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20-Sep-2011 [627]

• The City's list of "stakeholders" who were contacted to give their opinions about the Recreation Service Plan in May and June, 2011 (and the Parks Plan in September 2011).


Danforth East Community association

Danforth East Community association

The Danforth East Community Association started in an unusual way. We didn’t gather together to fight against something — a development or city plan. We gathered to build something. Our vision, from the start in 2007, was to make Danforth East a more vibrant, walkable, safe place. A few months in, we held our inaugural community association meeting, expecting a couple dozen people to show up. More than 130 arrived.

Since then, we’ve formed numerous committees, bringing great things to our area, including the popular Farmers’ Market in East Lynn Park on Thursdays in the summer; the Annual Danforth East Arts Fair which features more than 45, mostly local, artisans; movie nights in the park; and, safety walks with the police. Our Business Revitalization Team (BRT) is working on its fifth storefront makeover along the Danforth, guided by the theory that a few beautiful stores will create a buzz and bring more to our strip. Our DECA Learns group hosts canning and soap-making workshops in the summer, and our DECA Bikes group offers tune-ups.


Coxwell Parkette, Gledhill Parkette, East Lynn Park, East Toronto Athletic Field, East York Civic Centre, Main Square Community Centre, Merrill Bridge Road Park, Monarch Park and Stadium, Oakcrest Park, and West Lake Park.

Danforth Village Blog

Danforth Village Blog

The Danforth Village Blog is a place for the community to come together and improve the neighbourhood. We are a group of home owners that feel by working together changes can be made. The ultimate goal of the blog is to bring the community together and make the changes that are needed as well as improving what we have. We feel by dealing with the City of Toronto and helping promote local business this all can happen

Deer Park Residents Group

Deer Park Residents Group

Cathie Macdonald President, Deer Park Residents’ Group Inc. 57 Duggan Avenue, Toronto ON M4V 1Y1,_Toronto

Deer Park is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, centered on the intersection of Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue

A flood of applications for sign variances had come forward to East York Community Council in advance of the new billboard sign bylaw that comes into effect April 6.

In the end, council refused nearly all of the approximately 25 applications from Astral Media after local residents expressed concern. The one application that was approved was to change a sign from MIX 99.9 to Virgin Radio 99.9.

Members of the Deer Park Residents’ Association were among those who expressed concern. One application, which was ultimately rejected by council, proposed an increase in the number of illuminated signs on the northwest corner of Yonge and St. Clair from three to four, and detailed a change from traditional ticker-style displays to LED curved signs and requested that it be opened up to third-party advertisers.



DIGIN is a local community group committed to the cultural, social, environmental and economic vitalization of the Bloor Street West neighbourhood surrounding Bloordale. DIGIN initiates inclusive community and cultural plans and actions that will contribute to sustaining a neighbourhood that is GREEN * CLEAN * SAFE * CIVIL.

DIGIN was founded in 2002 by local resident and artist Dyan Marie. Originally created to address specific problems along Dupont St. (DIG stands for Dupont Improvement Group} DIG IN also works with other local groups to improve the conditions along Bloor St W between Lansdowne and Dufferin.

Dog Owners' Association

Dog Owners' Association

A guide for Toronto dogs and their people. contains Toronto-area information for dog owners such as Toronto Dog Park listings, dog trainers in Toronto, great dog walkers and daycare centres for dogs, boarding facilities, dog-friendly hotels in and around Toronto and lots of great Toronto dog-related advice.

For a complete list of dog parks in Toronto go to

Don Montgomery Seniors Executive

Don Montgomery Seniors Executive

2467 Eglinton Ave E M1K 2R
416 396-4043

A multi-purpose facility that offers a variety of programs such as cultural, creative, sports, youth, preschool, and seniors programs. Don Montgomery CRC is centrally located beside Kennedy Subway and Kennedy GO station for easy access.

Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association

Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association

PO Box 82863 RPO Cabbagetown, 467 Parliament Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 3Y2.

The Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association (DVCRA) is a volunteer organization, originally established in 1967, representing residents living in Toronto’s Cabbagetown community.

Tree Canopy Committee

The Cabbagetown Canopy Committee (CCC) is a volunteer group that works to build awareness of important issues related to the local tree canopy within the neighbourhood. We are an informational body for Cabbagetown residents with respect to existing urban forestry resources, relevant City of Toronto contacts, and general information concerning the health of local trees. A particular focus of the Committee is to encourage the planting of new trees by residents, and to build awareness of organizations that can assist in this regard.

Interested in volunteering for the Tree Canopy Committee? We’d love for you to join us. Please send us an email at, subject line “Trees”.

Security and Safety Committee

The DVCRA Safety and Security Committee is comprised of a handful of volunteers who are interested in engaging local residents and merchants in maintaining and improving the safety and security of our neighbourhood and community.

Our role is to identify and respond to safety and security concerns affecting residents and merchants and to help our community to find practical solutions to prevent and minimize the impact of these issues on our neighbourhood.

Downsview Services to Seniors Inc.

Downsview Services to Seniors Inc.

Main Office 497 Wilson Avenue, North York, Ontario M3H 1V1 (416) 398.5510,

Downsview Services for Seniors aspires to meet the needs of older adults and their caregivers in our diverse community by providing equitable, accessible, high quality services to support and foster independent living.

What we do:
Downsview Services for Seniors provides quality services for older adults and disabled peoples in order to support their independence and well-being and enable them to remain in their homes for as long as they choose. We also strive to relieve their loneliness and isolation by encouraging social involvement through a wide range of community programs serving the North York west populace.

Downsview park: (Downsview Services to Seniors Inc. is located on the south east corner of the park)
Phone: (416) 952-2222

Downsview Park is active year round with events, sports, businesses, filming, urban agriculture, camps and school and stewardship programs. Downsview Park is building a park while being a park. Many park construction projects are underway to offer visitors more.

Downsview Park Sports Centre:
The Downsview Park Sports Centre offers a wide selection of sports options for the player in you. Facilities include The Hangar (with indoor and outdoor fields), Grand Prix Kartways, HoopDome, PEAC School for Elite Athletes, The Rail Skatepark and School, True North Climbing, Toronto School of Circus Arts, Toronto Roller Derby League, ATP, National Squash Academy and Defcon Paintball.

Operations at the Sports Centre generate funds to help build Downsview Park. The Downsview Park Sports Centre is growing to become the leading centre of athletic excellence in the GTA as the development of the Downsview Park Sustainable Community progresses. Downsview Park continues to pursue its vision of offering the community a world class sports facility while nurturing athletic ability from the playground to the podium.

A Glimpse into the Future:
The link below contains drawings of plans for the park, and a detailed dissuasion of it's development.

Downtown Yonge BIA

Downtown Yonge BIA

40 Dundas Street West, Suite 300 PO Box 42
Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2C2

Pam McConnell, Ward 28
Kristyn Wong-Tam,Ward 27

It’s an exciting time for Downtown Yonge. The area is experiencing a renaissance and we welcome you to be a part of it. Through efforts of the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (B.I.A) and the City of Toronto, you will discover a downtown that’s cleaner, safer, and more inviting. The Downtown Yonge B.I.A. is a non-profit organization made up of local businesses and property owners, who are working towards making Downtown Yonge one of the best places in the world for shopping, business and entertainment.

The Downtown Yonge B.I.A. was formed on June 26, 2001 as a result of the efforts of the former Yonge Street Business and Residents Association. Members include approximately 2,000 local businesses and property owners. Funding for the Downtown Yonge B.I.A. comes from a supplementary tax levied on all commercial buildings within its boundaries (see map). The City of Toronto collects this money and returns it to the community to fund local services and improvements.

