Category Archives: Local Interest

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 >


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 >

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


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:

Parkdale-High Park 100 Debates on the Environment 2021 – Sept. 8

The people of Parkdale-High Park care deeply about the environment. Hear where our federal candidates stand on these pressing issues leading up to the federal election. 

Please join GreenPac, Parkdale High-Park for Climate Action, Green13, Green Parkdale Roncesvalles, Roncy Reduces, Safe Rail Communities, the Junction Residents Association and Neighbourhood Energy Solutions for an all-candidates debate on the environment.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 

6 PM to 8 PM

Please register on Eventbrite:


  • Paul Taylor (New Democratic Party) 
  • Arif Virani (Liberal Party)
  • Diem Marchand-Lafortune (Green Party) 
  • Nestor Sanajko (Conservative Party) 

Thank you!

The PHP 100 Debates on the Environment Organizing Team

This event is sponsored by Vancity Community Investment Bank

Vacancies Board of Directors of Exhibition Place – Sept. 15

Two public appointments are opening up soon on the Board of Directors of Exhibition Place. Apply by September 15, 2021, at

Over the past 15 years, the population around Exhibition Place (in Parkdale, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York, City Place, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place) has increased by over 125,000 people. They/we need green space for our physical, mental, and social well-being. The Parkdale Residents Association and the West Side Community Council (13 local RAs) have requested, for the past number of years, local representation on the Board of Exhibition Place from the local catchment area. Sign our petition:

Exhibition Place is an iconic City landmark serving as Canada’s largest entertainment venue, a major convention centre, an urban parkland enjoyed by locals and other Toronto’s residents and visitors and a multi-faceted professional sports destination. Pre-pandemic attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. We believe this 192-acre piece of City-owned land would be better served by having local representation on its Board.

If you live in the area apply to be on the Board of Exhibition Place

BEAT THE HEAT! at Exhibition Place

The reopening of Exhibition Place’s drinking and decorative fountains! see map.

Three portable fountains have been opened today at Bandshell Park. Decorative fountains will be open by Saturday, June 19. It’s hot out so remember to stay hydrated!

Exhibition Place has re-directed resources to support this community request from the Parkdale Residents Association, West Side Community Council and local residents.

Want to Fight Climate Change and Save Money, too?

Join this free webinar: Tuesday June 1 at 7 PM

Many financial incentives are now available to help pay the up-front costs of a home renovation or a new electric vehicle — and HVRA’s NetZero Committee wants to help you decide what will work best for you.

In this June 1st webinar, Ariana Foyle, an expert in the City’s BetterHomesTO program, will cover:

· How to access government rebates, grants and loans for home improvements

· Subsidies available for purchasing electric vehicles (new and used)

· Q&A to address the specific concerns of audience members

To register for this free webinar, click HERE

(If you can’t attend, a link to the recording will be posted a day or two later at

This webinar is hosted by the Harbord Village Residents’ Association and co-sponsored by the Parkdale Residents Association and by neighbourhood associations across the city.


Growing things on your balcony or in your backyard garden may end up being one of the few guaranteed pleasures during a long 2021 pandemic summer. For both long-time gardeners and new Covid-era hobbyists, D’Loraine Miranda at Toronto Life has curated a fun list of insider tips and shops devoted to backyard/balcony gardens this summer.…/ten-ways-to-up-your…/

Free Seeds From “Food Up Front”

Food Up Front, a Transition Toronto project believes that growing local food is one way to mitigate the climate crisis by reducing food miles and our dependence on international agribusiness. They deliver seeds to people at no cost around the GTA. They are currently taking orders and looking for volunteers to deliver them. Visit their website to find out more about them and complete the relevant forms to either volunteer and/or order seeds. Orders can be made up to May 31.