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May 23 Provincial MPP All-Candidates Debate

Screen Shot 2018-05-16 at 4.25.49 PMWe invite you to attend the York South Weston All-Candidates Debate taking place on Wednesday, May 23 at the York Civic Centre at 2700 Eglinton Ave W. Doors open at 6:30PM. The candidates invited are Grad Murray (Green), Laura Albanese (Liberal), Mark De Montis (Progressive Conservative), and Faisal Hassan (NDP).

This event is organized by (FYI) For Youth Initiative, Greenhills Community Association, Mount Dennis Community Association, Rockcliffe Smythe Community Association, Stockyards Residents Association, and Weston Village Residents’ Association.

No refreshments will be available but you can take water into the chamber (water fountains available). The building is wheelchair accessible and features step-free washrooms. Audience members will be able to submit their question in writing to organizers, and will then be given the chance to ask that question to the candidates. In the case of a large volume of questions submitted there will not be time to answer them all. The Debate and Q&A session will run exactly between 7PM and 9PM. Audience members are invited to leave the building at 9PM sharp and continue the conversation with candidates outside of the building.

Everyone in York South Weston is invited. If you are eligible to vote this is a chance to learn more about the candidates and make an informed choice on June 7. If you are not eligible to vote, because you’re under 18 or have an immigrant status or any other reason we still invite you to attend and ask questions and influence the debate; or simply come out to meet your neighbours. We encourage everyone to arrive early to have a chance to engage in discussion with other attendees and learn about the work of the various associations that are organizing this event.

Strictly no signs or placards are allowed in the building, and no loud heckling will be permitted during the debate. Attendees are free to display their political affiliation using colours or branded t-shirts, but we remind people who have already made up their mind on who they’re going to vote for, to respect those who are attending to genuinely listen to the candidates. This event is meant as a chance to shine a light on local concerns, and as a platform to the local candidates, and as a tool in the hand of the informed voter.

The maximum capacity of the venue is 270 people and the organizers are not permitted to admit any more than that number. Video recording may occur during the evening (media and individuals are allowed to record the proceedings). If you want to attend but are not comfortable being filmed, we will do our best to accommodate.

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Spring Clean-Ups begin Saturday March 31

The yearly Spring Clean-Up days are back in 2018. MDCA with the support of Supercoffee would like to invite you to participate in one or more of the Clean-Up days coming up this spring. These events are children friendly, all are welcome to participate according to their ability. It’s an excellent way to meet neighbours, connect with the community and of course to keep Mount Dennis beautiful by picking up litter from the ravines.

Eco Neighbourhood, Pedestrian Safety

Ward 11 Pedestrian Safety and Cycling Committee Report to City Staff

The Mount Dennis Community Association has been well represented on the Ward 11 Pedestrian Safety and Cycling Committee (PSCC). The committee of local residents from all parts of Ward 11, met a number of times and put a significant time and effort to produce this report.

This is a link to the PDF version of the Report entitled Moving Forward, an action plan to improve safety and opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists in Ward11
Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 12.11.36 PMThe 27-page document has already been reviewed by senior staff in the City’s Transportation Services. PSCC members have also had the chance to sit face to face twice  with Barbara Gray (General Manager) and Shawn Dillon (Manager, Cycling Infrastructure) to provide City staff with a detailed picture of the local challenges.

The next step for this document is that it is expected to be present as an agenda item on the April 11, 2018 meeting of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) in City Hall. PWIC is expected to ask staff to report back to City Council on this document.

 

If you are interested in the topics of accessibility, pedestrian safety, and cycling infrastructure, please glance at the report and let us know what you thinkScreen Shot 2018-03-21 at 12.12.20 PM

Activities

Skating Rink Hiatus (Due to weather)

After ten days of skating (with a couple of gaps) starting January 1st , the Mount Dennis Community Rink in Pearen Park is now CLOSED for the rest of January due to mild weather.

The Rink will be rebuilt in February when (IF) we get a long-enough spell of cold weather.

The MDCA apologizes for any inconvenience.

If you are able to volunteer to help with snow shovelling, late-evening flooding, skate & helmet fitting and fastening or on-ice coaching & supervision, please email rink@mountdennisca or call 416-614-371.

Thank You.

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Mount Dennis Community Ice Rink Opens New Years Day 2018!!!

Hurra! Pearen Park Rink will be open New Years Day (Jan 1st)

Location: Pearen Park (Pearen Street between Eglinton and Glenvalley; close to Weston Road)

Skate hut open 1pm – 5pm for borrowing skates, helmets, etc… + on ice supervision.

Kids “learn to skate program” Monday to Friday 4pm – 6pm

Weekends and Holidays 1pm – 5pm

*while the ice lasts

Updates will be posted on this website and facebook and on site at Rink Notice Board

Volunteers always needed for on-ice coaching and supervision; also in skate hut for fitting and fastening skates and helmets (Call 416 614 3371) or e-mail rink@mountdennis.ca

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The Year is Winding Down

And it has been a good year for Mount Dennis, with a fresh look and more going on.

Our Fall newsletter is available now, either in a web and phone friendly compact version, or in glorious high resolution if you want to see the bees up close.

Fall 2017 newsletter for web and phones

or

Fall 2017 newsletter in high definition

Our AGM is on December 14 with Environment Minister Chris Ballard as our keynote speaker.  Doors open at 6, food and drink till 7, at the Legion.

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Great Party, HumberFest on Deck

Beautiful weather and a great turnout at Party by the Pond #5

In three weeks, HumberFest, celebrating over 200 years history in Mount Dennis, and looking with a critical eye at significant events that took place in the Humber Valley just north of Eglinton.

We’ll have a lot to discus, but at a fun event with food for all.  Watch as the virtual trail comes on line, and look at the poster as we finalize details