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First round of #sp20th sponsors announced

Sorauren Park - June 27, 2015 - 7:47pm
Super Sorauren thanks to these first-round sponsors of Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary: A Celebration of Community: PRESENTING SPONSOR: Chander Chaddah, Broker, Sutton Group Associates Kids Zone Sponsor: The Little Paper Sports Zone Sponsor: Kim Kehoe, Broker, Bosley Real Estate Birthday Cake Decorating Competition Sponsor: The Cookery Friends of the Park Sponsors: Joes Coffee Peter’s No […]

4 Great events this Saturday on Railpath!

West Toronto Railpath - June 4, 2015 - 2:47pm

All are welcome to celebrate the West Toronto Railpath (WTR) Park, learn about the diverse plants that grow along the path and to plant 500 milkweed plants – the main food source of the Monarch butterfly- in association with the David Suzuki Foundation/Homegrown National Park Project ‘Got Milkweed?‘ Campaign. We will gather at 9am under the Wallace Avenue/ Railpath access pedestrian bridge with remarks at 10am.

10am – Erika Richmond MLA from the office of Scott Torrance Landscape Architect, prime consultant on WTR Phase 1

10:20 – J. Scott MacIvor – PhD, Urban Ecologist – Bees in the City

10:40 – Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation/’Got Milkweed?’ campaign- The importance of milkweed in urban plantings.

11 am – Friends of WTR.

Also please check the family fun at the second instalment of “Buzz On The Bridge”,  and while there add your thoughts to “Love Letters To The Junction Triangle Past Present and Future“. And as part of Bike Month participate in “Cargo Bikes and Kids”.

A great day on Railpath….see you there!


Street Safety Initiave ~ www.streetsafety.ca

DIGIN - June 2, 2015 - 9:25pm


www.StreetSafety.ca

The Street Safety Initiative was developed by a coalition of west-end Cycle Toronto ward groups (13, 14, and 18) and DIGIN.
This project was sparked by a conversation between a cyclist and an e-bike rider about the need for more respect and courtesy among different road users on the streets of Toronto. Growing congestion has resulted in more aggression and carelessness on the part of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.
The consequences are serious: Toronto’s traffic fatalities reached 63  in 2013—a ten-year high, and higher than the number of homicides in the same year (56).
These collisions are not inevitable. Safer streets can be created. In the last few decades, for instance, Sweden’s Vision Zero initiative drastically reduced traffic deaths even as the number of cars on the road increased. New York City launched a Vision Zero initiative in 2014 and other cities are starting to sign up. The City of Toronto is developing a Road Safety Plan for Toronto.
A large part of these safety campaigns have to do with urban planning, such as reduced speed limits and infrastructure changes, but there is also a role for public education to support a change in our traffic culture. This is an area in which we can all play a role.
Description:
The Street Safety Initiative brings community groups together to deliver a public education and outreach campaign. We aim to promote the key message of Vision Zero, that traffic collisions are not inevitable, and if individuals make minor changes to their habits, they could save a life. Starting with a neighbourhood project, we hope this initiative will have ripple effects in the greater Toronto area and beyond.
Our initiative is a modest education campaign built around a website and in-person outreach to the general public and new drivers in particular. The website includes key messages as well as public awareness toolsand resources that call attention in a light-hearted but pointed way to dangerous and disrespectful street behaviours, like aggressive and distracted driving, cyclists or anyone else running red lights, or crossing the street while texting.
The key messages are organized by audience as follows: Courteous cyclists…ü  stop at stop signs and red lights! ü  don’t wear headphones!ü  ride on the street, not the sidewalk!ü  use lights after dark!
Courteous drivers…ü  leave a metre when passing cyclists/e-scooters!ü  go easy on the horn!ü  stop at the stop line, not in the cross walk!ü  don’t park in bike lanes! Courteous pedestrians…ü  don’t text and walk!ü  stay alert when crossing the street!ü  wait for the pedestrian signal before entering the intersection!ü  make eye contact! Courteous road users (drivers, cyclists, and e-scooters):ü  shoulder-check before turning/changing lanes!ü  keep right except to pass/turn & pass only on the left!ü  signal their turns and lane changes!ü  make eye contact!
The general website content is organized using the following categories:
·         Behaviour·         Community·         Design·         Humour·         Policy
Design elements of the website were inspired by Thumbs Up Waterloo Region and Share the Road Nova Scotia.
The website will launch in late spring 2015. Once it is live, we will drive people to the site by handing out stickers and pamphlets at streetside stops, music festivals, etc. In fall 2015, teams will visit local high schools to reach students as new drivers. Just as Mothers Against Drunk Driving made drinking and driving more socially unacceptable in the 1980s and 1990s, this initiative aims to support broader efforts to do the same for the distraction, aggression, and the lack of courtesy we currently see in our traffic culture.
If there is interest in taking the initiative city-wide or further, we will gladly partner with other groups and police units. Please contact  streetsafetyinitiative@gmail.com for more information.

