, as well as her thoughts on the issue:

“I have been hearing from several residents in the ward about the proposed new “Grenadier Square” development at 51-77 Quebec Avenue and 40-66 High Park Avenue and I would like to give you an update.

I have concerns about this development, particularly in relation to the height of the two towers. When the proposal was brought to my attention I recommended to the proponent that they hold an optional public meeting to allow residents to see and comment on what they were planning to submit. Unfortunately they chose not to do this and on January 9th City Planning received their application for a zoning by-law amendment for the demolition of the existing town houses and to construct two new residential apartment buildings. This application was then circulated to the relevant city divisions for technical review.

We have now reached the next step in the process where City Planning’s Preliminary Report on this development is coming to the April 9th Community Council.  At Community Council City Planning will highlight the application and ask for a community consultation meeting, the city requires that this meeting be held within two months. I will also ask for the notice of distribution for this meeting to be increased to twice the city recommended distance. City Planning hosts this first community consultation meeting and it is where the proponent will publicly present their proposal. This meeting will provide the community with the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the proposal and this input is taken into account by City staff when they review the proposal.

At this time I will tell the proponent that I recommend they consider working group meetings to ensure that the community is able to have meaningful dialogue regarding areas of the plan where they have concerns. I will also host further public meetings to make sure everyone’s opinions are heard.”


 Lecture on Toronto‘s Future Weather and Climate

Green 13 presents a lecture from Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of Toronto Environmental Alliance on Tuesday, April 9th at 7 pm at the Swansea Town Hall.

She will discuss Toronto‘s Future Weather and Climate Driver Study and answer questions such as: What may the implications be ? How health, homes, the environment  and infrastructure may be affected? Go to the Green 13’s page on Facebook for more information.


 Prescribed Burn to Take Place in High Park

High Park’s annual controlled burn will be taking place in early to mid-April. The actual date of the prescribed burn will be chosen to coincide with ideal weather conditions and will be announced 24 to 48 hours prior to the burn. Park use will be restricted during the burn, and notices will be placed at park entrances advising users that the burn is taking place on the specific scheduled date. Keep watch for notices posted in your elevators for more information.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burns should not affect surrounding neighbourhoods. These burns are important for keeping the rare and endangered oak savannah ecosystems thriving. =======================================================================


The City is organizing a community Symposium on “Building an Equitable City Together”.  It will take place Thursday March 28, 2013 from 9:00 am at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.  Topic for discussion: “How we can work together to support a stronger anti-discrimination infrastructure in Toronto, and how the City of Toronto can facilitate greater community input into equity issues?”

If you want to participate, please register by March 18, at http://buildingequitablecity.eventbrite.com or call 416-338-0889. This symposium is facilitated by the “Access, Equity and Human Rights Working Group” of the City of Toronto.



The Royal Canadian Legion, Maple Leaf Branch 266, is organizing a Saint-Patrick’s Day dance at the legion, 351 Dundas St. W.  8:00 pm to 1:00 am. Couple: $5.00, Single: $3.00.  Price includes a bowl of Irish stew.  Call: (416) 760-9190 for more information.



Every Thursday, the Four Villages Community Health Centre organizes a get together for people who want to learn how to knit or who want to share their expertise with knitting and patterns.  The get together is ongoing and welcomes everyone to chat and relax.  It takes place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Centre 3446 Dundas Street West.  Call Michelle  at (416) 604-3362 for more information.



On Sunday April 7, 2013, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be an indoor garage sale on the three floors of the Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue.  You can also book a table to sell your belongings.  Costs of tables: $30.00 or $40.00.  Download an application form at http://swansetownhall.ca. For more information, call (416) 392-1954 or email frontdesk@swanseatownhall.ca.


Sharkwater film screening

Our local MP Peggy Nash is hosting a screening of the film Sharkwater this Wednesday, March 13th at the Annette Library at 7 pm.  Details are posted on her Facebook page:   http://www.facebook.com/events/550779308295106/


March 10, 2013 at 2 pm: Splash’n’Boots Concert for Children

The group Splash’n’Boots, The Canada’s 2012 Children’s Entertainers of the Year,  is coming to the Windermere United Church (356 Windermere Avenue, south of Bloor St. West), during March break,  to give a free concert for children. There will be music, juice and cookies.  Donations are welcome.  There will be opportunity to meet with Splash’n’Boots after the concert. For more information, call 416-769-5611.


Annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show

Applications from artists are being received until March 31, 2013 by 111:59 pm to exhibit at the sixth annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show held at Sunnyside Pavilion.  It will take place May 31 to June 2, 2013.  Conditions to participate: Send a short biography, a resume and examples of work (Internet link or a maximum of seven photographs) to sunnysideartshow@gmail.com.

For more information, go to www.artinitiatives.ca or send an email to sunnysideartshow@gmail.com. Opportunity to show, sell and buy artists’ works.


Inorganic Market for Electronic Waste Disposal

On Sunday, March 17, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm the local community group “Green 13” is organising an Inorganic Market for Electronic Waste Disposal.  Electronic waste can be brought to the parking lot of Nicholson’s No Frills (2187 Bloor St West).  Computer displays, TVs, PCs, cords and cables are accepted.  Batteries, household appliances and toxic materials will not be accepted.  A donation to the community group organizing this event will be accepted.


 The High Park K9 Committee

The High Park K9 Committee welcomes new members. They are a group of responsible dog owners and commercial dog walkers working to promote responsible dog ownership and the appropriate use of the High Park off-leash area by dog-owners.  For more information about getting involved email k9@highpark.org.


 Potluck Passover Seder

The West Toronto Jewish Community Association is organizing its annual pot-luck Passover Seder on Tuesday March 26 at 6:30 p.m. There is a cost of $25 per adult and $10 per child (plus a Passover dish to share), with a $60 maximum per family. This event is to celebrate the Festival of Freedom  with the Jewish community.  Reservations are required.

For more information and to make reservations, send an email to  passoverseder@rogers.com.


 Meeting for Vegetarians of High Park: February 5th at the Beet

The organization Vegetarians of High Park  is organizing a meeting/dinner at the Beet Organic Cafe, in the Junction, at 2945 Dundas Street West.  The event is on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm.  Send RSVP by Thursday, January 31st to highparkveg.wordpress.com


 Bloor West Villager: Feedback on Biggest Community Issue

The Bloor West Villager Newspaper is seeking input from local groups and individuals to find out from their perspective what is the biggest issue  facing the community.

Send your contributions to Lisa Rainford at the following address: LRainford@insidetoronto.com



The fire Department at Runnymede may close.  Sarah Doucette is organizing an emergency meeting for citizens.  Information is posted on this link:



Town Hall Meeting with the Ombudsman and the Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto

The Town Hall meeting will take place, Thursday November 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Humberside C.I., 280 Quebec Avenue, in the Lismer Hall.  The City of Toronto Ombudsman and the Integrity Commissioner will be present to explain their roles and how they assist citizens.  Their domains of intervention are: unfairness in City’s departments (Ombudsman) and violations of the City’s Codes of Conduct (Integrity Commissioner).

Sarah Doucette, City Council for ward 13, is hosting this event.


Craft and Bake Sale at the Swansea Recreation Centre

The sale will take place Saturday November 17, 2012 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  The entrance is through the Swansea Community Centre, 15 Waller Avenue.  Entrance is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. For information call 416-393-9080 (school) or go to www.swanseacraftsale.com



On Saturday October 27, 2012,  9:00 am to 11:30 am, at 16 Baby Point Road. There will be: quality clothing, footwear and accessories, toys, books, handmade items, home baking and preserves.  For more information, contact David Drake at (416) 767-6177 or  www.humbercrest.ca or info@humbercrest.ca.



Maya Gallus will present her documentary and answer questions at Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue, on Thursday October 25, 2012, from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm.  For more information, contact frontdesk@swanseatownhall.ca.  The event is free and sponsored by Swansea Town Hall and Swansea Memorial Library in celebration of Women’s History Month.  Refreshments will be served.



Every Wednesday night, 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road. For more information, contact Barbara at 416-766-3879.  Cost is $5.00 per night.


Vegetarians of High Park Social Dinner

The dinner will take place Wednesday October 3, 2012 at the entirely vegan restaurant  “Rawlicious”, on Bloor Street, a few blocks west of High Park subway station on the North side. Please RSVP by Wednesday October 3, 2012 at highpark@veg.ca so the association can make reservations.  For more information, go to highparkveg.wordpress.com.


The Junction Music Festival

 A new music festival for all ages will take place on Saturday September 22, 2012 in the Junction on Dundas St. West. There will be two stages, music workshops and music-inspired cuisine, etc. This event is organized by the Junction BIA.  Go to their event website for more information on activities, venues, and bands.  www.thejunctionbia.ca/the-junction-music-festival/



The annual Ukrainian Festival will take place at Bloor West Village, from Friday September 14, 2012 until Sunday September 16, 2012. Live performances start Friday at 5:00 pm.

