Breakfast fundraiser, Enviro day and Pilates

Mark  your calendars for some great events coming up! 

June 11 – East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market Grand Opening! 3-7pm (details are coming, but this is going to be AMAZING!!)

June 13 – #DanforthEast Garage Sale! 8am-2pm (see our earlier post for details and to sign up your own sale!)

Gledhill Breakfast Club Fundraiser – Wednesday, June 16

Come and help raise money for a new kitchen in the school yard (on the west side) on June 16 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. 

The amazing volunteers will be serving up some of the favourite breakfast options that they serve during the week, including quesadillas, smoothies, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and more.

Pay what you can, with all proceeds going to funds for a new kitchen. 

Janet Davis’ Environment Day – Saturday, June 20

Join Councillor Janet Davis at her annual Community Environment Day, Saturday, June 20, 10:00am-2:00pm, at the East York Memorial Arena parking lot, 888 Cosburn Ave. Bring your recyclables, reusable, old electronics and more! Enjoy activities and information from green community groups. Paper shredding and BBQ onsite.

Davis Enviro Day

Counterbalance Pilates – Special series

For more info on this beautiful studio located beside East Lynn Park, visit:



Free workshop Jul 17: City home improvement programs

Thanks to Councillor Janet Davis for hosting this upcoming event!

Fix It up: a workshop on Toronto programs for home improvements

Learn about the City of Toronto’s programs to help you retrofit your home to improve safety, sustainability and cost savings.

When: Thursday July 17th, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Danforth Mennonite Church (2174 Danforth Avenue, just east of Woodbine)

Hear about:

  • Home Energy Loan Program: New City of Toronto program, offering low interest financing for home energy improvements
  • Lead Water Replacement Program

Hope to see you there!





Get your skate on

Mark your calendars! When friends and family ask you what you’re doing this weekend, you can wow and impress them with the list of skating parties that you are attending.  (If only those mean girls in junior high could see you now!) Seriously though, this is a great chance to show winter exactly how it’s done.  See you on the rink!

Councillor Davis’ Skating Party
February 9, 11:30am-1:30pm




Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council Skating Party
February 9th, 2-4

  • Monarch Park rink
  • Games, music, prizes!
  • Prize for best “Olympic Spirit” outfit!
  • Refreshments and goodies!
  • Children 6 and under must wear a CSA approved helmet
  • Bring your own mug for hot chocolate!

Ice Storm Aftermath – Info and Updates

Stay connected…

While we are all in various stages of dealing with the aftermath of the ice storm, this post is to provide information to people who need it.  If you need info not provided below, please contact your local City Councillor directly (contact info for the four DECA Councillors can be found here) or call 3-1-1.  If you see a downed power line, call 9-1-1.

Our side of town was hit hard by this storm, and the damage is obvious as soon as you attempt to navigate our streets, which  are littered with branches, down wires and police tape.  For those of you without power, consider visiting one of the many warming stations set up around the City (see below for details), or reach out to friends and neighbours with power.  Local businesses have been offering use of plugs for charging phones and general warmth and shelter, so if you need a place to go, you needn’t go far.

Below is some helpful information from Janet Davis, and thanks to her and all of our City Councillors who are tirelessly working to keep information and help coming where it is needed.  And let’s all give a collective thanks to the Toronto Hydro staff and first responders, who have given up vacation and worked in treacherous conditions to restore power and address the most urgent issues.

Hopefully the worst of this storm is behind us, and I hope that I’m not alone in saying that the worst of the storm brought out the best in this community. Stay safe, and here’s hoping that the lights are on for everyone soon.

In addition to the information listed below, we have also learned via Twitter that two warming centres have been added in the east end:

  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • East York Collegiate, 650 Cosburn Ave.
  • Food, water, supplies all night.

From Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis:

Staff from Toronto Hydro, Police, TTC, Forestry, and other City divisions have been working throughout the day and night to restore power but I know the needs are still great.

I have requested that additional warming centres be opened to serve the East York community, particularly the Dawes Road and Secord neighbourhoods that have so many high-rise buildings. We are working to secure food, warm clothing and other emergency supplies through local charities and the emergency response team. I am also trying to locate a place for donations to be dropped off that is accessible to our communities. In the meantime, here is some information that I hope will be helpful.

The City of Toronto website is providing regular updates at . You can also call 311.

Warming Centres

The city has opened multiple warming centres across the City where residents can access food, water, warmth, and rest. Pets are welcome too. The closest centres are:

Matty Eckler Community Centre, on 953 Gerrard Street East, near Pape Avenue

Dennis Timbrell Community Centre, at 29 St. Denis Dr, near Don Mills and Eglinton Avenues

A full list of warming centres, road closures, transit updates, and other information to help you cope with the storm is available online.


Toronto Hydro is currently reporting that approximately 219,000 customers are without power across the City, down from 300,000 at the height of the storm. Toronto East General Hospital and the East York Civic Centre both have power restored. Due to the severity of the damage, Toronto Hydro does not expect to power restored to everyone today. Restoration efforts will continue until there is full hydro recovery, likely for the remainder of the week. City Forestry crews are assisting Hydro to clear damaged trees off hydro wires. All southern Ontario utilities have been asked to assist with restoration across the province. Aid has been requested from the USA as well. Toronto Hydro is not able to provide detailed restoration information however they are providing some info on their website.

