Each weeks bring something different to the market depending on what is in season in the region. And this week is no different. Fresh Ontario garlic will be available. I’m sure there are many ways to prepare it paired with something from Flat Rock Cellars, who are joining as our market winery this week. Let us know what ends up on your plate!


A #TBT to one of Stephen C’s beautiful garlic photos from a 2013 market day.

Kids can celebrate the arts this week marbling with Fresh Paint (4:15-6:15 pm) and watching Shakespeare from the Guerilla Ruffians (4:00 and 4:45 pm).

Find out more about:

  • Stop by the DECA Tent to sign a card for one of the victim’s of the Danforth shooting, nursing student Danielle “Dani” Kane.
  • Construction has started at the Michael Garron Hospital.  Stop by the community booth to learn more about the project, timelines and speak with a few Emergency Room nurses for tips on staying healthy.
  • Wheels on Danforth will be back this week with more information on their upcoming street festival and car show.
  • Learn more about the Tree for Me program that matches Toronto residents with free native tress to plant on private land.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter. If you’d like to volunteer as a cook or a DECA Booth helper please connect! 


Midway through the summer and the market is as happening as ever!

market cheese

Come by this week for corn (fresh or– deep-fried in an amazing collaboration between Sun-Ray and Godelie farms!), cheese, all the greens, Creekside wine, and so much more.

For the kids, we have storytime at 4:30! Join storytellers Debbie and Sally for some songs and rhymes for babies, children and parents – fun for everyone! Thanks to Silly Goose Kids  Check Debbie’s facebook page for information about her fall session of Baby Goose, her song and rhyme program for parents and babies.

After storytime, Pegasus Studio will be joining us in the park with some fun dance classes at 5pm

Stop by the Wheels on Danforth tent to find out more about their upcoming festival. Enjoy music from folk musician Joachim Comay-Newman. And you’re always welcome to visit us in the DECA tent for a chat about current events and initiatives, like city council changes, Tree For Me, the Reading Line’s Book Ride, Arts Fair, The Danforth Garage.


Some of our youngest volunteer cooks!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter. If you’d like to volunteer as a cook or a DECA Booth helper please connect! 

Posted on behalf of the DECA Board. This post is the second in a series regarding the province’s proposed changes to Toronto City Council. This post explains why Toronto has 47 city councillors as well as the process the City undertook to review ward boundaries.

A summary

In 2013, Toronto City Council initiated a review of the Ward boundaries to address the changing city and address voter parity for everyone across Toronto.

Why –   City Council voted to review the Ward boundaries because the city was rapidly growing in some areas while remaining the same in others. To achieve effective representation in all Wards in Toronto changes to these discrepancies were necessary. In 2014 the ward populations ranged from 45,440 to 94,600 people.

The current 44 Ward boundaries were established in 2000. At this time the City had a population of about 2.5 million people. In 2016 the population had grown by about 400,000 people to 2.9 million and was forecast to continue to increase to 3.2 million by the year 2030. This process would incorporate projections in growth for the city to 2030.

When –  In 2013 Toronto City Council initiated a review of the ward boundaries to be completed by October 2016. The new Ward boundaries would be available for the 2018 municipal elections.

Process – City Council voted to engage an independent consultant to provide the Ward Boundary review, assessment and development. Council drew up a Terms of Reference for this process. The guidelines set out by the Supreme Court of Canada for governments to follow when drawing out electoral boundaries formed the framework. The principal of “effective representation” for all was the goal in this endeavour. This process included civic engagement and two phases of consultations with, among others, the public and stakeholders.

Results –  The option for Ward boundaries showing minimal change with an increase of number of wards from 44 to 47 was the preferred option. The average population per Ward would be 61,000 people. This would mean effective representation was possible and that Councillors have the capacity to represent their constituents effectively.

Key findings by the surveys and consultations held during the Ward Boundary Review found that a majority favoured up to 60,000 people per ward. Only a small minority favoured large wards (38 wards) when those wards were provided with additional resources and this was the last option selected in the public survey.

