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Subsidized Backyard Tree Planting – LEAF

LEAF offers a subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program to help you get the right tree in the right place. For approximately $150 to $220 per tree you will get a site consultation in your yard with an arborist, a five to eight foot tall tree (or two to four feet tall for evergreen trees) and full planting service.

Or, if you want to plant in your front or side yard (or just like to get your hands dirty), try the Do-It-Yourself version of the program. For $100 to $150 per tree, you’ll receive access to online tree care and maintenance video workshops, personalized advice from arborists by email, and a tree delivered right to your door!

Native shrubs and garden kits are also available. The program is available to homeowners, multi-units, and businesses across Toronto.

For more information on how the program works or to book a consultation, visit


Queer West Film Festival – August 7 – 9

The 7th Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival will be hosting a 3-day arts festival this year, expanding their annual film festival from a one evening screening. Increasing the length of the event will allow them to showcase more of the very best of emerging LGBTQ filmmakers both locally and internationally.

Movies @ THE REVUE CINEMA, 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
Doors Open @ 3:30 PM | Films start: 4 PM

Tickets online @ TICKETSCENE
Tickets also @ Revue Cinema Box Office and
For Your Convenience tickets also available @ Sun Milk Variety Store, 1547 Dundas W. (July 15 to August 9)
Ticket Prices: $10 each night or Three Day Passes for $25

Accessibility: The washroom is not wheelchair accessible.
All screenings – Restricted – No one under 18 admitted. ID Required.


Condos Proposal for King and Dufferin

New condo developments are moving into Parkdale!

Lifetime Developments submitted rezoning and site plan approval applications to the City of Toronto on July 20th. The company wants to build condo towers at 1221 and 1182 King St. W. The initial proposals put the buildings at 19 and 21 storeys, respectively.

In current renderings, each condo will offer three levels of underground parking as well as ground and second floor retail spaces. The project will also provide nearly 750 residential units. Currently, the intersection houses two banks, the only remaining downtown Island Foods location and some other fast food establishments. 20150717-condo-parkdale

Vertical Split Duplexing Community Consultation – July 14

Toronto’s Official Plan states that our residential neighbourhoods are to remain stable. The City has recently changed the zoning by-law in a way that is allowing developers to rapidly build ‘mega-houses’ and condominiums on residential streets.

The old zoning allowed a single house to be split horizontally into a two-dwelling ‘duplex’—typically, to allow a rental unit in the basement. Vertically split duplexes were not allowed.

The new zoning allows vertical duplexes—vertically split houses.
The City says they changed the zoning to allow for shared staircases. But developers are having a field day with the new permission. They buy a house, then apply to demolish it and build a very large vertical duplex having the appearance and size of two large semi-attached houses. They then condominiumize the vertical duplex and market each unit as a separate house.

Come to the Community Consultation Meeting on New Vertical Duplex Permissions and the impact on our residential neighbourhoods with Councillor Mike Layton, City Planning Manager Lynda Macdonald, City Planner Kirk Hatcher, and a representative from Zoning

This is the only Community Consultation that has been scheduled about this important issue. Please attend.

Date: Tuesday, July 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 248 Ossington Avenue (Ossington and Dundas) – West Neighbourhood House


Parkdale Good Food Market COMING!

The Parkdale Good Food Market provides high quality, affordable fruits and vegetables. The Market focuses on building food security as well as creating connections in the community.  Some prepared food, kids activities, and health oriented information and education will also be provided. It is a great opportunity to spend time in the park and get to know your neighbours!

The market will be running every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm,
July 8th – September 16th, in Masaryk-Cowan Park (220 Cowan Ave).

Get more information here.

Measuring Parkdale’s Wellbeing?

How do we measure Parkdale’s wellbeing?

Attend the Parkdale Wellbeing Indicator Development Workshop 
This project is a community-based planning initiative to develop a long-term neighbourhood plan for Parkdale. The project foregrounds participatory planning process and resident engagement for visioning and shaping the future of Parkdale that we want to create together. The project is organizing a series of workshops to discuss challenges, assets, and strategies for building a healthy neighbourhood and community shared wealth. The first workshop is on developing neighbourhood wellbeing indicators.

Measuring what matters to our wellbeing
How do we measure progress of our neighbourhood and local economy? GDP is often used as a standard measure of economic activities, but it is limited because it fails to attend to complex social and cultural factors that equally matter to our wellbeing and local economy. Then, how can we know how well we are living? How do we define ‘progress’? What is important to our decent working lives? These are some of the questions that we will explore in this workshop.
Please join the workshop!

For more information, please visit the project website or register here:
Date: June 27th, Saturday
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: PARC 2nd Floor, 1499 Queen Street West

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

*This session is open for anyone who lives and works in Parkdale!Parkdale Wellbeing

Toronto Media Arts Centre in a Predicament

A group of six small arts organizations (TMAC) are in crisis over taking possession of a 3-story space designed for their needs. This project is at 36 Lisgar St. (new Edge Condos) right behind Canada Post Station C at Queen & Lisgar. The project was supported by the City under  Section 37 where the developer (UrbanCorp) received an additional 6-stories increase in density in return for community benefits. After waiting 4 years it now looks like these groups may not be able to take possession of their space.
You can read more in a Toronto Star article.

Two meetings are scheduled.

TMAC Info Session
Monday, June 22, 6 p.m.
Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
862 Richmond St. W. at Strachan


City Planning Consulation Meeting for 36 Lisgar St
Thursday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
(1303 Queen St. W. (Parkdale Public Library )

Canada Post Community Mailbox locations

Canada Post has announced plans to replace door-to-door home delivery service with a Community Mailbox system. Other municipal governments, and their residents, have expressed significant concerns regarding the placement of these new large Community Mailboxes on residential streets.
We need to prevent similar problems here in Toronto where our densely populated neighbourhoods, narrow streets, and crowded streetscape will make implementation more problematic.

Toronto East York Community Council or 416-392-7033

Date: Tuesday, June 16th
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Committee Room 1