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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Parks & Recreation Improvements

Parks & Recreation Improvements

Local parks and recreation spaces are a critical part of creating complete communities. To better serve our growing community, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to expand these public spaces.

This year, John continues working towards new and accessible playground equipment being installed at local parks with projects in Kempford Park and Empress Tot Lot. Last year, we updated numerous parks, including Hendon and Sheppard East Parks.

After many years of construction, the Edithvale Park expansion is also nearing completion. The completed park will include outdoor …

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The Future of Sheppard West & Bogert Apartments

The Future of Sheppard West & Bogert Apartments

The Lansing neighbourhoods (west of Yonge, on either side of Sheppard) continue to face extreme development pressure, with two major battles being decided by a provincially-appointed board.

Recently, a five-week hearing dealt with development along both sides of Sheppard, west of Yonge. Two years ago, the City had adopted a plan for Sheppard West which restricted development to the main street and limited heights to five and six storeys in most locations.  But a group of land speculators appealed the city’s plan and presented one of …

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Premier to Open the Floodgates on Development (updated)

Premier to Open the Floodgates on Development (updated)

Updated (June 6, 2019):

This week, Bill 108 passed third reading at Queen’s Park and received Royal Assent.  It is now law in Ontario.  There remain many concerns about the passing of this bill, and conflicting information circulating about its overall impact.  Last week, we did some fact checking on the Province’s claims.

In many cases, details about the actual impact to development charges and community benefits have yet to be released by the Province.  That means its not too late to contact our MPP and share …

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Fact Checking our MPP on Bill 108

Fact Checking our MPP on Bill 108

Willowdale MPP Stan Cho has released a “fact sheet” on Bill 108. But who’s checking the facts?  Virtually every point on the page was either incorrect, misleading or unsupportable by information on the public record.  Here are our top 10 most glaring concerns:

Claim: “Lengthy unpredictable approval processes and high costs have slowed down the building of new housing and rentals leading to a supply-demand imbalance.”

Reality: Toronto has had more development than any other city in North America. Since 2002, 226,000 new homes have been built …

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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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Yonge North Planning Study – May 22

Yonge North Planning Study – May 22

For several years the City of Toronto has been reviewing its Official Plan for the Yonge Street area between Finch and Steeles.  Not everyone has agreed with John’s vision to focus on building a complete neighbourhood, with community facilities, schools and places to work and shop. He is proposing a network of bicycle paths and pedestrian connections, with lots of new parkland. John believes in restricting tall buildings to sites with subway stations – and to make any increased density conditional on subway construction.

With subway …

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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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Uptown International Children’s Festival

Uptown International Children’s Festival

The Uptown International Children’s Festival, presented by TO Live, is an action-packed, fun-filled weekend where children of all ages and their families can experience live theatrical performances, participate in sing-alongs, explore worlds of wonder, and create new and lasting memories.

The heart of the Uptown International Children’s Festival lies in the Toronto Centre for the Arts, where four internationally-acclaimed shows bring wonder and exploration into our spaces. From a re-mastering of Shakespeare’s classic tale, Macbeth, to a musical performance from Grammy-Award winning artist Lisa Loeb, the festival …

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Reconstruction & Cycling on Willowdale Ave

Reconstruction & Cycling on Willowdale Ave

This fall 2019, the City of Toronto will be reconstructing Willowdale Avenue from Finch Avenue East to Empress Avenue and potentially installing a new buffered bike lane from Bishop Avenue to Empress Avenue.

The new bike lane would provide a dedicated space for cyclists, improving safety and comfort for all road users. The bike lane would expand the local cycling network by connecting to the existing Finch Hydro Corridor multi-use trail.

The City of Toronto is hosting a public drop-in event on Monday, May 13, 2019 from …

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