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JRA e-newsletter for August 2014

The Junction Residents Association - August 1, 2014 - 10:12am

=============== JRA e-newsletter – August 2014 ===============

August is the quietest month… time to regroup and refresh. We’ve taken more space this month to list regularly recurring activities — see the section after the Events section. There is a peak of activity in High Park during this summer month, and perhaps more children’s events than usual. Your JRA is gearing up for a busy fall, working to gather candidates for Ward 13 City Councillor to take our questions at the Sep. 11 meeting.

Have you noticed the gutters and catch basins? A letter from Andrew Zimbel, a long-time resident of Laws St. and a member of the Executive of the JRA

“Over the last six to eight months, I have had to occasion to walk many of the streets in our neighbourhood. I have noticed the many beautiful gardens, said good morning to many of my neighbours, and commented on the weather, and received big smiles in return. I have also noticed that most if not all of the gutters and catch basins have been full of leaves and debris. Have you noticed this as well? If you have, let us know how your street’s gutters and catch basins are doing. You can reach the JRA at info@junctionra.ca

“I have contacted 311 and Councillor Sarah Doucette’s office, and I have spoken to someone from the City. I have been told that the City is looking into it. Since my call, I have seen one street sweeper. Have you seen a street sweeper? Did the leaves on your street get picked up by the City? Is this an issue that concerns you? Would you be willing to help clean a part of your street if the City isn’t able to? Let’s get together on this issue to ensure that our very basic infrastructure is looked after so our homes and families are safe and dry.”

================ News for the neighbourhood ===============

2978 Dundas Street West update. This proposed new building at the northwest corner of Dundas and Pacific (see background at http://www.junctionra.ca/new-building-projects-in-the-junction/) will have its mandatory community consultation, hosted by the City of Toronto Planning Department, on Tue., Aug. 19, from 7-9 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas Street West). The planning notice should be coming out shortly.  For up-to-date information, see Councillor Doucette’s website

A letter from Ravina Gardens:

The Ravina Community Garden would like to extend an invitation for community members to step up and take on a variety of leadership roles within the garden. We all know there is a lot of behind the scenes work needed to create a community garden from scratch, and that the work is indeed a labour of love! We also know there is no garden without community involvement. The garden is currently seeking community members who are willing to lead the following areas…

… continue reading at http://www.ravinacommunitygarden.blogspot.ca/

Did you know that the Junction Flea Market has relocated? It can be visited on the second Sunday of the month, 10am-5pm, on Sterling Road just north of Dundas St. W. (south of Bloor, near where the Railpath intersects with Dundas). Not exactly the Junction now, but may still be of interest.

===========    Events coming up in and near the Junction     ==========
==== See below for Recurring events === and ==== Events for children ====

Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Sat., Aug. 9 – Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club Community BBQ at Perth Square Park, 350 Perth Ave. (east of Dundas St. W., 1 block south of Dupont), 12-4 pm. Bring the family for a fun-filled afternoon featuring DJ and Steel Pan Music, Games, Bouncy Castles and Slides, Face Painting, Lucky Draws, Watermelon Eating Contest, and Magician X. Ray. For more information, tony@dovercourtkids.com or 416-530-4233. P.S. We are looking for some high school or young volunteers to help with supervising games and bouncy castles, which is a small commitment of approximately two hours the day of the BBQ.

Sat., Aug. 9 – By the Light of the Moon…, 9 pm, walk begins and ends at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Walk by the Humber River led by Madeleine McDowell for Heritage York & Green 13. Refreshments provided. The Moon casts shadows!

Sun., Aug. 10 – Film “And We Knew How To Dance: Women in World War I,” Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm. NFB documentary of women’s commitment and determination during WWI, which helped lead the way for postwar social changes. Introduced by NFB director Maureen Judge.

Tue., Aug. 12 – Film “The Ghosts in our Machine,” 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. A multi-award-winning documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of award-winning animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. Co-sponsored by the Vegetarians of High Park. Of interest to all ages! More info.

Tue., Aug. 12 – Film “Quietly Into Disaster,” presented by Green13. Free screening and discussion with Angela Bischoff at Swansea Townhall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7 pm. This documentary deals with nuclear fission — damages done to health and environment, nuclear waste and politics, renewable energies, reactor safety, the serious implications of a nuclear accident and the public resistance. More info on the film can be found here. Speaker Angela Bischoff is a long-time environmental organizer, and Outreach Director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, an organization whose goal is to move Ontario to 100% renewable electricity.

