The next JRA meeting is our Annual General Meeting, on Thurs., Jan. 14, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. Meet your neighbours. Refreshments served. We will be discussing:
• Approval of past minutes
• Election of officers
• 2015 update from our treasurer
• JRA goals and plans for 2016
The minutes needing approval will be posted on
http://junctionra.ca soon (look for announcement on front page). Paid members, please read them beforehand and bring any corrections needed.
Note: If you cannot attend this 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.
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From Councillor Doucette: (see more details)
I am thrilled to share that at the Dec. 10 City Council meeting, legal winter ice access for Grenadier Pond was approved after a 15-year absence. A new flag system will be set up to allow residents to know that when the red flag is up the ice is not safe, and when a yellow flag is up, use at your own risk. There will be a designated area to skate and access the pond, to help ensure the natural environment is not harmed. The pond will be safer for users, better for the environment, and residents will no longer have to avoid the threats of tickets by bylaw officers. Happy skating!
Your Feedback on Proposed 30km Speed Limit: By now, all residents should have received a paper copy of my Fall newsletter. In the newsletter I requested feedback on a proposal to reduce the speed limit on residential streets to 30 km/h, as has been done in neighbouring wards to our East. Do you want to see all residential street speed limits in Ward 13 reduced to 30 km/h? Please let me know your thoughts by letter, email or a call.
The City of Toronto is carrying out a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) that will identify opportunities to improve the transportation network in the area around St. Clair Avenue West between Keele Street and Old Weston Road. The City is considering five alternative solutions:
1. Widen St. Clair Avenue West
2. Extend Gunns Road east.
3. Connect Davenport Road to Lloyd Avenue.
4. Extend Keele Street south to meet the Gunns Road extension between Weston Road and Union Street.
5. Extend Davenport Road northwest to Union Street, in addition to Option 4.
Opportunity for Input: We invite you to email, mail, or call us to discuss the study, its impacts, and next steps. We can arrange an in-person meeting if you would like to discuss in detail. You are welcome to contact Robyn Shyllit, Senior Public Consultation Coordinator, by telephone at (416) 392-3358 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Social Planning Toronto is hosting budget forums in January 2016. Learn about what’s in the 2016 City of Toronto budget for community services, poverty reduction strategy, public transit, housing and homelessness supports and much more. Residents play a vital role in the budget process, so join us at one of the following forums and learn what it means for communities and how you can get involved.
1. Downtown — YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm St.: Thu., Jan. 7, 9:30 am – noon
2. Etobicoke — Stonegate Community Health Centre, 150 Berry Rd.: Mon., Jan. 11, 6-8 pm
3. York — Weston Mount-Dennis Community Place Hub, 1765 Weston Rd.: Mon., Jan. 11, 6-8 pm
Future event that needs reservation: Annual Fundraising Dinner Dance at Lambton House, Sat., Feb. 6, 2016. Enjoy an evening with friends at Heritage York’s annual event: Doors open at 6 pm. Cocktails 6:30 pm * Buffet Dinner 7:15 * Cash Bar * Raffles * Silent Action * DJ * and good conversation. Our speaker will be Elaine Waisglass, who was instrumental in the restoration of two Toronto heritage buildings – 55 Sudbury St. and 16 Wychwood Park. Tickets: $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call: Margo Duncan: (416) 761-1819; Michael Freeman: (416) 766-6642; Madeleine McDowell: (416) 767-7633.
Ongoing event: Toronto Design Offsite Festival
Junction Venues — Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Jan. 24
Window Installations (from west to east)
Peephole Portraits: Phillipa C. Photography, 3063 Dundas St. W.
Balancing on Leaves: Helen + Hildegard, 3036 Dundas St. W.
Lost Lands: Latre, 2988 Dundas St. W.
MAGICBOX: Coolearth Architecture, 386A Pacific
WINTERSCAPE: West Toronto Paint & Wallpaper, 2975 Dundas St. W.
Flummox: Pandemonium, 2920 Dundas St. W.
