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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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Congratulations Graduates of Toronto Sport Leadership Program!

Congratulations Graduates of Toronto Sport Leadership Program!
Congratulations Graduates of Toronto Sport Leadership Program!

Youth from at-risk communities are given, not just a way out of  crises – such as youth violence, youth unemployment, school drop-outs – but, also, a way up to become future leaders and role models in their communities through the Toronto Sport Leadership Program.

Toronto Community Foundation “and its partners are providing young people in diverse and vulnerable neighbourhoods the opportunity to gain skills and certification as sporting coaches and as instructors with the Toronto Sport Leadership Program. It’s helping young people find the confidence, skills, and experience to obtain employment and lead their communities.”

Today, Toronto marked the graduation of  150 students from the Toronto Sport Leadership Program with the following celebratory events:

  • Mayor Ford congratulated the graduates at the start of today’s City Council meeting in the City Hall Council Chamber.
  • Graduation certificates were awarded at a reception at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
  • The reception featured keynote speaker Ann Peel, an Olympian, world-champion race walker and equity advocate.

This Friday: Toronto’s Public Symposium on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness

Toronto's Public Symposium on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness at Council Chamber of Toronto City Hall
Toronto's Public Symposium on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness at Council Chamber of Toronto City Hall

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Media Advisory

March 2, 2011

Public symposium focuses on poverty, housing and homelessness

The City of Toronto, Toronto Board of Trade and United Way Toronto will host a symposium on Friday, March 4 on the anniversary of the Senate report “In From the Margins: A Call to Action on Poverty, Housing and Homelessness”, co-authored by Senator Art Eggleton, a former Toronto mayor, and Senator Hugh Segal.