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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 Community Meeting  - Thu., Sep. 11, 2014
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Yard Sale is a GO — nothing but sun in sight!

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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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.

JRA e-newsletter – April 2014


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

i. Save the Date: 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!

ii. The next JRA general meeting is on Thu., May 8, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. We hope to be discussing area traffic issues, so plan to bring your peeves and praise about our local streets, intersections, and parking. Refreshments served.

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

a. Peggy Nash is hosting free tax clinics for individuals with income under $35,000 and families under $40,000. Each year, hundreds of experienced certified general accountants (CGAs) volunteer to help lower-income Canadians by preparing their income tax returns, free of charge. Services are available by appointment only. Call her Community Office at 416-769-5072 with any questions or to book an appointment; there are five dates available, from Mar. 22 to Apr. 12.  See full information.

b. Also from Peggy: National Day of the Midwife: Join the campaign!
Support for my private member’s bill to recognize May 5 as the National Day of the Midwife continues to grow! We recently launched an online petition, and held a volunteer meeting to plan how to move this issue forward.
For more information on the bill, visit www.peggynash.ndp.ca/midwives

c. The Junction BIA includes in its recent newsletter a link to some incredible photos of historic Keele St.  ‪ ‬

d. From Sarah Doucette:

  •    The first community consultation meeting for the proposed development at 2265 Bloor St. W. (at Durie St.) takes place on Thu., Apr. 10, 7 pm at St. Pius X Catholic School (71 Jane St.).

  •    The first community consultation for the proposed Heritage Conservation District is Mon., April 14, 7 pm at the Grenadier Retirement Home (2100 Bloor St. W.).

e. The Vegetarians of High Park is a social group supported by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, with the aim of helping vegetarians and vegans living in the High Park/Bloor West Village/Junction area to meet and network with like-minded individuals in the neighbourhood. The group meets for bi-monthly social dinners at local veg-friendly restaurants, or as potlucks when a suitable space in the neighbourhood can be found. In the future, we hope to put on some community events such as screenings or workshops as a form of community outreach. To stay in the loop about our upcoming events, email highpark@veg.ca. [JRA ed note]: There is a dinner scheduled for April 2, but the RSVP deadline was Mar. 25! So, get on their list for timely reminders of future events.

f. From Green 13: Safe Rail Communities is a community-based initiative started in March 2014 by neighbours in Toronto’s West End, created in response to the alarming increase in DOT-111 rail tanks carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials along rail lines throughout Canada. It seeks to unite rail communities across the country and to advocate for more transparency and safeguards around this pressing issue. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

==================== Save the dates ==================

• The annual Contact photography festival will be held May 1-31, 2014, with opening receptions at venues in the Junction on Sat., May 3, 6-9 pm.

• The National kickoff of the Purina® Walk for Dog Guides, Fri., May 23, 2014
Help provide Dog Guides to people with disabilities in your community. The kickoff will take place at High Park, Bloor Street entrance, beginning at 6 p.m., with the Walk starting at 7 p.m. The event features a meet and greet with Dog Guide handlers and their Dog Guides, a trainer expert forum, demonstrations from the Dog Guide programs, prizes, refreshments and entertainment led by master of ceremonies, acclaimed Canadian actress and comedian, Kathy Greenwood. There is no registration fee and 100% of the funds raised will go towards providing Dog Guides at no cost to Canadians with disabilities. For information: Lions Foundation of Canada – info@dogguides.com (905-842-2891), or visit www.purinawalkfordogguides.com.

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

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

• The Junction BIA has put out a call for musicians to participate in the Junction Music Festival, which will be held Sat., Sep. 20, 2014. Those interested should apply online between March 1 and May 15; preference will be given to local talent.

