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Why are other areas of the city, receiving so much more money than the Junction for infastucture.

Regent park is over 50 percent completed in its  revitalization,  with large tracts of community house being built in smaller sections of market rate housing.  At the beginning of the video through the below easy block 23 of the Daniels corporation,  A small block consisting of market rate homes starting at 1.2 million.

Just up the street in a bit to the right and being close to Nelson Mandela public-school is a high-rise long also developed by the just up the street in a bit to the right and being close to Nelson Mandela public-school is a high-rise block also developed by  The Daniels corporation.  The Daniels corporation is developing both the community housing in the private housing in the area. The quality and design of the Daniels Corporation  development layout and building construction  In subsidized and market rate housing  is exceptional.

The community funds the Daniels Corporation  is required to contribute to community structures and spaces in the area as part of their agreement to be the master developer of the Regent Park  revitalization,  are what is really revitalize you the area.

However the Daniels community funds as required by the city,  commonly referred to as  commonly referred to section 37 funds,  we are not the only major contributing funds to the redevelopment spending spree on community spaces buildings and ongoing activities.

The MLSE Foundation  has  contribute a large amount towards the region are green space and sports green.

…but I live in the Junction, why should I care about all this

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Simply because the Junction community buildings and cultural spaces are outmoded and thread bear. In no way can any of the parks, recreation centres service the current situation and needs of the community. And as This blog author travels non stop accross the city to community building and municipal public use space, I rattle.  The Annette recreation centre (1972) does not have an older adult room nor a  Multi use room for the community. The junction has an unused police station but a few number of people have worked diligently to the community use what do you just not have neede The junction has an unused police station but a few number of people have worked diligently to the community use,  but they have just not had the support needed. Well in in Parkdale area, the community  has taken control and retrofitted to older use buildings,  One being the w being the Walbash Building.

As the system of section 37 funds disbursement into the areas only adjacent to the real estate development providing the funds, sp disbursement into the areas only adjacent to the real estate development providing the funds,  section 37 does not work.

But section 37 funds are not the only way for community to revitalize itself, community groups with directed intention and solicit funds to greater magnitude the most people expect from foundations,  at higher levels of government. As this happens in good measure in the area such as Regent Park, North Bathurst, Cork Town and more, and the Junction  in the Junction triangle lag significantly in  receiving this funny.

This post is getting a bit long, but the Junction is a great community, and does not need to settle for less.

Contruction in Regent Park today.

 

 

 

 

 

Energy use at Vine Ave playground and Malta Park

 

In the Junction Vine Ave playground use the most electricity per year, while Malta Park use 11 times less electrical energy

 

Operation Name Malta Park
Address 3187 Dundas St W
Electricity (kWh) 453

Operation Name Vine Avenue Playground
Address 200 Vine Av
Electricity (kWh) 5,447

GHG Emissions (Kg) 463

Total Energy Energy (GJ) 20

Parkdale Residents Association concerned about The Ex grounds, so glad they are making an effort on this deep problem.

A few mths ago I started a blog about the destruction of public use of the Exhibition Grounds. I never got around to finishing it, yes my bad, but I did get pictures.
And now the Parkdale Residents Association have put out some real good info on the situation,

 

 


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The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.
Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192-acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities.

As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Parkdale, Liberty Village and all Toronto access to much-needed open green space.
But this potential is under threat.

Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable open green space amenity for future generations.
The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!).

The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*.

Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Today public use meeting an extremely important save the EX for the community meeting

 

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Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Parkdale Residents Association concerned about The Ex grounds, so glad they are making an effort on this deep problem.

A few mths ago I started a blog about the destruction of public use of the Exhibition Grounds. I never got around to finishing it, yes my bad, but I did get pictures.
And now the Parkdale Residents Association have put out some real good info on the situation,

 

 


All text below from

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.
Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192-acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities.

As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Parkdale, Liberty Village and all Toronto access to much-needed open green space.
But this potential is under threat.

Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable open green space amenity for future generations.
The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!).

The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*.

Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Wading Pools open in the city on Thursday, June 30

and run until, Sunday, September 4, 2016 (schedules may vary)

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High Park devoid of new artwork while one of it’s historical legacy works is now resident in Corktown Commons.

Shoes by Mark di Suvero is now sat in river side of the park, where once it was created and sat in High Park.  High Park needs another really positional art program. This is often spoken about by many artists and groups. However the feeding though of the section 37 device were developers contribute to public art in a ratio to the size of their development, severely limits what many artists can do, or act with. (1)
Mark di Suvero  is one the greatest abstract expressionist sculptors. His work in High Park, which is not different from his other works of the same period, came to define public art in Toronto Parks. 