Mission Statement
The Downtown Yonge B.I.A. is the voice of the business community. It is committed to improving and promoting the Downtown Yonge area through investment and advocacy to maintain its position as Toronto’s premier shopping, business and entertainment destination.

Public Spaces in the Downtown Yonge BIA:

College Park, 444 Yonge Street
Eight fountains gush out of a beautiful circular pond surrounded by outdoor patios, a courtyard, park benches, ample trees and grassy knolls. The pond converts into the Barbara Ann Scott Skating Rink during the winter; a tribute to the first Canadian woman to win both the Olympic Gold Medal and the World Figure Skating Title in 1948. Whatever time of year, College Park is the perfect place to relax, all the while being steps away from the excitement of Downtown Yonge.

Trinity Square, west side of the Eaton Centre at Yonge, south of Dundas St. West

A special site in the heart of Toronto, Trinity Square is tucked away between the Eaton Centre and the Church of the Holy Trinity. A calm oasis within the busy downtown core, Trinity Square offers a great place to just sit and relax.

Devonian Square, 350 Victoria Street
Located at Ryerson University in the downtown core, Devonian Square is a great place to seek refuge from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. With its granite boulders and beautiful Grenadier pond, it’s the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon. Also, the pond is converted into a public skating rink during the winter, making it a great destination year-round.

Yonge-Dundas Square, corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets
Opened in 2003, Yonge-Dundas Square features twenty-two fountains, and provides a place to rest amid the bustling downtown core. It also functions as an event venue, perfect for community celebrations, theatrical events, concerts, receptions, and promotions. For more information, please visit

Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square
Following the gift of an anonymous donor (later revealed as Mary Lambert Swale of England), The Church of the Holy Trinity opened in 1847. In 1989 the interior of the church walls were painted and the organ restored. The church is fully functional, and its members believe in worship, art and social justice. For more information, please visit

Infrastructure projects
Council authorized funding agreements with the Government of Ontario to undertake three more Toronto projects under the infrastructure stimulus funding program. These projects — involving the Canadian Film Centre, a community hub in Rexdale, and an arts and culture centre for the Regent Park neighbourhood — will result in an additional $34.7 million invested in public infrastructure in Toronto. Most of that amount consists of provincial and federal funding.

Bike rentals
Council authorized staff to finalize an agreement with the Public Bike System Company to operate a bicycle rental program in Toronto for the next 10 years. A total of 1,000 bicycles for use by residents and visitors will be stocked at 80 automated bike parking stations in the downtown area. The program will be launched next May under the brand name BIXI Toronto. Similar bike rental programs operate in Montreal, Paris and Barcelona.

Driftwood Advisory Council

Driftwood Advisory Council

Paul Nguyen, Editor
(416) 871-5163 is a community broadcaster, digital library, and the first website about Toronto's Jane-Finch community. was founded by award-winning activist and journalist, Paul Nguyen. The website officially launched on March 13, 2004. empowers the community by giving local residents a voice to be heard. We are a united virtual community centre of expression, concern and inspiration.

Our goal is to create a better understanding and appreciation of the Jane-Finch community by sharing its cultural and historical beauty.

Dufferin/Davenport Community Centre (Older Adults)

- This page links to a PDF of the 2011 Community Recreation Investment Program with information on funding for Dufferin/ Davenport Community Centre.

Dundas St. Clarens Parkette

Dundas St. Clarens Parkette

Helder Ramos, Coordinator
Dundas West Business Improvement Association
204-1457 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J1Y7

In 2006 The BIA obtained a City Clean and Beautiful grant to beautify the parkette at Dundas and St. Clarens in the western end of the BIA. A mural was executed on the eastern wall of the park using a design donated by local artist Jose Ortega. The BIA worked with City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation to improve the plantings and benches in the park. To celebrate the completion of the park, we organized a community party with music provided by Batucada Carioca.