Tue.-Fri., Aug. 12-15 – The Junction Project‘s annual Pop-Up Art Camp, Vine Park, 3-5 pm. This camp is for children and their caregivers and is FREE!  We set up in Vine Park every day and aim for an awesome mix of camp-style crafts and art exploration.

Fri., Aug. 15 – The Junction Project‘s Community BBQ Bash will be BIGGER and BETTER than even last year!  This is an important fundraiser for our group, so spread the word and invite your family and friends.  More details to follow! See http://thejunctionproject.com

Sat., Aug. 16 – Aggie’s Wildflower Toronto Heritage Walk leaves from the Lambton House at 1:30pm, returning around 3:30 for tea and refreshments. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Rd.

Sun., Aug. 17 – The Secret Lives of Wildflowers workshop, High Park Nature Centre, 440 Parkside Drive, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Learn all about the late summer wildflowers of High Park in this exciting hands-on workshop. From the spectacular Cup Plant to the ghost-like Indian Pipe to the more subtle Asters and Goldenrods, this isn’t your average wildflower workshop. Hike with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron to learn the many species of High Park, their intriguing lifestyles and ecological relationships, and even see some plants that Charles Darwin studied. Richard’s lively hikes are popular and fun ways to learn more about nature. Price: $50 before August, then $55. High Park Nature Centre. More information here.

Tue., Aug. 19 – Community consultation meeting for the proposed building at 2978 Dundas St. W., from 7-9 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St. W.). See more in “News for the Neighbourhood” section above.

Wed., Aug. 20 – Film “Cabaret” (1972), Runnymede Library, 6-8 pm. 124 min. PG. Director: Bob Fosse. Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey, Fritz Wepper. Sally Bowles, a singer at the Kit Kat Klub, is an American caught up in the faux-glamour of prewar Berlin. Although Sally giddily ignores the decadence that has begun to permeate every aspect of society, her Jewish friend Natasha cannot; Natasha constantly faces persecution by Nazi authorities, and her lover has entirely hidden his Jewish identity. But Sally continues to bury herself in her own problems: in addition to the difficulties of sharing her bisexual English lover with a wealthy German homosexual, she keeps getting more and more drawn in by the sleazy and sinister atmosphere of the Kit Kat Klub. Film introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer.

Sun., Aug. 24 – Vegan Potluck in the Park, 12 – 2 pm, High Park picnic area #3 (a covered picnic area on West Road a bit south of the entrance to the park at High Park Ave. and Bloor). Join Vegetarians of High Park for a picnic in the Park. The cost of this event is $5 per person to cover the costs of the picnic area rental. Please give your $5 to Jewel when you arrive. Please bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or honey), with your own plate and cutlery and a serving spoon for your dish if necessary. RSVP by August 20th to highpark@veg.ca

Thu., Sep. 4 – Monthly meeting of West Toronto Junction Historical Society, 7:30 pm at Annette Library, lower level. Program TBA.

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

Ravina Community Garden meets at 7 pm on alternate Tuesdays (Aug. 5 and 19). 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.

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., Aug. 6, 1:30-3 pm, “Fairies & Gnomes” — Enter the magical woodlands where fairies and gnomes roam. We will follow their trails of wisdom and offer them help.

   • Wed., Aug. 13, 1:30-3 pm, “The Birds and the Bees” — Discover some of High Parks most fascinating winged creatures, including their hidden nesting sites!

   • Wed., Aug. 20, 1:30-3 pm, “Summer in the Savannah” — Celebrate High Park’s most rare ecosystem, the Black Oak Savannah in all its end of summer glory!

Another Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 3-7 pm at Runnymede Presbyterian Church, 680 Annette St. Meet your local farmers. Vegetable farmers Victoria from Holland Marsh; Fruit farmer Jim Burnson, from Country Winds Farms in Beamsville; Zack selling meat, pork, beef, lamb and veal, summer sausage, pepperettes, from Greengate Farms; Krista, from Harrington Lane Farms selling pastured lamb & eggs, and home of the “From Those Roots” cannery, offering seasonal preserves. The ever popular ChocoSol tortilla queen, Ashley will delight us with her tasty Mexican treats. Come early for the best of the crop. Sponsored by Crème Fraîche Market Cafe.

