Call for volunteers and update on Ice Rink condition

The weather on Sunday Feb 3, onwards did some damage to the Pearen Park Ice Rink. This Friday the 8th we will be able to repair the rink and rebuild the ice when temperatures are expected to drop to -6°C in the evening.

We think the rink will be in good condition to slate on Saturday morning, but cannot be 100% sure yet.

Right now we need volunteers; please call Simon at (416) 614-3371 if you are available to help; below are the time availabilities that Simon is looking for:

Friday the 8th in the afternoon to clear a thin layer of snow

Friday evening at 7:30 PM to set-up the hoses and start flooding; the set-up only takes 30 minutes.

Friday night at 10PM to dismantle the hoses and put everything away, this should take 45 minutes.

We are also looking for confident skaters who would like to volunteer to teach children how to skate.

Thank you all! Please share.


Sat Feb 2nd; First day of skating in 2019

The Pearen Park Skating Rink will be open for skating on Saturday Feb 2nd and for as long as the weather allows. You can come and skate using your own skate at any time during daylight hours. You can borrow skates for free ($1 suggested donation) from the MDCA’s Skating Hut on weekends between 1pm-5pm; on weekdays between 4pm-6pm.

Hope you can join us for this year’s skating season 🙂 If you haven’t skated in the past, you can learn in Pearen Park.

If you to help us and volunteer call 416-614-3371. We need volunteers during evenings to build and maintain the ice; as well as volunteers during Skating Hut hours to teach children (and adults) how to skate 🙂 Thank you; the Pearen Park Outdoor Rink is a true community effort and is successful thanks to the generous volunteering from local community members.


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.


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