Other parks/community project in the Dundas West BIA:

Teresa’s place

In an effort to create more green space in the neighbourhood, BIA visioning committee members negotiated with TCHC (Toronto Community Housing Corporation) for permission to remove an unsightly fence and create large flower beds with native plantings in front of the TCHC building at 1525 Dundas West. To pay for this ambitious project, we successfully applied to the Evergreen Foundation and The City of Toronto Clean and Beautiful Secretariat for funding. To cover the remaining expenses, BIA board members Marina and Victor Tavares, Tony Rainho, Carlos Donelas and John Melo worked very hard to organize a community fundraiser at Casa Dos Azores. The first plantings were done in the fall of 2008 and again in the spring of last year, BIA volunteers cleaned and replanted the beds. This pioneering project is first time a Toronto BIA and TCHC site have collaborated on such community improvements. Teresa’s place is dedicated to the memory of Teresa Melo who is greatly missed by the BIA and the community as a whole. Although it took place in sub-zero weather, the opening of this community space was attended many BIA members, local residents, Councillor Giambrone, MP Mario Silva and members of the Melo family. OMNI television filmed this important community event for broadcast.


E.P. Taylor Place (Don Mills Foundation for Senior Citizens Inc).

875 Don Mills Rd., Unit 7 , North York, ON M3C 1V9

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The Don Mills Aged Care Foundation for Seniors is a community organization of volunteers and aged care professionals committed to serving the well-being and social needs of seniors through a broad range of services and a commitment to a continuum of care. The Don Mills Aged Care Foundation for Seniors funds aged care jobs in areas of need around Canada, America, Australia, UK and New Zealand.

Thompson House, the Senior Adult Centre and the Overland Club provide care and programs to seniors and their families regardless of their geographic location but the services offered through E.P. Taylor Place Community Services are designed to meet the needs of people living in the Don Mills area of Toronto. Community Services are provided within the following boundaries:
Bayview Avenue to the West
Victoria Park Avenue to the East
Sheppard Avenue East to the North
Former North York border to the South (includes Flemingdon Park)

E.Y. Canada Day Committee

E.Y. Canada Day Committee

  • Could not find any info in the E.Y Canada Day Committee, only on E.Y Limited. The link given on the Stakeholders list was also to E.Y. Limited.

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. We aim to have a positive impact on businesses and markets, as well as on society as a whole.

We’re big believers in nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in young people. That’s why we’re a proud supporter of The Next 36®, a new national program that aims to transform Canada’s most promising undergraduates into high-impact entrepreneurs.

Every year, we celebrate the way we live our values through our Chairman’s Values Award. Through this award, we give our people the opportunity to recognize their colleagues who are bringing our values to life every day. This is an important way in which we are building our shared culture, founded on our strong commitment to our values

E.Y. Garden Club

E.Y. Garden Club

  • Found below under East York Garden Club

Earl Beatty Advisory Council
455 Glebeholme Boulevard.

The blog is a place to share positive ideas, info, and comments with our school community.

If people wish to become involved with the Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council, they can call Cindy, Liza Ordubegian 416-425-5289, Sian David 416-466-7248 or Ellen Schwartzel 416-463-0089. AC meets first Thursday of every month.

The following is an excerpt form the Danforth East Association Blog from March 31, 2009:

A few weeks ago I went to the Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council open house. The evening was a chance for members of the advisory council to let the neighbourhood know what kind of work they do and a chance for people to provide feedback on the community centre and the programming that is offered there.

Things I learned:
1. The Advisory Council is just that. It works with Parks and Rec staff to determine what kinds of programs should be offered at the centre. Do we need more programs for younger children, older children, more hockey, less soccer? That is the sort of advice the Advisory Council provides. A vital community centre is responsive and connected to the community and the Advisory Council is a key way to keep the programs at the centre meaningful for the people it serves.

