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All-candidates meeting successful

On Thursday, Sep. 11, an audience of about 70 residents questioned seven candidates
for Ward 13 City Councillor.

If you missed it, check out the video recording at www.ustream.tv/recorded/52563185.

Now Seven Candidates for City Councillor Ward 13 to Appear at All-Candidates Night, Thu., Sep. 11


The JRA General Meeting on Thu., Sep. 11 will be a Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13 candidates. We now have acceptances from 7 of the 11 candidates registered for the Oct. 27th election:

The format for the evening will be as follows: Three-minute self-introduction by each candidate, then open questions from the audience to the candidates for one hour. Finally, a two-minute closing statement from each candidate, and then 15-20 minutes of free mingling and conversation among residents and candidates. Refreshments. Event at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W., 7-9 pm.

Note: If you can’t join us in person, perhaps you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.

JRA e-newsletter for September 2014


JRA General Meeting on Thu., Sep. 11 will be a Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13 candidates. See post above for details.

==========    News for the neighbourhood and beyond    ==========

OMB hearing on Grenadier Square development proposal (two 26-storey buildings at 51-77 Quebec Ave. and 40-66 High Park Ave.), from High Park Coalition, a citizen group which is opposing it:
   “We have great news: On Aug. 28, City Council rejected the proposed settlement on the Grenadier Square development, instead adopting Councillor Doucette’s motion to continue fighting at the OMB with an outside Planner. Thank you to everyone who reached out to the City Clerk to oppose this agreement – over 250 emails were sent in under 48 hours, again demonstrating how strongly the community opposes this development.
   “What’s next? On Sep. 8, representatives of the High Park Coalition will head to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing, and we want you to join us.  Help show community opposition to this development by filling the room with supporters, especially during the first few days.  The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at 655 Bay St., 16th floor, and is scheduled to run 10 days.  Please join us for an hour or two if you can!
   “Our OMB Team includes highly knowledgeable and experienced technical professionals. Together, we’ve developed a strong strategy to demonstrate why the Grenadier Square developments don’t belong in High Park.  Please help us secure the funds we need to have our professionals support our case at the OMB hearing for the full 10 days, by making a donation to the High Park Coalition today.”

Live Theatre Nearby — Sep. 12 – Oct. 4, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde, at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. W. Tickets $18-22, performances at 2 pm and 8 pm (see website for exact schedule, or leave message at 416-767-7702).

Mayoral debates — There are lots, all over the city! See the list from The Toronto Star (http://on.thestar.com/1ogQDEu) or from CTV (http://bit.ly/1BYsBZy).
 
========== Events coming up in and near the Junction ==========
See below for === Recurring events === and ==== Events for children ====

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Thu., Sep. 4 – Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, Annette Library, lower level. Business meeting at 7:30 pm, speaker at 8:15 pm: Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, Assistant Archivist, Ontario Jewish Archives, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.  The OJA has launched a brand-new website which contains a wealth of publicly accessible information on Jewish heritage in Toronto, including that in and around the Junction area — in particular, “the hidden gem of the Junction,” Congregation Knesseth Israel, the Junction Shul, the oldest purpose-built synagogue in Ontario.

Thu., Sep. 4 – Community Meeting on Rail Safety, 7 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Join MP Peggy Nash for an important community meeting on rail safety. Learn about the federal government’s role in rail safety regulation and what recent changes mean for our rail-bordering neighbourhoods.

Fri., Sep. 5 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band The BroadBelly Boys. Doors open 6 pm, music from 8 pm; free admission; sandwiches, beer, snacks for sale. 4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Sep. 6 – Dedication to poet Raymond Souster in Willard Gardens Parkette (“Lollipop Park,” 55 Mayfield Ave.), 11 a.m. to noon. Please join the City’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, and Councillor Sarah Doucette at a very special event to dedicate the stairs to revered Canadian poet Raymond Souster and unveil the newly refurbished playground. A number of Souster’s friends, many of whom are prominent Toronto writers, will also be attending. A plaque at the bottom of the stairs will inform the public of his influence as the “Dean of Toronto Poets” and will include Souster’s poem, “Flight of the Roller-Coaster.” The stairs will be named the Souster Steps. After the plaque dedication, we will celebrate the recently refurbished playground with families from the neighbourhood. Councillor Doucette looks forward to seeing many of you there!
   Over 60 years, Raymond Souster (1921-2012) penned more than 50 poetry collections and edited many anthologies. He co-founded Contact Press, which published Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Gwendolyn MacEwen, and Milton Acorn, among others, early in their careers. He helped to establish the League of Canadian Poets, serving as its first President and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Raymond Souster was also a resident of Ward 13 for most of his life. One of his regular and cherished activities was to take a walk through the neighbourhood, starting from his home on Mayfield Ave and moving through Lollipop Park, using the well-worn stairs that have been there for many years.

Sun., Sep. 7 – Grandparents Day in High Park. Enjoy High Tea at the Grenadier Cafe, 3-5 pm — for prices and reservations, see http://www.highpark.org/grandparents-day-in-high-park-2/ For other events happening during the day throughout the park, see http://peggynash.ndp.ca/grandparents-day-in-high-park

Mon., Sep. 8 – First day of OMB hearings on Grenadier Square development proposal. The attendance of persons opposed to the proposal is requested; see longer description above under News.

Tue., Sep. 9 – Green 13 & Annette Library present film “Qapirangajuq – Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change” and discussion, 6:15-8:15pm at Annette Library. Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (“Atanarjuat The Fast Runner”) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (“Seeds of Change”) explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic and how the Inuit are adapting to it. Learn how climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world.

Wed., Sep. 10 – Urban Bat Walk, 7-9 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr., $2-5 per person suggested donation. Topic: Bat Ecosystems and biodiversity, with the ROM’s Dr. Burton Lim. Come to High Park for an evening hike to learn more about bats in Toronto including which species are at risk, and how you can help.  Hike to bat hot-spots in the park, and practice using hand held bat monitors.

Thu., Sep. 11 – JRA General Meeting: Council Candidates’ Night for Ward 13 candidates, 7-9 pm. See longer description at top of page.

Thu., Sep. 11 – “Boats on the Bay: Sachau Boat Yard,” a Heritage York talk, 7:30 pm, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Elsa-Ann (Sachau) Pickard will speak about her father and his businesses. A display will accompany the talk. Refreshments.

Sun., Sep. 14 – Town Hall on Improving Bike & Pedestrian Safety, 11:45 am, Humbercrest United Church (16 Baby Point Road). Bring your ideas and input, to make bike routes as safe as possible in the Baby Point / Magwood / Warren Park neighbourhood. For more information, contact Rev. Jessica McCrae at 416-767-6122 or Janet Joy Wilson of Cycle Ward 13.

Mon., Sep. 15 – “Great Artists of the Impressionist Period: Manet,” 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library. The Impressionists opened the floodgates of artistic innovation and experimentation and things haven’t been the same since. In this evening’s lecture, art historian Suzanne Tevlin will consider the innovative work of the father of the Impressionist Movement, Edouard Manet.