Check it out at www.StreetSafety.ca! 


  

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The Junction Residents Association - June 1, 2015 - 12:18pm

JRA e-newsletter – June 2015

The Junction Residents Association - June 1, 2015 - 12:14pm

===========    News, Opportunities, and Ongoing   =========

Got an iPhone?  Play/testers needed for “Wonderland: A Solvitur Ambulando Mystery,” an audio drama set circa 1914, in Toronto’s rough-and-tumble Junction neighbourhood. The end of each chapter poses a puzzle — solve it with what you learned in the previous chapter, and unlock the next one… We will be releasing the app later this year, but are looking for a few play/testers with iPhones (4S or newer) who would be up for trying it out.  Email jim@nomediakings.org for access, or to ask questions.

A public meeting will be held to review a new development proposal, Annette Rec. Centre, 333 Annette St., Wed., June 17, 7 pm.  From Councillor Doucette:  “Please join City Planning Staff and me to hear a proposal for townhouses at the northeast corner of Gilmour and Dundas.  This is a pre-application meeting, as the proponent and I would like to hear from the public before next steps are taken.  Questions?  Contact my office at Councillor_Doucette@toronto.ca or 416-392-4072.”

The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the Noise Bylaw, in order to ensure that the bylaw is modern, up-to-date and easy for residents, property owners and business to understand.  Public consultation meetings will be held to present findings from a noise survey conducted earlier this spring and to gather additional input from stakeholders and the public, on June 23 at City Hall and on June 24 at North York Civic Center. More information about this review, or contact Jessica Walter, 416-392-8794, jwalter2@toronto.ca

Parks Forestry and Recreation is seeking public input on the operation of its public tennis courts and the Policy for Outdoor Community Tennis Club Operations.  It is seeking public input through an online survey (available until August 4, 2015) and a series of public meetings, which everyone is welcome to attend and share their thoughts.

Junction Summer Solstice Festival presented by the Junction BIA, Sat., June 20, noon to midnight.  “Art installations and workshops, ferris wheel, curbside cuisine, musicians, healthy living activities, late-night shopping, Junction Jubilee, street culture, buskers, family fun, late-night projection show, and more!”

Junction Seniors have added a third coffee hour each week — Thursdays, 10-11 am, at Lunch Box at 1731 Bloor, corner of Keele.  We hope more seniors south of the Junction will join us!  For information, http://www.junctionra.ca/junction-seniors or call Eleanor, 647-235-0843.

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island — A series of films by First Nations filmmakers and writers to be presented this month at Annette Library in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, showing indigenous life through the indigenous lens.  Click each title for more information on the film.

•  Trick or Treaty? (2014, Alanis Obomsawin, 85 min.), Tue., June 2, 6:30-8 pm and Wed., June 3, 2-3:30 pm.  This documentary follows the journey of Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government.

•  The People of Kattawapiskak River (2012, Alanis Obomsawin, 50 min.), Tue, June 16, 6:30-7:45 pm and Wed., June 17, 2-3:15 pm.  It is Oct. 2011, and 1700 Kattawapiskak Cree are living in dreadful conditions at -40°C in Northern Ontario. This documentary examines the history and causes of this housing crisis, including personal accounts by the people of Kattawapiskak River and political debates in the House of Commons.

•  We Were Children (2012, Tim Wolochatiuk, 83 min.), Wed., June 20, 2 pm.  A special opening ceremony and discussion to follow with Elder Amy Desjarlais.  In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years.

•  People of the Ice (2003, Carlos Ferrand & Jean Lemire, 52 min.), Tue., June 23, 6:30 pm and Wed., June 24, 2 pm. Climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations.

