Archive for 2012 April

2012 Apr 21: Withrow Park cleanup

Saturday, 2012 April 21, 10am to 2pm
Withrow Park
, 725 Logan Ave

Calling all spring cleaning enthusiasts! This is your chance to help make Withrow a clean and safe place for our kids and pets to play. Plus, have fun in the fresh air as you clear away cigarette buts, parts of broken toys and lots and lots of plastic.

Meet at the Withrow Park Washroom Pavilion. If you show up late, don’t worry – there’ll be a sign-in sheet and some garbage bags waiting for you. For more details, click here.

2012 Apr 26: Composting and vermicomposting workshop

Thursday, 2012 April 26, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East

CC-BY-NC-SA: soil-net.comLearn about some really easy and effective ways to compost in your backyard, on a small scale and with worms! RSVP by Monday, April 23 by contacting Wanda at 416-461-1925 or riverdale.food.workshops@gmail.com.

2012 May 8: Container gardening for beginners workshop

Tuesday, 2012 May 8, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, 86 Blake Street (in the Adult Lounge)

Register by Monday, April 23 with containergarden2@gmail.com or call 416-392-1750 x 307. Click here for more information.

2012 May 10: Exploring the soil food web and compost tea workshop

Thursday, 2012 May 10, 6:30pm to 8pm
Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St East

Find out how you can improve your soil’s fertility, reduce plant disease and improve your garden in almost every respect.  RSVP by Monday April 23 by calling Wanda at 416-461-1925 or email riverdale.food.workshops@gmail.com.

2012 Apr 22: Beaches East York Green Party Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Sunday, 2012 April 22, 10am to 2pm

Do something fun this Earth Day and help clean the Beach till it sparkles! Meet at the Leuty Lifeguard Station (at the foot of Leuty Ave.). For more info contact Jeff Johns.

2012 Apr 14: Join the Spring cleanup

Saturday, 2012 April 14, 10am to noon
Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve
67 Pottery Road (between Bayview and Broadview)

Every year, volunteers gather at the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve to clear away garbage that has blown in during the winter. And to witness the gorgeous wildflowers that are blooming!

If you’d like to join in and learn more about the stewardship team’s efforts, come by on Saturday morning. Tools and snacks will be provided! RSVP with Paula at 416-423-1504.

Don Mouth Vision threatened again

Battles for good planning are lost only once but must be won over and over and over again to continue prevailing.  Once again, we are struggling against a small-minded view that would attempt to contain the full flow of the Don River in storm as it courses through a waterfront newly coated with densely packed buildings including a possible big box development.

What former GPC candidate Sharon Howarth led the fight for was the broad and compelling vision of a Don Mouth re-born into something like what nature intended for it – a broad wetland floodplain with a meandering river, filled with songbirds and tall grasses and boardwalks for people to enjoy.  Her vision prevailed in the public mind and thousands of citizens demanded it.  This led to an inspired visioning process that created an award-winning and internationally recognized design.  Since that time, the elements of that design are constantly being chipped away in the name of economy and profit.

Write to your Councillor now (all comments must be in before April 15 so do it today before you forget) and demand that the City recommit to more green space and more renaturalization.  Demand more wetlands to economically clean the air and water, and to help absorb and manage the floods that climate change is likely to inflict on the city.     Read more »

2012 Apr 19: Community Water Fluoridation Event

Thursday, 2012 April 19, 7pm
Room 310, Metro Hall, 55 John St

Want to get informed and involved in municipal actions that could see the end of municipal water fluoridation and the beginning of an era of a municipal water supply that is safe for everyone to drink? Meet international expert and author, Dr Paul Connett, PhD (Chemistry/Biochemistry), who will give a presentation on local and world-wide water fluoridation issues confronting communities.      Read more »