• Enter, and vote, in the 2014 Live Green Toronto Awards, until Apr. 28!
With video entries and the opportunity to vote for your favourites online, the Live Green Toronto Awards make it easy for everyone to participate in the search for Toronto’s greenest people, groups and businesses. Winners will receive $2,500, courtesy of award sponsors, and a chance to appear on CP24.
Award categories for entries: Youth (24 and under), individual, group, small business, corporation
Get the details, entry form and tips to help you create your video entry, and/or vote at http://awards.livegreentoronto.ca/details

• High Park Residents’ Association Rain Barrel Fundraising Event
The barrels are re-purposed food grade used previously to ship food items, such as olives. They are $60 each; online sales will open soon, go to http://rainbarrel.ca/highparkra/ to add your name to the please-notify list. Pickup will be Sat., May 3, 11-3 pm at Loblaws, 2280 Dundas St. W. (south of Bloor St.). Questions to Natasha at intransitions@hotmail.com

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

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

Tue., Apr. 1 – Green 13 Town Hall, “The Climate Reality Project,” 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave
Presentation by special guest speaker Mary Ambrose, communication specialist at Green Peace and trained on climate change by Al Gore. Mary will share the latest on what is happening on the climate front, followed by lively Q&A and discussion on how to engage in helping solve the climate crisis. More info here.

Tue., Apr. 1 – Ravina Community Garden is meeting at 7 pm at Annette Library, in the lower level.
Our focus topic is Governance (aka deciding to decide!) and we hope to develop and finalize our governance structure this evening. If time permits, we will move on to the Garden Agreements list which we started at the last meeting (see a report of that meeting at link above). Contact: ravinacommunitygarden@gmail.com

Thu., Apr. 3 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library. Business Meeting 7:30 pm. Speaker, 8:15 pm: Jim Munroe: “Wonderland: A Solvitur Ambulando Mystery.” More info here.

Fri., Apr. 4 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Howard Timms and Friends, with Jane Drake featured. 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., Apr. 4 – Author Richard Wagamese presents Medicine Walk at Annette St. Library, 1:30-2:30 pm.
His book Indian Horse was nominated for Canada Reads in 2013. A brief synopsis of Medicine Walk: Sixteen-year-old Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He had the most fleeting of relationships with the man, but he answers the call of duty. He finds Eldon dying of liver failure after years of drinking. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner. Wagamese’s writing soars with insight and compassion.

Sun., Apr. 6 – High Park Walk: “My Favourite Trails” by Councillor Sarah Doucette, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.

Tue., Apr. 8 – The eh List Author Series: David Rotenberg on A Murder of Crows, Runnymede Library, 7-8:15 pm. David Rotenberg’s thrilling sequel to The Placebo Effect is full of suspense and will challenge what you think you know about people who have special “gifts.” From rural Africa to downtown Toronto, the paths of Rotenberg’s colourful characters intertwine as they move toward a conclusion that none of them can see coming.

Tue., Apr. 8 – Film: “The Mars Project: The Life of Khari and Canada’s Mental Health System” (2012), Annette St. Library, 6:15 – 8:15 p.m. The MARS PROJECT is documentary filmmaker Jonathan Balazs’ look at the history and daily life of recording artist Khari. A decade ago rapper Khari ‘Conspiracy’ Stewart was diagnosed with a psychological disorder, but he has rejected the label and is pursuing a spiritual path. This film reveals, through one young man’s personal story, the deep complexities of mental health and the inadequacies of the current Canadian health system. Filmmaker Balazs will be in attendance.

Thu, Apr. 10 – Lambton House Heritage Talks, “Dale Estate, Brampton,” Dale O’Hara, 6:30-9 pm
The great-granddaughter of Harry Dale tells the story of the Dale Estate, the legendary producer of internationally famous roses, and its influence on the growth of Brampton as “The Flower Town of Canada.”

Sat., Apr. 12 – Toronto Seed Library: “Seed Starting, Growing and Saving,” 11 am-2 pm, workshop for beginners at Annette Street Library. Learn the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of growing and saving seeds. Learn about the seedy community of Toronto, access different varieties of seeds, share your extra seeds. Free seed exchange.

Sat., Apr. 12 – “Spring has Sprung” Family Nature Walk, High Park Nature Centre, 1:30 pm
After such an intense winter, join the High Park Nature Centre on Saturday, April 12 as they search for signs of spring! Listen for the birds returning, look for waking bugs and investigate promising leaf buds. This event is great for all ages so bring the whole family! The cost is $2 per person, or donate-what-you-can. For more information, visit their website.

