Activities

Mount Dennis Spring Clean-Up!

The yearly MDCA spring clean-up is a series of community volunteer events that takes place throughout the month of April. We invite members of the community to join us on walks and pick up as much trash as we can to help keep Mount Dennis beautiful. Below are the details for the five consecutive Saturdays in April 2017:

MDCA/supercoffee SATURDAY SPRING CLEAN-UPS #MDSpringClean
1st     Jane & Pinehill ravine edges – meet 10 am Bartonville at Jane
8th     Somerville & Sunnybrae ravine edges meet 10 am, west end of Glenvalley Dr.
15th  Dora Spencer & Portage Gdns. Park – meet 10 am, Weston at Dora Spencer
22nd Lambton & Astoria ravine edges meet 10 am, Lambton at Astoria
29th  Emmett Ave. –  meet 10 am, Emmett at Verona

Our clean-ups happen in public areas, especially along the ravine edges. Garbage bags, gloves and other equipment will be provided. Why not get some exercise in the fresh air, meet neighbours you might not know, and help beautify some of the areas which make Mount Dennis special. All ages are welcome. Students can earn community hours.

MDCA again has a co-sponsor. One hour plus of clean-up work earns you a “half-off any drink” supercoffee coupon.  If you also tweet or Instagram a clean-up photo tagging @supercoffeeMD & @MountDennisCA, then your drink is completely FREE.

PS: Want help organizing your own Mount Dennis clean-up at another time?  Email us or phone 416-614-3371

Activities, Eco Neighbourhood

Eco-Neighbourhood Open House

In a packed room at the Mount Dennis Public Library, the Mount Dennis Community Association invited the community to celebrate recent environmental wins and to discuss further what is needed to pursue the Eco-Neighbourhood vision.

Speakers included:

  • Rick Ciccarelli and Mike Matos spoke on behalf of the Mount Dennis Community Association
  • Local residents and library staff spoke about the reading garden in the library
  • Elected officials congratulated the community for their recent wins
  • City officials who presented the Transform TO climate action plan
  • A TRCA official spoke about the potential for SNAP program in Mount Dennis
  • Metrolinx spokesperson who recognized the community and shared some info on the Eglinton Crosstown as well as the upcoming RER line.

After the presentation, the residents made comments and asked questions and the conversation continued past the event’s end time.

The York Guardian newspaper covered the event and wrote this about it:

The association held its EcoNeighbourhood open house Monday, April 3, which was attended by approximately 60 people. At least 40 of those were residents, the rest were politicians, partners, etc.

“The 40 people in the room came because they wanted to. We had people who heard about this on CBC radio’s Metro Morning and wanted to see what it’s all about, people from other parts of the city,” association president Mike Mattos said.

He said the response has been positive. The local initiative could even work as a case study for future projects across Toronto and beyond, Mattos said.

The project requires partners, such as Metrolinx, which recently announced it would build a battery backup energy system in Mount Dennis for the Crosstown LRT. It includes the City of Toronto, which aims to make Mount Dennis Toronto’s first Net Zero community. It includes Toronto and Region Conservation and the TO EcoNeighbourhoods Initiative to invest their resources and contacts for local projects. And it requires local buy-in.