Happy Holiday Parkdalians!

We encourage you to give back to the community in any way that you can – whether it is donating non-perishable goods, volunteering in the community, or doing a good deed.

Here are just three suggestions of local groups doing good things: Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Parkdale Project Reads and Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre.

The Executive from your Parkdale Residents Association wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season.

If you are passionate about your community – JOIN the PRA Executive. Here are some of the things the PRA is currently involved in: Parkdale Hub Project, West Queen West Area Study (Bathurst to Roncy), Parkdale Heritage District Study, Exhibition Place Master Plan, Ontario Place, greening Parkdale, affordable housing.

Very best wishes to ALL Parkdalians!!

Parkdale Community Hub Project – Dec. 11

Parkdale Hub project (at Queen & Cowan intersection) – a City of Toronto study that is exploring opportunities to enhance spaces for program delivery and affordable housing in the Parkdale community.

On December 11, 2019, Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee will consider a report from City staff on the Parkdale Hub project. This report provides an overview of the findings from the Feasibility Study that has been underway since 2017. It also recommends next steps for moving the project forward. The report is now available to review on the City’s website, through the following link:


If you would like to comment or speak on the Feasibility Study please contact the City Clerk through a link on the agenda item EX11.6.

Waterfront for All AGM – Nov. 27

It’s time to look to the future of our waterfront together, to continue to define it as a place to live, work and play. Join Waterfront for All at their AGM November 27th to learn how you can get involved to help shape our waterfront as a clean, green, accessible waterfront for all!

In conjunction with its AGM, Waterfront for All is pleased to present two speakers: Chris Glaisek, Chief Planning & Design Officer, Waterfront Toronto and Nancy Gaffney, Waterfront Specialist, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Glaisek will guide us to: “The Future of Waterfront Revitalization: Aspirational Projects.” Gaffney will share exciting updates on the Scarborough Waterfront Project. These speakers will present their ideas and answer your questions.

Waterfront for All members will also elect a new Board of Directors for 2020.

Register at: https://www.facebook.com/events/409930819892462/

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 55 John Street, Room 310 (Metro Hall)


Why should Parkdale residents care about Sidewalk Labs – Nov. 21

Sidewalk Labs (Google) is planning a new development on Toronto’s eastern waterfront – what they call a “smart” city. This land is under the jurisdiction of Waterfront Toronto.

Why should Parkdale residents care about Google’s downtown Sidewalk Labs project? Join other community members for an information and discussion roundtable about the Sidewalk Labs (Google) “smart city” plan and the needs of our community – Councillor Perks will be there. Sponsored by Good Jobs for All Coalition.

Things to think about:

  • Will Google/Sidewalk Labs actually pay for the project? How much money will be required?
  • Will the “smart city” take resources away from other city priorities like transit and housing?
  • Will the housing created be affordable to the thousands of Torontonians who need housing?
  • What kind of jobs will be created?
  • What kind of surveillance is there in a “smart city”?
  • Who controls the data and for what purpose?
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 1499 Queen St. West (Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre)

CNE presents Aurora Winter Festival at Ontario Place – Nov. 22 to Jan. 5

CNE presents the Aurora Winter Festival. The festival is an accessible family oriented event with the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) transforming the Ontario Place West Island into a spectacular celebration of light and adventure. This magical winter wonderland features four distinct mystical worlds for guests to explore, as well as enchanting characters, stunning light installations, fabulous food experiences, marketplaces, amusement rides and more.

Special Discount for You! As a valued neighbour and member of the Parkdale Residents Association, they want to offer you a very exciting discount on 2019 Toronto Aurora Winter Festival tickets!

Receive 15% off of select tickets by visiting the link HERE!

Road Map to Environmental Action in Parkdale-High Park – Nov. 13

Join your elected representatives and environmental community groups in Parkdale-High Park to co-create a climate action plan.

Join your elected representatives from all 3 levels of government (Gord Perks, Bhutila Karpoche & Arif Virani) and various Parkdale-High Park environmental groups. We will ALL work together to design a community action plan to address the climate crisis.

The event is free, but please do RSVP so they can prepare better. Donations at the door appreciated.

Date: Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019
Time: 7: 00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: 95 Lavinia Avenue – Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room

Repair Café at Parkdale Library – Nov. 16

Learn how to fix your broken household items – for free!

They have fixers for computers and electronics, small appliances and furniture, clothing, jewellery, toys, books & paper repair, bikes and more. COST IS FREE!

They are always looking for FIXERS – volunteers who enjoy fixing household items.

Date: Saturday Nov. 16, 2019
Time: 12: 00 pm – 4:00 pm, *visitor registration ends at 3:00 pm
Place: 1303 Queen Street West – The Parkdale Library Auditorium

Let’s Make Sure Ontario Place Really is for ALL

Now is the time to let people of Ontario into the back room!

Ontario Place for All is worried the Ontario government and developers are right now deciding the future of Ontario Place behind closed doors.

 We need to act immediately to challenge this blatant disrespect of our communities. Public consultation is the hallmark of good urban planning and good public policy.

Click HERE to send a letter to Premier Ford and Lisa Macleod, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, demanding they hold off any decision until all the proposals have been released for public review and consultation.

Let’s overwhelm the Premier with requests!!!

Artists Call for Submissions: Winter Light Exhibition 2020

Calling all Artists – The Winter Light Exhibition at Ontario Place

Ontario Place is seeking the imagination and creativity of Ontarian artists or collectives to submit a proposal for the 2020 Winter Light Exhibition which takes place on the 15-acre West Island. Winter Light invites submissions from Ontario artists or collectives to create site-specific light projects with an interactive component that meet the curatorial theme Cocoon / to Cocoon. Projects must present a unique and engaging interpretation of the curatorial theme ‘Cocoon’ and focus on utilizing both light and user engagement to encourage, stimulate or motivate audience interaction. With a mandate to exhibit great art in a public space and use it as a catalyst for visitor interaction and engagement.

The curatorial theme is Cocoon / to Cocoon. Applicants are challenged to interpret the concept of being ‘Cocooned’ within the exhibit and the exhibition itself.

Evaluations will be made based on artistic merit in line with the curatorial theme, size + footprint of the exhibit, the use of light and interactivity, and the viability of the exhibit to succeed outdoors in the winter elements.

The Winter Light Exhibition is in its third year. Check out videos from our first and second year.

Ontario Place is currently accepting submissions for the Winter Light Exhibition. Project timelines are as follows:

  • Site Tours: Applicants are encouraged to visit Ontario Place. To schedule your visit, contact wle@ontarioplace.com
  • Submission Due Date: November 27, 2019 at midnight EST
  • Exhibition Dates: February 2020 – March 2020

For more info and to submit your project: http://bit.ly/35BvG5L