Tue., Apr. 15 – Film: “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories Behind Toronto’s Psychiatric Patient Built Wall,” Annette St. Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) was first built in 1850, known as the Provincial Lunatic Asylum. This film traces the history of the institution and tells the stories of some of its patients who, despite degrading treatment, were able to escape or rebel. It also explores contemporary narratives of ‘mad’ people, as they cope in today’s world. Filmmaker Naomi Berlyne will be in attendance.

Wed., Apr. 16 – 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. David Soknacki, Candidate for Mayor, will speak and answer questions. We meet in the Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor.

Wed., Apr. 16 – Junction Commons Project Town Hall Meeting #2, Masonic Temple, 151 Annette St., 7-9 pm. We’re celebrating! The Trillium Foundation funded Feasibility Study for converting the old police station 209 Mavety into a Community Hub is now complete. Come out and hear what we discovered, what we’re planning and how you can help. Let’s make this a real community hub event. A light buffet of hors d’oeuvres will be served. Come share food with your neighbours and get involved with this great community project.

Wed., Apr. 16 – Film: “Enough Said” (2013) at Runnymede Library, 6 pm. American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini (in one of his final roles), Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, Ben Falcone, and Toby Huss. A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband. The film received widespread acclaim from critics, ranking as the fifth best-reviewed wide release of 2013 (Wikipedia).

Thu., Apr. 17 – Book Talk: Susanne Kelman about The Cellist of Sarajevo, Runnymede Library, 7 pm.
Steven Galloway’s national bestseller, and the Library’s 2014 One Read selection, tells the story of three civilians trying to survive in a besieged city, and of the mournful cellist who plays undaunted in their midst.

Sun., Apr. 20 – High Park Walk: “Lost Waterways” by Leo deSorcy, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.

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 http://www.toronto.ca/livegreen.

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.

=========== Events of local interest, but farther away ==========

Thu., Apr. 3 – Forum on Payday Loans by MPP Cheri DiNovo in Parkdale, 6:30-8 pm. Hear about:

  •   Information about payday lenders
  •   The rights of borrowers
  •   Understanding interest rates and hidden fees
  •   Learn about alternatives to high-cost loans
  •   Learn about financial experts you can speak with to get advice
  •   Listen to what Cheri has been working on in this area

At May Robinson Apartments, 20 West Lodge Avenue, Parkdale, Toronto. Special Guests include speakers from PARC and ACORN. Local community agencies will also be present. Panel discussion will be moderated by Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact DiNovo constituency office: (416) 763-5630.

Sat., Apr. 5 – Metrolinx / TTC Relief Strategy, Sheraton Centre Toronto (123 Queen Street West) in the Dominion Ballroom, 9 am – 1 pm, with presentation at 10:00 am. Metrolinx and the TTC are holding joint public consultations on options to relieve the crowding on the Yonge line, the timing and priority of the Relief Line, and other capacity improvements. This is the first meeting. More info.

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

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

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 JRA Community Meeting  - Thu., May 8, 2014

***  to be added to the email distribution list, send name, email, and street to info@junctionra.ca  ***

JRA e-newsletter – March 2014


================== JRA e-newsletter – March 2014 ==================

i. JRA’s Function in the Junction #5 is coming up — evening of Mar. 29, 2014, at the Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street. This annual event centers on food, drinks, music, silent and noisy auctions, and socializing with neighbours. This year we will be raising funds for FutureWatch, a not-for-profit registered charitable organization, and their youth group Y-ECO Youth Environmental Community. Posters for FinJ are appearing in Dundas St. shop windows, and tickets ($50 including dinner provided by local restaurants) are soon on sale at Agora Cafe and at Latitude 44. Dinner and silent auction begin at 6 pm, and the after-dinner events start at 8: live auction, raffles, and cash bar, with live music from 9 pm. Those who come after dinner pay just $5 at the door. See the event poster.

ii. JRA General Meeting: The next JRA meeting is on Mar. 13, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. The agenda for this meeting includes a presentation by this year’s FinJ beneficiary, FutureWatch. We hope also to be discussing area traffic issues, so bring your peeves and praise about our local streets, intersections, and parking. 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.

iii. 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. However, we encourage individual streets in the area to hold their own yard sales on this day, and even to include a street party! (On page 4 of this month’s Westside’s Story is a step-by-step guide to throwing 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.

