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Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary: Save the date Sept. 26

Sorauren Park - May 20, 2015 - 11:03pm
Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary A Celebration of Community & Urban Greenspacing Save the date: Saturday, September 26, 2015 Sorauren Avenue Park opened in September 1995 following a hard-fought community campaign to establish a new neighbourhood park on industrial land slated to become a depot for municipal garbage trucks. The park has become everything its founders […]

Davenport Community Rail Overpass

DIGIN - May 12, 2015 - 6:08pm





Davenport Community Rail Overpass
I was invited to make a short presentation to the 36 member Davenport Residents’ Reference Panel that Metrolinx has formed. The Residents’ Reference Panel will work on behalf of their community to ensure that the Davenport Community Rail Overpass benefits the neighbourhood.
Following is the ‘script’ for my presentation. Many thanks to local resident Robert Haskett for his wealth of knowledge and will credit him as a co-author of my presentation.
As well, in an attempt to highlight the Davenport-Japan comparison in the next blog post I have provided an edited version of the back-up provided to me by Robert for you to review.

Community Benefits for Metrolinx Rail lines
I found an old email the other day. It was the first email I’ve ever received on the railway projects. The date. March of 2009. 2009!  For over 6 years our community has been thinking about, toiling with, fighting for and stressing over these Metrolinx rail projects. So now finally in 2015 we are about to talk about “Community Benefits”.  Okay. Here we go. Let’s talk about realbenefits for our community. Substantial Benefits!
What would we like to see? Most of the concerns residents have regarding the project are with regards to ·         Noise and vibration·         Diesel pollution·     Accessibility       
Metrolinx (MX) on the other hand has the challenge to:
  • deliver the Regional Express Rail Plan
  • and have the people who live in Barrie arrive on time for Little Billy’s baseball game.

How do we achieve all this?
To Improve GO Transit and Reduce Community Concerns:  Electrify the Trains
GO Transit service would be greatly enhanced and our community concerns and objections to the overpass would be greatly reduced if the GO trains were electric from the very beginning
Of course, electric trains create ·         Less Noise and Vibration – We know electric trains are lighter and quieter thus significantly reducing noise and vibration – AND would probably not require Noise Walls ·         No Diesel Emissions –Thus addressing resident’s concerns about the pollution and the affects on theirs and their children’s health. ·       As well, electrifying the rail line would make it   more suitable forLocal Stations which would Better Service Our Community
Think about it….§    If GO service became more like an above-ground subway with local access, not only would ridership (i.e. revenue) increase significantly, but local community objections to this project would be considerably reduced.  §     As it stands now, for the Davenport community our closest access to the Barrie GO line is Union Station, which obviously is not at all convenient.  § Additionally, much of Davenport currently lives in a “transit desert”. 
I work downtown Toronto. It takes less time for my colleague to get downtown Toronto from Whitby on GO transit than it does for me to get downtown from here (Davenport & Weston Road) via the TTC. It’s no wonder people want to drive to work!
We need Local Stations to improve Community Access         ·         A Station at Bloor is an absolute must. Everyone who comes from Barrie does not need to go to Union Station. A connection with the Bloor subway would improve the MX service to their long distance riders who work mid-town as well as increase the accessibility to the local residents. ·         Why not a  St. Clair Station?  With electric trains, a station could be established at St. Clair to connect with the St. Clair LRT·         Why not Other Local Stations?  With electric trains, local stations could be established at other appropriate locations between Union and York University, thus providing convenient north-south rapid transit in western MetroToronto.
·         With electric trains, the GO line could basically operate as both a local transit and longer-distance commuter rail serviceFor example,   on most commuter train lines in Japan there is a combination of local trains (stop at all stations), rapid trains (stop at about half of the stations), and express trains (stop only at major stations). The Local trains could make multiple runs especially during morning and evening rush hours, thus actually making efficient use of the actual trains
In Japan the design and routing of rail lines and the selection of station stops is done to maximize service for the entire community through which the rail line travels.  In Japan, commuter rail lines do not just pass through a community.  Why would they?! Why would they bypass all those potential riders?  It just doesn’t make economic sense.  In Japan, rail lines serve the entire area through which they pass.  As a result, it makes sense that most communities generally welcome a new rail line since it provides greatly improved local transit access to other neighbourhoods and communities. Suffice it to say that increasing the number of stations would result in a significant increase in ridership and revenue (i.e. the MX bottom line), in other words: A Win-Win for MX!
For the community specifically:* Electrification would mean quieter, cleaner trains running over our heads and homes.  * Local stops at Bloor and Eglinton etc etc. would mean accessibility to efficient transit to West End residents. This in turn, would relieve some of the congestion on the over-crowded TTC. And… would decrease the number of drivers cutting through our residential streets looking for a quick route to work.
Over the years, many of us have spent many hours not to mention lots of blood, sweat and tears working to improve our community and make this a place to be proud of. We are proud to be Davenport residents and we are proud of the work we have done. This rail project however has the potential to undo our efforts and really can Make or Break our community. Regional Rail is important but as it stands now Davenport bears the brunt of the negative impacts while other Ontarians reap the benefits. Let’s fix that.
Let’s make history! Let’s make it efficient, quiet, pollution-free – and reasonably priced so that few people will choose to commute by car. Let’s demand Design Excellence. Let’s seek proposals from the most skilled teams of designers from around the globe and make the most magnificent piece of industrial architecture. Something that we all can be proud of.  We need to make it useful. We need to Do it once. And we need to Do it right. And lastly but not least….Let’s also build a connected transit system. One that can help a single mother in North Davenport get home to her kids as quickly as a mother in Barrie.   
Donna

Davenport Community Rail Overpass - Japanese comparison

DIGIN - May 12, 2015 - 6:03pm


Local resident, Robert Haskett is very familiar with the Japanese commuter rail system and very kindly supplied information comparing the Barrie GO train line to a similar stretch near Osaka, Japan. 

Comparison of Similar Commuter Trains:  GO Transit and Japan Rail Rail Line GO Transit – Barrie line Japan Rail – Gakkentoshi Line 1 Route Bradford to Union Station Kizu to downtown Osaka Distance 66 km 60 km Usual Number of Cars per Train 10 9 Total Station Stops 2 7 (none in Metro Toronto) 27 (rapid trains stop at 14 stations) Normal Travel Time 77 minutes 65 minutes (by rapid train 3) Single Fare 4 $10.30 $9.20 (equivalent)
Comparison prepared by Robert Haskett – information valid as of May 9, 2015
Notes  1.       Gakkentoshi line was selected not only because it is comparable to the Barrie GO line (I chose to compare from Bradford to Union Station since the distances are similar), but it is also the Japanese commuter line that I have used the most.  It is worth noting that in the literally 100s of times that I have taken Gakkentoshi line over more than 20 years of stays in Japan in all seasons, I have experienced only one delay longer than 10 minutes, and less than 5 delays of any duration.2.       Excluding departure and arrival stations; although the average distance between stations on the Gakkentoshi line in Japan is about 2.1 km, in the more densely populated urban areas, stations are spaced at 1 to 2 km intervals.3.       During rush hours, there are usually 4 rapid train departures per hour + 4 hourly departures of local trains (which stop at all stations); generally there are 4 hourly departures from all stations all day between approx. 6 a.m. and midnight.  4.       In both Canada and Japan, discounted fares are available, e.g. day passes and monthly passes.

