All posts by Ric Amis

Have Your Say!

HAVE YOUR SAY – NOW RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is now seeking new members from within Parkdale to lend their voices to issues impacting all neighbourhood residents.

  • Affordable housing
  • Community outreach and support
  • Respecting culture and diversity
  • Sustainable and considerate development
  • Local governance and the future of Parkdale

For more information and to register interest, please see parkdale.to or email info@parkdale.to. Join monthly public meetings and events. All neighbours are welcome, no previous Association experience is required!

We wanted to share with you some of our highlights that the PRA is involved with that help build community…

Parkdale Hub Project (Queen W. & Cowan), West Queen West Area Study (Bathurst to Roncy), Parkdale Main Street Heritage Conservation District Study, new condo/rental developments along Queen West, King-Queen-Queensway-Roncesvalles (KQQR) intersection construction, Wabash Community Rec Centre development (Sorauren Park), Exhibition Place Master Plan, Ontario Place re-development, Laneway housing, Garden Suites, greening Parkdale, affordable housing.

Exhibition Place Community Meeting – Nov. 29

Exhibition Place is holding a virtual Community Liaison Consultation Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, November 29th, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Many things are happening on the Exhibition Place grounds as we continue to move away from Covid restrictions. This is your opportunity to receive updated information and comment regards these 192 acres directly South of our community.

Connect to the Meeting on Zoom:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82054731265?pwd=dTVreXJLQXFzdVNrTUp0aVpZUzdJUT09

To join the meeting with audio-only call: 647-374-4685 or 647-558-0588 / Meeting ID – 820 5473 1265 / Meeting Passcode – 0

We have received no Agenda for the meeting as of this posting.

Things to ask about:

  1. Updates on Phase 2 Hotel X and the Ontario Subway Line
  2. Updates on the Garden of the Greek Gods, Bandshell Park and Centennial Park
  3. What progress has been made on the design and execution of the Festival Plaza
  4. Update on BMO Stadium expansion in preparation for the FIFA Games in 2026
  5. Update on the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (animating the site 365-days per year)
  6. The future format of the Community Liaison Consultation Meetings (broadening the conversation)

Virtual Town Hall: Addressing the Crisis in Health Care – Nov. 29

Our provincially elected MPP for Parkdale–High Park, Bhutila Karpoche, is holding a virtual town hall meeting.

Our healthcare system is under strain. ER visits are characterized by long wait times, ICUs are at capacity, critical surgeries are being delayed and healthcare workers stretched beyond capacity. Join in a conversation about the latest updates on health care, the government’s plans to privatize, best practices to mitigate the crisis and answer any questions you may have.

DATE: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

TIME: 6:00 to 7:00 PM

PLACE: Register to Attend: https://www.bhutilakarpoche.ca/health-care-town-hall

Letter from 5 Former Mayors of Toronto to Mayor John Tory.

Read what 5 former Mayors of Toronto have to say to our current Mayor John Tory.

In the letter, the former mayor’s say “We are appalled at this attack on one of the essential tenets of our local democracy and a fundamental democratic mechanism: majority rule. We are fearful of the real substantive risks this change would pose for our City. The principle of majority rule has always been and must continue to be how Council conducts the public’s business.” You can read their full letter below.

https://www.progresstoronto.ca/former-mayors-letter-to-tory

100th Year of The Royal – Nov. 4-13

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place every November at the Exhibition Place grounds. Come celebrate the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. https://www.royalfair.org/

The Royal is Canada’s premier showcase for excellence in livestock, crops and food. It’s your chance to see up close chickens, sheep, cows, horses, pigs, etc.
How about Square Dancing, Butter Sculpture, bareback riders, Indigenous cultures and peoples of this province.

Town Hall on Nuclear Energy – Nov. 7

You are invited by Parkdale–High Park federal MP Arif Virani to a Town Hall event examining the role of Nuclear Energy on the path to Net Zero emissions.

On November 7th, join Dr Chris Keefer, President of Canadians for Nuclear Energy, and our Federal MP will discuss the role of nuclear energy on the path to net-zero emissions.

Can nuclear energy secure a path to net zero? While some energy companies and governments have recently announced plans to phase out their use of nuclear power, others are looking at nuclear power as a tool to mitigate the rising cost of oil and gas and to reinforce their energy security.

Date: Monday, November 7th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church (250 Dunn Avenue)

This is an in-person event, please RSVP on Eventbrite as space is limited.

To RSVP, please click HERE.

Parkdale Ghost Walk – Oct. 29 & 30

MURDER & MAYHEM – A Parkdale Ghost Walk.

Sat. Oct. 29 and Sun. Oct. 30 at 4:00 PM (meet at SW corner of Queen and Brock).

Presented by the Sunnyside Historical Society with dramatic skits and true stories! Audience participation is encouraged! Dress for the occasion.

Want a role in a historic skit – email Meg: medmoknds@teksavvy.com.

Mature subject matter. Bring pre-teens at your discretion.

Receive a free gift card! Suggested donation of $10 or Pay What You Can.

Parkdale Queen “Spooky” Night Market – Oct. 29

Parkdale Spooky Night Market - FREE ADMISSION
Saturday, October 29 between 2 PM - 11 PM 
Queen West between Triller and Sorauren and at 1668 Queen St. West lot 

Barket Market (For Dogs and their Hoomans) 
At Parkdale Hall 12 PM - 5 PM
 
Bring your pets dressed-up to win costume prizes. 
Bring the kids to tric-or-treat from vendors!

Also, we really encourage local residents to also participate if they want—yard sales, cottage industries, artists etc. Spots for non-packaged food vendors are free. Please fill out this FORM.

Organized by Pinay Tayo and The Queen’s End Neighbourhood.

Vote Compass and ArtsVote

Today is the last day for advance voting. The polling station at the Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre at 220 Cowan Ave. closes at 7 PM. Your other opportunity is on October 24 at 1499 Queen St. West. Bring your voter card and identification that has your address.

Here are two interesting sites:

Find out how your views align with each of the candidates.  Use the Toronto Star’s Vote Compass.
https://votecompass.thestar.com/toronto2022

Check out the ArtsVote 2022 Report Card for candidates for the upcoming municipal election. ArtsVote aims to provide an overview of the candidates and their understanding of the issues facing the arts community.
https://www.artsvote.ca/artsvote-2022/report-card-2022/