Jane’s Walk – tomorrow!

It’s finally spring! And with spring comes Jane’s Walks.  Named after urban activist and journalist Jane Jacobs, who called Toronto her home, Jane’s Walks take place annually in and around neighbourhoods where community members walk together and (re)discover local places.  Here is a link to Toronto’s Jane’s Walks.  This year’s Jane Walks are taking place over May 6 – 8.

Tomorrow, May 7 at 10am (and I apologize for the late notice) Councillor Janet Davis is hosting a local walk with Anita Millar – starting at the Chalmers Grist Mill site (10 Dawes Road), the Jane’s Walk will move through the Taylor Creek Park and Dentonia Parklands, once the famous Massey Farm.  Local historians will be on hand to answer questions and share stories.  Here is a link to details, including the walk route.

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Happy New Year!

Well, Danforth Secordians, the end of 2015 is near.  I hope your Season of Chocolate has been sweet.

To celebrate the coming of the New Year, on Sunday January 3, 2016 from 1-3pm, the 3 East York City Councillors (John Burnside, Janet Davis – our Councillor – and Mary Fragedakis) will be hosting a New Years Celebration, with food!   There’ll also be some key city staff there too – like the TTC’s Andy Byford, City Librarian Vickery Bowles, and Peter Walalce, City Manager, among others.  Festivities are taking place in True Davidson Council Chamber at East York Civic Centre (850 Coxwell Ave).

 

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Two tiny community notices

Two tiny, but important, community-oriented notices for this post.

First, if you haven’t already discovered our ‘hoods newest coffee-shop-meets-book-store yet, called ‘Press,’ it’s worth checking out.  They’ve got great coffee and tea, and an excellent selection of used books, vinyl records and DVDs.  So, while you’re chillin’ with your latte, take a gander through the stacks.  They’re featured on blogTO, along with several other stores and restaurants along Danforth East.

Second is some beautiful and poignant local art that has popped up in our ‘hood.  A painted image of Corporal Nathan Cirillo appears on a utility box on the north side of Danforth, just east of Main Street.  It’s a bit tricky to see the image as it faces into traffic – so your best bet to see it ‘live’ is either from the south side of Danforth, in a vehicle, or a strategically-timed peak around the side of the box when there’s no traffic coming.  Danforth Secordian and local photographer Tracey Nolan captured the image for Remembrance Day – which you can see on instagram.

Corporal Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed on October 22, 2014 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa by Michael Zihaf-Bibeau, who later stormed the Centre Block of the House of Commons where he was shot dead.  You can find out more about Corporal Cirillo here.

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Friends of Coleman Park

There is a new group forming called Friends of Coleman Park.  They are gathering community members, city workers from Parks and Rec, Councillor Janet Davis, representatives from Toronto Police (etc) to explore how Coleman Park might be improved.  They’re looking to improve safety (for example, better lighting), reduce garbage and noise, up-dated infrastructure and equipment (such as a new concrete ping-pong table), and ensure that the park continues to be a vibrant community space used and accessed by all members of the community.

Interested?  Check it out!  They are having their first meeting on Wednesday September 23rd, at 6pm in Coleman Park, one block north of Danforth Ave, one block east of Main St.

Interested but can’t make it?  Connect with email organizer Mark Kerwin via twitter @markkerwin.  A Facebook group will be started soon, and potentially a group email address (at which point I will update the group on contact info).  Alternatively, you can post a comment here and I can pass the information along to Mark.

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Danforth Safety – information and Working Group meeting

As you may or may not have heard, a man was shot while walking along Danforth Ave near Coxwell 2 days ago.  Here is a link about it on CBC website.

In response to this, our City Councillor, Janet Davis has broadcast a message via Facebook and through her Newsletter.  I’m posting it here as a reference for Danforth Secord readers.

The one thing I will highlight from this letter is the Danforth Enhancement Working Group (DEWG) that Councillor Davis has been coordinating with Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon, as well as representatives of 54 and 55 Division Police, Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) both business licensing and patios, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Danforth Village and Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Areas, Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and other local residents.

There is a meeting for DEWG in early August, and Councillor Davis has put the call out to any local residents who would like to  be involved.