Summary
1.      Compared to current GO train service, the electrified Gakkentoshi commuter rail line in Japan provides faster, more frequent, cheaper service with many more stations to serve the communities and neighbourhoods along its entire route. 
2.      Stations are located to be within walking or bicycling distance of residents, such that car parking is generally neither available nor required at most stations.  On the other hand, all stations have large bicycle parking areas which can accommodate 100s of bicycles.
3.      As with TTC subway stations, when a station is established, it becomes a node for both residential and commercial development.  This results in increased ridership (and revenue) as well as increased economic activity which benefits the tax base.
4.      Generally, due to the quieter operation of electrified trains, there are no noise walls or other visual barriers.  Since level crossings are very common, rail lines in Japan do not represent such a barrier as they tend to in Canada.
5.      With such frequent, fast, convenient service provided for everyone who lives in proximity to the rail line, it is understandable why almost every commuter chooses the train over driving a car.


Question: It seems like a substantial amount of rail traffic wouldn't 4 tracks be needed to achieve this?

Answer: Only 2 lines are necessary, one for each direction, except at some stations.  In Japan, most stations have only the 2 lines.  Local trains make brief stops at all stations, whereas rapid trains bypass half or more of the less busy stations.   Station stops in Japan are very short, usually just 30 seconds (think TTC subway stops). 
With the rapid deceleration and acceleration of electric trains, even with frequent service, with proper scheduling the rapid trains do not “catch up” to the local trains so often, such that additional lines are only required at 10% or maybe a little more of the stations along the entire route (depends mostly on frequency of train service and the local/rapid train balance). 
Thus, 2 additional lines are only required for very short distances in relatively few locations.  These additional lines are simply short sidings (one for each direction of travel) at selected stations where a local train would pull off onto a siding to allow a rapid train to pass it.  I think on the entire Gakkentoshi line (from the comparison above), even with 4 local and 4 rapid trains per hour, the rapid trains only catch up to and pass local trains a couple of times in the 60 km length of the line.


Note:  the full context is more complicated because not all trains run the entire length of the line since ridership further out from downtown Osaka is lower, hence there are many “short turn” trains such that train service is more frequent closer to the city than it is farther out, which is what one would expect.
Robert Haskett
Click here for a better view of the JR  East Group Railway lines network (shown above)   https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://cat.phys.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~ueda/jr_east_map.pdf

Got Milkweed? Railpath Planting June 6!

West Toronto Railpath - May 11, 2015 - 9:41am
Raise public awareness for the Railpath as a Car~free, multi mobile corridor and biological diverse public park  and get your hands dirty! 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday June 6th 2015 All are welcome to celebrate the West Toronto Railpath Park, learn about the diverse plants that grow along the path and to plant milkweed- the main food source of the Monarch butterfly in association with the David Suzuki Foundation/Homegrown National Park Project ‘Got Milkweed’ Campaign.All we need are your hands to plant milkweed in a pre chosen site near the Ernest Ave. Railpath access. Explore the entire phase 1 stage of this unique linear park and learn more about the plans for the phase 2 Railpath extension. These materials will be part of my intervention:

Plants

It would be great if participants can bring with them:

Gloves

Here is a link to our 100 in 1 Day page. And check out the butterfly themed Buzz On The Bridge  the same day.


JRA e-newsletter — May 2015

The Junction Residents Association - May 1, 2015 - 9:40pm

The next JRA Community Meeting (last community meeting till October) will be Thu., May 14, 7-9 pm, at the West Toronto Baptist Church, as usual (3049 Dundas St. W.).  Meet your neighbours.  Refreshments served.  The agenda will include:

  • Update on the Function in the Junction 2015:  Come hear about our huge success this year raising money for the Annette Street Public Library
  • 18blocks: Learn about this cool new initiative to share neighbourhood events and needs through a creative online sharing site.
  • Community updates and summer happenings

Note:  If you cannot attend the May 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 there, so you can follow along.  There is a facility for asking questions remotely.  After the meeting, the video is posted online.

The annual Junction Community Yard Sale and Potluck, sponsored by the JRA, will be on Sat., June 6 (raindate June 13) at Vine Parkette, 200 Vine Ave.
   8 am – 3 pm: Join your neighbours on June 6 and come to Vine Parkette for our annual community yard sale. Bring a blanket or table and  display your items to sell. Come with pocket money to buy other people’s neat stuff.  Anyone is welcome to sell in Vine Parkette — no table fees!
   4 pm:  Bring some food to Vine Parkette to eat, some to share if you like, and enjoy free hotdogs compliments of your JRA.
   Promote your sale: If you’re having a yard sale on June 6 also, at some other location in the neighbourhood, send us the location and contact info by May 27 (email info@junctionra.ca), and we’ll put you on our event’s Google map and help get the word out.

Function in the Junction 2015 — A massive success!     If you were there on April 11 for the 6th annual Function in the Junction, you were part of a wonderful evening in our community. Delicious food, beautiful community spirit, donated tasty local drinks, they were all part of the magic. Dinner tickets sold out (96 people) and the silent and live auction items generously donated by local businesses were a huge hit. Live music kept us together to celebrate into the evening. The event raised $7,200 for the Annette Street Public Library. Incredible. Thank you to the volunteers who worked tirelessly for months to prepare, and to those who gave us their time and great Junction spirit as volunteers at the event. What an incredible neighbourhood we live in… Next year’s Function is going to be even better!

===========    Ongoing  Events  =========

Contact Photography Festival, citywide, May 1-31.  Exhibits in the Junction feature 20+ artists in 16 venues, with openings on Sat., May 2, 6-9 pm.  Stroll on Dundas from Quebec to Heintzman — see a map of all venues in the Junction.  And check out the thick glossy catalogs available for free at any exhibit spot.

Jane’s Walk, citywide, May 1-3.  Their website is a little hard to use for searching, so here are walks in our general neighbourhood, with times (some are held twice), meeting place and link to more information:

Kundalini Yoga, Annette St. Library, Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm, 8-class series from May 4 – June 29 (no class May 18).  Breathe, move, sing, relax, and meditate. Come to the full series, or individual classes. Just bring a yoga mat and you.

Doors Open Toronto, Sat.-Sun., May 23-24:  In newspapers the week before, there is usually a pull-out map and listing of all the open sites.  I’ve listed here those in our neighbourhood that are shown on the city website (see link), but there may be more later.

  • Toronto Police Service 11 Division
  • Riwoche Tibetan Buddhist Temple of Toronto
  • The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  • High Park – Forest School
  • High Park – Production Greenhouses
  • High Park – Children’s Teaching Kitchen
  • High Park – Colborne Lodge Museum
  • Lambton House

Summer is coming:  The Junction Farmers Market 2015 season will start on Sat., May 23!  The market is set to start again at the same location, the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), continuing every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm, through October 31.  Read about their new president and new Market Manager in a recent newsletter.

Other markets also exist in the neighbourhood, but a little further away:  Sorauren Farmers’ Market runs every Monday from 3–7 pm in Sorauren Park (see recurring events below).  The Annette Village Farmers’ Market operates on Weds., 3-7 pm in Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St. (see below for opening event on May 27).