To report dangerous situations you can call The Toronto Hydro’s Lights Out number, 416-542-8000 or report situations online. Both the phone line and the website are experiencing some delays due to the high number of concerns.

Stay away from all hydro lines and any electrical equipment that is in standing water, like a flooded basement. If the outage lasted less than four hours, allow your electrical system a chance to stabilize. Turn on the most essential appliances one by one and wait 30 minutes before reconnecting others.

Dangerous Trees

Stay away from trees that are touching hydro lines or in danger of falling. To report dangerous tree situations call the Forestry Services at 416.338.TREE (416.338.8733). If the tree knocked down a power line, then please also call 416.542.8000.

TTC and GO Transit

Service has been restored. Please check for updates and service alerts.

GO Transit is operating an Adjusted Winter Schedule today. Check schedule details at

Emergency Services

The City’s emergency services (Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Police) are operating and managing increased call volumes. Residents are reminded to only call 911 in the event of an emergency. The non-emergency number for Toronto Police Service is 416-808-2222. Residents who use home oxygen and have concerns can call 416-310-2222 for assistance.

Fire Prevention & Safety Information

Many of us have needed to find creative means to stay warm. Please remember to take these safety precautions.


  • use a sturdy holder
  • make sure glass shade higher than flame to protect against loose clothing becoming ignited
  • position candle away from anything flamable
  • blow out the flame when you leave the room
  • keep lighters, matches and candles away from children
  • use a flashlight rather than a candle for light


  • ensure the fireplace screen is in place
  • avoid burning trash or paper as flaming paper can travel up the chimney and land on your roof
  • do not use stove, barbecue or camping gear for heating your home, as they create a CO and burn hazard


  • do not operate generators inside home, garage, or near windows or vents where exhaust could migrate indoors
  • refuel generators outside and after generator has cooled down


  • avoid operating propane, natural gas or charcoal barbecues indoors – if not properly vented, using them will create a carbon monoxide (CO) hazard
  • ensure that your stove is clear of combustibles and is turned off or unplugged to avoid a fire when the power comes back on
  • leave kettles and other small appliances unplugged


Once your refrigerator and freezer are operating, carefully check food for spoilage. Generally, food will keep for 24 to 48 hours, as long you keep the door closed.

Information about when to keep and when to throw out foods that may not have been adequately refrigerated is available on this online food guide.

Space Heaters

Keep space heaters at least one metre away from cloth or anything that could catch fire

Smoke Detectors

  • ensure Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors have working batteries

If you have power:

Reach out to your neighbours, especially vulnerable or elderly neighbours who may require more help. Please don’t hesitate to knock on your neighbour’s door to make sure they are safe and well, or to swap phone numbers with those in the area for more updates. Many of you have contacted our office wondering when power will be restored, and we will continue to provide the most up-to-date information we can.


For updates during an emergency event and other City of Toronto information, follow @TorontoComms on Twitter. The City will be using #citystorm when providing updates on the storm. For more information and advice about emergency preparedness visit

Your perfect Saturday in the ‘hood

So many options for an awesome Saturday, all of which give you a chance to engage with your neighbours.  Here is the recap:

1. Danforth East Garage Sale, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. rain or shine, all over our neighbourhood

Did you hear Matt Galloway give us a shout out this morning on Metro Morning about our simultaneous yard sales taking place tomorrow?  Our sale is THAT COOL!  (Like, CBC-cool)  Over 100 households, a bunch of street sales, a rummage sale, and probably even more than what shows on our map.  Here is our post on it from yesterday in case you missed the map.

If you are hosting a garage sale, or even if you are not, please note that you can take all of your leftover stuff to Councillor Janet Davis’ environment day, and your used goods will be donated to people in need in our city.  That is awesome, right.  And it’s a nice segue to my next point.

2. Councillor Janet Davis’ Environment Day, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., East York Memorial Arena 888 Cosburn Avenue @ Woodbine

In addition to the stuff you know about Environment Day, did you know that you can bring lots of stuff to be donated to people who need it??  Here is the list from the City website:

Items donated to local schools for reuse

  • Art supplies (e.g. pencils, markers, crayons, etc.)
  • Buttons, keys, and collectors’ coins and stamps
  • Clipboards, corks and cork boards
  • CDs and cases
  • Children’s books
  • Costume jewelry including broken/old watches and clocks with hands
  • Dress-up clothing (e.g. costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)
  • Fabric pieces, yarn
  • 35 mm cameras and equipment

Items donated for reuse (please keep separate from others)

  • Sporting goods(e.g., skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
  • Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
  • Medical equipment in good condition (e.g. eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.)
  • Small household items (e.g., dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
  • Textiles in good condition (e.g. clothing, linens, etc.)
  • Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

Here is the recent invite from Councillor Davis.