Wed., Sep. 17 – Film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014, 100 min., 14A), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Director: Wes Anderson. Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody. The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Wed., Sep. 17 – West Bend Community Association meeting, 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. PS, 2nd Floor Teachers’ Lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc. Everyone welcome.

Thu., Sep. 18 – The eh List book talk by Charles Foran on “Planet Lolita,” 7-8:15 pm, Runnymede Library. Novelist, journalist and nonfiction writer Charles Foran sets his latest novel amid the turmoil of the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong. There he introduces us to a young bi-racial “half-half” girl as she explores the consequences of desire.

Sat., Sep. 20 – JRA will share an outreach table with West Bend Community Association at the Junction Farmer’s Market, 9 am – 1 pm. Come by and say hello!

Sat., Sep. 20 – The Junction BIA presents the Junction Music Festival, Dundas St. W., noon to midnight. See website for details closer to date.

Sun., Sep. 21 – The Howards of High Park, a walk and talk, 1:30-3:30 pm, meet at the blue Colborne Lodge museum entrance sign near the south end of High Park, on Colborne Lodge Drive. Explore the life of John Howard, one of York’s first architects and founder of High Park. See their home, gardens and other historical landmarks. Presented in partnership with Heritage Toronto. Free, donations welcome.

Mon., Sep. 22 – Book talk by Jennifer Robson on “Somewhere in France,” 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St. Jennifer Robson studied French literature and modern history as an undergraduate at Kings College at the University of Western Ontario, then attended Saint Antony’s College, Oxford, where she obtained her doctorate in British economic and social history. Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War is her first novel.

Wed., Sep. 24 – “Fabulous Foliage,” 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. Swansea Horticultural Society presents a talk by Heinke Thiessen, OHA Successful Gardening Show Committee Chair & Co-President, Credit Valley Horticultural Society.

Sat., Sep. 27 – Centennial of Keele St. School, 10 am–3 pm, 99 Mountview Ave. We are looking forward to many of our past and present students gathering together to share stories, fond memories, and their love for Keele Street Junior Public School. We anticipate close to 500 people attending the event!

Sat., Sep. 27 – High Park Fall Clean-Up of Off-Leash Area, 11 am – 3 pm, Colborne Lodge Drive in High Park (see map, where it is a big yellow area marked “dog off leash area”). Steve and Bernard will met you at Dog Hill and provide latex gloves and garbage bags. Bring water, a light snack, wear long sleeves & good shoes. If you use the park and are physically capable to pitch in for a couple of hours, honor the mandate to do two clean-ups per year, spring and fall. Contact email: k9@highpark.org

Sat., Sep. 27 – Improvised Fairy Tales with The Second City Training Centre, 1:30 – 2:30, Annette St. Library. Family-friendly improvised fairy tales – fun for kids of all ages. The Second City troupe will use audience suggestions to create never-before-been-told tales, right before your eyes. Anything can happen, so join us and take part in the story! A Culture Days free event.

Sat., Sep. 27 – Family nature walk, “What Trees Are These?,” 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr. We love trees. Come learn how to identify High Park’s most interesting trees by leaf shape, bark texture, twig and smell. We will explore why some trees lose their leaves and how they survive year after year. Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation. More info.

Sun., Sep. 28 – Mushrooms & Other Fungi, 10 am – 5 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr., cost $55-60. Get to know your local mushrooms and other fungi with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron in this adult nature workshop. Space is limited, full info and register online, www.highparknaturecentre.com/adult-workshops/

Sun., Sep. 28 – Choral Evensong, 4 pm, St. Olave’s Church, 360 Windermere Ave. With the Choir of St. Peter’s, Erindale, followed by Peach Tea, plus a talk by Clem Carelse on the life and works of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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Junction Farmer’s Market , Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.). Note that on Sat., Sep. 20, JRA and WBCA will have a joint outreach table at the Market to talk to our neighbours. Stop by and say hello!

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Sep. 13, 27), Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join. You do not need to be a chess master to sign up, all you need is an interest in the game and the desire to learn. Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

Free Yoga in High Park – Sundays (Sep. 1 and 7 only), 10-11 am, meet just inside the main gates of High Park (on Bloor), turn right by the Chess House Building and look for the ONE TOOTH sign under the trees. Varying styles every week. Open to people of all ages. For more information call 416-727-3803.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.
   • Sun., Sep. 7, “Myths and Legends” with Colborne Lodge Staff.
   • Sun., Sep. 21, “Who Goes to the Park,” visit sites from the well-known book of poems.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (Sep. 14, Fall restoration planting; Sep. 28, Seed collection), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We meet rain or shine and work under supervision weeding and maintaining the Park, learning as we work. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and we will go to the site from there. For your protection, please wear long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. For more info, go here.

Lambton House Open House, Sundays, 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas St. – Come in for a free tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental. During September, the Great War Commemorative Display in the Humber Room, personal mementos of World War I from local residents, will also be viewable. 

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Sep. 2 and 16). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Another Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays in September, 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St. Meet your local farmers. Vegetable farmers Victoria from Holland Marsh; Fruit farmer Jim Burnson, from Country Winds Farms in Beamsville; Zack selling meat, pork, beef, lamb and veal, summer sausage, pepperettes, from Greengate Farms; Krista, from Harrington Lane Farms selling pastured lamb & eggs, and home of the “From Those Roots” cannery, offering seasonal preserves. The ever popular ChocoSol tortilla queen, Ashley will delight us with her tasty Mexican treats. Come early for the best of the crop. Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

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Runnymede Maker Club, 10:30-11:30 am, Sats., Sep. 20 and 27, Runnymede Library. Are you a creative kid who likes to build, tinker or try new things? If so, then the Runnymede Maker Club is for you! Join us for exciting experiments, kooky crafts and thrilling technologies. Call the Runnymede branch at 416-393-7697 for details. For children ages 6 and up.

More programs for kids at Runnymede Library in September: click here.

Programs for kids at Jane/Dundas Library in September: click here.

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JRA e-newsletter for August 2014

=============== JRA e-newsletter – August 2014 ===============

August is the quietest month… time to regroup and refresh. We’ve taken more space this month to list regularly recurring activities — see the section after the Events section. There is a peak of activity in High Park during this summer month, and perhaps more children’s events than usual. Your JRA is gearing up for a busy fall, working to gather candidates for Ward 13 City Councillor to take our questions at the Sep. 11 meeting.

Have you noticed the gutters and catch basins? A letter from Andrew Zimbel, a long-time resident of Laws St. and a member of the Executive of the JRA

“Over the last six to eight months, I have had to occasion to walk many of the streets in our neighbourhood. I have noticed the many beautiful gardens, said good morning to many of my neighbours, and commented on the weather, and received big smiles in return. I have also noticed that most if not all of the gutters and catch basins have been full of leaves and debris. Have you noticed this as well? If you have, let us know how your street’s gutters and catch basins are doing. You can reach the JRA at info@junctionra.ca

“I have contacted 311 and Councillor Sarah Doucette’s office, and I have spoken to someone from the City. I have been told that the City is looking into it. Since my call, I have seen one street sweeper. Have you seen a street sweeper? Did the leaves on your street get picked up by the City? Is this an issue that concerns you? Would you be willing to help clean a part of your street if the City isn’t able to? Let’s get together on this issue to ensure that our very basic infrastructure is looked after so our homes and families are safe and dry.”

