All posts by Ric Amis

Ontario Place Winter Lights FREE – Nov. 23 thru the Winter

Ontario Place‘s FREE winter programming opened yesterday, November 23, on the West Island. Will this be the last time free and publicly accessible events happen here for all to enjoy on our waterfront?

Activities: Winter Light Exhibition, Skating, Ontario Place hosted skate parties, Community Bonfire
• More info: http://bit.ly/2whOWri

Also the Aurora Winter Festival Toronto opens November 29 with admission fees of $19.99 / $14.99:

Ticketed event happening from November 29 – December 30th on the East Island (enter through Budweiser Stage)
Activities: Tube Park, Amusement Rides, Food Gardens, etc
More info: https://www.aurorawinterfestival.com/toronto/

Waterfront for All – Nov. 21

Waterfront for All is holding it’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM) and is open to all.

Special guest speakers from Waterfront TorontoMeg Davis (Development Officer) REALIZING THE WATERFRONTS’ POTENTIAL and Chris Glaisek (Planning & Design) SEEING THE FUTURE FROM THE SHORE.

Light refreshments provided.

RSVP Suzanne Kavanagh suzkav123@gmail.com

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21st, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 80 Cooperage St. (George Brown Residence – Luce & Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre)

Repair Café Toronto Troubleshooting Workshop – Nov. 13

The Parkdale Free School is proud to host a troubleshooting workshop by Repair Café Toronto:

Have you ever wondered why your toaster or DVD player just stopped working? Don’t know where to begin? Come to this free troubleshooting workshop and learn some simple steps to solving the mystery of broken stuff. Troubleshooting is a method for determining what caused your electrical or electronic equipment (or almost anything) to break.

This workshop will go through the logical process step by step. Bring a broken home appliance or some broken home electronic equipment to practice the troubleshooting method. If you can’t fix it then and there you will know why it isn’t working and if it can be fixed.

Register HERE for this FREE event or drop by.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1499 Queen St W – 2nd Floor (PARC)

Exhibition Place Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment – Nov. 28

The City of Toronto, City Planning Division, is undertaking a Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment of the land and buildings at Exhibition Place. This is an assessment of whether the interaction of humans and the natural environment on a geographic location has resulted in an identified cultural heritage value or interest by a community.

To speak to the planner directly, contact Nathaniel Baker, at (416) 338- 2073 or nathaniel.baker@toronto.ca or alternatively John Duncan, at (416) 392-1530 or john.duncan@toronot.ca. You may mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2.

You may also contact Councillor Mike Layton, Ward 19, at (416) 392- 4009 by email at Councillor_layton@toronto.ca. Or Councillor Joe Cressy, Ward 20, at (416) 392-4044 by email at Councillor_cressy@toronto.ca

Make your opinions known about how you feel Exhibition Place lands should be managed and maintained for today and into the future.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 100 Princes’ Blvd., Salon 103 (Enercare Centre)

One-Year In: The King Street Pilot – Nov. 26

Do you live, work, or travel on King Street?
Please join TTC Riders on Monday, November 26 at 7 PM for One Year In: The King Street Pilot!  

This open meeting is an opportunity to share your experience of the King Street Pilot after one year since its implementation in November 2017. Together they will look at what the data shows about the pilot’s success and engage in a facilitated discussion about the transit priority project’s implementation and impact on our public space and day-to-day life.

Register at this link to reserve your spot for this FREE event or at the email below!
Light snacks and refreshments will be served and the event space is wheelchair accessible. Do you have any other accessibility needs? Please get in touch with anna@ttcriders.ca and they will do their best to meet them.

Date: Monday, Nov. 26th, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 55 John Street, Room 308/309 (Metro Hall)

Municipal All-Candidates Meeting – Oct. 17

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is hosting a Municipal All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running  for election in the NEW Ward 4 Parkdale-High Park. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in Toronto City Council.

To prepare for the meeting the PRA attempted to contact ALL the registered candidates. We asked them for a head-shot, bio and to answer one question – What your vision is [for the future] of Parkdale?

Six of the ten candidates responded. Please click on the individual’s name for their response – Kalsang Dolma, David Ginsberg, Taras Kulish, Mercy Okalowe, Gord Perks and José Vera. To see a full list of the candidates running in this election for Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee(s) click HERE. Continue the conversation with your neighbours – #parkdalevotes2018.

Advance Voting takes place between Oct. 10th and 14th. In our area you can go to 220 Cowan Ave. (Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Activity Room 1) or 100 Queen St. W. (City Hall, Rotunda) – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson auditorium)

PRA Vulnerable Road Users Survey

Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) wants your feedback.

The PRA is conducting a brief, informal survey on movement around Parkdale. We would like to hear from you to know how you move within the boundaries of our neighbourhood and how safe you feel. Depending on the responses, the survey may lead to the formation of a Working Group that will tackle issues of safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, mobility users, rollerbladers, skateboarders, e-bikes) in Parkdale.

Please share with anyone that lives or spends time in Parkdale. The survey is open until October 6th.

Take the SURVEY…we’ll publish the results shortly.

New Ward Boundaries

With the reduction in size of Toronto’s city council, our ward boundaries have been redrawn. We are now in Ward 4, Parkdale-HighPark (details HERE).

It is more important than ever to learn about what is going on in your community, so please join us at the PRA’s up-coming Municipal All-Candidates’ Meeting to hear from and ask questions of the candidates running for city council in our ward. Stay tuned!

Since 2005 your neighbours have been building a better community through their work for the Parkdale Residents Association. Help carry on the tradition! There is interesting work to be done and YOU can help.
Become an active member of the PRA.

 

Roncesvalles Polish Festival – Sept. 15 & 16

The 2018 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in one of Toronto’s best neighbourhoods, Roncesvalles Village! Just steps from Parkdale.

Enjoy great local and international music, including Polish folklore, Polka and Euro dance bands, and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages. Saturday night enjoy the ever-popular Dance Under The Stars. Come out and sample fantastic cuisine from over 40 renowned restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros, along Roncesvalles, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more!

This year will be celebrating 100 years of Poland’s Independence!

Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th, 2018
Time: Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. & Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: for 18-blocks along Roncesvalles Ave.