Bring all the stuff you’ve stored in the basement or garage all winter. Don’t forget the batteries, paint cans, electronic equipment, re-usable goods and clothes. Replace your bins, pick up important information, and learn more about what you can do to be green. Find out about Toronto Water and TRCA projects in our neighbourhood.

Bring your friends and enjoy a BBQ, local musicians, seed planting, plant sale, face painting and crafts for kids. Thanks to our community partners EY Community Garden, EY Garden Club, Toronto Parks and Recreation, EY Skating Club and others for their contributions.

We will also be joined by terrific local groups like Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), and Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN), and the Stan Wadlow Off-Leash Dog Park Association.

New this year, we have free on-site bulk paper shredding. Bring your confidential documents for a safe means of disposal.

For a full list of items you can dispose of visit:

As always, there will be free compost created from leaves picked up last fall. City staff will be on hand to help residents load up free compost. Be sure to bring your shovels and buckets.

Make sure you stop by my table to discuss your local concerns, share ideas or just say hello! And don’t forget to enter our draw.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact my office. Thanks. See you Saturday.


So when you get your compost, what will you do with it?  Maybe plant a tree?  But how will you know how to take care of it?

3. Tree Care 101, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 79 Hiawatha Road (near Coxwell and Gerrard)

Now that you’ve bought stuff at the yard sales that you will re-use, you have donated your stuff, safely disposed of your household waste, and obtained free compost, you need to go learn how to take care of our wonderful trees!! (A logical next step, no?  You can also go to this workshop before environment day.  I know, the world is your oyster.)

What exactly is this workshop all about?  How can I say it any better than our poster can?  Here it is again!

tree care 101 poster final version

Happy Weekend everyone!!

Don’t procrastinate!

Hailstorms on Mother’s Day?  Snow in mid-May? Frost warnings right after everyone planted their flowers? (Score 1 for the procrastinators!) If this retro weather has got you down, here is some neighbourhood news to pick you up.

Let’s get down to business.  First off, thanks to Som Seif for the great talk about getting started on investing – those of us who put learning ahead of hockey last night are sure glad we did.  We left feeling empowered and ready to take charge of our financial futures, which is not too shabby for a Monday!  Thanks also to Lazy Daisy’s Cafe for hosting us.

Since I’m procrastinating doing a family budget, let’s catch you up on some of the events and news from the neighbourhood…

Community Environment Days – May 16 and June 1

  • Councillor McMahon’s – May 16 @ Ted Reeve Arena from 4:00 -8:00 p.m., 175 Main St. (enter off Ted Reeve Dr., north of Gerrard St.)
  • Councillor Davis’ – June 1 @ East York Memorial Arena Parking Lot, 888 Cosburn Avenue from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

From Councillor McMahon:

Join Councillor McMahon and the City of Toronto for Ward 32’s Enviro Day & Festival!  After dropping off your items for recycling and donation, stop by one of the tables for information on various environmental initiatives.  Stay to have a BBQ’d hot dog/veggie dog and listen to live music, and of course, don’t forget your compost!

Read here for more information about Community Environment Days.

From Councillor Davis:

The weather is finally getting warmer and it is time for our annual Environment Day.  This year, Environment Day in Ward 31 will be held on Saturday June 1, 2013, at the East York Memorial Arena Parking Lot, at 888 Cosburn Avenue.  And once again, it is rain or shine!

  • Pick up a new Backyard Composter, Green Bin, Kitchen Container or Free Compost.
  • Drop off unused Computer Equipment, Cellphones, TV’s, radios, VCRs, paint, batteries, medication, propane tanks, or fluorescent bulbs.
  • Donate school art supplies such as buttons, keys, stamps, cork, cd’s, books, jewelry, fabric or cameras
  • Donate supplies for reuse including sporting goods, textbooks, glasses, hearing aids, dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, clothes, linens and even food.

Come learn chat with local community and environment groups. Enjoy children’s crafts and entertainment. Help keep our communities clean and green.

DECA’s Danforth East Arts Fair Application Deadline

The Danforth East Arts Fair(one of DECA’s hallmark events!) is only a few months away and the application deadline is coming up on May 31, 2013. Get your applications in!  Visit the website at: for more information.

Tree Care 101 (June 1, 2013)

Thanks to our friends and neighbours at the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association for co-organizing this wonderful event with DECA’s tree group!

Learn to care for your trees, including how to mulch!  Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Wright Room, 79 Hiawatha Road (three short blocks west of Coxwell Ave., south of Gerrard Ave. E.).

Delivered by your LEAF tree expert

  • Learn to care for your trees, the basics: mulching & watering
  • Presentation and opportunity for supervised hands-on practice with a tree!

Held in conjunction with:

Film Screening @ Coxwell Library (June 5, 2013)

We assume that this is free.  We’ll let you know if we’re wrong about that.

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Colour Creative Summer Camps

“Like” them on Facebook for all the info!


Did you know that you can call 311 to get an extra green bin for free, or to change the size of your garbage and recycling bins?  The smaller your garbage bin, the less you pay on your bill!