When Shoes and Flower Power were removed from High Park the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area reported it on their site with this opening paragraph.

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection. Full article here

(1) Full disclosure, the author of this blog has received funding and renuneration from Goverment and development art funding projects. 

   
 

Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond

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Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond
Confidential Attachment – The receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege
Committee Recommendations

The Parks and Environment Committee recommends that:

1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement an Ice Monitoring Program that would provide testing of ice thickness and quality by an ice engineer and surveyor, within a designated area on Grenadier Pond, and necessary signage and a flagging system to inform the public of the risks associated with activities on frozen bodies of water, as outlined in “Option 2 – Ice Monitoring Program” in the report (November 3, 2015) from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include a new and enhanced funding request for $50,000 in the 2016 Recommended Operating Budget submission for Parks, Forestry and Recreation to fund the implementation of the Ice Monitoring Program.

3. City Council waive its client privilege respecting the confidentiality of Confidential Attachment 1 of the report (October 30, 2015) from the City Solicitor (Item PE8.7a) and direct that Confidential Attachment 1 be made public immediately after City Council has made its decision on this item.
Decision Advice and Other Information
The Parks and Environment Committee recessed its public session and met in closed session to consider confidential information on this item as it relates to the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
Origin
(November 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water
Summary
The Parks and Environment Committee, at its meeting on September 18, 2015, referred PE5.1 Skating on Grenadier Pond to the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation with the request to consult with the General Manager, Toronto Water and report to the Parks and Environment Committee meeting on a less expensive method of providing public access to the ice at Grenadier Pond which includes the following critical elements:

a. ensuring the ice is of a safe thickness and density;

b. creating new signage and flagging to communicate when the ice is safe for public use; and

c. designating an area for both use and entrance onto the ice which does not impact the environmentally sensitive areas of the pond,

so that the program can be implemented in time for the 2015/2016 winter season.

This report outlines two options which would allow the public to have access to Grenadier Pond for winter activities.
Background Information
(November 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water on Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-85531.pdf)
Speakers
Miroslav Glavic

Motions
1 – Motion to Meet in Closed Session moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)
11:23 a.m. – That the Parks and Environment Committee recess its public session to meet in closed session to consider this item as it relates to the receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

2 – Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Sarah Doucette (Carried)
That Recommendation 1 in the staff report be deleted and replaced with the following:

“1. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to implement an Ice Monitoring Program that would provide testing of ice thickness and quality by an ice engineer and surveyor, within a designated area on Grenadier Pond, and necessary signage and a flagging system to inform the public of the risks associated with activities on frozen bodies of water, as outlined in “Option 2 – Ice Monitoring Program” in the report (November 3, 2015) from the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager, Toronto Water.

2. City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include a new and enhanced funding request for $50,000 in the 2016 Recommended Operating Budget submission for Parks, Forestry and Recreation to fund the implementation of the Ice Monitoring Program.”

3 – Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)
That City Council waive its client privilege respecting the confidentiality of Confidential Attachment 1 of the report (October 30, 2015) from the City Solicitor (Item PE8.7a), and direct that Confidential Attachment 1 be made public immediately after City Council has made its decision on this item.

4 – Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

7a Supplemental Report – Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond (Legal Risks)
Confidential Attachment – The receiving of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege
Origin
(October 30, 2015) Report from the City Solicitor
Summary
This report provides legal advice with respect to the legal risks of providing public access to the ice on Grenadier Pond. This report should be considered with the report from the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation and the General Manager of Toronto Water.
Background Information
(October 30, 2015) Report from the City Solicitor on Supplemental Report – Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond (Legal Risks)
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-85474.pdf)
Confidential Attachment 1 – Confidential Information on Options for Winter Public Access to Grenadier Pond (Legal Risks)

Dressing up the cities most homeless occupied park today to MAKE it look like a HOMELESS PARK

Today a park in the area on Queen St East, was “Dressed” up to appear as if is was a homeless park.

Laid on was a lot of stuff, pillows, old furniture, and of course a few shopping carts.

When I visited the location last week, it was the perfect location for a homeless scene, used always by the homeless, and not a shopping cart in sight.

Most of the film people said it needed to be more recognizable as a homeless site.

But it was a real homeless site. I asked the guys there, are you homeless, yes came back the response.

Take a good look at the last photo, it is a care trailer for the film work. Really it needs to be there when the any film company is not.

West Toronto planned to allow sewage to enter Grenadier Pond in 1891

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Ravina gardens, why was it torn down?

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Celebrate Family Day Feb. 17 with special Sorauren activities

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History of the Charles G. Williams Playground at Sorauren Park blog

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The Sorauren Park blog has a great history of this park written by Rod Shirken.

