================== 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 firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com. [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 – firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
======================================================== JRA Community Meeting - Thu., May 8, 2014
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================== 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 firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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You can watch/listen to the JRA’s AGM on ustream.com — see instructions at www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv — and below is the agenda so you can follow along. If you have problems with the video during the meeting, call 647-235-0843.
General Meeting: The next JRA meeting is on Jan. 9, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.
Topic: “Dreaming the Junction”
Let’s brainstorm about what improvements in our neighbourhood we would like to see. No critical thinking here, just dreams! Practicalities can come later. Any and all ideas and visions will be welcome. Here are some starters for you:
- Our streets: Ideas for the streetscape, sidewalk usage, street furniture, bikes.
- Business sections: Are you enjoying our business street(s), and finding them conducive to shopping and visiting?
- Diverse community: Ideas for more cohesive and generous social networks.
- Transportation and parking: Bikes, cars, people — do they get along well in the Junction? (We’ll talk about traffic at our March meeting, but other topics are welcome here.)
- Laneways: Do we use them well? How could they be better?
- Our parks. Ideas for all parks are welcome. We’ll have special presentations on two parks:
- Ravina Community Garden: Joelle Kennedy, Garden Coordinator of the newly formed garden just south of our boundary, will tell us of their plans.
- Malta Park: We’ll hear what the new Malta Park Committee has been doing, and get feedback and ideas from the audience.
Vote: This spring we will hold our 5th Function in the Junction (date to be soon announced). We need to decide who/what will be this year’s recipient of the funds raised. If you contributed funds to last year’s FinJ, or plan to join us for a lively evening this year, help decide who will benefit!
Note: If you cannot attend the 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 Ravina Community Garden is a go!
“The City of Toronto has approved the site and the community garden proposal. We will be planning all winter and planting come spring. Due to site conditions, all edibles will be grown in containers. We are coming up with creative ways to grow, including an emphasis on vertical gardening. Open community meetings will be held on alternating Tuesday evenings starting in January. Please look for an invite or visit the blog in the new year for more details. In the meantime, check out the “Where Are You?” quiz to test your knowledge and pique your curiosity. As always, keep sending in your brilliant gardening ideas and ways to make this a successful, sustainable and inclusive community garden space.”
b. BWVRA reaches a settlement on the 1990 Bloor West condo proposal
“With your help, and with the hard work of our professional team, the SOV steering committee has reached a settlement with North Drive Investments re: 1990 Bloor St. West. This will avoid a showdown at the Ontario Municipal Board and, we hope, set the stage for substantive future input by residents.” See full story.
c. The Georgetown South Project of GO Transit is working on infrastructure improvements in our area to meet existing GO Transit ridership demand and future growth, including the new Union Pearson Express service between Union Station and Pearson International Airport. It publishes a monthly email newsletter, which presents progress reports and near-term plans for the project, and announces public information meetings. You can see the December issue online at http://bit.ly/1bv33ma, and you can subscribe by emailing your request to email@example.com
================= Opportunities for participation ==================
1. Friends of High Park Zoo is seeking nominations for their Board of Directors, accepted until Jan. 31, 2014. See full details: http://cms.highparkzoo.ca/fohpz-board-nominations-2014
3. Become a neighbourhood choreographer for Jane’s Walk and help others appreciate the Junction! See details at http://janeswalk.net/apply
============== Events coming up in and near the Junction ===========
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Annette Library is still closed for renovations; Runnymede Library is at 2178 Bloor St. W., corner Glendonwynne.
Thu., Jan. 2 – Junction Commons Project general meeting, SMASH, 2880 Dundas St. West, 7 pm.
Thu., Jan. 2 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Runnymede Library, 2d floor, 7:30 pm. Talk by WTJHS member Christopher Moore, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award in history, speaking on his book-in-progress celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Writer’s Union of Canada. Featuring special recorded interviews and dramatized readings.
Fri., Jan. 3 – Community pub night, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 6-11 pm.
Food and drink for sale, with music 8-11 pm by local group Broad Belly Band.
Tue., Jan. 14 – Talk: “Bicycle Touring Around the World: Organized vs. Self-Supported,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm
Wed., Jan. 15 – The West Bend Community Association monthly meeting, Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Cres., 7-9 pm; info 647-478-8457
Wed., Jan. 29 – Talk: “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.
============= Extended events in and near the Junction ==============
Drama “Willow Quartet” at Village Players, 2190 Bloor St. W. (near Runnymede) – Jan. 10 – Feb. 1, $16-20. For ticket prices and performance times, see http://villageplayers.net/
Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Jan. 20-26 — The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is a not-for-profit, independent design festival happening annually at the end of January. TO DO’s aim is to provide exposure for local and national designers; to foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design; and to create an ongoing presence that promotes Canada’s creativity, drawing on great thinkers, practitioners, and educators to a deliver an innovative celebration of art and design.
The Junction will be the host of almost a third of the festivals programming!! See http://todesignoffsite.com/ for detailed schedule, map, and PDF version of festival guides (eventually). There will be a number of exhibitions and window displays in the Junction, as well as the following scheduled events:
Wed, Jan 22 – Thu, Jan 23, 8pm – midnight
TO DO Opening Party at SMASH, 2880 Dundas St. W.
Come and find out what the festival is about, meet local designers, experience amazing salvage furniture and curiosities at SMASH, and dance with the amazing community that makes the Festival happen.
Wed, Jan 22, 5-10 pm
Get Your Hands Dirty at The Junction Train Platform, 2960 Dundas St. W.
Music, hot cider, drawing & fun! Show how the Junction beats the winter blues on a cold, winter evening. Add your drawing creations to a community mural in a hands-on, “studio” experience for the whole family.
Wed., Jan. 22, 6-9 pm
Accumulation exhibition opening reception at Articulations, 2928 Dundas St. W.
Sat, Jan 25, 1-4 pm
Drop-in family workshop with the Design Exchange at The Community Junction, 2934 Dundas St. W.
Join Design Exchange instructors any time between 1-4 pm to build a scale model of our dream neighbourhood together.
===================== Ongoing actvities ====================
Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
JRA Community Meeting and AGM - Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013
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