Community Frugal Crowd Green Health & Wellness

You’re Invited: Spring Bird Festival & Groundbreaking for Lisgar Park May 24, 2014

5th Annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park

FREE Admission

Saturday, May 24
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Colonel Samuel Smith Park, 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Groundbreaking for Lisgar Park

FREE Admission

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Lisgar Park, 90 Lisgar St. (south of Queen St. W., east of Dufferin St.), Toronto

Come celebrate the fifth annual Spring Bird Festival at Colonel Samuel Smith Park with the City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Humber Arboretum, Citizens Concerned about the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront and Friends of Sam Smith.

Community Frugal Crowd Health & Wellness Videos

“Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch”: Canadian Municipalities’ National Campaign Needs Your Help

The following video presents “Michael Shapcott – Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Canada November 20, 2012.”

  • Michael Shapcott is Director of Affordable Housing and Community Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit policy, research and social enterprise / innovation institute.
    • Shapcott has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity.
      • He has worked with community and municipal officials in a dozen Canadian cities to develop local housing plans.
      • Shapcott has worked with Aboriginal housing and service providers nationally and in a number of communities to develop practical and effective strategies for Aboriginal housing under Aboriginal control.
      • He is co-author, with Jack Layton, of “Homelessness: The Making and Unmaking of a Crisis” (Penguin, 2008) and co-editor, with David Hulchanski, of “Finding Room: Policy Options for a Canadian Rental Housing Strategy” (CUCS Press, 2004).
    • He has worked on housing rights issues with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
      • He is co-chair of Canada’s National Housing and Homelessness Network.
      • He is active internationally with the Habitat International Coalition and has worked with community partners on housing issues in Beijing, Istanbul and Nairobi, as well as seven U.S. cities.
  • United Nations Human Rights: International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Part III, Article 11 states:
    1. The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions. The States Parties will take appropriate steps to ensure the realization of this right
  • Duration of video is 53 minutes:40 seconds.

This is an update to the following previous blogs:

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meeting in Ottawa (October 28, 2013), just launched the Fixing Canada’s Housing Crunch campaign.

Community Frugal Crowd Green Health & Wellness Videos

You’re Invited: Great Events in Toronto October 18 – November 10, 2013 + Toronto News & Alerts

Here are some great events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “What a Free Feeling!”

  • Join Torontonians for the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge and Neighbourhood Challenge on October 20th.
  • Make great things happen by running or walking for others.
  • Or be a super-spectator and cheer on the runners in your neighbourhood.
  • The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – It’s a Free Feeling! Join the show!

Canada Running Series


Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2013 Super Event

FREE Expo & International Friendship Run: October 18-19

Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K Courses: October 20, 2013

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Via the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and the Neighbourhood Challenge, the 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon raised a record-breaking $4,379,092.67 in support of 181 local charities and neighbourhood groups in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • The full and half marathon start on University Avenue just north of Adelaide Street and finish in the heart of downtown at City Hall, at Bay and Queen Street.
    • They head out and back along the lakeshore on a flat course.
  • Here are some highlights of this event.
    • There are bands and Neighbourhood Entertainment Centres every 2 kilometres, cheerleaders, and numerous aid stations.
    • All participants get technical t-shirts and finisher’s medals.
    • It’s a festive, full weekend that starts with guru John Stanton at the FREE 2-day Expo, Friday and Saturday.
    • There’s a Saturday morning (FREE) short International Friendship Run, hosted by the Running Room, and a post-race Victory party in Nathan Phillips Square from 10:00am to 3:30pm on Sunday.
  • Please click here for the complete schedule of activities and their locations.

City of Toronto Celebrates Renovations at Carlton Park


October 18

6 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 6:10 p.m.

Carlton Park, 20 Edith Ave.

  • Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to celebrate renovations to Carlton Park with a corn roast and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
  • The City has invested about $200,000 to provide accessible entrances with ornamental paving, accessible asphalt paths, park benches, a drinking fountain, a sandbox, stone seat walls, shade trees, planting beds and increased lawn areas.


13th Annual Italian Language Week in the World

Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Consulate General of Switzerland


Screening of JUMP

Directed by Bindu de Stoppani

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Jump (Switzerland – 2011 – 93 min.)

Free Admission

October 18, 2013


Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron St., Toronto

Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221

City of Toronto to Celebrate New Playground Equipment at Susan Tibaldi Park


Refreshments will provided

October 19

10 a.m.; remarks at 10:10 a.m.

Susan Tibaldi Parkette, 353 Margueretta Street, Toronto

Community Frugal Crowd Videos

Toronto Announced “Close the Housing Gap” Campaign’s New Phase for Toronto Community Housing

Close the Housing Gap Poster
Close the Housing Gap Poster

Toronto Community Housing in Ontario is Canada’s largest social housing landlord.

  • Its core business is to provide clean, safe, well-maintained, affordable homes for low and moderate income households.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing launched the Close the Housing Gap campaign on June 24, 2013, at City Hall with a group of enthusiastic stakeholders donning campaign buttons to show their support.

  • The campaign took part in Let’s Get Growing event at Lawrence Heights Community Centre on July 18, 2013.
    • Staff handed out brochures, buttons, postcards and posters and gathered signatures on the Close the Housing Gap petition.

The goal of the advocacy campaign is to persuade the federal and provincial governments to continue funding social housing at existing levels and provide new, long-term funding for social housing capital repairs.

