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Fun Things to Do Close-by and On-line

#ArtonQueenWest Art Gallery Outdoor Pop-up: Take a tour of this art exhibition down the alleyways on either side of the St. Patrick’s Market building. 238 Queen St. W.

Exploring Exhibition Place: Free guided walking tour is led by Bruce Van Dieten, a member of the local community, and will touch on various architectural and historical highlights of the site. Tour begins at Princes’ Gates. October 17 at 1 PM. https://www.explace.on.ca/…/exploring-exhibition-place…/

Ghost Walks Exhibition Place: A two-hour tour that will take you through our haunted past. 2 Manitoba Dr. October 8-29.https://www.eventbrite.ca/…/ghost-walks-at-exhibition…

Haunted Cinema Drive-In: This Halloween, catch a scary movie at Ontario Place in the comfort of your own car. 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W., October 26-31.https://ontarioplace.com/en/drive-in/

Luminato 2021: From immersive theatre to podcasts, public art installations to dance and film, Luminato brings Toronto’s arts and culture to you live and online. October 13-17. https://luminatofestival.com/

Mini Art Crawl on Toronto Island: Explore local artists’ works displayed in elevated miniature display cases as you stroll along the island’s cosy streets. View the map here > https://torontoisland.org/tiny-galleries/

Walk Liberty: Enjoy this interactive portal inviting you to explore the rich history, public spaces, and dynamic and eclectic businesses of Liberty Village. https://storymaps.arcgis.com/…/3a13ce09781d424094c496d7…

ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival: The world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital and interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. October 19-24.

Greenest City Harvest Festival – Oct. 17

You are invited to join Greenest City’s annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 17th in the Milky Way Community Garden (87 Milky Way – behind the Parkdale Library). The event starts at 3 PM. You can find out the itinerary for the day HERE.

For years, the Harvest Festival has been a way for Greenest City to gather with neighbours, partners, friends, families and otherwise plant-obsessed Autumn frolickers to celebrate the season and offer gratitude for all of the energy and inspiration gleaned from this vibrant community. As with most community events in recent times, this will be a little different than in previous years to ensure that everyone is following COVID safety guidelines.

To maintain safety, they are asking that folks bring their masks and maintain social distance. They will have a limited capacity at the event to ensure that they are not overcapacity. 

To RSVP – please call 647 438 0038 or email sandra@greenestcity.ca

RentSafeTO for Tenants

RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards is a City bylaw enforcement program that ensures apartment building owners and operators comply with building maintenance standards. The program applies to apartment buildings with three or more storeys and 10 or more units.

Owners/operators of apartment buildings are required to register and comply with the City’s RentSafeTO program and undergo building evaluations at least once every three years. During evaluations, staff inspect common areas, mechanical and security systems, parking and exterior grounds.

Find out how to make a service request to your landlord, submit a complaint to the City, vital services (i.e. electricity, heat, water), indoor temperatures and air conditioning, and much more.

KQQR will be substantially re-opening – Oct. 28

The King/Queen/Queensway/Roncesvalles intersection will be coming back to our community (almost) by October 28th (fingers crossed).

Area residents and businesses can expect the following changes on this day:

• Queen Street West will re-open between the KQQR intersection and Triller Avenue, and on-street (metred) parking will be restored

• Roncesvalles Avenue will open at the KQQR intersection

• King Street West will close at the KQQR intersection to Wilson Park Road (most on-street parking will remain in place).

Exhibition Station (Ontario Line) Open House – Oct. 4

Exhibition Station is a new connected transit hub with new housing, office, and retail space coming to our neighbourhood. The Exhibition Station site consists of two sites, which have been identified as transit-oriented community (TOC) opportunities as part of the new Ontario Line subway. The sites will be developed by the Province in line with the stated objectives of the TOC program.

To find out more click here: https://engageio.ca/en/engagement-initiatives/exhibition

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Virtual event – https://engageio.ca/en/content/exhibition-open-house

Wabash Community Rec Centre Update

The City is planning a new community recreation centre at the southeast corner of Sorauren Park, adaptively reusing the existing former Canadian Linseed Oil Mills Ltd. building (1910).

Based on spring and summer consultations with local community members, Indigenous representatives, and the City’s operational staff, the Angler proposal has been selected as the site design option that will be further refined through continued community consultation. The next phase of consultation will begin in late-fall 2021. To find out more click on this link > https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/construction-new-facilities/new-parks-facilities/wabash-community-centre/

Only 1 week to go!

Some important reminders: 

  • TODAY is last day of advance voting 
  • TOMORROW is the last day you can request a mail-in ballot
  • TOMORROW is the last day you can vote at an Elections Canada office
  • TOMORROW is the last day you can request a language interpreter for voting

After TOMORROW, your only option is to vote on Election Day, September 20, at your assigned polling location. 

WHERE TO VOTE IN PARKDALE?

Cast a ballot either by mail or in-person for the fall federal election.

You should receive, over the next few days, in the mail from Elections Canada your Voter Information Card. This card will detail where you can vote on Election Day (Sept. 20) and where to vote at an Advance Polling Station (Sept. 10, 11, 12 and 13). If you do not receive this card you can check via Elections Canada website > https://www.elections.ca/Scripts/vis/FindED?L=e&QID=-1&PAGEID=20

These are Election Day locations we are aware of. You may vote from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at:

  • • Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church – 250 Dunn Avenue
  • • Parkdale Library – 1303 Queen Street West
  • • Parkdale United Church – 1355 King Street West
  • • Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre – 220 Cowan Avenue
  • • Argonaut Rowing Club – 1225 Lake Shore Boulevard West

These are the Advance Voting locations we are aware of. The advance poll will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at:

  • • Parkdale Library – 1303 Queen Street
  • • Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre – 220 Cowan Avenue

PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE GOING TO THE CORRECT LOCATION TO VOTE.

To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day and prove your identity and address.

Ways to Vote: https://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=vote&document=index&lang=e