Also, both of the local Business Improvement Areas (Danforth Village from Westlake to Vic Park, as well as Danforth Mosaic, which is west of Westlake), and Danforth East Community Association (DECA) have safety committees.

Councillor Davis’ office can provide contact information if you wish to get involved with these committees.

Here’s the letter:

Dear Neighbours,

I am writing to provide information about the shooting on the Danforth last evening, and steps being taken in response. As a local resident and City Councillor, I know this was a frightening incident that has raised questions and concerns about the safety on the Danforth and in our local neighbourhoods. I want to assure you I am taking this and other safety issues very seriously; but I also want to assure you that we live in a very safe neighbourhood and we should not let this incident change the way we think about our community or change the way we conduct our normal activities.

First, I’ve been informed by Toronto Police they believe the shooting was not random and appeared to be a targeted, one-off incident. 55 Division (south of Danforth division) is responsible for the investigation. I have also been informed that both 54 and 55 Divisions will ensure that additional patrols and surveillance are put in place for the Danforth for the next little while, including mounted police.

I also want you to know that I have been working over the past several years with Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon to ensure that we have adequate police presence on the Danforth. I established a working group called The Danforth Enhancement Working Group (DEWG) that meets throughout the year to monitor activities, and identify emerging concerns related to crime and licensed establishments on the Danforth. DEWG helps our enforcement agencies, informed by local residents, to work together and undertake a more coordinated approach to enforcement. DEWG includes representatives of 54 and 55 Division Police, Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) both business licensing and patios, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), Danforth Village and Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Areas, DECA and other local residents. We have a meeting of DEWG scheduled for early August. If you are interested in being involved with DEWG, please contact my office. Both of the local Business Improvement Areas, and Danforth East Community Association have safety committees. I can provide contact information if you wish to get involved with these committees.

I want to assure you that Toronto Police are very aware of the concerns in the community, and have committed to provide additional resources for patrols and other enforcement strategies for the Danforth. If you were a witness to the shooting on Wednesday evening, and haven’t talked to police, I would encourage you to do so by contacting 55 Division at 416-808-5500.

Our neighbourhood is a safe one; but we must all work together to keep it that way. If you see anything that is suspicious or illegal activity, please report it to Police at 416-808-2222 or anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). If you have concerns about a licenced establishment, you can contact the Alcohol and Gaming Commission at 416-326-8700 or Customer.service@agco.ca. For property standards or noise complaints, contact City bylaw enforcement by calling 3-1-1 or email 311@toronto.ca

If you are experiencing any trauma as a result of this incident, the City’s Crisis Response Team can provide resources and support. Call our office and we will connect you with the team.

And of course, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 416-392-4035 or councillor_davis@toronto.ca

Thank you for your continued commitment to our community.

Sincerely,

Janet

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Street Party

I apologize for the last notice – The Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage is hosting a street party Thursday June 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Access Point on Danforth (just east of Victoria Park Ave).

There will be snacks, face painting and music.  The Party aims to raise awareness of the importance of better wages  and better working conditions – including raising minimum wage to $15/hour from the current $10.25, and helping people secure stable and safe employment opportunities.

For more information, see their website http://15andfairness.org/

Follow them on twitter @fairwagesnow

‘Like’ their $15 and fairness facebook page.

Lin

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Secord School Fun Fair

Secord School’s Fun Fair is coming up on June 13 – and they need our help in a few ways, Danforth Secordians.

First, they are in need of volunteers.  Does the teenager in your life still need to do her community service hours to fulfill her high school diploma requirements? This is the perfect opportunity!

Second, they are looking for donations for their auction and raffle.  If you are you a local business who might have a service or wares to donate to a good cause, consider dropping Secord’s fundraising committee a note – see email address below.

Lastly (but certainly not least) feel free to attend!  The Fair is open to the community – it’s a great way to meet other local families and all money raised at the Fair goes directly towards supporting school programs.

Interested in any of the above?  Check out the attached flyer, and email the Secord Fundraising committee at secordfundraisingteam@gmail.com

Fun Fair Art 2015 Proof2

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