Desmond Cole Wins 2020 Toronto Book Award

Desmond Cole Wins 2020 Toronto Book Award

Congratulations to Toronto author Desmond Cole, who was awarded the 2020 Toronto Book Award. He received the honour for his memoir The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power,  chronicling the struggle against racism in Toronto and across the country in 2017.

To listen to Mr. Cole’s speech upon receiving the award click here.

Congratulations to the other four award finalists:

Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta (House of Anansi Press)
Dancing After TEN by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber, project management and access support by Kathleen …

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Community Based Crisis Response Survey

Community Based Crisis Response Survey

Toronto is looking to better respond to non-violent crisis calls, and is looking for your input.

Community-based crisis response provides an alternative to police attendance at mental health crisis and/or substance use related calls, wellness checks, and non-violent disputes between community members (like neighbourly disputes) among other incidents. It can take a number of different forms but generally involves sending staff with training and/or experience in mental health care, non-violent conflict resolution, harm reduction, and de-escalation of crisis situations rather than police.

The survey will be live …

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Remembrance Day Information

Remembrance Day Information

This year, Remembrance Day commemorations will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Toronto is encouraging people to instead observe this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations virtually at home or at work. The City will ensure appropriate respect and honour is paid by placing wreaths at the City’s cenotaphs on behalf of various organizations.

The City’s virtual commemorations will focus on the diversity of Toronto’s participation in times of war and significant milestones, as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the …

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Community Conversations about Parks Improvements and Road Safety with Councillor Filion

Community Conversations with Councillor Filion and Local Community Leaders!

Over the next month Councillor Filion is pleased to host a series of community conversations about two important, Willowdale-based topics:

Parks Improvements
Road Safety

Each conversation will focus on ways that these topics affect a specific geographic neighbourhood in Willowdale. The panelists are made up of community leaders in that neighbourhood so that each conversation will have a distinct local feel. A question and answer period for participants will be open at the end of each conversation.

To find out when …

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Help Cut Down on Household Waste

Help Cut Down on Household Waste

October 19-25th is waste reduction week in Toronto! Waste Reduction Week in is held every October as a reminder of the ways everyone can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable consumption.

Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This garbage maintenance requires money, energy, and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. When there is less waste produced, the less there is to manage.

For tips on how to reduce waste …

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Book Your Flu Vaccine Online

Book Your Flu Vaccine Online

On Monday, Toronto Public Health (TPH) launched the annual online flu vaccine booking system to help residents schedule their appointments for TPH’s annual flu vaccine clinics.

This year, in response to local COVID-19 circumstances, TPH flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online appointments to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures can be followed to reduce the potential risk of virus spread and keep residents safer.

Due to the higher demand for flu vaccine this year, more TPH flu vaccine clinics …

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Help Save Toronto’s Oldest Tree

Help Save Toronto’s Oldest Tree

An effort is underway to save Toronto’s oldest tree, the Heritage Oak on Coral Gable Drive in North York. Due to its size, age, beauty and cultural significance, this magnificent 250-year-old oak is recognized as a heritage tree under Forests Ontario’s Heritage Tree Program. Following Council’s direction earlier this year, the City has an agreement to purchase the property and establish the space as a parkette to preserve and showcase this beautiful example of our natural heritage.

To make this project a success, we need an …

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Free Benefit to Celebrate Koerner Hall

Free Benefit to Celebrate Koerner Hall

On October 17th, the Royal Conservatory is having a free online benefit to support Koerner Hall, one of the world’s best acoustic concert halls that we are proud to have here in Toronto.

This event will include performances by stars from the classical, jazz, pop, and world music scene including Lang Lang, Sondra Radvanovsky, Alex Cuba, Chilly Gonzales, Lighthouse and appearances by Meryl Streep, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more! All of these artists have performed at Koerner Hall and have become its worldwide ambassadors.

RSVP for this event …

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Donate Clothing to Willlowdale Welcome Centre

Donate Clothing to Willlowdale Welcome Centre

As the colder weather is now upon us, the Willowdale Welcome Centre is seeking donations of men’s clothing and warm winter clothing items (hats, scarves, gloves, coats, boots, etc.) Women’s clothing will also always be accepted but is currently not as high of a priority.

Please contact Ryan Evershed at ryan.evershed@homesfirst.on.ca   and Andrew Winchur at Andrew.winchur@homesfirst.on.ca for more information.

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COVID Testing Protocol Update

COVID Testing Protocol Update

Last week, because the government was facing a severe backlog in processing COVID-19 tests, and it looked like testing capacity would be overwhelmed, the provincial government made changes to the rules about who could get tested for COVID-19. As well, the government has decreed that there will no longer be drop in tests, instead moving to an appointment only model. This is being done to cut down on lines at testing centres, which were sometimes over 6 hours long.

With the series of changes, there has …

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Help Celebrate Meridian Hall’s 60th Anniversary

Help Celebrate Meridian Hall’s 60th Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the city-owned theatre that was first known as the O’Keefe Centre. The first production was the worldwide premiere of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot.

Soon after it opened, my parents took me there to see the musical Guys and Dolls. In later years, it was home to some of my favourite concerts: Jefferson Airplane, the O’Jays, Paul Simon, Alison Kraus, Bonnie Raitt and John Prine.

Now, as the theatre marks this milestone, TOLive, the city body that operates the theatre (which is …

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Toronto Sign Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Sign Returns to Nathan Phillips Square

Last Friday, the City unveiled the new Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square and the sign’s first celebratory wrap. The new sign is a more durable replica of the original which was installed in July 2015 for the Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games.

The sign’s first wrap, Patterns of the People, was designed by Danilo Deluxo McCallum in recognition of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent. Woven into the colourful patterns are African cultural symbols like the Adinkra Sankofa bird, which …

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