Bloor St. West will be closed from Friday September 14th at 9:30 am until Sunday September 16 at midnight, from Jane St. to Glendowynne Road.   Runnymede will be open for traffic (North/South).



 On the first and third Sunday of every month, throughout the year, including holydays, there are walks taking place in High Park, from 10:30 am until 12 noon.  The walks start at the benches, south of the Grenadier Restaurant.  For more information, go to www.highparknature.org .



Heritage Toronto organizes free neighbourhood walking tours. The walks are researched, designed and led by local historians, community groups and professionals.  No reservations are required.  Heritage Toronto works with citizens to advocate for, preserve and promote Toronto’s heritage.  This is only a brief highlight.

Please contact Heritage Toronto directly for more information  (start and finish points, leaders, length, focus and difficulty of walks) www.heritagetoronto.org

Sept. 8, 8:00 am “The wonders of Warden Woods” Sun.

Sept. 9, 1:30 pm “Atop the Davenport Hill in the 1920s” Sat.

Sept. 15, 10:00 am “Exploring Broadview: From Todmorden to East Chinatown”

Sept. 16, 11:00 am “The Village of Yorkville” Sun.

Sept. 16, 1:00 pm “War, Invasion and Occupation: Fort York, Toronto and the War of 1812”

Sept. 22, 1:30 pm “Solids Foundations: The Builders of Weston” Sun.

Sept. 23, 1:30 pm “Lawrence Park: One Hundred Years Later” Sat.

Sept. 29, 10:30 pm “Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Garden”



In order to plan for the upgrade and development of cultural facilities, the city is asking citizens to express their opinions via an online survey.  In the past decade, large cultural facilities were created.  This survey is part of the consultation process to create cultural space for smaller cultural organizations and community groups.  

You can access the survey, here: http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/culture/msfcsurvey.nsf/survey?OpenForm (The name of the survey is “Making Space for Culture: Ward Planning for Vibrant, Sustainable Cultural Infrastructure”.)



A tour of cuisines in different neighbourhoods of Toronto.       Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West – August 8 and September 12, 2012. http://www.gladstonehotel.com/hotel



“Confessions Of A Thrifty Bride” – Budget friendly wedding shopping at The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive – August 19 and September 16, 2012 http://thriftybridetobe.com/



1) Jerkfest – Jerk Cuisine – Centennial Park – August 11 and 12, 2012  http://jerkfestival.ca

2) India Festival and Grand Parade – Yonge and Dundas Square – August 11, 2012 10:00 am – 8:00 pm – http://www.panoramaindia.org

3) Pilaros Taste of the Danforth – Greek cuisine and more –  Danforth Avenue (between Broadview and Jones)  – August 10 to 12, 2012. http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/tasteofthedanforth.php



 1) Music of France by the Nash ensemble Debussy’s Cello Sonata,  at Walter Hall, University of Toronto  – August 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm    2) Music of England By Elgar, Williams and Bridge at Koerner Hall, Telus Centre  – August 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm    3) Music of Bohemia and Hungary  Cecilia String Quartet at Walter Hall, University of Toronto  – August 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm www.torontosummermusic.com for more information.



On Friday, July 27, 2012 a free movie will be shown at the old McBride Site at Dundas and Indian Grove at 9:00 pm.  The name of the movie is  “The Island President”, an award-winning documentary on climate change in the Maldives.  This movie is offered by the Junction BIA.  To know about upcoming movies, go to http://thejunctionbia.ca



The City has started construction on Pacific Ave. from Oakmount Road to Annette Street. (July 9, 2012).



Here is what the new developments will look like.  Follow the link. http://www.2114bloorstreet.com/about   2114 Bloor St. West http://www.1990bloorstreet.com/about  1990 Bloor St. West http://www.1844bloorstreetwest.com 1844 Bloor St. West



A lot of developments are taking place in our neighbourhood. Two are proposed on 1990 and 2114 Bloor Street West, not far from our homes.

Two community consultation meetings are scheduled as part of the planning process:

*On June 27, 2012 for the proposed development at 1990 Bloor Street West; and

* On June 28, 2012 for the proposed development at 2114 Bloor.

Both meetings will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Swansea Community Centre, 15 Waller Avenue.



Consider expressing your ideas and views to help develop the City of Toronto Strategy for Seniors.  Go tohttp://www.toronto.ca/seniors and make your voice heard on the Consultation Workbook.

