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JULY 2012 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 6
NEW RAILPATH ACCESS POINT PUT IN PLACE
CYCLE THE RAILPATH LANDS IN BLOORDALE
A new link to the railpath is now free to ride on BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
Several community groups gather for a common cause BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
With the intention to garner support for expansion on the West Toronto Railpath, many cycle organizations teamed up to host “Cycle the Railpath” on June 16. Cycle Toronto, the Davenport West Bike Project and Culture Link Settlement Services were among the groups that gathered at the very west end of Wallace Ave. to kick off the daylong event that featured a number of activities including a community bike ride. “The railpath means a lot to the people in the community, it’s a safe, fun, green way to move around and everybody loves it, but wishes it was a lot longer,” said Gabrielle Langlois, project coordinator of the event. “It’s a way to celebrate [the railpath] and it’s a way to show opportunities for connecting with our neighbours.” Originally opened in October of 2009, the railpath, as it sits now, runs from Cariboo Ave. to Dundas St. W., but Langlois said she would like to see the path
To kick off the day long event, a community bike ride took place on the West Toronto Railpath. Photo by Justin Millerson
stretch to downtown. Scott Dobson, Friend of the West Toronto Railpath has been a part of the path’s growth since planning began 12 years ago. He said, by putting on an event such as this, much needed awareness will surface among the community. “The completion of the south part of the rail path has been the plan right back to 1998 when the idea first percolated,” he said. Dobson said expansion could very well be a reality and a fea-
sibility study is now underway to determine the different ways and different routes the extension could take. “Now that stage one rail path is in, people can see how it has impacted the community in a favourable way, they can see the success – no one is against it,” he said. Showing his support, federal MP Andrew Cash was in attendance for the event with his bike at his side. He said expanding the railpath is something the public
needs to advocate for. “I’ve been a cyclist since I’ve been a teenager, it’s the best way to get around,” said Cash. “I think [the West Toronto Railpath] is a fantastic park and I’d like to see it connect right down to the water at some point and I know that’s been the plan and we need to continue to push for that” For more information about the railpath and its plans for expansion, visit http://www.railpath.wordpress.com/
In conjunction with ‘Cycle the Railpath’, Castlepoint Realty Partners held a community barbeque on June 16 to celebrate the official ribbon cutting of a new access point to the West Toronto Railpath. The access point is now freshly paved within a large land development and sits between the railpath and where Perth Ave. and Sterling Rd. meet. In that area, Castlepoint Realty Partners are in the midst of constructing a mixed-use development for the area and representatives said this new link was an essential part of the process. “We did whatever it took to get this open early, we didn’t have to wait for the development to start,” said Alfredo Romano, President of the development company. Today the access point is surrounded by the sight of stripped land, ripe and ready for construction, but Romano said eventually a substantially sized park will be put
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COUNCILLOR HOSTS BBQ TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL SCHOOLYARD In an effort to help beautify the Perth Public School playground, Ana Bailão’s office raised big dollars in Ward 18’s annual community barbeque
Close to one-hundred community members attended the barbeque at Perth Square Park to enjoy some grilled goods and live entertainment. Photo by Melissa Millerson
BY MELISSA MILLERSON
It was a perfect afternoon for a barbeque. Hundreds of RAILPATH ACCESS from page 1 ...in place. He expressed his excitement for the project and sent a big thanks to the enthusiastic community members he and his team have worked with. “In the 25 years I’ve been in the [development] business, I’ve been bitten by this community…the enthusiasm and the open mindness this community has is unparallel to anywhere,” said Romano. Once the ribbon cutting took place, it was councillor Ana Bailão holding the scissors. Being an avid supporter of the entire develop-
smiling faces filled the Perth Square Park over the course of the afternoon at the annual Ward 18 Community BBQ on Saturday, June 23. In addition
to the barbeque, live music, face painting and a large raffle were among the activities taking place in support of a great cause.
Each year, the monies raised at the barbeque goes towards a different local initiative. “It was my pleasure and honour to present local par-
ents and teachers with approximately $55,000 worth of funds, raised as a result of the Ward 18 Community BBQ”, Councillor Ana Bailão posted following the event. With the addition of funds contributed by the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Team Up Foundation and monies secured by Councillor Bailao’s office, over $200,000 has been raised in support of the Perth Public School’s ‘Field of Dreams’ project. Upgrades to the school yard will include a new sports field along with a new running track. For more information about Perth Public School’s “Field of Dreams” campaign, take a look at the following: - Ward 18 Newsletter, Spring 2012 (page 5): http://bit.ly/JwWaUb - MLSE Team Up Foundation: http://bit.ly/wNHfLh - InsideToronto News Blog: http://bit.ly/GXCLjM
ment project, she said it was encouraging to see the start of what she believes will be a great development for the neighbourhood. “I want to thank Castlepoint, they are in the process of reenergizing this whole area,” said Bailao. “One of the things [Castlepoint] thought was important was even though they have a lot of work to do, if they could start giving something and being part of this community they would want to do that, that’s how this idea [of opening the new railpath link] came about.”
RICE & CHICKEN MEAL
A few railpath dwellers get their footing on the new access link. Photo by Justin Millerson
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DUFFERIN PARK HOLDS EIGHTH ANNUAL COOKING FIRE THEATRE FEST Despite one day being rained out, the festival that combines live entertainment and fire cooked grub was a success at Dufferin Grove Park BY AMBER DAUGHERTY
For the eighth year in a row, a community of people were brought together to celebrate food, theatre and the outdoors in Dufferin Grove Park. Cooking Fire Theatre Festival had another successful run from June 2024, despite being rained out one night. People showed up for the quality dinner and theatre they have come to expect from the now-experienced festival directors. Kate Cayley was one of the cofounders of the festival eight years ago. From the way she speaks about the evolution of the show, it’s clear it’s hard for her to believe it’s been eight years already. The park has seen numerous plays, puppet shows and other acts but also a coming together of a community. “This is a park with a very strong history of community involvement,” Cayley, now co-artistic director for the festival, said. “It also has the bake ovens and we wanted to incorporate that... Food is really integral to Dufferin Grove Park and what goes on here.” The festival was started as a response to the way Cayley along with a few other key people felt about the park. Cayley as well as Kiersten Tough, the host of this year’s festival and an actor at previous ones, have both spent a lot of time working at the park. Cayley put on her first self-produced play 15 years ago in Dufferin Grove Park, and her love for theatre has kept her moving ever since.
A scene from one of the six shows preformed at Dufferin Park between June 20 to June 24. Photo by Amber Daugherty
The structure of the festival is unique in that a dinner is served at 6 p.m. near the bake ovens that are so much a part of the park. During summer months, every Friday night sees a community dinner in the same area. After dinner during the festival, the host (Tough this year) leads everyone to performance spaces, where plays are put on. At 8 p.m., dessert is served and then is followed by more performances. It’s meant to be an evening out – wholesome and entertaining all round. While satisfying for community members coming to watch, it’s also exciting and challenging for performers in the space. Tough said there’s a particular challenge
that comes with performing outdoors. “If the audience comes and they stay, they’re staying because they like what they’re seeing and not because they paid for a ticket and have to stay to be polite,” Tough said. “For the most part, if someone gets bored of your show and you’re not in some way engaging them, then they’ll walk away, so it is a pretty quick way to know whether you’re catching people or not.” Tough’s job this year was to walk around on stilts and introduce each play. She was excited about the level of talent displayed in this year’s six shows – the most the festival has ever seen in one
LOCAL GRADE 7 AND 8 ATTENDANCE AREAS COULD SEE CHANGE BY FALL 2013 BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
In the meeting held at Kent Senior Public School on June 18, Toronto District School Board superintendent, Curtis Ennis confirmed that a proposal has been put in place to change neighbouring grade seven and eight attendance areas for the start of the 2013 school year.