As a result of this process, Toronto now has a Ward Boundary Map which reflects the time and efforts of many of its citizens, councillors and the tax payer’s money and which would provide representative democracy across the City for the years ahead.

The above summary is based on information found on the following link:

https://www.toronto.ca/city- government/accountability- operations-customer-service/ city-administration/city- managers-office/key- intiatives/toronto-new-ward- boundaries/additional- information-about-the-toronto- ward-boundary-review-2014- 2016/

…and why you should care too!

Posted on behalf of the DECA Board

DECA’s mission and guiding principles drive our way forward, and we are non-partisan, but we are also committed to being “a responsive, credible and representative voice for the community.”

Earlier this week, the provincial government tabled a Bill called The Better Local Government Act to dramatically reduce the size of City Council in the midst of our ongoing election, which began on May 1st. The Bill passed first reading on July 30, and could be imposed on the citizens of Toronto as early as August 2018. This is particularly unsettling because our City had legally established the number of councillors/wards through due process and extensive consultations.

As a Board, we find ourselves in a moment where we must respond.

DECA believes that the decision to unilaterally reduce Toronto City Council from 47 Wards to 25 is undemocratic.

We have observed that our City Councillors already work well beyond a normal work-week. We are concerned that doubling their workload would significantly limit their ability to continue to be effective partners in community-building. This will change the extent to which Councillors can proactively reach out to us on emerging issues and their ability to be responsive when we raise an issue or concern.

The proposed new Ward boundaries will negatively impact our community.

Here’s why.

City Councillors are involved in decisions that will forever impact our neighbourhood, such as development, transit, parks, and infrastructure. Other decisions are less permanent but have a high impact such as property taxes, childcare, bike lanes and speed limits.

Currently, DECA’s excellent two-way relationship and collaboration with our City Councillors greatly contributes to our ability to support and improve the community.

Here are some examples:

  • help with permits for community events, such as the tree lighting and pumpkin walks in East Lynn Park;
  • our go-to whenever something goes wrong like a wading pool not being on or that time the City fenced off the East Lynn Park playground and dug up the greenspace to install paths;
  • when we raised with Councillors that the traffic lights at Woodbine and Danforth was changing too quickly for many people to safely get across, within a week the timing had been extended;
  • sought out DECA input and acted on our concerns about the planned the second exit (Strathmore) at Woodbine station to change the plan to make it also an entrance; and
  • include DECA in early consultations on development proposals, which in at least one case, resulted in huge changes to the building design to incorporate street-level retail to help make the Danforth more walkable and safe.

It will be impossible for only 25 City Councillors to maintain the current level of collaboration and cooperation with the community. 

Councillors have huge agendas and a full range of issues to learn about. They also need to understand the impacts on our community and bring those forward. For example, how could one person understand the community impacts on every single issue in a way that would adequately represent the Beach, Danforth East, Woodbine Heights, Parkview Hills, and Crescentown?

Federal/provincial ridings are suitable because MPs/MPPs work is driven by their parties and/or portfolios and they deal with bigger picture issues not specific to one neighbourhood, park, household, or person. These are not reasonable boundaries for City representation.

We’ve just scratched the surface here and we will write more about this in the coming days and weeks. But if there ever was a moment to be engaged and speak out, now is the time!

We will be at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market on Thursday, August 2 to discuss this with the community. Come chat with us and tell us what you think!

Market this week

Whoa! Lots happening in the world this week. Slow down and replenish yourself with us and our wonderful community at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market on Thursday from 3-7pm. The market this week is about hoping for a brighter future.

Here’s what’s on:

Farm-fresh food grown sustainably: amazing corn, handmade doughnuts, beautiful cheeses to list only a few of the many wonderful wares

Trees: come by the DECA booth to meet the people running “Tree for Me” and learn more about getting free trees for yourself and your neighbours

Children learning engineering: SteamLabs will be back teaching kids to make catapults https://www.instagram.com/steam_labs/

Bikes: Our friends from Ward 32 Spokes are back to do tune-ups, 3:00-6:30pm.

