Cultura Line-up for 2013

Cultura Line-up for 2013

As we enter our fourth season, Cultura has grown into one of the city’s biggest and best summer arts festivals! Cultura 2013 brings back all of the great features of previous years – fabulous music, food, performance, art and film – and mixes in some new ingredients, such as parading musicians, freestyle dance, and a door art exhibition from Habitat for Humanity.  Presented in partnership with North York Arts, take a look at the awesome line-up for 2013.

 

Opening Week: Friday, July 5, 2013 – 6:00 …

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Canada Day Celebrations

The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Canada Day and celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday in Toronto on Monday, July 1.

The City will present a show celebrating Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square on Monday, July 1 from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

On stage, world-champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig will be followed by dance company Northbuck Krumping. Zero Gravity Circus will present its Open Air Big Top featuring aerial acrobatics at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. She King will perform at 8 p.m., followed …

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Outdoor Ping Pong Table Opens

On June 26, 2013, we pulled back the curtain on Mel Lastman Square’s newest feature, an outdoor ping pong table.

The table is largely the result of hard work by Diane Moore and The Toronto Park People who helped make this feature a reality in our Ward in conjunction with City Parks staff and my office.

With close to 50,000 residents living within walking distance, the more things we have that draw people into our public spaces that are interesting and engaging, the better.  Ping pong is …

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Fête de la Musique (Make Music Toronto)

Fête de la Musique (Make Music Toronto)

Can’t wait for Cultura?  Music lovers can come out to Mel Lastman Square this Friday, June 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM to play, sing and listen to music.

Make Music (aka “Fête de la Musique”) is a free musical celebration that takes place each year on June 21 – the first day of summer – in communities around the world. Since its creation in France in 1982, the event has spread to more than 110 countries and 460 cities. On this day, free concerts take place in public outdoor spaces.  In Toronto, Make …

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Parkview Neighbourhood Garden Is Growing

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden Is Growing

The much-loved Parkview Neighbourhood Garden at Parkview & Doris is expanding this season.  The new plans call for a pergola, pathway and new garden space to be completed this fall.  This adds to the already beautiful garden, where produce is grown and sold by community volunteers.  Although I initiated the garden, its great success is due to a dedicated board of directors and many dozens of community volunteers.

To get involved, or for more information, contact PGNvolunteers@gmail.com

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From City Hall: Traffic Congestion

From City Hall: Traffic Congestion

Last month City staff identified Yonge/Sheppard and Bayview/Sheppard as the two most congested intersections in the City, outside of the downtown core.  Residents, of course, already knew this.  I am hopeful that the recognition of the problem will help lead to some creative solutions. Plans are already under way for better coordination of traffic signals to improve traffic flow.  Real improvement, however, requires infrastructure improvements such as the construction of a flyover ramp for vehicles travelling onto the eastbound 401 from southbound Yonge street.

At last week’s meeting, Council adopted two of …

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From City Hall: Electoral Changes

From City Hall: Electoral Changes

With Ward 23 having by far the largest population and number of households, the need for adjustments to ward boundaries is an important issue for Willowdale residents.  The good news is that Council has authorized a review of ward boundaries to level out the workload among councillors; the bad news is that no change will take place until the 2018 municipal election.  While the heavy workload resulting from the large population places a strain on our office, I am blessed with a fantastic staff which makes it …

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Volunteers Wanted This Summer

Volunteers Wanted This Summer

Many of our summer events are promoted and made possible by a team of fantastic community volunteers.  Are you a high school student looking for community service hours?  Post-secondary student looking to build your resume?  Just want to take an active role in improving your community?  We are looking for helpers of all types.

Focal areas over the summer are helping to execute community events such as Cultura or our Edithvale Bake Oven Nights, doing promotion of events by circulating flyers in local neighbourhoods or assisting …

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Great Front Gardens Contest

Great Front Gardens Contest

Have you been working hard in your garden this season?  Do you have a neighbour with a spectacular front yard that’s brightening up your street?  The North York Garden Club is looking to recognize the best in their Great Front Gardens Contest 2013.  You can nominate your own garden or anyone else’s between Allen Road and Victoria Park from Highway 401 to Steeles.  Nomination categories include residential traditional,residential environmental/alternative, condo/townhose/apartment complexes and non-residential spaces (including schools, places of worship, businesses etc).  Entries will be judged on design, hard landscaping, condition & maintenance and …

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From City Hall: Casino Debate (UPDATED)

From City Hall: Casino Debate (UPDATED)

UPDATED (May 2013): The many hundreds of e-mails I received, along with the numerous individual conversations and discussions at community meetings were very helpful in determining that my stance against casinos reflected the views of the majority of my constituents.

By the time all of the information was available to members of Council, the vote was 40-4 against casino expansion in the City – and I believe even some of the 4 only favoured casino expansion at Woodbine and not in the downtown.

The one good thing that …

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From City Hall: Transit Funding Update

From City Hall: Transit Funding Update

Last week’s debate on transit funding  was certainly not Council’s finest hour. The good news is that Council is strongly behind an array of transit improvements, including both subways and LRTs. The bad news is the mish-mash of confusing and sometimes contradictory motions provided no coherent answer to the burning questions: what are our transit priorities and how are we going to pay for them?

Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible for transit planning,  will report to the Province by early June, recommending new fees or taxes that would be a dedicated source …

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From City Hall: Protecting Neighbourhoods from Tall Buildings

City Council recently adopted a set of Tall Building guidelines.  On the positive side, the guidelines should do a better job of requiring developers to think more about how their buildings relate to sidewalks, open spaces and other tall buildings.  But what about how they affect people living in the much smaller homes nearby?

My motion to ask Planning staff to strengthen the protection for residents passed. Unanimously.  Certainly a rarity at Council meetings in recent years.

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