Category Archives: Local Interest

What is Collective Care? a focus on Parkdale – May 13

Learn about collective strategies of mutual support and grassroots organizing. This online discussion focuses on our Parkdale neighbourhood, and how people are providing collective care to the most vulnerable members of our community. Looking beyond COVID-19, what can we learn from these strategies, and are they here to stay?

This event is organized by Myseum. To find out more about this online event and to register click HERE.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Online

Certain Businesses Can Open Monday

The Ontario government will allow certain businesses to reopen under the auspices of workplace safety guidelines. If they adhere to health and safety guidelines issued by the province, the following businesses will be allowed to reopen:

  • Garden centres and nurseries, with curbside pick-up and delivery only
  • Lawn care and landscaping
  • Essential construction projects that include: shipping and logistics, broadband, telecommunications and digital infrastructure, projects which support the improved delivery of goods and services, municipal projects, colleges and universities, child care centres, schools, and site preparation for institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential development
  • Automatic and self-serve car washes
  • Auto dealerships, open by appointment only
  • Golf courses may begin to prepare their courses for the upcoming season, but not yet open to the public
  • Marinas may begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.
  • The full announcement can be read HERE.

Free Movies, TV shows, eBooks, Audiobooks & Digital Magazines

Stuck at home! With a Toronto Public Library card – you can watch, listen and read a huge selection of movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers on your smartphone, tablet or PC/Mac — all at no charge. Click HERE to register on-line using your library card.

Kanopy (movies & eBooks)
Hoopla (movies)
RBdigital (audiobooks & eMagazines)
BiblioBoard (eBooks from self-published authors)
Flipster eMagazines (current issues of popular magazines)
Safari Tech & Business Books (major technology & business publishers)
PressReader (newspaper & magazine for 100 countries in 60 languages) (New York Times newspaper)
CanTook Station (French-language eBooks) (streaming video of classical music, operas & ballets)
Naxos Music Library (great music spanning medieval to modern)
Naxos Music Library (Jazz)

Other public libraries may offer similar services. If not try these other FREE services.

CRACKLE (TV & movies)
hoopla (movies)
PLEX (movies)
Pluto TV (livestream ViaComCBS)
Vudu (movies & TV shows)
Tubi TV (movies)
TVO (documentaries, etc.)
CBC GEM (livestream TV, movies, docs)
Internet Archives (movies, audio, eBooks, audiobooks)
Project Gutenberg (eBooks)
Authorama (eBooks)
LibriVox (audiobooks)
ManyBooks (eBooks)
BookBub (eBooks)
Goodreads (eBooks)

Celebrating Easter or Passover, & This Long Weekend

Easter and Passover both revolve around stories of sacrifice, redemption and community. It’s an important time for us to reach out and offer support to others.

We are all making a sacrifice right now for the greater good. The actions we are taking are saving lives. Thank you for everything you are all doing to help us all get through this.

Take a virtual tour through Toronto galleries and museums – click on the link HERE.

scupture by Carl Tacon

Important COVID-19 Updates and Information – April 1st

There is a great deal that can be learned from the successes and challenges other cities have faced in response to COVID-19. It is clear that we must act now.

We still have a window of opportunity to stop the spread of COVID-19, but that window is closing. We need to flatten the curve and limit community transmission, so that we don’t overwhelm our hospitals and health care system. If we don’t act, increased pressure will result in the tragic outcomes we are seeing around the world.

Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health announced new significant measures that are being taken to stop COVID-19 and save lives. Please click HERE to continue reading for more on these important next steps.

These are difficult and uncertain times. Remember, we’re all in this together. Stay home, stay safe, and look out for each other.

Parkdale Emergency Food Assistance

Greenest City is partnering with Food Share to provide Emergency Food Boxes in Parkdale. You can apply here and donate here.

If you are able to pick up the Good Food Box from 201 Cowan Ave (Epiphany & St Marks Church) safely, they are asking that you pick up your box in order to alleviate the pressure on FoodShare delivery drivers. Pick-up location will be strictly following public health guidelines.


COVID-19 Information for Parkdalians

Many of you here in our community of Parkdale are looking for information about the coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19). The top priority is to limit the spread of the virus. Stay informed!

Here are three websites with the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Toronto Public Health:
Health Canada:
World Health Organization:

Parkdale Seedy Saturday – Feb. 29

Join Greenest City for Seedy Saturday! A chance to start scheming your summer paradise while the snow is still on the ground. Demonstrations, vendors, a seed exchange, local food and live music!

Volunteer opportunity: Any time from 9:30 – 5:30, to help with set up, clean up, registration, floating, seed packing, etc. Please email if you are able to help out.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium