Exhibition Place is 192 acres of City-owned lakeside land, whose historical mandate was for public parks and exhibition grounds, and Ontario Place comprises another 155 acres of Province-owned lakeside land and water. Toronto, desperate for public green space, could sure take advantage of these already-owned lands.
But recently, under-the-radar initiatives have been operating to put these public lands in private hands.
In 2006, most of Exhibition Place was converted from ‘Parks and Open Space’ lands to ‘Regeneration’ lands, encouraging private development and allowing leases of longer than 21 years.
And in 2010, a memorandum of agreement between the City and the Exhibition Place Board of Governors directed the Board to ‘maximize revenue from all sources’; and similarly for Ontario Place.
A community group—the West Side Community Council, comprising ten community associations—has launched a public education and advocacy campaign to call on local government to act immediately to stop the effective privatization of these lands, and rather direct resources to fulfilling the potential of these lands as public and community parkland assets.
Find out more at www.EXcluded.ca, a website dedicated to raising awareness about this issue.
The campaign will be launching at the Princes’ Gates on August 17th at 10am.
Having an energy efficient home is not only better for the environment, but it can save you thousands of dollars in heating costs. The city of Toronto has incentives you can use to improve the efficiency of your home.
Your home could be losing more heat than you think.
Use the interactive heat map to find out how much heat your home is losing. Find out more information on steps you can take to lessen your heat loss at http://www.greenparkdale.org/cool-down/ for more information.
Greenest City is having TWO workshops in the next month:
Date: Monday, August 20th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 228 Roncesvalles Ave, (High Park Library auditorium)
Date: Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave., (Basement – Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark)
The 1st Zero Waste Community Action Planning session will help build a shared vision of zero waste for Parkdale.
Here are some of the topics:
- Community Sharing & Creative Reuse
- e-Waste, Repair & Cycling
- Ecofashion & Household Goods
- Community Cleanups
- Communications: Outreach, Education & Advocacy
- Food: gleaning, growing, planning, prep, compost & MORE!
Connect and get involved with neighbours and organizations in reducing waste in Parkdale. To register click HERE or call 647-438-0038 (Greenest City).
Date: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St. W., (Parkdale Library auditorium)
Parkdale’s Biggest Treasure Trove – The Annual COWANATION Street Sale!
Cowan Ave. closes off to traffic at 9 am – 4 pm, or thereabouts, so people can stroll the sidewalks and avenue for this annual street sale of goods – used, new, antique, household, yard and whatchamacallits. Sunday, June 3rd is the rain date. You will find Parkdale has as a whole has picked up on the spirit of Cowanation with residents on Dunn, Springhurst and Spencer setting up yard sales as well. Come one, Come all!
The Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA) is sponsoring a meeting for residents to hear from City planners and laneway experts about this approach to additional neighbourhood housing – Laneway Suites. Toronto City Council will be voting in early June to possibly allow as-of-right secondary or Laneway Suites in Toronto. Let our Councillor and City staff know your thoughts on this topic.
Laneway Suites can provide:
• new rental housing opportunities
• ageing in place for seniors
• multi-generational family living
Date: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Ave. (Fern Ave. PS auditorium)
Come out to the back-to-back Annual Members Meetings (AGMs) for the Neighbourhood Land Trust (NLT) and Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT). The AGM is an opportunity to participate in the decisions that the NLT & PNLT are making on your behalf.
At PNLT’s AGM members will consider new by-laws and elect new members of the board of directors, the decision making body of this community controlled organization.
To vote at this meeting you must first become a member of PNLT by registering in advance or at registration on the day. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Parkdale. Sign up online at PNLT.CA. If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors of either the NLT (charity) or PNLT (not-for-profit) please contact email@example.com. Proof of membership will be required. Please bring photo ID.
The NLT and PNLT are organizations that seeks to build a just, healthy, and inclusive neighbourhood. The NLT and PNLT acquires and manages land under the unique community ownership model of a community Land Trust (CLT), promoting long-term community benefits, affordability, and enabling democratic local planning.
• Food & Childcare Provided.
• Tibetan interpretation.
Date: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (doors open 2:30 p.m.)
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. (Church of the Epiphany & St. Mark)
The Parkdale Residents Association is hosting a Provincial All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from all the political parties running candidates for election in the Parkdale-High Park riding. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in the Ontario Legislature.
Date: Wednesay, May 30th, 2018
The Horticultural Society of Parkdale and Toronto is holding their amazing annural spring plant fair and craft sale.
Perennials • Annuals • Pollinators • Natives • Herbs & Veg • House Plants • Hard-to-get Plants
For beginning and sophisticated gardeners: choice plants, the “Green Elephant” sale, herbs and hard-to-get perennials from select GTA nurseries and horticultural member’s own gardens—all at the best prices in town! Bring your questions, they’ll have gardening experts on hand!
Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Join your neighbours and friends for Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market!
What better way to celebrate all that Parkdale has to offer then by bringing together all of our favorite things about this wonderfully dynamic, creative, eccentric, historic community. Come and experience Parkdale Love!
Enjoy musical & artistic entertainment, free activities, a sidewalk sale along Queen Street West, side road closures and over 4 Pop Up Markets. Plus, launching this year the 10,000 sqft ‘Foodora Night Market’ from 4pm-10pm where you can enjoy some of Parkdale’s most eclectic food and Chef’s all in one place and under the stars! From $5 to $12 enjoy cuisine from around the world and most importantly from Parkdale Chefs! From glorious donuts to Tibetan, Japanese & Cuban inspired cuisine, includes food vendors, musical entertainment, bike parking, patio seating & more! Entry to market is free, vouchers for food can be purchased online (here) or on site, each purchaser receives a $10 Foodora coupon, plus visit 4+ food vendors & you could win a $200 Gift Card to any Parkdale Restaurant, $30 Foodora Credit & your favorite Toronto’s Finest artist designed cell phone case! (Vegetarian & Vegan options are available, unlicensed area, all ages.)
For full details on all the amazing things happening click HERE
Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: all along Queen St. W., (Dufferin to Roncy)