Summer Storytelling at Runnymede Library, Wednesdays 6:30-8pm. Come and listen to professional storytellers as well as tell your own stories! Call 416-393-7697 for more information.
   • Wed., Aug. 6 – Humourous Stories around the World
   • Wed., Aug. 13 – (topic TBA)

FamJam series at Vine Park, Fridays 5:30-8 pm, by The Junction Project.  The idea is simple – bring your dinner to enjoy in the park and if you’re so inclined, bring an instrument.  We’re encouraging wanna-be/budding/successful musicians to bring the JAM to FamJam, so dust off those tambourines and tune up those guitars! Let’s get together and have fun – let’s FamJam!

Junction Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, at “the train platform,” 2960 Dundas St. W. (just east of Pacific Ave.).

Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays 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.

Jane/Dundas Chess Club, alternate Saturdays (Aug. 2, 16, 30), Jane/Dundas Library, 2-4 pm. This is an intergenerational club, so players of all ages can join. You do not need to be a chess master to sign up, all you need is an interest in the game and the desire to learn. Please call 416-394-1014 to register.

Lambton House Open House, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 pm – Come in for a tour and visit. It’s a good idea to call ahead 416-767-5472, as the open house is occasionally pre-empted for a private rental. During August, two small exhibits will be viewable:
   • Exploring Where We Live: Lambton House – Highlighting life in the valley of the Humber River from the turn of the 19th century to the mid-20th century.
   • World War I memorabilia: Personal mementos from local residents.

Free Yoga in High Park – Sundays, 10-11 am, meet just inside the main gates of High Park (on Bloor), turn right by the Chess House Building and look for the ONE TOOTH sign under the trees. Varying styles every week. Open to people of all ages. For more information call 416-727-3803.

High Park Walks, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe to join in.
   • Sun., Aug. 3, “Caterpillars, Moths, and Butterflies” with Don Scallen.
   • Sun., Aug. 17, “Native Wildflowers” with Sharon Lovett; a tour of Black Oak Savannah Restoration sites.

High Park Stewards volunteers, 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month (Aug. 10 and 24), 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We meet rain or shine and work under supervision weeding and maintaining the Park, learning as we work. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome to meet us in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and we will go to the site from there. For your protection, please wear long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. For more info, go to website and click ‘Brochure 2014′ for calendar.

Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, and Fridays 2-3 pm at various places in August; call 647-235-0843 for Friday locations.

===================== Events for children ====================

At Annette St. Library:

   • Wed., Aug. 6 and Aug 20, 2-3 pm – “Maker Crafts for Kids!” Participate in fun arts & crafts activities designed for Young Makers.

   • Wed., Aug. 13, 2-3 pm – Just Imagine: Building with LEGO. Construct a model set of unique buildings and structures with other Lego enthusiasts or just stop by and enjoy an hour of free form building with Lego. Lego bricks will be supplied.

   • Wed., Aug 27, 2-3 pm – Build & Construct with K’Nex. Build a model, machine or structure with K’Nex! K’Nex rods and connectors will be supplied.

More programs for kids at Annette St. Library in August.

At Runnymede Library:

   • Tue., Aug. 5, 2-3 pm – Make a Garden. If you have a green thumb or just love to get your hands dirty then you’ll have fun making a grass person with us. Drop-in. For children ages 6-12 years.


   • Tue., Aug 12, 2-3 pm – Airplane Aerobatic Wrap Up Party. Wrap up the summer with a fun loop de loop airplane aerobatics contest. Make a flying airplane and see how far it will soar! Drop-in. For children of all ages.


More programs for kids at Runnymede Library in August:

Programs for kids at Jane/Dundas Library in August:

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 JRA Community Meeting  - Thu., Sep. 11, 2014

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JRA e-newsletter — July 2014

The Junction Residents Association - July 1, 2014 - 4:40pm

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 info@junctionra.ca 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.

==================== News for the neighbourhood ====================

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.

============= Events coming up in and near the Junction =============

====== See below for Recurring events === and === Events for children ======

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 info@highparkcoalition.ca

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 (admin@lambtonhouse.org) or Toronto Field Naturalists (office@torontofieldnaturalists.org) .

====================== Recurring events =======================

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

===================== Events for children ====================

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

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