Last but not least: we are very excited to present our DECA scholarship winner at the market!  Come by at 5:45pm to meet Tafriha in person to congratulate her!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

For the past three years, DECA has presented a $2,000 Young Leader Scholarship to a high school student entering post-secondary who is involved in supporting/improving their communities. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our DECA 2018 scholarship recipient, Tafriha Islam, who was a Grade 12 student at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute.

This incredible young woman has tutored young girls in her Regent Park Community since she was in Grade 9. She is dedicated to building a safe and healthy community and is always the first one to sign up for volunteering in different community programs and events such as Regent Park Film Festival, Sister2Sister, Regent Park Youth Ambassador, Art Heart, Artscape, and Sunday in the Park.

Tafriha created a Bengali school with her parents in the basement of their apartment for children ages 4-12 where her mother and her taught the young students how to read and write in Bengali. During this time, she also created a henna business to fundraise for Syrian refugees. Last summer she worked with CultureLink Settlement Community Centre to develop, write, and perform an original play about shifting cultural identities, entitled Unsettled. This group of young leaders/performers tackled many complex issues faced by many immigrant families and received many high praises from the community.

Tafriha Islam, DECA 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Tafriha Islam, DECA 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Drum roll please…. congratulations Tafriha! And thank you for sharing your thoughts, concerns and future plans with us:

What do you like most about the Danforth East community?

I love that this community always makes an effort to give back. There are so many support systems for the youth in our community. I have never seen such raw thoughtfulness in any community like ours.

I also love how our community has many small businesses to enjoy, and always holds the best events! There truly is never a dull moment.

What concerns you most about the future in our neighbourhood?

After the tragic event that occured recently, my biggest concern about our community is safety. As a community, I think it is important that we all take preventative measures to keep this community violence free. Even though no place is immune to crime, team work with our neigbours can really make a difference to minimize it. We should also continue to support each other in times of hardship and stay strong.

How are you spending the summer?

This summer I dipped my toes into the business world. I am currently working at a marketing and advertisement agency called “Bob’s Your Uncle” as an accounts intern. Some of our clients include IDC, Popeyes, BOSCH, and many more. I am learning new things everyday and this experience is helping me gain a lot of soft skills.


Tafriha Islam, DECA 2018 Scholarship Recipient

How are you feeling about the upcoming school year?

I’m feeling a mix of emotions for the upcoming year. I’m attending Schulich School of Business at York University. Coming from a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background, I’m very excited to learn more about business. Though I am nervous for the transition from High School to University, I am lucky to have an amazing support system. Overall, I have an overwhelming feeling of happiness for this amazing journey ahead.

Scholarship presentation at the market

We also invite you to meet Tafriha this Thursday at the Farmers’ Market. Come cheer her on as she officially receives the DECA scholarship.

Thanks to everyone who danced the night away with us at the DECA Retro Dance Party in May. You helped to support this incredible young leader’s post secondary education!

Market Abundance!

It’s the height of market season, with fresh veggies, fruit and baked goods in abundance. New this week we have scones and tarts! Also, Windswept Cidery will be returning this week. It’s also prime-time in Ontario for cherries.

Come down to stock up, and bring the kids for a bunch of fun activities this week!

In the Kids’ Tent, we are welcoming back the team from Fresh Paint to run crafts from 4:30-6:15. Outside the tent, we will alternate between drama and yoga: Isabelle from Ankh Yoga will lead two 20-minute kids’ yoga classes at 4:00 and 5:00, and the Guerilla Ruffians will improvise comedic performances with Shakespearean text at 4:30 and 5:30.

We’re looking a few more volunteer cooks summer.  We love to show the farmers how much our community appreciates the market and the distance many of them drive over the dinner hour with a nice hearty, home cooked meal.  If you are interested in helping in this way, sign up to be one of our culinary volunteers.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.
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