================ News for the neighbourhood ===============

2978 Dundas Street West update. This proposed new building at the northwest corner of Dundas and Pacific (see background at http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/) will have its mandatory community consultation, hosted by the City of Toronto Planning Department, on Tue., Aug. 19, from 7-9 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas Street West). The planning notice should be coming out shortly.  For up-to-date information, see Councillor Doucette’s website

A letter from Ravina Gardens:

The Ravina Community Garden would like to extend an invitation for community members to step up and take on a variety of leadership roles within the garden. We all know there is a lot of behind the scenes work needed to create a community garden from scratch, and that the work is indeed a labour of love! We also know there is no garden without community involvement. The garden is currently seeking community members who are willing to lead the following areas…

… continue reading at http://www.ravinacommunitygarden.blogspot.ca/

Did you know that the Junction Flea Market has relocated? It can be visited on the second Sunday of the month, 10am-5pm, on Sterling Road just north of Dundas St. W. (south of Bloor, near where the Railpath intersects with Dundas). Not exactly the Junction now, but may still be of interest.

===========    Events coming up in and near the Junction     ==========
==== See below for Recurring events === and ==== Events for children ====

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Sat., Aug. 9 – Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Community BBQ at Perth Square Park, 350 Perth Ave. (east of Dundas St. W., 1 block south of Dupont), 12-4 pm. Bring the family for a fun-filled afternoon featuring DJ and Steel Pan Music, Games, Bouncy Castles and Slides, Face Painting, Lucky Draws, Watermelon Eating Contest, and Magician X. Ray. For more information, tony@dovercourtkids.com or 416-530-4233. P.S. We are looking for some high school or young volunteers to help with supervising games and bouncy castles, which is a small commitment of approximately two hours the day of the BBQ.

Sat., Aug. 9 – By the Light of the Moon…, 9 pm, walk begins and ends at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Walk by the Humber River led by Madeleine McDowell for Heritage York & Green 13. Refreshments provided. The Moon casts shadows!

Sun., Aug. 10 – Film “And We Knew How To Dance: Women in World War I,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm. NFB documentary of women’s commitment and determination during WWI, which helped lead the way for postwar social changes. Introduced by NFB director Maureen Judge.

Tue., Aug. 12 – Film “The Ghosts in our Machine,” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. A multi-award-winning documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of award-winning animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. Co-sponsored by the Vegetarians of High Park. Of interest to all ages! More info.

Tue., Aug. 12 – Film “Quietly Into Disaster,” presented by Green13. Free screening and discussion with Angela Bischoff at Swansea Townhall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7 pm. This documentary deals with nuclear fission — damages done to health and environment, nuclear waste and politics, renewable energies, reactor safety, the serious implications of a nuclear accident and the public resistance. More info on the film can be found here. Speaker Angela Bischoff is a long-time environmental organizer, and Outreach Director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, an organization whose goal is to move Ontario to 100% renewable electricity.

Tue.-Fri., Aug. 12-15 – The Junction Project‘s annual Pop-Up Art Camp, Vine Park, 3-5 pm. This camp is for children and their caregivers and is FREE!  We set up in Vine Park every day and aim for an awesome mix of camp-style crafts and art exploration.

Fri., Aug. 15 – The Junction Project‘s Community BBQ Bash will be BIGGER and BETTER than even last year!  This is an important fundraiser for our group, so spread the word and invite your family and friends.  More details to follow! See http://thejunctionproject.com

Sat., Aug. 16 – Aggie’s Wildflower Toronto Heritage Walk leaves from the Lambton House at 1:30pm, returning around 3:30 for tea and refreshments. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Rd.

Sun., Aug. 17 – The Secret Lives of Wildflowers workshop, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Drive, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Learn all about the late summer wildflowers of High Park in this exciting hands-on workshop. From the spectacular Cup Plant to the ghost-like Indian Pipe to the more subtle Asters and Goldenrods, this isn’t your average wildflower workshop. Hike with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron to learn the many species of High Park, their intriguing lifestyles and ecological relationships, and even see some plants that Charles Darwin studied. Richard’s lively hikes are popular and fun ways to learn more about nature. Price: $50 before August, then $55. High Park Nature Centre. More information here.

Tue., Aug. 19 – Community consultation meeting for the proposed building at 2978 Dundas St. W., from 7-9 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St. W.). See more in “News for the Neighbourhood” section above.

Wed., Aug. 20 – Film “Cabaret” (1972), Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. 124 min. PG. Director: Bob Fosse. Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper. Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, is an American caught up in the faux-glamour of prewar Berlin. Although Sally giddily ignores the decadence that has begun to permeate every aspect of society, her Jewish friend Natasha cannot; Natasha constantly faces persecution by Nazi authorities, and her lover has entirely hidden his Jewish identity. But Sally continues to bury herself in her own problems: in addition to the difficulties of sharing her bisexual English lover with a wealthy German homosexual, she keeps getting more and more drawn in by the sleazy and sinister atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Sun., Aug. 24 – Vegan Potluck in the Park, 12 – 2 pm, High Park picnic area #3 (a covered picnic area on West Road a bit south of the entrance to the park at High Park Ave. and Bloor). Join Vegetarians of High Park for a picnic in the Park. The cost of this event is $5 per person to cover the costs of the picnic area rental. Please give your $5 to Jewel when you arrive. Please bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or honey), with your own plate and cutlery and a serving spoon for your dish if necessary. RSVP by August 20th to highpark@veg.ca

Thu., Sep. 4 – Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, 7:30 pm at Annette Library, lower level. Program TBA.

=============== Recurring events (by day of week) ==============

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Aug. 5 and 19). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Family Nature Walks in High Park. Cost: $2 per person or donate-what-you-can. No pre-registration necessary. Great for all ages: bring the whole family! Walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre, unless otherwise stated. • Wed., Aug. 6, 1:30-3 pm, “Fairies & Gnomes” — Enter the magical woodlands where fairies and gnomes roam. We will follow their trails of wisdom and offer them help.

   • Wed., Aug. 13, 1:30-3 pm, “The Birds and the Bees” — Discover some of High Parks most fascinating winged creatures, including their hidden nesting sites!

   • Wed., Aug. 20, 1:30-3 pm, “Summer in the Savannah” — Celebrate High Park’s most rare ecosystem, the Black Oak Savannah in all its end of summer glory!

Another Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St. Meet your local farmers. Vegetable farmers Victoria from Holland Marsh; Fruit farmer Jim Burnson, from Country Winds Farms in Beamsville; Zack selling meat, pork, beef, lamb and veal, summer sausage, pepperettes, from Greengate Farms; Krista, from Harrington Lane Farms selling pastured lamb & eggs, and home of the “From Those Roots” cannery, offering seasonal preserves. The ever popular ChocoSol tortilla queen, Ashley will delight us with her tasty Mexican treats. Come early for the best of the crop. Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.

Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories! Call 416-393-7697 for more information.
   • Wed., Aug. 6 – Humourous Stories around the World
   • Wed., Aug. 13 – (topic TBA)

FamJam series at Vine Park, Fridays 5:30-8 pm, by The Junction Project.  The idea is simple – bring your dinner to enjoy in the park and if you’re so inclined, bring an instrument.  We’re encouraging wanna-be/budding/successful musicians to bring the JAM to FamJam, so dust off those tambourines and tune up those guitars! Let’s get together and have fun – let’s FamJam!

Junction Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Aug. 2, 16, 30), Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join. You do not need to be a chess master to sign up, all you need is an interest in the game and the desire to learn. Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

Lambton House Open House, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 pm – Come in for a tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental. During August, two small exhibits will be viewable:
   • Exploring Where We Live: Lambton House – Highlighting life in the valley of the Humber River from the turn of the 19th century to the mid-20th century.
   • World War I memorabilia: Personal mementos from local residents.

Free Yoga in High Park – Sundays, 10-11 am, meet just inside the main gates of High Park (on Bloor), turn right by the Chess House Building and look for the ONE TOOTH sign under the trees. Varying styles every week. Open to people of all ages. For more information call 416-727-3803.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.
   • Sun., Aug. 3, “Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies” with Don Scallen.
   • Sun., Aug. 17, “Native Wildflowers” with Sharon Lovett; a tour of Black Oak Savannah Restoration sites.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (Aug. 10 and 24), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We meet rain or shine and work under supervision weeding and maintaining the Park, learning as we work. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and we will go to the site from there. For your protection, please wear long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. For more info, go to website and click ‘Brochure 2014′ for calendar.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at various places in August; call 647-235-0843 for Friday locations.

===================== Events for children ====================

At Annette St. Library:

   • Wed., Aug. 6 and Aug 20, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers.

   • Wed., Aug. 13, 2-3 pm – Just Imagine: Building with LEGO. Construct a model set of unique buildings and structures with other Lego enthusiasts or just stop by and enjoy an hour of free form building with Lego. Lego bricks will be supplied.

   • Wed., Aug 27, 2-3 pm – Build & Construct with K’Nex. Build a model, machine or structure with K’Nex! K’Nex rods and connectors will be supplied.

More programs for kids at Annette St. Library in August.

At Runnymede Library:

   • Tue., Aug. 5, 2-3 pm – Make a Garden. If you have a green thumb or just love to get your hands dirty then you’ll have fun making a grass person with us. Drop-in. For children ages 6-12 years.


   • Tue., Aug 12, 2-3 pm – Airplane Aerobatic Wrap Up Party. Wrap up the summer with a fun loop de loop airplane aerobatics contest. Make a flying airplane and see how far it will soar! Drop-in. For children of all ages.


More programs for kids at Runnymede Library in August:

Programs for kids at Jane/Dundas Library in August:

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JRA e-newsletter — July 2014

JRA board member wanted: Your JRA is looking for a new board member, to replace one who has moved away. Meetings are one evening a month, and duties are variable, depending on your interests and the JRA’s needs. If you live within our boundaries (see http://www.junctionra.ca/mission/) — own or rent — and think you might like to be more closely involved in your neighbourhood, send a note to info@junctionra.ca and chat with one of us about possibilities.

JRA website’s new page on Development: As several sites in the Junction are proposed for new development, we are trying harder to stay abreast of these events. We have a new page on our website called “Development in the Junction” — http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction. Take a look, and please tell us if you hear of happenings that we haven’t yet posted.

==================== News for the neighbourhood ====================

More Development: In addition, there are several projects being considered for the Bloor West Village area. While these are not in the Junction, they would be our neighbours and so we note them here in the e-newsletter. Two neighbourhood organizations have been formed to keep an eye on these projects, and both are keen to receive donations to hire the experts needed to influence developers and the governmental bodies that monitor them, as well as volunteers and “word-spreaders” — neighbours who will tell others about it:

Save Our Village (SOV) — Watching three proposals — 1990, 2114, and 2265-79 Bloor St. W. Composed of four local RAs: Bloor West Village Residents Association, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, The Old Mill Community Association, and the High Park Residents Association.

High Park Coalition — Proposed are two 26-storey residential buildings, known as Grenadier Square Redevelopment, to replace the townhouses located (back to back) at 51-65 Quebec Avenue and 52-66 High Park Avenue.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is continuing its efforts to inform Ontarians of the importance of verifying their electoral information. As the municipal and school board elections are quickly approaching, they say that if voters verify their information ahead of time, the polls will operate more efficiently this October. Using the website voterlookup.ca, a non-partisan, non-profit service focused entirely on preparing more accurate and complete Voters’ Lists for the upcoming municipal and school board elections, you can check your registration record and even update incorrect information online. Although we mentioned this service in a previous newsletter, we think it bears repeating.

============= Events coming up in and near the Junction =============

====== See below for Recurring events === and === Events for children ======

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Thu., July 3 – Public Consultation meeting on 108 Vine St., 7 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Following two motions that were moved at the behest of Councillor Sarah Doucette during a recent meeting of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Committee, the City’s planning department established a date for a public consultation meeting BEFORE the province’s decision on Toronto’s new employment policies. While all are welcome to attend the meeting, only those living within 240 m of the site will receive an official notice of it from the City. Those who do not receive notice can still attend the meeting and give feedback, or they can give feedback via email and/or register as “interested parties” by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1mksE6T      For more background on this project, see http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/

Sat., July 5 – High Park Coalition (HPC) community garage sale, 9 am – 2 pm, at 50 Quebec Ave. Items for sale include jewelry, housewares, glassware, vases, clothes, shoes, luggage, linens, decorative pillows, small appliances, books, and much more! All money raised will go directly to funding the professional witnesses required for HPC’s upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board. More info from info@highparkcoalition.ca

Tue., July 8 – “Revenge of the Electric Car,” film co-sponsored by Green13 at Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Whereas “Who Killed the Electric Car” ended with the destruction of nearly 5,000 electric cars from California’s clean air program, notably the GM EV1, the new film “Revenge” features the birth of a new generation of electric cars including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Roadster. Guest speaker from Plug’n Drive, and you get to see and test ride a Electric Car afterwards. See more at: http://www.green13toronto.org/event/revenge-electric-car-free-screening-and-discussion

Sat., July 12 – Blood Donation at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. More info.

Sat., July 12 – Junction Night Market, 7-11 pm. A community food festival to benefit the Junction Farmers Market food voucher program. $5 for local food, $5 for local craft beer and wine. On Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas St. West intersection — just down the street from the regular market’s Train Platform. (Editor’s note: This was a huge success last summer, and should be even better in the more open area of the street.) More info.

Wed., July 16 – “Alice in Wonderland,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Tim Burton’s version, with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, and many wonderful others. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Tue., July 22 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk leaving Lambton House at 10:00 am and returning around 1:00 for tea and refreshments. (Information available by publication time is less than I would wish, so please confirm details well ahead of time with Lambton House (admin@lambtonhouse.org) or Toronto Field Naturalists (office@torontofieldnaturalists.org) .