It was fitting that the meeting took place at Kent Senior Public School – Ward 9 trustee, Maria Rodrigues said this proposal was prompted by the school’s closure which was made official on June 30. Now that Kent, a facility that held intermediate aged students, will no longer operate, Rodrigues explained the purpose of the proposal was to create a more efficient bridge for students heading into secondary
school. “The community is changing, so we are trying to use our facilities the best that we can,” said Rodrigues of the proposal. Providing these changes are passed by the TDSB, the proposal shows Perth Jr. Public School graduates will be suggested to attend Brock Public School, which just this year added grade seven classes and will be poised to add
year. Acts ranged from puppet shows to clown pieces to an excerpt from an award-winning play, performed by companies from Montreal, London and Strasbourg, France. “The purpose of the festival is to present the work of smaller artist-run companies that are often doing devised work or collective work which means work that doesn’t necessarily have a playwright director,” Cayley said. “We really want the work to be focused on companies that are trying to create in a more organic way that’s focused on collaboration.” Cayley said previous years have seen up to 300 people on a Friday night enjoying the festival. Final
numbers haven’t been tallied for this year, but Cayley said regardless of how many people show up, it’s an interesting experience seeing people interact with public spaces around them. “[We see] lots of dogs and children, the occasional drunk, someone who’s just confused because you don’t think that you will come upon a play in your public space, so there are so many different reactions to it and that is fascinating to watch,” she said. Future plans for the festival include having a wider variety of performances including puppet shows, operas, stilts, etc. So far, response to the festival has been all positive.
grade eight in September. The current pathway has Perth Jr. PS students set up to attend Carleton Village Public School, but Rodrigues believes keeping the students close to the current and future Bloor Collegiate Institute is best for the community and its children. Pauline Jr. Public School graduates will now be able to finish their elementary years nearby at Dovercourt Public School which starting next year will have grade seven and eight classes available as well. To accommodate more stu-
dents, Rodrigues was excited to reveal both Brock and Dovercourt public schools have made and are making substantial upgrades for its new and existing students. Some of those upgrades include new outdoor classrooms and bigger gym facilities. For more information about the proposed changes, a map is provided at the following address: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ schools/area_review_committee/images/Brock%20Carleton%20King%20Edwards%20 Sr%20Boundaries%20Maprev. pdf
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ELECTRIC TRAINS AN AFTERTHOUGH AMONG METROLINX OFFICIALS
After the most recent update from Metrolinx, Junction Triangle Rail Committee member, Kevin Putnam says it appears diesel trains - like the one seen above - are here to stay, at least for now. Photo courtesy Creative Commons
BY KEVIN PUTMAN
Juction Triangle Rail Committee
The Metrolinx Electric Train Update (“Not Anytime Soon”) was a well attended meeting last night with residents, interest groups and local politicians from all levels in attendance. While everyone was given an opportunity to speak, there were no decision makers or government representatives in attendance. Well
paid consultants answered questions while PR flacks made notes that will be added to a large file marked “IGNORE.” Metrolinx representatives repeated that diesel trains are scheduled to begin on the Airport Rail Link beginning in February, 2015. All the approvals are in place and construction is well underway. Sound mitigation walls five metres tall will be installed along the
entire corridor before service begins. (by comparison, the Berlin Wall was 3.6 metres.) The West Toronto Railpath will see the existing fence with ivy and Virginia creeper growing on it, replaced with a massive, solid block wall running its entire length (like you see along the 401 now). The current Metrolinx Electrification Study will finish just a few months before diesel trains start running to the airport. Of-
ficials made it clear that there are no technical issues preventing the construction of an electric train airport link except the political will (construction would take three years to complete). But it is clear the government has no interest in listening, they have all of us going to meetings with all the other electric train advocates talking to people with no power to make decisions while construction ploughs on.
Diesel trains are here to stay unless something big happens real soon. Metrolinx officials made it clear last night they are prepared to study and discuss electric trains for another two years, but they have no mandate or funding to design, build or operate electric trains. They have a mandate to talk the clock out and when the talking stops, we’ll have a much bigger diesel train network running through West Toronto.
