All posts by Ric Amis

Federal Election is Coming

GET out and VOTE
Meet the Candidates at any one of these locations in our area.

Scheduled meeting of the Parkdale–High Park candidates:
Parkdale Tenants Association – Monday, Sept. 23th, 7:00 PM at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church – 250 Dunn Ave.

Bloor West Village Residents Association, Tuesday, Oct 1st, 7:30 pm at Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Road

Green 13 – 100 Debates on the Environment – Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 7:30 PM at Humbercrest United Church – 16 Baby Point Road

Swansea Area Ratepayers Association – Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 7:00 PM at Swansea Town Hall – 95 Lavinia Ave.

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents Association – Tuesday, Oct. 15th,  7:00 PM at Roncesvalles United Church – 240 Roncesvalles Ave.

Parkdale Residents Association – Wednesday, Oct. 16th , 6:30 PM at May Robinson Auditorium – 20 West Lodge Ave. (free food offered by Greenest City)

Communist Party of Canada – Alykhan Pabani
Liberal – Arif Virani
NDP – Paul Taylor
Green Party – Nick Capra
Peoples Party of Canada – Greg Wycliffe
Progressive Conservative – Adam Pham

Summer Garden Dinner – August 16

Greenest City would like to invite you to a dinner in the Milky Way Garden on Friday August 16th.

Greenest City thought it would be a nice idea to have community members and the various organizations working in and around Parkdale come to celebrate together in these last dog days of Summer.

The garden is in full swing and what better way to centre ourselves here than to gregariously eat some delicious local veggies, rambunctiously play bean bag toss and catch up with one another as though there’s a million things going on all the time!

Greenest City will be hosting and cooking up a storm.

Please feel free to drop by between 6:00 and 9:00pm on Friday August 16th.
The Milky Way Gardens are located at 87 Milky Way Lane – behind the Parkdale Library.

The event is Pay What You Can – with a suggested donation of $5, but no one will be refused.
There will be vegetarian and vegan options plentifully available.

Community Environment Day – July 27

Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Parkdale. Drop off reusable and recyclable items such as clothing, small appliances, non-perishable food items and electronics. You can also drop off household hazardous waste for safe disposal and pick up free compost for your pots and garden.

Click HERE for more details

Date: Saturday, July 27th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Place: 289 Sorauren Ave. (Sorauren Park south side)

Dalai Lama Birthday Celebration & Dinner – July 6

This July 6th join the Milky Way Gardeners for a special community celebration featuring tradition Tibetan food and music in honour of  the Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists and a worldwide symbol of wisdom and kindness. Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday, but the Dalai Lama is especially important in Tibet, where he was born. Buddhists typically mark the day with prayers, picnics, and performances celebrating Tibetan culture.

If you plan to attend please RSVP or 647-438-0038

Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place:  87 Milky Way ( behind the Parkdale Library)

1521 Queen St. W. Development Proposal – July 15

The developer BSaR Development is looking at redeveloping 1521 Queen Street West to add a mid-rise building with rental units and street-facing retail (8 storeys). This proposed development would include underground parking as well as improvements to the public realm. There will be display boards with project details as well as opportunities to provide verbal and written feedback. Councillor Perks and City Planning will be in attendance and available to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

BSAR Development, the developer was responsible for the unlawful evictions of 27 community members in 2015 (click HERE for more info). This developer reached a court settlement of $29,500.

Date: Monday, July 15th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place:  1499 Queen St. W. – Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC)

Recipe for Community (Parkdale) – June 26

The Recipe for Community program is coming to Parkdale this year to support resident- inspired and resident-led initiatives in community engagement, skills buildings, food and nutrition, and enhanced outdoor green spaces.

Provide ideas, feedback and leadership to improve the sense of belonging and safety in the Parkdale community.

Refreshments provided. For more info contact or 416.688.5330

Date: Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place:  220 Cowan Avenue (Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre Gym)

Exhibition Place Open House Meeting – June 25

The City of Toronto is seeking your input on Exhibition Place as they undertake a Master Plan project for Exhibition Place grounds. This is your turn to talk about what the future of Exhibition Place can look like.

Exhibition Place is a unique City-owned site comprising approximately 192 acres of land within the Central Waterfront area at the foot of Parkdale. City recently completed a Cultural Heritage Landscape Assessment (CHLA) for Exhibition Place – click HERE for summary. What is the progress of Provincial negotiations and opportunities for joint planning the future of the Ontario Place/Exhibition Place.

Date: Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Place:  100 Queen St. W. (City Hall Council Chambers)

Greenest City AGM & Potluck – June 6

AGM and Potluck on Thursday, June 6th from 6 to 7:30 PM at Milky Way Gardens (87 Milky Way Lane) rear Parkdale Library.

Greenest City builds healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods through education and empowerment to preserve, protect and improve the environment. They are dedicated to growing good food, sharing good food and connecting people with the environment and community.

Parkdale Hub Community Meeting – June 10

Get involved and learn more about your community!

The intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services, including the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Parkdale Library, and Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre. City staff are currently exploring the potential to enhance programming and service delivery spaces for the Parkdale community. Join us to learn more about the project and provide input on the conceptual design options for these sites.

Over the past year the Parkdale Residents Association, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust and Parkdale People’s Economy have led an information gathering and community discussions – “On Community Hubs”.

To access the PRA-led USER survey results for this import intersection click HERE.
Your comments are important in guiding the next steps in the Parkdale Community Hub project. See you at the meeting!

Date: Monday, June 10th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place:  250 Dunn Ave. (Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church) Friendship Hall