====================== Recurring events =======================

Family Nature Walks in High Park. Cost: $2 per person or donate-what-you-can. No pre-registration necessary. Great for all ages: bring the whole family! Walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre, unless otherwise stated.

• Wed., July 2, 1:30-3pm, “Forest Foodie” — Get caught in a forest food web! Find out who eats what in the wild, make a squirrel salad, and munch on some human edibles too!

• Wed., July 16, 1:30-3pm, “Wetland Wander” — Everybody loves Grenadier Pond, but the eastern wetlands of High Park have tons of wonders to explore too! Visit an ancient underground water source, lift a log in Salamander stream, weave a willow crown and wind your way along Spring Creek.

• Wed., July 30, 8:15-10 pm, “Moth Night” — Discover the “butterflies of the night” at the annual High Park Moth Night. We will explore moth habitat and spread moth broth on tree trunks before members of the Toronto Entomologists Association will set up special lights and help us identify moths. Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Cafe. Please bring your flashlights and insect collection containers.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.

• Sun., July 6, “Shakespeare in the Park” with Julia Bennett.
• Sun., July 20, “Exploring Spring Creek” with Stephen Smith.

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (July 8 and July 22). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road).  Rain location will be Annette Library.

Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories!
• Wed., July 2 – Coming to Canada Stories – Stories of Migration
• Wed., July 9 – Round the World in 90 minutes – Travel Tales
• Wed., July 23 – Neighbourhood/Local History Stories
• Wed., July 30 – Creation Myths

Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm

===================== Events for children ====================

At Annette St. Library:

• Wed., July 2, 2-3 pm – “Inventionation!” Mad Science will be presenting an interactive and fun workshop showcasing the wonders of invention and discovery! Kids will learn about famous inventors and inventions and engage their creativity in a hands-on science activity. Start your summer with a memorable science experience! For ages 5-12. Call 416-393-7692 to register. More info.

• Wed., July 16, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers. Also on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.  More info.

At Runnymede Library, Tuesdays 2-3 pm: more info

• Tue., July 8 – Tissue Box Monsters (all ages)
• Tue., July 15 – LEGO Fun (6-12 years)
• Tue., July 22 – Cardboard Instruments (all ages)
• Tue., July 29 – ?IS IT MAGIC OR IS IT SCIENCE?? with Professor I. M. Confused

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JRA e-newsletter — June 2014

i. JRA Yard Sale and Community Potluck, Sat., June 7

   • The JRA will be holding a Junction community yard sale on Sat., June 7 (rain date June 14). We’ll have space in Vine Ave. Parkette for people who want to bring their stuff to sell, and there will be other sales on nearby streets — see the map. The sale will extend from 9 – 3 (though some tables may start or end earlier). Anyone can come and sell, no charge — just bring a table or a sheet, and your stuff!

   • The Junction Seniors will have a group table in Vine Parkette — come by and see us!

   • There will also be a tent in the Vine Parkette collecting e-waste (such as unwanted computers, TVs, printers, and cables) — for more info on this, email inorganicmarket@4self.org

   • Later in the day, there will be a community potluck dinner in Vine Parkette, from 4-6 pm. Bring a potluck dish to share and enjoy hot dogs provided by the JRA. Please bring your own plates and cutlery. Everybody is welcome! Meet your neighbours!

   • If it looks like rain, we will postpone this event for one week, until Sat., June 14. The decision will be made by 7 am on June 7, and we’ll post a “go or no-go” notice at notice http://junctionra.ca, or you can call 647-830-9772 for the latest info.

ii. The Junction Farmers Market opened its season recently, and it will be held at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.) every Saturday through Nov. 1, 9 am to 1 pm. The Junction Residents Association (JRA) and West Bend Community Association will share an outreach table at the Farmers Market on Sat., June 21, from 9 am to 1 pm. Come by and say hello!

================== Opportunities to consider ==================

2014 Live Green Toronto Awards – You can see the winning videos at awards.livegreentoronto.ca

Green 13 offers two bursaries for local youth to encourage them to learn how to safeguard our tree canopy. Each bursary will pay tuition for LEAF’s Tree Tenders four-day course [ http://www.yourleaf.org/tree-tenders-volunteer-training ] that teaches tree-related knowledge and skills. The course provides basic arboriculture training through a combination of indoor and outdoor instruction and a group tree planting to students 18 and over. Applicants for a bursary must attend a high school in Ward 13 or have graduated from one, and Green 13 asks that, after receiving training, each recipient commit to 15 hours of volunteering on a project here in Ward 13 to safeguard our urban forest. For more information, contact (416) 766-6331.

============== Events coming up in and near the Junction =============

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Wed., June 4 – All-Candidates Meeting for Provincial Election, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., 7:30- 9:30 pm. The Bloor West Village Residents Association is hosting an All-Candidates Debate immediately following their AGM. Candidates from the four major parties, Conservatives, Green, Liberal and NDP, will participate.
All are welcome to attend. The debate is an opportunity for local residents and businesses to learn more about the candidates and their platforms, and will enable you to ask the candidates directly about issues that matter most to you.

Fri., June 6 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Howard Timms & Friends. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8 pm; free admission; sandwiches, beer, snacks for sale. 4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., June 7 – Neighbourhood yard sales, coordinated by JRA, will take place, 9-3 pm. From 4-6 pm, there will be a community dinner, potluck and hot dogs, in Vine Parkette. (See more information at the top of this email.)

Sat., June 7 – “Buzz on the Bridge,” 10 am – 5 pm. For the first time ever, Toronto will host 100 in 1 Day [ http://100in1day.ca/toronto/#top ] and the West Bend is a part of it with an event at the Wallace Ave footbridge. “Community building event centred around the Wallace Avenue pedestrian bridge and the West Toronto Rail Path at Wallace Avenue. People of all ages will be coming out to bring some life and maybe even some nature to the bridge. Local artists and musicians will be displaying their art and entertaining passers-by. There will be children’s art angle to the event where kids can get involved in bringing some life and colour to this space. Theme will be focused on bees, butterflies and their importance as pollinators in our ecosystems.” For more info.

Sat., June 7 – High Park Residents’ Association Rain Barrel Fundraising Pick-up Day, Loblaw’s, 2280 Dundas St. W. (south of Bloor, east side of Loblaw’s parking lot, near the gardent centre), 11 am – 3 pm. Cost per Barrel: $ 60. To pre-order: www.RainBarrel.ca/highparkra/ (only pre-ordered barrels will be guaranteed). These environmentally friendly products were once used to transport fruits and vegetables, but now they have been repurposed and offer years of reliable service as rain barrels. They allow you to save the rainwater from your eavestroughs. This prevents the flooding of your basement, your property, and the sewers during heavy rainstorms. By using your rainwater to water your lawn and garden, you reduce your water bill. The High Park Residents Association is a grassroots neighbourhood association. Each rain-barrel purchase helps the HPRA to continue its community work.

