Nov. 22, 2013 News Update – Councillor Mark Grimes

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eNews for November 15, 2013

‘Tis the Season Children’s Art Show and Community Open House: presented by the Assembly Hall,

sponsored by Lakeshore Village & Long Branch BIAs

November 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Come experience the wonder of the season at our annual celebration! Vote for your favourite artworks created by children from our local schools. Enjoy diverse family friendly activities, displays and performances, including a visit from Santa. Bring a donation of new hats, scarves, gloves or socks in support of Women’s Habitat and Out of the Cold. Light refreshments served. Everyone is welcome. Art show runs Nov 27 – Dec 19. Gallery hours are Mon to Fri: 12 to 5 pm and Sat: 10 am – 1 pm. For more information, email or call 416-338-7255.





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Vincent Massey – Letter to the Toronto Lands Corporation

I recently wrote a letter to Shirley Hoy, the CEO of the Toronto Lands Corporation, concerning the impending sale of the Vincent Massey School site. The Toronto Lands Corporation is the organization which conducts the sale of properties which the Toronto District School Board has determined are surplus. You can view the letter here:

-Councillor Mark Grimes

Rotary Peace Park – Construction Begins

Construction fencing is up in Rotary Peace Park as work begins to revitalize the play space. The majority of construction is expected to commence in Spring 2014 with completion for early summer.

Shop the Neighbourhood – November 30th

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two shopping holidays which often drive shoppers across the border or online, Shop The Neighbourhood is a reminder of how our choices about where we make our purchases directly impact the communities where we live, work and play.

So on November 30, 2013, show your support for local businesses by taking advantage of exclusive savings and deals to make a local purchase and Shop The Neighbourhood!
Increased Service on the TTC 66D

Starting January 6, 2014, service is being increased on the 66 Prince Edward bus route, in both the morning and afternoon peak periods, to provide more capacity on the line and reduce crowding. In the morning peak period, service on each of the two branches — 66A and 66D — will be improved from every 17 minutes to every 14 minutes. This will result in the “combined” service, north of Park Lawn and Berry Road (where both branches operate), being improved from just over every 8 minutes to every 7 minutes.

In the afternoon peak period, service on each of the two branches — 66A and 66D — will be improved from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes. This will result in the “combined” service north of Park Lawn and Berry Road (where both branches operate) being improved from every 10 minutes to just over every 7 minutes.
TTC take regular counts of ridership on all routes and, whenever we see overcrowding occurring, TTC increase sthe amount of service on the route, as long as the TTC have money in the budget to do so.

10th Annual Mimico-By-The-Lake Tree Lighting

Come out and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas carolling, hot chocolate, a visit from SANTA himself and help us light the tree’s in Mimico Square.

Park Improvement Consultations – Feedback Needed

Three local parks, Amos Waites, Laburnham and Birch, are slated for playground and other upgrades starting in Spring 2014. City Parks staff have provided concepts and are looking for feedback on which concepts, or aspects are the best. Don’t forget to ask your kids, they’re the experts!

Laburnham Park

City of Toronto Parks staff are looking for feedback on concept designs for a brand new playground in Laburnham Park slated for installation in Spring of 2014. Concepts one to three are below and you can view all of the presentation slides here:

What features do you like? Which would the children in your family find most fun? Please email your comments to

Public Consultations
For a full list of consultations please visit

Children’s Services Child Care Summits

On July 16th, 2013, Council requested that the Children’s Services Division organize a summit for Toronto parents. The purpose of the summit is to hear directly from parents their priorities, issues and challenges in accessing child care and other services for children and families. Findings will inform the City’s Child Care Service Plan and the new funding model for child care that is currently under development.

