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Train Platform site, Pre-Application Meeting for 2946-2968 Dundas St W

Pre-Application Meeting for 2946-2968 Dundas St W 
On Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St W), the proponents, Oldstonehenge Development Corp, for 2946-2986 Dundas St W (the property including Junction Train Platform), will be hosting a development pre-application meeting for a proposal that has not yet been submitted to the City. Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation at 7 pm. The proposed mixed-use development seeks to redevelop the site with commercial and residential uses. V

Brian Harvey Keele St and Dundas St. W. Painting


The Baby Point Gates BIA 2018

The Baby Point Gates BIA

2018 Operating Budget was approved at its meeting of the BIA’s Board of Management on November 22, 2017 and its general membership on January 30, 2018. The BIA completed an artistic bike rack project and had two successful signature events


“SummerFest” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”,

in 2017. The BIA’s 2018 goals include expanding its

signature events, and hiringa part time position

to support the BIA’s initiatives.

The2018 budget includes increased administrative

expenditures of $13,380 for the staff costs of

a new part time position, maintenance

expenditures of $24,008for

Baby Point Gardens

upkeep andgeneral maintenance,

marketing expenditures of $2,000 and festival expenditures of $18,000 for the BIA’s two signature events, “Summer Fest” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

The BIA has proposed a levy of $60,000 with an appeal provision surplus of $2,842. It is recommended the Baby Point Gates BIA’ s

budget of expenditures totalling $62,842

and a BIA levy of $60,000 be


West Toronto Junction Historical Society streets page.

Organic Garage featured in Toronto Sun newspaper.

Quick fact, Organic Garage geared towards healthier eatingToronto SunThere are Organic Garage locations throughout the GTA including Liberty Village, Leaside and Thornhill. The one in the Junction was a wonderful surprise nestled in an area I had not visited before. – ORGANIC GARAGE JUNCTION, 43 Junction Rd. (near Keele St., and Dundas St. W.), 416 761-1500, …

Link to story here.

Safe Rail DRAFT Rail Emergency Preparedness Toolkit March 10 th Meeting

We have a Toolkit for you!

Safe Rail Communities (@safe_rail) is pleased to present a DRAFT Rail Emergency Preparedness Toolkit, funded in part by Transport Canada, as part of its Rail Safety Improvement Program (Education & Awareness). In response to requests for information from concerned residents after an August 2016 derailment in Toronto’s west end, we realized that there was a gap in knowledge that could significantly impact residents like ourselves who live close to rail lines. In collaboration with Disaster & Emergency Management specialists, we have pulled together a number of resources that can inform and prepare residents for a rail emergency. Please contact us ( if you would like to review a copy of the toolkit. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 (10 am – noon), we invite you to share your feedback on the content we have prepared. This Community Focus Group will be facilitated by a Disaster & Emergency Management specialist, and supported by Safe Rail Communities


Tuesday, March 20th, from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Steve Patterson will be hosting a fundraiser for Safe Rail Communities at 3030 Dundas St.

The Views Are Different Here showcases the works of 29 artists

TheViewsAre DifferentHere 

a collaborative exhibit made possible by the University of Toronto Master of Museum Studies Graduate Capstone Project, the John B. Aird Gallery, and the City of Toronto and the Art Connections Program 

Exhibition Dates: March 6 to April 6, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday March 8, 6 to 8 p.m. 

TORONTO, ON – On March 6th, 2018, the John B. Aird Gallery will be launching their new exhibition which will run from March 6th – April 6th, 2018. This exhibition, Toronto: The Views Are Different Here, was curated by students Amanda McNeil and Nikita Lorenzo from the University of Toronto’s Masters of Museum Studies Program, in collaboration with the City of Toronto Art Connections Program, as part of their final capstone project.

The Views Are Different Here is the first exhibition that McNeil and Lorenzo have worked on in the role of curator. They both decided to create an exhibition that would speak to the people of Toronto; something that had depth while remaining familiar. Yet, every time they thought of typical images of Toronto, all that came to mind was the CN Tower or the city skyline. These images are not representative of what Toronto means for either of them, and it made them wonder how those living here think of their own city.

Toronto: The Views Are Different Here showcases the works of 29 artists (Christian Andrabado; Michael Barlas; Aisha Chiguichon; David Chinyama; Nic Cooper; Frances Cordero de Bolaños; Rob Croxford; Mahmoud Fahmi; Janny Fraser; Cassandra Fullerton; Janet Gallo; Nellys Garcia; Florin Hategan; Kayla Jaques; David Johns; Andre Kan; Anna Khokhlova; Sangmin Lee; Karin McLean; Rob Niezan; Addae Nurse; Shannon O’Toole; Jamileh Salek Ostadtaqi; Walter Segers; Maheen Siddiqui; Natalia Starikova-Abud; Leah Tomlinson; Diane Walton; Shelley Wildeman) who have lived, or are currently living, within the city.  This exhibition features paintings, sculpture and photography to convey the individual realities of Toronto’s most important asset: its people. 