This video presents “Co-chair Councillor Ana Bailão discusses the Close the Housing Gap campaign.”

  • Co-chair Councillor Ana Bailao discusses the importance of the  campaign to Torontonians.

Federal contributions to social housing are declining across the country.

  • In 2012, the City of Toronto received approximately $161.3 million from Ottawa.
  • However, by 2017, that will decline by $33.4 million and reach zero by 2031.
  • Just to fill the $33.4-million gap alone would require raising property taxes by an estimated 1.4 per cent.
  • At the same time, the province has failed to harmonize social assistance subsidies between private market and social housing renters.
    • This means Toronto has to cover an annual shortfall of some $81 million.

The Close the Housing Gap campaign calls for the following measures.

Community Health & Wellness Videos

Calling Canadians: Special Housing Working Group in Toronto Wants Your Input July 10, 2012

This video presents “Toronto Community Housing: 365 Bay Mills Blvd”:

  • This is a video of photographs depicting conditions tenants of The Toronto Community Housing Corporation are living in

Above, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) State of Good Repair Needs: TCH has a $751  million capital repair backlog. The $751million breaks down like this as shown above: (+ / - compared to 2011 list)
Above, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) State of Good Repair Needs: TCH has a $751 million capital repair backlog. The $751million breaks down like this as shown above: (+ / – compared to 2011 list)

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Toronto’s Housing Working Group Meeting Today April 16, 2012, 2 PM

Toronto Community Housing (TCH) has a State of Good Repair Plan.

  • Problem:
    • Over the past 10 years, Toronto Community Housing in Ontario, Canada, has struggled to find a stable, sustainable source of the capital funds it needs to maintain its housing in good repair.
    • Toronto buildings have a $751-million repair bill.
      • Too many Toronto Community Housing tenants live in buildings that are falling apart because we can’t afford to fix them.
Calling Canadians: Special Housing Working Group in Toronto Wants Your Input July 10, 2012. Above, Toronto Community Housing's Capital Repair Backlog.
Calling Canadians: Special Housing Working Group in Toronto Wants Your Input July 10, 2012. Above, Toronto Community Housing’s Capital Repair Backlog.
Community Frugal Crowd Green Videos

You’re Invited: Dedication of Toronto’s Dufferin Street Underpass Public Art “Spirits of the Grotto” 18 May 2012

This video by Delcan shows the Dufferin Street Underpass in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Public art can be defined as art that is in the public realm.

  • “Located throughout Toronto are more than 200 City-owned pieces of outdoor public art and historical monuments:
    • situated in City parks, streets, squares and subway stations, and on the grounds of municipal buildings
    • these works enrich the urban landscape with both an artistic and historic layer”
  • “City of Toronto collection is diverse in medium and form
    • The earliest piece in the collection, The Canadian Volunteers Memorial, dates back to 1870
    • And new pieces are being added to the collection each year”

This year the following new public art will be added to our city of Toronto’s collection:

“Spirits of the Grotto”: New Dufferin Street Underpass Public Art Project

  • Created by the internationally acclaimed Toronto artist Luis Jacob  who

    • is a long-time Parkdale resident
    • has become one of Canada’s most prominent contemporary visual artists
    • has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and North America, since showing his work at Germany’s prestigious Documenta exhibition in 2007
  • Consists of 34 perforated-metal panels bearing colourful, mosaic eye-shaped designs that gaze down on passing cars, cyclists and pedestrians
    • these open eye-shaped designs are intended to evoke the presence of spirits who observe alertly and full of neighbourly care
    • arranged in two rows facing one another across the underpass, these guardian spirits animate the space as a place alive with curiosity, respect for the heritage of our past, and caring alertness towards the future
  • Financing for this project came from the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division and City Planning Urban Design

Tomorrow, you are invited to the following dedication event wherein Luis Jacob will dedicate his new Dufferin Street Underpass public art project “Spirits of the Grotto” to the city:

Dufferin Underpass Public Art Installation

Luis Jacob – Spirits of the Grotto

City of Toronto Dedication Event

Friday, May 18

5:00 – 5:30 pm

Dufferin Amphitheatre Parkette

1266 Queen St. W.

The Dufferin Street Underpass

(formerly the Dufferin Jog) runs from south of Queen Street to north of Peel Avenue

Community Frugal Crowd Health & Wellness

You’re Invited: Toronto’s Housing Working Group Meeting Today April 16, 2012, 2 PM

Above, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) State of Good Repair Needs: TCH has a $751  million capital repair backlog. The $751million breaks down like this as shown above: (+ / - compared to 2011 list)
Above, Toronto Community Housing (TCH) State of Good Repair Needs: TCH has a $751 million capital repair backlog. The $751million breaks down like this as shown above: (+ / - compared to 2011 list)

On April 3, 2012, Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), Chair of the Toronto’s Affordable Housing Committee, announced the start of housing consultations to investigate innovative solutions and new partnerships to address the repair needs of Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and the future of its single-family homes in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This start-up of housing consultations and review is a response to Toronto City Council’s endorsement of  Toronto’s Housing Working Group to:

  • provide Toronto City Council advice on:
    • a strategy to engage the federal and provincial governments in providing long-term, sustainable funding to meet Toronto’s affordable housing needs.

Henceforth, members of Toronto’s Housing Working Group are: