Hey DECA, let’s cook up some good!

Join up with some other DECA folks to create and serve a community brunch at Kimbourne Park United Church on Sunday November 19th.

Every month a group of volunteers shop, cook and serve a wonderful meal to people in our community. Food insecurity is a growing concern everywhere and this small gesture provides an opportunity for people to socialize and eat some delicious food!

We need volunteers to:
– prep and cook the food on Saturday afternoon
– cook and set up the lunch on Sunday morning
– serve the food from 11am to 1:30pm on Sunday
– clean up after the meal

If you are available to help out, please let us know at info@deca.to
Thanks for helping to make this event a great success!

Pumpkin Parade this Wednesday!

A huge thank you to the kind neighbours who have already signed up to volunteer at the Pumpkin Parade! If you or a teen you know are looking for a way to burn up that multiple-fun-size-chocolate bar energy from the day after Halloween, sign up here:


Whether you are volunteering, bringing your jackolantern, or just out for a stroll in the neighbourhood, we look forward to seeing you after 6pm in East Lynn Park this Wednesday!


Pumpkin Parade – volunteer to sling pumpkins!

Arguably the most magical time of year: Pumpkin Parade! On Wednesday Nov 1, the day after Halloween, the neighbours of Danforth East bring their Halloween jack o’lanterns to East Lynn Park and line them up on the path. It’s a happy and social event that we look forward to every year!

We need Volunteers

As with all of DECA’s events, community participation is key! We need volunteers throughout the evening. Here’s what volunteering entails:

545: come for setup and orientation (IE put on orange vests and practice using a barbecue lighter!)
6-8: various things, like: put candles in people’s pumpkins and light them, direct people where to put their pumpkins, take pictures/count pumpkins/run to dollar store for something we’ve forgotten
8-830: take candles out of the pumpkins, throw pumpkins into giant compost bin
Sign up here:

Volunteer Signup

And here’s a little gallery of pumpkins of previous years!

City of Toronto Bylaw Reviews with opportunities for input

A note from our friends at Visioning (which you can join by emailing visioning@deca.to)

There are City of Toronto Bylaw Reviews with opportunities for input for:

City of Toronto Short-term Rental Implementation Update

Everyone is invited to provide feedback and share their experience with the bylaw at a virtual operators’ meeting or an in-person public consultation. The City requests you register in advance.

Virtual meeting: October 17th (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm) Register online,  In-person meeting: October 24th at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 308/309 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm) Register online

For additional information click here

Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods

The City of Toronto’s Major Streets Study, which builds on the permissions for gentle intensification established through the Laneway suites, Garden suites and Multiplex Studies has an online consultation meeting. To register, click the link below corresponding to your preferred date and time.

Thursday October 19, 2-4pm

Friday October 20, 11:30-1:30pm

For additional information click here

Night Economy

Staff reports on licensing and zoning regulations for restaurants, bars and entertainment venues and supporting the growth of Toronto’s Night Economy, are now expected at the November 28, 2023 meeting of the Economic and Community Development Committee (ECDC) and the November 30, 2023 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee (PHC).

Sign up to receive updates on opportunities for input to these Committees here

Last chance to stock up at the market – and get those Story Trail maps in!

This Thursday is our very last market of 2023. Time to think about stocking up on fruits and veggies to dry, pickle, freeze, or store! (See our instagram for a great video of Kennedy from Warner Orchards explaining how to make pears last til January/February!)

We’ll be painting pumpkins in the kids’ tent and collecting those Story Trail maps. This is the last day for the Story Trail so make sure you enter your map to win big prizes! (If you can’t make it to the market, you can email a pic of your map to info@deca.to).

We’ll have two guests in our Community Booth: Master Gardeners and SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) (pending confirmation.

We’ll also have two Popup Vendors: Sandee’s chocolates is back and Grandma Betty’s Baking is bringing Pumpkin Spice Shortbread and Classic Shortbread.

See you at the last market!

Fall at the Market: Bike Lights and Pumpkin Decorating!

This week we are getting ready for early nights with the help of Cycle Toronto, who will be on hand 430-630 for doing bike safety checks and giving out bike lights. We will also be decorating pumpkins with the kids and celebrating the second last week of the DECA Story Trail — get those maps in!

Flavourfull is our local business popup — your last chance to sample their delicious shortbreads and sauces! And we have a special guest brewery this week, Fairweather Brewery.

See you at the (second last) market!