Letters from your Representatives The Councillor’s Corner Letters from your Representatives The Councillor’s Corner BY ANA BAILÃO
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BY BYANA ANABAILÃO BAILÃO BY ANA BAILÃO WARD 18 COUNCILLOR Dear Neighbours, WARD 18 Neighbours, COUNCILLOR Dear 416-392-7012 416-392-7012
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Following in the footsteps of other major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Mexico City, Toronto has prohibited retail stores from providing their customers with singleuse plastic shopping bags as of January 1st, 2013. This decision was made in Council with heavy debate and incorporated advice from the City Solicitor and the
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What Canada stands but Andrea Horwath and our NDP caucus kept our who cannot believe that the Harper govment will have to reintroduce these changes in the next several months we’ll be pressuring this is particularly disturbing since We want to work with you to make this province political process. I understand why. for, what values we fight toto preserve word. We allowed the of budget to pass I’ve and prevented of using outrageous rhetoric divide and Ca- issues facing people in Toronto and Cato thousands residents, heard repeatedly tics in Davenport. My office wants to hear fr ernment would play such wedge legislature next fall, full scrutiny. The with y and and how we setisthose terms are all under a snap election inprocess Ontario, andfaith weseems worked hard toand to adopt this plan.politics And chnadians of what Harper doing is workyou. better forwith all of The that political often unclear nadians right across the country. Over the silence debate. 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LOCAL CLASS PUBLISHES BOOK A grade two and three split class took a trip through time to study a different era of education BY JUSTIN MILLERSON
A new book, drawn from the hands of a local grade two and three split class, hit the online book stand about two months ago – its title is “The Good Old Days?” While most students were catching up on their homework and yearend assignments, Martha Davis had her split class construct a book that compares and contrasts educational culture of the 1890s and today. “I asked [my students] if they would be interested in doing a book about old school versus new school and they were very enthusiastic,” said Davis who is no stranger to the publishing process – she’s published a number of educational books throughout her teaching career. The book, using over 100 photos and descriptive text,
takes the reader through time showing the nineteenth century classroom and comparing it with the present day environment. The title “The Good Old Days?” was to question the age old saying – at least in the classroom. The book reveals the strict mentality that existed among schools across Ontario. “I learned how very tough it was in those days,” said Davis. We have much more freedom now and that freedom is good [for the students].” Though the project was led by their teacher, the class was almost entirely responsible for the 80-paged finished product. “The students were very involved,” said Davis. They enjoyed very much the process of comparing and evaluating, something we are not used to doing in grade two and three.” In the three month process of creating the book (from
March to May), students did everything from taking photos to dressing up in nineteenth century costumes. In order to know the experience of the nineteenth century student, they had to live it. The class spent a day at the Century School House, a reproduction of a typical school in the late 1800s. The purpose of the project was to teach the students about the pioneer age in Ontario and Davis couldn’t be happier with the results. “What I really liked about the book is that it really integrated well into the curriculum, it kind of served as a yearbook for our class,” she said. “To see the final book on the internet was spectacular.” If you would like to take a peek at the book or buy a hard copy, visit http://www.blurb. com/books/3370626
While children in the 1890s sat in liner fashion, today a much more comfortable environment is provided - a clear example of the change in eras. Photos courtesy Martha Davis
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ROOFTOP GARDEN ATOP BROCK PUBLIC SCHOOL GOES THROUGH UPGRADE Once unsuitable for students because of its desolate qualities, Brock Public School’s green roof has now been reopened thanks to a much needed facelift
With a full garden now planted, students at Brock Public School can visit the rooftop for fresh food, eco-education, or even to take a break from the books. Photo by Khristopher Reardon
BY KHRISTOPHER REARDON
The rooftop at Brock Public School gets fresh for students as the FoodShare program helps to rejuvenate the space for fresh food and eco-education. “We were approached by a couple of teachers from this school saying ‘We have this old space, the flooring is condemned, the students can’t go out to it but there’s such great potential’,” said Meredith Hayes, Student Nutrition and School Program Senior Manager for FoodShare Toronto. “It’s been a huge shift. It was once and active, growing space, but we were able to reanimate it put in new decking, new membrane and bring it up to code.” Brock Public School has had a rooftop garden for years but the garden and decking had fell into such a desperate state of disrepair that part of it had to be closed to students. “So this project happened but in the interim had really fallen apart. This part of the roof was out of bounds to students and the planters weren’t being used anymore,” said
James Davis, School Food Innovations Educator. He helped to design the rooftop area with colleague Justin Nadeau, School Food Garden and Environmental Education Coordinator. Luckily FoodShare had a little extra funding on hand to put towards the project. “We had received funding from Live Green Toronto to put a rooftop garden space at our location at 98 Croatia street. And then for a variety of different reasons, partly to do with the future development of that space we weren’t able to put the roof there,” said Hayes. It was that funding that was brought to the project that is newly nested on the schools roof. The rooftop was reopened to students in May and now strawberries grow ripe and shine in the sun, radishes are ready to be plucked from standing planters and the promise of tomorrows tomatoes hang on the vine. All of this surrounds a small seating area where students can sit comfortably, a perfect place for the young green thumb to learn. It even has honeycomb shapes reminiscent of the buzzing pollinators it aims to
attract. It has all new fencing placed around it, new planters with crops growing inside of them, a small class area with seats for up to 40 students where FoodShare comes in with programs on Thursdays but is open to students and teachers the other days of the week. “So we teach them about all kinds of things up here. It’s not just about the planting and the watering and the harvesting we also run workshops up here that are all curriculum linked,” said Brooke Ziebell, Field to Table Schools Coordinator.