Nthology:01: Opticianado, 2919 Dundas St. W.
Double Happiness: Forever Interiors, 2903 Dundas St. W.
Circus Series (Stage Set): Cornerstone Furniture, 2886 Dundas St. W.
In Light: NODO Restaurant, 2885 Dundas St. W.
Subtle Technologies v.19 Festival Preview: The Sewing Junction, 2841 Dundas St. W.
Oji Masanori Exhibition: Mjolk, 2959 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Wed., Jan. 20 – Sun., Jan. 24 (We 7-9, Th-Fr 10-6, Sa 10-5, Su 12-5)
Reception: Wed., Jan. 20, 7-9 pm
YAM LAU: what if…a space…: ARTiculations Earl Selkirk Gallery, 2928 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Feb. 14; Mo-Fr 11-6, Sa 11-5, Su 12-5
Reception Wed., Jan. 20, 6-9 pm
The Good Type: Cut The Cheese, 2901 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Tue., Jan. 19 – Sun., Feb. 28; TWTh 12-9, FSa 12-11, Sun 12-5
Reception: Sat., Jan. 23, 5-8 pm
#ROMInk: SMASH, 2880 Dundas St. W.
Exhibition: Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Jan. 24; Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5
Reception: Live Tattooing Daily, 12-5 pm; #ROMInk Video Essay, Sat & Sun, 12-5 pm
TO DO Talks: Oji Masanori: Mjolk, 2959 Dundas St. W.
Event: Sat., Jan. 23, 11 am – 12 noon; click here to RSVP (required)
Nuvango Studio Tour: Nuvango Studio, 2738 Dundas St. W.
Event: Tours on Jan. 20: start at 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm. Each tour is 45 min.
RSVP required (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
=== Events coming up, in and near the Junction ===
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Recurring events ===
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Mon., Jan. 4 – World Hypnotism Day Open House, 355 Keele St., 2:30-5:30 pm. Debbie Papadakis, popular hypnosis expert and founder of Toronto’s Hypno Healing Institute, invites everyone to join her in celebrating World Hypnotism Day. “We all have a wealth of power in our subconscious that can be used in healing, releasing stress and freeing us from internal barriers to health, wealth and happiness!” Refreshments will be served.
Wed., Jan. 6 – St. Olave’s Stained Glass Windows, St. Olave’s Church, Bloor and Windermere, 7-8 pm. Janice Douglas is joined by the distinguished Canadian stained-glass artist Sarah Hall to present an illustrated talk about twelve of the glorious windows of St. Olave’s Church, which were specially designed and created for us. Janice will link this beautiful art to the writing of the late Rev. Dr. Versey Wigmore. Before the talk, there is an optional Epiphany Evensong (6 pm) and a light supper (6:30 pm).
Fri., Jan. 8 – Twelfth Night Supper and Ball, Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington), 4-10:30 pm. Experience the Christmas customs of olden times — fireside supper, dance workshop and historical ball with live music, games, singing, and all the old merriment of the Yuletide season. Come join us for the last day of Christmas. Tickets are $55, $45 for students and seniors. Space is limited, so book early to prevent disappointment. Sponsored by Jane Austen Dancing and the York Regency Society. See website for schedule and registration.
Sat., Jan. 9 – Please donate blood at Swansea Town Hall, 9 am-2 pm, Rousseau Room, main floor. Please bring your donor or ID card. For more information, call 416-974-9900 or see Canadian Blood Services website to book your donor appointment … walk-ins welcome too!
Sun., Jan. 10 – Winter Tree ID Workshop, High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive), 10 am-3 pm. Build skills, knowledge and learn how to identify the trees of Ontario while they sleep. This course will begin indoors with a discussion of what to look for – bark, twigs, buds and tree shape, then a guided hike to practice your new skills. This course is recommended for the beginner-to-intermediate tree observer. Dress in layers for both indoor and outdoor learning. Cost: $50 per adult. Space is limited; pre-registration required, see website.