Sat., June 7 – Family Nature Walk in High Park: “Know Your Nature” led by High Park Rangers youth club, 1:30-3 pm. Cost: $2-$5 per person suggested donation. No pre-registration necessary. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! For more info.

Sat., June 7 – Wanda Rd. Street Party (Wanda Rd. is south of Glenlake, east of Keele)
2:30 Kid’s Activities
4:30 Bike parade
5:00 POTLUCK SUPPER please bring something to eat/drink
6:00 Talent Show. If you or your kids would like to be in this, contact Jill Moriarty (mjillmoriarty@gmail.com)
8:00 LIVE MUSIC
9:30 STREET DANCE

Tue., June 10 – “Who Killed the Electric Car,” film co-sponsored by Green13 at Jane/Dundas Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Film investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. Guest speaker from Plug’n Drive. (Note: Green13 will sponsor another screening of this film, at Runnymede Library on Tue., Jul. 8, 6:15-8:15 pm.)

Tue., June 10 – “Canadian Cinema since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. David Pike, American author of this new book, talks about how the Canadian filmmaking industry became a viable force on the international stage.

Tue., June 10 – Ravina Community Garden is meeting at 7 pm. For location, see website or contact: ravinacommunitygarden@gmail.com

Wed., June 11 — “Demystifying Diets,” nutrition seminar at Four Villages CHC, 1700 Bloor St. W. (at Keele), 1-3 pm. Do you have questions about nutrition? Should I be going gluten-free? Does eating too much sugar cause diabetes? Get the facts! Cooking demo and tasting! For more information, and to sign up, call Krystyna at 416-604-3361 ext. 1058.

Thu., June 12 – Lambton House Heritage Talk, “Up the Humber to the West: My Métis Voyageurs”, doors open at 7 pm, talk at 7:30 at Lambton House. Joanne Doucette is an artist and historian, and a Storyteller. She will tell of her Metis ancestors; their role in the exploration and mapping of Canada, with Fraser and MacKenzie; her discoveries about when they traveled the Toronto Carrying Place and onwards.

Sat., June 14 – Swansea Horticultural Society sponsors an all-day Whistling Garden Bus Trip, including a stop at Whitehern Historic Home & Garden. For more info.

Sun., June 15 – High Park Walk: “Hidden Treasures Scavenger Hunt,” 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.

Tue., June 17 – “Healthy Aging: Lifestyle Matters!” talk at Annette St. Library, 6:30-7:45 pm. Aging can no longer be equated with inescapable decline and disease. Research shows that while some older adults experience decline in physical and cognitive function, there are a number who maintain function in later life. This talk will discuss the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to successful aging. Lifestyle choices matter! Finally, this talk addresses the importance of breaking down ageist stereotypes that may prevent older adults from flourishing in an aging population. A presentation by Ryerson University, Department of Psychology.

Wed., June 18 – “Stories We Tell,” 2013 film written and directed by Sarah Polley, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer. In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. She is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.

Sat., June 21 – The Junction Residents Association (JRA) and West Bend Community Association will share an outreach table at the Junction Farmers Market, on Dundas St. W. just east of Pacific Ave., 9 am – 1 pm. Come by and say hello!

Sat., June 21 – Junction BIA sponsors Summer Solstice Festival, noon – midnight. Many activities and events to entice people to our shopping street.

Sat., June 21 – Family Nature Walk in High Park: “Furry Forest Friends,” 1:30-3 pm. Cost: $2-$5 per person suggested donation. No pre-registration necessary. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! For more info.

Tue., June 24 – “Street Knit,” Annette St. Library, 6:30-8:15 pm. Join community-minded knitters and knit warm scarves, socks and more for the less fortunate.

Tue., June 24 – “Mystery Mayhem” featuring writers from the Crime Writers of Canada as they discuss their books, at Annette Library, 7-8:15 pm. Stimulating discussions about the books and how they came to be.

Tue., June 24 – Ravina Community Garden is meeting at 7 pm. For location, see website or contact: ravinacommunitygarden@gmail.com

Wed., June 25 – Janet Hepburn, Evergreen 2014 shortlist author, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. She will read from her novel “Flee, Fly, Flown” — find out what happens when two ladies with dementia escape from a nursing home and go on a road trip. For more info.

Tue., Jul. 1 – Canada Day celebrations:

   • Heritage York BBQ, 11-2, Old Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Bus 55 from Jane TTC stops at the door.

   • Peggy Nash presents Canada Day in High Park, 11:30 – 1:30, with a special citizenship ceremony, music, refreshments, and children’s activities. Picnic Area 1, High Park (Bloor St. entrance, near High Park TTC). See flyer (may be slow to load…).

Sun., Jul. 6 – High Park Walk: “Shakespeare in the Park” with Julia Bennett, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.

=================== Ongoing activities ======================

Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., Sep. 11, 2014

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JRA Yard Sale

As of Sat. 6/7 morning: No rain is forecast, sales will take place today!

Sat., June 7
Vine Avenue Park

9 am to 3 pm: Vine Avenue Park*. Bring items to sell. Buy cool stuff. Drop off e-waste.
4 pm: Potluck in Vine Avenue Park. Make something to share. Please bring your own dishes and cutlery.

Rain date: June 14. Same time and location.

*Check out more sales including on Maria, Quebec, Dundas (the Treasury) and Boler.

If you cannot see the map above, try here.

Agenda for General Meeting, May 8

The meeting is 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. If you can’t join us in person, perhaps you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. The agenda below will help you follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, please call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.

Opening Remarks – Linda C.
     • Meet and greet your neighbours

Junction News and Announcements – Linda C.
     • Upcoming Junction events
     • Function in the Junction 5 update

Presentation – Tina Leslie
     • Designating the Junction as a Heritage Conservation District

Presentation – Representative of City Traffic Department
     • Q and A about local traffic issues and parking

Open Forum Announcements – you
     • This is your opportunity to say what’s on your mind.

Adjournment

Please send any questions before or after the meeting to info@ junctionra.ca
The next JRA meeting will be September 11, 2014.

JRA e-newsletter, April-May 2014


=============== JRA e-newsletter – April/May 2014 ===============

i. JRA to facilitate Cleanup Day in the Junction, Sunday, April 27 — Spring is (we think!) about to arrive for real, and it’s time to clean up the neighbourhood! The JRA is cooperating with the Clean Up Toronto program, and JRA board member Andrew Zimbel will be staffing our pickup point — the gazebo on Dundas St. W. just west of Clendenan — from 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday. He’ll have bags and plastic gloves for anyone who wants to pitch in. (I usually also bring an old pair of tongs for grasping hard-to-reach objects.) You can choose your own area to clean up and then bring the filled bags back to the gazebo for pickup by City trucks. Of course, you can also use your own bags and just bring the filled ones to the gazebo. Form a little group for more fun, or work alone for maximum efficiency. For questions, email info@junctionra.ca. On the day itself, you can reach Andrew at 416-948-2455.

ii. The next JRA general meeting is on Thu., May 8, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church,  3049 Dundas St. W. We will discuss area traffic issues with a representative of the City’s traffic department, so bring your peeves, praise, and questions about our local streets, intersections, and parking.  We’ll also hear a report of our March 29 Function in the Junction, and get up to date on progress toward getting the Junction designated as a Heritage Conservation District.  Refreshments served.
Note: If you cannot attend this meeting in person, you can catch our video streaming of the meeting in real time. To watch it live on your computer, go to http://www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. We’ll post the agenda on the front page of our website, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely. If you have any problem getting connected, please call 647-235-0843 during the meeting and we’ll try to help.