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

a. The Westside’s Story, a new monthly e-newsletter, has started in the Bloor West Village – Junction area. Take a look at the March issue. You can subscribe, or submit info about coming events to be listed, by emailing junctionbwv@gmail.com

b. March Break programs for kids at your local ibrary, Mon-Fri Mar. 10-14 during the day. More info here: Annette St branch; Runnymede branch; Jane/Dundas branch.

c. Peggy Nash will be hosting free tax clinics for individuals with income under $35,000 and families under $40,000. Each year, hundreds of experienced certified general accountants (CGAs) volunteer to help lower-income Canadians by preparing their income tax returns, free of charge. Services are available by appointent only. Call our Community Office our Community Office at 416-769-5072 with any questions or to book an appointment; there are five dates available, from Mar. 22 to Apr. 12. See full information.

c. From the Junction BIA:

• The BIA has put out a call for musicians to participate in the Junction Music Festival, which will be held Sat., Sep. 20, 2014. Those interested should apply online between March 1 and May 15; preference will be given to local talent.

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

• On Mar. 4-5, the TV show “Beauty and the Beast” will be filming in the Junction. “We would like to inform you that we wish to film interior and exterior scenes on Tue., Mar. 4 and Wed., Mar. 5 between approximately 7 am and 11 pm each day. The majority of our filming is at 209 Mavety St., and then on March 5 we will move to 2878 Dundas St W at about 6pm and film till about 10pm.”

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

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

Tue., Mar. 4 – Ravina Community Garden is having a meeting at 7 pm at Annette Library, in the lower level.
Agenda: Team Creation — an invitation for each member of the garden to help move the project forward.  We’d like everyone to pick an area where they want to contribute. Suggested teams include:
• Garden Agreement Manual – writing and editing
• Communications – community outreach, promotion
• Fundraising – ideas, grants, private donations
• Construction of Garden Structures – research and development
• Garden Design – beautification and best utilization of space
• Shoppers – sourcing and pricing supplies
• Secretary – for meeting minutes
Plus brainstorming other areas of focus.  Ideas welcomed!
~ March 4 will be the day to get an early-bird membership in person. Contact: ravinacommunitygarden@gmail.com

Thu., Mar. 6 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library. Business Meeting 7:30 pm. Speaker, 8:15 pm: Larry Sherk: One Hundred Years of Sheridan Nurseries. More info here.

Thu., Mar. 6 – Junction Commons Project, public meeting at Smash, 7:30-9:30 pm.
“We’ve got a fresh feasibility study and we need help getting ready to share it with the neighbourhood at a Townhall in late March/ early April.  We need your vision, experience, and open mind. If you can’t come to this meeting do let us know if you are interested in helping us build the vision for 209 Mavety this year.  Email junctioncommoner@gmail.com with a note or any questions you have about what’s involved.”

Fri., Mar. 7 – Pub Night at Lambton House, music by local band Just Us. 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.

Tue., Mar. 11 – Green 13 screening of film “Dirt”, Runnymede Library, 6:15 pm. ”Floods, drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

Thu., Mar. 13 – Georgetown South Project Construction Liaison Meeting for West Toronto Diamond, 18 Hook Ave., #204, 5 pm “Please join us for an informal conversation with the construction project delivery team to review the ongoing work and what is planned in the coming months. As always, you can contact our Community Relations team at any time with questions or concerns, but having a monthly meeting is a regular opportunity to ask specific questions.” For more info, email gts@gotransit.com

Fri., Mar. 14 – “From Hospital to Home: What happens when I’m discharged from the hospital?” 2-3:30 pm at The Four Villages Community Health Centre, 3446 Dundas St. W.
Learn about Toronto Community Care Access Centre and how they can work with you in the hospital and at home to assess your need for home based and community services, coordinate delivery of these services, and support you to live at home and in the community. Presented by 4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors). For more information, contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453

Sun., Mar. 16 – Bloor West Village Inorganic Market, 11 am – 3 pm, No Frills parking lot, 2187 Bloor St. W. (at Kennedy Ave.). An opportunity to drop off your electronic waste. Bring your computers, cell phones, laptops, cables, printers, keyboards, monitors, and TVs to divert your e-waste from landfill. (no batteries please). Info: inorganicmarket@4self.org or (416) 572-2025

Wed., Mar. 19 – Film “Love, Marilyn” (2012) at Runnymede Library, 6 pm. Director, Liz Garbus, starring Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle. Two boxes of Marilyn Monroe’s private writings were discovered in the home of her acting coach, 50 years after her death. Watch as actors read her letters onscreen in a fascinating and illuminating film.