Running through May 16:  “Maggie’s Getting Married,” a play by Norm Foster, directed by David Eden, at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. W.  Maggie’s getting married! Or is she? It’s normal for people to have cold feet just before a wedding, but one person – who shouldn’t – recalls the groom as having warm feet!  Delightful comedy from the author of The Long Weekend.  Tickets $18 – $22, at 416-767-7702.

=======    Events coming up, in and near the Junction    ======
Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
===  Scroll down for  Events for children   == and ==   Recurring events   ===

Fri., May 1 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 7:30 by Jane Drake and Friends, “Living Room Music.”  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., May 2 – World Labyrinth Day in High Park.

Sat., May 2 – 50th Annual Spring Sale, Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, free. Amazing bargains on jewelry, books, furnishings, toys, clothing, and more!

Sat., May 2 – King George Public School craft show and business fair, 25 Rexford Rd. (near Willard and St. Johns), 10 am-2 pm.  This fundraiser features 46 vendors, student crafters, and a bake sale.  Entry $2/person, $5/family.

Sat., May 2 – Ward 13’s Community Environment Day, Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 2001 Lake Shore Blvd. W. (east of Ellis Ave.), 10 am – 2 pm.  Sponsored by Councillor Doucette.  Reuse, recycle and safely dispose.

Sat., May 2 – High Park Annual Spring Clean-Up, off-leash area Dog Hill (near Can Stage), 10 am – 2 pm (raindate May 9). Latex gloves and garbage bags will be provided; please wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves, bring a bottle of water, and help out for a couple of hours picking up garbage, debris and dog poop that has been left from the winter on the trails and the woods.  Contact email : k9@highpark.org

Sat., May 2 – A Village of Love Fundraiser, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., 5:30-10 pm.  Benefit for micro-loans so orphan caregivers in Kenya can feed their children.  5:30 country entertainer, wine bar; 6:30 vegetarian chili supper $10; 7:30 square dance $10 (for absolute beginners, so all are welcome).  Prizes! Raffle! Silent Auction!  Tickets/info: 416-766-7265.

Mon., May 4 – “The Hidden Costs of Buying a Condominium,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm. Second in a 3-part series, “A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors.”  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.

Mon., May 4 – Coastal Command during World War II, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Keith Hyde, aviation historian, will speak on the lesser-known role of the Royal Air Force.  Using long-range flying boats and land-based aircraft, Coastal Command had the thankless task of endless patrols, searching for U-Boats and service raiders, throughout the Mediterranean, Baltic, Atlantic and Pacific theatres. Canadian airmen played a major role with Coastal Command.

Thu., May 7 – Save Our Village fundraiser, BAKA Gallery Cafe, 2256 Bloor St. W., 7:15 pm.  Jennifer Robson is a local Mom who is also the international bestselling author of “Somewhere in France” and, most recently, “After the War is Over.”  Come meet Jennifer, hear her speak about “After the War is Over” and ask questions at this unique “neighbourhood book club”!  Tickets $55 (includes: appetizers, cash bar, signed copy of “After the War is Over”).  We need to raise an additional $8,000 to pay all costs associated with the OMB Mediation for 2265-79 Bloor St. W (this process took longer and cost more than anticipated!), so if you cannot make it May 7th, please consider making a donation online.

Sat., May 9 – Blood donation, Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Please bring your donor or ID card.  For more info, call 416-974-9900 or https://www.blood.ca/en.

Sat., May 9 – 100th Anniversary of St. Cecilia School – Open House, 355 Annette St., 1-5 pm.  Come tour the school and see the many changes that have happened over the years!  St. Cecilia Catholic School will have an open house for parents, alumni and others in the community that are interested in our history. This event will feature themed classrooms, work by the students, and other activities about our school’s history.

Sun., May 10 – Native Plant Sale, High Park Greenhouse, 11 am- 2 pm  This sale supports the work of the High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program, and native plant restoration.  See the website and map for necessary information if you plan to attend the sale.

Sun., May 10 – Aggie’s Wildflower Walk, 1:30 pm.  This nature walk, led by Madeleine McDowell, starts at Lambton House and takes about two hours, returning to Lambton House for a refreshing Tea & Talk about Agnes and her work, displayed in Humber Room.

Mon., May 11 – “Why NOT to Write a Will,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm. Third in a 3-part series, “A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors.”  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.

Mon., May 11 – Climate Change and Canada, Runnymede Library, 6:30-7:30 pm.  A presentation by Step Up, Canada! and the People’s Climate Movement on the causes & consequences of climate change and Canada’s role in the global effort to address this escalating global phenomenon. Supported by Green 13.

Tue., May 12 – Basics of Vegetable Gardening, Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Discover the joys of growing your own food. Meet master gardener Joanna Blanchard and learn everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables.

Tue., May 12 – Green 13 presents film “Symphony of the Soil,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9 pm.  Free screening and discussion with a guest speaker from Canadian Organic Growers-Toronto.  Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting-edge science, this is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance, soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships among soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex nature of this precious resource.

Tue., May 12 – Write On Playwrights’ Showcase, On Cue Billiards, 349 Jane St. (1 block south of Annette), 8-10 pm, doors at 7:30.  “Write On” is a night to showcase playwrights’ work and to focus on the next stage of script development. Each playwright will perform an excerpt or piece of their choosing. With a musical performance by folk songstress Brooklyn Doran. Tickets are $5 at the door or online.

Thu., May 14 – Junction Residents Association community meeting, 7-9 pm, West Toronto Baptist Church.  See at top for details.

Thu., May 14 – Heritage Talk, “Wilderness Settlement: The Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm.  Talk by contemporary artist Charles Pachter.  Free admission & refreshments.

Tue., May 19 – Teen Scrabble Tournament!, Runnymede Library, 4:30-6 pm.  Many will enter, few will win. Compete for a shot at becoming the next Scrabble champion and win prizes! For youth ages 13-19. Snacks provided.  Space is limited. Register in person or by phone at 416-393-7697.  Presented by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.

Wed., May 20 – What’s Trending?, Runnymede Library, 4-5 pm.  Calling all fangirls and fanboys! Introducing a new in-real-life forum where you can discuss the latest books, movies, TV shows, video games, apps, and more! Drop by and meet other teens who share your interests. Snacks provided. For youth ages 12-18. Presented by the Runnymede Library Youth Advisory Group.

Wed., May 20 – Cheri’s Education Town Hall! – Western Technical, 125 Evelyn Cres., Cafeteria, 7-9 pm.  As Parkdale-High Park grows, so does student enrolment.  Join MPP Cheri DiNovo and several guest speakers to discuss how our schools and school boards are adapting with redevelopment intensification, and what possible future changes may come as our community grows. Everyone in the community is invited to this free Town Hall event.

Sat., May 23 – Junction Farmers Market opens a new season.  See info above in Ongoing section.

Sat.-Sun., May 23-24 – Doors OpenSee listing above in Ongoing section.

Wed., May 27 – The Annette Village Farmers’ Market Launch Day/BBQ, Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St., 3-7 pm.  Sponsored by Creme Fraiche Market Cafe, this market offers fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, pasta, meats, fish, preserves, baked goods, and other artisanal delights.

Wed., May 27 – Destress and Engage for Healthy Cognitive Aging: What the Research Tells Us, Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  Join us for this presentation by Dr. Alexandra J. Fiocco, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University and the Stress & Healthy Aging Research Lab (StAR). Dr. Fiocco will be discussing her research on healthy cognitive aging.  Drop in program, no registration required

Wed., May 27 – “Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Alan Redway speaks about his book, which traces the growth and governance of the city from its creation in 1834 through its successful Metro years, and discusses why amalgamation is a failed model, and how other metros successfully de-amalgamated. See more at link.

