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Parkdale Good Food Market COMING!

The Parkdale Good Food Market provides high quality, affordable fruits and vegetables. The Market focuses on building food security as well as creating connections in the community.  Some prepared food, kids activities, and health oriented information and education will also be provided. It is a great opportunity to spend time in the park and get to know your neighbours!

The market will be running every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm,
July 8th – September 16th, in Masaryk-Cowan Park (220 Cowan Ave).

Get more information here.

Measuring Parkdale’s Wellbeing?

How do we measure Parkdale’s wellbeing?

Attend the Parkdale Wellbeing Indicator Development Workshop 
This project is a community-based planning initiative to develop a long-term neighbourhood plan for Parkdale. The project foregrounds participatory planning process and resident engagement for visioning and shaping the future of Parkdale that we want to create together. The project is organizing a series of workshops to discuss challenges, assets, and strategies for building a healthy neighbourhood and community shared wealth. The first workshop is on developing neighbourhood wellbeing indicators.

Measuring what matters to our wellbeing
How do we measure progress of our neighbourhood and local economy? GDP is often used as a standard measure of economic activities, but it is limited because it fails to attend to complex social and cultural factors that equally matter to our wellbeing and local economy. Then, how can we know how well we are living? How do we define ‘progress’? What is important to our decent working lives? These are some of the questions that we will explore in this workshop.
Please join the workshop!

For more information, please visit the project website or register here:
Date: June 27th, Saturday
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: PARC 2nd Floor, 1499 Queen Street West

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

*This session is open for anyone who lives and works in Parkdale!Parkdale Wellbeing

Toronto Media Arts Centre in a Predicament

A group of six small arts organizations (TMAC) are in crisis over taking possession of a 3-story space designed for their needs. This project is at 36 Lisgar St. (new Edge Condos) right behind Canada Post Station C at Queen & Lisgar. The project was supported by the City under  Section 37 where the developer (UrbanCorp) received an additional 6-stories increase in density in return for community benefits. After waiting 4 years it now looks like these groups may not be able to take possession of their space.
You can read more in a Toronto Star article.

Two meetings are scheduled.

TMAC Info Session
Monday, June 22, 6 p.m.
Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
862 Richmond St. W. at Strachan

AND

City Planning Consulation Meeting for 36 Lisgar St
Thursday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
(1303 Queen St. W. (Parkdale Public Library )

Canada Post Community Mailbox locations

Canada Post has announced plans to replace door-to-door home delivery service with a Community Mailbox system. Other municipal governments, and their residents, have expressed significant concerns regarding the placement of these new large Community Mailboxes on residential streets.
We need to prevent similar problems here in Toronto where our densely populated neighbourhoods, narrow streets, and crowded streetscape will make implementation more problematic.

Toronto East York Community Council 
teycc@toronto.ca or 416-392-7033

Date: Tuesday, June 16th
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Committee Room 1 

Rain Barrel Sale & Pickup – June 1st

With the spring rainy season here, now is the time to flood-proof your home.

Rain barrels are a smart way to reduce your risk of basement flooding. Plus save money on your water bill by using the harvested rain water to keep your lawn and garden green with chlorine-free water.

Make the water-wise choice and purchase a rain barrel from Greenest City. All money raised will support their operational costs, as well as some of the programming costs for  Urban Agriculture, Community Engagement and Education initiatives.

You can pre-order your $55 rain barrel at www.RainBarrel.ca/GreenestCity

Date: Monday, June 1st
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: 50 Wabash Ave., Sorauren Farmers’ Market

Keep Moving During The Games – May 26th

PanAmGamesThe Pan Am / Parapan Am Games are coming!

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents Association (RMRA) is holding a public meeting so you can hear more about how you will be impacted by the Games. Representative from TO2015 will provide tips, tools and information to help residents and local businesses get around during the Games.

The Parkdale / High Park area is located along the race routes for marathon, triathlon, cycling and race walk, which will take place in July and August. For detailed information on temporary Games-time transportation changes, as well as the race route maps, click here.

Date: Tuesday, May 26th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Ave., Fern Avenue Public School – Gym

Families with Preschoolers Needed!

Parents have different ways of feeding their children. Researchers from the University of Guelph are looking for families with children aged 2-5 years to film their mealtimes. By videotaping your family dinner, they hope to observe how you feed your children to learn how different ways of feeding may effect what children eat.

To thank you for your time, you will receive up to $40 in grocery gift cards. To find out more, you can contact Kathryn Walton, Project Director, at 647-988-4684, or via email at kwalton@uoguelph.ca . Thanks in advance! Kathryn

Annual Plant Fair – May 23rd

The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto are having their annual Plant Fair. The “Green Elephant” sale, herbs and hard-to-get perennials from select GTA nurseries and member’s own gardens—all at the best prices in town! Bring your questions. COME EARLY!
Click here for details.

Date: Saturday, May 23rd
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place: 78 Seaforth Ave., Parkdale Public School