2. Enhancing the work of the community centre. The Advisory Council organizes a number of activities to supplement the work of Parks and Rec. It hosts a BBQ on Friday nights in the spring and summer and pizza nights on Friday nights in the winter at the community centre. It hosts a wonderful skating party at Monarch Park every winter and a fabulous family holiday party in December. The Council also organizes a community clean-up each spring (April 25th) and is involved in the Earl Beatty annual ball hockey tournament and family fun day.

Earl Beatty C.C.

Earl Beatty C.C.

455 Glebeholme Blvd M4C 1V3
416 392-0752
Ward: 31

Earl Beatty offers a wide variety of recreational programs for all ages including: swimming lessons, December, March, and summer day camp, creative arts, ballet, jazz, gymnastics beginner recreational and advanced, caregiver & tot playtime, kindergym, women's sports club, karate beginner intermediate and advanced, soccer houseleague, touch football, t-ball, and ESSO NHL Street Buds, ball hockey. Fitness activities yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi. Youth leadership training in babysitting.

East Lynn Community

East Lynn Community

PO Box 8066, Lynn, MA 01904

The mission of the East Lynn Community Association is to promote pride and ownership in the Lynn community through beautification, education, recreation, and neighborly relationships.

2011 – 2012 ELCA Board of Trustees

President: Mary Trahan
Vice-President: Jesse Jaeger
Treasure: Eliana Runyon
Secretary: Kerry Quintiliani
Trustee: Bob Connoly
Trustee: Douglas Maitland
Trustee: Duncan Maitland
East Lynn Park:

1949 Danforth Ave M4C 1J4, Ward: 32, District: Toronto & East York Facilities: Dogs Off-Leash Area, Playground, Wading Pool

East Lynn Park Farmers Market:

Hosted at East Lynn Park in Danforth Village / East Danforth Ave. the market Runs every Thursday, rain or shine, from June – October. Local farmers and vendors set up stalls for seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers and prepared foods.

Listen to some music and enjoy a cup of fair trade brew while the kids enjoy fun activities like face painting.

East York Garden Club

East York Garden Club

Joining the club entitles you to hear interesting speakers at our meetings, participate in our flower shows and photography competition, receive our newsletters, and receive discounts at several garden centres and nurseries. As well, you'll meet enthusiastic, friendly people who will gladly share their knowledge and gardening experiences.

Regular meetings of our club are held on the third Thursday of each month (except for August and December). Except for the July meeting, they're held in the Stan Wadlow
Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Avenue at 7:30 p.m.

President: Veronica Callinan
Vice Presidents: Linda Boyko, Susan Bartlett
Secretar: Karen Bell
Treasurer: Jean Quinn
Directors 2010-2011: Laurel Angeloff, Suzanne Bond, Paula Cameron-Meaney, Janet, Carrington, Lee Pritchard
Directors 2011-2012: Cristina Brown, Anna Leggatt, Philip McAllister, Dawn McEachern, Rosalind Regnier

Ecology Park Community Garden

Ecology Park Community Garden

At 38 meters long by 25 meters deep, Ecology Park is described by its stewards as "relatively small." Yet, its benefits outweigh its spatial stature.

Ecology Park is in The Annex reach of Taddle Creek. The Toronto Green Community Lost Rivers project website notes that "walking through The Annex today [it] is hard to see any indication that a stream ever flowed here, except for the last 200 meters and even there it is hazy." In addition to the swale plant communities, there is a meadow/savannah, a butterfly/bee/bird habitat, and a woodland.

Although the city had taken the Pollution Probe garden for streetcar construction, the parcel was designated park land. However, the parcel did not support park use for 10 years until The Annex Residents' Association (The ARA) approached the city with both "an idea and a plan." Current Ecology Park gardeners believe that "landscape should be natural, not artificial," so all the plants communities in the park feature natives, with the exception of an oakleaf hydrangea. For Paul Martel, the design of the garden was an ethical decision, extending to the canoe-shaped raised beds which he described as "an empathetic gesture" towards the Ojibwa.

