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

Celebrate Renovations to Centennial East Arena


Saturday, September 22

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., remarks at 11 a.m.

Autographs with Curtis Joseph: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Centennial East Recreation Centre, 1967 Ellesmere Rd.

  • Hockey great Curtis Joseph will make a special appearance at the event, which will include a ceremonial board cutting for the arena
  • City of Toronto officials and staff, in partnership with Lowe’s Canada, will join members of the community on Saturday to celebrate renovations to Scarborough’s Centennial East Arena that were made by Lowe’s Canada
    • In May 2012, Lowe’s Canada donated $50,000 as part of the Lowe’s Community Rink Renovation Program aimed at helping to rebuild minor hockey in Canada one rink at a time
      • Volunteers got to work in the same month and painted all the dressing rooms over the course of two days
    • During a weekend this past June, Lowe’s employees, vendors, community volunteers and City of Toronto staff all contributed their time and skills to install an energy-efficient ceiling, spectator safety netting, water bottle filling station, and sinks, faucets and automatic flush valves

Celebrating the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre’s 20th Anniversary


Saturday, September 22

9 a.m. to 7 p.m., remarks at 1:30 p.m.

St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade

  • Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the City of Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee, and Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will join community members at the event
  • City of Toronto staff and the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre Advisory Council will offer the public FREE drop-in sports, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a wheelchair obstacle course, dance demonstrations, a garden tour and a bike repair workshop
  • The P. J. Nicholson Award for “community inspiration” will be presented to Caitlin and Alex Collins
  • Members of the community are planning a barbecue as part of the event

Tour de Black Creek Bike Race for Kids

Saturday, Sept. 22

Race Begins at 9 a.m

Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St.

  • At 10 a.m., there will be special ride-through involving police motorcycles and horses and members of the community
  • 150 children and teens aged 10 to 16 will take part in the sixth annual Tour de Black Creek Bike Race
    • At the race, they will receive a bicycle and safety helmet donated by Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart program
    • The cyclists participated in an eight-week healthy lifestyle program and a safety training day during which they learned the rules of the road and safe cycling
  • Organizers of the race include the George Terry family, Toronto police, fire and EMS, the Breakfast Club and Perruzza
    • Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair will attend the event
  • A series of road closures will take place:

This video presents “Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life 2012: Obstacle Course PSA”:

  • Produced by John St in Toronto, Canada, to promote the National 2012 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.
    • The Walk is a partnership project of the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), AIDS Commitee of Toronto (ACT), and the Positive Living Society of British Columbia

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto

Sunday, September 23,2012

The AIDS Walk for Life starts at 11 a.m.

  • The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Toronto raises funds to benefit the vital work of ACT – the AIDS Committee of Toronto
  • Their 2012 goal is to raise $500,000 to benefit ACT – the AIDS Committee of Toronto

    • Raised: $162,586
  • “Until there is a world without AIDS, ACT provides leadership in HIV prevention, program delivery and practical support for people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV”

This video presents “Word On The Street Toronto 2011”:

Word On the Street Book and Magazine Festival


Sunday, September 23

Queen’s Park North (Queen’s Park Circle)


11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is inviting Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with different ways to explore this year’s shortlisted books
  • The five finalists for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards will read in the City of Toronto tent
    • The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto
    • Once again this year, authors from Diaspora Dialogues join the reading program
      • Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto’s diverse artistic and literary culture
    • A group reading and book-signing event will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville Branch at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3
    • The winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 11 at the Toronto Reference Library, Appel Salon
      • Members of the public are encouraged to come out and enjoy the evening awards celebration, hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway
      • To learn more about the shortlisted books and reading events, visit
  • Schedule of readings at the 2012 Toronto Book Awards Tent  – Sunday, September 23:
    • 11:30 a.m. – Dave Bidini, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the World in 1972, McClelland & Stewart
    • Noon – Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books
    • 12:30 p.m. – Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press
    • 1:00 p.m. – Michele Landsberg, Writing the Revolution, Second Story Press
    • 1:30 p.m. – Suzanne Robertson, Paramita, Little Black, Guernica Editions
    • 2:00 p.m. – Diaspora Dialogues authors, hosted by Andrew J. Borkowski:
      • Terri Favro
      • Dorianne Emmerton
      • Irfan Ali
      • Lillian Allen
      •  Heather Birrell
    • 3:30 p.m. – Dave Bidini, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the World in 1972, McClelland & Stewart
    • 4:00 p.m. – Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books
    • 4:30 p.m. – Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press
    • 5:00 p.m. – Michele Landsberg, Writing the Revolution, Second Story Press
    • 5:30 p.m. – Suzanne Robertson, Paramita, Little Black, Guernica Editions

Toronto Animal Services provides a mobile licence and microchip clinic for your pet via The Chip Truck

  • To promote pet identification whereby a pet owner can ensure a pet is returned home if it ever strays from sight
    • A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog or cat, usually on the back of the neck between the shoulder blades
      • The chip is about the size of a large grain of rice, and uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology
      • Toronto Animal Services places chips in all animals adopted through its shelters
  • Toronto residents can visit the Chip Truck to purchase a City of Toronto licence and a microchip for only $20 for cats and $30 for dogs
    • If a pet already has a City of Toronto license, it can be microchipped for only $5 (with proof of a current City of Toronto pet licence)

      • Animals will be microchipped by a Toronto Animal Services veterinarian
        • After checking that the animal does not already have a chip, the vet will inject the chip with a syringe and record the chip’s unique identification
        • No anaesthetic is required
        • A test scan will ensure the chip is operating correctly
  • No appointment is necessary
    • All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be properly contained in a carrier
    • Pet owners are asked to bring a piece of photo identification with address
  • Toronto Animal Services will register all microchips with 24 Pet Watch:
    • Pet owners are responsible for maintaining up to date contact information with 24 Pet Watch throughout the life of the pet, including:
      • owner contact information
      • pet name and description
      • veterinarian contact information
      • alternate emergency contact
    • 24 Pet Watch provides 24-hour, toll-free telephone and online service for the life of the pet
    • The owner receives a registration certificate directly from 24 Pet Watch with the chip identification and recovery service contact information
      • The certificate serves as proof of ownership and is transferred with the animal if and when the animal goes to a new owner
    • Authorities and shelters examine strays for chips, providing the recovery service with the identification number, description and location so they may notify the owner or contact
    • An owner can also report a missing pet to the recovery service, as vets look for chips in new animals and check with the recovery service to see if it has been reported lost or stolen

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


September 19, 2012

Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Three special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads 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 recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The new site can be accessed at

Saturday closure:

Tour de Black Creek Bike Race for Kids
A series of road closures will take place in the Jane Street and Driftwood Avenue area on Saturday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate this event.

Sunday Closure:

Aids Event/Walk
Church Street, from Alexander Street to Carlton Street, will be closed in both directions on Sunday, September 23 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The walk starts at 11 a.m. and there will be periodic road closures in the area bounded by Queen Street to the south, Yonge Street to the west, Charles Street to the north and Jarvis Street to the east.

Saturday and Sunday closure:

Word on the Street
Queen’s Park/Queen’s Park Crescent will be closed in both directions from Bloor Street to College Street from Saturday, September 22 at 4 a.m. to Sunday, September 23 at 11:59 p.m. for this event.

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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