You’re Invited: Six Toronto Events Oct.28-Dec.6 + Road Closure Oct.28, 2012

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

This video presents “Variety Village – What we’re all about “:

  • An overview of what Variety Village is all about
  • To highlight one of their inclusive educational programs, “Ability in Action”

Variety Village 5-kilometre Wheels, Run and Walk-N-Roll

Sunday, October 28, 2012
(Rain or Shine)

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, October 28 for our 6th annual
Walk Roll Run and Fun Fall Fair in support of
Variety Village programs and services for people with disabilities
The walk/roll/run starts at 9:00 am

  • Please note that online registration is now closed
  • However, you can still register in person, or by fax prior to Sunday
  • Registration will be open on event day at 7:00 A.M.

The Fun Fall Fair starts immediately following in the fieldhouse for the participants and is open to the public from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm:

  • Admission: $5 per person or $20 per family (maximum 5 people)
  • Admission includes 2 refreshment tickets per person

Variety Village 5-kilometre Wheels, Run and Walk-N-Roll: Sunday Road Closure:

‘Fall in Love’ Cat/Kitten Adoption Campaign

October 26 to 28 and November 1 to 4

“With colder weather on the way, it’s a great time to have a warm, furry friend to curl up with at home!”

  • Toronto has an overpopulation of unwanted cats – which leads to people dropping off many of them at the City’s animal shelters
    • Some cats are born into feral cat colonies and live long enough to reproduce before their lives are cut short by the hardships of living on the street
    • Others are born in homes where the cat owners don’t spay/neuter their cats and allow them to breed
    • Cats breed in every season:
      • however, stray and homeless cats are more visible in warm weather resulting in shelters that are either full or nearing capacity
  • Toronto Animal Services tries to keep up with the high intake of cats into its shelters and attempts to find good homes for as many cats as possible.
  • The public can help by adopting a kitten or cat
  • During the “Fall in Love” adoption campaign over two weekends this fall (October 26 to 28 and November 1 to 4), all cats are just $25 – reduced from $75 – plus HST and the licence fee
  • When people adopt a kitten or cat from Toronto Animal Services, they receive a pet that is:
    • microchipped
    • vaccinated
    • de-wormed
    • vet-checked
    • spayed/neutered so it cannot reproduce

To adopt, visit one of the animal shelters (open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) or one of the participating PetSmart locations. PetSmart is a Toronto Animal Services adoption partner.

Toronto Animal Services shelters:
West Region – 146 The East Mall, (Hwy 427 and Dundas Street West)
North Region – 1300 Sheppard Ave. W., (Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West)
East Region – 821 Progress Ave. (Hwy 401 and Markham Road)
South Region – 140 Princes’ Blvd., (Exhibition Place, Horse Palace)

Participating PetSmart locations:
158 North Queen St., Toronto, 416-620-4648
835 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, 416-696-0388
2050 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, 416-701-0007
225 High Tech Rd., Richmond Hill, 905-764-6116

Please click here to view animals available for adoption.

Heritage Toronto


“Pain and Suffering in the War of 1812: The evidence from the Snake Hill Side”

by Dr. Ron Williamson

Monday, November 5, 2012 

7 p.m.

Historic St. Lawrence Hall
157 King Street East (southwest corner of King & Jarvis Streets)

  • Delivered by Dr. Ron Williamson, Chief Archaeologist & Managing Partner, Archaeological Services Inc., based on the unexpected discovery in 1988 of the remains of 28 American soldiers who died in battle at Fort Erie during the War of 1812
  • Discover how researchers were able to produce a remarkably detailed profile of the anonymous victims
  • Experience again the moving repatriation ceremony which returned them to their homeland for reburial

Toronto Community Environment Forum “Four Key Approaches to Greening Our City”

Public Event · By Green Neighbours 21

Saturday, November 10, 2012

9:30am until 3:00pm

Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) ANNEX
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario

Hosted by the EcoSpark Live Green Toronto Community Animators

“As you may have heard, the Community Animators program is winding down to a close at the end of this year. Over the past four years, the animators have worked with hundreds of residents and community groups helping them to build skills, make connections and access the resources they need to green their communities. The animators are hosting this forum to celebrate and showcase the work of amazing Toronto groups and residents. The day will create a space for shared learning, new ideas and further establishing green connections across the City.

The Forum will bring together key players, stories, and lessons learned with four key panel themes: community gardens, neighbourhood tree canopy improvements, community green groups, and park projects. With an emphasis on how to successfully start and sustain initiatives, the forum is geared to those who are or want to be involved in community greening.”
Green Neighbours 21

Growing for Green’s Susan Poizner is a guest on one of the panels at this fantastic event exploring “Four Key Approaches to Greening Our City”:

2012 EcoFair at the Barns

Public Event · By Green Neighbours 21

Sunday, November 18, 2012

1:00 pm until 4:00 pm    

Hosted by Green Neighbours 21, Transition Toronto, and Wychwood Barns Community Association

  • EcoFair at the Barns is a fun, family-oriented event that showcases green initiatives and achievements, green tips and tricks, and explores new green ideas
  •   Highlights include:
    • Eco exhibits and demos
    • Kids activities
    • Music and refreshments
    • Bring eco-books to swap
  • This will be the 4th annual EcoFair organized by Green Neighbours 21, a community organization run entirely by volunteers in Ward 21 and the surrounding area

12-Week Firefighting Career Awareness Program: Public Information Sessions

November 26 – December 6

Phone: 416-397-JOBS (5627)

  • Three City of Toronto divisions – Fire Services, Employment & Social Services, and Parks, Forestry & Recreation – have initiated a new program to address challenges faced by low-income residents from diverse communities who are seeking firefighting careers with the City of Toronto
  • Developed collaboratively by the three divisions, the 12-week Firefighting Career Awareness Program will begin this January
  • The program will enable participants to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to meet the minimum requirements to participate in the City’s annual firefighter recruitment process
  • The initiative will reduce barriers to City of Toronto jobs, leverage existing resources and advance workplace diversity

You may qualify for this career if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older
  • have graduated from high school or the academic equivalent
  • have your driver’s licence
  • have good eyesight and hearing

City of Toronto can help you get the qualifications you need to become a firefighter,including:

  • First Aid/CPR certification
  • DZ training and licencing
  • Preparation for fitness testing

More details about this program will be provided at public information sessions which are scheduled as follows:

Monday, November 26th 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28th 1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4th 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5th 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, December 6th 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Toronto residents interested in attending an information session can obtain more details and register by calling Toronto Employment & Social Services at 416-397-JOBS (5627).

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.

Always call 911 for emergencies.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


October 25, 2012

Weekend event with a road closure in Toronto

One special event this weekend will involve a road closure. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy this event. Businesses in the area affected are open to pedestrian traffic but the road will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at

In addition, the City has introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The site can be accessed at

Event this weekend – Variety Village 5-kilometre Wheels, Run and Walk-N-Roll
Sunday closure:
Danforth Avenue from Kingston Road to Birchmount Road will be closed on Sunday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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