•  Vanishing Point (2012, Stephen A. Smith & Julia Szucs, 82 min.), Tue., June 30, 2-3:30 pm & 6:30-8 pm.  We witness how two genetically-linked groups of Inuit have adapted differently to outside influences and to the inescapable changes that affect their hunting traditions.

Art exhibition at Colborne Lodge in High Park, Tues.-Sun., noon-5 pm, until July 5.  Colborne Lodge has partnered with Present Junction Gallery to exhibit “Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts,” a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald. Taking inspiration from the original artifacts on site, Meghan has created objects by “drawing with thread” that challenge visitors’ perceptions. These selected pieces have been replaced with Meghan’s creations. Come and see if you can identify the art among the artifacts. Included in regular admission.  Note: From Mon., June 9, Colborne Lodge Drive is closed to vehicles between the Grenadier Restaurant and The Queensway for several weeks. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected.

Summer is here:  The Junction Farmers Market 2015 season has started!  The market is at the same location, the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), continuing every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm, through Oct. 31.  Read about the new Market Manager in a recent newsletter.  Other markets in the neighbourhood, but a little further away:  Sorauren Farmers’ Market is every Monday from 3–7 pm in Sorauren Park, including most holiday Mondays; run by West End Food Co-op.  The Annette Village Farmers’ Market operates on Weds., 3-7 pm in Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St.

=======    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.-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.

Wed., June 3 – Urban Bat Walk: Bats: A World of Science & Mystery, 7:30-9:30 pm.  With Dr. Brock Fenton. Meeting location is at our new building, the High Park Forest School, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.  No pre-registration necessary, event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  $2-5 per person suggested donation.

Fri., June 5 – The Metis Fiddler, Annette Library, 2-3 pm.  Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with an interactive Metis fiddler performance with Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk.  No registration. Groups call 416-393-7692 to inquire about space.

Fri., June 5 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St.  Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by “Tropical Soul,” a Latin trio.  Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale.  Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.

Sat., June 6 – Community Yard Sale, Vine Parkette and elsewhere, 8 am – 3 pm.  Potluck supper with hot dogs, 4pm. See top of newsletter for details.

Sat., June 6 – Buzz on the Bridge, Wallace St. pedestrian bridge on Dundas St. W. near Glenlake Ave., 10 am-7 pm.  An “intervention” which is part of 100in1day Toronto.  See website for more information, and what to bring.

Sat., June 6 – West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club 4th Annual Open House, Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), 11:30 am – 2 pm.  It’s an excellent chance to meet your neighbours and try some bowling, free of charge.  Plus, Councillors from each of the surrounding Wards will once again battle in the Grudge Match for the coveted Ward Trophy. Cheer, or jeer, as you wish!

Sun., June 7 – “Historic Landscapes: Villages that grew in the landscapes and turned into cities,” by heritage writer and speaker Heather Ghey Broadbent, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm.  Free admission, refreshments.

Tue., June 9 – “Intro to 3D Printing,” Runnymede Library, 4-5 pm.  For youth ages 13-19.  Learn the basics of 3D printing including basic operation, strengths and weaknesses of the technology, and watch a print in action!  Space is limited; register in person or by calling 416-393-7697.  Presented by the Toronto Tool Library.

Tue., June 9 – Film, “More than Honey,”  6:15-8:15 pm, Annette Library.  Green 13 and the Annette Library present a free screening and discussion.  “An unprecedented global examination of endangered honey bees from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. The film uses the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena normally undetectable, telling the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees in the last decade.”  Dr. Anne Bell of Ontario Nature will discuss threats to bees and what we can do about it.

Wed., June 10 – High Park Blood Drive, Humberside C.I. Cafeteria, 280 Quebec Ave., 4:30-7:30 pm.  Save a life during National Blood Donor Week at this community blood drive.  Free.

Wed., June 10 – Vegetarians of High Park special event: “We’ll start by meeting up at the neat local cookbook and cookware store, Eat Your Words, on Annette St. near Jane, at 5:30. They’re offering our group 10% off at the store that evening!  Then, we’ll walk over to Mad Mexican on Jane Street for dinner at 6:30, where they are putting together a special all-vegan menu just for our group!  If you can’t make it early enough to meet up at Eat Your Words, you are welcome to meet us just for dinner as well.”  Please RSVP by Fri., June 5, to highpark@veg.ca

Wed., June 10 – Cheri’s 6th Annual Community Appreciation Gala, Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor St. W., 6:30-9 pm.  Neighbourhood BIAs, 6 new businesses, and some local volunteers will be recognized for the invaluable contributions they make.  The entire community is invited to this free event — register at the website by June 1.  Seating is limited, so register now!

