It’s Election Day!

As your friendly neighbourhood residents’ association, we’re here to tell you just how important it is to vote.

Judging from the huge turnout for our debate last week, hopefully, this nudge isn’t needed. But here it is anyhow, along with some info we hope will help you get to the polls with ease. If all you need is the what/where, you can find it here.

Here are some additional quick links and fun facts:

  • Polls are open from 9:30am – 9:30pm.
  • If you have questions about what to bring, you can find that info here.
  • The minimum you need is your voter card and another piece of ID but you can vote if you don’t have your voter card, and you can vote if you don’t have ID.
  • This link to frequently asked questions might help.
  • Here is info about voting if you are transgender.

If you aren’t planning to vote, here is our plea to you to change your mind!

If you are not compelled by the pressing issues of the day, think about the impact of local representation.  It matters on a lot of levels, but their willingness to engage on issues that matter to our neighbourhood can make a huge difference.

Here are the lists of candidates for the two ridings that fall into DECA’s boundaries, and links where we’ve found them. (Pro tip: The candidates are probably happy help you get to your polling station if you need a ride or help.)

Beaches East York (Coxwell +east to Vic Park)

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Liberal Party of Canada

Sean Manners, Green Party of Canada

Deborah McKenzie, People’s Party of Canada

Mae J. Nam, NDP

Nadirah Nazeer, Conservative Party of Canada


Toronto Danforth (Coxwell + west to Broadview)

Elizabeth Abbott, Animal Protection Party of Canada

Ivan Byard, Communist Party of Canada

Julie Dabrusin, Liberal Party of Canada

Tara dos Remedios, People’s Party of Canada

John Kladitis,  Independent (no website found)

Min Sook Lee, NDP

Chris Tolley, Green Party of Canada

If after all of this you are still not convinced, get yourself to your poll and cast and empty ballot. It gets counted and if there’s a critical mass of people voting for nobody, hopefully that would send a message.

Don’t waste your chance to have a say. Happy voting!

What’s happening in #DanforthEast

Get your calendars ready for all of this news!

Candidates Debate

On Tuesday, DECA hosted another successful candidates debate and it was exciting to see how well-attended it was. A big thank you to volunteer organizer, Sheri Hebdon, and to the team who put up posters, kept time, greeted people, and generally who make the debate happen. DECA is very proud to undertake this effort to help our #DanforthEast community be informed about voting options!

Candidates take questions from Moderator David Rider, Oct 15/19

Thank you to David Rider from the Toronto Star for moderating and to Hope United Church for hosting us and of course, thank you to the candidates who attended – Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Liberal), Mae J. Nam (NDP), and Sean Manners (Green).

A reminder that the Federal election is this coming Monday, October 21 so don’t forget to vote.

Events this Weekend



Silly Goose Kids is hosting a book reading and signing with author James A. Conan and illustrator Nicolle Lalonde from 10am-noon and, after the reading, kids can help construct a mini-neighbourhood out of empty boxes, and paper towel rolls! If you have any empty cereal boxes please bring along!


Healing Collective (2005 Danforth) is hosting a Community Care Day this Saturday, October 19 from 1-4pm to celebrate their first anniversary and say thank you for the support of the community. Stop by and learn about their collective offerings, meet practitioners and learn some strategies to improve mental health and awareness. Visit their website for full list of activities.

Upcoming DECA Events

DECA Public Board Meeting (Tuesday)

Next Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9pm we are hosting a Public Board Meeting at the Workaround (2080 Danforth Ave) and would be thrilled to meet you there.  Our secret plan is to woo you in with how fun and full of energy we are, and in return, maybe you’ll decide to volunteer with us or bring your idea to the table? See? Win-win. Voting isn’t the only way to make a difference – we can tell you for sure that contributing to the community in a positive way can really soothe the worries of the world and give us a sense that we are doing something.

Seriously though, there is no pressure to do anything – we are just happy to meet you and for you to learn more about our 100% volunteer-run efforts.

Get in touch with us through our social media or by email for more info, but it’s also ok to surprise us on Tuesday.

10th Annual DECA Pumpkin Parade – East Lynn Park (Nov 1)

Reminder! Our 10th Annual Pumpkin Parade is happening in East Lynn Park on Nov 1st from 6-8pm. And we will offer free Coffee or Apple Cider sponsored by Gervais Rentals (owned by #DanforthEast residents!). Please bring a reusable mug or cup to partake!

Fresh Paint Art Slam (Nov 1 – 7pm)

This is just the coolest event, and we are so stoked that the proceeds will support the 2020 DECA Young Leader Scholarship Fund. Here’s the info:

On Friday, November 1 from 7-10pm, eight artists will enter into a live art competition and create their artistic pieces for an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers. The theme for the evening is ‘Speak Truth to Power’.

Artists will have one hour to create their pieces live and go from blank canvas to creative masterpieces.

When the hour is up and the brushes hit the floor, the audience will vote for their top two art creations. The top prize winners will receive a $100 gift card from Deserres and $50 gift card from Fresh Paint Studio.

The artwork that is created will also be auctioned off! Muskoka Brewery to provide the beer! The evening will also feature the musical vibes of DJ Marlove.

Find out more about the Art Slam here  or check out the Facebook event.


Calling all local photographers!

Inspired by #DECAF19 to make your own art? Our friends at Beach Photo Club would like to invite you to their meetings:

Inviting all shutterbugs to check out a local photo club.  Our first meeting of the season will be Thursday September 5th.

We offer a range of activities including guest speakers, mentorship, opportunities to share your work, photo excursions, competitions, practical seminars and more!

When: Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from September to June.

Where: Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave (unless specified in program)

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

More info: See or email

8 80 Streets Danforth: August 23 & 24

880 posterWe’ve got some super summer news! DECA is excited to be participating in Canada’s first ever Vision Zero Pop-up Street Makeover happening right here on Danforth East!

On Friday August 23rd at 5pm until Saturday August 24th at 3pm this Pop-up Event will reimagine the Danforth from Woodbine Avenue to Woodmount Avenue into a safer, more vibrant block in the city, using simple materials and with the help of volunteers.

Planned and organized by 8 80 Cities and The Better Block Foundation with support from DECA, the Danforth Mosaic BIA, Councillor Brad Bradford and The Workaround, this fun event is designed to engage everyone in the possibilities for creating city streets that are more liveable and walkable for our communities.

Would you like to volunteer to help make this event happen? There’s so much to do! Let 8 80 Cities know how you can help by filling out this online form.

For more event info check out the poster below. We’ll keep you posted as more exciting details are announced and we look forward to seeing you on August 23 & 24th!

Interested to know a bit more about 8 80 Cities? They are an awesome non-profit organization based in Toronto, Ontario. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in cities no matter their age, ability, or socioeconomic status. 8 80 Cities brings people together to enhance parks, mobility, and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. Their core belief is that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8-year-old and great for an 80-year-old, then it will be great for all people. Thumbs up to that!