Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary Festival June 26 + More

Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary Festival June 26 + More

5.31.2016 | News, Newsletters

Downsview Memorial Parkette 10 Year Anniversary Festival

The Park that started it all. The Downsview Memorial Parkette Festival Committee invites you to be part of the celebration for the Parkette that ushered in an era of revitalization in Downsview. Some of its rich design features can only be seen by air! It is a jewel and we are celebrating its 10-year anniversary with arts, local talent, music, a full festival, attractions, a sound stage, unique food offerings and more. An amazing festival in an amazing area. Do not miss out on this opportunity, come and join us on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Sunday June 26, 2016
Downsview Memorial Parkette (NW corner of Keele and Wilson)
12:00pm – 5:00pm

In the News: Global covers Downsview Park Development Flooding of Graves
As previously reported, the development at Donwsview Park has contributed to the damaging of graves in the Mount Sinai Cemetery. The intrepid Peter Kim of Global News followed up on the report. You can watch it here.

Global News: Graves of Jewish war veterans being flooded by condo development, says caretaker

Watch the Video

In The News – Ladies Walk For Safety in Roding Park a Success

The Toronto Star covered our ladies walk in Roding Park. We are fortunate enough to have such a dedicated group of women in the Roding community who will bravely stand up against sexual assaults. If you would like to be part of a future walk, please let me know by contacting me.
Read the Metro article here: March planned to reclaim North York park after string of sexual assaults
Read the Toronto Star article here: Residents of Roding Park vow to take it back after sex assaults

Pics – Opening of New Mossie Park

This green space in the Anthony Road Community was once slated for sale and development.The community and I quickly organized to successfully save it from the clutches of development. Plans to build this beautiful park were immediately developed in conjunction with community wishes. On Sunday May 29, 2016 the park finally opened, and the unveiling of it’s name –de Havilland “Mossie” Park– showcases a history of Aviation in the area. Specifically named after the de Havilland Mosquito, the WWII Aircraft integral to the allied war effort. 1,133 were built in Downsview and was a significant economic contributor to the development of of our community.
Read more history here:
Look at the Photos Here.

Pics – Ancaster Early Learning & Care Centre planting event
On May 26 Ancaster Early Learning & Care Centre held a planting event to teach kids about the value of growing food and locally sourced produce. Look at the Photos Here.

Pics – Pierre Laporte Middle School Bike Rodeo
On May 25, Pierre Laporte Middle School held their Bicycle Safety Rodeo to teach students about the value of bike safety, how to use your bike on transit and how to improve cycling skills. Look at the Photos Here.

William Baker Bike Tour and Cycle Planning Meetup

On June 16, as part of Toronto’s Mike Month, we are launching the new William Baker Neighbourhood-Downsview Park Pedestrian and Cycling area! We are doing a cycle tour at 6pm and following that a cycling planning meeting will happen at 7pm.
Please join us!

Bike tour location and RSVP info
Cycle planning meeting info

See you there.

June Downsview Library Programs
Claudio Santaluce and His Organetto
Mon Jun 06, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon at the Movies
Mon Jun 13, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ephraim’s Place Youth in this year’s Stomp Urban Dance Competition
On Sunday, June 5, 2016, our talented youth from Ephraim’s Place will take the stage with creative performances that incorporate various styles of urban dance, such as step, b-boy, break, hip hop, dancehall, jazz and contemporary.

Tickets are $5, please come out!
Purchase tickets, and more info here.

YouthTO Web Portal Launched
YouthTO at provides one-stop access to information about services, health resources, employment, volunteer, recreation and cultural opportunities for youth. A feature of YouthTO is an interactive map that will help youth – Toronto young people in their teens and twenties – locate programs and services within communities. Check it out.

Minx Request For Victim Impact Statements

I need your help. I need your story.

Recently, the Ontario Superior Court convicted and sentenced Salvatore Badali to almost 3 years behind bars for his role in child prostitution at the Blue Pearl Spa, currently known as The Minx Spa.

As you may know, this “spa” is located at the edge of our community on Dufferin Street.

As part of my efforts to clean up our community of undesirable activity, I have spent years trying to get this place shut down. However, Provincial laws supported by supreme court case-law have proved to be so iron-clad in protecting the rights of property and business owners, it has proved almost impossible.

But now is our chance and you can help.

The Blue Pearl has changed its name to The Minx Spa. It may have a different name but I suspect it is simply the same wolf in different sheepskin.

This is evidenced by the fact that this operation currently has 30 charges before the Provincial Court with several court dates scheduled.

I am working closely with City Staff to ensure that both the City’s Legal department and the Provincial Prosecutors work together to ensure that this matter is prioritized.

Additionally, the Toronto Licensing Tribunal hearing scheduled for violations regarding this porperty. That date is set for July 28th, 2016.

This is where you can help.

If you or anyone you know has been negatively affected negatively by the operations at The Minx, The Blue Pearl, and/or the Blue Orchid, I strongly encourage you to get in touch with our City’s By-law enforcement team to provide a victim impact statement.

Please email Acting Supervisor Gil Manzano of the City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards Division to provide your story. Email him here.

Read more here.

Sunday Bus Stop Removal
Sunday stops, which were established in the 1920s to reduce walking distance to nearby churches, are too close to existing adjacent stops. Transportation best practices state that stops should be 300 to 400 metres apart. Sunday stops within the bus network are, on average, about 125 metres from an adjacent regular stop. As well, for safety reasons, the TTC is adjusting many stops to ensure they are located at signalized intersections or crosswalks where available. That means that as of June 2016, the stop at Jane Street  #11950 – Close to St. Stephen’s Downsview will be removed. If you have any questions you can contact Denise Jayawardene, TTC Senior Community Liaison, 416-393-6937,

MP Michael Levitt’s Senior Forum This Sunday
Please join your Member of Parliament, Michael Levitt for a discussion about issues that affect seniors and how best to tackle income inequality and poverty reduction.

Special Guests:
North York Harvest Food Bank
Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations
Unison Health and Community Services

Refreshments will be served
*Kosher options available.

Sunday June 5
3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Grandravine Community Centre
Room 105. 23 Grandravine Dr.

You can RSVP or get more info from his office at 416-638-3700,