Movies in the Beach

Find a patch of grass, spread a blanket and enjoy movies under the stars.  Tonight marks the start of Movie Nights in the Park 2019.  Every Wednesday beginning tonight, July 3rd, movies can be seen at either Kew Gardens or Ivan Forrest Gardens.  Admission and popcorn free.  Check it out here.

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One enchanted evening

On August 10th, head down to the Mississauga Water Lantern Festival where you can be a part of this worldwide eco-friendly event. For the price of admission, you will receive one of 1000 lanterns with which to write your own words of hope, enlightenment and love.   Tickets are going fast, find our more here

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Opting Out Innstead

In a recent article, Joanna Lavoie of reports that the much anticipated affordable housing project slated to be built at Coxwell and Upper Gerrard in  Leslieville has been cancelled.  Innstead Co-Op Housing Inc. has pulled the plug on the project citing escalating prices and an inability to project a break even point.  Disappointment is palpable as the community and others like it, continue to be the collateral damage in an ever increasing short term rental market.  Read the article here.

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And Ontario Place Goes To…

While some iconic landscapes in Ontario are immediately recognized as needing the designation for heritage protection, Ontario Place is not one of them.  However that is exactly what  a group of concerned and watchful citizens are lobbying for.  Over and above the never-ending tug of war going on with this precious waterfront acreage, petitions are being circulated to have this downtown waterfront space deemed as a heritage location.  And why not?  It has served generations of Torontonians well over decades of use and unfortunately now, decay.

Most are poo-pooing Ford’s campaign to build a mega mall and/or casino in this beautiful parkland to tell the world that Toronto is “open for business”.  (Were we ever closed?)  The presentations and consultations and never ending proposals continue as many of the citizens of this city, would like to see more waterfront and less crane towers.  Read the article recently published in Blogto here.

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Into the light

Seasonal Affected Disorder can be a heavy burden on those who suffer from this malady.  The treatment for this disorder is light therapy which can be quite expensive if you do not have access to the necessary equipment. Recognizing the need, the Toronto Public Library has installed a number of therapy lights in selected libraries.  More on this, as well as which locations will be home to the light therapy machines can be found here.

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Toronto Christmas Market

The tree is up and the decorations are being hung.  The Distillery District’s annual Christmas Market is just days away from opening for the season.  If you haven’t had the chance to go yet, perhaps this is your year to experience it.   It’s a wonderful way to catch the Christmas spirit and experience an old world celebration of the season.  Read more on all the market has to offer here

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Winter Market

The Leslieville Farmer’s Market is launching its winter market at the Redwood Theatre.  This is great news for fans of the market who have enjoyed the local produce for 8 summer seasons.  Find out more here

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Pop-up Potty

As a fundamental necessity to any metropolis, the requirement for public washrooms increases as density and tourism considerations grow.  Like clean water, basic sanitation is a human right and Winnipeg this summer is host city to a test project of a very unique design addressing just these issues.  The Winnipeg Pop-Up Toilet, located in central downtown Winnipeg is a quirky building offering fully accessible facilities as well as an attendant on site maintaining the washroom facilities while selling t-shirts, water and newspapers.   The attendants are at-risk youths from a local mission who are paid for the hours worked.

It is a concept whose time is long overdue, and every Canadian city should be considering a solution similar to this one.  Read more about this ingenious design and the people behind it here


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Park People

The public space initiative launched by Public Space Incubator, headed up by Park People, have announced the 5 finalists in a city-wide competition.  After receiving 75 applications, whittled down to 25 who were invited to submit a formal, in-depth proposal, the 5 finalists were announced.  The proposed installations are diverse in geography and scope and will transform existing vacant lots, laneways and parks into welcoming gathering places for communities to gather and enjoy.  To find out more, check out the park people website here

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