The park was designed over the two years, 2001 - 2003, and the first phase of construction began in 2003. The community process has been described as intensive. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for its "thriving" plant communities and close-knit group of volunteers. The garden experienced its first incidents of vandalism this year, on June 21. I helped to stake some of the plants that had been damaged. There are over 1000 plants in the park whose presence are attributed to the commitment of the volunteers to the project and to each other. I had conversations with several of the gardeners, one of whom does not have a garden where she lives. The urge to garden drew her to the park but the socializing keeps her committed. On the day of my visit, most of the gardeners left together, wishing me well.

Ecology Park is a volunteer project of the Annex Residents’ Association with funds administered by the City of Toronto.

Eglinton Hill BIA

Eglinton Hill

Frank Di Giorgio: Councillo Ward 12

The Eglinton Hill BIA is located along a charming stretch of Eglinton Avenue West on a hill between Kane Avenue and Bicknell Avenue. Its four blocks are situated in the middle of the city at the crossroads of two major arterial streets Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue West. The BIA is composed of an eclectic mix of shops and services reflecting the diverse heritage of the city. Eglinton Hill BIA was created in 1997.

Elder Connections

Elder Connections

Munir Jan-Toronto, Chair
Gerry Hurwitz-York Region, Vice Chair
9 Midvale road Toronto Ontario M3H 3H8

Elder Connections is a registered charitable organization dedicated to reducing isolation among the elderly, promoting their full involvement and participation in society.We have a range of programs available for Seniors' Groups. For more information about our Multicultural, Educational, Intergenerational and other Programs.

Elmbank Advisory Council

Elmbank Advisory Council

10 Rampart Rd M9V 4L9
416 394-867
Ward 1

Elmbank Community Centre is a multi-purpose, multi-use facility and one of the City of Toronto allocated priority centre which is accessible to all. Programs offered here include gym and sport activities, fitness classes, dance programs, camps. Elmbank C.C. has a focus on youth, providing a sound studio and many other related programs in partnership with local agencies. We also rent out space for various functions / meetings.

Masseygrove Park

Facilities: Playground, Sport Field

This Media Advisory was posted on June 3, 2008

Councillor Suzan Hall (Ward 1 Etobicoke North) and representatives of the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will officially re-open the recently-renovated Masseygrove Park that features an upgraded pathway leading to the new lit, irrigated soccer field, a new playground, an expanded parking lot and numerous plantings of evergreen and deciduous trees.

Date: Thursday, June 5
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Masseygrove Park, 10 Rampart Rd.

N.A.P (Neighborhood Action Partnership) – Rexdale

Etobicoke Services For Seniors

Etobicoke Services For Seniors

2245 Lawrence Ave. West, Etobicoke, ON, M9P 3W3 (416) 243-0127

Etobicoke Services for Seniors (ESS) is a not-for-profit agency committed to supporting seniors in their desire to remain in their own homes and community.

Our agency's programs, services and facilities have been designed to meet the unique needs of the elderly in our community. Individuals who access our services may be frail, isolated, living with memory-related disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, or recovering from a stroke.

Evergreen Foundation

Evergreen Foundation

Evergreen Brick Works:
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8 Canada

Evergreen National Office:
Centre for Green Cities, Suite 300
Evergreen Brick Works
General Inquiries
Michele Bourdon, Welcome Centre Co-ordinator

Evergreen is a national charity that makes cities more livable. Since 1991 we have been engaging Canadians in creating and sustaining dynamic outdoor spaces—in schools, communities and homes.

By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities—now and for the future. Evergreen offers a range of services, resources and funding to people interested in greening across the country. We have three main areas of programming: for school grounds; for community and public spaces, and your grounds at home.

Evergreen's mission is to bring communities and nature together for the benefit of both.

Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably. Evergreen, a national charity, has transformed the former Don Valley Brick Works from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into an international showcase for urban sustainability and green design that is open year-round.