Summit Dates and locations available at

Planning Application for 300 Valermo Drive

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about these applications, ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:
Date: Monday, December 2, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Open House
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Presentation
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Questions & Answers

Place: Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 4B6
Local Events

Friday, November 22
FAMILY SPORTS NIGHT at Ken Cox Community Center
A fun-filled evening of family, friends and sports! Refreshments will be served.
Friday, Nov. 22nd, 2013*
6:30 – 8:00 pm
$8 / person (3 yrs+)
Barcode: 2314886
Registration deadline November 20

Holiday Social in Support of Rotary Peace Park
A Beer and Wine tasting hosted by the Lakeshore Yacht Club
Hosted By Alicia Markson from CTV News
Tickets $60
More information here:

November 23, 2013

Christmas Holly Day Bazaar
On Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Church of the Atonement
256 Sheldon Ave.
Get some of your Christmas shopping done at this annual event featuring a white elephant table, gift basket raffle, home baking, fashion accessories, Tamboli and a lunchroom. Call 416-251-6292, for more details.

Sunday, November 24, 2013
101 at the 101 – GREY CUP PARTY
5:00 PM (6:30 PM KICK OFF)
Come out and celebrate the 101st GREY CUP at BRANCH 101
Raffle (Flat Screen TV)
Door Prizes
Tickets: $5.00 per person (Includes dinner)
Legion Branch 101
3850 Lakeshore Road

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Lakeshore Collegiate Open House
For Grade 7 and 8 students interested in continuing their education at Lakeshore Collegiate
7-9 p.m. 350 Kipling Avenue

Friday, November 29

Wesley Mimico United Church Present “The Four Men Sing of Love & HOPE & Inspiration”
7:30 pm, Friday November 29th
Wesley Mimico United Church, 2 Station Road,
Etobicoke (Mimico Avenue & Lake Shore Blvd. W.)
General Admission $20/Seniors $15/Youth(7-18)$10/Children Free

Saturday November. 30th
Christmas Bazaar at St. Margaret’s
Come out to shop at our annual bazaar! Including Crafts, Jewelry, Baked Goods and many Treasures.
WHEN: Saturday November 30th, 11 am – 2pm
WHERE: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 156 Sixth St

St. Paul’s Celtic Christmas at The Assembly Hall
Celtic Christmas will celebrate its 10th performance at the Assembly Hall. If you enjoy the flavour of Celtic music, you will love this show. We will entertain you with dancing from Ireland and Scotland, the beautiful sound of harp and flute, the return of Gin Lane (Celtic Band), our lovely soloist Jennifer Potter, and, of course, the sweet music of the bagpipes.

Tickets $30.00 by reservation only. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Dorothy Stewart at 416-259-6541 or visit

Horner Avenue Seniors Centre Christmas Tinsel, Tea and Craft Sale
320 Horner Ave 10-2pm
Come and shop for handmade knits and crafts and stay for lunch in our Tea Room
École Sir Adam Beck Junior School Annual Winter Bazaar
Saturday, Nov 30 at 544 Horner Avenue (Brown’s Line and Horner) from 10-2 pm.

This event is over 60 years old! There will be tons of activities for the kids including Santa’s Gift Shop, photos with Santa and lots of other great stuff. The bazaar also includes local vendors selling their wares, a bake and used book sale, raffle and silent auction. Refreshments are also available. Admission is free. Come and support our school!”

Friday, December 6th

HOLIDAY DROP & SHOP at Ken Cox Community Centre
Drop your child off to enjoy games and crafts while you do some shopping. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
Friday, Dec. 6th, 2013*
6:00 – 9:00 pm
$12 / person (4 yrs+)
Barcode: 2314887
Registration deadline December 4th

December 21, 2013
A Christmas Special with The Toronto All-Star Big Band
Saturday Dec. 21, 8pm
The Assembly Hall
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. (SE corner of Kipling Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd.)
Ticket price: $30
A swingin’ holiday revue fashioned in the tradition of a classic “Christmas Show” of yesteryear featuring the Toronto All Star Big Band. Great Music! Great Fun! Hot cocoa for the holiday spirit. Tickets are on sale now! Call 416-231-5695 to order or visit to order online.

Assembly Hall Upcoming Events
Check out what’s coming up at the Assembly Hall in October and November online at

Upcoming Programming at Lakeshore Arts
Take a look at upcoming programming at Lakeshore Arts online at

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