This. Is. Happening.

Thanks to the incredible Jennifer Nicole Scott and the amazing organizing committee for this blog post.

This is the third year DECA has offered the Young Leaders Scholarship. We are so grateful for the support that has afforded us the opportunity to offer funding to a community minded young person in our community. So when thinking about fundraising for our scholarship this year we wanted to do something youthful, something fun, something that brought the neighbourhood together for a good cause. And something that totally rocked…


Join us on Saturday, May 26 at the East Masonic Temple, 13 Chisholm Ave (just north of Danforth, near Main).

Doors open at 8:30pm and DJ Jamie will be spinning vinyl from the 80’s and 90’s all evening. There will be a cash bar, 50/50 draw and raffles to be won!

Retro attire is strongly encouraged 😉

Tickets can be purchased in advance at for $12. The link will route you to pay either via credit card or PayPal. In the box “special instructions to seller” please note the names of people attending and how many tickets you are buying. Limited tickets will also be available at the door (cash only).

Ticket, bar, and raffle sales will go towards our scholarship fundraising goal!

And, if you can’t make it to the party, but you love the idea of contributing to our scholarship fund, click on the same link and just indicate it’s a donation to the scholarship.

Looking forward to dancing the night away with you!

Details about the scholarship can be found here:

The Facebook event for Dance Party is here:

Earth Day, Record Store Day, fundraisers and more!

Spring is finally here! Now that this sunshine is luring us out of hibernation, (much more than the hurricane winds and ice pellets from last weekend!) it’s time let you know about these awesome events happening in the neighbourhood.

Earth Day Laneway Cleanup, April 22

First celebrated in 1970, this Sunday is Earth Day! Join DECA, and thousand of people across Toronto as we help pick up litter and do our small part to keep our city clean and green!Meet at Paul Estrella Laneway and Angelone Laneway (North of Danforth, off Woodmount).

We will have the supplies but feel free to bring your own work/gardening gloves if you have them.

There are also a number of other local cleanups this weekend – see below!

Record Store Day at Press, April 21 (today!)

It’s Record Store Day so stop by Press at 2442 Danforth and get 25% off new and used vinyl and see what else is in store. Live music at 4:00pm and $1 brewed coffee all day long.

Games Night Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees, April 22

Sunday April 22nd | Time Capsule | 2183 Danforth Ave | 6:30-11:30pm

Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door

Click here to buy your tickets

Join in for a night of fun, games, food and drinks, in support of sponsoring a Syrian family coming to Canada. There will also be fun raffle throughout the night.

This event is a guaranteed win-win 😄

(Note: this is not a DECA event but it is organized by awesome community members)

Save the Date: DECA 80s Dance Party, May 26

The applications are open now for DECA’s 3rd annual scholarship program. We’re trying something new this year to fundraisefor the $2000 scholarship – an 80s dance party! Watch this space for details.

This is will be for ages 19+, so book your sitters.

Visit our website for more info about the scholarship and how to apply.

Other Clean-Ups for Earth Day

Ward 31

Ward 32

Merrill Dog Park – POSTPONED

Beach Hill

– meet at Forward Baptist Church (1892 Gerrard Street East) to clean up the neighbourhood from 11:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. on April 21

Ashbridge’s Bay Park

– meet at the entrance from the parking lot to clean up the park from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.on April 21 (rain date April 22)

Craven Road

– meet at 427 Craven Road to clean up along the Craven fence from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 22

Stephenson Park

– meet at Stephenson Park (61 Stephenson Avenue) to clean up the park from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 22

Kew Gardens

– meet at Kew Gardens (2075 Queen Street East) to clean up the park from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wards 29 & 30

2018 DECA Young Leaders Scholarship – apply now!

The DECA Young Leaders Scholarship will award $2,000 to a high school student entering post-secondary studies or training who is involved in supporting/improving their communities.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be entering your first year of post secondary education or training in fall 2018
  • Live or go to school within DECA boundaries (Main Street east, Lumsden/Mortimer north, Monarch Park west and the train tracks to the south)
  • Be actively working to improve your school and/or neighbourhood in some demonstrable way

For more information and application guidelines, visit DECA’s website

**Deadline is May 15**

Spread the word!

