This Saturday, April 15, 2017 I am hosting our annual Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt from 1pm-3pm. There will be arts & crafts, dancing, face-painting, chocolates and plenty of hunting for easter eggs in Dufferin Grove Park! Registration has been extended until tomorrow, Tuesday April 11 at 11:59pm. To sign-up your family, please click here and in the "How many other people are you bringing?" box, please write the number of children that will be attending with you so we can plan accordingly. This is a great family-oriented event for the long-weekend and I hope to see you and your family there!
There are several other important upcoming community meetings and events this month including a Pre-Development Application Open House meeting for the future mixed use development of the south-west corner Bloor and Dufferin. The Open House will be taking place this Thursday April 13, 2017 between 4pm and 8pm in the Cafeteria of Bloor Collegiate Institute. There are also several community cleanups happening across Ward 18, multiple Jane's Walks taking place in our community and much more over the next couple of weeks. I have included a list of events, upcoming meetings and public consultations that I am aware of. I hope to see you at some of them!
Ward 18, Davenport
Bloor Dufferin Development Pre-Application Open House - Bloor Collegiate Institute Cafeteria (1141 Bloor St W) - Thursday April 13, 2017, drop in between 4pm and 8pm
The purchasers of the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands, Capital Developments and Metropia are in the early stages of planning for the revitalization of the southwest block of Bloor & Dufferin. They are hosting a drop-in Open House on Thursday April 13, 2017 between 4pm and 8pm in the Cafeteria at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W) to introduce themselves, meet with you, share their initial thinking for the site and to listen to your ideas.
Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt 2017 - Dufferin Grove Park (875 Dufferin St) - Saturday April 15, 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
With the trees budding and April flowers sprouting, its time to get ready for the my annual Ward 18 Easter Egg Hunt! This is a great family oriented event where I encourage you to bring your kids to hunt for easter eggs in the park. With chocolates, arts & crafts, dancing face painting and more, this year's egg-citing Hunt is a great way shake off the winter chills and have some fun the kids. In order to ensure that we have enough treats for everyone, I am asking that you register by clicking here no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday April 11, or at the link below. Please let us know how many children will be attending with you in the "How many other people are you bringing" box in the registration form. I hope to see you and your family there!
Ward 18 Community Cleanups - Various Locations and Times included below
Cleanup Location: Susan Tibaldi Parkette (357 Margueretta St)
Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Cleanup Location: Dovercourt and College Area. Meet up at Toronto West End YMCA (931 College St)
Date: Sunday April 23, 2017
Cleanup Location: Delaney Crescent Community Garden
Date: April 22, 2017
If you would like to organize a community cleanup in your neighbourhood, please click here. Registration ends this Thursday April 13, 2017.
Jane's Walk: West Toronto Railpath Art Walk - Meet at Henderson Brewery Co. (128A Sterling Rd) - Saturday April 22, 2017 at 2pm
Jane's Walk - More Than Art Blooms: Exploring the People, Food, and Art of Bloordale 2.0 - meet at Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W) - Sunday April 30, 2017 starting at 11am
Click Here for all the details.
Bloor/Gladstone Library Inorganic Market - Bloor/Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor St W) - Thursday May 4, 2017 from 6pm-8pm
Drop off your used electronics, help divert e-waste from landfills and raise awareness around the challenges posed by electronic waste. A list of accepted items is included can be found here.
Major/Minor: Bloordale Music and Arts Festival - Various Locations across Bloordale - Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7, 2017
Major/Minor: Bloordale Music and Arts Festival is an inclusive community festival envisioned by the Bloordale Business Improvement Association and the Bloordale Community Improvement Association. The goal of the festival is to create family-friendly programming through the weekend of May 5-7, 2017. All of the concerts and workshops are all-ages and pay-what-you-can, creating an opportunity for all residents to participate in a broad range of activities. Bloordale is fortunate to have an active and engaged business community eager to create workshops ranging from mixtape parties and DIY hair styling, to bike tune-ups and collage art projects. Concerts will feature local Bloordale and Toronto acts, as well as some international artists. In addition, the “Teen Night” and “Girls Rock Camp” showcases will highlight some incredible local emerging talent. We hope you’ll join in for the inaugural year of Major/Minor!
Find all the details at https://www.facebook.com/MajorMinorFestival/
Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub Public Meeting - New Horizons Tower (1140 Bloor St W) - May 15, 2017 starting at 6:30pm
The Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub Visioning Group is hosting a public meeting to share their work in helping to develop a Community Hub for Bloor and Dufferin.
How We Live In Cities PLACE & PLACEMENT Exhibition - Re-Imagine Galleria Space (1245 Dupont St)
Opening Reception: Thursday May 17, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 18 to July 15, 2017
Exhibitions, workshops and discussions towards an art and garden corridor in the Wallace-Emerson neighbourhood. All events are free and all are welcome! For more details, please visit: civicstudies.ca/place-and-placement/
Upcoming consultations and survey on short-term rentals (Airbnb)
Municipal Licensing and Standards and City Planning divisions are inviting residents to have their say about short-term rentals at upcoming consultations and/or via an online survey. The term "short-term rental" typically describes rentals that occur over a short period of time (e.g. less than 30 days). Popular online platforms, such as Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO and Roomorama facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.
Please fill out the online survey to share you views at: www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall, Committee Room 2 (meeting will be livestreamed)
Survey for next Toronto Seniors Strategy extended - open until April 15, 2017
The City of Toronto and community partners would like your input into the development of the next Toronto Seniors Strategy – Version 2.0" – to improve City services for older Torontonians and make Toronto a more age-friendly city.
To provide input, please complete the online survey at: http://cityoftoronto.fluidsurveys.com/s/tss/
Investing in Toronto's Future: Long-Term Financial Plan Consultation
The City of Toronto invites you to City Hall on April 22, 2017 for an interactive afternoon of workshops and discussions. Toronto is preparing for the future. We need your ideas to shape the city we want, and the long-term plan to pay for it. Bring your passion for your city to debate how the City can balance both its books and its long-term priorities, collaborate with community organizations, other members of the public and the City, and create a financial path that brings us closer to the city we want.
Join us from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. Registration is not required, but you can RSVP at InvestingInTO.ca to attend and request any accommodations. Live stream webcasts will be available. An online survey will be open from April 22 to May 14, 2017.
Help Keep our Roads Safe
With warmer weather approaching, our sidewalks and roads are poised to become busy with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists interacting with one another. It is important that we all remember our responsibilities and obey the rules of the road to ensure everyone's safety. As we animate our streets for another season with people and activity, all of us must do our part to share the space with everyone.
You can learn more and find some helpful road safety tips at www.toronto.ca/roadsafety
Open Call for Jane's Walk Leaders - May 5th, 6th, & 7th Jane's Walk Festival
If you have a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at your neighbourhood, then Jane’s Walk wants you to host a walking conversation in your community!
Jane’s Walk is a global movement of free, community-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. Organizing a Jane’s Walk is easy. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places, people and ideas you want to hear and talk about, and then posting it online at janeswalk.org/toronto. Learn more at www.janeswalk.org.
Coyote Helpful Tips
Toronto residents who live near ravines and forests – typical coyote habitat – can expect an increase in coyote sightings during the winter. Coyotes are active day and night, but prefer to hunt at dusk and dawn. To learn more, please visit toronto.ca/coyote.