JRA board member wanted: Your JRA is looking for a new board member, to replace one who has moved away. Meetings are one evening a month, and duties are variable, depending on your interests and the JRA’s needs. If you live within our boundaries (see http://www.junctionra.ca/mission/) — own or rent — and think you might like to be more closely involved in your neighbourhood, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and chat with one of us about possibilities.
JRA website’s new page on Development: As several sites in the Junction are proposed for new development, we are trying harder to stay abreast of these events. We have a new page on our website called “Development in the Junction” — http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction. Take a look, and please tell us if you hear of happenings that we haven’t yet posted.
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More Development: In addition, there are several projects being considered for the Bloor West Village area. While these are not in the Junction, they would be our neighbours and so we note them here in the e-newsletter. Two neighbourhood organizations have been formed to keep an eye on these projects, and both are keen to receive donations to hire the experts needed to influence developers and the governmental bodies that monitor them, as well as volunteers and “word-spreaders” — neighbours who will tell others about it:
• Save Our Village (SOV) — Watching three proposals — 1990, 2114, and 2265-79 Bloor St. W. Composed of four local RAs: Bloor West Village Residents Association, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, The Old Mill Community Association, and the High Park Residents Association.
• High Park Coalition — Proposed are two 26-storey residential buildings, known as Grenadier Square Redevelopment, to replace the townhouses located (back to back) at 51-65 Quebec Avenue and 52-66 High Park Avenue.
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is continuing its efforts to inform Ontarians of the importance of verifying their electoral information. As the municipal and school board elections are quickly approaching, they say that if voters verify their information ahead of time, the polls will operate more efficiently this October. Using the website voterlookup.ca, a non-partisan, non-profit service focused entirely on preparing more accurate and complete Voters’ Lists for the upcoming municipal and school board elections, you can check your registration record and even update incorrect information online. Although we mentioned this service in a previous newsletter, we think it bears repeating.
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Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Thu., July 3 – Public Consultation meeting on 108 Vine St., 7 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Following two motions that were moved at the behest of Councillor Sarah Doucette during a recent meeting of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Committee, the City’s planning department established a date for a public consultation meeting BEFORE the province’s decision on Toronto’s new employment policies. While all are welcome to attend the meeting, only those living within 240 m of the site will receive an official notice of it from the City. Those who do not receive notice can still attend the meeting and give feedback, or they can give feedback via email and/or register as “interested parties” by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/1mksE6T For more background on this project, see http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/
Sat., July 5 – High Park Coalition (HPC) community garage sale, 9 am – 2 pm, at 50 Quebec Ave. Items for sale include jewelry, housewares, glassware, vases, clothes, shoes, luggage, linens, decorative pillows, small appliances, books, and much more! All money raised will go directly to funding the professional witnesses required for HPC’s upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board. More info from email@example.com
Tue., July 8 – “Revenge of the Electric Car,” film co-sponsored by Green13 at Runnymede Library, 6:15-8:15 pm. Whereas “Who Killed the Electric Car” ended with the destruction of nearly 5,000 electric cars from California’s clean air program, notably the GM EV1, the new film “Revenge” features the birth of a new generation of electric cars including the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Roadster. Guest speaker from Plug’n Drive, and you get to see and test ride a Electric Car afterwards. See more at: http://www.green13toronto.org/event/revenge-electric-car-free-screening-and-discussion
Sat., July 12 – Blood Donation at Swansea Town Hall, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. More info.
Sat., July 12 – Junction Night Market, 7-11 pm. A community food festival to benefit the Junction Farmers Market food voucher program. $5 for local food, $5 for local craft beer and wine. On Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas St. West intersection — just down the street from the regular market’s Train Platform. (Editor’s note: This was a huge success last summer, and should be even better in the more open area of the street.) More info.
Wed., July 16 – “Alice in Wonderland,” Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. Tim Burton’s version, with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, and many wonderful others. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.
Tue., July 22 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk leaving Lambton House at 10:00 am and returning around 1:00 for tea and refreshments. (Information available by publication time is less than I would wish, so please confirm details well ahead of time with Lambton House (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Toronto Field Naturalists (email@example.com) .
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Family Nature Walks in High Park. Cost: $2 per person or donate-what-you-can. No pre-registration necessary. Great for all ages: bring the whole family! Walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre, unless otherwise stated.
• Wed., July 2, 1:30-3pm, “Forest Foodie” — Get caught in a forest food web! Find out who eats what in the wild, make a squirrel salad, and munch on some human edibles too!
• Wed., July 16, 1:30-3pm, “Wetland Wander” — Everybody loves Grenadier Pond, but the eastern wetlands of High Park have tons of wonders to explore too! Visit an ancient underground water source, lift a log in Salamander stream, weave a willow crown and wind your way along Spring Creek.
• Wed., July 30, 8:15-10 pm, “Moth Night” — Discover the “butterflies of the night” at the annual High Park Moth Night. We will explore moth habitat and spread moth broth on tree trunks before members of the Toronto Entomologists Association will set up special lights and help us identify moths. Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Cafe. Please bring your flashlights and insect collection containers.
High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.
• Sun., July 6, “Shakespeare in the Park” with Julia Bennett.
• Sun., July 20, “Exploring Spring Creek” with Stephen Smith.
Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (July 8 and July 22). Weather permitting, summer and fall meetings will be held at the site (corner of Clendenan Avenue and Glendonwynne Road). Rain location will be Annette Library.
Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories!
• Wed., July 2 – Coming to Canada Stories – Stories of Migration
• Wed., July 9 – Round the World in 90 minutes – Travel Tales
• Wed., July 23 – Neighbourhood/Local History Stories
• Wed., July 30 – Creation Myths
Junction Seniors — Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm
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At Annette St. Library:
• Wed., July 2, 2-3 pm – “Inventionation!” Mad Science will be presenting an interactive and fun workshop showcasing the wonders of invention and discovery! Kids will learn about famous inventors and inventions and engage their creativity in a hands-on science activity. Start your summer with a memorable science experience! For ages 5-12. Call 416-393-7692 to register. More info.
• Wed., July 16, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers. Also on Aug. 6 and Aug. 20. More info.
At Runnymede Library, Tuesdays 2-3 pm: more info
• Tue., July 8 – Tissue Box Monsters (all ages)
• Tue., July 15 – LEGO Fun (6-12 years)
• Tue., July 22 – Cardboard Instruments (all ages)
• Tue., July 29 – ?IS IT MAGIC OR IS IT SCIENCE?? with Professor I. M. Confused
JRA Community Meeting - Thu., Sep. 11, 2014
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