Wed., Jan. 13 – Movie Night, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. This event has been running on the third Wed. for years, but it is now moving to the third Tues. — see Tue., Jan. 19.
Thu., Jan. 14 – Junction Residents Association annual general meeting, 7-9 pm,West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. See description at top of newsletter.
Thu., Jan. 14 – West Toronto Junction Historical Society, Annette St. Library, 7:30 pm. A special meeting to discuss the future of WTJHS, a brainstorming session with the WTJHS executive. How would you like to see our Society change in the next few years? We are looking for new ideas — this will be a “blue sky” session! Open to the public, free admission.
Thu., Jan. 14 – The Changing Face of Warren Park, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm. Michael Freeman, local historian, will speak.
Fri., Jan. 15 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Doors open 6 pm, music by Randi Helmers (song and ukulele) and Rob Clutton (banjo). 8-11 pm. Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale. The traditional Lambton House hot roast beef sandwiches will be available for purchase (from 6:30) — arrive early, as they sell out quickly! Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations. Note: No Pub Night in February.
Sat., Jan. 16 – Inorganic Market (certified electronic waste collection), Annette St. Library, 10 am-2 pm. Community e-waste (electronic waste) drop off with Green 13 and irecyclecomputers. Keep hazardous waste out of landfills. Bring computers, TVs, cell phones, any wires for electronics, etc.; no batteries, lightbulbs, or empty paint cans. All revenue generated from the recycling of e-waste goes to a not-for-profit organization SELF (Social Entrepreneur Launch Factor).
Sat., Jan. 16 – Play Reading Group, Annette St. Library, 1-4 pm. Like reading aloud? Enjoy theatre? Join us for a free Community Play-Reading Group, this time reading Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Led by theatre-lover/actor Carina Cojeen, this group will read plays together monthly for four months. For more information, check out the Meetup website. Free; all welcome; no experience necessary.
Sun., Jan. 17 – Rockcliffe. Lost Rivers, Rivers Rising walk. Meet at Jane & Alliance (btw. St. Clair and Eglinton), 2 pm. This walk explores a tract of green and blue space in the heart of one of the Rivers Rising project areas. Helen Mills will co-ordinate but the Rivers Rising ambassadors will be in attendance. A Lost Rivers walk.
Mon., Jan. 18 – Sun., Jan. 24 – Toronto Design Offsite Festival. See summary of Junction venues at top of newsletter.
Tue., Jan. 19 – Movie Night, Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. “Mr. Holmes” (2015). Ian McKellen, Laura Linney. An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.
Thu., Jan. 21 – Toronto Field Naturalists Walk in High Park, “Birds,” meet at High Park and Bloor entrance, 10 am. Morning-only walk, with optional lunch at Grenadier Restaurant. Leader: Doug Paton. Washrooms available.
Thu., Jan. 21 – Green 13 presents “Working Together to Save the Great Lakes,” Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7-9 pm. A free talk and discussion with Nicola Crawhall, the Deputy Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a bi-national coalition of 118 mayors who work together to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. Nicola will be speaking about the importance of protecting the Great Lakes from threats such as microbeads, phosphorus loadings and algae in Lake Erie, and how climate change is a game-changer for the way we must protect the Lakes. Please register through Eventbrite.
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Winter 2016 Nature Clubs for Kids: Programs for children are offered by the High Park Nature Centre.
- PA Day Camp (Jan. 22, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50, Online registration open now at link above.
- March Break Day Camp (Mar. 14-18, 9-3:30), Ages: 6-10, Cost: $50 a day; register from 7 am, Wed., Jan. 13.
- Other winter activity clubs are described here.
Time Traveller PA Day Camp at Colborne Lodge, Fri., Jan. 22, 9-4. Travel back in time and explore life at the Lodge almost two hundred years ago!. Campers explore the historic Colborne Lodge, uncovering the mysteries of a Victorian home and engaging with 19th-century recipes and cooking techniques, games and crafts. Ages 7-10. Lodge staff will welcome PA Day Campers from 8:30 am. Pick up time – 4 to 4:30 pm. $35 plus tax. Pre-registration required. Call 416 392-6916 to register.