Wed., June 10 – “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.  [The Library has rescheduled this from May 27 on the author’s request…Editor]

Thu., June 11 – Eh List: Rosemary Sullivan on Stalin’s Daughter, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Join award-winning biographer Rosemary Sullivan in a conversation about her revelatory biographer of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators — her father, Josef Stalin.

Thu., June 11 – “The Nanfan Treaty,” heritage talk by Hugh Barnett, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm.  Barnett guides us through 300 years of history and the Anishinaabe peace agreement.  Learn about the important role played by the Humber River in the development of Haudenousaunee and Anishinaabe relations during the early 18th century.  Free admission, refreshments.

Sat., June 13 – Brazilian Percussion, Annette Library, 2-3 pm.  In honour of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, revel in music from the Americas.  Join Luciano Porto from the Bavia Arts Multicultural Centre for a hands-on afternoon of Brazilian Percussion!  Suitable for all ages.

Sat., June 13 – Wanda Road annual street party, 2:30-10 pm.  The Wanda Road residents and the residents of Romero House have this bash every year, and all are welcome:  2:30 – Children’s Program; 4:30 – Bike Parade; 5:00 – Potluck Supper; 6:30 – Talent Show; 7:30 – Live Music; 9:00 – Street Dance.  Info:  director@romerohouse.org or (416) 763-1303.  Wanda Rd. is the 2-block-long street just south of Glenlake, between Indian Rd. Cres. and Dorval.  You can access it from Glenlake (either Keele or Dundas), from Dundas and Chelsea, or from Bloor and Indian Rd.

Sun., June 14 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm.  Featuring Adam Abbas, C. Fong Hsiung, Jane Woods, and Catherine Bush.  Free.

Mon., June 15 – Councillor Doucette invites you to an Information meeting, Annette Rec. Centre, 7-8:30 pm, about the new Community Garden coming to Ward 13, to be located at the site of the former Humberside bowling green at the south end of Humberside Collegiate.  City staff will also be present.  Info:  councillor_doucette@toronto.ca or 416-392-4072.

Wed., June 17 – Movie Night: “Love is Strange” (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.  Ben and George finally tie the knot, after 29 years together, but when George loses his job, the couple must temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable home.

Wed., June 17 – Public Meeting to review a townhouse proposal at Gilmour and Dundas.  See details at top of newsletter (News, etc.)

Thu., June 18 – Aboriginal Celebrations: “Native Humour,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm.  Award-winning playwright, author, columnist, film maker and lecturer Drew Hayden Taylor (Motorcycles and Sweetgrass) shares jokes, laughs, and chuckles in this lecture on native humour.

Sat., June 20 – Lawn Sale, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 9 am- 4:30 pm.  A variety of crafts and goods. Admission free. Info: stolaves.acw@hotmail.com

Sat., June 20 – Baby Point Gates BIA presents Summerfest, annual sidewalk sale on Jane St., 10 am to closing. “Live music, prizes and entertainment for the whole family.”

Sat., June 20 – Junction BIA presents the Junction Summer Solstice Festival, noon to midnight.  See top of newsletter (News, etc.) for details.

Wed., June 24 – Great Books: Sinclair Ross “As for Me and My House,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm.  Professor Frederick Sweet from the University of Toronto will talk about this brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era, which has been hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels.

Sat., June 27 – Swansea Horticultural Annual Bus Trip to the Purple Rooster Gardens near Gorrie, the Riverbend Gardens and Nursery in Wroxeter, and lunch at the Gorrie Community Centre.  To book and for more details call: Ellen Mitchell, 416-767-2574.

Sun., June 28 –  “James Ellis: Architect of the Junction,” Heritage Toronto tour, 1:30-3:30 pm.  Led by West Toronto Junction Historical Society, starting at SW corner of Keele St and Dundas St. W.  James Ellis (1856-1935) defined this railway town: its schools, houses of worship, homes and civic buildings. Discover the work of this remarkable architect as we visit buildings he designed, knew, and frequented in the late 19th century.

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Note for future planning: There is a good list of local summer day camps in the current issue of The Westside’s Story (at the end of the issue).