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Charles G. Williams Park (75 Wabash Ave) is technically another park across Wabash Avenue from Sorauren Park, though many people call it the “Sorauren playground.”

It features the popular playground, sandbox, basketball court, and a wading pool open and staffed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation in July and August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

HISTORY: The park was an initiative of the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association called “12 Acres Short”. It was begun in the late 1970s to secure much needed parkland for the North Parkdale area (Sorauren Park didn’t exist then: TTC repair barns occupied the space).

complete article here

Found in the Sorauren Park email newsletter

Park People makes progress in removing fees for use from Toronto Parks

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Putting An End to Permit Fees for Volunteers
Our goal is to eliminate City-imposed fees and insurance costs for community volunteers who knit together neighbourhoods by animating their local parks and ravines. We want to ‘free the parks’ by sparing parks volunteers thousands of dollars in unnecessary costs and thousands of hours of volunteer time filling in permits and paperwork.

These costs are very challenging for groups across the city, but especially in low-income neighbourhoods. For all groups, being forced to pay the City for the privilege of volunteering their time to benefit the community is a huge philosophical and mental barrier.

Members of parks friends groups relate their continuing frustration at the high cost of permit fees for stewardship activities to:

Volunteer burn-out and disengagement
Uneven access to park resources and support across socio-economic divisions
Scarce volunteer funds to pay city administrative costs
Confusing levels of bureaucracy, paperwork and insurance liability forms
Negative and unproductive interactions with inspectors, supervisors, staff
Feeling unappreciated by the city for making parks better, safer, and more connected.

 

From their email of Today

On Thursday (Jan 23/2014), the Parks and Environment Committee unanimously passed a motion by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon to kick-start a review and consultation on this important issue which calls for:
A review of the costs of permit and insurance fees for park volunteer groups.
Simplification through on-line tools and the exploration of bulk or seasonal permits.
The creation of a working group of councillors, park volunteers, city staff and other stakeholders.
View Minutes from the Parks & Environment Committee Meeting

Full text of the above and links below

Review of Permitting Procedures on Group Volunteer Activities
Committee Decision

The Parks and Environment Committee:

1. Requested the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to review procedures to identify opportunities to streamline the issuance of park permits to volunteer groups, and report back to the Parks and Environment Committee by Spring, 2014.

2. Requested the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to include in this report:

a. a definition of volunteers, volunteer group, volunteer activities which contribute to parks;

b. a review of the costs of the permits and insurance for volunteer groups;

c. the feasibility of implementing granting seasonal permits or bulk permits for volunteer groups with a simplified application system and lower permit and insurance fees to be implemented by the third quarter of 2014;

d. a plan to have all permit activities on-line implemented by the third quarter of 2014 where possible; and

e. detailed revenue information for revenue generated from parks permits by sub categories, including fire pits, pumpkin parades, movie nights, and bake ovens.

3. Requested the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, in preparing this report, to consult with a working group, consisting of ward councillors, members of park volunteer groups, parks staff and other stakeholders.

4. Requested the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to report to the Parks and Environment Committee at the April 14, 2014 meeting on the implementation of a seamless, hassle-free pumpkin parade permitting process that covers fees and insurance for 2014.

5. Requested the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to recognize pumpkin parades as a community-led parks initiative that fulfills the goals of Toronto’s new Parks plan.
Origin
(January 6, 2014) Letter from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 – Beaches-East York)
Summary
Request by Councillor McMahon to review permitting procedures on group volunteer activities.
Background Information
(January 6, 2014) Letter from Councillor McMahon on Review of Permitting Procedures on Group Volunteer Activities
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pe/bgrd/backgroundfile-65613.pdf)

http://parkpeople.ca/

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Ravina Community Garden is a go! …group reports

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Hello Garden Folks,
The Ravina Community Garden is a go!The City of Toronto has approved the site and the community garden proposal.  We will be planning all winter and planting come spring.  Due to site conditions, all edibles will be grown in containers.  We are coming up with creative ways to grow, including an emphasis on vertical gardening.
Open community meetings will be held on alternating Tuesday evenings starting in January.  Please look for an invite or visit the blog in the new year for more details.
In the meantime, check out the “Where Are You?” quiz to test your knowledge and peak your curiosity.  As always, keep sending in your brilliant gardening ideas and ways to make this a successful, sustainable and inclusive community garden space.
Cheers,
Joelle Kennedy
Garden Coordinator
ravinacommunitygarden@gmail.com
Location and Park info.
Ravina Gardens Park
Address: 290 Clendenan Ave
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