 The public input will help identify service priorities for seniors (housing, health, recreation, community programs, transportation, accessibility, safety and civic engagement).  All Individuals and groups are asked to express their views.  Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2012.  



 The Toronto Vegetarian Association is holding an information meeting at the High Park Village Fitness centre (65 High Park Avenue) on Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

 This meeting is to share information on vegetarian food.  Free vegan snacks will be served.  People interested in this event should sign-up at the Member Services at High Park Village Fitness.



For people interested in knowing more about Planning and Urban Design, there will be a Town Hall meeting on June 20, 2012 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Pius X School (Gymnasium), 71 Jane Street (Jane and Bloor).  The City of Toronto Planning and Urban Design staff will be present to answer citizens’ questions on Planning and Urban Design rules and guidelines.  



On Saturday June 23, 2012, the Junction BIA is hosting The Junction Summer Solstice Festival that will start at 10:00 and end at midnight.

There will be entertainment, food, refreshments and special events at participating businesses along Dundas Street West (Indian Grove to Quebec Avenue) and Keele Street (north of Dundas).



The Toronto Vegetarian Association will hold its bi-monthly social dinner at Yellow Griffin Pub on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm.  This organization helps vegetarians and vegans living in the High Park/Bloor West Village/Junction area to network by organizing bi-monthly social dinners (restaurants or potlucks).  For more information, go to  highparkveg.wordpress.com.  If you are interested, please RSVP to highpark@veg.ca.



The City of Toronto is considering whether or not to allow all stores to open all days of the year (Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day).

The first meeting to gather the opinions and views of the public is on June 21, 2012 at the Etobicoke Civic Centre from 7 to 9 pm.  Torontonians are also asked to express their opinions online via a survey www.toronto.ca/holiday-shopping.

A Toronto Council sub-committee, led by Mary Fragedakis (City Councillor for East York), will make recommendation on this issue, this fall, based on the views and opinions expressed by the public.



There will be a new farmers’ market in the Junction.  It starts Saturday, June 2nd, from   8:30-12:30.  It will last until October 13, 2012.  It takes place every Saturday, in the Green P Lot, at 385 Pacific Avenue. For more information, visit www.junctionmarket.ca.



Swansea Recreation Centre is organizing a spring dance on Friday May 25, 2012.  It starts at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $15.00 (finger food) and there is a cash bar.  Call the Centre for more information: (416)392-6796.



Sarah Doucette, (City Councillor Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. on April 3rd at City Hall in the Council Chamber to listen to sports groups voice their concerns regarding the new hourly fees charged to use sports fields across the City (baseball, soccer, etc.).  In the past, fees were only charged on games for players 18 years or older.  Now, fees apply to children and youth clubs.



Sarah Doucette (City Councillor Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park) is holding a community meeting on Thursday March 1, 2012 at the Humberside Collegiate Institute (Lismer Auditorium), from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide a status update and to initiate a consultation process in regards to the proposed development at 1844 Bloor Street West by The Daniels Corporation. Community Planning staff will be present to provide an outline of the process by which volunteers will be selected to participate in a design working group with The Daniels Corporation.

It is anticipated that this working group will meet three times in the evenings, over the next three months. This meeting takes place and the design working group is put in place to address the many concerns expressed by members of the community, during last month meeting,  in regards to the proposal made by The Daniels Corporation to develop 1844 Bloor Street.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Sarah Doucette’s office for easier access to the Lismer Auditorium.  (416) 392-4072 or councillor_doucette@toronto.ca


The Etobicoke Parents for Public Education

The Etobicoke Parents for Public Education sent us an information sheet, highlighting the following information:

*50% of all the closures in the City of Toronto will happen in Etobicoke with six community school programs on the chopping blocks.

*These centres are: John G. Althouse, John English, James S. Bell, Thistletown, The Elms, Bloordale.

* Etobicoke residents and users of these centres are asked to contact Vincent Crisanti (Ward 1), Doug Ford (Ward 2), Doug Holyday (Ward 3), Gloria Lindsay-Luby (Ward 4), Peter Milczyn (Ward 5) and Mark Grimes (Ward 6).

*Petitions are circulating. * Contact this organization for more information at etobicokeparentsforpubliceducation@hotmail.com



We received information of a petition against a 14 storey high structure that will be built by the park . Organizers are asking people to go to www.gopetition.com/petitions/the-intensification-of-high-park.html to sign their petition. Information can be obtained at info@thisismypark.ca.