Time Traveller P.A Day Camp at Colborne Lodge, Fri., June 5, 9 am-4 pm, ages 7-10, $35 + HST.  Travel back in time and explore life at the Lodge almost two hundred years ago! Children will discover the wild life of High Park through a nature walk, activities and eco-inspired crafts. Campers also explore the historic Colborne Lodge, uncovering the mysteries of a Victorian home and engaging with 19th century recipes and cooking techniques. Pre-registration required, call 416 392-6916.  Lodge staff will be on hand to welcome PA Day Campers from 8:30 am; pick up time = 4 to 4:30 pm.

Gardening Workshops: St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., sponsors two series of free gardening programs, one for small children (Tues. 9:30-11 am) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm).  Both run from early June to mid-August.  See website for more information.

Kid Workshop: Build a Load-n-Go Truck, Sat., June 13, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W.  Kids will learn how to build a Load n’ Go truck 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.

Crafts for Dad!, Thu., June 18, 3:30-6 pm, Annette St. Library.  Drop in for an afternoon of “do-it-yourself” crafting for Dad!  Make a special Father’s Day gift to take home.  Supplies provided.  All ages children.

Puppet Show: Little Red Riding Hood – Annette Library, Fri., June 26, 2-2:30 pm.  Help Little Red Riding Hood get to her Grandma’s house, but beware of the Big Bad Wolf!  No registration required.  Groups, please contact the library at 416-393-7692 for space capacity.  All ages.

Listen! Watch! Make! – Jane/Dundas Library, Mon., June 29, 2-3 pm.  A creative event for school-age children:  Listen to some stories, watch a short movie and make something fun, inspired by an author or favourite character.  June 29 = Dr. Seuss.

Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm — Join us for a fun feature length children’s movie.  On June 30, “Surf’s Up” (2007, animation, comedy)

More programs for kids:  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 (June 6, 13, 20, 27), 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., June 6 – “Know Your Nature” – See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. Our High Park Rangers have been busy planning a nature hike to introduce you to some of the amazing nature they have discovered this spring.

•   Sat., June 20 – “Butterflies and Insects and Bugs! Oh My!” – Get in touch with the entomologist in you and master your insect netting skills!  Today we will catch, ID and learn about some of High Park’s tiniest residents.

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

•   Sun., June 7 – “Spring Babies at the Zoo.”  Sonya Dittkrist, Zookeeper, introduces new animal arrivals. A great outing for children!

•   Sun., June 21 – “Plants and Flowers.”  Naturalist Ron Luft leads a trail walk through the spring flora.

Lambton House Open House and exhibition “Exploring Where We Live“: Sundays, 12 noon – 4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street.  Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available.  The Lambton House has been presented with a series of reproductions of Clara Isabella Harris’s (d. 1974) paintings, which are hanging in the Blue Room, on the second floor.

Kundalini Yoga continues at Annette St. Library, all Mondays in June, 6:30-7:30 pm.  Breathe, move, sing, relax, and meditate. Come to the full series, or individual classes. Just bring a yoga mat and you.

Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (June 29), 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.

Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (June 29), 6:30-8 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.

LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec), Tuesdays 6-10 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or info@ladeebee.com.

Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays (no meetings June to August).

The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (June 30), 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 (no meetings June-Sep.).

Swansea Horticultural Society, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm. June 24 – “Patio Pots for Summer,” with June Vaillancourt, and the Strawberry Social.  Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready.   A flower show is held concurrently with the presentation.  Also, see above, Sat., June 27, for the Swansea Horticultural Society’s annual bus trip.

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 (off for summer, next meeting in Sept.).

Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (June 18), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane).  Guests are siblings Tom and Kerry Fitzgerald. Beginner workshop at 7 pm ($15), intermediate at 8 ($15), then a jam at 9 pm ($5). Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or fiddleshow@gmail.com

Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 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.  Jun 12: Dancing to “Little Peter And The Elegants”; no lesson.

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

Local library Book Clubs are as follows:
▪  first Tuesday (June 2), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  first Wednesday (June 3), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪  first Wednesday (June 3), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Teen Books
▪  first Wednesday (June 3), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪  second Monday (June 8), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪  fourth Monday (June 22), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.

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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, 4 – 10 p.m. 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 […]

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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next JRA Community Meeting  – Thu., May 14, 2015, 7-9 pm

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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


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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

Junctioneer - November 10, 2014 - 8:15am
  
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