DECA’s Q&A with Michael Garron Hospital CEO

The Michael Garron Hospital is set to start construction on their long-awaited redevelopment project. This Monday, April 16th the hospital is hosting an open house for the community to learn more about the new hospital and impacts on the community.  DECA asked Sarah Downey, President and CEO, a few questions about the construction as neighbours of the hospital – here are her answers.

Sarah Downey

DECA: Is the whole hospital being rebuilt?

Sarah: No, roughly half of the hospital is being rebuilt. Projects like ours are commonly called “On-site Replacement Projects”; often used when old building wings cannot be updated to current standards. Many of the hospital’s oldest wings – some dating back nearly 70 years – were not designed to meet today’s healthcare standards. We find ourselves in a position where it can no longer rely on small-scale renovations; we must transform our campus in order to meet the changing healthcare needs of the east Toronto community.

In an On-site Replacement Project, new updated space is built beside the existing old buildings; when ready, everyone moves in and the old vacant space is then torn down. There is typically a significant renovation required in existing areas that remain next to the new space.

In the MGH project, the new space includes the Ken & Marilyn Thomson patient care centre, a new front entrance including a community hub and a new accessible community park fronting onto Coxwell Avenue.

DECA: During construction, where should local residents go for care?

Sarah: Keep coming the hospital; we will be open 24/7 throughout construction. All patient care services will remain open to the community throughout the construction period.

DECA: How will this new hospital improve the neighbourhood?

Sarah: Located in the heart of the east, it’s important that the hospital is reflective of the community we serve. The design has been thoughtfully created to mirror architectural elements seen in the surrounding neighbourhood and will feature interior design and art that are representative of east Toronto’s diversity.

Knowing that nature has a positive impact on well-being and healing, a lot of attention has also gone into developing a welcoming landscape that meets the needs of the community. Some of the elements that will be incorporated into the landscaping include an event lawn, children’s’ play area, and a variety of seating as well as a diverse range of trees and ground plantings. The community gardens will also be able to be viewable from the indoor lobby, interfaith areas and inpatient rooms. Public amenities such as food and retail have also been placed in an accessible location on the first floor, in hopes that they also become a go to resource used by the surrounding community.

Additionally, our project will create new world class Ambulatory Clinic space and patient bedrooms, which will allow us to provide better care for those who need it most from our neighbourhood.

DECA: How is this being funded?

Sarah: The construction contract is valued at $411M with the Ontario government contributing 90% of those costs. The hospital will be fundraising the 10% of construction costs plus 100% the cost for new equipment.

DECA: When is construction going to start and how long will it take?  

Sarah: Various pre-construction activities have already begun in locations across the campus to prepare our site for construction. The community will start to see plywood safety fences installed around our construction site starting in the fall, followed by major construction shortly thereafter. The new Centre and four stories of underground parking are scheduled to be complete in 2021. Once open, the hospital will begin the next phase of construction, which will include demolition, renovations to existing spaces and a new expansive landscape, entrance and drop off area. The entire project should be completed in 2024.

DECA: Where will people park during construction and how will the hospital address the impact on residents who live in the area?

Sarah: Parking at Michael Garron Hospital will be restricted at certain points throughout the construction and we apologize in advance for this inconvenience. We will be continuing to encourage staff, patients, visitors and contractors to take public transportation whenever possible. We have secured a number of off-site parking locations for our staff, to help ease the burden on local streets.

We would like to remind visitors and patients to check the parking section of our website for the latest updates regarding potential impacts to parking. Once complete, Michael Garron Hospital will have four additional levels of underground parking for patients and visitors.

DECA: How can the community get more info and updates?

Sarah: There are several ways that the community can stay informed about hospitals the upcoming project. We’ll be hosting a Community Open House on April 16, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00 at the East York Civic Centre. This forum will allow us to meet with local residents in person, sharing project plans, answering questions and understanding the ways we can work together and stay connected over the next several years.

The hospital also distributes email notices to surrounding neighbours, informing about upcoming external work at the hospital including potential noise and traffic disruptions, and publishes an eNewsletter of stories about major project milestones, events and general hospital news. Community members interested in receiving either of these publications are encouraged to email and ask to be added to our hospital Neighbour Notice list or our monthly eNewsletter.

For more information about Michael Garron Hospital’s redevelopment project:

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