Category Archives: Local Interest

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  angela@greenestcity.ca 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 rolfe.santos@toronto.ca 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

Toronto’s West End Arts Studio Tour – May 31 – June 2

The 22nd annual ART TOUR is a showcase for some of the best art in Toronto’s West End. Artists display their works at locations from Swansea to The Junction.
Admission is FREE, and art lovers have a unique opportunity to meet the artists and to see their creations.
Visitors are invited to soak up the unique atmosphere of the local community with its delightful mix of shops, cafes, bakeries and restaurants.

There is a draw for three $100 prizes to be used toward an art purchase from any artist on the Tour. Entry forms can be filled out at all the tour sites; enter at each location to increase your chances. Organizers will contact the winners three weeks after the Tour.
Click HERE for more details. Enjoy the show!

Town Hall on Bill 108 – May 27

Earlier this month the Government of Ontario announced changes to planning law in Ontario under Bill 108 which affects 13 different pieces of legislation.
It reinstates the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), and makes other changes that will affect the City’s ability to control and plan development in Toronto. Your voice is crucial.
We urge you to become informed about the implications of Doug Ford’s Provincial Government’s proposals as they will have an impact on your neighbourhood and our City.

READ and be informed about Bill 108.
Become informed and make your voice heard about how your neighbourhood will develop. Read the Chief Planner’s report opinions here (www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-133165.pdf) and presentation (www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-133199.pdf) to City Council on the proposed Bill 108.

ATTEND the Meeting on Monday May 27th at 7 p.m. at City Hall to hear about the impact of these proposals from Gregg Lintern, Toronto’s Chief Planner, and City Councillors, including Mike Layton our new Councillor, and Kristyn Wong-Tam our previous Councillor.

Read the City’s response to the proposed legislation HERE.

When: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7 pm
Where: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/309554903273831/

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust AGM – May 25

Join Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) this Saturday for the Annual General Meeting & Potluck! They’ve had a hugely successful year and let’s all celebrate!

The AGM is an opportunity to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and participate in decision making. This year members will have the opportunity to:
• Vote on PNLT’s next acquisition priority.
• Vote on proposed By-law Amendment.
• Vote to elect 7-8 new members to serve on the board of directors, their decision making body.

Date: Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place:  Milky Way Garden (behind Parkdale Library) *In case of rain, Church of the Epiphany and St Mark @ 201 Cowan Ave.