Know Your Housing Rights – Apr. 11

Human Rights and Housing in Parkdale. Learn the basics about rental housing law and how to stand up for your housing rights.

Join the Parkdale People’s Economy (PPE) and Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) for a workshop on housing rights.
Attendance is FREE, and snacks and Tibetan translation will be provided. Register HERE.

Topics will include:

• Advocating for disability-related accommodations in housing
• Eviction prevention strategies
• Addressing discrimination and harassment
• Ontario’s new Standard Lease
• Impacts of The Rental Fairness Act (2017)
• Impacts of housing unaffordability

Date: Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1499 Queen St. W. (PARC)


Pia Bouman School MOVING

After 40 years serving the community of Parkdale, Pia Bouman School has recently faced an uncertain future as their current home at 6 Noble Street has been sold for re-development and PBS needed to relocate. In the end, the board’s Real Estate committee closely considered more than 20 properties and visited a short list of 10 to 12 possible contenders.

The school has taken leased possession of a new space at 225 Sterling Road. The 9500 sq ft space has 30 ft ceilings and will inspire dancers young and old to soar.

PBS, a registered charity, seeks your support to help cover the renovation costs to meet the dance schools needs and moving costs once our new space is realized.  The school will be fully operational in the Sterling Road space by Sept. 3 for the 2019/2020 season.

The Pia Bouman School has always been committed to ensuring its unique and defining mandate: “Every child who wishes to dance, to create and to perform has the opportunity to do so.”

There are many ways you can help PBS – volunteer your labour or services and/or make a donation HERE.

KEEP King Street Transit Pilot

King Street is the busiest surface route in the city, moving over 70,000 passengers per day before the pilot project. Taking transit on King street was unpredictable and stress inducing. It was often faster to walk than take the streetcar.

The King Street Pilot was introduced in November 2017 to address these issues by restricting through traffic and left turns at most intersections to prioritize transit vehicles between Bathurst and Jarvis St, the most congested part of the street.

Residents, commuters, and businesses along the corridor have called the King Street Pilot “transformational” and look forward to working with the City to improve it.

The future of the King Street Pilot will be decided by City Council in the next three weeks. Do want them to make it permanent and make it even better?

Show your support at

Parkdale Library Closing – Apr. 8

The Parkdale Library is closing on April 8th for a small renovation and will reopen the end of June. Parkdale patrons can return items to our closest branches – High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.) and Bloor/Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor St. W.).

Parkdale’s Museum & Arts Passes and the Musical Instrument Lending Library will continue at High Park Library. High Park Library will be open on Sundays starting Sunday April 14th!

Earth Hour Cafe – March 30

Earth Hour is a symbolic gesture that recognizes the need to acknowledge climate change, promote climate action plans, educate, support and guide communities with strategies that cope with environmental challenges.

Come on out to the FREE Earth Hour Cafe event – they will host “Wine, Music and Poetry” by candlelight. Get more information HERE.

Dates: Saturday, Mar. 30th, 2019
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. (The Church of the Epiphany and St. Mark)

Is It Possible To Build Affordable Condos? – Mar. 20

A Town Hall For Condo Renters

Keynote Speaker: Mike Labbé – President & CEO, Options International

Is condo ownership possible in Toronto? Mike believes it is.
Come join in for this valuable discussion.

Organize by Chris Glover, MPP Spadina-Fort York
RSVP by Friday, March 15 to

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 11 Mariner Terrace, 3rd Floor (CityPlace SuperClub)

Parkdale Hub Survey Results

Thank you to all who participated in the Parkdale Hub Future Planning Survey

Between January and February we received 183 survey responses! The survey is still open and we are actively seeking more feedback from community members – HERE.

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, Parkdale People’s Economy, and Parkdale Residents Association are now working together to organize resident workshops and information sessions around the Hub.

This update will:

Share a summary of the survey results we received in January and February.

                                 SEE A SUMMARY OF THE RESPONSES

Inform you of an upcoming free Speakers Series about community hub planning. – HERE


On Community Hubs events – Mar. 14 & 21

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

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.

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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.

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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)

Ward 4 Community Meeting 2019 City Budget – Feb. 28

This is your opportunity to examine the 2019 City Budget. Information on the 2019 Preliminary Budget can be found HERE. Budget materials will be made available at the meeting.

Discussion points are:

  • how the City raises revenue
  • how the City manages finances
  • how the City invests in services
Date: Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1515 Bloor St. W. (Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton School – 3rd Floor Staff Room)

*Accessible entrance is on the south side of the building on Dundas St West*

Ontario Place Subcommittee Meeting – Mar. 5

To ensure our city and our residents have a say on its future, an Ontario Place Subcommittee has been struck by the Toronto East York Community Council. The first meeting of the Subcommittee of Ontario Place will be on Tuesday March 5th at 5:30pm, City Hall, Committee Room 1. We are encouraging residents of Parkdale to attend, and to register to speak to share your views on Ontario Place with TEYCC. They will also be considering a detailed report from City staff on the history and status of Ontario Place, and more.

The West Side Community Council of which the PRA is a member has registered to speak. We encourage you to do the same…this is an important piece of publicly owned land at the foot of Parkdale.

To register to speak on March 5th, please email

Date: March 5th, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 100 Queen St. W. (City Hall, Committee Room 1)