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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.

Where is Adam Giambrone? why in New York city as the Director of the Brooklyn Queens Connector Streetcar Project.


Connecting over 400,000 residents to major job hubs from Sunset Park to Astoria, Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) has the potential to generate over $25 billion in economic impact to our city over the next thirty years. Link to the projects site.


In case you do not know who he is, his Wikipedia entry


Adam Giambrone (born March 8, 1977) is a Canadian politician who was a Toronto City Councillor, representing the southern of two Davenport wards. Elected at 26, he remained the youngest member of Toronto council after re-election. He was president of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) from 2001 to 2005. He was the 2008 recipient of Now Magazine‘s “Best City Politician” award.


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! 

The Junction itinerant business park, you won’t believe it. 14 seconds

Community Councils have only 4 more meeting dates before their long summer break, & the end of this elected council tenure

Toronto and East York Community Council

Etobicoke York Community Council


December 4th 2018  First bCity Council Meeting  of the 2018-2022 term

2639 Dundas Street West Loblaws site on Dundas St. W. zoning update

2639 Dundas Street West – Zoning Amendment Application – Preliminary Report
Community Council Recommendations

The Toronto and East York Community Council directed:

1. Staff to schedule a community consultation meeting for the lands at 2639 Dundas Street West together with the Ward Councillor.

2. Notice for the community consultation meeting be given to landowners and residents within 120 metres of the site.

3. Notice for the public meeting under the Planning Act be given according to the regulations of the Planning Act.
(January 31, 2018) Report from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District

This application proposes an 8-storey (26.9 metres, including mechanical penthouse) residential building at 2639 Dundas Street West. The proposed development includes 110 units within 8,680 square metres of residential gross floor area. A total of 47 vehicle parking spaces and 178 bicycle parking spaces will be provided within two levels of underground parking accessed from Dundas Street West.

This report provides preliminary information on the application and seeks Community Council’s direction on its further processing and the community consultation process.

A community consultation meeting is anticipated to be held in the first quarter of 2018. The final report is targeted for the first quarter of 2019, subject to any required information being provided by the applicant in a timely manner.
Financial Impact

The recommendations in this report have no financial impact.
Background Information
(January 31, 2018) Report and Attachments 1-10 from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District – 2639 Dundas Street West – Zoning Amendment Application – Preliminary Report

New Brewery has taken over the old Junction Brewery site.



That time again city seeks, Purchase & Removal of Aluminum Cans


Goods and Services, Waste Removal and Haulage
Description: Purchase & Removal of Aluminum CansOffers are invited for the Purchase and Removal of Aluminum Cans collected through the Blue Bin Program in the City of Toronto from the date of award for a period of 4 months, 8 months or 12 months, at the sole
discretion of the City.
Issue date: February 23, 2018 Closing date: March 16, 2018at 12:00 Noon
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Scope of work:

The Scope of Work includes but is not limited to the following.
Offers are invited for the Purchase and Removal of Aluminum Cans collected through the Blue Bin Program in the City of Toronto from the date of award for a period of 4 months, 8 months or 12 months, at the sole discretion of the City.

Note: The City of Toronto is currently under contract for this product until April 30, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: A Bid security is mandatory with your Bid (refer to 12.1)

Base Bid (4 month period from Section 14.10) . %

Option 1 (8 month period from Section 14.10) . %

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