Category Archives: Meetings

PRA Federal All-Candidates Meeting + Call for Volunteers – Oct. 16

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is hosting a Federal All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running  for election in the Parkdale-High Park riding. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in Federal Parliament.

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER for the event will be provided starting at 6:30 PM courtesy of Greenest City – “EAT, THINK, VOTE” campaign.

Advance Voting takes place between Oct. 11th and 14th. You can get further details HERE on where to vote, what information you need and a list of all the candidates.

To prepare for the meeting the PRA attempted to contact ALL the registered candidates. We asked them in advance of the event to consider one question – What your vision is [for the future of] of Parkdale?

Given the principals, practices and policy of diversity and inclusivity that the PRA upholds and with much consideration the PRA Executive has rescinded our invitation to the Peoples Party of Canada candidate

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson auditorium)
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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

As you know a lot is happening in Parkdale around development, affordability, food security, transit, etc.

The PRA is a small but vocal voice for local residents. The PRA reviews proposed development projects, we attend meetings, advise the City as needed, advocate for residents, participate in studies, campaign for local issues, share and highlight information to the community on behalf of other organizations, etc.

We’re looking for more people who want to bring their skills to the table, be passionate about advocacy and help us engage the community.

If you’re interested in contributing your time and skills towards community consultations, local events and participating in planning meetings please let us know!

Right now we need volunteers for:
• All-Candidates Meeting Oct 16th: postering, community engagement, Tibetan translation services, event set-up and strike, timekeeper, Facebook live capture
• Graphic Design work: PRA logo re-design
• CRM Management
• New Executive Members: help us plan new events and initiatives for 2020

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)

Candidates:
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

On Community Hubs events – Mar. 14 & 21

FREE SPEAKERS SERIES
Organized by Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Parkdale People’s Economy and
Parkdale Residents Association

MARCH 14TH – HOUSING & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN IN COMMUNITY HUBS
A panel discussion on inspiring possibilities and challenges of community hubs. We’ll hear from experts in sustainable design, climate resilience, affordable housing, social enterprises and community benefits! Our hope is that this panel will provide learning and inspiration that residents can bring to future community consultations about the proposed Parkdale Community Hub at Queen-Cowan. Panelists include: Paul Dowsett (Sustainable TO), Shannon Holness (Community Benefit Network), Emmay Mah (Toronto Environmental Alliance), Marc Soberano (Building Up), and more.

Eventbrite Event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/on-community-hubs-housing-and-sustainable-design-tickets-57835471452
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/377075679689236/

MARCH 21ST – ARTS & CULTURE HUBS / CO-LOCATION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
A panel discussion on inspiring possibilities and challenges of community hubs. We’ll hear from experts and community members who have been involved in developing arts & culture hubs and/or community hubs that have brought together important community services under one roof! Our hope is that this panel will provide learning and inspiration that residents can bring to future community consultations about the proposed Parkdale Community Hub.

Eventbrite Event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/on-community-hubs-arts-and-culture-colocation-of-services-tickets-57836211666
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/268418150718820/

Dates: Thursday, Mar. 14th  & Thursday, Mar. 21st, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. (The Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark)

All-Candidates Meeting – May 30

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
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 250 Dunn Ave. (Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church)

Affordable Housing Options Info Session by PRA & PNLT – Mar. 14

Options for new affordable housing in Parkdale

Please join us for a Panel Discussion on the options for creating new affordable housing in Parkdale.

Toronto is experiencing a housing affordability crisis. Rents are skyrocketing, pricing low and middle income people our of their communities, while home-ownership is increasingly unattainable for the majority of Torontonians.

In Parkdale and beyond residents have demanded “affordable housing now!” This begs the question what options do we have for creating more affordable housing in Parkdale?

Panelists will provide an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of some of these options including: Cooperative Housing, Affordable Home Ownership, inclusionary zoning, non-profit rental housing and Community Land Trusts.
We will also discuss possible solutions.

Speakers:
Mercedes Sharp – Parkdale People’s Economy – What is affordable?
Anjala Kulasegaram – Cooperative Housing Federation of Toronto
ArtScape – Affordable Housing Ownership For Artists
Cheri DiNovo – Inclusionary Zoning – How will it create affordable housing for Parkdale

This information session is jointly presented by the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust. You can register HERE.
Date: Wed., March 14th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Avenue, May Robinson Auditorium

What’s in it for Parkdale? WORKSHOP – Oct. 27

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Join us for a panel discussion and workshop on the ways in which residents can influence the development process. Presented by a collaboration between the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust and Parkdale Residents Association.