Fri.-Sun., May 29-31 – 18th Annual Art Tour in Bloor West Village, High Park, and The Junction, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm.  Thirty-one locations where art is displayed, mostly artists’ studios.  See map and art samples on website.  Free admission.

Sun., May 31 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Featuring Helen Nelson, Bruce McDougall, Ed MacDonald, Tamai Kobayashi, and Diane Schoemperlen. Free.

 ==========    Events for children and families  =========== 

Note for future planning: There is a good list of local summer day camps in the May issue of The Westside’s Story (go to the fifth page and click Summer Camp link, or go to the very end of the pdf and then back a couple of pages).

Crafts for Mom!, Thu., May 7, 3:30-6 pm, Annette St. Library.  Drop in for an afternoon of “do-it-yourself” crafting for Mom!  Make a special Mother’s Day gift to take home.  Supplies provided.  All ages.

MAP Family Saturdays – Bata Shoe Museum visits Annette Street, Sat., May 16, 10-11 am, Annette St. Library.  Have you ever wanted to feel a sealskin boot or touch a shoe made from a tire? Well, now is your chance!  Join the Bata Shoe Museum staff and touch and examine museum objects up close while hearing the fascinating stories behind the shoes.  You’ll also get to make a shoe-shaped magnet craft to take home!

Drama Class for ages 6-12, Weds., 5:15-6:15 pm, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

Kid Workshop: Build a Picket Fence Frame, Sat., May 9, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a picket fence frame using a hammer and glue, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette St. Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:
*  Fun and educational activities for the children
*  A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
*  Information on parenting/child development
*  Healthy and nutritional snacks

For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in May:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

========   Recurring events  (in order by day of week)  ==========

The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, May 23 through Oct. 31 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

Family Nature Walks, alternate Saturdays (and occasional Sundays), 1:30-3 pm, meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.  No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event.  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

  • Sat., May 9 – “The Birds Are Back in Town
  • Sat./Sun., May 23-24 (same program given twice) – “Savannah in the City” – High Park is home to the 4th largest remnant of Black Oak Savannah left in Ontario. Learn about the flora and fauna that reside here and be ready to get your hands dirty!

High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.

  • Sun., May 3 – “The Amazing Birds of the Park.” Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.
  • Sun., May 17, “Grenadier Pond Awakes.” Spring brings big changes to the pond. Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker points out the activity.

Lambton House Open House: Sundays, 12 noon – 4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and house tours; refreshments available.

Sorauren Farmers’ Market, Mondays, 3-7 pm, in Sorauren Park, including most holiday Mondays. During the winter the Market is indoors at the Fieldhouse, but from mid-May to October it’s an outdoor affair. Sorauren Market is owned and operated by the WestEnd Food Co-op.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (May 25), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (May 25), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.,12:15 pm.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm. A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (May 19), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Call 416-393-7697 to register.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (May 26), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm.  Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  No experience required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.

Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (May 6), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Speaker May 6: Millie Morton – One-Room Schools & Ontario History.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (May 13), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  “Powstanie Warszawskie” (Warsaw Uprising”) (2014).  Free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (May 20), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.  May 20 meeting will report on the outcome of the studies by two student groups on the Dundas/Dupont/Annette intersection.

Swansea Horticultural Society, fourth Wed., Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm. May 27 – “Flower Arranging” with Sue Clarkson.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.  See more information at website.

West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (May 7), Annette Library, downstairs, 7:30 pm. You are invited to our AGM.  Participate in democracy and vote for the candidate of your choice for the WTJHS executive.  Join in a frank and ultimately long-lasting discussion of the future of a two-time Heritage Toronto award-winning historical society.  Meet your fellow local history buffs and sample delicious snacks.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (May 21), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guests are Celina Di Cecca and Tony Nesbitt Larking. Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm. Tickets for purchase ($35) at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, Friday (May 8), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, all welcome, no experience or partner required. $10 members, $15 non-members.  May 8: Lesson in East Coast Swing taught by Steve Miller.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (May 5), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (May 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (May 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (May 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • last Monday (May 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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Sorauren Sports upcoming events

Sorauren Park - April 30, 2015 - 7:05am
Sunday May 03 Soccer clinic with Stuart Miller Parkdale Community Recreation Centre 75 Lansdowne Ave. in Parkdale PS 10 am – noon Coaches: Come out and learn some great soccer drills that you can use with your team. Saturday May 09 Meet the Coach Parkdale Community Recreation Centre 75 Lansdowne Ave. in Parkdale PS Noon […]

Railpath Cleanup Day April 18

West Toronto Railpath - April 17, 2015 - 1:09pm
Join the Parkdale RoadRunners and Community members for a cleanup on the Railpath ! Here are the deets: The sun is finally out and it’s time to give our community a bit of spring cleaning! On Saturday, April 18, Parkdale Roadrunners will be doing our part to make the West Toronto Railpath a little more beautiful for all us runners and everyone else using it this spring and summer. As part of the city’s Clean Toronto Together 2015 project, we’re asking anyone and everyone to spare about one hour to help us clean the Railpath between Bloor St. and Dundas St. WHEN AND WHERE: Meet on the Railpath at the Bloor Street entrance at 12 NOON. We will move south as a group, cleaning as we go. Bags will be dropped for City pick-up at Dundas St. Garbage / recycling bags will be provided. We hope to be done it all by 1 p.m.
BRING AND WEAR: A pair of gloves if you have them and wear your PDRR gear.
Let’s do this! (other cleanup locations in Junction Triangle)

Railpath Expansion Update April 2015

West Toronto Railpath - April 17, 2015 - 1:02pm

Railpath expansion is in the last days of an environmental Assessment (EA) and barring any last minute snags the shovels will go in the ground in 2016! Yea!

This is the City of Toronto EA page for the project. There is a slide show that can be opened to provide a great overview. One note, the most southerly part of the expansion shows a route from Abell Street south east that uses Sudbury Avenue. This was not the original preferred route and is not going to happen. This remaining short stretch is going to be rethought, in the original preferred route along the rail corridor, in conjunction with locals and stakeholders. The idea is to think big and inventive and see how we can get people across King and into Liberty Village in a way that adds to the community and adds to the larger Railpath vision.

There will be some Railpath news in the next few weeks so come back or follow us on Twitter: @railpath


Park clean-up and gardening day May 9

Sorauren Park - April 16, 2015 - 9:46pm
The annual Sorauren Park clean-up and gardening day is set for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Coffee’s on… bring your gloves, trowels, shovels, wheelbarrows! (Or just bring yourself, that’s OK too.) Once again, local residents will team up with a special group of Yale University alumni, who have volunteered for […]

Community centre funding “secure” for 2017-2023 period

Sorauren Park - April 9, 2015 - 9:52pm
Councillor Gord Perks’s office brought good news to local residents assembled at the annual general meeting of the Wabash Building Society last week: funding for the long-awaited Wabash Community Centre is “secure.” A representative from the Councillor’s office delivered the news to about 40 people at the public meeting (the Councillor was in a City […]

Roncy Walks

Roncesvalles Renewed - March 31, 2015 - 8:12am

Roncy Walks for Earth Hour

A symbolic gesture

Every Earth Hour, the kilometre and half of Roncesvalles Avenue is travelled upon, by environment conscious supporters. This year the symbolic gesture campaigning crowd, gathered at  the (future site of) the Dundas  Roncesvalles Peace Garden where Earth Hour 2015 Walk Marshals; Andrea DOnofrio and Sarah Malleau had arranged for acoustic performer, Markur to entertain attendees. 

