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New: “Johnny Bower Road” & Managing Director of Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is Robert Singleton

Google satellite image of John Bower Lane, Toronto.
Google satellite image of John Bower Lane, Toronto.

Ceremonial lane naming for Toronto Maple Leaf great Johnny Bower

Saturday, May 24

10:30 a.m.

Location: Patika Avenue and Merrill Avenue (north of Lawrence Avenue and west of Jane Street)

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) will join community representatives for a ceremonial road-naming ceremony to honour Johnny Bower, former Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender and hockey legend.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service.
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)
    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily.
    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays.
    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.
  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000
    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

This video presents “The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.”

  • “The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre represents the single largest investment ever made in amateur sport development in Canada.
  • Co-owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), and developed in partnership with the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough will serve university students, community members, and high-performance athletes alike for decades to come.”

A rendering of Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
A rendering of Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) is scheduled to open this fall.

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You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Montreal & Toronto Nov.29-Feb.23, 2014 + News & Alerts

There are exciting celebratory events happening in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Festival recap – BARBEGAZI 2013.”

  • BARBEGAZI 2013 – Action Sports Festival at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life, Parc Olympique,  Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Launch of the 2013-2014 Winter Program of the Olympic Park: ENTER PLAY OUTSIDE the Sun Life Financial Esplanade!

FREE  Admissions

Located East of the Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

December 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 15 and 16, 2014

  • Olympic Park announced that the Esplanade will once again host an authentic Winter Village , a central element of its winter program that will include family, FREE and accessible activities.
  • Fitted this year in the area 100 of the Sun Life Financial Esplanade, which is located behind the Pie-IX metro, this new version of the Olympic Winter Park Village will feature a rink, allowing everyone to skate FREE and, even in mild weather thanks to its cooling system.
    • For the second year, the Winter Village is easily recognizable by its huge natural tree which this year, will measure 65 feet tall!
      • It will certainly return to Montreal as Sun Life Financial Esplanade will be hosted throughout the cold season.
  • The official opening of the site on December 1 will be highlighted by a fundraiser to benefit the organization’s Frimousse, a toy lending library of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
    • For the modest sum of $2, children and adults can come affix a huge Christmas tree decoration in the Winter Village and are collected for each design will be donated to the toy library.
    • They will also be on site to donate new toys to contribute to service the loan toys Frimousse.
    • And to close the festival in style, end of the day, the Olympic Park will illuminate all lights to shine throughout the winter!
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Toronto Union Station Walks and Gardens Public Art Competition’s Winner: fLUX, LAb(au)

This silent video presents “fLUX, LAb(au)”:

  • Preliminary concept of permanent installation by Brussels, Belgium-based art studio Lab(au) for Toronto’s Union Station Walks and Gardens Trust Commemoration Public Art Project

This is an update to my previous blog Your Input: Walks and Gardens Art Contest Ends Jun.14 + Gardiner Expy East’s Future – Public Forum Jun.13, 2013:

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

 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
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

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

 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.

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You’re Invited: Toronto Events Sept.22-23, 29-30 + Road Closures Sept.22-23, 2012

You're Invited: Toronto Events Sept.22-23, 29-30 + Road Closures Sept.22-23, 2012
You’re Invited: Toronto Events Sept.22-23, 29-30 + Road Closures Sept.22-23, 2012

Here are six noteworthy FREE events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • three of these events have road closures

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Toronto’s Jamie Bell Adventure Playground Officially Reopens July 13, 2012

This video presents ” HiMY SYeD — Almost Ready Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, High Park Toronto Thursday July 12 2012″:

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Jamie Bell Adventure Playground’s Redecorating + Celebration July 7, 2012.

Volunteers of all ages mulched, painted and provided artistic elements for the playground during a community build day attended by more than 800 people on July 7:

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You’re Invited: Tree Planting Events in Ontario April 28, May 5 & May 9, 2012

Did you know that trees provide health, economic and environmental benefits to you and your neighbourhood?

Trees in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • can store 2.6 tons of carbon (pollution) per acre of trees annually,
    • and concomitantly gives enough oxygen daily for 18 people
  • provide relief for city residents by softening the harsh texture of concrete buildings and landscape
  • offer privacy screens
  • provide protection from the sun’s UV rays
  • provide natural habitats for birds, insects and other wildlife
  • help prevent soil erosion
    • also, help prevent flooding
  • provide tree canopy so that air temperatures are lowered considerably in streets and parking lots
    • City areas without tree cover are known as “heat islands” which can cause cities to be five to nine degrees warmer than surrounding areas.
  • boost the City’s image and can help attract residents, tourists and investors
  • can increase the value of homes significantly
  • deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of a house can reduce air conditioning needs substantially
  • evergreens planted on the north side of a house act as windbreaks, lowering winter heating costs by up to 10 per cent
  • for every 5 per cent of tree cover area added to a community, storm water run-off is reduced by approximately 2 per cent
  • in 50 years, one tree can:
    • generate $30,000 in oxygen,
    • recycle $35,000 of water,
    • and eliminate pollutants that would otherwise cost $60,000 to remove from the air

Thus, trees “with their health, economic and environmental benefits are the lifelines of our city.”

You are invited to the following great tree planting events in Ontario, Canada: