City of Toronto’s Recreation Jobs of Summer 2016 for Canadians: Submit Applications before 11:59 pm (EST) on February 3

The following video presents BMX Kids Series 7:

“This BMX Bike park was built by Michael Heaton, a Toronto area BMX enthusiast keen on providing kids with an opportunity to become a gold medalist for Canada in the Olympic BMX Sport.

The BMX park was featured at the 2007 Toronto Bike Show in March.

A city of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation ‘recreationsist’, Al Crawford, assisted Michael Heaton with the storage of the ramps, and transportation of the ramps to the Direct Energy Centre in the CNE grounds. Al had bigger ideas for the BMX park than sitting in storage.

Arragements were made to transport the park to the Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St, Toronto for the summer months of 2007.

Mr. Crawford is a community builder. He engaged Constable Scott Mills, the Toronto Crime Stoppers school police officer working out of Toronto Police Headquarters. Scott was keen on having youth he was working with doing legal graffiti paint the ramps with positive messaging. Scott was also working closeley with the Argos Foundation, Stop the Violence charity, a group dedicated to getting guns of the streets of Toronto, improving the relations between youth, their community, and the police.

The Argos Foundation were looking for a youth engagement project to be featured at the 2007 Grey Cup 4 day festival November 21-21, at the Rogers Centre, Toronto.

Several meetings occurred, and a partnership between Michael Heaton, the City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Department, Toronto Crime Stoppers and the Argos Foundation Stop the Violence was formed.

Over the summer, the Parks and Rec Dept hired the two top BMX youth riders in Toronto to teach BMX camps to younger kids at the park. Jamie Burke and Chris Silva were a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. The quickly became local heroes to the youth in the area.

Over the summer, many of the BMX ramps were painted by the graffiti artitsts at such events as, the Rogers Picnic, the 2007 Bicycle Film Festival, The Bloor BIA Event, and several home games of the Toronto Argonaut Football team at the Rogers Centre.

Michael Heaton continued to build ramps and add to the park over the summer in between his catering job, and trips to Cleveland and Baltimore for BMX bike events.

Chris Silva and Jamie Burke are employed by Parks and Rec until the end of September 2007, when Chris will leave for Georgia USA to teach BMX riding for a month.

October 5th and October 13th are special upcoming days where the kids will have a chance to showcase their talents both on the BMX park and through their art.. more details to follow…

The Argos Foundation are working on getting a donor of a tractor trailer and a lift truck to load the park up to take it to Grey Cup.. Then the BMX park will be stored at the Molson Amphitheatre for the winter… to be brought out again for the March 2008 Toronto Bike Show…

In this video.. a 12yr old youth rides one of ten of the BMX bikes/helmets purchased by the City of Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation Dept for the summer bike camps.

After a ramp painting event at the Argos home game against the Blue Bombers, this kid begged the Toronto Crime Stoppers school officer, along with his 5 friends.. to bring out the bikes and helmets to take their videos to post them on their YouTube account !!.. His friends followed… so we created a BMX Kids Series .. and will film any kids that want ride their bike on the ramps and post it here!

So here you have it… the real people who matter saying that they really hope that the BMX bike park will come back to Wallace Emerson Community centre after the outdoor ice rink melts in the spring !!

Thank you to Tino Dicastro, Michael Heaton, Al Crawford, Jamie Burke, Chris Silva, and Scott Mills for all the support, hard work, and collaboration this summer.. Thank you to Heidi, Michelle and Danielle for hanging in there with us.. and taking this BMX bike park to a higher level…

There is no explaining the lives that have been made brighter this summer with this bike park…”

“Ready for Enjoyment, Ready for Employment”

City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department invites you to apply for employment opportunities of Summer 2016:

Read more of City of Toronto’s Recreation Jobs of Summer 2016 for Canadians: Submit Applications before 11:59 pm (EST) on February 3

City of Toronto's image: Extreme Cold Weather Alert

City of Toronto’s image: Extreme Cold Weather Alert

An Extreme Cold Weather Alert is in effect today for the City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada:

During an Extreme Cold Weather Alert:

