Friday, 26 April 2013

Community News

Join Councillor Pam McConnell for a Community Environment Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013 (10am-2pm)
Please join me this Saturday for my annual Envrionment Day. Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring used or unwanted household items, drop off recycling, hazardous waste, and items to donate, and pick up free compost.
I will also be providing free compost at the Forsythia Festival on Sunday May 5 at Wellesley Park.
For more news and information, don’t forget to visit my website at
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at or by calling 416-392-7916.

Location: Lower Sherbourne Park (Sherbourne and The Esplanade)
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 2:00 pm
Recycle, Reuse and Safely Dispose
Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto.


·  Backyard Composter
·  Green Bin
·  Kitchen Container

Pick up for FREE

·  Green Bins and Kitchen Container (with proof of new residency in the last 90 days or in exchange for a damaged box)
·  Leaf Compost (limit of one cubic metre per household)

Drop off for recycling or proper disposal

·  Computer Equipment & Peripherals (e.g., desktops, laptops, hand-held portables, monitors, printing devices, etc.)
·  Audio/Visual Equipment & Peripherals (e.g., telephones, cell phones, pda’s and pagers, cameras, small TVs, radios, receivers, speakers, tuners, equalizers, turntables, projectors, recorders, DVD players and VCRs, etc.)
·  Household Hazardous Waste (e.g., cleaning supplies and solvents, motor oil, paint, batteries, old/unused medication, mercury thermometers/thermostats, pesticides, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks, etc.)
·  Gas-powered lawn and garden equipment (mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, and chainsaws)
Note: You can recycle plastic shopping bags, polystyrene foam, empty paint and empty aerosol cans in your blue bin.

Items donated to local schools for reuse*

·  Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
·  Buttons, keys, and collectors’ coins and stamps
·  Clipboards, corks and cork boards
·  CDs and cases
·  Children’s books
·  Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
·  Dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
·  Fabric pieces and yarn

Other Items donated for reuse *

(Please keep separate from others)
·  Sporting goods (e.g. skates and jerseys, etc.)
·  Books
·  Medical equipment in good condition (e.g. eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.)
·  Small household items (e.g. dishes, ornaments, etc.)
·  Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
·  Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank
*All donated items must be in very good condition
Click here for more information.

Start organizing NOW! Community Yard Sale 2013
May 25th, 2013

Another year … another box of unwanted treasures that someone else is bound to adore.
Start now, gathering all your unwanted treasures, and join us on May 25th 2013 for our Annual COMMUNITY YARD SALE!!!
This is a MULTI Family event with thousands of items and everyone is welcome to participate.
This event runs at the same time as the Canadian Breast Cancer "Yard Sale for the Cure".
Advertising will be posted on Craigs list and Kijji.
Place: Cabbagetown South area, bordered by Sherbourne to Parliament, Carlton to Shuter.  See map below.
Cost:  FREE.  There is no charge, but please REGISTER on the site so we know how many there will be.  (If you are reading this by email, please click here to REGISTER.  We really appreciate it.)
Questions for the organizer?  email Jennifer at   (
In the event of rain, check the website for updates.
Map of Area:

403 Toronto Scouts in your Neighbourhood, 188 Carlton St.
Volunteer for Scouts
We are currently seeking new leaders who would start in the fall, but would participate in orientation and training over the next few months. Check out our website or contact Beth Baskin, Group Commissioner directly at or 416-363-7923.

The 403 Toronto is your local Scouts Canada group and we currently have 40 youth (boys and girls) and 11 leaders registered. We run programs for youth ranging in age from 5 to 14 in three sections of Beaver Scouts, and Sea Scouts on Wednesday nights and Cub Scouts on Thursday nights at St. Peter's Anglican 188 Carlton
We expect to expand to a Venturer Company (age 14+) next fall. Scouting is a program with a strong outdoor focus that encourages youth leadership and independence. The youth come mostly from the local neighbourhoods with a diversity of cultural and economic backgrounds. We are an open group and have families led by same-sex parents, single parents, two parents, Jewish parents, Christian parents, Hindu parents, and others reflecting the broad spectrum of our community. 
We offer financial assistance to families who require it and welcome donations that enable us to provide an open program.

403 Toronto Scouts

We are embracing spring with participation in hikes in the neighbourhood, camps in Aurora and Orangeville, and a visit to Evergreen Brickworks. Each group will be finding ways to contribute to the community by running activities at the Forsythia Festival and Winchester Fun Fair and cleaning up litter over the next few weeks. Our program is varied and exciting but is only possible with volunteer leadership, financial donations and inexpensive space provided by St.Peter's church.

Double Take Store is Getting a Mural, 310 Gerrard St. East
The Double Take Store, part of The Yonge Street Mission, is requesting submissions for a mural on our east exterior brick wall of 310 Gerrard Street East. The project is open to individual artists as well as art groups. The intention of this project is to creatively express the ideals of hope and joy to the public and to promote artistic expression in the community. Local artists and art groups are encouraged to apply.

Artists or groups are encouraged to create a colourful design based on The Yonge Street Mission’s motto “Hope in the City”. Interested individuals or groups must pick up a Call For Submission Package in person on or before May 17, 2013, 6:00pm. Packages will not be available online.

The Winning Design:
The winning design is to be installed and fully complete by September 6, 2013. A public community event to celebrate and commemorate the finished mural will take place the following week. The event may garner some valuable press and media, so it is a great opportunity for promotion of the chosen artist(s). Final approval of the winning submission will be announced on or by July 2, 2013.

How to Apply Today
Pick up your Call For Submission Package:
Location: The Double Take Store, 310 Gerrard St. East (east of Parliament)
Times: Monday to Wednesday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday to Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm
All persons or groups acquiring packages will be asked to add their names to a Submission Package receipt list.
For questions regarding submissions:
Email only to on or before Monday June 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm with the Subject heading: “Mural”
Questions submitted by telephone will not be answered. Submissions will not be accepted after June 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

A World Within our Neighborhood - St. James Town Janes Walk
May 5th, 2013 (2pm)

Join our walk in St. James Town and get the opportunity to know the real faces of one of the most diverse neighborhoods. Hear the stories from members of the community.

We will introduce the past, present and future that gives life to St. James Town.
Get to know St. James Town and how it developed.  Learn how it became one of the most densely populated communities in North America.
Start picturing the future of this Community. This walk will open your eyes to a lively and colourful neighborhood; and will introduce you to the new possibilities and the new vision this community has to offer.
For More Info - Click Here