Big development is coming to Parkdale. In the past year, 4 large condo buildings (totaling over 900 luxury units) have been proposed in Parkdale. While residents demand affordable housing and community spaces, these projects offer zero community benefits! This begs the question: what’s in it for Parkdale? How can we assure low-income and vulnerable community members are beneficiaries rather than the victims of neighbourhood development?
Speakers include community leaders from Kensington Market, Ossington and West Queen West, who have successfully fought and won community benefits for their neighbourhoods.

Guest Speakers:

Dominique Russell – Friends of Kensington – http://friendsofkensingtonmarket.ca/
Michelle Gay – Active 18 – http://www.active18.net/
Charles Campbell – Active 18 – http://www.active18.net/
Steven Wood – Active 18 – http://www.active18.net/

Jessica Wilson and Benj Hellie – Ossington Community Association – https://ossingtoncommunity.wordpress.com/

Date: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. South Entrance (Church of the Epiphany & St. Mark)

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-in-it-for-parkdale-a-workshop-on-how-residents-can-influence-big-development-tickets-28507163694

PRA Information Session – Dec. 15th

We’re having a meeting to discuss the future of the Parkdale Resident’s Association (PRA).  In particular we are holding this meeting for anyone interested in joining the PRA executive committee.  If you are passionate about civic engagement, and are interested in helping steer the future of our neighbourhood, we are hoping that you will join us in this informational session.  We are hoping to increase our influence in how our neighbourhood is shaped and need new members.  We meet once a month.

There is a lot happening in our village. Do you have any ideas about how Parkdale should be shaped?  Consider volunteering with us.  Some of the ongoing topics in our village are:
  • Open Space & Parks
  • Cycling & Transportation
  • Affordable Housing
  • Historical preservation & Architecture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Public safety
Lots is happening, be a part of transforming Parkdale into a better place for you and your neighbours. On the agenda is updates on the:
  • Queen West Street Study (PRA Study + update)
  • Results – Parkdale Neighbourhood Survey
  • Exhibition Place (AKA CNE grounds) & Muzik
  • UofT students parks space study – Parkdale

This is an opportunity for you to get involved and contribute to making Parkdale a better place to live / work.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15th
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave., May Robinson Auditorium

Federal All Candidates Meeting – Sept. 29th

HOW WILL YOU VOTE?

Come meet the Federal candidates running in the Parkdale–High Park riding. This is your opportunity to question the candidates on matters that are important to you AND hear their vision for our community.

Federal election day is on Monday, October 19th, 2015. Advance polling runs from Friday, October 9th to Sunday, October 12th. Click here for voter information.

Date: Tuesday, September 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: 128 Fern Avenue – Fern Avenue Public School

Co-Hosted by the Roncesvalles Macdonnell Residents Association and the Parkdale Residents Association 

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Upgrades to Albert Crosland Parkette

You are invited to a community meeting to discuss concept designs for Albert Crosland Parkette on Fuller Avenue just North of Queens Street. Join Toronto City Parks staff, Councilor Gord Perks and your neighbours in helping to make this parkette a more welcoming place for residents.

Date: Tuesday, January 20th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. – May Robinson auditorium

Ward 14 – Councillor & Trustee Debate

The Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association (RMRA) is holding a Ward 14 Councillor and School Trustee debate. The RMRA’s meeting is divided into 2 halves.

The 1st half will be a debate for the Councillor candidates (4) who they have been able to contact and invite. The debate will run from 7 to 8 PM

The 2nd half will be a debate for the Public (5) and Catholic (1) trustee candidates who they have been able to contact and invite.

There are important education issues that need attention, that is why they are having the trustee candidates included in their debate program. It will begin at 8 PM so that people may also attend the boundary meeting at Garden PS starting at 6:30 PM – click here for more info. That meeting ends at 7:30 PM allowing enough time to move over to Fern PS and the RMRA debate.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
7:00 — 9:00 PM
Fern Public School  (in the cafeteria)
128 Fern Avenue