Shakespeare for Kids Library Club! Free six-week program, ages 7-12, at various TPL libraries. In our neighbourhood, it will happen at Annette St. Library, Saturdays 10 am-12 pm, during Jan. 30 – Mar. 5. Join us for storytelling adventures! Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay! Play drama games, read aloud, and act out scenes! Instruction by professional actors and educators. Only 24 participants allowed, so register in person at Annette St. branch.
=== Other resources for children (repeated from Dec. newsletter) ===
MakerKids, a new facility for kids, has opened near Jane and Bloor St. W. “We are one of the first and only makerspaces for kids in the world. We run programs and camps on topics like Minecraft, 3D Printing, Videogame Programming with Scratch, Robotics Inventions using Arduino, Electronics and Remote Control Robotics.” See their website for programs and classes; fees apply.
Curling for Kids: The High Park Club, at 100 Indian Road (near St. Joseph’s Hospital), offers curling instruction and activities for children. Called “Little Rocks,” kids aged 7 to 12 play on Sundays from 12:15-1:45. The cost is $150 for the season (October to April), and kids can enter at any point in the season. “Most of Canada’s top curlers started at this age. Using lighter, smaller curling rocks, kids can learn the game while having fun. Experienced High Park curlers volunteer their time and attention to this section because they love the game and want others to grow to love it too.” See website, and contact Jennifer MacInnis (email@example.com) for more information.
=== Events for children and families (in chronological order) ===
Sat., Jan. 9 – How to Build a Spinning Box, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W., 10 am-12 noon. Kids will learn how to build a Spinning Box with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 2-13.
Sat., Jan. 16 – Around the world in stories, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Listen as stories from different countries introduce you to new heroes and adventures. Learn about different cultures, try some puzzles, and take home some fabulous books. For families with children of all ages.
Sun., Jan. 17 – High Park Winter Fun Day, Colborne Lodge (inside and outside), 12-3 pm. Fun wintery activities including taffy pulling for kids take place inside Colborne Lodge; roasting marshmallows, eating roasted potatoes and sipping warm cider in the great outdoors. Dress warmly as most of the activities are outside. Cost: Grounds are free; small fees apply for taffy, potatoes and cider; PWYC admission for tours of Colborne Lodge.
Fri., Jan. 22 – Children’s Author Talk with Philippa Dowding, Annette St. Library, 2-3 pm. Philippa answers questions like where do your ideas come from, when did you know you wanted to be a writer, plus much more. This informative and fun presentation about the writer’s craft includes a short reading, a discussion of literary genre and what it means to be a writer.
Sat., Jan. 23 – Once upon a storybook, Jane/Dundas Library, 2-3 pm. Fairy tales are a tradition around the world. We will share some favourite classics and some twisted & fractured ones too! For families with children of all ages.
Mon., Jan. 25 – Could Life Exist on Other Worlds? Annette St. Library, 1:15-2:15 pm. Using what we know about life on Earth as a starting point, Lauren Hetherington explains how we will learn about life elsewhere in the Universe, and how we can look for it. Ages 10-13, but all welcome. Call 416-393-7692 to register. Presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
=== Recurring events for adults and teens (by day of week, Sun-Sat) ===
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High Park Walks, first and third Sundays, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet in the middle of High Park, at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant. Contact: John Howard, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Sun., Jan. 3: Winter Survival – Hiders, Hibernators and Hightailers. Naturalist Pat Parent shows how plants, animals, birds and bugs make it through the winter.
• Sun., Jan. 17: The Signs of Winter. By the Walking Tours Committee.
High Park Stewards: Educational Presentations, Sundays (Jan. 10, 24), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive. During the winter we have a number of indoor presentations of interest to the general public on topics relating to protecting and understanding nature, especially in High Park.
Lambton House Open House, Sundays (from Jan. 10), 12-4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available. “Please call about noon (416-767-5472) to confirm that we are open on a given Sunday, as sometimes the facility is rented.” Jan. 31: Trillium Foundation reception, 2 pm; music and refreshments; free.
Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (Jan. 25), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., come at 12:15 pm, lunch served at 12:30. 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.
Runnymede Youth Advisory Group, third Tuesday (Jan. 19), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede Library. For youth ages 13-19. Do you want to earn volunteer hours, meet other teens and contribute to library services and programs? Join the Runnymede YAG! New members are welcome year-round. Get application form at branch; for more info, call 416-393-7697.
LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, Tuesdays, 6-10 pm, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec). 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 email@example.com.
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (Jan. 26), 7-8:15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
West Bend Community Association meeting, third Wednesday (Jan. 20), 7 pm, Indian Rd. Crescent P.S., 2nd floor teachers’ lounge, 285 Indian Rd. Cr. Agenda for Jan. 20: Councillor Gord Perks will join us. Everyone welcome; agenda for the meeting and minutes from our previous meetings are on our website.
Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (no meeting in Jan.), 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall.
Swansea Horticultural Society Meeting, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor), 7:30 pm. Jan 27: Orchidfest – Tobermory. Speakers John Alexander and Peter Kaellgrent. Info: 416-763-1897.
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday, 7-9:30 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane). Jan. 21: Colleen and Alanna Jenish running two workshops ($15 each), beginner at 7pm and intermediate/advanced at 8pm. Followed by a jam ($5) at 9pm. All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome. Tickets, 416-402-1642 or email@example.com. All folk instruments, levels and ages welcome.
Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages. Jan. 15: Country Two-Step lesson with Mark Read. 7:45 pm Beginner Lesson (3/4 hour), 8:30 pm Intermediate Lesson (1/2 hour), 9 pm D.J. dance until midnight. Cost: $8 for members, $12 for nonmembers.
*** Computer & Library Training: User Education, Saturdays (Jan. 23, 30), Jane/Dundas Library, 10 am-12 pm. Jan. 23: Basic Introduction to Microsoft Word; Jan. 30, Basic computer mouse skills. Other topics will be taught in coming months; see schedule on website. Space is limited, please register in person, or call the branch at 416-394-1014.
Saturday Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm, Annette St. Library. 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. Saturdays, 1:30-3 pm. No pre-registration necessary, these are drop-in events, great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation, or PWYC. Meet at High Park Nature Centre (formerly Forest School), inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave.
• Jan. 2 – Winter’s for the Birds! : Not all birds migrate, some birds tough it out over the winter just like us! Come learn about High Park’s feathered winter residents- including the smallest, the most colourful and the most social. We’ll talk about how they have adapted to survive our harsh Canadian winters and even give them a helping hand! Borrow a pair of our binoculars or bring your own.
• Jan. 16 – Trekking & Tracking: Brush up on your tracking skills by exploring signs of animals in High Park. Learn to identify shelters, middens, scat, and more!
• Jan. 30 – The “Sleeping Skeletons” of High Park: Come explore High Park’s “Sleeping Skeletons,” such as our majestic Oaks, hardy Maples and whimsical Willows. Learn how to ID trees during their winter dormancy by studying their buds, twigs and bark.
=== Other groups in our area: use website or phone/email for more information ===
Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall. A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. A non-profit public community organization, we meet from Sep. to May. Attendance is always free. See videos on the website.
Scottish Country Dancing, Wednesdays at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Rd. Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.
Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter), Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright St. All-woman choir practices each week, welcomes new members continuously. Director: Kara Santokie. No audition or music reading is required, varied repertoire (Motown, folk, etc.). Attend a practice without obligation.
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.
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).
Local library book clubs are as follows:
▪ first Tuesday (Jan. 5), 6:30-7:30 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ first Wednesday (Jan. 6), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪ first Wednesday (Jan. 6), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪ second Monday (Jan. 11), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ fourth Monday (Jan. 25), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.
Next JRA Community Meeting (AGM) – Thu., Jan. 14, 2016, 7-9 pm
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