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Greenest City is busy this Winter

Growing the Future is a weekly cooking class for kids. Traditionally, they’ve done the class in person in their community kitchen at 201 Cowan Ave – of course, they can’t do in-person classes at the moment, or for the foreseeable future – so they’re moving online.

If you would like to know more about the classes or sign up for one of the four sessions, CLICK HERE!

Soup & Stories is a program dedicated to featuring the creative culinary creation of local community member guest chefs and sharing their talents and delicious soups with folks who are craving soup and missing neighbourhood dinner with friends.

Every two weeks, they’ll have a different Guest Chef making a huge batch of soup. They’ll send out an Eventbrite like THIS ONE where you can signup for a FREE soup and get the link for a Zoom meeting the following day.

How to Start a Community Garden – come learn about the process of starting a community garden and how to get involved.

Join in for a workshop they are co-presenting with FoodShare Toronto about how to start a community garden. There are a few different approaches that a community can take to start a garden, learn about them here and get scheming for spring 2021! RSVP to

Seeking Help From Health Professionals and Other Resources on COVID-19

Ontario is looking at accepting help from foreign-trained medical practitioners. “They may or may not, depending on their skill-sets or experience, be able to practice medicine but they will certainly have a place in our health-care system.” If you have a medical background please step forward to fight COVID-19. You can find more information HERE.

If you’re in the research and development community are looking to help your community affected by COVID-19: see a list for researchers, clinicians and scientific community – you can find a curated list of initiatives HERE.

Official Plan Changes to Queen St. W. (Bathurst to Roncy) – Mar. 12

The Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) will be deliberating on the Queen Street West Planning Study (Bathurst Street to Roncesvalles Avenue) – Official Plan Amendment (OPA) – Final Report. The OPA, when approved, will have long term ramifications for Queen St. W. (Parkdale). As a resident of Parkdale, you are encouraged to comment or speak to this item >
Please review the support material.

Date: Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Place: 100 Queen Street West – Committee Room 1 (2nd floor), Toronto City Hall

COWANATION Street Sale – June 1

Parkdale’s Biggest Treasure Trove – The Annual COWANATION Street Sale!

Our neighbourhood street sale, COWANATION, is coming up Saturday June 1st! Cowan Ave. closes off to traffic at 9 am – 4 pm, or thereabouts, so people can stroll the sidewalks and avenue for this annual street sale of goods – used, new, antique, household, yard,  whatchamacallits and live music. Sunday, June 2nd is the rain date. You will find Parkdale has as a whole has picked up on the spirit of Cowanation with residents on Dunn, Springhurst and Spencer setting up yard sales as well. Come one, Come all!

Kids Bikes for Free

Bike Pirates, ( have received a LARGE number of smallish bikes, 20″ wheel and smaller (including a unicycle!). The have safety-checked them all and have been giving them out for FREE but still have about 30 bikes left. Can you, a friend, a family member or anyone you know use a kids bike? They are keen to get them out of their shop, as they are closing on January 31 for an annual 10-day cleanup/renovation period and any of these little bikes still in the shop will be scrapped — which is a shame, as they as very usable and they would like to get kids started riding bicycles early.

Bike Pirates is at 1416 Queen St. W. or email them at

One-Year In: The King Street Pilot – Nov. 26

Do you live, work, or travel on King Street?
Please join TTC Riders on Monday, November 26 at 7 PM for One Year In: The King Street Pilot!  

This open meeting is an opportunity to share your experience of the King Street Pilot after one year since its implementation in November 2017. Together they will look at what the data shows about the pilot’s success and engage in a facilitated discussion about the transit priority project’s implementation and impact on our public space and day-to-day life.

Register at this link to reserve your spot for this FREE event or at the email below!
Light snacks and refreshments will be served and the event space is wheelchair accessible. Do you have any other accessibility needs? Please get in touch with and they will do their best to meet them.

Date: Monday, Nov. 26th, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 55 John Street, Room 308/309 (Metro Hall)

Municipal All-Candidates Meeting – Oct. 17

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is hosting a Municipal All-Candidates meeting. This is Parkdale residents’ opportunity to hear directly from the candidates running  for election in the NEW Ward 4 Parkdale-High Park. One of these candidates will be our elected representative in Toronto City Council.

To prepare for the meeting the PRA attempted to contact ALL the registered candidates. We asked them for a head-shot, bio and to answer one question – What your vision is [for the future] of Parkdale?

Six of the ten candidates responded. Please click on the individual’s name for their response – Kalsang Dolma, David Ginsberg, Taras Kulish, Mercy Okalowe, Gord Perks and José Vera. To see a full list of the candidates running in this election for Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee(s) click HERE. Continue the conversation with your neighbours – #parkdalevotes2018.

Advance Voting takes place between Oct. 10th and 14th. In our area you can go to 220 Cowan Ave. (Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Activity Room 1) or 100 Queen St. W. (City Hall, Rotunda) – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson auditorium)

Walking Tours of Exhibition Place Grounds (Summer Sundays)

Exploring Exhibition Place Grounds Through the Eyes of the Community

A community-lead walking tour through the Exhibition Place (AKA CNE grounds) .

This 1.5-2 hour walking tour of the Exhibition Place grounds will be lead by Bruce Van Dieten, a member of the community, and will touch on various architectural and historical highlights of the site. Tours will begin at the Princes’ Gates.

To see a schedule of summer Sunday dates click HERE.