=================== News of general interest  ===============

a. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is excited to launch voterlookup.ca, an online service that allows potential electors to confirm, and where appropriate, update their information (citizenship and residency) in a few easy steps. “As you know, municipal elections are a critical opportunity to have your say about important decisions in your community. voterlookup.ca is a non-partisan, non-profit service focused entirely on preparing more accurate and complete Voters’ Lists for the upcoming municipal and school board elections. We would welcome and appreciate your support with generating awareness of this valuable and convenient online service.”

b. After five months in boxes, the West Toronto Junction Historical Society archives is once again open to the public on the lower level of the Annette Street Library.  Commencing Mon., Apr. 14, we have resumed our popular twice-weekly hours: Monday 3-5 pm, Thursday 6-8 pm. Join us!

c. Cherry blossoms in Central Park are currently projected to be in bloom around May 5-12. You can keep track of their progress at www.sakurainhighpark.com

d. Jane’s Walks has 11 walks planned for our neighbourhood this year (so far). Check these out (listed in rough order of occurrence, May 2-4):

  • Twilight Labyrinth Walk in High Park — May 2, 6:30 PM
  • Walk as workout! — May 2, 7:00 PM and May 3, 10:00 AM
  • Bloor West Village – A century of development, heritage and community — May 3 & May 4, 10:00 AM
  • Jane and Annette, Friends Forever (Madeleine McDowell) — May 3, 12:00 PM
  • The World of Labyrinth Walkers: High Park on World Labyrinth Day — May 3, 12:00 PM
  • Ghost River — May 3, 1:00 PM
  • Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin’ Out With History (Neil Ross) — May 3, 2:30 PM
  • A Crash Course on the Junction (Leah Cooke, Junction BIA Staff) — May 3, 5:00 PM (As a bonus, CONTACT photography festival opening receptions will be happening in the area from 6-9 pm on the same night, so you can turn this into an evening outing in the Junction.)
  • Swansea, Past and Present (Swansea Historical Society, leaders) — May 3, 6:30 PM
  • Celluloid and Popcorn: The history of Cinema on Roncesvalles — May 4, 1:30 PM
  • Walking with Refugees in the West Bend — May 4, 2:00 PM

===================== Save the Dates =====================

  • The JRA will be holding a Junction community yard sale on Sat., June 7 (rain date June 14). We’ll have space in Vine Ave. Parkette for people who want to bring their stuff to sell, and we’ll have a community barbecue near there afterwards. We want to encourage individual streets to hold their own yard sales on this day, and even to include a street party! Let us know what you are planning (email info@junctionra.ca), and we can help publicize an area list or map for visitors. The more activity we can offer, the more likely it is that people will come from far and wide!

  • The BIA’s Junction Summer Solstice Festival will be held on Sat., June 21, 2014, noon to midnight.

=================== Opportunities to consider ================

The High Park Coalition (the “HPC”) is gratified for the support of the High Park residents who have supported us in our challenge at the Ontario Municipal Board (the “OMB”) against the Grenadier Square Development application.
A second Pre-Hearing Conference has been scheduled for Friday June 6th, 2014 to allow the OMB to finalize the list of participants for this hearing. The HPC has been asked by the OMB to send an e-mail to our entire mailing list, advising everyone of the obligations of participants in an OMB hearing so that people can decide whether they wish to become involved with this hearing in this capacity. Participants may oppose or support the application under appeal. Their involvement in the hearing process is far more limited when compared to those individuals or organizations who obtain full party status.
An individual seeking to be a Participant will have to attend the second Pre-Hearing Conference scheduled for Friday June 6th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at 665 Bay Street, Toronto to register with the Board. It is expected this attendance will take no more than an hour. Please note that anyone attending will only be required to register at that time. No written or oral presentations will have to be made at this Pre-Hearing. Once an individual has registered as a Participant, they will be kept advised, by email, of the progress of the hearing by the OMB.
If you are interested in being a Participant, please attend the High Park Coalition’s Workshop on Sunday April 27th at 2:00pm at 50 Quebec Avenue (in the Meeting Room).

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From: 11division@www.torontopolice.on.ca
Subject: Beware Canada Revenue Agency Scams
Occasionally, taxpayers may receive, either by telephone, mail, or email, a communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) but is NOT. In all these cases, the communication requests personal information, such as a social insurance, credit card, bank account, and passport numbers, from the taxpayer. These fraudulent communications are also referred to as scams or phishing.
Invariably, the communication argues that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or benefit payment. Another common scam refers the person to a Web site resembling the CRA’s Web site where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. Taxpayers should not respond to such fraudulent communications.
To better equip taxpayers to identify those communications that do not come from the CRA, the following general guidelines are provided. The CRA does not do the following:
  • The CRA will not request personal information of any kind from a taxpayer by email.
  • The CRA will not divulge taxpayer information to another person unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer.
  • The CRA will not leave any personal information on an answering machine.
For more information please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/lrts/2013/l131210-eng.html

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2014 Live Green Toronto Awards – entry deadline extended!
All it takes to enter the Live Green Toronto Awards is a short video, a few words, and you’re in! What are you waiting for? You could win $2,500, courtesy of award sponsors, and a chance to tell your green story on CP24. If you’re green, be seen! Last year’s entries garnered more than 200,000 views. Enter and vote at awards.livegreentoronto.ca

    • May 5: Entries close
    • May 12: Public voting ends
    • May 30: Winners announced

============ Events coming up in and near the Junction =========

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Wed., Apr. 23 – Councillor Doucette is hosting an Emergency Preparedness meeting at St Pius X Elementary School, 7-9 pm. “Learn to prepare your family and your property in the event of severe storms, natural disasters or accidents. Representatives of The Office of Emergency Management, Toronto Water, Toronto Hydro, Forestry, LEAF, Fire Prevention, Red Cross, and The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction will be in attendance to provide information and address your concerns.”

Sat., Apr. 26 – Retrofitting Vintage Homes: Practical Know-how and Financing Options, Annette Library, 10 am to 12 noon. Green 13 presents Greg Labbé on “Tackling a vintage home retrofit,” and then Marco Iacampo from the City of Toronto shares information about Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), a new financing tool offered by the City of Toronto to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money. Initially, four areas in Toronto, including the Junction/High Park: M6P, M6S have been selected to pilot this program. More on HELP at www.toronto.ca/livegreen.

