Festivals, heritage celebrations, and upcoming events! - Davenport Community Briefing - June 9

Dear neighbours,

As we move into the summer season we are all pleased to see the return of many familiar events that had been impacted by the pandemic and the public health restrictions that were in place. As a community and a City we are all enjoying a return to these in-person celebrations.

This past weekend I was pleased to join with many Davenport residents and people from across the City as we celebrated the return of Do West Fest in person. This wonderful week-end long community event is organized by the Little Portugal Toronto Business Improvement Area association and it was a great opportunity to gather together as well as support local businesses.

And on Saturday, I was very honoured to be inducted into the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame. It's a great feeling to be recognized by the community, I am very grateful to the nominating committee and to the community.  

This week, the Italian flag was raised at Toronto City Hall to mark Italian Heritage Month. Tomorrow we will gather at City Hall to raise the flag of Portugal as we celebrate Portugal Day and this weekend everyone is welcome to enjoy the Portugal Day Parade starting at 11:00 am on Dundas Street West beginning at Lansdowne Avenue. Along with commemorating National Indigenous History month we also mark June as Pride Month with the return of the Pride Parade in person on Sunday June 26th.

This week the City also commenced registrations for the large number of summer programs being offered for residents of all ages across our City. The return of these programs is a great opportunity for residents to participate in a wide range of options to learn and enjoy the City this summer. Registration information can be found at this link and there are more details in this newsletter.

On Wednesday this week, I joined with the Mayor and others to mark the official launch of the Toronto Seniors Housing Corporation. With this launch, the TSHC officially commenced its operations as a seniors-focused social housing provider in Toronto. TSHC was created last year as part of City’s Tenants First plan and will have responsibility for operating the 83 seniors-designated buildings owned by the City. I am very pleased to have been part of this important step forward for seniors in our City as we work to meet their unique housing needs.

This summer is an opportunity for us all to join in the many events we have missed over the past two years, and I encourage everyone in the community to participate with your friends and neighbours. Below, I have outlined some of the many upcoming events that will be taking place in our community and across Toronto over the coming days and weeks, as well as my ongoing work at City Hall.

As always please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of any assistance. You can contact my office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416.392.7012.

 

Italian Heritage Month Flag Raising

On Tuesday June 7th, the Italian flag was raised at Toronto City Hall in celebration of Italian Heritage Month here in Toronto.  Our City is home to a large Italian-Canadian community who have significantly contributed to our City's development, cultural diversity and character. 

I wish all Italian-Canadians across Toronto a very happy Italian Heritage Month and encourage all residents of the City to enjoy the celebrations.


Return of Do West Fest

I would like to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the return of the Do West Fest this past weekend. And, of course, a very special thank you to the Little Portugal Toronto Business Improvement Area association for their hard work in organizing this year's in-person event.

This was a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to gather over the weekend and I know everyone had a wonderful time enjoying this event with friends and family while supporting our local businesses.


Inducted Into Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame

I was very honoured to be inducted into the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame this past weekend.  This unique recognition was a humbling experience and I want to thank very sincerely the members of the nominating committee. Congratulations to all who were inducted to the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame. Further information on the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame can be found here.


Meeting Mayor of Ponta Delgada

On Wednesday June 8th, I was honoured to join Mayor John Tory in welcoming the Mayor of Ponta Delgada Pedro Nascimento Cabral, Deputy Mayor of Ponta Delgada Pedro Furtado, Regional Undersecretary of the Presidency Pedro Faria e Castro, and their delegation to Toronto City Hall.


Registrations for City Summer Programs begin

The City of Toronto began registrations for the wide variety of summer programs available to residents of all ages this summer. From baseball to bocce to swimming to computer labs, there is something for everyone in what the City has to offer this summer.

Information on the programs and how to register can be found at this link.


Toronto Launches the Toronto Seniors Housing Corporation

I was very pleased and honoured to join with the Mayor and other City representatives, community organizations and residents as we marked the official launch of the Toronto Seniors Housing Corporation (TSHC).

This official announcement was the culmination of a great deal of work in order to create a seniors focused housing provider in our City. More information on the TSHC can be found at this link.


Portuguese Heritage Month Flag Raising at Toronto City Hall on Friday June 10th at 12:00 p.m.

The Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario, and my office, will be celebrating Portuguese Heritage Month with a flag raising ceremony on Friday, June 10th at 12:00 p.m. at Nathan Philips Square!


Portugal Day Parade on Saturday June 11th

The annual Portugal Day Parade will take place this Saturday June 11th, on Dundas Street West, beginning at 11:00 am at Lansdowne Avenue. The parade runs until 1:00pm.

Portugal Week celebrates our City's Portuguese-Canadian community and I encourage everyone to come out to the parade and join with your friends and neighbours to celebrate together.


EglintonTOday Complete Street Project Public Meeting On June 22

The City of Toronto is working to make travel on Eglinton Avenue safer, more inviting, and attractive for everyone. The eglintonTOday Complete Street project proposes to implement complete street features, including bikeways and public realm upgrades on Eglinton Avenue between Keele Street and Mount Pleasant Road, by reassigning the existing road space to accommodate vehicular traffic, parking, bikeways, seasonal patio extensions, art installations and other neighbourhood and cultural events. This work is being coordinated with the Eglinton Crosstown station design and construction work currently being delivered by Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency).

As part of this process, a Public Meeting on the complete street design and implementation along Eglinton Avenue will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 from  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Online event registration is recommended, and you can click here to register Information materials including the meeting presentation are also available on the project webpage as well.

You can also participate through the online public survey, which is available until July 31, 2022.


Next Davenport Environment Day Happening on July 16th

Our first Environment Day took place on Sunday May 1st and along with six compost days was well attended by residents from across the community.

There is still another Environment Day scheduled for Saturday July 16th at Loretto College School. Environment Days are an opportunity for residents to drop off items they wish to dispose of or collect compost among other services available. For full details on what can be brought to Environment Days please review this link.

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