She says other programs include classes on how media and peers can affect food choice and the benefits of local produce. Renovating the schools rooftop garden is a part of FoodShare’s “Field to Table School Program” which bring interactive workshops to teachers and students teaching them how to grow, harvest and even compost crops. It’s a part of the organizations initiative to show people where their food comes from and how to eat healthy and green. Though it’s mainly a tranquil
teaching area, it’s also become a place where students can get away and refocus themselves as well. “There are days when I had difficult days, I walk up to the garden and just really for me it’s calming. It’s a place that allows me to catch my breath sometimes,” said Principal Victor Tran who regularly refers to Brock Public School as an ‘ecoschool’. “We have students that have anxiety and depression and the garden has become an outlet for some of them. It calms them but it also brings out the best in my students too.”
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Art Gallery Guide
Daniel Faria Gallery
May 31 -July 21 , 2012 The Daniel Faria Gallery is proud to present Patterns of Emancipation, Shannon Bool’s first solo exhibition in Canada. Bool’s new work explores the need to obtain freedom from prescribed spaces. A continuation of Bool’s
previous work, the exhibition examines the visual identities of a culture or era (colours, ornaments, prints and patterns) and decontextualizes these visual codes until a new pattern or object emerges.
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A foyer literally and figuratively marks the passage from exterior to interior; from public to private space. Here, the visitor encounters various objects - a coat rack, a stack of unopened mail, ornately patterned wallpaper per-
haps – that quietly signal one’s entrance into domestic space. Threshold brings together work in various media by gallery artists Sarah Cale, Hadley + Maxwell, Sara MacKillop and Derek Sullivan that speaks to the overlapping and shifting nature of histories of art, design, décor and craft.
der The Silent Tornado (for Jack Goldstein). For the photograph Nimbus D’Aspremont, Berndnaut Smilde uses smoke, moisture and spot lighting to manufacture an indoor cloud that lives momentarily suspended in a surrealist wish fulfillment. John Massey’s photo series Twilight’s Last Gleaming is exemplary of his longstanding interest in enclosed spaces. Based on a scale model of an interior setting, the resulting image frames a situation of contained existence analogous to consciousness.
Loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Elizabeth Babyn entitled Sacred Connections and Sandra Smirle entitled Turvy. Intrigued by Fibonacci’s number sequences, sacred geometry and our interconnectedness with everything, Sacred Connections launches Elizabeth Babyn’s mixed media ‘Unity quilt’ with ‘truths’ contributed from the general public. The quilt is shown with depictions from sacred geometry and the natural environment, as well as a mixed me-
dia installation designed to receive truth offerings from gallery visitors to facilitate the ongoing growth of the ‘Unity Quilt.’ Turvy continues Smirle’s exploration of geographies of otherness, translated from aerial maps into hand and laser cut drawings. These works explore a narrative at the intersection of light, shadow, time, and place with special attention to how navigation and data-capture technologies twist and ‘tirve’ our world view, and how we as viewers are equally subject to observation by others.
JUNE 15, 2012 - JULY 29 2012 Taking its name from a piece of weather lore, the exhibition puts into conversation artworks that contend with atmospheric effects and environments— whether the austere solo living systems in Absalon’s Propositions d’habitation, or the abstraction of the sky into the printed page in Bruce Nauman’s LAAIR, or the reverie of a bubble in an infinite float in Cao Guimarães and Rivane Neuenschwander’s Inventory of small deaths (blow). A complete set of Jack Goldstein’s 45rpm sound effect recordings form an important context in the exhibition, including The Tornado, pressed to purple vinyl in order to signal the ominous sky of an impending storm. Jonathan Monk trains a 16mm camera on the very same Goldstein record, capturing it in the cyclone of its turntable play, yet suppressing the sound to ren-
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