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

Follow them on twitter @fairwagesnow

‘Like’ their $15 and fairness facebook page.


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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

Fun Fair Art 2015 Proof2

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Adopt-A-Street-Tree Program

LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciate of Forests) and The City of Toronto have started up a new Adopt-A-Street-Tree Program for the new trees that have been planted along the Danforth between Woodbine and Victoria Park.  They are hosting a kick-off meeting to get the project rolling where they will share information about the project.

The impetus of the project was to get community members involved in protecting and caring for our street trees so they can not just survive, but thrive.  Even with today’s advanced planting techniques, our street trees still have to grow in limited soil volume while facing a multitude of other urban stresses such as sidewalk salt and bicycle locks.   We are lucky enough to have 142 new trees that have been planted between Woodbine and Victoria Park – yes, you read that correctly. ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY TWO.  Let’s help them flourish!

Intrigued to know more?  Check out the meeting!  Or the LEAF website with info about the program!

The meeting deets!

Saturday May 9, 12 noon – 1:30pm

Danforth Mennonite Church

2174 Danforth Ave

Registration recommended –

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Outside the Box

In your community wanderings, you may have noticed a few traffic signal boxes across the City that have new beautiful art work on them – this is the Outside the Box program which ran in 2013, 2014 and now again in 2015.
There is a new Call for Artists for the 2015 program – the deadline is May 8th.  Outside the Box can help communities across the City be more vibrant places through public art in neighbourhoods.  Research shows that this kind of public art helps to reduce graffiti vandalism.  It’s also a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the vitality and beauty of our neighbourhood (and the whole city!) and support local emerging artists.  The deadline for applications is May 8, 2015.
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Imagine the Change – Crescent Town Update

The Imagine the Change initiative taking place at Crescent Town School is gaining momentum.  They’ve started up a Facebook page to collect ideas, images and inspiration for their school yard.   They’ve also started a photo campaign to share the dreams of Crescent Town’s students – and what they imagine doing in a proper school yard.  Plus the group will be selling ‘Imagine the Change’ T-shirts at the Crescent Town Eco Fair on May 4th for $5.

Interested to know more?  ‘Like’ their Facebook page to get regular updates, or email to connect.


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DECA’s Hidden Gems

The ever-organized and pro-active DECA (Danforth East Community Association) has started up a ‘Danforth Hidden Gems‘ contest.  Community members are being asked to nominate any independent commercial business (but no home offices) within DECA’s boundaries – from Main St. to Monarch Park, north to Mortimer, south to the railroad tracks.  Businesses nominated don’t have to actually be on the Danforth, and franchises and chains will be excluded from eligibility.  The idea is to recognize and promote independent, local joints that are offering great services and that help to make our community a better place to be.

Since DECA’s boundaries merge with Danforth Secord, I thought I’d put it out to you, fair readers.  Any local sweet spots that you feel are under-recognized?  Particularly in our stretch that overlaps with DECA’s between Westlake and Main?  Tracy Hardware, perhaps? Scrumdelicious? Nana Florist?

You can nominate businesses before May 7 by telling DECA why that business is the best, and it could win a Marketing Prize Pack, including professional photography, staging, a website and more!  Nominate by using the hashtag #DECAgems via Facebook or Twitter, or email with details.

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Help Crescent Town School

The students and staff at Crescent Town School made a film last year called ‘Imagine the Change’ which was screened at Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario and also at Toronto International Film Festival’s “TIFF in the Park” event at Dentonia Park last summer.

Their intention in making the film was to bring awareness to their deteriorating play space – the school is situated on a hill and their play area has eroded into a mud pile – and instigate some kind of change, including a better yard.  As a community, Crescent Town is a dense ‘inner-suburb,’ populated in great part with newcomers to Canada in its high-rise buildings.  Access to outdoor space is limited within the community, and all the more reason a good yard is needed as part of the school to provide kids with a space to play, run and explore on a daily basis.

They are currently seeking business partners to work with the school to build a better yard.  If you know of any businesses who might be interested in working with the school and students, let them know to be in touch with the school at 416-396-2340, or email the school’s group heading up the initiative at

Here is a link to the video via YouTube.

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