This video presents “David Hulchanski: Toronto’s Three Cities.”

  • A new report details three cities within Toronto: the wealthy city, the middle-class city and the low-income city.
  • But if David Hulchanski’s research holds true, there will only be two cities in the near future: the rich and the poor.
  • What has caused this disparity? And what can be done to reverse the cycle?

The Ontario government  had launched Breaking the Cycle: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy in 2008.

Poverty is no longer just a cycle wherein poorly-paid workers are struggling to “keep up with skyrocketing costs in housing, tuition and energy.”

This title should be revised and updated to ‘Breaking the Path to Poverty’ so as to be fitting to the reality of the present economy.

In today’s economy, the significant loss of  Canadian jobs due to outsourcing, dearth of middle-income jobs due to technology/digital revolution, and rampant job insecurity are all causal factors to almost instantaneous poverty for many hard-working individuals.

The shrinking middle class trend goes hand-in-hand with the growing poverty trend in this economy of  “anaemic GDP growth“, which is delineated by of the Toronto Star as follows.

Read more of Your Input: Canadian Poverty Consultation for Ontario Until October 2013

 Here are eight FREE events happening in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

This video presents “Planet in Focus 2012 Festival Trailer ‘Confined'”:

FREE Children’s Film Program (ages 5–12)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

10:00 a.m.

Screening and Workshop at TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
350 King St. West

www.planetinfocus.org
Phone 416-531-1769

Celebrate the environment by joining Planet in Focus for an exciting day of fun and engaging programming for children!

  • And will be followed by a free animation workshop courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB):
    • 12:00 PM NFB Animation Workshop
      • This FREE animation workshop gives children the opportunity to create their own claymation environmental movies courtesy of the NFB
      • Space is limited so please pre-register by emailing info@planetinfocus.org

Official Opening of the Joseph Bannon Park & the Official Street Naming

Saturday, October 13

1 to 5 P.M.

Official Ceremony at 1:30 P.M.

&

Fall Festival in the Joseph Bannon Park

Joseph Bannon Park, 65 Mary Chapman Blvd.

  • Come celebrate the official opening of the Joseph Bannon Park and the official street naming with:
    • Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee
    • City of Toronto staff
    • members of the community
    • the Emery Village Business Improvement Area
    • and the Bannon family
  •  After the official ceremony, a fall festival with family activities, food and refreshments will take place in the park
  • Joseph Bannon Park was named to honour Joseph Bannon, a decorated war hero and one of Emery Village’s greatest community champions
    • Bannon and his wife Doris May became foster parents to more than 150 babies and unwanted children, and adopted seven of them
    • Bannon was a founding patron of St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Weston Road
  • The new one-hectare park features:
    • an artificial outdoor ice rink
    • senior and junior play structure
    • splash pad
    • mini soccer field

For more info, please contact Lynn Essensa:

  • Phone 416-394-2669
  • Email at  lessens@toronto.ca

 Re-opening of Toronto’s Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre

FREE Barbecue, Leisure Swim and Facility Tours

Saturday, October 13

1 to 4 p.m.

Remarks at 1 p.m.

Matty Eckler Community Recreation Centre, 953 Gerrard St. E.

Read more of You’re Invited: Toronto’s 2012 Celebratory Events (Oct.13-15,20) & Marathon + Road Closures

Percentage of child care centres at risk - 2014: the Toronto ward analysis includes the percentage of child care providers at risk of closure

Percentage of child care centres at risk - 2014: the Toronto ward analysis includes the percentage of child care providers at risk of closure

In Ontario, Canada, almost half of the province’s four- and five-year-olds will attend full-day kindergarten this fall.

Many schools have already begun registering children for the upcoming school year.

September 2012 marks the third year of the province’s new full-day kindergarten program.

Full-day kindergarten will be available in all elementary schools by September 2014.

As the Full-Day Kindergarten is being implemented across Ontario, the Toronto’s child care system and child care operators will be adversely affected as follows:

Read more of You’re Invited: Impacts of Full-Day Kindergarten on Toronto’s Child Care System Feb 21 & 28, 2012

Jamie Farr Entertains Seniors and Promotes Toronto Challenge

Jamie Farr Entertains Seniors and Promotes Toronto Challenge

This is an update to my previous blog Toronto Challenge 2011 Benefits You and Seniors.

The famous Jamie Farr, best known for the role of “Corporal Klinger” on the television show M*A*S*H, will be at the Toronto Challenge on June 12, 2011, to help promote this annual fundraising event for the City of Toronto’s Long-Term Care homes and over 50 community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors.

Also, Farr will share motivational stories from his career and entertain the “troops” at Lakeshore Lodge on:

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Lakeshore Lodge, 3197 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jamie Farr Entertains Seniors and Promotes Toronto Challenge

Jamie Farr Entertains Seniors and Promotes Toronto Challenge

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You Can Now Apply for Municipal Child Care Services in Toronto

You Can Now Apply for Municipal Child Care Services in Toronto

As a Toronto resident in Ontario, Canada, you will be delighted to know that you can now apply for a child care subsidy or space within a municipal child care centre via the following two new, convenient options:

  1. online at http://www.toronto.ca/children or
  2. call 311.

Please note that both options are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Also the 311 customer service line can provide service in more than 180 languages.

Please call 311 or click here for the list of  information required for applying,  instructions on how to fill out the applications, and information on Toronto Children’s Services’ programs and services.

Read more of You Can Now Apply for Municipal Child Care Services in Toronto

DreamCity United Soccer Program for Boys and Girls

DreamCity United Soccer Program for Boys and Girls

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

February 16, 2011

DreamCity United soccer program launched at Toronto City Hall

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, along with Garry Green of Big City Youth Services, Nathan Smith – a graduate of the DreamCity United pilot program, and representatives from the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division today launched DreamCity United, a soccer initiative for boys and girls age 14 to 16.

DreamCity United is a community initiative that provides more than 250 youth from diverse neighbourhoods with the opportunity to learn to play soccer and hone their skills under the guidance of experienced coaches. Sixty of the youth will have the opportunity for more extensive training and 23 players will have the opportunity to train in France.

Read more of Update: DreamCity United Soccer Program for Boys and Girls