Guild Festival Theatre Fundraiser

To help put its fundraising campaign over the top, the Guild Festival Theatre is holding a “Monte Carlo Night” on April 19th at the Guild Inn Estate. This event is organized by a group of community organizations eager to see top-quality arts and culture events continue in east Toronto.

GFT announced earlier this year that its 2018 season was in jeopardy and it required major new funding sources.

The April 19th event will feature games of chance played for fun, with the opportunity to win great prizes, along with d’oeuvres and a buffet provided by The Guild Inn Estate. Music and live entertainment are provided with all proceeds going to the Guild Festival Theatre.

For more information and to make a charitable donation visit

Karla Groten Benefit Concert

Karla Groten was a vibrant member of our community and she is missed. An ardent supporter of the Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus, the choir will perform a benefit concert for Karla Groten’s children on Saturday February 24th at 7 p.m. at Kingston Road United Church.

The evening will feature performances by Karla’s daughter, Haley and other guest artists. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door. There will be a silent auction and bake sale as well.

Use PlowTO’s Interactive Map for Snow Clearing information

During the winter season, from November to April, Transportation Services patrols expressways, arterial roads, and potential “trouble spots” on Toronto roads 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Staff monitors detailed weather forecasts so that the appropriate response to conditions can be activated.

Follow this link to use an interactive map that can help you find out when your road has been salted and plowed. Use the colour coded legend on the left side of the map to see a real-time indicator for snow clearing, salters, plows and sidewalk plows. Follow this link for information about clearing snow and ice from your property.

Contact information for winter inquires and emergencies:
TTY: 416-338-0TTY (0889)

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Public Information Meeting:

Highview Park Accessible Baseball Diamond Project

The City of Toronto has developed a preliminary concept plan for Highview Park in partnership with Jays Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Blue Jays, to build Toronto’s first fully-accessible baseball diamond.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Birch Cliff Heights Public School Gymnasium, 120 Highview Ave.

For more information, view and download the PDF notice.

Halbert Park Playground Enhancement 2018

The playground replacement at Halbert Park, located near McCowan and Kingston on Rockwood Drive, is expected to be delivered during the spring/ summer of this year. Playground enhancements include:

  • New, double-bay swings
  • Spring toys and multi-child spinner
  • The existing large play structure to remain
  • New, engineered wood fibre safety surface to replace the existing sand surface
  • View a PDF of the conceptual plan

2018 Community Projects and Events Funding

The City of Toronto provides one-time funding that supports community groups and organizations to build vibrant, equitable, inclusive and safe communities.

What is your organization’s funding need?

To develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that you can:

  • Increase your organization’s impact by doing things better?
  • Increase community impact by working with others?
  • Diversify who you serve and strengthen access and equity?

Apply to the Community Projects grant stream. Visit our website to review our grant guidelines and application questions.

Or, is it to create a neighbourhood activity or event that brings different groups of people together to:

  • Make your neighbourhood better?
  • Keep people active?
  • Help residents learn new skills and build leadership capacity?

Apply to the Community Events grant stream. Visit our website to review our grant guidelines and application questions.

Find out if your project idea fits: Visit the Community Projects & Events web page to find out about Information Sessions.


Trial Bus Service to Bluffers Park

After working closely with staff at Parks, TTC and Transportation Services, I’ve secured a trial bus service for visitors to Bluffers Park for weekends and holidays.

This will offer safer passage for pedestrians and a much needed alternative to driving.

Follow this link for the full report.

Kingston Road Safety Meeting

A meeting will be held on January 18th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at St. Nicholas Birch Cliff Church, 1512 Kingston Road.

Kingston Road has significant traffic issues, and changing driver behavior can be challenging.
Measures have been taken to make roads safer, but more can be done.

View and download a PDF notice of the upcoming Kingston Road Safety meeting.

UPDATE – McCowan District Park

Staff have stated that they had the snow clearing issue which took far longer than they hoped due to misuse of the rink after hours (rink was utilized over night while snow covered., the public electing to clear the snow into the boards) which necessitated staff to hand clear the majority of the snow from the rink instead of utilizing equipment. Staff had mechanical issues with the ice resurfacer and last night there were electrical issues and the ice rink lights would not come on.

Staff is working very hard to overcome all of the issues and are committed to providing the posted service hours to the community.

Harding Parkette / Harrison Estates Fitness Pod

As you may be aware, a community meeting was recently held regarding a proposed Fitness Pod for Harding Parkette.

To capture a wider scope of opinion, please see the following link to view the proposal and include your feedback on the location and design.