Sun., Apr. 27 – Clean Up Toronto Day in the Junction, 8 am – 2 pm — Come out and help clean up the last of winter! See top of this page for details…

Sun., Apr. 27 – Heritage Talk: “Along the Shore” with Jane Fairburn, Lambton House, 1-4 pm. Jane Fairburn is a criminal lawyer who has written a critically acclaimed book about the shores of Lake Ontario from Scarborough to Long Branch, including the Toronto Islands. Refreshments, free admission. Sponsored by Heritage York. Info: 416-767-5472

Tue., Apr. 29 – “Hunger, Human Experimentation and the Legacy of Residential Schools,” Annette St. Library, 6:30-8 pm. In the 1940s and ’50s, Aboriginal people, including children, were the involuntary subjects of biomedical “experiments” conducted by government researchers. Historian Ian Mosby (Guelph) talks about his ground-breaking research into this grim episode in Canada’s past. History Matters: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Past and Present — presented in collaboration with ActiveHistory.ca and Heritage Toronto.

Thu., May 1 –  Community Consultation for the Junction BIA Streetscape Plan at West Toronto Baptist Church, 7 pm.  NAK, the streetscape design consultants, will present their ideas as developed to date and look for feedback from the community. The Junction BIA invites all interested community members to participate. More info.

Thu., May 1 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library. Annual General Meeting 7:30 pm. Speaker, 8:15 pm: Sandra Joyce: British Home Children.” More info here.

Thu., May 1 – “Balcony and Terrace Gardening Secrets of Success,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. More info.

Fri., May 2 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band John Dorsey and Warren Collict. Doors open 6 pm, music from 8 pm; free admission; sandwiches, beer, snacks for sale. 4066 Old Dundas St.; bus #55 from Jane TTC station, #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Fri.-Sun., May 2-4 – Jane’s Walks happening across the city. See above for those announced by press time for the Junction neighbourhood.

Sat., May 3 – Community Meeting on Canada Post organized by MP Peggy Nash, 2 pm, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. (north of Runnymede Subway Station, or via #79 bus on Runnymede). “Instead of looking for ways to modernize operations, Canada Post, with a tacit endorsement from the federal government, is taking an axe to long-treasured postal services – killing good jobs, eliminating home delivery and drastically increasing postage rates. Join us to learn how these changes will affect you and discuss how we can fight back to save our public postal service… And sign the petition to stop the cuts to our postal service.”

Sat., May 3 – The annual Contact photography festival opening receptions at various venues in the Junction will be held 6-9 pm. The Contact exhibits in the Junction (25 photographers at 21 venues in the Junction BIA) are viewable daily throughout the month of May. In the Junction, pick up a flyer/map available soon at many stores.

Sun., May 4 – High Park Walk: “The Amazing Birds of the Park” by Brian Bailey, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.

Tue., May 6 – “Mystery Mayhem” featuring writers from the Crime Writers of Canada as they discuss their books, at Annette Library, 7-8:15 pm. Stimulating discussions about the books and how they came to be.

Wed., May 7 – “Solo Travel: Six Things You Absolutely Must Know,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Don’t leave home without listening to seasoned world traveler and writer Janice Waugh.

Thu., May 8 – Lambton House Heritage Talk, “The Village of Fairbank”, doors open at 7 pm, talk at 7:30. Flavio Volpe will speak on the Village of Fairbank (Old York Township Series). Flavio Volpe bought the Ross farmhouse, a designated building in Fairbank, to be his family home. He also took up the history of this 170-year-old community along Dufferin and Eglinton Streets, in what was once the Highlands above Toronto. Fairbank was the stop before Lambton on the Toronto Beltline. The last 100-acre farm, belonging to the Parsons family, was still producing apples in 1954.

Sat., May 10 – Family Nature Walk in High Park: “Spring Flowers,” 1:30-3 pm. Cost: $2/person, or donate-what-you-can. No registration necessary. Discover the earliest spring blooms of High Park. Hike through the woodlands and savannah to meet some fascinating flowers and the animals that visit them. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! For more info.

Sat., May 10 – 11 Division Open House & Barbecue – Our Police Station, 2054 Davenport Rd., will be celebrating Police Week with an open house from 10 am to 2 pm in the visitors’ parking lot and the front lobby of the station. Station tours will be available throughout the day. A BBQ by the Police Community Partnership of 11 and 12 Division will be provided, along with live music by the Music Not Mischief program. Meet the Police Dog Services, Marine Unit, Mounted Unit, and many more at this fun-filled day.  Info: 416-808-1100

Tue., May 13 – Green 13 Movie Night – “Edible City,” Annette Library, 6:15 pm. Edible City is about urban farming. Set in the San Francisco Bay area, the film shows how everyone can get involved transforming our food system and building local economies to find hopeful solutions to urban problems. See more at: http://green13toronto.org/event/green-13-movie-nights-edible-city#sthash.dJUXw6Gq.dpuf

Tue., May 13 – The eh List Author Series: “Elspeth Cameron – Aunt Winnie,” Runnymede Library, 7-8:15 pm. Winnie, Elspeth Cameron’s aunt, lived in Rosedale with her family in the 1910s. Over the course of her life, she saw the city change from an English and Scottish bastion with horse-drawn buggies, to a multicultural city where the car reigned supreme. Winnie, however, was unable to cope with the demands of her changing times.

Sun., May 18 – High Park Walk: “Grenadier Pond Awakes” by Christine Tu-Parker, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.

Tue., May 20 – Gender-Bending Chronic Pollution in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley, Annette Library, 7-8 pm. Dayna Nadine Scott (National Network on Environments & Women’s Health) discusses the impact of long-term, low-dose exposure to pollutants on the Sarnia-area Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve, which has seen a drastic decline in male newborns in recent years.

Wed., May 21 – The West Bend Community Association monthly meeting, Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Cres. (at Humberside), 7-9 pm; info 647-478-8457. We meet in the Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor.

Wed., May 21 – “Philomena,” film with Dame Judi Dench, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Fri., May 23 – Contact Photography Festival, Audience Choice Event at the Junction Train Platform (on Dundas St. West just east of Pacific), 7-9 pm.

Sat., May 24 – Opening day of the 2014 Junction Farmers Market season, at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St W), 9 am – 1 pm — and every Saturday thereafter through Nov. 1.

Sat., May 24 – Family Nature Walk in High Park: “Save Our Savannah,” 1:30-3 pm. Cost: $2/person, or donate-what-you-can. No registration necessary. Hike to an endangered habitat: black oak savannah. Search for the animals that make savannah grasses their home. We will be making and throwing “seed balls” to help restore the savannah with native wildflowers. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! For more info.

Sat.-Sun., May 24-25 – Doors Open throughout Toronto. The theme this year is “Secrets and Spirits” … exploring the mysteries behind the door. Secret spaces and stories exist all over Toronto. A complete list of participating sites will be available soon at their website (click above).

Tue., May 27 – Green 13 Movie – “Sea Sick: How We’re Pushing the Planet Toward Mass Extinction,” Runnymede Library, 6:30 pm. Journalist and author Alanna Mitchell talks about her travels around the world with scientists who are racing to understand how we’re changing the ocaean’s chemistry and its ability to support lif on the planet. See more here.

=================== Ongoing activities ==================

Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm

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 JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., May 8, 2014

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