Keith Denning from the RVBIA handed out mason jar lanterns, for those who didn’t arrive with any. I stayed busy working with media and welcoming friends.

If I were to continue on accolades, the whole of RoncyWorks and all that it does, wouldn’t exist without key facilitator Veronica Feihl, who thoughtfully organized the first cleanup of the plant beds and tree beds, the morning of the annual Earth Hour Walk.

Symbolic Walk starts Live on CP24

Coinciding with a live TV hit, the revellers with lit candles and lanterns, began the Walk along Roncesvalles’s commercial side, pausing briefly to salute patrons in the many dimly lit cafes, bistros and bars. Many businesses participate in the power-down hour.

Walkers acknowledge “power-down” patrons of restaurants & bars along the way

Karyn & NDP MP Peggy Nash

The more people that attend the Roncesvalles Annual Earth Hour candlelight walk, the more evident it is to educators, commercial planners and governing parties that our neighbourhood cares and wants strategies that will safeguard the world from issues like climate change.

I’ve been Roncy’s Earth Hour Co-ordinator since 2010, so how pleased was I to chat with NDP MP Peggy Nash as we strolled the length of the celebratory walk. Locally running Liberal Candidate Arif Virani also attended, but I didn’t get a chance to say hello.

RoncyWorks Members; Veronica, Sarah, Andrea, Karyn

As soon as we arrived at Grafton Park, we posed for our annual group picture as the Walk Marshals queried the crowd on Earth Hour Trivia. Correct answers were rewarded with amazing giveaways that the RoncyWorks Earth Hour Marshals had canvassed for.

Wonderful packages were supplied by these local businesses:

  • SOHO Art & Custom Framing
  • The Herbal Clinic & Dispensary
  • Revue Cinema
  • Michael Johnston Music Studio
  • Chocolateria
  • The Cookery
  • Fresh Collective
Thanks to all the media outlets that covered the event. EXCERPT from Inside Toronto Parkdale Villager interview by: Hilary Caton For Koski, having people show up this Saturday, March 28 is a testament to successful non-violent community communication. “There is no fist pumping or screaming demands to recognize and do something about climate change,” she said. There are just a whole bunch of people, that get together every year to walk down a kilometre and half of Toronto real estate, holding lit candles symbolically representing that we aren’t using conventional man-made power for just one little hour. And we’re doing so because maybe one day, there just won’t be any.”

JRA e-newsletter — April 2015

The Junction Residents Association - March 29, 2015 - 7:43pm

FUNCTION IN THE JUNCTION:  Sat., Apr. 11 — Get your tickets!

What:  Organized by the Junction Residents Association (JRA), the Function is a lively evening to share local food, drinks and music, and to raise money for a worthy neighbourhood cause.

When:  Sat., April 11.  Dinner is 6 pm, live auction at 8 pm, and live music starts at 9 pm.  Tickets for the 3-course sit-down dinner are sold in advance only, at Latitude 44 Gallery and Agora Cafe (both cash only), or online (e-transfer) at the Function website.

Where:  The event takes place at the West Toronto Masonic Temple, 151 Annette Street.

Why:   This year’s proceeds will go to the Annette Street Public Library, a cornerstone of our community that offers a welcoming space for readers and an inclusive variety of programs as well as community gathering space.

Latest news: Junction musician Michael O’Grady to perform live at 9 pm!  For more info, see the Function website for details. And, follow us on Twitter — @JunctionRA.

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Spring also means the return of the City’s annual Clean Toronto Together Community Clean-Up Days, Apr. 17-19.  This year again, your Junction Residents Association (JRA) will organize a local clean-up on Sunday, Apr. 19, and you can show your pride in our community by participating:

  • Make a team (or two) with your friends, family, or neighbours.
  • Pick up gloves and bags at the Green P parking lot on Pacific starting at 10 am on Sun., Apr. 19.
  • Find a park, laneway, street, or any other public space that needs your help. Collect litter and other garbage in the area.
  • Bring your full bags of garbage back to the Green P any time between 10 am and 4 pm on Sunday. The JRA will organize pick-up by Sanitation.

From Councillor Doucette:  As residents in Ward 13 will be directly affected by the Pan Am Games, being prepared and informed will be a priority.  A public information session for our ward is being held by the Pan Am Transportation Team for all residents and business owners. Join us on Thu., Apr. 2 at the Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue).  Business owners/operators will meet from 3-5 pm, with residents then meeting from 6-8 pm. For more information on the games and how you could be affected, email businessinfo@toronto2015.org or residentinfo@toronto2015.org.

Community Tax Clinics – Peggy Nash has one more free tax prep clinic, on Sat., Apr. 11, 9:30 am-4 pm, at her office, 1596 Bloor St. W. for residents of Parkside-High Park who are:

  • Without dependants, and with a gross household income of less than $25,000
  • With dependants, including spouse or equivalent, and with a gross household income <  $35,000

To book an appointment, see the website above, and do it soon!

Ongoing, Apr. 24 – May 16:  “Maggie’s Getting Married,” a play by Norm Foster, directed by David Eden, at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. W.   Maggie’s getting married! Or is she? It’s normal for people to have cold feet just before a wedding, but one person – who shouldn’t – recalls the groom as having warm feet!  Delightful comedy from the author of The Long Weekend.  Tickets $18 – $22, at 416-767-7702.

Summer is coming:  The Junction Farmers Market  2015 season will start on Sat., May 23!

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Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Tue., Mar. 31 – “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!” 7-8:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like, where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks!  Questions? Email highpark@veg.ca

Tue., Mar. 31 – Ask an Expert: Planning for Retirement, Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Retirement is the largest bill you’ll ever face. As a member of the healthiest and longest-living population ever, government payments are not enough to fund retirement. Learn how to become proactive and start retirement planning early. Discover the benefits of using government tax deferral/savings opportunities, participating in company pension plans, and including non-registered investments as part of a retirement plan. A member of the CPAC (Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada) will be the presenter.

Wed., Apr. 1 – “How Are New Solar Systems Born?” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  New stars are born in the Milky Way every year, but stellar nurseries are veiled by dense clouds of gas and dust. Dr. Rachel Friesen explains how stars and solar systems form and how astronomers peer into their birth sites using telescopes on earth and in space. Presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Wed., Apr. 1 – Swansea Historical Society Meeting, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.  Speaker Rona Arato on “Josiah Henson and the Underground Railway.”  Visitors welcome, light refreshments.

Thu., Apr. 2 – “Tips and Tools for Getting Around During the Pan Am Games,” 3 or 6 pm, see information at the top of email.

