Willowdale Bird Migration

Willowdale Bird Migration

by Anne McConnell, Edithvale-Yonge Community Association

The second annual Willowdale Bird Migration Meet-Up was planned for May, 2020 by the Edithvale-Yonge Community, West Willowdale Neighbourhood and Willowdale Central Neighbourhood Associations, as part of the Toronto Bird Celebration.  The event has been postponed, but if you’ve been spending time looking out your window, even if you are completely new to birds, there are still lots of things you can do!

Willowdale’s resident birds such as the American Robin, Northern Cardinal and American Goldfinch are busy singing in our …

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Willowdale Residents Weigh In On Road Safety

Willowdale Residents Weigh In On Road Safety

Road safety is an issue John takes very seriously, leading to our office working actively with the City and community members to enact traffic measures that will make Willowdale a safer community for everyone.

Over the past year, City Council and the Transportation Services department have added to the list of safety measures under the City’s Vision Zero road safety program.  These have included laying the groundwork for introducing Photo Radar (which will launch in early 2020), doubling the number of Red Light Cameras in the …

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Willowdale Outdoor Ice Rinks

Willowdale Outdoor Ice Rinks

Story by Stephen Boyle

Looking for something to do when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fly? Why not embrace the winter, get active and have some fun with the kids and your community neighbours. Dust off the skates and take to the ice whenever you want. Outdoor rinks are a great option for those of you looking to get together for a group skate or game of shinny (pick-up hockey).

You don’t pay for ice time and you don’t need to worry about a …

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Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Profile: Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Parkview Neighbourhood Garden is celebrating its 10th anniversary this September.

The volunteer-run and operated community garden, located at 34 Parkview Ave., was first conceptualized in 2008 through a community meeting, where the decision was made to lay the foundation for the soon-to-be neighbourhood garden in the vacant city lot next to the historic John McKenzie House, home to the Ontario Historical Society. John supported the garden from the start and was integral to the garden’s expansion in 2014.

The success of Parkview Neighbourhood Garden hasn’t been without …

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Tips for a Safe & Healthy Summer

Tips for a Safe & Healthy Summer

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa is offering up some tips to enjoy summer in a safe and active way during the scorching weather.

Beat the heat

Check on vulnerable groups and loved ones that are at risk, including isolated adults and seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and infants and young children.
Ensure that elderly people, children or pets are not left unattended in a car. Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the …

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Multiculturalism Day & Canada Day Events in Mel Lastman Square

Multiculturalism Day & Canada Day Events in Mel Lastman Square

Celebrate Multiculturalism Day (June 30) and Canada Day (July 1) in Mel Lastman Square!

Multiculturalism Day will showcase the contributions of multicultural artists and communities to Canadian society through a dynamic program of contemporary music, dance and spoken word.

Admission is free!

The celebration is presented in collaboration with community partners North York Arts, Uma Nota, Small World Music, and RISE.

Mel Lastman Square Program – Multiculturalism Day (June 30)

Joining the lineup for Multiculturalism Day is the Juno Award-winning Okavango African Orchestra, featuring a cast of 9 accomplished African-born …

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Cultura Announces 2019 Line-up for July

Cultura Announces 2019 Line-up for July

What will you find on July’s Friday nights in Mel Lastman Square? You just never know until you’re there!  Willowdale’s own “community festival” presented by John Filion and North York Arts returns for another power packed season.

Each week you’ll find family activities, colourful characters,  incredible music and more as the Square comes alive for audiences of all ages from 6 to 8 PM.  Grab a bite with one of our international street food vendors, featuring Gogi Korean BBQ, Forno 450 pizza, Jerk Brothers, Espeto Brazil, Naansense and …

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Movie in the Square – RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 21

Movie in the Square – RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 21

Updated (June 11, 2019):

Due to the conflict with Game 6 of the NBA Finals and the tremendous support for the Toronto Raptors as they pursue their first championship, we have rescheduled our June Movie in the Square (details below) to Friday, June 21.  Please join us at dusk (approximately 9 PM) for this event celebrating the rich culture of the Willowdale community.

 

Original Post (May 27, 2019):

Join John and MP for Willowdale Ali Ehsassi for a special presentation of Song of God – a new documentary …

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Bike Safety & Family Fun Day – June 15

Bike Safety & Family Fun Day – June 15

Summer is here which means its the perfect season to get out on your bike and go for a ride.  But are you ready for the season?  Join John for Willowdale’s inaugural Bike Safety & Family Fun Day at Bayview Arena (3230 Bayview Avenue) on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 1 – 4 PM.

We’re ushering in the summer season with free bike tune-ups (first-come first-served) to make sure you’re ready for your summer ride, along with free ice cream and family activities including a cycling …

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Arts in the Parks Season Launch – June 7

Arts in the Parks Season Launch – June 7

An initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation which John helped to launch in 2015, Arts in the Parks brings free, family-friendly arts events and activities to a park near you. Think theatre performances, dance classes, workshops, movies, festivals and more, right in your backyard!

All ages are welcome to join us on Friday, June 7 from 12 – 3 PM at Lee Lifeson Art Park (223 Gladys Allison Place) for a free afternoon of performances, workshops and fun as we kick off the summer season of Arts in …

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Coffee With The Councillor – June 3

Coffee With The Councillor – June 3

Take an interest in your community by joining Councillor John Filion and all members of his staff for a cup of coffee on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 PM.  John will be hosting this event to answer questions or collect comments or suggestions on the local Willowdale community.

We’re happy to tackle discussions on some of the larger policy questions at City Hall like budgets, housing or transit – or local issues related to planning, building, roads, safety, urban forestry, parks, solid waste, community facilities, social …

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Community Environment Days – May 25 & July 7

Community Environment Days – May 25 & July 7

John hosts his annual Community Environment Day at Earl Haig Secondary School (100 Princess Avenue) on Saturday, May 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Environment Days are focused on creative ways to reuse old items, recycle properly, and learn about waste diversion initiatives.  It is also a space where people are encouraged to donate the items that they might otherwise throw away, specifically any school supplies or non-perishable food items. You may pick up new kitchen compost containers ($5 ea) and drop off old technology, batteries, and household hazardous waste to ensure a …

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