  • Shelters are directed to relax any existing service restrictions and are reminded that if a bed is not available at their site they are to allow the client to stay at the shelter until they are able to find a bed for them elsewhere in the system
  • The City of Toronto immediately adds 172 shelter spaces to those available to staff looking to refer a client to a shelter bed
  • Overnight street outreach is increased in the downtown core, focusing solely on warning people of danger and urging them to get into a shelter or another warm, indoor place. Workers will transport people to warm places if necessary

World Cat Day

Wednesday, August 8

10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Toronto Animal Services, East Shelter
821 Progress Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(Highway 401
and Markham Road)

World Cat Day is a celebration of the love and companionship that cats provide to people:

Read more of Toronto: World Cat Day & Final Public Meeting on Port Lands Acceleration Initiative Aug.8, 2012

This video presents “60-second Bike Tips: PEDALLING”:

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Fabulous Bike Events in Toronto May 5-6,12 & 28, 2012.

ACTIVATE Your Commute, Walking & Cycling Program:

Active Transportation means using human power to get from place to place.

  • Walking, cycling, rollerblading, (even pogo stick jumping!) are all forms of active transportation.
  • The Walk and Roll website  is a joint effort between Peel, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon and is a great resource for all things people powered.
    • The site features great interactive maps as well as information and tips on walking and cycling.
  • Get started by registering an account with the ACTIVATE Your Commute online resources and discover how the FREE, easy-to-use online tool can help you:

Listed here are more ‘Bike to Work Day’ events in Ontario, Canada, on May 28, 2012:

Bike to Work Day 2012

Monday, May 28

Bike to Work Day graphic

Register for your chance to win
a VIA Rail trip to Quebec City, or
a two night stay for 2 in St Catherines
including a winery tour and tasting.

Join Smart Commute’s annual event aimed at raising awareness of cycling as a healthy, practical and fun way to travel to work or school.

Many Smart Commute offices throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are organizing events such as group rides.

Take the Bike to Work pledge for a chance to win one of two great prizes:

  • A trip for two to Quebec City courtesy of VIA Rail
    • Return travel voucher for two business class VIA Rail tickets from Toronto to Quebec City.


You can pledge to:

  • Ride to work or school on May 28, 2012;
  • Tell a co-worker or friend about Bike to Work Day and send them a link to this form; or
  • Assist a new rider in finding a route to school or work.

Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2012.

Please click here for contest details!

Login to your employer’s bike page here:

This video presents “60-second Bike Tips: HELMET FIT”:

“Spring has Sprung, so why not Bike to Work on May 28?

Join hundreds from across Hamilton and the Toronto Area as they bike to work as part of the annual Bike to Work Day!”

Read more of You’re Invited: More ‘Bike to Work Day’ Events May 28, 2012!

You're Invited: Toronto's Summer Concert Series Starts July 10, 2011

You're Invited: Toronto's Summer Concert Series Starts July 10, 2011

Add some sweet, lively music to your long days and nights of summer to make your summer unforgettable with the following FREE summer concerts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:


Sunday Serenades

Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street

Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto’s Summer Concert Series Starts July 10, 2011

You're Invited: Toronto's Five Events With Road Closures June 17 - 20

You're Invited: Toronto's Five Events With Road Closures June 17 - 20

The City of Toronto (in Ontario, Canada) encourages you to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to your destinations, especially during Toronto’s five events with road closures from June 17 to June 20.

Come out and enjoy the following five special events in Toronto accompanied by these road closures:
Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto’s Five Events With Road Closures June 17 – 20

Tonight is Toronto Core Service Review Public Consultation at Danforth Collegiate (above), 7 - 9 P.M.

Tonight is Toronto Core Service Review Public Consultation at Danforth Collegiate (above), 7 - 9 P.M.

This is an update to my previous blog Tell Toronto Which City Services Are Important to You Via Roundtable Sessions or Online Input.

Tonight the second in a series of public consultation roundtable discussions will be held at Danforth Collegiate, 800 Greenwood Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The City of Toronto would like to remind all Torontonians – whether you attend a community discussion or not – to fill out the online feedback form found at

Read more of Tonight is Toronto Core Service Review Public Consultation, 7 – 9 P.M.