Thu., Apr. 2 [ changed from 3/31 ] – “Vegetarianism 101: Easy steps to eating less meat!” 7-8:30 pm, Jane/Dundas Library.  Interested in making healthier, more sustainable and more compassionate food choices? The Toronto Vegetarian Association will give you some tips and tools for going vegetarian or reducing your consumption of animal products, and answer all those commonly asked questions like, where do I get my protein and what’s a quick meal I can pull together on a work night? Free vegan snacks!  Questions? Email highpark@veg.ca

Thu., Apr. 2 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, Annette Library, downstairs.  7:30 pm -business meeting; 8:15 pm – speaker:  Madeleine McDowell, “The Great War through the Eyes of a Child.”  My mother was two when the War broke out. She and her mother followed her father to England, and she experienced bombings, saw the depth charging of a German submarine, and was friends with many Canadian soldiers. They all adored her; she was pretty, bright, friendly and above all Canadian – and they were in England, preparing for, or returning from, Flanders or France. She was a tangible piece of Home.

Sat., Apr. 4 – Harry’s Spring Run-Off in High Park.  Start times: 8k at 10 am, 5k at 11:15 am, Children’s Run at 11:45 am.  The High Park Nature Centre is thrilled to, once again, host a post-race pancake breakfast for runners (and watchers!), 10:45 am- 12:30 pm. Purchase the “I ♥ High Park” Pancake Breakfast (only $3!  coffee $2) at the Party Site, in the Park just west of the entrance at High Park Ave. and Bloor.

Tue., Apr. 7 – “Nature in the City,” Annette St. Library, 6:30-8:15 pm.   Local naturalist and educator Richard Aaron will talk about some of the intriguing species of wild plants and animals to be found here in Canada’s largest city, as well as some of the best places to see nature in Toronto and what learning opportunities exist. From tiny slime moulds to secretive creatures to “living fossil” trees, discover a side of the city that is often overlooked.

Wed., Apr. 8 – Immigration Policy Roundtable, Loyola Arrupe Centre, 1709 Bloor St. W. (basement), 7-8:30 pm.  Join Arif Virani, Liberal Candidate for Parkdale-High Park, and the Hon. John McCallum, Liberal Party Immigration Critic, for an discussion of the future of immigration policy in this country with neighbours and colleagues.  Free admission; refreshments.

Thu., Apr. 9 – “The Battle of Britain: The 75th Anniversary,” Jane/Dundas Library, 7-8 pm.  2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, fought over the summer skies of England in 1940. This air battle was a major turning point in the Luftwaffe’s efforts to win air superiority before an invasion of England. Who were the key military and government figures on both sides, the aircraft, groups, tactics and the technology involved?

Thu., Apr. 9 – Heritage Talk: Bob Galway on “The Aerodromes of Toronto: de Lesseps to Downsview and Beyond,” Lambton House, 7:30 pm (doors open 6:30).  Refreshments, free admission.  Co-sponsored by Baby Point Heritage Foundation and Heritage York.

Fri., Apr. 10 – My Journey of Discovery Art Show, 10 Heintzman St., 6-8:30 pm.  People living with cancer showcase their art work.  Free.

Fri., Apr. 10 [ changed from usual first Fri ] – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6 pm, music by John Dorsey.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., Apr. 11 – JRA’s sixth Function in the Junction, this year to benefit the Annette St. Public Library.  Dinner at 6 pm, tickets $45 in advance only.  Entry is $5 at the door at 8 pm for entertainment and cash bar, with Junction musician Michael O’Grady performing live at 9 pm.  See more information at the top of this newsletter, and at the webpage.

Tue., Apr. 14 – Green 13 film “The Nature of Cities,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm.  “The Nature of Cities” explores the nature in our own backyards – Austin and San Diego – and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future – Malmo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Freiburg, Amsterdam and Paris. Sustainable Communities professor Timothy Beatley tours these places with city planners, landscape architects, ecologists and residents to learn how our urban environments can be integrated with the nature around us.  Followed by a discussion led by Nancy Dengler, President of the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Tue., Apr. 14 – “Music to Better Your Health: Ideas from a Music Therapist,” Annette St. Library, 7-8 pm.  Research increasingly shows that music has positive effects on our physical and emotional health. This is an information session about music therapy, followed by an interactive workshop exploring ways everyone can use music to improve their health and well-being.  No previous music experience or skill is necessary. Participants will leave with new ideas and skills for using music in more conscious and purposeful ways.

Wed., Apr. 15 – Movie Night: “The Theory of Everything (2014),” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.  The story of renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, seeing him first as a healthy young man and following his career, his marriage, and his decline into virtual helplessness due to ALS, up to his present life in his 70s.

Wed., Apr. 15 – Vegetarians of High Park meet to enjoy a vegetarian meal with like-minded people, 6 pm.  This month it’s Magic Oven (347 Keele Street, just south of Dundas), which offers a wide range of pizzas and pastas, including gluten-free crusts and vegan pizzas made with dairy-free cheese.  They offer 10% off  to Toronto Vegetarian Association members, so bring your Toronto Veg Card!  Please RSVP by Fri., Apr. 10.

Thu., Apr. 16 – “Gladiators in Ancient Rome: Sport in the Service of Imperial Power,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Did you know that gladiator spectacle started as a form of funeral entertainment sponsored by aristocratic Roman families? Jonathan Edmondson (York) talks about the role of this bloody cultural phenomenon in the social and political context of the Roman Empire.  Presented in collaboration with ActiveHistory.ca, this lecture takes an entertaining and slightly idiosyncratic look at sports history to mark the Pan Am games in Toronto.

Sat., Apr. 18 – Spring Planting in High Park, 10-11 am, free but registration required at Jon Hayes 416-392-1748 or naturecenter@highpark.org.  We need 10 people to help replant the lands surrounding Howard and Ridout retention ponds with native shrubs.  Join TRCA staff, High Park Stewards group and Nature Centre staff to replant this important habitat.  See website for more information.

Sun., Apr. 19 – JRA contingent for Clean Toronto Together Community Clean-Up Days, 10 am-4 pm, pickup/dropoff station at Green P parking lot, Pacific Ave. south of Dundas.  See more information at top of newsletter.

Sun., Apr. 19 – HIJ House Reading Series #3, at BookThug HQ, 260 Ryding Ave., 2-5 pm, with Brecken Hancock and Grace O’Connell.  Two new HIJ chapbooks containing work by our featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. Homemade pie will be served.  Free, but a hat will be passed for the authors.

Sun., Apr. 19 – “Best Things in Life,” Festive Choral Evensong at 4 pm, followed by St. George’s Tea at 5, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. Music, poetry and readings; free.

Mon., Apr. 20 – A Simpler Life: Downsizing & Moving for Seniors, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 2 pm.  Traps to avoid and the financial questions you need to ask before, during, and after you downsize.  Free, but must reserve to home@dslowey.com or 416-875-0499.  Refreshments.

Mon., Apr. 20 – The eh List Author Series: “Gail Bowen – 12 Rose Street,” Runnymede Library, 2-3 pm.  Gail Bowen is called the ‘Queen of Canadian Crime Fiction,’ and for very good reason. In the 20th installment of the Joanne Kilbourn books, husband Zack runs for the mayor’s chair and all hell breaks loose.

Wed., Apr. 22 – “Ferns,” talk by The Toronto Master Gardeners, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by Swansea Horticultural Society.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.

Sat., Apr. 25 – Annual Yard Sale, Anglican Church of St John’s West Toronto, 288 Humberside Ave., 9 am – 1 pm.  Treasures will abound! Lots of books, clothing, housewares, toys and much more.  We will accept donations of items from Apr. 20-23 in the afternoons and early evenings.  Contact 416-763-2393.

Sat., Apr. 25 – Children’s Pillage in the Village, Swansea Community Centre, 15 Waller Ave., 1-3:30 pm.  A friendly place to buy and sell gently used kids’ clothing and toys, twice a year.  50%-off sale 3-3:30 pm.  Free admission.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun., Apr. 26 – Open House at Forest School, Colborne Lodge Dr., High Park (building is east of the road leading into the Park from Bloor and High Park Ave.), 10:30 am – 12 noon.  Celebrate the opening of the new location of the High Park Nature Centre in the old Forest School.  Special guest speakers at 10:30, then activities 11-12.  Feel welcome to bring your family, your friends or a community member to join this exciting event! Please RSVP for yourself and your guests, as we will be serving a light breakfast.  Free, but register online at link above.

Sun., Apr. 26 – Junction Reads, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Local authors read excerpts from their books; this session features Daniel Perry, Marianne Miller, Vanessa Shields, Bruce Meyer, and Alexandra Leggat.  PWYC.

Wed., Apr. 29 – “Unusual Nature Discoveries in High Park,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  High Park has a particularly impressive diversity of habitats. Come learn about some of the unexpected flora and fauna that can be found in this magnificent 399-acre urban oasis. From uncommon plants, to seldom-seen animals and peculiar insects, let local naturalist and educator Richard Aaron help you discover one of Toronto’s natural wonders.

Thu., Apr. 30 – Crooked House Road for Women Benefit Concert Series, 3030 Dundas St. W., 9 pm.  CHR is hosting a benefit concert series in support of local charities focused on aiding women struggling against poverty and violence.  This month, to benefit The Stop Community Food Center. Program: 9:30 pm, Georgian Bay; 10:30 pm, Crooked House Road; 11:30 pm, Horsey Craze!! — feat. Will Kidman & Dallas Wehrle of THE CONSTANTINES and Justin Small of DO MAKE SAY THINK. Live performance of vintage Neil Young / Crazy Horse songs.  Donate what you can.

Sat., May 2 – King George Public School craft show and business fair, 25 Rexford Rd. (near Willard and St. Johns), 10 am-2 pm.  Entry $2/person, $5/family.

Sat., May 2 – A Village of Love Fundraiser, Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd., 5:30-10 pm.  Benefit for micro-loans so orphan caregivers in Kenya can feed their children.  5:30 country entertainer, wine bar; 6:30 vegetarian chili supper $10; 7:30 square dance $10 (for absolute beginners, so all are welcome).  Prizes! Raffle! Silent Auction!  Tickets/info: 416-766-7265.

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Note for future planning:  Small Wonders is a new drop-off program for kids 4-6 at the High Park Nature Center, fee-based.  Kids explore the natural wonders of High Park while learning tons about the amazing plants and animals that live here. Participants learn about the ecology of High Park through play, inquiry, direct experience, stewardship action and observation. Sign up for outdoor fun and learning at the link above!

Note for future planning:  There is a good list of local summer day camps in the April issue of The Westside’s Story (go to the fifth page and click Summer Camp link, or go to the very end of the pdf and then back a couple of pages).

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge – Saturday (Apr. 4), 12-4 pm; Sunday (Apr. 5), 11-4 pm.  Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot Easter treasures hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

Easter at the High Park Zoo, weekend Fri.-Sun., 11:30 am – 2 pm.  Come and visit the High Park Zoo llama pen on and feed the llamas for the first time this year for a $2 donation, and meet other animals. See the spring babies as you walk through the Zoo. The High Park Zoo is open from 7:00 am to dusk every day.

Drama Class for ages 6-12, Weds., 5:15-6:15 pm, Windermere United Church, 356 Windermere Ave. (south of Bloor), Weekly on Wednesdays from Feb. to June.  Explore storytelling through music, text and movement. Free. Call 416-769-5611 for information and registration.

Kid Workshop: Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand, Sat., Apr. 11, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand using a hammer and glue, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  A great free activity for children ages 4-12.  Pre-register at website.

Junction Family Resource Centre, at Annette St. Library.  A free drop-in program run by Macaulay Child Development Centre, 3 days a week:  Mon., 10 am – 1 pm; Tue. and Thu., 12:30-4 pm. Parents and caregivers bring their pre-school children for:

  • Fun and educational activities for the children
  • A chance to get to know other parents and caregivers
  • Information on parenting/child development
  • Healthy and nutritional snacks

For more info, call the library at 416-393-7692.

More programs for kids in April:  at Annette St. Library;  at Jane/Dundas Library;  at Runnymede Library 

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Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St.  Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners.  Bring your own wool and needles.

Family Nature Walks, alternate Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Dr.  No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event.  Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

  • Sat., Apr. 14 – “Feel the Forest” – Wake up your senses by experiencing High Park with more than just eyes! Practice listening, smelling, and feeling the natural world through peaceful, interactive activities.
  • Sat., Apr. 25 – “Trekking and Tracking” – Brush up on your tracking skills by exploring signs of animals in High Park. Learn to identify shelters, middens, scat, and more!

High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.

  • Sun., Apr. 5 – “Lost Waterways.”  That gurgling sound beneath your feet? It’s a river! City Planner Leo deSorcy follows the flow.
  • Sun., Apr. 19, “Spring Photo Buff Walk.”  Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, fourth Monday (Apr. 27), 6:30 pm, Annette St.. Library.  Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Apr. 27), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.,12:15 pm.  WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize.  Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.  A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking.  A non-profit public community organization, we meet at Swansea Town Hall, 2nd floor, from Sep. to May.  Attendance is always free.  See videos on the website.

Writers’ Group, third Tuesday (Apr. 21), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  Creative writing group meets once a month to discuss their current writing projects. Phone 416-393-7697 for more information.

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Apr. 28), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library.  Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year.  Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome.  For more info, email us at streetknit@gmail.com

Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm.  Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park.  No experience required, poles supplied.  Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.

Polish Film Night, second Wednesday (Apr. 8), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library.  A free screening of a recent Polish film with English subtitles. Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Apr. 15), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Cresc. P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cresc.  Guest speaker:  MP Peggy Nash.  Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.

High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs.  Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.  See more information at website.

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (Apr. 16), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guest is Dan MacDonald.  Beginner workshop at 7 pm and one intermediate/advanced at 8, then a jam at 9 pm.  Tickets for purchase ($35) at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, Friday (Apr. 10), 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W.  Monthly dances for all ages, all welcome, no experience or partner required. $10 members, $15 non-members.  Apr. 10:  Lesson in Country Two Step taught by Nelson Clarke.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:

  • first Tuesday (Apr. 7), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
  • first Wednesday (Apr. 1), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
  • first Wednesday (Apr. 1), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
  • second Monday (Apr. 13), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club”
  • last Monday (Mar. 30, Apr. 27), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Polish Book Club”

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Junction Parents - February 11, 2015 - 10:16pm
Panduan untuk peningkatan payudara


Perempuan selalu memiliki gairah untuk memperbaiki tubuh mereka dan terlihat. Payudara perangkat tambahan adalah teknik baru yang populer di gudang perempuan. Akan selalu payudara yang menarik bagi wanita. Ada tak heran bahwa banyak perempuan, mengingat payudara augmentation untuk meningkatkan penampilan mereka.

Metode peningkatan payudara:



Ada beberapa cara untuk meningkatkan ukuran payudara, seperti:
• Payudara perangkat tambahan pil
• Payudara krim
• Pijat
• Latihan
• Operasi payudara implan

Operasi terjadi untuk menjadi ideal bagi perempuan. Hal ini terutama berguna untuk perempuan yang mencari:

• Proporsional mencari akurat
• Mengembalikan simetri payudara
• Pasca kehamilan payudara mengangkat pengobatan

Untuk setiap metode pembesaran payudara memiliki kelebihan dan kekurangan. Tetapi terjadi kebanyakan wanita lebih suka operasi pembesaran payudara karena hal ini dikenal untuk memberikan hasil terbaik. Muda adalah nomor Anda dengan mudah dan cepat. Solusi jangka panjang ini dapat membantu Anda mengembalikan tampilan awet muda dan keyakinan. Namun, itu harus dipantau. Selain itu, ini adalah pembesaran "operasi payudara", ini melibatkan beberapa risiko. Berikut adalah apa yang perlu Anda ketahui tentang prosedur.

Operasi payudara




• Untuk melakukan riset Internet dan pemahaman yang komprehensif tentang pilihan yang tersedia dalam bentuk, bahan, ukuran profil dan cangkir. Ini akan membantu Anda memahami pilihan pribadi.
• Operasi pembesaran payudara benar-benar aman. Namun, Anda perlu berkonsultasi dengan dokter Anda tentang menjadi calon yang kuat untuk operasi ini.
• Jika Anda adalah kandidat yang tepat, maka Anda memilih dokter bedah Anda. Ada banyak bedah pembesaran payudara yang berkualitas di Chennai dan Mumbai, Delhi. Jika Anda tinggal di Chennai dan kemudian, Anda harus mempertimbangkan bedah pembesaran payudara di Chennai karena terapi ini memiliki beberapa risiko. Seperti serta aftercare dan pemulihan proses, dan sama pentingnya.
• Setelah konsultasi dengan dokter bedah, Anda perlu mempersiapkan untuk operasi ini. Anda akan perlu untuk mengumpulkan uang dan ikuti petunjuk sebelum melakukan dengan benar.
• Akan menjalani operasi, dan kemudian ikuti petunjuk setelah operasi juga.

Informasi ini tampak seperti awal yang baik untuk setiap wanita. Anda akan perlu untuk memahami beberapa tips sangat berguna. Verifikasi.

• Karena proses ini melibatkan uang besar, hal ini diperlukan untuk mengkonfirmasi kesiapan fisik dan mental sebelum dilakukan operasi.
• Harus tahu apa yang harus dicari dalam sebelum dan sesudah gambar dari tindakan.
• Anda harus tahu bagaimana untuk memilih ahli bedah yang tepat untuk operasi pembesaran payudara.
• Tidak semua tentang ukuran, setelah semua. Meskipun dihargai oleh ukuran payudara yang lebih besar, ia harus menjadi ukuran payudara yang ideal untuk jenis tubuh Anda juga.

Menikmati proses dan bersabar dengan setiap pilihan yang penting dalam operasi implan payudara. Kemudian, Anda akan mendapatkan kesempatan untuk keluar dari rumah Anda merasa bangga, elegan dan feminin.

Radhit Goswami, mahasiswa sarjana kedokteran dan bedah, ingin menjadi seorang dokter bedah plastik suatu hari nanti. Tapi hari ini, dia suka untuk membantu orang memahami dunia menarik operasi plastik. Oleh karena itu, meskipun jadwal sibuk, dia menulis tentang ukuran payudara dan prosedur operasi pembesaran payudara.

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Junction Parents - February 11, 2015 - 8:00am
8 makanan yang harus Anda makan untuk hidup sehat

Kesehatan hidup dimulai dengan makanan yang Anda makan. Kita semua tahu bahwa kita harus makan banyak buah-buahan segar dan sayuran, minimal disiapkan makanan, dan menghindari makanan sampah dan membuat pilihan makanan sehat secara umum. Selain pastikan makanan ini delapan dalam diet Anda akan membantu Anda hidup sehat.
Susu Rendah Lemak dan Keju

Susu rendah lemak dan keju adalah sumber yang baik kalsium dan lebih efektif daripada suplemen kalsium. Mereka juga adalah sumber yang baik vitamin d dianjurkan untuk mengambil 1, 500 sampai 2.000 mg vitamin d setiap hari untuk mengurangi risiko osteoporosis. Satu cangkir susu akan menyelamatkan 300 miligram vitamin D. susu rendah lemak dan keju sangat baik karena Anda mendapatkan semua manfaat tanpa semua lemak.

Kecambah dan Brokoli




 Apakah Anda tahu kecambah brokoli mengandung melawan senyawa dari brokoli kepala Apakah kanker hingga 50 kali lebih banyak? Mulai menikmati kanker ini menyebabkan properti hari ini.

Makanan-makanan Yang difermentasi


Makan makanan yang difermentasi seperti miso, yoghurt atau asinan kubis. Penelitian telah menunjukkan bahwa jenis makanan dapat mengurangi risiko kanker payudara, kekebalan dan meningkatkan sistem pencernaan, perlindungan terhadap infeksi ragi untuk nama beberapa manfaat.
# 4 mengganti semua mentega dan margarin menggunakan dengan mana canola atau minyak zaitun. Omega-3 asam lemak dengan lemak trans dapat membantu Anda meningkatkan kolesterol baik dan menurunkan kadar kolesterol buruk Anda. Hotel ini juga dapat mengurangi risiko penyakit jantung.
# 5 minuman enam ons jus jeruk 100% setiap hari akan mengurangi risiko stroke hingga 20%. Itu berarti jenis jus jeruk yang memiliki tidak ada gula yang ditambahkan. Penelitian tentang jenis kaya serat jika Anda ingin manfaat tambahan.
# 6, termasuk kayu manis ke dalam diet Anda untuk manfaat antioksidan. Itu lebih dari bahwa-itu memperlambat laju makanan olahan dan berhenti gula darah tinggi yang menyebabkan insiden. Penelitian telah menunjukkan hanya ½ sendok teh per hari akan menurunkan kolesterol dan gula darah Anda jika Anda memiliki diabetes tipe 2.
# 7 makan segenggam kacang setiap hari mengurangi risiko penyakit jantung hingga 35%. Dan ini penting. Kacang-kacangan juga merupakan sumber besar protein.
Ini harus menjadi no. 8 buah membentuk bagian dari diet harian Anda. Finlandia studi menemukan hanya lima ons per hari akan memberimu jantung sehat, menurunkan tekanan darah, meningkatkan kadar kolesterol dan mengurangi risiko penyakit kardiovaskular

Vine Avenue park amazing graffiti

Junctioneer - November 12, 2014 - 2:51pm
Vine Avenue parking and storage for equipment building has an amazing scene of graffiti on it right now. Vine Avenue park amazing graffiti

Monarch road closing in photo

Junctioneer - November 11, 2014 - 3:19pm
Monarch Road at Junction Road is ever decreasing in life.   Search Monarch Road on this blog see the timeline of the road becoming less and less

Original Junction cow pen surface

Junctioneer - November 10, 2014 - 8:26am
Old stockyard Cow pen surface viewable from behind the Pharma plus on St. Clair Avenue West.     The concrete squares surface visible on the top of his picture are original to […]

Just love these bicycles excepted signs

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