An opening reception will be held on March 8th, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the John B. Aird Gallery.


Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!


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The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to along with your resume and list any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 30 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3) to six (6+) hour shifts, scheduled between 8:00am & 11:00pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

As the north east corner of Dundas St.W. And Pacific Ave are about to be developed, should the community consider demanding pubic space.


Click here to download the concept site plan

14 second view of the Junction CPR roundtable show its wasted condition

Park People Public space, last Wednesday I started looking for a distressed space in the city to revitalize as a public space, and now the Park People org has a competition for the same idea.

Park People launch Public Space Incubator, exciting and great





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With our new Public Space Incubator, we invite you to surprise us

by Jake Tobin Garrett | Feb 27, 2018 | BlogFunding | 0 comment

Park People is excited to launch our 
Public Space Incubator—a program made possible through the generosity of Ken and Eti Greenberg and the Balsam Foundation.

With this program we hope to spark new, creative, and even radical ideas for inhabiting and enlivening our public spaces—whether those are in parks, plazas, schoolyards, tower green spaces, streets, laneways or any other publicly accessible open space—by offering up to $50,000 in funding for 5 projects in 2018 and again in 2019. For the full eligibility requirements and program details, check out the program website.

We’ve all had those public space experiences—whether in Toronto or travelling—stumbling across something that makes us smile and stay awhile. Maybe it was the musical swings in downtown Montreal. Or the thriving Thorncliffe Market in R. V. Burgess Park here in Toronto. Or maybe it was a laneway serving coffee and scones in San Francisco. These projects bring people together in new and unusual ways.

Park People is all about helping people activate the power of public spaces. We hope the Public Space Incubator provides the tools and resources for people with big ideas to do big things in our public spaces in Toronto.

As the name implies, we’ve designed the program with a supportive network built into it to help successful applicants realize their projects on the ground. These people include designers, city staff, community organizers, environmentalists, policy wonks, and more.

The program is designed to be broad enough to welcome a vast array of types of projects without being too prescriptive. However, we do have a set of core principles that each project must show how they achieve.


Public Space Incubator is not set up to fund “business as usual” projects. We’re interested in projects that push the boundaries of what’s possible, propose things that haven’t yet been tried, and create moments of delight and surprise. Think outside the box. Think collaboratively.


We’re looking for projects that are built from the ground-up in local communities—not something that is parachuted in from afar. Strong community partnerships and an inclusive and accessible approach is key to the success of these projects. What need is your project serving and how are you involving the local community?


Great design is key, but design alone cannot truly bring a space to life. We want to see projects that include a programmable aspect that shows intentional thought in how a space can be used and activated to bring in a diverse range of people. How is your project welcoming people to participate in the space?


Projects need to make sense within their local context, but we’re also looking for projects that test ideas that have the potential to be scaled up across the city in the future. What might this look like? What would need to happen?


While funding and support through the Public Space Incubator is a great start, we’re looking for projects that reach beyond the program to invite investment and partnerships with other organizations, funders, and groups. How does your project build in those partnerships to support growth and sustainability?


With the deadline for letters of intent coming up on Thursday, March 29 at 5pm, we’ll be posting a series of blogs highlighting projects and ideas that may spark inspiration in you. If you have any questions about the program or your idea, please email us at

Be bold. Be creative. Surprise us.

Does anyone remember which of these buildings was Booths hobby shop?

If u do pls email or commet.

Seedy Saturday Parkdale is fast approaching – this Saturday March 3rd 11:00 -4:00pm, at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church!

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Greenest City supporters!

Seedy Saturday Parkdale is fast approaching – this Saturday March 3rd 11:00 -4:00pm, at Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church!

We are still in need of volunteers for set up, kids’ activities, tabling support, take down and photography!

If you are interested in community events, gardening/urban agriculture, or want to check out some of our amazing kitchen garden workshops – THIS IS THE EVENT FOR YOU!

Please fill out this form or get in touch by responding to this email. We are ideally looking for 3 hour commitments between 9am-5pm, but would be thrilled with whatever time you are willing to give!

If you’re unable to volunteer, we hope you’ll still swing by Seedy Saturday between 11:00 – 4:00! And be sure to share our Facebook event page and keep checking the site for updates!

Looking forward to our best Seedy Saturday Parkdale yet!
For more details, contact Molly Fremes at

See you March 3rd!