Wed., Mar. 19 – 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. Come and find out what is happening in your neighbourhood, in High Park-Parkdale and across the city. We meet in the Teachers’ Lounge, 2nd Floor.

Wed., Mar. 26 – Swansea Horticultural Society presents Green Roofs, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. Come hear Toronto Master Gardener Tina Van Andel speak about Green Roofs.

Wed., Mar. 26 – Sarah Doucette will be hosting a second Development 101 meeting, 7:00 pm at Humberside CI, 280 Quebec Ave.  ”Development has been an increasingly pressing issue in our ward…  This will be a chance to ask city staff and me any questions you may have.”

Fri., Mar. 28 – Falls Prevention Workshop, 2-3:30 pm at The Four Villages Community Health Centre, 3446 Dundas St. W. What causes falls? Why is falling risky? What can I do to prevent falls? Plus tips and equipment recommendations to help keep you independent, and safe at home! Presented by 4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors). For more information, contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 .

Sat., Mar. 29 — JRA Function in the Junction, see announcement at the top of this newsletter, and/or poster online.

Sat., Mar. 29 — Green 13′s 6th Annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk, 7:45 pm starting at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Walk by the Humber, Reconnecting With Our Natural Heritage
• Turn your power down at home
• To start the walk at 8 PM, join your neighbours at 7:45 PM at historic Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Note: Parking is limited. Bus #55 from Jane Station stops at the door. Bus #30 travels along Dundas St W.; exit at Howland Ave. and walk south 1 block
• Enjoy a guided candlelight walk along the historic Humber River with Madeleine McDowell, local historian. We will start and end at Lambton House. Please stay for refreshments following the walk.
• Remember to bring your own candle or lantern.

Sun., Mar. 30 – Inorganic Market and Annual Indoor Garage Sale, 10 am – 2 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave. An opportunity to drop off your electronic waste. You can rent a table to sell your treasures (see more), or just come and browse. Info on Inorganic Market: community@irecyclecomputers.com or (416) 572-2025

Tue., Apr. 1 – Green 13 Town Hall, 7 pm, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave
Presentation by special guest speaker Mary Ambrose, communication specialist at Green Peace and trained on climate change by Al Gore. Listen to Mary’s podcasts for Greenpeace.

============ Events of local interest, but farther away ============

Wed., Mar. 5 – Talk on “Transit Matters: The history of the TTC and how to improve our transit system today,” at 1674 St. Clair Ave. W. (MP/MPP office, just west of Caledonia), 7 pm.
From Jonah Schein, MPP Davenport: “Join me and TTCriders on March 5th to learn about the history of our public transit system in Toronto.  Dr. Tony Turrittin, a local historian, will speak about how the TTC was formed and how it became the system we know today, while TTCriders will speak about ways to improve out transit system today.”

Lambton House Heritage Talks, Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Thu., Mar. 13 – “Canada Packers & the Union Stockyards,” John Beram
Thu, Apr. 10 – “Dale Estates, Brampton,” Dale O’Hara

High Park Walks first and third Sunday of the month, including holidays, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in. For more info.
Sun., Mar. 16 – “Heroes and Villains of the Park,” Julia Bennett
Sun., Apr. 6 – “My Favourite Trails,” Sarah Doucette

Mon., Mar. 17 – Made-for-Toronto Local Appeal Body Public Consultation, Metro Hall (Rooms 308-309), 6:45 – 9 pm, with a staff presentation to commence at 7:00 pm.
The Province of Ontario granted the City of Toronto the power to establish a Local Appeal Body (LAB) to hear appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions (both minor variances and consents). This meeting is the last in a series that City Planning division is launching around the city with the express purpose of initiating and facilitating public dialogue around this matter.

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

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

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Function in the Junction #5 — Sat., Mar. 29

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